MORE RECENT ARRIVALS (note: I'm slowing moving this gear to the proper pages (Fender, Pro-Sound, Amps, etc.)
VINTAGE DECALS – Just in – a ’76 ES-325 logo. Most are the real deal from the 70's, all are the highest quality waterslide available and, when installed, indistinguishable from original factory decals. Most are priced at $20 but some, like these genuine 1976 Gibson (ES-336, Firebird, E.S. Artist only - Note that the Thunderbird was sold) are priced at $50. If you're restoring a $1500 vintage guitar, don't go cheap on the decal - get the best. I also have a bunch of spagetti Broadcasters ($20) on blue grid paper that I'm told are original Fender.
Gibson TP-6 Tailpiece - Complete. The TP-6 is used on high end guitars like the B.B. King Lucille but it can be used on any Gibson that uses a stop bar tailpiece and no modification is required. With its fine tuners within easy reach of your picking hand you don't need to reach over to the headstock and you can easily make tuning adjustments while fretting notes. I have a few of these in stock and this one looks like it was never used and comes complete with studs and inserts. New cost is $125-$159 but this one's perfect and just $75. Probably have one in gold if you need it.
Hardtail Strat bridge. Looks like a Gotoh. Chrome plating is great shape. $15 or more if you want Graph Tech graphite or bone
EMG HSS Loaded Pickguard. One of EMG's most popular combinations, the EMG81 bridge with a pair of EMG-SA's. Since EMG's are quiet, you'll get noiseless performance on all 5 settings of the pickup selector. Find out what many of the pro players love about EMG's including clarity, wide dynamic range, and no noise. Includes quick-disconnect wiring, mounted on a new white pearl pickguard with black knobs and tip. It's drop-in ready so just plug in a 9V battery and screw in the jack and you're up and running. Clean shape and price at what you'll pay for just a pair of SA's. $159.
Electro-Voice EV PL-80 Supercardiod Dynamic Mics. Back in the mid-80's at Hotlicks we sold almost as many PL-80's as we did Shure SM-58's. At the time the USA made 58's were $119; the PL-80 was $80, and many who did an A/B test liked the 80 better. Since that time EV has come out with some other versions of the 80 such as the PL80C and the Chinese PL80a, but these old USA models are some of the most roadworthy mics ever made. Decidedly, these aren't the most sexy looking mics ever made, but we usually don't buy mics based on looks. With its hypercardioid pattern and an extended range that exceeds most dynamic mics, it's excellent for vocals but also performs well on snare drum, guitar cabinet, and acoustic guitar. I've got a pair of these (maybe three) for $59/each, or a pair for $100.
· Fender Frontline 2003 BOOK. Everybody has the magazine-style soft cover Frontlines, but this was a limited run hardcover edition, fully bound and factory sealed in clear wrap. Has the full Fender product line and some informative articles. $15.
· 1996 PRS 4-fold Catalog/Poster, (poster side), (close-up). Catalog/Poster with Ross Childress (Collective Soul) on one side, full line specs on reverse. Contains full specs on each model as well as well as 1996 color chart. Excellent source of info and cheap for vintage paper. $12.
· 1984 DiMarzio Catalog, (pic2) and 2000 DiMarzio Catalog. In 1984 DiMarzio was more of a parts company than just pickups and plastic accessories, carrying a full line of enough parts to build a complete guitar. 18 pages with detailed info on their full line of pickups, plus bodies, necks, bridges, tuners, etc. I'm including the 2000 DiMarzio catalog (24 pages) in mint condition. $20 takes the pair.
Seymour Duncan JB Jr. Bridge Pickup. Duncan's most popular stacked humbucker for Strats, the JB Jr. retains the performance of the PAF style JB, in a stacked format. Transforms your Strat into a more versatile instrument with a minimum of effort and cost. Sells new for $75.99 but this one's mint in the box with all paperwork and $52.99.
Laney Pro Tube 30 Head, (panel), (back), (chassis). Laney's highly-regarded AOR (Advanced Overdrive Response) series from the 80's, when British amps were still made in England. The Pro Tube 30 is the baby of the AOR Series, next to the 50 and 100, rated at 30, 50, and 100 watts respectively. The 30 was also the only one that used 6V6 power tubes, rather than EL34's. They were rather innovative in their use of an extra gain stage, basically a factory hot-rodded amp at the time, without the additional cost of getting a tech to mod it for you. They also featured Boost functions on Bass, Mid, and Treble, via push-pull pots. The bass is a remarkable 18dB from my recollection, with around 10dB on the Mid, and around 12dB on the Treb. Tubes are JJ 6V6's, with four Groove Tubes 12AX7's in the preamp. Front panel features (L-R) Presence, Bass, Mid, Treb, Master Vol., and Preamp Vol. Back panel features and effects loop, D.I. output for recording, and 16/8 ohm impedance selector. Laney's are excellent rock amps, especially with players who can't get enough bottom end. They're made to last and although it's around 25 years old, it should be around for another 25+. A good price for a British-made tube head at $325.
Krankenstein 100 - Carvin V3 100 - Zwengel Banshee 50 Heads. Speaking of rock/metal heads, I have 3 others in stock that are especially well-suited for heavier music.
Vox DA15 Digital Combo, (panel), (top), (back/back panel). I've had a number of the smaller DA5 combo's, but this is our first "big boy" DA15. I loved the DA5 and the DA15, is just more of a good thing. Choose from 11 distinctive sound styles, and 11 high-quality built-in effects, with tap tempo for adjusting time or modulation speed. Effects include auto wah, compressor, delay, reverb, flanger, phaser, chorus, tremolo and rotary plus noise reduction. You have the ability to adjust the parameters of every effect and a Tap button allows easy set up of time or modulation speed effects. You can choose 2 effects at the same time, plus a very effective Noise Suppressor for a third effect. After you tweak your amp and effects settings you can store them using the Channel Select mode. Two user program locations give instant access to the stored sounds. Manual mode (in which the sound heard is exactly what the knob settings indicate) provides immediate access to a 3rd sound. An optional dual foot switch can be used to switch between the user programs (CH1, CH2) or to bypass the effects. Alternatively, it can be used to activate the Manual mode instead of Effect Bypass, for hands-free switching between three different sounds (two user programs and Manual setting). It also has a headphone/line output for private practice of recording direct to a recorder/mixer. This output adds cabinet tonality and character for a sense of 'air' and depth. In addition to three times the output (15 watts), the DA15 also has a larger (8") speaker. For full specs check out Vox here. There are a number of YouTube demo's online, but most are for the smaller DA5; click here for a pretty good one on the DA15, although it's not in English. This amp works perfectly and has a very impressive tone, both in amp selection and effects. It's a excellent grab-and-go combo for practice, backstage, studio, or even club gigs, for $109(SOLD 8/9/16).
Samson SR-2 lavalier wireless, Samson Ch. 7. I've used the SR-2 model for guitars on numerous occasions with no dropout or interference. An excellent choice for the money. $75
Headset Wireless Mic. I don't know the maker but it's a comfortable headset mounted mic, especially good for drummers. Plug works for Telex or EV transmitters. $25.
2011 Carvin Bolt Plus, (front), (headstock), (back), (pickups/bridge), ("Liberator"), (case). One of our man, Brian's, guitars and like everything he owns, dead mint condition and ships in original Carvin box. A real "natural" beauty with a natural "woody" look, loads of factory options, and aftermarket upgrades. Carvin has been famous for building neck-through guitars but in recent years they've started building some high quality bolt-on models. This Bolt Plus is perhaps my favorite Carvin in recent memory. It has a more vintage feel and vibe with the bolt-on neck and is just a superbly built guitar. Carvin refers to their in-house guitars as "custom shop" and this definitely approaches custom shop quality from the "Big F" and "G". Although Carvin offers the Bolt as a quality kit guitar that you can assemble, this one was factory built (spec sheet included). Features include tung oil finish, solid mahogany body, maple neck with rounded heel and rounded neckplate, rosewood fretboard with side dots only, strings-thru body, hardtail bridge, Dunlop strap locks, Sperzel locking tuners, black hardware, direct mounted C22 humbuckers (replaced), and volume-tone-5way switch. Options include Graph Tech saddles $20, clear maple neck/mahogany side $50, hardshell case $80, mahogany headstock overlay $20, stainless steel jumbo frets $40, 14" fretboard radius $40. Other features include Sperzel locking tuners, no fretboard inlays (side dots only), rosewood fretboard, black chrome hardware, black logo. Aftermarket add-on's (installed by Martin) include a pair of Duncans with a Dimebucker in the bridge and a '59 neck, controlled by a 5-way switch for 3-humbucker settings and 2 single coil settings. He also installed one of the new Seymour Duncan Liberators, a kit that included both pots and the 5-way switch. The Liberator is made specifically for players who are soldering challenged - anyone can change pickups without the use of solder. In lieu of solder it uses a lockdown system that allows anyone to change pickups in minutes. The lockdown slots are color-coded to match any Duncan pickups you may want to use. Although the Bolt Plus has a base price of just $749, the options and add-on's bring it up to well over $1000. This guitar has a fantastic setup and for an American guitar with these features, woods, and upgrades, it's an excellent value at $699.
Behringer UCA-202 Computer Audio Interface, (stock pic). When used as a professional interface between a mixing console and your computer options include connecting the UCA202 RCA Outputs to the Tape Input jacks of your mixer, to powered monitors, or to your mixer. Connecting to the mixer input channels allows you to use your mixer’s Aux Send feature to build an extremely versatile monitor mix for recording sessions. Click here to read about all the possibilities. Mint in the box, appears to never have been used. $15.
M-Audio "FastTrack" Pro Tools Recording Studio, (stock pic), (software screenshot). Guitar/Mic recording interface for computer recording. 2-input, 2-output audio interface that's compatible with most popular recording software including Pro Tools M-Powered. Plug-and-play USB connection (USB 2.0 compatible); XLR microphone input with gain control and 48V phantom power; 1/4" instrument input with gain control; 1/4" stereo headphone output; RCA stereo speaker outputs; Output level knob for adjusting volume of headphones and speaker outputs; Direct monitoring button; Powered by USB - no power adapter required; Includes Pro Tools SE. Mint in the box, appears to never have been used. Very useful tool if you do computer recording and just $89.
Digitech RP155 Guitar Multi-Effect, (panel), (back). I just got another one of these too; several in stock, along with one or two RP500 models. The RP155 gives you 83 amps, cabinets, stompboxes, and effects allowing you to get virtually any sound you want, in addition to humbucker and single coil sounds out of whatever guitar you're using. With USB streaming audio, the it allows you to easily record directly to your computer's DAW. Effects include 48 high quality models such as Vox Clyde Wah, Boss CS-2 compressor, Arbiter Fuzz Face, Boss CE-2 Chorus, MXR Flanger, Digitech Whammy, Fender Twin amp reverb, digital-analog-tape delays, and much more. For a complete list of effect, amps, and cab models on this unit click here for Digitech's site. Click here for a demo on Looping/Drum Machine and here for doing multiple layers on the looper. This unit is in mint condition and at $65, it's worth it for the price of the looper alone. Includes manual and power supply. (Note: Hold one: Nelson V 10/28, one other available. I also have the comparable bass unit (shown here) in stock for $65.)
EMG Pickups and Parts. I've had these for around 7 years and most were 5 year old NOS when I got them. We've robbed some parts over the years so I'll discount a bit if you don't need pots and/or jack. Boxes may be shop worn but all are new, old stock, and include instructions/spec sheets. Some have quick disconnect wiring; some are the earlier hard-wired. Enjoy the quiet operation of a 9V system with traditional single coil tone, for 50% off list.
· EMG T Set - Black. New, old stock, in the box. Direct replacement for Telecaster Guitars, Alnico magnets. $209 list, $169 online, but these are NOS and just $105 for set, $59 for singles.
