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Gibson ES 345 1964 Reissue Cherry, 2017

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Listed: 11/12/2019

Gibson ES 345 1964 Reissue Cherry, 2017

The Gibson ES 345 appeared in 1958 as one of the two ‘upmarket’ versions of the ground breaking new ES-335, and featured a Varitone switch and Stereo outputs. Here we’re looking at a Gibson ES 345 in its 1964 Reissue form, built during 2017 at the now-closed Memphis, Tennessee plant. This lovely piece is in very good condition with negligible wear.
The body and neck are built in the traditional manner, with Maple Laminate used for the top, back and sides and a solid Maple center block.

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Fender Precision Bass Sunburst, 1959

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Listed: 11/12/2019

Fender Precision Bass Sunburst, 1959

This is an exceptional treat – a Fender Precision Bass Sunburst dated to January of 1959, with the original tweed case, possibly original but certainly period strap, and brought in with the 1957 Fender Bassman amp (sold separately) the owner used in a band called the “Down Unders”. Leo Fender introduced the Precision Bass in 1952, following the lead of the very successful Telecaster line. The use of the term ‘Precision’ in the name refers to the addition of frets to the bass. Until this time, bass players used fretless upright basses, and so pitches could vary from time to time.

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Roosebeck 5 Course Baroque Guitar, Lacewood

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Listed: 10/12/2019

Roosebeck 5 Course Baroque Guitar, Lacewood

The Roosebeck 5-course Baroque guitar is based on historic instruments, and is built using materials not covered by CITES export restrictions. The top is Spruce, the body and neck are a combination of light-coloured Lacewood and darker Sheesham. Lacewood is a term used for a variety of woods but often Roupala Brasiliensis, while Sheesham is Dalbergia Sissoo, also known as North Indian Rosewood.  On some versions of this instrument, Mid-East has used Walnut in place of Sheesham. 

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Roosebeck Renaissance Lute Six Course

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Listed: 29/10/2018

Roosebeck Renaissance Lute Six Course

This Roosebeck Renaissance lute is a 6 course model, featuring a bowl constructed of 25 fluted Sheesham staves, and with a 600mm scale length. The top is Spruce, while the neck, bowl, nut, bridge, and end pin are built of Sheesham, The peg box is Sheesham and Lacewood. The frets are formed in the traditional manner – tied on – but are nylon line (guitar string) rather than gut. 

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Gibson ESDP 335 Tobacco Sunburst, 2011

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Listed: 09/12/2019

Gibson ESDP 335 Tobacco Sunburst, 2011

The Gibson ESDP 335 was a limited production model built at the now-closed Gibson Memphis plant, over the course of several years. The ESDP designation expands to “Electric Spanish Dot Neck Plain Top”, and is otherwise a standard ES-335 dot neck model. Gibson introduced the ES-335 as a new ground-breaking concept for their 1958 model year. Ted McCarty, then President of Gibson, had the idea to combine traditional arch top guitar tone with solid body sustain and feedback resistance.

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Santa Cruz D Model Acoustic Guitar Natural, 2010

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Listed: 09/12/2019

Santa Cruz D Model Acoustic Guitar Natural, 2010

Here we’re looking at a Santa Cruz D Model, dating to 2010 and in very good condition. Built by at the SCGC shop run by Richard Hoover in Santa Cruz, California, this older Santa Cruz D Model features a Sitka Spruce top (since 2019, it’s been Adirondack Spruce) and Indian Rosewood for the back and sides. The neck is Mahogany, also used for the body blocks and linings, while Ebony is used for the bridge and bound fingerboard. Tuners are open-gear models by Gotoh, patterned after the classic Waverly models. 

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Gibson Les Paul Gold Top, 1953

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Listed: 09/12/2019

Gibson Les Paul Gold Top, 1953

The Gibson Les Paul Gold Top appeared in 1952 and rapidly began evolving and improving until reaching a fairly stable form in 1954. Initially, the Les Paul was equipped with a Les Paul-designed bridge-trapeze tailpiece combination, but also a very low neck angle. By early 1953, the trapeze was replaced with a stop-bar bridge. Soon after, the new ABR-1 bridge, known as the Tune-O-Matic, was added paired with a stop tailpiece.

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‼️Reduced‼️ Harrison 17 Inch Archtop Natural, 2000

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Listed: 04/11/2019

‼️Reduced‼️  Harrison 17 Inch Archtop Natural, 2000

Here is a Douglas Harrison 17 inch Archtop cutaway guitar, built at Harrison’s shop in Toronto, Ontario during 2000. This model is now referred to as a ‘Classic Jazz’ or CJ. This excellent instrument is built in the traditional archtop model, pairing a hand carved, solid Spruce top with a hand carved Flame Maple back.

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Gibson ES Les Paul Pelham Blue, 2016

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Listed: 03/12/2019

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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‼️Reduced‼️ Epiphone by Gibson Sheraton II Vintage Sunburst, 1988

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Listed: 22/11/2019

‼️Reduced‼️ Epiphone by Gibson Sheraton II Vintage Sunburst, 1988

The Epiphone by Gibson Sheraton II appeared with the ‘by Gibson’ logo for only two years or so, ending around 1988; these were built in the Samick shops in Korea and are excellent instruments. The original Epiphone Sheraton was built from 1958 to 1970, and Gibson had purchased the remains of Epiphone 1957. Their introduction was concurrent with the launch of Gibson’s new ES-3×5 line, a revolutionary design that added a solid center block to a thin-body electric archtop.

