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⚌Reduced‼ Thomas Malapanis Classical Guitar, 2004

⚌Reduced‼  Thomas Malapanis Classical Guitar, 2004

Here we are looking at the Thomas Malapanis Classical numbered 26, and dated to 2004.  The top is Red Cedar,  while the sides, back, headplate and bridge are Cocobolo.  The sides are lined with a Cypress or Sycamore facing, not the same as ‘laminate’ woods,  a technique pioneered by Jose Ramirez III to help increase clarity, and still used on some higher end Ramirez models. 

Used
Price: $4,995.00 CAD
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Karol Belair Harp Guitar Natural, 2021

Karol Belair Harp Guitar Natural, 2021

Here’s an unusual, beautiful and spectacular piece – a Tony Karol Belair Harp Guitar, combining salvaged Bearclaw Spruce and Cocobolo with a fan fret fingerboard! Harp guitars date to the early years of the 18th century and the first true harp guitar appeared in Paris in 1773, built by Naderman.   He called this instrument a ‘Bisex’,  meaning double six – six harp strings and six regular strings.   Over time that term has taken on a rather different meaning. 

New
Price: $10,000.00 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Martin CS 00028 Adirondack and Cocobolo, 2017

❌SOLD❌ Martin CS 00028 Adirondack and Cocobolo, 2017

From the Custom Shop, here’s a very nice Martin CS 00028 featuring an Adirondack Spruce top paired with Cocobolo for the sides, back and head plate. Martin’s Style 28 was introduced in 1870 and the 000 body size appeared in 1902, with one 000-28 built that year. These had 12-fret necks until 1933, with the change to 14-fret necks spurred by the great banjoist migration that began in the closing years of the 1920s.

Used
Price: $5,500.00 CAD

This instrument has sold

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❌SOLD❌ Sergei de Jonge 7 String Short Scale 1999

❌SOLD❌ Sergei de Jonge 7 String Short Scale 1999

Here we have another unusual instrument, a Sergei de Jonge 7 String Short Scale guitar with an Engelmann Spruce top and back and sides of Yew. Sergei de Jonge has been building for decades, beginning around 1969 in Toronto with Jean Larrivee, following an introduction by the late and celebrated guitar teacher Eli Kassner. After working with Pat Lister in Collingwood around 1971, de Jonge set up his own shop in Toronto in 1972 and has been building nad teaching on his own since then, aside from a one year break while living in Holland. Currently his shop is located in Chelsea, Quebec.

Used
Price: $3,200.00 CAD

This instrument has sold

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❌SOLD❌ Johnny Walker Grand Concert Cutaway Classical Guitar, 2010

❌SOLD❌  Johnny Walker Grand Concert Cutaway Classical Guitar, 2010

Here is a rarity – a fine Johnny Walker Grand Concert cutaway classical guitar, built during 2010 at Walker’s shop in the heartlands of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Originally trained as a research chemist, Johnny Walker developed an interest in classical guitar and while taking lessons, decided to build a better guitar from a kit.  That worked out well and led to another, then another, and by 1966 Johnny Walker Guitars was born.  

Used
Price: $3,000.00 CAD

This instrument has sold

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❌SOLD❌ Lakewood M53 Custom Shop Grand Concert Guitar, 2017

❌SOLD❌ Lakewood M53 Custom Shop Grand Concert Guitar, 2017

Here we’re looking at a Lakewood M53, with a Grand Concert body built using a AAAA grade German Spruce top and Cocobolo for the back, sides, rosette and head plate. The body blocks and slotted-peghead, 13-fret joint neck are Mahogany, with Ebony for the bridge and bound fingerboard; the binding is Maple and on this guitar, there are a pair of Mother of Peal Maple Leaf inlays at the twelfth fret.

Used
Price: $2,999.00 CAD

This instrument has sold

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