MISC ELECTRIC GUITARS
1. Agile Harm 3 Solid Archtop, (front), (back), (headstock), (neck joint). If you're looking for an easy to play guitar, the action doesn't get any lower than this baby. Excellent value and quality that's typical of Korea today. This 2011 model was only made in one small run so there aren't many of these around - most of the Harm 3 models feature the cats eye f-hole in a semi-hollow design while this model was a limited edition production model that's no longer available. It features a solid archtop mahogany body, 22 fret maple set-neck with ebony fretboard and synthetic bone nut, side markers on the side of fretboard only, jumbo frets, flat 13.7" radius, three good sounding humbuckers, Grover 18:1 tuners, vintage cream colored binding on body-neck-headstock, 3-ply tortoise pickguard, 3 volume and 3 tone controls, 1 5/8" nut, 13.25" lower bout. The setup on this guitar is superb and the tone is warm and rich, very good choice for anything besides metal. I got an email from Rondo regarding this guitar where they confirmed it was a limited model with a price of $379. This one's in dead mint condition and for $299, I'll throw in a gigbag.
2. B.C. RICH ACOUSTIC -- THE ULTIMATE GUITAR FOR THE B.C. RICH COLLECTOR: (Bernie Sr's. Last Guitar), (pic2). More pics and full description at this link: www.chrisguitars.com/bernie.html. Owned by Martin Miranda, my world-class tech, who was a close friend of Bernie and this was the last guitar that Bernie ever built, albeit not quite finished, and he was working on it the very day of his untimely passing. Click the link for a full description and feel free to email Martin Miranda directly at the address on the page.
3. Carvin DC-200, (front/back), (headstock). Carvin remains one of the best buys on the USA guitars - especially on the used market. They're quality is top-notch but as Carvin sells directly to the public there is no retail store to take a bite of the profit. This one comes in a high gloss black finish with features that include neck-thru construction, dual Carvin humbuckers, Carvin/Wilkinson fulcrum tremolo, graphite nut, Sperzel locking tuners, Ebony fretboard with block inlays, active electronics with easy access battery door on back, indestructible stainless steel frets, and Schaller locking strap pins. The electronics suite in this one include the normal 3-way selector plus mini switches for coil splitting and in/out phase for each pickup. Excellent playability and endless choice of tones. At $529, this is a great buy on a USA neck-thru guitar. Includes free gigbag or substitute used a hardshell case available for $55.
4. Charvel Charvette 150, 1990, features a nice sounding set of pickups with a Charvel Ceramic Plus in the bridge and a Carvel high-gain single coil size stacked humbucker in the neck. These are high output pickups but the tone isn't at all harsh to my ears. Also has a Floyd-licensed tremolo system with fine tuners. Has one mod that bears mentioning - someone removed the locking nut and replaced with a plastic cover. Not necessarily a bad thing unless you like to do dive bombs. Overall this guitar is in very nice shape with a near perfect finish that shines like new. Frets are near perfect and it has an excellent setup. Compare this to the Chinese guitars you can get for $200 today and this is an excellent value at $175.
5. Daisy Rock Debutante Short Scale, (front/back), (headstock), (case). I just got in a few of these for the holidays. If you've got a young player, not quite ready for a full scale instrument, but you want to buy a *real* guitar rather than a toy at the department store, this is an excellent choice. The quality is equally on par with Fender's Squier series with good quality electronics and hardware and after Martin does his magic on them, they set-up with very comfortable action, which is imperative for beginners. If a guitar is difficult to play, it's not going to get played. At 22.5" scale length (distance from bridge to the nut), it's 2"-3" shorter than a full scale, just enough to make it easy to get around on but nothing that they're going to grow out of in a few months. With a list price of $249, in my opinion this is an excellent buy on a "real" guitar at just $149 which includes a pro setup prior to shipping. Comes in pink with white accents.
6. Danelectro 1956 Single Cutaway - Humbucker and Dolphin Headstock, (front), (back), (headstock). Unplayed, immaculate, and better than new. One of the current models from Dano, who in recent years has been manufacturing one or two models, and then moving onto the next project. This is the 2nd go-around on this model, patterned after the '56 U-2, which was Dano's first production run in the late 90's, after a break of around 3 decades. This one differs from the earlier reissue in a few ways, most obviously the "Dolphin" headstock instead of the Coke bottle. Other changes include two lipstick pickups in the bridge, essentially a humbucker, as well as Kluson style tuners. With the humbucker-wired lipsticks in the bridge, this model is more versatile and especially good for garage/punk, in addition to any of the previous tones, which have been used impressively by players as diverse as Jimmy Page and Dave Matthews. The basic construction is good ol' Dano all the way, beautiful in its simplicity, with a hardboard/plywood construction with a solid center core and tape "binding" to cover the seam; metal base bridge with notches that hold the ball-end strings, topped off with a rosewood saddle; 5-screw neck attachment; easy access control plate on back; and pickup height adjustment on back. Other features include white knobs on dual concentric tone and volume controls, 3-way selector, a matching "seal" pickguard, double acting truss rod, flat 14" radius, 25" scale, 21 frets, C-shaped neck. Out of the box these are not great playing guitars, with high action, noisy pots, and rough feeling frets. After Martin gave this guitar the attention it deserves, polishing the frets, lubricating the fretboard, setting the action, dressing the fret ends, and cleaning the electronics, they play fantastic, just like the old mail-order guitars they're patterned after. They sell online for $349 but why not get one of these, with a great setup and much-needed quality control, for $329, including shipping. (Hold one-Chuck L; one more available)
7. ca. '99 Danelectro '56 U-2 - Kool Kopper, (front), (back), (headstock). Another great 1st Reissue, this one finished in the classic copper finish. Dano discontinued this model many years ago, and opted to build only one model at a time, with a run of a year or two. Specs include: hollowbody design with Masonite top and bottom with plywood frame, 25" scale, 21 large frets, original style "Lipstick" pickups with chrome-plated brass frame and original formula 50's style Alnico magnets, stacked pots with volume/tone for each pickup, 3-way pickup selector, original style rosewood saddle and die-cast chrome bridge, aluminum nut, and clear pickguard with "D" logo. 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 something a little bit different for a signature tone, or simply want to add a guitar to your arsenal that has loads of cool vibe and a unique tone, here's a really nice one. Cosmetically, very clean with no major flaws. A really nice U-2 for $279.
8. 2004 Danelectro '56 U-2 - Upgraded, (front/back), (headstock), (bridge/controls). Finished in desirable Limo Black and features a few upgrades including excellent quality Gotoh tuners, metal saddles that are individually adjustable instead of the wood block, and a piezo pickup controlled by a mini 3-way switch (piezo only, piezo and lipstick pickups, lipstick pickups only). The single coil lipstick pickups are controlled by the regular 3-way switch with stacked volume/tone knobs to give full control to both pickups. The piezo system isn't really an acoustic tone, but it does add a lot of body to the sound, especially in the middle position, when combined with the magnetic pickups. To me it sounds just like a vintage hollowbody, like an old ES-125T. I last had this guitar a few years ago and it appears as though it was unplayed since it was last in my hands. Finish has all the luster of a new model and frets are perfect. 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. Nothing sounds like them and once Martin gets a hold of them, nothing plays like them. His setups on Dano's is simply incredible. If you're looking for a great U-2, with some very smart upgrades, this one is only $50 more than market price on a stock one. $349.
9. ca. '98 Danelectro '56 U-2 - Limo Black, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge/controls). Finished in the most popular Dano color, Limo Black, probably due to Page's DC being black. Dano discontinued this model many years ago, and opted to build only one model at a time, with a run of a year or two. After several 60's models, they're building a '56 again, but they're Chinese made and there are various feature changes, none of which are dual lipstick pickups with a Coke bottle headstock. 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, without an scratches or fret wear. A great U-2 for $309, or add Dano faux tweed gigbag (pic) for $25.
10. Dean ML '79 Buddy Blaze Limited Edition, (front), (back), (graphic detail), (headstock), (Floyd), (case/etc.), (cert.). Dean Guitars teamed up with Legendary Guitar Builder Buddy Blaze (original builder for the Kramer Nightswan) for a unique take on the ML shape. Buddy designed Dimebag Darrell's first Dean ML, and this new Buddy Blaze Signature guitar expands on the original "Dean from Hell" that Dime loved. The extra neck angle on this guitar gives it a very comfortable feel and allows for a top mounted Floyd Rose. Buddy Blaze also helped design the "Blaze Bucker" Bridge Pickup for massive sustain and tone. Loaded with quality components and built with Blaze's design elements, most notably the "chrome flame" graphic, floating (side to side) Blaze inlays, top-mounted Floyd Rose tremolo, and his signature middle and bridge pickup positions (i.e. not neck and bridge) loaded with custom wound Dean DMT pickups (USA Dean DMT "Blaze Bucker" bridge and USA Dean DMT "Baker Act" middle). Other appointments mahogany top and body, 24 3/4" scale, set mahogany neck with 3Â° neck angle, Floyd Rose Original tremolo, custom ascending flame mother-of-pearl inlays on a 2 octave fretboard attached to a pitched neck, black hardware, Grover tuners, and a classic V-shaped headstock. Production was limited to 300 electric guitars and each includes a certificate of authenticity and a hardshell Dean guitar case. For the history of this model, click here for Dean's site and here for full specs. With such a low production number, most dealers sold out quickly but there are still a few on the web selling for $999, 40% off the $1625 list price. I came across a few, first quality and unplayed, selling for well over 50% off, just $750, including a killer in-house set up, Dean case, certificate, etc. (Note: I have two Buddy Blaze USA "Shredder" models in stock, with polka dot graphic and lightning storm graphic)
11. 2010 Dean Deceiver F, (front), (back/cutaway), (headstock), (Floyd), (side). The Deceiver F (Floyd Rose), combines great looks, quality tone, and unique design features in a well-made guitar that, remarkably, retails for under a grand. It's tone-sustaining mahogany body is finished in high-gloss black with a set-in mahogany neck capped off with 24 jumbo frets and ebony fingerboard, complete with striking pearl Deceiver inlays. It features a 24-3/4" scale which is great for bends and sweeping arpeggios. Other features include arched top, belly cut on back, 3/side Grover tuners with Dean headstock design with a winged "Dean" logo, multi-ply body binding, USA Dean DMT Time Capsule neck humbucker and a USA Dean DMT Baker Act humbucker in the bridge, black nickel hardware including a real (not licensed) Floyd Rose Special tremolo bridge and Grover tuning machines. One really nice design features is the cutaway area and heel (as shown above), which provides superior access to the upper frets. Here's a demo of a Deceiver F in action. These play okay right out of the box but once Martin does his thing to the set up, they play like guitars costing 3X the price. Retail price on this model is $942, but I have it brand new and unplayed, other than our in-house set-up, for around 55% off list, $429.
