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Bernhard Kresse Modern Classical Guitar, 2003

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Listed: 22/10/2021

Bernhard Kresse Modern Classical Guitar, 2003

The Bernhard Kresse Modern Classical guitar blends elements of modern guitar building with traditional practices and techniques, delivering a superior concert grade instrument. This example was built during 2003 at Kresse’s small shop in Köln, Germany and features a Spruce top paired with Indian Rosewood for the sides, back, head plate, backstrap and bridge. Mahogany is used for the body blocks and back braces, Maple for the neck and Ebony for the fingerboard.

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Boucher LTD OMH Moonwood and Walnut, 2020

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Listed: 20/05/2020

Boucher LTD OMH Moonwood and Walnut, 2020

Here’s something special – a Boucher LTD OMH built with Flamed Black Walnut for the sides and back, and Adirondack Spruce in a Moonwood form for the top. Moonwood is not a specific variety of any kind of wood species. Rather, the name refers to when it was harvested; at varying seasons and phases of the moon, sap content is higher or lower. During autumn and winter, when the tree is moving to hibernation, and just before the new moon, sap content is at its lowest.

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Gretsch Broadkaster Jr Player’s Edition Center Block Cadillac Green, 2017

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Listed: 21/10/2021

Gretsch Broadkaster Jr Player's Edition Center Block Cadillac Green, 2017

The Gretsch Broadkaster Jr revives one of Gretsch’s older model names, previously used on a drum kit and the reason the Fender Telecaster has its current name. It is unlike many of Gretsch’s traditional models, featuring a compact body, though larger than a Jet, and with a solid center block for feedback rejection and sustain. Not just a reworking of an older model, the Gretsch Broadkaster Jr is both a new design and a seriously good guitar, ready for use in a professional context.

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Gretsch Model 35 Archtop Guitar Sunburst, 1933

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Listed: 21/10/2021

Gretsch Model 35 Archtop Guitar Sunburst, 1933

The Gretsch Model 35 American Orchestra archtop guitar appeared in 1933 and was built until 1940, when it was replaced by the Synchromatic line and the model 30. The Model 35 features a solid carved Spruce top with small-size F holes. Maple is used for the sides and back, Flamed Maple for the neck and Ebony for the fingerboard and bridge. The Gretsch logo is a Banner style using an engraved pearlescent plastic – rather like a drum covering.

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Jose Romanillos & Son Classical ‘La Amistad’, 2005

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Listed: 20/10/2021

Jose Romanillos & Son Classical 'La Amistad', 2005

Here is a wonderful rarity – a Jose Romanillos & Son classical guitar, ‘La Amistad’, built during 2005 by one of the finest builders anywhere. This Jose Romanillos & Son Classical guitar, named ‘La Amistad’ on the label along with the signatures of Jose and Liam, was built during 2005 at the Romanillos shop in Gillingham, Dorset. It is in very good, clean condition and while its decorations are understated, its construction and tone are impressive. This is a guitar that draws all the builders in the shop, wanting to have a close look!

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Gretsch Country Club G6196TSP-2G Archtop Smoke Gray and Violet, 2010

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Listed: 20/10/2021

Gretsch Country Club G6196TSP-2G Archtop Smoke Gray and Violet, 2010

The Gretsch Country Club appeared in 1954 as one of Gretsch’s early electric guitars and targeted at the higher end jazz player needing a full size, 17 inch body and solid Spruce top. This model was in production until Gretsch folded in 1981, reappeared between 1995 and 1999 as a US built reissue, and again since 2001 as a pro-line model, Made in Japan by Terada.

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Fender Telecaster Blonde, 1972

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Listed: 15/10/2021

Fender Telecaster Blonde, 1972

This Fender Telecaster Blonde is built during 1972 in Fullerton, California, is in good working order and with all original parts and case. For many years, this guitar had the ‘ashtray’ bridge cover in place, and much of the original, lighter blonde colour tone is visible where the cover extended past the bridge. The rest of the finish has naturally yellowed to a very nice butterscotch tone.

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Deering Golden Era 5-String Banjo, 2013

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Listed: 14/10/2021

Deering Golden Era 5-String Banjo, 2013

Here we have a Deering Golden Era Banjo dating to 2013 in very clean condition with very little wear of any kind, and with a nicely padded strap attached! A maple, prewar style bluegrass banjo made like the classic banjos of the 1930’s with the same materials and the same weight, design and features, the Golden Era is one of our most popular banjos for traditional bluegrass bands. If you’re looking for that classic bluegrass banjo tone and look – this is the banjo for you.

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Guild F212 NT 12 String Acoustic Guitar Natural, 1970

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Listed: 14/10/2021

Guild F212 NT 12 String Acoustic Guitar Natural, 1970

Built from 1964 to 1982, the Guild F212 came with a Natural Top (NT) and was based around a 16 inch wide Jumbo body of Spruce and Mahogany. Here we’re looking at a Guild F212 NT built during 1970 in Westerly, Rhode Island. This model is built with a Sitka Spruce top, Tropical Mahogany for the sides, back, body blocks and neck, and Indian Rosewood for the fingerboard and bridge. This guitar is in good working condition and has had a number of repairs over the years.

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Charvel SoCal Style 2 HH Ash Natural

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Listed: 13/10/2021

Charvel SoCal Style 2 HH Ash Natural

The new Charvel SoCal Style 2 has arrived, featuring an Ash T-style body with a licensed reverse-Tele headstock, a pair of Fishman humbuckers, and a 2-point trem! The Charvel SoCal Style 2 Ash body also features a scalloped lower back bout and shredder’s cut heel for easier upper fret access and hours of grin-inducing playing-feel and performance.

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Ibanez EHB1000 Headless Bass Pearl White Matte, 2020

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Listed: 13/10/2021

Ibanez EHB1000 Headless Bass Pearl White Matte, 2020

The Ibanez EHB1000 line was introduced at the 2020 Winter NAMM show, and features a Basswood body, Maple neck and active Bartolini pickups. The line is available in 4 or 5 string versions, and there’s a Multi-Scale option for the 5-string. There are two models, the EHB1000 series seen here, and the EHB1500 series, which uses a Mahogany and Poplar for the body, and Panga Panga (Millettia stuhlmannii) instead of Maple for the neck.

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⚌Reduced‼ Fender Telecaster Custom Black, 1978

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Listed: 30/09/2021

⚌Reduced‼ Fender Telecaster Custom Black, 1978

Here is a rare piece – a Fender Telecaster Custom with an original Wide Range Humbucker, a model produced from 1972 to 1981. Fender’s goal was to provide a guitar with a humbucker to compete with Gibson, and added a humbucker in the neck position, three way toggle switch, and individual volume and tone controls. This model was used by a number of prominent guitarists, including Keith Richards and The Edge.

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