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Conversion

❌SOLD❌ Gibson L5 Archtop ES5 Conversion Sunburst, 1948

❌SOLD❌  Gibson L5 Archtop ES5 Conversion Sunburst, 1948

The Gibson L5 was the premiere cutaway archtop for jazz guitarists – in fact it was originally named the Premiere – from its 1939 introduction. Close on its heels, though, the 1949 ES-5 offered three P-90 pickups but was built with laminates instead of solid woods for the body, all to reduce feedback. Here we’re looking at a Gibson L5 built during 1948, and some time later converted to an ES-5 configuration, with three P-90 pickups, but wired as other Gibson models – four controls and a switch – and not the six controls of the ES-5.

Vintage
Price: $7,500.00 CAD

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❌ SOLD ❌ Second Life MasterClone Banjo 2014

❌ SOLD ❌ Second Life MasterClone Banjo 2014

Banjo-maker Carl Arcand routinely restores older banjos to give them a ‘second life’ from his Eastern Townships shop in Ulverton, Quebec. This fine example Second Life MasterClone Banjo is still archived on his site. This instrument is assumed to be based on a 60s or 70s Gibson TB-250 ‘donor-banjo’ pot with flathead bronze tone ring and fitted to an Arcand handmade replica neck. The resurrection work was completed and the banjo first sold in 2014. This Second Life MasterClone Banjo is certainly equal or superior to any 70’s original Gibson. It is what we would call a RB-250 Mastertone “clone” banjo or “Master-Clone” banjo.

Used
Price: $1,850.00 CAD

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❌ SOLD ❌ Kubicki Factor Bass Fretless Conversion Black, 1990

❌ SOLD ❌ Kubicki Factor Bass Fretless Conversion Black, 1990

The Kubicki Factor Bass appeared as a limited production item in 1983. Once one of the first built was used by John Taylor of Duran Duran during a Saturday Night Live appearance, demand rose sharply.

Used
Price: $2,499.99 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Gibson ES-345 TD Left Hand Conversion Refinish, 1979

❌SOLD❌ Gibson ES-345 TD Left Hand Conversion Refinish, 1979

The Gibson ES-345 TD is the mid level in the thinline ES series, but sometimes it has been hard to find a left handed version. Consequently, players take various approaches to accomodate the orientation, from simply adapting technique to flipping the guitar over. Here, the controls were moved to the other side of the top and the bridge shifted to intonate properly.

Vintage
Price: $1,499.99 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Gibson TB-7 Tenor Banjo, 1937

❌SOLD❌ Gibson TB-7 Tenor Banjo, 1937

Here is a rare treat – from 1937, a Gibson TB-7 tenor banjo and case in good all original condition, having one owner from new.

Vintage
Price: $56,700.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ 1930 Gibson Granada Mastertone Banjo 5-String Conversion

❌SOLD❌  1930 Gibson Granada Mastertone Banjo 5-String Conversion

The Gibson Granada Mastertone banjo appeared in 1925 in the second from the top position in the Gibson Banjo line, and was built until 1937.

Vintage

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