· EMG TC Set - White. New, old stock, in the box. Same as black set above except with ceramic magnets. $209 list, $169 online, but these are NOS and just $105(HOLD-Wanda B 4/12) for set, $59 for singles.
· EMG-SV Strat - Black. New, old stock, in the box. Vintage looking Strat pickup with staggered Alnico poles. $99 list, $79 online, but these are NOS and just $49.
· EMG-S Strat - Black. New, old stock, in the box. Traditional EMG look with ceramic magnets. $99 list, $79 online, but these are NOS and just $49.
· EMG-H Single Coil In a Humbucker. New, old stock, in the box. Enjoy the tone and articulation of a ceramic single coil in your humbucker guitar. The H is a single coil pickup designed to fit directly into a humbucker route without modification.
· EMG-91 Archtop. New, old stock, in the box. Floating pickup for archtop guitars, mounting at the end of the fingerboard without interfering with string or top vibrations. $149 list, $119 online, but these are NOS and just $75.
· EMG-60. New, old stock, in the box. Not as well known as the 81/85/89, but probably the most versatile among EMG's humbucker line. James Hetfield's signature ESP uses these as their distinctive crunch sets any rhythm player apart from the midrange mix of Metallica. Can be used in either position but it's used frequently as a rhythm pickup with an EMG-81 in the bridge.
· EMG-45P 6-String Bass, (pic2). New, old stock, in the box. The 45P is used on some high end 6-string basses and is a fantastic upgrade on lower line 6-strings like an Ibanez SR406, etc. The 45P design has two offset coils that result in more low end with brilliant highs. It uses short, squat coils that have very little resistance and plenty of inductance. Modern looks, easy to install, sounds great. Lists for $134.99/each, selling new in stores for $99. Save cash and transform your 6-string for just $67/each. Buy a 6-string bass from us and we'll include labor for $25 or less.
· EMG-40CS. New, old stock, in the box. The 40CS is made especially for 5-string basses and with its ceramic magnets is warmer as a result of the higher inductance of the steel, with a smoother attack and a flatter high end. Modern looks, easy to install, sounds great. Lists for $134.99, selling new in stores for $99. Save cash and transform your 6-string for just $67. Buy a 5-string bass from us and we'll include labor for $25 or less.
· EMG-P Precision. New, old stock, in the box. Very popular replacement pickup for any bass that uses the split coil design of a P-bass. Lists for $129.99, selling new in stores for $99. Save cash and transform your 4-string for just $65. Buy your bass from us and we'll include labor for $18 or less.
· EMG Pi2 Switch. New, old stock, in the box. Made especially for EMG pickups the Pi2 is a switch with a circuit board attached which acts as a phase reversal switch on a guitar with two or more EMG pickups. Lists for $39.99; these are just $19.99.
· EMG AS93 Acoustic Preamp or AS125 Acoustic Preamp. New, old stock, in the box. These are the earlier versions with a separate preamp and output jack (later ones had preamp integrated into the jack). The AS93 is for traditional saddle widths (3/32) such as Martins; the AS125 is for 1/8" saddles. Both 2.70" in length. List price $159; take one of these for just $79.
· EMG AEQ-3 Acoustic Preamp. New, old stock, in the box. For more tone tweaking, you can install the AEQ-3 3-band equalization system which features dual stacked knobs for independent treble, mid, bass and volume controls right on your instrument. List price was $395; this one's a blowout special for just $150.
ca. 1989 Kramer American Neck. Ca. '89 with headstock binding and large logo. Frets are original and in great shape. No extra holes or funny business. Good neck in pretty nice shape. $175 includes base to the Floyd nut only; original Schaller tuners available for $45; various model truss rod covers available $10-$25.
ca. 1989 Kramer American Neck. As above except with "Kramer" inlay at 12th fret. Ca. '89 with headstock binding and large logo. Frets are original and in great shape. No extra holes or funny business. Nice clean neck. $209 includes base to the Floyd nut only; original Schaller tuners available for $45; various model truss rod covers available $10-$25.
Fender JBL D-120F Speaker, (pic2). Fresh recone by Vin-Tone with zero hours since repaired. The recone job is done with all proper parts and the job is immaculate. One of the most highly regarded guitar speakers from the 60's/70's and OEM equipment on Ampeg Gemini I, blackface and silverface Twin Reverb, silverface Quad Reverb, and others. You can get a used D-120F for $300+ and it might work okay for years...or days - or you can get this "new" D-120F and likely have decades of hassle-free playing, for $200(HOLD-Kevin C).
Lindy Fralin 8K/9K Humbucker Set. Vintage output of 8K and 9K (bridge), these should appeal to purists who want that original 'Burst tone. Clean shape and with a new set costing $260, save some money on this clean used set for $170(SOLD 10/27).
2007 Breedlove AC25/SR Plus, (front), (back), (preamp/side), (headstock), (appointments), (case). Top shelf appointments and Breedlove quality now affordable to the masses. Leave it to Breedlove, makers of some of the finest boutique acoustics in the world, to come up with a premier import acoustic. This model combines Breedlove design elements and balanced tonal signature with the highest quality manufacturing practices in the world to bring you Breedlove quality at an affordable price. Superbly built, flawless attention to detail - many players would never guess that they're playing an Atlas series that costs around 1/4 of their USA models. The AC25/SR is an acoustic/electric in the popular concert cutaway body style with solid Sitka spruce top and solid rosewood back. It has the signature soft cutaway that provides easy access into the upper register. A Fishman Classic 4T preamp system brings this excellent tone to your amp, making it an excellent stage guitar and includes a quality chromatic tuner. Features include: Concert body style with soft cutaway, Solid Sitka spruce top, Solid rosewood back, rosewood sides, rosewood fretboard, Fishman Classic IV pickup, Breedlove bracing system, JLD Bridge Truss system, Tortoise bound body with 5-layer purfling, Abalone rosette with black border, Abalone Ellipse fingerboard inlays, Glossy finish, Rosewood bridge, Hand-rubbed neck for very sleek feel, 1 11/16" nut, 15 1/4" lower bout, Dovetail neck joint, Dual-action truss rod, Gold Grover tuners. Designed by Kim Breedlove - crafted in Korea with quality assured in Bend, Oregon, USA. Action is superb - condition is perfect. This model has been discontinued, but carried a list price of $1339, street priced at $999. This one has barely been played and is in superb condition for just $699(HOLD-Lindsay 2/6), including quality Breedlove hardshell case.
Electrovoice RE18 Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone. Classic mic for studio and broadcast, the RE18 is built to last and sound great, day after day. For full specs, click here coutant.org, a great reference for vintage mics. Includes EV mic clip for $85.
Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster - Butterscotch Blonde, (front), (headstock), (back), (bridge). The Classic Vibes have been out for around 5 years now and they've been received with the highest acclaim since the Protone Series in the 90's. The attention to detail is the best I've seen on a Squier since the mid-80s Japan models. Like Leo's original Tele, the 50's Classic Vibe is made with a solid pine white blonde body with single-ply black pickguard. Other features include high gloss polyester finish, 1-piece maple with modern "C" shape, 21 medium jumbo frets, 1 5/8" nut, chrome hardware, vintage style tuners, vintage-style string-thru Tele bridge with three brass barrel saddles, knurled chrome knobs, original barrel switch tip, synthetic bone nut, engraved neckplate, and Alnico III pickups. Looking at the bookmatched 2-piece body (shown here) I have to ask myself, why can't they match USA Strats this well? This is just another example of the quality control that is present in the Classic Vibe line. The setup on this guitar is superb, with very good sustain and classic Tele tone. A great guitar, offered in immaculate condition, for $339.
Jackson DK10D Dinky with Upgrades, (front), (pickups), (back), (headstock), (trem/push-pull). After breezing through a number of DK-2 models recently, we decided to upgrade this DK10, using the same pickups found on the DK-2M (Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 bridge and SH-2N Jazz neck), plus we added a push-pull put which splits the humbuckers on both pickups, yielding a total of 6 pickup settings. This excellent quality shred guitar was made in Jackson's Japan manufacturing plant. It features the looks and comfort of the USA DK-1, as well as a quality tone and a Jackson Floyd Rose that stays in tune perfectly. Features include Basswood body with flamed maple veneer, bolt-on maple neck with scarf joint headstock, Ivoroid binding on neck and headstock, compound radius rosewood fingerboard with flat 12"-16" radius, 24 jumbo frets, MOTO shark fin inlays, Floyd Rose licensed Jackson low profile JT580 LP double-locking 2-point tremolo, chrome hardware, Jackson sealed die-cast tuners. These Duncans, which replaced Duncan-Designed 103's, made a good guitar much better, with plenty of tonal options including the super high output JB tones, and the mellow 50's style neck tone, with lots of switching options. The bridge pickup is Trembucker-spaced for a perfect magnetic field. This guitar is in perfect condition and better than new since Martin did a level and dress on the frets to get the best possible set up. The flame top models sold new for $529, which is cheap for a Japan-made guitar. This is one great looking guitar and with over $200 in upgrades, is just $469 with gigbag or substitute a used plush-lined Coffin Case for just $50 more.
ca. 1986 Guild Bluesbird, (front), (back), (Kahler), (headstock), (inlays/fretboard trim), (case). Excellent quality USA Guild from the George Gruhn era. Not as well known as its big bother, the Nightbird, this model Bluesbird was a completely different animal from the original Bluesbird (M-75 thinline hollowbody), and was designed with the advice of Brian Setzer, "with the modern guitarist in mind." The main features of this model were the trio of active EMG pickups, and a Kahler Pro locking tremolo. I'm sure Guild was hoping to get their bite of the Hair Metal apple, virtually owned by Kramer during this era, with companies like Jackson, Charvel, BC Rich, and Hamer eating up most of the leftover scraps. As rare as this model is (ever seen another?), I'm sure they had zero impact on the market. It's a shame though because the quality of this guitar is far above the Kramer American series. You might question the lack of a bridge humbucker but these EMG's can sound very fat through an overdriven amp and I most players won't miss it. This model has some upscale features including an ebony fretboard with "Artist Award" style inlays with abalone triangles in pearl blocks, with a thin line of fretboard edging adorning both sides. This guitar isn't without a few flaws, although it exhibits only very light actual use. There is one piece of finish missing on the upper edge (shown here), which we can fill if desired, and a long lacquer crack (shown here) that goes from one side of the neck pocket to the other. While this might look scary, it is only a paint crack and definitely not a structural crack. If you don't mind a guitar that's a few flaws from being in excellent condition, this is a quality USA guitar that sounds and plays fantastic and would make a great working guitar for decades to come. Good value for a very rare Guild at $699(HOLD-Andrew 2/3/15).
Seymour Duncan Strat Set, Pots, Switch. Super versatile set-up for your Strat with a SJBJ-1b JB Jr. in the bridge, an SDBR-1n Duckbucker in the middle and an SL59-1n Little '59 in the neck, which is one of the set-ups recommended by Seymour himself. All pickups are 4-conductor humbuckers so they're noiseless, with the versatility to switch between single coil and humbucker on any one or all three. Currently wired to a standard CRL 5-way, but you could really get extravagant and go with three 2-way mini-switches (or 3-way if you also want in/out phase). Clean shape with all the lettering intact. These run new around $76/ea for the pickups, not counting three USA pots and switch with pro soldering. $169 as shown or $199(HOLD-Jeff M 3/12) installed on a pickguard.