12. Dean Razorback V Standard - NOS - Black or Candy Apple Red, (front/back), (headstock/V neck profile). Personally designed by the late, great Dimebag Darrell in 2004 before his untimely passing. By this year Dimebag had returned to Dean and had begun work on several signature models with this Razorback V being one of his final contributions. It cuts a figure much like the time-tested Flying V, only more dangerous looking with a few more jagged edges and actually more comfortable with the addition to sleek body bevels. The Razorback V features a mahogany neck and body, a rosewood fretboard with a super flat 16" radius, and a very comfortably contoured neck heel (shown here) which allows very easy access to the upper frets. Pickups are a Seymour Duncan Dimebucker pickup at the bridge with a Dean humbucker in the neck with the edges taped down, Dimebag style. The neck is a radical departure from rock/metal axes, traditionally outfitted with a very thin profile. The neck on this model is quite substantial, with a rounded-V profile that feels a lot like a '56 Strat. Quality hardware with Grover tuners and a recessed, double-locking licensed Floyd Rose tremolo (pickups/trem) keeps it in tune perfectly. Controls are straight ahead 3-way selector with master tone and volume, with easy grip circles on the volume. With a list of $1550, these were selling for $999 but I have a few in stock, never retailed, first quality, and perfect, for 55% off list, $697. With a pro in-house setup, these guitars are an incredible value for the money. Includes Dean hardshell case and comes in gloss black finish or Candy Apple Red metallic.
13. Dean Dimebag Far Beyond Driven Tribute ML, An incredible guitar that's a fitting tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell, with excellent quality and top-notch features including flame maple top, a mahogany body with a set-in mahogany neck, a Floyd Rose licensed tremolo bridge system, and the classic Dean Series II V headstock with a screened collage of Dimebag. Other features include a rosewood fingerboard, cream body and neck binding, a vintage Brazilliaburst finish, Dimebag Traction knobs, a Dimebag Quad image sticker on the body, and a Dimebucker Treble pickup (bridge position). Killer setup, killer tone, a super axe all around. For complete details, check out Dean's Site. Between Dean and Washburn there have been a lot of Dimebag models released and it's somewhat confusing to many customers. Having had most of them I can attest that the best of the lot are the Korean set-neck models, and that this is the best of the lot. Even the case is superior, with a very heavy Canadian Hardshell Case rather than the newer&cheaper lightweight Chinese case. List price on new is $1539, selling everywhere for $999, but this one was collector owned and offered in mint condition for just $699.
14. 2002 (DeArmond) Fender Squier S-73 Polara Copy, (Guild comparison pic). as new, excellent Korean model and DeArmond's (read on) last tribute to the Guild line, namely the Guild S-100 Polara, Guild's answer to the Gibson SG. Although most of the Korean set neck DeArmonds, as well as the bolt-on Indonesia models, were discontinued by 2002, the S-73 lived on a few more years, although rebranded with the Squier brand. Since Fender owned both names, I guess it only make sense to rebrand it rather than have a DeArmond catalog with only one line in it. It was made in the same factory, by the same people, as the DeArmonds which preceded it, it just has a different name. As with the Guild it copied, the S-73 is a double cutaway "solid premium mahogany" guitar with a slightly asymmetrical double-cutaway design, and set mahogany neck. The rosewood fingerboard has jumbo nickel silver frets and newly designed block inlays, and a 24 3/4" scale length. This guitar features two very good sounding Seymour Duncan-designed humbuckers, which are among the best import pickups I've heard. List price on these was $726.99 but this one is dead mint with plastic still on the pickguard and back plate and nicely priced for a quality Korean "DeArmond" at just $279(HOLD-John P). We possibly have a pair of chrome covers we can install for $30 total, if you want more of a Polara look. Add a nice tolex hardshell case for $65.
15. Denyle Walnut & Maple Single Cut, (front/back), (headstock), (back/neck joint), (pickups). Very unique guitar in terms of looks and design, totally hand-crafted in USA in very low numbers. I think this builder has only made a handful of guitars and the hand-built aspect is very obvious, definitely no CNC machines used on this guitar. The body shape is unique, sort of a highly exaggerated Tele style, except with rounded edges. It features a center second of quilted maple, with mahogany wings, with a set-in poplar neck with ironwood fretboard. Pickups are a Gibson humbucker in the bridge, with a P100 stacked P90 style in the neck. A striking headstock, which combined with the billowy body, bring to mind Prince's Cloud guitar, or something of that ilk, in fact I think this guitar would look great with an off-white or yellow finish. Tuners are Grovers. This guitar is the very one pictured on Denyle's site (4th one down) and you'll notice it had a different tailpiece at one time (more factory pics). Some time before it got to me the unusual tailpiece and bridge were changed to a stop bar/tuneomatic. If you look closely you'll see telltale signs of the earlier hardware but it's not very noticeable. If you're looking for something truly unique and appreciate the quaintness of a small builder, this one is priced around 1/2 of the original price at $850.
16. Eastwood GP, (front), (headstock), (bridge/pickups), (back), (multi-ply binding). Eastwood has come on strong in a relatively short period of time, resurrecting classic models from past decades, but not your Gibsons and Fenders, but models by Harmony, Supro, Airlines, etc., basically cool American guitars which were always B-level on the vintage guitar market. The GP is a recreation of the very rare Ovation Ultra GP, first released in 1984. Only 400 of the original Ultra GP were ever produced before being discontinued, primarily due to the price which was higher than a Gibson Les Paul from the same year. This model was made in Korea and is an excellent quality import. Features include Mahogany body with a flamed maple veneer and contoured top, mahogany set-neck, rosewood fretboard with block markers, 24 3/4", 1 11/16", dual Super-2 humbuckers (patterned after DiMarzio Super-2), unique 5-way adjustable wraparound bridge, and multi-ply binding on the body, neck, and headstock. Click here for around 25 reviews where the GP scored a remarkable 9.7 overall at Harmony-Central. If you can't afford (or find) and original Ultra GP at $3K and up, here's an excellent alternative. These are $699 new but this one's flawless and nicely priced at $499.
17. Ernie Ball Musicman Sterling JP50 John Petrucci, (front), (headstock), (back), (trem stop), (pickups), (features). Great feeling guitar with quality tone, Petrucci vibe, with a few mods. The first thing you'll notice is the finish. The logo has been removed from the headstock - the body, which is factory satin finish, has been lightly buffed out to a semi-gloss finish (compare to headstock in first pic above). Don't let the logo scare you though, this guitar is guaranteed to be 100% first quality JP50. The neck pickup has been replaced with a DiMarzio "Humbucker from Hell", which is bright and glassy sounding, along the lines of a Strat, with a vintage, medium output. It's paired perfectly with the stock G&B bridge humbucker as both have similar output while being distinctly different in tone. G&B are Korean pickups and the choice of the better imports such as PRS SE's. A trem stop has been installed, allowing for down pressure only, EVH style, with advantages such as tuning stability during string bends and string breakage. It can be preset for zero up-pull, 1/2 step, whole step, etc., or easily removed if you're not into it. The JP-50 is a rather unique, we made guitar, The neck and headstock (picture) are one, meaning no scarf joint, which is more expensive to manufacture but adds stability and avoids potential separation. This guitar has a great feeling 24-fret neck that's thin with very sight shoulders, very easy to get your hand around. Stock features include Basswood body with custom deep forearm contour, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and custom Sterling Petrucci Neck carve, reverse controls (3-way closest to your picking hand), Locking Tuners, 24 medium-jumbo frets, Sterling Modern Recess Tremolo with a really solid block, 25.5" scale, 5-bolt Music Man-designed neck joint, 1.65" (42mm) nut width, and Spoke wheel truss rod adjustment. A stock JP50 is running $545 and it's one of the better Asian guitars at that price. If you can live without a Sterling logo, this has some tasteful upgrades and superb playability, in excellent condition, all for $350. Includes gigbag.
18. 1991 ESP Horizon Custom - Eagle Graphics, (front) (front2), (headstock/neck), (back) (pickups) (Floyd), (case candy) (catalog), (case/acc.). Here's one for the collector! Stunning one-off with killer factory graphics on front, back, and headstock, with an eagle in flight covering most of the top with blue sky and white clouds surrounding it on the back and headstock. This immaculately finished axe was used at the ESP booth at trade shows. The paint job goes through the pickups without interruption (pic) and when viewed from the front it's hard to tell that the guitar even has pickups. This guitar is in collector's condition with scratches on the body, hardware has no pitting -recessed Floyd Rose trem has no pitting or discoloration. What a wonderful guitar for the collection; a real stunner, and it plays as nice as it looks. I haven't been inside to see what the pickups are but they're both humbuckers and it sounds excellent. Features a carved top Horizon body with deep cut, beveled treble cutaway for easy access to the top frets. Neck is a medium profile with ebony fretboard, 24 jumbo frets, cream binding on headstock and neck, black oblong side markers, Gotoh tuners, and Schaller strap pins. Some of you might remember this guitar - I actually owned it in 2006. After the sale my customer received a letter from ESP as well as the original ESP catalog. It's been very lightly played since that time but remains in very near mint condition. If the guitar isn't cool enough, this one includes some exciting case candy including original ESP 3-page fold out ESP Custom catalog with this guitar on the cover, a letter of certification from ESP, ESP bumper sticker, and George Lynch postcard and sticker. Also included is the G&G tweed case in excellent condition other than a very light discolored spot on the top. When I last posted it, new Custom Horizons with flamed tops listed for $4500, selling discounted to $3300. This doesn't have a flame top but it has a top that's 10X more stunning, and at $2099 you'll have a piece of ESP history that would be the centerpiece of your ESP, or graphic guitars, collection - but it's priced well enough that you can make this one killer gigging axe. Just be gentle with it is all I ask.
