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1957 Fender Duo-Sonic – Refin Green, (pickguard  pots), (front), (back), (headstock), (neck), (finish1 finish2 finish3), (case case2). What’s more fun than a Duo-Sonic! With its short (22.5”) scale, dual pickups, and simple layout, you can do some incredible fretboard work without having to think about a lot of details. We’d had this guitar for over 10 years and had disassembled it, hoping to find an original Desert Sand finished body but finally gave up and decided to sell it whole with the refinished body. So many original parts on this guitar, would undoubtedly part out for more $, but I’d much rather sell a killer playing guitar than 10 lots of parts. ’57 was the anodized pickguard era and this assembly is complete and unmolested, with original solder joints, pickups, caps, pots, everything. It also has the original chrome knurled knobs which are identical to Tele and P-bass knobs from this era. We can’t find the original neckplate pictured so I used a rare 60’s 3-digit off a Coronado (it IS an original vintage plate that follows Coronado’s unusual inconsistencies). We didn’t have a top tuner so I used a set of repro vintage tuners. Neck is dated 2-57 and follows Fender’s Boat neck profile, which is very deep and V-shaped. Neck has been refretted with medium jumbo and it sets up extremely well. Body is refinished a thin layer of green but there’s a lot of gold undercoating all around so who knows what it looks like underneath. Body is lightweight alder with no additional routes or funny business. Someone sanded “Duo-Sonic” off the logo so the original logo simply reads, “Fender”. Again, this guitar plays fantastic with low action and easy upbends of 4-5 half-steps thanks to the short scale. With the pickups out of phase in the middle position you also get three distinct tones, all of them useable, plus a tone control that you can really use to fatten up the tone. They don’t build ‘em like this anymore. If you’re restoring a vintage Duo-Sonic you might just want a few of the parts but at $999, it’s an excellent value on a player’s grade 50’s model with desirable larger frets. Case is a vintage Mustang case in nice vintage shape with two of the latches replaced with OEM identical latches.

2013 Fender ’52 Reissue Telecaster TL52 w/upgrades and case, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge/pu), (inside pics). Super nice ’52 Tele from Fender Japan with a number of cool upgrades. I had this guitar during the summer and since I had it last it had a neck “glassing” (pic) done by Kevin Easton in Ft. Worth. This is a job that costs $125 and makes the neck feel like, well, glass. Read about it online. Other mods are: bridge plate changed to a Joe Barden, with a Joe Barden Danny Gatton pickup, neck pickup changed to a Duncan Vintage ’54 (STR-1) and all hardware changed to gold. All USA electronics including pots, switch, and Orange Drop capacitor. The Barden is dual blade humbucker that’s noise free and sounds very Tele-like, without the high-end harshness of vintage pickups. The Duncan ’54 is single coil and is a little darker, in fact sounding like a real 50’s Tele. Neck is a V profile and not overly large, nothing like a ’56 Boat neck for instance. It’s easy to get your hand around. It’s a lively sounding guitar acoustically. Cosmetically it’s in beautiful shape and the set up is low and buzz free. Killer Tele deal at $799 especially when you consider the glassing and other upgrades.

1998 Jackson Randy Rhoads RR3 w/Case, (front  detail), (back), (headstock), (case). Very good quality Japan-made Rhoads with a great look, excellent playability and quality tone. In this era Jackson used Duncan Designed humbuckers, with a pair of HB-105's, which are a Distortion/59, except with Invader pole pieces. Don't know why Duncan used these poles but they sound great so it's cool. Cosmetically there's only one tiny flaw which is a small bit of white showing on the tip of the headstock but we will touch that up and it will "go away" by the time you receive it. Features include an alder body with flamed maple veneer finished in a deep red, rock maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 22 jumbo frets, sharktooth inlays, 3-way switch with dual volume and a tone control, Floyd-Licensed double-locking tremolo, chrome hardware, and logo that just says "Jackson". Included with this guitar is the huge Jackson Rhoads case that fits the guitar like a glove and offers incredible protection. For a quality MIJ Rhoads with case, a nice deal at $459.

1965 Supro Thunderbolt 1X15 Combo, (back), (top), (speaker/chassis).  Beautiful shape for this model - cleanest one I've seen.  Very highly sought after amp both for the cool tone and the Jimi Hendrix association, who used this model exclusively during his days on the chitlin' circuit. Jimmy Page also used one on early Zep records. The Thunderbolt, built by Valco for Supro, was introduced in 1964, originally designed to be a bass amp, thus the 15" speaker and minimal controls, but like the Fender Bassman, it was much more well received as a guitar amp. The original Hendrix amp was raffled off by Guitar World magazine (advertisement) in 1992, back when such memorabilia reached astronomical prices. The features were very simple: 15" Jensen speaker, volume and tone, controlled by RCA tubes with a pair 6L6CG power tubes putting out around 50 watts, a pair of 12AX7 preamp tubes in the preamp, and a 5U4 rectifier tube. All the tubes in this amp are RCA. It is covered in Supro’s traditional blue ‘rhino hide’ tolex with horizontally striped gray grill cloth. In '67 they changed to black tolex to be more competitive with Fender. Bassists complained about the distorted tone when it was cranked up so in attempt to make them happy they also changed to a solid state rectifier and added wooden bracing across the speaker hole and another on the baffle board back. The thing that bassists hated, made it an excellent guitar amp. At 50 watts it has a bit of clean headroom, but a really nice breakup when cranked plus the 15" Jensen made it sound huge. Appears to be all original other the an older, but correct, '62 Jensen speaker. It still has the two-prong cord; covering is in nice shape on all sides, panel has minimal corrosion and intact lettering, no snags in grill, etc.  I even suspect the tubes are original.  It has no snap-crackle-pop, is well tuned, and needs nothing. If you follow these, you probably know most of these are well used and rarely are found below $1K, even in road warrior condition. While this isn't quite the cheapest one on the market, I'm sure, for a nice example, it's the cheapest one around.  $1199.

Dax & Co. ’51 T-Style Black Guard Relic w/case, (front  side  detail), (bottom edge), (back), (headstock  neck), (neck/pocket), (“Bakelite” guard), (cert.), (case  case2). Built 07/18 in Dax’s shop in Columbia PA, this guitar offers an incredible value on a very well crafted American guitar that has loads of vintage vibe. He sells primarily on Reverb but click here to see more of his work. This particular Dax is their attempt on a ’51 Telecaster, i.e. autumn ’51 since it lacks the Nocaster logo. It has the thin finish and wear of a guitar that has seen 60+ years of club gigs and a neck that feels like it has played 100K songs. Features a swamp ash body with loads of wear in the right spots, worn nickel hardware, Fender “ash tray” bridge with 3 barrel saddles, ash tray pickup cover, CTS pots/switch, Fender USA pickups, Kluson single-line tuners, and the most authentic “Bakelite” pickguard I’ve seen, made by Logan Designs. It also has all slotted screws which is a nice and proper touch. Vibe only gets you so far of course and where it counts, playability and tone, this Tele delivers. Somewhat chunky neck at .836”/.947 at the 1st/12th fret. It’s got a nicely resonant body, plenty of Tele quack, and action as low as most players would want. I’m also including with this guitar a Fender lacquered tweed case that looks as old as the guitar. It was too good of a match to not include it. Dax sells the guitar without a case for $1K. Get this one, virtually unplayed, with a $175 lacquered tweed case, all for $775(HOLD-Paul L 12/11).

1994 PRS Custom 24 10-top and Birds, (Front), (Back), (Headstock), (Case). I really get excited when I get in an old factory PRS, especially now that their officially vintage. This beauty will be 25 years old in a few weeks, although it looks like it’s less than a year judging by the beautiful condition. I’ve always touted PRS as being works of art and this one is no exception. From the perfectly grained thin ribbon flame “10” top that looks great from any angle, to the genuine pearl inlays, to the sexy curves of PRS styling, it’s a breathtaking look. This beautiful example, finished in Cherry Sunburst, has old-factory features such as the very desirable short neck heel, pearl bird inlays and original version locking tuners. The 10" during this era is imprinted near the serial rather than written in gold pen, as shown in the headstock pic. Other features include wide-thin neck, HFS and Vintage Bass pickups - with a 5-way rotary, volume, and tone. This guitar is in beautiful condition. Although it looks great now, after we do a quick buffing it should easily present as collector's grade. Of course it also has that superb PRS playability, with low action from the 1st fret to the 24th. You can own this vintage PRS for less than a new 10-top Custom at just $2399. Includes nice original case and hang tag, instructions, accessory catalog and original warranty.

Aphex Guitar Xciter Mod. 1403, (pic2). Voiced especially for guitar with Balanced D.I. out. Don't confuse Aphex with other Exciters - Aphex is the original and the best.  I remember when the first Aphex Aural Exciter came out in the 80's; a 1/2 rack unit that did magical things to a recorded mix. These units sold themselves at Hotlicks. We'd tell customers to bring us their demo (usually a cassette tape), play it in the bypass position, and then when we would engage the Aural Exciter their eyes would bug and they'd inevitably buy it on the spot. In fact, I have one of the original 1/2 racks and the later full rack in stock for you old-schoolers. As with the original 1/2 rack units, professional audio engineers use the Aural Exciter to increases loudness and clarity - brighten up sound dulled by analog equipment, got lost in a wash of effects, and now to liven up the mix during an analog to digital transfer. Now, with the Model 1403, Aphex has brought back the Aural Exciter in an enhanced, 2-channel version PLUS included the Optical Big Bottom. While the Exciter works on the whole mix, the Big Bottom focuses on the low end, providing deeper, more resonant bass with little or no increase in peak output. It increases presence and clarity of highs and lows, extends high frequencies with no added noise, gives low notes greater resonance, and does all this with no increase in peak volume. These sell new for $139 but you can have this nice used one for half-price, just $69. Runs on just about any power supply and made in America!

MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive. Ed's own Van Halen overdrive tone in a single stomp box featuring 3-band EQ, Gain Control, Output Control, Boost Switch, and Intelligent Noise Gate. Gotta admit, it does sound like EVH's tone and it's cheaper than buying a new or vintage amp. Check out this short demo from Proguitarshop here. Sells for $200 online. Get this one, mint in the box, for $135.

Boss ME-80 Multi Effect Pedal, (close-up), (back). If you're one of those players who prefers the simplicity of stomp boxes to menu-driven LCD screens, this is for you. For instance if you want more delay signal...just turn a knob. One of the cool and effective features I've found is a setting to make a humbucker sound like a single coil, or vise-versa. Ingenious and effective. An improvement over the old ME-70 is a second bank of modulation sounds so you can now have, for instance, a chorus and delay simultaneously. It also has a built in looper with 38 sec of loop time and cool whammy effective controlled by the expression pedal, a Freeze control to instantly do an infinite loop, and a Tera Echo that does a swell type echo. There are a load of features so you might want to check out a few demos like this one and this one.  There's also a USB interface that lets you customize your sounds even further from either a Mac or PC via free BOSS Tone Studio software. The USB interface lets you record directly to your favorite DAW. You can even tweak a dry recorded sound with your effects settings after recording. Save your favorite settings into one of the user locations and recall them instantly. This is a really cool unit, like having every Boss effect made all in a small box. This one’s mint in the box and $100 less than new at $199.

Neumann KMS 105 Condenser Mic, (close-up).  Best known for their world class studio condensers like the U87 and U47, Neumann makes truly fine stage mics as well, clearly in their own class.  While the KSM 105 is fine for the studio, it was specifically engineered for the stage environment with rugged construction and superb gain before feedback.  The frequency response of the mic is wide and clean, clearly balanced for close-mic applications and with a high-end brightness which works well on vocals but it's sufficiently neutral in its characteristics to provide excellent reproduction on a wide range of acoustic or amplified instruments.  For full specs click here for Neumann.  If you're looking for perhaps the best stage mic you've ever heard, that can double as your best vocal mic in your home studio, try the KMS 105.  If you're hesitant to try a new one for $699, this one's in very clean shape and just $449.

G&L L1500 4-String Bass, (front), (back), (headstock), (flamed neck), (case). When Leo Fender designed the electric bass he started with the Precision and after he started G&L he refined his basses much further. This L1500 is the evolution of the P-bass and I think most would say it's a better instrument. You can order G&L's with a number of options so I'm thinking this one was ordered with an upgraded neck. The flame is fairly consistent and looks very nice. Features include swamp ash body, hard rock maple neck with 6-screw attachment, 12" neck radius, 1.75" nut width, G&L Ultra-Lite tuners with aluminum tapered string posts, G&L Saddle Lock bridge, chrome hardware and no pickguard. Electronics consist of a single G&L Magnetic Field humbucking pickup controlled by preamp mini-switch (off/on), series/parallel mini-switch, Vol-Treb-Bass knobs. This bass has a super comfortable low set up and sounds excellent. You'll be surprised at how much versatility you can get from this single pickup. Offered in super clean condition with no noted flaws for $799. Includes non-original TKL molded hardshell case.

2004 Gretsch Electromagnetic Pro Jet w/Bigsby G5235, (front  detail), (back), (headstock), (case), (hangtag). Another one of the excellent quality import Electromagnetic series and the best value in a set-neck Gretsch. These are some of the best imports on the market, very well made and immaculately finished, and for one that has the vintage vibe of an old Gretsch Jet, it's an incredible value. Features mahogany body with set-in mahogany neck, dual TV Jones-Designed Gretsch mini-humbuckers, Gretsch Bigsby vibrola, anchored Adjusto-matic bridge, multi-ply bound body - bound neck - bound headstock, G Arrow knobs, neo-classic thumbnail inlays, knurled strap pins, volume and tone controls and vintage tuners.  This guitar is extremely clean and appears to have been played for just a month before going in the closet. The only real flaw is a tiny ding on the back in the clearcoat that we'll fill and make go away. More importantly, this is a killer player with a quality tone that's easily good enough for the part-time pro player at a beginner guitar price. I'm also adding a proper case from a high-end Duo-Jet, all for $449.

Catalinbread Topanga Spring Reverb Pedal. Killer vintage sound and a good choice for amps that don't have the benefit of factory reverb. You can turn your vintage Deluxe into a Deluxe Reverb! Like one of the old Fender output reverb units, the Topanga gives you full control over your reverb including Mix, Dwell and Tone (controls the wet mix only), plus a Volume control. If that's not enough the Volume controls a discreet preamp which gives you the options of a Clean Boost should you need it. It can be powered by any 9V–18V center-negative DC power supply (100mA or more) and is housed in a rugged all-metal case. This unit is especially well suited for that drippy 60s surf music and you can get a sample in this demo. Velcro on the bottom plate but otherwise nice original condition. Don’t pay $209 for new when you can have this one for just $135.

Line 6 Helix Guitar Multi-effects Floor Processor, (back), (stock pic), (box). “As new” in the box – great Christmas gift! I believe this is the most powerful, and one of the best sounding, floor processors ever made. It will make your rack and/or all of your stomp boxes obsolite. The Helix perfectly recreates your favorite new - or vintage - amps, cabinets, mics, and effects. They not only sound dead-on correct, they "feel" like the originals as well. In addition, it has extensive Input/Output and routing capabilities. Best of all it doesn't have the extensive learning curve associated with most powerful rigs. Controls are very intuitive and with the touch-sensitive footswitches you can actually edit your whole sound with your feet...without even stopping your song! The large 6.2" LCD display eliminates scrolling through menus. Line 6 claims you'll have 90% of Helix mastered after gandering 5 minutes at the Helix quick-start guide. I like that. For more details check out Line 6 and a really simple demo right here. These sell for $1599 in all the stores. This one is in brand new condition, with plastic film still on all the plastic windows, virtually never used. It’s a nice deal for someone at $1099.

2007 Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Telecaster, (front  bridge), (headstock), (back), (finish checking/dings), (case). Fender never runs out of great ideas and back in the mid-00s they raised their ante by blending vintage models with some modern or "modded" features. Such is the case with this Hot Rod V52 Tele which features classic vintage styling, a custom vintage Tele bridge pickup and a thin-skin nitrocellulose lacquer finish (picture); modern features include a Seymour Duncan Vintage Mini humbucking neck pickup and a satin-backed neck with a flatter radius and medium-jumbo frets. Another primary difference with the "regular" USA Vintage '52 is the neck, which is a V-shape on the Vintage '52 but on the Hot Rod model it's a very chunky U-shape. Players such as Keith Richards and Albert Lee have known the cool tones of a neck humbucker and have been  modding their vintage Tele's for years.  Now Fender does it for you, and the choice of Duncan's mini-humbucker retains the tone of a PAF, although with a more discreet look and requiring a smaller body route. The pickup switching may not be what you'd expect.  Instead of a "normal" 3-way, the HR '52 offers (1) Bridge Pickup, (2) Neck Pickup with Tone Control (Bright Vintage Circuit), and (3) Neck Pickup with No Tone Control (Dark Vintage Circuit). This is a beautifully figured ash body, one of the best. It shows some finish checking typical of nitro finishes, and a few finish chips around the edges, nothing bad. Frets are in great shape and the set up is beautifully low. These had a $2285 list price twelve years ago and a good buy today at $1099. Includes Fender/G&G tweed case, hang tags, manual and assorted paperwork.

Fender '58 Stratocaster Relic LTD, (front  relic "wear"), (headstock  fretboard), (back), (case  cert.). Rare guitar - only 30 made world-wide. There are a number of things that make this guitar unique, chief among them the hand-signed Abigail Ybarra pickups, making this run some of the last pickups she wound before retiring from Fender. Other unique features are 5-way modern strat wiring including the middle pot which is wired to roll off the middle AND bridge pickup for more creamy solos. Additionally it features a 9.5" radius fretboard with Dunlop 6105 frets, both non-vintage features but specs that players love. The neck is a 1-piece 10/56 Big V but it’s not as huge as the 10/56 “Boat” necks I’ve had. Lastly it features a resonant very light Premium Ash Body which brings the entire weight of this guitar to a scant 7 lbs 3 oz. The relic wear on this baby is a authentic as I’ve seen. Lots of realistic finish wear around the edges, loads of dings, and very authentic finish checking. The wear to the anodized pickguitar is likewise realistic and done very well. Here's a (demo link) by ProGuitarShop of this very guitar. Additionally, here's the Reverb listing (link) with many more pics and, again, of this very guitar. With only 30 of these produced they’re few and far between on the used market. I’ve seen these at $3300- $4K but here’s the deal. This one’s $2999. Includes original tweed case, cert. and all the stuff. This is a killer Strat in all regards. You will definitely love it.

2006 PRS Singlecut Emerald Green Flametop with Birds, (front), (back), (headstock), (bird inlays), (case). Thought this was sold but just found it among the Bass shelves. Lovely Emerald Green with a nicely flamed maple top and the older, colorful bird inlays. At the risk of sounding like a geezer, I’ve never warmed up to the newer “open” bird inlays, seeing them as a cheaper manufacturing technique. Singlecuts are great guitars, much like the Custom 22 except in a more timeless body shape with a slightly thicker mahogany back, but the features are undeniably PRS including the flamed maple "binding" where PRS leaves the maple unstained and bookmatched maple top over mahogany body and neck.  Features include dual volume and tone, selector on the upper bout, and stoptail tailpiece, PRS-7 Treble and Bass pickups, 25" scale, 10" radius, vintage tuners, and wide-fat neck which isn't as chunky as the name might suggest - for many it's the perfect size, and just slightly thicker than their wide-thin profile.  Cosmetically it’s in excellent condition, with the exception of a few tiny finish impressions next to the knobs, shown here.  Frets are near perfect, like a 2-month old guitar and it has no buckle wear nor dings on the headstock points.  Set up is very low with no buzz, a real delight to play. If you're looking for a nice alternative to a Les Paul, we love this model and with the bird inlays, a nice deal at $1599. Includes original case and PRS paperwork.

Custom Strat Relic – Vintage White,  (front  bridge), (back), (headstock  neck), (relic detail   #2), (inside  #2), (case). If you like your relics beat to crap, this one’s likely up your alley. We don’t know much about the origins as there weren’t any internal markings to go by but it’s a fantastic player with quality tone partly due to a Fender USA pickguard assembly. The pots are wired so that there are tone controls for the bridge and neck pickups while the middle pickup is always wide open. We do believe that it’s not a cheapo body and neck. The body has never had a backplate installed (no screw holes) and the neck appears well made. On the body there’s loads of finish check and finish peeling. The wear looks fairly authentic since they used a white Fullerplast-type undercoat with a very yellowed vintage white top coat. The neck features a vintage tint and is worn and extremely smooth on the back. Frets are modern medium jumbo with a flatter modern radius as well. Action is very comfortable throughout the register. A fairly lively guitar, it has good sustain and a quality Strat tone on all the pickups. If you’re looking for a cool vintage white Strat that oozes 60s vibe that sounds and plays good, here you go. $499(HOLD-Brian N 11/30) includes Fender tolex case – or $429 with a gigbag.

Mesa-Boogie Triaxis All-Tube Programmable Preamp, (back). Get all the killer Boogie tones in a single rackmount preamp with more versatility than any of the amps ever offered. Boogie packed five 12AX7’s and 25 years of tube tone heritage into this unit with five preamp tubes warming the tone and rocking your socks. It features eight separate modes which deliver the elusive creamy gain of the Mark I, the focus of the Mark IIC+, the scooped Rhythm of the Mark IV and a modified British lead mode, but there are many other tones at your disposal. Although the signal path is analog, Boogie used just a bit of digital in creating this unit but they did it right. Each digital display stays on so you can see at a glance where your settings are - just like a row of knobs - rather than using a menu system without constant displays. There are eight preamp modes in total: Rhythm/Green - Vintage Fat Clean (Mark I, Black-face), Rhythm/Yellow - Modern Hyper-Clean (Mark IV), Lead 1/Green - Vintage Mark I Lead, Lead 1/Yellow - Vintage Mark 1 Gain Boost, Lead 1/Red - Classic British Lead, Lead 2/Green - Medium Boogie Gain, Lead 2/Yellow - Classic Boogie Lead (Mark IIC+/Mark IV) and Lead 2/Red - Searing Boogie Lead. It features full midi functions plus phantom and data dump. Your favorite sounds are stored in 90 user presets which can be mapped to any of the 128 midi program locations. Boogie includes 20 defeatable/retrievable factory presets, 10 of which can demonstrate SmartPower voicing options where TriAxis controls our power amps that feature SmartPower, switching their capabilities to further enhance individual modes and sounds. Even the effects loop is programmable and can be added in to any or all of your stored patches. Manual is downloadable here. There are a bunch of YouTube demos. Here’s one by the very excellent Leon Todd. This unit has typical scratches on the rack but the panel is clean and everything works perfectly. Killer unit for $799.

2017 Gibson ES-339 Studio - Wine Red, (front), (headstock), (back), (case  cert.). Brand new condition – great gift idea! Designed as an alternative to the ES-335, with a smaller body and therefore more comfortable for many players. It also features black binding and plainer headstock ornamentation. If you've found the size of a 335 a bit ungainly, this guitar will be more comfortable, not much larger than a Les Paul or SG. It's rounded symmetrical cutaways offer easy access to the upper frets and the Classic 57 neck and Super 57 bridge pickups are the most popular Gibson pickups among our customers. The ES-339 features an all-maple body with a solid maple center block to help reduce feedback and enhance sustain. The top and back are both finished in a high gloss nitro finish unlike past models with the back being a satin finish. Other features include rolled fingerboard edges for comfort and speed, black Corian nut, internal spruce braces, mahogany rim liner, modern "soft C" maple neck measuring .805" to .885, Torrified Maple fretboard, 500K CTS pots, nickel hardware, ABR-1 bridge and Grover Rotomatic tuners. The set up is spectacular and it's an excellent sounding guitar, electrically and acoustically. Includes form fit custom shop case. These were $1999 new a year ago. This one presents "as new" for just $1250.

Shure SHR1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones, (pic2), (stock pic). With the Holidays coming up here’s a really nice gift offered “as new” in the box. I’ve used some nice headphones in the studio and owned a few pair as well, but none of them compare to this high-end consumer set from Shure. The sound is unmatched; the comfort is the absolute highest. I won’t go into great detail here, but they are the first headphone rated a perfect “10” by Digital Trends (review here) so you can get all the skinny there. The large hardshell case holds all the accessories and is as solid as they come to protect your investment. Included in the case are an extra set of replacement ear pads as well as two 6-foot long, Kevlar reinforced, oxygen-free copper cables. There is a threaded 3.5 mm jack and screw-on ¼-inch adapter which are gold plated, as are the clever MMCX connectors that fit into the ear cups. These micro-miniature connectors are magnetic and pop right in. It appears that these were never used. You won’t be disappointed. You’ll see these new online for $499. Get this “as new” set for $299, including paperwork and all accessories.

2014 Taylor GS Mini Mahogany w/pickup, (front), (pickup/jack), (headstock), (back), (gigbag).  The GS Mini takes the travel guitar to a new level, with a full tone that can keep up with dreadnoughts and an unprecedented better balanced tone. This model achieved instant respect, from the time it was introduced at NAMM. Rave reviews started streaming in and stores cannot keep them in stock. The Mini GS is a short scale guitar with Taylor's popular Grand Symphony body in a smaller size. Although it's slightly scaled down, it has a full body depth and regular nut width, which set it apart from other guitars of this type. Features include solid tropical mahogany top, laminated Sapele back/sides, ebony fretboard, Lexan headstock overlay, satin finish, sapele neck, 1 11/16" nut, 20 frets, 36 5/8" length, 23 1/2" scale, 17 5/8" body length, 14 3/8" body width; 4 7/16" body depth, NuBone nut and saddle, ebony bridge, plastic bridge pins, mini-GS shaped tortoise pickguard, 3-ring rosette and 3-ring purfling. Taylor also designed this guitar with a bracket at the end of the neck to accept Taylor's ES-Go pickup ($98) which quickly and easily installed and is included. To uninstall simply snap the pickup out of the bracket and change back the endpin jack. It it's less than a 5 min. job in or out. There are a bunch of demos on YouTube but this one is especially informative, where you can hear its comparison to a Taylor 110, which is a full size dreadnought.  Here's another brief demo by Tommy Shaw, showing a great guitarist can make it sound like a great guitar. Taylor already made a fine gigbag for their Baby and Big Baby, but their new "hard bag", supplied with this model is even better, with reinforced sides and a neck support block. These have been hard to find on the used market and I was happy come across this one. It's in lovely condition with a very comfortable set up and full, rich tone. Martin and I are very impressed with it in all regards.  Nice guitar for $449(HOLD-Kenny M  11/30) considering it includes the Taylor pickup. Also includes gigbag.

2007 Fender Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster - White Blonde, (front), (back), (headstock), (case/etc.  case2).  As I've mentioned many times, and numerous customers have agreed, the Eric Johnson Strats are the best signature models Fender has ever made, including their custom shop models. Each one I've had exhibited commendable acoustic tone, excellent sustain, and more of the bell tone you want in a Strat. Eric is notorious for his painstaking attention to detail with his tone, and development of his signature model was, similarly, slow and exact. The guitar was in R&D for years.  One example is the pickups, where 19 prototypes were evaluated before Eric was satisfied. Specs of this model include thin skin Nitro finish over '57 2-piece Alder body, body cavities exact to '57 specs, very chunky one-piece quartersawn maple neck with vintage tint, thinner vintage style headstock, flat 12" fretboard radius with larger American Series frets, thin neck cap, bone nut, master volume - neck tone - bridge tone controls, vintage trem with silver painted block, '57 style string recess, back not drilled for tremolo cover. This is a nice Strat with excellent sustain and a quality acoustic tone. This guitar has barely been played but there are two tiny spots on the fretboard wear the lacquer is worn. Original owner said it was falling off the stand, he grabbed it, and the strings scraped off a little finish. Otherwise, the body and neck are perfect and this guitar has seen almost no playing time. If you're contemplating buying a new one original version EJ for $1899 here's one that’s barely played for much less.  $1299 includes blonde G&G EJ case with strap, cable, ash tray and tags.

Morgan Monroe M-30 000-size acoustic w/case, (front), (headstock), (back), (appointments), (case). One of the higher end models from Morgan Monroe and about the best value I could imagine in a solid wood acoustic. Not only is the top solid Sitka spruce, the sides and back are solid Indian rosewood, in addition to ebony fretboard and bridge. Add in some quality appointments and it sounds like a $2K guitar, right? Additionally, it's nicely presented with a gloss finish, Herringbone and ring rosette and Herringbone soundboard trim, and bound body, neck, and headstock. Other specs include 000-size body of all solid woods, hand-carved parabolic bracing in authentic vintage prewar forward X-pattern, Martin scale 25.4", 1-11/16" nut with, Dovetail neck joint, 20 frets - 14 clear of body, 15.5" lower bout - 11.5" upper bout - 4.125" depth, Bone nut, compensated Bone saddle, ebony fretboard and bridge, mother of pearl dot inlays, vintage Grover Sta-Tite butterbean tuners. Hearing is believing. Here’s a 40-second demo! Set up with very comfortable action anywhere on the neck and a sound that eclipses any budge acoustic you’ll hear. If this guitar wasn’t enough, it also comes with a quality MM hardshell case, plush lined with a built-in hygrometer. All this for just $365. Add a Shadow soundhole pickup (below) for $25.

Shadow SH-330 Soundhole Pickup. Quick and easy solution when you want to go amplified. Easily installs and you can fine tune it with a slight twist to find the sweet spot for your guitar’s tone. New in stores for $49-$59. Get this one for $25.

Custom ’61 Fender Precision Bass, (front  side), (headstock  neck), (back), (“inside” pic-1  pic-2), (gigbag). Very good quality ’61 tribute P-bass with a very good relic finish, featuring Fender parts. It starts with a Genuine Fender Parts body (impressed under the neckplate) with a proper 4-ply tortoise pickguard, finished in black and worn in all the proper areas. Looks better than a Roadworn as far as authenticity is concerned especially with the semi-gloss nitrocellulose finish which I think is more realistic than the Roadworn’s satin. Neck is an All-Parts licensed Fender with a proper ’61 logo (2 patents), clay dot inlays, rosewood fretboard and truss rod adjustment at the heel. It is worn on back and is as sleek as any neck you’ll feel, much like a 50-year old bass. Even the vintage tuners are “backwards” turning just like the original ‘61s. Other components include all USA electronics including Alnico pickups with cloth wires, CTS pot and jack, and quality capacitors. There is also a bone nut, showing the attention to detail in creating this beauty. We probably have bridge and/or pickup covers for additional cost if desired. This bass plays easily and has that fat thump you love in a P. With a Fender Mex Roadworn running $999, I believe this is a better bass in all regards, and a much nicer price. $599 includes a heavy Levy’s gigbag. 

Fender Eric Clapton Twinolux 2X12 Hand-Wired Tube Combo, (top), (panel), (back), (spkrs), (acc.  box). Looks new – ships in original packing. Fender's first series of artist signature amps, the Eric Clapton series, were hand-wired, point-to-point soldered, and came in 3 sizes/models. The Vibro Champ was the baby of the bunch, the Tremolux was the middle child, and this Twinolux was the big daddy of the group. The Twinolux circuit is based on late-'50s Fender Twin amp model 5E8-A capable of around 40 watts. This amp also has a switchable power attenuator which reduces the output as well as turn off one speaker for even lower output. This is a  single-channel amp with high-gain and low-gain inputs, a lush tremolo with speed and intensity controls (footswitchable), dual Special Design 12" Alnico Weber speakers with dual 6L6GE output tubes, four 12AX7 preamp tubes and two 5U4 rectifier tubes, Mercury Magnetics custom transformers, finger-joined solid pine enclosure a sweet resonant tone, lacquered tweed covering with vintage-style brown/gold grille cloth and leather strap handle. Controls are Volume, Treble, Bass, Trem Speed, Trem Intensity, Presence and Output. I would hold this amp sonically against any Victoria or other vintage repro as far as construction and tone are concerned. Further, when you consider that Fender has been building hand-wired amps for over 70 years and the fact that most other brands are clones of the golden-era Fender, it just makes sense that they are done right. Here’s a demo. Not many of these around, largely do to the $3K new price tag. This one has seen very little use, in-home only, and is in perfect condition and ships in original box and packing. All this for $1999 and includes deluxe fitted dust cover, an extra (black) leather handle and tremolo footswitch.

2017 Fender American Original '50s Telecaster, (front  bridge), (back), (headstock), (case  cert.). The latest and greatest reissue of the original early 50s black guard Tele, replacing the American Vintage '52. This one has all the black guard era vibe with period correct hardware and pickups, but adds modern features such as pickup switching and the modern 9.5" radius neck. It features a solid ash body with gloss nitrocellulose finish, 21 tall vintage fret neck that's also nitro-finished, chunky '52 U-shaped maple neck with 9.5" radius, period correct Pure Vintage '52 single-coil pickups with copper-plated steel base plates and Vintage-style through-body string mount bridge with three brass-barrel saddles. The Tele has always been the workhorse guitar in the Fender stable and none more than the butterscotch black guard Strat. It has all the twang you know and love in a Tele and this 9.5” fretboard makes everything easier to play. This one’s a niceweight at 7 lbs 7.5 oz, which is great for an ash body. It is set up with very low action and sounds very alive, even when unplugged. Offered in immaculate condition and with a new one running $1799, get this one for $1259(HOLD-Bill B 12/12). Includes Fender black case and certificate.

2011 Fender Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster/Jaguar w/case, (front), (headstock) ("before" headstock), (pots/pickup), (back), (case  detail). Immaculate condition. You might remember this one - we got in a few of the Vintage Modified Squiers and after Martin determined that they would be excellent players, we decided to invest in doing a logo job for players who really want the vintage look and/or are self-conscious about their stage appearance.  These guitars already have a great vintage vibe with an authentic looking two-tone sunburst gloss finish, parchment parts, and tinted neck, so the vintage logo is icing on the cake. Other features include C-shaped maple neck with maple fingerboard and modern 9.5" radius, 21 Medium Jumbo frets, 25.5" scale length, 1 5/8" nut, chrome hardware, vintage style tuners, top loader fixed bridge, Parchment/black 3-ply pickguard and Duncan Designed JM-101B/101N single-coil Jazzmaster pickups with Alnico V magnets. Like the early vintage models this guitar also has stacked knobs with a volume and tone on each pot. The tone pots are the click type, rather than a smooth taper; nice touch. It might seem odd to have a Jaguar logo but we wanted to have a little fun with it and the two models are very close in styling, especially on these Vintage Modified models. We also did a Jaguar with a Jazzmaster logo! The logo job is perfect with several coats of nitro finish, wet sanding between coats, built up to be as thick as the logo so the outline isn't visible (pic here). Suffice it to say it definitely looks like a regular factory logo. We have been impressed with the quality of the Jags and Jazzmaster Vintage Modified, which we feel is as good as the Vintage Vibe series of Strats and Teles. With a $499 list, these were a lot of guitar for the money. Pickups are especially good sounding.  If you're looking for a Jaguar with a look like no other, and guaranteed to be set up better than anything you'll find in the stores, including our additional fret work and nut work.  Nice guitar for $379 AND includes a Western tool-leather look hardshell case.

2008 Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess Standard Floyd Rose, (front), (headstock), (back  heel area), (Floyd), (case  cert.). Killer Custom Shop model - with a genuine Floyd Rose trem.  For years a lot of players have been carrying their Les Paul, and their Floyd guitar.  Sure, Gibson did a Kahler trem model as an option since the 70's, but let's face it, nothing stays in tune like a Floyd. You can dive bomb all night and it comes back to perfect pitch every time. Gibson chose this model to do a number of other enhancements to playing, most notably a new heelless neck joint which provides access to the 22nd fret without having to contort your hand. Additionally, they added a contoured top with a slight "belly cut" that fits the body like a glove. The body is also a tad slimmer than a regular Standard which contributes to lower weight and less fatigue. Lastly it is outfitted with a stunning flamed maple top, finished in Ice Tea Burst. Playability is superb, with a factory Plek that ensures the lowest possible action without fret buzz. Tonally, this guitar sounds very much like the late 50's 'Burst that has defined the rock tone for the past 50 years. Pickups are the 496R and 498T, with push-pull tone pots to split the coils, yielding twice the tonal options of a regular Les Paul.  Complete specs can be found at Gibson's site. This guitar is in immaculate condition and sells new for $4199.  This one is $1450 cheaper and as clean as a new one hanging in the store.  Just $2749 for this killer Paul.  Includes vintage Lifton-style case and certificate.

1982 Gibson SG Standard, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (case).  If you're looking for a museum piece, look at some of my other SG’s. This is a killer playing SG that has seen plenty of use and has a fresh refret job. Martin installed new frets on this one a few years ago and it was just traded back in. Since it has an excellent neck and great frets, the setup is fantastic and it's ready to go for a few more decades before it needs any attention. Other mods are a newer set of Gibson Deluxe tuners installed, more recent Gibson pins, and a single ply pickguard, but I can order a 3-ply guard upon request. In my opinion, this was an excellent era for Gibson, in both their Nashville (where this one was built) and Kalamazoo factories. Their archtops, including the early 335's, solidbody guitars, and even some of their wacky short run models, had a build quality that's generally higher than the 70's, and much better than the 00's. One of the first things you'll notice on this model is the block inlays, rather than the trapezoids used most years - plus an inlay at the 1st fret. It also features the small pickguard, as used on the '61 Reissue, rather than the large pickguard that surrounds the pickups found on more recent SG's. Also, the pickup selector is located above the knobs rather than at the edge of the pickguard, and also it uses a side-mounted barrel jack rather than the top mounted jack.  Original pickups have the epoxy on the underside that Gibson used during this era, but they're not the Lawrence pickups with multiple taps, rather the patent engraved PAF's that are simply covered in epoxy. I see a source on the web that calls these Shaw pickups by virtue of the ink stamp but I don't have any evidence to support that opinion. They have a nice, vintage tone with medium output and are dated 3/81 and 6/81. As I mentioned, this is a player. You'll frequently find that the better sounding guitars spend little idle time during their life and they tend to get a lot of fret wear, buckle scratches, and plenty of minor cosmetic flaws, the worst of which on this guitar is wear on back of the neck (pic). It has never had any structural issues such as body cracks or headstock repairs, and the finish is original - it's simply a guitar that's been enjoyed over the decades. Now at 36 years, it's definitely a vintage guitar and a bargain on the vintage market at just $1199.  Includes original Protector case with a replaced latch.

OFF-HOLD: Line 6 Amplifi 75 Bluetooth Guitar Amp, (top), (back). One of the coolest amps I’ve had, the Amplifi 75 delivers 75W through a revolutionary 5-speaker stereo design giving you powerful, detailed tones that regular amps simply can’t produce. Just as cool, it’s an actual Bluetooth system that lets you play back songs from your smart phone/computer (iOS, Android, Mac, or PC), and use the free amp to easily edit amp choice, speaker cabinet, EQ, effects, etc., and store the combinations on the cloud, locally, or on the amp for future access.  Ingenious. Features include 75 watts of power through a 5-speaker stereo design, Bluetooth streaming audio, AMPLIFi Remote app for iOS or Android — share, rate and store tones, 200 amps and effects, Wireless control every aspect of your guitar “rig”, automatic tone matching — instantly jam with your music library, 1/4" Guitar input and 1/8" Stereo Aux input, 1/4" Headphone output, Tap tempo/tuner, 4 onboard presets (access unlimited presets via app), Stereo wet/dry effects for immersive sound, compatible with Line 6 FBV MkII foot controllers, USB connection, 8" custom Celestion speaker for low end with two mid-frequency drivers and two high-frequency drivers. I’ve had the Yamaha THR combo’s and this thing blows them away in versatility, volume, and especially tone. For more info check out Line 6 here and a quick overview here. Here’s a cool features and performance video (link). These sold new for $399 but this one’s mint, out of the box, and yours for $179. Includes manual.

2015 Gibson Derek Trucks Signature SG, (front), (headstock), (back), (case  box). Signature model for the best slide player of our generation. I remember when Trucks was a little kid who could shred with the best before he was in high school. Since then he just continued to develop his style to where he's now one of the premier guitarists today. Whether with his new Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Derek Trucks Band, or playing with Buddy Guy, Santana, or Clapton, his style is unmistakable. He gets his tone through a 1961 SG, his long-time exclusive axe. Like Derek's SG, the signature model features a Lyre tremolo plate but a stopbar/tuneomatic tailpiece and bridge. It is built from Gibson's finest tonewoods with low density mahogany, loaded with a '57 Classic pickups, the choice of most players with a preference. The neck is carved to the slim True D profile of the early ’60s, measuring .800” to .895” at the 12th fret, with 22 medium-jumbo frets and a 12" radius. His model is outfitted with the decorative Lyre vibrato cover with the vibrato mechanism removed, just like Derek’s. It has the early style “no wire” ABR-1 Tune-o-matic tailpiece and no pickguard. The headstock carries pearloid button vintage-style tuners as well as a PLEK-cut Corian nut for superb resonance and sustain, and is adorned with a mother-of-pearl Gibson logo and holly inlay. The '57 Classic pickups Derek's request are routed through 500k pots for both volume and tone for each pickup. Set up is currently medium action but unless otherwise requested, we’ll set it as fast and low, which is our normal set up. Presented in immaculate condition and ships with all original documentation in the original double shipping box. Includes the Gibson brown case. This model sold for $2399 in 2015 and is an excellent value today at $1650.

1997 Squier Vista Series Musicmaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (flamed neck), (detail). Gibson scale with a humbucker! This model was offered for around a year and I don't even see it any of my Fender catalogs, although catalogs do show the Musicmaster Bass which was produced in greater numbers. Finished in Surf Green (Shell Pink, Sonic Blue, Black and White were also produced, all with matching headstock. These were the shortest run of all the Vista series, most of which were produced for 2-4 years. Like the original Musicmasters in the 60's, this guitar is the ultimate in simplicity with an offset waist slab body with contoured edges but no belly cut, vintage style bent steel bridge with 6 barrel saddles, 3-ply cream pickguard, and "Vista Tone" humbucker with a push/pull volume control (activates coil splitter). One of the cool things about this guitar is the flamed maple neck which wasn't spec for this model but is a welcomed coincidence. The neck also features a shorter Gibson scale (24.75"), rosewood fretboard with 22 vintage frets and pearl dot markers. It plays with ease and the tone is very useable. I've always been a fan of the Vista series as far as bang for the buck and this one's no exception. Other than a few very minor flaws it's in lovely condition and a surprisingly nice guitar. $375 includes Fender gigbag.

Custom Strat – Silver Sparkle, (front), (finish detail), (back), (headstock), (neck depth), (custom plate), (cavity/electronics). Like chunky necks? Here’s a nice 50’s style Musikraft USA neck mounted on a body I bought back in the 90’s and kept in the box until Martin built this guitar recently. It’s a Mighty Mite body with a super nice factory silver flake finish, with some gold accents. Looks great under spot lighting. Neck was a new Musikraft. Based in Pennsylvania, they build some of the finest replacement parts in USA and we’ve been using their necks almost exclusively for the past few years. The neck has a vintage logo installed with many coats of nitro finish on the headstock so there are no visible lines on the edge of the vintage logo. It’s a substantial girth, recommended for players who like the feel of a ’58 rounded neck. We have also installed an Earvana nut for improved intonation and vintage style Ping tuners. For electronics we used pickups out of an American Fat Strat with a Fender Atomic humbucker and a pair of American Standard single coils wired to a new USA 5-way switch and new CTS pots. Electronics cavity has shielding paint to cut down on hum and is routed HSH should you ever wish to change the layout. We also used a custom Fender Limited Edition neckplate. Set up is superb and the tone and liveliness is what you want in a Strat. The 5-way is wired to sound like a tradition Strat in 4 positions, with a straight humbucker tone in the 5th. For a custom made Strat that’s well-thought out and professionally built, it’s a sweet deal at $750 with hardshell case.

2010 Trussart Rusty Steelcaster, (front), (headstock), (back), (cert.), (case). If you’ve lived under a rock for the past decade, you may have not heard of James Trussart, crafter of some of the coolest guitars ever made. From his shop in Los Angeles, builds custom steel-bodied guitars, basses, and violins in a wide array of finishes, reminiscent chrome resonator instruments and rusty, weathered, discarded machinery. His client list is a who’s-who of some of the hottest players including Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Joe Walsh, Jack White, Charlie Sexton, Rich Robinson, Joe Perry, Tom Morello and Billy Corgan. Amazingly, it’s been said numerous times that his guitars sound like the comparable wooden guitar and this one can make that claim. This Steelcaster has the "holey back", with perforations which keep down the weight as well as cutting down unwanted feedback. Also the steel body makes and extremely effective shielding, greatly reducing hum and noise. This one was built with the neck humbucker, a la Keith Richards, plus push-pull pots on the volume and tone knobs, yielding a wider selection of tones than a vintage Tele.  The Volume pot splits the coils on the humbucker, while the tone pot is a phase switch which works in the middle position. 5 great tones in all. It’s not all rusty steel though. The neck is ’62 walnut-stained maple with a very natural feeling glossy finish on back, with a rosewood fretboard and clay dot inlays. Headstock is accented with a large metal Trussart logo inlaid into the headstock. Pickups are Arcane/Trussart and sound fantastic. You might think this would be a heavy guitar but at under 8 lbs. 2 ozs., it’s a nice medium weight. The set up is low and buzz-free; in all just a joy to play. It hasn’t seen much time and frets are in great shape. Original cost on this HS model with push-pulls was around $4K. Get it now for $2799(HOLD-Roy H from the 770 – 11/14).

2011 Fender American Vintage '62 Telecaster Custom – with Matching Case, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (case/acc.).  One of the more rare models in the genuine vintage world, vintage Tele Customs are extremely rare, compared to a regular Tele.  Likewise, they modern day USAV62 Customs aren't nearly as plentiful as regular old USAV Tele. The Tele Custom in the 60’s was nothing more than a Telecaster with a bound body. Fender resurrected the name in the 70's, but these models were like a regular Tele but with a Fender humbucker in the bridge, plus a large pickguard and dual volume/tone controls. Back in the 60's, due to the higher cost, most players opted to skip the binding so these bound beauties make up a very small percentage of Tele's produced during the era. This fantastic reissue is made to specs of the original including double-bound alder body, C-shaped maple neck with C profile, vintage tuners, 21 nickel-silver frets, USA Vintage pickups with cloth wiring, vintage 3-saddle bridge, 7 1/2" vintage fretboard radius, and removable ash-try bridge. This baby plays wonderfully and has all the twang you want from a Tele. Cosmetically, there are a few very small flaws but is in overall excellent condition. Frets are near perfect. They have discontinued the V62 Custom but it sold new for $1999. This one is barely broken in and is a nice buy at $1499(HOLD-John B 11/14). The stock case for this model was the plain brown but this one includes a brand new G&G/Fender finished in Surf Green with bone ends. Also includes ash tray bridge cover, polishing cloth, leather strap, hang tags, and manual.

2012 PRS Santana SE – Amber w/upgrades, (front  maple cap), (headstock), (back), (upgrades  pickups), (case). Beautiful amber flame top with Core line upgrades including pickups, tuners and saddles - plus a bone nut and hardshell case. Like the Custom 24 "Killer Quilt" below, it features a mix of gold and nickel hardware. These upgrades weren’t cheap and there’s as much invested in them as the guitar originally cost. The pickups, for instance, aren’t a discarded set of #6 or HFS/VBass, but a hard to find, and highly regarded, set of Modern Eagle RP’s that sell for $300/set on the used market. The tuners are USA Phase II locking. There are extra holes on the back of the headstock that we’ll plug for aesthetic reasons. Some general info about the Santana: first debuting in 2001 as an SE model with a few changes along the line, this version Santana is clearly the best. The Santana is the first SE model offered with the shorter 24-1/2" scale length and it's the first SE using the same body shape as the USA-made PRS Santana. It has Carlos's favorite fat, wide mahogany neck and 22-fret fingerboard, and features classic PRS birds. It also has a thick maple cap, instead of simply a veneer like most of the competition, and it's the marriage of the mahogany body and maple cap that gives this guitar its superb tone. On top of the maple cap PRS uses highly figured maple for visual appeal. Features include mahogany body, maple cap with flamed maple veneer, mahogany neck, wide-fat neck shape, rosewood fretboard, 24-1/2" scale, 22 frets, PRS "Old School" bird inlays, Master Volume and Tone controls with 3-way toggle switch and nickel hardware. This is a superb playing guitar, in perfect condition, and with a new one selling for $799, why not get one with 5 quality upgrades for less. $750(HOLD-Brian N 11/15) includes hardshell Gator case and trem arm.

2009 PRS Custom 24 “Killer Quilt” Korina Artist (Ltd.), (front), (headstock), (back), (case  tag). That’s one of the longest model names I’ve seen in a PRS, LOL. It’s a Custom 24, in the limited run “Killer Quilt” series, with a korina back, outfitted with the Artist model package. It’s referred to as simply a Custom 24 Killer Quilt since the whole run had the same specs. Some of you will remember I had this same model in Slate Black 8 months ago. In comparison to the darker Slate Black, this finish shows the figuring much nicer and it’s truly a stunning piece of maple. PRS sourced some of this "killer quilt" in 2009 and did a limited run of 200 of these (120 US, 80 overseas). Finished in "Matteo Mist", it is some of the nicest bookmatched quilt I've ever seen. The quilted maple caps off a korina body, rather than the usual mahogany, and it has the Artist treatment with bird inlays, gold hardware, rosewood headstock overlay and inlaid shell logo. It was shipped with a standard PRS case rather than the Artist case. Other features include gold/nickel hardware mix, PRS tremolo, Phase 3 locking tuners, and Standard (pattern/regular) neck carve. Pickups are the stock 57/08 covered, controlled by a 3-way switch and push/pull tone pot. Cosmetically, I don’t see a flaw anywhere. The set up is typically superb and I should mention it only weighs 7 lbs 11 oz. Great guitar. If you’re looking for one of the fanciest Custom 24's ever made, for less than a new stock CU24 here you go. Get this one for $2099(HOLD-Matt S 12/7). Includes standard PRS case which possibly was shipped from the factory with this guitar since the Modcat sticker agrees with this guitar. Also includes all the PRS paperwork and stuff from Wilcutt Guitars.

Artisan EA-1 Lap Steel, (stock pic), (gigbag/slide). When I think of lap steels I don't envision fine woods and expensive cosmetic appointments. No, a lap is a slab of wood with tuners and a pickup. This was the thinking behind the Artisan EA-1: a basic lap steel at a budge price. With its single Strat style single coil it's capable of producing quality country, blues, or of course Hawaiian music. It features a hardwood body and neck, Roman numeral position markers, single-coil pickup, volume and tone controls, chrome hardware and a stainless steel pickguard. I also had an idea of retrofitting this with a Hipshot Trilogy bridge (pic), which will drive the price up $200 more but will allow it to do some very cool tunings instantly. With the Trilogy, each string has 3 positions with a straight tuning and 2 detune stops. The lap steel is in nice shape and includes gigbag and a quality steel slide. Selling for $79 as is, or $279 with Trilogy bridge installed.

Boss AC-2 Acoustic Simulator, (power supply). Perhaps the best acoustic pedal ever made, certainly if you consider the price. It’s also much more versatile than a Fishman bridge - and cheaper too.  Has controls for Level (output volume), Body (amount of body, as if you mic’d the inside of an acoustic), Top (amount of top, as if you mic’d the top of the guitar) and Mode which includes Standard, Jumbo, Enhance, or Piezo. Here’s a demo to check out some of the sounds. Decent used condition and works perfectly. $49(SOLD-Alex B 11/13) or $59 with Boss power supply that powers many pedals simultaneously.

Radial Bones Twin City ABY Amp Switcher. If you’re a guitarist who uses to amps, this is for you. The Twin City lets you split your guitar signal into two amps to use (a) your choice of amps or, (b) both amps simultaneously. Equally important, it operates without extra noise or signal loss! This unit includes both an ABY switcher and a buffer in addition to Radial's Drag Control load correction circuit, which lets you eliminate signal loss. It also includes an isolation transformer, to eliminate hum and buzz from ground loops. There are a number of enhancements the Twin City has over Radial’s BigShot ABY and it’s priced higher accordingly. Sells new for $169. Get this used one for $109.

2016 Fender Classic Vibe 60's Squier Stratocaster - Matching Headstock – Seymour Duncan, (front), (Duncan), (headstock), (back).  Top of the line Squier with classic looks, excellent playability, and quality tone. This particular model is finished in Sherwood Green Metallic, with matching headstock, one of the cool custom finishes from Fender in the ‘60’s. The Classic Vibe replaced the earlier Vintage Modified in 2009 but they had a brief run and came back later with some cool upgrades. This model now has the proper alder body rather than the Indian red cedar used on the Vintage Modifieds.  Other features include rosewood fingerboard; 21-fret, vintage-tint gloss maple neck, gloss finished body, vintage style tuners, modern 9.5" neck radius, 21 medium-jumbo frets, and a custom set of Alnico V single coil pickups with a quick attack plus a bridge pickup with more midrange presence - custom staggered pole pieces provide improved string-to-string balance. It’s had one cool upgrade: a Seymour Duncan Hotrails humbucker in the bridge which gives you more versatility, especially if you have hard rock leanings. Offered in superb cosmetic condition and an absolutely killer setup. We’ve been quite impressed with the Classic Vibe Strats and the quality brings to mind the early Squiers of the early 80's. I actually think these are at least as good as a $600 Mex Standard Strat. A new one will run you $399, with a mediocre factory setup. For less money you can get this one that’s better than new with a high quality bridge pickup. Just $339 for this very cool Strat. (Note: I also have these in Burgundy Mist, new in the box for the same $339).

Korg SDD-2000 Sampling Digital Delay, (front panel), (back panel), (“lit up”), (manual). One of the first great Sampling Delays of the ‘80s from the first wave of Japan-made rackmount time-domain effects. Guys like me only had affordable delays like the Digitech RDS 3.6, but for pro players and studios, Korg’s SDD-2000 was a huge step up in both price, features, and sound quality. The Edge (U2) has used one for years and still uses one today. Click here for a demo with some Edge type sounds. Unlike cheaper units, the SDD-2000 could store your patches and recall them instantly via front panel, footswitch, or midi. In addition to 4368ms of delay time it offers excellent sounding chorus, flanging & vibrato, and with a fully adjustable modulation parameter you can go from subtle sound textures to totally experimental sounds. You can sync your delays to tempo via midi, tap, or just dial in your exact delay time and you can adjust your feedback for just one repeat, multi-repeats, or all the way to self-oscillation. There are 64 program locations to store your settings. It works great on guitar, but equally well on vocals. This unit is in rather nice shape as they go, and includes a bound comprehensive manual. Nice unit for $175.

Boss RC-30 Loop Station, (pic2), (patch bay). Boss’ latest and greatest phrase looper, replacing successful the RC-20XL. The RC-30 gives you up to three hours (up from 16 minutes on the 20XL) of onboard stereo recording and loop storage with a new dual-phrase loop feature that lets you create and play two completely independent stereo loops in perfect sync. In addition to studio and performance, it’s also a great practice tool with some cool drum loops built in. Features include: three hours of onboard recording time, powerful DSP from Boss' ESC2 chip, true stereo In/Out, dual-phrase loop feature lets you create and sync two independent stereo loops, 99 memory slots, Loop FX provides real-time loop editing, mic input with phantom power, USB 2.0 port for swapping/managing files with your PC or Mac, Aux in jack, and onboard rhythms including real audio drum loops. This unit is in exceptional condition. 2 rubber slabs removed from bottom and replaced with Velcro. Let us know and we’ll switch it back to rubber. There are a load of YouTube demos but here’s one I picked sort of randomly (link). Sells new for $299 but get this barely used one for $189. Includes box, manual, sealed batteries, etc.

2014 Blueridge BR-163 Historic Series 000, (front), (label), (back), (sides), (headstock), (H’bone top), (case). The BR-163 is reminiscent of a fine American 000, namely the 000-28, built prior to WWII, made with the same techniques as their vintage counterparts, including many by-hand processes, and built of all solid woods. The looks, feel, and tone of this guitar are reminiscent of a USA "Golden Era" and you'd never guess it was an Asian import. This isn’t hype, this is my honest opinion. Like true quality heirloom instruments, Blueridge guitars aren't overbuilt; they're crafted to be light and resonant.  Meticulous craftsmanship is displayed in the traditional, forward-position, hand-carved parabolic X-bracing which allows the solid Spruce top to ring loud and true. It also features a traditional dovetail neck joint, slim mahogany neck, adjustable truss rod, and butterbean-button, Kluson-style tuning machines with an updated mechanism for modern precision and feel.  Features include: select solid Sitka spruce top; hand-carved forward X-pattern parabolic braces; solid select Indian rosewood back and sides; 000 body size; slim mahogany neck; East Indian rosewood fingerboard with vintage Snowflake inlays; dovetail neck joint at 14th fret; bone nut and saddle; full gloss finish; 1-11/16" nut width; 25-1/2" scale length; East Indian rosewood bridge; rosewood headstock overlay with unique mother-of-pearl and abalone design headstock inlay; delicate herringbone top inlay and back center stripe; aged natural finish; white binding; Dalmatian tortoise pickguard; vintage-style 14:1 ratio nickel-plated tuners with butterbean-style tuner buttons. The BR-163 is hard to find and on back order in many stores. It sells new for $711, without case or gigbag. This one is mint, with a quality case for $629. For looks, tone, vibe, and playability, it's impossible to beat this guitar for the price.

1995 Marshall JTM60 1X12 Combo, (back/panel), (front panel), (top).  Incredible value in an all-tube Marshall amp. This feature packed combo was introduced in 1995 and combined Marshall's classic sounds with many modern features. The JTM60 (changed to JTM600 in '97) came in four  models, all under the JTM60 model name: this JTM612 with 1X12; JTM610 with 3X10's; JTM622 with 2X12's, and the JTM615 with 1X15.  All were loaded with special designed Celestion Heritage speakers. This line was aimed at the amateur, semi-pro, and pro player, with features that made it equally well suited for the stage, practice room, or studio. Each channel has its own 3-band EQ plus its own reverb, a deep and natural spring reverb, so you can dial in the right amount for your clean or overdrive settings. In the rear this amp features both series AND parallel effects loops, extension speaker outs, a Master Presence control, DI output utilizing Marshall's acclaimed speaker emulation. The Normal channel is not your regular Marshall clean, which was pretty much "less overdrive" and actually delivers a nice glassy tone that's great for blues, or cranked up, a nice Bluesbreaker tone. Many players will find every tone they need on the Clean channel and when pegged out, the tone has similar gain to a pegged Deluxe Reverb. The Boost channel is loaded with the vintage drive that Marshall is famous for, and even more gain than vintage Marshalls. It cranks out 60 watts through either 8 or 16 ohms, which means you can run this with a 16 ohm cab and get the same power output as with the internal Heritage G12 only. Click here for a YouTube demo - it's the 3X10 version but it'll give you an idea of the range of clean and overdrive tones.  This amp is in beautiful shape; appears to have never seen a gig or logged any club hours. The tubes, a pair of EL34's and four ECC83's, sound fine and this amp needs nothing.  I’m also including a nice high quality formfit  cover for it. For tone, condition and features, this is a hard amp to beat for $549.

1969 Fender Super Reverb, (panel), (top), (side), (back), (label), (back panel), (speakers), (date codes), (cover). Nope, it’s not a ’63-’67 model, it’s actually a ’69 Silverface with a replacement blackface panel. Doesn’t make it sound any different but it is a cool look. SRV was famous for using a blackface Super Reverb so we know what they can do. If the squeaky clean Twin Reverb tone isn’t your thing, you’ll likely appreciate the dual-6L6 Super with its gutsier tone. This AB763 circuit is perfect for Blues and Rock guitar and with quality built-in effects you can likely do away with a pedal or two or three. Other than the speakers, the only mods appear to be cosmetic only, including the panel and grill cloth. Original grill cloth would have been the blue/silver sparkle thread, with an aluminum drip edge around it. All transformer codes are ’68 as shown above. There doesn’t appear to be any circuit mods. It sounds terrific with a beautiful growl as you near 4-5 on the volume and the notes just bounce off the strings and the notes seem to sustain themselves. There is a reason that these are some of the most highly regarded amps in Fender history. It has quality vintage tubes installed including Sylvania power tubes and mostly Baldwin preamp tubes. Speakers are a mixture with a pair of Jensen P10R up top and a pair of Webers, including an Alnico, on the bottom. You might want to invest in a matched set but these really sound fine to me. Cosmetically it’s really nice. Of course the panel and grill are clean but the Tolex is quite nice and the chassis isn’t rusty or anything. The chrome legs have a bit of rust but that’s the worst thing on the amp. You’re going to pay around a $1000 for a used reissue ’65 Super Reverb. For the same money you can get a genuine vintage model, point to point soldered and all that, with the vibe and mojo that come from 50 year old amps. Just $999(SOLD-Peter B 12/4) and includes footswitch and cover, both reissues.

SKB PS-45 Loaded Pedalboard - TC Electronic, (case). Oh man, here’s a pedal head’s dream come true. A killer pro set up with top quality TCE effects, all with true bypass and in super clean condition. Effects include Ernie Ball VP Jr volume ($99), Dunlop Crybaby Classic Wah ($109), Carl Martin Plexitone OD ($193) and 7 TC Electronics effects including Ditto Looper X2 ($172), Flashback Delay and Looper ($169), Hall of Fame Reverb ($149), Corona Chorus ($129), HyperGravity Compressor ($129), MojoMojo Overdrive ($49) and Spark Booster ($169). YouTube has demo’s on all of these if you want to check them out. The SKB PS-45 houses and transports them all safely. Specs of the SKB-45 include rugged polyethylene construction, 8 protected 9V DC outlets, 3 wide-spaced outlets for wall warts, 9V DC outlets with 100 MA per outlet, 1A maximum combined current for all outlets. This is a complete unit and includes all plugs and cables wired up and ready to go. Just plug in your guitar and your amp, plug the floorboard to your wall outlet and you're jamming. Pedal area is 27"W x 15"H while the overall dimensions are 28-3/4"W x 20-1/2"H x 6-1/4"D. Case has spring-loaded twist locks and goes together easily, not like some that take a minute to line up perfectly. It weighs 23 lbs without effects. I might part these out in a few months but I’m making it too good of a deal to pass up as a package deal. With $1367 in pedals and a $274 pedalboard/case you're looking at $1641 worth of goods here. Get it all for less than 1/2 price, just $799(SOLD-John D 11/5). Again, let me stress that none of these effects have seen road use and could be sold as new floor models, they’re just that clean.

2007 PRS Singlecut Satin - Natural, (front), (back), (headstock), (gold wear), (case). Much the same as the Satin Artist I listed yesterday, this is a fantastic model that had an extremely short life span. This model was released in ’06, in but ’07 marked the end of the SC Satin run, along with the original spec Singlecut. They were replaced with the SC250 and the shorter scale SC245. If you’re style is both modern and vintage, the 25” scale and body design is the one that fills the bill. Like the gloss SC, the SC Satin uses the thickest body PRS offers, with a larger ratio of mahogany to maple than any other maple-topped PRS. One of the great things about this model is the lighter weight, 7 lb 5 oz, which is good news for players looking for some shoulder relief. The satin finish Wide-Fat Pattern neck feels great in the hand, again with a decidedly vintage feel. PRS used a nitro finish on these which most players seem to prefer. The downside, if you want to call it that, is that it’s not as glossy and has almost a textured feel and look upon close inspection. I personally love it. This finish will, in time, develop a satin sheen wherever your body comes in contact or, if you prefer, it can be buffed to a gloss. The neck and back on this one have both developed a gloss through moderate use. For electronics this one features the PRS 7 covered humbuckers here and four controls - a volume and tone for each pickup. The pots are placed differently from a Gibson with the bridge pickup volume closest to the bridge which actually is more intuitive. As you would expect in a PRS Core line, this guitar plays with ease with low action and a super comfortable neck. It’s in excellent condition with perhaps a few small finish indents here and there but overall nice shape. Frets are near perfect. The only option on it is the gold hardware which has some gold wear as shown in the pic above. The top, although not a “10” is really nice (just look at the “case” pic above). Original list price was $2800 which makes this a smoking deal on a very desirable and increasingly rare model. Just $1399(SOLD-Rich 11/13) for this one. Includes PRS with manual and warranty, as well as case key and original truss rod cover. Wooden cover pictured is included as well. Check out a great review on MusicRadar here.

2006 PRS Singlecut Satin Artist - Brazilian Board, (front), (back), (headstock), (Braz. board), (PRS Modcat), (case). Totally tricked out Singlecut in the best color, Matteo Blue! This is a fantastic model that had an extremely short life span. This ’06 is a first-year model, however, in ’07 the Singlecut Satin and the original spec Singlecut, were dropped, replaced by the SC250 and the shorter scale SC245. If you’re style is both modern and vintage, the 25” scale and body design is the one that fills the bill. Like the gloss SC, the SC Satin uses the thickest body PRS offers, with a larger ratio of mahogany to maple than any other maple-topped PRS. One of the great things about this model is the lighter weight, 7 lb 11.2 oz, which is good news for players looking for some shoulder relief. The satin finish Wide-Fat Pattern neck feels great in the hand, again with a decidedly vintage feel. PRS used a nitro finish on these which most players seem to prefer. The downside, if you want to call it that, is that it’s not as glossy and has almost a textured feel and look upon close inspection. I personally love it. This finish will, in time, develop a satin sheen wherever your body comes in contact or, if you prefer, it can be buffed to a gloss. As an Artist model this guitar is tricked out with an Artist grade maple top, paua shell birds, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and headstock overlay, inlaid paua shell signature, gold hardware and leather hardshell case. For electronics this one features the PRS 7 covered humbuckers here and four controls - a volume and tone for each pickup. The pots are placed differently from a Gibson with the bridge pickup volume closest to the bridge which actually is more intuitive. This guitar plays beautifully with nearly immaculate frets and low action you expect from a PRS Core guitar. It’s in excellent condition with no flaws worth mentioning. Original list price was $4330 (including $1530 Artist pkg) which makes this a smoking deal on a very desirable and increasingly rare model. Just $1950 and you’ve got it. Check out a great review on MusicRadar here.

2014 Fender Roadworn 60's Jaguar, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (gigbag). Affordable version of the guitar that was the Cadillac of the Fender line during the 60’s. It was developed as Fender's high-end model and was originally a favorite among surf guitarists but at a time when the surf fad was running out. Many Jags accumulated dust in closets and under beds until the punk explosion of the '70s and grunge explosion in the '90s. One of the main features of this model was its 24" scale which was purposely closer to Gibson's 24.75" than Fender's 25.5". It allowed for faster playing, especially if your hands aren't large. The offset double cutaway body is classic Fender, but the loads of chrome hardware identified it as a special model. The Jag had Fender's most elaborate circuitry. Like the Jazzmaster it was a dual-circuit guitar (lead and rhythm), but the Jag’s lead circuit was more complex, with three slide switches on a chrome plate on the lower horn (compared to the Jazzmaster’s single toggle switch). The first two were on-off switches for each pickup; the third engaged a capacitor that served as a low-end filter, producing a more cutting treble tone (aka the “strangle” switch, LOL). The Jaguar’s rhythm circuit consisted of a single slide switch on the upper horn that delivered a more bass-heavy neck-pickup-only sound, with its own adjacent volume and inset tone wheels all mounted to a chrome plate. This Roadworn model is very much like the early model Jaguars with dot inlays and an unbound neck. Additionally, the Candy Red is a nitro finish and was sprayed on top of a gold undercoat, just like the originals. You can see the gold in all the worn spots on the body. Other features include alder body, gloss Candy Apple red nitro finish, C-shaped maple neck with rosewood fretboard, vintage radius and frets, American Vintage '65 Jaguar pickups, floating vintage Jag tremolo and vintage style tuners. It also has a factory "distressed" body, neck and hardware which create an aged appearance, single "Wing" string tree, vintage-style strap buttons, vintage-style heel adjust truss rod, pop-in trem arm, vintage tinted neck and white pickup covers. It has a really nice set up and it is a fairly fast neck thanks to the factory “wear” on the back and the shorter scale. The vibe is definitely vintage and I think Fender has done a commendable job on this model, far more authentic than the early Roadworns that had a matte finish. Recently discontinued so you might want to grab one while they’re still around. It sold new for $1024. Get this really nice one for $750(SOLD-Dan 11/1). Includes original deluxe gigbag and trem arm.

AKG Perception 200 (pic2) (pic3). With shock mount and case.  I know a lot of you have home studios and you want the best sound for the money.  One "must-have" is a quality large diaphragm condenser mic and this one's hard to beat for the price.  It has excellent reviews and rated higher than virtually everything in the under $400 list price range.   Has Switchable 20 dB preattenuation pad and bass cut filter.  Features:  Capsule: 1-inch Large-diaphragm true condenser; Polar Pattern: Cardioid; Frequency Range: 20 - 20,000 Hz; Sensitivity:18 mA; Preattenuation Pad: 0 dB , -20 dB; Bass-cut Filter: 12 dB/octave at 300 Hz; Maximum SPL for 0.5% THD: 135 dB / 155 dB (0 / -20 dB); Impedance: <200 ohms; Recommended Load Impedance: >1,000 ohms; Powering: 48 V phantom power; Current Consumption: < 2 mA; Output Connector: Gold-plated 3-pin XLR-type; Finish: Metallic blue.  Click here for details from AKG's site.  The Perception 200 listed for $349 and sold online for $179 up to $299.  This one is in perfect condition and will allow you to move up a notch on the quality of your studio recordings - for $125.  

2013 Gibson Gary Moore Les Paul Standard, (front), (back), (headstock), (work order), (case). Immaculate condition - better than new. Read on… Tribute guitar in honor of the late, great, blues/rock guitarist extraordinaire, specifically his well faded ’59 Burst which was originally owned by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green. They call this Lemonburst but it looks much more colorful than the faded Lemonburst Gary Moore's I was getting 15 years ago. Regardless, it's one of the nicest AA tops I've ever seen. No special angles were used in the pics, they were completely random. Looks great from any angle. This one had one major upgrade: the "LCLP Conversion" by Larry Corsa. Specs are shown in the pic above but it includes new Manalishi humbuckers, Mojotone pots including push/pull phase change, Orange Drop cap, and Faber bridge, stopbar, and studs. The cost for this upgrade is $550 plus original parts, so it isn't cheap. This is a killer sounding guitar, due in large part to the conversion I'm sure. These Manalishi pickups are fantastic and a definitely upgrade over the Burstbuckers. The body is your regular mahogany body with a beautiful maple cap on an unbound top. The neck is made from quarter-sawn Grade-A mahogany and carved to a rounded ’50s profile that measures 0.818” at the 1st fret and 0.963” at the 12th. It is topped with an unbound Granadillo fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and traditional acrylic trapezoid inlays. Click here for a demo of this very guitar after Larry’s treatment. This is a fantastic playing guitar that sounds superb, offered in flawless condition. Killer GM model for $2099(HOLD-Mike W 11/27). Includes clean original brown case and fretboard protector. Here’s a video of Gary playing one of my favorite songs of all time.

Vox Cooltron CT03BT Brit Boost, (close-up).  Two pedals in one - Treble Boost and Full Range Boost - with a real 12AU7 tube to overdrive and true bypass switching.  Housed in heavy duty brushed metal housing, with the tube glowing through vents, it's built for the road. If you're using an amp without sufficient input gain, this can be used to beef up your amp's natural distortion, or if you're looking for a Vox amp tone, this thing does a pretty good job on the treble boost setting.  In the Full Range Boost position it enhances all frequencies, adding lows, mids, and some highs while the Treble Boost mode and is good for pushing a slightly overdriven amp into heavy overdrive.  Also good for warming up the tone of a sterile solid state amp.  Accepts 9V AC adapter but runs on 4 AA batteries for 16 hours of operation.   Click here for a demo which moves rather slowly along; just forward to around 4:20 to hear it after he starts cranking the dials a bit.  Also, Vox has 8 audio samples around 3/5 down this page.  List price is $300 and the few that are still on the web are $179-$199.  I have a few of these in stock, new in the box, and just $89.

Celestion Alnico Gold 12” Speaker. Perhaps the best medium-powered guitar speaker on the market. Taking the Alnico Blue one step further, the Gold handles twice the power at 50W and even sounds better than the Blue with added warmth and complexity in the mids. It’s noted for a laid-back attack, rounded low end and brilliant bell-like highs and is very expressive allowing guitarists increased dynamic control. These sell for $289 in the stores. This one has never been installed and is as new in the box for $199(HOLD-Andy A 11/26).

1992 Fender Floyd Rose Classic Stratocaster, (front), (Floyd), (back), (headstock), (case), (switching). Fairly rare model, especially in the USA. These are American models, made for export, as noted by the unusual FN serial prefix. These came in your choice of an HSS or this HH model. Pickups are DiMarzio PAF Pro’s, controlled master volume, individual tones, and a 5-way switch for some cool switching options such as single coil only neck and both inside single coils. They were offered in black, vintage white or this Candy Apple Red. As you can see in the pics the neck has an orange tint. I don’t see any evidence of any overspray and I know the logo and serial are original so I’m guessing it was tinted from the factory or lived in an environment where it developed this vintage look over the past 25 years. Some of these had a “Floyd Rose Classic” on the ball of the headstock while others like this one just had the Strat logo. This is not abnormal. Frets are in very good shape and it sets up with low action required for shred players. I like these DiMarzios better than the Fender humbuckers they were using on later Floyd models. Cosmetically it’s in very nice shape for its age with just some clear coat scratches, nothing through to the wood. Fender case has all latches and hinges intact. Nice FR Strat and a rare one to boot. $1099(Sold – Cesar 11/5).

Fender G-Dec Edition Play-Along Smartcard/Book, (card), (sample text). These are cool accessories for your G-Dec Special Edition. They come with the sheet music including treble and bass clef, as well as lyrics. Most importantly, they include an SD card that you can insert right into your G-Dec Special Edition SD drive and play along with the songs. Most of these are long out of print and ones like the Clapton, SRV, and Hard Rock are selling used on Amazon for close to $200/each. Others like the Hendrix Smash Hits seem to be in good supply and sell much cheaper. These are all in mint condition. It felt like I was the first person to open them up. Choice of Clapton, SRV and Hard Rock for $70/each (Clapton/SRV on hold for Dennis 11/14). The Hendrix is $20.

2017 Gibson Les Paul Traditional T - Antique Burst, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Gibson calls this a "blast from the past" and while it's not quite as traditional as a '59 Historic, it's around 1/3 the price and is a very good value in a gloss finish Standard. The Traditional T was inspired by the late '50s Les Pauls but has modern features that players enjoy. The finish, Antique Burst, looks very much like the faded sunburst finishes of real ‘59’s, where the edge color is faded to a light orange and the center is closer to natural than amber. It has a definite vintage vibe to the look. The basic guitar is the classic combination of a maple top (AA Grade) sandwiched on a solid mahogany body, with a flawless high-gloss applied all around. Modern enhancements include things like rolled binding, polished frets, and a rounded neck profile that’s extremely comfortable to play. A wired ABR bridge and aluminum stop-bar with steel posts add to the resonance and sustain, while Burstbucker 1 and 2 humbuckers with Orange Drop tone produce that old PAF tone. Gibson includes a classic brown hardshell case, a premium leather strap, polishing cloth and manual. These will set you back $2299 NOS from a store, or you can get this one in dead mint condition for $1499.

1996 PRS McCarty Model, (front front2), (headstock), (back), (case). Weighs just 7 lbs. 8.5 oz.! Original McCarty model, finished in McCarty Burst with a perfectly bookmatched maple. I have no idea why this wasn’t called a “10” top. It meets all criteria and is actually a nicer top than the average 10 I’ve had. The McCarty was first produced in 1994 which makes this a third-year model. This model has all the original specs, some of which are unique to this model: a mahogany body that's 1/8" thicker than other PRS's, a headstock that's slightly thinner and with a greater headstock angle, vintage style non-locking tuners, all of which are a nod to the 50's guitar that Ted McCarty designed for Gibson. Other features include wide-fat neck, McCarty Treble and Bass pickups with McCarty switching (3-way switching and push/pull coil tap on tone control), compensated wraparound stoptail bridge, silver-nickel pickup covers, and mahogany body with a thick maple cap. This guitar is in lovely shape with the worst flaw being some slight discoloration to the nickel hardware. It’s all original and sounds great with commendable sustain. The set up is typically great, better than your average Paul and for tone, playability, comfort, and looks. Compare this to a Gibson Les Paul Standard with weight relief and most players will gravitate to this one every time. An exceptional value in a truly stunning lightweight PRS at $1499. Includes PRS case.

