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Reduced! Julian Mario Rabaza Crossover Guitar, 1982

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Listed: 28/07/2020

Reduced!   Julian Mario Rabaza Crossover Guitar, 1982

Here is a rarity for North America – a Julian Mario Rabaza Crossover guitar dating to 1982 and built at Rabaza’s shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Julian Mario Rabaza has been well known South American circles for decades, and mostly builds Spanish style Classical and Flamenco guitars. This example is what we would now call a ‘Crossover’ model, meaning that it has a couple of adaptations for those playing other styles – Tango and Latin Jazz for example.

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Reduced! Beardsell 9C Cutaway Nylon String Guitar, 2009

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Listed: 08/10/2020

Reduced!  Beardsell 9C Cutaway Nylon String Guitar, 2009

Here is an unusual guitar from one of the hotbeds of the Canadian music scene – a Beardsell 9C cutaway nylon string guitar, built during 2009 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This model currently sells for over $8000 Canadian. Allan Beardsell has been playing and repairing guitars for the last three decades and has been dedicated to building custom instruments for the last fifteen years. His shop, Beardsell Guitars, was long ago in Toronto but is now in Winnipeg, occupying the former Gar Gilles shop, once home of Garnet amplifiers which were well known to many Canadian musicians. 

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Taylor 214ce Plus Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar

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Listed: 21/10/2020

Taylor 214ce Plus Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar

The Taylor 214ce Plus is an updated version of their excellent general purpose Grand Auditorium body shape. The narrow waist on this guitar makes it very comfortable to play particularly in a seated position where the guitar sits tighter to your body and doesn’t extend your strumming arm into a fatiguing position. The solid Sitka spruce top used on the Taylor 214ce Plus is paired with layered rosewood back and sides.

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⚌Reduced‼ Collings 01 Steel String Sunburst Guitar, 2014

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Listed: 10/08/2020

⚌Reduced‼ Collings 01 Steel String Sunburst Guitar, 2014

The Collings 01 is based on the small body ‘single 0’ design introduced by C F Martin around 1898, and still a popular model in several trim and material grades. The 01 roughly maps to the 0-18, classed as a ‘Parlor Guitar’. Following a traditional pattern, the Collings 01 is built using a combination of a top grade Sitka Spruce top and braces, Mahogany for the rest of the body and neck, and Ebony for the head plate, fingerboard and bridge.

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Gibson Les Paul Florentine Korina, 1996

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Listed: 15/10/2020

Gibson Les Paul Florentine Korina, 1996

Here is another rarity, a Gibson Les Paul Florentine Korina, Custom Shop built and with two features making it most unusual – the Korina top and the lack of F holes. This limited edition model, which later became the Les Paul ES, featured a heavily rooted Mahogany body and separate top, in this case Korina or Black Limba though many had heavily figured Maple tops. Most of the production had F holes, making sense given the nearly hollow body, but a few like this one have closed tops.

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Gretsch Chet Atkins 6122 Country Gentleman Thinline Archtop Walnut, 1963

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Listed: 15/10/2020

Gretsch Chet Atkins 6122 Country Gentleman Thinline Archtop Walnut, 1963

Here we’re looking at a Gretsch Chet Atkins 6122 Country Gentleman built during 1963, the same year as Harrison’s. This fine example is in very good condition, and is original except for the addition of a Gibson style, gold plated tune-o-matic bridge in place of the rocking bar bridge. The finish is worn on the neck where it’s been played – the frets are original and have expected wear – but the guitar has been well cared for and the finish is in overall good condition.

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Boucher SG51 GM OM Hybrid Steel String Guitar

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Listed: 14/10/2020

Boucher SG51 GM OM Hybrid Steel String Guitar

The Boucher SG51 GM is a beautiful sounding guitar with lovely visual appointments. This particular model has the added gold pack and master grade pack options on top of the base model SG-51. The base model is a hybrid OM sized guitar with Adirondack spruce and Indian rosewood sides and back. The Master grade pack adds a hand selected master grade Adirondack spruce top, Abalone rosette and koa body binding. The Gold pack edition includes a torrefied top and gold Gotoh open geared tuners.

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⚌SPECIAL PRICE‼ Ibanez RGD3127 01 7 String Prestige Flat White Pearl, 2018

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Listed: 09/04/2020

⚌SPECIAL PRICE‼  Ibanez RGD3127 01 7 String Prestige  Flat White Pearl, 2018

The Ibanez RGD3127 7 String Prestige has everything needed in a 7 string. It features the Wizard-75pc Maple/Wenge neck with KTS™ TITANIUM rods, a 26.5 (673mm) scale length Birdseye Maple fingerboard with 17 inch radius and black dots, Jumbo frets, and a nicely contoured and carved basswood body with a Flat White Pearl finish. For hardware, a Lo-Pro Edge 7 tremolo bridge with locking nut is factory installed, along with a pair of DiMarzio® Fusion Edge pickups. The tuners are Gotoh, non=locking models as that’s not required with the locking nut.

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Gibson ES339 Thinline Vintage Sunburst, 2011

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Listed: 13/10/2020

Gibson ES339 Thinline Vintage Sunburst, 2011

This very clean Gibson ES339 Thinline Archtop Electric in Antique Vintage Sunburst was built during 2011 at the now-closed Memphis plant. Based on the successful ES-335, the ES-339 scales down the body width and length while maintaining the scale length and neck width. The result is a very comfortable and extremely versatile guitar with classic looks. Construction of the Gibson ES339 Thinline Archtop Electric follows the pattern of Gibson’s ES models and how that was adapted to the ground-breaking 1958 ES-335. From the late 1940’s, Gibson started using Maple Laminates for the top, back and sides of their electrified archtops in an effort to reduce both feedback and costs.

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Larrivee OM03 Austrian Walnut Steel String Guitar

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Listed: 13/10/2020

Larrivee OM03 Austrian Walnut Steel String Guitar

The Larrivee OM03 Austrian Walnut is a limited edition guitar from the recording series featuring an Austrian Walnut sides and back on the popular orchestra size body. Walnut as a tone wood tends to have a bright top end similar to Indian rosewood but with more midrange push. The combination of bright top end and more present midrange warmth puts this tone wood in between rosewood and mahogany.

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Huss & Dalton TDR Custom Sitka Top Dreadnought

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Listed: 13/10/2020

Huss & Dalton TDR Custom Sitka Top Dreadnought

The Huss & Dalton TDR is, as the name breaks down, a Traditional Dreadnought design with Rosewood for the sides, back, and head plate. The Dreadnought design first appeared during 1916, built by C F Martin for the Oliver Ditson company. The design was not popular at the time but when Martin re-introduced it in 1931, times had changed. These models went on to great success and are now one of the handful of standard guitar body shapes, built by almost everyone and played by countless guitarists.

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