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⚌Reduced‼ Fender Jazz Bass Natural Refinish, 1966

⚌Reduced‼  Fender Jazz Bass Natural Refinish, 1966

Here is a Fender Jazz Bass Natural refinish, with body and neck built towards the end of 1965 but assembled, wired and sold in early 1966. The Jazz Bass was introduced in 1960, as Leo Fender’s second distinct bass after the two versions of the Precision Bass. Targeted towards Jazz players and taking design cues from the then-new Jazzmaster and Jaguar models, particularly the offset body, the Jazz Bass offered a brighter, more focused tone with less fundamental than the Precision Bass along with a much narrower neck.

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Price: $4,999.99 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Julian Mario Rabaza Crossover Guitar, 1982

⚌Reduced‼  Julian Mario Rabaza Crossover Guitar, 1982

Here is a rarity for North America – a Julian Mario Rabaza Crossover guitar dating to 1982 and built at Rabaza’s shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Julian Mario Rabaza has been well known South American circles for decades, and mostly builds Spanish style Classical and Flamenco guitars. This example is what we would now call a ‘Crossover’ model, meaning that it has a couple of adaptations for those playing other styles – Tango and Latin Jazz for example.

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Price: $1,999.99 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Beardsell 9C Cutaway Nylon String Guitar, 2009

⚌Reduced‼  Beardsell 9C Cutaway Nylon String Guitar, 2009

Here is an unusual guitar from one of the hotbeds of the Canadian music scene – a Beardsell 9C cutaway nylon string guitar, built during 2009 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This model currently sells for over $8000 Canadian. Allan Beardsell has been playing and repairing guitars for the last three decades and has been dedicated to building custom instruments for the last fifteen years. His shop, Beardsell Guitars, was long ago in Toronto but is now in Winnipeg, occupying the former Gar Gilles shop, once home of Garnet amplifiers which were well known to many Canadian musicians. 

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Price: $4,500.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Collings 01 Steel String Sunburst Guitar, 2014

⚌Reduced‼ Collings 01 Steel String Sunburst Guitar, 2014

The Collings 01 is based on the small body ‘single 0’ design introduced by C F Martin around 1898, and still a popular model in several trim and material grades. The 01 roughly maps to the 0-18, classed as a ‘Parlor Guitar’. Following a traditional pattern, the Collings 01 is built using a combination of a top grade Sitka Spruce top and braces, Mahogany for the rest of the body and neck, and Ebony for the head plate, fingerboard and bridge.

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Price: $3,999.99 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Gretsch 6120DSW Nashville Archtop Electric, Orange 2003

⚌Reduced‼  Gretsch 6120DSW Nashville  Archtop Electric, Orange 2003

The Gretsch 6120DSW Nashville reproduces the 1955 6120 models whose popularity was led by Chet Atkins.  These are named Nashville because the license agreement with Atkins lapsed in 1980 with the end of Gretsch production.  Atkins signed a new agreement with Gibson in 1981,  and in 2007 Gretsch was able to renew the relationship.  The Gretsch 6120DSW Nashville  model,  with a few changes – primarily the Chet pickguard, Gold Bigsby with vintage handle, aluminum vs brass nut  and pickups by TV Jones rather than Seymour Duncan – is now called the G6120T-55 Vintage Select Edition ’55 Chet Atkins®.  The core of the guitar and other hardware are the same.

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Price: $2,800.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ William Laskin Cedar Top Classical Guitar, 1987

⚌Reduced‼  William Laskin Cedar Top Classical Guitar, 1987

Here we have a very nice William Laskin Cedar Top and Indian Rosewood classical guitar, built during 1987 at Laskin’s shop in Toronto. One of the world’s premier guitar builders, William Laskin has been building since the early 1970s and early on, as is the case for many other now prominent builders, worked with Jean Larrivee. He is very well known for his spectacular engraved inlay work.

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Price: $3,999.99 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Kauer Daylighter Express Deluxe Sunburst, 2012

⚌Reduced‼  Kauer Daylighter Express Deluxe Sunburst, 2012

The Kauer Daylighter Express Deluxe is now discontinued but like other Kauer models is not a slavish copy of other designs, but tries to make real improvements. Kauer Guitars are made by Doug Kauer in Elk Grove, CA, with the goal of delivering a well balanced, comfortable instrument with a clear and articulate tone and lots of dynamic range.. His guitars blend design cues from many sources, and work quite well.

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Price: $1,699.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Gretsch Country Club G6196TSP-2G Archtop Smoke Gray and Violet, 2010

⚌Reduced‼   Gretsch Country Club G6196TSP-2G Archtop Smoke Gray and Violet, 2010

The Gretsch Country Club appeared in 1954 as one of Gretsch’s early electric guitars and targeted at the higher end jazz player needing a full size, 17 inch body and solid Spruce top. This model was in production until Gretsch folded in 1981, reappeared between 1995 and 1999 as a US built reissue, and again since 2001 as a pro-line model, Made in Japan by Terada.

