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⚌Reduced‼ GW Barry Concert LH CW Brazilian Rosewood, 2017

⚌Reduced‼ GW Barry Concert LH CW Brazilian Rosewood, 2017

This GW Barry Concert LH features a Bearclaw Sitka Spruce top paired with a lovely Brazilian Rosewood set for the sides, back and head plate. This guitar was built during 2017 at GW Barry’s shop in Toronto, Canada. High quality, high end and hand built Left Handed guitars are not very common, so it is a treat to see this fantastic piece from Toronto luthier G W Barry.  Barry has been building for over 35 years, including a five year working apprenticeship with Jean Larrivee.

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Price: $6,300.00 CAD $7,000.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Weber Bitterroot F14 O Mandolin Classic Finish, 2002

⚌Reduced‼ Weber Bitterroot F14 O Mandolin Classic Finish, 2002

Here we have a lovely Weber Bitterroot F14 O Oval hole, F Style mandolin in classic finish, built in Bend, Oregon during 2002 and signed by Bruce Weber. Built using a mix of traditional and modern techniques, this Weber Bitterroot F14 O Oval Hole F Style Mandolin features an X-braced Sitka Spruce top,  Flame Maple for the sides, back, and neck, and Ebony for the non-radiused fingerboard.  The original bridge has been replaced with a Brekke Bridge. 

Used
Price: $2,700.00 CAD $3,700.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Martin Style 2K Soprano Koa Ukulele, 1923

⚌Reduced‼ Martin Style 2K Soprano Koa Ukulele, 1923

Here we have a Martin Style 2K Soprano Koa Ukulele built around 1923 in Nazareth, Pennsylvania; this model debuted in 1918 as the Style 2, with the 2K Koa option until 1933, and as the Style 2 until 1965. In 1923, nickel patent tuners took the place of the original wooden friction pegs, helping date this instrument; at this point Martin Ukuleles did not receive serial numbers. This Martin Style 2K Koa Soprano Ukulele is in good working order and sounds quite good, with a warm, sweet tone.

Vintage
Price: $1,899.00 CAD $2,199.99 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Gibson SG Special Cherry 1965

⚌Reduced‼ Gibson SG Special Cherry 1965

The Gibson SG Special first appeared in 1959, but as a Les Paul model featuring a slab body with rounded double cutaways. For 1961, the Les Paul line was completely redesigned and by 1963 the SG name replaced Les Paul’s. Here we’re looking at a Gibson SG Special in the classic Gibson cherry finish, with the short Vibrola tailpiece and compensated ‘stop bar’ bridge combination.

Vintage
Price: $7,750.00 CAD $8,250.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Roland Guitar Synth & Controller GR700 & G202, 1984/1983

⚌Reduced‼  Roland Guitar Synth & Controller GR700 & G202, 1984/1983

The Roland Guitar Synth, GR-700 and its controller G-202 were built between 1980 and 1984 and was influential as the first successful production guitar synthesizer. The GR-700 Roland Guitar Synth is an analog synthesizer using the same technologies and Roland’s popular JX-3P keyboard synth and the MKS-30 MIDI controlled rack mount version. It’s a relatively large floor controller providing six voices and 64 memory locations.

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Price: $2,499.99 CAD $2,999.99 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Gibson SJ200 Jumbo Steel String Sunburst, 1951

⚌Reduced‼  Gibson SJ200 Jumbo Steel String Sunburst, 1951

Introduced in 1938 and in constant production since then, the Gibson SJ200 is one of the largest and most recognisable steel string models. Here we’re looking at a very nicely preserved Gibson SJ200 dating to 1951 and built at the Parsons Street plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It is in overall rather good condition with some wear, but less than we often see on guitars approaching the 70 year old mark.

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Price: $13,750.00 CAD $16,500.00 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: $7,500.00 CAD $9,500.00 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’.

