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Hamer USA Artist P90 Silver Metallic, 1999

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Listed: 29/11/2018

Hamer USA Artist P90  Silver Metallic, 1999

Here we have a Hamer USA Artist in silver metallic, built during 1999 in New Hartford, Connecticut, at the parent Kaman plant. It uses Mahogany for the neck and chambered body, and adds a Rosewood fingerboard. A pair of Duncan P-90 style pickups feed a pickup selector, individual volumes and a master tone control. Grover Roto-Matic tuners are at the head and a tune-o-matic style bridge and stop tailpiece are used.

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Gibson SG Special Heritage Cherry, 2002

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Listed: 29/11/2018

Gibson SG Special Heritage Cherry, 2002

Differences between the Gibson SG Special and SG Standard don’t jump out at first. The main visual elements are the same – the same wood selection, shape, and gloss lacquer finish. However, the Special has an unbound fingerboard with dot markers, gold-decal Gibson logo and ‘SG’ engraved on the truss rod cover. The SG Standard has a bound fingerboard, trapezoidal markers, Mother of Pearl Gibson logo plus the ‘Holly’ inlay on the headstock. As well, the pickups are uncovered on the Special, while the Standard pickups have metal covers.

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Darryl Williams 8-Course Renaissance Lute, 1976

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Listed: 28/11/2018

Darryl Williams 8-Course Renaissance Lute, 1976

The Darryl Williams 8-Course Renaissance Lute was based on a bowl-back design, using a set of bent ribs that are arched to provide stiffness. The ribs start with a ‘teardrop’ shape and are then bent, and the edges are bevelled according to the number of ribs. They are glued together with hide glue in the joins, and parchment strips soaked in hide glue are applied to the inside of the seams.

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Deering Artisan Goodtime Special Resonator Banjo

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Deering Artisan Goodtime Special Resonator Banjo

This stunning Deering Artisan Goodtime Special Resonator Banjo has the look of an older banjo with the rich brown stain, Deering fiddle shaped peghead and planetary banjo tuners. The Classic Special can be heard with a sweet voice with sustain that compliments all the instruments in a band.

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Ibanez Artcore Expressionist Vintage Archtop Electric, 2018

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Listed: 28/11/2018

Ibanez Artcore Expressionist Vintage Archtop Electric, 2018

The Artcore Expressionist uses a fully hollow body with arched top and back, with a laminated Spruce top (the ES-175 uses laminate maple here) paired with laminated Flame maple for the back and sides. The neck is a 3-piece Maple and Mahogany design with a bound Ebony fingerboard, and block position markers of Acrylic.

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Taylor 314ce V-Class Grand Auditorium Steel String, 2018

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Listed: 27/11/2018

Taylor 314ce V-Class Grand Auditorium Steel String, 2018

This new bracing style increases dynamic response, sustain and volume and improving harmonic agreement. What ‘Harmonic Agreement’ means is that this bracing helps bring the harmonic overtones produced by various notes into line, causing chords to sound more in tune. Overall the revised Taylor 314ce V-class Grand Auditorium uses the same proven design formula – a solid Sitka Spruce top paired with solid Sapele back and sides, Mahogany for the neck and body blocks, and Ebony for the bridge, headplate, and bound fingerboard.

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Deering Golden Era 5-String Banjo, 2004

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Listed: 26/11/2018

Deering Golden Era 5-String Banjo, 2004

The Deering Golden Era 5-String Banjo draws from the heritage of traditional bluegrass banjos, and delivers the tone and look of the classic instruments. Built during 2004 at the Deering shop in Spring Valley, California, this Golden Era is in good condition and has been cleaned and set up at The Twelfth Fret by Anne Hartman. We’ve replaced the head and installed a Presto tailpiece. The dark stain shaded finish really sets off the flame Maple used for the resonator and neck.

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Gibson Les Paul Custom Black, 1997

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Listed: 26/11/2018

Gibson Les Paul Custom Black, 1997

For its initial 1954 appearance, the Gibson Les Paul Custom differed somewhat from the 1952 Les Paul models in a manner not visible to the eye. Under the black finish was a solid Mahogany body with carved top, instead of a carved Maple cap on a mahogany slab. This construction continued for most Les Paul Custom models until 1961, when the line was completely revamped into what we now call the SG. When the original Les Paul design re-emerged in 1968, the Custom received the standard Maple cap.

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Gibson CF-100 Cutaway Steel String Guitar Sunburst, 2015

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Listed: 26/11/2018

Gibson CF-100 Cutaway Steel String Guitar Sunburst, 2015

Built from 1950 to 1958, the CF-100 is based on a standard smaller bodied steel string guitar, but with a Florentine (pointed) cutaway. The reissue models are built at the Gibson Acoustic Custom Shop in Bozeman, Montana, and feature Sitka Spruce tops with Mahogany for the sides, back, neck, tail and neck blocks. The bound fingerboard is Rosewood, as is the through-saddle bridge.

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Hofner 1961 Cavern Bass 500/1 Left Handed Sunburst, 2015

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Listed: 22/11/2018

Hofner 1961 Cavern Bass 500/1 Left Handed Sunburst, 2015

The Hofner 1961 Cavern bass was very popular in Europe during the late 1950s and early 1960’s. American built instruments were rare and expensive, and use by wildly successful bands such as The Beatles made everyone want one. At the time, the tiny Cavern Club in London was one of the key venues for aspiring bands to appear, and The Beatles played there so often the club name became closely associated with the band.

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NS CR Series Solidbody Upright Bass Maple, 2012

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Listed: 22/11/2018

NS CR Series Solidbody Upright Bass Maple, 2012

This NS CR Series Solidbody upright bass, specifically a CR4M with both the new Polar piezo pickup system and EMG active, low impedance magnetic pickups, one individually adjustable coil for each string. The performance stand is included. This bass is in very good condition, and sounds great even through a small bass amp.

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‼️Reduced‼️ C F Martin 0-18K Steel String Guitar Koa, 1930

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Listed: 22/11/2018

‼️Reduced‼️ C F Martin 0-18K Steel String Guitar Koa, 1930

Built from 1918 to 1935, the C F Martin 0-18K is a small body Koa wood guitar intended for Hawaiian music, which was very popular at the time. Another very similar version, the 0-18KH (for Hawaiian) was built between 1927 and 1928. Based on the proven ‘parlor’ size 0 body, the 0-18K used Koa for the top, sides and back, Mahogany for the neck with an unbound Ebony fingerboard and Ebony bridge. At the time this example was built – likely around November 1930, given the serial number – straight Bar frets were still used.

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