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1980 ODE Style D Model 6500 5-String Banjo SOLD

1980 ODE Style D Model 6500 5-String Banjo  SOLD

Today we’re looking at a lovely 1980 ODE Style D Model 6500 5-String Banjo. ODE banjos were originally made in Boulder, Colorado by Chuck Ogsbury.

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1965 Ampeg Vista-Sonic Bass (SOLD)

1965 Ampeg Vista-Sonic Bass (SOLD)

During the early 1960s, Ampeg entered into a licensing agreement with Burns of London for the production of Burns instruments. This included the Ampeg Vista-Sonic Bass.

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SOLD!!! 1973 Gretsch Deluxe Chet 7680 Archtop

SOLD!!! 1973 Gretsch Deluxe Chet 7680 Archtop

Here’s a fairly rare guitar – a Baldwin era Gretsch Deluxe Chet Model 7680 archtop electric guitar in Autumn Red finish. In walnut finish, this was the 7681. The Gretsch Deluxe Chet was built between 1972 and 1974 as a simplified version of the Super Chet.

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1967 Baldwin Jazz Bass SOLD

1967 Baldwin Jazz Bass SOLD

Burns was founded in 1960, and was sold to Baldwin in 1965 (who also purchased Gretsch in 1967). Though this should have improved the Burns presence in Baldwin’s largest market, it didn’t, and production stopped in 1970. Consequently, these instruments are not commonly found in North America. Through later attempts to recreate the designs, it has retained a niche appeal.This example has been well used, but works very well and has minimal fret wear. It has the semi-scroll headstock, distinguishing it from later models with the Fender-type 4-a-side gear arrangement. The action is very comfortable, making it an interesting and useful addition to any collection.

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