19. ESP Mirage Deluxe 48th Street - Cadillac Tailfin & Fishnet Legs Graphic, (front), (headstock), (back), (heel/neckplate), (trem), (case), (fretboard). Girls, cars, and guitars; they just go together as evidenced by this super cool airbrush graphic of some fishnet-clad legs sitting atop a 50's Cadillac tailfin. Specs are the same as the Snakeskin above with a few differences - bridge pickup is the ESP dual rail, fretboard is rosewood, tremolo is recessed, and the trem cover plate is recessed. Other than that, its the same super nice axe from the 48th Street custom shop. The fretboard on this one is some beautiful rosewood that has much of the color and figuring of Brazilian. Like all the airbrushed guitars from this era, this body is literally a work of art and hand-painted by a true artist in his/her own right. Like the snake skin above, this guitar has seen very little use and exhibits no player's wear. The only noteworthy flaw are a few lacquer cracks beside the tremolo (shown here) which only bear mentioning because the guitar is otherwise in such pristine condition. Highly recommended for the ESP collector, collector of graphic finishes, or better yet and pro player since this guitar plays fantastic with action that's built to shred and quality tone. With a new Mirage II in black running around $1700 new, here's a much more rare custom shop model in a super cool and sexy graphic, for just $1099(HOLD-Ron R 7/16/18). Includes top quality ESP case with black tolex with silver logo, leather ends, and plush interior.
20. ESP Vintage S - Daddy's Series, (front/back), (headstock). Not an especially rare model, but an extremely rare series, commissioned for Daddy's Junky Music, probably the country's #1 dealer in used gear, 30+ years ago. I called Daddy's corporate office to get the rundown on this model and spoke to Chris, who was actually around when these guitars were built. The story goes like this: In the early 80's, ESP had very few dealers in the USA and they were hot to increase their distribution stateside. At a NAMM show a fellow named "Toschi" from ESP approached Daddy's and Daddy's placed a fairly large order. According to Chris, he thought that there were probably 50 or so, but no more than 100 of the entire series, which were essentially ESP's 400-Series, ESP's vintage line, with a special "Daddy's Series" logo. They came in various finishes and appointments, with this one being Olympic white with black and white plastic parts. It's a well made guitar, typical of Japan quality in the 80's, with good quality woods, hardware, and electronics. The bridge pickup has been replaced with a Duncan Quarter Pounder (pic here) - middle and neck are regular stag pole vintage style. Pots are the full size Japan pots; switch is the vintage style blade, both shown here. This guitar is in extremely clean condition with no scratches to on the body or neck; frets are 98%, almost new. The only noteworthy flaws are some natural relic'ing to the nickel bridge and some of the pickguard screws, as shown here. The rarity of a Daddy's Series may only appeal to a handful of players, but it's an interesting story, and one that has little to no web documentation. Thanks to Chris from Daddy's corporate headquarters for his help. Rarity aside, this is a very good quality Japan S-style in superb condition - for $550. Includes gigbag.
21. 2005 ESP Ltd Viper 301 w/Upgrades, (back), (headstock), (pickups). Killer Viper with in super clean condition, upgraded with a killer pair of DiMarzio humbuckers. Installed are a DP207 Drop Sonic in the neck and a DP100 Super Distortion in the bridge, an excellent combination. Although common practice is to use the 207 in the bridge position, it has an excellent treble response which keeps it from getting muddy like a lot of pickups in the neck position. With the super high output of the 100, you need a powerful pickup in the neck and the 207 matches it well. In addition, it is capable of a multitude of wiring schemes, with a total of 5 combinations for the neck pickup alone. The Viper 301 is built with quality craftsmanship that reinforces the fact that some great guitars are coming out of Korea these days. The body shape of the Viper is pretty much like a Gibson SG, except slightly thicker, and the upper horn is slightly longer, with an offset waist, rather than symmetrical like the SG. It also features the same all-mahogany construction of the SG with the same Tuneomatic bridge and tailpiece, 3/side headstock, bound neck with 24 3/4" scale, and beveled body edges. Other features include 24 medium jumbo frets, set-neck design with 3-piece mahogany neck for increased stability and strength, rosewood fretboard with "flag" pearloid inlays, pearloid model name inlay at 12th fret, Eclipse headstock, bound headstock, and black hardware. The all-black look, without a pickguard, is both elegant, and very much rock and roll. It received 4.5 out of 5 stars at Audiofanzine (link). Phased out a few years ago, the Viper 301 sold for $450-$539 ($769 list) with the stock passive EMG-Hz pickups, but this one's in beautiful shape and, with a much better set of pickups, is a sweet deal at just $350, with gigbag, or $25 more for hardshell case.
22. 1999 ESP Ltd M-107 7-String, (front), (headstock), (back), (string-thru-body). Want to try switching to a 7-string without paying a big chunk of change? This M-107 is an exceptionally nice player with quality tone out of these LTD 7 humbuckers. This one was obviously a closet queen that looks like it was played for a few weeks and then stashed away for 20 years. Made only one year, which the Bluebook says was 2000 but the serial on this one is '99. It also feature a black gloss finish which I think is unusual since most of these were satin finishes. Features include offset double cutaway basswood body, bolt-on maple neck, 22 extra-jumbo frets, rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays, model name at the 12th fret, reverse headstock, hardtail bridge, strings thru body for enhanced sustain, dual humbucker LTD 7 pickups, volume-tone knobs, three-way switch, and black hardware. 7-Strings were once the choice of many jazz players but in recent years they have become the choice guitar by some of the heaviest music ever created. Beginning in the early 90's, led by Steve Vai and following shortly the "Korn" sound became synonymous with the low, huge sound of the 7-string. Numerous other bands and players like Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit, John Petrucci, Jeff Loomis, etc., have made the 7 the defining tone of their band's sound. This model carried a list price of $499 over a decade a ago and in exceptionally nice condition with a killer setup, is an excellent value on a well-made 7-string at just $279.
23. 2006 ESP Ltd Viper 400, (front/back), (headstock), (Earvana Heel). Killer Viper with factory EMG's, again in super clean condition. The only real flaw is a tiny hole (pic here) where apparently somebody was going to move the strap pin. We can plug and refinish the area for $20 if desired. The 400 is the top of the line in the Ltd Viper series, with top quality features and quality craftsmanship that reinforces the fact that some great guitars are being built in Korea these days. The Ltd line was originally conceived to be a less expensive alternative to ESP's Japan-made guitars. It's been my opinion that they're every bit as good as their ESP counterparts and I actually have found them to be better built guitars on the whole. Their shortcomings were electronics and hardware that weren't quite as good...but Viper 400 is certainly an exception. Starting with a set of active EMG-81/85 pickups, Grover tuners, and an Earvana nut that makes the intonation much closer than a standard nut. The body shape of the Viper is pretty much like an SG, except slightly thicker and the upper horn is slightly longer, rather than symmetrical like the SG. It also features the same all-mahogany construction of the SG with the same Tuneomatic bridge and tailpiece, 3/side headstock, and beveled body edges. ESP left off the pickguard and used black hardware which give it a more elegant look. Phased out earlier this year, the Viper 400 sold for $599 but this one's in beautiful shape and just $439 with a new $70 Guardian Featherlight (canvas over foam) case - or just $399 with a used gigbag. This is a killer playing guitar and like the EC-1000, definitely good enough for pro use.
24. 2006 ESP Ltd EC-400AT, (front), (headstock), (back). Fine example of the upscale Korean guitars hitting the market the past decade. While the majority of imports have moved to China, Korean guitars offer superior woods and finer craftsmanship overall - and in the case of this EC-400, quality hardware and electronics as well. At the request of customers, we upgrade the pickups on many cheaper guitars, which provides them pro quality tone, at around 1/4 the price of a comparable USA model. The EC-400AT comes from the factory with quality pickups, namely the popular Seymour Duncan JB bridge and '59 neck. Other upscale features include an Earvana compensated nut for perfect intonation, Grover mini-tuners which have a lower mass and overall superior to the common 18:1 Grovers, nicely appointed with cream binding on body, neck, and headstock; flag fretboard inlays, and model name at the 12th fret. The warm, fat tone comes via a solid mahogany body with arched top and Florentine cutaway, plus mahogany neck - 3-piece for stability, Gibson scale (24 3/4"), Tuneomatic bridge/stop tailpiece, 22 extra jumbo frets, and high gloss black finish. The set up on this guitar is spectacular; low action and no fretting out, with a quality tone that's good enough for professional use. In fact, this guitar needs no upgrades to be ready for the stage. ESP built some of the best quality Japanese imports, and when they launched the Ltd line years ago they found a factory that would be comparable quality guitars in Korea. It is, quite simply, 90% as good as a Gibson LP, at a fraction of the cost. These sold in stores for $599 but this used one is super clean and just $379(HOLD-Jeff, local 3/30).
25. 2000 Godin SD 24, (front), (headstock), (back). I really love Godins. Whether acoustic or electric, every one we've had has been an excellent quality guitar in all regards and probably the best value in a North American guitar (built in USA from Canadian parts). The SD features a Gibson scale (24 3/4") for easy string bends, but with the maple body and maple neck, is a lot brighter sounding than a Gibson. Features include vintage-style tremolo, die-cast tuners, great sounding Godin HSH pickups, 1 11/16" nut width, and nicely contoured maple body and a flat 12" fretboard radius. Excellent set up and overall nice shape other than some light scratches and finish impressions but nothing through the clear coat; around an 8.5 overall. For overall quality and tone, this guitar is hard to beat at $399, including a gigbag, or $459 with a nice Godin case (shown here).
26. 2000 Godin Radiator w/Upgrade, (front), (back), (headstock), (electronics upgrade). Godin's offer 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. It's rare that you come across a proline guitar for $449.
27. Godin G4000, USA, excellent tone via humbucker and two singles, Schaller deluxe tremolo block, Grover tuners, nice trans-blue finish on a body thatâ€™s somewhat reminiscent of a Jaguar, excellent player and nice tone, the G-Series Godins are excellent quality and when you buy used they're perhaps the best bargains on the market, $275
28. 1985 Greco Device JJ-R1 - Jackson Strat Copy, (pic2), (back), (pickups/trem), (catalog-1 catalog-2). A shredder's dream guitar with action so low it makes you laugh like a small child. Excellent Japan model that was made for Japan distribution and not imported from what I find. These came in two models, apparently identical except for sharktooth inlays on the JJ-F1, plus they made them in an HH configuration, and lastly, a bass. This one's a very cool color, Salmon Pink, which was a Fender custom color back in the 60's. The body is a dead knockoff of a San Dimas era Jackson with an identical small control plate and identical contours. Features real Kahler tremolo and excellent sounding pickups. According to the catalog, I would guess the bridge pickup is a Jackson USA while the neck and middle are likely Greco. They're Duncan Quarter-Pounder style with large pole pieces, plus they have a brass band around the sides, same as the catalog pics. All three pickups sound very good. Controls and knob layout is Jackson all the way, with volume and tone mounted straight across, with 3 mini-toggles which activate: single coil - off - humbucker. Bound 24-fret neck feels great and is thinner at the nut that most metal axes. Also features black hardware, Grover tuners, and football output jack which is another Jackson touch. I would hold this guitar up against any USA made during this time and, trust me, the action is as low as it gets. It's in extremely clean, collector's condition, with no flaws of note. A sweet metal axe that's a rare find in the USA, for $499. You can add form-fitting Charvel chainsaw case for $35 with 3 of 4 latches intact.
