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Gibson J185 Custom Quilt Natural, 2015

Gibson J185 Custom Quilt Natural, 2015

Here’s a lovely Gibson J185 Custom Quilt, one of a run of 65 instruments built with sides and back of a fantastic AAA grade Quilted Maple set. Gibson introduced the J-185 in 1951 and was built until 1958, and production resumed again with updated specs in 1990. During 1962, a new Everly Brothers J-180 was designed. Based on the J-185, that model featured an adjustable bridge, star inlays, and top and bottom pickguards, and that was built till 1972.

Used
Price: $3,399.00 CAD
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Fin Mc 8 F-Style Mandolin Sunburst by Fintan McEnroe, 2020

Fin Mc 8 F-Style Mandolin Sunburst by Fintan McEnroe, 2020

Here we have the Fin Mc 8 F-style mandolin from Fintan McEnroe, working in Toronto but originally from Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan, Ireland. The ‘8’ in the name refers to the mandolin’s serial number and production sequence; the Fin Mc 9 mandolin is also available.
The Fin Mc 8 is a traditional F-Style mandolin, with a carved Sitka Spruce top and Curly Maple for the sides, neck and carved back. The fingerboard and bridge are Ebony and the neck contains an adjustable truss rod. The body has double layer binding, and the inlays are a combination of Mother of Pearl and Abalone. The finish is a hand-rubbed lacquer sunburst.

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Price: $4,500.00 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. 

Used
Price: $4,500.00 CAD
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Gibson SG Supreme Fireburst, 2002

Gibson SG Supreme Fireburst, 2002

The Gibson SG Supreme was built from 1999 to 2009 and features a figured Maple cap on a Mahogany slab body, paired with a Mahogany neck and bound Richlite fingerboard. At first, the SG Supreme was equipped with a pair of P-90 pickups, but these were phased out in favour of Humbuckers over the year 2000 and into 2001. In 2002, the ‘Fireburst’ finish seen here started rising from the tail of the guitar, rather than the traditional burst with dark edges and lighter center.

Used
Price: $3,799.00 CAD
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Eastman E10D Mahogany Dreadnought

Eastman E10D Mahogany Dreadnought

The Eastman E10D follows a traditional dreadnought design featuring an Adirondack spruce top paired with mahogany fir the sides, back and neck. Based on the classic square shoulder dreadnoughts introduced to the mass market in the early 1930s and still the basis of many guitar lines, the Eastman E10D gets pretty much everything right. The Adirondack Spruce top produces a full, rich tone that holds up well when played hard, as might frequently happen in a bluegrass context. There’s plenty of bottom, shimmering top end and everything in between.

New
Price: $1,725.00 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.

Used
Price: $1,750.00 CAD
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