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Hart SJ-RW No Longer Available

Hart SJ-RW No Longer Available

Southern Ontario has truly become an international hot-spot for premier guitar builders! Today, we are featuring another example of the incredible work being done by local builders: the Hart SJ-RW. This “small jumbo” guitar is the work of Joe Hart, from Guelph Ontario. The quality of Hart’s work is instantly apparent. Squeaky-clean neck joint, meticulous  binding work, smooth finishing, refined bracing, and excellent fret work. Oh, and it just happens to sound fantastic! Beautifully clear articulation and balance, with a nice smooth sustain.

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Miller Barncaster #ELT134 – SOLD

Miller Barncaster #ELT134 - SOLD

There’s nothing quite like the elegance and “no nonsense” simplicity of a nice Tele. Especially when you are holding one as wonderfully made as Alastair Miller’s latest Barncaster guitar! Using a piece of 150-year-old Pine, Miller has gone with a 1 9/16″ body depth, making the guitar feel more streamlined than a standard Tele. It also helps make the guitar very lightweight, at just over 6.2 lbs! The bridge pickup is taken from a 50’s Fender Lap Steel, and the neck pickup is custom wound by Miller himself. The neck is carved into a beautiful Fender 50’s “U” profile, with a vintage 3-brass-saddle bridge and “relic” niro finish completing the package. This guitar absolutely screams mojo from top to bottom. Well done Mr. Miller!

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G.W. Barry Concert Custom Sold

G.W. Barry Concert Custom Sold

You’re an accomplished guitarist who has been playing for quite some time. You’ve owned a number of good guitars over the years … all of them did the job but none were exactly what you wanted. It sounds to me like it is time to order that guitar-of-a-lifetime from a veteran luthier … someone with a proven track record of consistently creating exceptional sounding instruments. This was the start of the thought process that led one of our regular customers to order a truly custom guitar from long-time professional luthier G.W. Barry.

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G.W. Barry Concert Engelmann/ Hawaiian Koa Sold

G.W. Barry Concert Engelmann/ Hawaiian Koa Sold

OK, you’re stranded on a desert island … what guitar do you want there with you? Well there is pretty stiff competition to say the least, with all of the talented luthiers out there. So what is the criteria? Personally speaking, I want something with staying power … a guitar that I won’t get sick of looking at … a musical instrument with many layers of sound … that reacts differently with every subtle variation in pick or finger attack … something that when you wrap your hand around its neck and start playing, just takes you away to a different place.

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G.W. Barry Concert: Bearclaw Sitka & Reserve Grade Brazilian Rosewood Sold

G.W. Barry Concert: Bearclaw Sitka & Reserve Grade Brazilian Rosewood Sold

Sometimes you pick up a guitar, strum one chord and everything just feels and sounds right! The new Concert model Brazilian rosewood guitar from G.W. Barry is certainly one of those guitars! With over 30 years of building experience Mr. Barry has set his instruments apart from most of his competition through the beautiful clean lines on his designs and an impeccable attention to detail both sonically and visually.

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Harrison “Neo Jazz” 17″ Archtop SOLD

Harrison "Neo Jazz" 17" Archtop  SOLD

Over the years, Douglas Harrison has proven his ability to evolve and innovate when it comes to the principles behind his guitars’ designs. Harrison’s latest creation, the Neo Jazz 17″ archtop, is an absolute masterpiece. Several subtle adjustments to the traditional archtop design combined with flawless execution create an instrument that simply screams quality. Visually, the Neo Jazz has a striking look, both elegant and modern. The real brilliance behind the Neo Jazz’s design is that the very features that are the most visually bold are the same features that make it such a sonic powerhouse.

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