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Gibson J-45 Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Sunburst, 1948

Gibson J-45 Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Sunburst, 1948

The Gibson J-45 appeared in 1942, displacing a couple of earlier models, and was hit but was itself quickly hit with wartime material restrictions. The straight bridge seen on this example used less material, and was mostly gone by 1947 in favour of the ‘belly bridge’. Some wartime examples did not have adjustable truss rods, depending on whether the shop had received or run out of their allotment of rod material. The gold Gibson decal firmly places this example to 1947 or later.   On the back of the head, there’s a small ‘Made in USA’ stamp, which indicates that this instrument was intended for export from the USA.  

Price: $9250 CAD
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Eastman E10SS Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Guitar Sunburst

Eastman E10SS Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Guitar Sunburst

The Eastman E10SS evokes the spirit of the classic spruce and mahogany slope shouldered dreadnought guitars popular with countless artists since the late 1930s. This combination of materials and body design delivers a warm, rich tone with plenty of presence and volume. It works very well as an accompaniment to a voice. Starting with the slope-shouldered dreadnought body, the Eastman E10SS pairs an solid Adirondack Spruce top on a solid Mahogany back and side set.

Price: $1500 CAD
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❌ Sold ❌ Huss and Dalton DS Custom Brazilian Rosewood, 2008

❌ Sold ❌  Huss and Dalton DS Custom Brazilian Rosewood,  2008

The Huss and Dalton DS Custom is based a Dreadnought body with Slope or rounded shoulders, and customized a number of ways. Here, an Adirondack Spruce top is paired with Brazilian Rosewood for the back and sides. Built during 2008, this Huss & Dalton DS Custom is in great condition and delivers outstanding tone. These guitars are great to start with, but this example is something else. It’s full, rich and warm with plenty of sparkle and separation. It also plays very well.

Price: $4500 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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❌ Sold ❌ Gibson J-160E Steel String Acoustic Electric Sunburst, 1966

❌ Sold ❌  Gibson J-160E Steel String Acoustic Electric Sunburst, 1966

The Gibson J-160E is one of the most recognisable steel string guitars, due largely to a series of recordings and performances during the early 1960s by The Beatles. Both John Lennon and George Harrison had J-160E models, while McCartney used an Epiphone Texan strung as left handed. Though it looks a lot like the traditional classic J-45 round shoulder dreadnought, the Gibson J-160E has major structural differences. First, because the design goal was to reduce feedback at high stage volumes, the guitar body is entirely laminate, including the top. Rather than X-braced, the top is strongly Ladder braced.

Price: $3999.99 CAD

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Larrivee SD-60 SH Slope Shoulder Traditional Dreadnought, 2006

Larrivee SD-60 SH Slope Shoulder Traditional Dreadnought, 2006

he Larrivee SD-60 is influenced by early Dreadnought designs, which date as far back as 1916. The earliest Dreadnought body guitars appeared around 1916 and were built by Martin for the Ditson company. The Martin-Ditson Dreadnought body style tends to be long with a wide waist. It has developed into the Dreadnought, the single most used body style in the world. The original Ditson dreadnoughts had many of the features found here on the Larrivee SD-60.

Price: $2500 CAD
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