Used
Price: $3,500.00 CAD $4,500.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Gibson Les Paul Recording Model Natural, 1972

⚌Reduced‼ Gibson Les Paul Recording Model Natural, 1972

Built from 1971 to 1979, the Gibson Les Paul Recording model sported the features most desired by Les Paul himself, but unfortunately this did not translate into sales success. Still, even this low selling model was copied by Japanese builders during the ‘Lawsuit Era’. Constructed during the Norlin years with strong references to the original Les Paul Custom models, the Gibson Les Paul Recording model featured a Mahogany body with carved Mahogany top – unlike the Gold Top and Standard models, which had Maple caps on a Mahogany slab. At this point, Gibson was using what’s come to be called ‘Pancake’ bodies, with at least two narrower layers of Mahogany.

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Price: $3,450.00 CAD $3,750.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Taylor 324e Grand Auditorium Steel String Mahogany, 2015

⚌Reduced‼ Taylor 324e Grand Auditorium Steel String Mahogany, 2015

Here we have a very good condition Taylor 324e, built during 2015 in El Cajon California and featuring Mahogany for the top, back and sides. with Ebony for the fingerboard and bridge.   Current versions of this model feature V-Class bracing and use Tasmanian Blackwood for the sides and back.   The Taylor Expression System 2 pickup and preamp system is factory installed on all these models.  The Taylor 324e uses a non-cutaway version of the Grand Auditorium body design, Taylor’s most popular and versatile body shape, which according to Taylor delivers “a balanced blend of warmth, clarity and sustain with well-defined midrange. 

Used
Price: $1,900.00 CAD $2,100.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ DK Cleopatra Acoustic Steel String, 2017

⚌Reduced‼  DK Cleopatra Acoustic Steel String, 2017

Dmitry Kulakov has brought us one of his newer creations, the DK Cleopatra model featuring his Fibonacci body shape, Sitka Spruce top and Amazon Rosewood for the sides and back. New guitar designs are relatively easy to come up with, but what’s much more difficult is having that design work as a functional and good sounding instrument. The DK Cleopatra succeeds in these regards, resulting in an attractive and visually striking and rather good sounding instrument.

New
Price: $3,000.00 CAD $4,250.00 CAD
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Ibanez AZ242F Premium Black Ice

Ibanez AZ242F Premium Black Ice

The Ibanez AZ242F Premium is a high performance, feature packed double cutaway guitar with classy looks. The premium series from Ibanez has the same features as the Prestige line but they are manufactured in Indonesia to offer them at a lower cost. These guitars are very impressive and the quality is very close to the ones made in Japan at the Fuji-Gen plant. Now discontinued and available at a discounted price till we run out, The Ibanez AZ242F Premium features an American Bass wood body with a flamed maple top. The black ice finish has a dark yet classy feel and shows off the nice figure of the flamed maple top.

New
Price: $1,450.00 CAD $1,849.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Spector USA Forte 4 Bass Black, 2015

⚌Reduced‼ Spector USA Forte 4 Bass Black, 2015

The Spector USA Forte 4 bass brings back the early highly innovative Spector basses seen at The Twelfth Fret and in the hands of many pro players in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Stuart Spector began building basses with Alan Charney about the same time as The Twelfth Fret, and soon connected with Ned Steinberger – all members of the Brooklyn Woodworker’s Co-op. Steinberger, fresh from a furniture design course, took Spector’s neck-through construction and added a unique and very comfortable curved body. That curved body became one of the hallmarks of Spector designs.

Used
Price: $3,500.00 CAD $3,699.99 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1977

⚌Reduced‼ Fender Stratocaster Sunburst 1977

Introduced in 1954 and bearing a suspicious resemblance to the outlines of the early Precision Bass, the Fender Stratocaster Sunburst became one of the most successful and versatile guitar designs. Here we’re looking at a CBS era Fender Stratocaster Sunburst, one of the most distinctive of Fender’s guitars and finishes. This example dates to late 1977 and is in good working condition, appearing largely original. The contoured body is Ash, with a Maple neck, here with a Walnut ‘Skunk Stripe’ indicating that the truss rod was mounted from the rear, unlike many Rosewood fingerboard models that have the truss rod mounted from the top, before the fingerboard is installed.

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Price: $2,999.99 CAD $3,395.00 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.

Used
Price: $3,999.99 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.

Used
Price: $7,000.00 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,

Used
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‼ 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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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.

Vintage
Price: $999.99 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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