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Martin R-17 Archtop Guitar Natural Mahogany, 1937

Martin R-17 Archtop Guitar Natural Mahogany, 1937

Listed from 1935 to 1941, the Martin R-17 was one of a few arched top, flat back models in the Martin catalog, featuring a Mahogany top, back and sides. Its sibling, the R-18, had a solid, shaped Spruce top with Mahogany elsewhere; Brazilian Rosewood was used for the head plate, bridge, and fingerboard. Early examples of both models used 12 fret necks but soon gained the more popular 14 fret configuration.

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Price: $3,250.00 CAD
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Gibson Honeyburst Les Paul Standard, 2005

Gibson Honeyburst Les Paul Standard, 2005

This Gibson Honeyburst Les Paul Standard was built during 2005 and is in very good, clean original condition with only light wear. At the time that this example was built, pickguards were not installed on models with figured tops, and the two mounting holes were not drilled. The original pickguard is not included and seems to be long gone.

Used
Price: $3,000.00 CAD
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Gibson Les Paul Signature Thinline Gold Top, 1973

Gibson Les Paul Signature Thinline Gold Top, 1973

Introduced during 1973 and built until 1979 – the Norlin era – the Gibson Les Paul Signature Thinline Gold Top, is a rarity, and as a guitar has never been re-issued in any form. We have seen in-person one other example, during the 1980s, in The Twelfth Fret repair shop. Approximately 1,400 Gold Top models were built, and under 100 in Sunburst. It was also available as a bass. This model uses the construction of an ES-335, but its asymmetrical body has approximately the top half of a 335 and the bottom half of a Les Paul.

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Price: $6,000.00 CAD
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Gibson R8 Les Paul Standard Washed Cherry Burst 2007

Gibson R8 Les Paul Standard Washed Cherry Burst 2007

The Gibson R8 Les Paul Standard is a faithful re-creation of the early, legendary Burst models that featured the then-newly invented humbucking pickups. Introduced in late 1957, these new ‘Standard’ models also replaced the original metallic gold top finish with a sunburst. The Les Paul Custom also carried the new hardware, but kept its black finish and gold hardware.

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Price: $4,999.99 CAD
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Gibson 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue, 2020

Gibson 1956 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue, 2020

The Gibson 1956 Les Paul nearly reached the model’s evolutionary peak after its 1952 introduction. At this point the neck angle had increased and the new ABR-1 bridge and stop tailpiece had been added – all that remained was the late 1957 introduction of Gibson’s new humbucking pickups.

Used
Price: $4,999.99 CAD
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Gibson Memphis ES-339 Thinline Electric Cherry Red, 2013

Gibson Memphis ES-339 Thinline Electric Cherry Red, 2013

The Gibson Memphis ES-339 was built from 2007 until the Gibson Memphis plant closed in 2019, and the 339 is now built in Nashville with some small changes. In 1996, Gibson launched the short-lived ES-336, a scaled-down version of the classic ES-335. This model retained the key playability elements of the 335 in terms of scale length, fingerboard width and hardware selection.

Used
Price: $3,500.00 CAD
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