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Relish Mary Solidbody Guitar NOS, Cream

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Listed: 14/01/2022

Relish Mary Solidbody Guitar NOS, Cream

Here’s the last of our NOS – New Old Stock – Relish Mary models, this one in cream finish, Alder core and passive pickup system. Fairly new on the scene, Relish guitars are designed built in Switzerland, a little northwest of Lucerne. They are innovative in both design and choice of non-traditional materials and assembly methods. This example seen here is the Relish Mary model in the a cream white finish, equipped with two standard humbucking pickups. There are other Mary models with different center cores; here Alder is used to warm the tone. The place to start, however, is what makes these guitars innovative and distinct.

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Guild GAD-50E Amber Dreadnought, 2005

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Listed: 14/01/2022

Guild GAD-50E Amber Dreadnought, 2005

Here is a lovely and great sounding Guild GAD-50e AMB – for Amber – non-cutaway Dreadnought guitar, built during 2005. When introduced in 2004 under the ownership of Fender Musical Instrument Corporation (FMIC), the GAD series represented Guild’s effort to provide a lower cost but high quality instrument and in this they definitely succeeded. Based on the D-50 Bluegrass model introduced in 1963, the Guild GAD-50E uses the Dreadnought body design. The top is Sitka Spruce paired with Indian Rosewood for the sides, back, head plate, fingerboard and bridge.

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Gretsch Broadkaster JR Player’s Edition G6659T-DCHFM Bourbon, 2016

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Listed: 12/01/2022

Gretsch Broadkaster JR Player's Edition G6659T-DCHFM Bourbon, 2016

This is a real treat – a Gretsch Broadkaster Jr Player’s Edition G6659T with center block, locking tuners and string-through Bigsby!  This guitar is an example of a ‘downsizing’ trend seen in other models like the Gibson ES-336 and ES-339, essentially versions of the ES-335 design, with full scale length but with reduced-size bodies. 

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Nash T63 Rosewood Fingerboard Olympic White, 2018

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Listed: 12/01/2022

Nash T63 Rosewood Fingerboard Olympic White, 2018

Here we have a Nash T63 in a ‘Relic Olympic White’ treatment which was built during 2018 in the USA by Bill Nash and team. Drawing from the original 1963 production T guitars, this Nash T63 features a lightweight Ash body, paired with a ‘Slab’ style Rosewood fingerboard on a C-profile Maple neck.

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Fender CS Stratocaster / AM Std Neck Blonde, 2005

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Listed: 11/01/2022

Fender CS Stratocaster / AM Std Neck Blonde, 2005

This blonde Fender CS Stratocaster from 2005 has an American Standard Neck from 2013 and is from the Fender Custom Shop in Corona, California. One of the obvious benefits of a bolt-on neck design is that either the neck or body can be changed if damage occurred.

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TEST David Nichols 00 Style Steel String Guitar, 2002

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G&L L-2000 Series E Bass Sunburst, 1981

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Listed: 11/01/2022

G&L L-2000 Series E Bass Sunburst,  1981

Introduced in 1980 as one of the first instruments in their new company, the G&L L-2000 bass is still in production. Bearing obvious influences from Fender’s earlier work, this 1981 L-2000 features a two-piece Mahogany body, Maple neck and Rosewood fingerboard. The electronics include a pair of passive humbucking pickups with active volume and tone controls.

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David Nichols 00 Style Steel String Guitar, 2002

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Listed: 10/01/2022

David Nichols 00 Style Steel String Guitar, 2002

This David Nichols OO style guitar demonstrates Nichol’s high degree of familiarity with pearl inlay – it looks like it was easy for the builder to do, a sure sign that it isn’t. This David Nichols OO style guitar is a great example. Dave Nichols has spent decades doing custom inlay work, including a lot for the Martin Guitar company, and he’s chosen the classic designs and here, the ‘Style 41’ inlay set executed in Mother of Pearl and Abalone.

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Fender American Standard Stratocaster Olympic White, 2017

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Listed: 07/01/2022

Fender American Standard Stratocaster Olympic White, 2017

The Fender American Standard Stratocaster, debuted in 1987 is the heir to the venerable, original Stratocaster model introduced in 1954. Building on the undisputed success of the Telecaster, the Stratocaster has been one of the most successful musical instruments ever built. Here we’re looking at a Fender American Standard Stratocaster in Olympic White.

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⚌Reduced‼ Alembic Spoiler Bass 4-String Natural, 1983

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Listed: 08/11/2021

⚌Reduced‼ Alembic Spoiler Bass 4-String Natural, 1983

Here is a rarity – an Alembic Spoiler 4-string bass, built during 1983 in Santa Rosa, California, with Maple neck-through construction, low-impedance pickups and active circuitry. Alembic, founded in early 1969 as an audio consulting firm – the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane were key early clients – introduced the use of active electronics and low-impedance pickups in musical instruments. Alembic guitars and basses, being fully hand-made of top quality materials and with parts like the pickups, brass nuts, bridges and tailpieces being built in-house, tended to be expensive and so were used primarily by top touring and recording artists.

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Godin 5th Avenue Edition Speciale PT Indigo Blue, 2009

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Listed: 05/01/2022

Godin 5th Avenue Edition Speciale PT Indigo Blue, 2009

The Godin 5th Avenue archtop model was introduced at the 2008 NAMM show, it was a surprise hit given that this type of guitar has been seen on fewer stages since the early 1960s. Since then, the 5th Avenue has been seen in a number of variations with different pickup configurations, with and without Bigsby True Vibrato tailpieces, with and without cutaways, and in a host of finishes. Seen here is the Godin 5th Avenue Edition Speciale PT sporting an Indigo Blue finish.

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Ana ‘ole Baritone Ukulele, Mango, 2020

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Listed: 05/01/2022

Ana 'ole Baritone Ukulele, Mango, 2020

This Ana ‘ole Baritone Ukulele was built in Palm City, Hawaii and features nicely figured, solid Mango for the top, sides and back! Ana ‘ole Ukuleles have been hand built by Gareth Gareth “Bula” Yahiku since 2007, and his instruments are well known for their build quality, sound, and also for his custom inlay work.

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