29. 1979 Gretsch Beast BST-1000 with Upgrades, (front), (back), (headstock), (Kahler trem/nut/clamp), (heel), (DiMarzio's (catalog). Features include single-cutaway solid mahogany body, finished in "Red Mahogany"; two-piece bolt-on maple neck with rosewood fretboard; 24 large frets; pearl dot inlays; zero-frets; vertical black T-top logo; 24-3/4" scale, 1-5/8" nut width, 1-1/2" body thickness; 3-ply large pickguard. Originally a hard tail model, this one has an added Kahler tremolo and string clamp. To say that this was a pro mod is an understatement, this one was modified by John Suhr (signed in the trem cavity) so you know it was done cleanly and precisely. One other upgrade, and it's significant, the original Gretsch pickups (with odd Phillips head pole pieces) have been replaced with a very old pair of DiMarzio Super Distortions. It was a very tone-enhancing change since stock Beast pickups are pretty unremarkable. It's a very comfortable guitar to play with nicely rounded edges, deep treble cutaway, and the neck cut low into the body - much like a PRS bolt-on - which allows the neck plane to be closer to the plane of the body. Very nice player with comfortable action and nicely dressed frets without any deep wear spots. The tone is fat and powerful, suitable for a number of styles. Cosmetically it's in nice shape for its age other than a spot on the back where the clear coat is worn through but this is a very thin nitro finish so it's going to wear easily. Very affordable vintage USA Gretsch that's good enough for the pro player. $550 includes gigbag.
30. 1997 Hamer Sunburst Flat Top, (front), (back), (headstock), (short heel), (barrel jack). For the player who wants the lowest possible action without spending a lot, this would be my recommendation. Action is very low at the nut and stays close to the fretboard all the way up the neck. For playability, this one is as nice as most USA Hamers. This is an excellent example of the quality coming out of Korea in the late 90's. While I think they were mediocre a decade earlier, by '97 the Korean factories were putting out guitars that rivaled Japan production. Hamer moved this series to China in the 00's but if you can find these older models, it's definitely worth the hunt. If you want to sink another $135 into it, we can drop in a set of Duncans but these Duncan Designed humbuckers, which are likely HB103 treb and bass, are highly regarded and sound better than most. Cosmetically, it's not a near mint piece with light scratches, a small paint chip on the headstock shown above, and strap pin is currently located at the end of the upper horn but we can change to one of two previous locations, which have been plugged and lightly finished, if desired (pic here). You'll note the headstock pic above with a "used" stamp, which means that this was a cosmetic second for reasons that are impossible to tell once a guitar gets a few scratches on it. For a player on a budget, if you don't mind a guitar with a few cosmetic flaws, I guarantee you'll love the tone, feel, and playability. Includes hardshell case for $319 or $279 with gigbag.
31. 1996 Hamer USA Artist (Studio) GATASO, (front/back), (headstock), (top). 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. List on a new Artist Studio is $3300, street priced at over $2300, which makes this a pretty good value at $1350. Includes Hamer case.
32. Hofner CT Club Semi-Hollowbody, (front), (headstock/neck), (back), (features), (bridges), (box candy). New, an unplayed, first quality Hofner. We have a few of these in stock and feel that they're one of the most unique semi-hollowbody guitars made. It's super lightweight, at around 6.3 lbs., and its small LP style body isn't ungainly like most of the typical archtop semi-hollows. With the new CT Club Hofner resurrected one of their classic vintage models and a proud history that included John Lennon (pic) and George Harrison as players of their Club 40 in ca. '59, and a Club 50 they shared in the mid-60's. Other noteworthy players of Club series include Jimi Hendrix (Club 50 ca. '59), Richie Blackmore (second guitar he owned), David Gilmour (Club 60 in '63; another 60 in the 80's), and a number of the UK's hottest players in the 50's and 60's. If you're used to semi-hollowbodys that have feedback problems, worry not. The small body, lack of f-holes, sustain block, and mini-humbuckers combine to make this guitar no more susceptible to feedback than a Les Paul. Crank up the gain as high as you want, no problem. This guitar will perform great for nearly any type of music, and especially jazz and jump, although it's probably not the best choice for super heavy metal. It has excellent volume when strummed acoustically, and this open sound is also noticeable when amplified. Features of the CT Club include: single cutaway maple body with flamed maple veneer on back and sides, spruce top, semi-hollow construction with modern sustain block, 3-piece maple neck with 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard, pearloid dot inlays, 24-3/4" scale, 1-11/16" nut width, pearloid Hofner logo & floral design peghead inlay, a pair of Hofner "Diamond" pickups, classic adjustable metal bridge installed - plus vintage style Hofner wooden bridge included, trapeze tailpiece, pearloid pickguard & control plate, sealed tuning machines and, surprisingly, nickel hardware. Controls include separate volume controls for each pickup (i.e. "bass" pickup and "treble" pickup), treble & bass pickup slider switches turn on/off one or both pickups, uses a "Rhythm/Solo" switch in lieu of a tone pot, with the Rhythm position having the highs rolled off a tad. These are getting hard to find. The few sites that discount them heavily off their $999 list have them on back order, some until July. The only sites that actually have them in stock are selling at $699. I have a few of these in stock, set up better than factory and untouched, except for my tech, and a great buy at $439.(1 remaining)
33. 1987 Jackson USA Strat w/Skull Graphic, (graphic/back), (headstock), (trem/controls), (case). Very cool old Jackson in incredibly nice shape, especially for 30+ years old. San Dimas neckplate but the only actual San Dimas models were serials below 1506. Back in this era these were all custom shop guitars, built to order. I remember a form that customers (dealers included) would fill out, specifying pickups, graphics, tremolo, inlays, etc., and many months later the guitar would arrive at the dealership just as ordered. This one is nicely outfitted with a German-made Jackson/Floyd made by Schaller (mod. JT-590) which was identical to a "regular" Floyd Rose, which was also made by Schaller Germany, and, in fact, all parts are interchangeable except the locking bolts (comparison pic). The JT-590 is considered far superior to the Jackson TT-6 and, for most, better than the Kahler Pro, but that's a matter of taste. Pickups are all Jackson humbuckers which, I believe, are the J-50BC in the bridge with a pair of J-200 bi-level humbuckers in the middle and neck. Controls are the usual 5-way selector, mini two-way switch to split the bridge pickup, master volume, master tone, PLUS Jackson's great mid-boost circuit controlled by the 3rd knob. This mid-boost fattens up the sound incredibly and you'll likely want to keep it cranked up most of the time. This one is finished in black with a very metal-looking skull&crossbones graphic, one of many dozens of graphics offered by Jackson back in the day. This guitar has obviously seen very little use as evidenced by the near perfect frets, intact lettering on the pickups, and almost no discoloration to the Floyd. It plays wonderfully, with low action and very sleek oil-finished neck. There are no buckle scratches, only some fine pick scratches, most if not all we'll buff out prior to shipping. The only flaw is minor, and it's a small finish ding on the back of the neck which we can fill at no cost. These are nit pick issues and anyone would agree that this guitar is in beautiful shape. This guitar was made while Grover Jackson still owned the company and, thus, much more desirable than the later Ontario guitars. At $1050 it's just slightly more than the "American" San Dimas reissues but has a pedigree that guarantees that it will be a valuable axe for years to come. Includes hardshell case, tolex with leather ends and white piping. It's supposed to be original to the guitar but I don't believe it to be a Jackson case.
34. Jon Kammerer Scorpius, (front), (back), (side), (fretboard), (headstock), (neck/pocket), (recessed plates), (label), (pickups), (case). Kammerer, made in his shop in Iowa, builds very unique, high quality guitars. According to his site, he has "built over 350 guitars...and hundreds of necks for other companies that don't want to be mentioned as they "Hand Build" their instruments. These are unique guitars, primarily with his patented neck attachment system, and with a body that's very thin at the edge, beveled to a regular thickness at the center, sort of like an Ibanez Sabre body. His patented neck attachment system maximizes transfer of energy between the neck and body. What looks like a 2-screw attachment is actually just 2 screws that hold the neckplate in place - the actual attachment uses 4 machine screws, with brass inserts in the neck. Two additional pins in the body prevent any shifting of the neck. With this system you don't need a lot of wood around the neck for strength, which allows is a very narrow heel that's very rounded, allowing for the utmost comfort playing in the upper register. It's an ingenious system, much more expensive to manufacture than a Strat style with 4 wood screws, but the results are worth it. The neck and headstock are the same piece of maple (i.e. no scarf joint), with the headstock being on a different plane to obtain the angle over the nut. Again, more expensive but an effective and sturdy design. Feel the headstock while you strum a chord and you can feel just how lively the neck vibrates. His bodies are also unique in that parts are all recessed - back plate, output jack, and neckplate are all recessed into the body, precisely, for a perfect fit. Just as precise is the fret work, with perfectly pressed frets, cut to exact fit, with no tang visible at the end of the fret (shown here). Other features include maple body with gloss finish, abalone bow-tie fretboard inlays, 24-fret rosewood fretboard, Duncan pickups with a Duncan Custom neck and a Pearly Gates bridge, black hardware. The body is two-piece but not the usual bookmatched variety: it's a one-piece top, sandwiched to a one-piece back, and chambered inside. Unlike some other boutique builders, Kammerer proudly uses a CNC machine in manufacturing his guitars, just like PRS or any other large company. If you insist on a body and neck cut with a band saw, that's fine, but those guitars are usually around twice the $1750 base price of a Kammerer. He builds guitars to order, but the Scorpius seems to be the starting point. Although this guitar has been played and there's some moderate player's wear, there aren't any major flaws and the frets are perfect. It has superb action, excellent tone, and is quite lightweight. Own this one for 1/2 the price of a new one at just $875. Includes the original case. Note: I also have a mint "Iris Special", one of only two made, for $1399.
