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The Twelfth Fret's Most Recent Instrument Arrivals

Reduced! Kauer Daylighter Express Deluxe Sunburst, 2012

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Listed: 26/11/2019

Reduced!  Kauer Daylighter Express Deluxe Sunburst, 2012

The Kauer Daylighter Express Deluxe is now discontinued but like other Kauer models is not a slavish copy of other designs, but tries to make real improvements. Kauer Guitars are made by Doug Kauer in Elk Grove, CA, with the goal of delivering a well balanced, comfortable instrument with a clear and articulate tone and lots of dynamic range.. His guitars blend design cues from many sources, and work quite well.

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Reduced! Travis Bean TB1000S Koa, 1978

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Listed: 08/07/2020

Reduced!  Travis Bean TB1000S Koa, 1978

Built from 1974 to 1979, the Travis Bean TB1000S was the ‘Standard’ version of these innovative instruments, also available as the TB1000A or ‘Artist’ with carved top. 1,422 were built before the company folded and this example is number 1214. Travis Bean had a varied career, including stints as a machinist, luthier, motorcycle racer, movie set builder and rock drummer among other pursuits. Born in 1947, Bean died in 2011. At the launch of Travis Bean Guitars, his partners included Marc McElwee and Gary Kramer – Kramer went on to form Kramer Guitars in 1975.

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Reduced! Godin Montreal Premiere Supreme Thinline Flame Top Sunburst, 2013

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Listed: 16/12/2019

Reduced!  Godin Montreal Premiere Supreme Thinline Flame Top Sunburst, 2013

Here’s a beauty – a Godin Montreal Premiere Supreme thinline archtop electric, with Flame Maple top and back and Trestle-style Spruce bracing. The Godin Montreal Premiere Supreme is a compact, thin body single cutaway archtop guitar.

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National Style 1.5 Tricone Resophonic Guitar

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Listed: 29/09/2020

National Style 1.5 Tricone Resophonic Guitar

The National Style 1.5 Tricone Resophonic guitar is patterned after the original instrument made in 1927 with a functional Art Deco industrial design.

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Reduced! PRS Swamp Ash Special Translucent Forest Green, 2003

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Listed: 08/08/2019

Reduced!  PRS Swamp Ash Special Translucent Forest Green, 2003

Based on a built up, carved top block of Swamp Ash paired with a bolt on Maple neck, the PRS Swamp Ash Special is a straightforward model. A pair of humbuckers bracket a Seymour Duncan Vintage Rail single coil format pickup, with a pickup selector, master volume and push/pull master tone control providing coil tap options. The PRS vintage trem is installed, and at the head there is a set of PRS locking tuners.

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Guild GSR X180 Archtop Electric Blonde, 2013

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Listed: 22/06/2020

Guild GSR X180 Archtop Electric Blonde, 2013

Here’s a wonderful rarity and a natural blonde, a Guild GSR x180 archtop electric with a Spruce laminate top, dating to 2013. GSR stands for Guild Special Run, and this example is number 11 of 20 built. Originally, acoustic archtop guitars used solid, carved Spruce tops paired with solid, Maple for the sides and hand carved back. However, once pickups and amplifiers became more available and standard equipment, it was discovered that the tonal subtleties of the solid Spruce top could be overwhelmed by feedback.

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Eastman MD605 A Style Mandolin, Classic Finish

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Listed: 28/09/2020

Eastman MD605 A Style Mandolin, Classic Finish

The Eastman MD605 represents great value in a quality A-Style mandolin, built with solid woods and wrapped in a gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish.

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Collings MT2 A Style Gloss Mandolin, Vintage Burst

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Listed: 28/09/2020

Collings MT2 A Style Gloss Mandolin, Vintage Burst

The Collings MT2 A Style is one of the finest production mandolins available, using top shelf materials and very high level build quality.

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Rickenbacker 4004Cii Cheyenne Bass FireGlo, 2008

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Listed: 12/04/2018

Rickenbacker 4004Cii Cheyenne Bass FireGlo, 2008

The Rickenbacker 4004Cii is a bass we don’t see very often. Built using largely American farm-grown sustainable woods, this bass uses a body of Maple with Walnut core, and an Eastern Maple neck with a Bubinga fingerboard, running the length of the instrument. The 4004Cii Cheyenne uses the classic Cresting Wave body shape originally designed by Roger Rossmeisl in the late 1950’s, and still vibrant and evocative today.

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Gibson 1958 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Historic Reissue TV White, 2004

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Listed: 28/09/2020

Gibson 1958 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Historic Reissue TV White, 2004

Here’s a Gibson 1958 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Historic Reissue in TV White, built during 2004 at the Nashville Custom Shop.

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Fender 70 Esquire Relic Blonde, 2008

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Listed: 24/09/2020

Fender 70 Esquire Relic Blonde, 2008

Next up is a Custom Shop Fender 70 Esquire Relic with Rosewood fingerboard in translucent blonde, and sporting an added Lollar neck pickup. Many single pickup Esquires were converted to the two pickup Telecaster spec as the body was already routed for the neck pickup.

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Gibson Tal Farlow Custom Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1998

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Listed: 23/09/2020

Gibson Tal Farlow Custom Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1998

Working guitarists have always been a focus of guitar makers, and the Gibson Tal Farlow represents the involvement of the famous Jazz guitarist Tal Farlow with Gibson. Tal Farlow lived from 1921 to 1998 and was well known for his chord melody playing, which he developed at an early age. He went on to play with many jazz greats including Charles Mingus and Artie Shaw. His large, fast hands earned him the nickname ‘the Octopus’.

