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Gibson J-160E Electric Flat-Top Sunburst, 1956

Gibson J-160E Electric Flat-Top Sunburst, 1956

Introduced in 1954 and intended as a companion to the then-new Les Paul solidbody, the Gibson J-160E was one of the first mass production electrified steel string guitars. This model was discontinued in 1979, and is occasionally re-issued. One of the greatest contributors to the success of this model was a 1962 model’s appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, in the hands of one John Lennon. That was The Beatles first US performance, and made all their gear quite popular.

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Price: $4,999.99 CAD
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Martin & Coupa Guitar, 1840s

Martin & Coupa Guitar, 1840s

Here is another rarity – an 1840’s Martin & Coupa guitar, built in Nazareth PA for John Coupa at 385 Broadway (Upstairs!) in New York. It is extraordinary that an instrument like this Martin & Coupa guitar could be in all original and playable condition, complete with its original “coffin” case, over 160 years after its production! To give a little chronological perspective, this instrument would have been delivered to its first owner by stagecoach and riverboat 20 years before the American Civil War.

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Price: $30,000.00 USD
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❌SOLD❌ Gibson LG3 Steel String Guitar Natural, 1949

❌SOLD❌ Gibson LG3 Steel String Guitar Natural, 1949

The Gibson LG3 was built from late 1942 to 1963 as an entry level model, but its production was suspended months after its launch due to WW2.  It was introduced with the LG1 and LG2, but from 1943 to 1945, only the sunburst LG2 stayed in production.  All three models were similar in appearance, but the LG1 and LG2 were ladder braced while the LG3 had what’s now the standard X bracing. In 1963, the LG3 was replaced by the B25-N (for Natural Finish Top).

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Price: $4,999.99 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Gibson LG1 Steel String Guitar Sunburst, 1950

❌SOLD❌ Gibson LG1 Steel String Guitar Sunburst, 1950

The Gibson LG1 was introduced during 1942 along with the LG-2 and LG-3 as entry level models – and with the US entry into WW2, but after about 100 of each were built, both the LG-1 and LG-3 were discontinued for the duration of the war. While the LG-2 was built throughout WW2, the LG-1  and LG-3 were not built from 1943 to 1945.  In 1958, the LG-0 was introduced. 

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Price: $2,850.00 CAD

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NO LONGER AVAILABLE!!! Gibson B25-12 12 String Acoustic Guitar with Pickup, 1965

NO LONGER AVAILABLE!!! Gibson B25-12 12 String Acoustic Guitar with Pickup, 1965

In the 1960’s, 12-strings like the Gibson B25-12 were very popular, and the 12 was found on many recordings, in Canada especially Gordon Lightfoot’s. Here we’re looking at a Gibson B25-12 from 1965, with some very practical modifications that make it a practical, gigging 12 string with a great vintage sound.

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Price: $1,450.00 CAD

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