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❌SOLD❌ Fender Red Paisley Telecaster MIJ, 1994

❌SOLD❌ Fender Red Paisley Telecaster MIJ, 1994

In 1968, the Fender Red Paisley Telecaster appeared, used by one of the hottest players on one of the hottest stages – James Burton and Elvis Presley! Also available in a ‘Blue Flower’ finish – the same idea, but with flowers and a blue tint, these finished did not last long in the Fender catalog. These models have been reissued from time to time, and in 1994 and 1995 the Fender Red Paisley Telecaster was built for Fender Japan by Fuji-Gen Gakki in Matsumoto, Nagano Japan.

Used
Price: $1,250.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Fender Squier JV 1957 Stratocaster Black, 1982

❌SOLD❌ Fender Squier JV 1957 Stratocaster Black, 1982

Here we haVe a Fender Squier JV 1957 Stratocaster reissue, built during 1982 for Fender Japan by Fuji-Gen Gakki. By the end of the 1970’s Fender, under CBS management, was struggling. Import copies were getting better all the time, which was made very clear to Fender executives touring Japanese factories with a view to doing some production there. At this time, Fender also hired three executives from Yamaha.

Vintage
Price: $950.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Epiphone Elite 1965 Casino Natural, 2003

❌SOLD❌  Epiphone Elite 1965 Casino Natural, 2003

The Epiphone Elite 1965 Casino recalls one of the most famous guitars – the one played by John Lennon on many recordings. In fact, Lennon, McCartney and Harrison all had Casinos and McCartney still uses his.   There were many other Casino players,  including members of the Rolling Stones and Beach Boys. Originally built as a Sunburst model, by 1968 (during the White Album sessions) Lennon had the finish stripped off, with two coats of thin clear lacquer re-applied.    It was felt that this improved the tone and resonance of the guitar, and this look has become a de facto standard, especially without the pickguard. 

Used
Price: $1,500.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Takamine 45th Anniversary Sapphire Steel String Guitar, 2007

❌SOLD❌  Takamine 45th Anniversary Sapphire Steel String Guitar, 2007

The Takamine 45th Anniversary model steel string guitar was built in limited quantities during 2007 celebrating Takamine’s sapphire anniversary. Based on the traditional and most popular Dreadnought body shape, the 45th Anniversary pairs a Bearclaw Spruce top with African Rosewood for the back, sides and headplate. The neck is Mahogany, with an Ebony fingerboard and bridge. Inlays are Mother of Pearl, Abalone, and Pāua shell.  Gold coloured Gotoh open back, vintage style tuners provide smooth and accurate tuning.  

Used
Price: $2,000.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Yamaha SA 1200S Super Axe Sunburst, 1980

❌SOLD❌ Yamaha SA 1200S Super Axe Sunburst, 1980

Here we have an original condition Yamaha SA 1200S, built during 1980 at Yamaha’s shops in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture. The Super Axe line had been built for fourteen years, and over time came to have a body shape more like a Gibson ES 3xx model. The headstocks were unique to Yamaha, and there was no risk of infringing on Gibson’s models. These were high quality instruments, with varying levels of decoration.   After 1984, SA production was moved to Taiwan. 

Vintage
Price: $1,200.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Ibanez 2461 Johnny Smith ‘Lawsuit Era’ Archtop Electric Natural, 1975

❌SOLD❌  Ibanez 2461 Johnny Smith 'Lawsuit Era' Archtop Electric Natural, 1975

Here we have an Ibanez 2461 Johnny Smith style, full body cutaway archtop, built in Japan likely during 1975. The model was built until 1977. Typical of the early 1975 period, it has no serial number – these started appearing on the back of the headstock late 1975. It is largely original, though it has a slight modification – the output jack was a mini-plug mounted on the pickguard, and this was removed and a standard 1/4 inch jack installed to the lower treble side.

Vintage
Price: $2,250.00 CAD

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