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Price: $2,599.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Sergei De Jonge 7 String Classical Guitar Left Handed, 2013

⚌Reduced‼ Sergei De Jonge 7 String Classical Guitar Left Handed, 2013

Built at the De Jonge shop in Chelsea, Quebec during 2013, this Sergei De Jonge 7-string cutaway fine instrument is in exceptional condition with very little wear. It features a cutaway body with spruce top and Indian Rosewood for the back, sides, bridge and headplate, and an ebony fingerboard on a mahogany neck. The original TKL tweed case is included, and a Small Dog insulated case cover is available for $189. CITIES documentation is included in the case.

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Price: $7,000.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Carvin SH550 Thinline Electric Guitar, 2003

⚌Reduced‼  Carvin SH550 Thinline Electric Guitar, 2003

The Carvin SH550 thinline archtop electric is still available from the successor to Carvin – Kiesel Guitars, run by descendants of Lowell Kiesel, founder of Carvin. Based on a carved Flame Maple top on a chambered Mahogany back with Mahogany neck and Indian Rosewood fingerboard, this is a very nice guitar aimed towards jazz players. This Carvin SH550 dates to around 2003 based on the owner’s recollection. Precise dating information is not available.

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Price: $1,750.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 5 Bass Honeyburst, 2004

⚌Reduced‼ Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 5 Bass Honeyburst, 2004

Introduced in 1987, the Stingray 5 bass was the first new bass offered following Ernie Ball’s purchase of Music Man, and has consistently had a solid following. This model is based on the Music Man Stingray bass introduced in 1976 and partly designed by Leo Fender, with input from Sterling Ball. When first introduced, it was quickly adopted by players like Tony Levin and others who frequently needed lower C or B notes, but without sacrificing the tone of higher pitches.

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Price: $1,650.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Neil Hebert Classical Guitar Brazilian Rosewood, 1986

⚌Reduced‼  Neil Hebert Classical Guitar Brazilian Rosewood, 1986

Here is a rarity, a Neil Hebert classical guitar built in Montreal during 1986, with Cedar top and Brazilian Rosewood for the back, sides and headplate.  Neil Hebert retired some years ago, and was a highly respected builder while active. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of information available about him, though he does get a mention in the Canadian Encyclopedia under ‘Guitar’.

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Price: $4,500.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Harrison 17 Inch Archtop Natural, 2000

⚌Reduced‼  Harrison 17 Inch Archtop Natural, 2000

Here is a Douglas Harrison 17 inch Archtop cutaway guitar, built at Harrison’s shop in Toronto, Ontario during 2000. This model is now referred to as a ‘Classic Jazz’ or CJ. This excellent instrument is built in the traditional archtop model, pairing a hand carved, solid Spruce top with a hand carved Flame Maple back.

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Price: $6,599.99 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Matthew Woodall Archtop Guitar, 1999

⚌Reduced‼ Matthew Woodall Archtop Guitar, 1999

This Matthew Woodall Archtop uses a fairly traditional cutaway design, with a 17 inch wide body. The top is solid carved Spruce with bound F-holes, and the back is carved, bookmatched Spalted Maple. The sides and neck are also Maple and the body is bound with a faux-tortoise layer. The fingerboard, bridge and tailpiece are Ebony.

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Price: $1,950.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ William Laskin 7 String Acoustic Guitar, 1992

⚌Reduced‼ William Laskin 7 String Acoustic Guitar, 1992

William Laskin is very well known for the creativity and quality of his inlay work. Here, a stag or buck – a male deer with antlers is depicted between frets 11 and 18, in a mixture of engraved woods and, it appears, ivory for the antlers. This guitar is old enough that small amounts of ivory were still used, and here appears in the nut, saddle, sliding nut components, and the inlaid antlers.

Used
Price: $8,000.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Beltona T105 Tricone Round Neck Guitar Nickel, 1994

⚌Reduced‼ Beltona T105 Tricone Round Neck Guitar Nickel, 1994

The Beltona T105 Tricone was one of the early products of Beltona, founded in the UK by Steve Evans and Bill Johnson in 1990. Respectively a luthier and engineer, Evans and Johnson first sought to build instruments for themselves that were, at the time, not readily available in the UK. In 1998, Beltona moved to New Zealand,

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Price: $2,750.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Fender Stratocaster Elite Sienna Sunburst, 1983

⚌Reduced‼ Fender Stratocaster Elite Sienna Sunburst, 1983

Here’s a fairly rare sighting– from 1983, an original condition Fender Stratocaster Elite in Sienna sunburst. This model was built only in 1983 and 1984, and introduced a number of new features and hardware pieces. Most visible of the 1983 Fender Stratocaster Elite updates are the short-lived FreeFlyte knife-edge trem, and the pushbutton pickup selectors. New pickups were installed, and the output jack went on the side – in this case, a standard barrel jack.

