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Bart Reiter Special Open Back Banjo Maple, 2008

Bart Reiter Special Open Back Banjo Maple, 2008

The Bart Reiter Special Open Back Banjo is hand built in Reiter’s shop in East Lansing, Michigan, USA and are well known for their quality and tone. Here we’re looking at a Bart Reiter Special banjo, built during 2008 and featuring local Maple for the neck and rim, with Indian Rosewood used to cap the heel and the bottom of the rim. The fingerboard and head plate are Ebony, with tasteful Star and Dot Mother of Pearl inlay set on the head plate and fingerboard.

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Price: $1249 CAD
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Fender Jazz Bass Olympic White, 1965

Fender Jazz Bass Olympic White, 1965

The Fender Jazz Bass was launched in 1960 as part of an effort to capture the interest of serious jazz bass players still using upright acoustic instruments. The Jazz Bass was built until 1981, and has since been offered in a wide range of models based on the original concept. Here we’re treated to a Fender Jazz Bass in Olympic White finish, dating to 7 May 1965 and built at the Fender plant in Fullerton, California just after the company’s purchase by CBS.

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Price: $12500 CAD
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Gibson Les Paul GoldTop Refinish, 1952

Gibson Les Paul GoldTop Refinish, 1952

Introduced in 1952, the Gibson Les Paul GoldTop was Gibson’s first foray into the brand new solidbody electric guitar market. With the now standard carved Maple cap on a Mahogany slab body, a metal-flake Gold finish was applied to the top to increase its ‘upmarket’ appeal. The carved top was certainly a nod towards the archtops that Gibson was already well established in making, but importantly, Gibson had the equipment to do this, and Fender did not.

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Price: $9999.99 CAD
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Gibson ES 175D Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1979

Gibson ES 175D Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1979

The Gibson ES 175D, now discontinued, was one of the most popular archtop electric models for working jazz players, with classic lines and tone. The ES-175 first appeared in 1949 with a single P-90 pickup at the neck position, and was followed by the Dual pickup ES-175D in 1953. In 1958, the P-90 pickups were replaced with Gibson’s new humbucking pickups.

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Price: $4000 CAD
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Gibson ES Les Paul Pelham Blue, 2016

Gibson ES Les Paul Pelham Blue, 2016

Coming from the now shuttered Memphis plant in 2015, the Gibson ES Les Paul combined classic Les Paul aesthetics with the immensely successful thinline ES concept. Along with the plant, this model has, as such, been discontinued by Gibson’s new management. The new ES-235 is perhaps its replacement in this class.

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Price: $2600 CAD
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Gibson Les Paul Junior Cherry, 1962

Gibson Les Paul Junior Cherry, 1962

Gibson first introduced the Les Paul Junior with their 1954 model lineup as their lowest price student model, with one pickup and no frills. It kept that position until 1959, when it was bumped by the Melody Maker. From 1954, the Les Paul Junior had a profile very much like the Les Paul itself – it looked like the Les Paul’s Mahogany back, just without the carved Maple cap. For 1958, Gibson was shifting to double cutaway bodies, reflected in the brand new ES-335, and the Junior also got a double cutaway treatment.

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Price: $5400 CAD
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