Kauer Daylighter Junior, (front), (back), (headstock), (fret/board), (spec sheet), (cert.), (features), (gigbag-pic2-pic3). What do you get when you cross a Les Paul Jr. - and a Fender Jaguar? A very cool looking, great sounding Junior! Kauer is one of the great boutique builders who are trying some new stuff and this one has a Jag body (comparison pic) with the basic design features of a LP Junior. Instead the usual mahogany, Kauer chose Spanish cedar for the body, which has the warmth of Mahogany, but also has better note definition and a more immediate sound. Features include Spanish Cedar body and neck, wenge fretboard, wenge binding, Tonpros wraparound tailpiece, Sperzel SoundLoc tuners, cool looking beveled graphite pickguard, 24 3/4" scale, 12" radius, 1 11/16" nut, Jescar 47095NS fretwire, vintage C neck profile that's a fairly chunky .90/.98 at the 1st/12th frets, Dark Tri-Burst front/back/neck. Pickup is a custom designed Wolfetone Meaner dogear P90 with a Push/Pull coil-split Tone pot. Weighs in at just 6.9 lbs. Includes a top quality Mono M80 series case/gigbag which offers great protection that's much lighter than a standard hardshell and isolates the neck with a patented "headblock". For more info and video demo click here for Kauer Guitars. New price for the Jr is $2350. This one's in superb condition, with an incredibly nice setup and priced at just $1599. A very cool guitar for Junior fans or anyone looking for something a little different that you can play all night long without switching guitars constantly.
1986 Kramer Focus 3000, (front/back), (headstock/neckplate), (Floyd), (Kramer gigbag). Another flip-flop red finish like the Pacer below, but this one changes from red to a rose color. The best era for the Focus line in my opinion, after the ill-conceived Floyd without fine tuners, but before production numbers went through the roof and quality control dropped to keep up with production. These were excellent quality Japan models and a more affordable alterative to the Kramer American series. These guitars were very close to the ESP-built "Kramer American" series in quality, but priced nearly half of the comparable Kramer Americans. Kramer offered two other price points, both below the Focus line, namely the Striker and Aerostar series The Focus 3000 was the equivalent to the Pacer Deluxe, and the only model to feature a pickguard and was one of the Super Strat's that were all the rage in the 80's. It features a Strat style body with bridge humbucker and two single coils, controlled by a 5-way switch and a mini switch to split the bridge humbucker, allowing for all the traditional Strat tones, plus 2 additional ones (bridge humbucker alone - bridge humbucker and middle single coil together). Like all Focus Series, it featured the top of the line Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo, the same one found on the American series. The guitar plays fantastic, really better than the average American and has seen very little actual playing time. The only real flaws (shown here) are a finish crack *only* in the clear coat (not the wood) next to the neckplate, and a few dings in the belly cut. If you're looking for a well made, Floyd-equipped SuperStrat, this one's hard to beat for $359. (Note: I also have an earlier model 3000 (pic here) in black for $429 with case on my "Electrics" page.)
Maestro Sireko Tape Echo "As Is", (pic2). Ca. mid-70's. As is special, use for parts or may even work for all I know. It lights up and motor turns but I don't have a tape or knowledge to test it. Nicknamed "Sireko" aka "Sir Echo", these units use the tape cartridge, rather than the loose tape. Lid is missing, but otherwise seems to be in pretty good shape for around 40 years old. $135/no returns.
Kustom Profile System One PA System, (Pic2), (trap. shape), (front panel), (master/patch bay), (acc.). Looking for a small practice PA or system for an acoustic combo? I've got a few of these, new in the box, which could be just what you're looking for. They're complete units, with a combination mixer and amp, with built in digital effects, two speaker cabs in a tuned trapezoid pattern with two 6.5" and a 2"X5" horn in each. Cabs have sleeves in them so they're standmount ready. The system puts out 100W and futures 8 digital effects, 5 channels, contoured acoustic guitar input, 4 balanced mic inputs with phantom power, 5 line level inputs, effects loop, individual effects--tone--volume controls, 3-band master EQ, standmount ready, detachable AC cord, includes speaker cables. The current model Profile 100 is the same system and sells new for $399. I've got these for $275, new in the box, or trade a nice Mex Strat or something.
Yamaha HS50M Active Studio Monitors, (back panel), (mint in boxes). Mint in the box; I don't think one of them has even been opened yet. For the project studio on a budget, there are a bunch of options these days in the under-$500/pair monitors, but it pays to do some research to find out if that pair for $250 is actually saving any money. If you do you have to remix your final mix a bunch of times due to inaccurate reproduction, you've (a) wasted money (=time) and/or (b) possibly never reproduced the mix in your head to the mix on your CD. Enter the HS50M's. With built-in power amps cranking out 70W, with a separate power amp for low-mids and highs, there's plenty of headroom available and they're designed for a very even response from 20K Hz down to 55 Hz. You can find others that might go down a little lower but the accuracy just isn't there, with bumps and scoops in multiple frequencies in the crucial low end range, with a lot of mud thrown in just for fun. These get compared to Yamaha's famed NS10s a lot but do an A/B and you'll find these are better. A look at the back and you'll see room control and EQ switches to tune your control room, plus choice of XLR or 1/4" jacks plus level control. Don't spend $400 or more for a pair of these when these are essentially new in the box for just $275(HOLD-Rex B 3/4). For more info click here for Yamaha.
Line 6 Tonecore Verbzilla Reverb, (pic2). Get the versatility of the old tube reverb units in a modern, great sounding stomp box. The Verbzilla actually features a bunch of quality reverb tones including '63 Spring, Spring, Plate, Room, Hall, Chamber, Ducking, Octo, Cave, Tile, and Echo. It also features a handy Trails switch that lets reverb decay - or cut off - when you bypass the unit. Sells for $149 new; this one's mint in the box for $99.
Oktava MK-012-01 Condenser Pair, the real deal Russian models*. The MK-012-01 is a compact, high quality capacitor mic with interchangeable capsules to provide a choice of cardioid, hypercardioid or omni-directional polar patterns. These are an excellent choice for acoustic guitar, piano, overhead drums, or vocals (when used with a quality pop filter). Of the 3 different pattern options, the cardioid capsule is included with these, others are available from Oktava and their dealerships. Each mic also includes a -10dB piece that goes between the body and capsule, when desired. Appears to have seen little to no use and are in perfect shape. Definite pro quality mics but priced well within the home studio budget. $149/each or $275(HOLD-Wanda 8/1)/pair. Includes original hard cases with mic clips. *Note: Be aware of Chinese knockoffs. Unlike the fake models being produced in China these are guaranteed to be genuine Oktava's. Signs to look for are: -10dB pad element, original sprung metal retaining clip, silver sputtered dimple, silver sputtered contact pin. These mics are pre 2002 so no serial number but you can compare at Oktava's site and they check out in all regards.
2000 Rickenbacker 360CW Carl Wilson Limited Edition, (front), (front2), (back), (sides), (headstock), (output/serial), (cert.), (case/acc.). (Note: Anything that appears to be a flaw is just digital distortion). This has been on hold for "Paul D" for the past 11 months but he must have forgotten to tell me he changed his mind... This is the Limited Edition model, one of only 250 6-stings made. The 360CW is a tribute to the 1965 Rick 360 Carl Wilson played in the 60's, and as a member of the Beach Boys, was one of the most visible players of Rickenbacker guitars in that era. Carl's 360 played an extensive role in creating the Beach Boys early sound and this signature model displays classic features that stand out from other vintage reissue guitars. It's not a true '65 reissue but a composite of vintage and modern Ric features. The rounded body style was introduced on the Model 360 in mid-1964. With its single bound back, the 360CW differs from the original '64's double bound. In addition, the rounded body style has thicker sides and the greater wood mass which alters the tone slightly. Most importantly, the 360CW has a thinner top than modern production 360's, giving it a lively, resonant sound with a loud acoustic voice. Features include: Styled after a '65 360FG; Carl repro signature on the upper pickguard; Checked body binding; 15" semi-hollow body with hand-selected figured maple and bound back; 3-piece maple/walnut neck with African rosewood fretboard and 21 frets; neck binding; Special thin top for enhanced acoustic tone; 21 fret neck with vintage full-width inlays; vintage style square heel; two scatter wound vintage-style Toaster Top pickups with 7.4K ohm coils; volume and tone for each pickup, blend control, 3-way pickup selector switch; 24 3/4" scale; 1 5/8 nut width; 1 1/2 body depth; dual mono parallel output, Ric/Schaller "Kluson" style tuners; vintage reissue silver Tolex guitar case. Collector owned and presents itself in impeccable condition, with a nicely flamed top and sides, and the best figured back I've seen on one of these, with a beautiful bookmatched quilt. Look around the web and you'll see 3 of these for $3250, which seems to be the popular price. This one has nicer woods than others that are available, immaculate condition, an absolutely killer player, all for $2700.
Shure SM57 Dynamic Mic. Since 1965, the SM57 has been an industry standard in performance mics. The most rugged mic ever built, 57's will take decades of road abuse and keep on performing night after night. The SM57 has also appeared on more stages and studios than any other instrument mic, as an industry standard for drum (snare and toms) and guitar cabinet sound reproduction, plus it's an excellent vocal mic with past users including Billy Squier and--get this--every president from Lyndon Johnson to Obama (link) has used 57's for their speeches. This one's in well-used condition but still works perfectly and is just $59.
Boss DS-1 with Seeing-Eye & Ultra Mods, (circuit). Used by Vai and Lynch, you can't get a better endorsement than that. Invented by Robert Keeley, the most respected pedal guru of today with more stars using his pedals than any other and rather than "in name only", these guys actually have them in their pedalboards. The Ultra Mod turns a DS-1 into a "Marshall in a Box" for classic tones like AC/DC, Van Halen, and Steve Vai. This mod incorporates Keeley's "Seeing Eye" mod so you get the cool extra LED lighting up with every note. Outwardly, the mod includes a mini-switch to toggle between Seeing Eye and Ultra Mods, with an extra red LED drilled in the "o" of "Tone" graphics, and a bright blue LED replacing the stock red. Click here for full specs and here for a bunch of demo's and comparisons. I'm not sure if this is an actual Keeley, perhaps an early unmarked one, but more likely it was a DIY job by a tech, but it works perfectly and sounds killer. Cosmetically, it's in roaded condition with misc. finish chips and bottom label came off along with some velcro. These are usually on back order from Keeley but this one sounds great and is just $69(HOLD-Matt 2/22).
LeCover Amp Head Premium Cover. LeCover (www.lecover.com) builds top quality covers for amps and keyboards. This one is in excellent condition and fits full size Marshall heads and similar other brands (26" wide X 9" high X 10" deep). It is the "Premium" version ($25 upcharge) with full 1/2" padding. Excellent condition and good protection for your prized head and just $29(HOLD-Don 2/20).
1960's Kustom Thinline Electric Case, (repaired handle). I've had some rare cases recently, Gibson L5S, Fender Starcaster, etc., but this is much more rare. Ross estimates that only 2000-3000 guitars were built during their brief run '67/'68 and those numbers are reportedly generous, not to mention that it's likely a number of these were sold without case. All of them I saw online were thinline hollowbodies (shown here with case) which seem to conform to this case, measuring around 16" lower bout, 12" upper bout, 11" waist, and 42.5" length. Appears to be made by the same maker as 60's Fenders and could be suitable for other brands of guitars from this era. Good vintage condition with all latches and hinges intact, with some rubs on the tolex but should clean up well. Handle has been replaced with a similar style. If you've got one of these rare Kustoms, here's a proper home for it. $175.