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Price: $1,995.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Ramirez Conservatorio Cedar Top Classical Guitar, 2014

⚌Reduced‼  Ramirez Conservatorio Cedar Top Classical Guitar, 2014

Here’s something unusual – a Ramirez Conservatorio Cedar top classical guitar, with ‘Fiddle Edge’ construction, Red Cedar top, Indian Rosewood for the back and sides, and SPR style bracing. The Ramirez Conservatorio Cedar Top Concert Classical guitar represents a major development in classical guitar design from Amalia Ramírez, with unique use of ‘fiddle edge’ construction. The Conservatorio uses the same advanced 8 fan brace pattern as the SPR but a unique system for gluing the top and backs to the rims and no internal linings are used!

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Price: $4,450.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Gibson PB3 Plectrum Banjo, 1927

⚌Reduced‼  Gibson PB3 Plectrum Banjo, 1927

Built largely with Maple, the Gibson PB3 used solid Maple for the neck and pot, and Laminate Maple, stained Mahogany, for the Resonator. The fingerboard is Rosewood – and at the time, even though this was an ‘entry level’ instrument, that meant Brazilian Rosewood. The classic inlay set is executed in Mother of Pearl, with the engraved MASTERTONE block at the next to last fret. All the original hardware is present, including the Grover pancake tuners.

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Price: $3,499.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Thomas Ribbecke Halfling Archtop Guitar Red Sunburst 2009

⚌Reduced‼  Thomas Ribbecke Halfling Archtop Guitar Red Sunburst 2009

This 2009 Thomas Ribbecke Halfling archtop guitar was built especially for the 2009 Montreal Guitar Show, as an entry into the Red Collection grouping. It’s built with a carved Spruce top, carved Spalted Flame Maple back and matching sides, and Maple neck with an unbound Ebony fingerboard. The neck is a multi-scale with the center of its length being about 26 inches. There’s a large round soundhole on the top located on the upper bass bout next to the fingerboard and Bartolini pickup. Ebony is used for other components including the bridge, pickguard, tailpiece and truss rod cover. Mother of Pearl is used for the headstock Ribbecke and Halfling logos.

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Price: $9,500.00 CAD
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Kay ‘TrueTone’ Speed Demon K573 Thinline Sunburst, 1962

Kay 'TrueTone' Speed Demon K573 Thinline Sunburst, 1962

Beyond the TrueTone name, this is a Kay K537 model, with an arched top and back body made of laminated Maple, a bolt on Maple neck with bound Rosewood fingerboard and brass frets, floating Rosewood bridge, trapeze tailpiece, and Kluson Deluxe single-line tuners. The original pickguard is intact and included.

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Price: $999.99 CAD
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‼️Reduced‼️ Gibson J160E Steel String Guitar Sunburst, 1956

‼️Reduced‼️ Gibson J160E Steel String Guitar Sunburst, 1956

Introduced in 1954 and intended as a companion to the then-new Les Paul solidbody, the Gibson J160E was one of the first mass production electrified steel string guitars. This model was discontinued in 1979, and is occasionally re-issued. One of the greatest contributors to the success of this model was a 1962 model’s appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, in the hands of one John Lennon. That was The Beatles first US performance, and made all their gear quite popular.

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Price: $4,750.00 CAD
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‼️Reduced‼️ Zemaitis Heart 12 String Superior Plus Acoustic Guitar Mahogany, 1986

‼️Reduced‼️ Zemaitis Heart 12 String Superior Plus Acoustic Guitar Mahogany, 1986

This rare Zemaitis Heart 12 String Superior Plus steel string acoustic guitar is built of Mahogany, with Ebony for the fingerboard and bridge and Rosewood for the headplate. It was built during 1986 at the Zemaitis shop in Chatham, Kent, England. During the 1970s, Tony Zemaitis became one of the most sought after luthiers as English musical royalty discovered his new metal-topped electric guitars. Ron Wood, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and George Harrison all played Zemaitis models at various times.

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Price: $19,999.99 CAD
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‼️Reduced‼️ Rick Turner Renaissance RB4 Fretless Bass, 2000

‼️Reduced‼️ Rick Turner Renaissance RB4 Fretless Bass, 2000

The Rick Turner Renaissance RB4 Standard is one of three trim levels for three RB versions – with 4, 5 or 6 strings, and fretted or unfretted. These are a chambered design, the Standard with Cedar top, and Walnut for the sides and back. The bridge is Rosewood with Bone saddle. The neck is Maple with Indian Rosewood fingerboard and a faux-tortoise head plate and ‘R’ logo. This example dates to approximately 2000.

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Price: $1,600.00 CAD
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‼️Reduced‼️ Standel DB Original Dobro Squareneck Resophonic Guitar, 1963

‼️Reduced‼️ Standel DB Original Dobro Squareneck Resophonic Guitar, 1963

This Standel DB Original square neck dates to perhaps 1963. As discussed below, production of the DB Original guitars began in 1959, but the Standel company didn’t get involved till 1962. The Standel decal could not have gone on this guitar before 1962, and this arrangement lasted for at most three years. While it’s possible that this guitar was built before the Standel deal took effect, we’re placing it around 1963. Construction is typical Dopyera – the bodies are laminate, because the resonator cone is the sound source.

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Price: $1,250.00 CAD
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