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⚌Reduced‼ Fender Pre-CBS Stratocaster Sunburst, 1964

⚌Reduced‼ Fender Pre-CBS Stratocaster Sunburst, 1964

Here’s something we see fewer of – a Fender Pre-CBS Stratocaster in Sunburst, with a body date of 9/63 and neck date of March 1964. This type of ‘date mismatch’ has been common in some periods of Fender production. The factory would build and finish a larger number of bodies and store them, with the necks built closer to the sale and delivery date. The potentiometers date to 1963.

Vintage
Price: $16,500.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Gibson J185 Original Jumbo Steel String Antique Natural, 2005

⚌Reduced‼ Gibson J185 Original Jumbo Steel String Antique Natural, 2005

Here we have a Gibson J185 Original Jumbo bodied steel string in Antique Natural finish, built during 2005 at the Gibson Acoustic plant in Bozeman, Montana. The J-185 is a very good but likely under-appreciated guitar, being overshadowed by the better known and slightly larger J-200. The Gibson J185 and J200 have many similarities and the key differences are not always seen at first glance. Both feature the Jumbo body shape, Sitka Spruce top with Figured Maple for the sides and back, and Rosewood for the fingerboard and bridge.

Used
Price: $2,599.99 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Gibson Custom Shop SG Metallic Emerald Green, 1993

⚌Reduced‼ Gibson Custom Shop SG Metallic Emerald Green, 1993

Here we have another rarity – from September 1993, a Gibson Custom Shop SG in Emerald Green Metallic finish with gold hardware and pearloid pickguard! The Gibson SG had been produced for three years before it gained the name ‘SG’. It was originally introduced in 1961 as a complete redesign of the then-unpopular single cutaway, carved Maple top Les Paul model. An additional driving factor was addressing Fender’s characterization of Gibson as old-fashioned.

Used
Price: $2,575.00 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Monty Flying V Korina Guitar Natural, 2020

❌SOLD❌ Monty Flying V Korina Guitar Natural, 2020

Here is a treat – a Brian Monty Flying V Korina solidbody, hewing closely to the original V built in very small and diminishing numbers in 1958 (81 built) and 1959 (17 built). The Flying V was one of three designs for Ted McCarty, then president of Gibson, by Seth Lover.

Used
Price: $4,599.99 CAD

This instrument has sold

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Guild X-500 Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1960

Guild X-500 Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1960

Here’s a beautiful piece of functional art – from 1960, a Guild X-500 Archtop electric in original condition and very playable! The Guild Guitar company was formed in New York 1951 by jazz guitarist and musical retailer Alfred Dronge and George Mann, ex-Epiphone executive. Most of the staff were also ex-Epiphone employees who did not follow the company from New York to Philadelphia, a move sparked by a four-month strike.

Vintage
Price: $5,500.00 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Gibson ES125TC Thinline Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1969

❌SOLD❌  Gibson ES125TC Thinline Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1969

Here is a nicely preserved Gibson ES125TC thin body archtop.  This guitar has both a single cutaway and single dog-ear P-90 pickup, and was built during 1969 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In Gibson’s naming system, the ES stands for Electric Spanish – Spanish referring to the way the guitar is held and played – a 125 model, with the T meaning Thinline and the C denoting a cutaway.   The other version of this guitar has two pickups and is the ES125 TDC.  

Vintage
Price: $2,950.00 CAD

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