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Bart Reiter Special Open Back Banjo Maple, 2008

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Listed: 05/12/2019

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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Fender Jazz Bass Olympic White, 1965

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Listed: 04/12/2019

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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Our Most Recent Amps and Electronics Arrivals

Fender Bassman 4×10 Amplifier Tweed, 1957

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Listed: 11/12/2019

Fender Bassman 4x10 Amplifier Tweed, 1957

The Fender Bassman 4×10 was used by countless professional and amateur musicians throughout North America – less so in Europe because of import duties and restrictions – and was the basis for many later classic amplifier designs.  Notably, an English drummer turned music shop owner used this amp as the basis for his own designs, sold under the Marshall name.

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Fender Super Amp Brownface, 1962

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Listed: 25/11/2019

Fender Super Amp Brownface, 1962

Originally introduced as the Dual Professional in late 1946 and renamed in 1947, the Fender Super Amp started as a 20 watt, 2×10 combo, rising to a whopping 45 watts by 1962, and was discontinued in 1963.

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Fender Super Reverb Silverface ‘Drip Edge’, 1969

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Listed: 14/11/2019

Fender Super Reverb Silverface 'Drip Edge', 1969

The Fender Super Reverb was built from 1963 to 1982, and was one of Fender’s physically largest combo amps – though the most powerful combo was the Twin Reverb. The Super Reverb delivered 40 watts as ‘Blackface’, then 45 watts as ‘Silverface’ and ultimately 70 watts for models after 1977, through four ten inch speakers. The Twin Reverb, in contrast, used a pair of twelve inch speakers to deliver 85 watts, ranging up to 100 ultimately 135 watts in 1977.

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Marshall Silver Jubilee Studio 2525c 5/20 Watt 1×12 Tube Combo Amplifier

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Listed: 10/09/2019

Marshall Silver Jubilee Studio 2525c 5/20 Watt 1x12 Tube Combo Amplifier

New Marshall Silver Jubilee Studio line includes the compact combo Model 2525c – and H for the head model – switchable from 5 to 20 watts, with an Effects Loop and DI output!
Marshall amplifiers have been built in the UK since the late 1950s. Like a number of other successful builders, Jim Marshall started building amps out of necessity; import duties on American amps like Fenders were so high that it made sense to use English familiarity with tube technology to build locally.

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Tone King Imperial 1×12 Combo Amp Torquoise-White, 2010

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Listed: 10/09/2019

Tone King Imperial 1x12 Combo Amp Torquoise-White, 2010

Built in Baltimore Maryland, the Tone King Imperial is a 6V6 based, 22 watt 1×12 tube combo amp with a built in power attenuator for use at any volume!

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Suhr Badger 35 Tube Amplifier Head, 2016

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Listed: 06/09/2019

Suhr Badger 35 Tube Amplifier Head, 2016

The Suhr Badger 35 is a moderately powered tube amplifier topping out at 35 watts and scaling down to 1 watt for tone at more manageable volumes.

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Robinson Filmosound Specialist Amplifier, 2019

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Listed: 05/09/2019

Robinson Filmosound Specialist Amplifier, 2019

The Robinson Filmosound amp is an expression of a recent trend towards repurposing older tube amplifier sections – in this case, the amp from a 1950’s Bell & Howell 385 Filmosound projector using 6V6 tubes!

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Suhr Badger 18 Head and 1×12 Cabinet, 2007

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Listed: 05/09/2019

Suhr Badger 18 Head and 1x12 Cabinet, 2007

The Suhr Badger 18 is a relatively small tube amplifier topping out at 18 watts and scaling down to 1 watt for tone at more manageable volumes.

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Henriksen JazzAmp 110, 2010

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Listed: 02/07/2019

Henriksen JazzAmp 110,  2010

Designed and built to meet the needs of working Jazz Guitarists, the Henriksen JazzAmp quickly established itself as solid and reliable with great tone and a huge amount of volume in a small package!

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Kavanjo Banjo Pickup System

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Kavanjo Banjo Pickup System

The Kavanjo Banjo Pickup System is a magnetic humbucking pickup suspended from a customized mylar head. This is the newest and we believe the most effective way to amplify the banjo, while maintaining the instruments authentic characteristics.

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Fender Vibrolux Reverb Amplifier Blackface 1965

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Listed: 06/06/2019

Fender Vibrolux Reverb Amplifier Blackface 1965

Here’s something that brings back memories – a Fender Vibrolux Reverb amp in Blackface, dating to 1965 and with original transformers and Jensen speakers.

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The ToneRite Play-In Device

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The ToneRite Play-In Device

The ToneRite play-in device is for acoustic guitar, archtop guitars, resophonic guitars, and mandolins. This unique device accelerates the break-in process, noticeably improving tone and volume. Most guitars with less than 1,000 hours of playing time will show noticeable results in two to four weeks time.

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