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The Twelfth Fret's Most Recent Instrument Arrivals

Vega Senator 5-String Open Back Banjo, 1925

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Listed: 15/12/2019

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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‼️Reduced‼️ Collings OM 2H Orchestra Model Natural, 1998

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Listed: 30/09/2019

‼️Reduced‼️ Collings OM 2H Orchestra Model Natural, 1998

‼️Reduced‼️ The Collings OM2H is based on the venerable ‘Orchestra Model’ design, which is a bit bigger than the 000 size and has a longer scale length – 25.5 inches instead of 24.9. This model pairs a Sitka Spruce top with Indian Rosewood for the back and sides. The neck is Mahogany, as are the body blocks, and Ebony is used for the bridge and bound fingerboard and head plate. Inlay material is Abalone for the ‘snowflake’ position markers and Mother of Pearl for the headstock Collings logo.

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Larrivee OM-40 Legacy

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Larrivee OM-40 Legacy

The Larrivee OM-40 Legacy model is a tonally well balanced orchestra size flat top with classic appointments. It features a mahogany back and a sitka spruce top. This tone wood combination provides rich midrange warmth and smooth articulation.

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Schecter C-1 Apocalypse

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Schecter C-1 Apocalypse

The Schecter C-1 Apocalypse model is a fast playing workhorse of a guitar. It features a double cutaway super strat style body with an arched top and a super comfortable set neck with ultra access to the upper frets. The combination of the slim c neck profile, the compound radius of 12” to 16” and stainless steel x- jumbo frets makes big string bends and wide vibrato a breeze. The swamp ash body is light and balances well and looks great with the rust grey finish.

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Ramirez 1a Long Scale Classical Guitar Cedar Top Brazilian, 1967

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Listed: 20/01/2020

Ramirez 1a Long Scale Classical Guitar Cedar Top Brazilian, 1967

Here we have a Ramirez 1a Long Scale classical guitar built during 1967, during the ‘golden era’ of Jose Ramirez III’s leadership of the Ramirez workshop at Concepcion Jeronima No. 2 in Madrid, Spain. This well-used instrument features a long scale of 664mm or 26.14 inches, intended to provide increased volume and projection for the professional concert performer.  With Jose Ramirez III leading the workshop, this Ramirez 1a Long Scale has the initials CLL on the slipper foot. Its construction defines the tradition that countless other builders follow, with the slipper foot join integrating the sides and neck for maximum resonance and response.

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William Laskin Flamenco Blanca Guitar, 1987

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Listed: 17/01/2020

William Laskin Flamenco Blanca Guitar, 1987

The Laskin Flamenco is built using a Sitka Spruce top paired with a Cypress back and side set, and Cedro or Spanish Cedar for the neck, linings, and back bracing. Construction is the traditional Spanish ‘slipper foot’ style – the neck, heel and neck block are one unit, with the sides slotting into the heel. This is in distinct contrast to other methods where the neck and body are built separately, often using a dovetail or mortise and tenon joint. The head plate and binding are Ebony, and the fingerboard is Ebony with Ebony binding. The bridge is Indian Rosewood.

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‼️Reduced‼️ Avalon Ard Ri A3 330 Walnut Jumbo Guitar, 2016

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Listed: 22/10/2019

‼️Reduced‼️  Avalon Ard Ri A3 330 Walnut Jumbo Guitar, 2016

Built in Newtownards, Northern Ireland, the Avalon Ard Ri A3 330 shows the influence of the company’s history with George Lowden, but also new in-house designs. Lowden Guitars is still operating and producing high quality instruments under the leadership of George Lowden. The original Lowden company was on the verge of folding in 1988 due to weak demand for acoustic guitars, a situation pressuring many builders at the time.

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‼️Reduced‼️ Avalon Ard Ri L2-310C Jumbo Cutaway Amazaque, 2016

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Listed: 22/10/2019

‼️Reduced‼️  Avalon Ard Ri L2-310C Jumbo Cutaway Amazaque, 2016

Built in Newtownards, Northern Ireland, the Avalon Ard Ri L2-310C shows the influence of the company’s history with George Lowden, but also new in-house designs. Lowden Guitars is still operating and producing high quality instruments under the leadership of George Lowden. The original Lowden company was on the verge of folding in 1988 due to weak demand for acoustic guitars, a situation pressuring many builders at the time.

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DK Cleopatra Acoustic Steel String, 2017

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Listed: 17/01/2020

DK Cleopatra Acoustic Steel String, 2017

Dmitry Kulakov has brought us one of his newer creations, the DK Cleopatra model featuring his Fibonacci body shape, Sitka Spruce top and Amazon Rosewood for the sides and back. New guitar designs are relatively easy to come up with, but what’s much more difficult is having that design work as a functional and good sounding instrument. The DK Cleopatra succeeds in these regards, resulting in an attractive and visually striking and rather good sounding instrument.

