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C F Martin 0-18K Steel String Guitar Koa, 1930

C F Martin 0-18K Steel String Guitar Koa, 1930

Built from 1918 to 1935, the C F Martin 0-18K is a small body Koa wood guitar intended for Hawaiian music, which was very popular at the time. Another very similar version, the 0-18KH (for Hawaiian) was built between 1927 and 1928. Based on the proven ‘parlor’ size 0 body, the 0-18K used Koa for the top, sides and back, Mahogany for the neck with an unbound Ebony fingerboard and Ebony bridge. At the time this example was built – likely around November 1930, given the serial number – straight Bar frets were still used.

Price: $4999.99 CAD
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Gibson J-45 Slope Shoulder Steel String Sunburst, 1967

Gibson J-45 Slope Shoulder Steel String Sunburst, 1967

Regarded as a workhorse guitar since 1942 when it replaced the natural top J-35, the slope-shouldered Gibson J-45 has been used by countless artists in innumberable performances.

Price: $2000 CAD
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Waterloo WL-K ‘Southwest’ Steel String Guitar, 2017

Waterloo WL-K 'Southwest' Steel String Guitar, 2017

This Waterloo WL-K was built during 2017 in Austin, Texas, and features the ‘Southwest’ finish that evokes the stencils commonly used on guitars of the period. The top is Spruce, paired with Mahogany for the back, sides and neck; the fingerboard is Indian Rosewood, with an Ebony bridge. It’s in very nice, original condition with minimal wear. The original TKL hard shell case is included.

Price: $2800 CAD
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C. F. Martin D-35 Steel String Dreadnought Guitar 1976

C. F. Martin D-35 Steel String Dreadnought Guitar 1976

This C.F. Martin D-35 was built during 1976 at the historic C. F. Martin plant in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. It uses a Sitka Spruce top, Indian Rosewood for the back, sides and headplate, and Ebony for the bridge and bound fingerboard. A K&K Mimi pickup system has been added.  This guitar has been used as intended over the years, and there are a few marks in the back and top, and fret wear is light to moderate. 

Price: $2399.99 CAD
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Gibson RB-250 Banjo Mahogany, 1998

Gibson RB-250 Banjo Mahogany, 1998

This Gibson RB-250 example dates to 1998 and is good working order.  It has just been completely worked over and set up by Anne Hartman at The Twelfth Fret.     Fret wear is moderate but it plays cleanly, and delivers that loud, clear Gibson banjo sound.   There is visible wear on the arm-rest plating, sure signs that it’s been used as intended, and that’s a good thing. 

Price: $2650 CAD
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Eastman E10 OOSS Steel String Acoustic Sunburst, 2015

Eastman E10 OOSS Steel String Acoustic Sunburst, 2015

The Eastman E10 OOSS is a rebuild of a classic – the OO body shape with an Adirondack Spruce top and Mahogany back, sides and neck with Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. This design comes from the 1898 Martin OO18, which was built until 1995, and again since 2006 with a few variations. The OO body is a bit larger and louder than the ‘Parlor Guitar’ size, and closer to the volume of a classical guitar body. These are known as being tonally very well balanced, with good clarity and separation between notes. They make excellent fingerstyle guitars.

Price: $1299.99 CAD
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