35. 1965 Kay Vanguard, (front), (back), (headstock/neck), (detail). Model K-332 in nice condition; plays as good as it looks. Vanguards went through various design changes, almost yearly, and this is one of the cooler ones with beveled body edges and a headstock with sort of a German carve on top - flat on back. It also has matching pickup covers and bridge cover (back in the mid-60's they tried everything!). This model came in a single pickup version (K-331) and this two pickup K-332. These pickups have a nice mellow vintage tone, slightly lower output than a 60's Strat, and more balanced without the Strat's harshness. Overall nice shape for 50+ years - top is super clean, back is in nice shape, but there are some finish dings around the edges (shown here) and it's all original except for one replaced fret (shown here). Speaking of frets, Kay used brass frets which adds to the overall wackiness of these cool guitars which do tend to wear more quickly than nickel/silver frets. This one has a very recent fret dressing so there are no dishes in the frets but the next time they wear down it will likely want to have a refret. Old Kays are hit or miss as far as playability - this one is fantastic. With a perfectly straight neck and perfect neck angle, it sets up with low action from the 1st fret to the 19th. I remember 15 years ago when you could pick up old Kay's, Harmony's, Silvertone's, etc., for $100-$200 but in recent years they've increasingly gotten the respect they deserve. For a great player like this, it's still an excellent value in a vintage American guitar at $425.
36. '04 Kramer Jersey Star "Player" - Richie Sambora Tribute, (front), (back neckplate), (headstock), (case), (headstock fix), (body ding). Player's special on a fantastic Jersey Star that's seen very little use, but encountered an accident. This is the ca. '04 reproduction of the 80's Kramer's Richie Sambora Signature Model, and was offered from Kramer/Music Yo's "USA Collection" (Do not compare to some recent cheaply built Chinese JS models selling new for $300). As the original Kramer factory closed down long ago, this model was developed and built from the ground up, with special thanks to Mike at www.VintageKramer.com and John Montaperto for their insight in designing this guitar. Richie was under contract with other manufacturers and didn't officially endorse this model, thus the Jersey Star designation and "JS" truss rod cover rather than the original "RS" truss rod cover. All other major specs are pretty much identical to the original including quality hardware (pics), all gold, with a real Floyd Rose tremolo, Schaller tuners, and Schaller straplocks. Pickups are specially designed for this guitar with a JS-90R in the neck and a pair of JS-91T's in the middle and neck. For a good review of this guitar here's a like to VintageKramer (link here), where Mike states that this series is better than the original 80's model. No scratches, no fret or fretboard wear, clean gold hardware, etc., but it did experience the boo-boo to the headstock. Back when these were made they were always on back order at Music Yo, and although the new cost was $1022, enterprising individuals would buy them strictly for resale, fetching $100s more from impatient customers. This particular example has seen very little playing time with no extraneous pick/button scratches. Headstock has been repaired and there's a relatively small ding on the body, both shown in the pics above. The headstock appears to be very solid, with no wood missing, and since there's a locking nut it's not a high stress area with the nut clamped down. I got this without case and I'll offer it without the case for $550, or include a new Roadrunner molded case for $599. It plays superbly and has excellent sustain and one of the better overall tones I've coaxed out of a Kramer.
37. 1986 Kramer American Pacer Custom - Flip Flop Red, (front), (back), (headstock), (color/shades), (case). Another beautiful Pacer in time capsule condition. I just sold the flip-flop blue '86 and right on the heels comes this one in Flip-Flop Red, which, depending on the viewing angle, can appear red, purple, or pink, clearly visible in the pics above. This is a true "under the bed" guitar with virtually no player's wear, and the only flaw are a few very minor impressions, the worst of which is (shown here), which are only visible from the right angle. No buckle/button scratches or pick scratches, frets are clean, headstock is clean, just a near perfect example of an ESP-era Kramer American. Features include non-recessed original Floyd Rose, Jackson-style sharp body edges, cannon output jack, Gotoh tuners with set screws straight down the side (never had any other tuners installed), droopy/pointy headstock, and 3-pc. maple neck with rosewood board. Pickups are an angled Duncan JB in the bridge with Duncan Vintage Staggered in the middle and neck, controlled by three mini on/off switches and a single volume knob, pretty much the simplicity of a Baretta in a 3-pickup version. This was one of 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. Not just great looks, this baby has a great setup with very comfortable action, no problem bends, and the Floyd stays in tune perfectly. In this condition and this color, this is an excellent buy for the collector, or player, for $699. Includes new TKL case that's the same model as the mid-line Kramer case from the 80's.
38. 1982/3 Kramer Floyd Rose Signature, (front/back), (headstock), (tuners/strap pins), (Schaller pu's), (Floyd Rose). Fairly rare model from Kramer, in common red stain 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. This guitar came in with horrible action and intermittent electronics. Again, Martin did his magic and turned this into a shredder's dream. The action is insanely 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 it's small body and light weight make it a joy 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 - first one I've had in many, many years - and a quality real American Kramer for $679. I got this without a case or bag but will include a free gigbag or a used hardshell case for $59.
39. Kramer Focus 3000, (front/back), (headstock). Almost identical to one that sold last month; very cool ESP-made Kramer. Players who know about these guitars don't let the Focus name scare them. They're quality Japan-made Kramers - just like the "Kramer Americans" that followed a few years later. Unlike the ones a year or two earlier that features a Floyd Rose without fine tuners (what a fiasco), Floyd had it nailed by the time this one was built and with the addition of fine tuners, the "Original" Floyd made it's debut. This double-locking Floyd Rose is the same model found on the Pacer series from this era and became the standard by which all other locking tremolos were measured. This one's in very clean shape ( as shown here) and works great. These are good sounding pickups, some of the best you'll find on an import, controlled by a 5-way blade and mini-toggle to split the bridge humbucker. You get anything from Strat tones to fat metal tones and it sounds very good on every setting. Nice shape, with a killer setup and every bit as good as the "Kramer Americans" (where were ESP Japan guitars) which followed. Priced at $429 with original Kramer case. If preferred, we can substitute an "Kramer American" pointy headstock neck for $175 more, with trade of old neck covering the labor and set up.
40. Les Paul Copy by Karera , nicely flamed maple top, set neck design and a very cool sculpted heel that allows easier access than any other LP I've played. Gold hardware, good sounding humbuckers, and absolutely new condition with protective film still on the plastic and a nice playing guitar for $199.
41. Line 6 Variax and POD XT Live Package.
Now includes Digital Interface cable ($39), XT Live gigbag ($49), 1/4"
stereo guitar cable and USB cable. When you combine a Variax with a POD XT
Live, you have one of the most powerful backline or studio setups imaginable.
Save big time on this setup - $898 takes it all. Here's what you get:
Line 6 Variax 600 Modeling Guitar - Black, (front), (headstock), (back), (features), (gigbag). Before Fender's VG Strat there was the Variax which beats the VG in terms of versatility and a rather convincing modeling tone but the Variax takes it 10 steps further with loads more guitar models and tuning options. It's like having 25 guitars in one! For a complete listing, click here for Line 6 site. For many of us setting up for a gig means lugging at least two electrics and probably a 12-string and an acoustic. Imagine a single guitar that plays fantastically, that can cover all the bases. Ladies and Gents, the Variax. With a seeming endless variety of sounds from classic acoustic and electric tones all the way to sitar and banjo - plus without magnetic pickups, your notes come out crystal clear without any noise whatsoever. Variax also allows you to plug into a computer and customize your tone or apply alternate tunings to any of the 25 presets. Line 6's exclusive Variax Workbench software lets you fine-tune all the details of each tone, or change your tuning to Open G, DADGAD, D-MODAL, Drop-D, or any tuning you can imagine, without ever needing a tuner. It also integrates seamlessly with POD XT Live and Vetta II - not only powering the guitar but also letting you control the entire signal chain right at your feet (also runs on batteries or optional phantom adapter). Other features include Comfort-contoured basswood body, one piece maple neck, 22 medium profile frets, 25 1/2" scale, 9.5" fingerboard radius, custom L.R. Baggs tremolo bridge, standard 1/4" guitar output jack plus digital I/O jack for PODXT Live, POD X3 Live, Vetta II, and Workbench connectivity, volume and tone controls. This is a very impressive sounding guitar, especially at an $1119 list price. This used one is in beautiful condition and is the original Korean model (later models were Chinese). It plays exceptionally well, and incredibly powerful guitar. Includes one of the best gigbags made. Also with this package you get the Line 6 POD XT Live with XT Live gigbag. Works great with any guitar and especially the Variax where it unleashes all the power and convenience. There are so many features on this unit, I won't even try, but tour the POD XT Live page (click here) to get a full rundown on this amazing unit. It's an uncomplicated, gig-ready tone machine thatâ€™s portable and adaptable to different real world stage and recording environments. Can be used as the ultimate multi-effects pedal in front of any guitar amp, as a complete direct PA solution, or as the world-standard guitar recording workhorse in the studio. Includes 84 "must have" stomp box and studio effects models, 36 amp models, 24 cabinet models, and loads more features. Click here to read or download manual. Again, this package includes all required and optional cables, POD power supply, copies of manuals, gigbag for each, plus a quality leather strap, all for $898.
42. Michael Kelly Patriot Hot Rod, (front/back), (headstock), (detail). Super nice Korean import. I think this is only the second Kelly I've had but I'm really impressed with the quality which is just one more example of how far Korean quality has come in the past 2 decades. The Patriot is MK's LP style guitar with set-neck construction, carved top, dual humbuckers, single cutaway, 3/side headstock, dual volume and tone controls with a 3-way selector on the upper bout, and multi-ply binding on the body and headstock, and bound neck. Unlike a stock LP, the Patriot Hot Rod features push/pull knobs on both of the tone controls to either - or both - humbuckers. There are some more obvious departures, most notably a very unique and comfortable neck joint that makes playing upper notes easier, strings-thru-body rather than a stopbar tailpiece - which serves to enhance the sustain. The Hot Rod model also features some cool cosmetic enhancements - an abalone "flame" fretboard inlay in the lower frets as well as a "Sonic Art Bridge", also flame-shaped, which adds additional mass and it's increased bridge-to-body contact improves tone and resonance. It features all-mahogany construction for a fat, warm tone, which I'm beginning to favor over a maple cap. If you haven't tried PAF's on an all-mahogany guitar, you should give it a try. This guitar plays beautifully with low action and no fretting out, perfectly finished fret ends, and remarkably nice tone for a guitar that sells new for under $500. The stock PAF style pickups are fat, quiet, and warm sounding, plus the addition of the two coil splitters gives you an excellent selection of single-coil and humbucker tones - 6 tones in all. Finished in black Satin with lots of chrome hardware, this guitar is a definite eye catcher. When you combine playability, tone, looks, and overall quality, few guitars can touch this guitar at this price - just $379 AND includes free gigbag.