Italia Maranello, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (trem/controls), (neck attach.). Hard to find early model with Wigsby trem and P90 pickups - in Green Flake. With all the glitz and gaudiness of the 60's Italian classics, Italia has filled a niche market building guitars with unique looks but also quality parts and tonewoods. Designed and conceived by Britain's Trevor Wilkinson, they feature Wilkinson-brand hardware and electronics (naturally) with the superior fit and finish we've come to expect from Korea. Italia's are loosely based on vintage European guitars with the Maranello based on a late 50's Hagstrom/Goya solidbody. The Maranello sports and Agathis body and maple neck, completely covered in mother of toilet seat (MOTS) on the sides, back, and headstock. The arched top is a flawless green flake finish, accented by cream covers and control plate, selector switch on upper bout, and raised model name on the upper treble bout. The output jack is like an inverted Strat jack that's aimed up at the strap pin, the usual travel for your guitar cable. The neck has cream binding, flawless block inlays, with a MOTS headstock veneer and raised metal logo. Tuners are locking Grovers. Other features include 22-fret rosewood finger board, and dual WP90 pickups, which are Wilkinson-made P90's. Pickups sound like a P90 should with medium output and the perfect combination of a Fender and Gibson tone - articulate like a Fender, but fatter sounding, like a Gibson. The bridge uses all Wilkinson parts including a "Wigsby" tremolo, which has the soft feel of a Bigsby. The strings are inserted through the front of the tailpiece and then wrap under the tailpiece, then under a roller bar, and then over the tuneomatic style adjustable bridge. It's a cool system that stays in tune well. Trevor uses a unique neck attachment which has the tight fit of a set neck thanks to a tongue&groove fitting inside, but it's much easier to change the neck angle as it's actually held in place with two screws under a small access plate. Other than several minute cosmetic flaws, this guitar is in extremely clean condition with a very comfortable setup. If you have G.A.S. for something truly different but don't want to spend $1000's for a boutique guitar, this thing is as cool as they come and just $499. (Note: This guitar was “lost” for several years and just discovered in a mislabeled gigbag)

Boss TR-2 Tremolo. Somewhat similar to the PN-2 and in fact it has a higher speed adjustment than the PN but it lacks the stereo/pan feature but, still, a very cool pedal for you surf fans. The Wave control alters LFO waveform from triangle to square. I don't get many of these in and they're excellent sounding trems for around 1/2 of the boutique models. Very clean condition and of course it works perfectly. These are $99 new but this nice used one is just $65.

Boss OC-2 Octave, (box). Early production Japan model; serial dates it to May ’85. The OC-2 plays one and/or two octaves below the root note for a fatter, octave sound. It works great for guitar or bass. A little bit of finish rub on the right side but overall it’s in beautiful shape and barely used. $95 includes original box and manual.

1994 Epiphone Riviera, (front), (side), (back), (headstock), (label). I’ve had a few of the vintage 60’s models but I don’t think I’ve ever had one of these. This is a quality Korean made semi-hollow and nearly vintage at 24 years. This model is based on the 60’s Rivera that was basically Epi's version (E360TD) of Gibson's ES-335TD from the same era with the only substantive difference being Epi's Frequensator tailpiece rather than tuneomatic/stopbar. The Frequensator was used by Gibson to keep the Riviera lower in status than the more expensive Gibson. As quoted in a good article on the vintage Riviera in VG Magazine, "...the Riviera, in other respects, is the same as the ES-335 in workmanship and material."  Nicely appointed, the Riviera features a maple top/mahogany back that's bound front and back, bound neck with mother of pearl parallelogram inlays, and inlaid logo and ornament on the headstock. The Epiphone "E" appears on both the pickguard and truss rod cover.  This guitar plays very wonderfully with comfortable action, frets in nice shape. It’s in nice shape with and no issues whatsoever. Epi Riviera’s from the Peerless factory are few and far between and highly regarded by players. Get this one for $459(SOLD-John D 10/23).

2001 Jerry Jones "Neptune" Longhorn Bass, (front), (back), (headstock), (inside label), (relic-wear1 #2 #3), (case). In the coolest finish, Copper Burst. Jerry Jones built the best Dano reproductions on the market, better than the original 50’s models in fact. While the Korean models offer a good guitar for the money, Jerry made pro quality instruments in his Nashville TN shop. The Neptune Longhorn is based on the Danelectro model from the 50's and features excellent balance, superb playability, and fantastic tone in a 30" short-scale. It's light weight and 30" scale make it a dream to play during long gigs, and the tone is rich enough that you can use it throughout the night, rather than pulling it out for a few songs. Other features include hollowbody construction, Indian Rosewood fretboard with 1 5/8” nut width, 14.5" radius, truss rod at the heel, quality Gotoh tuners, 4-way rotary pickup switching with hum-cancelling wiring, Gotoh bridge with adjustable steel saddles and, most notably, Jerry Jones own lipstick tube pickups, widely acclaimed as the best lipsticks on the market. As Jerry once said, “the Neptune has a punchy percussive tone that can really cut through the mix. String this one with flat-wounds and leave your upright at home.” Jerry retired a decade ago and sold off all of his machinery and parts. Since that time they have continued to appreciate on the used market. This one has some vintage vibe (relic look), especially around the edges, which make it look very close to an original 50’s model. There might be a cleaner one somewhere, but none cooler. Plays great with no fret wear and fairly lively for the Dano body style. Yours for $1099, including a hardshell case.

Ibanez Cyberdrive CD5 Overdrive and Matrix MR-800 Quartz Metronome. One of Ibanez’ old Soundtank series when they were making a couple dozen OD/Dist effects. This one is pretty rad. Not my cup of tea but if you want to give it a try it works fine. Also including a Matrix quartz metronome which is an excellent practice tool. Get the pair of these for just $20.

DOD FX45 Stereo Reverb. Good quality USA made DOD analog pedal from the 1980s. The FX45 utilizes the good ol’ BBD chip and includes controls for Room Size, Reverb Time and Reverb Level so it operates more like the 3-knob tube reverb units than the single knob reverb on most amps. In addition to selecting room size (170-280 sq. ft.), the reverb time control (280-600ms) lets you select a very brief reverb (almost a slapback) to a lush wash like a Fender reverb turned to 10. One of these in rough shape without battery cover just sold for $199 (link) but you can get this clean one with batter cover for $99.

SX EVH Wolfgang/Axis Copy w/Upgrades, (front/back), (side), (headstock), (pickups), (truss rod adj.). Here's what you do when you happen across an excellent playing import that's just a few parts away from being a pro quality axe. First you throw away the no-name Asian humbuckers and replace them with a pair of Seymour Duncans (Duncan Distortion bridge and neck). And because a good sounding guitar is wasted if it's out of tune, you replace the generic die cast tuners with a quality set of locking Sperzels. Over $200 worth of upgrades in parts alone, but it transformed a mediocre guitar into one that you can gig with. Features include 4+2 headstock, quilted maple top with matching headstock, maple neck with truss rod adjustment wheel at the base of the neck, locking tremolo and nut, bound body and neck, 3-way pickup selector with only a single volume control. This guitar has seen very little use and is in lovely shape with no fret wear or scratches, and plastic film still on control cover. This guitar was worth sinking some money into and I'm glad to offer it at a price that's reasonable these quality upgrades, just $299 with gigbag.

1977 Ibanez 2355 ES-175 Style, (front), (side), (back), (headstock/serial), (label), (Florentine binding), (case). Very well preserved example and a very desirable vintage archtop from Ibanez Japan's golden era. This fantastic jazz box easily compares to Gibsons from this era. It has the look, feel, and tone of a vintage 175 at a fraction of the price. These came in two versions, the "M" model with a maple top which I had a few years ago, and the regular 2355 with spruce top. Features include cherry sunburst lacquer finish, flower pot headstock inlay, inlaid logo, split parallelogram fretboard inlays, multi-layer binding, black witch-hat knobs, rosewood bridge and trapeze tailpiece.  Exceptionally well-crafted, this guitar has held up as well as any USA jazz box from the same era.  Original neck set is solid and dead on. Overall this guitar is in exceptional condition, worthy of any collection, both due to rarity and condition. Finish is superb with a high gloss and little to no finish checking, no major scratches or dings, binding and purfling are in great shape. Like the Gibson ES-175, the 2355 is all laminated wood, with spruce top and mahogany back and sides in a lovely cherry burst finish.  Set up is very comfortable, frets don't have any deep groves anywhere, and the tone is full and rich. Appears to be 100% original based on catalogs I've looked at and the few I've had in the past. Vintage Ibanez has been climbing in value as there are more people collecting them - and more and more players are seeking them out. I sold my last 2355 maple for $1499. This is an exceptional guitar for the collector, and at $999(HOLD-Elmer H 10/16), within the price range of working musicians.  Includes nice older case that may or may not be original.

2011 PRS Special 22 – Violin Amber Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (tag), (case). I’ve said this before, but I’m not sure why PRS gave this model its own name, “Special 22” when it’s simply a Custom 22 with a middle pickup. I would have called it a Custom 22S or something. Pickups are 245’s in the neck and bridge, with a Lindy Fralin single coil in the middle, controlled by (thankfully) a 5-way blade switch. I like the blade so much more than the rotary. Other features are figured maple top over mahogany body, Pattern (Wide/Fat) neck shape, East Indian rosewood fretboard with Outline bird inlays, nickel hardware, PRS tremolo bridge, Phase II locking tuners, master volume and master tone. Cosmetically it’s in nice enough shape. A few clear coat indents or scratches but nothing through to the wood. It plays easily with low action and with the Fralin pickup it has a sweeter selection of single coil tones. Would be very at home in a modern country band or, of course, rock or blues. Not a 10 top but on another day I think it could have made the grade. Really nice and fairly rare PRS for $1699.

OFF-HOLD: 1979 Fender Stratocaster - Black w/Maple Board, (front), (back), (headstock), (chunky neck), (neck/body markings), (body), (pickguard), (honest Relic wear), (case).  '79 Strats are almost 40 years old? Man, if that doesn't make you feel old... This is a nice old vintage Strat, and better than most since it had a pro refret by my man Martin a while ago. Frets are medium jumbo, fretboard was left with original finish, and fret ends are dressed perfectly (fret pic). 70's were often maligned in the early years of the vintage guitar market. Sure, some had necks that were slightly smaller than the neck pocket but these were the days before CNC's and exact measurements were non-existent. Even more, these were slagged because of the 3-bolt neck attachment (1971 - 1982) but from my experience, this is perfectly stable and even the great Leo Fender used this same system on G&L's, who continue to use 3-bolts today. This guitar is original, other than one of the pickups which we replaced from another '79, but it's an identical spec gray-bottom. Serial number on the pickguard matches the guitar's serial; pots are 79; bridge has proper numbers and is original, tuners have never been off-on an are original, other than frets all original finish with no overspray, body has no additional routes and cavities have the white dust you want to see on these, cover, knobs, and tip are original. This guitar hasn't sat in the case it's entire life so there is finish wear around the edges, some finish checking. It's a good sounding Strat with a nice vintage medium output and excellent sounding pickups, especially the neck pickup which has a wonderful growl when the gain is cranked up. Since the refret it's an excellent player with a neck that's fairly chunky for this era and frets you can really dig into. With the price of pre-'71 4-bolt Strats over $5K, and early 3-bolts ('72-'74 stag poles) around $3K, these later 3-bolts are the only affordable vintage Strats. This one has a killer vibe, which is much more evident in person, and a nice value today at $1499.  Original case (included) for this era was this molded case that was only made for 2 years, easily identifiable by its thickness which is around an inch thicker than the later molded case, 4-latches instead of 3, and a door on the storage compartment.

1982 Yamaha SA800 Semi-Hollowbody, (front), (back), (headstock back), (serial), (bound body/neck), (DiMarzios). These old Japan-era Super Axe series have achieved near legendary status. Built in Japan with fine craftsmanship and quality materials, the SA800 is probably the closest copy that Yamaha made to the ES-335 Dot. Unlike the higher end models like the SA2500, SA1100, etc., the SA800 didn’t sport any fancy cosmetics or extra switching options, just like the original Dot model. Construction is also the same with a laminated maple body with center block, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, and dual humbuckers controlled by 3-way selector with dual volume and tone controls. The neck is similar to Gibson’s current ’60 thin taper, not at all chunky. It has received two upgrades, with a old pair of DiMarzio humbuckers and upgraded Schaller tuners. I’m guessing on the Schallers since there’s no telltale evidence such as extra holes, but I don’t think Yamaha used them. Cosmetically it’s in very nice shape for 30+ years with just some surface scratches and a few light dings. It’s a loud body acoustically, with very low action and a very easy playing guitar. For a Japan-made Yamaha semi-hollow, this is a nice axe for $699 with a quality tolex hardshell case.

Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah, (pic2).  The Clyde Deluxe is the souped up version of the original 60's Vox Clyde McCoy. This is the later version with the switchable booster/buffer and fuzz-friendly circuit.  It can nail the tone of the original plus a whole lot more via a 10-step variable input level control and features true-bypass with a bright side-viewable low-current pilot light status indicator, and 3 selectable modes: Wacked, Jimi, and Shaft, each with their own voice.  The "Jimi" is based on the vintage Clyde McCoy used by Hendrix which is the same as Fulltone's Standard Clyde. "Whacked" has a broader range and more bass response as found on the old ColorSound wah. "Shaft" has more upper range and nails the 70's funk sounds like the "Theme from Shaft."  There's an input volume pot which lets you add more gain and grit to the signal. There's also an internal resonance pot which lets you change the gain and bass response. For a true wah connoisseur, this is the one you want.  Click here for a good YouTube demo.  Cost $289 new but I see they’re selling for $223 these days. This one’s in perfect condition just $155.

2000 PRS Singlecut - Tobacco Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (inside), (case).  First year Singlecut with the most popular options: 10-top and bird inlays. Some refer to this model as a "pre-lawsuit" Singlecut.  In late March 2000, Gibson sent PRS a cease and desist order based on their belief that it caused confusion among the public that might lead them to believe they're buying a Les Paul. Sounds silly?  Yes, it was. Paul, rightfully so, ignored Gibson's letter which prompted Gibson to follow up with an official lawsuit in November. It wasn't until July 2nd 2004 that a judge ordered PRS to cease production. Around a year later, upon appeal, another judge threw out the case, ruling in PRS's favor and they were allowed to start producing the model again but with the model back ordered, they didn't start shipping them out until March/April 2006. As I predicted on these pages back in '05, the earlier models would be hyped as "pre-lawsuit" and some folks asking a premium with claims that they are superior to the guitars built after production returned. The bottom line: they're all great guitars. Singlecuts are great guitars, much like the Custom 22 except in a more timeless body shape with a slightly thicker mahogany back, but retaining the flamed maple "binding" where the edge of the maple unstained. Not counting the Santana II, the Singlecut was the most expensive model in the PRS catalog during this era. These early models, '00 to '02, were more like an LP with dual volume and tone, selector on the upper bout, and stoptail tailpiece, plus PRS-7 pickups. Other features include 25" scale, 10" radius, and wide-fat neck which isn't as chunky as the name might suggest - for many it's the perfect size, and just slightly thicker than their wide-thin profile. This is a lovely 10-top. Overused term but it does look much better in person than the pics. Also features beautiful colorful bird inlays that look so much better than the new outline inlays used on later models. Only mod is Schaller strap pins. Cosmetically it's in lovely condition except for one finish chip near the selector (shown here) that Martin has lacquered over. The rest of the guitar is very nice. Frets are perfect and the set-up is typically superb.  If you're looking for a nice early model Singlecut, this one sounds great, plays really easy, and is a nice buy on a higher-end production PRS at $1579.

Kramer Classic Neck. Note: pics make the top and back look different color but it’s the same maple color as shown on the top pics. Ca. ‘86/’87 Kramer Classic USA neck (don’t confuse with the import Focus Classic model). The Classic series was Kramer’s attempt to get more of the Strat/Tele market and these were offered on traditional body shaped Strats and Teles. This particular neck would have been used on the Classic I, as the II and III were Floyd equipped and wouldn’t have a standard nut. Basically no fret wear at all, has seen very little use. If you need a neck for your Classic I, here you go, or use this on any Strat/Tele project you’re building. $175.

Blackbird Feather Tweed Pedalboard with Case, (pic2), (pic3). Good solution for the road to protect your valuable pedals. Tweed pedalboard is 18” X 7” and features 2 power bays for easier access. It is slanted for the proper stage angle. Includes roll of two-sided tape for pedal attachment and keys to lock cabinet. Cabinet is padded top and bottom. These are selling for $119 with just a gigbag. Get this one with a sturdy case for just $110.

MXR Micro Flanger.  Recent Dunlop pedal that's a stripped down version of the Mod 117, with just rate and regeneration knobs.  This pedal is simpler to use which will appeal to many players who want a fixed Width. Unlike the original Micro, this unit features true bypass to preserve your tone when disengaged. Mint in the box for $55.

1975 Ibanez Humbucker.  Date stamp indicates 1975 production so this is a hard pickup to find.  Braded lead, 2-conductor, with flat/slotted poles.  If you're restoring an early Artist or archtop, it pays to get original equipment.  This one's just $99. 

TC Electronic PolyTune 2 Mini Polyphonic Tuner, (screen shot). Polyphonic – you can tune all your strings at once! The coolest little pedal you’ll find for getting in perfect tune. Just one strum and you’re looking at each string with individual LED ladders for sharp or flat. Supports Drop D and many other tunings and you can save and recall a difficult tuning or reference pitch. Fast and accurate, and won’t take up much space on your pedalboard. Clean in the box for just $60.

Seymour Duncan 50th Anniversary Humbucker Set, (pic2). Sold in sets only in 2005, these are Alnico 2’s, without outputs in mid 7K (neck) and low 8K (bridge). Individually numbered and signed by Seymour. Installed but removed right after installation thus immaculate condition. $199/set

Yamaha RGX A2 - Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (optional case). For players looking for the lightest possible guitar, these run around 5 lbs. 14 oz. Identical to the White/Green model below, except finished in all black. Like the other one it’s in nice shape and plays with ease. $329 includes a free gigbag or for $69 more, a quality British-made Hiscox/Yamaha hardshell case made to fit.

OFF-HOLD: Vox V412BN 4X12 Cabinet, (stock pic). New in sealed box. Originally offered as a companion to the AC30CCH, Vox AC50CPH, and AC100CPH amp heads, but it's a good choice for anyone looking for vintage styling in a good sounding 4X12 that will handle 120 watts.  Equipped with VOX/Wharfdale original vintage style GSH 12-30 12" speakers and swivel casters are included.  These have been discontinued but they sold new for $549-$679.  I’ve got to get this out of here so just $279 plus shipping (97 lbs.). 

Digitech X-Series Pedal Lot. Choose Multi Chorus, Turbo Flange, and any one of the OD/Dist units for $99, or get all five for $149. You can get a lot of cool tones out of these. Used pedals in perfectly working condition.

2008 Fender American Standard Telecaster Loaded Body w/upgrades, (front), (back), (upgraded pu’s and bridge). NOTE: No neck included - I sold it back to original owner and I’m just now getting around to listing this great body. This one has received upgrades which players are frequently requesting including a pair of Texas Special pickups, Callaham bridge and compensated brass saddles. The Callaham bridge ($125) is twice as thick as the stock Tele bridge, increasing sustain, volume, and unwanted feedback, Texas Special pickups ($159) offer increased output with increased mids and presence on the bridge, and warm clear tone on the neck. One of the "new" American Standards which replaced the "old" American Standard in ‘07. At every step in its evolution, Fender has made a number of minor improvements to the Tele which, collectively, combine to make a better guitar. If you already have a neck or have a favorite neck in mind, this is an easy finish. Just bolt on neck, string up (strings included) and it’s done. With the upgrades, this is a smoking deal on a beautiful body for just $550.

1999 Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster - Aztec Gold, (front), (back), (headstock), (neckplate), (case). The AV57 and AV62 are no longer in production, although the American Vintage series continues with the '56, '59, and '65 Strats. This '57 is finished in fairly rare Aztec Gold and exhibits no actual player's wear, although, like the last Aztec '57 I had, there are a few finish chips around the neckplate and just a few pin prick impressions on the top. It's barely very noticeable except on close inspection. It's otherwise in flawless condition with no scratches or player's wear.  The V57's have a great feeling one-piece V-neck and the cool thing about these guitars is with the thin nitro finish, you'll get honest relic wear on the fretboard as time passes, unlike the thick poly finishes which never wear through. Hand-beveled magnets on this model and the tone is one of the best actual vintage tones that Fender produced during the modern era. It's not your hot SRV tone - nor a quiet but sterile "modern" tone -  but a very mellow bell tone, like the original models are famous for. It's outfitted with the 5-way switch for the maximum tone options. Other features include vintage 7.25" fretboard radius, 1.65" nut width, master volume with neck and middle tone controls, American Vintage tremolo with steel saddles and heavy trem block, Fender/Gotoh vintage tuners, nickel/chrome hardware, synthetic bone nut, and single-ply white pickguard.  This model wasn't available in Aztec Gold for very long and this is the only second one I've ever had in this color.  This beautiful USA Vintage '57, is set up and ready to rock, for just $1099(HOLD-Kevin K 11/21).  Includes tweed case with keys, ash tray trem cover, and trem arm.  Did I mention that it's 7.6 lbs?  Nice light weight for a solid Alder body Strat.

Fender Squier Affinity Bronco Bass - Black, (front), (headstock), (back).  Cool little short-scale bass that's perfect for the players who are small in stature, or any guitarist transitioning to bass. If you've never played a 30" scale, which is around 4" shorter than most full scale basses, you're in for a treat, especially on a bass that weighs under 6 lbs. For beginner players, or players transitioning from guitar to bass, they're much easier to learn on, and even experienced players appreciate them because they're just plain fun to play. The current model Bronco has specs very similar to the old Musicmaster bass so we've "turned” a few of these into" Musicmasters (as shown here). You have to admit, it definitely has the vibe of a 60s/70s Fender. You can buy these new for $149 but they’ll play badly and possibly have issues. This used one is in immaculate condition, with a pro set up and just $115, or more with a logo job.

Lefty Violin "Beatle" Bass, (front), (headstock), (back), (deluxe features), (case). Korean made knockoff of the 60's Hofner 500/1 with a pro-added vintage Hofner logo. All of the features are pretty much dead-on copies, other than the tailpiece is slightly modified.  Tuner buttons are white pearl rather than the big chrome P-bass buttons used on most copies. I have a Hofner Ignition Series in stock and in an A/B comparison this one sounds as good, plays more easily, and has a nicer flamed maple top and back. Let's face it, who doesn't want a Beatle bass? They weigh almost nothing, are fun to play, and their plunky mid-range tone will make you sound like McCartney. Unfortunately, not everybody has a few grand to pony up for a high-end Hofner. This one will do the job quite nicely, and at just $299, it includes a plush-lined high quality wood/Tolex case.

Fulltone FB-3 Fat Boost. Early 00’s model. The FB-3 is a discrete, Class-A, FET (Field-Effect-Transistor) guitar pedal with up to 35dB of non-distorted gain while retaining your original sound (if that’s what you want it to do). You can fatten/distort your tone, brighten or mellow it out, add or subtract bass, and even add harmonics. This is the latest and definitely best of Fulltone's Fat Boost line, curing Version 1’s huge bass increase and dull high-end issues. It brings back the 11-step detented Gain control that was missing from Version 2 with an additional stage of FET. It features an extra octave of bass coverage, giving a natural sound to your guitar. This Fulltone Guitar Pedal makes you comfortable on your pedal board, and its large Volume and Drive knobs provide easy adjustment onstage. These were expensive back in ca. ’08 but it’s just $65 now. Clean shape with manual.

1997 Gibson BluesHawk – Heritage Cherry, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag). Very cool 2nd year Blueshawk, one of the most innovative designs to come out of Gibson in modern times.  Radically different for a Gibson, the BluesHawk is a semi-hollowbody that's as thin as an average solidbody electric.  It's also a very small body which makes it lightweight and a lot of fun to play during stage gigs.  Features some upscale cosmetic features as well including gold hardware, distinct diamond fretboard inlays and headstock inlay, inlaid pearl Gibson logo on headstock and cream body binding.  It's the electronics that really shine on this baby though, with loads of quality tones at your fingertips via a pair of P90 pickups (plus a dummy coil to keep 'em quiet) - controlled by a 3-way selector, 6-position Varitone, and push/pull volume pot (disables the Varitone).  As its name implies, this guitar really shines for Blues tones, but is versatile enough to cover just about any other type of music other than heavy metal.  Overall nice shape other than some clear coat scratches and worming, plus a little milky finish on the bass upper bout (shown here). Frets are nice shape and just slight fading of the gold hardware.  This guitar is the best value in the Gibson line in my book.   On recent Gibsons there are some great players and some fair players. This one is a really nice player with low action, no buzz, no dead spots.  The superb playability, comfort, and variety of quality tones make this the best value in a Gibson in my humble opinion.  $775 includes clean Gibson gigbag.

2002 Gibson '60 Les Paul Classic - Ebony, (front), (back), (headstock), (case).  A striking looking Paul with a high gloss Ebony finish, accented with gold hardware.  The '60 Classic has all the features you know and love including '60 slip taper neck, mahogany body with maple cap, all finished in a high-gloss, hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer.  The classic tone comes from this marriage of maple’s clarity and definition and mahogany’s richness and depth which combine to produce a tonal complexity that no single-wood guitar has ever matched.  Its resonance and sustain are only further enhanced by the deep-set quarter-sawn mahogany neck with 17-degree back-angled headstock.  Mars Music (RIP) did a special run of around 500 pieces of the '60 Classic in an Ebony (black) finish which is a solid (non-transparent) finish.   Features of the "1960 Classic" are nearly identical to the Standard, with the primary difference being pickups, with the Classic featuring 496R and 500T ceramic humbuckers.  Just like the Standard it features a mahogany body with maple cap.  The only visual difference, other than the uncovered pickups, is the "Classic" screened logo and truss cover, vintage-style inked serial number, and "1960" on the pickguard.  It also features 12" fretboard radius, light amber top-hat knobs, cream plastic parts, inlaid pearloid logo, and aged-looking trapezoid fretboard inlays.  Other than some light scratches in the clearcoat only, this guitar is in very nice shape with excellent frets and a comfortable, low set up.  Gold hardware exhibits little to no wear.  All original other than Schaller locking strap system (strap end included).  A nice Paul for $1399(HOLD-Mel H 12/12).  Includes original black case in nice shape. 

2011 Fender Tele-bration 75 Block Telecaster Custom, (front), (back), (headstock), (case/acc complete acc. bag).  If you missed this in '11, here's one that's NOS, unplayed, perfect and super lightweight at less than 7 lbs 3 oz. The ’75 Block is a very cool limited edition model from Fender's 2011 "Tele-Bration" series. Basically, it’s a Tele Custom styled like a '75 Jazz Bass with natural ash body, maple neck with block inlays, top arm contour, 3-ply black guard, and Jazz Bass knobs.  If you haven't heard of the "Tele-Bration" series, Fender coined this term to honor the 60th anniversary of the Telecaster and, in its honor, built 12 very special  models, one per month, that stay inside the Telecaster's famously elegant lines while offering the finest and most unusual takes on the instrument's past, present and future.  Features of this cool Tele include gloss urethane ash body, maple C-shape neck with gloss urethane finish, maple fretboard, 7.25" radius, 21 vintage style frets, 1.65" nut width, synthetic bone nut, bullet truss rod adjustment, '62 Tele Custom Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge) and Wide Range Humbucking Pickup (Neck) with 3-way switching with dual volume and tone controls, vintage F-tuners, vintage 3-saddle strings-thru-body Tele bridge, black pointer Jazz Bass knobs, 3-ply BWB pickguard.  Nice sounding Tele with a cool choice of Tele and non-Tele tones, good for many styles of music.  Great in house set up that plays superb with clean bends despite the vintage radius.  A word about the neck - it's on the chunky side - not your average C-shaped neck.  The arm contour makes this more comfortable and it's a very lightweight guitar at just over 7 lbs.  List price on this model was $2,499.99, selling at discount at $1,799.  This one is unplayed with plastic still on the pickguard and not a hint of use - for just $1350.  Includes original Fender/G&G tolex case with complete accessory bag including strap, cable, polishing cloth, manual, Allen wrenches, and assorted paperwork.

DiMarzio DP-190BC Air Classic Neck. Alnico 5 magnets for a nice vocal 3D tone for a great 50’s PAF tone. Recommended for neck position. Clean shape and just $45.

Lee Jackson DG-1 Metaltronix. The DG-1 is handbuilt and uses a 100 % Analog Circuitry to achieve a true amp-style tube distortion. With its two foot switches it serves as two complete pedals in one. One side is Lee’s active gain booster, which is also sold by Lee as that pedal alone. You can use the gain boost as a transparent boost pedal or with the distortion.  In any of the 3 possible modes, it allows the full frequency of your instrument to pass through, which is why it sounds more like amp distortion, with the warmest and smoothest distortion possible.  Using the Distortion, Tone and Master, it will improve virtually any amp and it also has a Sag control to set the bias of the tube emulation circuit, just like the power amp in a tube amp. With a MSRP of $429, this pedal sold new for $350. Get this one, beautiful shape in the box for $225.

1994 PRS Custom 24 - Black Cherry 10-Top & Birds, (front  front2), (trem), (back), (headstock), (pearl birds), (“inside”), (case). Getting harder to find as the years go by. These old-factory pre-'95 models, easily identifiable with mother of pearl inlays and short neck heel are considerably more hand-made, built without the benefit of a Duplicarver (CNC machine). A lot of people incorrectly refer to these guitars as "pre-factory", the reason for which I haven't a clue. Most fans claim that they’re superior to guitars built at the new Stephenville factory which opened in '96 and where PRS eliminated most of the hand-crafting in favor of CNC machines. Features of this guitar include a flamed maple cap finished in Black Cherry over a one-piece mahogany body, mother of pearl bird inlays, PRS tremolo, PRS Phase I cam-type locking tuners, 10" fretboard radius, and wide-thin neck profile which is 1/16" more shallow than a wide thin/fat. Pickups are the HFS and Vintage Bass controlled by a 5-way rotary selector which allow (1) bridge humbucker, (2) outside single coils, (3) series inside single coils, (4) parallel inside single coils, and (5) neck humbucker. The Custom 24, especially with the tremolo bridge, has a looser feel than a Custom 22, plus a "longer" neck, i.e. with the bridge and bridge pickup are set further forward in the body which means it has the same 25" scale as the Custom 22, but the neck extends slightly further from the body. It's not as much a Les Paul feel, but a PRS feel. Almost 25 years old, this is considered a vintage PRS, built in the first 10 years of the original factory. Serial number is under 21,000 and, for contrast, they were over 100,000 in the following 10 years. During this time the production was considerably lower than later years and with the exceptional quality control, combined with the belief that older wood is better sounding, you have a guitar that is very sweet and rich sounding, with excellent sustain and clarity. Cosmetically it's in excellent condition all around.  The worst flaw are some miniscule clear coat scratches and a few pin prick milky areas on the top.  Hardware is quite clean; frets are pretty much perfect. It presents as a beautiful example of an Annapolis PRS. Whenever you play one of these older PRS's you can sense the meticulous human attention to detail; you're holding a guitar that will likely never be this hand-crafted again.  Prices on Annapolis-era Customs continue to rise but they're still a good value, especially when they're cheaper than a comparable new one, i.e. a better guitar, for less money.  Own this beauty for just $2199 with PRS case and trem arm.

2014 Fender 60th Anniv. Commemorative Stratocaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (detail), (case). Built for Fender's Diamond Anniversary in 2014, the 60th Commemorative Strat blends the old with the new in a stunning two-color sunburst with gold hardware. From its tone and overall look, this could be a vintage reissue, with a set of '54 single-coil Strat pickups and glossy ash body, but Fender updated the original model with modern features, such as a compound-radius fretboard and a Micro-Tilt adjust neck. The hardware is also modern with tuners that look identical to the tuners used on the '83 Elite models (Strat, Tele, Esprit, Flame), with half rounded/half square housing. They are paired with pearloid buttons that lend an elegant look. Bridge is the modern 2-point type but with the vintage style stamped saddles. It also features Fender's No Load tone controls - bridge and the middle pickups are completely cut out of the signal path when set wide open. The compound radius (9.5" to 14") to make chording easy while providing for a flatter board up the neck for lead runs and bending. On the back of the headstock there’s a commemorative coin marking the occasion. It also features a rounded neck heel/neckplate on the treble side to make higher notes easier to access. There is one minor mod. The pickguard and back plate have been changed to white pearloid but we can switch back to the original parchment if desired. Take your pick. Offered in lovely condition with perfect frets and a killer low set up. Includes commemorative center-pocket tweed case with embroidered inside lid, as well as Schaller straplocks, strap, polishing cloth and manual. If you missed these a few years ago here’s another chance. $1099.

1996 Hamer USA Artist (Studio) GATASO, (front/back), (headstock), (top), (case). A real stunner in Honey finish - solid maple top with beautiful flame in beautiful condition.The Artist Studio features an offset double cutaway mahogany body with sound chamber, carved bookmatched solid maple top, mahogany neck, single f-hole, 22-fret neck, Wilkinson hardtail wraparound bridge, Schaller tuners, and a great pair of pickups - Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers. Extremely clean condition with the worst flaw being a little milky clear coat on the edge of the fretboard, which is a common flaw on Hamers but overall a solid 9. Compare this to a Gibson ES type and I’d rate this guitar higher. Just a fabulous semi-hollow. This model listed at $3300 and sold at discount for over $2300. Nice deal at $1299(SOLD-Stephen L 11/8). Includes Hamer case.

2007 Ibanez Prestige RGA-121NTF, (front), (headstock), (maple cap), (back), (case). Over the past decade, RGA-121's are some of the most popular Ibanez' that I get in stock. They're extremely comfortable to play but, most notably, the design appeals to players who don't necessarily want a tremolo. Just as important is the thick maple cap on this model which, at .63", is thicker than either a Les Paul or PRS maple top. It's this marriage of maple top and mahogany back that gives these guitars "that sound", a sound that was first discovered with the 1952 LP Goldtop. You get the brightness and snap of the maple, with the warmth and richness of mahogany. Perfection that will likely never been improved upon...even when we're making carbon fiber bodies with a thin titanium top. This is aided by quality pickups, a set of IBZ/DiMarzio V7 and V8, which are original for this model. Finely crafted in Japan, the upscale Prestige series is the evolution of the RG series, featuring an extremely thin, flat, and fast Prestige Wizard neck, high output IBZ V7/V8 by DiMarzio pickups, and the massive new Gibraltar Plus fixed bridge. The brilliant highs and lows of the RGA's arched 16mm maple over mahogany body produce a classic tone that's been one of the ultimate tones since the 50's.  Finished in "Violin Flat", it features a 5-piece maple/walnut neck with 24 jumbo frets, rosewood headstock veneer with inlaid mother of pearl logo, quality Gotoh tuners, graphite nut, and pickups screwed directly into body rather than suspended from pickup rings. This guitar is in exceptional condition all around. Frets are perfect and the setup is fantastic.  I see guys asking $850-$1200 for this model but you can have this beautiful example for $749, set up to perfection. Includes J-Team Prestige case, tool case, factory check-list tag, other hangtags, and a very comprehensive manual.

1960’s Silvertone Amp/Case. Case only. If you have a dead amp for your old Silvertone 1448/1449, here’s an easy replacement. If you’re not familiar with these cool old units, they were sold by Sears under their house brand Silvertone from the early to late 60’s. They were made in the USA by Danelectro and were actually decent student model kits. Most were in this finish, black sparkle, including the amp and guitar and featured a single lipstick tube pickup (1449 had dual pickups). The amp is as simple as it comes with just a volume control and 3-tube circuit including power, rectifier, and preamp. At only 3 watts it goes into overdrive mode fairly quickly, around 2-3, with more saturation at every number up the dial. It’s actually an excellent sounding amp and I think would be even better with a higher quality speaker or extension cabinet. Appears all original and is structurally solid including hinges, latches, and hinge. Exterior shows normal wear of a 50-year-old piece of gear. $139.

2001 PRS Custom 22 Soapbar - Emerald Green, (front), (back), (headstock), (case).  Fairly rare model from PRS, available since '98 but, oddly, rarely appearing in a catalog.  Of all the PRS's I've had over the years, this is only the fifth one I've had and the first time I’ve had two in stock at the same time. This one isn’t mint like my other one but nothing horrible, worst flaw is a small scrap on top near the jack (shown here) which I’ll have Martin lacquer over so it should be barely noticeable. There are also finish rubs on the back edge which we’ll leave alone rather than try to match the dark green color.  Although not a “10”, this has a very nice flamed maple top, finished in Emerald Green front and back.  The CU22 Soapbar is not your traditional Custom, due mainly to the trio of Seymour Duncan Soapbar pickups rather than the dual humbuckers found on the regular Custom. It also features a 5-way blade selector instead of the usual rotary selector since the single coil Soapbars don't allow splitting of coils. The 5-way is set up slightly different from a Strat. While 1, 2, 4, and 5 are the same as a Strat layout, with 4 being noise-canceling, position 3 is the neck and bridge in combination (also noise-canceling), rather than the middle pickup alone. It makes sense to me. I never use the middle pickup on a Strat, but I use the other 4 settings. Having the neck/bridge gives me 5 useful tones instead of 4. The neck carve would sort of be considered a "narrow/thin", measuring 1 21/32".  It feels like a soft-V in the lower register, becoming a C-shape as you go up the neck. Other features are the same as the regular Custom 22 including Phase II locking tuners with ebony buttons, PRS tremolo, mahogany back with contoured maple top with unstained edge for maple "binding". Frets are in nice shape and the set up is excellent. If you're a PRS fan and/or Soapbar fan, you get the best of both worlds with this guitar. Excellent value on this model at just $1299. Includes original case, structurally sound but not as clean as the guitar.

Hosa 8-Track Recording Snake RCA to XLR, 8’ High Def. I took two of these in trade (other one looks identical). Guy paid $139/each at Sweetwater. I just want to get the traded value - $75 takes the pair. Nice shape.

Marshall JVM-1C 50th Anniv. Ltd Ed Combo, (panel), (top), (back), (back panel). "As new"; ships in original box. In commemoration of 50 years of Marshall amplification Marshall released the JVM-1C, complete with all the great rock sounds that echo the tone of their recent JVM amps from the 2000s. This is the fourth and final in a series that commemorates each decade of Marshall amps, following the JTM1, JPM1, and JCM1. Amazingly, the opted to build this one in England rather than opting for Asian manufacture. Cool! The JVM-1C is an amp that is designed for practice and studio with 1-watt output, switchable to 1/10th watt via the back panel. Why the switchable power? One watt is actually pretty loud and the .1 watt setting allows you to get a full breakup while your family watches TV in the next room. This is an all-tube amp with three ECC83 preamp tubes and two ECC82 power tubes. Other features include custom-voiced Celestion 8" speaker, effects loop, 8-ohm/16-ohm speaker out for external extension cabinet, footswitchable channel select, era-correct cosmetics for a classic Marshall look. The clean channel does get pretty clean at lower volume but if you crank up the clean you’re into a pretty sweet overdrive tone. The Overdrive channel is pure Marshall creaminess. Here’s a good demo of various settings (link) or for a demo that’s not as slick check this. If you missed these when they sold in 2013 here’s a chance to get essentially a new one five years later. These were a $1200 retail, which is an about right for a British-made tube combo. Get this one for just $529, mint in the box. Includes 1-button Marshall footswitch.

1990 Marshall JCM900 4500 Head, (panel), (top), (back), (back panel), ("20" knob).  AKA 50W High Gain Dual Reverb.  First year example of the JCM900 with 50 watts of bone-crunching Marshall all-tube power and very versatile for a its day, with two independently controlled footswitchable channels, each voiced totally differently.  Just tuned up, including all new tubes with a matched pair of Electroharmonix 5881's with three Groove Tubes ECC83 preamp tubes.  This amp needs nothing - quiet at idle and all the power you expect from a 50W Marshall.  The JCM900 series replaced the JCM800's and they were still very basic amps compared to recent TSL's, DSL's, Mode 4's, etc., but when it was made in the 90s, it included a lot of features for a Marshall.  I should also offer my opinion that this is a fine sounding amp, head and shoulders above DSL/TSL models.  The JCM900's was well-conceived, incorporating the trend of players modifying their earlier models to achieve more gain.  The 900's not only did this, but they incorporated the tricky part, keeping the noise to a minimum while building in reliability.  In response to Spinal Tap, they also included a Lead Gain knob that went all the way to "20" (if "11" is good, why not go all the way to "20"?).  The two channels are voiced completely differently and in the most basic comparison, Channel A sounds rather Fender-y; Channel B is classic JCM crunch, with the ability to go way over the top of previous JCM's.  This particular model, the 4500, is basically the evolution of the JCM800 2205, although with the enhancements mentioned above.  Other features of this amp include footswitchable channel switch which is also selectable via front panel switch, independent volume-gain-reverb knobs for each channel, shared 4-band EQ knobs, 50W/25W switchable via back panel, effects loop with level control, direct output and recording-compensated outputs.  You can check out the manual for this series at this link.  Overall pretty nice shape for 23 years other than 2 tolex touch ups on the back and one handle cap (all shown here).  If you think you need 100 watts to play large clubs...you don't.  This thing is loud enough for any clubs I've played, including 800-seaters.  Just a killer 50-watter for $650.

2013 Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (controls), (shielding paint), (paperwork/tags). Upscale model that features an incredible number of tones thanks to Fender's new V6 switch. By appearances this is simply a nice vintage styled Strat but with an ingenious electronics package it's much more. Specifically, it's equipped with a set of Texas Special cloth-wire pickups, an S-1 switch (built into the volume knob) and a V6 rotary knob (disguised in the first tone knob position). The S-1 switch bypasses the preamp for traditional Strat tones but in the preamp active position you get 6 tonal variations (think Gibson Varitone) for all 5 stops on the pickup selector switch. It's cool! Other features include a traditional Strat tremolo (later models were floating) with bent steel saddles, Fender Ping tuners, easy access 9V battery door on back, aged plastic parts, and large 70s style headstock. This one even has some nice flame on the headstock and back of the neck! This is a version 1 model. Version 2 has locking tuners, 2-point tremolo, and Noiseless pickups, updates which may or may not appeal to you. Other than a tiny indent on the upper horn, it's in brand new condition with zero scratches or wear. There are two mods: pickguard changed to 3-ply white (from white pearl) and cavities have been finished with shielding paint. I can’t find the color choices for version 1 models but I’m guessing the color is Daphne Blue, although it looks greenish-blue in some light. Sells new for $799. Get this beautiful one with a killer in-house set up for less. Just $549. Includes Fender deluxe gigbag and paperwork.

1960 Kay Swing Master Electric Archtop Mod. K6970, (front), (back/side), (headstock/neck), (pickups/knobs). Kay is a little tricky with dating and figuring out model names, but I was able to identify the model by the body stamp ("L4287 6970") and it appears identical to the Swing Master K6970 in the 1960 catalog shown in "Guitar Stories Part II" (pg. 131) by Michael Wright. It's a medium depth hollowbody archtop, measuring 15 3/8" at the lower bout. Features include laminated spruce top with laminated maple body, flamed maple back, set neck construction, bound neck with 19-frets on a rosewood board, 14 frets clear of the body, Venetian cutaway, double-bound body multi-ply binding on top, dual "speed bump" single coil pickups, 3-leg trapeze tailpiece with cross bar, rosewood bridge, dual volume and tone controls with white Bakelite radio-style knobs. These came in 1, 2, and 3 pickup models with the 2-pickup K6970 selling for $139.50, with the finished described as "shaded walnut finish with golden highlights", a term we now refer to as tobacco sunburst. The flamed maple back on this is unusual for a budget line guitar and from the comparable models I've seen on the web, as nice as you'll find on this model. Many cheaper models had fake painted flames but this one is the real deal. Kay's history goes back to the 1890's and in 1928, Henry Kay Kuhrmeyer bought the company, and by 1934 the company was officially known as the "Kay Musical Instrument Company". Their factory was located in Chicago IL, the Mecca of guitar building, before adding another plant in Elk Grove IL in '64. Among their accomplishments, perhaps most notably they were the first maker of electric guitars, a disputable but, quite likely, true assertion. Kay was the largest USA guitar builder during the golden era. In addition to the Kay brand, they were the builders for many other brands including Airline (Montgomery Wards), Silvertone and Supertone (Sears & Roebuck), Old Kraftsmen (Spiegel), and Truetone (Western Auto), to name just a few. Department stores or catalogs were the largest sellers of guitars when I was a kid and if you bought one during the 60's, chances are it was made by Kay. This guitar plays good for an old Kay with typical medium action, getting higher as you go up the neck. Currently set up with a fresh set of flat wound strings, for a traditional jazz box tone. The pickups are lower output as was the fashion in the 60s and have a unique tone of their own. It's all original, with the exception of tuners and in extremely nice shape for nearly 60 years with the worst flaw being a worn spot on the back, typical with a thin nitro finish, but it has obviously seen very little playing time with near perfect frets and minimal extraneous wear. For a vintage American archtop, especially with a real flamed maple back, a nice buy at $550. Will include a gigbag but I might have a hardshell that fits it.

1981 MXR Stereo Chorus, Model No. 134.  This is the same model/era used by Randy Rhoads - a completely different animal than the 5-knob version with wall-wart build by Dunlop.  MXR closed their doors around 1984, with no more pedals being produced until Dunlop bought the licensing rights in '87 and began building reissues shortly after, although they're highly modified from the originals.  One of the great analog chorus units ever, and actually better than the Boss CE-2 in my opinion.  It sounds warm, lush, and natural.  Great for adding sparkle to clean-toned lead passages and for fattening chords.  Bottom plate is scratched up but the label is intact and overall very nice condition for 35 years and works perfectly.  $165. 

70's Univox Strat Case.  Offset waist design that's made specifically for Univox's Strat copy, though it will likely fit a Tele or others.  Nice vintage condition and hard to find original part for your prized Japanese Univox. $75.  

ca. 1938 Epiphone Electar F-Hole Flattop, (front), (headstock/neck), (back), (sides), (pickup removed), (tailpiece/oddly located tone knob), (output jack/tailpiece back).  There's very little info on the web or in my books about this guitar other than Gruhn's book calls it an "Electar F-Hole Flattop (model name unknown)" and another sources indicated that it's possibly called an "Electar Model C".  Certain features, and Gruhn's book, date this to ca. '38, while provide.net dates it to a 1941.  I think there's more weight dating it to ca. '38.   It's a rather unique, important instrument, Epiphone's first electric and one of the earliest electric guitars made.  Although they made a number of lap steels under the Electar brand, it was their Spanish style guitars like this one, designed by Herb Sunshine, was technically superior to others.  Thanks largely to the tone control systems and, primarily, pickup design, these aren't primitive guitars at all, with a sound that's not unlike hollowbody guitars built decades later.  Many of the competing pickups were the "horseshoe" type, used by Rickenbacker and others and Epi even used the Horseshoe on some other models.  As you can see in this picture, the pickup was a massive bent steel design, curved at the top to rest parallel to the strings and inline with the fretboard, surrounded by a long oval bobbin, capped with a black cover.  Some interesting history regarding pickups in this era.  You'll notice the Miessner Inventions Inc. plate on the back of the headstock.  While everybody was working on various pickup designs in the early-mid 30's, Miessner's patents on designs to make a guitar louder were used as threats to every electric guitar maker, demanding that they pay a licensing fee for any guitar that used a pickup, generally, any device used to make a guitar louder.  Their bluff worked with Epiphone, Kay, and Vega, while other companies like National Dobro, Gibson, and Electro String/Rickenbacker banded together to challenge Miessner. Rickenbacker even had a earlier patent on their Frying Pan guitar!  Miessner backed off as it was too expensive to challenge them in courts.  Anyhow, some interesting history if you want to look around the web.  Features of this model include laminated maple body with 13 3/8" lower bout, flat top and back, 25.5" scale, 1 9/16" nut width, blade pickup in oblong housing, bound top and back, unbound neck with rosewood fretboard, body with rear plate for access to pickup and electronics, trapeze tailpiece with impressed "Epiphone" logo, black octagonal pointer knobs, dot inlays, originally finished in sunburst.  Note the Brazilian rosewood fretboard that extends past the body in traditional archtop fashion.  Rosewood bridge has a flat bottom to conform to the flat top and is original. Tuners are Kluson Deluxe and are not original and the pickup had low output so it was rewound by Kent Armstrong to the typical lower output of guitars of the era.  Obviously, the sunburst finish was removed and the guitar sports a thin finish, possibly shellac.  We suspect that it originally had an Electar logo plate but as they're impossible to find, we installed an Epi plate of the type used in the 30's.  The tone knob is located very close to the tailpiece but other Electars from this era have the same unusual location.  This guitar was far from playable when it came in but Martin did a great job restoring it, including binding work, cleaning up the frets, reconditioning the fretboard, and some real tech magic making this a wonderful playing guitar.  The binding is tight all around, with just four tiny gaps, and a 1 1/2" piece that was replaced.  Its small body carries a full scale, in fact, a 25.5" scale (Fender!) in a body size that's around the same as a Les Paul.  This guitar is a lot of fun to play and it has a cool, honky tone that lends itself to delta blues or early jazz.  Electronics work perfectly and it's a solid guitar, with no breaks or repairs.  For an imminently playable pre-war electric with lots of history, I think it's a great deal at $1299.  

Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Humbucker. Double black bobbins plus 4-conductor for coil splitting, if desired. Excellent choice for neck position. $45.

Kahler Locking Nut for Floyd Rose. This is one of those Kahlers that mounts like a Floyd with two screws through the back of the neck. 1 5/8” width, string slots not worn, good shape. If you’ve ever priced small Kahler parts you know…just the locknut clamps go for $24/ea. Get this complete nut for just $30(HOLD-Wayne P 10/10).

1984 Ovation Collector's Series, (front), (headstock/neck), (side), (detail), (docs), (case/acc.).  Just the third year in Ovation's Collector's Series, the '84 Collectors was the finest among the early models. When this guitar was produced, Ovation fans would instantly, albeit mistakenly, identify it as an Adamas, Ovation's extremely expensive flagship model. No other guitar at that time featured the wooden epaulets (e.g. "sound holes").  Features of the '84 include an ebony-stained top-grain bookmatched solid spruce top, super shallow single cutaway bowl, black headstock, maple diamond fretboard inlays with a maple "1984" inlay at the 12th fret, gold-plated Ovation/Schaller tuners with genuine ebony buttons, Adamas-style epaulets of maple/walnut/teak and padauk, 7-ply black/white/black top purfling, ebony fretboard, 5-piece mahogany and maple neck with Ovation's "Kaman-Bar" reinforcement, 2-octave fretboard with jumbo frets, 25 1/4" scale, 1 11/16" nut width, and black headstock face.  Electronics consist of a piezo bridge connected to the original OP24 preamp, controlled by stacked Volume/Tone knobs.  It's simple by today's standards but the fact is these guitars don't need a lot of EQ'ing to sound good.  Offered in excellent condition, other than one very minor finish check line, with no player's wear and a great set up, for $750(HOLD-Big Jim 11/2).  Includes certificate of authenticity, manual, key, and original molded case.  

2017 Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster – Seafoam Pearl, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). "As new" condition - not a scratch, plastic still on the pickguard. Not just your basic Standard Strat, this one is in a Limited Edition finish, "Seafoam Pearl", which look a lot like the old Seafoam Green, but with pearlesence in the finish. It's a great look. It also has the popular medium jumbo frets with the modern 9.5" fretboard radius. Other features include alder body with gloss poly finish, C-shaped maple neck with satin finish, 21 frets, "aged" plastic parts with 3-ply mint green pickguard, Fender Ping tuners, vintage-style tremolo with stamped saddles and heavy tremolo block and Standard single coil pickups with staggered pole pieces. These sold for $599 online without a case or gigbag. Get this one in “as new” condition with a perfect in-house set up WITH a nice Fender tolex case for less. $529 includes Fender case and paperwork.

OFF-HOLD: Sabine Solo SL-820 Digital Feedback Eliminator, (front/back). A must-have for players who are serious about acoustic amplification. You've tried the rest - now try the best - at least in the sub-$400 price range. Designed for single channels, the 820 offers 8 patented FBX Filters, 20-bit digital resolution and increased headroom. The 820 outshines virtually all other feedback controllers in accurately controlling feedback during live performances. Equally at home when hooked up to an acoustic/electric guitar, wired mics, wireless mics, monitors, harmonica mics, and multi-mic locations. It automatically senses feedback and quickly places a narrow 1/10-octave adaptive digital filter directly on the resonating frequency. Each of its FBX filters are 10 times narrower than 1/3-octave graphic EQ filters (which are actually one full octave wide, spaced out on 1/3-octave centers), so the FBX provides more gain before feedback without a loss in sound quality. In fact, the FBX gives back more than 90 percent of the power lost with using a graphic EQ to control feedback. This unit sold new for $295 ($369 list) but this one is "as new" in the box for less than half, just $139. If you want to say goodbye to feedback forever, without sacrificing tone, here's the answer. Full details - click here.

Sabian 15” Crash Cymbal. Top quality Canadian Sabian. Vintage model, pre AA-series. Other than needing some cleaner, it’s in perfect shape and a great sounding cymbal for $70.

Paiste Sound Formula 14” Heavy Hi Hats. Original run of the Sound Formula, ca. 2005, pre-Signature series, made in Germany, top quality hi-hats. Nice shape and just $175.

1983 Kramer Floyd Rose Signature, (front/back), (headstock), (tuners/strap pins), (Schaller pu's), (Floyd Rose). Fairly rare model from Kramer, in cherry finish, commemorating the significant contribution Floyd made to the incredible success of the young Kramer company. I don't know if Floyd designed this himself, I have a feeling he did, but it's basically a Pacer Imperial with a different body. Overall pretty nice vintage shape cosmetically with only one area through the finish (on back of neck), all other flaws are in the clear coat only and not through to the wood - worst flaws are shown here. There is also some wear on the edge of the fretboard as well as a few finish check lines. The action is extremely low, with just a hint of string buzz audible only acoustically, or we can raise to factory specs if that's your preference without any buzz. I wouldn't touch a thing since right now this guitar seems like it plays itself. The neck isn't one of the thinner ones that appeared in '84 or so, but fairly substantial. Other features include: Classic (chicken beak) headstock with Floyd Rose signature logo, original model non-recessed Floyd Rose tremolo and locking nut, Schaller humbuckers with 2 volume and master tone, gold Gotoh tuners with rounded buttons (aka "San Dimas" tuner) and straight mounted set screws, and brass "large head" strap pins. This guitar appears all original, with the exception of missing one of the back plates (repro's available at minimal cost). This is sort of an oddball guitar in the Kramer line but its small body and light weight make it a lot of fun to play. It's not clean enough for collectors of near mint examples for others, a killer player in nice vintage condition. These are hard to come by – only the second one I’ve had in 30+ years - and a quality real American Kramer for $699 including non-original case. 

2000 Godin Radiator w/Upgrade, (front), (back), (headstock), (electronics upgrade). Good enough for the pro player, for under $400! Godin offers top quality guitars at remarkably reasonable prices. Known primarily for their acoustic models, they also build some fine solidbodies such as this Radiator. It has some of the vibe of a 60's Italian-made guitar with the black pearl MOTS top. Click here for a review by GuitarOne.com and here for Ultimate Guitar where it received a 9.4 overall. One of my personal gripes with the stock Radiator is the lack of a pickup selector. Godin opts to skip the 3-way switch relying instead on individual volume knobs but if you want to go from bridge to neck quickly, forget it, you have to turn down the bridge knob and then turn up the neck knob. This guitar now has a CTS 3-way switch installed. More noteworthy, it has the entire electronics package from a Clapton/Buddy Guy Strat installed: volume, TBX control, and mid-boost knob - plus the circuit board. The 12dB TBX boost makes the pickups sound more like humbuckers, while the mid-boost (25dB!) adds a thick, rich tone that makes the guitar stand out in the mix. Cosmetically, knobs have been changed to a larger amp style knob, more accurate for fine-tuning settings, and the automotive type logo has been removed from the body. Stock features include chambered Silver Leaf Maple body, rock maple neck with maple fretboard, flat 12" radius, shorter 24 3/4" scale, 24 medium jumbo frets, 1 11/16" nut width, Low-Noise Godin-Design single-coil pickups, Black Onyx finish. The single coil pickups sound very good and they're fairly quiet (Godin calls them "low noise") but keep in mind if you use the mid-boost they're not going to be as quiet if you use a higher gain amp setting. If you boost the mids by 12dB, keep in mind that you're also boosting the noise by 12dB. If you want the stock sound of the guitar, just put the TBX in the middle (center is detented) and roll the mid-boost knob all the way back. You probably won't use the mid boost all the time but it's easy to get hooked on the fat, harmonically rich sound and may find yourself using at least some boost on all your songs. Set up on this guitar is fantastic, with low action and no fret out on bends anywhere on the neck. This guitar is 3X more versatile than a stock model and it's easily good enough for professional use. New cost on these was $599, which is a bargain. It's rare that you come across a proline guitar for just $375. (Note: I have a stock Radiator in stock for $25 less)

Deering Boston Resonator Banjo, (close-up), (headstock), (front/back), (case).  On the heels of my Deering Black Diamond which recently sold, another fine Deering.   Even though the Boston is a fairly inexpensive banjo by Deering standards, the tone and playability are definitely first rate and are so far above any import that comparison isn't possible.  Spec's include mahogany neck & white-bound resonator, heavy steel rim which also functions as tone ring, 24-piece flange, ebony fretboard with pearl dot inlays, Gotoh guitar-style tuners with geared 5th string peg.  The Boston's drum assembly is a 3/16" thick steel rim, but it rings like a tone-ring.  Combined with the 24-piece flange, this steel rim design gives a remarkably loud and clear tone.  Also, it can be easily converted to an open back by removing the flange pieces and resonator.  Deering cases are the best I've ever seen and this case weighs around twice as much as the banjo itself.  If you've become frustrated with your playing ability - or lame tone - here's a fairly inexpensive way to upgrade both.  Sells new online for $1999 but get this nice used one for ½ price, just $999, offered in clean shape and pro set-up to perfection.  For details on the Boston Click here for Deering's site. 

Electro-Voice EV PLDK5 Drum Pack, (EV PL33), (EV PL35). New, factory sealed boxes. You don't have to spend a fortune piecing together pro quality mics for a drum kit. This EV kit can mic just about any drum kit and provide quality sound that won't drive your sound tech crazy trying to EQ out feedback caused by mics with a low gain before feedback or an unfriendly frequency response. This kit contains one PL33 dynamic supercardoid kick drum mic and four PL35 dynamic supercardioid tom/snare mics, complete with a quality, firm-exterior 600 Denier nylon gig bag with shoulder strap. The EV PL33 kick drum mic delivers tight, low-end and punctuation for kick drums and low frequency instruments, and the PL35 dynamic supercardioid tom and snare microphone, with its unique body design, integrated swivel and drum rim clamp is voiced for exceptionally natural tom and snare drum sounds. Its unique body design with the shaft at an angle eliminates the need for right-angle XLR connectors and minimizes cable clutter over the drum and under cymbals. Each one includes a DRC-1 snap-on drum rim clamp that mounts the mic directly to just about any brand drum rim. They're voiced for exceptionally natural tom and snare content, with superior isolation and a frequency response - 50 Hz - 16 kHz. The EV Gig Bag is firm and durable with 600 Denier nylon exterior Form cutouts for up to 10 PL drum mics, padded handle and shoulder strap, zippered rear compartment for sheet music, sticks, and accessories. This set has received great reviews in various publications and sites, such as this one on epinions.com. These had a list price of $775 and sold for $322-$459. If you're looking for EV quality at a no-name price here's a nice savings on this bundle, just $199 for the pack, which equates to under $40 per mic.

Soundcraft Notepad 124 and 124FX Mixers, (124), (124FX), (stock pic), (124/124FX Comparison). This fine British company has been one of the most respected names in professional live and studio decks for decades. With their new Notepad series you get the sound quality and engineering you've come to expect from Soundcraft. What sets them apart from the proliferation of budget mixers currently on the market is the quality of their components such as the acclaimed British GB30 mic preamps and GB30 3-band EQ technology. Unlike most other brands, they're not built with the cheapest parts on the market. The two models are basically identical except the 124FX has built-in digital effects which has a feed from every input and over 100 effects, including a pink noise and test setting. The FX control can also be used to set delay tap tempo, a feature not found in many mixers in this class. On the Notepad 124, the FX send is replaced by a standard AUX send with a dedicated output. Both models provide a recording output of the mix on RCA/Phono connectors as well as a stereo input for CD playback etc. Rather than list all the specs here, just check out Soundcraft.com - click here for the 124 and here for the 124FX. For the quality of these mixers, you can't beat them, new in the box. I’m out of the FX model but just $119 for the Notepad 124.

Graphtech and Tusq Saddles – Ferraglide, Tusq, and String Saver, (and more). Just got some more of these in. Tone enhancing and virtually eliminating string breakage. All are 2 3/16” string spacing for USA Fender style. Ferraglide and Tusq are center screw for vintage style Fenders; String Savers are offset screws for American Standards. All-Parts prices are $80, $54, and $54, respectively. Get your choice here for $47 Ferraglide, or $33 Tusq or String Saver. Note: We can build up a complete Strat bridge with steel block and steel or brass bass plate for $30-$50 more.

KGC Strat Bridge Plate and GFS Trem Blocks. KGC brushed brass bridge plates, $39/each, no name steel bridge plate $19, GFS steel trem blocks, $8/each.

Peterson Stomp Classic Tuner and Active DI, (pic2), (stock pic). We’ve been using the same Peterson tabletop tuner here for 13 years. It’s usually on 24 hours a day and it’s never had a single glitch or down time. They’re just great tuners. The Stomp Classic is their new strobe tuner, but it’s now offered as a pedal. Has the same Peterson speed and accuracy, but now it also offers true bypass and an active D.I., as well as USB connectivity. It features a handle if you want to use it as a mini-desktop unit. Features a very bright LCD screen for use in dark stage areas. Sells new for $199 but get this one, “as new” in the box, for just $135.

1987 Marshall 25/50 Silver Jubilee Combo Mod. 2554, (panel panel2), (top), (back), (speaker).   One of the most desirable Marshall series of all time, and probably the most desirable post-JMP era.  Jubilees were recently resissued by Marshall but this is the original… The Jubilee Series, from 1987, marked Mr. Jim Marshall's 25th year in amp building, and 50th year in the music business.  These amps were offered in two amplifier models, in both head and combo format, with a 100/50 watter and a 50/25 watter, with both made in a head/cab, 2X12, and 1X12 format.  Each amp is a superb example of Marshall engineering at its finest and all have a similar circuit and features, other than the 100W head featuring 2 more power tubes.  Compared with the JCM800 2203 on which this amp was based, it features a unique output stage that functions as the classic Marshall circuit but can also be reconfigured from normal high power pentode operation to low power, halfing the output from 50 to 25 watts, offering superior distortion tone and overall better performance at low volume levels.  Other unique features to this circuit, it features quiet channel switching with a specially supercharged Lead mode.  Special overdrive and re-voicing circuitry in the Lead channel provides an extreme range of distortion effects including very long sustain, even with single coil pickups.  The Lead Master control is also switched into operation in this model, enabling the lead channel to be volume-balanced with the Normal channel while also providing increased gain into the master section so that solos can be heard over the rhythm settings.  A flexible input gain control modifies preamp gain with a special "pull" switch that permits the rhythm channel to be changed form high headroom, clean operation - to soft clipping and heavy overdrive.  Lastly, the output master controls the total output of the preamp section, which allows the lead section to cascade the input gain and lead controls into the output master for further high-powered variations in tone.  Technical discussion aside, this amp is a tone monster.  It sounds huge, and has the most singing sustain of any Marshall you'll hear.  It's also very easy to dial in a great tone.  The three knobs on the left, with push/pull on the Input Gain and Output Master, do it all.  It has a minimum of frills but when an amp is engineered as well as this, you don't need a lot of extraneous stuff that inevitably sucks the signal.  Be warned, this amp is not light.  Other than a Boogie Mark series, probably the heaviest 1X12 made.  Overall this amp is in nice condition with the worst flaws (pics here) being a glued handle cap, a few dirty spots in the tolex, small ding on tolex on back (shown in pic on the right), and some light scratches on the panel, primarily around the input jack.  I've seen some of these in very rough shape; for 30+ years old, this one is definitely nicer than average.  It’s a killer amp for the vintage collector, or better yet working guitarist, for $1350. Previous owner is looking for original 1-button footswitch which I’ll include when/if located.

Eastman El Rey ER3, (front-1  front-2), (back-1 back-2), (side), (headstock), (bridge/pu), (case).  For players who want a quality archtop, without the ungainly size, the EL3 fits the bill.  With its 14" lower bout and slimmer 2" depth, it's comfortable for stand-up playing, while it's chambered body without F-holes provides a rich acoustic tone without the feedback of most archtops.  Designed for Eastman by master luthier Otto D’Ambrosio, they're quite unlike other archtops on the market. With a weight in the 6 lb. range, it's easy on the back but the light weight and smaller size doesn't come at the cost of tone.  Eastman's El Rey series (read more) includes two guitars (ER1/ER2) that are designed for Jazz, while the ER3 is their Rock guitar, rare for an archtop, with the chunk and chime players are looking for in any guitar they plug in.  That's not to say this guitar is limited in any way, and it can cover the range from jazz to blues to rock, and it's superb feedback suppression lets you crank up the gain and enjoy sweet tones, rather than annoying feedback.  This is a genuine hand-carved body at a $2150 list price that's unprecedented from my experience.  Eastman spares no expense in using all solid woods in the ER3, with a carved mahogany back and sides, and, at least in their spec sheet, a carved maple top.  Both Martin and I believe this is burled mahogany veneer over a solid maple top.  The figuring and grain pattern simply don't look like maple, but looking at a cross cut of the wood via a pickup cavity, it's definitely solid wood and does appear to be maple, both in color and grain. Other features of the ER3 include Florentine-style patented “neck block cutaway” construction for easy upper-register access, Tonepros one-piece bridge/tailpiece combination with 2 1/32″ string spacing, solid mahogany neck, glossy finish throughout, ebony fretboard, wide 1 3/4" nut, 25 2/5" scale, custom offset fretboard inlays, dual Kent Armstrong (HPAG-1) pickups, and gold-plated Gotoh tuners.  Overall very nice condition with the exception of some finish checking (shown here) that's visible only on close inspection.  This is a very thin and hard finish and it's going to be prone to checking, probably more and more as the years go by.  It doesn't pose a problem and adds a genuine vintage flair that some players will appreciate.  Everything about this guitar oozes quality, which is evident the moment you pick it up and strum your first chord.  It's very easy to play, sounds wonderful, and can cover the ground of an ES-335...and more.  Lists at $2150, discounted slightly to around $1800. If you don't min a guitar that's not a museum piece, you'll find this an exceptional value at $1150.  Includes original case which is a unique design that offers excellent protection.  Case can be carried by handle or strapped on for subway travel.

OFF-HOLD: Dr. Z Galaxie 1X12 Combo, (top), (panel), (back), (spkr/tubes), (footswitch).  After years of primarily EL84 powered amps (and a few 6V6), the Galaxie is Dr. Z’s first ever 6L6 powered amp.  In addition to a pair of 6L6', the Galaxie has three 12AX7's in the preamp and a 5U4 tube rectifier.  It also features a Triad output transformer, which is original spec for Fender's classic tweed amps including the low-powered Twin, Super, and Pro, which is part of the magic of this fine amp.  The Galaxie is a dual-channel amp, with channel 1 voiced for clean tones; channel 2 is the overdrive/dirty channel.  Channel 1 is the perfect clean with crisp highs, fat lows, and a very throaty voice overall.  Channel 2 is the OD channel with excellent sustain with a beautiful break-up.  CH-2 reaches full volume at around 9'oclock and from there on it's more of a gain knob, with more overdrive, sustain, and compression as you turn it up.  Both channels share the same EQ (bass/treb/pres) knobs.  The tone knobs are very interactive with the volume controls and really act like gain controls as much as EQ knobs.  Turn up the bass or treble and you'll notice an increase in gain at the same time.  The tonal possibilities aren't as simple as the layout appears but there really isn't a bad sound on this amp, regardless of settings.  Rather than the vintage style separate inputs for the two channels, the Galaxie uses a footswitch to change channels, which is a nice touch for live bands, with an indicator light to let you know when you're on CH-2.  Output is rated at 30 or 40 watts, selectable via the pentode/triode switch on the back panel.  This features wasn't really to offer an appreciable difference in output rather than different voicings.  Although it has a very slightly higher output, the 40W setting is a bit tighter and slightly more high fi sounding; while the 30W setting gives the amp and earlier breakup. There are a number of good demo's on YouTube including this one by Frankie Starr, playing what appears to be an earlier version with a different layout.   The Galaxie 1X12 sold new for $1849, which is right in the ballpark for a hand-wired 40W combo.  This one is in perfect condition and a killer combo for $1199.

Callaham Vintage Strat Bridge Assembly. Precision machined steel by the best guys in the business. Used but works perfectly. $85.

Hipshot 6-in-line Locking Tuners with UMP, (pic2). New, never installed. The solution for replacement tuners without modifying your guitar. The universal mounting plate (UMP) means no extraneous holes in your headstock. Includes 6 staggered height tuners (no string tree needed) and all UMP parts. These are $81 from Hipshot but I have two new sets for just $49/set.

Warmoth ’62 Fender Strat Neck, (headstock). Great choice for your vintage Strat project. Nearly vintage, this '89 Warmoth neck a 22-fret C-shape, perhaps slightly slimmer profile than a Fender American Standard with about the same depth at the first fret and 12th fret. The Pau Ferro fretboard is beautifully figured, resembling Brazilian in its color contrast. It is finished in nitrocellulose and has a Warmoth compound radius, 6150 wide/slightly tall frets, lightly figured maple with highly figured Pau Ferro fretboard, clay dots, single string tree and a graphite nut. Includes vintage tuners, 50's style string tree and pro-installed 1962 logo with 3 patent numbers. Barely used and a high quality complete neck for $225.

Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Set. Mint, perfect lettering. Vintage Noiseless, which were Fender's premium pickups beginning in the late ‘90’s but still popular today. The feature special beveled edge Alnico 5 magnets and enamel-coated magnet wire to produce brilliant clarity, definition and the best harmonic attributes of a vintage Strat. Sells new for $175. This used set is in perfect condition in the box for just $89. Fender instructions included. Fender suggests 1 Meg pots, which are not included.

Fender Telecaster N3 Noiseless Pickups.  New in the box.  One of the later generation of Fender Noiseless series, following the original Vintage Noiseless and later SCN's.  N3's provide the spank and warmth of traditional single-coil Tele pickups, without the hum of vintage models with stacked Alnico V magnets.  They're a bit hotter but still sound like a Tele...perfect.  These were $159 and up on line but get this new pair for $109.

Seymour Duncan Strat Hot Rails SHR-1b. One of the most popular bridge humbuckers for Strats. 4-conductor for wiring humbucker/single coil combinations. Wire is cut to proper length for bridge position. Ceramic magnets, 16.6K output that’s perfect for rock/metal. Sells new for $85; this one’s clean in the box for $49.

EMG HZ H4/4A Set.  A number of years ago EMG developed these passive humbuckers as an alternative to their active series.  Like the 81/85 set, the H4/H4A set uses gold and silver logos to identify the model and they look identical to the active sets from the front.  The H4's combine the power of an 81/85 set with the soul and response of a passive PAF.  Delivers a well balanced tone, with tight bass, glassy mids, and crunchy highs.  The H4 is most often used in the bridge position where it shines with excellent range, responsiveness and sweet harmonics.  It uses EMG's exclusive 5-wire quick-connect output which allows for multiple wiring combinations, fully shielded for  reduced noise.  These sold online for $69/each but get this clean PAIR for the same price.  $69/pair.  

EMG HZ H3 Set.  Similar characteristics to the H4 set above, just a previous generation.  Very clean shape and an inexpensive upgrade, without having to change your pots, for your dual humbucker guitar.  Uses EMG's exclusive 5-wire quick-connect output which allows for multiple wiring combinations, fully shielded for reduced noise.  $59/pair.

1996 Fender Stratocaster Plus- Sunburst - Rosewood Board, (front), (back), (headstock), (case).  Very nice Plus model in 3-tone sunburst with a rosewood board, for a real vintage vibe that's straight out of the early 60's.  The Strat Plus made its debut in 1987 and had a very successful 13-year run, ending in '99, which was the last year of the American Standard, replaced by the American Series, with the "American Deluxe" replacing the Strat Plus as Fender's premium production model.  When released in '87 the Plus was essentially a deluxe model American Standard, with upgraded pickups and hardware.  It featured a trio of the new Lace Sensor pickups, which provided a vintage tone without the annoying noise associated with standard Strat pickups - and no magnetic string pull to kill the sustain of the strings.  The Gold Laces (50's Strat sound) on this model are the same pickups used on the early Plus models as well as on the Clapton and Buddy Guy signature models; both of whom toured with these stock Laces for many years.  I'm a big fan of these pickups as they're the best I've found for zero hum while retaining that vintage Strat tone.  The Plus also features precision locking tuners and LSR roller nut (or Wilkinson cam nut on early models), enhancements to keep the guitar in tune, especially for players who use the tremolo to great measure.  This one's in excellent condition overall with the only flaw being some buckle scratches on the back (shown here) in the clear coat only.  Frets are in excellent shape and the set up is spectacular with low action and no choking out on bends.  This one comes with a new Stew-Mac truss rod adjustment tool (shown here) since someone used a wrong size Allen key at some point, but the Stew-Mac tool is beveled and made for this very purpose.  Lettering on the pickups is still in nice shape which usually indicates a guitar hasn't seen much playing time.  It's shown without back cover but remind me and I can install one prior to shipping.  Includes trem arm, springs, and original "Plus" case with deluxe latches and gray interior.  This is a very nice Plus model for $999.  

2012 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessee Rose G6119-1962HT, (front), (tinted binding), (headstock), (back), (case).  Beatles fans will note that this one will take you back to 60's Shea Stadium, one of the most recognizable icons of '60s Pop.  With its vintage Hilo'Tron single coil pickups, "Rocking" bar bridge, Gretsch Bigsby B6C Vibrato tailpiece, and simulated F holes, this quality thinline has all the features of the original 60's model.  Other specs include single cutaway hollow body with burgundy stain finish, 16" lower bout, 2" body depth, arched laminated maple top with multiple binding, laminated maple back and sides, 3-piece maple neck, black headstock overlay, rosewood fingerboard, neo-classic "Thumbnail" inlays, 22 frets, 12" radius, 25.5" scale length, 1-11/16" nut width, zero nut, 2 Hi Lo 'Tron pickups, 3-way pickup selector switch, stand-by switch, neck volume - bridge volume - master volume knobs, 3-position master tone switch, chrome hardware, Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs, silver plexi pickguard with embossed "Chet Atkins" signature.  In fact, all the cool features and all the vibe of the 60's model, but none of the problems - these are, quite simply, better guitars than the originals. At the request of a customer, Martin applied an aged toner to the body and neck binding so it wouldn’t have that stark white appearance the new models have. Look at the pics. It’s cool. This baby is clean and has seen almost no playing time since new. Only real flaw is some pitting to two of the knobs. Gretsch’s license with Chet’s estate expired so a new Gretsch won’t be called a “Chet Atkins” but will still set you back $2399.  Other than the nicely aged binding and pitting on 2 knobs, this guitar is immaculate – with a killer set up and Gretsch vibe thrown in for free. $1550 includes clean original Gretsch case and all paperwork.

OFF-HOLD: 2016 Fender American Professional Stratocaster - Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock), (controls), (case/etc). “As new” – ships in original box. The latest and greatest version of the American Standard, with some nice enhancements over the previous versions. Pickups were developed by pickup guru Tim Shaw: these new V-Mod single-coil pickups are voiced specifically for each position, mixing alnico magnet types to produce a more powerful tone while still sounding like classic vintage Fender. Add to that more clarity on the highs with Fender's new treble-bleed tone circuit. A new modern “Deep C” neck profile feels rounder and just a tad more substantial than the older models while staggered height tuners and new 2-Point synchronized tremolo with bent steel saddles uses a pop-in trem arm like the old American Deluxe. For full specs and demo’s on this new model go to Fender.com. This guitar is in unplayed condition with plastic still on pickguard and not a hint of use. It will ship in the original Fender shipping box. Don’t pay $1449 for a new one from a super store when you get this one with killer in house setup for just $1029. Includes the latest version Fender case with ATA latches and plush gray interior, as well as all paperwork, tools, etc.