1985 Peavey Mantis, (front), (back), (headstock), (tremolo), (points). In the mid-80's Peavey made a number of radically-shaped guitars including the Mantis, the Razer which looked like a Roland synth guitar, Rhoads-shaped Vortex, and wishbone-shaped Mystic. Most of these appeared around '83, and were gone by '86. None of these achieved great popularity but they're very good quality USA made guitars that sell for a fraction of comparable Jacksons, Kramers, Robins, etc. The Mantis looks like a cross between and Explorer and Flying V, with the lack of and upper horn and extended lower horn--plus a two symmetric points in the lower bout. The body is a scaled down version and, such, it isn't ungainly to play as most pointy guitars. Features include 24 3/4" scale with a rather unusual 23 frets, flat 12" fretboard radius, deep cutaway hardwood body with a very deep treble cutaway that offers exceptionally easy access to the top frets, Kluson "Peavey Deluxe" tuners, tilt-adjust neck with neck angle easily set without removing the neck or de-tuning the guitar. The electronics are simple but unique: Pickup is a high-output 12-pole humbucker wired to Peavey's patented tone circuit: With the knob on "10" it's single coil, rolling it back it blends it into a humbucker, and from "7" on back it's a tone knob. With this circuit you get the cool looks of a single pickup guitar, but many more tones than a coil tap switch. Original tremolo was a vintage style with die cast saddles which has been replaced with a better quality solid steel Wilkinson vintage style with bent saddles, case hardened steel trem screws, pop-in arm with tension adjust, and staggered block string spacing. The only other mod are the knobs, which have been changed to metal dome knobs with ruby caps that match the body. Say what you will about Peavey's popular T-series from this era, but there's no denying a certain coolness about Peavey's radical guitars from the 80's. For a player with an eye towards making a statement with their body shape, this one has the added bonus of a great neck with very low setup, and a versatile and good sounding electronics suite. Original finish is in great shape, finished in a plum burst, with minimal flaws and no wear on the 3 points. If you want to read more, the manual is online at Peavey or at ManualsLib here. For an American guitar of this quality and rarity, this is a nice axe for $275, or add a hardshell Coffin brand case with tufted velvet interior for $75 more.
1970s Gibson L5S Case. Nice vintage condition. Fits similar size such as L6S, etc. Hard case to find. $199.
Wide Bout Solidbody Case. Black tolex over wood with leather ends and white piping. Large storage compartment and long neck rest. Pic shows extra width with a Strat style inside. Tits a 14" lower bout easily. Top quality with nice brown velvet interior. Excellent condition. $115.
DigiTech RP500 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal with Case, (panel), (back). Early model USA made, built before they moved manufacture to China. Yet another, around the 12th RP500 I've had and they've proven to be my hottest selling floor multi-effect The RP500 is the latest and greatest from Digitech's RP series. More than just an extremely powerful modeler and multi-effect, the RP500 has an exclusive "pedalboard mode" which changes it into 5 individual stompboxes and effects. Your first impression will be that this thing is built for years of use and road abuse with metal housing and steel parts, plus it has a simple layout that allows it to be used as a simple pedalboard if desired. Features include: Amp/Cabinet Bypass defeats internal amp and cabinet effects in all presets, 40 Tone and 40 Effects Libraries, 200 presets (100 factory, 100 user), Over 125 effects including stompboxes, choruses, delays, amps and cabinets, 5 seconds of delay time, 24-bit 44.1kHz sample rate, Heavy-duty metal switches for stompbox response, Bright LEDs display program status and effect on/off, Large 10 character LED display for preset name-bank name-tuner, Built-in chromatic Tuner, Independent XLR Left and Right Outputs with ground lift Independent 1/4" Left and Right Outputs, Amp/Mixer switch to engage speaker cabinet, Stereo 1/8" headphone output, Stereo 1/8" CD/MP3 Input, Built-in expression pedal controls the RP500’s internal wahs, volume, Whammy and other parameters, All metal construction, 2 x 2 USB audio streaming. This is a great unit for live playing, but you can also run it on Cubase LE (free download here) and use the USB output in the studio. For full specs and samples, click here for Digitech or click here for some YouTube demo's. Includes power supply, software, unit manual, and software manual. This unit, how mande in China, sells new in stores for $299 without case. This early USA version is in immaculate condition, only $215 including original power supply. Add this heavy duty gigbag (pic), which sells online for $39...for just $15. Fits the RP perfectly and has plenty of storage for cables, power supply, etc. Manual is downloadable - first link here.
A Few Pickups:
· Seymour Duncan Strat Antiquity Bridge. These look so much like the real thing it's scary. Has been installed in a guitar so leads already cut to proper length for bridge. $77 new but this used one's just $52.
· Seymour Duncan-Designed HB-102 Pair. Includes HB-102N and 102B (neck and bridge), which is the import version of Duncan's JB/Jazz set. Alnico 5 magnets, but hotter winding spec, based on the most popular hot-rodded PAF. Bridge pickup is F-spaced. Removed when new so mint condition with plastic still on one of them. Top notch construction and design - not obviously inferior like Epi and other import pickups. Along with PRS, Duncan Designed are the best import pickups and are an upgrade for most import guitars. $49(HOLD-Bernard K 2/2) for this mint set.
· Seymour Duncan Classic Stack Strat Neck. Stacked humbucker that looks like a single coil. Patent applied for design to remove hum and preserve traditional single coil tone. 4-conductor for wiring single/humbucker if desired. $77/each new but get this clean pair for just $90.
· Seymour Duncan Classic Stack Plus - Strat Bridge. Stacked humbucker that looks like a single coil. Patent applied for design to remove hum and preserve traditional single coil tone. 4-conductor for wiring single/humbucker if desired. $77 new, this clean used one's $49 - or $45 with the Classic Stack pair above.
· EMG-81 - White. An older hard-wired 81 that's barely used. The patina has yellowed but the lettering is nearly perfect. For you guys rebuilding 80's boutique guitars, this is a hard to find nice example in white and just $75.
· Gibson P100 Set. Get that great P90 single coil tone in a stacked noiseless configuration. No covers but they're available online. $90/pair.
· Gibson P100 Pickup. As above except includes soapbar cover. $49.
· DiMarzio Copy by Gotoh. Stamped "Patent Applied For" and "made by goto" (note the missing "h", common to all of these). These pickups were used in many of the 70's/80's "lawsuit" guitars by Greco, Tokai, Edwards, etc., and are excellent sounding pickups in their own right. Double cream bobbins with two rows of hex screws, just like DiMarzio. If you need one of these, here you go. $79.
1993 Joseph Zaukus Tele Thinline (Brooks & Dunn), (front), (3/4 view), (back), (neck), (fretboard detail), (headstock), (pickups), (case). Beautiful Woods - Unusual Neck Profile. A truly stunning guitar representing an early model (serial #23) by Joseph Zaukus, who was a local guy from DC/Baltimore when I was still living in Maryland. His shop is now located in Nashville. Check out Joseph's site (link) to read a brief bio and click here for an example of what he's building currently. I love this guitar so much I could never get motivated very much to sell it but after "finding" it recently I realized that I hadn't played it in a few years and it's time to find it a new home. Some interesting history on this guitar - it was loaned to Ronnie Dunn and was his main stage guitar for the latter part of Brooks & Dunn's winter tour '94 and he used it on Dick Clark's New Year's show that year. He liked it so much that he ordered his own custom guitar from Zaukus by the time the tour was over. Here are two pics (pic1...pic2) of Ronnie playing it. You'll note that at the time it was a 3-pickup model but at some point later it was changed to a standard dual-pickup. Whoever made the change, be it Joseph or somebody else, knew what they were doing as the pickguard is custom made for this guitar and the basic outline of the two guards are identical. I need to mention the unusual neck profile - it's a standard 25.5" scale but the fretboard is a very round 6.25" radius with a narrow nut, just 1 9/16". The neck is very round in the back and is perfect for players with small hands. It is also the finest flame maple neck I've seen as nice as it looks in the pics, it looks better in person. The intricate vine fretboard inlay is made of genuine mother-of-pearl and abalone. The fretboard is made of genuine Brazilian rosewood. As shown in this pic, the top/back/sides are built from solid piece of maple, with the edges of the body and F-hole left unstained, PRS style, which makes sense since he developed some of his skills while working at PRS. The center core is made of basswood. Joseph mentioned that the neck and body were built from raw wood - no prefab parts! Pickups are a DiMarzio vintage style Tele bridge pickup with cloth wires and brass bass, model DP173 "Twang King", with a VanZandt Strat pickup (wound by W.L. VanZandt himself), in the neck, controlled by a 4-way switch (starting from the front position: N&B parallel, N, N&B series, B). This set up is reminiscent of Fender's old JD Tele and like the JD, provides a choice of Strat or Tele tones. The body is copper shielded inside to keep things quiet. This is a great playing Tele with great Tele twang and a fat Strat neck tone as well. It is excellent for Country, but quiet enough for rock and blues. If you're looking for one killer looking, great playing, excellent sounding Tele...and one with an interesting history, this one definitely fits the bill. Serial #23, only $1799. Includes an old TKL case that's a little rough around the edges but structurally sound.
Graph Tech FerraGlide Saddles for Vintage Fender. Centered intonation screw for Fender Vintage style bridges (see below for American Standard/Series). High quality replacement saddles for your vintage-style Strat bridge. You're probably used to the black graphite saddles Graph Tech has made for years. These are the same idea - reduced string breakage and increased sustain - but they look more like stock saddles. Each saddle insert, is impregnated with Teflon, the slipperiest substance on earth, which eases the grip between the saddle and string, spreading the stress over a greater portion of the string, thus eliminating string breakage. Teflon is 500% more slippery than graphite and is impregnated throughout the String Saver material, so its lubricating properties will never wear out. New, $39.
Graph Tech Tusq Saddles for Vintage Fender. Centered intonation screw for Fender Vintage style bridges (see below for American Standard/Series). High quality replacement saddles which offer lower friction for less string breakage without losing tone. To my ears these seem to even out the highs for a more mellow, balanced tone. $25.
Graph Tech Graphite Saddles for Vintage Fender. Centered intonation screw for Fender Vintage style bridges (see below for American Standard/Series). High quality replacement saddles which offer lower friction for less string breakage without losing tone. To my ears these seem to even out the highs for a more mellow, balanced tone. $25.
Graph Tech Graphite Saddles for Modern Fender. Offset intonation screw for American Standard/American Series style bridges. High quality replacement saddles which offer lower friction for less string breakage without losing tone. To my ears these seem to even out the highs for a more mellow, balanced tone. $25.
2003 Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Custom - Bullseye, (front), (back), (headstock), (features), (case). Absolute killer playing guitar, especially if you like the original "Fretless Wonder" from the 50s and 1st reissue from the early 70's . The frets on these classic guitars were very low, which made it very easy to finger. This Zakk had the frets filed down (shown here) to a similar height, and my man Martin put a nice crown on them after the pic was shot. This is a quality Korean model from the Saien factory, a definite cut above the Chinese models. These are extremely impressive and priced just a little higher than a stock Epi LP Custom. Immaculate bulls-eye paint job, and all the LP Custom features such as multi-ply binding, gold hardware, pearloid block inlays (and not cheesy looking brushed chrome ones), and the classic split diamond headstock overlay. What really sets this apart though are the EMG HZ 4 and HZ4A humbuckers, which are the passive version of the EMG81 and 85. It also has an extremely chunky neck which has an unfinished feel as found on Zakk's prized LP. If you're not into big necks, you don't want this guitar, but the bare (only a sealer coat) baseball bat feel is perfect for my hands. This current Chinese model currently sells online at $699 without case or bag, but was $799 when they were made in Korea. This one is in excellent condition, other than a few clear coat scratches on the back (pic). It has a great neck which allows for an excellent setup, especially with the low frets. If you like the feel of the old Fretless Wonder, this one will save you the time or expense of converting on an is a nice value on a quality Korean Zakk at just $529, including a quality wood/tolex case.
