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

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 recordings and performances during the early 1960s by The Beatles.

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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Gibson Northern Jumbo Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Sunburst, 2007

Gibson Northern Jumbo Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Sunburst, 2007

Like a Southern Jumbo, the Gibson Northern Jumbo features a slope-shouldered dreadnought body, with a Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany for the back, sides and neck. The fingerboard and bridge are Rosewood, with Mother of Pearl used for the inlays. A Firestripe type pickguard was stock. The top has a sunburst finish, on some promotional materials referred to as ‘Maple BUrst’, and the body has a dark tint. The rear of the headstock carries a decal of a Maple Leaf and ‘Limited Edition’ below. The truss rod cover is engraved ‘NORTHERN JUMBO’. As typical of Gibson acoustics of the period, an L R Baggs pickup system is discreetly installed, and the tuners are Grover Roto-Matics with nickel finish. 

Price: $2600 CAD
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Gibson B25-12 12 String Acoustic Guitar with Pickup, 1965

Gibson B25-12 12 String Acoustic Guitar with Pickup, 1965

In the 1960’s, 12-strings like the Gibson B25-12 were very popular, and the 12 was found on many recordings, in Canada especially Gordon Lightfoot’s.

Price: $1150 CAD
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Collings CJ-35 Slope Shouldered Dreadnought Guitar Sunburst, 2014

Collings CJ-35 Slope Shouldered Dreadnought Guitar Sunburst, 2014

The Slope Shouldered Dreadnought appeared early in the development of the steel string guitar, and the Collings CJ-35 is an expression of just how good this design can be when built by a master.

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