OFF-HOLD: 1996 Fender Stratocaster Plus “Ultra”, (front  detail), (back), (headstock), (Tremsetter), (case  inside). Perhaps you’ve noticed, Strat Ultra models have skyrocketed over the last decades. Clean examples I used to sell for under $1400 ten years ago are getting hard to find under $2K. For this reason we transformed this Strat Plus into an Ultra model. I even sacrificed one of my rare Ultra cases with gray covering. No major mods were required, just an Ultra HSS pickguard (this one still has plastic coating on it), a Lace Dually (red) pickup, and a mini-toggle for the bridge pickup. All other specs are stock on this ’93 Plus except the trem cover which is changed to a vintage one with oblong string slots. Features include tremolo with "pop-in" tremolo arm and an innovative Hipshot "Tremsetter" inside the tremolo cavity.  The Tremsetter was a simple but effective device for floating tremolo systems and is simply a double-acting spring that returns the tremolo to an exact zero "neutral" position at rest and eliminates adjacent strings detuning while doing string bends and pitch flutter when playing aggressively.  Other features include a LSR roller nut, staggered height Sperzel locking tuners that eliminate the need for string trees and Schaller locking strap pins. I'm a big fan of the old Lace Sensor pickups, which are Red/Red, Gold, and Gold on this one.  They're very expressive, which you want with a Strat and noise free. They also have zero magnetic pull which allows strings to vibrate longer, thus incasing sustain. Controls are a standard 5-way *plus* a mini 3-way for the bridge pickup (back coil - both - front coil).  With the 5-way the mini-switch yields 9 distinct tones.  Remarkably, there is a distinct difference on the two pickups that comprise the "Dually" with the back coil brighter and more responsive; the front pickup warmer and fatter sounding. This guitar presents very well. Overall very clean with the top being pretty much perfect and only some very minor clearcoat scratches on back. Frets are around 90% and this guitar sets up very well indeed. This guitar does everything an Ultra does but will only cost you $1299, including the genuine Ultra case.

1960's Kustom Thinline Electric Case, (handle). I occasionally come by some rare cases. Stuff like Gibson L5S and Fender Starcaster. But this is much more rare. Ross estimates that only 2000-3000 guitars were built during Kustom’s brief run in '67/'68 and those numbers are reportedly generous, not to mention that it's likely a number of these were sold without case. All of them I saw online were thinline hollowbodies (shown here with case) which seem to conform to this case, measuring around 16" lower bout, 12" upper bout, 11" waist, and 42.5" length. Appears to be made by the same maker as 60's Fenders and could be suitable for other brands of guitars from this era. Good vintage condition with all latches and hinges intact, with some rubs on the tolex but should clean up well. Handle has been replaced with a similar style. If you've got one of these rare Kustoms, here's a proper home for it for just $125.

Maestro Sireko Tape Echo "As Is", (pic2). Ca. mid-70's. “As is” special. May work fine but I’m selling “as is” and easily worth the price for parts. It lights up and motor turns but I don't have a tape or knowledge to test it. Nicknamed "Sireko" aka "Sir Echo", these units use the tape cartridge, rather than the loose tape. Lid is missing, but otherwise seems to be in pretty good shape for around 40 years old. $135/no returns.

2003 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster - Sunburst, (front), (headstock), (back), (pickups). Lovely early model American Deluxe in great condition. Unlike the Strat Plus that preceded this model, the American Deluxe had more upscale features that distinguished it from the stock Strat.  Pickups were Fender's Vintage Noiseless, which were Fender's premium pickups for the era and still preferred today by many players today due to their traditional tone, but without the hum of vintage single coils, with the bridge pickup being slightly hotter. Another popular feature on these is the rounded heel (and accompanying rounded neck plate), that made playing in the upper register easier. Other deluxe features include polished chrome locking tuners, polished chrome bridge and saddles with pop-in trem arm, abalone dot inlays, fret and nut work that's even more detailed than the regular American Series, vintage style nut, and raised chrome logo. This third year model is in beautiful condition with zero noteworthy cosmetic flaws. It plays great, sounds good and is a sweet deal at $950. Includes Fender molded case and trem arm.

NOS 2004 Brian Moore i81 – Cinnamon Flametop, (Turquoise), (front), (back), (headstock), (arched top), (bag/acc.). I just discovered a pair of these in the shop, both new old stock and never retailed! The i81 was the most affordable model in the i-Series but an exceptional import in its own right. Has the same Brian Moore signature looks including sculpted headstock, sleek arched-top body, and unique rear output jack of the higher end models. When BM went in search of factories to do their imports they did it right and the quality rivals some US makers in my opinion. The i81 features bolt-on neck, mahogany body with beautifully bookmatched flamed maple top, classic " iM" Alnico humbuckers, and "iM" precision tuners. These guitars will be set up to perfection and will play as well as guitars costing 4X the price. Original retail price was $595 back in ’04 and they’re an excellent buy today at just $299. Includes a very heavily padded Brian Moore gigbag and all other accessories.

ADA Quad Tube Programmable 2X12 Combo, (front panel pics pieced together), (3/4 view), (back panel). The Big Boy - the baddest amp ever made by ADA. It’s loud; it sounds absolutely awesome. It was also the most expensive ADA, selling for $2399 20 years ago. This amp is super RARE. A while back I found one on the web which was actually a NOS model that a store was selling for the same $2399 but had recently sold. I have not one but TWO of these babies. One of them works perfectly - the other one has a glitch on some of the patches and is priced accordingly. Looking through the 62 page manual it's clear that there are too many features to list here so I'll just do a brief overview. It's basically an ADA MP-2 with a stereo 150-watt power amp and vari-cab functions...with built in digital effects. Features 150 watt output (true stereo - 75W/Side) with complete digital control of an all-analog signal path, 128 user and 39 factory patches, four low-noise 12AX7A tubes with 10 voicing options an overdrive, onboard compressor, four-band tone controls nine-band graphic EQ, powerful effects, including "Varicab" (programmable cabinet emulator), tremolo, stereo chorus, noise reduction, stereo effects loop with programmable mix control, front panel volume and room compensation EQ, cabinet-emulated XLR output with ground lift s well as unbalanced 1/4" outs for recording, complete MIDI with real-time MIDI for on the fly changing of parameters, rack holster for mounting single rack space to the back, accepts ADA 4X4 MIDI controller. As I mentioned, one of these works perfectly, priced at $1099. The other one works perfectly on some patches, while other patches have a low rumble which “runs away” if you tap the top of the amp - could be an easy fix - it's never been benched. This one is totally useable on most of the patches and is selling "as is" for 1/2 price; $599. If you're an ADA fan, this might be your only chance to get your hands on one of these rare and great sounding amps - and a piece of ADA history. Somewhere I have the 62-page owner's manual but if I can't find it, it's still on the web.

PRS Santana SE Zebra Set. Made by G&B Pickup Co. for PRS, these are some of the better import pickups on the market. They’re not overly hot and let you depend on your amp for breakup, which I prefer to an overly wound pickup that doesn’t clean up. Clean shape. Good choice for a project guitar or an upgrade on most imports. $35/pair.

Celestion G12-65 Heritage 65W Speaker. Super clean, don't think it's ever been installed. A forerunner to the G12T-75, the G12-65 was originally created as high powered G12M 25W Greenback and is considered THE sound of 80's rock. It was used in many of Marshall's 4X12 cabs and works fine in that application, but also sounds great in a single 12" or 2X12" combo. Excellent note definition, plenty of power handling, and not overly bright. Comes in a 16 or 8 ohm; this one’s the 8 ohm. Sells new for $165 but this get this beauty for $99.

Celestion G12M 25-watt Greenback. Classic British tone, warm with lots of growl. Perfect for lower powered amps, providing some speaker break-up at lower volumes compared to a 75w or 90W speaker which has to be played at ear-bleeding levels to break up. There is a proliferation of budget combo's, nearly all having a major weak spot with the speaker. Sells for $125 new but this clean used one was broken in with a noise generator so it sounds better than new. Just $79.

Tokai Super Edition Neck. Tokai Model 45, rare dead-on Strat headstock, obviously not made for the USA market. Nice shape, especially for a neck that was made over 30 years ago. Had a string retaining bar removed, three small holes plugged – now uses a vintage style string tree. Truss rod at the butt end, turns like it’s supposed to. Factory black headstock, would look great on a black body. Carvin tuners replace original vintage style. Sets up very nicely…no issues. $129.

Engl BC-10 Reaper Pedal. Excellent distortion pedal for the rock/metal fan engineered with the tone of their Powerball II amp and features an SCS connector should you want to string some Engl pedals together. There is loads of gain available plus a 3-band EQ to let you tweak it, although it sounds perfct with everything ½ way up to me. If you’re into Scorpions, UFO, AC/DC, etc., you’ll love it. Click here for a brief demo. Sells new for $159. Get this clean used one for $99.

2010 Martin 000X1AE Acoustic/Electric, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (controls). I haven’t had many of these but I’m impressed by the tone. I find it compares very well to other non-wood bodies. It sounds more natural than an Ovation and even close to a Rainsong, which costs around 4X as much. It’s a remarkable flattop for the money. Although it's a solid Spruce top, the sides, back, and neck are high pressure laminate.  I wouldn't have though that alternative source guitars would sound so natural; so "woody".  The tone is nearly indistinguishable from a mahogany or rosewood body. Similarly, the projection is excellent and even with the smaller auditorium body style it sounds very big and is quite loud. It’s very comfortable to play with the scaled down 000-size body, while featuring a full-scale 25.4”. Sounds good amplified as well, with control wheels for volume and tone just inside the soundhole. You may have noticed that Martin action has come down over the past few decades and this guitar is no exception. Action is low and comfortable, although it can easily be raised if you do very hard strumming.  For the money, this is a hard guitar to beat. Extremely clean shape with no flaws to speak of. You’ll see these online at $599. Get this one for just $419. Add a new high quality Gibson Blues King gigbag for $35 (pic).

EMG ACS Acoustic Guitar Soundhole Pickup. Easy install: Mounts to soundhole, Velcro attaches battery bag attaches inside your guitar, easy mount end-pin jack. The ACS delivers quality amplified acoustic guitar tone without the feedback issues. It offers a broader frequency range than a piezo pickup while delivering authentic acoustic tone with enough volume to play alongside a large band. The ACS employs a unique internal preamp that's been tailored for the phase and frequency response of an acoustic guitar while still retaining a brilliant top-end favored in acoustic guitar tone. Volume control is mounted on the pickup and poles are easily adjustable to tailor your output for your guitar/amp set up. Sells new for $159. This unit is in clean shape and just $100.

Trilogy Alternate Tuning Bridge TMB3 by Hipshot. Two in stock, one pictured is brand new and never installed. If you're into trying alternate tunings, there is nothing better. You can add a few detuners such as an original Hipshot and Hipshot tuner and use drop tunings on two strings, which is pretty cool. The Trilogy, however, allows you to detune any and ALL strings. It is a direct retrofit for USA Fenders, no modification is required, so your Strat can be returned to stock if desired. In all, the Trilogy offers an amazing 723 possible tunings, all at the flick of the thumb, and includes sample tuning chart. Each string has 3 positions with a straight tuning and 2 detune stops. For more info checkout Hipshot here. This unit installs very easily and is the most versatile alternate tuning system ever devised. These are frequently on back order but I have two in stock, one new and the other very clean barely used, selling for $199 and $175, respectively.

Fishman TSV Power Bridge for Strat, (pic2). Never installed and mint. Turn your Strat into an acoustic/electric with this high-quality acoustic bridge. Finished in bright chrome, ultrasensitive built-in saddle transducers sense the natural acoustic vibrations of a solidbody guitar, giving an authentic acoustic sound to the instrument. A supplied stereo output jack allows independent use of the saddle pickups or a blending with the guitar's regular pickups. All installation materials and instructions are included. Sells new at discount for $309. This one's perfect and just $175.

2005 Taylor 314 Grand Auditorium with Pickup, (front), (back), (headstock), (Baggs Element), (case).  Taylor's most popular grand auditorium - where quality tonewoods and fine craftsmanship combine with a modest price, at least for a Taylor.  Taylor's 100- and 200-series are good guitar for the money but the 300-series is really in a different class and in my opinion, the best value in their line.  We've installed a quality L.R. Baggs Element under-saddle pickup (pic), with a volume control inside the soundhole, and endpin jack which houses the preamp.  The 9V battery is mounted in a canvas bag on the neck block.  It sounds very natural and needs little to no EQ'ing to sound right.  The 314 features all solid woods including solid Spruce top with a gloss top and satin-finished Sapele back and sides.  Sapele is an excellent tone wood with characteristics similar to mahogany, very warm and cozy sounding which, although slightly smaller than a dreadnought, fills the room with sound.  Other features include 5-ply B-W-B-W-B binding,14-fret mahogany neck, black-bound 20-fret ebony fingerboard, pearl dot inlays, 1-3/4" nut width, 25-1/2" scale, ebony bridge, tortoise plastic pickguard, and chrome Taylor tuners.  A great choice for fingerstyle work but it projects enough to hold its own for loud strumming.  Offered in lovely condition with typically superb Taylor action.  If you're looking for a quality Auditorium size, this one's an easy recommendation at just slightly more than a new 200-series.  $929, including the professionally installed Element.  Includes a nice hardshell case in a brown leatherette that feels almost like suede.

Fender USA Tele Pickups. From an ’06 American Series. Bridge is vintage style with brass bottom and white string covering over the windings; Tele has the modern plastic bottom and metal wraparound cover. $69/set.

2016 Recording King RP1-16C Parlor Guitar w/Extras, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (label), (Fishman preamp), (case).  This is likely the best acoustic I've sold for under $500. I'm amazed at what some of the companies are doing in China these days. This Recording King, Blueridge acoustics and Eastman archtops are clearly in a league of their own. This small body acoustic sounds incredible and with some pro fret work done, plays as easily as acoustics in the $1500 range. The 12-fret RP1-16C was inspired by 1930s Gibson flattops, with a cool vintage vibe and a atone that's clear and articulate. With this line Recording King has revived the brand of Depression-era guitars which were originally made for Montgomery Ward. Further, the RP1-16C was designed in conjunction with famed historian and luthier Eric Schoenberg. It pairs an 0-size body with a cutaway design with the longer scale length (25.4 inches) of a dreadnought, which gives it more punch and projection. Amazingly, it features a torrefied Adirondack spruce top, the tonewood of choice for most golden-era guitars, but usually found on expensive acoustics. Torrefied woods are organically aged through a strictly controlled heating process to achieve greater resonance and stability, just like a an old acoustic having a richer, open voice. As part of the Torrefied process it takes on a vintage-y amber-colored top. Other features are also vintage with its slight narrow waist, stained mahogany back and sides and vintage banner headstock logo. It is well constructed, very neat all around, with a perfectly cut bone nut and saddle, tip-top fretwork (after some bench time), and an immaculate gloss finish. It has a V-shaped neck that feels vintage but is easy to get your hand around, with vintage Grover butterbean tuners installed. The wide 1.75-inch nut width and cutaway make it especially nice for finger style playing but it also holds up well with heavy strumming. At $549 these sell in stores without case but we're including a new hardshell, as well as a Fishman Matrix Infinity pickup (includes soundhole volume control). All these accolades aside, the only thing this guitar needed was a level/dress on the frets which wasn't optimal from the factory. It's now better than new and offered in perfect condition, priced at $419 with case and/or $499 with the case and Fishman Matrix Infinity ($149 new) installed.

2010 Fender American Standard Stratocaster – Seafoam Green “Relic”, (front), (back), (headstock), (relic wear). My buddy/luthier Geo M created this cool masterpiece using a 2010 AmStd Strat as a starting point. He stripped the finish and sprayed it with something akin to white Fullerplast, followed by a number of coats of Seafoam Green, from the fine folks at ReRanch. You’ll notice in the pic above that this guitar will wear easily to quickly get the proper vintage look. He says that the arm wear was honest wear, the rest is via the relic process. For you guys in the car/guitar club, you’ll note the “Ford” logo and the racing number “49” on the back, both of which can be easily removed. A few changes/upgrades: Pickups have been changed to Custom Shop Fat 50’s, cloth wiring, tuners changed to Sperzel locking finished in chrome, tortoise shell pickguard, and 2006 American Series tremolo. The guitar plays with ease and sounds absolutely killer. If you’re looking for something a bit nicer than a Roadworn, this is a super nice buy with a Fender case for $750.

2004 Gibson Les Paul Studio – GFS ’59 Gold Pickups, (front), (back), (headstock), (case or gigbag). A lot of players are looking for the pre-chambered Les Pauls these days and the Studio offers the best value for the money. They weigh just a bit more but some folks there’s more tone in the additional wood. This one has one mod, namely the 490/498 pickups have been changed with GFS ’59 Alnico Gold. I think these are great sounding pickups and I think in an A/B comparison most would agree. The only other mod is Dunlop locking strap pins are installed. Not the cleanest example I have but nothing serious, just some buckle wear and clear coat impressions here and there. It looks perfectly presentable but I can have Martin buff it out for a nominal fee. It plays great and has a fat Paul tone. The bridge pickup is bright without being harsh, the neck is warm and meaty without a lot of muddiness. I've got to hand it to Gibson, they do build some nice necks and with the well-cured woods they were using early in the century they produced consistently great necks. Nice value in a glossy nitro-finished maple top Les Paul at $629 with gigbag; $659 with case.

2011 Fender '69 Telecaster Thinline - Sunburst Ash, (front), (headstock), (back). Probably my favorite of the Classic Series, the '69 Thinline is, outwardly, identical to the one Fender made in 1969. The Thinline is made with the traditional Tele silhouette and pickups/bridge, but in a more lightweight package. A solid ash body without the chamber would make it 8-9 lbs; with the chamber it’s 2 lbs less. In fact, this hollowbody design was originally developed as a solution to Fender's dwindling supply of lightweight ash and mahogany back in the 60's. Features include lightweight semi-hollow ash body, 1-pc U-shaped maple neck with 7.25" radius and 21 vintage-style frets, two vintage-style single-coil Alnico pickups, vintage-style 3-saddle strings thru-body Tele bridge, 3-way pickup switch with master volume and tone, Fender/Schaller vintage F-tuners, 4-ply white pearloid pickguard, Top hat blade switch tip, '60's style black/gold logo, single string tree, and Synthetic bone nut. Has an excellent set up with low action and overall extremely clean other than some barely visible discoloration to the treble side of the fretboard. If you’re a fan of the Tele twang but want something easier on the back and shoulder, give a Thinline a try. Sold new for $899; this one is just $625 including Fender deluxe gigbag.

SKB Soft Utility Case, (inside). Good quality protection for pretty much anything that’ll fit in there. Interior dimensions are 21.75" X 11.5" X 1.5”.  Among recommended uses are guitar pedalboard, guitar floor multi-effect, keyboard controller, lighting controller, rackmount gear, cables/mics, DJ mixer, and more. This series combines the protective qualities of and light weight of rigid foam with heavy-duty canvas exterior and features an exterior zippered pocket. The well padded interior, padded carrying handle and shoulder strap provide safe and easy portability. Sells new for $69 but this one’s flawless and just $39.

Pedaltrain Pedalboard with Softshell Gig Bag, (pic2).  Simple but ingenious idea – slanted surface with permanent Velcro that allow you to use any size effect, anywhere you want them.  This effects pedalboard comes with a tough cordura nylon gig bag. I think this is one of the original models (17” X 13”), before they started making a few dozen models. An effective and inexpensive way to organize your pedals for a super quick set up and safe transport. $65.

2016 Haruna “Scandal” Signature Squier Telecaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (pics), (online img). Very rare bird! Fender recreated this signature model for guitarist/singer from the Japanese group “Scandal”. The other guitarist and bassist also have signature models from this series. Debuting in 2014, these were released only to the Japanese market but a few have made it to USA, primarily from Ishibashi Music or other Japan exporters. These are very hard to find here in the states. This finish, called “Skullsilver” is a complex process. It's not silver metallic, with the metal mixed in with silver paint, rather it's large silver flakes applied over a black background. I have a Grosh Tele with this same finish and that was a $500 option! The finish on this Tele is actually better than the Grosh. Other features include basswood body with back contour, 9.5" fretboard radius, C-shaped maple neck with vintage tint, 21 medium-jumbo frets, dual chrome-covered Alnico humbuckers, volume and tone controls with amp knobs and 3-way switch, 6 stamped saddles with strings-thru-body hardtail bridge, vintage style chrome tuners, and 3-ply black pickguard. I’ve only seen a few of these on Reverb or Ebay with prices ranging from $665 (link) to $848 (link). They were selling in Japan for $450-$500 but you must factor $180 shipping on top of that. This one was collector-owned and appears unplayed. It’s actually a very good sounding guitar that plays with ease. Nice rare find, especially for the Scandal fan at $529/shipped. I’ll include the two pics pictured above.

2000 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Ash - Crimson Red Transparent, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Extremely clean early model American Deluxe in a classic Crimson Red Transparent, basically the same finish as the 70's finish known as "Wine", over a select ash body. Unlike the Strat Plus that preceded this model, the American Deluxe Strat had more upscale features that distinguished it from the stock Strat. Pickups are Fender's Vintage Noiseless, which were Fender's premium pickups for the era, noted for their vintage tone—without the hum of vintage single coils. Other deluxe features include LSR roller nut, highly polished chrome hardware including tremolo with pop-in trem arm and locking tuners, abalone dot inlays, aged plastic parts, fret and nut work that's even more detailed than the regular American Series, and raised chrome logo. This guitar is in lovely condition with no noteworthy scratches and a really nice low set up. The Ash body was a $150 list upcharge back in the day which makes this Deluxe a nice buy at $1050. Includes Fender case and trem arm.

Fulltone ’69 MK II Fuzz. Genuine geranium fuzz pedals and one of the best pedals for getting a true Hendrix tone. To me it’s like a Fuzz Face, only better, more musical. Works great with a wah and/or vibe. Not as high gain as some of the fuzz boxes and not overly saturated like a Big Muff and smoother than a Fuzz Face. Also works well for Eric Johnson “Cliffs of Dover” tones. Here’s a good demo (link). Made in USA with components that will last many year. Sells new for $151. This one’s mint in the box for $105.

Vox AC-30 2X12 Combo, (panel), (top), (back),  (back patches), (footswitch). Nicer than it looks, this AC-30C2 looks like it will clean up nicely with some ArmorAll and a cloth. The C2 and earlier CC2 have been out for almost two decades and they’ve gotten great reviews, especially in the quality vs. price area. For less than ½ the cost of a hand-wired, you can get the tone and vibe of this 60’s classic. In fact, with the modern updates on these amps many players prefer them to the originals. The C2 offers dual channels, Normal and Top Boost, which you can jumper if you want full tonal control, and twin inputs (high and Low). The Top Boost channel features highly interactive Bass and Treble tone controls, as well as the VOX Tone Cut control (which varies the presence in the power amp section) for even greater tonal variety. They also included classic Tremolo with variable Depth control and a tube-driven Accutronics reverb with Level and Tone. In the Master section you get a Master Volume and the classic Tone Cut control. Speakers are very good quality – Celestion 25W Greenbacks. While the earlier CC2 had a switch to combine channels, you can do the same thing by running a shorty cable between inputs on the two channels. Good news is tubes are easy to change on the C2 while it was a pain on the CC2. Tube complement is a quad of EL84's cranking out 30 watts, with three 12AX7's in the preamp. It now features a solid state rectifier in light of the fact that quality GZ34’s have become very hard to source. On the back panel it features a true-bypass effects loop, and 8/16 ohm switchable output that mutes the internal speakers. This is a heavy amp, around 75 lbs. unpacked, so keep that in mind if you're going to move it around a lot.  AC-30’s conjure up memories of The Beatles, Brian May, Tom Petty, R.E.M. and dozens more guitar bands. If you’re into that great chimey tone you can get it for just $575, less than ½ the price of a new one. Includes a 2-button footswitch with long stage cable.

Xotic EP Booster.  Discrete FET preamp pedal with a low impedance output, based around the classic preamp side of an Echoplex to provide a shimmering boost tone that adds some high end sparkle and definition. It features up to 20db of gain and two internal DIP’s can be used to adjust Unity Gain and Brightness. It's perfect for adding extra sparkle for darker sounding instruments, just enough edge or shimmer to make it stand out in the mix. The Unity Gain makes the boost at 0db at the fully counter-clockwise position and with the switch off you get a 3db boost at the fully counter-clockwise position. By turning off the Bright Switch you can get a full frequency boost that is transparent and gives you back what you put into it. It's a very versatile with more options that it appears to have, and takes up very little real estate on your pedalboard. Operates on 9-18vdc.  Perfect shape in box with all paperwork, for $79.

Electro Harmonix Soul Preacher Nano. Very good quality mini compressor/sustainer for studio and live gigs. Has 3 selectable attacks: Fast attack is an aggressive, fast, and musical hit; Medium attack is a slow, smooth, and defined; Slow has a rise that’s much softer. Here’s a demo. To me it’s a better pedal than the Boss CS-3…and cheaper. Get this clean used one for $49.

Electroharmonix Frequency Analyzer. Looking for an unconventional tone, perhaps that little something to give a song a signature sound? Try this baby. With low-pass and high-pass filters, combined with a 5-octave range, this thing does sounds you’ve never heard before. Click here for a demo. Includes power supply. The new small box model is $199. Get this discontinued model in the classic large box for $89.

PRS Wiring Harness – McCarty Switching. Quality harness from RS Guitar Works. Don’t like the rotary switch on your Custom? Easily turn it into a 3-way with push-pull tone pot (6 tones total). New, never installed. Includes instructions and receipt for $86.82. Yours for $55.

1990 Fender USA Squier Stratocaster. Similar to above but with unbranded sealed tuners and Rosewood fretboard. $399 with gigbag or old chipboard case.

Fuchs Plush Extreme Cream OD. Fuchs products are known for superb build quality with a case made of powder coated cast aluminum, high grade electronics, and Switchcraft jacks that should last forever. Other components include Cliff switches, Neutrik connectors, Metal shaft controls, and Mil spec fiberglass two-sided circuit board construction. It has 3 knobs per channel with heavy duty foot switches and considering it's a dual-channel, it doesn't take up much room on your pedalboard. A 9v jack is provided for power supply (or you can use the 9v battery and the pedal) and comes built with true bypass. Its two channels of  are called Warm and Hot. The Hot channel is identical to the single channel Plush Cream while the Warm channel has a slightly different voice and clipping structure. A very cool feature of this pedal is the LED annunciation with both channels having a corresponding LED which is lit to let you know which channel you are using. When you hit the on/off switch (i.e. not using the pedal) the LED of the channel that you were using blinks. Very useful so you don't forget which channel you were in. Fans of the Tube Screamer will love this pedal…even more than the Tubescreamer. These are $250 new; this one’s mint in the box for $165.

Fender Hot Rod Deville 2X12- USA made, (back), (control panel), (acc.), (label/badge).  1990’s model, back when they were made in USA. The DeVille series (Blues, later Hot Rod) is probably the most successful tube amp in Fender’s history and a very popular club amp, capable of a wide range of applications, and boasts very good headroom.  The unique blend of vintage and modern tones, combined with Fender's classic narrow panel styling, made the Hot Rod DeVille a classic almost from the day it was released in the mid-90’s.  The Hot Rod has much more gain than the earlier Blues so I can’t say that this amp is for everyone. Also, at 60 watts, and a very loud 60, it may be too loud for your needs. But…it can play any club and even larger stages without monitoring. It does a decent Fender clean tone with natural sounding tube-driven reverb, but with its extra gain stage does the Rock/Metal tones very well.  It features 3 selectable channels (Clean - Drive - More Drive) give you a good selection of tones selectable via included footswitch.  Click here for a demo on YouTube.  The current Hot Rod Deluxe IV, made in Mexico, sells new for $799; this older USA model is in nice shape other than some pitting on the control panel, is all original, and a nice buy at $550.  Includes footswitch w/cable and cover.

Fender Tele Pickup Set - Tim Shaw V-Mods. Removed from a brand new ’17 American Pro Tele so they’re mint. Designed by Tim Shaw, these use two different Alnico magnets in each pickup, V for the wound strings and II for the plain strings. Tim Shaw is one of the true gurus of pickup design and he’s now a chief engineer at Fender. In designing the Tele set he said, “I messed with the winding on that one a little bit because I’m trying to keep the clarity of a Tele pickup without stabbing an ice pick into your forehead”. Further, “It has alnico V for the wound strings and alnico II for the plain strings. Now we have a Tele where the neck pickup has personality and style. The bridge pickup is everything you need, too. It’s a Tele that is Instantly recognizable and very musical”. These sell new for $159 a set but get this mint set for just $110.

2003 Fender American Deluxe Fat Stratocaster - Ash, (front), (headstock), (back), (Deluxe features), (case/acc.).  Super clean American Deluxe finished in desirable cherry sunburst over ash, which was a $150 upcharge back in '03. Unlike the Strat Plus that preceded this model, the American Deluxe had more upscale features that distinguished it from the stock Strat.  Starting with pickups, a pair of Vintage Noiseless singles and a Fender DH-1 humbucker, controlled with a 5-way switch that provides the same classic Strat tones in positions 1-4, but a full-on humbucker tone in position 5. Because of the Noiseless pickups, all settings are quiet while retaining the classic Strat tone. Other deluxe features include polished chrome locking tuners, LSR roller nut, polished chrome tremolo with pop-in trem arm, abalone dot inlays, rounded heel for comfort in the upper register, and raised chrome logo. Lovely condition with no noteworthy wear or scratches, extremely comfortable set-up, and a wide selection of tones you can only get from an HSS model. You don't see very many of these in cherry sunburst and it's indeed a lovely color for a Strat. Very tidy Deluxe for $1079. Includes original case, straplocks, tools, factory hang tags, and manual.

Ca. ’79-’82 Fender Jazzmaster/Jaguar Case, (inside), (feet). Need a case for your vintage Jag or Jazzmaster? These early molded case, easily identified by their 4 latch closure and interior compartment door, are hard to come, especially in nice shape. These cases are infamous for having missing latches, loose hinges, and pushed in feet. This one has none of those ailments and is in very tidy condition. $139.

1960s Hagstrom I, (front detail-top), (back), (headstock), (controls), (case). Hagstrom made their name as an accordion maker but in the late 50's started producing some cool guitars and basses in their Swedish factory. This Hagstrom I, also called an F-200 on models branded "Kent" is a unique piece that plays exceptionally well and has a cool tone. Made in the 1960's, the wooden body has a vinyl covering with a raised Plexiglas top and large raised-even-more plastic pickguard. It features a single volume control, dual pickups, and controls for L (neck pickup on/off), H (bridge pickup on/off), Tone (bright switch), and Mute. Other features include a birch body and bolt-on neck with rosewood fretboard, Fender-style headstock and dot position markers, Van Ghent machine heads, and a unique but very useable Hagstrom-made tremolo bridge. It's pictured without trem arm but we'll find something that fits prior to shipping. It also features Hagstom's patented H-expander truss rod which allows a low action and prevents neck twists or warpage. This is probably the reason why so many of these play exceptionally well today. You don’t see many of these in this pastel blue which is very close to Fender’s Daphne Blue, a vast majority are black, red or white. Overall in really nice shape with the only real flaws being the typical fine cracks in the Plexiglas around screws. They are not a problem. Neck is very much a wide/thin, very thin in fact. It has very low action and the single coil tone falls between a Strat and a P90 tone, although not as powerful as a P90. Super nice find for the Hagstrom or vintage collector at $699. Includes a vintage case that may or may not be original. It is not an 80s Japan case – the latches most likely place it no later than the 70s. Case is in nice shape as well.

Numark CD Mix-1, (back), (acc.). I DJ parties for friends once a year or so. I bought this new many years ago, around the time everybody started using I-Pod’s, so I only used it once. It’s in excellent condition and comes with box, manual, and power supply. Details are here on Numark’s site. This is a real professional unit and it had a price that reflected that. Today, it’s $139. Note: I also have a Mix-2 in a carpeted road case for sale.

1990 Fender '54 Reissue Stratocaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (neck/body markings), (electronics) (body routes), (original pickups). Clapton Blackie tone and vibe at a fraction of the price. This is a high quality Fender Japan model. Somebody partially obliterated the "Made in Japan" just above the serial number but we all know what it is. I guess the original owner wasn't aware of the fine reputation these MIJ models would one day have. If you like a slight chunky neck, you'll love this guitar.  It’s deep with slight shoulders but nothing like the '57 neck with the sharp V. Body is era correct with 3 individual single coil routes with a worm track in the bridge position. Electronics have been upgraded with Custom Shop Texas Special, with all USA pots and switch, mounted on a mint green pickguard. The original guard and electronics can be included for $40, or we’ll return it to stock at no charge if you don’t want the upgraded parts. Original frets have no dished out areas with a fresh level and dress. It plays wonderfully with low action and no fretting out. It has typical fretboard wear which I’m guessing was owner-accelerated based on the unusual pattern of the wear. Cosmetically it’s pretty nice for its age. Just a few dings and impressions but it’s in the clear coat only, and a short hairline crack that’s been glued and is solid (shown here). All in all, this is a very nice MIJ Strat and the fact that it's a '54, rather than the more common '57 or '62, makes it that much more of a find.  At 28 years it’s actually vintage now and at $550(SOLD-Brian N 11/13) it’s less than a new Mex model. Includes Fender gigbag.

G&L Student Model Case. Early ‘80’s. Nice vintage case for your student model G&L like the SC-1 and SC-2, but it easily fits Strats and Teles, like the ASAT shown in the pic. Other than a few tolex chips it’s in really nice vintage condition. $95.

Fender “Lightning Bolt” 12” Speaker by Eminence. OEM for the Fender Supersonic, Blues Junior, and others. 50W, 8 ohms, heavy magnet. Removed when new so perfect condition. $40.

Lace Sensor Strat Pickups. Three “Hot Gold” Strat pickups with a slightly hotter (6K) output to nail that 50’s bell like Strat tone. $82/each from Lace but get this trio for just $119.

P90 Strat Pickguards. Take your choice of dual P90’s or three P90’s. Price includes two or three Kent Armstrong HP90NC, which are noiseless P90’s and parchment 3PU or white pearl 2PU pickguard. All parts are new. The Armstrongs sell for $105.95/each from WD (click here for description) and includes cream covers and screws. Take your pick, just $75 for each pickup (must buy 2 or 3), and we’ll throw in a WD pickguard for free. (note: If you want a “drop-in” ready assembly, we can install pickups with pots and switch for an upcharge).

Z-Vox Box of Rock.  From 2006, this was Z.Vex Effect's first "distortion" pedal, highly specialized to simulate the "everything on 10" sound of a classic Marshall JTM45 non-master-volume amplifier. You may use the Box of Rock effectively with many any amplifiers, but it's especially great on a Marshall. It's both a boost and distortion pedal with separate on/off switches, which gives you 4 tone selections (bypassed, boost only, distortion only, distortion with boost).  One of the best pedals made for using your guitar's volume control to adjust for the exact amount of distortion you need, all the way down to very clean and clear with most drive settings.  Z.Vex is noted for some of the coolest pedals on the market and this distortion is way cool indeed. If your guitar amp suffers from nasty boost or distortion but you like its clean sound, this could be a perfect solution. Click here for YouTube demo. Don't pay $199 for a new one when you can have this one that works perfectly for $129.

Wampler Ego Compressor. Just had the mini Ego, now here’s the full size badboy. The new industry standard in stomp box compressors! Built in the USA with the highest quality components and features true bypass, battery connection and 9 V power jack, top mounted input and output jacks. Has controls for volume, sustain, blend, tone and attack. Although good for any guitar, these are especially nice for acoustics by virtue of its natural tone. I've found it to be the secret behind fingerstyle response that sounds balanced from string to string, even if you're not that precise of a player. Here’s a good demo on the Ego with some good info about compression in general (link). Sells new for $199. Get this one, mint in the box, for $139.

Fender N3 Noiseless Strat Pickup Set. An improved Noiseless pickup, designed to remove hum and preserve single-coil tone and dynamics. The N3’s are tailored to their positions, using Alnico 3, 2 or 5 (Mid, Neck, Bridge) magnets to achieve their individual character. Perfect for any style of music, their unique core design and staggered pole pieces retain much of the glassy sparkle and bell-like chime folks want in a Strat. Making them noiseless is a bit of a compromise but these are very close to the perfect mix. At 6.8K they are just 1K hotter than a real 50’s Fender. Used, nice shape. New on Reverb for $199. These are $120/set.

Fender Head Cover. Made for Bassbreaker head but will fit other heads. Never used. $11.49

Fender 4X12 Cover. Made for Mustang 5 but will fit other 4X12 cabs with large, Marshall-style side handles. Measures 30.5" X 30" X 12.5".  Never used. $19.99

1991 Fender Stratocaster Plus - Black Pearl Dust, (front), (finish detail), (pickups), (back), (case).  Lovely Strat Plus in one of the cool colors, Black Pearl Dust. The Strat Plus made its debut in 1987 and had a very successful 13-year run, ending in '99, which was the last year of the American Standard series. When released in '87 the Plus was essentially a deluxe model American Standard, with upgraded pickups and hardware.  It featured a trio of the new Lace Sensor pickups, which provided a vintage tone without the annoying noise associated with standard Strat pickups.  The Gold Laces (50's Strat sound) on this model are the same pickups used on the Clapton and Buddy Guy signature models and both player toured with their stock pickups for many years. The Plus also features Sperzel locking tuners as well as a Wilkinson roller nut, both enhancements to keep the guitar in tune, especially for players who use the tremolo to great measure. This is an excellent playing guitar and it reminded me of how much I like the original Lace Sensors. It sounds Stratty, but it’s quiet. Other controls are the normal 5-way with volume, tone, and TBX. Cosmetically it's in nice shape for over 25 years, with just some a few dimples and scratches in the clearcoat, most of which we’ll buff out prior to shipping.  Prices on these early silver-logo American Strats have been on a consistent upswing for the past 5 years and they're just on the cusp vintage.  Nice buy today at $1299. Includes original case with center twist lock missing, and trem arm.

Vox AC4C1 Ltd Ed Combo, (top), (panel), (back). Limited Edition model with British Racing Green covering. The recent AC-4 is a modern update of the cherished '61 Vox AC-4, which was the bottom of the AC line but still a fine amp in its own right.  I've only had two 1960's AC-4's as they’re very scarce in the States and very expensive for a 4-watter.  The AC4C1 captures the vibe and tone of the original with its all-tube Class-A design in a small single-10" Celestion combo.  A very simple design, it features a 12AX7 preamp tube, and an ECC83 power tube, with just gain, bass, treble and volume. It also features a 16 ohm external speaker out in case you want to run into a separate speaker cab. Play one of these through a 4X12 cab and you'll find the sound is absolutely huge.  The look is unmistakable Vox with Tygon grill cloth, classic Vox covering, top vent, Vox dog bone handle, and pointer style control knobs.  Hear a demo here. Offered in absolutely flawless condition for $259.

Sperzel Trim-Lok Tuners 6-in-line. Excellent upgrade for your Strat or other 6-in-line headstock. Black with chrome shafts, brushed aluminum buttons. $45.

Jet City PicoValve Head, (panel), (back), (side).  For you amp tweakers out there, the Picovalve is a real winner, especially considering the cost of most tweaker amps, and at 5W/2.5W selectable, you can get full power tube saturation while keeping the neighbors happy.  Jet City has smartly partnered with various companies, in this case, THD and their unique topology, which you to easily swap out the power tube, (nearly any octal-based tube) without the need to re-bias, and an assortment of preamp tubes.  Features include a full-tone stack with treble, middle, and bass controls. Preamp and Master Volume controls, plus a 5W/2.5W switch.  Back panel features European/USA current switch and outputs for 4, 8, and 16 ohms, to allow virtually any cabinet.  It's housed in THD's signature steel cage design, which is sturdy and functional.  Power amp tubes options include:  EL34, 6V6, 6L6, KT66, KT77, KT88, and 6550.  Preamp tube choices include various 9-pin tubes: 12AX7, 12AT7, 12AU7, 12AY7, 5751.  The first preamp tube governs the gain and tone of the preamp, while the second preamp tube directly drives the power tube, so mess around with these and you'll find it changes both the tone and "feel" of the amp.  If you go to YouTube you can click on any number of demo's plus a good 2-part interview with Andy Marshall, discussing these amps at length.  One of his topics is something I've been pushing for many years:  the need to get a good stage sound with less volume, which is why low-powered amps have really taken off.  How many times has your soundman told you, "I don't have any control over the guitar sound, because it's already as loud as the front of house sound."  You only need your stage sound for monitoring.  The FOH sound should come from a well-mic'd cabinet, giving your sound tech full control over your band's sound.  This amp is especially good for home studio's, where full output at low volume is important.  1000s of these have sold for $299.  I have a number of them new in the box for $199.  If you're into tweaking, it's worth it for the fun factor alone.

Electroharmonix White Finger Compressor. Older version in solid, bent-steel housing with true bypass and featuring controls for Compression, Sensitivity, Pre Gain and Post Gain. There’s also a compression level LED as well as switches for “Squash” and “Lamp/LED” on the back edge. Although simple to describe, I’m including this demo link for brevity. Like most compressors it can be noisy but in a live setting it’s fine and very tamable via the controls. Clean shape in original box with power supply. $69.

BBE Green Screamer Overdrive. Noted for its tube-like vintage overdrive, much like a TS Tubescreamer. It uses a dual OP-Amp design, features Level, Tone, and Gain controls, and features a true hard-wired bypass. Clean in the box and a good value at $45.

Carl Martin Red Repeat Delay. Based on the discontinued (and expensive) DeLayla, the Red Repeat has a cool retro look while giving you four knobs (echo, tone, time, and repeat) to tweak your tone. This is an affordable unit to emulate the Clapton “Layla” tones and offers 600ms of delay, twice that of the Boss DM or Ibanez AD units. Nice shape and nice price. $69.

2017 Kramer Baretta Special with EVH Frankenstein PU, (front), (back), (headstock), (Frank P/U). Upgraded with a genuine EVH Frankenstein pickup – or stock pickup – your choice. These reissue Baretta’s capture the vibe of the original ’85 Baretta with a few trade offs, primarily a vintage tremolo in place of the original Floyd Rose locking trem with locking nut. Having said that, the neck is thin and flat and feels very similar, frets are dressed perfectly so it sets up with really nice low action, and the tone, at least with this EVH pickup, sounds excellent. Features include mahogany body, thin profile maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 25.5" scale, flat 12" fretboard radius, single voluem control, vintage tremolo, Alnico 5 humbucker and premium die-cast tuners. This guitar has no scratches or wear of any kind. It sells new for $179 without any accessories. Get this one WITH the Frankenstrat pickup ($149 new) for the same price, just $179. If you want it stock we’ll drop the price considerably and swap back in the stock pickup. Add a Levy’s EM7S gigbag ($45 online) for just $19.

1989 Fender HM Strat - Blackstone, (finish detail), (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Super versatile Strat that despite its name, can actually go from a 50's vintage Strat tone - to an 80's hair metal tone. Add in playing comfort and low action/flat radius and you've got a great guitar. In order to help keep this page shorter, I've created a page about these fine HM's.  Please click this link for more info.  This one's finished in Blackstone, which is black finish with fine gold lines (or white lines depending on how the painter felt the day he finished it), emulating the look of granite. Cosmetically it's in really nice shape with the worst flaw being some brass showing on the fine tuners and the typical neckplate wear. Even near mint ones I’ve had didn’t escape the neckplate wear. Frets are in excellent condition which, along with a nice straight neck, allows for a low, fast set up. Martin buffed the finish out nicely which took out 90% of the fine scratches and gives it a high luster appearance.  Includes original rectangular molded case in decent shape (one hinge broken) although it does have stickers on it. Another great HM for $679. I’m also including some paperwork that I hoard: Original HM manual and original Kahler manual (pic).

Suhr Pickup Assortment. Sell for $96 to $119 from Suhr dealers (link). These are clean, ranging from excellent condition to never installed.

Suhr SSH 50mm Bridge Black, $65

Suhr SSV 50mm Bridge Nickel, $75

PRS McCarty Treble. Nickel cover. $59

PRS HFS/Vintage Bass Set. $110/pair

PRS 245 Treble and Bass Set. Stock set from a Singlecut 245. Vintage design with lower vintage output, 2-cond braided wire and nickel covers. Try with your PRS and Les Paul for classic rock or blues and you’ll love them. Nice shape. These are like $280-$300 set new. Get these clean used ones for $175/set.

Seymour Duncan Production Floor TB59N. Duncan’s Production Floor Custom produces custom spec pickups based on customer desires, anything from color, wire, spacing, output strength, etc. This TB59N is a 4-conductor and offered in the wider spacing of a Trembucker, usually to match the bridge position but, hey, this is a neck position. It’s offered in mint condition (don’t know if it was ever installed). I *think* the customer aspect of this pickup is that it’s in the wider Trembucker spacing, which isn’t normally offered for neck position ’59 pickups. Hey, get the cache’ of a custom shop pickup for just $69. 

1996 Fender Standard Strat – Black – with Warmoth Neck, (front), (back), (headstock back heel) (neck detail). We had this ’96 Standard Strat in nice shape, with a neck that would only set up with mediocre action which, around here, means “off with the neck”. I had this Warmoth neck among my spares that’s a converted 22-fret, now a 21 fret. Martin did a nice job, better than in the neck detail pic above, to make it look regular. It had a small wood ship next to the heel that he filled and judging by the frets, it’s seen very little use. It’s a great feeling neck with only a sealer coat on back so it’s as sleek as it comes, with much the same feel as a USA Charvel. Additionally, Martin rolled the fret ends with hemi ends, which feels great, installed a bone nut, and did a pro install of a vintage Fender logo, with lacquer over and under the logo. He also buffed each fret which gives it a very glassy feel on string bends and rubbed the back of the neck so it’s as smooth as any vintage Charvel you’ve ever felt. If you’re not a big fan of the 1 5/8” nut, note that this one has the wider 1 11/16” and it’s a slender C-shape with pearl dot inlays. We installed a set of Fender USA tuners so it holds tune very well. Nice. It has slightly tarnished Fender-stamped steel saddles and the knobs have lightly “greened out” which gives it a vintage vibe. Pickups are vintage-style stag pole. It plays super nice and 100% solid Strat that’s better than stock. Nice guitar for $359, including gigbag.

2015 Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Thinline, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (N3/S-1 switch), (case). Stylishly appointed, super lightweight, but underneath it all it's all Tele twang! The original idea for the Thinline in '69 was to provide a lighter body while retaining the that Tele tone. This one's super lightweight at just 6 lbs. 2 oz. It features a light semi-hollow ash body, single F-hole, tortoise shell binding, and polished chrome hardware. Killer looks. Other features include a one-piece maple neck with a "modern C" profile, compound-radius (9.5"-14") maple fingerboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, raised chrome logo, staggered locking tuners, through-body 6-saddle bridge plate, comfortable contoured heel and neckplate, and four-ply tortoise shell pickguard. Electronics include dual N3 Noiseless single-coil Telecaster pickups with three-way switching, and S-1 switch for series wiring in middle pickup position. Offered in outstanding condition with no flaws and no player’s wear. Fender discontinued this in favor of the Elite Thinline, which I also have in stock, but if you favor the traditional Tele bridge pickup assembly, this is the one. With the compound radius it plays with ease and no vintage radius string buzz. Beautiful and superb guitar for $1299. Includes deluxe case, hang tags, manual, strap with strap locks, polishing cloth, and cable.

Fender Generation 4 Tele Noiseless Pickup Set, (stock pic). The latest and greatest in the Noiseless line. Even more authentic vintage tone, without the noise. Fairly hot at 10.6K but not shrill. Sells new for $159. Get this set, perfect in the box, for $109.

Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Set. The Original Tele Noiseless and a quantum change in Fender pickups and still in production today. Output of 6.6K neck and 7.2K bridge is closer to a vintage output than later versions. This clean used set has full length leads and includes screws and spacers. These are $134 new. Get this set for $85.

Fulltone FB-3 Fat Boost. The FB-3 is a discrete, Class-A, FET (Field-Effect-Transistor) guitar pedal with up to 35dB of non-distorted gain while retaining your original sound (if that’s what you want it to do). You can fatten/distort your tone, brighten or mellow it out, add or subtract bass, and even add harmonics. This is the latest and definitely best of Fulltone's Fat Boost line, curing Version 1’s huge bass increase and dull high-end issues. It brings back the 11-step detented Gain control that was missing from Version 2 with an additional stage of FET. It features an extra octave of bass coverage, giving a natural sound to your guitar. This Fulltone Guitar Pedal makes you comfortable on your pedal board, and its large Volume and Drive knobs provide easy adjustment onstage. A quality boost pedal at a bargain price. $65.

George Dennis GD-20 Optical Volume Control. Optical control means it preserves your signal, plus no pot to wear out. Russian made, built like a tank and clean shape other than Velcro on the bottom. Active control means it will work well with other effects and in effects loops. Great price on a good quality volume at $65.

Digitech Jimi Hendrix Experience, (pic2), (tones). Another one… "Seven Tones That Changed the World".  Incorporates a collection of classic tones including Fuzz Face, 100W Marshall Super Lead, Octavia, rotary speaker, Clyde McCoy wah, brownface Fender Bassman, and EMT plate reverb.  Includes 7 preset tones plus knobs for tweaking including Gain, Level, High EQ, Low EQ, Reverb Amount, and Reverb Decay, via 7 pots (3 stacked, one regular).  It also features stereo inputs and outputs.  For full specs check out Digitech's Site here.  There are a bunch of YouTube demo's like these:  (link1) (link2).  Originally these sold for $199 but if you check Ebay they’ve been going $220-$400! This one’s in nice shape in the box for just $159. Includes velvet bag, box, power supply, and some paperwork. (I have one in NOS condition lower on this page for $179)

EMG DG-20 David Gilmour Strat Assembly.  Pre-wired pickguard assembly that comes complete with a pearl white pickguard loaded with a trio of EMG-SA pickups (ivory), SPC Presence knob (don't confuse with "Presence" on an amp), and EXG Guitar Expander knob, volume control, and 5-way switch. These are excellent pickups by themselves, but add in the active SPC/EXG preamps and you've got a load of power in your hands. The SPC actually performs like a mid-boost and makes single coils sound very fat, like humbuckers, while the EXG conversely scoops the mids and boosts the bass and treble frequencies. The DG-20 guard sells new for $329; this one is perfect and just $229, including shipping.

1970s Fender Bass Case, (inside). Perfect home for your vintage Fender P or J Bass. Maroon interior and “Made in USA” under logo dates it to late ‘70’s but a black Tolex with silver logo is fine for any ’67-’82 Fender. Some tolex chips on the outside but overall nice shape for a vintage case plus you get some cool artwork for free. Latches/hinges/interior have no issues. Doesn’t smell musty to me but you guys with ultra sensitive I would recommend not buying vintage cases. $129. 

Studio Projects VTB1 Tube Mic Preamp, (back), (psu) Excellent quality single-channel tube blend mic preamp, a must for any home studio, digital or analog. Te VTB1 incorporating true class A/B switching and it's a totally discrete circuit. Unique to the VTB-1 mic preamp is the Tube Drive circuit based on a 12AX7 tube that allows the user to blend as little or as much of the Tube Drive as desired. The Studio Projects VTB-1 allows the user the most flexibility of any mic pre in its price class. Great for vocals of course, but also a good choice to overdrive your guitars or bass. Here's a good demo that uses acoustic, electric, bass, and vocals through the unit (link). Sells new for $199 but this one's mint and just $99.

JBL E120 and EV Force 12” Speaker, (back). (JBL is sold) Heavy magnet and 150W handling is a great choice for high volume applications. $75 for the Force

Carr Slant 6V 2X12 Combo, (panel), (top), (back), (back panel/label), (cover). Described by Carr as their most versatile stage amp, the Slant 6V is a dual channel, power switchable (18W/22W/40W) combo with dual channels and quality reverb on both channels. It offers a wide range of American and British tones with remarkable clarity in a hand-built American amp. Its two channels are independent and can be changed via panel or footswitch. Channel One bridges our shimmering clean tone with gutbucket, overdriven blues, while the dual gain settings on Channel Two offer pure tube crunch, soaring sustain and fluid dynamic response. A mini-switch on the front panel engages the boost on Channel Two. On the back panel there's a switch to choose half-power in cathode bias (18W) or half-power in fixed bias mode (22W), for tones similar to early tweed and AC-style combos in cathode mode. There's a punchier, tighter sound in fixed bias mode. In the full power mode (40W), the Slant 6V runs four 6V6 output tubes split in cathode and fixed bias pairs, yielding nearly ever classic tube tone possible. Tube complement includes a quad of 6V6, with four 12AX7’s and two 12AT7’s in the preamp, with a GZ-34 rectifier. It also features a pair of Carr USA Kingpin 60 speakers, an external output jack, and 4-8-16 ohms selectable output. I was totally impressed with the tone and versatility of this amp. I especially like the reverb, which is a throwaway on many amps. It has a very balanced tone with just enough low end, lots of punch, and shimmering highs that were reminiscent of Petty or Byrds. It’s in lovely shape all around with no issues. If you’re looking for an amp that can nail nearly every vintage tone in your head, this one’s big enough to play clubs and built like a tank. These sell on Reverb $1800-$2400 (link). Get this sweet amp for $1699.

Jensen C12R 12” Guitar Speaker. Clean shape. Good replacement speaker for your combo and just $45.

FOUND: 1988 G&L Skyhawk - Matching Headstock - Fine Tune Bridge, (front), (back), (headstock), (trem), (case). Pics fell off the site; relinked. Nice 2nd generation Skyhawk with rare fine-tuner bridge and matching headstock. We haven't had the neck off yet but it's a late '87 or early '88, with the cosmetic changes that began in late 87, giving the Skyhawk a more traditional, i.e. Strat, look. These changes included a recontoured body, a "sickle" style headstock ("by Leo Fender" logo) which replaced the earlier double curve design. Also this was the first year for the traditional one-piece pickguard, which replaced the combination smaller pickguard with metal control plate. Features include nicely figured ash body; bolt-on maple cap neck, 3-bolt neck attachment with tilt adjust, black pearloid dot markers, 3-ply white pickguard, G&L Dual Fulcrum Vibrato with fine tuners, chrome Sperzel locking tuners, G&L Magnetic Field Design single coil pickups with adjustable pole pieces, Master volume, treble, and bass, 5-way pickup selector, 25.5" scale, 1 5/8" nut. Overall very nice condition but there are several cosmetic flaws (shown here) but no buckle scratches and frets are in great shape, so this guitar has seen little playing time. At 8.2 lbs., it's fairly light for a Leo-era G&L. Set up is fantastic - bends with ease, and the controls and pickups offer much more tonal variation than your average Strat. For a vintage G&L with rare features this is a nice buy at $999. Includes original case and original trem bar.

MXR M196 A/B Box, (close-up). Excellent device to route your guitar/bass/keyboard to dual signal paths. If you play and acoustic electric, for instance, you can route to two separate amps and then select either one--or both--for the output signal. As new condition, only removed from box for display, and a good buy at $45.

Fender Custom Shop Telecaster Texas Special Set.  Texas Specials are built to produce increased output, presence and midrange.  The nickel/silver cover on the neck pickup produces a clear warm tone that only a true Custom Shop Tele pickup can do. These over wound pickups use Alnico 5 magnets and enamel coated magnetic wire. The bridge pickup features height-staggered magnets and a copper plated steel bottom plate.  Includes mounting hardware.  Sells new for $159 but this set is new, never installed, and just $110.

JJ 6L6GC Matched Pair. Brand new matched pair (20/2.7 specs) from Tube Depot so you know they’re burned in and good. Just $25 for the pair.

Line 6 Chrome Pod - Limited Edition. Mint condition-never retailed and includes manual and power supply. These are very rare from 2001. Only 150 were distributed in the USA, 500 worldwide. I think at some time in the future these will be one of the ultimate collectables in light of the rarity and the fact that the POS was the most influential guitar effect of this generation. Underneath the chrome case it is your basic original POD, the kidney bean-shaped "desktop" modeling device for guitarists, offering a set of 16 amplifier models, 16 effects, and a selection of speaker cabs. It provides outputs for connecting directly to recording equipment, an external amplifier or PA system, or to headphones for late night practicing. Offered in mint condition with manual and power supply for $265.

2005 Charvel EVH Art Series - B&W graphic, (front), (back), (headstock), (plate/holo), (tag), (case). Immediately after his contract with Peavey ended Ed went to Fender/Charvel and these were the first production models, designed by the man himself. These came in this model, a black/yellow stripe, and a black/white/red stripe. After an initial small run of hand-signed guitars which were sold exclusively at auction, the model went into regular limited production, with a run of 5 years (’04-’08). For those who recall, this is a replica of the B&W guitar Ed played during the first Van Halen album, thus it’s referred to as the VH1. It features a custom-striped basswood body outfitted with a special-wound EVH humbucker, Floyd Rose Original locking vibrato with D-Tuna, and Schaller M6 tuners. True to the original, beautiful in its simplicity with but a single volume knob for controls (the knob is marked “tone” to replicate Ed’s original VH1).  Also features his favored compound-radius bolt-on maple neck with oil finish. This is the perfect neck for tapping, double stops, bends, and all the other pyrotechnics. Figuring some of these might be knocked off, there are various was to authenticate them including a holograph sticker in the cavity (raw wood area is correct). The Art Series had a retail price of $3299, selling in stores at discount for around $2600. I haven’t had one of these in 7 years but was happy to find one I could sell at a nice price. $1750 includes original case, tag, warranty, extra knob, etc.

Fulltone Full-Drive 2 Non-Mosfet. Earlier non-Mosfet FD2 (from 2001) prized for its warmth and compression. Nice shape for its age in original box with manual. $95.

ca. 1951 Gretsch New Yorker 16" Acoustic Archtop, (side), (front/back), (neck/headstock), (action), (bridge).   "As is" special!  Can't be set up with low action without some serious neck work so I'm offering this "as is" for the slide player or someone who plays only cowboy chords (see action at 12th fret above).  Other than the action, this guitar is quite intact without extraneous rattles and no breaks, with a cool "Blind Willie Lemon" tone that's well suited for delta blues. I don't know a lot about this model other than it has rather austere cosmetics for a Gretsch, with a painted on logo but it does feature a bound neck and body, and block fretboard inlays. Fretboard is Brazilian rosewood, which is a cool feature any day, and what appears to be original tortoise pickguard. Finish has a wonderfully aged patina, typical with nitro finishes including nicely yellowed binding that's in remarkably nice shape for a 50's Gretsch and worn away to bare wood over the back of the neck.  Serial 4779 stamped inside F-hole which should date it to '51.  I'm into it for $400 and after talking to my luthier it's not going to be cost effective to make it a killer Spanish style player thus it's offered as is for $450.

Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Bridge. Mid ‘00’s but will work on most any Tele. String-through-body plate, six American series bridge saddles with offset intonation screws. Highly polished chrome. Nice shape. Includes mounting screws not pictured. $59

Fender American Standard Telecaster Bridge. Recent model, ’07 to present with new style bent saddles on chrome-plated brass bridge. Nice shape. Includes mounting screws not pictured. $59

Glendale Tele Bridge/Saddles. American Standard “Raw Deal” bridge with Glendale “Twang” cutting edge saddles (aluminum E/A with brass D/G and B/E). New cost is $99.99 and $57.99 respectively. Get the whole set up for $109.

Kinman Strat Pickup – AVN-56. One of the best for a true Strat tone without the hum. This one’s a neck position but it’ll work for any depending on output you’re looking for. Lead was pro spliced, no problem. New these are $113 plus shipping from Australia. Get this one for $59/shipped.

Boss RV500 Reverb, (front/back), (LCD display). Brand new condition - paperwork still sealed and comes with optional Boss PSA power supply. Latest and greatest from Boss with 32-bit/96 kHz AD/DA, extensive programmability and numerous advanced features. In addition to 198 storage slots it features 12 modes and 21 reverb types, each with sound-shaping parameters like modulation, ducking, and EQ. You get everything from standard reverbs to shimmer, non-linear, fast decay, SFX, and more, plus classic Roland SRV-2000 and RE-201 Space Echo. You can even use two patches at once with Simul mode. There’s also a free editor/librarian software is available which allows you to edit sounds and organize patches on a computer via USB. Here’s a good demo (link) and check out the shimmering reverb around 3:42. Runs on 4 AA batteries or optional Boss PSA adapter. Sells new for $349, or $379 with a Boss adapter. Get this one in brand new condition for $100 less. $279 includes Boss PSA-120S adapter.

Fender Texas Special Tele Set, (pic2). Removed from a ‘12 American Special Tele, clean shape. Not the cloth wires used on custom shop but still the same pickup and just $69/pair.

Seymour Duncan SHR-1N Hot Rails. Great pickup for your Strat neck. 4-conductor. $85 new or get this clean used one for $55. Think I have the box and instructions as well.

Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Set. Vintage tone without the hum. Made with Alnico V magnets, custom magnet wire, and parchment covers. Tone is crisp, clear, and quiet. This is a used set and does not include pots but does include screws and rubber spacers. Sells new for $175. Get this used set for $99.

Vintage Gretsch Case, (pic2). I’m not sure what model it’s made for but it’s made for a thinline hollowbody and appears to be around an ES-335 size. Lower bout is around 16”; upper is around 12.5”. Black covering with plush green interior. Very clean vintage case with all latches and hinges in great shape. $115.

Lexicon LXP 15 Multi-Effect, (back), (display).  A great choice for the stage or studio, serving as a hardware multi-effects processor or as a computer plug-in via USA port.  It has MIDI ins and outs and stereo 1/4 inch inputs and outputs as well. It contains a great selection of Lexicon quality effects, including 128 presets. For you guys who like to tweak their sound, all of the programs have at least five pages that have different parameters that you can adjust to your own liking. All of the functions are also accessible from the front menu which is great because it means you don’t have to go through a bunch of sub menus to get to where you need to be.  Effects include reverbs, delays, chorus, flanger, vibrato, pitch shift, tremolo, and other time-domain effects and combinations. Cosmetically these are in good shape and the only minor gripe is the "slow" adjustment wheel that these are famous for. You can read/download the manual and quick reference guide here.  Before Lexicon started building good quality Asian units, they were made in the USA and, although mid-priced for Lexicon the sound quality is similar to the expensive PCM90.  The overall sound quality is very clean and for studio quality processor, it's a sweet deal at $150/each (2 available). 

Floyd Rose Discovery DST1-R w/accessories, (bridge/nut), Although 13 years old this is actually a new-old-stock guitar. The Discovery line was Floyd’s answer to an affordable, quality-made import model to go with their USA series. They use the same unique patented Speed-Loader system as well as the low-mass headstock. Features the new Floyd Rose Speedloader tremolo bridge, 3 high-output single coils, Basswood body, and the cool, low-mass headstock that's constructed largely of "air". The best thing about the Speedloader system is string changes can be done in less than a minute - it's truly a no-brainer easy job. These guitars are very well constructed as you'd expect with anything that Floyd would put his name on - with excellent setup and quality tone. These sold for $399 everywhere for the guitar alone but this one INCLUDES genuine Floyd Rose accessories including gigbag, strap, picks, cable, and tools for just $299 - plus a pro-setup that's better than factory.

Floyd Rose Discovery DSF2-BK w/accessories, (bridge/nut). Like the DST1-R above, this is new-old-stock. It’s the same basic design as the DST-1 above except in a non-tremolo model with the Speedloader Fixed Bridge with dual hot humbuckers. These sold for $399 everywhere for the guitar alone but this one INCLUDES genuine Floyd Rose accessories including gigbag, strap, picks, cable, and tools for just $299 - plus a pro-setup that's better than factory.

2002 Fender Deluxe Nashville Power Telecaster, (front), (back), (headstock back), (bridge/etc.). Looks like your stock Tele with Nashville (Strat middle pickup) set up, but it’s so much more. The “Power” lies in its ability to do Tele tones, Strat tone, and an excellent acoustic tone. This is done with the addition of the Fender/Fishman Power Bridge, which features six piezo transducer bridge pickups to produce shimmering acoustic sounds. It’s also built with a stereo jack so with the addition of a stereo Y-cable you can send your electric pickups to your guitar amp, while sending your piezo/bridge pickup to your acoustic amp or mixer. It also works fine with a mono cable and you can select either tone, or easily blend your two tones for some cool combinations. For years session players in Nashville had been modding their Tele’s with a Strat pickup added in the middle position and substituting a 5-way switch to allow any pickup by itself, or blending neck/middle or bridge middle. Fender kept the outward appearance unmodified by substituting a stacked knob for the electric pickup volume and tone, while the back knob is wired as volume control for the Fishman bridge. Very simple. Other features include gloss-finish alder body, Fender Tex-Mex Tele single-coil pickups in the bridge and neck positions with a Tex-Mex Strat pickup in the middle position, modern C-shaped neck with rosewood fretboard, 9.5” radius, medium jumbo frets, synthetic bone nut, vintage-style tuners, and easy access 9V battery door on back. Click here for a Russian demo, with acoustic tones starting around 4:35. Although the “Power” model is no longer in production, the current “regular” model Nashville Tele (without the Fishman acoustic) sells for $799, which is $179 less than this model last sold for. Offered in superb condition, with a superb set up. Yours for just $599 including Fender gigbag.

ca. '98 Danelectro '56 U-2 - Copper Burst, (front), (back), (headstock). First run Korean reissue. Dano discontinued this model many years ago when they opted to build only one model at a time. Eventually they started building a '56 again, but they were Chinese made with various feature changes. None of the Chinese models were dual lipstick pickups with a Coke bottle headstock and the last generation models had only single volume and tone, rather than stacked pots, and other models went to steel saddles rather than the original rosewood bridge, which makes these early Korean models the most historically accurate reissues ever built. These Dano's are every bit as good as the original 50's Dano/Silvertone models and one of the best values on the market, used by garage bands and even pro's like Dave Matthews. Nothing sounds like them and once Martin gets them on his bench, they play with the ease of very expensive guitars. His setups on Dano's is simply incredible. If you're looking for a great U-2, this one is near flawless and a great U-2 for $299. Add Dano faux tweed gigbag (pic) for $22.

1981 ElectroHarmonix Deluxe Electric Mistress, (back/bottom). The legendary flanger/filter matrix. In addition to a great sounding flanger, the filter matrix mode takes the automatic sweep out of the circuit to create very unique chimey, shimmering tones. Click here for a YouTube demo on the reissue. This one’s over 35 years old but still works great. $175.

Fulltone Fat Boost V1.  Early model Version one from ’00. As players become more attuned to quality sound, I get more and more requests from players for clean boosts. This is one of the best for the money. The Fat-Boost Class A Discrete design offers up to up to 30db of Clean Boost without any change to your EQ; makes your sound Bigger, with more even-order harmonics. Blues players with the vintage-type tube amps will never turn this thing off. Works great in front of Master-Volume amps to kick them up a notch. Perfect shape and made with the best components.  This is the original model Fat Boost and sold new for $159 but this one' perfect with manual and just $89.

Dunlop Uni-Vibe Controller UV-1FC. Don’t know how this got separated from my Uni-Vibe but I can’t find it, only the pedal. It’s your basic expression pedal that controls the Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato speed and effect/bypass functions. Sells for $104 new on Amazon. This used one’s in nice shape and just $45.

Mullard KT88 Matched Pair. Exact copy of the KT88 tubes that were manufactured by Marconi-Osram for Marshall from the late 60s through the 70s. Great choice for a Marshall Major or any amp that can run KT88s. These are supplied by New Sensor Corp of New York, who bought the right to re-manufacture these tubes. These are new, old stock and made in Russia. Nice deal at $65/pair.

Mullard 12AX7/ECC833 Matched Pair. New Sensor’s reissue of the famed Mullard 12AX7 (or ECC83). Made at the Russian Xpo-Pul factory now owned by New Sensor Corp of NY. Quality is first rate. New, old stock, $29/pair.

Resomax Gold Tuneomatic Bridge PS-8843-GO. Brand new 4mm NV2 bridge in gold finish. Lightweight, high strength bridge will increase harmonic content and improve tone.  Comes loaded with ResoMax alloy saddles to retain the vintage look and tone of your guitar. Excellent choice to upgrade or replace bridge on your Gibson USA, Grestch or Godin. Sells new on at Resomax for $99.95. Get this new one for $65.

Gotoh Gold Locking Tuners - SG301-MG. Brand new set of Gotoh Magnum Locking 3+3 tuners, complete with screws. 18:1 tuning ratio, 3 right hand and 3 left hand tuners. Lubri-Coat lubrication for smooth action and long life. New priced at $65 online but get this new set for $45.

EMG-85/EMG-60A LS Set. Brand new set of EMG LS’s for your Gibson style with long pot shafts. Includes everything you need, including long shaft pots, jack, and no-solder wiring. The 85 is good for crunch rhythm and lead; the 60A is a very good choice for cleaner neck tones. These sell for $99/each online. Get this brand new pair for just $129.

Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6, (front), (back) (stock pic), (sample software). Mint in the box and includes download codes for hardware, Cubase LE, Komplete Elements MK2, and Traktor LE2. A quality 6-channel audio interface with recording software and over 1000 sounds and effects. Native Instruments provides everything you need to record, play and perform music, with four analog ins/outs, digital in/out, MIDI and low-latency performance - in a sleek, rugged metal casing. The two mic inputs are armed with high-end pre-amps while Cirrus Logic converters deliver perfectly transparent sound. Includes Komplete Elements license with over 1000 sounds and effects, plus software for recording, sequencing and DJing. Sells new for $229. This one's "as new" for just $139.

FOUND – somebody wanted this a week or two ago. Just found it: 1994 Washburn Festival Series EA-20B, (front), (side), (back), (headstock), (label), (preamp/outputs). Back in the days of MTV’s “Unplugged”, the Washburn Festival Series was a mainstay of performers. They have a cool look, sound very good amplified, and with the thinner body are very comfortable to play onstage. Additionally, the thinner body is less prone to feedback. An identical model with “Melissa” inlaid on the fretboard was sold as a limited edition model in collaboration with Gregg Allman, and there was also a Nuno Bettencourt EA-22 that looked the same other than fretboard inlays. These came with either a spruce or mahogany top, with solid mahogany bodies, in a mini-jumbo cutaway design. This one is a mahogany top. It features a body that’s bound top and back, bound neck, bound headstock, Grover tuners, 14 frets clear, Florentine cutaway, and very large oval soundhole. Preamp is a British-made Equis II, which was a higher end system back in ’94 with separate Hi-Z and XLR D.I. outs, Low-Mid-Hi active EQ, Contour and Level knobs, and LED’s for operation and low battery. After 20 years Washburn has resurrected this model, although it’s a much affordable model (Chinese?) than these original Festivals. This one’s in very nice shape and a good buy for fans of MTV at $250.

1995 Takamine N18 Dreadnought w/Pickup, (front), (back), (headstock), (control), (appointments), (case). Top quality Japan-made Tak from their Natural series. Japanese Taks are some of the finest acoustics I’ve had. They are built for road use and they age very well. Woods are spruce top, rosewood sides and back, ebony fretboard, and mahogany neck. It is beautifully adorned with abalone purfling surrounding the soundboard, natural wood binding, a wide rosette of abalone and jacaranda, with a matching inlay on the 12th fret. If you need to plug in and play, this one has already been upgraded with an active L.R. Baggs I-Beam pickup, with a volume control located just inside the soundhole. This one had a top crack (pic here) that was pro repaired, glued, cleated, and lacquered over. It poses no problem to performance and should never be an issue. Otherwise, there’s the normal player wear including pick scratches around the sound hole and impressions in the clear coat. Nothing horrible at all. As you can see in the pics the finish has developed a nice faded patina from age. Set up is quite comfortable up and down the neck. Tonally, it’s very balanced for a rosewood. The lows aren’t going to blow you away, the highs aren’t overly pronounced, and the mids aren’t at all boxy. It’s sort of the perfect mix. This is a high end Tak at a good price. $679 includes a nice TKL hardshell case.

“Vintage” Taylor Dreadnought Case, (pic2). 1980’s Poodle case for your full size Taylor dreadnought (310, 510, 810, etc.) Typical shape for 30 years. Interior is nice, all hardware intact, just some wear around the edges where wood is visible. If you have a late 80’s Taylor, this is the right home for your guitar and just $115.

2017 Fender American Elite Telecaster Thinline, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge other features), (case and cert). Mystic Ice Blue finish!  Brand new model and one fine Tele. Latest version of the revolutionary Tele Thinline, first marketed in 1969. The original idea was to produce a more lightweight Tele, while retaining the guitar's signature tone. This latest version, called the Elite Tele Thinline does that and more. This model features Fender's new 4th generation Noiseless pickups, which sound like a Tele, without any of the harshness associated with the vintage pickups. They are also very compatible with virtually any OD or distortion pedal, again, without harshness. They sound as great clean as they do with loads of gain, sort of the perfect modern Tele tone. You'll also notice a different type of bridge on this guitar. The new Elite Suspension Bridge features three intonatable brass saddles is a unique design engineered specifically for this guitar. A screwless mount increases the transfer of energy to ensure better sustain and a more lively response. It features a comfortable compound radius (9.5”-14”). Not just the fretboard is compound. While it's a modern “C”-shape at the nut, it morphs along the length of the neck to a modern “D” profile at the heel. The heel, by the way, is updated as well, making it easier to play in the upper register. Tuners are short-post locking type and feature a greater break angle at the bone nut, buzz-free. They've also borrowed the idea for a truss rod wheel at the butt neck, which is my personal favorite. It's easy and you can keep tension on the neck while you adjust. Other features include a bound ash body (very classy!), black chrome headstock logo, Schaller strap locks, and large pearloid fret markers. Lastly, it comes in a redesigned Elite Molded Case with TSA locks and includes a certificate of authenticity. Why pay $1999 for a new one when this one is “as new” with zero flaws, PLUS a pro set up, for way less. $1450. Includes Elite case with certificate, etc.

TC Electronic Effects Pedals. TC Electronics is the most innovative pedal company on the scene today. I encourage you to watch the demo’s below and gain a little insight to these pedals which excel at traditional tones, plus some options you haven’t even thought of before. They also include Tone Print, which are settings by a few dozen of the hottest players of our generation, or you can tweak the knobs for your own tone print. Just download the Tone Print app and you can send settings through your pickups directly to the pedal and have them stored in the tone print setting. These all sold new

TC Electronic Vortex Flanger. Good demo by ProGuitarShops here. $85

Lace Alumitone "Deathbucker" Set.  Using Lace's own "current driven" technology, the Deathbucker was designed for high output with a heavy metal drive. Extreme output with thunderous bottom end, yet crisp highs allow the player the most versatile of high output pickups. The passive design yields active pickup performance with zero noise and no battery needed. Even In split mode, the unique Alumitone design is dead quiet with full range sound. Additionally, there is no volume drop in split mode and working as a single coil; noise is virtually eliminated in comparison to standard split-coil pickups.  They're an easy drop in replacement and the 4 conductor design needs only 250k pots.  It is excellent for any playing situation from live to direct to board recording. For full specs and clips click here for Lace's site. Sells new for $105/each. Get this pair in perfect condition for just $119.

Vox AC30 HW2 Hand Wired 2X12 Combo, (top), (panel), (back), (cover), (speakers). THE classic British tone of all time and like the originals, this baby is hand-wired. The Vox AC-30 defined the British tone of the 60's and later, most prominently by The Beatles and Rolling Stones, as well as Brian May, The Edge, The Shadows, The Kinks, Rory Gallagher, and countless others. With a quad of EL84 power tubes, a GZ34 rectifier and three 12AX7 preamp tubes, the AC30 cranks out 30 watts of beautiful and chimey tone. This Fawn-covered beauty is one of the nicest models you can get, commanding a premium to offset the cost of building a handwired amp. With a tone that can easily cover the old hits, this model also has modern enhancements which allow you to cover more musical ground. It starts with the traditional Vox two-channel design: Top Boost and Normal, with High and Low inputs for each channel. The clean-sounding Normal channel as a bright switch for increased brilliance while the Top Boost channel features a Hot/Cool switch to achieve even more gain (controlled by included footswitch). It also adds a Master Volume option which is easily bypassed via the MV/BYPASS switch on the panel. Want full breakup in smaller venues? Just use the OP Mode switch which cuts the output power to 15 watts. A pair of 25W Celestion Greenbacks were chosen for this amp for their ability to deliver great tone and allow a bit of speaker breakup at full volume. Sweet. Included is the footswitch and custom-fit dustcover. Prices on original '60 Fawn AC30's are out of site. This one has all the looks and none of the problems, at around 20% of an original. These sell online for $1699. This one is dead mint, with only a few hours of home use. Shipping is going to be hefty on this baby but I’m including it in the killer price of $1150.