Fender Pro Junior #2, (top). Early USA model. In recent years I've had a variety of hand-wired boutique 10" combo's and a bunch of the recent budget 5-waters by Epi, Vox, Fender Champion 600, etc. The hand wired boutique combo's sound great but they're expensive; the budget combos, well, you get what you pay for. Dollar for dollar, it's hard to beat the Pro Junior for quality tone in a solidly built amp. With simply a volume and tone control, the Pro Junior won't waste any of your time trying to dial in the "perfect" tone. Just crank it up and let 'er rip. The Pro Junior is powered by a pair of EL84's putting out 15 watts, but 15 *tube* watts is quite loud, along the lines of a 35 watt solid state, only better sounding. It also features a pair of 12AX7 preamp tubes. With a fairly heavy Fender/Eminence 10" speaker, this amp carries the guitar spectrum very well, with sufficient lows as to sound like a "real" amp, not just a practice amp. Put one of these on a barstool, put a mic in front of it, and you'll have the whole club jumping. Designed to work with your guitar's volume - sounds clean with your guitar turned down and gets dirtier as you turn up your axe. The look is very much vintage Fender, with classic black tolex, vintage style badge, vintage style handle, chrome panel, and chicken head knobs. The new Mexican-made Pro Junior sells new for $394 ($589 list) and it appears to be the same except for the speaker out jack on the new model, and they also changed the panel to black with white knobs which, to me, only detracts from the vintage vibe. An excellent sounding amp and hard to beat at just $265.
2005 National ResoRocket Steel Resonator w/Cutaway and Lollar, (front), (side), (back), (headstock) (label), (case). National has always been "the" builders of resonator guitars. Going back to the early Tricones in the late 20's, the National tone is unmistakable and the standard for all resonators. The ResoRocket has its roots in the early models but with modern enhancements for today's player. Most notably, the upper bout has been modified with a cutaway to provide easy access to the upper frets. When I play a National with a traditional body, the upper frets are so hard to reach that they're nearly useful except for slide work. It also incorporates a redesigned coverplate pattern to complement the distinctive Tricone-style grill work. Features include steel body (front/back/side) with matte finish, pearloid overlay peghead with engraved logo, National tuner, hard rock maple neck, bone nut, rosewood fretboard, Ivoroid fretboard binding, mother of pearl fretboard marker, .106/.039 frets, 9.5 hand spun resonator, maple biscuit, 10.25" upper bout, 14" lower bout, 3.125" body depth, 1.825" nut, 25" scale, 8 lbs. 14 oz. weight, hardshell case. This one also has a factory-installed Lollar pickup with endpin jack so it sounds as good plugged in as it does acoustically. This baby is in excellent condition, with a pro setup that's easy on your fingers. The tone is perfect, loud and clear, with no extraneous rattle or annoying frequencies present. New price on these with slimline pickup is $3K-$3350. Save some bucks on this one - just $2100(SOLD-Wanda B).
Carvin V3M Mini Tube Head, (panel), (top), (back/footswitch), (back panel). The best mini-tube head I've had, the V3M is essentially a 50W version of the V3 100W head, except in a package that's around 1/2 the size and 1/3 the weight. With a quad of EL84 tubes (plus four 12AX7 preamp tubes) it delivers as much power as you'll need for any venue with an incredible tone and lush analog reverb. Best of all you can run it at 50W, 22W, or 7W, to allow the sweetest tone with the power tubes running wide open, to suit any venue from living room, studio, club, or concert stage. This one comes with the optional footswitch to give you channel control at the front of the stage. You can switch the channel to classic rock with deep metal crunch to clean to something in-between - and then kick in the Boost for lead passages regardless of channel. Front panel controls include Master Volume; Master Reverb; Channel Select switches (1&2); Select & Channel 3 switches. Each of the three channels has controls for Drive, Volume, Presence, Bass, Mid, Treble, Intense/Thick (2 channels) switches, Intense/Soak (Channel 3) switch and EQX switches for Channels 1-3. Rear Panel controls include Power Mode switch (50/22/7 watts); Impedance (4/8/16 ohms), dual speaker outputs, Line Out Cabinet Voiced, Effects Loop (send/receive jacks), Master Boost adjustable control, Footswitch jacks for FS44L or FS22 footswitches, Voltage Select (120V/240V) switch. Hearing is believing - check out Carvin's 8-minute (link) and 15-minute demos (link). This head is in excellent condition, having seen very little home use, and never roaded. With a list price of $1299 ($799 factory direct), this is a lot of amp for the money. Better yet, get this barely used one WITH optional ($39.60) 4-button footswitch, for just $529(HOLD-Scott D local).
(shown with and without dust cover), (inside pages). All you wanted to know about the innovative guitars of Danny Ferrington, written by Danny, Nancy Skolos, and Thomas Wedell. Includes book and CD (artists). More than 150 photographs in this hardcover edition with unique shape (top of book a few inches longer than bottom) of thirty guitars and the celebrity musicians that own them--as well as an original CD--highlight the work of one of America's premier creators of handmade, one-of-a-kind guitars that are prized by musicians the world over. CD is seated in the top cover. Dust sleeve a little worn around the edges but book itself is perfect. $18 include postal shipping.
Tech 21 NYC Sans Amp GT-2, one of the best, most versatile pedals ever. With the GT2 you can create your own rig in seconds. Easily achieve the most sought-after tube amp sounds, and entirely new ones as well. Choose amplifier type, modification and speaker cabinet/mic placement configurations. You can easily mix and match specific sound characteristics instantly, without buying a few dozen rigs to achieve the tone. The GT2 is a truckload of great amps in a single, simple pedal. A little known secret is running the GT2 directly into your mixing board. Our guitarist used to carry one of these as a backup to his amp and it was called into service on several occasions. The result was a guitar tone that was better than his usual backline set up. There are a bunch of YouTube demo's - here's a good example (link). These are available directly from Tech 21 for $189 but this used one's in very good shape, works perfectly, and is a great pedal for $99(HOLD-Ed L 1/9).
Tech 21 Double Drive 3X MOD, (close-up). The Double Drive 3X - with a Private Stock custom MOD - has been revoiced for more aggressive hard rock and metal tones and therefore not specifically recommended for classic rock or blues rock. It has a tighter low end for more chunky bass and a wider level taper for smoother control. This custom-mod version offers a more "amp-like" distortion as opposed to a "pedal-like" distortion and is a good choice for players with amps that are lacking. This model also lets you store three custom sounds, even on the fly, by simply tweaking the knobs and double-tapping on a footswitch. DRIVE A controls the amount of Class A power amp output stage distortion (like a Vox AC30), rich in even harmonics. The amount of harmonics is dynamically controlled by the input level and their ratio by how hard you pick. DRIVE A/B controls the amount of Class A/B power amp output stage distortion (like Fender or Marshall), rich in odd harmonics. The signal path of Drive A runs INTO the signal path of Drive A/B, resulting multiplication, rather than addition, of the distortion to achieve a cascading effect. Click here for a demo with knob tweaking. With a list of $215, these sell new for $179. I have a few new in the box for just $129.
Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb, Thought by many to be the best digital reverb made, at least in stomp box form. Sounds as 90% as good as the finest rackmount units at 1/10th the price. Following the RV-2 and RV-3, the RV-5 is the newest and most powerful of Boss' popular RV series with six of Boss’ best reverbs in an all-new stereo effects pedal. New reverbs include convincing spring reverb emulation and a high-quality gate reverb, plus an all-new Modulate mode for spacious detuned reverb sounds. One of the cool things about this reverb is the "Time" control, which lets you adjust the reverb decay. You can use a thick wash of spring reverb, for instance, but unlike most amps, which turn into a big mush, you can set it to 1 second or so. There are a bunch of YouTube demo's; click here and take your pick. New these are $149 but this nice used one's just $99.
BOSS ST-2 Power Stack. Boss's new "stack in a box" and a good choice for players who aren't thrilled with their amp tone. With the ST-2 you can get fat crunch - or ultra high-gain distortion - by tweaking the Sound, which blends in the gain amount and sound character. Tweak the distortion by dialing in the 2-band EQ. Has a cool textured black finish and is in excellent condition. Don't plunk down $99 for a new one when you can have this nice used one for just $59.
· Seymour Duncan JB and Jazz Set. This is Seymour's personal favorite pickup combination, which says a lot, coming from a true pickup connoisseur who has built over 100 models and 1000's of combinations. The TB4 JB Trembucker JB (i.e. JB with wider spacing for Floyd Rose and vintage trems) and the SH2N Jazz neck are 4-conductor for coil splitting, if desired. A killer upgrade for just $99, including Pri Mail shipping. (I have a few sets of these, hold one for Dennis K 1/8)
· Seymour Duncan JB Trembucker - Zebra. Duncan's most popular pickup. The TB4 JB Trembucker JB is the same as the SH4 except with wider spacing for Floyd Rose and vintage trems. 4-conductor for coil splitting, if desired. Zebras are cool; own this one for $55, including Pri Mail shipping.
· Bill Lawrence XL500 Bridge Humbucker. Excellent sounding hot humbucker for rock music. Jackson uses these as a stock pickup on their custom shop guitars now. 4-conductor for multiple applications. This is an older model in nice shape and a cheap upgrade at $39.
· Fender Lace Sensor - Gold. Acquired for an upgrade that never occurred, thus new and never installed. The most popular of the Laces, Gold is the classic Vintage 50's Strat sound with glassy bell like tones, slightly hotter than the originals but much more quiet. This model was used on the original Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and Jeff Beck Stratocasters, and a bunch of custom shop models. New in the box for $49(HOLD-Mark P 4/11), which includes Pri Mail shipping.
· Gibson 491T Humbucker. Ceramic medium/medium-high output humbucker used in the newer Les Paul/MM, V/MM, and Exp/MM guitars. These sound good in a mahogany body, might be a tad bright in a maple cap guitar. Removed when new so clean shape and nice upgrade to you import pickups at $45/each (2 available).
· Fender Telecaster Vintage Noiseless Set. Classic vintage Tele tone without the vintage noise. Love these in both Strats and Teles. New these are $159. This has a new bridge and used--but clean--neck. Just $115 which includes Pri Mail shipping.
· DiMarzio Hot Area T Bridge DP421. 4-conductor upgrade for your Tele bridge. Humbucker with a tone that lies between a P90 single coil and a PAF. Works with either 250K or 500K pots. (link). Clean shape and just $55, including Pri Mail shipping.
· 1980's Gibson Bridge. Rare Gibson bridge used on ca. '82/'83 E2 Explorers and perhaps others. Although most of these had gold hardware, you might still need the saddles, since they are long out of production. $65/each.
· Joe Barden Tele Bridge. Vintage Tele bridge plate with compensated brass saddles. Upgrade your Tele with this quality Barden accessory. Bridge is very clean; saddles have some vintage patina. $45 includes Priority Mail.
2009 Charvel USA San Dimas Style 2 with 80's San Dimas Spec Neck, (body), (back), (headstock), (neck), (case). I've had this complete body listed for a while and found out that I was sitting on the proper neck, without even knowing it. 95% of necks won't fit this body since it has 80's San Dimas specs, i.e. a wider butt with. The body is an original USA Style 2 Model 2H Tele shape, in beautiful condition, which was discontinued in favor of the Japan-made "Pro Mod" series. It's an alder body with Seymour Duncan pickups (JB bridge and '59 neck), genuine Floyd Rose Tremolo, Dunlop strap pins, 90's Jackson Professional neckplate and tuners, and black hardware. The neck is an 80's of unknown origin but it's a quality neck with Charvel specs - 2 1/4" butt width with 1 11/16" nut, super flat 16" radius, and Jumbo frets are perfect, with a super pro refret. The headstock had another set of tuners at some point but we've plugged the holes so it's barely noticeable. It also has a few plugged neck bolt screws but they're not visible and not a problem. The back of the neck is unfinished, another Charvel feature, which feels great, and with the thin profile you can really blaze on this thing. We painted the headstock to match the body and installed an early 80's logo. The neck has loads of birdseye; one of the best looking necks you'll find. This is a great playing guitar in beautiful condition, and with the matching headstock, it looks more like a vintage custom order Charvel than it did when stock. Includes quality SKB/Fender case with ATA latches rather than the stock gigbag, for $799.
