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Takamine LTD 98 Limited Edition Steel String Guitar, 1998

Takamine LTD 98 Limited Edition Steel String Guitar, 1998

The Takamine LTD 98 was the Limited Edition model for 1998 – a tradition for Takamine since at least 1987, and built at their plant in Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. At the time of construction, this plant was in Sakashita, but in 2005 Sakashita was merged into Nakatsugawa along with several other towns and villages. Takamine opened in spring 1962, and by the mid 1970s had scored great successes with their pioneering electric-acoustic guitars with factory built-in pre-amplified pickups.

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Price: $1299 CAD
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Martin D 28 Dreadnought Steel String Guitar, 2012

Martin D 28 Dreadnought Steel String Guitar, 2012

This particular Martin D 28 was built during 2012 as part of the Standard Series at the Martin plant in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. It is in overall good condition. It has been well cared for but has been used as intended, so there is honest play wear in the usual locations. In particular, there is some pick wear to the top finish on the treble side of the fingerboard tag.   There is also light to moderate fret wear in the lower positions.   

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Price: $2100 CAD
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Bourgeois Vintage D Adirondack Top, 2015

Bourgeois Vintage D Adirondack Top, 2015

Here we’re treated to a Bourgeois Vintage D, dating to May 19 2015 and featuring an Adirondack Spruce top paired with Indian Rosewood for the sides and back. The neck is Mahogany, with a Ziricote head plate, and Ebony is used for the bridge and bound fingerboard. Mother of Pearl is used for the Bourgeois headstock inlay and the snowflake position marker sets. The top is enclosed in an old-style Herringbone inlay, and the back has a ‘Zipper’ center strip.  Open gear,  nickel plated Waverly tuners – made in Bozeman, Montana, not far from the Gibson Acoustic shop – are at the head. 

Used
Price: $3800 CAD
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C F Martin D 76 Bicentennial Limited Edition #0940, 1976

C F Martin D 76 Bicentennial Limited Edition #0940, 1976

The C F Martin D 76 Bicentennial Limited Edition guitar was built during 1975 and 1976 to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. The first 200 D 76 Bicentennial models appeared during 1975, with another 1,976 completing the run during 1976. This model is based on the classic D body design, with an Adirondack Spruce top and sides, head plate and three-piece back of Indian Rosewood; the back sections have Herringbone separators. The neck is Mahogany, with Ebony for the fingerboard and bridge.

Vintage
Price: $4500 CAD
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Martin D18 Dreadnought Steel String Guitar, 1956

Martin D18 Dreadnought Steel String Guitar, 1956

The Martin D18 Dreadnought appeared in 1931 as banjo players increasingly converted to guitar, and required ever increasing volume levels. For the first three years, the D-18 was built with a 12-fret neck, but the banjo influence quickly added two more frets clear of the body. As a 14-fret dreadnought, the D18 and its sibling the D-28 rapidly became the guitar of choice for country, bluegrass and folk players.

Vintage
Price: $6999 CAD
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Collings MF5 F-Style Mandolin Sunburst 2012

Collings MF5 F-Style Mandolin Sunburst 2012

Here we’re looking at a Collings MF5 built during 2012 at the Collings shop in Austin, Texas. It features a hand-carved and voiced Red or Adirondack Spruce top paired with a spectacular hand carved, bookmatched Flame Maple back and matching sides. The neck is also Maple, with a bound Ebony fingerboard, Ebony headplate and bridge. The Mother of Pearl inlays are restrained- a small ‘Flourish’ decoration on the head plate, and dot markers on the fingerboard. The body is bound top and back, as is the fingerboard and top surface of the head stock.

Used
Price: $7500 CAD
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