Mesa/Boogie Studio .22+ Combo, (panel), (top), (back), (back panel).   Great sounding little Boogie in lovely condition.  Especially geared to the studio musician but is especially well-suited for club gigs with plenty of power and the harder you drive it, the better it sounds.  You’ll see these in regular and Plus models.  The "+" part of model name refers to an improved circuit design.  Boogie still does Plus upgrades to any non-Plus model for a couple hundred bucks.  The Studio .22+ cranks out a very loud 22 watts via a pair of EL84s in a Class A design through a Boogie 50W Black Shadow 12" speaker, with 5 12AX7's in the preamp which control master/gain/lead/Effect Loop and reverb.  It is a very versatile amp that can cover virtually any style of music quite nicely, due in part to Boogie's Dynawatt-design in the power amp.  Distortion goes from mild crunch, light blues distortion to rock/metal distortion.  Driving the power stage, the clean channel distorts nicely with the Master cranked up and in this manner your guitar's volume control allows you to go from clean to distortion.  The front panel has all the gain/level controls, tone knobs, and graphic EQ.  On the back panel you'll find features geared to the studio like D.I. out with level control and effects loop as well as outputs for 8 ohms or a pair of 4 ohm.  It has a very good sounding 3-spring Accutronics reverb tank.  You can read all the specs or download manual at this link at Boogie.  There are a bunch of YouTube demo's and here are a few (rock/metal,  clean).  This amp is in very clean condition, sounds perfect, and for players who have to play a lot of styles it could be the perfect gigging amp, all for $579.  Includes copy of manual and original Lead/Rhythm footswitch.

1986 **Red** Marshall JCM800 Master Volume Mod. 2204 Head, (back), (front panel), (chassis), (top).  Throw away all your OD pedals and enjoy the pure overdriven tone of a fine vintage Marshall.  This one is set-up for EL34's and is full of singing sustain, loads of crunch on your rhythm parts, and at 50 watts it's very loud but tame enough to use on a club stage. It's also in rare red covering and in very nice shape other than a snag in the grill cloth and although pictured with no plastic caps for the handle, I can steal from another 800 I have in stock. I'm a big JCM800 fan and this is certainly one of the best I've had. This is a no-frills amp with no effects loop, no reverb, no dual channels, all of which seem to suck some of the tone anyhow. If you're looking for pure vintage Marshall tone - this is your amp. All original Drake transformers, with no issues such as crackle, dirty pots, etc. - it's ready to gig tonight. With the 100W reissue JCM800's at over $2K, here's the real thing and although it's "only" 50 watts, it's extremely loud and I can't imagine how you would control 100W in a club setting - the sound guy would be going crazy trying to get some control.  Just a killer MK 2 head - in RED -  for $1299.

Suhr Badger 35 Tube Head, (panel), (top), (back). Like everything Suhr USA undertakes, this is a top quality handmade amp. It’s quality constructed with heavy duty transistors, with all the front and rear panel components and tube bases chassis-mounted and connected to the PCBs with high-quality hook-up wire. All this is a quantum improvement over PCB-mounted controls, jacks, and tubes. As the gold plexi panel and quad of EL84’s would suggest, this amp excels at classic British tones. If you love that Voxy chimey rhythm tone at lower gain settings, this amp delivers. Equally impressive are the rich crunch tones and singing leads that lend themselves to blues or driving country. One of the cool features of this amp is the Power Scaling feature (first knob on left) which is licensed by London Power. This control varies key voltages in the circuit to achieve real power stage clipping at any volume level. As most of you know, you can vary the output via Gain/Vol on most amps but the result is much less impressive than varying the power amp output. This amp actually sings at lower volumes. You can actually use this amp in three distinct modes. Mode 1 is the non-master volume mode which is achieved by turning the Drive and Power knobs all the way up which takes them out of the circuit and makes the Gain control the volume control. Mode 2 is the master volume mode, bringing the Drive control into the circuit. The Drive controls the amount of signal being sent to the power section while the Gain knob acts as a preamp gain. Mode 3 uses the Power Scaling feature with the Drive control becoming a secondary gain control and the Power knob controlling the overall volume. This mode gives you the most control over your tone and allows you to get any output tone at any SPL. Even at low SPL you can get a full on singing lead tone, even at less than 1W output. You get the sound of power tubes working hard without disturbing anyone upstairs. Other features include Bass-Mid-Treb controls which are in the circuit at all times, effects loop and 4/8/16 ohm output selector. The new version of this amp features a gain switch but I honestly don’t know why it’s needed. Rather than spending $1999 for one of those, how about this one in dead mint condition, for just $1250.

Mojave Coyote Head, (panel), (top), (back), (cover).  Third one of these I've had, including serial #6 (this one is serial #9). If you're looking for clean headroom - look elsewhere - this amp has none.  If you're looking for excellent crunch and rich distortion at all sound levels - you'll likely be very pleased. In my business low watt boutique amps are about the hottest thing on the market right now - even more than most vintage amps. They generally sound as good, or better, and don't have 30-year-old components prone to failure. In fact, most of these have better components than many of the original models. The Coyote is a dual-EL84, cathode-biased amp that features dual independently voiced channels, labeled 'Bass Volume" and "Treble Volume." Each controls the two triode gain stages of a 12AX7, and the idea is that you use varying levels of each to obtain not just the amount of overdrive you want, but also the balance of bass and treble needed for your particular guitar. The dual-function system eliminates the need for separate tone controls - and the only additional EQ on the Coyote is a Tone knob and 2-position Mid Cut/Emphasis switch. Don't be fooled by an lack of knobs and switches; as many of you know, less is more. The output tranny is equipped with both 8 ohm and 16 ohm speaker taps so it will be compatible with various speaker configurations. To quote one review online: “Elements of its sound are reminiscent of an old Marshall 20 watter’s, but the Coyote has a broader palette of textures to play with, and it seems to instinctively want to sound good with just about any guitar.”  Bottom line: If you like the idea of exploring very interactive control nuances for precise tailoring of your tones, you’ll find the Coyote fun and exciting. Like the other ones I've had, this one is in beautiful condition, used only in the home. Back when this one was built, around ’09, they sold for $2100. Since that time Mojave lowered their price a bit but this is still an exceptional buy, on one of the first ones built, at just $1199.  Includes very plush Mojave cover.

Sennheiser e609 Silver Instrument Mic, (pic2). Made in Germany like all the best Sennheiser mics, this is a good choice for guitar cabinet/amp micing. The design and specs allow for simply draping over the top and resting on grill cloth if you prefer to not use a mic stand. Also works well with drums. Excels at close mic’ing, easy to work with live or in the studio. Features include rugged metal body, advanced shock-mount design, super-cardioid pick-up pattern, and hum compensating coil. Sells new for $109.95 but get this clean used one for just $69.95. Includes box, manual, mic clip and case.


2015 Charvel Pro Mod San Dimas Style 1 2H  – Metallic Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (case). Non-Trem model! I have a few of these in stock with Floyd Rose trems, but I just got in this immaculate hardtail model which may appeal to a different type player. These Pro-Mods offer an affordable, high quality San Dimas style with all the bells and whistles of the more expensive USA models. The new Pro Mods have much the same vibe as the original ‘80’s models made famous by Warren DiMartini and others. This model features that wonderful feeling hand-rubbed Charvel maple neck plus killer pickups - Duncan JB in the bridge and a Duncan ’59 in the neck - allowing a wide variety of tone and good response to playing style and volume control. Due in part to the hardtail bridge, this model is very conducive to styles as diverse as jazz or even country, plus rock of course. The Volume control is a push/pull to split the coils, allowing 6 great tonal variations. It also has a No-Load tone control which operates like a standard tone control until turned up all the way and then it’s removed from the circuit, allowing a total transparent sound. The two-piece maple neck has 22 jumbo and a pair of graphite reinforcement rods to make it as stable as a neck can be. The rolled fingerboard edges give it a nice broken-in feel and seems to allow me to play a bit faster. The neck is a compound radius with a hand-rubbed urethane finish. Original owner played it just a few times in the home before I came across it. It has a fantastic low setup and is in flawless condition. New price is $849 without case or gigbag, and $929 with this Gator Ultralight case ($80). Get this beauty WITH the case for just $599.

Simple Amps Traveler 6LA, (top), (back), (panel), (chassis).  Joel Jones hand-builds these out of his shop in Orange County, Calif.  The Traveler series is a recent model in his arsenal which combines top-notch components in a portable powerhouse of an amp. His amps are hand-wired, premium grade parts such as Sozo capacitors, Mercury Magnetics transformers and custom made carbon film resistors. With the Traveler, Joel has managed a very affordable price point, coming in at 2/3 the price of  his "Big Iron" series of amps. A simple two stage preamp and pair of output tubes drive a Jensen 10" MOD speaker mounted in a 9 Ply (1/2) Baltic birch cabinet with a heavy duty "ruggedized" finish. Although the size is diminutive, the tone is anything but small, cranking out 40 watt via a single EH 12AX7 into a pair of EH 6L6's. If simplicity is your thing, and everybody should have at least one pure amp, the 6LA is for you with just high and low gain inputs, volume, and tone - nothing extraneous in the circuit to detract from its pure tone. Other features include all Mercury transformers including Power, Output, and Choke; All aluminum enclosure; Fully Shielded; Hand wired board construction; Star ground configuration; Sozo caps; Custom made carbon film resistors; 9-Ply (1/2") Baltic Birch cabinet; Locking miter joint construction; Aluminum speaker baffles; Heavy Duty Finish; 15"x17"x8" size. Here’s a demo of the 6V6 cousin, the 6VA (Click here) and another one here.   Note the Big Iron and the Traveler use the same basic circuit.  There's also a brief review here, which mentions a comparison to the old Valco/Supro amps of the '50's, a comparison that's repeated in other reviews. This model sold new for $1150 but it’s in “as new” condition and ships in original factory packing, for just $739.  If you’re looking for a great grab-n-go amp with a lot of vintage tone in a small package, this is a good choice.

Splawn SS Nitro Head (optional cabs have sold), (back panel), (footswitch). One of the premier amp builders in the USA, Scott Splawn is also an accomplished player. Since his early years he has been a seeker of Eddie Van Halens famed brown sound. He began by modding old and new Marshalls, primarily making them footswitchable, with 3 or 4 tones available at the touch of a button, plus modifying circuits to smooth out rough edges and adding effects loops with gain control. Scott eventually developed his own circuit based on the Marshall tone and continues building his amps, one at a time, at his Texas shop. The Nitro SS head is a 22-Watt baby brother to the massive Nitro head. It has the same pounding tone as the Nitro, with more low end, more gain and less mids and is specifically designed for the metal guitarist. Dont be fooled by the 22 watt rating, this is a loud amp and one that should keep up on smaller stages. It SS features dual channels, clean and overdrive with a shared EQ. Using the footswitch (included), you can easily go from clean/overdrive, 1st Gear/2nd Gear and OD1/OD2. Specs include: 22 watts of dual 6V6 power, Channel 1 (clean) with Master Volume, Gain Control, Shared EQ; Channel 2 (overdrive) with Nitro OD channel, Master Volume, Gain Control, Shared EQ; Series Effects Loop with true bypass and adjustable +4db/-10db switch; Loop Volume Control for low volume playing; 8/16 ohms impedance selector; and Main Voltage Selector (120, 220, 230V).  This is a killer amp in mint, home-use only condition. With a new cost of $1399 it’s a nice buy at just $899.

PRS Sonzera 50 Head, (panel), (top), (acc.), (back), (cover). I’ve had a few of the high end PRS custom shop amps but for the money the Sonzera really holds its own for the money. Features all-tube circuitry with dual EL34 power with an ECC835 and three 12AX7’s in the preamp. With dual channels, each voiced quite differently, dual reverb, and an effects loop, this is a very versatile amp and an excellent choice for stage use. For players who recognize the distinction, it’s quite touch sensitive, allowing a variety of sounds just by riding your guitar’s volume control. It excels at both British crunch tones and USA classic tones. With the Drive knob cranked it sounds very much like a hot-rodded JCM800, while exhibiting excellent definition, even at these high gain settings. Features include dual footswitchable channels, Clean channel voiced for classic vintage American amp tones, Gain channel voiced for clean boost all the way to full blown distortion, independent tone controls on each channel, separate reverb control on each channel, Shared Presence control, Bright switches on either channel, 4/8/16-ohm speaker outs for any cab option, and built in effects loop. The Sonzera 50 sells new for $799. This one is virtually new without a hint of use and the footswitch never even unwrapped. A sweet deal at $550. Includes footswitch, all paperwork, and even a Fender amp cover.

Ampeg SVT1000 Bass Head, (top/side), (back), (panel). Another cool Ampeg bass amp that's sort of the solid state version of the SVT I just posted a few days. The SVT1000 cranks out 1,000W (at 4 ohms) and features a 9-band graphic EQ which combined with the 3-band parametric gives you loads of tone shaping.  It also has a 5-way switch for EQ shifts in the crucial midrange frequencies, an onboard limiter with a defeat switch, and dual inputs for passive or active basses. Back panel features both Neutrik Speakon and 1/4" speaker outs as well as an effects loop with a front-panel mix knob. This is an excellent alternative to the SVT VR I just posted and it’s 20 lbs. lighter, and around ½ the price. Offered in perfect condition – only used several times in the home only. Just $599.

Ampeg SVT-VR (Vintage Reissue), (top), (side), (back), (back panel), (stock pic). Never gigged, only a few hours of home use. Perhaps the most iconic bass amp of all time is the Ampeg SVT. It’s been seen on more stages than any amp, usually accompanied by it’s equally oversized 8X10” cabinet and is still extremely popular among touring artists today. Cranking out an impressive 300W (4 ohms or 2 ohms), and these are hard-hitting tube watts, the SVT blew away the competition for sheer power, plus tone shaping that was fairly extensive for its day. The SVT-VR has all the coolness of the original including six 6550 power tubes plus eight preamp tubes (12AU7/12AX7), original blue-lined graphics and cosmetics, and original EQ rocker switches. Make no mistake about it, this is one great sounding bass amp with a tone that holds up very well today. Other features include side handles to heft this 85 lb. monster into position, Neutrik Speakon and 1/4" outputs, and balanced line out. Although this model was born in a time when the average bass amp was probably 100W or so, bass amp power, specifically clean headroom, has soared since the 70’s and it’s not uncommon to find solid state amps cranking out 600-800-1000 watts or more. The SVT, however, is very hard-hitting and it sounds louder than most modern amps with 3 times the output rating. This amp only has a few hours of use on it and has never been played outside the home. It’s like getting a brand new floor model. If you want the best, get the best. New ones are running $2199 but you can get this beautiful barely-used one for just $1379. Includes original manual.

1980's ESP "The Hybrid" II Tele Style, (front), (side), (back), (headstock), (Flickr Trem), (pickups), (neck marking). I was very excited to come across another “real” ESP, and this one’s a fairly rare Hybrid II from the ‘80’s. During this era ESP was building quality Strat- and Tele-style guitars, and for a time, a mixture of the two, called the Hybrid.  The Hybrid I featured a Strat body with Tele appointments, while this Hybrid II features a single-cut Tele body and plate-mounted controls, but with the belly cut, tremolo, and pickup layout of a Strat. This one has just a bit of custom work done to the pickguard/assembly. Body is factory routed for 3 pickups (pic), but the neck pickup cavity has been enlarged to accommodate the mini-hum.  Pickups are DiMarzio with a DP240 Vintage Minibucker in the neck and a DP189 Tone Zone Strat in the bridge. Middle coil is a dummy, preferred by the studio musician we got it from but we can replace it with a pickup of your choice if desired.  Neck is marked "NY-424" so it may be a 48th St. Customs.  Tremolo is the original Flickr trem, which commands serious money on the used parts market. Cosmetically, it's in very clean shape for its age, but there are typical tiny lacquer cracks and a small rub on the upper horn, shown here.  It has a bit of “finish suck” that’s typical on older finishes, as well as a typical lacquer crack in the cutaway, and the pickguard cut for the neck pickup is as shown in the pic, not perfect. This guitar has the vibe of a 60’s Tele Custom with its bound body and Seafoam Green finish. The quality is undeniable and it’s easily on par with anything Fender was building in the ‘80’s. Just a super nice guitar that plays with ease and sounds fantastic. Ron Wood was playing a similar ESP Tele style 20 years ago and with the neck humbucker, it’s similar to the current ESP Signature Model. Nice deal on a vintage ESP at $599. Includes quality gigbag.

2016 Taylor T5Z, (front), (back), (label), (headstock), (controls), (gigbag). The T5Z is a new model from Taylor, replacing the original T5 and in my opinion, a much more impressive performer than the original. I dont know if its the new bracing pattern, satin finish, or updated electronics, but to me it just sounds a lot better with a wide variety of tones and rich overall sound. Its deep colored mahogany provide an earthy look and feel, while the satin finish allows the guitar to resonate more freely. The scaled down body is also more comfortable to play, both seated and strapped on. This new model also features a 12" fretboard radius, and jumbo frets, which feels great during lead work and string bends. The T5z comes with a three-pickups consisting of an acoustic body sensor, a concealed neck humbucker, and a visible bridge humbucker. Five-way switching and onboard tone controls give you excellent versatility, surpassing virtually every other acoustic electric guitar. Other features include tropical mahogany top, sapele back/sides, Standard T5Z bracing, black binding, Venetian cutaway, sapele neck with ebony fretboard, small diamond inlays, ebony headstock overlay, ebony bridge pins, Tusq nut, Micarta saddle, and satin finish. Like pretty much all Taylors this guitar sets up with action as low as you desire and plays with great ease. One of the best A/E stage guitars Ive had the pleasure to play. With a new one running $1799, save some bucks on this clean 2016 model at $1199. Includes original T5Z gig bag.

Fishman Matrix Infinity Acoustic Pickup. Quality sound out of this endpin mounted preamp system with soundhole mounted rotary controls for Volume & Tone. The unique Tone control cuts mids while boosting treble and bass with an integrated LED low battery indicator. It has switchable voicing to accommodate all guitar body sizes & performance situations and features solderless connections. Sells new for $160. This one has seen very little use and is major upgrade over many OEM systems…for $99.

MXR M-134 Stereo Chorus Pedal, (pic2). As new in the box. One of the great chorus units of all time, the MXR M-134, is recreated with the same lush analog tone, plus more tone shaping than the 3- knob original pedals. In addition to the usual Intensity (depth) and Rate (speed of sweep), plus a Width control to set the limit of the sweep. It also adds Bass and Treble EQ knobs which help make the effected sound stand out. If the EQ setting is identical on the effected tone as the straight signal, much of the effect gets lost in the mix. The one also includes a Bass Filter button that applies effect to the high frequency effect only, i.e. doesn't mess with your low end so your guitar retains its fat sound. You can run it mono, or if you really want to be blown away, use the stereo outputs for an absolutely huge tone. New price is $169.99 but get this one with less than an hour of use for just $114.99.

JHS Mini Triple Tap Tempo. Super small 1"X3" foot print with a super smooth switch. Use this with any pedal with a tap/control input jack like the RV6 above, Boss DD5, DD-20, etc. It features three outputs so you can use it to set the time on two or three pedals at a time as well as a polarity switch. Nice little unit that solves a problem for just $40.

Pigtronix Rototron - Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator, (pic2). All analog rotary speaker effect that offering frequency modulation, phase shifting, tremolo, bucket brigade-based chorusing and a three-way crossover to achieve fantastic 3D rotary sound in an easy to use pedal. Works well with both guitars and keyboards and, hey, it's easier than lugging a Leslie cab to your gig! It was designed to replicate the famed dual rotor 122 and 147 Leslie cabs used by all the great touring artists. The analog design is an improvement over digital models as it sounds warmer, fatter and feels more realistic. These are $251 everywhere but I have a few new in the box for $199. Here’s a good demo by Sweetwater (link).

2003 Fender American Series Telecaster – Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). As I mentioned when I posted another black 2003 Tele a few weeks ago, black is the most popular electric guitar based on new guitar sales, and has retained a slight edge over sunburst for many years. Interesting. I’ve written so many of these listings that I know most of the info is repetition. The American Series made its debut in 2000 and had a handful of improvements over the ’87-’99 American Standard. Bottom line is it’s a quality guitar with classic Tele twang that’s easy to play. This one’s in very nice shape and is set up to perfection so it plays with ease. It’s ready to gig tonight. This one’s priced $575 less than the model that replaced it, the new American Professional which makes this a nice value in a gloss finished American at $775. Includes original case. If you prefer a maple fretboard there’s an otherwise identical ’03 lower on this page.

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe 112 Cabinet, (back). Made as a mate for the Blues Deluxe and Hot Rod Deluxe amps, the latter being the world’s best-selling tube amp. Sometimes you just need more dispersion than a 1X12 combo can provide. Enter this matching extension cabinet. It features a 12" Celestion G12P-80 speaker for all-around use with virtually any combo amps. It's rated at 80 watts RMS at 8 ohms. Sells new for $299 but this one is perfect and just $199. Local sale hopefully.

1997 Epiphone Les Paul LP300 with upgrades and case, (front/back), (headstock), (Duncans),  (detail), (case). Upscale bolt-on and a very Well crafted Korean Les Paul. Has all the usual Les Paul features including bound body, bound neck, carved top, and trapezoid fretboard inlays. Pickguard was removed to show off the top and did not come with the guitar. Sporting a nice flamed maple top, these were slightly cheaper than a Standard Plus, but not by much, selling for around $500. This one has a pro upgrade with a pair of Seymour Duncan pickups installed and the tone will blow away just about anything else in this price range. Not mint but cleaner than the average used guitar and with an Epiphone case, a good value with the Duncans at $350. If you don’t need the case, $285.

1980’s Custom Stratocaster – Splatter Finish, (front detail), (back), (electronics), (body), (Stars bridge), (neck neck2), (action), (case). Let me begin by saying this guitar, in person, looks extremely impressive. The Splatter finish is in a nice mix of black and Olympic White with a super high gloss finish. It was originally built up by a noteworthy builder in The Valley (LA County) but I’ve had it so long that I’ve forgotten his name. It has all high end parts, plays exceptionally well, and is in near pristine condition. It was one of the few guitars that I considered part of my personal collection but since I only seem to play the same 2-3 guitars all the time I’ve decided that it’s time to find a new home. Parts of this guitar are from the 80’s, but we added some parts from the 90’s including the Warmoth neck and Fralin Blues pickup set. The body I believe is an early Mighty Mite/Boogie Bodies, with an early 80’s Star Guitars tremolo bridge and strap pins installed. The bridge and saddles are solid brass, chrome plated, with Allen wrench screws attaching the bridge and block. The neck is a moderately figured Warmoth with a Warmoth compound radius, jumbo frets, nicely figured rosewood fretboard, and LSR locking nut. It’s pretty much a D-shape, a little more shallow (with a little more shoulders) than a modern USA Fender. Frets have been polished and the fret ends are dressed immaculately. Pickups are Lindy Fralin blues with cloth wires and a metal cover under the bridge pickup; pots and switch are quality USA. We included a few Fender parts as well including an 80’s neckplate and later Fender tuners. The neck is so good on this guitar that it sets up with incredibly low action and many of you might want us to raise it a tad, but it speaks volumes about the fret finishing and straightness of the neck. This is one of those guitars that would definitely part out at a higher value but it’s too nice of a guitar to suffer such a fate. If you’re looking for one of the best custom built Strats I’ve ever had, it’s yours for $1199, almost ½ the price of getting this built yourself.

Digitech Jimi Hendrix Experience, (pic2), (tones).  "Seven Tones That Changed the World".  Incorporates a collection of classic tones including Fuzz Face, 100W Marshall Super Lead, Octavia, rotary speaker, Clyde McCoy wah, brownface Fender Bassman, and EMT plate reverb.  Includes 7 preset tones plus knobs for tweaking including Gain, Level, High EQ, Low EQ, Reverb Amount, and Reverb Decay.  It also features stereo inputs and outputs.  For full specs check out Digitech's Site here.  There are a bunch of YouTube demo's like these:  (link1) (link2).  Originally these sold for $199 but if you check Ebay they’ve been going $220-$400! Get this one, mint in the box for just $179.   Includes signature guitar pick, power supply, cloth bag, manual, etc.

J. Rockett Flex Drive. If you're tired of lugging separate pedals for your SG and Tele, and trying to pair that pedal with the perfect amp, try the Flex Drive. This is a an excellent Drive pedal that works great for single coils or humbuckers, through virtually any amp. It’s also very capable of delivering a wide variety of tones, from early EVH, to blues, to country. In addition to the usual Volume, Gain, and Tone, it features mini switches for (1) Clip - to control diode selection: two selections or no diode for clean boost; (2) Treble - controls voice of highs: two selections of middle position for no treble cut; and (3) Fat - Controls mid and bass responses (on or off). 9V DC powered and features true bypass of course. Sells new for $199 but this one’s mint in the box for $129.

2016 Fender ’72 Telecaster Deluxe, (front), (back), (headstock), (neck), (optional case). “As new” condition! Some of you older players will remember the original models (’72-’81) very well. Among Fender’s line of Telecasters (Tele, Tele Thinline, Tele Custom, Tele Deluxe),  this one stood apart from the others was it was the only one with a Strat headstock. It also sported a pair of Seth Lover-designed Fender “Wide Range” humbuckers, which also appeared on the Thinline, and in the neck position of the Custom. They don’t sound particularly Tele like, but they’re far from the pure fatness of a Gibson and, thus, more expressive like you would expect a Fender to be. The Alnico humbuckers on this reissue model aren’t the same as the original models but are good sounding pickups on their own. Other cool features include chrome/skirted knobs taken from the Fender amps line, hardtail bridge, and oversize 3-ply pickguard. Other features include Alder body, one-piece C-shaped maple neck, 3-way switching, and dual volume/tone controls.  These sell new at the chain stores for $699, but this one is virtually unplayed, with plastic still on the pickguard, and it even has a bit of flame on the neck.  Get this one for just $559 with stock Fender gigbag, OR, for $659, get it with the new Fender tolex case pictured.

OFF-HOLD: 2002 Zion Radicaster - Gold Mega-flake, (front1 front2), (back1) (back2), (headstock headstock2), (neck), (case). This is one stunning guitar. Finished in Zion's "Gold Mega-flake", this is a very complex--and expensive--finish that looks like crushed glass made of 1000s of pieces of blue, green, red, yellow, etc., which combine for an overall appearance of gold flake. Under stage lighting, the guitar really comes to life. I don't say this often but...pictures do not do this guitar justice and as nice as it may look in the pics, it looks much better in person. The pic of "headstock2" above most accurately shows the finish. Making its debut in 1980, the Radicaster was the original Zion model and remains their most popular today. Its elegant lines, rear-mounted controls that don't require a pickguard, and cutaways and bevels aimed at player comfort make it as attractive as any Strat style made today. The following info was provided by Dale at Zion, who was also the builder of this particular guitar so he knows it well. It's a 2002 model, shipping out in 2003, and features a basswood body with a 5/8" hard maple top with the Radicaster's extended double-cutaway design, featuring a stunning birdseye maple fretboard and neck, accented with pearl dot inlays and matching headstock. Electronics are EMG H/S/H configuration with an 89/SA/81, Master Volume & Tone w/ 5-Way Switching with a push/pull volume pot that splits the neck pickup, yielding 7 tones. Other features include gold hardware, Sperzel locking tuners, hardtail bridge with strings-thru-body, low friction Graphtech nut, Neutrik locking output jack, 22 fret neck with 12” radius and comfortable profile, including angled, contoured headstock for increased string tension. The setup is spectacular and the basswood/maple body yields more complex tones than you'll find on most Strat style guitars. It truly sounds phenomenal. Retail price as outfitted in 2003 was $2935 plus case and shipping, although today that price would be around $3700, plus case and shipping. This guitar has obviously seen very little use in its 15 years and there are no flaws to speak of. If you've been wanting a custom guitar by one of America's top builders, you can have this beauty for less than 1/2 the price of a new one - and no waiting! $1799 takes it and includes a similarly clean Zion tweed case, custom fitted to the body.

Charvel Vintage Trem - Brass, (pic2).  These are brand new from the supplier for Charvel Custom Shop. All solid polished brass including brass trem arm with stainless screw on tip. If you're doing a San Dimas reissue these have the look--and the tone--to give you the perfect 80's tribute model. 2 1/16” string spacing and screw spacing. $95/each.

2004 Taylor 612-CE-L30 30th Anniversary Grand Concert Cutaway with factory Upgrade, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (appointments), (receipt-Taylor), (case).  Beautiful limited edition 600-series. Taylor’s Grand Concert Cutaway is an excellent choice for finger style players with its crisp voice, ease of play in the upper register, and scaled down size which makes seated playing especially comfortable. With its Anniversary appointments, and beautifully figured maple in a Natural finish, it's truly a thing of beauty. With the Taylor 612-CE's bold sounds of big leaf maple and Sitka spruce are enhanced by the Grand Concert body design. Together the woods create a bright, crystalline timbre with outstanding projection and warm overtones. Also, the GC cutaway body yields a strong treble zing across the tonal spectrum and sharpens the definition of individual notes. Aided by a wide 1 3/4" nut, it's a superb finger picking guitar that also adapts well to medium strumming. This model employs Taylor's acclaimed Expression System (ES), which replaced various Fishman units used during the 90's and early 00's. If that’s not good enough, this one also had the ES System upgraded by Taylor to the current 9V system and a major revamp of the ES, at a cost of $300 plus shipping (see receipt above). The ES utilizes patented Dynamic Sensors to capture top and string vibration like no other. Created in partnership with renowned audio pioneer, Rupert Neve, the Taylor ES is seamlessly integrated into the design of the guitar from the ground up. Onboard tone controls provide added flavor or set flat for an uncolored, exceptionally clean amplified sound.  Features of the 612CE include Grand Concert body with Venetian cutaway, Big leaf maple back and sides, Sitka spruce top, Hard rock maple neck, Taylor Expression System electronics, Ebony headstock overlay with inlaid logo and "30th Anniversary" logo, Ebony fretboard, Fall Leaf fretboard inlay of wood and pearl, Fall Leaf soundhole rosette of wood and pearl, Ebony bridge, Tusq nut and saddle, three-stripe white body binding, white neck binding, Gold-plated Taylor tuners, 25-1/2" scale, 1-3/4" width at nut, 20 frets, Scalloped X-bracing, and Gloss finish. If you're looking for a great playing, great sounding 612CE, this is that guitar. It's in beautiful condition with no scratches that I can see, easily a 9.9 condition. Although you can't get a new 30th Anniversary, you're looking at $3199 on a new stock 612CE, but get this beautiful barely used one, in a rare model and desirable color, for just $1999.

ca. '64 Diamond Wildcat 4V, (front), (back), (pickups/controls), (headstock), (finish checking).  During the guitar boom of the mid-60's Italian companies like Diamond were cranking out beaucoup guitars, under various banners.  Diamond was primarily a making of quality accordions but, face it, the Beatles weren't an accordion band and many companies followed the money.  As you can see in the pics, the years have been very kind to this guitar and other than some finish check lines, it's in genuine "under the bed" condition.  The Diamond Wildcat 4V (i.e. 4 pickups) is a dual-cutaway, offset waist solidbody with 6/side tuners, which like most guitars in this era were based on a Fender.  Diamond also built a similar model called "Ranger" with identical appointments, but with a more elongated body style with more pointy horns.  Click this link to read more.  I haven't found a model identical to this one that's branded as a Diamond Wildcat, although there are various other brands which are identical in all regards including body and neck, tuners, bridge, tremolo, volume/tone knobs, and strap pins. Having said that, this is the only one I've seen with the rotary pickup selector.  All others I've seen have "veg-a-matic" style pushbuttons, like this similar 4-pickup aka "4V" (pic) or this "3V" model (pic).  This is a good sounding guitar, with a unique tone that's probably as close to a Rick as anything else.  Pickups are rather mellow with low-medium output, and a good selection of tones.  Even on high gain amp settings, it is very quiet compared to, say, a Strat or Tele.  Neck isn't at all large, very easy to get around on, and the set up is fantastic.  Just check out the very low action (pic at 12th fret).  If you're one of those guitarists looking for your own signature tone and look, or just anyone looking for unique addition to your collection, I highly recommend this one.  For a 50-year-old, well-made Italian guitar in this condition, I think this is a sweet buy at $499.

ESP Ltd Kirk Hammett Signature KH-DC, (front) (front-2), (back), (headstock), (features).  One of the new higher end models from ESP, the KH-DC combines great looks, playing comfort, and high end features to offer a great guitar at a great price.  Like the EC-1000, it’s a true pro-line instrument with features such as locking tuners, active EMG humbuckers, TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece, set-neck construction, and comfortably contoured body. Features include set-neck construction with mahogany body topped with flamed maple, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, 13.77" fretboard radius, 1.65" nut width, 25.5" scale, thin U-shaped neck, 22 extra jumbo frets, gold hardware, locking tuners, Tonepros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece, EMG 60/81 humbucker pickups with active electronics, vol-vol-tone controls, 3-way toggle switch.  One modification involves relocation of one strap pin, moved from the top of the neck to the upper horn to eliminate "dive bombing" of the neck.  Thus, the only flaw is an extraneous strap pin hole (shown here) which we can fill with an additional strap pin if desired.  Otherwise, this guitar is in factory fresh condition; flawless.  The KH-DC sells new everywhere for $999 ($1427 list), which is reasonable for a neck-thru with quality hardware and electronics.  Better yet, save over $400 and get this beauty for just $585.  

Zoom B1on Bass Multi-effect and Looper (with power supply). Good budget all-in-one for bass that includes: 80 effects, 14 Amp models, Up to 5 effects simultaneously, and 100 memory locations. In addition it has an easy to read chromatic tuner, simple to use looper and a rhythm machine for fun practicing. Easy to read orange screen with backlit LCD. Includes USB output plus regular 1/4" jack (plus headphone out), and an aux in. Runs on 6 AA batteries or included Hi-Pro 9V power supply. Nice little unit for just $35. Here’s a demo on YouTube.

1998 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster - Crimson Red Transparent, (front1  front2), (grain), (back), (headstock), (case). Incredibly clean early model American Deluxe in a classic Crimson Red Transparent, basically the same finish as the 70's "Wine", over a select ash body. Unlike the Strat Plus that preceded this model, the American Deluxe had more upscale features that distinguished it from the stock Strat. Pickups are Fender's Vintage Noiseless, which were Fender's premium pickups for the era and still preferred over many players today due to their traditional tone, but without the hum of vintage single coils. Other deluxe features include polished chrome locking tuners, polished chrome tremolo with pop-in trem arm, abalone dot inlays, aged plastic parts, fret and nut work that's even more detailed than the regular American Series, and raised chrome logo. For players who like a traditional nut, the '98 models only used the LSR on deluxe locking tremolo and HSS models, so this one has the same performance as a vintage model. This guitar is in lovely condition with no noteworthy scratches and extremely comfortable set-up, with no fret wear and the "Noiseless" lettering near perfect on the pickups.  You don't see very many of these in transparent red and this is definitely one of the nicer ones you'll find. Just $999 and includes the upgraded Fender/G&G Tolex case, in similarly beautiful shape, and trem arm. NOTE: As an option we're offering a cool set of DiMarzio's installed: Vintage Heavy Blues (bridge), Area 61 (mid) and an Area 58 (neck), just a $50 upcharge including trade in of stock pickups.

USA Customs Tele w/Floyd Rose, (front), (back), (headstock), (Floyd), (case). One of the coolest custom made guitars we’ve had in a while, this is a pro-assembled Tele with reverse Strat headstock; top notch parts all around. The body and neck are from the good folks at USA Customs. Finishing and assembly were done by Southbound Custom in Nashville, including nitrocellulose finish on the body and headstock. The alder body was first whitewashed before the translucent blue finish was applied. It’s a very nice looking job. The rest of the parts are equally impressive: German-made Original Floyd Rose, Schaller locking tuners, DiMarzio Super Distortion with blue bobbins to match the body, chrome metal pickup ring and chrome metal dome volume knob, and finally an engraved Mick Mars neckplate. My customer says the finish work alone was near $500 and that his total investment approached $2K. Although built nearly 10 years ago, this guitar presents in “as new” condition and appears to have sat in the case for its entire life. It plays fantastic and should appeal to hard rock/metal players who like the vibe of a Kramer Baretta, but in a guitar that’s actually better. Includes case pictured which is sort of a brown suede finish, plush lined interior. Great deal for a guitar with this vibe and options at $999.

Dean Markley Blue Steel Strings 11-52. Factory sealed, lot of 9. Sells $5/ea online. Get all 9 sets for $29.

Digitech RP155 Guitar Multi-Effect, (back). Nice price unit that's great for stage or studio and even includes 20-second looper! The RP155 gives you 83 amps, cabinets, stompboxes, and effects allowing you to get practically any sound you want, in addition to humbucker and single coil sounds out of whatever guitar you're using. It's also a great practice tool with 60 built-in drum patterns. With USB streaming audio, the it allows you to easily record directly to your computer's DAW. Effects include 48 high quality models including genuine Lexicon reverbs, plus Vox Clyde Wah, Boss CS-2 compressor, Arbiter Fuzz Face, Boss CE-2 Chorus, MXR Flanger, Digitech Whammy, Fender Twin amp reverb, digital-analog-tape delays, and much more. Very clean shape and works perfectly. Here’s a good demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWVR4edDtlg. You’ll see these elsewhere on this page for $75 but my source has sent me too many. Get this one for $39, worth it for the price of the looper alone. Includes original power supply.

PRS HFS/Vintage Bass Set. Proper equipment for PRS Customs and many others. HFS (Hot, Vintage, Screams) bridge pickup has a cover; Vintage bass neck pickup is stock. We can remove cover at

Tech 21 Double Drive 3X MOD, (Close-up). The Double Drive 3X - with a Private Stock custom MOD - has been revoiced for more aggressive hard rock and metal tones and therefore not specifically recommended for classic rock or blues rock. It has a tighter low end for more chunky bass and a wider level taper for smoother control. This custom-mod version offers a more "amp-like" distortion as opposed to a "pedal-like" distortion and is a good choice for players with amps that are lacking. This model also lets you store three custom sounds, even on the fly, by simply tweaking the knobs and double-tapping on a footswitch. DRIVE A controls the amount of Class A power amp output stage distortion (like a Vox AC30), rich in even harmonics. The amount of harmonics is dynamically controlled by the input level and their ratio by how hard you pick. DRIVE A/B controls the amount of Class A/B power amp output stage distortion (like Fender or Marshall), rich in odd harmonics. The signal path of Drive A runs INTO the signal path of Drive A/B, resulting multiplication, rather than addition, of the distortion to achieve a cascading effect. Click here for a demo with knob tweaking. With a list of $215, these sold new for $179. I have a few new in the box for just $99/each.

Recently discovered I have some new, old stock amps at my friend’s store in Maryland – Alesis and Behringer combo’s. Available for pick up in Cockeysville MD, or we can ship to you. 

Alesis Spitfire 30, (panel), (back), (back panel). 30 watts with digital modeling, and just a ton of features in a small package.  The SpitFire's DSP provides 80 presets that can be easily edited & overwritten. Nine effects modules let you pick multiple effects for a huge variety of combinations. There are over 40 different effects to choose from, including distortions, cabinet emulation, EQ, compression, filter, modulation, reverb, and delay. There is also an auto-chromatic tuner built in. SpitFire amps feature a 1/4 in. stereo headphone output on the front panel that disconnects the speaker when in use, plus a 1/4 in. expression pedal input for control of effects, an external speaker output jack, and stereo RCA inputs for connecting a CD or tape player. A specially dedicated "Right Channel" output allows a second guitar amp to be connected for separated stereo amplification and at this price, you can afford to run two of them for true stereo. List price was $249 but I have them new in the box for just $85.

Behringer "Blue Devil" GX112 Combo, (panel), (back panel), typical Behringer story here - just a lot of features and good quality sound - at a great price.  The Blue Devil packs 60 watts RMS through a single 12" Jensen with dual channels and 99 quality digital effects.  Features "Virtube" technology and midi-compatible.  List on these was $329 and I think these are a great buy at $129, new in the box.  Includes footswitch and manual.

1995 Ovation Custom Legend 1769, (front), (headstock), (back), (appointments), (preamp/outputs), (case).  Arguably, Ovation's loveliest guitar, the 1869 is loaded with high end features. From the AAA Sitka spruce top, to the loads of hand-laid Abalone, to the sleek ebony fretboard, the Custom Legend remains near the top of the Ovation range. Ornamentation includes abalone inlays which adorn the entire soundboard, plus abalone fretboard inlays, and wide Abalone soundhole Rosette, intricately carved walnut bridge, and gold Schaller tuners with pearloid buttons. Other features include rounded cutaway, green burst finish, mid-depth bowl, 5-piece mahogany/maple neck, white-bound 20-fret ebony fingerboard, pearl diamond inlays, 1-11/16" nut width, 25-1/2" scale, pinless bridge, white-bound top, factory Optima pickup and preamp system with both Low-Z and Hi-Z outputs. Features an Ovation Optima preamp that sounds excellent and includes a built in chromatic tuner. This model listed for $1799 in 1995, which was a ton of money nearly 20 years ago. This model was also the basis for the Al DiMeola model (1769 AD-II) which sells for $3K. If you want essentially the same guitar, this one's less than 1/2 of a new DiMeola and is in beautiful shape, plays incredibly easy, and sounds excellent. $1350 includes original Ovation case. 

Kauer Daylighter Junior, (front), (back), (headstock), (fret/board), (spec sheet), (cert.), (features), (gigbag-pic2-pic3). What do you get when you cross a Les Paul Jr. - and a Fender Jaguar? A very cool looking, great sounding Junior! Kauer is one of the great boutique builders who are trying some new stuff and this one has a Jag body (comparison pic) with the basic design features of a LP Junior. Instead the usual mahogany, Kauer chose Spanish cedar for the body, which has the warmth of Mahogany, but also has better note definition and a more immediate sound. Features include Spanish Cedar body and neck, wenge fretboard, wenge binding, Tonpros wraparound tailpiece, Sperzel SoundLoc tuners, cool looking beveled graphite pickguard, 24 3/4" scale, 12" radius, 1 11/16" nut, Jescar 47095NS fretwire, vintage C neck profile that's a fairly chunky .90/.98 at the 1st/12th frets, Dark Tri-Burst front/back/neck. Pickup is a custom designed Wolfetone Meaner dogear P90 with a Push/Pull coil-split Tone pot. Weighs in at just 6.9 lbs. Includes a top quality Mono M80 series case/gigbag which offers great protection that's much lighter than a standard hardshell and isolates the neck with a patented "headblock". For more info and video demo click here for Kauer Guitars. This model was only built ’10 to ’13 but it sold new for $2350. This one's in superb condition, with an incredibly nice setup and priced $1000 less than the new price, just $1350. A very cool guitar for Junior fans or anyone looking for something a little different that you can play all night long without switching guitars constantly.

2003 Epiphone Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Custom - Bullseye, (front), (back), (headstock), (features). Absolute killer playing guitar, especially if you like the original "Fretless Wonder" from the 50s and 1st reissue from the early 70's . The frets on these classic guitars were very low, which made it very easy to finger. This Zakk had the frets filed down (shown here) to a similar height, and my man Martin put a nice crown on them after the pic was shot. This is a quality Korean model from the Saien factory, a definite cut above the Chinese models. These are extremely impressive and priced just a little higher than a stock Epi LP Custom. Immaculate bulls-eye paint job, and all the LP Custom features such as multi-ply binding, gold hardware, pearloid block inlays (and not cheesy looking brushed chrome ones), and the classic split diamond headstock overlay. What really sets this apart though are the EMG HZ 4 and HZ4A humbuckers, which are the passive version of the EMG81 and 85. It also has an extremely chunky neck which has an unfinished feel as found on Zakk's prized LP. If you're not into big necks, you don't want this guitar, but the bare (only a sealer coat) baseball bat feel is perfect for my hands. This current Chinese model currently sells online at $699 without case or bag, but was $799 when they were made in Korea. This one is in excellent condition, other than a few clear coat scratches on the back (pic). It has a great neck which allows for an excellent setup, especially with the low frets. If you like the feel of the old Fretless Wonder, this one will save you the time or expense of converting on an is a nice value on a quality Korean Zakk at just $499, including gigbag.

Duncan Performer Set: Detonator and HB-103N. Excellent combination that’s hard to beat for the money. Duncan’s import version of the Invader and Duncan Distortion. The Detonator is a very hot 16.2K output, the 103 is a more moderate output made for neck, 7.68K. Both are 4-conductor for a variety of wiring applications. These are very good pickups for just $49/set. 

1984 Vantage Avenger X-77, (front), (headstock), (back), (beveled edges), (tremolo/block), ('82 catalog). Another cool Matsumoku (Japan) guitar, although not nearly as rare as the VA-900. Vantage brings back fond memories. When I got back into playing in '85 my bass was a Vantage. This was, of course, before I was a non-compensated endorser of Kramer basses. Vantage were Japan made and among the early waves of high quality Japanese imports. Unlike guitars in the early 70s, they feature solid woods of good quality, quality electronics, excellent hardware, and are able to set up with excellent action. The X-77 Avenger is sort of a cross between an SG and a Baretta. It has the double cutaway design of an SG, with the Kramer-inspired single bridge humbucker. The pickup on this guitar was built to look like a DiMarzio, with hex poles. It is wired through a mini-switch that lets you go from humbucker to single coil - both positions sound very good. The hardware is very good with quality tuners and a very solid tremolo system with brass saddles and bass, and heavy brass block. The body is well crafted, with beveled edges on all sides, nicely finished in vintage white. Set up is very comfortable and it has a quality tone that rivals most USA guitars of the era. Overall excellent condition, especially for 33 years. Compare this to any recent import at the same price and this one wins, hands down, at just $239.

Vintage Gibson Humbucker Pickup Rings. Came off a 1970 Les Paul with T-Tops. Numbers as shown; other one is M8-593 70-596. $100.

1980 Fender Strat Pickup. Nice vintage output 5.83K, original. Will include choice of black or white cover. $100.

American DJ Road case. Very good quality lightweight aluminum with solid latches and recessed twist lock latches. Bought NOS many years ago and never used. Fits mixer and two CD players. Sold new for $100 15 years ago. Get it now for $59.

Anvil 18-space Rack. Local sale only. This is a genuine Anvil case. Built for many decades of road use. I haven’t used it since the 80’s but it still works fine. If I have to ship you’re probably looking at $75 shipping but locally it’s just $200.

1986 Gibson Les Paul Wiring Harness. Base plate modified with two notches cut for some reason. Two mini-switches added which we’ll remove upon request. Includes four 1986 pots and caps, Switchcraft 3-way switch, and Switchcraft barrel jack. $39. 

Misc Guitar Parts – New. Includes USA 5-way switch, 2 USA stacked pots, 2 stacked knob sets, output jack with football jack cover, 2 metal humbucker rings (low/flat), black neckplate and plastic neckplate protector. $35 takes it all.

2003 Schecter USA Custom Shop "Vargas Girl" Tempest, (front/back), (headstock). Hey P90 Fans! Here's another one for the discriminating collector - a one-off created for the 2003 NAMM Show with a hand-painted masterpiece by Chris Compston featuring his rendition of the Vargas Girl (close-up). The original Vargas Girls rose to fame in WW-II as very risque` (for the time) pin-ups, serving as a morale booster for troops serving overseas. The artist for which these type paintings have become synonymous, Alberto Vargas, was never given the true credit he deserved. His pictures, taped to the inside of countless lockers, or kept in shirt pockets and unfolded a thousand times, served of a constant reminder to the troops of what they were fighting for: freedom and beautiful women. Okay, on to the guitar... Made in Schecter's Burbank CA Custom Shop so it's an impeccably made guitar in its own right, and the fact that it was a NAMM show display model is further assurance that it was checked out very closely before it was presented to America's musical instrument dealers. Specs include: Solid Mahogany body with TV finish, bolt-on 22-fret maple cap neck with jumbo frets - one piece with NO scarf joint, 12" neck radius, 25.5" scale, Tempest 3/3 headstock with Sperzel locking tuners, bone nut - 1.673", neck width - 2.032" at 12th fret and 2.193" at end of fingerboard, Wilkinson bridge/tailpiece - adjustable, Seymour Duncan pickups - P-90-1B and 1N, and dual volume with master tone. This is an excellent playing guitar with a very meaty tone, without the usual noise level associated with P90's. Another observation - the tone control on this guitar is very effective. Rather than on/off, the way most tone controls seem to work, this one affects the tone in a more dramatic fashion, with a differentiation in tone at every number tone control changes at every I've always been a fan of the single wraparound tailpiece, despite their usual shortcomings, because they are perfect for string muting and just feels "right" with my right hand resting on it. Unlike the old style wraparounds though, this one features intonatable 2/3rd string and 4/5th strings, allowing for near perfect intonation. Offered in immaculate condition, other than a few scratches on the pickguard which we can probably buff out if desired. Includes Schecter certificate and hang-tag, showing it's selling price as $3495 (shown here). This is a cool find for the collector looking for the truly unique, one of a kind guitars - but at this price - most players can afford this and actual make it a working guitar. Just $1599 and includes original Schecter/G&G custom-fit hardshell case (picture).

2003 Hofner Verythin Standard CT, (front), (back), (side), (case). Man, this is a stunner! Beautifully flamed maple front, back, and sides, presented in wonderful condition. The Verythin is a nicely engineered guitar, with perhaps the thinnest body of any semi-hollow on the market. Compared to an ES-335 style, this guitar has a livelier acoustic tone and is a bit brighter plugged in as well. It has a very wide application - with the warmth of a full hollowbody or the bright, crisp tone of a solid body. One of the unique features of this guitar is the thinner body profile than conventional semi-hollowbody guitars.  In addition, is has a hand-fitted solid spruce sustain block that does not use tone bars. These features reduce potential for feedback and accentuate the tonal punch and attack while preserving the guitar's acoustic qualities.  This model has its roots in the 1960 Hofner design, albeit with contemporary features: quality humbucking pickups, better tuners, and a trouble-free tuneomatic/stopbar tailpiece.  It is bound top and back, as well as neck and headstock, with triple-bar fretboard inlays in pearl and red for that real German touch. All this plus, of course, drop-dead good looks and the flame on this one is really breathtaking. Even the case on this guitar is nice, with a brown alligator style covering with an arched top and a plush black interior. Appears to have seen very, very little playing time and it’s a shame since it plays with ease and sounds really nice. Just a super guitar with more versatility than most semi-hollows and a lot of axe for $529. Includes case.

Ca. 1940 Kalamazoo/Gibson KM11 Mandolin, (front), (side), (back back2), (headstock), (Batch/FON), (catalog), (case). Hard to be sure, but the batch number appears to be an “F” with a FON of 581. This is a Gibson-made A-style Kalamazoo from ca. ’40. It’s an excellent player with low action and nice tone and appears to be original other than a replaced tailpiece. I can’t be sure about the bridge or nut so I’ll let you experts make a determination about that. Specs of this model include spruce top, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fretboard, top binding, 4/side strip tuners, painted logo with “Made by Gibson Inc” impressed on the back of the headstock, and dot inlays. It appears to be all original finish with the only crack being a back crack barely in the top ply only – definitely not cracked through to the inside. It has a great vintage patina so we’re not going to buff it unless requested by the customer.  Now over 75 years old and I’ll guarantee it sounds better than a new one. Get this one with a gigbag for just $375, or $425 with a top quality hardshell case.

2013 Gretsch G5620T Electromatic Center-Block Semi-Hollowbody, (front), (back), (headstock back), (label), (pickups).  Beautiful condition and an absolutely killer player.  I've had over a dozen of these Korean Gretsch archtops and, without exception, we have been very impressed with the consistent quality and perfect neck angle that allows for a perfect setup.  I expected the rather dead sound of an unamplfied archtop but instead, this guitar has a nice sustain and a rather full tone - not the mid-range tone you frequently get out of these when played acoustically. Amplified, the magic comes from a quality set of pickups with a Dual-coil Super HiLo'Tron in the neck, with a "Black Top" Filter'Tron in the bridge. These pickups deliver a commendable job of delivering that classic Gretsch tone. The G5620T is a semi-hollow with a center block of solid spruce, which is less prone to feedback than a fully hollowbody. Other features include Five-ply maple body construction, 1-¾"-deep thinline-style body, bbound "cat's eye" sound holes and a bound maple neck, flat 12.5" radius rosewood fingerboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, Neo-Classic "thumbnail" inlays, 3-way pickup selector, Five "G-arrow" control knobs, single-ply black pickguard with Gretsch logo, anchored Adjusto-Matic bridge with flat-handle Bigsby-licensed B70 vibrato, Grover tuners, and knurled strap retainer knobs. A Lot of YouTube videos for this model, here’s one. This model sells new for $849. Get this clean used one for $565.

1985 Fender Contemporary Stratocaster Deluxe - Burgundy Mist, (front), (back), (headstock), (trem/adjustment), (Earvana).  This was the top of the Fender Japan line for its day, model 27-5700 in Burgundy Mist Metallic with a few mods that enhance tone and tuning stability.  Mods including a brand new Fender Lace "Dually" with the red and silver coils, an Earvana nut to improve intonation, and a quality set of Gotoh tuners.  Especially with these mods, this is a guitar that's easily good enough for pro use for around the price of a new Mex reissue. During this era Fender Japan was supplying around 90% of Fender's stock until the American Standard started shipping in the fall of '86. The Contemporary Deluxe was the top of the line from Fender Japan with noteworthy features like the System III locking tremolo system, and originally included a locking nut with an thumb lever to tighten or slack the nut tension, as well as Fender's Ping tuners which would soon be used on the American Standard, side-mounted barrel jack, and TBX (Treble Bass Expander) tone control, also used on the American Standard. Other features include: alder body, bolt-on maple neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, blackface headstock, single-ply black pickguard, single volume and TBX control, 5-way switch plus mini-switch for 7 tone settings, and chrome hardware. The System III was really a rather ingenious piece of engineering.  First off, it uses a special tremolo arm with the short shaft being square and the tip screws off to reveal an Allen wrench. The reason for this is that, adjacent to the strap pin is an Allen socket, which raises/lowers the bridge, making minor adjustments a breeze. The square shaft was used as it operated a locking mechanism in the tremolo to convert it from tremolo to fixed bridge with just a 1/4 turn of the bar. Both of these are very practical features and I'm surprised that Fender never pursued the technology in any models that followed. This guitar plays great and is an excellent and versatile sounding guitar. Cosmetically, it's not a museum piece like the Pearl White I had last year, with the worst flaw being some clear coat chips around the output jack (shown here) but otherwise it's in rather nice shape for 28 years. The catalog page above is one that I used (with handwritten store prices) in 1985 when I was working at Hotlicks Guitar Shop, the best store in Southern Maryland. I noted on the sheet that our discount price for the HH model was $599 and I'm sure this HSS would have been $649. These guitars have become desirable but remain a good value for the player looking for a quality axe at a decent price. Own this one for $529, including a hardshell case.  For more on the Contemporary line I've created a page that covers the info above and a bit more:  Contemporary Stratocasters

2004 Epiphone Goth G-400 SG, (close-up). New-old-stock and perfect. All the features you love in an SG - in an all-black look. Set-neck construction of all mahogany, a pair of quality Alnico humbuckers, EBONY Fretboard, gothic cross headstock inlay, Grover tuners, black hardware, and special XII inlay at the 12th fret (XII is Roman for 12...get it). These are Alnico V pickups, double vacuum waxed, with enamel wire, really very good sounding. New and unplayed and an excellent value in a set-neck Epi. With a list of $599, these sold online for $429-$449 back in the day. Although 13 years old, this is an NOS guitar, unplayed, never retailed. With a setup that's way better than factory, it's a solid deal at $339.

EBS Black Label UniChorus Analog Processor, (pic2). Original Made in Sweden model. EBS is one of the premier builders of effects for bass and the UniChorus is their chorus/flanger/modulation effect, with a circuit designed specifically for the lower frequencies of the bass range.  It lets you switch between low-noise, studio-quality chorus, flanger, and pitch modulation effects.  Premium analog circuitry gives the UniChorus a smoother, warmer, and fatter chorus/flanger effect.  It has Depth and Rate controls plus stereo output.  It use noiseless FET switching and is equally at home in the studio and on stage - and it's definitely built for road use. New cost was $225 but get this one for just $129 with box and manual.

EBS Black Label Multidrive, (pic2). Original made in Sweden model. Mint in the box. Killer overdrive-fuzz-distortion effect, with a circuit designed specifically for the lower frequencies of the bass range.  It's a Class A pedal that produces tons of sustain, distortion, and tube-style effects. The mode switch selects flat, standard, or tube-simulation overdrive sounds while the Drive and Volume knobs control the amount of effect and output level. It use noiseless FET switching and is equally at home in the studio and on stage - and it's definitely built for road use.  New cost was $225 but get this one for just $99 with box and manual.

Trilogy Bridge TMB3 by Hipshot. Brand new and never installed. If you're into trying alternate tunings, there is nothing better. You can add a few detuners such as an original Hipshot and Hipshot tuner and use drop tunings on two strings, which is pretty cool. The Trilogy, however, allows you to detune any and ALL strings. It is a direct retrofit for USA Fender Strats, no modification is required, so your Strat can be returned to stock if desired. In all, the Trilogy offers an amazing 723 possible tunings, all at the flick of the thumb, and includes sample tuning chart. Each string has 3 positions with a straight tuning and 2 detune stops. For more info checkout Hipshot here. This unit installs very easily and is the most versatile alternate tuning system ever devised. Hipshot sells these for $395 but get this one brand new for just $199. Ships in original box with manual. Also have a clean used one, in box with manual, for $189.

Frantone "The Sweet" Germanium Fuzz. If you're looking for an extremely versatile germanium fuzz, and one that's actually controllable when you want it to be, The Sweet is for you. Hand-built by Frantone in the USA with the finest components and, of course, true bypass. Frantone describes this pedal as over the top in every way using the classic tone of germanium transistors and the longest sustaining and smoothest sounding all-transistor fuzztone you will ever own. Frantone designed many fuzztones, including the 2000 New York City Big Muff for Electro-Harmonix, and Frantone says this is the most extreme one he's ever made. The full bottom and crisp highs will astound you, and the endless sustain will make you cry like a baby. Hearing is believing, so Click here for a good YouTube demo and here for Harmony-Central reviews. Full specs are at Frantone's site here. Sold for $345 direct from Frantone but this one's mint in the box for $229. I've had many germanium fuzz units, including virtually every vintage one made. This is by the best of the lot.

1984 Bond Electraglide, (front), (headstock), (back), ("frets"), (LED window), (power box), (tools), (case/acc.). Rare bird that made quite a stir when it debuted at the '84 NAMM show. Despite the media hype and extensive advertising, the Electraglide was finished in '86, less than 2 years in production with shipping totals under 1000 guitars. The Bond "Electraglide", was made in Scotland UK by Scottish luthier Andrew Bond, and featured a ground-breaking combination of innovative features such as carbon-fiber construction, high-tech electronics, a digital display and a fingerboard that featured a height-adjustable nut and utilized saw-toothed shaped steps instead of conventional frets. Pickups/tones were selected via five pushbuttons; volume, treble and bass were incremented numerically via digital rocker switches, confirmed by a three-color LED readout, angled upward to make it visible to the player only (shown here). With 7 possible pickup combinations plus phase in/out for each, there are 13 pickup combination in total ( matrix here). Other features include 3 single coil pickups with "Bond" embossed pickup covers, Schaller bridge and tailpiece, Schaller tuners, chrome hardware, metal height adjustable nut, 25.5" scale, 1-5/8" nut width, and weight of around 8 lbs. Everything works properly on this guitar other than one segment of the middle LED is intermittent and works, for instance, on a "0" but one segment might be out on a "6" for instance. Although not wildly successful in their day, the Electraglide has become very collectable due to their rarity and innovation. There have been several famous users including Mick Jones, guitarist for "The Clash", is known to have used one with his band Big Audio Dynamite in the mid 1980s. The Edge used his extensively on The Joshua Tree, including the solo on One Tree Hill, as well as on Exit and and Mothers of Disappearance. Will Sargeant from Echo and The Bunnymen was also an Electraglide user. This is one of the most complete packages I've seen and in addition to the original case with keys it includes original manual, an extra fret nut, a Schaller "kit" screwdriver, original power supply (many have an aftermarket), and Allen wrenches. It's probably the nature of this guitar that they all play well but it plays great and I would guess that the setup would last indefinitely, unless you wanted to change it to higher action at the bridge or nut. The attack and sustain are pretty much the same as a good sounding wooden guitar. The neck is a C-shape and a medium depth. It's in excellent condition and highly recommended for collectors since it does represent one of the more innovative guitars of the 80's. Really nice example of a rare guitar for $1199.

Steinberg UR12 2x2 USB 2.0 Audio Interface, (stock front/back). Quality 2-in and 2-out USB 2.0 audio interface with a quality D-PRE microphone preamp. Allows you to record vocal and guitar simultaneously with zero-latency hardware monitoring using any supported DAW software on your PC, MAC and iPAD. Recording resolutions of up to 24-bit/192 kHz. As new in the box with everything. Sells at most online stores for $99. Get this one for just $45.

Complete Danelectro Pedalboard with 5 Effects. Overdrive-Chorus-Echo-Tremolo-Chromatic Tuner – Everything you need! What guitarist doesn't like some new tones to play with? Here's five very cool effects, complete with power supply and case, so you'll never have to mess with hooking them up every time you want to jam. These Dano mini effects are good sounding units and provide more bang for the buck than any other brand. Description:  Travel Case/Pedalboard loaded with FIVE Dano effects, new in the box and includes hard case, power supply, daisy chain to power pedals, connecting cords and 5 effects: Slap Echo/Delay (BLT), Tremolo (Tuna Melt), Chorus (Milkshake), Overdrive (Pastrami), and Chromatic Tuner.  List price was $254 but get it now for just $99(a few remaining as of 3/19/18) for the complete package. For the 6 units (including case/power supply) this works out to just $16.50 per unit.

DeArmond Model 41 "Toaster" Pickup w/Controls, (pic2). Popular Model 41 attachable pickup for acoustic or archtop guitar with separate box for volume and tone controls. Both parts are easily attached by screws. Note the baseplate/bezel, designed to allow the pickup to be fitted on both flat-top and archtop instruments. Works well and an easy upgrade to your vintage acoustic arcthop with pickup height being less than 3/8”. Selling the set with cable for $175. (Note: It’s not cracked, that’s just a hair).

Dearmond 210 Soundhole Pickup, (pic2). One of the most highly regarded conversion pickups on the vintage market. These early 60’s pickups were used to convert acoustic guitars to the “new” electric sound as folk music transitioned into the pop music which took over by the late ‘60s. Good sounding pickup with a volume control incorporated into the base. Has a quality Proco USA cable/plug attached but otherwise original. Nice shape as these go. $225.

Vintage Fender Manuals, (Jazz), Choice of Fender Strat (Rev B) 1978-80, Strat (Rev C) 1982-?, Jazz Bass (Rev A) 1977-79, Super Reverb/Pro Reverb 1974-?, Bandmaster/Bandmaster Reverb 1974-?. All are in clean shape and genuine vintage manuals. $49/shipped via first class mail.

Digitech RP155 Guitar Multi-Effect, (back). Nice price unit that's great for stage or studio and even includes 20-second looper! The RP155 gives you 83 amps, cabinets, stompboxes, and effects allowing you to get practically any sound you want, in addition to humbucker and single coil sounds out of whatever guitar you're using. It's also a great practice tool with 60 built-in drum patterns. With USB streaming audio, the it allows you to easily record directly to your computer's DAW. Effects include 48 high quality models including genuine Lexicon reverbs, plus Vox Clyde Wah, Boss CS-2 compressor, Arbiter Fuzz Face, Boss CE-2 Chorus, MXR Flanger, Digitech Whammy, Fender Twin amp reverb, digital-analog-tape delays, and much more. Very clean shape and works perfectly. Here’s a good demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWVR4edDtlg. At $39, it's worth it for the price of the looper alone. Includes power supply.

Harmony Short Scale Strat Style w/Gigbag, (front), (back), (headstock), (gigbag). Don’t know much about this guitar but it’s a cute little ¾ scale Strat style with a single coil slanted bridge pickup and volume control. Who could want more? Scale length measures around 19.5” and with the tuning stepped up a 5th (A to A), it makes a very serviceable electric mandolin. The only issue is fretting out in the upper register, which I’ll have Martin look at, but it has low action below the 12th fret so it won’t affect the main mandolin chording area regardless. Also recommended for young players who are too small for a full scale model. Unless we put a lot of bench time into it, selling for $49 and now includes a quality padded gigbag.

Korg Wave Shaper KWS-301. The rarest of the 1980’s Korg PME-40X series of plug in effects modules (you will need the PME base unit to operate this effect). Often described as a Fuzz or Distortion, the Wave Shaper is actually much more complex. It is actually more of an analog keyboard effect with the ability to range your sine wave from square to sawtooth while adding sustain much like a keyboard. The unit is equally popular with EDM, DJ’s, keyboardists, and guitarists. If you’re into such things, note that this is among the first 100 built. I’ve seen clean ones like this going from $400-$450. You can grab this one for $375. Nice shape; works perfectly.

2003 Fender American Series Telecaster – Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). I haven’t mentioned this in a while but…black is the most popular electric guitar based on new guitar sales, and has retained a slight edge over sunburst for many years. Just an interesting fact to begin. I’ve written so many of these listings that I know most of the info is repetition. The American Series made its debut in 2000 and had a handful of improvements over the ’87-’99 American Standard. Bottom line is it’s a quality guitar with classic Tele twang that’s easy to play. Overall very nice shape for 12 years old with the worst flaw being a scratch in the clear coat on back (shown here). It hasn’t been played much so the frets are in beautiful shape and it has extremely nice low action. It needs nothing to take to a gig tonight. Nice value for $775 and includes clean original case.

2004 Fender '69 Telecaster Thinline – Natural Mahogany, (front), (headstock), (back). My favorite of the Classic Series, the '69 Thinline is, outwardly, identical to the one Fender made in 1969. The Thinline is made with the traditional Tele silhouette, but in a more lightweight package. A mahogany or ash body without the chamber would make it 8-9 lbs; with the chamber it’s 2 lbs less. In fact, this hollowbody design was originally developed as a solution to Fender's dwindling supply of lightweight ash and mahogany back in the 60's. Features include lightweight semi-hollow mahogany body, 1-pc U-shaped maple neck with 7.25" radius and 21 vintage-style frets, two vintage-style single-coil Alnico pickups, vintage-style 3-saddle strings thru-body Tele bridge, 3-way pickup switch with master volume and tone, Fender/Schaller vintage F-tuners, 4-ply white pearloid pickguard, Top hat blade switch tip, '60's style black/gold logo, single string tree, and Synthetic bone nut. Has an excellent set up with low action and overall very clean other than a small white spot on the back of the treble horn. If you’re a fan of the Tele twang but want a bit of relief for your shoulder, give a Thinline a try. Sold new for $899; this one is just $599 including a deluxe gigbag, or $669 with a clean Fender hardshell case.

THD Hot Plate 2.7 Ohms Attenuator, for 2.7 Ohm load and works best for amps rated at 2.7 ohms such as Fender 3X10 combo's. Offers Bright and Deep switches for tailoring your sound - Bright switch gives you two different high frequency levels to compensate for an overly bright, or dull speaker cabinet while the Deep switch offers two distinct bass settings to help you fill out the bottom end, or reduce the bass in a cabinet with too much low end.  Has built-in noise reduction up to 10dB, line out, and a fan to keep it cool.  Perfect shape, works flawlessly, and with new ones going for $349, a sweet deal for $229.

Jet City Jettenuator Power Amp Attenuator, (front/back). New in the box! Designed by Soldano - the most versatility you’ll find in an attenuator for the cost. Anyone who has tried to get a quality tube tone out of a higher powered amp knows that a master volume control only allows you to over drive the 12AX7’s in the preamp. These units are a must for players with higher powered amps who want to hear the singing quality of their tube amp at lower volume levels. You can run your power tubes hot, like up to 5 or 10, and not be too loud for the room. It’s equally effective live and in the studio. Unlike a lot of others, this one accommodates amp inputs at 4, 8, or 16-ohms while a separate line-level output is included with its own level control. Use this to connect Jettenuator to an external power amplifier, or effects processors in professional applications. It also features a MicSim output which is a balanced, XLR output that simulates a microphone in front of a speaker. You can attenuate your amp while simultaneously sending a quality “mic” feed to the FOH or mixing deck.  Store price on these are $239, but get them here for $165.

Jet City Afterburner Dual-Stage Overdrive. Great Dual-Stage overdrive that’s designed by Mike Soldano. Clean Boost and OD in one! The first stage is a straight-up overdrive for adding gain to the front-end of a tube amp. The second stage is a "clean" boost to punch up your level for solos, etc. It features an independent control of overdrive and "afterburner" boost stage. The volume controls the overall output level, and the tone controls the tone definition. You can dial in quality tones - blues, funk, or rock, and it’s built with Jet City’s boutique-quality materials, spec’d by Jet City Amplification. These are $89 online, or I have a few here for just $59.

Jet City JCA2212 1X12 Combo, (panel), (top), (back), (back panel), (acc.). If you're a rock guitarist looking for a killer lower powered combo, this baby was designed by Mike Soldano and has the massive thick sustain you would expect from Soldano. It's a dual-channel amp, advertised as a clean and high-gain but it's more like a tube Marshall, with a semi-clean channel and an overdrive channel. The Crunch (clean) channel does have some chime thanks to the EL84's but it's far from the sparkling clean like a Fender. It cranks 20 watts (conservative rating) through a single Jet City Eminence Custom driver, with outputs in back to add additional cabinets. The back panel also has an effects loop and footswitch input. The footswitch (included) selects the "clean" or overdrive channel. The circuit is all tube with five 12AX7 preamp and a pair of EL84 power. On the front panel each channel has its own Preamp and Master Volume control, and they share the EQ section of Bass, Middle, Treble, and Presence. Unlike a lot of budget tube amps this one actually has a real wood cabinet with multi-ply, void-free hardwood, which is lighter and has better acoustic properties than the particleboard used on many amps. Because of this the amp weighs in at just 38 lbs. Chassis is made of 16 gauge cold-rolled steel and the power transformer uses worldwide current with tapes at 100v/120v/220v/240v. If you're looking for an amp that's perfect for classic rock and modern rock, with excellent variations within that genre, this could be the perfect amp. I even like the cleaner tones but, again, it's more like a EVH or Whitesnake clean. Offered in flawless condition, out of the box only to shoot pics.  This is a very well engineered amp for the rock player and with the build quality a cut above others in this price range, it's an excellent buy at $399, or guitar trades of course.  Includes original box, manual, and footswitch which switches from Crunch and Overdrive channels.

1995 Grosh Hollow T Silver Sparkle, (front), (headstock), (back), (neck/body dates), (neck), (spec sheet), (case).  Beautiful early model Grosh - serial #113.  Long story on this one but, briefly, I bought it, along with around 30 other fine pieces, from a collector in Maryland years ago.  Grosh used to build these with the sparkle top made out of plastic but there was a design flaw and, over time, the plastic shrank, leaving a gap between the binding and the edge of the top all the way around the top.  Martin called his buddy Don and Don agreed to repair the guitar for us, although using real flake and lacquer instead of plastic. 18 months later, it returned, better than new. In order to keep the finish from being too thick, thus killing the liveliness of the top, Grosh used a very thin finish, with less flake that you'll see on more flashy guitars, where there are so many coats that the guitar sounds dead. As a result, there isn’t as much flake along the edge, only visible when viewed very closely (shown here). From a foot away it looks totall killer.  I'd call it a good compromise between a flashy look and a toneful guitar.  Features of this fine guitar include:  alder body with tone chambers, maple neck with round back profile, 1 5/8" nut width, 10" fretboard radius, 6150 medium jumbo frets, rosewood fretboard with clay dot inlays, vintage flat mount bridge with stamped steel saddles, strings thru body, and body binding.   Pickups are both humbuckers with a Lindy Fralin in the bridge and a Duncan '59 in the neck.  It's a superb playing guitar with a fairly complex tone, great for country licks, classic rock, or blues, pretty much anything but heavy metal. The original owner of this guitar was strictly a collector with lots of fine guitars and no time to play them; it's probably seen less than 20 hours of playing time. Retail on this guitar was $2590...22 years ago.  The current model Retro Classic Hollow T base model retails for $3199, not including a $400 upcharge for sparkle finish or $350 for body binding, nearly $4K total.  You can own this fine, barely played '95 model for just $1700.

Custom "Relic" Strat – Teal Metallic Nitro - Flamed Neck w/Quality Electronics, (front), (headstock), (neck1 neck2), (back), (vintage routes), (electronics), (trem). Looking for a great Strat for less than a new Mex? This is a very cool looking, excellent playing Strat with some vintage appeal but modern sound, courtesy of EMG SA active pickups with the quick-disconnect wires – has the vintage look but the quiet performance of EMG’s. It's a pro-refinished body, the origins are unknown but it’s a lacquer finish in Teal Metallic.  Likewise, the neck had no distinctive markings other than a smeared red stamp near the butt.  It's obviously a quality neck regardless, with very nice flame on the fretboard, back of the neck, and headstock.  Tuners are DiMarzio, vintage style with nickel buttons and one string tree.  Good quality tremolo with cast steel saddles and heavy trem block as well as Dunlop locking strap pins. The trem appears blocked in the pic but we've removed the wood so it works normally now.  The original builder used some random fretboard "wear" so we went ahead and put wear marks in the normal spots so it looks more realistic.  The body has a few minor flaws and looks more like a Closet Classic, i.e. not aged to any degree.  With a new Roadworn going for $900, this one is as good for 1/2 the price.  $450 includes quality Chris’s Guitars gigbag.  

Musicman RD112 One Hundred Combo, (panel), (back), (tube chart/footswitch), (speaker). Very cool amp from the early 80's. It's a very good sounding 1X12 combo in a hybrid design with 100 watts tube power with a solid state preamp.  You tube heads shouldn't be afraid to try this out as it really sounds great, and the real tube warmth is in the power section when you crank it up and saturate the 6L6's.  Features include:  dual channels with controls for bass, treble, and middle. Bass booster (deep switch), and a high frequency booster (bright switch), solid state pre-amp, with tube power amp ( 6L6GC), two serial line in/out insert jacks with the first line in/out is .1 volts and is situated after tone controls and before reverb or gain, the other is 3 volts is after tone, gain, and reverb. These insert jacks are a godsend for many guitarists with the ability to insert a pedal level chain and/or and a line level chain. Run whatever preamp you want, bypass the onboard preamp, run 100% tube circuit! It also features speaker extension w/ 4 to 8 ohm switch. Standby, Hi on, Low on, and off and well as Hi and low channel inputs. This model got great reviews on Harmony-Central (link), where 10 reviews gave it a 9.7 in "sound quality" and an "overall" of 9.7, remarkable scores for this forum.  The covering is original black Tolex with original grill cloth as well - this amp is 100% stock.  I don’t know how you squeeze 100W from a pair of 6L6s but, who knows, it’s certainly loud. Although diminutive in size, this is a very heavy amp, due in part to the original Electrovoice (EV12L) speaker with one of the heaviest magnets you'll see in a guitar speaker. Includes original 2-button footswitch with LED.   Overall very nice shape for 35 years, sounds great, and designed for a few more decades of hassle-free use.  $450.

Boss BF-3 Flanger.  Another pedal that had been around for 21 years, the BF-2, was finally replaced in 2002 with the BF-3, again with major changes from the previous pedal.  Technically speaking, the BF-3 uses digital electronics instead of the "bucket brigade" circuits used by older Flanger pedals, which results in very low noise. The BF-3 has two new modes, Ultra and Gate/Pan, that allows for unique Flanger sounds not possible with earlier Boss flanger pedals. It also features a momentary mode which turns on flanging instantly as well as a tap tempo to set your flanging in time with the beat.  Resonance/Manual are adjustable via concentric knobs, followed by Depth control, Rate control, and the Mode switch. It features separate bass and guitar inputs as well as stereo outputs.  Here's a brief demo (link) which shows some of the flanging effects, as well as a very trippy chorus near the end.  Sells new for $139 but this used one's in nice shape and $79.

2015 Fender Classic Vibe 60's Squier Stratocaster - Matching Headstock, (front), (headstock), (back).  Top of the line Squier with classic looks, excellent playability, and quality tone. This particular model is finished in Burgandy Mist Metallic, with matching headstock, one of the cool custom finishes from Fender in the ‘60’s. The Classic Vibe replaced the earlier Vintage Modified in 2009 but they had a brief run and came back later with some cool upgrades. This model now has the proper alder body rather than the Indian red cedar used on the Vintage Modifieds.  Other features include rosewood fingerboard; 21-fret, vintage-tint gloss maple neck, gloss finished body, vintage style tuners, modern 9.5" neck radius, 21 medium-jumbo frets, and a custom set of Alnico V single coil pickups with a quick attack plus a bridge pickup with more midrange presence - custom staggered pole pieces provide improved string-to-string balance. This guitar is unplayed condition without a hint of wear, with the plastic still on the pickguard/pickups/plate, etc.  We’ve been quite impressed with the Classic Vibe Strats and the quality brings to mind the early Squiers of the early 80's. I actually think these are better quality than comparable Mex Standard Strats. A new one will run you $399, with a mediocre factory setup. For less money you can get this one that’s better than new with a proper set up for excellent playability right out of the box. Just $339 for this very cool Strat.

