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Fender Stratocaster HardTail Black Refinish, 1977

Fender Stratocaster HardTail Black Refinish, 1977

The Fender Stratocaster HardTail was available alongside the revolutionary and better known 1954 tremolo-equipped version, and only discontinued around 2010, due to declining sales. Many country and rhythm players preferred the Fender Stratocaster HardTail for perceived increases in ‘snap’, sustain and tonal separation, and a slightly ‘drier’ sound than comes from the lack of trem springs. While many players block or otherwise disable the Trem, hard tail Strats never sold like the trem versions have.

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Price: $2,250.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Gibson Super 400 Acoustic Archtop Sunburst, 1937

⚌Reduced‼ Gibson Super 400 Acoustic Archtop Sunburst, 1937

The Gibson Super 400 strode above most others when giant archtops roamed the earth, and is still one of the largest production guitars made.   Making its introduction in 1934 as the ‘Super L-5 Deluxe’, the non-cutaway model was quickly joined by a cutaway model, initially named the  Super 400 P for ‘Premiere’.   The ‘400’ designation was originally a reference to the price.  These were top of the line for acoustic archtop guitars, and were played by many top artists – Merle Travis being one.

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Price: $9,999.99 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Gibson ES175 Sunburst Refinish, 1960

❌SOLD❌ Gibson ES175 Sunburst Refinish, 1960

Here we have a Gibson ES175 sunburst, built during 1960 in Kalamazoo, Michigan and sporting a refinish and a pair of gold Guild humbuckers. The Gibson ES175 sunburst – its primary finish, though it was also available in natural at extra cost – was introduced in 1949 and produced until 2017. At that point, Gibson was restructuring and terminated several models and the Memphis plant. It is based on a number of previous Gibson arched top electric models, with Maple Laminates used for the body to reduce feedback.

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Price: $2,850.00 CAD

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Fender Jazz Bass Burgundy Refinish, 1962

Fender Jazz Bass Burgundy Refinish, 1962

Here we have a Fender Jazz Bass dating to 7 May 1962 with a Burgundy refinish replacing the original Sunburst. This is a fairly rare Rosewood Slab Board model, indicating a type of neck built in Fullerton, California until mid 1962. The Fender Jazz Bass was introduced in 1960, aimed at the Jazz bass players who had not adopted the Precision Bass or who wanted a thinner neck and more focused tone. The Offset Body that debuted on the 1958 Jazzmaster was used for the Jazz Bass body.

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Price: $9,999.99 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Travis Bean TB1000S Koa, 1978

❌SOLD❌ Travis Bean TB1000S Koa, 1978

Built from 1974 to 1979, the Travis Bean TB1000S was the ‘Standard’ version of these innovative instruments, also available as the TB1000A or ‘Artist’ with carved top. 1,422 were built before the company folded and this example is number 1214. Travis Bean had a varied career, including stints as a machinist, luthier, motorcycle racer, movie set builder and rock drummer among other pursuits. Born in 1947, Bean died in 2011. At the launch of Travis Bean Guitars, his partners included Marc McElwee and Gary Kramer – Kramer went on to form Kramer Guitars in 1975.

Vintage
Price: $4,750.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Fender Jazz Bass Natural Refinish, 1966

❌SOLD❌ Fender Jazz Bass Natural Refinish, 1966

Here is a Fender Jazz Bass Natural refinish, with body and neck built towards the end of 1965 but assembled, wired and sold in early 1966. The Jazz Bass was introduced in 1960, as Leo Fender’s second distinct bass after the two versions of the Precision Bass. Targeted towards Jazz players and taking design cues from the then-new Jazzmaster and Jaguar models, particularly the offset body, the Jazz Bass offered a brighter, more focused tone with less fundamental than the Precision Bass along with a much narrower neck.

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Price: $4,999.99 CAD

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