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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.

Vintage
Price: $1,995.00 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5 HH Bass Burgundy, 2011

❌SOLD❌   Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5 HH Bass Burgundy, 2011

Introduced in 2003 and still in production, the Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 5 HH Bass features active electronics for its pair of humbucking pickups. At its core, the Bongo bass draws from the classic, proven bolt-on designs developed during the early 1950s. However, it is considerably more advanced and available in 4, 5 and 6 string versions, all with 24 frets. These are very versatile, reliable basses with a huge range.

Used
Price: $1,999.99 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe II Honeyburst, 2013

❌SOLD❌ Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe II Honeyburst, 2013

First appearing in 1983, the Gibson Les Paul Studio has been built in a range of variations though all aim to deliver a real Les Paul experience but at a lower price point. The price savings mostly come from two labour intensive areas. First, most Studios have thinner finishes and not all are gloss. This reduces the time spent in the finish room which can take weeks for a full gloss.

Used
Price: $1,150.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Ken Smith Bass Cherry, Walnut and Maple, 1985

❌SOLD❌  Ken Smith Bass Cherry, Walnut and Maple, 1985

Since the late 1970s, the Ken Smith Bass has been a benchmark for innovative, high quality custom instruments designed for use in studio, performance and touring situations. Featuring the use of different wood types, Ken Smith has built a huge range of basses for working pros, and are often used by Jazz and Gospel players. Ken Smith started off in his teens building basses for himself, and is largely self taught.

Vintage
Price: $3,199.99 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Steinberger NS CR5 Electric Cello 5 String Amber, 2015

❌SOLD❌ Steinberger NS CR5 Electric Cello 5 String Amber, 2015

NS Designs, founded by Ned Steinberger, develops innovative instruments like the Steinberger NS CR5 Electric Cello – in 4,5, and 6 string versions, extending the possibilities of acoustic instruments previously used only in concert halls.Previously we’ve reviewed an NS CR Series ‘Upright Bass’, and unsurprisingly there are a number of similarities between that and the CR5 Electric Cello. The construction style is almost identical, with a compact Rock Maple body and set Maple neck, with a traditional hand-graduated Ebony fingerboard.

Used
Price: $3,499.99 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Azola Lightning Bug Upright Electric Bass, 2009

❌SOLD❌ Azola Lightning Bug Upright Electric Bass, 2009

Azola Lightning Bug Basses – and other Azola Electric Upright Basses or EUB’s – were built from 2001 at the Azola shop in California until Azola ceased production in 2010. Azola started building in 1994 with a rebuild of the classic Ampeg Baby Bass. While putting together his Baby Bass prototype, Azola thoughtfully approached Ampeg for authorization. The results were positive – not only was Ampeg supportive, but when they decided to formally re-issue the classic Baby Bass, they asked Azola to build them!

Used
Price: $1,500.00 CAD

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