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Gibson Golden Axe Explorer, Gold Burst, 2013

Gibson Golden Axe Explorer, Gold Burst, 2013

Here is an unusual guitar – a Gibson Golden Axe Explorer, built during 2013 at the Gibson Nashville plant and sporting a pair of LACE™ Nitro Hemi humbucker pickups! Originally built for Bill Kelliher of Mastodon, the Gibson Golden Axe Explorer is based on the classic Explorer design. The body is solid Mahogany, with a Mahogany neck topped with a Rosewood fingerboard. Unlike typical Explorer models, the body and neck are both bound.

Used
Price: $2,999.99 CAD
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Gibson Melody Maker Single Cutaway Sunburst, 1960

Gibson Melody Maker Single Cutaway Sunburst, 1960

Introduced in 1959 as a student model just below the Les Paul Junior, the Gibson Melody Maker wound up in the hands of a number of professional rock guitarists. The Melody Maker was built from 1959 to 1971, in single and double pickup (the Melody Maker D) versions, in full scale and short scale. The original single cutaway model seen here was built until late 1960, then replaced with a double cutaway version. In 1966, the body shape changed to the pointed-horn SG style. In 1971, the line was dropped in favour of the SG-100 and SG-200 models, which lasted one year.

Vintage
Price: $2,399.99 CAD
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Fender American Vintage ’72 Telecaster Custom Reissue Sunburst, 2012

Fender American Vintage '72 Telecaster Custom Reissue Sunburst, 2012

The Fender American Vintage 72 Telecaster recreates a version of the Telecaster built from 1972 to 1981, a major change from the Tele Custom introduced in 1959. For 1959 with the introduction of Rosewood fingerboards, Fender introduced an ‘upmarket’ Telecaster Custom, with the new Rosewood board and a body with binding around the top and back. The rest of the guitar was standard Telecaster. However, by 1972, Fender Marketing was feeling pressured because of its close association with thin and bright single coil pickups, while Gibson was almost synonymous with fat sounding humbuckers.

Used
Price: $2,000.00 CAD
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Fender Brad Paisley Road Worn® Telecaster®, 2017

Fender Brad Paisley Road Worn® Telecaster®, 2017

The Fender Brad Paisley Road Worn Telecaster takes its cues as a signature model from one of Paisley’s main guitars, an original 1968 pink Paisley Tele. The initial appearance of this model is striking – it’s shiny, silver sparkle finish is hard to miss, and complements the silver and black Paisley pickguard.   The one-piece Maple neck is much like many 1950’s models, and its 9.5 inch radius fingerboard and full profile is surprisingly comfortable.

Used
Price: $1,499.00 CAD
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Royal Aire by National Solidbody Electric Guitar Sunburst, 1951

Royal Aire by National Solidbody Electric Guitar Sunburst, 1951

Here is a rarity – a Royal Aire by National solid body electric guitar, dating to 1951 and one of the earliest production electrics for National and its parent Valco.  Clearly a National model given its construction and components,  Royal Aire branded instruments are few and far between.  Around 1947, Valco contracted with Gibson to produce some Royal Aire flat top acoustics, based on the LG-3.  Here,  Valco / National used a National neck with its shield logo plate engraved to read Royal Aire. 

Vintage
Price: $1,299.99 CAD
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Fender 1956 Relic Roasted Stratocaster #140 Lake Placid Blue, 2016

Fender 1956 Relic Roasted Stratocaster #140 Lake Placid Blue, 2016

This guitar is a limited edition available at the 2017 NAMM show – a Fender 1956 Relic Roasted Stratocaster in Aged Lake Placid Blue. On the Certificate of Authenticity, it’s identified as the “Ltd 56 Stratocaster Relic®” , and the Custom Shop card identifies it as #140 of the 30th Anniversary run. This guitar features what Fender calls a Relic treatment on a nitrocellulose lacquer finish with Closet Classic hardware and a Roasted Alder body.

Used
Price: $3,699.00 CAD
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