43. Monty Rockmaster II, (front/back), (headstock), (finish detail), (optional flight 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 it's 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. I like to price clean examples at a nice even number so here you go, $1000 less than new. $1900 includes a LP style tolex case or $1939 includes new flight case pictured, aluminum plush lined with ATA recessed twist lock latches.
44. 2005 Parker PM10 Hornet, (front/back), ( headstock). The PM10 delivers the first new shape in the Parker line-up since the Parker Fly was first introduced in the mid-90's and is basically the same silhouette as the USA Fly Mojo Single Cut (shown here). PM10 is a single cutaway design with a solid one-piece mahogany body and mahogany set neck, outfitted with a pair of custom wound Parker Stinger Alnico humbuckers, controlled by a 3-way selector plus push/pull pots on both the volume and tone knobs. Other features include 25.5" scale, 1.65" nut width, Ebony fretboard with nickel/silver frets, 10-13" compound radius neck, "fat" neck profile that's similar to PRS wide-fat, and Grover tuners with 18:1 ratio. This is a lightweight guitar at just 7 lbs. and is ergonomically and well-engineered guitar, perfect for playing multiple sets with minimal fatigue. The set-up is fantastic and it's one of the nicer guitars you'll find in the under $1K list price range. With a list of $799, this model sells new for $559 and is one of the better made imports at that price. This beautiful used one is just $375 and includes a quality gigbag.
45. Peavey Raptor Strat copy, Good quality Strat copy in nice shape, nice set-up and highly recommended for a beginner - or skilled player who wants a good playing 2nd guitar, $145.
46. 1983 Peavey T-30, (pic2), ( pic3). See the T-60 above some background on the T-series. The T-30 is more of a scaled down model, with simpler electronics and hardware, and an ash body with only a sealer coat. The quality of construction however was as good as the T-60 and this is a well made guitar and one of the biggest bargains on the used/vintage market. Features a trio of single coil pickups with standard 5-way selector, master volume, and master tone. The bridge is an effective but simple compensated bar and like a Les Paul Jr. is adjustable forward and back - up and down. Tuners are Klusons style Peavey "Truelock". It features a tilt-adjust neck attachment to easily set the neck angle. It has a thin and comfortable neck with an excellent setup and, as you might expect, very much a Strat tone. Includes the original plastic case and in my opinion a steal on a 24-year-old USA guitar at $399.
47. Rahbek COS-T “Esquire” Style, (front), (headstock), (back), (heel/cutaway), (frets), (Vintage Rails/bridge), (Fralin pickup (Case). Peter Rahbek builds fine guitars in his native Denmark, where Rahbeck guitars are the choice of pros from his country. From what I gather, his shop can be considered sort of the Tom Anderson of Denmark, in fact his new headstock resembles Anderson, and Suhr for that matter. He offers three standard models, with enough custom options to make every guitar as unique as you'd like it to be. He offers this COS-T, (short for "Cozmic" Tele), as well a Standard (Strat) and Classic. His guitars aren't cheap but considering that they're *genuinely* hand-made, informed players won't feel like they're over priced. One look at this one and you think "Esquire", but it's so much more. One thing that really sets it apart from traditional Fenders is Rahbek's neck joint which is considerably deeper than a Fender and beveled to be very thin where your hand comes around. You won't find a Tele that's easier to play in the upper register. Also, they went with neck screws recessed into the body, rather than through a neckplate, with a greater distance between the screws to increase stability. One of my favorite features as far as maintenance is concerned, is the truss rod adjustment, a wheel style located at the base of the neck (Musicman style) which adjusts with any small bar or steel pin and doesn't require you to gash up the body trying to squeeze and Allen wrench into the adjustment screw. Features include lightweight swamp ash body, quartersawn maple neck with medium depth, nicely rounded in back with a 9.5" radius, stainless steel frets, and staggered Gotoh locking tuners that retain the vintage look from the front. Switching is currently set up vintage style: (1) tone control out of circuit, (2) tone control adjustable, and (3) tone control turned all the way back, utilizing 3 capacitors for a dark (aka mud) tone. The installed Duncan is a 4-conductor so it can be wired single coil-humbucker-out of phase. Stock pickup is a Lindy Fralin Blues Special, which is included in the case, as well as a Duncan Vintage Rails humbucker currently installed. This guitar hasn't seen much playing time, fret are near perfect and cosmetically it's in excellent condition with only very minor flaws. It has had the bridge replaced which left three small holes barely visible (see here). Some builders don't favor the vintage bridge, believing that it makes the pickup more harmonic and prone to squealing. The Wilkinson bridge that's installed is a good compromise between vintage and modern. It retains the back half of the traditional bridge but doesn't surround the pickup, therefore eliminating the shortcomings of the vintage bridge. The brass saddles are compensated for more accurate intonation. If you want a vintage style bridge and/or want to cover up the holes, we can swap out the bridge to a Fender-stamped or identical vintage aftermarket bridge. Click here for links to in-depth reviews by Vintage Guitar and other magazines. As I mentioned, Rahbeks aren't cheap and their line runs around $2700 to $3500, but compared to other small companies with very little hand-craftsmanship, they're worth the money. This guitar is a fantastic player with a well-chosen resonant piece of ash, perfectly dressed and seated frets, and immaculately constructed. I feel it's an excellent *value* for $1599.
48. 1946 Rickenbacker Model B Hawaiian Lap Steel, (front/back), (headstock), (case), (back), (electronics). This wonderful old Ricky, built of Bakelite, was made the first year following the War and is in very good vintage condition, appearing all original except for one mis-matching tuner which I believe is the original one. It sounds excellent with strong output, original electronics perform flawlessly with no scratchiness in the volume or tone pot. Some finish wear and chips on the ivory painted metal plates. Serial B8-192. The B6 was made in Los Angeles, California with a molded bakelite body and neck. Overall length is 30 in, 9 3/8 in. wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. deep at side of rim. Scale length is 22 1/2 in. and nut width is 2 1/4 in. Original red-lined case is in nice vintage condition with all latches and hinges intact. This is a wonderful working instrument and an iconic piece of Rick history for $799.
49. 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's good enough to take to a gig. 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 near pristine condition 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 $329(HOLD-Rene 12/2) with gigbag.
50. Schecter Damien Elite-8, (front), (back), (headstock), (inlays). Not for everybody, but for players who want to venture into an even lower register than a 7-string, the Damien Elite-8 gives you the low B string of a 7 - and an even lower F#, allowing it to play both in the standard guitar register (1st - 6th strings), but almost an octave lower as well. In fact, with a custom set of strings you can use Baritone tuning, with extra high 1st and 2nd strings. Long before metal players discovered the dark tones of an extended low range, jazz and classical players used 8-string guitars, usually adding a lower A and a higher A. In recent years, heavy bands such as GWAR, Ihsahn, Meshuggah, Fear Factory, Deftones, Stations, and Triumphant Return, have used it for a distinct signature sound. The Damien Elite-8 is a quality made Korean guitar that's engineered with a long 26-1/2" scale length to accommodate the lower tuning, fitted with a Schecter CTM-8 fixed bridge for maximum stability and sustain. This is a quality import and in addition to the Schecter bridge, it features quality Grover tuners and a pair of EMG-808 active humbuckers which are powerful and totally silent, which is important if you're using high-gain settings on your amps or distortion pedals. It's nicely appointed with intricate stained cross inlays, multi-ply fretboard and body binding, and black chrome hardware. It also features a double-cutaway Construction: double-cutaway mahogany body, bolt-on maple neck with rosewood fretboard, Graph Tech graphite nut to reduce friction, with a simple master tone and volume, with a 3-way switch. Sells new at America's superstore or online affiliate for $629 ($899 list), which is a fair price for a quality Korean with EMG's and quality hardware. This one is in immaculate condition and after Martin did his magic, a killer player for an 8, and just $429.
51. 1999 Schecter A-7+ (Avenger) 7-String, (front/back), ( headstock), (bridge), There is a growing following for 7-string guitars. Once the choice of many jazz players, in recent years they have become the choice guitar by some of the heaviest music ever created. Beginning in the early 90's, led by Steve Vai, "Korn" sound became synonymous with the low, huge sound of the 7-string. Numerous other bands and players like Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit, John Petrucci, Jeff Loomis, etc., have made the 7 a huge part of their band's sound. The A-7 features some very unique contours and a distinct headstock which give this guitar a look all its own. Unlike most of the Diamond Series line, which is built in Korea, I read that this model was built in Mexico, with final inspection and setup done in the USA. The quality control on this line is undoubtedly high as I've had dozens of Diamond Series, usually the Classic or "C" series, and every one set up extremely well with zero issues. The A-7 Plus features a mahogany body for a warm & fat tone, complimented perfectly by a set of Duncan Designed pickups which were custom-wound to fit this model. I've been very impressed with the Duncan-Designed HB-103 pickups used on most 6-strings and these appear to be of equal quality. Other features include 6/1 headstock, maple neck with rosewood board, diamond inlays, 25.5" scale, 24 extra jumbo frets, licensed low-profile Floyd Rose built to specs of the Floyd Rose Pro, Grover tuners, black hardware, 3-way selector with master volume and tone with large radio-style knobs. Although discontinued, the retail price on this model was $899 but this one is immaculate with plastic still on the back plates and could be sold as new - for $350. Add a quality Schecter wedge-shaped gigbag for $22 (pic) if desired.
52. 2006 Schecter C1 Plus, (front/back), (headstock), (side), (string-thru body). We've been very impressed with these higher-end Diamond Series and this is another of these killer imports with drop dead looks, quality construction and parts, excellent tone, and perfect setup. Features include Violin sunburst finish, flamed maple top over Mahogany body, set neck design with mahogany neck, Abalone and pearl "Vector" fretboard inlays, Grover tuners, Duncan Designed HB102 humbuckers controlled by volume and tone with push/pull pot for single coil/humbucker tones, jumbo frets, Tonepros TOM bridge with strings thru body, and cream binding all around - headstock, neck, and body. The top is beautifully carved with a sharp arch, as well recessed knobs and switch. This guitar feels, looks, and plays like a guitar that costs well over its list price of $869. Sells new for $599 but this one has barely been played with no discernable wear of any kind and is a smoking deal at $450 with a setup that's guaranteed to please.Includes used gigbag - used C-1 case (pic here) available for $39 in good condition other than one corner took a hit and tape covers damage.
