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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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Douglas Harrison GB Sapele Thinline Archtop, 2013

Douglas Harrison GB Sapele Thinline Archtop, 2013

The Douglas Harrison GB model has become a standard single cutaway, carved top chambered body thinline guitar intended for jazz guitarists. This model was designed in collaboration with the late Toronto jazz player Gary Benson to meet the needs of a working player.

Price: $5000 CAD
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Larrivee L-09 Steel String Guitar, 1995

Larrivee L-09 Steel String Guitar, 1995

The Larrivee L-09, based on the classically influenced L-body series, features a Sitka Spruce top paired with Indian Rosewood back and sides. The L series first appeared in the 1980’s and the balanced body shows the clear influence of classical builders, like Edgar Monch, that Larrivee was exposed to during his early days in Toronto.

Price: $1599 CAD
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Luke Mercier Flushfret Cubley/Fairbanks Banjo No. 36, 2005

Luke Mercier Flushfret Cubley/Fairbanks Banjo No. 36, 2005

Luke Mercier Flushfret Cubley/Fairbanks Banjo No. 36, 2005

Price: $1650 CAD
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Linda Manzer Cutaway Steel String Guitar Natural 1980

Linda Manzer Cutaway Steel String Guitar Natural 1980

Here we are looking at a Linda Manzer cutaway steel string acoustic built during 1980 in Toronto. It features a concert body using Sitka Spruce top with Indian Rosewood for the back, sides and headplate, Mahogany for the neck and Ebony for the bridge and bound fingerboard. The nut and saddle are bone. Schaller tuning machines with ebony buttons are installed at the head, and a K&K pickup set has been installed to an endpin jack. This example features Abalone for the rosette and position markers – a mix of dots and a leaflet with stem. The top has a small thin clear plastic tap plate, an excellent idea that protects the top without hiding it.

Price: $7999.99 CAD
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Mark Kett 13 Fret Brazilian Rosewood 000 Body Guitar, 2010

Mark Kett 13 Fret Brazilian Rosewood 000 Body Guitar, 2010

It’s fairly unusual to see a Mark Kett guitar for sale. His order book currently extends to 2021, so new guitars don’t appear in shops. His custom inlay work is more visible, as it appears on guitars by other builders including Sergei de Jonge, David Wren, Bourgeois Guitars, Linda Manzer, Frank Brothers, Marc Beneteau, and many others. His work was included in the ‘Group of Seven’ guitar set at the McMichael Gallery.

Price: $4500 CAD
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