1984 Vantage Avenger X-77, (front), (headstock), (back), (beveled edges), (tremolo/block), ('82 catalog). This brings back fond memories. When I got back into playing in '85 my bass was a Vantage. This was, of course, before I was a non-compensated endorser of Kramer basses. Vantage were Japan made and among the early waves of high quality Japanese imports. Unlike guitars in the early 70s, they feature solid woods of good quality, quality electronics, excellent hardware, and are able to set up with excellent action. The X-77 Avenger is sort of a cross between an SG and a Baretta. It has the double cutaway design of an SG, with the Kramer-inspired single bridge humbucker. The pickup on this guitar was built to look like a DiMarzio, with hex poles. It is wired through a mini-switch that lets you go from humbucker to single coil - both positions sound very good. The hardware is very good with quality tuners and a very solid tremolo system with brass saddles and bass, and heavy brass block. The body is well crafted, with beveled edges on all sides, nicely finished in vintage white. Set up is very comfortable and it has a quality tone that rivals most USA guitars of the era. Overall excellent condition, especially for 28 years. Compare this to Chinese guitar at the same price and this one wins, hands down, at just $239.
2007 Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Custom - Bullseye, (front), (back), (headstock), (features), (case). Absolute killer playing guitar if you like low action - probably among the 5 best in stock. This is a quality Korean model from the Saien factory, a definite cut above the Chinese models. These are extremely impressive and priced just a little higher than a stock Epi LP Custom. Immaculate bulls-eye paint job, and all the LP Custom features such as multi-ply binding, gold hardware, pearloid block inlays (and not cheesy looking brushed chrome ones), and the classic split diamond headstock overlay. What really sets this apart though are the EMG HZ 4 and HZ4A humbuckers, which are the passive version of the EMG81 and 85. It also has an extremely chunky neck which has an unfinished feel as found on Zakk's prized LP. If you're not into big necks, you don't want this guitar, but the bare (only a sealer coat) baseball bat feel is perfect for my hands. This current Chinese model currently sells online at $699, but was $799 when they were made in Korea. This one is in beautiful condition with no noteworthy flaws, with action you'll love, for just $575(HOLD-Jeff A 11/5) which includes a $119 SKB case. Case is in good shape other than one of the latches has a crack around it.
Melancon Pro Artist, (front), (back), (headstock), (bridge/pickups), (spec sheet), (case). If you missed the Melancon Pro Artist T, here's another great Melancon. Absolutely pristine condition, finished in Vintage White, the Pro Artist is a modern take on the classic Fender Strat - more comfortable body curves, improved heel design, high speed pickups, and improved hardware are just a few features that make this one different from your granddaddy's Strat. Some of you forum guys will be familiar with Gerard Melancon's creations but they're built in such low numbers they're far from being a household name, although they've found a home with more than a few big name players like Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), Phil Keaggy, and Southside Johnny. Melancon guitars are extremely well respected by players and there are few on the used market. The Pro Artist features a lightweight alder body with gloss finish, satin finished maple cap neck; standard neck carve, 22 stainless steel heavy frets; 10" radius, 1 5/8" nut; dual-action truss rod; Melancon 2-post vintage tremolo bridge, Melancon locking tuners. The one modification, changed when the guitar was new, are the pickups which were all swapped out with Seymour Duncans - "Cool Rails" in the bridge (link) with "Vintage Rails" (link) in the neck and middle, controlled by a 5-way switch, master volume and tone with push/pull tone pot (turns on bridge pickup) for 7 pickup combinations. It sounds great on every setting, very Strat like without the hum. My favorite is position 2 with the tone pot out, which has all 3 pickups engaged, where is has incredible clarity and expressiveness. This guitar is a delight to play. Lightweight and very resonant, the action is set very low and the sleek satin finish feels very fast to the palm. The rounded neck heel makes playing in the upper register much easier than a square joint. It has excellent sustain and nice projection when strummed acoustically. For Melancon's site and this model, click here. If you're looking for a great hand-crafted guitar with a classic look and tone, this one is exceptional. It is, essentially, a Master Built guitar at a price that's less than a Team Built. I don't know how you date recent Melancons but serial #1496 is in line with the few I found on the web currently in stock, so it's likely a recent model. Original owner paid $2200 for this fine guitar and kept it in impeccable condition, virtually unplayed presentation. For a hand-built guitar of this quality, a super value at $1499(HOLD-Zac 3/2/15). Includes plush-lined G&G case that hugs the body on all sides.
2009 Schecter Classic C-1, (vine of life), (front), (back), (headstock), (Tonepros). A remarkable guitar in terms of features, playability, and drop dead good looks, at an incredible price. The Classic is the high end C-1 with the most obvious difference being a beautiful abalone "vine of life" fretboard inlays and quilted maple top with PRS style maple "binding" along the top edge. It also features *real* Seymour Duncan pickups (JB bridge, SH-2N Jazz neck), 5-way switching for a choice of humbucker and single coil tones, Tonepros Tuneomatic TOM bridge; string-thru body tailpiece, locking tuners, 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 quilted maple top in Vintage 3-Tone Sunburst, 3-piece mahogany neck-thru, maple bound body edge, cream binding on neck, bound headstock, and most notably, an intricate Abalone "Vine of Life" inlay running the entire length of the fretboard. There was one minor mod done to this guitar - the back of the neck had the gloss finish removed (shown here) for a smoother, non-sticky feel. I like it a lot better than the poly finish but if desired, we can probably buff it back to a shine. For a quality made Korean neck-thru, with top-quality hardware and real Duncans, the Classic C-1 retails at a remarkable $1119, currently clearance priced online at $749. Better still, this one is in beautiful condition and with our killer in-house setup, is a great guitar with pro features for just $499.
D'Addario ECB8-5 5-String Flat Wound Strings. Long scale, gauges .045 to .132. If you don't need the 5th string, just use the .045-.100 as a 4-string set. Get that vintage flat wound tone for just $28 including shipping.
1986 Kramer American Pacer Custom, (front/back), (headstock), (case). A real beauty in Flip-Flop Blue, which, depending on the viewing angle, can appear blue, purple, or burgundy (as shown in 2nd pic above). As I've mentioned before, these were my dream guitars when I worked at Hotlicks in the 80's, but at $799, were around a month's salary so I had to resign myself to Striker or Focus lines. On the higher end metal guitar line, Kramer Americans outsold all other brands we carried by a mile. Having an EVH endorsement likely had a lot to do with that but the fact is they're great shredding guitars with quality Schaller hardware, including a real German-made Floyd Rose and Schaller tuners - plus Seymour Duncan pickups (JB and two Vintage Staggered). All original other than the bridge pickup is a later JB but I might have a mid-80's JB (without the lettering) that we can swap out at a small cost. Features individual pickup selectors plus a coil tap switch for virtually any combination of tones. This guitar is in exceptional condition with virtually no player's wear other than a tiny bit of wear to the low E fine tuner; overall a collector-approved 9.8 condition. It's as clean as some of the floor models at G.C. We sold these new in '86 for $799 but this super clean example is cheaper than it cost back in the '80's - just $750 for this beauty. Includes all 3 Floyd tools, complete Schaller strap lock system, and the *real* original case. (I see a lot of Focus cases being sold as "original" for American series but the proper case is this one with black tolex, leather ends, with white piping, made by TKL.)
Digitech RP155 Guitar Multi-Effect, (panel), (back). The RP155 gives you 83 amps, cabinets, stompboxes, and effects allowing you to get virtually any sound you want, in addition to humbucker and single coil sounds out of whatever guitar you're using. With USB streaming audio, the it allows you to easily record directly to your computer's DAW. Effects include 48 high quality models such as Vox Clyde Wah, Boss CS-2 compressor, Arbiter Fuzz Face, Boss CE-2 Chorus, MXR Flanger, Digitech Whammy, Fender Twin amp reverb, digital-analog-tape delays, and much more. For a complete list of effect, amps, and cab models on this unit click here for Digitech's site. Click here for a demo on Looping/Drum Machine and here for doing multiple layers on the looper. This unit is in mint condition and at $65, it's worth it for the price of the looper alone. Includes manual and power supply. (Note: I also have the comparble bass unit (shown here) in stock for $65.)
Marshall VT-1 Vibratrem Vibrato/Tremolo, (Pic2). Good sounding 2-in-1 pedal with your choice of tremolo or vibrato, patterned after a 60's tube driven model. Has the normal speed and depth controls, plus a shape control to change the wave shape for a subtle effect or something more dramatic. Here's a brief YouTube demo (link). Sounds good, built like a tank, and a good value on a dual-purpose unit. It's in excellent condition and priced at $49.
Boss OS-2 Overdrive/Distortion, choice of Overdrive or Distortion from one pedal. Good choice for players who do anything from 70's rock and blues to Metal. With the color knob in the all the way to the left, it produces pure overdrive; turn it to the right and the overdrive will be gradually mixed with distortion until the overdrive tones are completely gone in the max position. This is perhaps Boss's most versatile gain inducing pedal and one of the longest running, having been introduced in 1990. The circuit is the same as it was 20+ years ago. These are $79 new but this used one's in beautiful condition in original box and just $49.
Yamaha FG720S-12, (front), (back), (headstock/binding). Nicely appointed, excellent player, mint condition. Most notably, the FG720S-12 features a solid spruce top which is remarkable for a 12-string with a retail price of just $523. Features include solid Sitka spruce top, nato back and sides, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, white/black body and neck binding, die-cast tuners, and tortoise pickguard. This guitar appears to have seen little to no playing time and is in perfect condition. With a great in-house setup, it will arrive ready to jam, without the finger pain frequently associated with a 12-string. It's summertime when you need a 12-string for the front porch jams. At $259 this is a modest cost for an extra guitar and it'll play better than anything from the major warehouse stores..
Digitech BP-90 Bass Multi-effect, (front), (side). Full featured multi-effect for the price of a single stomp box worth it for the price of the Whammy effect alone. The BP-90 is more than just an effects box, it's also an easy to use practice device with 40 high-quality drum patterns to practice with while adding a built-in chromatic tuner and headphone jack for silent practicing. The BP90 features 27 effects, 11 amps, 5 cabinets, and 5 stompboxes with 100 presets locations (50 user and 50 factory). The built-in expression pedal gives you real time control over wah, volume, and DigiTech Whammy effects. This is a very good sounding unit that's capable of nailing virtually any bass tone you've heard on recorded music. Sells new for $99 but this one's dead mint for $59, including original power supply and manual.
Warmoth 5-string Bass Neck, (pic2). New, never installed, ordered for a project that never came to be. Maple neck with ebony fretboard. Fender scale and a direct retrofit for 5-string Fender bodies, but will work with others. If you have a bad neck on your 5-string, or want the slick feel and extra snap of an ebony, this one's an easy fix at just $149.
New Pics by Request; Jon Kammerer "Iris Special Edition", (front), (back), (side), (headstock), (neck joint), (features), (Iris inlay). Jon Kammerer has made fine guitars, one at a time, in his shop in Iowa since 1999. His guitar are built in very low numbers but the Iris Special is extra rare, with only 2 made of this model - the result of a joint project with GuitarX that fell apart after the 2nd one. Completely hand-made and the difference in a hand-made guitar will strike you as soon as you pick it up. Absolutely incredible attention to detail and Jon's construction techniques are very innovative, yielding a very comfortable and tunefull guitar. Super thin body - but a nice thick piece of flamed maple on top - Neck is superior to most anything out there and no scarf joints or finger joints here - one piece my man. If you're unfamiliar with this maker, check out on Facebook, or at his site when it's up: http://www.jonkammererguitars.com/. A current, similar model, without the Ltd. Ed. factor and the inlay, retails for $3250, discounted to $2250. If you want one of the best hand made guitars I've played in a long, long time, buy this one, for just $1399.