Marshall MG10CF 1X6.5” Combo. As new in the box and never used. Good sounding practice amp that does a Marshall tone especially well. Features clean and overdrive channels, with gain and contour controls on the overdrive channel; volume only on the clean channel. It’s loaded with a custom 6.5” speaker, and features an MP3/Line In for jamming along to a track, as well as an emulated headphone output for silent practice. I’ve had a few of these and can testify that Marshall has done a good job of nailing their classic tube tone with a solid state design. The Clean channel is nice and clean at lower volume, but if you want to play louder, go to the OD channel where you’ll hear something not unlike an overdriven Marshall tube amp. Check out this demo for more. Sells new everywhere for $79. Get this one, never used and in the box with manual, for just $55.

Faber Les Paul Bridge/Tailpiece/Studs. The ABR59 bridge is designed for Gibson guitars using the Nashville bridge system (i.e., non Custom Shop Les Pauls). Also for use with Faber conversion bridges posts for Nashville system. The TP59 tailpiece is finished in gloss nickel and is 1/3 the weight (1 oz. vs. 3.2 oz.) of zinc alloy used on most modern guitars. The TPST studs are made to original vintage spec, from the finest available German steel, in 5/16-24 thread pattern. Will fit any USA made Gibson with 5/16-24 insert bushings, or the Faber TPI tailpiece bushings. Get these from Faber for $128+, or get this set, new and never installed, for $85. Nice!

1984 Fender Esprit Standard w/Two Sets of Pickups, (front), (headstock), (back), (back flaws), (orig. pickups). Although I have good luck finding these, this is a fairly rare model, especially scarce in recent years. This one’s finished in "Autumn Burst" with the top in stunning condition; back has a minor paint touch up and a few scratches near the treble horn. Although I'm always actively searching for these, I've only had around 10 Elite/Flame models in the past 10 years. I sold this very guitar a few years ago with the stock Schaller pickups installed. The local customer had Martin install a good set of Duncans with an Alnico 2 Pro Trembucker in the bridge and a ’59 in the neck. The TB-APH1 was chosen because it better matched the string spacing of the Esprit bridge. The original pickups and rings will be supplied to the customer, with the Duncans installed. The Esprit was the predecessor to the Robben Ford Signature Model, which was basically the same guitar in a custom shop version (pic of Robben with Esprit Ultra).  Fender had been trying to steal a portion of Gibson's market for many years, namely a guitar with dual humbuckers on a double-cutaway body; guitars like the Coronado, Wildwood, Starcaster, etc. In the early/mid-80's Fender's effort was the "Master Series", which included the semi-solidbody Flame and Esprit, and the D'Aquisto hollowbodies, all having with 3 models in each line (Standard, Elite, & Ultra), differing by hardware and cosmetic appointments. The Esprit, was basically identical to the Flame but in a slightly (14" vs. 13") larger symmetrical body (Flame was slightly asymmetrical). The Standard was the base model with single ply body binding, neck and headstock binding, simple Les Paul style controls (dual hums, dual Vol-tone, 3-way), dot inlays, rosewood fretboard, metal tuner buttons, and an excellent "three-axis" (including side-to-side spacing) Schaller tuneomatic bridge and stopbar tailpiece. Other features of the Esprit Standard include tone-chambered Alder body with carved maple top and set-neck, 3-pc maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 24 3/4" scale (same as Gibson), flat 12" radius, an special Schaller humbuckers. The tone chambered body was credited with the Esprit's traditional archtop top, with none of the feedback problems of F-hole type guitars, but the same resonance and sustain--and fuller, rounder tone. The Schaller humbuckers feature different spacing for neck and bridge, which is why this one has the Trembucker bridge pickup. The Master Series had a brief run, with the Esprit officially produced from ca. '84 to '86 but actual production run was less than 2 years. Total production for this model is said to be only around 4,000 units.  Here's a good site for the Master Series - http://www.masterseriesguitars.com - with a lot of info on all of the models. As you can see in the pics, this Esprit, finished in Autumn Burst, is slightly under a museum piece which I chalk up to perhaps one careless night since the frets are perfect, the top is immaculate, but the back has some dings and gouges in the finish, the worst being a small area in the cutaway which we refinished and lacquered over (shown in pic above). It does not have any cracks or other serious issues and is, overall, in very nice condition. If you like low action - this is your guitar. With the strings slotted low at the nut, the action starts out low at the 1st fret and stays low all the way up the neck. It is, simply put, a phenomenal playing guitar. Esprit's have become highly prized guitars, due to their rarity and the fact that they're great guitars, with clean examples going $1500 and up, and a lot of guys trying to get that for well-worn examples on Ebay. If don't mind some dings on the back side only, you will love this guitar.  For $1350 you're getting a guitar that plays exceptionally well, sounds excellent, and even looks fine from the audience perspective. Includes original pickups and rings, as well as a top of the line Chris’s Guitars gigbag. 

Ca. 1968 Gretsch 6169 Chet Atkins Amp & 6169 Chet Atkins 12+15 Cabinet, (head back), (cab cab2), (cab cover), (catalog info). (please note this amp looks much cleaner in person). Super rare model, especially with the 12”/15” cabinet, which is wired in stereo to allow effects (trem/reverb) to be sent to the 12”, with the straight signal routed to the 15”. Amp features dual channels with Vol, Treb, and Bass on each, as well as low/high gain switch, dual dual inputs on each channel plus a dual input that runs to both speakers. This thing uses 15 tubes including quad 6L6 power which puts out a strong 70 watts. Cosmetically it’s much better than other 60’s Gretschs I’ve seen. It has all original parts, with the worst flaw being some pitting on the chrome panel. Speaker cabinet has had the original cover on it for most of its life so it’s in exceptional shape. The cabinet has a different covering than the head and I would strongly guess that the cab, if not both pieces, to be Valco made. Everything appears to work properly, although I would recommend getting it benched because it’s been sitting for decades in a closet. There are some real beater 60’s Gretsch amps out there but this one is clearly one of the nicer ones. If Gretsch is your thing, it’s hard to beat this vintage Chet Atkins set up. Selling as it sits for $1200, or a bit higher if I get it benched and tuned up. Includes original stereo amp-speaker cable and original 6169 cabinet cover.

Retro-King Tremtone 5G9 1X12 Combo, (top), (panel), (spkr/label), (back), (hand-wired circuit), (footsw). Hand-wired and designed after one of the holy grail of amps, the brown early 60’s Fender Tremolux. Built in nearby Marcellus NY, the Tremtone isn’t what you want if you want your amp to have massive breakup, but you probably already have pedals that do that for you. What it does have is massive clean headroom and it takes pedals extremely well. At 18 watts, it’s the perfect choice for home or studio work – and it’s also a great club amp, possibly mic’d for larger venues. The circuit is identical to the original Fender 5G9 circuit with the exception of a standby switch and bias control on the Tremtone, plus a lower value on a few caps to make it accommodate both single coils and humbuckers. Features include hand-wired point to point eyelet board, lacquered pine tweed cabinet, Weber 12" Alnico 12" 12A150(B) speaker, Jupiter tone and bypass caps, carbon comp resistors, classic tone original spec transformers, tremolo foot switch, 2 Channels (bright and normal) each with two inputs, tone control, tremolo speed and depth controls. Tube complement includes all JJ tubes with two 6V6 power, three 12AX7 preamp, and a 5U4 rectifier. For a full review it’s hard to do better than ToneQuest so click here if you want the full skinny. This one’s serial #0004 if that’s important to you.  Sells new for $1795 but get this one, in beautiful shape and never used outside the home, for just $1199. Includes original footswitch, never taken out of the box.

2009 Fender Custom Shop '62 Stratocaster Heavy Relic, (front), (back), (headstock back), (wear-1  #2  #3), (case etc.).  Very cool custom shop model in Candy Tangerine, which looks close to Candy Red. In addition to the tangerine color, it has a silver undercoat, with a white “Fullerplast” under the silver, while a Candy Red uses gold, then white. Lots of heavy wear to the body on this one, which a lot of you guys and gals love; they beat the living crap out of the body with plenty of areas worn through some, or all, coats, and most of the back of the neck taken down to wood. Likewise, the hardware is heavily discolored, and the pickup covers have rounded worn edges, again rendering the appearance of a guitar that’s spent most of its life on stage. In truth, it’s seen scant actual use which means the frets are perfect and it plays as good as the day it left the factory 6 years ago. Like a lot of Relics, Fender listened to customer feedback and used the modern large frets and flatter 9.5” fretboard radius, which means it plays just like your favorite modern Strat. At 7 lbs. 13 oz., it’s lightweight and very resonant; nice loud acoustic tone.  The body is swap ash, and I think Fender was using “Custom Shop Strat” pickups in ’09, which sound very good and, of course, wonderfully aged pole pieces. This is a great Strat at great price, $2250. Includes ’62 style brown case, certificate, cable, cloth, strap, paperwork, and back cover (installed upon request).

Line 6 POD 2.0.  The most influential multi-effect on stage and in the studio of all time. The POD 2.0 is the original "Kidney Bean" model that virtually revolutionized guitar recording starting in the late 90's.  With a vast choice of amp, cabinet, mic, and effects models, most studios can do every guitar track with just one unit.  Sure, you'll still see a wall full of vintage amps but to the guys who aren't purists about such things, the POD sounds as good and is much easier to work with than moving amps around and patching in different effects in a pedalboard.  If you're one of the few who have never tried these out I highly recommend it.  Especially for $79 which includes original power supply and is in pretty nice shape as these go.

1966 Fender Mustang Pickup, (pic2). Genuine vintage Fender part, dated 8-29-66. Looks like a Strat but flat poles in ’66 = Mustang. Has had a solder post touch-up but wire looks original. Output rated at 6.35K, which is right for a ’66 Mustang. If you’re restoring an old Mustang, keep it original. $225.

1973 Fender Strat Pickup, (pic2). Nice vintage condition. With cover. $225.

SGC Jazz Bass Pickup. I’ve had this since the ‘90s. Works perfectly. Think it’s part of a 9V system. $20.

Stewart-MacDonald Hardtail Bridge. Chrome, perfect for hardtail Strat or Tele project. New, complete kit. $14.

Fender Vintage Noiseless Set. Removed from a ’13 Clapton Strat, some prefer these to the later N3 and SCN pickups. Clean shape with wires cut to the proper length. Hand-beveled stag poles, Alnico 2 magnets, plastic bobbins, and Polysol coated magnetic wires. Clean shape. $115.

MXR Analog Chorus. Just got in a pair of clean MXR Anglogs. Excellent and affordable choice for all-analog chorus for players who treasure the warmth of the chorus’s of the late 70’s and ‘80’s. After DM-2’s and AD9’s players needed an affordable alternative and these are around ½ the price of those vintage pieces. It has the usual rate, level, and depth controls, plus low and high EQ cuts to tailor your tone. Click here for a simple demo from MusicToyz. Like the delay above this one’s super clean with the box and paperwork. These are very clean other than Velcro on bottom. Don’t pay $99, get one of these for $65.

2005 Fender American Series Telecaster w/upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock), (case). Clean American Tele with a few upgrades/enhancements including Seymour Duncan ‘59 Jr bridge pickup, 3-ply black pickguard, and black Schaller strap lock pins. The ‘59 humbucker really opens up the sonic versatility of a Tele. You still have a classic Tele sound on the neck pickup, plus a powerful and quiet bridge pickup; combined they’re very thick but still twangy. Based on new guitar sales, black is now the most popular color in electric guitars, surpassing sunburst. Must be the “evil rock” effect. The American Series made its debut in 2000 and had a handful of improvements over the ’87-’99 American Standard. Very nice shape for 11 years with no major flaws, great frets, and a killer low set up. We can change back to any or all stock parts at no cost, or add a push/pull pot (splits the ’59) for $20. Especially with over $100 in upgrades, this is an excellent value at $799. Includes original case.

Sperzel 6-in-Line Locking Tuners. Top of the line USA Trim-Lok set, new in the box and never installed. Best set for your SuperStrat. Staggered height so no need for string trees. $49.

Fender American Standard Tuners. For your American Standard or other Strats. Clean shape. $35.

Gibson Deluxe Tuners. 3+3 for your SG, LP, and most other Gibsons. Vintage style with aged Keystone plastic buttons. $38.

Carl Martin Two Faze, Hand-made in Denmark and some of the finest stomp box effects on the market.  The Two Faze has two independent phase shifters built into one pedal, with LED flash indicators to sync - or slightly off sync - your effects.  You can do some cool stuff with this by combining the effects or simply preset them for different passages or songs.  Top notch components, true bypass, very quiet, and built in power supply.  These go for $259 new ($370 list) but this clean used one is just $175.

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay. This pedal has been in production for a very long time, although this one is perhaps a year old. It was first released in 1986, although other than cosmetic changes, it's identical to earlier DD-2 which was released 3 years earlier. Specs are the same as always; delay time of 12.5 to 800ms, hold function for infinite repeats, and effect level to mix the original and delayed sound. It sells new for $129; this one is perfect in the box for $85.

DiMarzio Area T Bridge DP418. For Telecaster bridge position. New. $55.

DiMarzio Vintage Minibucker DP240. Has more chime than your vintage Mini Humbucker. Slick top chrome cover rather than exposed screws. Clean shape. $50

DiMarzio Air Norton DP193. Can be used bridge or neck. Less string pull than your average humbucker and very controllable dynamics. $45.

Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 Nickel Cover. Duncan’s most popular pickup. Nickels run $99 new. Get this clean one for $65.

Seymour Duncan Original Parallel Axis PA-TB1b. The original bridge model Trembucker, especially good for guitars with Floyd Rose trems. $100 new but this mint one’s just $65.

Seymour Duncan ’59 Bridge Zebra SH-1B. A killer bridge humbucker sure to please PAF fans. Zebra coils just sound better, right? $49.

1980 Gibson PAF Humbucker. Restoring a Norlin Gibson? You need the right equipment. Rare black/white bobbins (not black/cream!). Patent engraved on base. $150.

Vintage Gibson Mini Humbucker with cover and ring. PAF sticker still partially visible. Proper pickup for your early model Les Paul Deluxe or early ‘60’s Epiphone. Genuine vintage parts here. If you need one, this one’s nicely priced at $199.

Vintage Gibson Mini Humbucker – Cover and Ring Only. If you need these parts to restore your vintage Deluxe, get the pair for $39.

Fender Hardshell Acoustic Case, (pic2). Virtually new, immaculate condition. Good quality construction and excellent protection for your dreadnought or 12-string acoustic. Heavily reinforced 1” foam padding with plush black lining. Sleek chrome hardware including metal feet, 4 latches, 3 hinges, and key lock with extra keys. Sells new for $99; this one’s perfect and just $55.

Gibson LG-0/1/2 Gigbag. New, never used. Fits a small body Gibson like the LG-2 below, or the L-00. Nicely padded, good protection. $35.

Don Grosh Pickguard – Electrajet. Dress up your Electrajet with this nice tortoise shell model. Some copper foil on reverse to keep down the hum. If you need one of these from Don, you’ll pay up, but get this one for just $25.

Marshall MG10CF Combo, (panel). Marshall has mastered the analog tone in all their amps. Even this little MG10CF sounds like a Marshall, with commendable crunch and gain, and a very creamy tone, all out of a little 6.5” speaker. Rated at 10 watts with clean and overdrive channels, with headphone out and MP3/phone/line input for playing along with your tunes. Sells new for $79.99 but this perfect used one’s ½ price at just $39.98.

Jensen P12Q and Celestion G12H-30 12" Speakers, (back). Jensen P12Q is 8 ohms, rated at 40 watts, and comes with the dust bell-cover pictured. It is described as very warm, mid-focused bite with clear bright highs. Presented with overdrive distortion it remains well balanced. The G12H-30 is an 8 ohm, rated at 30 watts. It is loud and proud thanks to its heavy magnet structure, and provides a fusion of the Vintage 30 and the Greenback speakers, producing a thick, warm and syrupy sound while still retaining a tight and focused bottom end. These two speakers pair very well for a more complex tone than you get out of a matched pair of speakers. A new P12Q will run you $138 but you can get this very clean pair for just $12 more. $150 takes the pair. Note: Jensen comes with new pads in the box.

1983 Fender USA Stratocaster,  (front/back), (headstock), (Kahler Pro Trem), (Kahler Nut), (case case2). '83 Strats are frequently maligned, mainly due to the surface-mounted Freeflyte tremolo system that was, admittedly, ill-conceived, plus other cost-saving measures of the era including pickguard-mounted output jack and only one tone knob.  While it took a long time for ‘83s catch on in the vintage market, a dozen years ago they started to take off and now they command prices higher than a new Strat, which indicates folks are appreciating the vintage value.  The bottom line though, is many of these are excellent utility guitars.  Fit and finish on these are actually better than the 70's 3-bolt Strats where "the gap" was commonplace, with a neck that didn't properly fit the body.  Regarding the tremolo, the good news is the Freeflyte trems can be rather easily replaced with a Kahler Pro, as was done on this  guitar.  The Kahler Pro is an excellent system and along with the Floyd Rose, is the choice of top American guitars like Jackson.  The feel isn't as stiff and it stays in tune very well.  Kahler also offered two styles of locking nuts, both used in conjunction with a standard nut.  One requires an Allen wrench to loosen while they also offered this style which loosens with a flick of the thumb.  Overall this one is very clean for 26 years with no major scratches on the body and it's obviously been well cared for.  Frets have been recently dressed and there is plenty of life left in the frets.  One major upgrade is a set of Custom Shop Texas Specials have been installed and they sound great.  It also sports a new pickguard, installed when the pickups were swapped.  At 9 lbs. on the nose, this guitar is medium weight for an '83 - I've had many of them over 10 lbs.  If you're looking for a quality utility Strat that is pretty much impervious to going out of tune, with quality Texas Specials installed, here's a nice buy at $950. Includes a nice tweed case.

Early 80’s Hondo II Professional Double-Cut, (front), (back), (headstock), (controls). Quality import from the early 80’s made at the Japanese Matsumoku factory. I’m not sure what the pickups are but they’re good sounding and obviously DiMarzio style with the double-cream bobbins. In addition to the 3-way selector there’s also a mini switch by the volume/tone which splits the coils for single coil operation as well. Features a solid body (not plywood) of what appears to be ash and mahogany, with a hardtail bridge and strings-thru-body design. While not a fancy guitar, it’s well made, plays well, and sounds very good. With the prices of vintage Japan electrics always on the rise, this is still a good value at $239.

1984 Marshall JCM-800 Model 4212 2X12 Combo - Master Volume - Channel Switching - Reverb, (back), (top), (panel), (back panel), (sides).  Just back out of the shop with all new filter caps and it’s good to go.  The 4212 is a 50-watter (dual EL34's) with channel switching and reverb.  These Master Volume/Split Channel/Reverb amps came in 4 versions, the 100W head and 2X12 combo (2210 and 4211), and 50W head and 2X12 combo (2205 and 4212).  Michael Doyle, author of "The History of Marshall", holds the 2210 as his personal favorite of the entire JCM800 line (page 48), which is a sentiment that I share.  These were the amps that bridged the old and the new, still with the same basic circuit and quality components of the JMP line, but with all the "modern" features like dual channels, effects loop, D.I. output, and reverb - and all were "new"  to the JCM800 line, i.e. weren't previously in the JMP line-up.  These came in both 6550 for the USA tone and, like this one, EL34's for the UK tone.  The tone is pure Marshall crunch and, typically, not a lot of clean tone on these so your channel switching can be overdrive/move overdrive.  Although they don't get a shimmering clean tone like a Fender, few amps will beat this for creamy and crunchy tones and in this amp you'll hear the tone used on 80% of the rock/metal acts from the 80's and 90's.  Features include a "Normal" channel and "Boost" channel, the former with only gain - bass - treble controls; while the Boost has a red light when engaged, and has the usual bass-mid-treble-volume-gain.  Both channels share a master volume (thus 3 gain stages on the Boost channel - and overdrive ability on the Normal channel - plus a shared Presence control and master Reverb.  The rear panel has an effects loop and D.I. output with level control.  Appears all original other than speakers changed to a quality pair of Eminence G1's with heavy Alnico magnets.  Cosmetically, this amp isn't a near mint museum piece.  It has seen some road use so there are miscellaneous flaws to the covering, stains on both sides, a bit of tape here and there, and a few replaced knobs, but despite cosmetics, there is nothing "tired" about this baby.  They have reissues some of the JCM800 line, with street prices starting around $2K - but I'd never consider any reissue when the real deal is available for less.  This amp is over 30 years old and sounds fantastic.  Everything works properly and it sounds well-tuned and ready to gig.  A killer and complete backline set up for $1199.  I probably have a 2-button footswitch (channel/reverb), possibly a later Marshall with LED indicators.

Mad Professor Golden Cello Overdrive & Delay, (knobs). This one gives you a huge singing overdrive tone, combined with a faithful tape echo type delay. Best of all, it's all combined in a single compact pedal, thus saving valuable real estate on your pedalboard. Volume adjusts the final output level; Tone controls mainly the treble and can be set from soft to sharp, Distortion sets the sustain and distortion level from light to saturated, and Delay sets the level of build in delay. Inside there are also two trimmer pots to set the delay repeat and delay length plus a trimmer for volume into the delay. Here’s a good demo that uses just a guitar/amp and the Golden Cello (link). These sell new for $196 but this one’s barely used and a good deal at $129.

1991 Fender Heartfield Talon, (front), (back), (headstock), (detail), (pickups). Fairly rare model from Fender; don’t think I’ve had once since the late ‘90’s. If you’re a fan of the HM Strat, this is a very comparable model, and since they never gained the popularity of HM’s due to bad timing, they’re around ½ the price. The Talons were Heartfield's most marketed guitar, designed and marketed to compete directly with Ibanez. In fact, these were made at Japan's Fuji-Gen factory, right alongside the Ibanez guitars they were going after. You have to admit, this guitar looks a whole lot like the Ibanez RG-550, including features like HSH pickup configuration, double locking Floyd Rose, large pickguard, flat/wide fretboard, and similar body shape. Unfortunately, like the USA Prodigy, these guitars came on the scene around the same time that metal was dying and grunge was taking off, which led to a quick death. The Talon debuted in '89 and was dropped in '93. This particular one is finished in Frost Red, which has a very slight flip-flop effect depending on the viewing angle. Features include basswood body with sharp horns, sculpted neck joint with bolt-on maple neck, rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, 22 jumbo frets, super flat 17" radius, thin contour U-shaped neck, black hardware, Gotoh tuners, Schaller/Floyd Rose German-made tremolo 3-ply pickguard with sharp corners, HSH pickup configuration with 5-way switch, volume, and TBX control. I’m not sure which particular model this one is since the pickups have been changed, currently having a Duncan Invader bridge humbucker and a Meanstreet neck humbucker, with an unknown single coil in the middle. The tremolo is a top of the line German-made Schaller Floyd Rose (which I’m told wasn’t original) which stays in tune perfectly. Playing this guitar is a joy for shred licks, due to the extremely flat fretboard, thin neck, easy upper register access, and low action. The Invader is as hot and fat-bottomed as anyone could want. I’m not well-versed with Meanstreet pickups but I’ve read that they’re supposed to be voiced like an EVH or Axis. I think this guitar compares easily to the countless HM Strats I’ve had with a similar feel, tone, and playability. Although I can’t verify originality, it’s in nice shape overall and just $329.

Floyd Rose Speedloader Tremolo Bridge, (pic2).  Top of the line German-made (Schaller) model and the final upgrade in the Original Floyd Rose line. The SpeedLoader Tremolo offers all the versatility of the original Floyd Rose Tremolo with the ease and performance of the SpeedLoader System. You can still execute the most subtle tremolo or wildest dive-bombing effects and return to perfect tuning every time. The SpeedLoader tremolo also features the new Floyd Rose TremStopper that enables the player to block the tremolo system with a simple turn of a screw.  Here’s a video demo at YouTube.   Box is a bit shop worn but this set-up is new and never installed.  Richie Sambora, CC DeVille, and Brad Whitford are among the many pro players who are now using the Speedloader.  Includes everything: nut, trem arm, studs, screws, and claw – even Speedloader strings. This model sold in stores for $249 but this one's new with all the parts for $159.

2014 Fender American Standard Telecaster - 3-Tone Sunburst, (front), (back), (headstock back), (case).   Classic 3-tone sunburst with maple board, beautiful condition, and one of the best playing Tele's you'll find.  The set up on this one is low, allowing for a very fast playing neck with superb playability throughout the register.  Getting a great neck that sets up low is only half of the picture.  When you get low action that doesn't fret out during bends, then you've got a truly great player.  Features include alder body, maple neck with Modern “C” Shape (gloss headstock face with satin urethane finish on back of neck), 9.5” radius, 22 medium jumbo frets, 1.685” nut, Fender staggered cast/sealed tuning machines, new style saddles on chrome-plated brass bridge, volume and tone control - Delta tone "no load" tone circuit.  Stock pickups are quality Custom Shop models with a Twisted Tele in the neck position and Broadcaster at the bridge. Other features include new bent steel saddles with elongated string slots, highly finished frets, detailed nut work, rolled fretboard edges, and new molded Fender/SKB Case with TSA Locks, glass reinforced nylon trigger latches, and form fitted plush interior.  A new American Standard in 3-tone sunburst will run you $1299, and it will probably be a good player.  For $450 less, you can have this barely played example that's guaranteed to be an exceptional player. $850 includes Fender/SKB case with ATA latches.

1989 Fender HM Strat 1HB – Custom Finish, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickup), (trem), (graphic1 pic2). Another great HM in an even rarer single humbucker configuration. While I’ve had a half-dozen of the HS shown below, I’ve only had two other of this 1HB model. This one has a few mods including replacement Gotoh tuners, chrome Kahler tremolo with black saddle blocks, large Jackson strap pins, metal chrome pickup ring, replacement but very similar knobs and, most notably, a Suhr SSH+ bridge humbucker (link). You’ll also notice some custom graphics. Pro-finished black/yellow checkerboard “pickguard” (which actually is NOT a pickguard), with matching checkerboard in the forearm area, wrapping around to the top/back edge. The graphic is well done and they’ve even done a nice job airbrushing some pickguard screws. All other specs are basically like the HM HS below. The Suhr pickup is a major upgrade over the stock DiMarzio and it’s multi-conductor, wired into the mini 3-way switch for 3 cool tones (single, humbucker series, humbucker parallel). Cosmetically it’s not mint but overall very nice shape and I’m having Martin spend some bench time with it getting it as nice as possible. Set up is low with no issues. This is one of the coolest HM’s I’ve had and I’m happy to offer it for $750 with a later-era Fender hardshell case.

1989 Fender HM Strat HS - Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups).  I get in a bigger selection of HM Strats than anyone I know but few of these Humbucker/Single models. The HM was Fender's entry into the SuperStrat war of the late 80's/early 90's, going up against powerhouse makers with a vast history of building this type of guitar, primarily Kramer, Jackson, and Charvel.  HM’s are great guitars for rock metal guitarists with features such as double-locking tremolos, very flat and wide fretboards which are conducive to finger tapping and ultra-fast runs, and of course a bridge humbucker which completely turned upside down everyone's expectations of a Strat tone. This one is a fairly rare bird. You'll notice that it's "missing" a middle pickup and (gasp) sports a pickguard, and a Tele-style pickguard at that.  You're not missing a lot in the tone selection since this model features a mini-switch for the bridge humbucker which, along with a standard 3-way, gives you a choice of 7 tones.  This guitar hasn't seen a lot of playing time but is probably one more for the player than the collector.  Worst flaw are some minor touch-ups around the edge, but I’m having Martin do a more professional job so it should look nice when he’s done. Otherwise, this guitar is in very clean shape for 25+ years and, most importantly, has great frets and a killer setup.  Unlike the common HM Strats with HSS configuration, Fender used the same DiMarzio Super 3 bridge pickup, but instead of two straight single coils, Fender chose a slanted Fender Lace Sensor (silver) for the neck pickup on this model.  Tonally, it's a much more dramatic change of tones.  In addition to being quieter than the other single coils, the Lace is more articulate and "airy" sounding.  Other than the pickup and pickguard, other features are the same as the more common HSS variety.   If you're looking for a killer gigging guitar, and an HM that's 20X rarer than the standard HM's, this one's yours for $665.

Dr. Z MAZ 38 Senior 1X12 Combo w/Reverb – Blonde with Tilt-back, (back), (top), (spkr/tube chart), (tilt back legs), (chassis).  Another great Z amp, with a hefty 38 watts output, plenty for doing pretty much any stage I've played.  The MAZ 38 is a versatile amp that can fit in with any type of music and style of playing, except metal and it may not have quite the clean headroom for jazz.   I especially like it with a Tele and country leads but it's just as adept at blues, rock, or classic rock.  The MAZ38 gets its output via a quad of EL84's, with a GZ34 rectifier, 12AT7 and four 12AX7's in the preamp.  It produces crystal clear highs, powerful bass, and a punchy midrange. With the Cut control you can vary the high end to sound more Vox-like or more Fendery. Crank it up and it produces a very sweet overdrive like old Clapton, and many players will be happy enough with the amp's tone that they won't feel the need for an OD pedal. The tone controls, unlike some amps like old Fenders and especially Marshalls, have a very pronounced effect on the tone and let you dial in a wide array of tones.  Controls include Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Master Volume, Cut, and reverb.  The back panel features an effects loop and has output for 4, 8, and 16 ohms.  It's a fairly hefty amp at around 58 lbs. in a cabinet that's 23" W, 20 1/8" H, 10" D.  One mod to this amp - a pair of Fender legs have been pro installed so you can tilt it back for stage use.  To get an idea of its sonic capabilities, click here for a demo of the MAZ 38 vs. the MAZ 38 NR (non-reverb).  A new one of these will set you back $2249 but this one's in nice shape, performs flawlessly, and is $800 cheaper at $1449.

Fishman Ellipse Matrix Blend, (stock pic). Great sounding and easy to install acoustic pickup/preamp system. This one combines the world's best-selling under saddle pickup with the Ellipse Blend to give you unparalleled tone and feedback rejection. Features a flexible gooseneck condenser microphone and volume, blend, and phase controls for the sparkling, transparency and control of an Acoustic Matrix pickup with the expressive character of a condenser mic. Installs quickly and easily and after it's installed it's nearly invisible. These come in two widths - this is the wide (1/8") model. Sells new for $259. This system's barely used and $175.

2012 ESP Ltd EC-1000 Deluxe - Upgraded, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups), (gigbag strap/locks). Perfect condition and upgraded with a pair of EMG James Hetfield humbuckers. Finished in Metallic Gold Sunburst, the EC-1000 is the Cadillac of the ESP Ltd line and one of the most stunning guitars made.  Best of all, it’s a true pro-line instrument with features such as locking tuners, active EMG humbuckers, TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece, set-neck construction, and comfortably contoured body. Visually, it doesn’t get any better than this with a mirror gloss Goldburst finish and loads of binding on all surfaces as well as pearloid inlaid logo and flag fretboard inlays, with the model name at the 12th fret.  This guitar is immaculate with a setup that rivals any ESP I've had. Features mahogany body with mahogany set-in neck, thin U-shaped neck profile, multi-ply body and headstock binding, bound neck, flag fretboard inlays, flat 13.7" radius, 24 extra jumbo frets, 24.75" scale, molded 1.650" nut, Tonepros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece, and locking tuners. This model came stock with EMG’s (85/60 set) but they have been replaced with a new EMG JH set. The JH neck has individual ceramic poles and bobbins that feature a larger core and are taller than the 60 and produces more attack, higher output, and fuller low end. The JH bride uses the same type of core but has steel pole pieces, unlike an 81/85 which use bar magnets. This produces the familiar tight attack with less inductance for a cleaner low end. Even if you’re not an EMG fan you’ll probably like these as they sound closer to a passive pickup than other EMG’s I’ve had. The set sells new for $249 and are finished in black chrome, which matches the tuners and bridge/tailpiece. Other minor upgrades are the Schaller strap pins and House of Blues strap w/straplocks. This model sold new for $899-$1100 which is the same as the new satin finished models. With the upgrades you’d be in well over $1200. Get this one, dead mint, for $649. Includes a quality Levy’s gigbag as well as a House of Blues leather strap and Schaller straplock system.

Nik Huber Orca '59 Brazilian Board, (front), (headstock), (back), (flamed neck), (neck joint), (case).  As most of you know, the USA is not the exclusive builder of world-class hand-made guitars.  Nik Huber and his team of 5 luthiers have been building fine guitars at his shop near Frankfurt German since 1997, currently building around 120 instruments per year.  If you frequent the guitar forums, you know his reputation as a builder is unsurpassed.  I've had a few of his Dolphins, which are as fine a guitar as I've played, and this Orca '59; the best of the best.  Huber's Orca has its roots in the classic '59 'Burst, with some subtle differences and some modern features.  Note that this Orca '59 has the same body thickness as an LP, not the thinner body on most of these.  It also features options such as Brazilian rosewood fretboard, nitrocellulose finish, matching headstock with flamed maple veneer, and sterling silver fretboard inlays. The neck joint is completely reworked, providing unprecedented easy access to the top frets.  The top on this guitar is beautiful with the look of some of the finer vintage 'Bursts I've seen.  Truly uncommon is the flamed mahogany neck which has even bands of flame from the body to the tip of the headstock.  Nik uses Harry Häussel '59 pickups on this model, as fine as any humbucker I've heard on a vintage style single cut.  Features include Mahogany Body with a carved curly maple cap; mahogany neck with Brazilian rosewood fingerboard; open trapezoid inlays of sterling silver; flamed maple headstock veneer with inlaid whale; 25 “ scale; compound (10" to 14") fretboard radius; 22 medium jumbo extra hard frets; double action truss rod; 1.67" nut width; polished bone nut; Tonepros aluminum tailpiece and Tonepros AVR-2 tuneomatic bridge; Schaller tuners with ebony buttons; ebony truss rod cover; nickel hardware; neck tone pot with push-push feature for single coil tones; knobs recessed into body; flamed mahogany back plates.  As soon as you pick this guitar up you'll sense the elegance and attention to detail, perfect fit and finish.  It is ergonomically precise, feeling great when playing seated or standing, and at just under 9 lbs. it's a nice weight for a non-weight relieved body. Huber's unique neck joint makes playing in the upper register effortless and the action will go as low as you want it. The neck shape is very unique: it feels a tad deeper than an R8 rounded provile, but has small shoulders which give it the feel of a soft V.  For details of the Orca, see Huber's site.  This fine guitar was collector owned and is presented in unplayed condition  - with some nice options that make is look as good as it plays and sounds. New cost on this guitar in '09 was $7285 but many new Orca's are now running over $9000. For most players this will be the finest LP you've played and it’s priced less than a mass produced Custom Shop. Just $4750 for this one.

2004 Epiphone Goth Les Paul w/Floyd Rose – Upgraded with Duncan’s, (front), (back), (headstock), (Pickups), (Floyd). Quality guitar from the Unsung (Korea) factory. The model features the usual Studio construction of a mahogany set-neck, with mahogany body, plus the huge benefit of a recessed Floyd Rose tremolo. Additional cosmetic appointments include cross headstock emblem and “XII” at the 12th fret, as well as black hardware, all designed to make it look like a deadly rock weapon. The Floyd is a cool feature on a LP, letting you do dive-bombs and other trem tricks, while returning to pitch every time. This one has one huge upgrade: a pair of Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II pickups (APH-1B and APH-1N). The Alnico Pro II’s have been used by many pro players, like Slash on the Appetite album and tour. They sound great in this guitar. This guitar was owned by a Zakk Wylde fan, thus the Black Label Society stickers and Iron Cross stick on inlays. All stickers will come off if you want it stock, but they look kind of cool. This guitar plays beautifully, and sounds especially nice with these upgraded pickups. It shows some scratches and dings but frets are in great shape and with a $200 pickup upgrade, it’s a nice deal at $375.

2014 Airline Tuxedo Special - Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (binding). Very good quality recreation from Eastwood that's designed after the Barney Kessel model from the mid 50's and sold under the brands of Kay and Airline. It has the cool vintage look of the raised metal Airline logo, "Coat of Arms" logo on pickguard, and trapeze tailpiece. This is a full hollowbody design, lightweight, build with a maple top over a mahogany sides/back. It's also a couple grand cheaper than an original Barney Kessel! Other features include set neck design, bound maple neck with rosewood fretboard, block inlays, multi-ply body binding, gloss black finish, two custom hi-output P90 pickups, 25.5" scale, 1 11/16" nut, and vintage open-back tuners. Very comfortable to play, especially for long sets while standing, it features a slightly arched top and back, and hangs well around the neck. Tonally it sounds very good and would be a good choice for jazz, rock, or alt music. Set up by and expert – much better than factory – and it plays wonderfully. Love the vibe…love the guitar. With a new cost of $899, this one's in perfect condition and a sweet buy at $629.

1978 Marshall Super Lead, Mod. 1959, (panel), (top), (back), (bottom), (chassis/tubes).  Missing for a long time and just found! Few amps have attained "holy grail" status, and by this I don't mean the rarest of the rare, rather an amp whose reputation is so iconic that it tends to be the most highly sought after for certain seekers of tone. Other amps that fall into this category are the Blackface Deluxe Reverb, Tweed Bassman, Boogie MK IIC+, and some of the truly rare like Dumbles and Trainwrecks. If there is one amp that defined the sound of Rock music, it is the Super Lead, Model 1959.  This model achieved benchmark status beginning with Townsend and Hendrix and carried on through EVH, with a virtual who's-who of rock players since. While the '67-'69 Plexi, with their Plexiglas front panel is the most highly cherished of the 1959's, clean examples of that model sell for as much as a nice car and, quite honestly, it sounds about the same as these later models. With 100 watts of pure Marshall tone, this amp is way loud and when cranked up, you'll not find a more pure rock tone. Inside this amp and it looks 100% Jake, complete with hand-wired circuit and no evidence of replaced components or overheating. As you can see in the pics, this is likely the cleanest examples on the market. The only noteworthy flaw I've noted is slight oxidation to the polished brass handle (shown here). Tubes are all vintage, with a quad of old EI 6550's and Servicemaster 12AX7's in the preamp. This amp is tuned perfectly and needs nothing to create what might be the finest tone you've ever heard. If you've ever heard a 1959SLP, you know that it's an extremely loud amp. If you're going to play in a club, be prepared to use an attenuator. Amps in this condition are quickly fetched up by collectors and are forever removed from circulation. The beaters make the rounds; the keepers get kept. They also don't come cheap, but with a reissue JMP 1959SLP head selling for $2699, wouldn't you rather have this 38 year old beauty for $500 less, and one that sounds as good as it looks. $2199 for this iconic amp that can be the centerpiece of any amp collection, or a killer amp to take on tour if you promise to take care of it, lol.

Gibson Burstbucker Pro Set. From the same ’13 Les Paul Standard Plus. Nickel covers, clean shape and with new ones costing $139/each, get this pair for just $170.

DiMarzio DP193 Air Norton. Excellent choice for your neck position - fat and warm, yet not muddy. It's hot, but not distorted, with very good harmonics. You can even use it with both 250K and 500K pots. Clean shape and just $45.

Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus Combo Amp, (top), (panel), (back), (case). Pound for pound, this is my favorite acoustic amp. At just 22 lbs. it packs a lot of sound and versatility, and it’s small enough to fit on the floor behind your driver’s seat. The sound is crystal clear on both the vocal channel and guitar channel and the effects sound very natural. It also projects very well. I just used one of these this past weekend and we had a small crowd clamoring for more! It features dual channels (guitar and mic/line with Phantom power), dual 30W channels, 6.5” drivers, onboard digital effects that deliver lush stereo and multiband chorus with newly developed wide chorus and delay/reverb, footswitch control, built-in Auto Anti-Feedback controls allow for maximum volume without feedback, mute switch for silent tuning on stage, and stereo line out for PA and recording; subwoofer output. These are running $599 new but get this very tidy barely used one for $339. Includes a high quality carrying case.

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue, (top), (panel), (back), (misc.), (paper). Fender's modern take on their classic vintage designs with the look of a 50's combo but a circuit and features that make it a much more modern amp.  Blues Deluxe's are perhaps the best bang-for-the-buck all-tube 1X12 combo's made and along with the Hot Rod Deluxe, are the world's best selling tube amps.  This version has a much cooler vibe than the black tolex with silver and black grill cloth with its 50's vintage tweed covering, wheat grill cloth, and vintage chrome panel with chicken-beak control knobs. Originally released in 1993, the Blues series was an immediate hit, covering the demand for a versatile, all-tube combo, at a reasonable price. It's hard to imagine a reissue of a '93 model but after its initial release, the Blues Deluxe fell away to the Hot Rod Deluxe as tastes changed during the 90s. Now the public is looking for a more traditional tone, rather than screaming high gain; the Blues Deluxe is reborn. It's basic description is a reinterpretation of original 50's tweed Deluxe, and it does a good job of covering that ground, but with modern features such as channel switching and reverb (footswitchable by the way), and a master volume to allow breakup at lower volume. Features include 40 watts via a pair of 6L6's with 3 12AX7's in the preamp, special design 12" Eminence speaker, selectable Normal and Drive channels, independent gain and master volume controls on the Drive channel, Bright switch for the Normal channel, effects loop, tube-driven reverb, and lightweight construction as just 45 lbs. With a new one selling for $769, save $300 on this one at $469.

2004 Taylor 414 Grand Auditorium, (front), (side), (back), (headstock), (case). The Grand Auditorium was the first guitar shape designed from scratch by Bob Taylor, combining the width and depth of a dreadnought with a narrower waist.  Its sleek design adds strong treble sizzle across the tonal spectrum adding definition to individual notes.  It is an excellent fingerpicking guitar that also adapts well to medium strumming and mixes well with frequencies in the singing voice range.  The 414 features back and sides of solid ovangkol, an African tonewood similar to Indian Rosewood, that gives it a wonderful, deep tone and its warm brown colors and unique grain are protected with a thin, satin finish.  The spruce top is buffed to a high gloss, and is framed in white binding on the body and neck. Other features include a sleek Ebony fretboard inlaid with pearl dots, Tusq nut, Tusq saddle, and quality Grover tuners.  Nothing sets up like a Taylor and most players who are very comfortable with their electric, are just as comfortable strumming their Taylor.  When we became Taylor dealers at Hotlicks in the late mid-80's, I finally found an acoustic that played as easily as an electric and instantly found my favorite acoustic brand. Tonally, this is a workhorse instrument, with the Ovangkol/Spruce combination perfect for nearly all types of music.  Cosmetically it's in beautiful shape with no noteworthy flaws of any kind, although we did repair a center seam crack (shown here) which is lacquered over and should never pose a problem. The coloring and figuring of this wood was so reminiscent of Koa that we called Taylor to see if they had any info on this guitar which would indicate that it wasn’t the stock Ovangkol. They had no such info so I guess it’s just very colorful ovangkol with lovely bearclaw figuring. It also has a built in passive pickup system with a piezo saddle pickup and body sensor. Don’t know what it is but it works fine for a passive system. Taylor doesn’t make the 414 any longer but a new 414ce will set you back $2K. How about this beauty for $1050.

2014 Martin D-16RGT, (front), (back), (label), (binding), (headstock), (case). Mint condition and a surprisingly superb sounding USA Martin for this price range. It’s loud, well-balanced, with excellent clarity and full bass response.  The D-16RGTE offers the vintage look of a gloss finish top, but the back and sides have a satin finish, which is less labor-intensive but is actually conducive to better tone. It’s nicely appointed with multi-ply top binding, back binding, bound neck, and herringbone rosette. Features include dreadnought body shape, solid East Indian rosewood sides and back with solid Sitka spruce top, solid Spanish cedar neck attached with Martin's fine mortise-and-tenon joint, solid Micarta fingerboard and bridge, modified low oval neck shape, D1 bracing pattern, white Corian nut, 25.4" scale, 1-11/16" nut with, pearl dot inlays, tortoise pickguard, chrome enclosed gears, gloss finish top, satin finish body & neck.  I’ve had around 5 of these in the 000 size which are excellent fingerstyle guitars. This one is equally impressive for its bold, powerful strumming tone. I give it a solid 2 thumbs up. Sold new for $1859 ($2299 list) which makes this a nice deal on a clean used one at $1259. Offered in immaculate condition with a superb set up. Includes original Martin case, manual, unsigned warranty, etc.

Lace Drop and Gain Humbucker. Super hot (24K) bridge humbucker designed especially for baritone and drop tuning. New these are $105; this one’s in mint condition and $69.

EMG RTX Tele Bridge Pickup, (back). Recent X series that uses the solderless connection. I’m not including anything but the pickup but, hey, for $65 you can’t go wrong!

Boss RC-30 Loop Station, (pic2), (patch bay). Boss’ latest and greatest pedal looper, replacing successful the RC-20XL. The RC-30 gives you up to three hours (up from 16 minutes on the 20XL) of onboard stereo recording and loop storage with a new dual-phrase loop feature that lets you create and play two completely independent stereo loops in perfect sync. In addition to studio and performance, it’s also a great practice tool with some cool drum loops built in. Features include: three hours of onboard recording time, powerful DSP from Boss' ESC2 chip, true stereo In/Out, dual-phrase loop feature lets you create and sync two independent stereo loops, 99 memory slots, Loop FX provides real-time loop editing, mic input with phantom power, USB 2.0 port for swapping/managing files with your PC or Mac, Aux in jack, and onboard rhythms including real audio drum loops. There are a load of YouTube demos but here’s one I picked sort of randomly (link). Sells new for $299 but this one’s super clean in the box with everything for $209.

Rockett Pedals Archer Boost Overdrive. Although they can’t advertise it as such, this is Rockett’s answer to the Klon Centaur. If you can’t afford a grand or two for a Centaur, this one sounds as good from my memory…and is affordable. It exhibits remarkable headroom, sounds and “feels” like a tube amp, and is more versatile than 3 knobs usually are. It can be used as both a clean boost with the gain all the way down, or turn up the gain and you’ll find beautiful middle ground until you dial in the sweet overdrive. It operates off a standard BOSS type 9-volt adapter or a single 9-volt battery and operates at 9-18 volts.  Here's a good demo by ProGuitarShopDemos (link). These run $189 new, or you can get this used one for just $129.

Epiphone SG Special Project – Body and Neck, (front), (back), (headstock), (scallop). I’m not sure, but I think this was called a Deluxe Special or something back in the day. The body is nicely figured, finished in cherry sunburst. What’s included is what you see in the pics. Extremely clean and all original other than top 4 frets have been professionally scalloped. The scalloped frets will be darker in appearance once the fretboard is treated, which we’ll do at no expense. If you need them we’ll include a pair of Epi humbuckers for $25 and any hardware for a small fee as well. If you’re into projects, this one’s a lovely Epi and yours for $75.

PICS FIXED: 2002 Yamaha Ty Tabor RGX-TT, (front), (back-output jack), (headstock), (case).  One of Yamaha's finest, built in collaboration between Yamaha and Ty Tabor (King's X).  Lightweight, comfortable, and aerodynamically sound - when you strap this guitar on it feels like an extension of your body.  Features include double cutaway Basswood body with extreme contours and a distinctive raised, figured maple center platform.  The body has a "bent" shape, much like a Brian Moore, thin at the edges with a maple ridge in the center.  The contemporary, fast maple neck sports a slick rosewood 22-fret fingerboard and easy-view position markers on the side only, while the truss adjustment is on the side, in the treble cutaway, like a new Warmoth.  The 12-degree angled headstock features a "3D" design with three tuners per side, straight string pull, and black Sperzel Tremlock tuners which are recessed into the headstock.  The RGX-TT also features an excellent choice of electronics with Seymour Duncan Vintage Rail neck and middle pickups, Duncan JB bridge, controlled by a 5-way with a large pushbutton to split the bridge humbucker, yielding 7 quality tones.  Other features include thin beveled neck heel, TT inlay at 12th fret, and Wilkinson VS100 tremolo.  Here's a YouTube demo of a guy noodling on his TT (link).  Excellent condition, with a super comfortable set up.  Yamaha recently discontinued this model but it had a list price of $1599 and was one of the finest guitars Yamaha made. It's one of my favorite guitars currently in stock and an excellent value at $750.  Includes Yamaha case and trem arm.

Dr. Z Maz 8 Head, (back). Dr. Z continues to expand their selections to more refined niches. The Maz 8 is specifically for players who favor the Maz 18 or 38, but need a more manageable volume level, i.e. 8 watts instead of 18 or 38. Having said that, it’s a very loud little beast and while it’s not quite enough to keep up with a rock drummer, it’s perfect for many small gigs, practice, and especially studio work.   There is plenty of volume here for an 8 watt amp, but you'll have a much better time dealing with sound guys, engineers, or your significant others at home with the Maz 8 that you typically will with an 18 or 38. Dr. Z chose a single ended EL84 circuit for the power section that can be run in two modes via a rear panel switch.  Pentode (about 9 or 10 watts) or Triode (about 5 or 6 watts).  The Pentode mode is the typical Maz 18 tone, replete with its chime and smooth low end, with excellent dynamic range for rock or country.  The Triode mode is slightly less than Pentode, with a slightly fatter tone with a vintage feel and tone. It comes standard with an effects loop and footswitchable EQ bypass. Sells new for $1675 but get this one in mint condition for $1175. Pretty good demo here. 

2001 Danelectro Mod 6, (front), (back), (headstock). Dano's Mod gives you those classic 60's Danelectro tones with its plywood frame body and lipstick pickups, with the modern addition of a humbucker plus more switching options than ever. Dano's Select-O-Matic switching plus a coil tap switch yields eleven distinct tones. You can choose from:  1-Neck/Bridge, 2-Neck, 3-Neck/Middle, 4-middle, 5-Middle/Bridge, 6-Bridge...and the coil tap to choose single or double coil whenever the bridge pickup is engaged. It also includes a "blow" switch which bypasses the rotary switch and turns all 3 pickups on at once in series which is great for leads, providing higher output than any of the two-pickup settings. This model was made in Korea to quality standards, and includes better hardware than the original models or recent Chinese models. Finished in black metal flake, it's offered in flawless condition with an extremely comfortable setup. While the tone may not be best for the heavy metal player, pretty much anything else sounds great through this guitar. This is a fairly rare model, only made for a few years from ca. ‘98 to '02 and is popular among Dano enthusiasts. Super nice Dano for $429. Includes gigbag.

Marshall Jubilee 12" Speaker, Hard to find ca. '87 Marshall-labeled Vintage 30, made in UK, taken directly from a Silver Jubilee 25 years ago and stored away.  Very nice shape and if you're restoring a 2554 (or 2558?), this is the exact speaker you need.  $150.  

Blackstar HT Studio 20H Head.  Killer sounding little head, engineered from Blackstar UK and geared toward the rock/metal player.  The HT Studio 20H is a dual channel amp that does offer a clean channel, with simply a tone control, but most of the tweaking, and the secret of this amp, lies in the overdrive channel which features 3 EQ knobs, plus separate gain and volume controls (plus a master!), and a unique ISF control to dial in characteristics of British/Marshall or American (Fender/Boogie/etc.), and anything in-between.  This channel provides more gain than you'll probably ever use, much preferred over amps that don't quite go over the edge.  The clean tone I find very impressive, despite the paucity of control, with a warm, fat tone, and a nice breakup beginning at around 1/3 volume.  It has some nice features including a very good sounding digital reverb, plus an effects loop switchable from +4dB/-10dB, a simulated speaker out, and speaker outs for a single 16 ohm, single 8 ohm, or dual 16 ohms, letting you run a standard 4X12, or a full stack.  For an excellent YouTube demo, click here.  This amp's in mint condition and has seen just a few hours of home use.  These are $499 new but get this nice used one for $339.

Frantone "The Sweet" Germanium Fuzz.  If you're looking for an extremely versatile germanium fuzz, and one that's actually controllable when you want it to be, The Sweet is for you.  Hand-built by Frantone in the USA with the finest components and, of course, true bypass.  Frantone describes this pedal as over the top in every way using the classic tone of germanium transistors and the longest sustaining and smoothest sounding all-transistor fuzztone you will ever own.  Frantone designed many fuzztones, including the 2000 New York City Big Muff for Electro-Harmonix, and Frantone says this is the most extreme one he's ever made.  The full bottom and crisp highs will astound you, and the endless sustain will make you cry like a baby.  Hearing is believing, so Click here for a good YouTube demo.  Sells for $345 direct from Frantone but get this nice used one for $225.  I've had many germanium fuzz units, including nearly every vintage one made.  This is by far the best of the lot.

Carl Martin Contour & Boost. Hand made by East Sound, Denmark - some of the best quality effects on the market today, with top notch components and engineered by real experts in guitar sound.  The C&B is especially designed to boost up, and change the sound (contour) of electric guitar/bass and is best used after any distortion/overdrive effects.  It has a built in power supply so no 9V battery or adapter required.  Sells new everywhere for $222 but this clean used one’s just $139.

ca. '68 Fender Fuzz-Wah, (pic2), (pic3). Possibly the cleanest example of this earliest version of the Fuzz-Wah, ca. 1968. Rocks up and down like a normal wah, plus it swivels left to right for volume control.  It's a very cool sounding wah, and a quality fuzz that isn't overly nasty sounding like a lot of them from this era. All operations - up/down, side/side, on/off switches - work and this pedal performs great.  This is definitely one for the collectors, in beautiful condition and includes hippy-approved box, manual, and schematic.  If price isn't an issue, and you simply want the best example of this cool pedal, this is probably it.  $350.

Custom Fender 1 Humbucker Strat, (front), (back), (headstock neck), (trem/DiMarzio), (body/pickup).  Cool mid-‘80’s Fender Japan body with a new Allparts neck and early 60’s logo. The metallic red finish has lots of orange peel which indicates it could be refinished but I think it’s just as likely a victim of 30 years and a reaction between the undercoat and final finish. Tremolo is the STC-B model used by Fender Japan during this era and features stamped steel saddles and heavy trem block. The body is factory routed for a single humbucker. Pickup is an old DiMarzio Super Distortion with braided wire, connected to a CTS volume pot and output jack. Simple and it sounds excellent. Using overdriven settings on my amp, I was impressed with the clarity and note definition when I rolled back the volume to a clean level. It’s a good sounding guitar. Neck is a new Allparts, cosmetic 2nd, as seen on the dark irregularity under the logo. Logo, which reads “Stratocaste” (r missing) was done well with multiple nitrocellulose coats on the headstock, underneath and over the logo. Looks factory. It is equipped with vintage frets and Martin rolled the fretboard edges for the ultimate in comfort. Tuners are a NOS set of German Schallers. This is a nice lightweight guitar at just 6 lbs. 14 oz. If your music only needs the fat tone of a humbucker, and/or simplicity is important to you, I would definitely recommend this guitar. $350 includes gigbag.

Ca. 1986 Fender Stratocaster 1967 Reissue, (front), (back), (headstock back), (serial), (inside stamps  body cavity  electronics). Thinest neck profile I’ve seen on a Strat! The look, the vibe, the tone, and superb playability of a Vintage Series, for a lot less.  The finish on these early Fender Japan reissues is actually closer to the actual 60’s finish than the Vintage series, with thin coats of paint and clearcoat. It has the patina of a 50-year old guitar, rather than the 30-year old guitar it really is. Tone and playability are certain excellent, with a nice spanky Strat sound, good sustain, and low, comfortable action. It features '67 specs with proper 3-tone style sunburst with just the right amount of red in the burst (the pics look messed up in comparison to how it really appears). Also features transition logo on large non-bullet headstock, stamped steel saddles with the heavy trem block, 3-ply white pickguard, Kluson style vintage tuners, and dual string trees.  Proper neck/body markings identify this as a '67.  If you’re looking for a shallow neck this is the one for you. It’s also a tiny bit more narrow at the nut, 1 9/32”, which is 1/32” under the usual 1 5/8”. It’s as thin a profile as an Ibanez and very easy to get your hand around. It also has a vintage radius 7/25” and vintage frets. The finish on this body is very thin, looks like nitro but I don’t know, but it does have a very small area on back where it is worn through (pic). Front and the rest of the guitar is very clean. All original other than volume pot replaced with a CTS, but we can change to a MIJ pot if desired. The older MIJ models are commanding higher models than the recent "Crafted" in Japan models, perhaps because they’re 10 years older or if you believe the hype, they’re better guitars.  I don't know that the quality is better on the earlier ones but I do know that this is an exceptional guitar and '67's are very hard to come by.  Considering rarity, quality, and condition, a pretty good buy for $799, Fender case and trem arm included.

1972 Guild A-50 Acoustic Archtop, (front), (side), (back), (headstock), (case case2 case candy).  There’s not a lot of info on this model during this era, but this is Guild’s base model acoustic hollowbody archtop, but a high quality guitar nonetheless. It features an all-maple laminated body with binding front and back, mahogany neck, rosewood board with dot inlays, Guild “harp” tailpiece, adjustable rosewood bridge, raised black pickguard with modern Guild logo, dual unbound f-holes, decal gold logo, and Guild open-gear strip tuners. One of my books has this model available only through 1970 but the serial number falls clearly in the 1972 year so it’s definitely a ’72. The top has some figuring, which is certainly more interesting than a plain piece of maple. Judging by the case and accessories included, this guitar hasn’t traveled much and the overall condition tells me it hasn’t seen much playing time. Unlike a lot of old archtops with high action, this guitar plays with ease, as the neck was most likely, and very professionally, reset. This guitar sounds very good for Delta blues playing and it has a full tone for an acoustic archtop. Overall condition is very tidy and it includes some nice case stuff like original packaged Guild polishing cloth, warranty card, and key manila folder. Likewise, original case is in beautiful condition as shown. A sweet buy at $899.

Morley ABC Switcher. Simple solution to a common problem. If your backline uses multiple amps, or if you use multiple guitars during a gig, this ABC lets you stay plugged in and control it from the front of the stage. No more patching your cables between songs! The ABC uses three true-bypass switches, each with an LED indicator, to switch between 3 different guitars, loops, or amps, all at the touch of a footswitch.

Boss DD-6 Digital Delay.  Not just another update in the DD-series, the DD-6 is the first BOSS delay pedal to offer true stereo delay and panning effects. Features include built-in tap tempo capability and a delay/hold time of over 5 seconds (5,200ms).  A new Reverse mode makes it easy to get trippy ‘60s and ‘70s-style effects, while a newly designed Warp mode creates radical delay effects on the fly.  Click here for a brief demo.  Has normal signs of use but works perfectly; Velcro on bottom.  Sold new for $159 but this used one works perfectly and is just $79.

Seymour Duncan Little 59 Tele Bridge Pickup. The warmth and smoothness of a '59 Patent Applied For humbucker, only with Tele twang. The ST59-1 Little 59 lead pickup has a 4-conductor cable for a variety of wiring options. Don’t pay $80 for new when this one’s just $49.

Fender Fat '50s Strat Pickup Set. Not too long ago only custom shop guitars got these but they were so popular that Fender eventually started offering them as accessories.  They’re calibrated pickups constructed with hand-beveled, staggered Alnico V magnets and Formvar magnet wire. The result is enhanced bass response without the harsh midrange and with the middle pickup reverse wound/reverse polarity you get hum canceling in positions 2 and 4. These are currently OEM on Custom Shop Fender Showmaster series Stratocaster guitars. Sells for $199 from all the major online retailers. This set is brand new, never installed, and just $129.

LR Baggs Element Acoustic Pickup System. Like the VTC below, except with volume control only. $95.

LR Baggs Element VTC Acoustic Pickup System . Quality under saddle pickup with endpin jack and preamp, with volume and tone controls that you mount inside the soundhole with double-sided tape. Includes battery holder. This system is noted for its robust, lively, and open sound with great dynamics and a delicate high end. Most of the higher-end Gibsons I've had recently utilized this system and they sounded excellent. $149 online but get this system for $105, with free install if you buy an acoustic guitar from us.

Monty Rockmaster II, (front/back), (headstock), (finish detail), (aluminum case).  Serial #19.  One of the best Junior/Special guitars I've ever played, including many 50's single cuts and other boutique makers.  Among current builders I would rate him as fine as any I've had, and although they're not cheap, they're comparably priced to Historic Series, which is remarkable for a guitar that is 100% hand made.  Everything to do with the body and neck is hand built in his shop - no CNC machines, no "jobbing out" of necks and each neck is hand sanded and shaped to his specs, truss rods and even truss rod nuts are made by hand in his shop.  He still uses Nitro finishes, again sprayed right in his shop.  I can't tell you how many "boutique" builders have had their necks made by La Si Do; send out their bodies for finishing; etc., or are 100% CNC built with little to no craftsmanship built into the guitar.  When you buy a Monty, you're paying for a hand-made guitar.  Monty (site link) build around 9 different models, all of which are classic designs which have stood the test of time.  The Rockmaster, for instance 50's Les Paul Junior and comes in a I or II model, the latter having two pickups.  Specs include: solid Korina body, '59 shape Korina neck with rosewood board, P90 pickups - Peter Florence Voodoo's installed on this one, Tobacco Sunburst nitro finish, Kluson Deluxe style vintage tuners, birch headstock overlay, mother of pearl logo and inlay, 6105 fret wire, 12" fretboard radius, 1 11/16" nut width, CTS 500K linear taper pots, Switchcraft toggle switch and jack, and ABR1 bridge with stop tailpiece.  Look at the finish detail pic above.  It is dead on like an original ca. '57 Junior, totally opaque, with just the right amount feathering and even the tiny brown specs in the yellow.  It looks like a genuine NOS 50s model.  I am a Junior/Special nut and regardless of the model, mahogany and P90s are the perfect marriage of wood and electronics.  I love the warmth, sustain, fatness, and the chameleon-like ability to sound like single coils or humbuckers depending on your playing style.  The only improvement I would make has been taken care of on this model - with its 25.5" scale rather than the usual 24.75"; and I guess Korina would be my choice over Mahogany so that's taken care of as well.  I know it sounds trite, and possibly even hard to understand, but playing this guitar feels like "home."  The vibe, the feel, and especially the tone, I find very relaxing and allow me to express myself completely and quite easily.  The Florence pickups are as good as any I've played.  There are plenty of threads on forums about these fine guitars and here's one from The Gear Page that also includes threads to other discussions of them (link here).  This beautiful Rockmaster has barely been played and is near flawless with no wear of cosmetic issues to speak of.  It's as clean as it looks in the pics.  The last pricing I found on a new Rockmaster II was a 2008 price of $2900 at Destroy All Guitars in NC.  This one’s $1100 less than new.  $1800 includes a LP style tolex case or new flight case pictured, aluminum plush lined with ATA recessed twist lock latches.

Bigsby B6 Vibrato. Designed for use on large hollow body guitars and one of Bigsby's high end Kalamazoo Series. Don't confuse with the cheaper "Bigsby Licensed" models, this one says "Bigsby Patent (number). Made of cast aluminum with a weight of just 11 oz. These run $199 new but this one is super clean and $129.

2000 Fender Hot Rod Precision with ’05 Fretless Tony Franklin Neck, (front), (back), (headstock back), (pickups), (inside neck), (sad case). In one of the best finishes, Sunset Orange Transparent Ash! Very cool player’s bass that joins an American Hot Rodded Pbass ash body with a USA Tony Franklin fretless neck. The body has been upgraded with a new set of pickups: DiMarzio Model J in the bridge, with a Model P in the neck. The Model J is especially well-suited for fretless basses and both are very quiet pickups. Controls are Vol-Vol-Tone, so you can blend in any amount of each pickup, or select either one alone. The body is also outfitted with a Badass III bridge, best you can get. The neck and tuners are stock USA Tony Franklin fretless, which includes a Fender/Hipshot Drop-D tuner for the low E, allowing drop tuning with the flick of a switch, and return to exact pitch by flipping it back. I used one in the 80’s and they’re great for the few songs you do each night in Drop-D. The neck is set up perfect with low action, no buzzy spots, and plenty of fretless growl that a good fretless is noted for. A new Tony Franklin is going to set you back $1699. This one has a better bridge, better pickups, and an ash body. It’s in extremely clean condition and an exceptional value at $999. Includes a rather beat case, but I can substitute a nice current model SKB/Fender at $1075.

Furman M-8 SP Power Conditioner, (back). Customized with an easily removable Jeep logo; otherwise in perfect condition. It has eight switched AC outlets in the rear panel which power up with the flick of one switch and protect all your audio equipment up to a 15-amp load. Features The convenient master switch for the rear outlets glows when the power is on. For safety, a circuit breaker is provided on the front panel. If the total load on the Power Distributor exceeds the 15A (or 1800 watt limit), the circuit breaker will trip and can be easily reset by pushing in the button. If you don’t have one in your rack, own this one for just $35.

2007 Taylor GC-7 Grand Concert, (front), (back), (headstock back), (label), (appointments appt2 appt3), (case case2). Fantastic smaller body Taylor with surprising volume and an excellent choice for the fingerstyle player. One of the first things you’ll notice is the slotted headstock with the shorter scale (24 7/8-inch) the GC-7 delivers a more “woody” tone and an easier feel on the fretboard. With its solid cedar top, this one has the mellow tone that sounds older than the guitar. The Grand Concert is the smallest of Taylor’s full-size body shapes which makes it extremely comfortable to play, especially seated, with a more intimate feel and tone. The smaller size reduces undesired overtones and allows a more focused, articulate sound. Perfect for recording and stage work. Features include Western Red Cedar top, Indian Rosewood sides/back, Tropical Mahogany neck with Ebony fretboard, Tusq nut and saddle, Indian Rosewood headstock veneer, Rosewood truss rod cover, Taylor slotted headstock with gloss finish, gloss finish body on all sides, satin finish neck, gold tuners, abalone dot inlays, ebony bridge pins with abalone dots,  24 7/8" scale, 15" lower bout, 4 3/8" body depth, 1 3/4" nut width, bracing: forward shifted pattern with relief route, mother of pearl logo, and abalone rosette. The slightly wider neck allows for faster, wider fingering and the shorter scale contributes lighter tension and, thus, slightly slinkier feel on the strings. It’s well-appointed for a Taylor: nothing gaudy, but very nice, with multiple ply body binding, cream neck binding, and just enough abalone trim to make you take notice. With a list price of $2995, this one’s in exceptionally nice condition and a fantastic Grand Concert for $1499.

Fuchs Lucky 7 Head - Black, (panel), (back).  Low powered hand-wired amps remain hot on the market, as more and more players are becoming informed about tube amps.  Quite simply, a tube amp that's cranked, with the power tubes running hot sounds a lot better than a higher powered amp running at lower volume, getting the preamp distortion by cranking up the gain.  More players are doing studio work out of the home and who needs a 50-watt tube amp alerting the entire neighborhood that you're recording a new track.  The Lucky 7 is the perfect amp for studios, back stage, or even clubs if mic'd and run through the house system.  The output is a very nice, and deceptively loud, 7 watts via a single EL34 tube - or change to a 6V6 (no user biasing required) to lower it to 5 watts.  The Lucky 7 has the high build quality and awesome tone of Fuchs' bigger amps, although in a more affordable price range.   It's based on a dual 12AX7 preamp stage and a unique single ended 7-watt EL-34 fixed bias output stage.  The Lucky 7 also has a full complement of flexible tone controls to tweak your tone.   This amp has a remarkable amount of clean headroom before distorting into a sweet, decidedly rock, overdrive.  Voiced like its bigger siblings the Train 45 and Blackjack 21, the Lucky 7 has a classic rock voice similar to a vintage Marshall or Trainwreck, with a cutting rock edge that's filled with harmonic richness and chime. The circuit design also is attenuator friendly - it has a preamp stage designed to allow clean-to-mean from the guitar volume control.  The chassis is aircraft grade aluminum with an internal construction of mixed PC board and hard wired.  The preamp tubes and power supply circuitry are on the circuit card, while the power tubes and transformer are mounted direct to the chassis.  Single point grounding keeps it free of hum at all levels.  Other features include:  ¾ solid wood cabinet with durable tolex covering, anodized aluminum chassis with long-lasting silk screened labeling, heavy duty Cliff brand jacks, solid metal shaft Alpha potentiometers ultra-long-life neon pilot lamp and heavy duty AC power switch, and simple user adjustable fixed bias.   Again, output is 7 or 5 watts (EL34 of 6V6), into 4 or 8 ohms.  This original model isn't available any more, only the more complex Lucky 7 Mk II, which costs $1595. If you want just the tone, without the features of the MK II, get this one for less than 1/2 that price, barely used and in beautiful condition. $749. (See my amps page for the same amp with purple covering).

12” Guitar Speakers – Celestions and Vintage Jensen Alnico, (Celestion G12H-30), (Celestion British 25W Greenback), (1966 Jensen). Select from a recent G12H-30 70 Anniversary Celestion, 30W, 16 ohms; or UK-made Celestion 25W Greenback 8 ohms (SOLD); or vintage (4th week, 1966) Jensen 8 ohm Alnico which has zero hours on a pro recone. Priced at $100/each (Greenback was sold).

PVX Double-Cutaway PRS Style, (front), (back), (headstock back), (jack), (pickups/bridge), (“binding”). PVX has a good idea: build a quality USA body and neck kit that the user can complete with their choice of electronics, hardware, and finish. Sure they have some options: this one has abalone side dots, abalone dot inlays, silver fret wire installed, and figured maple top, but still the base price is under $700 shipped. After that you just need to route/drill for bridge and add pickups, pots, switch, knobs, bridge, tuners, strap pins, and nut, and then stain and clearcoat in your choice of colors. It may not be a job for a first time builder but isn’t all that complicated. This one came to us with a professional finish job with a purple stain and multiple coats of clear. They took it a step further than most with the purple stain extending around the edge of the top, and then the unstained binding. It is all, however, part of a full-depth maple cap. This one isn’t mint and you can see misc. clear coat dents and scratches, as well as evidence of other tuners before the current Grovers. Frets are clean though so it hasn’t actually seen much playing time. We personally upgraded the pickups to a PRS Mcarty Bass and Treble, and the guitar sounds fantastic. Playability is likewise excellent and I can’t say a bad thing about this guitar. If you want to complete one yourself you’re looking at close to $1000 above the price of the guitar for parts and finish work – or you can get this one, set up perfectly, for just $850, including hardshell case.

2003 Tacoma JK28C Koa Jumbo Acoustic, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (case case2). Beautiful flamed koa in this powerful 28-series jumbo built from all solid woods. Tacoma built quality guitars in their shop in Tacoma Washington starting in the late ‘90’s, and ending shortly after their sale to Fender in ’04. Fans of Tacoma swear by them and, personally, I’m always on the lookout for them, especially their higher end models like this koa jumbo. This one is stamped Used, which is done to void any warranty repairs for obvious reasons. It has developed Tacomaitis, which is a bit of separation between the clear coat and the wood (as shown here, here, and here). I’ve yet to see a Tacoma with finish peeling, just this milkiness in the clear coat. It is so common that I don’t recall ever having a Tacoma without this ailment and it does little to detract from the obvious value in these fine acoustics. They are one of the best playing, and best sounding, American acoustics ever made. For folks who buy a jumbo for their bass response you won’t be disappointed. This one sounds absolutely huge in the bottom end. It’s also punchy in the mids and crisp on the high end making it fairly well balanced for a jumbo, with superb projection. In addition to being a great sounding, great playing guitar, this flamed Koa is stunning, even more impressive knowing that it’s not just a veneer.  Another thing that sets it apart from most jumbo's is the cutaway, which makes it a guitar that's useful into the upper register.  Features include: hand rubbed UV gloss finish, solid Sitka spruce top, solid Koa sides and back, Ebony fretboard, Ebony bridge, gold Tacoma tuning machines, 25.5" scale, 1.687" nut width, Abalone rosette, Abalone logo, and Abalone Ginko-leaf fretboard inlays.  This guitar is a joy to play, very comfortable action and a tone that fills up the room.  These were not cheap guitars as list price on the JK28C was $2132, which was actually very reasonable for a USA solid wood jumbo. If you can live with some inconsequential minor finish issues, I consider this an excellent value on a guitar of this quality for $879.  Includes original Canadian hardshell case.  We can install a quality saddle pickup if desired, just ask.

2008 Fender American Select FSR Stratocaster HSS - Mahogany, (front), (back), (headstock back). If you like the features of an American Deluxe Strat, but want to try the a darker, richer tone, this FSR (Factory Special Run) is the guitar for you. It has all the features of the American Deluxe model, but instead of alder or ash, Fender did a small run of these in red-stained mahogany. All the regular features include HSS pickup configuration with a Diamondback humbucker and two custom-staggered Tex-Mex single-coils, 5-way blade and S-1 pickup switching for an amazing number of tone selections, staggered height locking tuners, LSR nut, American 2-point synchronized tremolo with stainless steel saddles, 22 medium jumbo frets, 9.5” radius rosewood fretboard, modern C-shaped neck, raised chrome headstock logo, and black headstock. This guitar is in beautiful shape, near flawless in appearance and even better in terms of playability. Set up is fantastic. Fender is building this guitar again, now as a “Limited Edition” American Deluxe, which sells for $1799. If you don’t mind one that’s very slightly used, get this one for much less. $1050 includes clean Fender molded case and trem arm.

1995 Seymour Duncan JB/SSL2 HSS Set, (pic2). 20 years old and removed from an old Zion Strat. Old style labels, with the date engraved in the single coil bobbins. $99 takes all 3.

Ibanez V7/V8 Humbucker Set. Stock pickups for many of the Japan Ibanez from the 90’s. V7 neck humbucker is dynamic and great for chording; V8 bridge is brighter than a V2 with great overtones, 4-conductor wiring for mix of single/humbucker tones, clean shape with excellent lettering, $65/pair.

Fujigen Alnico 8 Humbucker Set, (pic2). Removed from a Japan ESP/Edwards Les Paul shortly after purchase so they’re in very clean condition. 4-conductor for multiple wiring applications. Quality pickups for just $85/pair.

Vintage Fender Precision/Jazz Bass Case, (inside), (latch). We just came across some NOS Cheney latch hasps which is allowing us to repair a few old Fender cases which had broken or missing hasps. These are the same brand and type used back in the day and they work perfectly. Cosmetically, this one is just average. It was covered with stickers which I removed but didn’t clean it as some players don’t like the clean Armoral look. Structurally though it’s all there with all latches and hinges working and all original except for both end hasps as shown. Logo is the chrome metal Fender without tail, with the registered “R”, which dates it from ’72 through the mid-70’s.  Isn’t your old Fender bass worth $150 for a proper home?

Loop-Master 6-Looper w/Tuner out (staggered switches), (back). Loop-Master specializes in building loop/switcher pedals and they do a great job. With a compact design, this can make your pedalboard much easier to navigate. This pedal is for players looking to use multiple effects or banks of effects and want to play through ONLY ONE effect or bank at any time, with an additional output to your tuner. Features include true bypass, aluminum enclosure, (4) 3PDT switches, 22 Gauge Silver Plated Military Spec. Wiring, Switchcraft jacks, and colored LED's. Requires a 9V AC adapter with a Boss/Ibanez style 2.1mm barrel plug. Sells new for $165; this one’s perfect and just $99. Note: I also have the 3-looper with tuner and bypass buttons in stock.

Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone Compressor. Pigtronix claims this pedal offers more sustain and less noise than other compressors which inevitably use outdated CA3080 chip technology. It also offers lots of control: Grit mixes in a smooth layer of distortion into the effect; Sustain sets the threshold for the compressor; Blend determines the mix of effected and dry signal; Treble cuts or boosts frequencies at 2k; and Volume sets the overall output (when engaged). It operates on an 18VDC power supply. Sells new for $185; this nice used one’s just $99, including power supply.

Vox 1X12 “Extension Cabinet” with Celestion Alnico Blue, (top), (back), (speaker). Originally a hand-wired AC-15 combo, this one has the amp removed with a flat panel installed for stacking purposes. Stock 25W Greenback has been replaced with a UK-made 12” Celestion Alnico Blue 15W, 15 ohm. This would make an excellent choice for players wanting more dispersion from their 1X12 Vox combo, players wanting to change their head or combo to a cool Fawn model, or anyone needing a low-power cab loaded with the best speaker on the market. These speakers sell new for $271. Get this whole set up for just $365, including the Blue!

