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The Twelfth Fret's Most Recent Instrument Arrivals

Gibson Southern Jumbo Steel String Guitar Sunburst, 2004

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Listed: 12/11/2018

Gibson Southern Jumbo Steel String Guitar Sunburst, 2004

The Gibson Southern Jumbo is closely related to the classic J-45, and at times the differences have been mostly market driven and cosmetic. Apparently named to appeal to Gibson dealers in the American South – referring to the Mason-Dixon line, the Southern Jumbo or SJ uses slope-shoulder, spruce and mahogany body construction. The key differences are additional binding on the fingerboard and split-parallelogram position markers.

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C F Martin D-28V Brazilian Rosewood, 1984

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Listed: 12/11/2018

C F Martin D-28V Brazilian Rosewood, 1984

The Martin D-28V was built as a limited edition vintage reproduction, using Brazilian Rosewood for the sides and back, between 1983 and 1985. This was the first of the Brazilian ‘V’ series guitars, introduced for Martin’s 150th anniversary.

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‼️ Reduced‼️ Fret King Elan 50 Green Label Series, Red 2010

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Listed: 12/11/2018

‼️ Reduced‼️ Fret King Elan 50 Green Label Series, Red 2010

Fret King guitars have been produced since 2008 by Trev Wilkinson, the well-known UK maker of Wilkinson guitar hardware. The Fret King Elan 50, apparently discontinued, was part of the Green Label Series.

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Gibson Les Paul Junior Special P-90 Sunburst, 1991

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Listed: 08/11/2018

Gibson Les Paul Junior Special P-90 Sunburst, 1991

The Les Paul Special was originally produced from late 1954 to 1959, in a form very much like this Les Paul Junior Special. The slab body and neck are Mahogany, the bound fingerboard is Rosewood. For hardware, Kluson Deluxe style tuners were used, with a pair of P-90s. On the originals, a combination stop tailpiece/bridge was used but all the reissues have installed a tune-o-matic style bridge with stop tailpiece. Wiring is typical Gibson – a pickup selector and individual volume and tone controls.

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C F Martin D-28 Dreadnought Guitar Brazilian Rosewood, 1948

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Listed: 08/11/2018

C F Martin D-28 Dreadnought Guitar Brazilian Rosewood, 1948

The C F Martin D-28 shares a basic body design with other D or Dreadnought series bodies, and features a Spruce top paired with Rosewood for the back, sides and headplate, Mahogany for the neck and Ebony for the fingerboard and bridge. At the time this guitar was built, the combination was Adirondack Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood.

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Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass Translucent Red 1997

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Listed: 08/11/2018

Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass Translucent Red 1997

Introduced as a 1998 model, the Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass featured a number of enhancements to the proven, solid reliability of the most popular electric bass design.
Active electronics and with a humbucking pickup at the bridge expand the tonal range of the American Deluxe Precision Bass and a heavier bridge provides more tonal separation, clarity and sustain.

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M. Sakurai No.8 Classical Guitar, 1977

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Listed: 07/11/2018

M. Sakurai No.8 Classical Guitar, 1977

The M. Sakurai No.8 classical guitar was part of a line of guitars built by Masaki Sakurai as he was learning in the workshop run by his uncle, Masaru Kohno. The M. Sakurai No.8 is built using solid Cedar tops and laminate Indian Rosewood for the back and sides, and solid Rosewood for the headplate and bridge. The Mahogany neck carries an Ebony fingerboard, and is joined to the body with a dovetail joint, departing from the ‘slipper heel’ found on traditionally built Spanish guitars.

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Gibson ES-125 Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst, 1954

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Listed: 07/11/2018

Gibson ES-125 Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst, 1954

This Gibson ES-100 dates to 1954 and appears to be all original, though the pickguard is missing and the original case is long gone – it would have been faux-gator fibre (cardboard), and those often don’t age well. The hardware is typical of this period. For example, the Kluson Deluxe tuners have no lettering but do have the hole for the tuner post, and these were used from 1953 to mid 1956. Translucent Gold ‘Speed’ or ‘Hatbox’ type knobs are used.

