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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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Reduced! Gibson Custom Shop Songwriter Performer Limited Sunburst, 2012

Reduced!  Gibson Custom Shop Songwriter Performer Limited Sunburst, 2012

Based on the Songwriter designed by Ren Ferguson at the Gibson Acoustic shop in Bozeman, Montana, the Gibson Custom Shop Songwriter Performer Limited  was produced during 2012. Using a traditional square shoulder Dreadnought body of Sitka Spruce and Mahogany, and a 25.5 inch, long scale Mahogany neck and Indian Rosewood for the unadorned fingerboard and bridge, the Gibson Custom Shop Songwriter Performer Limited sports an abalone ring around the soundhole.

Price: $1699 CAD
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G W Barry Mod-C Ziricote Cutaway Steel String Guitar, 2018

G W Barry Mod-C Ziricote Cutaway Steel String Guitar, 2018

Here we have another “truly” handcrafted sonic masterpiece from the workshop of G.W. Barry, a ‘Mod-C Ziricote’.    This instrument is passing through our shop on the way to its new owner, and it looks so good we wanted to share it.   This is Mr. Barry’s Modified Concert model in Bear-claw Sitka Spruce and Ziricote. With a 15.5 in. lower bout width and 4.25 in. tail end depth the Mod-C bridges the gap between a standard OM and Dreadnought dimensions, while its curvaceous lines add an ergonomic comfort factor when in a seated playing position.

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DK Concertino Steel String Guitar Black Walnut, 2017

DK Concertino Steel String Guitar Black Walnut, 2017

This DK Concertino was built during 2017 and pairs an Engelmann Spruce top with Black Walnut for the back, sides, headplate and backstrap, with Curly Maple for the neck and binding. The fingerboard is ebony, which is also used coupled with Curly Maple for the tailpiece; the bridge is Rosewood. DK guitars are built by Dmitry Kulakov near Ottawa. These unique instruments are visually arresting and innovative, but work well as playable instruments and sound quite good.

Price: $3399.99 CAD
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Dieter Hopf Gran Concierto Classical Guitar, 2004

Dieter Hopf Gran Concierto Classical Guitar, 2004

From 2004, this Dieter Hopf Gran Concierto features a radial-braced red cedar top, Amazonian Rosewood back and sides, ebony for the fingerboard and an acoustically ported ebony bridge. The neck is mahogany with an ebony stiffener. The tuners are Schaller models with faux Mother of Pearl buttons. The scale length is 650mm and the nut width is 52mm.

Price: $4500 CAD
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