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Jackson Stars SL-2H Neck Through Made In Japan, Black, 1990

Jackson Stars SL-2H Neck Through Made In Japan, Black, 1990

The Jackson Stars line featured a number of familiar Jackson models and was built in Japan with very high quality, with importation limited 1990 and 1991. Subsequently, sales of these pro-level models was limited to the Japanese market. These followed the successful Charvel series, and began in 1990.  In 1992, production of bolt-on models began and importation of that line continued. This Jackson Stars SL-2H, Made In Japan and according to its serial number, during 1990. On these guitars, the serial number is an impressed stamp located on the body end of the fingerboard. It’s a six digit number, with the first digit indicating the year, counting from 1990.

Price: $1400 CAD
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REDUCED! Ibanez George Benson GB10 BS Sunburst Thinline Archtop Guitar, 1986

REDUCED!  Ibanez George Benson GB10 BS Sunburst Thinline Archtop Guitar, 1986

The Ibanez George Benson GB10 BS is still in production as are other versions of the model, and they are as practical as when introduced. This model features two ‘floating’ mini-humbucking pickups, one attached to the fingerboard tag and the other to the pickguard. Neither contacts the top though the pickguard has a small support post. In the 1980s, the great Jazz guitarist George Benson entered into a collaboration with Ibanez to produce a series of signature archtop electric guitars, including the GB10 and its fancier sisters.

Price: $1999.99 CAD
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Gretsch G6120 DS Nashville Archtop Electric Guitar Orange, 2003

Gretsch G6120 DS Nashville Archtop Electric Guitar Orange, 2003

The Gretsch G6120 DS Nashville is based on 1955-56 6120 models equipped with single coil deArmond DynaSonic pickups. Built for a short time starting in 2003, it is a ‘dressed down’ version of the G6120 DSV – it lacks the Western-style decorative G brand on the body and engraved block inlays.

Price: $2200 CAD
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SOLD!!! Ibanez PM100 NT Pat Metheny Model Archtop Electric Natural, 2001

SOLD!!! Ibanez PM100 NT Pat Metheny Model Archtop Electric Natural, 2001

Pat Metheny is one of the great modern jazz guitarists, and the Ibanez PM100 Pat Metheny signature model was part of a line of guitars intended to reflect his style. Built from 1996, the PM100 was discontinued in 2010 though other versions are still built. Currently, Pat Metheny mostly plays guitars built by renowned Canadian luthier Linda Manzer.

Price: $2200 CAD

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SOLD!!!! Ibanez Joe Pass JP20 Archtop Guitar Sunburst, 1980

SOLD!!!! Ibanez Joe Pass JP20 Archtop Guitar Sunburst, 1980

The Joe Pass JP20 features a single cutaway fully hollow body made of maple laminate. The neck is maple with a bound ebony fingerboard, and sports Mother of Pearl / Abalone block inlays. The headstock has a stylized JP inlay below the Ibanez logo. The bridge and tailpiece are ebony.   The original pickguard is bound, faux tortoise and notched for the pickup.  

Price: $1800 CAD

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M. Sakurai No.7 Classical Guitar, 1975

M. Sakurai No.7 Classical Guitar, 1975

This M. Sakurai Number 7 guitar labelled as supervised by M. Kohno, and dating to 1975. It features a solid cedar top, solid Indian Rosewood for the back, sides, headplate and bridge, Mahogany for the neck (and blocks) with Ebony for the fingerboard. The binding is also rosewood. The construction looks like it’s done in the traditional Spanish style, with a ‘slipper heel’ but it is possible that the neck actually attaches with a dovetail joint.

Price: $950 CAD
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