53. Schecter C-1 Classic, (front/back), (headstock), (3/4 view), (vine of life inlay). This is one stunning guitar. From the perfectly bookmatched flamed maple top, to the flamed maple binding, to the intricate vine of life inlay, to the gold hardware, it's a definite head turner. Thankfully Schecter engineers quality components into their guitars so they're just not works of art and this one has quality parts in addition to great cosmetics. Starting with a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers, with a JB Bridge and SH-2N Jazz neck, you're guaranteed quality tone and a good variety of tones as well. Hardware is top notch as well, with a TonePros locking bridge and quality Grover tuners in brushed gold. From a design aspect, it's made for excellent sustain with a neck-thru design of Maple with Mahogany wings, strings-through body for good string to wood transfer, and the area where the neck joins the body is nicely beveled to make playing the upper frets a breeze. Other features include 24 jumbo frets, slightly substantial maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, creme fretboard binding, 25-1/2" scale, and Schecter locking tuners. I'm not sure what they call this finish but it's a dark tortoise shell, although the official name might be Antique Amber. Regardless, it's stained in such a way that the figured maple is very pronounced, which isn't always easy on darker stains. For over 100 ratings where it scored an overall 9.4 out of 10, click here for Harmony Central. This guitar plays superbly and sounds as good as it plays. With the quality of the high-end Korean guitars, players can finally get a top-notch guitar for well under a grand. A new C-1 Classic is running $799 without gigbag ($1119 list) but this one is virtually flawless and a smoking deal for the intermediate to advanced player at just $599(HOLD-Steve 2/28).
54. 2006 Schecter C-1 E/A, (front/back/side), ( headstock), (detail), (Schecter Gigbag). Still another one of these fine Korean C-1 series, the C-1 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Piezo Pickup. For me this guitar had an immediate vibe of the PRS Hollowbody with its dual F-holes, and slightly thick body that's 2" on the edge to around 2.5" at the center of the body. The first thing you'll notice, as soon as you see it, is the perfectly bookmatched quilted maple top, finished in vintage sunburst - absolutely stunning in person. Neck is a fast and comfortable 3-piece Mahogany set into the body with a unique sculpted heal-joint, allowing for easy playing access to the upper register. With a pair of very good sounding Duncan Designed HB-103 humbuckers, plus a quality RMC piezo bridge, with your choice of summed or split output, this guitar is capable of many, many tones. You'll first think jazz or blues with the hollowbody design, but this guitar was engineered to be feedback resistant and despite using the highest gain settings on my practice amp, I didn't get a hint of feedback. Just pure quality tone. Like it's electric sound, the RMC piezo does a good job of delivering acoustic tone which for many players means one less guitar to lug to gigs. Features include: Quilted maple top on bound mahogany body with traditional F-holes, split crown pearloid fretboard inlays, 25-1/2" mahogany neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, Grover tuners, TonePros bridge, Duncan-Designed HB-103 humbuckers, RMC Piezo pickup system, Mixed or separate signal operation, Quilted maple top, Bound mahogany body, 25-1/2" scale, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, Grover tuners, and TonePros bridge. This guitar plays perfectly with nice low action and no fretting out. For looks, versatility, and tone, it's hard to beat this model. It's remarkable that Schecter could build a guitar with these features for just a $999 list, without gigbag. This used one is immaculate and one nice hollowbody for $550.Includes well-padded Schecter gigbag and optional stereo cable for running into separate electric and acoustic amps.
55. 2008 Schecter Hellraiser C-1 FR and 2008 Schecter Classic C-1 – NOTE – HELLRAISER SOLD. New, old stock, and immaculate. Schecter's high-end C-1 Series with upscale appointments like quilted maple top, real Duncan pickups and Tonepros bridge (Classic) and EMG Active 81/89 and Original Floyd Rose bridge (Hellraiser FR) - both are neck-thru models with stunning Abalone appointments. Along with PRS and Brian Moore, these are the finest Korean imports on the market in my opinion. If purchased separately, the top-quality hardware and electronics alone on these guitars would run you $400-$500. Schecter Hellraiser C-1 FR front/back, ( headstock), ( 2 push/pull knobs), ( appointments/features). A remarkable guitar in terms of features, playability, and looks, at an incredible price. The C-1 FR Hellraiser features high-end EMG active pickups (EMG81TW and EMG89), both with coil split via dual volume knobs; an Original Floyd Rose tremolo with original Floyd locking nut; stunning Abalone inlay along the entire edge of the top; Abalone bound headstock; Abalone Gothic Cross inlays, black chrome 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 3-piece mahogany neck-thru. For a quality made Korean neck-thru, with top-quality hardware and EMG's, the Hellraiser C-1 FR retails at a remarkable $1299, currently clearance priced online at $899. Better still, this one has never been retailed and is immaculate, with our killer in-house setup, for just $729.Includes used gigbag - used C-1 case (pic here) available for $39 in good condition other than one corner took a hit and tape covers damage.
56. 2005 Schecter C1 Plus, (front), (headstock), (controls). We've been very impressed with these higher-end Diamond Series and this is another of these killer imports with drop dead looks, quality construction and parts, excellent tone, and perfect setup. Features include Violin sunburst finish, flamed maple top over Mahogany body, set neck design with mahogany neck, Abalone and pearl "Vector" fretboard inlays, Grover tuners, Duncan Designed HB102 humbuckers controlled by volume and tone with push/pull pot for single coil/humbucker tones, jumbo frets, Tonepros Tuneomatic bridge with strings thru body, and cream binding all around - headstock, neck, and body. The top is beautifully carved with a sharp arch, as well recessed knobs and switch. This guitar feels, looks, and plays like a guitar that costs well over its list price of $869. Sells new for $599 but this one has barely been played, has one of the nicest tops you'll see on these, and is a smoking deal at $399 with a setup that's guaranteed to please.
57. Schecter Omen-6, 2001, Electric Blue, body very similar to my USA Sunset Classic with sleek lines and carved top, features straight-ahead setup with dual humbuckers, 3-way switch, tone, volume, stop-bar with tune-o-matic bridge, mint condition with plastic still on back plate, quality Grover tuners, looks-sound-plays great, looks identical to the ESP Ltd H-100 above, list price in '01 was $469 but this used one is perfect with nice setup and just $225.
58. Schecter Omen-6, another Diamond Series and features the same body shape and headstock of the C1+ above, in a scaled down, more basic model. Advertised as a great metal axe, I can easily recommend this to any entry-level or intermediate metal head. Excellent setup, good pickups, and killer looks in a gloss black with carved top. With a list of $499, this one's like new but the price isn't - just $239.
59. Life size Kiss Fans! Paul Stanley Standup with his signature Silvertone guitars. Original dealer display and great for you Kiss fans. $79
60. SILVERTONE PAUL STANLEY MODELS: KISS FANS and other Collectors: After years with Ibanez and later Washburn, Paul Stanley later signed with Silvertone (dist by Samick) for manufacture of his signature model guitars. I have a very limited selection of the entire line of electrics which are two different set-neck models and two bolt-ons. The bolt-on's feature Agathis bodies with sculpted Maple necks, 14" flat radius fretboard, dual high-output humbuckers, and die-cast tuners. The set-necks feature sculpted Mahogany necks set into Agathis bodies, 14" flat radius fretboard, Grover tuners, and Seymour Duncan-Designed humbuckers. I wouldn't waste your time or mine by posting them at normal store prices. Very limited quantity so grab one quick.
61. Paul Stanley Apocalypse Special PSAP1, List $499, Sale $209(SOLD-KRIS 10/3)
62. Paul Stanley Apocalypse Pro PSAP2, List $699, Sale $362
63. Paul Stanley Sovereign Special PSSN1, List $399, Sale $199
64. Paul Stanley Sovereign Pro PSSN2, List $699, Sale $SOLD
65. Switch Stealth, ( front/back), (headstock), ( detail). Only the second Switch I've had and like the last one, very impressive guitar for the money. Switch uses alternative materials in building their guitars, namely a VibracellÂ® body and neck, which is a synthetic material that has tonal properties that, to me, are extremely similar to wood. They're not the first company to experiment and I remember the original Dan Armstrong Plexiglas bodies as far back as the 60's. The Stealth, whether intentional or not, has a vibe very much like a Parker, specifically, the Parker PM10 Hornet. Features include a pair of Switch humbuckers, bi-level headstock with Grover tuners, nicely beveled body - especially in the cutaway areas. The guitar is also beveled around the entire body, providing a thin, comfortable edge, contoured to a regular thickness toward the middle. Electronics are simple with a volume, tone, and 3-way. Finish is a charcoal metallic. Nice playing guitar with good tone and for a set-neck axe, a good value at $239.
66. ca. 1969 Teisco E-110, (front), (back), (headstock). True museum piece - as clean as it looks in the pics. So many of these old Teisco and Teisco Del Ray guitars are beaters that it's very unusual to come across one that's in pristine condition, especially one without any finish checking. For many players in the 60's, this was their first guitar and since so many were sold to kids, and the fact that they weren't very expensive, most did not receive the care of a fine musical instrument, rather, they were treated as a toy that Junior outgrew and they went out in the shed with the chemistry set and Chutes and Ladders game. Teisco was one of many Japan factories that flourished during the guitar boom of the 60's. Unlike many others, they tended to use their own designs rather than building copies. Most of their guitars before this year featured a 4+2 headstock, for instance, and they had some very unusual body shapes. This one is referred to as the "Tulip" body, due to its resemblance to the flower. Beginning the year after this one was built, Teisco jumped on the bandwagon and began building more and more copies, and most of their unique shapes went away. I've come across many old Teisco's which were horrible players and since they don't have an adjustable truss rod, most were relegated to becoming slide guitars. That is not the case with this one. The action is very comfortable throughout the fretboard. With its single toaster style pickup, located in the middle position, it has a rather mellow tone that sounds like a cross between a Jazzmaster neck and Strat middle pickup. Dating Teisco's is ambiguous, but the Teisco (without the "Del Ray"), the tulip body in an E-110, and the 6/side headstock, pretty much puts it at a '69. There are a few good web sites on Teisco's, here's one on Facebook with links to old catalogs and another one called Teisco Twangers. If you're a collector of guitars in the finest condition, or simply want a cool, feather weight guitar that's fun to play, this one's hard to beat for $225.