2004 Fender Custom Classic Player Stratocaster V-Neck, (front), (back), (headstock back), (neck back), (anodized guard), (case/acc. case2 cert).   Beautiful condition, great color, excellent tone and superb playability – and this one has one of the nicest figured maple necks you’ll find on this model.  One of the early mainstays of the Custom Shop, the Custom Classic Player was their Super Strat, but with a vintage vibe.  Unlike the American Classic, which was basically an American Standard with a custom shop seal on the headstock, the Classic Player provided real upgrades, similar to what a player might do to customize their favorite gigging guitar, plus more choice woods.  This model was the first, from my recollection, that featured vintage steel saddles on a two-point synchronized tremolo, which Fender eventually adapted as the stock trem on the new American Standard in 2008.  It's the perfect blend of function and tone.  Tuners are Sperzel Trim-lok, which, along with the trem, maintains excellent tuning stability when using the wiggle stick.  Pickups are Custom Shop Vintage Noiseless", with a Hot Noiseless in the bridge.  Other features include V-neck with a 9.5" modern radius with 22 medium-jumbo frets, 2-tone sunburst swamp ash body, gold anodized pickguard, figured maple neck with a soft-V profile, staggered height Sperzel locking tuners, single string tree, and vintage logo.  This is one beautiful body with a nicely grained swamp ash with a nitro finish. Weight is 8 lb. 2 oz., medium weight. This guitar is in beautiful condition with no noteworthy flaws and no fret wear. It does have a little bit of “finish suck” where the lacquer is drawn into the wood but no finish checking thus far. Saddles had some dust on them when pics were shot but they're in clean shape. A lot of players want the quality of a custom shop Strat but want something with modern features not found on a Time Capsule series. This is the ticket.  For the same price as a new American Deluxe, you can own this Custom Shop beauty.  $1850 includes custom shop case with broidered inside lid, certificate, custom shop strap, custom shop cable, Schaller straplock system, and assorted paperwork.

2013 Fender American Standard Stratocaster – Sunburst w/Maple Board, (front), (back), (headstock back), (case case2).   Classic look: 3-tone sunburst with a maple fretboard, everybody’s favorite! Add to this the parchment pickguard and vintage tinted knobs and covers and you have an axe that looks very close to a vintage ’57 Strat. One upgrade to this one is the bridge pickup has been changed to a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails, which offers both humbucker and single coil tones. Original Fat 50’s pickup will be included should you ever want to go with the stock set up. For the rock player though, the humbucker opens up a wider range of tones to harder, in your face rock, while retaining the classic Strat tones in the other 4 positions. I'm a big fan of the new Strats - after the 7-year run of the American Series, the new American Standard, officially released on Jan 1, 2008 has some significant improvements including a redesigned bridge with 100% metal copper-infused block, new bent-steel saddles with elongated string slots, a Fender-exclusive high-tech molded case and, most significantly, a new neck and body finish, which appears to be very thin and high gloss, very close to nitro in appearance. With a new American Strat selling for $1299 everywhere, this one has in-house set-up that's better than anything from the superstores, in beautiful shape, with more tonal variety, all for just $899.  Includes the new style Fender/SKB case with ATA latches, with trem arm, tools, and misc. paperwork.

2014 Fender American Standard Telecaster – Natural Ash w/upgraded Case and Tuners, (front), (back), (headstock back tuners), (case case2).  The vibe of a USA Vintage ’52 at a much nicer price! This American Standard has a natural ash body with black pickguard and maple fretboard, very close to a V52 in appearance. This is one of the "new" American Standards that replaced the American Series, which replaced the "old" American Standard.  Can't keep up?  Suffice it to say that at every step Fender has made a number of minor improvements which, collectively, combine to make a better Tele.   This one also has a quality set of locking tuners and Fender’s better case, the vintage style Tolex with chrome badge and dual storage compartments. Tuners are pro-installed Hipshot locking. Original tuner holes have been filled and are barely visible. Features of this model includes ash body, maple neck with Modern “C” Shape (gloss headstock face with satin urethane finish on back of neck), 9.5” radius, 22 medium jumbo frets, 1.685” nut, new style saddles on chrome-plated brass bridge, volume and tone control - Delta tone "no load" tone circuit.   Other features include new bent steel saddles with elongated string slots, highly finished frets, detailed nut work, and rolled fretboard edges.  A new American Standard in ash will run you $1449, and it will probably be a good player.  For $400 less, you can have this barely played beauty set up to perfection, PLUS has better tuners and case.  $1049 includes the Fender Tolex case as well as locking tuners installed.

Line 6 MM4 Modulation Modeler, (pic2). Hugely popular, the line of Line 6 modeling processors ruled the world a decade or so ago. This one is their modulation modeler, with a vast array of time domain effects including tremolos, phasers, Uni-Vibe, rotary’s, flangers, chorus’s including Dimension, vibrato, ring modulator, and panning. It includes 16 quality modulation effects in all including Phase 90, Leslie, CE-1 Chorus Ensemble, MXR Flanger, Dimension D Chorus. It has 20 factory presets, plus 4 user-programmable presets and features true bypass switching, expression-pedal input, and stereo inputs and outputs. Simple to use, controls include Effect Selector, Speed, Depth, Tweak, Tweez, and Mix. Manual is available online. Very powerful effect for $99.

Boss CS-2 Compression Sustainer, (back). Thought by many to be the best, these MIJ black label compressors have been the workhorse of touring musicians for 30+ years and their performance and durability have stood the test of time. This one’s in nice shape as these go. $115. I also have the original compact sustainer, the CS-1 if you’re interested.

2013 Taylor 414 Grand Auditorium, (front), (back), (side), (headstock back), (appointments), (case). The X-14 (Grand Auditorium) is Taylor's most versatile and popular body shapes with its defined mids with clear and balanced overall tone. Excellent for fingerstyle work but holds up well to hard strumming. It is their "do it all" model. Taylor's 400-series are certainly pro-quality instruments and while you can pay a lot more for dramatic cosmetic features of the higher series, the craftsmanship and design on this 414CE are as good on this as on a 900-series, at three times the price.  The 414 features back and sides of solid ovangkol, an African tonewood similar to Indian Rosewood, with a fuller midrange and bright treble resembling koa. Its warm brown colors and unique grain are protected with a thin, satin finish while the solid spruce top is buffed to a high gloss. Nicely appointed with dot and oval inlays with the entire guitar framed in white binding on the body and neck. Other features include a sleek Ebony fretboard, Tusq nut, Tusq saddle, and quality Taylor tuners.  Nothing sets up like a Taylor and they gained a reputation in the 80's for building acoustics that played as easy as electrics. If you're tired of messing around mediocre playing, lifeless acoustics, give Taylor a try. They've been a favorite of mine since '84 and although they were discontinued last year in favor of the 414CE, they remain an excellent value in an American flattop. It’s rare that I get in a “traditional” Taylor, without electronics or cutaway, and I’m pleased to have this one, offered in perfect condition with a superb set up.  The 414CE sells new online for $1849 ($2468 List) but this used one is in nice shape and a sweet deal at $1099.  Includes Taylor case.

1987 Fender American Standard Stratocaster – Warmoth Boat Neck, (orig neck pic2 pic3), (front), (back), (pickguard ass.), (Warmoth-neck pic2 pic3), (headstock back), (case pic2). Hard to believe that ‘80’s Strats are technically vintage now but the fact is ’87 was the first full year of the American Standard, having debuted in the fall of ’86. Like a lot of ‘80’s and ‘90’s Fenders, the neck wasn’t the greatest. We get in plenty of these with the truss all the way tight, or all the way loose, leaving no room for adjustment should it need it in the future. This one set up good with the truss rod all the way tight, but, again, should it ever need tightening it’s going to turn into a major repair. Rather than ship out a guitar that’s going to be a potential problem with just replaced the neck…with a great Warmoth Boat neck. These necks are so fat at the first fret, .992”, that it actually gets smaller as it goes up the neck (.971” at the 12th fret). The neck has jumbo frets, nitro finished headstock, unfinished fretboard, and a special finish Martin invented made of poly and natural oils. It feels very sleek and fast. We installed a vintage logo and used the original Fender/Schaller tuners on the neck. The rest of the guitar is 100% original and nobody had ever been “inside” prior to arriving here. Many people love the way these early American Standards sound and it indeed does have the spanky sound you want in a Strat, with a good crisp lead pickup and cool hollow tones in position 2 and 4. My favorite is the neck pickup which has a fat tone with excellent sustain. The guitar sounds good acoustically as well. Included is the original case and trem bar. Cosmetically, it’s in very nice shape for 25+ years with just some clear coat scratches and impressions, nothing bad. I’ll include the original neck with the guitar and if you don’t need the lowest action, you might be fine with it for years, but the Warmoth plays so much finer. $1150 includes installed Warmoth neck, original neck, original case, and trem bar.

Radial Tonebone Plexitube. Still made in Canada, Radial/Tonebone makes some of the most versatile pedals on the market. From their various overdrives, to switchers, to loopers, they always do a lot more than you expect. The Plexitube is no different. Utilizing a 12AX7 tube to add warmth, and true bypass to avoid signal degradation, the Plexitube produces four generations of Marshall Plexi tones. It features two distinct distortion channels for quick switching between rhythm and lead settings with Channel 1 optimized for chunky rhythm tones and scooped mids and Channel 2 is voiced for solos with fat mids and great sustain. It also features an effects loop that can automatically turn your delay, i.e. no tap dancing. Sells new for $299 but get this clean used one for just $169 which includes power supply.

Morley Mark Tremonti Power Wah, (pic2).  Excellent design by Morley for the signature “Creed” tone. Morley uses a switchless design where you simply step on it to engage the wah, or step off for bypass. The tone is a hybrid of traditional and modern wah voicings with a Boost knob which adds up to 20dB of wah gain. It features an Electro-optical design with no pots to wear out and a “Clear-Tone" buffer circuit to ensure pure guitar tone and maintain the signal level in bypass and Wah mode. Sells new for $139; this one's in nice shape and around 1/2 price at $79.

Gibson Les Paul Wiring Harness. Removed from 2011 50’s Tribute Les Paul and includes all 4 USA pots, factory wired together. $20.

PRS USA Tremolo Bridge, (pic2). Part no. ACC-4007, used but nice shape for a used bridge and saddles aren’t worn thru to the brass.  Fits all US-made models. Includes tremolo bridge, saddles, and springs. Sells new for $309 with trem arm; this one doesn’t have trem arm but it’s just $175.

Vox Heritage AC15HTVH Head and V112HTV Cabinet, (head/cab-back), (head), (top), (panel), (back), (cab  cab-back). Built only in 2007 to commemorate 50 years of Vox amps, the AC15HTVH is a hand-wired amp that combines classic AC tone with modern tone-shaping for one of finest Vox amplifiers in their history. It combines the prized EF86 preamp channel of 1958 with the legendary 1963 Top Boost channel for the best of two great tones. It features a tube complement of 1 x EF86, 3 x ECC83/12AX7, 2 x EL84 (power), and 1 x EZ81 (rectifier). Channel 1 is the EF86 Preamp channel with two inputs wired traditionally to provide a 6dB gain difference between them. It also has a two-position Bass Shift switch with position 1 voiced to the original vintage-correct bass response and position 2 with a tigher bass response to reduce any muddiness common in high volume use. A three-position Brilliance switch provides flat response when in the off position. Position 1 is a new position voiced like the early AC30 "Treble" amps, while position 2 is the original brilliance circuit, which acts as a dramatic bass cut. The EF86 Mode switch re-configures the EF86 valve from Pentode mode to Triode mode. Triode mode will give a lower gain tone with higher headroom. Pentode mode is the famed original mode and has a very sweet high gain tone with less headroom. Channel 2 is the Top Boost preamp channel with two inputs wired with a 6dB gain difference. The Treble and Bass controls are from the 1963 Top Boost circuit and are very interactive. With only minor adjustments of these controls you’ll find dramatic changes in tone. The Top Cut control, which cuts high from either channel end as it's turned up, thus the famed Top Boost name. An O/P Switch adds more flexibility as it changes the power tubes from Pentode mode to Triode mode, cutting the output power to 7.5 watts while adding smoother tonal characteristics. The V112HTV cabinet uses a Vox Celestion Blue Alnico 12” speaker, perfectly matched for this 15W amp. It’s truly an excellent sounding setup that should please most Vox fans. With just a bit of home use, this set is in excellent condition and even includes a clean pair of thick Tuki covers (pic2 pic2) over $100 additional value. For a hand-wired head this is nice deal at $1399 which includes head, cab, and some nice covers. Here’s a pretty good demo by ProGuitarShop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCj6Vvjk7fM.

Epiphone G-400 Gothic Series SG, (front/back), (headstock).  I have a few of these in stock and they’re the best value in a set-neck, all-mahogany SG.  Based upon Gibson's very successful "Gothic" line, the Epiphone Goth Collection features the same Satin-Black finish and Black hardware for a look that's obviously aimed at the rock/metal player.  Features include Grover tuners, Ebony fretboard with side markers, black chrome hardware, Roman numeral "XII" inlay on the 12th fret, a Celtic Cross on the headstock, and Epi ''57 Classic Alnico-V exposed-coil humbuckers.  These guitars are stamped to indicate cosmetic 2nd for reasons we cannot discern - they're totally flawless.  These had a list price of $499, on sale here at $249, including a pro-setup that makes them play better than anything you'll find in the super stores.   Some players want specific pickups in their Epi’s, which we can do, generally $100 parts and labor for a set of Duncans, DiMarzios or EMG’s from our stock.

Morley ABY Box, Simple but versatile ABY selector/combiner. You can choose between two inputs/one output, or one input/two outputs such as to run a signal to a pair of amps for true stereo effect; switch between two amps for dirty/clean tones; bypass a noisy boutique stomp box or your entire pedal setup altogether; and simultaneously run a keyboard and guitar through your effects chain. You can both select which output and/or combine the outputs. Simple but a perfect solution for many players. Made of rolled steel and heavy switches for years of road use. $39.

Keeley Java Boost. Keeley’s take on the Dallas Rangemaster treble booster, one of the iconic tones of the 60’s, with a tone that’s not too far over the top. It emulates the tones used in early Badfinger and Mott the Hoople as heard in this demo (Click here for a good demo from ProGuitarShop). It uses a single germanium transistor, a NOS Mullard OC44 to be exact. In addition to the Tone and Level it features a 3-way mini-toggle, each voiced differently. New cost is $169, or get this clean used one for $109.

Electroharmonix Satisfaction Fuzz. Keith Richards’s guitar tone on “Satisfaction” is an iconic tone that’s rarely been replicated. From my memory, it’s one of the first instances where a fuzz box was used on a hit recording. You can get this tone, and even gnarlier tones out of the little box. Best of all, it’s only $39, mint in the box.

Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter.  The most versatile Boss has ever made.  Allows for vintage Up and Down effects as well as new Rise and Fall effects, plus 4, 8, 10, and 12 Stage Phasers, plus a Step effect.  With a $208 list, the PH-3 sells for $129 online but this nice used one's just for just $59.

MXR M-102 Dyna Comp, (pic2). Reissue of the legendary compressor from the 70's. The Dyna Comp Pedal creates infinitely clean sustain using a signal-limiting processor that varies its gain so that the output signal stays constant, even when you’re picking attack may vary. Useful to smooth out your leads or as an effect, especially in country music.  Features Output and Sensitivity knobs plus an LED light. The side is signed and dated, and there’s a steer head painted on the bottom so this might be a mod, don’t know, but it sounds great and ½ the price of new at $39.

Fulltone MDV Mini-Deja'Vibe. Without a doubt one of the closest clone ever made. If you’re looking for a 60’s Hendrix/Univibe tone this chorus/vibrato pedal has all the tones nailed down, and is quiet to boot. Finished in Vintage Cream powdercoated finish with oxblood lettering and an LED that throbs to the beat of its asymmetrical rhythm with a pot that gives you access to all speeds from slowest to fastest, all with a perfect sweep and no abrupt speed changes.  The large knob is easy to change speeds on the fly simply by turning it with your toe. It's true bypass and works with the supplied 9V DC adapter or any pedalboard power supply on the market. It has a little Velcro on the bottom but since it's probably going on a pedalboard, I'll leave that on. Overall, as clean as a new floor model. This isn’t the cheaper black model that Fulltone made later. You can still find this cream model new for $249 but get this clean used one for just $159. Includes original box and power supply and paperwork. For a good demo checkout ProGuitarShop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Nh2Nrn5WaE.

1973 Norman B-30 Acoustic Dreadnought, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (neck block/label), (case).  Back in the 70's Norman, under the ownership of the revered Norman Boucher, was one of the premier guitar builders in Canada and THE guitar if you were part of the major music scene in Quebec.  They were building up to 5000 guitars at year at their peak.  In 1982 they were bought by LaSiDo (Godin, Seagull, Simon&Patrick, Art&Lutherie).  The design of the instruments in the beginning was based on a Martin model with it’s X bracing and the dreadnought body shape.  One of design features was the unique neck joint, bolted to the body with no heel.  It also features a much smaller, curved neck block (shown here), similar to a classical guitar, that has less mass and, thus, lets the top vibrate more freely.  The B-30 features a dreadnought body, with many cosmetic elements that resemble a Martin at fast glance.  There is conflicting info on the web regarding the body wood.  It definitely has a solid spruce top but depending on the site, sides and back are made of either birch or with maple, but they're in the same family and have similar tonal properties.  Other features include maple neck with rosewood fretboard, mahogany headstock overlay, mother of pearl dot inlays, quality black and chrome sealed tuners, black teardrop pickguard, 3-ring rosette, and black binding on the top.  Overall in wonderful shape for its age but as it has a thin lacquer finish, there is a little wear (shown here) on the sides of the neck and on the back side, waist area.  There are no issues such as cracks, repaired or otherwise, bridge lifting, belly problems, or any other detractors.  At over 40 years the sound has opened up nicely and it has a wonderful tone.  For a few online samples, check out a few YouTube samples here and here. Norman has a loyal following who seek out the older B-series. What can you get for under $430 these days?  Well, around 1/4th of a '70's Martin D-18, 1/2 of a 70's Guild D-25, or a new Korean/Chinese import with plenty of cosmetic appeal but zero tone character...or this nice Canadian Norman B-30.  I consider this an excellent value in a guitar that will be around for decades to come.  $429 includes ultralight case pictured.

Ibanez TS-808 Overdrive Pro. Reissue of what many consider to be the finest overdrive ever made and certainly the most cloned OD of all time. Famous for yielding a smooth overdrive, much like the tone of overdriven tube amp. Tone, overdrive, and level controls, allow you to tweak your tone. Includes adapter to fit Boss type barrel 9V adapters and power supplies. Don’t pay $179 when you can get this clean one for $115 in the box with paperwork.

Square Reader Credit Card Swipe and PayPal Swipe. Get one of each for $25, including Priority Mail shipping. I got a deal on 3 sets and just want to keep one of each. $25/shipped gets a Square Reader PLUS a PayPal.

Ayers O-03C Orchestra Cutaway, (front inlay), (back), (headstock back), (label), (binding), (case #2).  We were blown away with the construction quality of this Ayers. We’re not USA/European guitar snobs as we’ve encountered some fine guitars now coming out of Southeast Asia. Gone are the days when you could easily tell where a guitar is from a quick look and strum. The finish, tonewoods, and fine attention to detail on this Ayers holds up to North American guitars costing 2X or 3X the price. The main savings in hand-building guitars comes from labor and because of that the consumer really benefits. Ayers has been building since 1989, with a strong market in Europe, Asia, and Australia, but recently they’ve been distributed out of Salt Lake City UT and are starting to come on the secondary market. For players who like the warm, mellow tone of mahogany, this O-03C easily fills the bill. Features include O-size cutaway body with top/back/sides of African mahogany, dovetail neck joint, 1-pc African mahogany neck with East Indian rosewood overlay, East Indian rosewood fretboard, Gotoh 301 tuners, East Indian rosewood bridge, ebony bridge pins with abalone dots, maple body binding, maple purfling, maple/mahogany/rosewood rosette, Viet Nam rosewood sun inlay in top, gloss finish body with satin finish neck. Set up is very comfortable and it’s a guitar that feels like a quality guitar the moment you pick it up. Online price on this one is $1199; or you can get this immaculate one for around ½ price, just $639. Includes original Ayers gigbag, excellent protection with plastic handle and tuck-away shoulder straps on back.

2001 Epiphone ’56 Les Paul Goldtop – Many Upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock back (Sperzel/Ltd Seal), (ding), (case #2). Very cool guitar made with all the upgrades that make this a professional quality instrument. This guitar is basically just the stock wood, with virtually every piece of hardware and electronics upgraded. The main feature are a pair of Shed (made in UK link) Vintage P90 Soapbars with coils wound from old stock black 42 AWG plain enamel. Shed’s are up there with the top of the heap of boutique pickup builders and where Spence has had some problems with timely shipping it’s universally agreed that he builds fine pickups when you can get them. Additionally, all pots have been changed to USA CTS. ABR-1 bridge and stopbar tailpiece have both been changed to Callaham, built with cold rolled steel for improved sustain and reliability. Sperzels locking tuners were installed for improved tuning. Lastly, it has been pro refretted with jumbo frets, dressed to perfection for low action and true string bends. This guitar sings like a mid-50’s Paul and plays beautifully. We’re just super pleased to offer this quality at less than 1/3 of a Gibson R6. Cosmetically, it’s in pretty nice shape, other than a small ding shown in the pic above. No biggie. As you might guess, the upgrades cost far more than the guitar itself, totaling well over $800 in upgrades alone. Get the whole guitar, along with an older Ibanez case, for just $699, or $650 with gigbag.

Teese RMC5 Real McCoy Wizard Wah, (bottom). Geoffrey Teese's wah pedals are perhaps the most highly regarded on the market, use by countless pro's on stage and in the studio. The Wizard is a chameleon, part RMC1 and part Picture Wah, the Wizard Wah sounds like nothing else, with extended sweep range, rich, tight lows, smooth mids, a natural sounding top end, and a slight overall boost. It is slightly darker than a "normal" wah. The top end gets only a little brighter than the actual guitar sound and it has a very smooth overall sound - the low has close to the same signal strength as the mid and the top. Unlike the RMC1, the Wizard is designed to work with most any pickup configuration and any amp gain structure. Like all RMC's, it is developed and built by Geoffrey Teese and includes true-bypass and AC adapter jack.  Beautiful condition and a nice buy for an RMC at $150.

Line 6 FBV Express MKII Floorboard.  Unleash the full power of your Line 6 amp or POD and get hands-free control over your presets, tap-tempo your time based effects, activate the chromatic tuners, and enjoy one of the best wah-wah and volume controllers you'll find.  It's built for many years of road use but small enough to fit into a briefcase.  It also controls the 14-second Quick Loop on most Spider amps.  Easily toggle the rocker pedal between volume and wah (with associated LED indicator) via a toe switch.  Easy-to-read LCD shows tap tempo, active channel and chromatic tuner (when activated).  FBV Control software allows unlimited mapping of FBV controls via USB and connects via RJ-45 cable or USB.  This unit is self-powered and includes a very long stage cable to run from  the front of the stage to your backline.  Barely used and includes manual and other docs, as well as original box. Full details and software updates are available at Line 6's site: http://line6.com/footcontrollers/fbvexpressmkii.html . If you use your Line 6 gear live, you need this unit and it’s just $59. Note: I also have one mint in box for $69 (pic).

Top Hat Club Royale 2X12 Combo, (top), (panel), (back), (chassis switches), (tube chart). This is possibly the ultimate for AC-15/AC-30 tones. At 20 watts it falls right between the two models but in tone, many think it’s superior to the original 60’s classics. It's a Class A amp with a warm, nicely compressed Vox tone. It has a softer attack than most Class A/B amps, with a lovely bloom after the attack. Driven to distortion it delivers what I feel is a smoother sound than the Vox models. It’s capable of higher gain than the old Vox’s but it’s not what I’d call a gain monster like Marshall or Boogie. With that said, it excels at Rock and Blues and is easily capable of a long, singing sustain when cranked up a bit. Controls include Master Volume, Cut (sort of the opposite of a Presence control to cut the highs), Bass, Mid, Treble, and Volume. Purists might thumb their nose at the separate Volume control but it actually sounds very warm and natural with the Volume overdriving the Master, as natural as any amp I’ve had. There’s also a 3-way tone switch for Fat/Off/Bright to further dial in the Boost. The Bright delivers a really nice high end sparkle that should be great in playing in larger groups or bands with a keyboard player. The Fat boosts the amps midrange that will thicken up a Strat nicely, but many will find that’s the sound that they want, regardless of guitar used. On the chassis there’s also a Soft/Normal switch to change the solid state rectifier’s response with the “soft” being saggier, like a tube rectifier, and the Normal having the feel of a SS rectifier. For players who feel that a single-12 combo bottoms out on the low end, this baby is no problem, with a pair of quality 12’s to keep it solid in the bass. Installed are a great combination of Vox Blue Alnico and Celestion G12H-30. The new model Club Royale 2X12 will set you back $2200. You can have this clean, used one with home use only, for $1399. Oh, it’s a lightweight amp as 2X12’s go but you’ll be happy to see it has a set of quality casters installed.

Dean Deluxe V Case DHS-V, (pic2), (tag). Excellent quality protection for your Flying V. If you’re looking for a lightweight case…this ain’t it. It’s heavy and will protect your guitar very well. Available online for $119-$139. This one’s like new and $79. Includes key.

1960’s Gibson SG Case, (pic2). Pretty nice shape for 50 years old. This is the chipboard case usually sold with SG Juniors and features the black stitched exterior and brown mouse fuzz interior with gold Gibson logo on the compartment door. Handle, latches, and hinges are all intact. Looking for the proper home for your old Junior? Get this one for $65.

2008 ESP LTD Deluxe MH-1000 - Snow White, (front), (back), (headstock back), (abalone pic2), (case pic2). This is one beautiful guitar. Check out the loads of abalone inlay, adorning the entire body, edges of the fretboard, and around the headstock. It also has abalone offset block inlays and a pearloid inlaid logo, with black nickel hardware. Absolutely stunning. ESP recently discontinued this model in favor of the cheaper M-1000, although it's still the same $879 price. The M-1000 has none of the stunning cosmetic appointments of the MH-1000, specifically no abalone inlays anywhere and a plain, painted logo. Oh well; that's business. Features of the MH-1000 include Floyd Rose 1000 double-locking tremolo, EMG 81/85 active pickups, carved top mahogany body with "set-thru" maple neck, rosewood fretboard, thin U-shaped neck, 24 extra jumbo frets, grover tuners and, again, abalone trim all around. This one had one minor finish repair to the tip of the headstock. (before) and (after) pics show where Martin sealed it up with glue and then refinished it lightly in white. It’s not cosmetically perfect but structurally it was never an issue. Otherwise, very clean with just two very faint check lines on front and some very minor clear coat scratches on back. If you’re an EMG fan you’ll love the clear, powerful tone of the 85/81 combination, which is favored by Zaak Wylde and many others. The set up is very low, which makes this an extremely fast neck. Nice. This model sold new for $879 without a case or gigbag. This one INCLUDES a form fit ESP case and if you don't mind a minor finish repair on the tip, is an excellent bargain at $649 with case or, with a gigbag, $569.

BOSS AW-3 Dynamic Wah. Gives you classic-style wah effects and more. Choose between fixed and auto wah, or add an optional expression pedal. You also get a 'humanizer' function that lets you create wild, human-voice type sounds! This pedal can be controlled automatically via a tempo control, or externally using an expression pedal. Also, it's not just for guitarists, being a Dynamic Wah it has separate inputs for both guitar AND bass. It's easy to use and with a new one selling for $119, save on this clean used one for $75.

Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble is an excellent chorus pedal and the 4th pedal in Boss Chorus Ensemble line, going back to the famed CE-2 and the original CE-1. The CE-5 added a level control and a high and low filter control and has been in production for over 20 years, which is far longer than any other chorus in the CE series. Overall nice shape other than label came off the bottom with some Velcro.  With new ones going for $99 this is a nice buy at $49.

VFE Pedals Fiery Red Horse Fuzz.  VFE hand makes quality boutique pedals in their shop in Puyallup, WA.   The Fiery Red Horse is a versatile pedal that goes from standard overdrive or it can shift the midrange to get very throaty, or nasally, as desired.  It's often described as similar to the triangle-era Big Muff.  Dial in the Sustain and Tone knobs to set your rough tone, then tweak it with the voltage starve mini knob or mid-range mini knob to bump or scoop the mids.  The mini toggle switch adjusts clipping with a choice of Symmetrical, single-sided germanium, and 3mm LED.  They change the clip in different ways plus changing the level and gain so you'll likely need to tweak the Level control at times.  An additional internal trim pot adjusts the brightness of the pedal’s LED.  VFE's true bypass switch uses an optical relay, which prevents the common ‘popping’ when switching.  They’re building the FRH Version 2 now but these ran $149 new.  This one’s in perfect condition for $85.

Focusrite iTrack Professional Dock, (back), (lit up), (misc.). Note: Unit is for users who want to record strictly on an iPad (4th Gen)/iPad Air/iPad mini/iPad mini with retina display - with official Apple approved "Made for iPad" status). The sleek Focusrite industrial design provides the perfect platform to dock, charge and record music with the new generation of iPads with Lightning connectors. It is the best sounding iPad-based workstation, featuring premium Focusrite A-D/D-A conversion with over 105dB dynamic range and the ability to record at up to 24bit, 96kHz sample rates. It uses Two Focusrite Mic preamps, as featured in the Scarlett range of USB audio interfaces, including 48V Phantom power for use with condenser microphones and unique gain halos to easily set the input gain. It also provides a guitar input with plenty of clean, clear headroom to capture both quiet and loud guitars with remarkable clarity. It also has a USB MIDI port for class compliant MIDI controller connectivity (MIDI + power) - perfect for connecting a controller like the Novation Launch key or Launch key Mini. This unit is mint in the box with registration code, manual, power supply. Sells new for $199; get this one for just $135.

Keeley Luna Overdrive. The Luna Overdrive combines OP-amp clipping with tube-like JFET gain stages to provide an ultra-smooth overdrive tone. From subtle overdrive to "Marshall on 11", the Luna is delivers classic tube amp tone on all settings. Keeley uses a Classic/Modded switch to provide a lower or higher gain structure. Uniquely, Keeley also uses a Baxandall EQ, which traditionally is popular among music producers and engineers as it's EQ curve boosts and cuts frequencies in a smoother, more effective way. 100% built in the USA with top components and true bypass, the Luna is built for decades of heavy road use. New cost is $229; this perfect used one’s just $159.

Fulltone Full-Drive 2. Earlier version Full-Drive, from 2001.  The FD2 is perhaps the finest overdrive pedal on the market and, in fact, was voted by GP Mag as one of the top 50 effects of all time.  This third version of the FD2 has the push/pull pot for Comp Cut in place of the later mini-toggle.  Written on the back is "FM" which indicates it has the flat mid voicing, offering a more natural sound.  The "CompCut" feature removes the bounding from the feedback loop allowing for Monster Clean Boost tones and some rougher OD sounds with the OD and Boost knfobs turned up.  Features separate on/off and boost switches, with a green and red LED indicator, respectively.  Pretty nice shape for an 14-year-old pedal, works perfectly, sounds great.  $115

Wampler Faux Spring Reverb. Original model with silver case. If you have a reverb-less amp, or an amp with fake sounding digital reverb, try this. A lot more compact that a Fender tube reverb unit that’s as big as an amp head, but still provides the fat, wet sound of spring reverb. Hand made in the USA, the Faux Spring Reverb uses Level, Tone and Depth controls to provide much more control than an amp’s single reverb knob. Wampler uses high grade film capacitors and resistors hand-picked for superior tone and, of course, true bypass. Max reverb time is nearly 3 seconds, which is plenty. It’s powered by a 9V battery or by a Boss-type barrel plug. Sells new for $228. This clean used one is $159.

T-Rex Alberta II Dual Overdrive. The original single-channel Alberta overdrive was popular with guitarists as a great sounding, easy to use OD. T-Rex built on that success by offering the Alberta II, with two OD’s, one for creamy rhythm sounds and the other for a cutting solo sound. On popular demand from guitarists around the world, T-Rex has developed the Alberta II. You can now dial in a good clean sound on your amp, and set the pedal on the edge of overdrive, one channel, with a harder rock sound from the other channel. You can also go from a medium boost to a fat, clean-ish boost to push the front end of your amp. If you need a low-end boost just flip a switch for an even thicker tone on either channel, expanding the tonal range even further. T-Rex has given channel 2 a slightly more open and punchy sound, for a little more pick attack and push, but with the same voice as channel 1. The tone knobs light up to let you know if you’re on 1 or 2! A good video review by Guitar Player mag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4ZVEWggqXo. With a list price of $369 the Alberta II sells new for $209 on sale to $269 at discount. Or get this clean used one for $149.

Option 5 Destination Rotation Single - Leslie Simulator. Made with 100% analog circuit with very low noise to capture the essence of the big old Leslie that touring groups used to truck into gigs in days past. It is 100% hand-built and built like a tank with top quality components with lead-free soldering, utilizing a super-solid, double sided, plate through lead-free PC board. All this is housed in a die-cast aluminum box which will never rust. It is truly built to last. Features include level trimmer, top mounted trimmers for slow and fast speed, microphone placement control for effect depth, realistic speed up/down ramping effect, 9 volt operation, and true bypass. For more info check out this typically great demo from ProGuitarShop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP4e7E8_WkE. Sells new for $299 but this one’s perfect in the box for $199.

Bob Burt Clean Boost. Bob designed one of the finest clean boosts made, specifically to boost your guitar signal without adding overtones and overdrive to the tone. This pedal is noted for incredible transparency and clarity, with 20+ db boost without distortion. Bob uses audiophile quality parts and a unique design and his pedal works great with single coil and humbucker pickups. It increases the volume of your amp without causing it to go into overdrive or get dirty. If you’re serious about tone you already know about the benefits of a quality clean boost. Get one of the best right here. Made in 2009 and signed/dated on the exterior of the bottom plate by Bob in silver pen. These are $250 new but other than one or two dings on the edge, is in very clean condition and a killer boost for $170.

Xotic Effects X-Blender.  Another great USA boutique builder, I've had several of the Xotic boost pedals before but this X-Blender isn't as much as an effect as it is an effect controller, much like a very sophisticated direct box.  A unique tool for the modern guitar/ bass player, it's a switch-able series-parallel loop unit.  A parallel effects loop allows you to mix or blend the effects with a dry signal (unaffected signal), creating a far more complex tone from your guitar.  This is especially useful in the demo below using a wah pedal.  Instead of getting a wash of wah effect, you can blend it with a straight guitar signal and get just the right amount of note definition.  After hearing it, you'll realize that some of your favorite artists have been using effects in this manner for years.  Rather than explain all the features here, click here for some good product video demo's Xotic.com.  Sells for $176 new but why not get this clean used one for $50 cheaper at just $125.

Eminence Delta 12-A 400W Speaker, (front), (side). This 400W, 8 Ohm driver is built for years of flawless performance and like all of the USA Standard series, it features Eminence's rugged stamped steel chassis. Works equally well for guitar (compare it to the EVM -12), bass, keyboards, or pro-sound house/monitor systems. It’s in brand new condition in the box and the best speaker I can offer for $65.

Ampeg SVT Direct Injection D.I., (front), (back). Pro’s choice for studio bass recording. The Ampeg SVT utilizes a preamp tube to pass the best possible instrument sound to your recording deck or front of house system in a live setting. It has ¼” connections for input and through, as well as an XLR for balanced out. It also has push buttons for input pad (primarily for active/passive choice of basses), a ground lift, as well as for choosing between tube and direct. Although it was geared toward bass, it can work fine for any instrument where you want a warmer, thicker sound.  If you look around you’ll see well worn examples without the case or manual selling for $350. This one is in super clean shape with case, cable, and manual, for just $399. (If you want something a little cheaper, I have some new dBX units for $69).

Warmoth Custom Bent-T Telecaster – Flamed maple body and neck, (front front2), (back), (headstock back neck), (body/neck markings), (case). This is perhaps the most striking Warmoth Tele we’ve ever had. No expense was spared in parts and all work is first rate. Although we didn’t build this one here, Martin went over it and said that the work was first rate, and it has only a few hours of playing time since new – offered in “as new” condition. The Warmoth body is one-piece swamp ash with a flamed maple “bent” top (maple cap follows forearm contour).  It is finished in a PRS-style tiger eye, while the back is finished in walnut.  Body weight is a scant 3 lbs., 7 oz. and is loaded with a pair of Lace Tele pickups (T-150 and TN-100) with dual volume and tone controls and a 3-way selector. Warmoth neck is exceptionally flamed maple and like the top, was initially stained with a dark opaque stain, sanded down, and then finished in a translucent finish. Unlike a Fender scale, which is 25.5”, this neck/body is a Gibson 24.75” conversion scale.  Other features include rosewood fretboard, vintage tint gloss, bone nut with 1-11/16" width, standard thin back contour, 6100 stainless steel jumbo frets, 10-16" compound radius, cream face dots, white side dots, and Sperzel Soundlock locking tuners with ivory tips.  Headstock was pro finished in root beer metallic color with gold pinstripes applied prior to final top coats. The neck has the Gotoh truss rod adjustment, near the base of the neck, which we really like. Set up is very low and comfortable, and I especially like the shorter scale and wider nut width for my long/thick fingers. The Lace pickups, which are similar to the Laces on the older Tele Plus models, retain a vintage tone and are near impervious to hum. Just a great guitar in all regards. The neck specs out at $502 for a finished 3A flame, while the body with finish and flamed top specs out at $747. Add to this Sperzel Soundlock tuners for $75, Lace pickups at $160, and $100 pro finishing the headstock and pin striping, and another $75 in misc. parts and you’ve got a guitar that’s around $1650 – and that’s not including pro assembly, set up, and a case.  Get this one, fully assembled and set up properly, with a new MTS molded case, for just $1250. Again, this is virtually a new guitar that easily compares to Fenders at over $2000.

Korg KES-101 Ext Selector. I usually have around 50+ of the Korg PME-40X pedals in stock but some, like the KES-101, only come in occasionally. The KES-101 is used to link two PME console units together, or to add a separate effects loop to your PME console, such as a rack effect or other brand’s stomp boxes. $65.

Boss AC-2 Acoustic Simulator, (power supply). Perhaps the best acoustic pedal ever made.  Much more versatile than a Fishman bridge - and cheaper too.  Nice shape. $55 or $65 with Boss power supply that powers many pedals simultaneously.

1960’s Andre Solidbody, (front), (back), (headstock back). Now THIS is like my first guitar, which was branded “Prestige” but was otherwise a very similar model, complete with “steel reinforced neck” sticker on the back of the headstock. Features a slightly asymmetrical double cutaway body, 19-fret rosewood fretboard, and unlike the Kay below, features a slightly short 23.5” scale length. It’s easy to get around on, plays very well, and doesn’t sound heinous. Would be a good choice for a alt guitarist looking for their own tone and vibe. A lot of Japan-made guitars from this era are still around so they must be pretty well made. Worst flaw is one of the tuners is slightly bent but still works fine. It has a very playable set up and for the price is a cooler alternative to a new Chinese or Indonesian copy. $159 for this beauty.

1962 Kay Vanguard Mod. 102, (catalog), (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge/cover), (controls), (pot codes), (case). How many of you had a first guitar like this? It’s actually better than my first, which was a MIJ model with ¾” action and horrible tone. Made in Chicago IL during Kay’s golden era, this is a well made guitar much like Valco of the era. Although it’s a 19-fret neck, this isn’t a short scale and measures 24.75”, Gibson scale. It’s a good sounding guitar with good quality pickups and quality CTS pots, all dated mid ’62. For 50+ years old, it’s in really nice shape. Very nice little kit with original 2-tone case and white leather strap. As you can see in the controls pic, a small portion of the pickguard is missing and the screw was relocated to the nearest corner; no biggie. Other than that, this guitar is 100% and in very nice vintage condition. It benefitted from a few hours of bench time to get the action to its current comfortable height and it’s plays nicely for both cowboy chords and barre chords. With case and strap it sold for $99 in ’62, which equates to $781 in 2015 dollars, very reasonable actually. If you’re a collector of second-tier American brands from the 60’s, this would certainly be a nice addition. $429 includes original case and leather strap.

2007 Fender American Vintage '70s Stratocaster - Olympic White, (front), (headstock), (back), (case).  Some of you may not be aware, but for a brief period in the mid-2000's, Fender added a new model to the American Vintage (AV) Series, joining the '57 and '62 Strat which had been around since '82.  The American Vintage '70's, is a hybrid that's described as a "best of the '70s" Stratocaster and features all of the best elements of the classic models from that decade, including alder body, U-shaped maple neck with improved three-bolt neck and Micro-Tilt neck adjustment, vintage-style bridge, "F" tuners, specially voiced pickups, large headstock with '70s-style decal, and bullet truss rod adjustment nut.  The single string tree and stamped steel saddles are features found on early 70's Strats so I'm not quite sure why the model name was ambiguous, i.e. why they didn't just call this a Vintage '72 model?  Regardless, it's a quality made American Vintage that conjures up images of Yngwie, Mick Mars, and Judas Priest, all of whom played white 70's Strats.  At least one dealer has ordered a supply of FSR (factory special run) '70s Strats ($1599 street) but I'm sure the specs aren't the same as this American Vintage model since Fender's current AV Strats ( '56, '59, and '65) all sell for $2199.  If you're nostalgic about the 70's, this guitar is in superb condition with a great set up and quality tone, for $1250.  Includes '70s style G&G/Fender case with strap and unopened goodie bag including paperwork, polishing cloth, bridge cover, 5-way switch, etc.

80's Jackson Style Guitar, (front), (back), (headstock), (red trim), (pickup/bridge), (identifying features). Just upgraded with a Duncan Invader! We don't know anything about this guitar other than it's obviously an import and we're guessing 1980's.  The identifying features include long control cavity plate with a unique screw pattern, narrow/long neckplate, black body with red trim on neck and body, painted neck, Gotoh tremolo, black hardware, and speed knobs with recessed grip edges.  This thing was nearly unplayable when it came in but a few hours and a lot of fret work later, it now is a decent player and a good choice for a beginner who wants a very cool looking guitar.  It has a very thin finish, which is a good thing, and it looks a lot like the black Gibson finishes in the 80's with raised grain visible.  The Invader pickups is very high output, recommended for punk, thrash, metal, etc., and features hex poles to easily adjust pole height to taste. Considering the bench time we have into it, selling below cost at $175. 

Line 6 Spider IV 15 Combo, (panel), (back). Excellent practice amp at a very modest price. The Spider IV has 4 onboard amp models, and countless others you can tweak yourself. You can choose from shimmering clean tones, a classic crunch inspired by a 100-watt Marshall Plexi, and a punchy high-gain inspired by a Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier. Line 6's award-winning effects include a tap tempo function that allows you to sync up your effects with on-board Tap Tempo. With two pushes of the Tap Tempo button, all of your time-based effects precisely fall in with the beat. The peaks of your Tremolo will match the feedback of your Sweep Echo, etc. In all the Spider IV 15 features 6 Smart FX including a Chorus/Flange, Phaser, Tremolo, Sweep Echo, Tape Echo, and Reverb. After your choose your amp and effects you can create up to four custom-made presets you can save each to a Channel memory and recall it instantly with the touch of a button. You can recall instantly via pushbuttons, or connect an FBV Express MkII or FBV2. Other features include built-in tuner, 1/4-inch input; 1/4-inch headphone/direct output; 1/8-inch CD/MP3 input; and FBV jack. The amp’s ¾ closed back is tighter, with more punch, compared to an open back design. This is a lot of amp for $55.

Road Case for Small Box Head, (inside). Solid protection for your expensive small box head. Carpet interior. Solid condition. Interior approx. 22”L X 10”W X 10.5”H. You know these are $100+ new but get this one for $45(Tent Hold – Charlie 1/7).

Small Box Head Enclosure, (top), (back). Don’t know what it was but it’s solid, ready for your project amp. $25.

1967 Yairi B2 Classical, (front), (headstock), (back).  Excellent value in a solid top classical.  Our tech, Martin, has taken classical lessons for years and I always turn to him for opinions on nylon string guitars.  He says this one sounds very good, with excellent action.  It features a solid spruce top, which is critical in classical/flamenco style.  I'm not an authority on the Yairi name, other than all of them are quality Japan-made guitars.  From what I read on the web K. Yairi and Sadao/Sada. Yairi both learned guitar making from S's uncle, also named Sadao.  I believe this one to be built by S. Yairi, who built guitars under the names Sadao Yairi, Yairi Gakki, S. Yairi, and Sada Guitar.  Cosmetically, it has a number of minor flaws but no cracks or structural issues and is in nice shape for 45+ years.  For a solid top Japan classical that's good enough for the intermediate player it’s a nice value at $250.

2003 Parker P-38, (front), (headstock back), (back). Slightly modified but an excellent value on a value-priced Parker. The P-38 was made in Korea, no biggie as we know now, and that allowed Parker to price them at an unprecedented price point for a Parker. Features include an ash body, maple neck with rosewood fretboard, HSS configuration with a replacement Seymour Duncan Trembucker in the bridge and original Parker single coils in the middle and neck controlled by a 5-way switch. Electronics in the stock Fishman acoustic tremolo bridge was malfunctioning but we can install a new one for $80 if desired. I just figured ½ of the players wouldn’t use the acoustic settings so we left it alone. Parkers are very comfortable to play and this one is no exception with a nice weight, good balance when strapped on, and equally comfortable to stand or sit while playing. The Duncan adds a nice versatility for playing harder edged music but it’s capable of Strat type tones on the middle and neck. All in all, a very nice value for $379 with gigbag.

Companion FY-2 Fuzz by Pidgeon FX, (pic2), (pic3). The old Shin-ei Companion Fuzz's are popular but in short demand and frequently are largely unusable due to many decades of neglect and abuse. Pidgeon FX cloned this great pedal, using the proper PCB and the original C536 transistors, making this the nearest thing to original Shin-ei Companion fuzz available. Don't spend $400 or more on a beat 60's model when you can get the proper sound and exact vibe with this baby for just $150. It is mint in the box with manual.

Line 6 Amplifi 75 Bluetooth Guitar Amp, (top), (back). One of the coolest amps I’ve had, the Amplifi 75 delivers 75W through a revolutionary 5-speaker stereo design giving you powerful, detailed tones that regular amps simply can’t produce. Just as cool, it’s an actual Bluetooth system that lets you play back songs from your smart phone/computer (iOS, Android, Mac, or PC), and use the free amp to easily edit amp choice, speaker cabinet, EQ, effects, etc., and store the combinations on the cloud, locally, or on the amp for future access.  Ingenius. Features include 75 watts of power through a 5-speaker stereo design, Bluetooth streaming audio, AMPLIFi Remote app for iOS or Android — share, rate and store tones, 200 amps and effects, Wireless control every aspect of your guitar “rig”, automatic tone matching — instantly jam with your music library, 1/4" Guitar input and 1/8" Stereo Aux input, 1/4" Headphone output, Tap tempo/tuner, 4 onboard presets (access unlimited presets via app), Stereo wet/dry effects for immersive sound, compatible with Line 6 FBV MkII foot controllers, USB connection, 8" custom Celestion speaker for low end with two mid-frequency drivers and two high-frequency drivers. I’ve had the Yamaha THR combo’s and this thing blows them away in versatility, volume, and especially tone. For more info check out Line 6 here and a quick overview here. Here’s a cool features and performance video (link). Sells new for $399 but this one’s mint, out of the box, and yours for $279. Includes original manual.

T-Rex Crunchy Frog Overdrive/Boost. Rich, warm tube overdrive tone with blend control to mix with your amp tone and a separate boost control whenever you need to jump out of the mix a bit more. T-Rex makes good stuff and other than a few small scratches on the right side, this one’s mint for $65.

80’s Ibanez Case, (pic2). Gray exterior chainsaw case with gold painted logo and eggshell foam interior. Should fit Ibanez RG, Roadstar, and Sabre series, and other Strat style guitars. Remarkably nice shape as these go. Interior foam, latches, hinges, handle, all intact and nice. Got an old Ibanez you love? Give it a happy home. $119/shipped to your door.

Epiphone Dot/ES-335 Case. Nice shape, plush interior. $65.

Seymour Duncan Custom Shop BG-1400 Tele Pickup, (pic2). An amazing 30.5K out of this Duncan Tele Lead Stack bridge pickup. If you’re looking for the hottest possible, this has gotta be it. This pickup is also known as a Pearly Gates Tele and features Alnico 5 magnets and 4-conductor wiring for a variety of single coil and humbucker applications. Since this is stacked pickup, you’ll need a route of .83” clearance. Duncan sells this model direct through his site for $150, or get this one for just $99.

Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates SH-PG1B - White. The original Pearly Gates was wound for Billy Gibbons famous ’59 ‘Burst and they were later turned into a regular production model. Very popular in Les Pauls but also used on Fender Big Apple, Lonestar, and other Strats throughout the years. These typically develop fine cracks between the poles which have never been problematic on ones we’ve had. Sounded great on the Strat it came out of and priced around ½ of a new one at $49.

Fender Stratocaster Vintage Noiseless Set. Famous for delivering classic Fender single coil tone – without the hum. Special beveled poles and enamel-coated magnet wire produce the brilliant clarity, definition and harmonic tones without the annoying hum of vintage single coils. These were OEM on American Deluxe and many Custom Shop Stratocasters. $199 a set new or get this used set for just $109. We can also wire it up to a pickguard, “drop in ready”, for $159 including guard, knobs, tip, pots, and switch.

Fender SCN Stratocaster Set, (pic2). These Samarium Cobalt Noiseless (SCN) Mod Shop pickups were been designed from the ground up by Bill Lawrence and tweaked by the Fender R&D department. Bill claims that Rare Earth alloys, like samarium cobalt, are used to produce permanent magnets five times stronger than any other material. These were stock in American Deluxe and Custom Shop guitars in the ‘00’s and offer a good Strat tone without the hum. Get this set for less than $35/each - $99 takes the set.

Marshall Haze 15 MHZ15 Tube Guitar Head, (panel), (back), (footswitch). The Haze 15 combines classic tube tone, with modern day digital effects, the best of both worlds. For players who like to keep things simple, with this baby there's no more hooking up a bunch of stomp boxes - you've got emulated spring Reverb, as well as Echo, Chorus, and Vibrato. With a 12AX7 to warm up the preamp, and a 6V6 cranking out 15 watts of tube power, this amp has the warm, natural sound of a tube amp. It's diminutive size, just 19.5" wide, makes it more desirable for players who don't want the look of a full stage rig, but the vintage styling is straight out of the 60's. Designed in the same style as the big Marshalls, the 2 distinctive footswitchable channels of the Haze offers a variety of tonal possibilities. The Normal mode provides a rich and organic clean sound with loads of headroom, while the Overdrive channel delivers a warm overdriven tone, with a separate Gain control to dial in as little, or as much, grit as you want in your tone. A Bright switch is shared between both channels - when engaged it adds extra bite and sparkle. Both channels also share a shared 3-band EQ. Channel effects are remembered when you return to the channel, meaning you can set up your clean and overdrive sounds and return to them over and over again without having to readjust your settings. The warm emulated spring reverb has its own independent control, allowing you to add as much reverb as required, and it also has a positive off (click) position when you want it out of the circuit completely. Click here for a good YouTube demo from Nevada Music (UK). Includes 1-botton footswitch for free or substitute for an optional Marshall PEDL10049 4-button (Channel Select, OD Boost, Reverb, and Effect with LEDs) for $65. This amp sold new for $599 but this one is in perfect shape other than one scratch on the faceplate, and is just $350.

SKB 2U Space Roto Molded Rack, (inside). New redesigned SKB Roto Racks have a new exterior design that includes a recognizable bar design that signifys the rack size on the front and rear covers with interlocking capabilities for a secure stack with Roto Racks and the new Roto Shallow Racks. Features recessed steel, Mil-Spec black twist latches, and new heavy-duty flush handles, front and rear rack rails with a rack depth of 17.6" so gear can now be mounted front and rear. List price is $189 but this clean used one is just $55.

Lab Series L5 100W Combo Without Speakers, (panel), (back/side), (top), (back panel), (BB King ad). Amp works A-Okay, and we just removed the chassis and cleaned all the pots and connections - but it's being sold without speakers. A great example of solid state amps done right - good enough in fact that the L5 was used by Allan Holdsworth on his first few albums, as well as Ty Tabor on the early King's X albums and its most noteworthy user, B.B. King found his signature tone in an L5 in the late 70's and continued to use them through the end of his career. B.B. became an official endorser in 1981 but was already a devoted user by then. If most people listen to any of these recordings they'd likely assume they were hearing a tube amp. The dynamic range and touch sensitivity - and Allan and Ty's pure sounding crunch, don't share much with other solid state amps of the day. Lab series are frequently thought to be "Gibson" amps, but Gibson was just sort of an in-law to the Lab company. Gibson's only relation was distribution of the Labs, and the fact that both companies were owned by Norlin. The actual credit for design and manufacture goes to Moog, of analog synth fame. Although the L5 is the most noted of this series, there were several others in the line including the L7 and L9 which were identical amps but with a different speaker configuration. These are loud amps, rated at 100W RMS and unlike most solid state amps where 100 watts was roughly the equivalent of a 35 watt tube amp, this was a loud 100 watts. Specs and features include: 100 watts through 2X12" speakers; dual channels; channel one is a basic Fender-style layout with Bright switch and Vol-Bass-Mid-Treb knobs. Channel 2 features a lot more control. In addition to the Bright switch, Volume, Bass, and Treble, it features an active type EQ with a semi-parametric midrange control with mid frequency adjustable from 100Hz to 6400Hz along with a corresponding cut/boost knob. It also features a Multifilter knob, essentially a 6-band EQ with fixed settings (centers at 1000Hz, 1370Hz, 1900Hz, 2630Hz, 3630Hz and 5000 Hz.), where you control only how much of the signal thru it gets mixed back with the main signal - sort of like a flanger's comb filter with the sweep set to zero. It also features a good sounding reverb and an onboard compressor that's a personal favorite, with a knob to control the amount of compression with a corresponding LED that lights up when the compressor kicks in. Lastly, a Master Volume knob lets you overdrive the preamp circuit while keeping the output level down. On the back of the amp you have a footswitch input for reverb on/off, effects loop, and an unusual on/off switch that locks in to prevent inadvertent shut down. There are a few Lab Series sites on the web including DIYGuitarist. Again, this amp does not include speakers. It had a pair of early Celestions that were worth almost as much as the amp and they were sold separately. Speakers shown are just to highlight speaker alignment and are not included. Overall it's in decent used condition but far from collector's grade. Buy it because it's a good sounding amp - not because it's a lovely example. If you haven't heard one of these, you're likely in for a treat and at $299, a good buy on a powerful 2X12 combo.

Electro-Harmonix Memory Toy Nano Analog Delay. Sounds much like the old Boss DM units with almost twice the delay time (550ms) plus a selectable modulation switch. Advertised as a close cousin to the old Memory Man, it’s lush and natural sounding. Add in the modulation for a touch of chorus to further thicken your tone. Best of all, it’s a Nano, which takes up less than ½ the space of most EH effects. Sells new for $120; this one’s perfect in the box for $84.

Korg KFB-001 Spacer. Made for the popular 80’s Korg PME40X pedalboard, the KFB does nothing other than occupy an empty space on your board. It’s only the 2nd one I’ve had in 20 years so it’s probably pretty rare. $39.

Steinberg UR28M USB 2.0 Audio Interface, (back). Simple desktop unit that lets you record direct to your digital device or broadcast on the web. Top of the line converters provide a max sampling rate of 192K, 24 bit. You can connect with an IPad or countless iOS apps and is compatible with all the major production software. It offers an easy way of streaming performances live to the internet, with incoming audio signals merged to the playback signal from Cubase or other DAWs inside the computer. It offers Phantom power as well as a 5 V DC port is to supply sufficient power when using it with an iPad. A standard USB power adaptor or an external USB battery can be connected to guarantee power stability. Sells new for $99 but this one’s mint for just $59.

T-Rex SpinDoctor Version 1, (front), (side). One of the best tube overdrives in recent history. This is the original Spin Doctor, which uses two tubes to achieve it’s warm tube overdrive, unlike the second version which was built with just a single tube. This is a programmable device with actual motorized knobs, i.e. they move automatically, like flying faders on an automated mixer. Pretty cool. It also has Midi in, so you can control the presets and parameters via external Midi devices. Rather than write a long description of features, let me point you to a few online demos. There are plenty of online but my favorite is on Vimeo (link), although not in English unfortunately. For a good English demo, here’s a good quick one (link) from ProGuitarShops. For comparison to the Version 2, I think you can hear the increased warmth of the Version 1 in this side-by-side comparison (link). Although original manual is included, you can check out all the features online at T-Rex here. The new Version 2 with one tube sells for $520 but I think this is a better sounding unit, very clean in the box, and just $299.

RMC Wizard Wah, (pic2), (pic3). Geoffrey Teese's wah pedals are perhaps the most highly regarded on the market, use by countless pro's on stage and in the studio. The Wizard is a chameleon, part RMC1 and part Picture Wah, the Wizard Wah sounds like nothing else, with extended sweep range, rich, tight lows, smooth mids, a natural sounding top end, and a slight overall boost. It is slightly darker than a "normal" wah. The top end gets only a little brighter than the actual guitar sound and it has a very smooth overall sound - the low has close to the same signal strength as the mid and the top. Unlike the RMC1, the Wizard is designed to work with most any pickup configuration and any amp gain structure. Like all RMC's, it is developed and built by Geoffrey Teese and includes true-bypass and AC adapter jack.  Beautiful condition and a nice buy for an RMC at $165. 

Martin Nylon Backpacker Travel Guitar, (back), (side), (gigbag). The Backpacker is a cool little travel guitar that easily fits in the overhead compartment on flights and at a weight of less than 3 lbs. isn’t much to lug around. Unlike some other diminutive guitars, the Backpacker is solidly built and plays like a regular guitar with a full 24” scale. Features include a solid spruce top, solid mahogany sides and back, bridge accepts either ball-end strings or standard tie-off classical, and chrome enclosed tuners. If you’re looking for a classical guitar to play at the beach, camping, or strumming in the living room, this baby doesn’t take up much space and has decent projection for such a small body. Nice deal at $119. Includes Martin gigbag.

Gibson Humbucker Pair – 496R and 498T w/Nickel Covers, (back). Clean shape and much cheaper than new. $129/pair.

Boss CH-1 Super Chorus, classic Boss chorus with added benefit of tone pot.  A lot of CE-2 fans have switched over to this pedal. Velcro on bottom; mint in original box, $55.

Danelectro Corned Beef Reverb. Cool little reverb pedal for cheap and especially nice for amps without reverb. For a demo, click here. Not demonstrated, but it does a killer 50’s slapback echo as well. $25.

Danelectro Pepperoni Phaser. You don’t need a vintage Phase 90 to get a cool phase sound. Like the old MXR’s, just one knob to adjust the speed. For a demo, click here and here for a cool little EVH demo. $19.

Samson S-Patch Plus 48-point Patch Bay, (detail), (back). I used these back when my stage racks were taller than I was but even if you’ve only got several outboard units, it’s a lot easier than going around back into each unit. The S-Patch Plus is a fully balanced 48-point patch bay which allows you to change your effects from the front panel with a flip of a switch. 3-way front panel mode switches lets you choose Normal, Half-normal and Through Mode operation. It features ¼” TRS connectors, 19” rackmount chassis, and is built to last. New cost is $119 ($207 list) but this one is dead mint for just $65.

1968 Martin 00-18C, (front), (back), (headstock back), (side), (serial), (top grain), (case). [ Where have all the flowers gone…” One of the coolest folk guitars you can own and just a few chords conjurs up the era of Peter, Paul, and Mary. This wouldn’t be my top recommendation for a serious classical player looking for a Ramirez type guitar, but for a player or collector who wants that distinctive folk music tone, few could be better. It has a very big bass for a small mahogany body, and fills the room with smooth tones. Specs of the 00-18C include: double-bound 14 1/8" 00-size body, spruce top, mahogany back, mahogany sides, 12-fret mahogany neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard - bridge - headstock overlay, slotted headstock, dot inlays, 19 fret, rosewood bridge, 3-on-a-plate tuners, and 2" nut. For nearly 50 years old this guitar is in amazingly clean condition. Just a few check lines on top but no other significant flaws or wear anywhere on this guitar. Playabilty is what you’d expect on a classical and there’s plenty of saddle to work with. If you’re a Martin collector, someone who wants to relive the glorious 60’s, or just a player wanting an old Martin in beautiful condition, you want this guitar. $1299. Includes an old hardshell case that fits the guitar perfectly.

Tech 21 MidiMoose, (pic2). Controller for the G-Major 2 below or any other midi device. Need a simple Midi switcher; here you go. It features Up and Down footswitches to select groupings of 5 preset programs. Individual silent-switching, custom actuators instantly engage each program change directly within the selected grouping. It can be powered by a standard 9V adaptor, 9V battery (200 hours!), or phantom power via Midi cable. New cost is $179 but this one’s mint in the box for $119. Manual online here.

Tech 21 MidiMouse, (pic2). Controller for the G-Major 2 below or any other midi device. Need a simple Midi switcher; here you go. The Tech 21 MIDI Mouse is a compact, portable, and exceptionally user-friendly 3-button MIDI foot controller that transmits up to 128 patches on 16 selectable MIDI channels. It can be powered by a standard 9V adaptor, 9V battery, or phantom power via Midi cable. New cost is $109 but this one’s mint in the box for $75.

T.C. Electronics G-Major 2 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor with rack, (rack), (front), (back), (powered up).  Well-cared for, barely used, with plastic film still on front panel.  Includes a great padded 2-space rack with carrying handle and shoulder strap. As TCE says, "made by guitarists for guitarists." This multi-effects processor sounds magical and is an incredibly powerful unit, a single rack space, plus it's very affordable, especially by TC Electronic standards. You get studio-quality sounds combined with stompbox simplicity in a unit that's geared for demanding and diverse performances. Not another modeling processor, but pure undiluted TC Electronic effects in a league of their own. The G-Major 2 offers easy integration with your current setup and pain-free on-the-fly editing - or use a MIDI interface for more dedicated patch programming using the included PC/Mac editor. G-Major 2 processor houses all the classic TC Electronic effects that made the original G-Major a favorite among passionate hobby musicians and pros alike. It adds a wide range of guitar effects and features based on feedback and requests from dedicated users of the G-Major platform. From the delays, reverbs and modulation effects that helped define the industry and new daring sounds such as Tri-Chorus, Through-Zero langer, modulated delays, and Univibe, everything is done with impeccable TC Electronic quality.   There are a number of good demo's online, here's one on YouTube.  Click here for full specs at TC's site.  Sold new for $499, plus around $59 for the rack. Get this one in perfect condition WITH a 2-space padded rack, for just $349. (Note: I also have a Tech 21 Midi Moose or Midi Mouse if you need a control pedal.)

2002 Martin 000C-16RGTE Acoustic-Electric, (front), (back), (preamp), (appointments), (headstock/neck), (case/etc.).   Surprisingly exquisite finger style guitar for this price range - action is as low as a Taylor, with a very balanced tone, both acoustically and amplified.  This is the fifth one of these I've had with the 000C body and holds its own with orchestra models at twice the price.  The 000C-16RGTE offers the vintage look of a gloss finish top, but the back and sides have a satin finish, which is less labor-intensive but is actually conducive to better tone.  It also features an excellent preamp system for stage work and cutaway rosewood body which is better for finger style playing.  The preamp is the Fishman Onboard Blender which utilizes a condenser mic, suspended inside the body, combined with an under-saddle Piezo.  Using the Blend control you can dial in just the right amount of body and mix it with the sound of the top for a tone that matches your personal playing style.  You get a very natural tone and plenty of control and maximum volume before feedback.  It has remained one of the best amplification systems ever made in my opinion.  Features include the popular 000-size cutaway body that's great for finger style playing and blues, solid East Indian rosewood with solid Sitka spruce top, solid Spanish cedar neck attached with Martin's fine mortise-and-tenon joint, solid Micarta fingerboard, modified low oval neck shape, scalloped braces, herringbone rosette, bound neck, bound body front and back, white Corian nut, 25.4" scale, 1-11/16" nut width, pearl dot inlays, tortoise pickguard, chrome enclosed gears, gloss finish top, satin finish body & neck.  Recently discontinued, this model sold new for $1749 ($2349 list), a remarkable price for a Martin of this quality.  Better yet, this used one's in very nice shape with no repaired cracks or other issues and, again, as fine a player as you could ever hope to find.  $1050 includes Martin hardshell case, manuals, and warranty.

2000 Parker Fly Stealth, (front), (back), (headstock pic2), (bridge/pickup), (case). Very cool guitar, marking Parker’s brief foray into the hard rock market at the turn of the decade. The Stealth features a basswood body and fixed bridge to accommodate heavier string gauges and increased sustain. Assisted by the textured glass/carbon fiber exoskeleton for strength, the Stealth weighs in at only 5 lbs. and is a joy to play for an extended gig. This one also features a few cool mods including a killswitch (aka stutter or mute) which is a momentary switch wired to ground which mutes the signal and can be a cool effect with a lot of distortion, delay, or other effect. It also has a tap tempo and extra output jack on the side: just run a regular cable from the guitar to your favorite time-based effect and press the switch in time with the beat and your effect will change tempo (such as delay time, or sweep rate on a chorus/phaser). If you don’t want to use it, simply ignore it. Lastly, it features a mid-boost system, which is the same one used by James Tyler on his $5K SuperStrats. The mid-boost is controlled by a knob and on-off switch. The final mod is purely cosmetic – dot inlays on the fretboard, which are countersunk and look totally factory. Stock features of the Stealth include slim basswood neck; slim contoured body; patented neck-through design; textured glass/carbon fiber exoskeleton; two custom-wound DiMarzio humbucking pickups; hardtail bridge; carbon fiber fingerboard, Sperzel locking tuners, and 24 stainless steel frets. Offered in excellent condition with a fantastic low set up. One mod is the strap button was moved at some point from the back of the horn to the side. Both holes have been finished over but we will install your choice of plain, Schaller, or Dunlop strap pins at no cost. If you haven’t played one, you’ll be surprised how “heavy” a 5-pound guitar can sound. It can keep up with any regular guitar made. You can also play in drop tuning with heavier strings. A fairly rare model at a great price. $1350 includes original case.

Weber Classic British C1225 Speaker Quad for 4X12.  Weber's take on the classic 25W Greenback and this set of 16 Ohm 12's will let you nail the tone of a vintage 100W Marshall cab.  As many of you know, part of the "magic" of guitar tone involves overdriving not just the amp, but the speakers as well.  With a 100 watt cab you'll be able to achieve this overdrive, something not possible with a 280W or 300W cab.  These use 30oz ceramic magnets with a 1-3/4" voice coil, with a British Kurt-Mueller aged and treated ribbed cone.  It's tone is aggressive, yet has a smoother overdrive distortion characteristic with good detail and midrange complexity.  It has more headroom and sounds less compressed than the AlNiCo 1225.  For players wanting to upgrade any of the budget Chinese amps that use 16 ohms, just one of these and you’re sounding 30% better. These will run you $114/each direct from Weber (link for price/specs), but this set of 4 have seen just a few hours of bedroom use and are in mint condition.  These are mint in box for $75/ea. Buy the set of 4 and get free shipping.  

Fender Classic 50’s Stratocaster Neck, (back), (headstock back). Good choice if you’re building up a 50’s maple board Strat. A tiny bit of fretboard edge wear but otherwise very clean and frets are near perfect. Includes vintage style tuners, string tree, and nut – just bolt it on. Maple boards are easy to relic if you want to go for a vintage vibe. These guitars are running $799 so a complete neck is a good deal at $259.

1988 Fender American Standard Stratocaster – Blackie, (front), (back), (headstock back), (electronics), (neck and body marking), (case). 2ND Full year for the American Standard was 1988 and this one is a bit unique in that it was at least partially built by John Cruz. John went on to become one of the top custom shop luthiers and became a master builder in 2003. With the glossy black body and maple fretboard this guitar has the Clapton “Blackie” vibe that a lot of players love. Action is very comfortable and it’s a typically very good sounding Strat. At 24 years this is considered a vintage guitar and certainly clean enough for the collector but priced lower than a new one if you want to gig with it. $1099 includes original case with latches and hinges intact. This is a nice Strat.

Shadow MK40 Head, (top), (back), (ser.). The MK40 utilizes four EL84 power tubes in a class A/B design to provide pure tube tone, variable from from 1 to 40 watts via a Wattage control on the front panel. Simple in design, the only other controls are Volume, Tone, and a Bright switch. The back panel features both 8 and 16 ohm outputs. EL84’s seem to conjure up the chimey tones of a Vox AC, which this amp can do, but it’s more ballsy, best described as a Vox-Plexi mix. Check out some demo’s online: a decent one from Wild West Guitars (link), and one with Steve Smith discussing features (link). For more info click here for Shadow. As touted on their site, the cleans on the MK40 are extremely nice, and it’s noted for being very accommodating to pedals. The saturation point is very versatile. You can keep the neighbors happy – or play clubs – with equal overdrive, by utilizing the Wattage control. This feature also keeps the amp in bias and also keeps the tone consistent through the full range of 1 to 40 watts. This amp sold new for nearly $1800 new but offered in perfect used condition for just $1150.

1987 Fender American Standard Stratocaster – White, (front), (back), (headstock back), (body/electronics), (candy), (case case2). First full year for the American Standard, in the most desirable color, Arctic White, which has faded to a nicely yellowed Vintage White, as shown in this pic under the pickguard compared to the exposed areas. The American Standard made its debut at the Summer ’86 NAMM Show and while a few were shipped in ’86, of the 100’s of 80’s Strats I’ve had, only one was dated 1986 and most people consider an ’87 as a first year model. I shot the neck date on this one but lost the pic, I think it was 8/17/87 or so. This guitar has seen very little playing time and exhibits only a few very minor clear coat impressions, most would rate it a 9.5 I’d guess. Considering it comes with all the case candy including Fender cable, strap, strap locks, hang tag, manual, etc., it’s definitely one for the collection. It’s got a great neck with no fret wear to speak of so it’s set up low and fast. The vibe on a faded white finish has always been a favorite of players, looking very much like an old Olympic White finish. This guitar is a real winner and for a first year example, a nice buy at $1250. I’ll post the neck date pic shortly. Pots are all ’87 and all original solder joints.

1970’s Gibson G-35 Combo, (panel), (back), (back panel). Pretty good sounding solid state model from Gibson. Although I’ve read 30 watts online, I would rate it significantly lower but it’s plenty loud for practice or studio work. It has very good sounding reverb and vibrato, the latter of which can be heard on this so-so YouTube demo. Appears to be all original including Gibson orange-label 12” speaker. Features include single channel with low-hi inputs, volume, treb, bass, reverb, vibrato intensity and speed, with ¼” jack for effects on/off on the back. Very nice condition for its age and a good sounding example of 70’s solid state. $199.

1962 Gibson GA-5 Skylark Combo, (panel), (back), (chassis), (“manual”). As clean as they come and sounds as perfect as it looks. What surprised me about this amp was that all tubes appear to be original GE and it sounds absolutely perfect. It has none of the snap-crackle-pop frequently found on old amps and the tone is extremely sweet. It reminds me sort of like an old Fender Champ, with except in addition to a smooth overdrive when cranked, it has a sweet, lush sound at around ½ volume and back AND sounds great with humbuckers or single coils. At 5 watts it’s not going to play a club, but for practice or studio, it’s perfect for a beautifully pure tube amp tone. I uploaded a demo here, a rough first take. These ’62 brown Gibsons have a great reputation, especially the GA-5. In collector’s condition, a nice deal at $439. Includes original “manual” which is essentially a schematic; still very cool vintage paperwork.

Highlander iP-1 Acoustic Pickup w/Volume Control, (pic2), (vol control). Like the Fishman Matrix, the Highlander iP-1 is another "all in one" active system, with the preamp built into the elongated output jack and no major modification is required to your guitar, simply a very small hole under the saddle for the transducer wire and feed the preamp through the endpin hole. This is a rare model that also includes a factory volume control which can be installed in several fashions, including drilling a hole in the top or side, or simply tape mounting it.  The iP-1 is an excellent design and there are loads of accolades on their site. The iP-1 "hears" the tonal properties of the wood and design, not just the dry sound of pressure against the thin transducer under the saddle.  Check out Highlander's site here and the iP-1 here.   This one's just $109, or $135/installed on any guitar in stock.  

2012 PRS Blistertone 50 2X12 Combo w/Reverb (top), (back panel), (side), (back). From PRS Custom Shop comes this superb Blistertone 50, outfitted with Paisley covering and a pair of Celestion Vintage 30’s. This is one of the coolest fabric coverings I’ve seen and PRS did a perfect job building an amp that sounds as killer as it looks. If you’ve lusted after a Blistertone since they first appeared in ’08, you’ve no doubt know that this one is a rare bird. Trying to find another 2X12 combo, most are heads or 1X12’s, and then try to find one in Paisley. This combo blew me away with it’s very organic sounding overdrive, spongy feel, and its ability to clean up with my guitar’s volume control. It has loads of gain, and gets very crunchy before master and volume are at around 4 – and just more singing sustain the further over 5 you go. It does have a decent clean tone at lower volume levels, but don’t buy it for it’s versatility as I wouldn’t rate it as an exceptional amp for both crunch and clean. The reverb is excellent. Paul enlisted Doug Sewell to head up his CAD (Custom Amp Designs) and the Blistertone is a continuation of the same basic model Doug built under his own “Sewell” designs 10 years earlier. It’s tone stack is unique and can tailor your sound exceptionally well for a straight-ahead, 6-knob combo. Tubes are a pair of 6L6 power, three ECC83’s in the preamp, with a 12AT7 reverb driver. The rear panel features bias test points and an adjustment pot, as well as 4 and 8 ohm jacks (each with parallel extension jacks), and a 6 ohm output jack. Cosmetically, it’s in lovely shape with no noteworthy flaws other than it’s missing a little “Custom” badge in the lower right corner. There’s a decent little demo on PRS’s site here. Apparently I forgot to shoot a pic of the back but will post one soon. This amp cost around $3300 new and is an exceptional value in a custom shop 2X12 at just $1999.

1980’s Zion Radicaster, (front), (back), (headstock), (flamed neck), (push/pull knob), (bridge/stud reinforce), (neck marking).  Back in 1980, when Zion started building guitars, they were among an elite group of boutique guitar builders, each one made to order. While the Radicaster is their most basic style, it was one of the finest SuperStrats from the era when Stratmania had taken over. Body appears to be basswood, which was very popular on rock guitars, with a flamed maple neck, rosewood fretboard, and medium frets. The action is comfortably low and it plays very fast. Pickups are both embossed “Zion” covers, both humbuckers, with a splitter built into the volume control for 6 tonal variations. Body and neck are both marked “Made in Canada” and were made by LaSiDo, which made tons of high end guitar parts for many builders including Valley Arts during this era. The Kahler tremolo was a 2700 but it was missing some parts and rather than spend $60 on overpriced Kahler parts, we just installed a chrome Kahler I had in stock. One of the things I noted when I got this one in were the “rings” around the tremolo studs which Martin told me were often walnut or other hardwood inserts to provide added stability to the area and keep the studs from stripping. It is obviously factory, since it’s original finish and there are no paint lines in the area. If you’re looking for a cool piece of rock history from the golden era of SuperStrats, this one’s easy on the wallet at just $750, probably ½ of what it cost 30 years ago.

Here are a few pickups for today.

Gibson Burstbucker 3, (pic2). Slightly overwound for bridge position. $129 new; this one’s just $85.

Seymour Duncan Mini-Humbucker (bridge). $87 new, this one’s just $59.

FOUND (somebody inquired a few weeks ago…): USA Customs Strat with Fishman Mann-Made bridge, (pic2 - back pic taken with flash to show color), (neck pic - shows orangish vintage tint).   For those of you who aren't familiar with USA Customs, they've built a solid following, initially via Ebay sales and more recently directly from their web site, usacustomguitars.com, offering quality guitar parts and completed guitars, made to order.  I've had 2 of them in the past, both excellent guitars, but it worked out such that I needed to part them out rather than sell them whole.  I'm going to give this one a try as a complete guitar and begin by stating that the quality is at least as good as USA Fender, definitely pro quality in all regards.  Starting with an Alder body that's a nice light/medium weight, with a pearloid pickguard loaded with Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups - with CTS pots and switch.  You might recognize the bridge (pic here) as being identical to a PRS bridge and you're correct - It's a "Mann Made", the same suppliers for PRS bridges from ’85 thru 00’s.  This particular bridge is the Fishman VMV Mann-made, which has piezo saddles which offer a pretty nice acoustic tone out of an electric guitar.  The output jack is a stereo jack and with a Y-cable, which can be included, you can send your electric tones  to one amp; your acoustic tones to an acoustic amp or mixing board.  There are also a number of wiring options which can be used but for now it's wired in the most basic layout.  This guitar has seen very little playing time and is in really nice shape.  Last owner paid $1200, which is reasonable for a quality USA guitar with these features.  If you want some great Strat tones, with the flexibility of an acoustic bridge, here's a really nice way to go - just $850 with case.  Note: Fender vintage logo can be installed for $25 to $50 (including parts & labor), depending on the style of installation.  This is a very nice Strat and...did I mention...just 7.2 lbs.

