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Gibson Les Paul GoldTop Refinish, 1952

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Listed: 04/12/2019

Gibson Les Paul GoldTop Refinish, 1952

Introduced in 1952, the Gibson Les Paul GoldTop was Gibson’s first foray into the brand new solidbody electric guitar market. With the now standard carved Maple cap on a Mahogany slab body, a metal-flake Gold finish was applied to the top to increase its ‘upmarket’ appeal. The carved top was certainly a nod towards the archtops that Gibson was already well established in making, but importantly, Gibson had the equipment to do this, and Fender did not.

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Gibson ES 175D Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1979

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Listed: 04/12/2019

Gibson ES 175D Archtop Electric Sunburst, 1979

The Gibson ES 175D, now discontinued, was one of the most popular archtop electric models for working jazz players, with classic lines and tone. The ES-175 first appeared in 1949 with a single P-90 pickup at the neck position, and was followed by the Dual pickup ES-175D in 1953. In 1958, the P-90 pickups were replaced with Gibson’s new humbucking pickups.

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Gibson Les Paul Junior Cherry, 1962

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Listed: 03/12/2019

Gibson Les Paul Junior Cherry, 1962

Gibson first introduced the Les Paul Junior with their 1954 model lineup as their lowest price student model, with one pickup and no frills. It kept that position until 1959, when it was bumped by the Melody Maker. From 1954, the Les Paul Junior had a profile very much like the Les Paul itself – it looked like the Les Paul’s Mahogany back, just without the carved Maple cap. For 1958, Gibson was shifting to double cutaway bodies, reflected in the brand new ES-335, and the Junior also got a double cutaway treatment.

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Yamaha TRB 5 ii 5-String Bass Blue, 2000

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Listed: 03/12/2019

Yamaha TRB 5 ii 5-String Bass Blue, 2000

The Yamaha TRB 5 ii is a very solid ‘monster’ bass, upgrading the previous TRB series to a long 35 inch scale length. The line has been built since 1989, and the ‘ii’ series until 2004. This example features a translucent blue finish and gold coloured hardware. The TRB design uses the familiar, reliable bolt-on concept and was first offered as a six-string model. 5 and 4 string versions followed quickly. The comfort-contoured body is Ash, with deep cutaways offering full access to the 3-piece laminated Maple neck. The neck joint is serious, with six bolts.

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Eastman AR810 CE Archtop Electric Classic Finish, 2005

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Listed: 02/12/2019

Eastman AR810 CE Archtop Electric Classic Finish, 2005

The Eastman AR810 CE , for Cutaway Electric, is one of the best deals for a traditional arched top guitar with solid carved Spruce top and Maple back, and Venetian cutaway.  If you are looking for a decent jazz box, your search may be over.  Here we’re looking at an Eastman AR810 CE, built during 2005 at the Eastman plant outside Beijing. These are great instruments, and this one is no exception.

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Gibson ES330TD Thinline Cherry, 1966

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Listed: 02/12/2019

Gibson ES330TD Thinline Cherry, 1966

The design for the Gibson ES330TD – the TD stands for Two Pickup, Double Cutaway – was an outgrowth of Gibson president Ted McCarty’s desire to offer a new, modern guitar to jazz players. The first item on the list was double cutaways, which at the time were not available on really any archtop guitars. The first model to use this format, and with a solid center block to reduce feedback, was the 1958 ES-335. The ES-355 and ES-345 soon followed, and to round out the line, the fully hollow Gibson ES300TD was added.

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Fano PX6 Alt de Facto Sunburst, 2010

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Listed: 02/12/2019

Fano PX6 Alt de Facto Sunburst, 2010

Here, we’re looking at a Fano PX6 Alt de Facto model with three key options – Lollar Firebird pickups instead of P90s and a set, Mahogany neck rather than a bolt-on Maple neck. This model hews close to the ‘Non Reverse’ aesthetic, with a bound Rosewood fingerboard and six-on-one-side tuning machines. The body is a slab of Mahogany with lightly rounded edges.

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Huss and Dalton CM Rosewood, 2019

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Listed: 29/11/2019

Huss and Dalton CM Rosewood, 2019

Here we’re looking at a brand new, just introduced Huss and Dalton CM model. It features an Engelmann Spruce top, Indian Rosewood for the sides and back, with Mahogany for the body blocks and neck. The head plate, bridge, and Maple-bound fingerboard are Ebony. Body binding is also Maple. Abalone is used for the rosette and 12th Fret Scroll inlay, and the Huss and Dalton log is Mother of Pearl.

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EBMM Classic Stingray 4 Bass Black, 2010

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EBMM Classic Stingray 4 Bass Black, 2010

Here we’re looking at an EBMM Classic Stingray 4 bass in very nice condition. Its serial number dates it to March 23rd, 2010, and it was built at the Ernie Ball Music Man plant in San Luis Obispo, California. The body is Ash, and the neck is Maple; the two are connected with a long six-bolt neck joint for rock-solid stability. Controls are simple yet versatile, with an active two band EQ powered by a single standard 9-volt battery.

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Stelling Bellflower 5-String Banjo, 2012

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Listed: 26/07/2019

Stelling Bellflower 5-String Banjo, 2012

The Stelling Bellflower 5-String Banjo is the basis of the Stelling Sunflower Banjo, and features Virginia Black Walnut construction to the Sunflower’s flame maple. This provides a somewhat warmer, rounder tone.   The Bellflower consistently gets rave reviews from its owners.  Stelling established themselves as a benchmark in modern banjo construction with a unique approach to tone ring to rim construction that ensures maximum ring to rim contact for full tonal transmission.

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‼️Reduced‼️ Ramirez Elite 650a Tradicional Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood, 1995

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Listed: 01/11/2019

‼️Reduced‼️ Ramirez Elite 650a Tradicional Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood, 1995

The Ramirez Elite is a rare piece, hand built at the Ramirez shop in Madrid in very limited quantities with the finest materials and top quality craftsmanship. Based on the Centenario model that commemorated the hundredth anniversary of Ramirez family guitar building, the Elite uses the same quality of materials and ornamentation. As with many other models, the Ramirez Elite is offered with either a German Spruce (A) or Red Cedar top paired with Madagascar Rosewood for the sides, back, head plate and bridge.

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Gibson Les Paul Classic Honey Burst 2008

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Listed: 28/11/2019

Gibson Les Paul Classic Honey Burst 2008

Here’s a lovely Gibson Les Paul Classic in a Honey Burst finish, built during 2008 and with a ‘1960’ stamped creme pickguard. Built to refer to the 1960 version of the Les Paul Standard, the Les Paul Classic features a slim taper neck and nine-hole weight relief, bringing the guitar to a surprisingly comfortable weight. Aside from the weight relief, the Les Paul Classic follows the usual pattern of a lightly figured Maple cap on a Mahogany back, set Mahogany neck and bound Indian Rosewood fingerboard.

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