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Deering Sierra Maple 5-String Banjo, 2010

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Listed: 16/01/2020

Deering Sierra Maple 5-String Banjo, 2010

This excellent Deering Sierra  banjo dates to December of 2010 and was built at the Deering shop in Spring Garden, California, with capo tacks installed at frets 7, 9 and 10. The Deering Sierra Maple banjo carries a satin finish, and in this case it’s quite clean with no dents or scratches. The metal hardware is nickel plated, and unlike chrome this develops a light patina over time; the plating itself does not show any significant wear. Fret wear is light.

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Harrison GB Spruce Top Thinline Archtop Amber Tint, 2007

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Listed: 16/01/2020

Harrison GB Spruce Top Thinline Archtop Amber Tint, 2007

This Harrison GB Spruce top thinline archtop electric in a lovely Amber tint, built during 2008 at Harrison’s shop in Toronto, Canada. The Douglas Harrison GB  thinline archtop guitar has proven very popular with jazz guitarists. Designed with – and originally for – the late Gary Benson and built in Toronto, Ontario, the Harrison GB uses a carved solid spruce top on a chambered back. The neck has a compound radius, from 12 to 16 inches.

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‼️Reduced‼️ G. W. Barry M body Cutaway Guitar, 1995

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Listed: 04/03/2019

‼️Reduced‼️  G. W. Barry M body Cutaway Guitar, 1995

G W Barry has been building fine steel strings for some time, and this M-body cutaway dates to 1995 at his shop in Toronto. Built with a Sitka Spruce top, Indian Rosewood back sides and headplate, with mahogany for the neck and ebony for the fingerboard and bridge, maple binding and an abalone rosette, this guitar is in very nice condition.

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Our Most Recent Amps and Electronics Arrivals

‼️Reduced‼️ Tone King Imperial 1×12 Combo Amp Turquoise-White, 2010

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Listed: 10/09/2019

‼️Reduced‼️ Tone King Imperial 1x12 Combo Amp Turquoise-White, 2010

Here we’re looking at a Tone King Imperial sporting Turquoise / White dress and in great condition. This amp was hand built in Mark Bartel’s Tone King shop in Baltimore, MA. In 2010, Premiere Builder’s Guild had just purchased Tone King, which they held till they closed in 2016, ending Bartel’s association with the brand. Tone King is now part of Boutique Amps Distribution, and from 2017 Mark Bartel builds amps under his own name.

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Henriksen Bud TEN Amplifier

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Henriksen Bud TEN Amplifier

The Henriksen Bud TEN is different. Henriksen Amplifiers are all about tone first, the incredibly portable size and feature set of The Bud Ten were developed around sound

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Fender Bassman Piggyback Amp 2×12 Cabinet Blonde, 1964

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Listed: 14/01/2020

Fender Bassman Piggyback Amp 2x12 Cabinet Blonde, 1964

By the early 1960s, amplifiers were rapidly increasing in power – and weight – and combos were split into two sections, like the Fender Bassman piggyback amp seen here.

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Demeter Fat Control Mid Boost Buffer Pedal

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Demeter Fat Control Mid Boost Buffer Pedal

The Demeter Fat Control Mid Boost Buffer Pedal is the ‘standalone’ pedal version of the Demeter Mid Boost circuit.  We’ve carried the installable version for some years, and this version lets you fatten up any instrument. 

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‼️Reduced‼️ Henriksen JazzAmp 110, 2010

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Listed: 02/07/2019

‼️Reduced‼️ 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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Mission 5E3 Deluxe Tweed Kit Amplifier, 1990s

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Listed: 19/12/2019

Mission 5E3 Deluxe Tweed Kit Amplifier, 1990s

The Mission 5E3 Deluxe Tweed kit by Bruce Collins in Boulder, Colorado was sold for a number of years and was one of the few ways to get the sound and look of a mid-1950’s Fender Deluxe amp.

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Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue, 1999

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Listed: 19/12/2019

Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue, 1999

The Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue delivers a full, rich tone in a compact 22 watt 1×12 package, and has been one of the most used guitar amplifiers.

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Gibson GA5 Les Paul Junior Amplifier, 1955

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Listed: 18/12/2019

Gibson GA5 Les Paul Junior Amplifier, 1955

Built from 1954 to 1957, the Gibson GA5 Les Paul Junior amp was one of Gibson’s early entries into the world of in-house built guitar amplifiers.

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Gretsch Electromatic Amp by Valco, Tweed 1955

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Listed: 18/12/2019

Gretsch Electromatic Amp by Valco, Tweed 1955

The Gretsch Electromatic Amp was part of a line of amplifiers produced for Gretsch by Valco, who also built amps under names like National, Supro, and Oahu.

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Sonny Jr Harmonica Amp Tweed 4×8, 2003

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Listed: 18/12/2019

Sonny Jr Harmonica Amp Tweed 4x8, 2003

The Sonny Jr Harmonica Amp is the result of work by harmonica player Gary Onofrio in replicating the sounds achieved by classic harp players like Sonny Terry and James Cotton.

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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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