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Conde Hermanos Classical Guitar, 1992

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Listed: 07/11/2018

Conde Hermanos Classical Guitar, 1992

Here we have a Conde Hermanos classical guitar built during 1992, with a Spruce top and Indian Rosewood for the back, sides, headplate and bridge. The guitar is constructed in the typical Spanish style, with the ‘slipper heel’ integrating the neck, sides and back. The neck is Spanish Cedar with an Ebony fingerboard. Schaller tuners with gold finish and faux pearl buttons are installed at the head and work well.

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Gibson L-50 Archtop Guitar Sunburst, 1950

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Listed: 06/11/2018

Gibson L-50 Archtop Guitar Sunburst, 1950

Built from 1932 to 1971, the Gibson L-50 was a straightforward, non-cutaway archtop guitar with few frills, and until 1935 was most often a round-hole archtop. It is built using a 16 inch wide arched Maple laminate back and arched solid Spruce top, braced with parallel tone bars and bound top and back. The neck is Mahogany with a bound Rosewood fingerboard. The headstock bears a Gibson decal and Kluson Deluxe strip tuners.

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Vega Senator 5-String Open Back Banjo, 1925

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Listed: 06/11/2018

Vega Senator 5-String Open Back Banjo, 1925

For many years, the Vega company was a prominent musical instrument builder, and the Vega Senator 5-string open back banjo was a typical offering. Market and management changes led to Vega’s decline, and the name has now become a valued Deering brand, recalling the historic banjos of the early part of the 20th century.

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Gold Tone IT-250 Irish Tenor Banjo, 2016

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Listed: 05/11/2018

Gold Tone IT-250 Irish Tenor Banjo, 2016

The Irish Tenor banjo is specially adapted to Irish and other Celtic music styles, pitched low to co-exist with the Bodhran, pipes and fiddles. The Gold Tone IT-250 Irish Tenor model offers a quality instrument at a reasonable price. The seventeen-fret IT-250’s short scale neck uses heavier strings and is tuned to GDAE, an octave below the mandolin. This setup is in wide use by many traditional Irish musicians because it provides the plunky tone that works so well with the bodhran, pipes and fiddles found in Celtic music ensembles.

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Our Most Recent Amps and Electronics Arrivals

Marshall JTM Tremolo 50W ‘Bluesbreaker’ Combo Amp 2×12, 1990

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Listed: 01/11/2018

Marshall JTM Tremolo 50W 'Bluesbreaker' Combo Amp 2x12, 1990

The Marshall ‘Bluesbreaker’ model was one of the defining amps of the 1960s, though it was rapidly eclipsed by much higher powered and ever-louder models. The real, original name was the Marshall model 1961, a 30 watt amp with 4×10 inch speakers built for Eric Clapton. That was quickly replaced with a 2×12 version, the model 1962. The 1962 was what Clapton used while in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, and that gave the amp its nickname.

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Fender 65 Delxue Reverb Combo Amp, 2010

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Listed: 24/09/2018

Fender 65 Delxue Reverb Combo Amp, 2010

The Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb amp is a re-creation of one of the classic American amplifiers, used on countless stages and smash hit recordings. It puts 22 watts through a single 12 inch speaker, a good power level for studios and smaller stages, or larger stages that have good house sound support.

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Carr Bloke 50 Watt 1×12 Tube Combo Amplifier, 2015

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Listed: 24/09/2018

Carr Bloke 50 Watt 1x12 Tube Combo Amplifier, 2015

The Carr Bloke Amp, hand built from 2012 to 2015 at Steve Carr’s shop in Pittsboro NC, is a 50 watt, EL-34 based amp that can go down to 35 watts with 6V6 tubes. Its concept is based on classic British amps of the 1970s and 80s, combined with 1960s American power amp sections.

