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John Larrivee Classical Guitar, 1969

John Larrivee Classical Guitar, 1969

Here’s a historical piece – a Larrivee classical guitar, built during 1969 in Toronto when John Larrivee was studying with Edgar Monch. This is one of Larrivee’s very first guitars, as evidenced by the label. The very first labels were hand typeset, and had two spelling errors, in the first and last names!

Price: $1950 CAD
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C. F. Martin OM-21 Steel String Guitar, 2012

C. F. Martin OM-21 Steel String Guitar, 2012

The Martin OM or Orchestra Model design appeared in 1930, and has been built in various forms. The Martin OM-21 uses ’21’ level appointments – Indian Rosewood back and sides, single layer binding, and Ebony for the bridge and bound fingerboard.

Price: $2400 CAD
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Bourgeois Aged Tone Mahogany D Steel String Guitar NOS 2013

Bourgeois Aged Tone Mahogany D Steel String Guitar NOS 2013

Here, we have a Bourgeois Aged Tone (AT) Mahogany D, built during 2013 at the Lewiston, Maine shop pairing an Adirondack Spruce top with tropical Mahogany for the back, sides and neck, with Ebony for the bridge and unbound fingerboard. The head plate is Indian Rosewood and carries a Bourgeois logo in Mother of Pearl, and the tail wedge is Ziricote.   Waverly open gear tuning machines are the only metal parts.   Fossilized mammoth ivory is used for the nut and saddle.   Hot Hide Glue is used in the construction, which contributes to the ‘Vintage’ tone and also makes certain repairs much easier.  

Price: $4799 CAD
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Sold! Bourgeois Slope D Adirondack Sunburst 2009

Sold!  Bourgeois Slope D Adirondack Sunburst 2009

The Bourgeois Slope D is based on the large dreadnought body size, but with rounded or ‘Sloped’ upper bouts. The shape is similar to the original “Extra Large” dreadnought guitars made by C F Martin for the Ditson company from 1916 to 1930. Gibson also used the slope-shoulder form on many of their instruments, including the iconic J-45. However, during the 1960’s many of those models shifted to square shoulders to reflect market demand.

Price: $2999.99 CAD

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Bruce Haines Classical Guitar, 2017

Bruce Haines Classical Guitar, 2017

Bruce Haines is a private builder of Classical guitars, working from his shop just east of Toronto, Canada. His background in machining, tool and die making help with understanding of precision work, and he’s played guitar for decades provide an understanding of guitars as instruments. This new Bruce Haines classical guitar, labelled as 02 from 2017. It is built using Englemann spruce for the top, Indian Rosewood for the back, sides, head plates and bridge, Mahogany for the neck and Ebony for the fingerboard. The finish is a nicely done French Polish. Tuners are gold-plated Schaller models with faux pearl buttons, and the nut and saddle are bone.

Price: $2750 CAD
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G W Barry M-Body Steel String Acoustic Guitar, 1998

G W Barry M-Body Steel String Acoustic Guitar, 1998

This G W Barry M-Body guitar was built during 1998 at G W Barry’s shop in Toronto, Canada. As such, it features Barry’s ‘M’ body design, derived partly from the Martin style body. The top is Sitka Spruce with a paua abalone rosette and top binding, the back, sides and neck plate of Indian Rosewood, with mahogany for the neck and ebony for the bridge and bound fingerboard. A Fishman Matrix pickup, with no controls, is installed to an endpin jack. Tuners are by Gotoh, and have ebony buttons. The A button has a crack, which is relatively common with these units.

Price: $3000 CAD
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