OFF-HOLD (1/15): 2009 Hamer Newport Pro USA Custom Order w/ Brazilian Board and more (NEWPRO), (front/back), (headstock), (Braz. board), (heel), (cert./specs), (case/acc.).   For the discriminating collector of dead mint and one-off examples I am pleased to offer this fine custom order Newport Pro.  Custom features of this guitar include tobacco sunburst body with satin finish, no fretboard inlays (side markers only), ebony pickguard (spec is no pickguard), "modern" neck profile, Dunlop 6100 frets (i.e. huge), and most noteworthy, a Brazilian rosewood fretboard that is some of the finest you'll see with minimal streaks and no inconsistencies to the color.  The satin finish is very much a player preference but it is an upcharge at Hamer and to me it gives the guitar more of a vintage look than a high gloss finish.  The Newport debuted in 1999 as a traditional hollow body guitar with a hand-carved solid Spruce top with dual  f-holes Honduras Mahogany neck and body.  Stock features of this fine guitar include Seymour Duncan Seth Lover humbuckers, arched top made of 5/8" hand-carved spruce, dual F-holes, Mahogany body with 17.6" lower bout, bound body, bound headstock with pearloid inlay, bound neck, mahogany neck with vintage rounded profile .900" to .960" thickness, fingerboard radius of 14.5", 24 3/4" scale, 1.65" nut width, Schaller Super Rotomatic (stair-step) tuners, Tonepros System II bridge and Tonepros tailpiece.  A STOCK Newport Pro retails for $3900 and sells at discount for $2999; add on the 5 custom specs and you're up to a guitar that sold a year ago for $3500.  This one is "as new", not a hint of use, and priced $1100 less than new - $600 less than even a stock Newport Pro - at just $2399.  I've hyped the quality of Hamers for many years and this one is no exception - tone and playability are top-notch and better than comparable brands that have been around or over a century.

60’s Dallas Arbiter Wah Face. Classic Jen, Italian-made wah built for Sound City/Dallas Arbiter. Sounds like the classic 60’s chicka-chicka or very good for a honking in-between sound. Average condition, works well. Usually pretty pricy but this one’s just $175.

2014 Epiphone Prophecy Plus EX Les Paul Custom, (front), (back), (headstock back), (fretboard), (case case2). The new top of the line Custom from Epiphone featuring killer looks, quality electronics, and superb playability. This guitar has seen perhaps 2 hours use and offered in “as new” condition. The Prophecy Plus was offered in an SX model with passive pickups and this EX model, which features active EMG pickups. Features include features a mahogany body with a stunning quilt maple veneer in dark blue finish, very fast mahogany neck with a SpeedTaper D-profile with a sleek satin finish, 24.75" scale, rosewood fingerboard, 24 jumbo frets, 14" radius, 1.68" graphite nut, and beautiful mother-of-pearl and abalone block and triangle inlays on the 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, and 15th frets, alternating with mother-of-pearl block inlays on frets 17, 19, 21, and 24. Body features the Custom’s 5-ply black/white binding with the headstock has 5-ply white and black binding with a mother of pearl "stickpin" design on the headstock face and Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX on the bell-shaped truss rod cover. Pickups are the most popular EMG’s, the EMG 81/85 set as used by Zakk Wyde and many others. This model also includes the Epiphone strap lock system, which is an effective way to keep your guitar strap from ever coming off the strap pin. With a list price of $1165, this model sells new for $699, or you can get this one for much less. With an in-house set up that’s better than factory, you can have this “as new” beauty for just $499. Includes Epiphone case, manual, poster, and strap locks.

Roland S550 Rackmount Sampler, (back). Another piece found in storage, this one “lost” for 12 years. Although considered low-fi by today’s standards, back in the 90’s this, and the keyboard version the S-50, were killer samplers, state of the art for the era. This S-550 actually had enhancements over the S-50 keyboard, namely double the sample memory (1.5 Mb) and real-time filters (called time-variant filters) derived from LAS-type synthesizers like the D-50. Uses 3.5” floppy discs, both RAM and ROM, readily available on the used market. I might even have a library of them among my many, many, old software libraries. Nice shape and a cool retro unit for $175.

SWR Workingman’s 2004 Bass Head, (back). From the room of gear recently found in Maryland comes this new, old stock 2004 head, never been retailed and only on the floor for a few weeks. These are excellent amps for small-medium clubs and studio work. I used to gig large clubs with a 140W Randall or 120W Peavey back in the day and I know that the 2004’s 200 watts is plenty of volume for a good sized stage and venue, with plenty of tone-shaping to tweak the perfect tone. One of the cool things about it is a removable 1U spacer below the amp in which you can install your favorite outboard piece of gear such as a bass multi-effect, studio compressor, etc. It also features both passive and active inputs, an XLR balanced DI output, tuner out, and clipping indictor light. Tone controls include gain, aural enhancer, bass, mid-level and mid-freq, treble, transparency, effects blend knob, limiter with a “pull defeat”, master volume, and headphone out, and speaker on/off switch. It has a rugged carpet covering with thick plastic corners and side handle. Was a $599 retail back in the day and this is a sweet deal on a NOS example that sounds great for $249.

2005 Martin 000C-16RGTE Aura, (front), (back), (side), (label), (preamp), (headstock back), (case).   Surprisingly exquisite finger style guitar for this price range.  I've had around 5 of these and they quickly found new homes.  The 000C-16RGTE Aura offers the vintage look of a gloss finish top, but the back and sides have a satin finish, which is less labor-intensive but is actually conducive to better tone.  It also features an exceptional preamp system for stage work and cutaway rosewood body which is better for finger style playing.  The Fishman Onboard Aura EQ/Sound Imaging system is revolutionary, transforming transducer signals to excellent microphonic sound, i.e. it emulates sound of some of the best studio microphones in history - without needing the microphone and eliminating the inherent feedback problems with a mic'd guitar.  It features a knob for 6 customized Sound Images, derived from actual studio recordings of the 000.  This sound can be blended with the resonant output of the Martin Gold+Plus Natural pickup signal for previously unattainable hi-fidelity reproduction of the acoustic tone. Other electronic features include a fully programmable digital EQ, feedback control, and a chromatic tuner.   It features the popular 000-size cutaway body that's great for finger style playing and blues, solid East Indian rosewood with solid Sitka spruce top, solid Spanish cedar neck attached with Martin's fine mortise-and-tenon joint, solid Micarta fingerboard, modified low oval neck shape, scalloped braces, herringbone rosette, bound neck and body, white Corian nut, 25.4" scale, 1-11/16" nut with, pearl dot inlays, tortoise pickguard, chrome enclosed gears, gloss finish top, satin finish body & neck.  Sold new for $1749 ($2349 list) which makes this a nice deal on a clean used one at $1099.  Includes original Martin case.

Neck – GPC “Joe Queer Model”, (back), (headstock), (sample cert.). Not many people are familiar with GPC guitars, but it was a fairly small company founded by Flav Giorgini that built guitars ’99 through ’04. Flav specialized in signature models for independent artists with a loyal following. Joe Queer has been a noted punk guitarist for The Queers, and Drunken Cholos. Other artists in the stable of signature models included Ben Weasel (Screeching Weasel, The Riverdales), Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio), Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio), and Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy, Common Rider, Classics of Love). The Joe Queer model was apparently a limited run of 50, going by the certificate image I found on the web and was apparently a Strat style (example shown). More info is available on the GPC Facebook page here. This neck is in clean shape with no fret wear and should set up very well on a body; even has some moderate flame in back. Joe Queer fans will delight in this neck that’s only $179.

Keeley Fuzz Head. Out of production as of last month, the Fuzz Head is a combination overdrive/fuzz box. It’s designed to work like the classic Fuzz Face, which is frequently used as simply a cool lead boost. Unlike the original Fuzz Face, the Fuzz Head isn’t muddy, has excellent note definition, and better sustain. Similarly it’s more transparent than most OD’s with a better frequency response. Was $209 during production; this one’s $145.

TC Electronic Arena Reverb Pedal, (back). A take on TC’s successful TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb, featuring four exclusive toneprints that were custom-modeled after classic reverbs, including TC’s Cathedral, Hall, Room and Spring Reverbs. Each customized toneprint captures the original’s spaciousness, boldness, versatility, dynamics, and creaminess. Has 10 reverb types with stereo in/out, true bypass, analog dry-through for maximum tonal integrity and clarity, intuitive Decay, Tone & Level controls, small footprint, high-quality components, and rugged, road-ready design. $149 new; this clean used one’s just $99(Tent. Hold – 2/19).

Vox Satchuator Distortion. If you like the tone of Joe Satriani, this pedal will make you sound just like him, and possibly play better too. Features controls for Gain, Tone and Volume; 'More' gain boost switch enables two footswitchable distortion sounds in one pedal. This gain boost is dramatic when gain knob is set low, and is a subtle solo boost when gain knob is set to maximum. It also features a 'Pad' switch pads down input to allow for high gain pedals (such as modern wahs) placed before Satchurator. Clean shape in the box for just $69.

Loop-Master ABC Loop Switcher w/Master Bypass and Tuner Out, (back). Loop-Master specializes in building loop/switcher pedals and they do a great job. At a size that’s just 10”X2.2”X1.6”, this can make your pedalboard much easier to navigate. This pedal is for players looking to use three effects or three banks of effects and want to play through ONLY ONE effect or bank at any time, while stepping on bypass puts you straight to your amp again. Features include true bypass, aluminum enclosure, (4) 3PDT switches, 22 Gauge Silver Plated Military Spec. Wiring, Switchcraft jacks, and colored LED's. Requires a 9V AC adapter with a Boss/Ibanez style 2.1mm barrel plug. Click here for more info. Sells new for $130; this one’s perfect and just $89.

EVEN MORE GUITAR SYNTH SPECIALS (See a few items lower for Roland GR synth units to go with the guitars).

MORE ROLAND GUITAR SYNTH GEAR – I have several guitars with the compatible RMC technology built in including Brian Moore, Godins (both nylon and steel string models), and perhaps a Strat, or buy the optional GK3 pickup and convert any guitar to synth-ready.

Roland GR-30 Guitar Synth, (patch bay), (manual).  I've had around 6 different Roland guitar synths and for me this is the best.  The sounds are superb, the tracking fast and accurate, and most of all, it's simple to get around on.  Simple one-cable hook-up from a GR-equipped guitar like the Godin ACS below and you have all your acoustic, electric, and synth tones working, going through a single amp.  There are a bunch of YouTube demo's to check out, here's one.  I will include a 20' RMC cable, plus manual and power supply. Nice unit for just $229.

Roland GR-20 Guitar Synthesizer, (GR-20 Close-up), (GR-20 back panel), (stock pic).  Like the GR-30 above, the GR-20 combines analog-digital converter, synth, and effects, all in one unit.  It's extremely easy to use.  I opened the manual only to see which jack to plug the guitar into and I was up and running - just select a sound category ((Strings, Organ, Brass, etc.).  As I noted a string that required a more precise pick attack than the others I opened the manual and quickly found out how to set each string's signal strength, boosted that signal, and everything was perfect.  This unit is much better than the earlier GR-30 and similar to the GR-33, except with less tweaking ability on the patches. Some of the advanced features might require more reading but if you just want to play guitar and synth patches, you'll have everything set up in minutes.  With 469 built-in sounds, you'll find the right sound for each song, and the tracking is far superior to anything I've ever used before.  For once, I can't play faster than the synth.  Rather than write a long description, click here for Roland's site.  Here's a good overview of the unit on YouTube (link).  Originally sold for $729, bundled with the GK pickup.  I can't imagine anything that will give you more power and versatility, while sounding great, for just $279.  Includes manual, power supply, and GR cable that connects the GR to your guitar.

Roland GK3 Synth Pickup. For use with any Roland GR system such as the GR-20 and GR-30 above. Exceptional tracking, easy mounting. Includes all accessories shown. $99(Tent Hold – Charlie 1/7).

Suzuki Model 70 Classical, (front), (back), (headstock back). Good quality ca. 60’s classical from Japan. I can’t find a lot of info about this model other than one site said the 10-numbered series were named according to price, i.e. Model 30 was 30,000 yen, Model 70 was 70,000 yen, etc. Has some nice touches like parquet strip and double-carved headstock tip. Top appears to be spruce with a vintage tint, back and sides appear to be nato, with a mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard. Just set up with a new set of stings and playing very nicely. If you’re looking at Indonesian or Chinese classical, I think this is a much better guitar at a comparable price that’s obviously built to last. Excellent choice for a beginner classical at $175. Include a new Fender deluxe classical gigbag for $29 if desired.

Ibanez TS7 Tubescreamer, (pic2). The Ibanez Tone-Lok Series wasn’t a huge success but they had some cool ideas and they’re a bargain on the used market. All of them feature standard knob layouts, with an extra switch included which in the case of the TS7 activates a hotter output, making the ‘Screamer really scream. Good sounding pedal that emulates the tone of a vintage tube amp fairly well, plus a lot more gain in the hot mode. Like all Tone-Lok’s, knobs can be recessed to keep them out of the way – just set them and press them into the pedal casing. Nice shape in the box and just $35.

Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker. Made especially for bridge position for hard rock and metal, the SH-13 features powerful ceramic magnet coupled and stainless steel blades. Built with a small amount of metal mass in the core which contributes to its high output, 16.86k. Dimebag Darrel used this pickup along with a ’59 in the neck, which we can also provide. These run $95 new, or get this one for $59.

Seymour Duncan SHR-1n Vintage Rails. Newer model with circuit board on bottom. Made for middle/neck position of a Strat with a high output of 10.65k so it can also be used in the bridge if you want something tamer than the Hot Rails. 4-conductor wiring which lets you retain 4 vintage single coil tones with one humbucker tone. $45.

MXL V63M Large Diaphragm Condenser Mics, (pic2). From my “forgotten storeroom” in Maryland I came across three of these. If you do any recording, the #2 item, after buying your recording deck, is a large diaphragm condenser. The V63M is perfect for the home studio enthusiast as it handles vocals and ambient acoustic sounds very well, at a fraction of the cost of Neumann, AKG, and Sennheiser. It features a 1" diameter/6-micron-thick diaphragm that delivers commendable high sensitivity and detail. It’s wired with Mogami wire adding improved clarity and has a balanced, transformerless output for lower noise. It features the standard cardioids pickup pattern with a 30Hz-20Hz response and is encased in a heavy brass enclosure. It requires phantom power, but 98% of recording/pa decks that have that built in. For an insanely high retail price of $299, these are good values at $65. Includes stand mount pictured.

1996 Taylor 410K Koa Dreadnought, (front), (headstock back), (back), (side), (case label). Enjoy the beautiful tone of koa and spruce for around the same price as a saple. Taylors were the first acoustics that were made to play as easily as electrics, with low action and a thinner profile neck that hadn’t previously been used on flattops.  The 410K is appointed with bound body, multi-piece soundhole rosette, inlaid logo, Koa back and sides, spruce top, ebony fretboard, and tone enhancing satin finish throughout.  Koa wood is prized both for it’s beauty and tonal properties, which has the brightness and fast attack of maple, with a warmer sound overall. This one also has a very solid bass response, similar to what you’d expect from rosewood. Being a older model, this one doesn't have the NT finger joint near the headstock and the neck and headstock are from one piece of wood.  Original case for this guitar would have been the molded plastic case that Taylor tried for 2 years but you’ll be happy to know it’s been upgraded to the pink-lined luggage (aka “poodle”) case that most players feel is the best case Taylor ever used. This is an exceptionally nice sounding guitar with a fantastic set up and the best value I’ve seen on a koa Taylor. $1099 includes luggage case pictured.

Korg PME40 Effects. Just got in a few that I always seem to be running out of including the KDD-501 Stereo Digital Delay $79; KDW-301 Distortion Wah (fairly rare effect) $149; KPH-401 Phaser $75, and KDC-601 Digital Chorus $69.

Korg PME40 Effects w/modded input jack. This one was pro modded for the stage with a heavy duty input box added to the right side. Effects include Compressor, Analog Delay, Overdrive, and Chorus. $299 takes it all, but you can substitute effects for a higher or lower price depending on what you need.

Hughes & Kettner Tube Rotosphere MK II, (top), (back). One of the best Leslie simulators - for guitar or keyboard.  If you're not capable of lifting 200 lbs. and don't have enough room in the van for a real Leslie, the Rotosphere Mk II very closely nails the tone at a fraction of the size and weight of the real thing.  Very highly regarded by guitarists and keyboardists, this unit features a warm and natural sounding stereo rotary cabinet with tube saturation in one pedal.  It features two rotation speeds and authentic sounding deceleration & acceleration effects with a spectrum ranging from clean to sizzling rock scream when you burn in the 12AX7 tube.  Its stereo mode isn't required but when used it really shines, emulating the dynamics of a real Leslie.  Effects are simply Rotary and Drive, with Bypass (true bypass by the way), Breaker (slowly locks into "stop" mode, always returning to the same "spot"), Slow-Fast Mode, and switch for guitar/keys. Click here for a guitar demo, and here for a quickie organ demo. Includes original box, power supply and manual. The MK II sold at discount for $589 but this one's barely used and $240 cheaper at $349. 

2000 Ibanez Japan Soundgear SR800 Bass – Gray Nickel, (front), (headstock back serial), (back), (controls), (pickups), (case).  Starting in ’91 the SR800 served as one of Ibanez Soundgear’s finest basses. Superbly designed and crafted in Japan, it provides the ultimate in tone and comfort.  Features include basswood body, Accucast B20 bridge, 24-fret fingerboard, and active electronics. During the later years, as on the 2000 model, Ibanez upgraded their pickups to AFR active pickups and electronics, including the P/J pickup set, volume, pickup blend, bass cut/boost, treble cut/boost, and a parametric mid with frequency control/cut-boost. With this electronics suite you’re capable of dialing in virtually any tone that you want. Ibanez' popular Soundgear line has been around since '87 and their nicer ones, such as this Japanese SR800, are the choice of many pro players, musicians who can afford to play any bass they choose.  With the low impedance P/J combination and excellent sounding EQ, this bass can do the fat P-bass tone, the J-bass tone that jumps out of the mix, with great power and no noise.  Cosmetically it’s in excellent condition with an excellent setup and quality tone and resonance.  This was a fairly high end bass, with the last list price of $900.  I consider it a pro quality bass for the price of a beginner/intermediate at just $379 with gigbag, or substitute the SKB Freedom case pictured for $45 more.

Takamine C128 Classical, (front), (headstock), (back), (label/serial), (case).  Nice playing, inexpensive classical. Martin just spent around 4 hours on this one has transformed it from a typical mediocre playing nylon string, to something much nicer. Japan-made Takamine's are among the best acoustic guitars you can get for the money  The C128 is Japan-made Takamine's entry level classical but the quality is better than high-end models from other Asian manufacturers, and much better than Tak's non-Japanese classicals such as the G-Series.  Features include 14-1/2" body, spruce top, rosewood back and sides, 5-stripe bound body, wooden Marquettery rosette, 12-fret mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, no fret markers, 12/19 frets, 25.5" scale, 3-on-a-plate gold tuners with white pearloid buttons, and 2" nut width.  This one is marked "second" on the label, probably due to some milky finish at the neck joint (shown here), which is strictly cosmetic and doesn't affect the tone in the least.  The guitar is extremely clean and appears to have seen very little use.  The C128 had a very long run for Tak but was discontinued in '03 with a list price of $700.  This used one's in nice shape, although it was a cosmetic second for unknown reasons. It has no issues and is an excellent value on a beginner/intermediate classical at $299.  Includes semi-hard case shown.

Fender Esprit/Flame Pickup Set, (back). Fairly rare pickups, used only on the short-lived Fender Master Series Esprit and Flame guitars. One other model, the Contemporary Strat Deluxe (shown here) which came as both an HH and HSS model, also used these pickups. Nice shape with screws, shafts, and springs, and full length leads. If you need a pair of these two restore your $1500 ‘85/’86 Esprit or Flame, they can be hard to find as I once discovered. I found a guy who had some of them when I needed one a few years ago. I offered him $100 and kept upping the offer, before backing out at $175 for just one pickup. You can have this pair for the same price. $175/pair.

1997 Washburn J9 "Washington" G Thinline Hollowbody, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (appointments), Just back from a minor finish repair job. This is a fairly rare model, produced only from '97-'99 in the "G"" model, i.e. Gold hardware.  Washburn builds some very good quality archtops and these older Korean models are superior to current models and blow away any of the plethora of Chinese guitars on the market today.  Quality hardware, good electronics, and remarkably nice fit and finish make this one of the best values I've come across recently.  Features include single rounded cutaway hollowbody, arched maple top, bound body two f-holes, maple back/sides, maple neck, 20-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with split rectangle abalone inlay, adjustable tune-o-matic bridge/metal ´W´ trapeze tailpiece, bound blackface peghead with abalone diamond/W/logo inlay, 3-per-side Grover tuners, raised black pickguard, two humbucker pickups, dual volume and tone controls,  three-position switch, and gold hardware.  The design is somewhere between a hollowbody and a semi-hollow, as it does have a block under the bridge, but it doesn't run the entire length of the body, but it's enough to eliminate the feedback problems most hollowbodies have.  Here are some reviews at Harmony-Central (4 of 5 stars); and some video's on YouTube (link surf music) and this one, restaurata e settata da Luigi Buono liutaio presso Centro Chitarre Napoli.   Overall this guitar is in very nice shape, other than moderate some wear to the gold hardware and has seen very little use in nearly 15 years.  It did experience a boo-boo in the finish on the bottom side, which Martin has stabilized (shown here). Not a $200 job but it was just chipped finish so it’s not going to be an issue. This guitar has a very solid feel, fingers effortlessly, an would make an excellent choice for jazz, Rockabilly, or Standards - pretty much whatever you use a Gretsch Chet Atkins for.  This was a pricey model, listing for $1050 in late 90's dollars, and that's without the optional case.  This beauty plays fantastic, sounds great, even with the stock pickups, and is one lovely thinline - all for $439, which is $200 less than it sold for before the little finish ding AND includes a proper Washburn case (pic).

·       dbx DB12 Active Direct Box, (pic2). What player doesn’t want a quality direct box? When it comes to DI's, don't buy the cheapest one you can find; there IS a difference.  The DB12 employs custom dbx mu-metal-shielded audio transformers, Gold-plated Neutrik XLR Connector connectors, and low-noise circuitry to provide a transparent, strong signal to your amp or mixing/recording deck.  A 20/40dB pad switch accommodates instrument, line, and even speaker level signals.  It also has a polarity invert switch to set the phase relationship between the direct and mic'd sound, LED power light, flat/high cut filter switch, 48V phantom power direct from your mixer, and unique design to allow stacking units on top of each other.  Don't confuse this with the DB10, which is dbx's passive DI, the DB12 lists for $179 and sells online for $99.  Our special price is $69, including shipping. 

·       Electro-voice EV PL44 Vocal Mics (click to enlarge)All I want for Christmas is a vocal mic… EV's PL series has been around a long time.  The PL80 and 88 were some of our best selling mics back in my retail days in the 80's.  These PL44's are better than the 80's of yesteryear and are some of the best vocal mic's on the market for the money.  They feature supercardioid pattern with excellent feedback rejection and deliver a tight low end, smooth mid range, and crisp highs that are usually reserved for condenser models.  Compare this to mics at 2X the cost and chances are the PL44 will win almost every comparison.  With a list of $165, these are available on Amazon for $108.95, but these are new in the box and a nice deal at $69.99, including shipping.  Includes mic clip and case. 

·       Electro-Voice EV PLDK5 Drum Pack, (EV PL33), (EV PL35).  You don't have to spend a fortune piecing together pro quality mics for a drum kit. This EV kit can mic just about any drum kit and provide quality sound that won't drive your sound tech crazy trying to EQ out feedback caused by mics with a low gain before feedback or an unfriendly frequency response.  This kit contains one PL33 dynamic supercardoid kick drum mic and four PL35 dynamic supercardioid tom/snare mics, complete with a quality, firm-exterior 600 Denier nylon gig bag with shoulder strap. The EV Gig Bag is firm and durable with 600 Denier nylon exterior Form cutouts for up to 10 PL drum mics, padded handle and shoulder strap,  zippered rear compartment for sheet music, sticks, and accessories.  This set has received great reviews in various publications and sites, such as this one on epinions.com.  With a list price of $775, these sold for $322-$459.  If you're looking for EV quality at a no-name price here's a nice savings on this bundle, just $225 for the pack, including shipping.

Ca. 1966 Magnatone Custom M15 Stereo Combo, (side), (back), (panel), (panel-detail). These are great sounding amps and real sleepers on the vintage market in my opinion. After decades of being ignored, non-Fender amps finally started appreciating around a decade ago and while a Gibson, Magnatone, Valco, etc., may never get the money of a blackface Fender from the same era, they're so undervalued that most vintage experts know that most have definite growth potential. More importantly, amps like this sound great, and can be had for a price that doesn't hurt. The Custom M15 is one of the cooler amps of this era, built when companies weren't afraid to try anything, like this “Royalite” thermoplastic case. Unlike Fender, which has never made a true vibrato (pitch shifting) amp, Magnatone built amps with real vibrato and the effect is stunning. Additionally, the M15, is a true stereo amplifier, with dual output transformers and twin 8" Alnico speakers, four 7189As power tubes (two matched sets), and two phase inverter 12AU7A tubes. It is equipped with stereo output channels (not just two input channels). Each input channel has its own pre-amp, and both of these signals are equally mixed together on both output sections. There is Stereo vibrato, but it only applies to the signal from Channel No.1 input. That signal is send to two different vibrato units, which each go to one of the two output sections. Confused? The Stereo vibrato switch, in mono mode makes the two vibrato units modulate at the same frequency, and in "out of phase" frequencies in stereo mode. If vibrato was simply ON or OFF, the two vibratos, in stereo mode, might cancel each other out, however herein lies the magic. The Magnatone vibrato is the varistor. These magic varistors rise and fall at a much slow rate, so the rise and falls of the two output of phase vibratos never match up perfectly enough to cause complete cancellation. This unique vibrato circuit was used by Magnatone, who called it "Stereo F.M. Vibrato." Controls are (L to R): two sets inputs with a stereo input jack between them, each input with volume, treble, and bass controls, a contour switch and a pair of input jacks. Next is the four control vibrato section and foot switch jack, followed by a single reverb control and foot switch jack. At the far right is the power switch and output speaker switch with left and right speaker output jacks. Power output is listed as 2X38 watts “peak”, which probably equates to around 12-15 watts X2. This amp uses a bunch of tubes, around 13 total including four 7189A power, three 12AX7 preamp, two 6GW8 reverb, three 12AU7 and a 12DW7 vibrato, two 12AU7 phase inverters. There were several design changes that took place on these amps between ’63 and ’65. I’ve done my best to accurately reflect the design aspects of this amp but apologize in advance if there are any inaccuracies. Most of the information above came from a fantastic vintage Magnatone site, MagnatoneAmps.com. This is a very good sounding amp with some of the coolest effects I’ve heard on an old tube amp. It works well, although could probably use some minor tweaking/cleaning. It was last gone over by Jeff Bober, who owned Budda at the time, back in ’95 (see the “JB” in the pic of the back). It’s a heavy amp and I’d estimate shipping to be around $75. I will guarantee that you’ll be the only kid in the band with this baby and probably have a blast playing it. I think it’s a steal at $650.

Dr Z Z Wreck Head & Cab, (back), (panel), (speakers), (covers), (serial/date). (nothing is wrong with the Z logo on the cab—in person it looks chrome, identical to the Z on the head). Check out this cool Quantum Silver matched set - Z Wreck 30-watt head and 2X12 cab with Celestion Alnico Blue and Alnico Gold speakers. This is a production model of a prototype that was originally a collaboration between Brad Paisley, Dr. Z, and the premier amp guru, Ken Fisher of Trainwreck. Sadly, Ken passed away in 2006, but his genius in circuit design lives on through the Z Wreck and various clones by some top builders. All Z amps are built with the utmost attention to detail and top quality components. One of the things that set this one apart is the output transformer, which was designed by Ken Fisher. A unique aspect of the tranny is that it incorporates a multi-tap secondary that offers 2 different plate voltage settings, labeled "Comfort/Speed", accessible via a switch on the back. "Speed" yields a strong attack with increased clarity and dynamic headroom, while "Comfort" drops the plate voltage down for a vintage feel with a softer response and more overall sweetness. For players who look for touch-sensitivity, you’ll find none better. Using just your volume control you can go from shimmering clean to full growl, no pedals needed, but it’s worth noting that this amp takes pedals exceedingly well. It’s powered by four NOS Russian 6P14P-EV EL84 EL84’s, putting out 30 watts, with a trio of 12AX7 preamp tubes, and a 5AR4 tube rectifier. Like many overbuilt amps, this is a loud 30 watts, plenty for medium size stages and able to keep up with a loud drum set. The circuit is basic and simple: a Cut control, similar to a Vox AC Top-Boost in cutting mids, Bass, Treble, and Volume. This matched set of Quantum Silver covering includes a nicely flamed stained maple front panels. Like the hand-wired, point-to-point circuit, the boxes are exceptionally well built and finely finished. There are a bunch of YouTube demo’s online; here’s a pretty good one from Greg V (link). This set up has seen only limited home use and is in perfect condition. You can get a new one for $3699, or save $1000 and get this pair for $2699. Includes well-padded Studio Slips embroidered covers for head and cab.

1997 Parker Nitefly NFV2, (front), (back), (headstock back), (bridge/controls).  Beautiful USA Nitefly with many of the benefits found on the high-end Fly Classic, but with a maple body and bolt-on neck.  Other features include: Custom DiMarzio pickups in HSS configuration, basswood neck, 22 stainless steel frets, 25.5” scale, Sperzel tuners, and aluminum vibrato bridge with stainless steel saddles, Fishman passive Piezo system for acoustic tones.  Uses a Y-cord to run acoustic and electric pickups to separate amps, or just run a standard cable for electric tones only.  Parkers are known as one of the best ergonomically-designed guitars ever with design features that were decades ahead of their time and it's an extremely comfortable guitar to strap on and play.   Controls include a 3-way to switch between Piezo out, magnetic pickups out, or blend.  Has separate knobs for magnetic volume, magnetic tone, and Piezo volume.  All original other than neck pickup upgraded to DiMarzio Area ’67. Excellent set-up and quality electric tones via the DiMario’s; fairly authentic acoustic tones via the Fishman system. Overall very clean shape and a good value on an American Parker at $739. Includes a quality gigbag and trem arm.

1986 Kramer American Pacer Custom – DiMarzio HSH - Flip Flop Red, (full), (front), (back), (headstock back), (color/shades), (pickups/routing), (case).   Another cool Pacer in Flip-Flop Red, which, depending on the viewing angle, can appear red, purple, or pink, visible in the pics above.  This one has had a few pro mods, done to the highest degree of expertise: Neck pickup was routed to accommodate a humbucker which you can see is as neat as factory routing. Pickups have been changed to DiMarzio humbuckers with a DP163 “Bluesbucker” in the bridge, a Zebra DP156 “Humbucker from Hell” in the neck, with the original Duncan Vintage Staggered in the middle. The DP163 (link) sells new for $96 and is designed to have the tone of a P90, but without the hum of a single coil while the DP156 ($70) provides a more glassy tone in the neck position than any humbucker, having characteristics of a Strat. Lastly, the body has been routed to recess the Original Floyd Rose, allowing more up pull on the trem bar. Other features include Jackson-style sharp body edges, cannon output jack, black hardware, Schaller tuners, droopy/pointy headstock, angled bridge pickup, and 3-pc. maple neck with rosewood board.  Controls are simply on/off switches for each pickup, with a master volume control; pretty much the simplicity of a Baretta in a 3-pickup version.  Kramer Americans were my dream guitars back in the day but, alas, I was making $3.25/hr. and we sold these new in '86 for $799, basically around $2K by today's standards.  Cosmetically it’s in very nice shape for almost 30 years. A few finish impressions here and there, but nothing through the clear coat and no heavy wear anywhere. Cool looks aside, this baby has a great setup with very comfortable action, no problem bends, and the Floyd stays in tune well.   If you want to try a Pacer with a different selection of tones than the stock version, this is a nice axe for $650. Includes SKB molded case and trem arm.  

Vintage Star Guitars Brass Bridge.  Quality high-end bridge from the 70's and 80's, used Alembic and other high end guitars, or as upgrades for Gibson Tune-o-matic and similar.  These are genuine machined brass, not the cheaper cast, and they don't suffer from saddle movement and contribute to improved sustain and accurate intonation.  This one has the saddle slots already professionally filed so it's drop in ready.  These can sell for over $100 (Ebay ex.), frequently in lesser condition.  Note many around and this one's complete and in nice shape for $79. 

2009 Gretsch Country Club G6196 TSP Bamboo Yellow, (front), (headstock), (back), (side), (docs & case).  Fairly rare and finely made hollowbody from Gretsch.  I've had dozens of Tennessean models since Gretsch started back up in the late 90's, but this is the first every Country Club I've had, aside from a few vintage models.  One of the coolest aspect I love about this model is the two-tone finish, Bamboo Yellow top, with a Copper Mist back/sides.  I had a 60's Country Club in this combination and it's been stuck in my head since I sold it 15 years ago.  One upgrade to this guitar: Tru-Arc ST120 "Rocking" Bar bridge (link), replacing the Gretsch Synchro-Sonic (aka Melita) bridge.  The USA-made Tru-Arc is solid stainless steel and is touted by many players as the ultimate in tone enhancement and it's designed to match the spacing of the Bigsby, with the same radius as the fretboard so string height is perfectly consistent across all six strings.  If you prefer a Synchro-Sonic, Space Control, or other bridge, we will swap out at no cost.  Features of the Country Club include solid spruce arched top, laminated maple back and sides, 17" lower bout, 2 3/4" deep, vintage-style parallel tone bar bracing with sound post, maple neck with tapered heel, bound rosewood fingerboard with vintage-style pearloid hump block inlays, dual DynaSonic single-coil pickups, bound oversized f holes, arrow control knobs, copper mist plexi pickguard, bound headstock with pearloid Gretsch logo inlay, Grover Imperial tuners, and Bigsby B6C tailpiece.  Electronics are fairly simple by Gretsch standards. There's a volume for each pickup, master tone, and a master volume on the upper treble bout.  The only switch is a pickup selector, located on the upper bass bout.  These Dyna's are very responsive pickups.  Play softly and they're very smooth, but dig into it and this guitar growls like a rockabilly beast.  Set up is low and impeccable, currently set up with a quality light gauge flatwound set.  This model sells new for $2959 ($4100 list) but this one is barely played with no scratches or wear of any kind, nicely priced at $1999(HOLD-Jon C 12/3).  Includes Gretsch case and all the stuff.  

SolidSound Multi-Effect Gigbag, (pic2).  Well padded, with exterior compartment.  Interior approx. 10" X 24".  Can also be used for a small midi keyboard.  $22.  

Seymour Duncan Red&Black JB Bridge Pickup.  Rare SH-4 JB with black and red bobbins.  All specs are the same as a regular JB, which is Duncan's most popular bridge humbucker.  Nice shape, 4-conductor wire for split coil operation, $59. 

Xotic RC Booster.  From Xotic Effects USA, comes one of the best boosters on the market, touted for its having NO character at all.  Their ads in Vintage Guitar magazine has quotes from some of the foremost players who use this unit including Brad Paisley, Scott Henderson, Johnny A, and Greg Howe, with many of these guys leaving video comments (click here) for the RC Booster.  Its bass and treble controls make it more versatile than most boosters but it's claim to fame is a lot fatter tone without getting gained out.  A few minor rubs and velcro on bottom but overall nice shape.  These are $168 new; this one's $115.  

Boss TU-3 Tuner and Power SupplyPowers 7 Boss pedals with a Boss PCS-20A cable.  The TU-3 replaces Boss's TU-2 as the most popular guitar tuner with new enhancements making it better than ever.  For the price, you can't get a better stage tuner - very easy to read and inconspicuously located in your pedalboard so you can tune while facing the audience.  It features a smooth 21-segment LED meter with a High-Brightness mode to use during outdoor glare.  You can choose between Chromatic or Guitar/Bass tuning modes, now with 7-string guitar and 6-string bass Note Name Indicator that can display notes of 7-string guitars and 6-string basses, while the Flat-Tuning mode can support up to six half-steps.  Click here for specs from BossUS.  In typical used condition with velcro on bottom, works perfectly, and 1/2 price of a new one at $49. 

60's Vox V-846 Wah-Wah - Italy, (side/front), (circuit), (case).  Very desirable late 60's Thomas Organ "Made in Italy" model with the "tin can" (aka trash can) inductor.  Has a small rubber pad on top of the inductor that can be removed, as well as some silicone around the inductor but circuit is original other than one diode replaced and sounds perfect.  Hendrix originally used the Clyde McCoy but later switched to the V846 with the tin can inductor; Clapton also used this model.  Their tone has that great nasal quality and does vowel sounds that can emulate a talk box.  Has some corrosion on the chrome but overall is at least average condition and pot isn't scratchy - perfect performance.  Includes Vox carrying case.  $350

1956 Fretted Instrument News, (pic2).  20 pages.  Trade magazine which came out every other month and specializes in guitars and other stringed instruments.  Plenty of articles and interviews but I love these for the old ads.  Nice shape.  $24.

1965 Fretts Magazine, (pic2).  Notice this is "Fretts", with two S's - not the same as the Frets mag that was popular in the 70's and beyond.  Lots of cool old ads, Fender's "new" Electric 12 appears in industry news section.  20 pages, nice shape other than a little pencil writing on front cover.  Inside subscription card still intact.  $24.  

RJM Effects Rat Clone, (pic2).  Don't know a lot about this pedal other than it was a custom build by RJM USA Effects to deliver the tone of an old Proco Rat and uses the same LM 308N chip as the Rat.  I don't have a Rat to compare it to but it goes from very mellow to a harsh MXR Super Dist.  Well built for the road.  $49.  

Boss DS-1 Distortion w/Mod.  This has the very basic diode clip mod, which any DIY'er can do.  Makes it a better pedal as it adds volume and removes the harshness that these tend to have.  Nice shape.  $35.  

1960's Fender Telecaster Body ??, (back), (front side), (orig. blonde cavity), (routing), (compare '67 "Smuggler" Tele).  I've been hanging onto this body for a long time.  I bought it at the Philly guitar show in the late 90's and at the time it was a complete guitar, with a Fender neck with trans logo, one original pickup, and replaced pots.  I needed the neck for another guitar and the other parts have since been used, sold, or lost.  What remains is this Dakota Red refinished body, complete with a huge route under the pickguard, much like the rare '67 Tele's known as "smugglers" due to the extra "storage" area under the pickguard.  Some say it got the name because guys used to smuggle pot in the route, but the bottom line was Fender tried this as a means of weight relieving and/or tonal differences of chambering.  It was originally a blonde finish, as shown in the bridge pickup cavity but at some point received a pro refinish in Dakota.  It hasn't been wrapped up so there might be some light shop scratches but is overall in very clean condition.  If you want to put together a 60's vintage Tele without spending $3K on a clean original body, this one will do nicely...and you'll have space to smuggle some stuff.  $399 for this one.  

Mooer Trelicopter tremolo pedal, (pic2).  Same basic specs as the ShimVerb pedal above.  The Trelicopter is a classic optical tremolo with huge range of speeds and depths; bias knob brings various color of the tremolo sound.  Here's a YouTube demo (link).  Sells new for $88 but this one's "as new" in the box for $59.  

Johnson J-Station, (pic2),  (detail - illuminated front panel). Once upon a time, Johnson and Line 6 (POD) were battling it out - along the lines of VHS and Betamax - each with it's own strengths but largely, both excellent sounding units. In the end, Johnson lost, but I'll hold the J-Station up to a POD any day. Largely the same selection of effects and amp modeling, but on the J-Station I much prefer the built-in acoustic simulator and the 12-string simulator. All the other effects are a toss-up in my opinion - they're both very good. Bottom line: This is very nice unit that can do it all in the studio or it also is excellent for stage use - and is very easy to get around on. For the price of a single stop box, you can have 'em all.  $69 includes box, manual, and power supply.  

Acoustic AG120S or AG60 Acoustic Amps, (tilt back), (panel), (effects), (top), (back  back panel).  Features of these two amps are the same, with the only difference being the AG120S is a stereo amp with two 60-watt amps while the AG60 is mono with just a single 60-watt amp.  Made specifically for solo artists and groups, these are dual-purpose, amplifying both your instrument and voice.  They're two-channel preamps with both channels having dual inputs (4 inputs total), all of which are "combo" jacks -- each jack accepts both 1/4'" and XLR balanced input.  You can plug your guitar(s) into one channel and mic(s) into the other.  You have individual channel volume controls so you can set a different level for up to four mics/guitars.  In addition, you get peak indicator lights that warn you when your signal is too hot.  Each channel has a 3-band EQs with a sweepable mid which is crucial to eliminating mid-range howl some acoustic guitars are prone to.  Each channel also has its own selectable effects unit with 16 stereo effects, including reverbs, delays and choruses, and each with its own effects level control, to dial in just the right amount.  You might want, for instance, just a little chorus/reverb on your guitar, and a lot of digital delay on your voice.  There is also a master volume to control the overall output of amp.  In addition, there is an Aux input for plugging in an MP3 or CD player (has its own Volume control), as well as a headphone out for private practice (speakers are disengaged when used).  The rear panel features an effects loop for adding external effects -- with or without engaging the amps, as well as stereo line outs, both XLR and 1/4", to send your sound directly to the mixing board.  Its wedge shaped design allows you to project the sound upwards toward your head, or tilt it up for normal straight projection.  Mounted in the tuned cabinet are a pair of 8" coaxial speakers have built in tweeters for excellent mid- and low-frequency response as well as sparkling highs.  Manuals are viewable at Acoustic's site here (60) and here (120S).  Both of these are new-old-stock, but only the AG60 comes in original box.  Recently discontinued, the list price on the AG60 was $699, while the AG120S was $999.  If you're looking for a good sounding all-in-one PA system, these are hard to beat at better than 55% off list.  Just $299 for the AG60, $399 for the AG120S.  

Boss DR-202 Dr. Groove, (back). The DR-202 is a compact, easy-to-use rhythm machine developed exclusively for groove/dance music production: hip-hop, techno, jungle, drum ‘n’ bass, trip hop, Latin and more. It features 24-voice polyphony, 256 drum and bass sounds, 128 preset drum kits, 400 preset patterns, 64 user drum kits, 100 user patterns. Among them you'll find classic Roland TR-808, TR-909 and TB-303 sounds, vinyl sounds, Lo-Fi drum samples, various synth basses, sound effects and more. It has a 3-track sequencer: rhythm track, bass track, external source track for sampler or other MIDI device; Rhythm Mute function for break-downs and drop-outs; Reverb / Delay and Flanger knobs for realtime effects control cutoff, Resonance and Decay knobs for instant tweaking of individual instrument sounds; Tap Tempo control for realtime BPM adjustment; built-in Low Boost/Low Cut control. Control changes can be output via MIDI; can also be used as 24-voice MIDI sound module and uses battery or AC power (power supply included).  Knowing that most of our customers are guitarists, let me point out that one of the most useful purposes for this unit is producing good sounding back tracks you can practice leads and rhythm over.  Just set up your drum beat and bass lines and jam to your heart's content.  Whether you use presets, or lay down your own tracks, it's great for upping the tempo in small increments, until you're playing at your goal speed.  There are loads of YouTube demos and performances, click here for one.  For full specs check out BossUS here.  Manual is available online at links such as this one.  It had a $500 list price back when it was in production and these sounds never seem to get old.  Works perfectly and a cool unit for practice, DJ work, or the studio for $125.  Includes Boss power supply.  

2011 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster V-Neck 2-Tone Sunburst with Jumbo Frets, (front), (back), (headstock), (deluxe features), (trem), (case).  Mint condition - in nicely figured 2-tone Sunburst and for players who like more meat on their frets than the stock a Fender there's slightly larger fret wire (106X47), which are lower and wider than the usual tall/skinny jumbo's used on many refrets.  When we got this in it was in immaculate condition, but the original owner liked the feel of a Gibson fretless wonder Les Paul and had the frets filed down considerably.  Since we couldn't get our typically superb setup with the frets that low Martin just went ahead and refretted the entire neck.  It now plays fantastic and will appeal to more players.  This is only the second of the new American Deluxe's I've had, now with the new SCN N3 pickups, and I'm impressed.  The V-Neck has less shoulders than the regular C-shape, much more like mid-late 50's model.  In addition to the N3's, other deluxe appointments include Fender locking tuners, abalone dot inlays, raised chrome logo, rounded heel for easy access to the top frets, polished chrome bridge with "pop-in" trem arm, and S-1 switch (switching options).  Another new feature is the compound radius fretboard which goes from 9.5" at the first fret to a flatter 14" at the top fret, which lets you form chords easily on the steeper curve of the lower frets, while the flatter upper frets are perfect for shredding, bending, and or soloing in general.  The Deluxe comes equipped with SCN N3 pickups are the latest and greatest from Fender for creating warm tone and responsive bite, a genuine vintage tone, but without the noise.  Other than the original owner's odd choice on the frets it looks like he never played this guitar and the factory plastic is even on the pickguard.  With a new one selling for $1699, why not save $550 and get this flawless beauty for just $1149.  Includes Fender case with ATA latches, trem bar, Fender strap, and Fender cable.

2013 Carvin Allan Holdsworth HH2, (front), (back - full), (back), (headstock/bridge), (gigbag and box).   "As new", unplayed condition.  For years a Carvin endorser with his own H2 and HF2 signature models, Allan challenged the custom shop at Carvin to built him a more compact version, something that would fit in the overhead compartment.  The result was this new HH2 headless model.  Headless guitars, made famous by Steinberger, have been around since the 80's but this model was engineered by Carvin from the ground up and unlike the original Steinbergers, it's made of real wood, not composites, so it sounds like a traditional guitar.  They use a chambered alder body made from alder, with a premium white birch cap, which combine for a nice tone, plus a nice light weight (5.1 lbs.).  The neck is made from Eastern hardrock maple, with an ebony fretboard, super flat 20" radius, in a 25.5" scale with 24 stainless steel frets which last forever.   Carvin's "Rapid Play" low action neck assures effortless playability throughout the entire fingerboard, while the lower cutaway and minimal neck heel allows easy access all the way up to the 24th fret.  The JCustom Headless Research hardtail bridge with knob tuners is finished in matte black, for classic looks and ease of care.  It features a strap button on the back of the neck, and two lower strap buttons, allowing the guitar to stand safely leaned against an amp.  An innovative combination headpiece allows you to use double-ball end strings, or your favorite conventional strings, unlike Steinbergers, which are limited to only double-ball strings.  Pickups are the stock Holdsworth H22 humbuckers which use vintage plain enamel magnet wire and seasoned Alnico-5 magnets to achieve Allan's tone.  Each coil has 11 pole pieces, all of which are fully adjustable to customize individual string volumes.  The H22N neck pickup is rated at 7.3k ohms, and produces fantastic singing characteristics, while the bridge position H22T, rated at 8.6k ohms, produces smooth sustain.  When you compare this guitar to similar USA Steinbergers, I believe it's a much better value at just $950(Tent. Hold - Terrence T HK 9/25).  Ships in original Carvin box and includes Carvin gigbag and strap.  

2003 Parker Nitefly Standard SA USA, (front), (back),  (headstock), (controls/new saddles).  One of the most versatile, and comfortable, guitars on the market.   Don't confuse with the cheaper P-38 imports (I have a near-identical P-38 to post soon) - this is the USA Nitefly that has many of the features in the high-end Fly Classic, but with a swamp ash ("SA") body and bolt-on neck.  Features of this Nitefly include: DiMarzio pickups in HSS configuration, mahogany neck, stainless steel frets, Sperzel tuners, and Fishman/Piezo bridge for acoustic tones.  It features a stereo output jack to run into separate acoustic and electric amps if desired - or you can use a mono cable and simply use one amp for both pickup systems.  Parkers are known as one of the best ergonomically-designed guitars ever with design features that were decades ahead of their time and it's an extremely comfortable guitar to strap on and play.  Controls, shown in pic above, include a 3-way to switch between Piezo out, magnetic pickups out, or both - plus a standard 5-way to select bridge, middle, neck, or combinations.  Knobs are the stock layout with a volume and tone for the magnetic pickups, plus a separate volume for the Piezo system.  Cosmetically, it has a few dings and scratches but it's in nice enough shape for a used guitar.  The Swamp Ash used on this model is light weight and is some of the nicest figuring you'll see on an ash body.  When we got this guitar a few of the acoustic saddles had lower output so we installed a brand new set of "Ghost" saddles by Graphtech (pic) which sound very balanced, an provide a full-bodied acoustic tone that isn't possible with metal saddles.  Each saddle has its own piezo crystal installed and they're factory set to be balanced and robust.  In addition, like all Graphtech products they reduce string breakage.  We also added a set of Schaller locking strap pins (strap locks included).  Pickups are all DiMarzio, with a pair of single coils in the neck and middle, plus a "Crunch Lab" humbucker in the neck.  The Crunch Lab has a straight bar on one side, and hex poles on the other, and is the model used on the Music Man John Petrucci.  I don't think anyone would be disappointed with the tone.  From metal to fusion to country, this guitar can do it all and it plays so easily you can gig all night without fatigue to your hands or shoulder.  The fret work has a satin feel and bends feel like glass.  The neck is just slightly chunky, with little deviation as you go up the neck and features side markers only - no fretboard inlays.  Here's a good link for specs and a GP mag. review on this model.  I don't have the '03 price list, but back in '97 this model listed for $1349.  Excellent Parker for around the price of an American Standard Strat, just $850 with gigbag; or $69 more for a new Parker case (pic).  Includes original trem arm.

Kaces KPFE07 Boutique Line Polyfoam Electric Guitar Case, (back side), (storage).  Kaces best Polyfoam case that provides excellent protection for your guitar while weighing around 5 lbs. lighter than your average hardshell.  Enjoy the protection of a hardshell with the weight and ease of transport of a gigbag, including choice of hardshell-type handle or back straps.  Plenty of storage with two interior doors and three zippered compartments on the outside.  Shoulder straps neatly tuck into a hideaway sleeve on the back of the case.  Lists at $144 and sells at Amazon (link) for $117 but this one's in excellent condition and just $69. 

Gator Lightweight SG Case, (pic2).  Same idea as the Kaces case above, with all the benefits of a rigid case, with the light weight for easy transport.  Exterior has several zippered compartments plus and interior compartment with "door."  Similar models sell at Sweetwater for $95 ($149 list), but this one's in excellent condition and just $59.

Epiphone Les Paul Case.  Plush-lined with the leather-looking slick covering.  Excellent condition and a perfect fit for your prized Les Paul.  $69.  Buy any Epi Les Paul in stock and pay just $55.  

Head Covers by Studio Slips #1, (#2).  Originally built to fit Frenzel heads, Hotbox and Deluxe Plus.  Nicely padded and a nice deal for $35/pair.  

Studio Slips 1X12 Covers.  Selling a pair of these used for Avatar 112 cabinets but should fit most 1X12 combo's as well.  Approx 21.5" wide, 18" tall, 12" deep.  Selling the pair for $35.  

Carvin 16-space Touring Rack, (pic2), (pic3), (pic4).  Top of the line touring rack with all the options including foam padding and heavy duty casters.  This is Brian's rack and since he's moving to a smaller place he needs the space.  It's never been outside of his home so it's in perfect condition.  He paid $650 (including $100 shipping from Carvin).  If you're local, it's a heck of a deal for $300.  

Ibanez CD10 Delay Champ.  Quality analog delay from the 80's Master Series that sounds every bit as good as the earlier AD9.  Has all the warmth you'd expect from an analog with delay times ranging from slapback to doubling, to medium repeat, up to 300ms delay time, plus a great sounding bucket brigade.  Considering what AD9's and Boss DM's are going for, these are comparable in sound and a real sleeper on the analog market.  It  works perfectly and is all original except for replacement knobs.  Don't pay $150+ for a vintage AD9 or DM3 when this one sounds as good and is just $79.

Fender Bass and Amp Package, (P-Bass), (front), (back), (headstock), (amp), (tilted), (panel).  Looking for something a cut above a beginner package with a 15-watt amp?  This Fender Rumble 75 with special design 12" speaker will shake your pant legs and can actually keep up with a drummer.  It features a full-feature preamp, a vented cabinet for enhanced bass response, and tilt back design which lets you choose to "aim" your sound straight out, or up toward your head.  It also has a good sounding overdrive effect via gain and blend controls (footswitchable or manual), designed specifically for bass register. The Punch and Scoop preset EQ shapes can be dialed in for finger and slap style tones while a 4-band active EQ with delta comp compression circuitry smoothes out your tone.  A line out is included  for direct recording or live use, and it also features a headphone jack for silent jamming and practicing.  You can practice to CD/MP3 music, tape or drum machines, via the Aux in jack.  The bass is Fender's Squier Affinity, finished in Baltic Blue, which looks almost black in lower lighting.  Martin did a spectacular set up on the bass and it plays as good as most USA models.  For the cost of many entry level starter kits, you can get this set up, plus I'll throw in strap, cable, pics, and a new stand.  All for $275.  

Roland FS-1 Footswitch.  One of the best single-button switches ever, unchanged since it was first released in the 80's.  Works every time and lasts for decades.  Perfect for guitar amps or effects with external 1/4" jack functions.  Nice shape, $19.

Custom "Relic" Strat - Ice Blue - Flamed Neck and EMG's, (front), (headstock), (neck1 neck2), (back), (vintage routes), (electronics), (trem).  Cool looking, excellent playing Strat with some vintage appeal but modern sound, courtesy of EMG SA active pickups with the quick-disconnect wires.  It's a pro-refinished body, the origins are unknown.  Likewise, the neck had no distinctive markings other than a smeared red stamp near the butt.  It's obviously a quality neck regardless, with very nice flame on the fretboard, back of the neck, and headstock.  Tuners are DiMarzio, vintage style with nickel buttons and one string tree.  Good quality tremolo with cast steel saddles and heavy trem block.  It's blocked in the pic but we've removed the wood so it works normally now.  The original builder used some odd fretboard "wear" so we went ahead and put wear marks in the normal spots so it looks more realistic.  The body has a few minor flaws but hasn't been aged to any degree.  With a new Roadworn going for $900, this one is as good for 1/2 the price.  $450 includes quality gigbag.  

Orange Tiny Terror and PPC108 Cabinet, (head), (back), (cab), (boxes), (carry case/box). (Cabinet sold)  Killer little amp - 15/7 watt switchable.  In '04 Orange came out with their Rocker series and their Tiny Terror amps, which are very popular due to their simplicity and excellent tone.  The Tiny Terror is an all-tube, 15 watter that's extremely lightweight and portable.  It even includes a padded carrying case that you can carry over your shoulder.  It features a two stage pre-amp which has a wide tonal range, especially considering it just has volume-tone-gain controls. When you drive this amp it just screams, in a good way that is.  Although moderately priced for a tube head, this amp might make you laugh at the price tags of some of the high-priced boutique Class A heads.  From clean crunch to full on overdrive, this amp sounds great.  At mid gain settings it has loads of vintage British character and is built to the same rugged specs as the bigger Orange amps.  The Tiny Terror switches from 15 to 7 watts for studio use and recording.  If you need portability and quality tone for small gigs or especially studio work, this one beats just about everything that's anywhere near the price.  The head sells for $599 new but this one's flawless AND includes a free cabinet, new in the box.  All this for just $399.  

Way Huge Fat Sandwich Distortion, (pic2).  Way Huge had been the brand that only pro's new about but 20 years after he began building pedals, Jeorge Tripps, the original "Swollen Pickle" dude, teamed up with Dunlop and ramped up production. They're still superbly engineered, built with high-grade circuitry, and built for years of road use. The Fat Sandwich Distortion achieves beautiful crunch via an innovative multi-stage clipping circuit with a passive tone stack that was tuned to bring out the sweet spot of any guitar/amp combination. It's tweakable with two internal mini controls including a Curve knob that lets the user fine-tune the corner frequency of the overdrive filtering and a Sustain control that adjusts the gain of the final distortion stage. It also has a vast amount of output volume which allows it to exceed the headroom of virtually any tube amp. Each pedal is tested prior to shipping to make sure you won't have any problems for years to come. Features true bypass, heavy duty switch, blue LED, 2.1mm power jack with AC protection, easy access battery door, Cliff jacks, Military spec Teflon wire, heavy duty .09 aluminum anodized chassis and high grade components throughout. With a list price of $298, this is a sweet deal, new in the box for $99.  Includes manual and two cool pins for your jean jacket. 

Dean 79 V Screaming Yellow - Signature Pickups, (front/back), (headstock), (Floyd), (pickups/braided wiring), (case).  You're not going to find any info at Dean's site about this model.  This was a special run of 24 pieces commissioned by Funky Munky Music (YouTube demo here).  Made in the same factory as Dean's Razorback lines, it's definitely a quality import with set neck design, quality hardware and upscale pickups (DiMarzio's or EMG's are standard).  This one, however, was owned by a Dean endorser and had the stock pickups replaced with two of the new USA Signature Model pickups (link), with a Leslie West "Mountain of Tone" in the bridge and a Michael Schenker "Lights Out" in the neck, both are vintage style with braided wires.  These are hot pickups, with outputs of 16K-17K and make this guitar especially well suited for hard rock/metal, which only makes sense since not many jazz players are going to be looking for a Floyd Rose guitar.  Other features include all mahogany construction, V-profile neck that will appeal to guys who like more of a vintage feel, black headstock binding, black headstock binding, black body binding, black chrome hardware, and Ping licensed Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo.   The finish "Screaming Yellow" is very reminiscent of "Stryper Yellow" and with some black tape you could easily make a cool tribute model.  Funky Munky sold these at $999 for the guitar or $1099 with case.  This one is in immaculate condition with a fine setup and killer rock tone - less than for 1/2 price.  Just $399 for the guitar; $465 with Dean case.  

Dr. Z Route 66 Head, (top), (back), (tube layout).  An original Dr. Z designed, based on the KT-66 tube originally built by Genelex which generates the "Milkshake Thick" tones as heard on John Mayall's "Bluesbreaker" album featuring Eric Clapton.  Not that the Route 66 is not a duplicate of the Marshall JTM-45, but completely original spin with new tonal end results.  It has an EF-86 front-end, which is a 9 pin pentode, offering incredible gain and input dynamics. It is normally used in high-end stereos, by virtue of its accurate transfer of input signal, balance, and headroom.  It features a deceptively simple tone stack, consisting of Volume, Bass, and Treble, which feeds a non-negative feedback Phase Inverter, for true harmonic content and full output tube dynamics - with a GZ-34 Tube Rectifier to complete the round enveloped tone.  The total result of Z's engineering is a piano-like clarity with endless sustain, even at low volumes.  At a club-size 32 watts, you can really open it up and it sings when driven hard, in a focused, thick distortion, with a remarkably tight bass response.  It has outputs for 4, 8, or 16 ohms.  Power tubes have been upgraded to Tung Sol and it sounds perfectly perfect and has never been gigged outside the home.  For sound clips and reviews you can check out Dr Z's site.  Don't pay $1799 for new when this beautiful used on is just $1250. 

1987 Peavey Nitro III, (front), (back), (trem), (headstock), (case).  Finally broke down and ordered some Kahler parts ($ouch) so the trem is complete on this guitar now.  The Nitro III was one of several of Peavey's forays into the HM SuperStrat guitar market and featured the obligatory locking tremolo system as well as HSS pickup configuration and no pickguard.  While they weren't terribly successful in competing against Jackson, Kramer, Charvel, and even Fender and Gibson, they did make a good quality utility guitar that provides an excellent value in an 80's American made guitar.  Features include high output Alnico humbucker and two single coils, mini switches for pickup on/off (single/off/humbucker for the bridge position) which allow for 7 pickup combinations, bilaminated maple neck with rosewood fretboard, flat 12" fretboard radius, 22 nickel-silver frets, 5 degree tilted headstock, neck angle adjustment via tilt-adjust hole in the neckplate, and Kahler USA fulcrum tremolo with both graphite nut and locking nut.  Cosmetically this guitar is in very clean shape other than the very thin finish has rubbed off a small area on back and edge.  Judging by the lack of fret wear I would guess this guitar has seen very little use but it's an excellent playing guitar with quality tone that could easily find a home with a pro rock guitarist.  With the original Peavey molded case included, this is a nice by on an American shed-era axe at just $249.  

Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter.  The most versatile Boss has ever made.  Allows for vintage Up and Down effects as well as new Rise and Fall effects, plus 4, 8, 10, and 12 Stage Phasers, plus a Step effect.  With a $208 list, the PH03 sells for $129 online but this nice used one's just for just $69. 

Peavey Automixer Footswitch, Labeled "Selector" (channel select) and "Combiner" (both channels), but should work on any Peavey that uses two button switches with the multi-pin connector (i.e. not 1/4" jack).  This one's $25.  (note: I usually have the Peavey 3-button with LED's, slightly higher.)

Yamaha CG-150CA Classical, (pic2), (front), (back), (case), (label).  Yamaha's Taiwan-built guitars are believed by many to be the best of the Asian imports, with quality above Korea and well ahead of China and Indonesia.  This is an excellent classical for the money, especially for a solid cedar top.  Other woods Ovangkol sides and back, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard and bridge - with wide 2-1/16" nut width, wood body bindings, wood rosette, rosewood headstock overlay, and gold tuners.  Martin has done a super set up on this guitar that came in with typically high classical action.  Now it plays with ease, all over the neck.  This guitar is exceptionally clean and sounds very nice.  If you need a classical and you're on a budget - don't buy a new junker when this nice one's just $299, which includes a top quality ($129 new) SKB formfit case.

Line 6 Spider II 150W Head and Controller, (panel), (top), (back), (FBV shortboard).  Update of the original Spider head producing 150 (75/side) watts of real stereo sound.  The Spider II features 12 unique amp models made from some of the true classic amps of all time, from Tweed to Blackface to Boogie tones.  It also features 7 different effect types, 3 simultaneous, including Chorus/Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, Digital Delay, Tape Echo, and Sweep Echo.  All effects can be easily tweaked using Smart FX, and delay times can be adjusted using Tap Tempo. Other features include a front panel tuner, Spring or Room Reverb, and a headphone out. The delay knob gives you a trio of delay effect choices: a standard delay, tape echo, and a sweep echo. The modulation effect knob lets you choose between chorus/flange, phaser, and tremolo, and you can adjust the amount of effect you want. While turning the knob, Spider II adjusts all the individual aspects of the effect automatically to give you the range of sounds you're looking for, without having to mess with multiple knobs and switches to get your tone.  The FBV floorboard unleashes much of the amp's versatility in live situations with switches to access any of your four presets, go up or down through the complete sound bank presets, activate effects loop, turn on chromatic tuner, and utilize the expression pedal as a wah or volume pedal, or change sweep speeds on modulation effects, delay, etc.  A tap tempo button to sync your effects with the song in real time in addition to accessing Distortion Boost and a Noise Gate.  It can also be used like a stomp box to turn on/off your modulation (chorus, flange, phase, etc.), delay, and reverb.  Includes a long connecting cable that easily runs from the front of the stage to your backline amp.  Manual is online here.  If you're tired of not being heard, and want a load of hands-free control over your tone, try 150 watts on for size.  It's not the latest generation but none of the sounds are dated and at $239 for the head and controller, it's easy on the budge.  

2005 Tacoma DR14C Rosewood Dreadnought Cutaway, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (case).  Since I got my first Tacoma, many years ago, I've said the are the best value in American acoustics.  For many years before they built their first guitar, Tacoma was a wood supplier in the great Northwest so when they began building, they were already experts on developing fine tonewoods.  The DR14C is one of their higher end models featuring all solid woods including a Sitka spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and mahogany neck.  Other features include ebony fingerboard, ebony bridge, abalone dot inlays, abalone logo, abalone rosette, Ivoroid binding (top/back), Ivoroid inlay logo, chrome tuners, hand rubbed UV gloss top finish with satin back, sides and neck, 25.5" scale, 1 11/16" nut.  It's very nicely appointed without being over the top, with the visual appeal of a gloss top and headstock, and the tonal appeal of a thin satin finish on the back.  There's a very active Tacoma Forum (link) if you'd care to sign up.  Fender bought the Tacoma company in '05, presumably prior to production of this guitar since they dropped all the "roundhole models and scaled back the line to just the "EM" series.  Fender discontinued production completely in 2009.  This one appears to have seen no playing time but it is marked "used" indicating a factory second, due to some milky finish spots on the back which aren't uncommon on Tacoma's and don't pose a problem now, or in the future.  This model listed for $1665 in their '05 price list, selling on the street for $1249.  If you don't mind some tiny spots on an otherwise immaculate back, this guitar is perfect, sounds beautiful, plays with ease, and is an excellent value at just $679.  Includes hardshell case. 

Peavey PVM 80 Unidirectional Neo-Dynamic Mic, (pic2).  Excellent sounding vocal mic using Neodymium technology, same type element used on EV's N/Dym series.  Excellent gain before feedback, strong presence boost, and very hot output.  We used these PVM's in my sound company in the 80's and they're extremely road-worthy and consistently sound great, night after night.  Some guys actually choose these for drums and they seem to perform well for them.  Comes with a nice aluminum case and mic clip.  I'll also include a Stageworks UM-66 (pic2), which is a good budget vocal mic.  Buy the PVM for $45 and I'll include the Stageworks for free.  

Korg DTR-2 Rackmount Tuner.  If you own a rack system you should have one of these.  Very accurate, fast, and easily visible from the front of the stage.  Features include single space rackmount, brushed chrome front, LED display imitates a needle, has 7-octave range, 1/4" input and output, mute jack on back and front, 1/4" input and mute jack, mute switch, calibrate switch, hardwired AC cable.  Control the mute function remotely with any standard on/off footswitch with 1/4" jack.  Nice shape, $89.  

Acoustic Image Focus 1, Series III Amp, (back), (case/acc.).  A super compact amp with a ton of clean power, weighing in at under 5 lbs., perfect for players who don't like lugging a 60 lb. head around.  As incredible as it sounds, this little powerhouse delivers 1000 watts through 2 ohms (800/4 ohms), via one or two Speakon speaker outputs.  Although marketed as primarily an upright or electric bass amp, some jazzers have found it capable of handling jazz guitar duty.  The Focus does not color your tone like most amps - what goes in is what comes out - it accentuates the *acoustic* tone of your instrument rather than the pickups.  For bass, it's equally at home with electric or upright basses.  Features include extended frequency range, high fidelity sound via Class D (PWM), unique slanted front chassis with built-in handles on side rails, combo jack input (either 1/4" or XLR), phantom power on XLR input, 3-band EQ preamp (±15 dB @ 60 Hz, 650 HZ, ±15 dB @ 650 Hz, ±25 dB @ 10 kHz), Notch Filter (-18 dB sweepable from 30 to 800 Hz), Low Cut Filter (-12 dB/octave sweepable from 30 to 800 Hz), parallel effects loop with return level control, EQ post/pre switch, separate input and master level controls, quality XLR D.I. output, ground lift switch, mute switch, light weight (5 lbs), small size (10.2 x 8.2 x 3.5).  1000W through 2 ohms, 800W through 4 ohms, 450W through 8 ohms.  Acoustic Image owners swear by these amps for the sound quality, build quality, and lifetime warranty that's transferable to new owners.  From what I've read on the web, in the rare case it develops any problems, just ship it back for repair (and frequently upgrade to current specs) and it'll be fixed for free, including return freight.  You can't get better than that.  For more info click here and read specs on the Focus 1 here and here.  Sells new for $1179 but this clean used one's a great deal at just $650.  Includes well-padded gigbag and Speakon speaker cable.

Zvex Box of Metal Hand-Painted Distortion Pedal.  Zvex is truly an innovator in guitar effects and this awesome hand-painted BOM is a good example.  A very aggressive high-gain pedal with, and this is an important feature in high gain tone, a highly effective built-in switchable gate, which dramatically reduces noise and unwanted feedback.  Its gain and tonal characteristics are somewhat similar to high-gain tube amplifiers that have been the staple of hard rock and metal sounds since the 80s; the Boogie MK series comes to mind.  On the right, there is a true-bypass switch with an indicator LED to bypass the entire effect. On the left is a gate switch which is only effective when the pedal is on. (The gate cannot be used separately.)  When the gate's LED (on the left side of the pedal) is ON, the gate will be active whenever the pedal is turned on. The gate is very useful for cleaning up any noise between palm-muted chords and lead phrases, but may be switched off to initiate feedback or to stretch out soloed notes that are fading into noise. Switching off and on the gate is silent so the gating action of the pedal can instantly be changed during any part of the performance to fluidly integrate soloing and palm-muted chords. For more on the Box of Metal, click here for some video clips. Zvex's hand-painted stuff sells at a premium over their straight production pedals.  The hand-painted model sells new for $359 but this one's in nice shape in original box with manual for $110 less, just $249. 

Maxon CP101 Compressor.  For a lot of players, this is the 2nd pedal you get for your pedalboard, after your favorite overdrive/boost pedal.  Compression is that critical.   It can be used to increase sustain or to limit signal peaks for a smooth, even output, or even as a radical sounding effect, adding a percussive sound.  One of the main complaints about most compressors is that it raises the noise significantly in your signal chain.  The CP101 is one of the most quiet comp's on the market and unlike other compressors, it doesn't alter your guitar's attack characteristics, providing a more natural response. It's equally at home for guitar, bass, or acoustic.  Maxon isn't cheap stuff and these are running $171 new.  This clean used one's a better deal at $115.  

Fender Princeton Recording Amp, (panel), (top), (back/panel), (footswitch.), (speaker/label).   From Fender's Pro Tube Series comes a new take on one of the true quintessential studio recording amps.  Based on the blackface '65 Princeton Reverb, the Princeton Recording offers the great tone and dynamics of the original model, but with some modern features made specifically for the studio.   The all-tube circuit and reverb circuitry is based on the '65 Princeton Reverb, but with 20 watts through a pair of 6V6's, and a 10" Jensen C10R, it gives you Fender's vintage tone with enough output for small gigs and rehearsals.  The trans-impedance power attenuator lets you crank up the amp for full output tube overdrive and set the speaker volume as low as you want - all the way down to zero for headphone use.  Other features include two classic onboard "stomp box" effects (overdrive and compression), genuine tube-driven Fender spring reverb by Accutronics, headphone output, speaker emulated XLR line output with level control and ground lift, speaker output jack (internal speaker may be disconnected for use with other 8-ohm enclosures), professional FX loop, and four-button footswitch.  Effects are true bypass.  The 4-button footswitch controls Overdrive, Compressor, Effects Loop, and Reverb.  When you break this amp down, it's a dead-on blackface Princeton Reverb circuit and top row of controls.  If that's the only sound you're looking for you'll be happy with it without even venturing below, to the second panel.  It's this second panel that really provides a lot of versatility.  This is a great sounding compressor that's also fairly quiet, that you'll want to use on country licks, jazz, and fusion.  The 3-knob distortion covers a very wide range and easily pushes the amp into rock and metal tones.  The attenuator is good for any style of music.  If you want a classic blackface tone with the power tubes running full up but want more of  bedroom volume, you've got it.  All in all, I am totally impressed by this amp.  Here's a pretty good demo from Ballew's Music (link) and click here for full spec's from Fender.  This amp is in super clean condition; don't see a flaw anywhere.  Recently discontinued, this amp listed for $1750, selling new for $1399 but this one's in perfect condition and just $750. Includes footswitch. 

1989 Fender Stratocaster Plus - Sunburst w/Maple Board, (front), (back), (headstock), (case).  Lovely early model Plus in classic 3-tone sunburst with maple fretboard.   The Strat Plus made its debut in 1987 and had a very successful 13-year run, ending in '99, which was the last year of the American Standard series.  In '00 Fender debuted their new "American Series" (i.e. renamed from the "American Standard").  When released in '87 the Plus was essentially a deluxe model American Standard, with upgraded pickups and hardware.  It featured a trio of the new Lace Sensor pickups, which provided a vintage tone without the annoying noise associated with standard Strat pickups.  The Gold Laces (50's Strat sound) on this model are the same pickups used on the Clapton and Buddy Guy signature models and both player toured with their stock pickups for many years.  The Plus also features Sperzel locking tuners as well as a Wilkinson roller nut, both enhancements to keep the guitar in tune, especially for players who use the tremolo to great measure.  Depending on the year Fender also employed a "Tremsetter" by Hipshot in the tremolo cavity, which returns the tremolo bridge to the "zero" position when not in use.  This guitar did not come from the factory with a Tremsetter but we can install one for $35 parts/labor if desired.  Cosmetically it's in beautiful shape for 20+ years, with just several light imperfections in the clearcoat only and moderate divots in some of the frets.  It's a great player with low action and no fretting out on bends and if you've never heard these gold Lace Sensors before you're in for a treat.  I've mentioned  before that prices on these early silver-logo American Strats have been on a consistent upswing for the past few years and they're just on the cusp vintage.  For $100's less than a new American Deluxe Strat you can get this nice 23-year-old example, well on its way to becoming a full fledge vintage Strat.  $1099 includes original case, trem arm, original manual...and original bill of sale!

Presonus BlueTube DP V2 Mic/Inst Preamp, (front), (back).  Excellent 2-channel mic preamp and DI.  If you do any recording you need a quality preamp to prevent your vocals and instruments from having a sterile tone.  It's very versatile as well, with two channels, offering Class A solid-state preamps for a clean and clear sound, plus parallel 12AX7-driven tube preamps lets you blend in tube saturation to warm up your tone.  Other features include 48V phantom power, concentric hi-Z instrument inputs on both channels to plug in your guitar or bass, 80Hz highpass filters to roll off troublesome low frequencies, 20dB pads to control extra hot sound sources, signal levels, and active pickups, polarity-reverse switch lets you fix phase issues at the source, backlit VU meters with LED clip indicators make it easy to keep an eye on your levels, and rackmountable 1/2U chassis which is also built for tabletop use.  Some solo artist gig with these in place of a mixer, plugging their mic into one channel, their guitar into the other.  These sell for $229 new but this one's mint in the box and just $150.  

Shure SM57 Unidyne III.  I've got two of these in stock now.  This is the most desirable of the SM57 line, the Unidyne III is the original model, going back to '65.  I've seen total beaters sell for over $150 but this one's in decent condition, works perfectly, and is just $109. 

Warmoth HH Strat - Mahogany Neck, (front/back), (headstock), (neck spec sheet), (neck machine screws), (pickguard).  This is a guitar we built up in April '09 but, I discovered today.  We built this for a customer on a deal that apparently fell through and it never made it to the site until now!  It's got a great look, and ever better tone and playability.  Rather than the normal maple, this is a mahogany neck, usually found on Gibsons, with loads of factory options.  It's one of the new style Warmoths with the truss rod adjustment on the treble side near the cutaway.  It has the Wizard back shape, which is thin and flat, with a very flat 16" radius on rosewood board, 22 medium jumbo frets (6150), clay dot inlays, with factory installed black graphite nut and Sperzel locking tuners.  Body is a Mighty Mite solid alder, factory finished to a super high gloss.  Pickups are Seymour Duncan with a JB bridge and Jazz in the neck, controlled by a standard 3-way.  We can make it a little more versatile with a 5-way or push-pull...inquire.  It has all black hardware including Sperzel locking tuners (staggered height so no string tree needed), Dunlop locking strap pins, Gotoh vintage style tremolo bridge, black metal knobs, and black neckplate with flush mounted machine screws.  A lot of name players, Danny Gatton being the earliest proponent I can recall, swear by these machine screws with steel inserts in the neck.  There is less loss of energy in the metal-metal transfer than with a metal screw to wood and you can take the neck off 1000 times without any wood fatigue.  Danny used to remove his neck to fit in the overhead compartment of planes, which prompted him to start using this design.  We chose a black pearl pickguard and backplate for this which looks "right" with the black body and hardware.  It's all new parts so it's in immaculate condition.  You can build one of these for around $760 in parts (neck/tuners alone were $368) and a lot of spare time and expertise, or you can get this one, pro-assembled and set up to perfection, for just $699.  One of my new Chris's Guitars gigbags included for $25 or a hardshell case for $65.  

Telecaster Control Plate.  Pre-wired, drop in ready.  Just connect your pickups and the ground wire.  Includes knobs and switch tip.  Clean shape.  $15.  

Ibanez TS9 Tubescreamer Reissue, A true classic and one of the most authentic tube sounds ever made in a pedal.  Missing bottom label but otherwise very clean shape in box, $65.  

BBE Boosta Grande Clean Boost True Bypass, heavy duty switch, solid metal box.  If you already have the perfect amp tone and simply want to boost your signal for leads, this is the way to go.  Most OD or distortion pedals can boost your signal, but even with the effect turned all the way down, it inherently colors your tone. The Boosta Grande is priced less than 1/2 of most boutique boosts but does the job just as we. It delivers up to 20dB of clean gain which is plenty of umph to drive your preamp tubes to the max, or as a line buffer/driver to prevent degradation from other effects in your chain. It's very solidly built, and features a hardwire bypass, single op-amp design, LED operation indicator, non-slip rubber bottom, and an easy-access 9V battery compartment.  Click here for Harmony-Central, where this pedal scored 9.5 overall in 27 reviews.  Very clean shape and a good clean boost for $55. 