Warmoth Charvel-style Strat 1HB, (front), (back), (headstock), (body/neck marking), (pickup), (case). Attention fans of low action! This is perhaps the best playing guitar we have in stock right now. We usually set up our guitars a tad lower than factor spec but this one is even lower, and no buzzy frets or dead spots, it's just a great neck. This guitar features quality parts throughout: Warmoth body, Warmoth neck, Duncan pickup, Schaller tuners and strap pins, Gotoh bridge, and CTS pots. The body is an alder body, factory routed for a single humbucker, and has a walnut stain, nicely done, with the front buffed out, white the back is a satin finish. The neck features a Warmoth factory finish, Warmoth's side adjustment for the truss rod, slightly wider 1 11/16" nut, Dunlop 6105 medium-jumbo frets, Warmoth compound radius, and a medium depth C shape that's feels the same thickness all the way up the neck. Pickup is a Seymour Duncan Pearl Gates (TBPG1B) wired to a mini 3-way switch, volume, and tone. The 3-way is wired for 3 unique tones: Humbucker in phase, humbucker out of phase, and single coil. The out of phase tone is very useful and doesn't sound at all hollow - it sounds like a humbucker, only brighter. All 3 tones sound excellent. Cosmetically, beautiful condition - neck is flawless, body is excellent. At $575 with quality gigbag, it's priced considerably lower than the parts alone, with a free $250 pro assembly - or $650 includes the Charvel/SKB case with TSA latches pictured above. I love playing this guitar and I think you will too.
T.C. Electronics Nova System, (close-up), (back), (sides), (stock). T.C. Electronics builds some of the finest rackmount effects I've had in stock. The Nova System takes TCE's technology and puts it on the floor for the gigging musician who wants something organized, but not as complicated as a rack system. Above all, it's made for the player who wants quality tone. The Nova System is unique in that it features an all-analog distortion/overdrive section, but incorporates digital technology for creating user presets and expression control. It also features a vast array of effects taken straight from the king of floor-based processors; the G-System, so you're guaranteed top-notch compression, EQ, noise gate, modulation, pitch, delay and reverb. Rather than explaining with words, check out TCE's site, 1/2 way down this page (link) to see around a dozen videos about the Nova System. This thing is built to last with a metal case and heavy duty switches built to last. Sells new for $499 but this one is "as new" in the box for just $350(HOLD-Kurt K 11/8).
Electroharmonix/Sovtek Big Muff Pi. Highly regarded distortion from Sovtek, Russia, in original wooden box. Controls for Volume, Sustain, and Tone, yield a good variety of classic 60's tones. Overall very good condition with some wear to the lettering but it functions perfectly. People like these boxes and I'm seeing a lot of them being parted out separate from the pedal. This one's complete and $79. Here's an excellent EH site by "The EH Man" (link).
1988 G&L Skyhawk - Matching Headstock - Fine Tune Bridge, (front), (back), (headstock), (trem), (case). Nice 2nd generation Skyhawk with rare fine-tuner bridge and matching headstock. We haven't had the neck off yet but it's a late '87 or early '88, with the cosmetic changes that began in late 87, giving the Skyhawk a more traditional, i.e. Strat, look. These changes included a recontoured body, a "sickle" style headstock ("by Leo Fender" logo) which replaced the earlier double curve design. Also this was the first year for the traditional one-piece pickguard, which replaced the combination smaller pickguard with metal control plate. Features include nicely figured ash body; bolt-on maple cap neck, 3-bolt neck attachment with tilt adjust, black pearloid dot markers, 3-ply white pickguard, G&L Dual Fulcrum Vibrato with fine tuners, chrome Sperzel locking tuners, G&L Magnetic Field Design single coil pickups with adjustable pole pieces, Master volume, treble, and bass, 5-way pickup selector, 25.5" scale, 1 5/8" nut. Overall very nice condition but there are several cosmetic flaws (shown here) but no buckle scratches and frets are in great shape, so this guitar has seen little playing time. At 8.2 lbs., it's fairly light for a Leo-era G&L. Set up is fantastic - bends with ease, and the controls and pickups offer much more tonal variation than your average Strat. For a vintage G&L with rare features this is a nice buy at $999. Includes original case and original trem bar.
Gibson Humbucking Set - 496R/500T - with covers. Classic combination used in many Gibsons from Flying V's to Les Pauls. Neck comes in at a vintage output of around 8.5K; bridge is overwound at around 16K for a modern tone. These run $109/each new - without the covers, but this set is in clean shape, has had chrome covers added, and are just $125 for the pair.
2008 Epiphone Les Paul Standard, (front), (headstock), (back). UPDATE: Martin did a final setup on this guitar and it simply doesn't get any better. Action is as low as a Gibson Les Paul Custom, and no dead spots anywhere. Probably 1 in 50 guitar. A great guitar for the beginner/intermediate player who wants the classic look and thick, rich tone of an all time great guitar. Finished in a stunning high gloss cherry sunburst finish, the Epi LP Standard, with little deviation, is much like the '59 'Burst which has achieved holy grail status among collectors and players. One noteworthy change is the weight - while original Les Pauls are generally hefty guitars, the Epi benefits from a weight-relieved body which makes it comfortable, set after set, long into the night. The Alnico V Classic humbuckers provide the same rhythm crunch and buttery smooth leads that these guitars are known for, and although most players only think "rock" with an LP, it can be used effectively with country and, especially on the neck pickup, jazz or jump. It features a mahogany body with maple veneer top, mahogany neck set into the body, rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays, cream plastic parts, classic Tuneomatic bridge with retainer wire, chrome hardware, Grover tuners with kidney bean buttons, and Gibson-style "bell" shaped 3-ply truss rod cover. Clean enough to be sold as new with plastic still on the pickguard and zero wear anywhere and, most importantly, the best set up you'll ever see on any Les Paul, Gibson or Epiphone. In burst finishes this model lists for $833 ($665 for Ebony finish) nicely discounted to $479. This one is like new, set up to perfection, and a nice Paul at the price, just $379. Deluxe gigbags or hardshell cases available for $25 and $59, respectively, if desired. Note: Upgrade to Gibson humbuckers (like this 496R/500T set) for just $150, including labor, or a little more for Burstbuckers or '57's.
Schecter Hellraiser V-1 Flying V, (front/abalone binding), (headstock), (back), (battery cover/output jack), (case). Killer Flying V style with dark looks and fat tones that are tailor made for heavy music. The Hellraiser V1 is a remarkable guitar in terms of features, playability, and looks, at an incredible price. It features high-end EMG-81 active pickups with coil split via push/pull volume knob; TonePros Tune-O-Matic with thru-body string mounting; stunning Abalone inlay along the entire edge of the top; Abalone bound headstock; Abalone Gothic Cross inlays, black chrome hardware, set-neck construction 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. The high gloss black finish and loads of abalone trim on this guitar are absolutely gorgeous. More importantly, with these EMG's this guitar sounds fantastic and plays incredibly easy with low action and bends with ease. The design of the neck joint and body contours make this the most comfortable V I've played, especially in the upper register. For a quality made Korean set-neck, with top-quality hardware and EMG's, the Hellraiser V retails at a remarkable $1069, selling new for $749...without case. Better still, this one has barely been played and with our killer in-house setup, is an incredible value at just $529 and INCLUDES Dean case.
Digitech RP10 Multi-Effect Floorboard, (back), (LCD/LED screens), (box/manual). Museum condition and a great old unit from the 90's. Has all the usual vast array of effects like distortion, delay, chorus, flange, phase, wah, comp., etc. in an easy-to-use floor unit. Features both a back-lit LED for patch name and effects contained in that patch, plus a large red LED for patch number. The technology, while a little dated, sounds fine to my ears and I can't think of a bad thing to say about this unit. Appears to have spent its life in the box and is as clean as a new floor model. These sold for over $400 back in '96 but this used one works perfectly, and is a powerful, good sounding unit for just $139. Includes original manual and box.
Boss ME-70 Multi-Effect Floorboard, (back). For the player who is more comfortable with stompboxes than scrolling through menus. The ME-70 is a multi-effects unit that’s as easy as a stompbox. The friendly, knob-laden design makes tone creation a snap, but with a powerful COSM AMP section derived from the GT-10, the ME-70 takes Boss's “EZ effects” concept to new heights. It uses dedicated knobs for each parameter for fast, friendly operation, with four footswitches and Expression pedal for layout and operation much like a standard pedalboard. All of your amp controls are arranged together, as well as a separate knob for reverb, and expression pedal effect (wah, octave, modulation, etc.). It features a phrase loop function in the delay section with 38 seconds of recording time and features many classic Boss pedals such as Slow Gear, T-Wah, OD-1, and many others. If you've heard it in a Boss pedal before, you can get the tone out of this baby. For full specs and effects, go to Boss's site here and download manual here. These sold new for $299 and up but this one's in very clean shape, works perfectly, and is a fantastic solution for the Boss pedal fan at just $175(HOLD-Carlos U 6/5).
2007 ESP Vintage Plus Strat Style Relic, (front), (back), (headstock/neck), (relic wear), (tremolo/JB Jr. p/u), (upgraded case). A great Japan reissue of a classic, with its roots going back to the 80's 400-series ESP's. Unlike the 400-series, the Vintage Plus features "relic" appearance, factory distressed to show years of natural wear and tear, with the look and feel of a vintage instrument, and modern refinements that improve it's playability and feel. It's like getting a nice vintage Strat, but with refinements that many players add such as jumbo frets, flatter fretboard radius, and high-performance bridge and tuners. Not visible to the casual observer is the sharply contoured and bi-radiused neck heel, which is cut to allow easier access to the upper frets. These are a limited run, although they've proven to be very successful and are now into their 5th year. This one has a few upgrades: a Seymour Duncan JB Jr bridge pickup replaces the original Duncan SSL-1. Also, the back of the neck has been steel wooled, Fender-style, for a more natural feel. The last change, and it's definitely an upgrade, the case has been swapped out with a Charvel/SKB with TSA latches, one of the best cases currently made. Features include Alder body, thin U-shaped maple neck, rosewood fretboard with clay dot inlays and ESP inlay on the 12th fret, Seymour Duncan SSL-1 pickups (middle and neck), Wilkinson Vintage tremolo, Gotoh Magnum locking tuners, 22 Xtra jumbo frets, and 1 5/8" nut. The JB Jr. (link) opens this guitar up to a wider variety of tones, including a vintage PAF tone in the last position, with very traditional Strat tones in positions 1-4, courtesy of the Duncan Vintage Staggered (link) single coils. This guitar plays fantastic, with low action and no dead spots. The jumbo frets aren't excessively high, which is a good compromise between old and new. It has seen very little playing time so frets are perfect and no non-factory wear. With a list of $2852, the Vintage Plus sells new for $1499-$1549. This one has a few tasteful upgrades and for the player, it's a fine Strat for $1050(SOLD-Willy Boy). Includes SKB case with TSA specs and trem arm.
Seymour Duncan Hot Rails & Cool Rails Pair, Get a fat humbucker tone out of your Strat or other single coil routed guitar. These stacked humbuckers feature 4-conductor wiring for single/humbucker wiring options and combinations, and install without modifications. Hot SHR-1B (link) bridge is a hot one, measuring 16.75K and matching SCR-1N (link) which produces a clearer, brighter, and more dynamic sound. These sell for $152/pair ($76/ea.) in the stores but get this clean used pair for just $109.