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Our Most Recent Amps and Electronics Arrivals

Soldano Lucky 13 50 Watt 2×12 Combo Amp Purple, 2008

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Listed: 10/09/2020

Soldano Lucky 13 50 Watt 2x12 Combo Amp Purple, 2008

Here’s a rarity, now discontinued – a Soldano Lucky 13 50 watt combo amp in purple tolex and loaded with a pair of 12 inch Eminence Legend speakers and a 3-spring Accutronics reverb pan. These hand built amps deliver tones ranging from clean Twin to high-gain Marshall and further! First produced in 2000, the Lucky 13 was recently discontinued.  Construction quality is very high,  with each amp built one at a time by one technician using top quality parts.  

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Harmony H305A Tube Combo Amp, 1960

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Listed: 10/09/2020

Harmony H305A Tube Combo Amp, 1960

Here is a Harmony H305A amplifier. This is a single-ended design based on the Fender 5E3 circuit as used on the classic 1950’s Tweed Fender Deluxe amp. With a pair of 6V6 power tubes, about 15 watts would be delivered to a single 12 inch speaker.

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Fishman LBX600 Loudbox Artist Acoustic Amp

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Fishman LBX600 Loudbox Artist Acoustic Amp

The Fishman LBX600 Loudbox Artist Acoustic Amp is designed to faithfully reproduce the sound of acoustic instruments and a diverse assortment of vocal or recorded accompaniments. With the addition of Bluetooth wireless connectivity, you can now easily and neatly add backing tracks or other accompaniment to your performances, jams, and practice sessions.

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Marshall SC20c Studio Classic Series 20w 1×10 Combo Amp

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Marshall SC20c Studio Classic Series 20w 1x10 Combo Amp

The new Marshall SC20C, part of the Studio classic line, is based on one of the three most revered Marshall amps in history – the JCM800 2203. With a recognizable aggressive roar these Marshall amps helped to define heavy metal and has been used by Slayer, Metallica and Bring Me The Horizon. Originally launched in 1981, the Marshall JCM800 amp was named after Jim Marshall’s initials and his car registration plate. The aggressive sound of this 100-watt amp made it a go to choice for countless rock and metal bands.

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Marshall SV20c Studio Vintage Series 20w 1×10 Combo Amp

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Listed: 23/03/2020

Marshall SV20c Studio Vintage Series 20w 1x10 Combo Amp

The new Marshall SV20C in the Vintage Studio line is a portable combo with the raw power and classic rock voicing of the original Marshal Plexi’s all valve tone.

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Line 6 Helix Guitar Multi-Effects Processor

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Line 6 Helix Guitar Multi-Effects Processor

Helix Line 6 guitar multi-effects guitar processor has set a new standard for speed and ease of use to craft authentic and responsive guitar tones. Each Helix provides a familiar approach to tone creation, with a straightforward and intuitive interface that eliminates complex menu diving, and replaces it with incredibly easy interaction. Helix products deliver extensive flexibility for a variety of applications, enabling you to take tones from studio to stage—and back again.

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Fishman LBX500 Loudbox Mini Acoustic Amp

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Fishman LBX500 Loudbox Mini Acoustic Amp

Fishman’s lightest and most portable amp yet, the Loudbox Mini delivers the tonal quality that has made the Fishman name the standard for great acoustic sound. The Fishman LBX500 Loudbox Mini Acoustic Amp delivers the tonal quality that has made the Fishman name the standard for great acoustic sound. The Mini packs 60 watts of clean acoustic power, and has two channels featuring Fishman’s legendary preamp and tone control designs. The Mini also features digital reverb and chorus for the

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Morris Mini Muscle 20 1×12 Combo Amp, 2005

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Morris Mini Muscle 20 1x12 Combo Amp, 2005

Here’s a Morris Mini Muscle 20, built by Glen Morris of Morris Amplification in 2005 as a single channel, 14 watt amp, and rebuilt by Morris in 2018 to provide a second channel and 20 watts. Morris Amplification is based in Welland, Ontario and specializes in custom amp construction and repairs. Their client list includes producer Jack Douglas, John Angus and Jack Syperek of the Trews, James Black of Finger Eleven, Dallas Green of Alexis on Fire, and many more.

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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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D’Addario Micro Headstock Tuner

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D'Addario Micro Headstock Tuner

The D’Addario Micro Headstock Tuner is a feature-packed tuner your audience will never see. This highly accurate tuner features a full-color display with four selectable viewing angles (two vertical, two horizontal) in a housing that blends with the aesthetics of any instrument.

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Kendrick The Rig Tube Combo Amp 1×12 Tweed, 2008

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Listed: 22/03/2020

Kendrick The Rig Tube Combo Amp 1x12 Tweed, 2008

Here’s a Kendrick The Rig tweed tube amp, built during 2008 and pushing about 35 watts through a single 12 inch speaker courtesy of a pair of 5881 power tubes. The 5881 is very similar to the 6L6GB tube, but with greater ruggedness.

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Fender Pro Combo Amp 1×15 Brownface, 1963

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Listed: 04/03/2020

Fender Pro Combo Amp 1x15 Brownface, 1963

One of Fender’s earliest amps and built from 1946 to 1965, the Fender Pro combo amp carried a singe 15 inch speaker and grew from 18 to 40 watts before being replaced by the Pro Reverb amp. Initially called the Professional, shortened to Pro in 1948, this amp is one of the rarer Fender amps. Its circuitry is very much like the VibroVerb, but without reverb.

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