67. 2009 TTM Guitars Devastator, (front/back), (headstock), (double-locking trem), (bound body/neck). A shredder's delight at a remarkable price. I don't know they do it, but TTM imports their parts but then custom builds their guitars in the USA and puts them out on the street at prices that are comparable to regular imports. You can custom order any parts your heart desires - it all depends on how much you want to spend. This guitar is stock with perhaps the top being the only upgrade, but you can order this same guitar with Sperzel tuners, Wilkinson trem, EMG's, etc. This model, and the brand in general, is aimed at hard rockers - the harder the better - and the have a client list of some very big name shedders. Beautiful looks, with a perfectly bookmatched quilted maple veneer over a bound basswood body, it features a pair of very hot humbuckers that actually sound very good, 5-way pickup selector, 24 medium jumbo frets, bound maple neck with rosewood board, fretboard inlays that spell D-E-V-A-S-T-A-T-O-R, reverse headstock, and Wilkinson tuners. The fit and finish on this guitar is excellent. Check out the neck fit (click here), which is as tight as a set neck. You couldn't fit a cat hair between the body and neck. Click here for a few reviews from guitargearheads.com and for a good YouTube demo,click here to see a young dude absolutely wailing away on his Devastator. Is this guitar as good as a USA Jackson? No, but it's 80% as good - and at 25% of the price. I would love to try out one of their more upgraded models but for the money, you're not going to beat this for a very heavy metal axe. Just $399 for a guitar that was actually built in America. Amazing.
TTM SLAYER GUITARS:
I just got in 3 models of some of the best vintage style guitars I've seen for the money. They arrived with a very good setup, the fit and finish is excellent, and they are made with quality hardware and electronics including a Wilkinson vintage style tremolo with "pop-in" trem arm and Allen-screw tightness adjustment, Sperzel USA locking tuners, and TTM's own Palladium Series pickups. All of these are HSS which gives you a very fat humbucker tone on position 5, or the traditional Strat tones on positions 1-4. These are supposedly made in the USA but I don't know the details. My take is that these are likely Korean bodies and necks, assembled and perhaps finished in the USA but I don't know this to be a fact. I only know that they bury all of the competition in the under-$500 price range AND these also come with a nice quality Canadian made case, instead of a cheap-o Chinese case or flimsy gigbag. Right now I only have one of each but depending on response, I might be getting in a freight shipment of 25-30 more pieces. Read more about the Slayer and TTM at TTM's Site Here. Currently in stock are:
71. 1985 Tokai JSX-75 Super Edition Jackson Style, (front), (headstock), (trem), (back). Great playing Japan-made Tokai with the flavor of an '85 San Dimas era Jackson including small control cavity. Finished head to toe in pearl pink, it's an outstanding player and the stock pickups sound good. Features include 2-piece contoured alder body, one-piece hard rock maple neck with rosewood fretboard, 25.5" scale, 22 wide frets, Tokai neck contour which is a well-rounded C-shape with small shoulders, 2 single coil and 1 humbucker T.A.R. (Tokai Advanced Reproduction) pickups without exposed poles on the single coils, 3 mini pickup switches which allow any combination, no pickguard, Ayers Rocker III tremolo with fine tuners, lightning bolt fretboard inlays with black side markers, pink pearl finish with matching neck and headstock, Tokai deluxe vintage tuners, black hardware, football output jack, pointy non-angled headstock, and San Dimas style control route with shielded control cover (pic here). Overall this guitar is in nice shape for its age with no cracks or serious issues and just some minor flaws including shown here - a small finish touch-up near the output jack, some light clearcoat scratches on back, a small rub on the headstock tip, and other very minor finish imperfections. Not clean enough for the collector types but for a player - this thing plays great, with low action and no fret outs on bends. Although it's missing parts in the locking nut, it's a rather primitive system and would better be used like a vintage tremolo, i.e. without a locking device on the headstock. It stays in tune very well when used like a vintage Strat with down push; doesn't stay in tune as well with up-pull. These Japan made Tokai's are very highly regarded and are excellent utility instruments. For tone and playability, it's hard to beat at $339
72. Unique Mahogany Body Style Custom Made Strat Head, (pic2). For the player who wants something truly unique...this is a one-off Custom made guitar. Very unique looks, top-notch parts, and quality woods. The body style is a cross between a Les Paul Single Cutaway, although with a much rounder upper bout and deep & pointy cutaway - while the lower bout is something straight out of the builder's imagination - there really isn't a comparison that I'm aware of. The neck appears to be custom built as well and is perfectly straight, featuring a rosewood board and Strat headstock. Please note that we relocated the string tree to the traditional position and plugged the small hole where it is located in the pics. Excellent electronics all around with a cool blend of Fender, Les Paul, and acoustic. Pickups are a DiMarzio DP-181 Fast Track in the bridge, Gibson PAF in the neck, and a Fishman HS100P piezo bridge for acoustic tones. Switches are 3-way selector for the magnetic pickups on the upper bout, 3-way mini-toggle near the knobs to select magnetic - magnetic and piezo - piezo alone. Control knobs are master volume, master tone, and Piezo volume (white knob). Body is one-piece mahogany (end view) which yields a very warm and full tone. Control cavity is shielded, neatly wired, and contains the circuit board for the Fishman system and 9V battery (pic here). Output jack is conveniently located out of the way, in the cutout area at the end of the body which also features a bird in flight Abalone inlay (pic here). This is a great playing guitar and should appeal to players who want a lot of versatility but, especially, want to strap on something that's truly unique and a hand-built one-of-a-kind instrument with top quality components. Very cool piece for $750.
73.Warmoth DIY Special:
Fender Strat Style DIY Warmoth Strat -Warmoth Body&Neck and all top notch parts--all brand new--including everything you'll need down to the last screw. Warmoth Body (pic) is Swamp Ash with nicely flamed koa top, routed for dual hums and 2-point fulcrum tremolo. Neck (pic) is Warmoth's Conversion Neck, which can be used on any body which will automatically be "converted" to Gibson scale (24 3/4"). You'll notice better ease of play, more dramatic bends, and difficult chord shapes are easier to finger. You'll also notice an unusual headstock, originally a Strat, but at the request of the owner Martin carved it down to be something truly unique. For the remaining components (click to enlarge) you have a pair of DiMarzio's (PAF Pro and Steve's Special), Wilkinson fulcrum tremolo, and choice of Sperzel locking or Steinberger "Banjo" type tuners - plus every other part needed to complete the project including stacked CTS pots with stacked knobs so you can have dual volume and tone with just two pots for a cleaner look, control plate, tremolo cavity plate, neckplate with plastic base, humbucker rings, 5-way switch, and football output jack. Not shown but included are all the little screws you'll need to complete the project. Original owner had this entire project designed and over the course of a few months assembled all the parts. By the time he had assembled all the parts, his interest had changed and he sold this entire "kit" to finance his new guitar. If you have the mechanical ability of the average 12-year-old, and some simple soldering skills, this will be an easy project to complete and in the end you'll have one extremely nice, high-end guitar. He has over $1200 invested in these parts and this is a steal at $699. If you really want to go over the top, substitute with this Trilogy Bridge by Hipshot TMB3 for just $125 more.
Washburn KC-70V, Excellent quality rock/metal axe with all the necessary features from the metal days including an excellent quality licensed Floyd Rose, thin profile with flat fretboard radius, HSS Washburn pickups, volume and tone with push/pull pot, and 5-way selector. Nuno Bettencourt endorsed the Chicago Series KC line back in the early 90's before Washburn developed his N4 signature model. The body is extremely comfortable with contours in the cutaways to allow easier access to the upper frets. Setup is great, with the low action these guitars are famous for, stays in tune perfectly during whammying, and it has a versatile selection of quality tones. This model got incredible reviews on Harmony Central (click here), where it scored an impressive 9.3 overall rating. Not a cheap guitar back in the day and when you play it you'll note the quality. Several small paint touch up's here and there, but the frets are perfect and it's seen little actual playing time. One of the great values on a rock/metal guitar for just $299.
2002 Washburn Tabu TB-400, (front/back), (headstock), (3/4 view), (Floyd-licensed trem), (heel). This is a killer axe. Excellent quality Korean import and from what I recall, these were a Mars Music exclusive. Martin used to be the repair manager at Mars and I'll try to verify with him. The Tabu is very much a copy of the Gibson Les Paul DC, with similar body shape and contours, dual humbuckers, dual volume/tone controls with 3-way selector, bound body, bound neck with dot inlays, and 3+3 headstock with binding. It was designed with a very small rounded heel that makes playing in the upper register a breeze. Other features include 24-fret neck with 24 3/4" scale, Grover 18:1 tuners, black chrome hardware, silver finish with gloss lacquer, special inlay at 12th fret, medium frets, Washburn Head Hunter EL921 and EL923 humbuckers. The set up on this guitar is fantastic - low action fans will love it - and the stock pickups sound very good with a bright, articulate bridge pickup and a very warm and fat neck pickup. The tremolo is a Floyd-licensed double-locking type that's a copy of the Floyd Pro, low profile and recessed. It stays in tune perfectly. This guitar appears to have seen no playing time with zero scratches anywhere, perfect frets, and plastic still on the back plates. The only flaw is some slight discoloration to the Floyd plating, overall a 9.9. This is definitely one of the better Korean models I've had and that's saying a lot considering the high quality of Korean imports in the past decade. It's very comfortable to play and for a "nearly new" guitar, a sweet deal at $399. Add a nice SKB Freedom case for $49 if desired.
Washburn Dime 32 Camo, signature model 2004, for the late, great Dimebag Darrell (RIP) and features Limited Edition Camo finish, strings thru body tuning, good quality Washburn WB630 pickups, Grover 18:1 tuners, and jumbo frets. This isn't your $2K custom shop model but for the price, it's an excellent playing guitar with nice tone and solid Metal vibe - a nice tribute to Dime for a nice price. List was $599 on these but this one is like new and includes original Camo padded gigbag for just $325.
Windsong WSLP-300 Les Paul Copy, (front/back), ( headstock). Although this is a 2002 model, it's actually NOS and flawless condition. This guitar is an excellent quality Korean model, made in the same factory that Epiphone was using at the time. Most of you may not be familiar with Windsong, but a local store, Burnt Hill Music, was the sole importer of them. They offer classic Gibson/Epi styles, built with the quality of the Korean Epi's, before they moved to China. The WSLP-300 is Windsong's equivalent to the LP Standard Plus, with identical cosmetic features such as binding and inlays, electronics, and hardware - while there is a slight difference in silhouette with the Windsong having a slightly wider waist and a tiny cutaway on the bass side, where the Les Paul goes straight across. Woods are alder body with a flamed maple top, mahogany neck, and rosewood fretboard, with a gloss finish all around and nicely flamed maple as well as an attractive abalone strip on the headstock. This guitar sold new for $520 (click here for price and specs) which is slightly less than Epi's Les Paul Standard Plus. I guarantee that the quality of this guitar is identical to a 2002 Epi and, further, that it has an absolute killer setup with very low action from the nut to the top fret. For $100's less than a new Chinese Les Paul Standard Plus you can have this lovely Korean Windsong; just $329. Includes gigbag.