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Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb Professional Tube Amp, 2006

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Listed: 13/09/2018

Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb Professional Tube Amp, 2006

The Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb Professional Tube Amplifier, built from 1995 to 2013, was part of Fender’s Professional Series, designed by the Fender Custom Shop and built in the factory.

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Vox AC30 CC2 Tube Combo Amplifier, 2009

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Listed: 13/09/2018

Vox AC30 CC2 Tube Combo Amplifier, 2009

The Vox AC30 is one of the most influential amplifiers – delivering fantastic tone and pretty high volumes, great for everything from rock to country.

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Henriksen ‘The Blu’ Jazz Amplifier, 120 Watts

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Henriksen 'The Blu' Jazz Amplifier, 120 Watts

The new Henriksen “The Blu” model is solid state amplifier with a ton of clean power – and in a package no more than 9” tall! The Blu is the single channel version of The Bud, and pushes 120 watts of power via a special 6.5” Eminence Beta speaker. If features a powerful EQ and but in reverb, along with a phantom powered XLR/1/4” input and bluetooth compatibility.

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Tone King Royalist 15 Head and 1×12 Cabinet Grey, 2015

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Listed: 30/07/2018

Tone King Royalist 15 Head and 1x12 Cabinet Grey, 2015

The Tone King Royalist 15 differs from most of builder Mark Bartel’s production in that focuses on recreating a UK sound, akin to the Bluesbreaker and Plexi but at reasonable power levels. Available in either 1×12 combo or split head / 1×12 cabinet configurations, the Tone King Royalist delivers 15 watts to a built-in attenuator, and then to a single 12 inch Eminence Texas Heat speaker. It is surprisingly light weight, yet it feels solidly built. For tubes, ut uses 3x12AX7 and 2x EL84s.

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Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb ‘Blackface’ Amplifier, 2006

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Listed: 16/07/2018

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb 'Blackface' Amplifier, 2006

Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb ‘Blackface’ Amplifier, 2006

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‼️ REDUCED‼️ Fryette/VHT Deliverance 60H Head and 2×12 Cabinet, 2007

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Listed: 28/06/2018

‼️ REDUCED‼️  Fryette/VHT Deliverance 60H Head and 2x12 Cabinet, 2007

The VHT Deliverance 60H is a hand built professional grade tube amp made in the USA, designed by Steven Fryette. This example dates to 2007, before the VHT name was sold to AXL, and was built by Fryette in his Burbank, California shop. It includes an 212FB-P50E 2×12, stereo closed-back speaker cabinet with a pair of custom Eminence P50E speakers.

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Henriksen JazzAmp 310 Guitar Amplifier

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Henriksen JazzAmp 310 Guitar Amplifier

The Henriksen JazzAmp 310 is one of two available 120 watt JazzAmp models – the 310 seen here with a 10 inch speaker, and the 312 with a 12. As the JazzAmp name suggests, these excellent amplifiers are intended for working jazz guitarists and are the result of the work of the late Bud Henricksen and his son Peter. The JazzAmp line has been delivering quality tone in a reliable, portable package since 2005.       Weighing in at

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Henriksen The Bud Guitar Amplifier

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Henriksen The Bud Guitar Amplifier

Henriksen The Bud guitar amplifier is without question the smallest, truly gigable guitar amplifier on the market with unmatched tone quality! You won’t believe the volume and tone coming from either your electric or acoustic guitar, or any stringed instrument a MUST HAVE piece of gear for the working musician.

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Egnater Tweaker 15 Combo Amplifier, 2010

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Listed: 15/01/2018

Egnater Tweaker 15 Combo Amplifier, 2010

The Egnater Tweaker 112 15 watt amp is an ultra compact and amazingly versatile all-tube combo that offers a unique and sophisticated tone with seemingly endless tonal variations via the on-board “Tweaker” selector switches.

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