80's Strat Neck - Ebony Board, (pic2), (profile), (frets).  Mid-80's Strat headstock neck made by Lasido.  Lasido supplied necks for many USA builders during this period including Kramer (Strat head and early hockey stick), Zion, Valley Arts, and many others.  Would make a perfect Strat Ultra project as it has the ebony fretboard and Wilkinson roller nut used on Ultras.  Frets are in great shape and when it's strung up it sets up very well.  Tuner screws are two/diagonal per tuner, perhaps Schaller F-Tuners, or similar Schaller/Musicman.  This is the perfect neck for restoring an 80's guitar that used Lasido or, as I had planned, building a Strat Ultra.  Priced at $299 with the Wilkinson nut unless I get inspired and finally start that Ultra project I've been planning for years.  

Line 6 FBV Express MKII Floorboard, (pic2), (detail).  Unleash the full power of your Line 6 amp or POD and get hands-free control over your presets, tap-tempo your time based effects, activate the chromatic tuners, and enjoy one of the best wah-wah and volume controllers you'll find.  It's built for many years of road use but small enough to fit into a briefcase.  It also controls the 14-second Quick Loop on most Spider amps.  Easily toggle the rocker pedal between volume and wah (with associated LED indicator) via a toe switch.  Easy-to-read LCD shows tap tempo, active channel and chromatic tuner (when activated).  FBV Control software allows unlimited mapping of FBV controls via USB and connects via RJ-45 cable or USB.  This unit is self-powered and includes a very long stage cable to run from  the front of the stage to your backline.  Barely used and includes manual and other docs, as well as original box. Full details and software updates are available here, at Line 6's site.    If you use your Line 6 gear live, you need this unit.  $69.  If you want a complete set up, get the FBV plus a nice POD X3 and case, all for $329.  

2007 Schecter Classic C-1 with Duncans, (vine of life pic2), (front front-2), (back), (headstock), (Tonepros), (push/pull).   A remarkable guitar in terms of features, playability, and drop dead good looks, at an incredible price.  The Classic is the high end C-1 with the most obvious difference being a beautiful abalone "vine of life" fretboard inlays and quilted maple top with PRS style maple "binding" along the top edge.  It also  features *real* Seymour Duncan pickups (JB bridge, SH-2N Jazz neck), 3-way switch with 2 push/pull pots for humbucker and single coil tones, Tonepros Tuneomatic TOM bridge; string-thru body tailpiece, Grover tuners, gold hardware, neck-thru design with "ultra access" design for easy playing to the top frets, 24 extra jumbo frets, 25.5" scale, mahogany body with quilted maple top in Vintage 3-Tone Sunburst, 3-piece mahogany neck-thru, maple bound body edge, cream binding on neck, bound headstock, and most notably, an intricate Abalone "Vine of Life" inlay running the entire length of the fretboard.  For a quality made Korean neck-thru, with top-quality hardware and real Duncans, the Classic C-1 retails at a remarkable $1119, and was clearance priced online at $749.  Other than gold plating worn off due to polishing, this guitar is in lovely condition, no scratches or player's wear, and just $429 including a new Chris's gigbag.

Custom Strat "à la carte" - Silver Sparkle - Brazilian Board, (front), (finish detail), (neck neck2), (back).  We're trying something different with this custom Strat.  Instead of completing the guitar with out electronics and hardware, we're letting the customer decide what they want.  You can order, for instance, a Lace Chrome Dome pickup set, push/pull knob for blending in the bridge pickup, American Standard tremolo, Hipshot locking tuners, Dunlop strap pins, and Earvana nut.  Order from items we have in stock and it will keep the cost very reasonable.  Neck is a quality Musikraft USA with the following specs: rock maple with Brazilian rosewood fretboard, 1 5/8" nut, 9.5" radius, Medium 6105 frets, truss rod adjust at heel, imitation clay dots and side dots, medium C profile measuring .82 and .92 at the 1st and 12th frets, respectively.  Neck has a quality logo installed with multiple coats of nitro on the face of the headstock so you can't see the lines of the logo.  Body is an old WD with factory finish that I've had in stock for 10 years.  It's a 2-piece ash as shown in the neck cavity (pic).  Buy just the body and neck for $499 or let me know and I'll work up a price for a completed guitar.  Depending on what you order, It can be a finished guitar for well under $1000.  

Boss GE-7 Equalizer.  7 bands selected specifically for guitar plus another fader for volume control.  Nice enough shape but missing 3 of the little plastic tips, doesn’t affect performance.  Most popular guitar EQ ever made. Made in Japan model that works perfectly.  $55.  

1965 Harmony Stratotone "Mars" H46 Double Pickup Cutaway, (front), (headstock), (back), (side), (body date: Summer '65), ('62 Catalog).  It's 1965, guitars and cars were influenced by the space age and the atomic era with tailfins that made a car look capable of flight.  Guitars had names from the Stratosphere, Fender's Telecaster (Telstar satellite) and Stratocaster, Harmony with models such as Mars, Jupiter, and Mercury.  The Stratotone had a logo which included an atom with a musical note, appearing on the headstock and the pickguard.  This one also has an emblem similar to a Mercedes Benz painted on the body.  I can't find this emblem on any other examples but the patina of the paint looks identical to other white paint on the guitar (i.e. by appearances wasn't added years later) but there's no evidence to support that it's been there since '65.  There are quite a few old Harmony guitars still alive today and they seem to have stood the test of time better than most student/budget models from the era.  The Stratotone line has been one of the more desirable models since I've been in business and while there are quite a few in circulation, examples like this one with that set up superb (action at 12th fret) aren't nearly as plentiful.  All original other than period correct Dano stacked knobs; pots and other electronics are stock.  Here's a description from the '62 catalog:  "Provides outstanding value in its price class.  Hollow "tone chamber" construction.  Ebonized maple fingerboard. Straight-line hardwood neck with built-in steel reinforcing rod.  Finely finished in warm sunburst effect showing the grain of the wood.  White celluloid bindings.  Adjustable bridge.  Hinged tailpiece.  Twin built-in pickups, each with tone and volume control.  3 position selector switch permits playing forward pickup for rhythm - bridge pickup for take-off or solo - or both pickups at once, for maximum tone variation.  $99.50. Carrying case, $11.00 extra."  Scale length is slightly shorter than Gibson at 24 1/4".  For more info visit this great site for vintage Harmony, including the Stratotone (link).  This guitar has a very useable, unique tone that isn't unlike the old Dano's of the era.  It's very comfortable to play with a fairly wide fretboard, chunky neck that was popular in the mid-60's, and very low action.  Despite it's rosewood hollowbody bridge, the intonation is very good and tuners stay in tune well.  It's a very desirable model with dual pickups, finished in sunburst, with a set up that won't fatigue your hands.  At over 50 years old, it's a good value in American vintage at $499.  

DOD Distortion and Compressor/Limitor, (DOD 555-A), (DOD 525-A). From the Performer Series, ca. '84/'85.  Both are in nice shape, especially considering they're 30  years old.  Classic 80's distortion that's good for 80's rock and a very effective compressor that works very well as an audible effect with a nice percussive attack when desired.  If you're a DOD collector these are in nice vintage condition.  Worst flaw is the Distortion battery cover uses velcro to keep it closed.  Priced at $49 for the Distortion, $65 for the Comp, or the pair for $99.  

DOD Chorus and Chorus/Vibrato Pedals.  Excellent value on analog vintage stereo chorus pedals, dating from (L-R, ca. '84, '86, '87, '90).  The coolest of these is the 565-B Chorus/Vibrato which also does a cool Leslie effect.  It features separate sweep rates ("speed") for two channels - set one up for a slow chorus, the other for a faster vibrato. When the selector switch is set to "A", it defaults to "Speed A" and the stomp pedal is an on/off switch. Set to A&B and the stomp pedal switches between the A and B and it sounds sort of like a Leslie going from fast to slow speed (or vice versa) - or between chorus and vibrato. The LED keeps tempo with the sweep rate.  The other 3 are straight stereo chorus units, often referred to as the "poor man's CE-2".  In my opinion, they sound 80% as good, at 1/3 the price and I'm sure that many players would actually prefer the DOD.  The FX60 is the closest to the CE-2 with its two knobs, while the 3-knob FX65 added a Delay Time knob.  Rather than a lengthy description, AmericasPedal.net is the best DOD site on the web and you can click here for details on the FX60, here for the FX65.  These are great values on USA-made pedals that sound good and seem to last forever.  Here's a demo on the FX60 and here's one of many of the FX65. Priced at $75, $59, and $45, for the 565-B, FX60, and either FX-65, respectively.  

Boss TU-3 Tuner and Power Supply.  Replaces Boss's TU-2 as the most popular guitar tuner with new enhancements making it better than ever.  For the price, you can't get a better stage tuner - very easy to read and inconspicuously located in your pedalboard so you can tune while facing the audience.  It features a smooth 21-segment LED meter with a High-Brightness mode to use during outdoor glare.  You can choose between Chromatic or Guitar/Bass tuning modes, now with 7-string guitar and 6-string bass Note Name Indicator that can display notes of 7-string guitars and 6-string basses, while the Flat-Tuning mode can support up to six half-steps.  In addition to tuning, it also supplies power to up to 7 Boss pedals with optional Boss cable.  It's in perfect condition in the box with manual, nicely priced at $70.  

Delta Labs Rock Distortion RD-1.  The name says it all.  This pedal was made for rock music and it's a good choice for classic rock type tones.  Not really heavy enough for metal but a good amp style saturation.  Features metal case, heavy duty switch, and true bypass.  You can read about it here, at Guitar World, where it was mentioned in the top distortions for under $50.  Here's a demo with the pedal through an Epi Valve Junior.  This one's in perfect shape and just $25.  

Seymour Duncan Warren DiMartini Signed Humbucker, (close-up).  Shhh...you didn't see this here...  Warren DiMartini pickup in double-cream, a pickup type that is trade protected by DiMarzio - nobody else is allowed to sell them.  One of the few guitar heroes from the 80's who's still relevant today, Warren has always had a signature sound and this Custom Shop pickup, personally signed by Warren and Mr. Duncan, delivers that tone.  This is a very hot Alnico II at 18.3K.  It was shipped with a brushed nickel cover with a nod and a wink but it wasn't soldered to the pickup.  This is extremely rare for a Duncan, and probably the only double-cream DiMartini pickup ever.  The last DiMartini I had was a zebra coil and it sold new in the store for $199...15 years ago.  If you're a Warren/Ratt fan or just somebody who wants a truly unique pickup in your guitar, try it out for $199. 

Kent Armstrong S-90HR Soapbar.  Hotter output than your average P90, around 10K, and made for bridge position, although will work fine if you want a hot neck.  Includes a clean cover, not the aged cover shown in the pic.  Pure Alnico magnets for that vintage tone and just $45. 

'58 Gibson P90 Soapbar, (pic2).  Rewound by Lindy Fralin so it works as good as new.  Very clean shape.  Just what you need for that LP Special or archtop project.  Include a cover of your choice below for $275 or without cover for $235.  

'50's Gibson P90 Soapbar Covers.  Choose from a well worn example, or a clean shiny one.  Both are genuine 50's vintage with proper Gibson numbers UC 452 B.  Your choice, $59. 

DiMarzio Zebra Air Norton.  Characterized by deep and warm tone, but not muddy; hot, but not distorted; excellent harmonics, which is unusual for a neck humbucker. Patented Air Norton magnetic structure reduces string-pull, resulting in improved sustain and enhanced pick attack and dynamics.  Clean shape in the box for $59.   

Seymour Duncan Liberator 500K Volume Pot.  Makes changing pickups a breeze.  The Liberator lets you change your pickups without soldering any connections.  The color-coded connections use screw-clamps and accepts tinned or bare pickup leads.  All you need is a screwdriver.  $19.99 or $15 with purchase of a pickup.  

Shure SM57 Mics.  Since 1965, the SM57 has been an industry standard in performance mics.  The most rugged mic ever built, 57's will take decades of road abuse and keep on performing night after night.  The SM57 has also appeared on more stages and studios than any other instrument mic, as an industry standard for drum (snare and toms) and guitar cabinet sound reproduction, plus it's an excellent vocal mic with past users including Billy Squier and, get this, every president from Lyndon Johnson to Obama (link), has used 57's for their speeches.  These are people who can buy mics costing 10X the price and they choose the SM57.   Clean shape and $69/each, including case and mic clip.  

Shure SM57 Unidyne III, (pic2).  Most desirable of the SM57 line, the Unidyne III is the original model, going back to '65.  Includes a mic clip and quality 6' Whirlwind/Belden XLR cable and non-original case.  I've seen total beaters sell for over $150 but this one's in decent condition, works perfectly, and is just $129.  

1999 Godin Radiator, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups ), (body/neck markings).  Godin has always offered excellent quality guitars at remarkably reasonable prices, especially considering they're assembled in the USA from Canadian parts.  Known primarily for their acoustic models, they also build some fine solidbodies such as this Radiator.  It has some of the vibe of a 60's Italian-made guitar with the black pearl MOTS top. Click here for a review by GuitarOne.com and here for Ultimate Guitar where it received a 9.3 overall.  Features include chambered Silver Leaf Maple body, rock maple neck with maple fretboard, flat 12" radius, shorter 24 3/4" scale, 24 medium jumbo frets, 1 11/16" nut width, Low-Noise Godin-Design single-coil pickups, Black Onyx finish.  The single coil pickups sound very good and they're so quiet that I definitely thought they were mini-humbuckers, although the tone is somewhere between the fatness of a P90 and the clarity of a Tele.  Set up on this guitar is fantastic, with low action and no fret out on bends anywhere on the neck.  Cosmetically it just has some minor dings on the back but overall it's in nice shape and with a new one running $599, it's a sweet deal on a proline guitar for $349.  Includes well-padded gigbag. For Godin specs, click here.  

1983 Fender Stratocaster Elite - Sienna Sunburst with Varitone, (front), (back), (headstock), (Varitone), (case).  The Cadillac of Fenders back in '83 and this one's in beautiful shape with no noteworthy cosmetic flaws, an absolutely killer setup, and an excellent selection of tones not normally found on an Elite.  Elites normally have a trio of Lo-Z single coil pickups with an active mid-boost with 3 push-button on-off switches, yielding 7 tone selections.  This one has been modified with an old pair of zebra Duncans (JB and '59), wired to a 6-way Varitone and 3-way pickup selector for 18 tonal choices.  The bridge JB is mounted directly to the body; the neck '59 is mounted to the guard. Volume control has also been upgraded to a top of the line $25 Bourne pot.  The Varitone is a passive circuit which cuts frequencies ranging from 130Hz to 1875Hz by -5dB to -15dB, with frequency and amount of cut different for each position on the Varitone.  Since it's passive it can't actually boost frequencies, but by cutting adjacent frequencies the apparent result is boosted mids on some of the settings.  Sienna Sunburst is much less common than Black, White, 3-tone Sunburst, and Natural.  To save space on this page, click here for a page I've created which outlines features of this innovative guitar.  For players who aren't a fan of the Freeflyte tremolo, you'll be happy to see this is a non-tremolo model.  Hardtails have better sustain and stay in tune better than tremolo guitars.  An interesting aspect of '83's, in both Standard and Elite models, is the neck and body cuts.  The necks tend to be rather shallow, slightly wider nut at 1 11/16", and very small shoulders.  Basically, easier to get your hand around.  The bodies are rounder on the edges, with a bigger belly cut (pic) than later models. At just 7 lbs., this is also a super light weight for a solid ash body.  Action is low and there are no dead or soft spots anywhere on this neck.  It's a joy to play and sounds as good as it looks.  If you're looking for a quality dual-hum Strat with 30+ year old wood, this is definite winner at $1099.  Includes original molded case or a tolex case if you prefer.  

1993 Fender Strat Plus w/Custom Pickup Switching,  (front), (back back wear), (headstock), (pickups), (saddles), (electronics), (case).  I've had this custom pickguard for years and we finally got around to using it.  It's cut for an extra pickup to be installed between the bridge and middle pickups and a wider tonal variety.  We used a prewired '96 American Standard Strat assembly and added another American Standard for the 4th pickup.  We removed the bottom tone pot and replaced it with a mini 3-way switch, wiring the middle knob as a master tone for all 4 pickups.  The three way control is:  bridge pickup, bridge and extra pickup, extra pickup alone.  With the 5-way selector all the way back you get:  mini-switch in middle = back two pickups, mini-switch up = added pickup only, mini-switch down = bridge pickup only (standard Strat).  With the 5-way in the 4th position you get your choice of  middle/extra/bridge, middle/extra, or middle/bridge (standard Strat).  You get some very cool tones with this set up and when you roll back the tone it gives you a partially-depressed wah sound, heavy in the mids.  The only other mod is GraphTech "String Saver" graphite  saddles, which reduce breakage and stay in tune better than the stock cast saddles.   As you can see in the pics, the fretboard has plenty of wear on the face as well as the edges.  Some manufacturers offer "rolled" fretboard edges to emulate the feel of a well worn neck, making it faster up and down the neck and generally better feeling to the hand.  The back of the neck has some fine cracks in the finish only - no wood cracks anywhere on this guitar.  Other than the pickups and saddles, this guitar is 100% stock '93 Strat Plus.  The back of the body has one area that is worn down to the wood but that's the only area that's worn through.  The Plus also features precision locking tuners, Hipshot Tremsetter, and LSR roller nut, all of which are enhancements to keep the guitar in tune, especially for players who use the tremolo to great measure.  This "Tremsetter" by Hipshot is attached to the tremolo block inside the tremolo cavity.  It adds tuning stability by returning the trem to the "zero" position when not in use.  You can play right-hand bridge harmonics, aggressive rhythm, palm mute the strings, or do bends without the other strings going out of tune and the bridge stays put.  Other features include Schaller locking strap pins, TBX tone control, tilt-adjust neck accessible through a hole in the neckplate, 3-ply pickguard, modern 9.5" radius, truss rod adjustment on the headstock, and bold silver logo (near the end of the run for this logo).  Despite the heavily worn fretboard, the frets are in decent shape and since it has an excellent neck, devoid of twists and humps, the action is very comfortable. At around 8 lbs., it's a good weight for an American Standard with a nice lively body and good sustain.  Includes more recent Fender molded case and trem arm.  If you're looking for a Strat to give you some unique tones and not afraid of some honest wear, you can have this very cool Blackie for $950. 

Gibson Wedge Gigbag.  Standard size for Les Paul and SG.  Never used; mint condition.  Black with white trim and white lining.  Sells new online for $77-$99.  Get this one for just $49.  

Line 6 POD X3 Guitar and Vocal Modeler with SKB Case, (SKB case), (Pic2).  Most recent and greatest in the iconic line of kidney bean POD's.  Works great for guitars and vocals, whether in the studio or live.  The X3 has too many upgrades over the earlier versions, including the ability to run two complete guitar rigs simultaneously.  There are too many features to list but here are a few: 78 guitar amp models, 24 guitar cab models, 98 stompbox and studio effects, 28 bass amp models, 22 bass cab models, 6 vocal preamp models, A.I.R. II cab/mic modeling with 4 mic options each, 1/4-inch Instrument Input, XLR Microphone Input (w/Trim Adjust), USB 2.0 for computer recording, S/PDIF Stereo Digital Audio output, Stereo 1/4-inch TRS Balanced Line outputs, 1/4-inch Stereo Headphones output, FBV Connector for optional pedal controller, Massive model set for guitar, bass & vocals. Its larger backlit LCD screen contains plenty of information, without being cluttered, and it's a fairly easy unit to get around on. The sounds are the best ever on a POS unit and it contains numerous songs that actually list the artist; names like "Sweet Child 'O Mine", "Teen Spirit", "Purple Haze", "Strat Cat Strut", "Sultans of Swing", EVH, The Edge, SRV, Rush, etc.  This unit has been discontinued but it had a hefty $559 list price.  This one also includes a quality SKB with the same hardware as their guitar cases, with added foam for protection, that sold new for $59.  Get this one with a quality case for $275.  Includes manual, USB cable, power supply, and the case.  

Electro-Harmonix "Holy Stain" Distortion/Reverb/Pitch/Tremolo Multi-Effect, (pic2). The first multi-effect pedal from Electro-Harmonix offering a kaleidoscope of effects: Reverbs, Pitch Shifting, Tremolo, pure analog drive and fuzz.  Has yellow LED's to indicate which effect is turned on.  The Stain's controls are interactive, allowing you to create brilliant tonal combinations, plus it has an expression pedal jack to give you real time control.   Very simple to use and worth the price for the reverbs alone, and unlike your amp, you can adjust the decay time, or "tail" on this unit.  Click here to view the Holy Stain playlist on YouTube.  Made in NYC, USA.  Factory finish is purposely distressed looking and it's super clean in the box for $79.  Includes power supply. 

Boss ME-50 Guitar Multi-Effects, (back), (stock pic), (acc.).  One of the recent all-in-one floor effect from Boss.  For you guys and gals who prefer the simplicity of stomp boxes--over menus and backlit LCD screens--you'll love the ME-50.  Just reach down and dial in a little more of this, a little less of that, the same as you do with a floorboard full of Boss pedals.  It's so much better than a row of stomp boxes though, as it remembers all your settings.  You want one of your tones to be a mid-scoop tone with a slow sweep flange, heavy compression, and a hint of reverb?  Just dial it in and save the patch. Expression pedal lets you change sweep rates, depth, etc., on the fly.  For an overview, the ME-30 is a floor-based multi-effects processor with BOSS' most intuitive interface ever. 30 Preset Patches including delay, modulation, reverb, compressor and more; Killer COSM overdrive/distortion effects including dedicated knobs for each effect section—no menus to navigate. Tone Modify function offers Preset EQ settings for quick tone editing. 3 footswitches for switching effects on and off with a single stomp. Onboard expression pedal pre-routed to 6 modulation options or volume. Rugged metal case with clear panel layout. For full specs check out BossUS here.  This unit sells in stores for $295, which is lot cheaper than buying all these Boss pedals individually.  This one's barely used and just $199.  Includes power supply and original manual. 

1976 Fender Catalog, (pic2).  I have around 6 of these in conditions ranging from very good to fine.  65 full color pages with the middle section being 1/2 pages with guitars on top page, amps on bottom page, so you can match 'em up.  Wacky, but that's the  70's for you.  $39 to $59, depending on condition.  

Gibson Authorized Dealer door/window display.  Never installed.  To install remove clear plastic top sheet and design side will adhere to any clear surface.  Reflective backing allows light to reflect back through image.  From a recently closed store and I'm guessing is ca. '80's.  $19.  

Gibson Pickups Display.  Another 80's dealer display showing the iconic humbucker and "customizing pickups by Gibson."  12" tall.  Perfect for your man/woman cave or studio.  $15.  

Kiss "The Boxed Set", (pic2).  From 2001, contains 5 CD's with Kiss's greatest hits from '66 to '99, 95 songs in all.  Excellent condition other than outside box has repaired spine.  The main four CD's have never been played and are still factory sealed.  Contains full color book with the Kiss story, pics of all albums, lyrics to songs, and lots of pics.  Out of production and nice find for the Kiss fan for $39.  

Fender Atomic Humbucker.  High output bridge pickup for your American Deluxe or other HSS/HH Strat.  $45. 

Gibson Acoustic Case, vintage, semi-hard but thicker and more plush than your average chipboard.  Fits D-size and probably AJ, $65.

Mesa-Boogie 1X12 Cab, (back).  1X12 Ext Wide Body housing a single 90W C90 Celestion speaker, rated at 8 ohms.  It's the Three-Quarter Back Cab, recently discontinued.  The only comparables today are the open back or closed back.  It uses the finest void-free, Marine Grade Baltic Birch with super strong rabbet corners that are glued and nailed and all backs are gasket sealed to ensure an air-tight seal.  Baffle is fitted with superior dado joint construction and braced; grille is wrapped around a separate grilleboard, not the baffle board, with a grille material of strong twisted jute dipped in a special coating that filters top end for a sweeter response.  Boogie heads like the 5:50 are the same width as the cab for mounting on its side (shown here), which puts controls closer to eye level.  Never roaded, excellent condition, and just $329.  

Korg PME-40X Modular Effects.  To collectors who have been waiting on some of these, I just got in 3 of the harder to find pedals that have been out of stock for a while: KDD-501 Stereo Digital Delay, KDW-301 Distortion Wah, and KNG-101 Noise Gate.  All models currently in stock include: KGE-201 Graphic EQ $69; KAD-301 Stereo Analog Delay $119; KDD-501 Stereo Digital Delay $79; KCO-101 Compressor $49; KNG-101 Noise Gate (fairly rare) $99; KDW-301 Distortion Wah (very rare effect) $149;  KFL-401 Stereo Flanger $59; KPH-401 Phaser $75, KCH-301 Stereo Analog Chorus $75;  KDC-601 Stereo Digital Chorus $69; KGE-201 Graphic EQ $59; KDI-101 Distortion $45; KOD-101 Overdrive $65.  Buy any 4 effects and get the base unit for free!  Korg only made 14 effects so you can have a complete collection rather easily and start off with something like: Distortion, EQ, Delay and Chorus, for well under $250, including the base unit.  

Fender Style 358 Picks - 72 Picks.  Medium ga. small mandolin picks, 72 pieces.  $10 includes shipping.  

Monster Cable S-100 Speaker Cable 1/4" - Banana.  Magnetic Flux Tube construction and special cable windings for natural music reproduction. Improved clarity, bass response and dynamic range. Durable and extra-flexible Duraflex outer jacket for superior reliability and cut resistance for stage and studio use.  You can also use to wire the speaker in your combo - simply cut off the banana and solder the wires to your speaker prongs.  I probably have 6-8 of these in stock and they're a good buy on a higher quality cable at $14.99/ea. 

George L's .155 VR Cable Kit w/5' cable.  Same kit as above but cable pack has had 5' removed (jacks and caps are factory sealed).  5' is plenty to do 5 patch cords.  Get this kit for just $49.  

2004 Guild GAD-40C with Fishman AG Series Pickup, (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (inlays/binding), (Fishman), (case).  Guild's GAD line offers a real quality guitar, for a very reasonable cost and, remarkably, all solid woods.  The few GAD's we've had were all top-notch in quality, tone, and playability and this one is no exception.  What immediately grabbed me was the remarkable projection this guitar has and it's one of the loudest acoustics I have in stock.  If you need a good stage guitar, we've got you covered.  This one has a new Fishman AG 94 passive saddle transducer and endpin jack installed.  The GAD-40C has a dreadnought body size with a solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle, mahogany neck, classic pearl fretboard inlays, 12" radius, 1 11/16" nut, scalloped bracing, high-gloss poly finish, Grover tuners, dovetail neck joint, abalone side dots, mother of pearl logo and chesterfield emblem, clear pickguard, and attractive maple binding with white/black strip on either side of the binding.  Cosmetically there are a few dings in the top, but no cracks anywhere on the guitar, so consider it more of a player than a pristine collectable.  List price on this model was $1399, selling heavily discounted for $799 - over $900 with a Fishman installed.  If you don't mind a few non-problematic finish flaws, this is an excellent buy in a solid-wood acoustic at just $499.  Original case is in well used condition and missing part of two latches but is still serviceable.  

60's Silvertone/Danelectro 2-button Footswitch.  For those great vintage amps made by Dano for Silvertone 1484 and other tremolo/reverb equipped tube amps.  Nice shape.  $29.  Note: I also have one in the silver covering listed elsewhere on the site.  

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue, (top), (panel), (back), (inside.).   Fender's modern take on their classic vintage designs with the look of a 50's combo but a circuit and features that make it a much more modern amp.  Blues Deluxe's are perhaps the best bang-for-the-buck all-tube 1X12 combo's made and, along with the Hot Rod Deluxe, are the world's best selling tube amps.  This version has a much cooler vibe than the standard black cover with silver and black grill cloth, with its 50's vintage tweed covering, wheat grill cloth, and vintage chrome panel with chicken-beak control knobs.   Released in 1993, the Blues series was an immediate hit, covering the demand for a versatile, all-tube combo, at a reasonable price.  It's hard to imagine  reissue of a '93 model but after its initial release, sales trailed the similar "Hot Rod Deluxe" it was dropped from the catalog to keep in step with current trends.  Later in the 00's, the public was again looking for a more traditional tone, rather than screaming high gain; the Blues Deluxe is reborn.  It's basic description is a reinterpretation of original 50's tweed Deluxe, and it does a good job of covering that ground, but with modern features such as channel switching and reverb (footswitchable by the way), and a master volume to allow breakup at lower volume.  Features include 40 watts via a pair of 6L6's with 3 12AX7's in the preamp, special design 12" Eminence speaker, selectable Normal and Drive channels, independent gain and master volume controls on the Drive channel, Bright switch for the Normal channel, effects loop, tube-driven reverb, and lightweight construction as just 45 lbs.  This amp has seen very little use and never roaded.  With a new one going for $769 it's a sweet buy on a barely broken in model at just $529.  I think I have a Fender footswitch for it that I can throw in. 

Sabine Zip700 Tuner.  Plug in or use built-in mic for acoustic.  Automatically senses the note you pluck for hands-free operation.  Green LED for "in tune" with red LED's for note.  In addition to input, has an "amp" output to leave connected at all times if desired.  Very accurate and easy to use.  $9.99.  

Fender AX-12 Tuner.  Chromatic tuner with features similar to the Sabine Zip700.  $9.99. 

PRS Stoptail Bridge and Studs.  Polished aluminum.  The best non-adjustable stop tail made according to me.  It's intonated well and impervious to warping problems found on Gibson and others.  If you're looking to dress up an old discolored bridge, this one's perfect.  A $260 part from PRS, get this mint used one for just $130.   

Schroeder Top Adjustable Locking Studs.  For use with wrap-around stoptails.  A quality locking stud that's adjustable from the top!  Nickel-plated brass, Made in USA.  For details check 'em out here.  New in pack for $29.  

1980's Schaller Roller Bridge.  Excellent quality German-made Schaller top-loading hardtail bridge.  Incredibly adjustable and super clean shape.  Cam screw can be used to attach to base plate if used, or just mount direct to body.  $80 new, this one's perfect and just $48.  

Gibson Mini Humbucker.  Mint condition.  Perfect for your Les Paul Deluxe restoration.  $89. 

Samick Thinline Archtop Case.  Black tolex covering with plush black interior, 5 latches, storage compartment.  I don't know what model this is made for but internal dimensions are: Length-42", lower bout-15", upper bout-11", waist-10".  Nice shape.  $65.  

Peavey Ecoustic E20 1x8" 20-Watt Acoustic Guitar Amp, (panel), (back).  Good sounding and compact, capable of handling your guitar and vocal mic at the same time.  Peavey's Ecoustic line is engineered from the ground up as an acoustic amp.  It's very basic with just dual channels, vol-treb-bass on each channel, and headphone out, with a 20 watt output.  I tested this out with an old high-Z Realistic mic and a new Sennheiser E-Series low-z with hi-z transformer, along with a Godin A6 acoustic/electric guitar.  With either mic it delivered a crystal clear tone with surprising volume and no feedback problems, even when cranked up.  I think it has enough punch for small bar gigs, as well as a number of other applications such as practice PA or even a powered stage monitor.  These are $139 new but this one appears "as new" and is just $79, plus around $15 shipping.  Ships in original box with manual.  

Carr Bloke 1X12 Combo with Effects Loop, (stock pic), (panel pic2), (top), (back), (accessories), (tubes).  There are a lot of good sounding boutique amps made these days, Carr is clearly among the best.  Most of them I've had focused on versatility, going from a Fendery clean to a Marshall Crunch, but the Bloke is an amp made to be overdriven and doesn't try to fool anybody into thinking it can cut it as a jazz, country, or blues combo.  The Class AB2 two-channel design with separate Master Volume knobs for Lead and Normal has foot switchable Lead mode which increases sustain and odd order harmonic drive.  Many players won't even need the Lead channel since you can get tons of gain from the Normal channel, enough for most 70's/80's rock tones.  This amp features the Bloke's optional series effects loop, which is a little different in that it comes in a separate Loop Interface pedal that it has separate controls to match in/out levels to buffer the inputs and outputs and is powered by a 9V power supply (included).  It also includes a channel select footswitch, referred to as "High Gain" and "Higher Gain".  Features include huge power supply filter capacitors for thick, strong low end; ;Normal and Lead modes with separate loudness controls - footswitchable; six tubes including 12AT7 direct driver preamp-to-power amp interface for complete preamp dominance over the power tubes (Class AB2) and EL34 power tubes (48 watts) or optional 6V6's (23 watts); unique Bass control circuit delivers plenty of bass without getting flabby; optional effects loop; 100% point-to-point hand wired; Solid pine dovetailed cabinet with integral baffle and floating grill screen; measures around 24"X18"X9"; 48 lbs.   Controls include Drive, Loudness (Normal), Loudness (Lead), Treble, Middle, Bass; Switches: Normal Gain: Medium/High, Normal/Lead toggle; Footswitch: Normal/Lead.  Here's a link to 9 YouTube videos beginning with Carr introducing it at the '12 NAMM Show (link) or click here for Carr's site with reviews to 5 publications, sound clips, and detailed info (link).  This amp looks very cool with neo-classic, mid-century styling that looks sort of like a 50's hi-fi.  If you're looking for an amp that can nail the classic rock tones - all the way to Metallica territory - I can't imagine anything better.  It's also loud enough to play virtually any venue, short of an arena show.   With the $400 effects loop this model sells new for $2850.  While that may be a bit pricey for many players, how about this mint one, rarely played and never used out of the home, for $1000 less.  $1850 take it.  

1989 Fender HM Strat - Blackstone, (front), (back), (headstock).  I don't think anybody sells more HM's (and Strat Plus's) than we do.  Many of  us in business tend to gravitate to the guitars we personally enjoy.  For me, a guitar that can go from a 50's vintage Strat tone - to an 80's hair metal tone is a cool guitar.  When you add in the playing comfort and low action/flat radius, you've got a great guitar.  In order to help keep this page shorter, I've created a page about these fine HM's.  Please click this link for more info.  This one's finished in Blackstone, which is black finish with gold and/or white lines (depending on how the painter felt the day he finished it), emulating the look of granite.  Cosmetically it's in very presentable condition with the worst aspect being wear to the bridge/fine tuners which has a bit of pitting and the brass is showing on the fine tuners.  We can touch this up at no charge but some guys like the "vintage" look when the black top coat wears through.  It also has some minor scratches in the clear coat but judging by the lack of fret wear it hasn't been played excessively.  The finish wear on the neckplate is inevitable on these and I've had ones that were near mint that didn't escape the neckplate wear.  Frets are in excellent condition which, along with a nice straight neck, allows for a low, fast set up.  We've buffed the finish out nicely which gives it a high luster appearance.  Includes original rectangular molded case in so-so condition or I'll substitute a more intact case in better shape at no extra  charge.  Great HM for $649.  

Boss RC-2 Loop Station, (pic2), (pic3).  Since the release of the DSD-2 in 1985, Boss has been working on a sampler in compact pedal format. The DSD-2 offered only 800ms of sampling time, the DD-5 extended this to 2 seconds while the DD-6 pushed the sampling time to 5.2 seconds. Due to this rather limited sampling time none of the earlier pedals gained much popularity when it came to sampling. The RC-2 changes all that by offering as much as 16 minutes of sampling time. Features include: storage of up to 11 loops with as much as 16 minutes total mono sampling time, Undo/Redo functionality, Built-in guide-tone drum patterns, Tap tempo, and Loop Quantize. You can even use the AUX input to store your own backing tracks, click track, or favorite drum loops right to the RC-2. The circuitry is very similar to the RC-20XL and the technical specifications are practically identical. This is a very useful player for the soloist, or rock guitarist who are into "The Edge" style of playing, and need a pedal to create and play back loops "on the fly".  An amazing pedal, in perfect condition in original box, for $115. 

Pickup Day - more will be added during the day: 

·        Schaller Golden 50's Humbuckers.  I've had these for many years and they're all early 80's.  Designed for the vintage tone of a 50's 'Burst.  Four available:  Zebra bridge, Zebra neck, Nickel bridge, Cream neck.  These are OEM for early 80's Kramers, among others.  $60 for pickup alone, $65 with pickup ring and screws.  

·        Van Zandt Strat.  Excellent quality aftermarket and stock pickup on Robin guitars.  New cost is $80, this one's $40. 

·        Duncan Designed Tele Set.  Fine quality import by Seymour Duncan.  They use the same construction as their USA counterparts including cloth wires, cloth wire wrapped bridge coil, brass bottom bridge, black fiber bottom neck.  This set sounds excellent and is an inexpensive upgrade over most imports at just $39/set. 

·        EMG SA Set.  Old set and perfect for restoring high dollar 80's guitars like Steinberger, Valley Arts, etc., or just a great EMG sound on your project guitar.  Factory wired to volume pot, output jack, and 9V battery clip.  Not wired to a tone control but we can do that for $10 if desired.  $125 takes the set.  

·        GFS Humbucker.  GFS makes good quality, inexpensive pickups.  Get this one for $15 or inquire and we probably have an HH or HSS set if needed.  

·        Tele Bridge Pickup.  This is a higher end pickup but the label fell off so I don't remember what brand it is.  5.84K for the classic 50's lower output.  $45.  

·        Seymour Duncan SH-4 "JB" - Black and SH-2N "Jazz" - Black.  This is Seymour's personal favorite pickup combination, which says a lot, coming from a true pickup connoisseur who has built over 100 models and 1000's of combinations.  Double black bobbins plus 4-conductor for coil splitting, if desired.  A killer upgrade for just $99, including Pri Mail shipping.

·        Gibson Burstbucker 3 Nickel.  Type 3, overwound, for bridge position.  Gibson's original PAF design without wax potting and 2-conductor braided wire.  These are $129-$149 online but this one's "as new" in the box for $79.  

·        DiMarzio FS-1 DP110 Strat Pickup.  For players who find the standard Strat bridge pickup painfully bright, the FS-1 is for you.  It’s louder (about 25% more power), smoother, and fatter-sounding all-round.  $35

L.R. Baggs M1 Active Acoustic Soundhole Pickup, (pic2), (pic3).  The simplest dual-element system made and a quick and easy soundhole pickup with endpen jack.  The M1's dual-coil design employs L.R. Baggs' exclusive TriAxial Dynamic Technology to produce clear, rich tones that are resistant to feedback, noise and hum, with string and body sound all in one. A primary coil moves with the guitar top and creates a body signal in the suspended secondary coil and the pickup now features a volume control.  Easy to install:  Just replace your endpin with the endpin output jack, clamp down the pickup, and you're ready to go.  Missing the battery cover but we'll fit it with a piece of duct tape that will work just fine.  The M1 Active sells new for $169.  Get this one for just $99. 

No-Contract LG Extravert Cell Phone, pic2, pic3.  Earlier this year I was at war with AT&T and I went with Verizon for a month.  Not wanting anything like a 2-year marriage, I elected to go the "no contract" route and picked up this LG at Wal-Mart for $99.  I used it for around a month, just a few calls and texts, and it's in mint condition.  It features a 2 mega pixel camera, touch screen, easy access to your Twitter, Facebook, internet, etc., and Bluetooth 3.0.   Includes LG charger and USB cable which charges off the charger or a USB port on your computer.  Sign up is easy.  Just dial the Verizon number that's already in the address book, give them your card number, and you're up and running in a minute or two.  You can reactivate each month, or set it up for auto-renewal from your credit card.  $45 includes Priority Mail shipping.  If you need two phones, add this LG flip phone for another $25 ($70/shipped for the pair) which I used for only 3 days prior to getting the Extravert.  

Vintage Tubes.  I have 100's of vintage tubes, hoarded throughout the years.  If you haven't tried any quality tubes, especially vintage USA and European, chances are you don't know how good your amp can really sound.  Some of these are nearly impossible to find and the price for the lot may be around the price of a single tube you might see elsewhere.  All but the Genalex and Groove Tube are vintage.  Most of these are '50's and several 1957, coincidentally, the same date as the tweed Champ I got them with.  Choose from:

·        5Y3 Rectifier Tubes - Includes Osram (England) U50/5Y3GT (info), Mazda (France) 5Y3GB, National (USA) 5Y3GT, GE (USA) 5Y3GT.  $65 takes all 4.  

·        6V6 Power Tubes - Includes Tung Sol (USA) 6V6GT rare black glass with silver base, Motorola (USA) 6V6, GE (USA) 6V6GT, AnM (UK) British military 6V6G, and Bendix 5992/6V6.  The military spec Bendix is extremely rare and probably the most highly regarded (and expensive) 6V6 ever made.   $135 takes all 5. 

Korg GT-3 Chromatic Tuner, (pic2).  Very good quality compact tuner, accurate and compact, which saves space on your pedalboard.  The GT-3 is a fully automatic tuner which means you just have to pluck any note and the tuner will recognize the note and tell you if you're sharp or flat.  It has an illuminated display that shows the note you're on, and a red LED ladder that shows if you're sharp or flat, with a yellow arrow indicating perfect tune.  Features 1/4" input and output and built-in mic for acoustic tuning.  This tuner was a $39.95 list price and an excellent value on this "as new" one for $19.99, including Priority Mail shipping.  Includes box, manual, and paperwork. 

HD Hot Plate 2.8 Ohms Attenuator, (pic2).  A "must have" for a Bassman if you want any break up due to the massive clean headroom the amp has and you really have to drive it to painfully loud levels for power tube saturation.  This model is made for 2 Ohm load and works best for amps rated at 2 ohms such as the Fender 4X10 Bassman.  Offers Bright and Deep switches for tailoring your sound - Bright switch gives you two different high frequency levels to compensate for an overly bright, or dull speaker cabinet while the Deep switch offers two distinct bass settings to help you fill out the bottom end, or reduce the bass in a cabinet with too much low end.  Has built in noise reduction up to 10dB, line out, and a fan to keep it cool.  Brand new condition with original box and manual.  With new ones going for $349, a sweet deal for $229, or $199 with the Bassman above, and if you buy it with the Bassman, I'll include  two custom made cables to connect to the 4 output jacks of the Bassman.  For full specs click here for THD's site.

Boss ST-2 Power Stack.  Boss's new "stack in a box" and a good choice for players who aren't thrilled with their amp tone.  With the ST-2 you can get fat crunch - or ultra high-gain distortion - by tweaking the Sound, which blends in the gain amount and sound character.  Tweak the distortion by dialing in the 2-band EQ.  Has a cool textured black finish and is in perfect condition with box.  Don't plunk down $99 for a new one when you can have this nice used one for just $65.  Don't need a box - I also have a clean one without box for $59 near the bottom of this page. 

Vintage Electro Harmonix Black Finger - As Is, (circuit).  Here's one for the DIY/Tech guys.  1974 model by pot codes, with no output when engaged.  When working properly it's a compressor/sustainer with overdrive, not really anything like the new tube model.  It's a very rare pedal from my experience.  We have too many projects stacked up so I'm just going to blow it out.  $30, and worth the price in vintage pots alone.  Again, this pedal does not work so be prepared to troubleshoot and repair, but schematics are available online.   

Vintage Victoria Dreadnought Case.  1960's yellow-lined Victoria.  These are most commonly found with Gibsons, but could also be OEM for Guild, Martin, Fender, and others.  Appears all original except for replaced handle.  Overall in good vintage condition other than a piece of tape on the inside that may be covering up a flaw in the lining or might just be for extra protection from rubs.  If you've got a $3K vintage guitar like a J-45, it deserves a good home.  Move it in here for just $139.  

DiMarzio D Activator (Bridge) Humbucker.  New, factory sealed.  Designed to have the characteristic of an active pickup, like an EMG, with strong, focused attack, hitting the amp very hard, making it ‘feel’ more powerful.  The D Activator, however, is a passive pickup, just like any regular PAF style.  It's not wound hot, at around 11.5K, and has 4-conductor wiring for various wiring options.  Sells online for $69.99 but save big time and get this one for just $49.99.  

Monte Allums Mods - All are new and include all parts supplied by Monte as well as instructions.  These would be $64 from his site but get all 3 of these for just $39.99, including shipping.  

·        Monte Allums Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Mod.  For you DIY guys and gals.  Take your BD-2, install these components, and you've got a high-end boutique pedal for around 1/2 price.  Monte says It's different than a Tube Screamer in that it is much more transparent and truly represents a driven tube amp. Straight from the factory the Boss Blues Driver tends to have a very harsh and buzz saw type gain. My BD-2 Mod transforms this pedal into a truly great sounding pedal pushing it into Boutique territory. When used at moderate to loud levels with an amp it is reminiscent of a Vintage Plexi Marshall with smooth round yet biting overdrive.  More details at Allum's site here.    

·        Monte Allums Boss SD-1 GT Mod, (completed pedal).  The most transparent of the three Allums SD mods, using a few switches which are added to your pedal.  One switch adds presence and gain while the other switch toggles between Asymmetrical (Boss) and Symmetrical (Ibanez) Clipping. There are a ton of tonal options available here: clean boost or note articulation and clarity or smooth creamy overdrive, or a combination of them all. You got it. Very versatile Mod that offers a wide pallet of tonal colors. For icing on the cake he includes the extremely popular and quiet OPA2134PA Burr Brown op-amp. So, you thought the SD-808 was a great mod? Wait till you hear the GT.  More details at Allum's site here.  

·        Monte Allums Boss SD-1 Mod.  Monte says the SD-1 is one of the best kept secrets on the planet and is a steal at half of what a used TS9 sells for on eBay.  A stock SD-1 from the factory sounds rather bland and not very transparent.  Install this mod and transform it into what he believes is one of the best overdrives at any rice.  The PCB is almost exactly the same as a Tube Screamer.   More details at Allum's site here.  

Long Shaft Dynamic Mic.  Don't know what brand this is.  The band next to the windscreen which would have the brand and model, is missing thus I'm selling it as a mystery mic.  Low impedance of course.  If it looks familiar to you then you probably know that $20 may be a killer deal on it.  

Audio-Technica ATM33A Condenser Mic, (stock pic), (1987 ad).  From AT's Artist Series, this is one nice condenser.  With all the budget Chinese mics on the market a good quality condenser can get lost in the shuffle but if you do an A/B comparison with MXL's, CAD, etc., the difference is clear:  The Japan-made ATM33a is more accurate, with no audible distortion, and less handling noise.  Recommended for acoustic guitar, percussion, overheads, and vocals, and equally at home in both studio and stage applications.  It has outstanding linearity both on- and off-axis and handles high sound pressure levels superbly for mics in its class.  It operates on both phantom power or via internal AA battery (no searching around for a whacko $8 battery from the photo store).  Appears to have seen very little use with no scratches or wear and ships in original box with windscreen and manual.  This sold new for $199 and is an excellent value, barely used, at $99. 

Grover Rotomatics - Brushed Aluminum.  Aka Chrome Satin.  18:1 ratio, kidney bean buttons.  New condition out of the box.  Includes all hardware.  $45. 

Harmonic Design Chromotone Tele Neck Pickup.  HD's newest pickup that replaced their old standard, the '54 Special.  It retains some of the 'veiled' highs of old Tele pickups but with a higher output that's cleaner and brighter, and a wide dynamic response that's much more punchy and touch sensitive.  For more info check out Harmonic Design here.  Sells new for $100; get this one for $69.  

Gibson Mini-Humbucker.  Recent model with patent engraved bottom, vintage style cloth wires with braided exterior, and "slick" top.  Good upgrade for your import Epi etc., or add versatility to your dual P90 guitar by substituting a humbucker.  Immaculate condition with mounting hardware.  $65.   

Fender Custom Shop Telecaster Texas Special Set.  Texas Specials are built to produce increased output, presence and midrange.  The nickel/silver cover on the neck pickup produces a clear warm tone that only a true Custom Shop Tele pickup can do. These over wound pickups use Alnico 5 magnets and enamel coated magnetic wire. The bridge pickup features height-staggered magnets and a copper plated steel bottom plate.  Includes mounting hardware.  Sells new for $159 but this set was only installed briefly, and has full-length lead wires, for just $99, or $119/installed for any Tele we have in stock.

Seymour Duncan Vintage Broadcaster Bridge STL-1B.  If you're looking for the relic vibe for your well worn Tele, check this one out.  Pole pieces have that perfect rusty/corroded patina.  With Alnico V magnets and wax covered cloth wires, this pickup as the exceptional twangy, "nasal" sound and tremendous sustain found on a '48 "pre-Tele".  Compared with the '54, it has more output and more snarl in the midrange.  Full length lead wires.  $45 for this genuine relic. 

1950's Fender Tele/PBass Cap.  For anyone restoring a vintage Tele or Fender bass, this is the Cornell-Dubiller ZSW15S paper and wax .05 MFD cap used from the 50's to the early 60's.  Full length wires, nice shape.  You can get a repro of this model but for the real thing, $45 is a cheap price.  

Malekko Spring Chicken Reverb Limited, (pic2), (inside label).  Original Limited Edition model with Dwell Control on the side which varies the length of reverb vary from "regular", to a very long decay, or full-on oscillation to infinity.  Malekko later added the Dwell control to their standard model after a modest bump in price.  The Cluck knob controls level of reverb, Dwell controls bounce, decay and wetness of reverb, and true bypass circuit maintains your guitar's tone when the pedal is bypassed. Using an expression pedal via the ES input, you can create reverb swells and hands free self-oscillation for maximum control.  Included is the original Malekko "don't take any wooden nickels" wooden coin.  Mint in the box, $145. 

Ross 10-Band EQ.  I get a lot of the MXR 10-bands, but Ross are much more rare from my experience.  Like the MXR, it features built-in power supply and hard wired power cable, the same frequencies (31, 62, 125, 250, 500, 1K, 2K, 4K, 8K, 16KHz), with a 12dB cut/boost.  It's also built like a tank and should work for decades to come.  With the low bands, 31Hz and 62Hz, having no effect on the guitar spectrum, these were obviously built for use by both bassists and guitarists.  Rubber tip was missing on the low band so we just improvised one.  Works perfectly and a good value on a lifetime pedal at $49.  You'll save enough on batteries that it will pay for itself in just a few years.  

Jax Fuzz Box FY-2, (top/back), (circuit).  One of the legendary Japanese Fuzz Boxes of the 60's, manufactured under a bunch of different brand names, like Avora, Shin-ei Companion, Kimbara, Tele-Star, Tempo, Zenta and Thomas, all of which shared the "FY-2 Fuzz Box" model name.  It's noted for a raw, gated fuzz, basically the classic chainsaw tone that defined the 60's fuzz tone.  Its tone is best described as a violent splutter, with a somewhat scooped midrange rather than a long, sustained overdrive output.  Controls are Volume and Fuzz, which controls the tone, rather than the amount of distortion.  Noted users include names like Radiohead, Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Black Keys.  There are a number of YouTube demo's; I put up a brief one here.  The FY-2 is quite sought after today and fairly rare, considering all the different brands which were originally made.  This is the first one I've had since the late 90's.  It can be yours for $225.  

Kramer Truss Rod Covers.  The real deal 80s parts, from the company auction.  Following available at $10/each:  Baretta, Pacer Imperial, and "Blank" (no writing).  Others are $20/each.  

AKG Perception 200 (pic2) (pic3), with shock mount and case.  I know a lot of you have home studios and you want the best sound for the money.  One "must-have" is a quality large diaphragm condenser mic and this one's hard to beat for the price.  It has excellent reviews and blows away virtually everything in the under $400 list price range.   Has Switchable 20 dB preattenuation pad and bass cut filter.  Features:  Capsule: 1-inch Large-diaphragm true condenser; Polar Pattern: Cardioid; Frequency Range: 20 - 20,000 Hz; Sensitivity:18 mA; Preattenuation Pad: 0 dB , -20 dB; Bass-cut Filter: 12 dB/octave at 300 Hz; Maximum SPL for 0.5% THD: 135 dB / 155 dB (0 / -20 dB); Impedance: <200 ohms; Recommended Load Impedance: >1,000 ohms; Powering: 48 V phantom power; Current Consumption: < 2 mA; Output Connector: Gold-plated 3-pin XLR-type; Finish: Metallic blue.  Click here for details from AKG's site.  This mic's in perfect condition and can allow you to move up a notch on the quality of your studio recordings - for $119.  

1970 Greco Hummingbird Copy Model 625, (front), (back), (headstock), (finish checking), (bridge), (label), (case), (catalog catalog2).  A true Japanese "lawsuit" guitar, i.e. has the Gibson open-book headstock that the original suit was based on.  It also has many other appointments that give it the look of a Gibson Hummingbird, including the 'bird hovering over a flower pickguard, Gibson-style bridge with wooden saddle with saddle height adjustment screws, and neck volute (pic).  Dating old Japanese guitars isn't an exact science.  Few follow any strict serial number scheme so you use features, photo's, and old catalogs.  I found this exact model in a 1970 catalog (shown in first line) so I'm guessing the actual year is within a few years, give or take.  The body is slightly more rounded in the shoulders (comparison pic) while the pickguard has one upper and two lower "points", compared to Gibson's two upper and one lower.  The pickguard etching is very much the same.  At nearly 40 years old it has the look of a vintage guitar.  While the finish has a nice luster, it does have plenty of finish check lines on the body.  Don't let these scare you off; they're just cracks in the clear coat finish, and not wood cracks.  Martin did a great job getting it to play well, including replacing a few frets and a partial level and dress to many frets.  We only invested the time because he felt that it could be a good player and his evaluation was rewarded.  It plays easily all over the neck, and barre chords are as easy as most new guitars.  Tonally it is well balanced with crisp mids and plenty of body.  The bass isn't overly powerful, which makes it a good guitar for finger picking.  With vintage Hummingbirds priced into the ozone, here's an affordable alternative and a well made Japan copy.  $349 includes black chipboard case.

Custom Made Neck-Thru Strat Project, (front), (back), (headstock), (brass parts), (heel), (cavity/Bournes pots).  For the DIY guitarist who wants a fairly easy project, and one that will be a truly unique guitar when finished.  I got this without any history, from Make 'N Music, but whoever built this knew what they were doing.  It's not easy to build a neck through guitar and this one was done right.  As far as dating it, to Martin and me it has the vibe of an 80's guitar so that's our guess.  You'll notice the "all wood" appearance of the maple body with natural finish and zebrawood pickguard area, plus a zebrawood fretboard.  The "pickguard" isn't actually a pickguard but, rather, a 2 pieces of walnut, inlaid into the body with the precision that's only possible with a CNC machine (shown here).  I've seen these as raised guards, or a thin veneer, but this is a around 1/4" thick (see arrows here).  The guitar is all maple, with a center section/neck that's 6" across, with maple wings.  The body is precision routed for 3 humbuckers, with shielding tape in each of the pickup routes and a thin brass plating in the control cavity.  Grounding wires are soldered in place from the pickup routes to the control cavity plate.  It has had several tailpieces and appears that the latest looks like it will allow for installation of either a Kahler Pro or even a Floyd.  It was previously fitted for a vintage Strat style tremolo.  The 6 screws for the vintage trem have been plugged with deep brass dowels, 1/2" deep.  It may have also had a wraparound tailpiece, as there are two larger brass dowels.  The zebrawood fretboard has brass dot inlays with black side markers.  It also has brass string trees, a brass nut, and there are screws that fit the pattern of a Kahler nut on the headstock.  Headstock shape is a modified Strat style that looks very much like the first Bigsby solidbody which actually preceded the Strat.  You'll notice some extraneous holes in the "pickguard" area which likely were various locations for mini-toggle switches for pickups.  Three of them have been capped with brass plugs, easily removable if desired.  It is currently outfitted with top of the line Bournes 500K pots ($18/each) and gold Schaller tuners.  The heel area is cut to allow easy access to the top frets, forming an offset rounded point on the bass side.  Sighting down the neck, it appears to be perfectly straight and once electronics and hardware are installed, it should prove to be an excellent playing guitar.  It is missing the back plate.  For a neck-through of this quality, this is a great deal for the tech-inclined player at $375 with everything pictured, or if you want just the hulk (i.e. no hardware or pots), just $299.  

Catalinbread Perseus Sub-Octave Fuzz.  The Perseus isn't a one-trick pony like most fuzz or octave fuzz pedals, with a wider variety of radical tones than others on the market.  The Perseus is named after the Perseus cluster, where the lowest note in the universe emanates from a black hole. What’s happening out there is that intergalactic gas has concentrated around a cluster of galaxies, forming a cloud. A massive black hole is sending out jets of particles that crash into the cloud, causing pressure waves to ripple outward. Some astronomers interpret these as sound waves. Of course, even if you call it sound, it’s too low for anyone to hear. They estimate the note to be a “B flat,” about fifty-seven octaves lower than middle C. While the Perseus won’t give you 57 octaves below, it is the coolest analog octave-down fuzz available.  It allows you to select either one or two octaves down mixed with a fuzz sound that you can blend to any mix of the two you want, including just the fuzz or just the sub-octave. The Perseus can track the sub-octave note accurately no matter where on the neck you are playing!  It's a cool unit for bass players looking for a radical tone as well.  Click here for full specs and a video demo at their site, and there are others on YouTube (link).  Sells new for $159; this one's mint for $115.

Highway One Loaded HSS Strat Pickguard.  Drop in ready and an excellent upgrade for your import or project guitar.  Includes Fender Atomic humbucker and two American vintage style single coils wired to tone pots and 5-way switch.  Features "no-load" tone pot that's detented at "10" and virtually takes the tone pot out of the circuit when turned up all the way for the purest of tones.  $85.  

Hartman BC108 Silicone Fuzz.  For players looking for a more musical sounding fuzz, the BC108 is a faithful recreation of the original silicon Fuzz Face circuit, updated with true-bypass, on/off LED, and 9VDC-in jack. It also features an external bias control, allowing the fuzz to be set ultra-smooth, or lowered for a rougher texture, with the lowest setting producing the Face's signature crackle, spit and grind of "starved" Silicon. With hand-selected BC108 transistors, it's voiced to respond to changes in guitar volume and player dynamics, decay smoothly, and have enough gain on tap for creating controlled feedback.  Clean shape and nicely priced at $90.

Vox V847 Wah Reissue, exact specification of the original pedal used by the most influential guitarists of the late 60's and 70's.  Features the same chrome top and familiar growl that you love.  Nice shape and just $49.  

Boss PH-2 Super Phaser, (pic2).  Classic Boss Phaser that was produced from '84 to '01, making it one of the longest runs in Boss history.  Creates subtle effects like a pseudo rotary speaker tone to more radical such as a jet plane taking off.  With the Mode switch you can select Mode I, a more mellow broad sounding tone; or Mode II, an in-your-face phase attack.  Super duper clean in original box.  This is a real classic from Boss, preferred by many players over the PH-3, and just $69.  

Lace Chrome Dome Set.  Featuring a reverse-wound middle pickup, the Chrome Dome set delivers "sweet, rounded tones" while simultaneously described as "a Strat on steroids."  This was accomplished by modifying one of my favorite pickups of all time, the original Gold Lace Sensor, known for its bell-like tone.  These are super quiet, without the magnetic string pull of conventional pickups - you'll immediately notice better sustain when the strings are allowed to vibrate longer.  Neck and middle are a vintage output of 6K; bridge is hotter, putting out 13.4K.  These cost $308 at All-Parts but get this clean barely used set in the box for just $199.  

DiMarzio PAF-7 7-String DP796.  Designed for 7-string guitars, the PAF-7 delivers clear lows and warm, rounded highs, with the classic PAF tone specially made for a 7-string.  4-conductor for a variety of wiring applications.  Sells new for $70; this clean one is just $45.   

Instructional DVD's - Guitar, DJ/Producer, Bass.  See pictures for descriptions.  Originally $14.99-$19.99, take your pick, $5/each or $15 for 4 of them.  

Korg DTR-2 Rackmount Tuner, (pic2).  I have another of these lower on this page but I'm fairly certain it was quickly sold.  If you own a rack system you should have one of these.  Very accurate, fast, and easily visible from the front of the stage.  Features include single space rackmount, brushed chrome front, LED display imitates a needle, has 7-octave range, 1/4" input and output, mute jack on back and front, 1/4" input and mute jack, mute switch, calibrate switch, hardwired AC cable.  Control the mute function remotely with any standard on/off footswitch with 1/4" jack.  Nice shape, $99.  

PICS FIXED: Vaultz Locking "Mic Box", (pic2).  New and never used.  Although this was made to be a locking legal-size file folder, they also make great mic boxes or anything that has a habit of "walking off" during load-in or overnight.  Just add some foam and you've got a great mic box, guitar effects, etc.  Dual combination locks, dual handles, locking hinges, aluminum edges.  Cost $52 new (link) but this one has never been used and just $25.  

Menatone JAC Compressor. This is the first version J.A.C. (JFET Audio Compressor), numbered 183 and signed on the back.  The newer version features the new cosmetics and a "cut" control for players who want it less bright.  It features a completely analog circuit, Point to Point construction, True Bypass switching, DC power jack 9V (negative-center), silver plated wire, and all carbon resistors and film caps in the signal path. Sold new for $200 but this nice used one is just $125.  

Tokai Tweed Case.  Structurally 100% with all hinges, latches, feet, and handle present and working.  Outside has plenty of scuffs, interior in good shape except for two tears.  Hard to find case for your 80's Tokai vintage series Tele/Strat.  $75. 

Hughes & Kettner Replex Tube-Driven Tape Delay, (close-up), (side), (controls).  Very popular delay and reverb simulator, carefully crafted to nail the tone of the classic Echoplex Tube Analog Tape Delay. Converging traditional tube circuitry and modern digital technology, the Replex replicates the sound and response of a ‘60s tape echo with awesome accuracy. And it handles and operates far more conveniently and reliably than the original. Case in point, the VINTAGE FACTOR knob in the Delay section. Spin this knob to take a trip through time. Go back 40 years, or stop anywhere along the way. Set to the far left, it delivers uncolored digital delay. As the knob is turned clockwise, it delivers more and more of the three-dimensional "wow, flutter and spin" that made vintage tape delays so desirable. Other specs include: the original sound of tube-driven vintage tape delays; choice of single-head or dual-head delays or vintage tube reverb; true bypass setting leaves source signal completely unaltered; rugged metal housing; delay time variable between 10 and 900 ms. This unit is everything good about an Echoplex (tone) without any of the negatives (reliability and noise). For complete info and sound clips click here for H&K or click here for a good YouTube demo.   I'm not sure if they're still made there, but this one was made in Germany and built for years of road use.  It sells new at the super stores online for $559.  This one is in beautiful condition and just $379.  Includes original box, power supply, and manual.  

G&G/Fender Strat/Tele Case.  Vintage style exterior with black Tolex and white stitched leather ends.  Interior is black plush-lined with rectangular storage compartment.  Nice shape.  $99.  

Visual Sound 1 Spot Combo Pack Power Supply. The most versatile power supply you can buy and it takes up no space on your pedalboard. Guaranteed to replace: Boss PSA, Boss ACA, DOD PS-200R, Morley 9V, Danelectro DA-1, Dunlop ECB-03, Ibanez AC109, and Zoom AD-0006, plus many others. 8-plug cable included so you can power up to 8 pedals and by linking additional Multi-Plug cables, you can power a virtually unlimited number of pedals. The L6 Converter powers Line 6 modeling pedals, while the 3.5mm and Battery Clip Converters power vintage style pedals. Converts any power, world-wide and only takes up one slot on your power strip.  Lists for $39.99; I have a number of them for $28.99. 

Seymour Duncan Livewire Classic (Bridge).  Seymour's active humbucker, running off an 18V system (2 9V batteries), for unprecidented headroom and whisper quiet performance.  Many EMG fans have been won over by the Livewires so maybe do a google search and see if it's for you.  New ones are around $97 this used one is just $55.  Includes battery clips, wired to the pickup.  

TC-Helicon Voicetone HarmonyG, (pic2).  From T.C. Electronics comes this easy to use, excellent sounding vocal harmonizer and effect.  For the performer who likes it simple, in this one unit you get:  guitar preamp, vocal preamp, guitar DI, guitar tuner, effects processor, and 2-part vocal harmonizer which is 3 parts when combined with the original voice.  Made especially for the guitarist with vocal harmonies generated by whatever guitar chord you're playing, even recognizing minors, 7ths, etc.  In addition, it has vocal effects like doubling, echo, and a number of reverb types.  With built in EQ, compression and de-essing, you can be confident in bringing the harmonies out front in the mix, knowing that they'll be natural-sounding and understood.  To get a taste of what this sounds like, here are some YouTube vids:  demo1, demo2, demo3.  For full specs, videos, etc., click here for TC's site; here for a full description.  This unit has been replaced by the Harmony G XT, with the main difference being addition of a USB port, plus it has more presets for doubling and a noise gate to eliminate any guitar going to the mic.  Not being one to mess with manuals, I had this out of the box and working to my satisfaction within 15 minutes, without ever opening the book.  If you just want the effects/preamps, without the harmonies, I have the "Create" models in stock for $139 (pic).  This model is still selling at the major online dealer for $279.  This is a very powerful unit for the guitarist/singer and would simplify my personal setup greatly.  For tonal quality, and versatility, it's hard to beat for $169.  

Aphex Punch Factory Optical Compressor and D.I. The Punch Factory is built with complex attack and release characteristics. Exhibits no break up even with 20dB or more of gain and delivers near endless sustain plus transparent compression and clean boost. Simple to use with just Drive and Volume knobs, plus an Active/Passive select switch to accommodate the hottest pickups. It features a Low Z output to drive long cords with no loss of highs and features true bypass switching. An LED bar graph shows gain reduction in dBs. Battery works up to 150 hours on a 9V or also works with virtually and external power, 7-36VDC, with any polarity. Cosmetically, it isn't terribly clean but works great.  The new silver model will run you $199 but get this earlier version for 1/2, just $99 takes it.  

1992 Washburn USA MG Neck, (pic2).  This is a neck from Washburn's USA metal axe from ca. '92-'94, the MG-104 Mercury series.  These American models were produced at roughly the same time as the import Chicago series such as my ca. '90 KC-70V lower down on this page (pic) but since they had an extremely hefty price tag, not many of the MG's were sold.  Overall excellent condition, only had one set of screws installed which appear to be a Schaller pattern.  Cut for a surface mounted Floyd nut. Nice USA neck for your HM project for just $199.  

M-Audio EX-P Expression Pedals.  Works fine on guitar effects or keyboards.  You can instantly control any assignable variable MIDI controller value, including volume, pan, modulation, and many more. The solidly made EX-P is formed from durable-yet-lightweight molded plastic and has a textured, slip-resistant surface. Features an integrated 1/4" cable and a built-in polarity switch, so it will work with most brands of keyboards and controllers.  These sell at Amazon or guitar superstores for up to $39.99 each, but you can get this PAIR for $39.99.  

BYOC Phase Royal, (circuit).  BYOC's take on the classic MXR Phase 90 circuit, but with massive modifications including a depth control to add just a hint of phase shifting. Resonance control to adjusts the vocal quality of the phase shifting, from chewy script logo tones to throaty vowel like tones. Also added is a wet/dry mix control that goes from 100% clean guitar signal to pure phase shifting pitch vibrato that's similar to the Magnatone vibrato. IC's are four of the classic JRC 4558D. They've also added two more phase stages for a total of 6 phase stages. It does the classic Phase 90 tone that's even more intense and over the top but added a switch so you can change between 4 and 6 phase stages.  Check out YouTube for some demo's, like this one.  Sells new as a DIY kit for $89.99 but this one's pro-assembled...for less. Just $69.99. We can paint and re-label but that might be more fun to do yourself. 

A PAIR OF NICE LAKEWOOD ACOUSTICS - Both of these have never been retailed nor played.  They are first quality; you will be the first owner.  Lakewood guitars are hand-crafted in Germany under the eye of Martin Seeliger, who started the company 27 years ago.  Widely known throughout Europe and other parts of the world, I think of them as sort of the European Collings equivalent.  

·        Lakewood D-32 Dreadnought, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (label), (appointments), (case).  The D-32 (Deluxe Series) is Lakewood's take on a classic American guitar with the classic wood selection of spruce and rosewood. Luxurious finishes, fine wood mother-of-pearl inlays, and high-gloss varnished soundboards set the tone for this series.  The superb selection of tonewoods and minimal appointments should appeal to players who appreciate clean lines, and love to flatpick. The neck profile falls between a vintage and modern low profile with a fairly tight feel and comfortable action that plays easily, making it easily adept at both flatpicking and finger style. Features include dreadnought body shape with AAA European spruce top, Indian rosewood AAA (Style 32) sides and back, 1-piece mahogany neck, wood core soundhole rosette (matches back & sides) with abalone purfling, flat headstock with Indian rosewood veneer, Indian rosewood body binding, body purfling from noble woods, Ebony fingerboard, white MOP Lakewood logo, Indian rosewood heel cap, bone nut, 1.73" nut width, .83 to .91 neck thickness, rounded D neck profile, 25.6" scale, ebony bridge, 2.17" string spacing at bridge, ebony bridge pins with pearl dots, Schaller M6 gold tuners, high-gloss polished body, satin gloss neck, Hiscox case.   Check Youtube for a number of demo's on the D-32, Click here for a fingerstyle demo recorded directly to an I-Pod.  The D-32 carries a list price of $2932, with minimal dealer discount, which means you'll pay list price or within 10% from a Lakewood dealer.  Do a little homework if you're not familiar with these fine guitars and you'll find that this is an incredible deal on a quality flattop at $1799.  Includes original case. 


·        1992 Hamer Catalog, (front/back cover).  2 available, 16 pages.  Ex condition, $25/each. 

·        1995 Hamer Catalog, (pic2).  48 pages including 1/2 page inserts.  $30

·        Peavey Classic Amps Catalog, (pic2).  8 page fold-out with entire Classic (tweed era) heads, cabs, and combos line up.  $10

·        Peavey Classic 20 Amp Manual.  Original manual for your Classic 20.  $15.  

·        Peavey EVH Wolfgang Manual and warranty.  If you have a collector's-grade Wolfgang Special, you need this in your case.  $25.  

·        2009 EVH/Fender Wolfgang Manual, (pic2).  The "new" Wolfgang, made after Ed's jump from Peavey to FMIC.  $15.

·        1992 PRS Catalog, (inserts).  One of the iconic PRS catalogs.  3-panel fold-out, with sleeve that holds 10 pages of inserts, each with a different model with specs, plus a color chart.  Made during the old factory era and a cool collectable for connoisseurs of vintage PRS.  $65

·        1999 PRS Catalog.  Full guitar line with 41 pages, glossy color.  Ex cond other than cover is dented on the bound/upper side.  $25.  

·        1989 PRS Catalog, (pic2).  Complete guitar line up with specs on each guitar.  Ex cond.  $60. 

·        1970 Fender Catalog, (pic2).  95 pages, full color, nice shape.  Full product catalog with guitars, amps, accessories, pro sound, etc.  $65. 

·        1956 Gibson Accessories Catalog, (pic2), (pic3).  19 pages, b&w, nice.  Full accessories catalog with effects, strings, picks, polish, DeArmond products, Shure mics, Bigsby products, display materials, etc.  Ex cond, other than year written on front cover.  Original 57-year-old paper.  $35. 

·        1972 Martin Catalog.  32 pages, color, nice.  $55.

·        1977 Roland Newsletter "Wha Wha", (pic2).  Vol. 3 No. 15.  Announces the new Boss CE-1 chorus and GE-10 EQ, Jazz Chorus amps, early synths (System 100 and 700).   Original newsprint b&w.  $25.  

Realistic Electret Unidirectional Condenser Pair.  Old-timers like me used to equip our reel-to-reel studios with a lot of Realistic gear, from submixers to adapters, stands, and speakers for our homemade monitors, to microphones.  It was fairly inexpensive and reliable.  This pair of condensers (catalog #33-3007) employ a AA battery (or phantom power of course), XLR connector, with a unidirectional pick-up pattern.  Unidirectional is good for off-axis rejection, meaning it only records what's directly in front of the capsule, rejecting sound from the sides.  Works good in situations where you want to eliminate any "bleed through", e.g. ambient guitar sound bleeding into our snare drum mic.  While you probably won't see these in your professional recording studios, for the home recording, here's a pair to cover your stereo field, for just $45/pair.  Includes original boxes, manuals, and carrying cases.  

BBE Two Timer Dual Mode Analog Delay, (pic2). The Two Timer, inspired by the Boss DM2, is two analog delays in one compact pedal. The circuit features a BBD (Bucket Brigade Delay) for the warmth and tape-like echo that analog is noted for as well as 1% Metal Film resistors for pristine audio quality, true hard-wire bypass for a clean signal path when the effect is bypassed. It features two Independent delay times, foot switchable via the Time 1/Time 2 mode switch, you can set one for a short slapback rhythm sound while another is set to a longer delay. It has a delay range up to 330ms, around the same as the DM2's 300ms.  When you consider the escalated price of a Boss DM2 or DM3, the new $149 price tag for the Two Timer seems reasonable.  Better still, get this one, mint in the box, for $105.  Includes original power supply. 

Lexicon Delay Controller Pedal.  Appears to be an early Lexicon product as the case is identical to a 70s/80s DeArmond pedal.  Uses 1/4" connection.  Super clean condition.  If you need one of these, they're hard to find but this one's just $35.

Gibson Robot Les Paul or SG Tuners.  Version 1.  It's hard finding single tuners but I have some.  If you ever loaned your Robot to a buddy who didn't know that you're not supposed to turn these in the locked position you probably need one.  $25 each, specify bass or treble side.  

ESP Custom Neckplate.  Real deal ESP part for the Japan custom or standard series.  5-digit gold plated and looks better in person than the pic. $35.   

PRS Eagle Nickel Silver Truss Rod Cover.  Has the PRS eagle laser engraved into a nickel-silver truss rod.  Includes linen "gig bag" with draw string.  Want to dress up your PRS?  Just add some chrome knobs and tip, and this truss cover, and for around $25 you can have a completely different look.  $16 includes First Class Mail.    

Fender 2-Button Footswitch.  Two-button footswitch with "Channel Select" and "Drive/More Drive", which has a yellow LED to indicate "more drive" aka "boost.  OEM equipment for many Fenders including Hot Rod, Deluxe 90, Stage 160, Stage 100.  Fitted with a 1/4-inch jack which connects to any speaker cable to your amp.  Clean shape.  $27.99 includes Priority Mail with tracking. 

Blackstar HT Modulation, (pic2).  Choose from 8 modulation effects ranging from mild tremelo to jet engine flange and you'll love the Slow/Fast button, which I use like a Leslie speed switch, and it adjusts the modulation time of all eight different modulation effects while you are playing.  The unique Saturation control then lets you add real valve compression and harmonics. Other features include genuine valve design, 300V HT operation, unique Saturation control, Manual and Slow/Fast modes, Stereo operation, unique switching operation, high integrity buffered bypass, power supply included, and silent switching. Sells new for $299 everywhere but grab this perfect one for just $209. 

Amptweaker Tight Metal, (pic2).  Top quality distortion pedal, built like a tank, and engineered specifically for the metal player.  USA made, true bypass, with a lot of features not normally found on stomp boxes including magnetic battery cover (no screw required), quality noise gate with bypass, effects loop with pre/post switch, and battery on/off switch.  Click here for all the info from Amp Tweaker, a video demo here (somewhat limited in scope), and a great review by Premier Guitar here.  Sells new for $179 but this one's perfect in the box for $129.  

Groove Tubes EL34 Pair (GTEL34C/6CA7).  EL34's (US equivalent 6CA7) are the classic Brit sound for larger amps, 50 watts and up.  The Silver Series is a very reliable tube with the same warranty as the Gold series, but has a slightly wider "pass" rating for specs (gain, noise, output, physical microphonics, and transconductance).  These sell new for $29.99 but get this new pair for just $39.99.  

JJ 6L6GC Pair.  Probably the most popular tube brand today, JJ offers good quality at a good price.  The 6L6 defines the USA sound, e.g. the Fender tone, used in Fender amps from the 50's through today.  Good option for both guitarists and home audiophiles.  Sells new for $18.95 but get this pair for $25.  

Taylor Dreadnought Case.  Late 90's, excellent protection, brown with plush black interior.  One of the best cases made.  Fits a Taylor X-10 (410, 510, 810, etc.) very tightly; most other dreadnoughts snug but not as tight.  Overall nice shape.  $110.  

Gibson Dreadnought Case.  Fits Hummingbird, Dove, or any square shouldered dreadnought.  Nice shape.  $115. 

G&G Dreadnought Case.  Looks like a Martin Geib; black Tolex over wood with green velvet interior.  Superb protection.  Nice shape.  $125.  

Ca. '83 Kramer Brown Case.  I believe these fit the aluminum neck models only; too short for a regular 6/side Strat style.  Rare case for fairly rare guitars and nice vintage condition.  $125.  

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