Ibanez CS9 Stereo Chorus Reissue, (pic2). Prompted by the demand of vintage 9-series pedals, and the escalating prices, Ibanez smartly reissued some of their classic pedals, including the popular CS9 which uses the same circuitry, for the same lush chorus, found on the original. Mint in the box with $79.
Johnson J-Station, (close-up), (detail), (back). Cleanest one of these I've had in years. For you youngsters, once upon a time, Johnson and Line 6 (POD) were battling it out - along the lines of VHS and Betamax - each with it's own strong spots and weak spots. In the end, Johnson lost, but I'll hold the J-Station up to a POD any day. Largely the same selection of effects and amp modeling, but on the J-Station I much prefer the built-in acoustic simulator and the 12-string simulator. All the other effects are a toss-up in my opinion - they're both very good. Also, it's so easy to use you really don't need a manual. Bottom line: This is very nice unit that can do it all in the studio or it also is excellent for stage use - and is very easy to get around on. For the price of a single stop box, you can have 'em all. For full info and manual download, click here for Johnson's site. Incredibly clean condition with original box and power supply, for $99. .
'82-'84 Floyd Rose Tremolo - Museum Condition. Top quality German-made Schaller unit and the model used on ESP-made Kramer Focus, ca. '82-'84. The unit has all the features of the Floyd Rose with fine tuners, without the fine tuners. Because of this, it's very tricky to use this effectively with a locking nut. Once you lock down the nut, the only way to fine tune your strings is to loosen the lock nut. With that said, it is an excellent quality unit and can be used effectively with a standard nut, since tuning will be done via the guitar's tuners. If you're restoring an early import Kramer, or you simply want great non-locking tremolo, this one is as clean as you'll find anywhere on the planet and priced at $75.
Ibanez LF7 Lo-Fi Filter, (pic2). Although marketed primarily for guitar, it also works well with vocals, drum machines, or any mix-down content. The LF7 creates lo-fi tones that used to require ancient analog gear; especially good at creating transistor radio and megaphone lo-fi sounds! It also performs well with vocals, drum machines, or in any mix-down context. Like all the Tone-Lok series, it features a solid metal housing, knobs that recess when not in use to prevent breakage, and a "Mode" switch, which for this pedal selects "guitar", "drums", or "mic". Click here for an excellent demo of this pedal. You can see by tweaking it, it's capable of producing some radical sounds. I don't know that many players will use this on every song, but it's great at creating unique textures that will stand out in the mix. Mint in the box with manual for just $45.
MXR Micro Flanger. Recent Dunlop pedal that's a stripped down version of the Mod 117, with just rate and regeneration knobs. This pedal is simpler to use which will appeal to many players who want a fixed Width. Unlike the original Micro, this unit features true bypass to preserve your tone when disengaged. Compact size saves real estate on your pedalboard. Super clean. $59(HOLD-Scott D local).
MXR Micro Chorus. Excellent sounding analog chorus with MXR's ultimate simplicity - just a single knob, just like the Phase 90, Micro Amp, and Dyna Comp. MXR engineered the perfect amount of mix and gain into their pedals so a single knob is really all you need. For the Micro Chorus, it changes the sweep rate, changing its lush textures from sparkly shimmering water to intense rotating speaker simulation. It's true bypass and features an LED indicator and heavy duty construction, just like the MXR's from the 70's. Super clean condition, doesn't take up much space on your pedalboard, and just $49(HOLD-Scott D local).
MXR Doubleshot Distortion. MXR produced one of the classic Distortions of all time, the Distortion+. The M-151 Double-Shot Distortion is the evolution of MXR's original classic designs, engineered with today's tones and much quieter than the vintage pedals. It features two distinct channel that let you dial in blues-approved grind or thick, old-school lead tones. With the touch of a button, you can select another channel for fat bottom modern metal sounds or radically-EQ’ed fuzz ones. This pedal features independent gain and EQ controls give you complete control over both sides of this pedal’s split personality. You can set up the Double-Shot to go from an in-the-pocket chord part to an over-the-top lead line. Or toggle between two unique solo tones. Or switch between two drastically different rhythm tones. Get all your gain from the pedal or use its massive output to get screaming overdrive from your amp. And no matter how dirty you run the Double-Shot, all the subtle details and dynamics of your playing will come through. Activating the Focus control alters the “Q” (bandwidth) of the bass filter, creating a slightly emphasized low-end and a mild midrange cut. This subtle, yet effective tonal shift lets you tailor the pedal for a variety of amp, guitar, and speaker combinations. Other features include glow in the dark labels and easy to read pointers for use on dark stages. Click here for an in-depth review at GP magazine. List price when new was $189, $119 street price, but this one's in perfect condition for just $75.
Visual Sound Route 66 V2 Overdrive and Compressor, (pic2). Visual Sound builds some quality pedals and this first version Route 66 is a good example. Good sounding OD or Boost plus a compressor that can be used as a subtle spice or as a more radical effect. The OD emulates the old TS808 and features Drive, Tone, and Volume, as well as a Bass Boost switch; the Comp features Comp, Tone, and Gain, as well as a Tone Bypass switch. Here's a good 3-minute demo on Youtube (link). Pédale double proposant une compression fiable aux réglages fins et précis couplée avec une overdrive souple et veloutée, Youtube demo here. Note that this is a V2 model, with new style knobs that are easier to read on a dark stage. It's mint in the box - for just $89(HOLD-Mike W 5/24).
Keeley Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive. Another fine modified pedal by Robert Keeley, king of the pedal mods. Take a good old SD-1, a classic one-trick pony, modify the circuit, add a 2-way switch for your choice of germanium or silicone diode, and you've got more tonal choices and overall much fatter, cleaner, more defined, and with loads more gain than a stock SD-1. Rather than adding a long description, click here for Keeley's site. Great sounding Keeley OD for $89.
1979 Electroharmonix LPB-2, (circuit). Linear Power Booster. It's as if you had 20 sets of pick-ups all in one guitar...can make your amplifier TEN times louder... These are the claims used in advertising on the LPB's back in the 70's (see ad here). While these might be an exaggeration, the LPB-2 can be used effectively to overdrive the front end of your amp, giving it thicker, hotter tone, or as a boost pedal for leads. This is one of the cleaner examples of a 70's LPB I've had and a very useable pedal, even for today's guitar rigs, for $79.
Barber LTD Low Gain Overdrive, (pic2). The LTD dishes out some of the sweetest clearest overdrive you'll hear, with remarkable chord clarity with excellent harmonic content. Hand made, one at a time, and signed by the craftsman, the LTD features precision matched components-using proprietary specifications to ensure symmetrical clipping and reduced intermodulation distortion. It features true bypass switching with led indicator using an extremely high grade switch, in addendum Solid 20 gauge copper hookup wire is used between the jacks and switching to create the most transparent bypass yet. Extreme volume knob response circuitry for an amazing variety of shades and textures just by adjusting your volume knob. The cast aluminum enclosure is incredibly durable and will last decades. Ready for 18 volt operation-The LTD operates from 9 volts to 18 volts, this allows use of higher voltage converters and supplies, for players who want to try higher voltage tweaks. Sells new for $139 but this one's mint in the box with manual for $99.
Line 6 POD X3 Guitar and Vocal Modeler, (stock pic), (SKB case), (complete). The latest and greatest in the iconic kidney bean POD's. Works great for guitars and vocals, whether in the studio or live. The X3 has too many upgrades over the earlier versions, including the ability to run two complete guitar rigs simultaneously. There are too many features to list but here are a few: 78 guitar amp models, 24 guitar cab models, 98 stompbox and studio effects, 28 bass amp models, 22 bass cab models, 6 vocal preamp models, A.I.R.™ II cab/mic modeling with 4 mic options each, 1/4-inch Instrument Input, XLR Microphone Input (w/ Trim Adjust), USB 2.0 for computer recording, S/PDIF Stereo Digital Audio output, Stereo 1/4-inch TRS Balanced Line outputs, 1/4-inch Stereo Headphones output, FBV Connector for optional pedal controller, Massive model set for guitar, bass & vocals. Its larger backlit LCD screen contains plenty of information, without being cluttered, and it's a fairly easy unit to get around on. The sounds are the best ever on a POS unit and it contains numerous songs that actually list the artist; names like "Sweet Child 'O Mine", "Teen Spirit", "Purple Haze", "Strat Cat Strut", "Sultans of Swing", EVH, The Edge, SRV, Rush, etc. This unit was just discontinued but you can still find a few new ones online for $399 ($559 list). This one also includes a top quality SKB case that uses the same hardware as their guitar cases and sells new for $59. With the case it's a $458 value...all for just $299! Includes POD, USB cable, power supply, manual, and case.
Washburn WD420SCE Acoustic Electric, (front), (back), (headstock), (preamp/output jacks), (appointments). Brian continues to find guitars that have never been on the web site. This one is actually a new, old stock model from 2005. It is unplayed and immaculate. We'll, of course, install a new set of strings and do a proper setup on it before shipping out but other than that, it's straight out of the factory container. The WD420SCE is a fancier version of Washburn's popular D10 series. It retains the same solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides, but adds some dressed up cosmetics as well as a cutaway and onboard preamp. It features the Equis Crystal preamp with a notch filter control, volume knob, and 4-band eq (Bass, Mid, Treb, Pres) and battery low indicator, as well as easy access door to change the 9V battery. The preamp is wired to both a standard 1/4" jack plus a low-Z XLR jack for running straight into a mixer, snake, or acoustic amp. The benefit of a low-z cable is you can use very long cables without any loss in signal, whereas a standard guitar cable picks up more noise and suffers signal loss over 20 ft. or so. The solid spruce top yields a sound with much more clarity and sustain, plus the entire body utilized Washburn's "Veil Process" finish that is applied very thin, allowing the wood to breath and age quicker than a normal finish that leads to a fuller, richer sound. Cosmetic appointments include bound body and neck, intricate soundhole rosette, snowflake inlays, and diamond-pattern back stripe. Set up is very comfortable which, along with the solid top and good electronics system, makes this an excellent value on an acoustic/electric at just $299. Add a nice hardshell case for $65.
Valvetrain Concord 6W 1X12 Combo, (panel), (top), (back), (chassis). Killer sounding little 6-watt Class A combo...top quality construction...built in Mount Dora FL. The Concord is hand-wired with point-to-point eyelet board, with single 6V6 power and a 12AX7 dual-triode in the preamp. It features your basic Volume, Treble, Bass controls, cathode bias power amp, all American parts including high grade aluminum chassis, heavy transformers, and birch cabinet. Responds very well to a player's touch and especially the guitar's volume control. It has an excellent clean sound, getting very fat around "5", with a smooth breakup beginning at "7", with more and more saturation from 7-10. It features two 4 ohm and one 8 ohm speaker jacks for a variety of speaker loads. Speaker is a USA Real Vintage 12" which I think is an upgrade from the Eminence 12". These sell new for $799, which is very reasonable for a point-to-point American amp with quality components. This one's in mint condition and a sweet little combo for $569(HOLD-Brad T 5/5). For more on Valvetrain, click here.
Truetone M7 Acoustic Pickup System, (pic2). Looking for a quality pickup system for your prized acoustic that won't require any permanent mods? The Truetone M7, made in USA, is highly regarded by acoustic players, and can be installed with non-invasive Velcro. Truetone is no longer in business but has amassed a large following of fans who were fortunate enough to acquire one of these before production was stopped. The M7 is a 3-way system with a bridge Piezo 'pickup' which mounts on the bridge plate, plus "Hi" and "Low" mics which you place in the upper and lower bouts, respectively. They're all mixed at the preamp which has dials for high mic, low mic, and master volume, as well as knobs for bridge plate volume and bridge plate tone. It comes complete with everything you need to install. Rather than a metal end-pin tube, it comes with a standard-looking endpin that houses an 1/8" jack, which you can connect to a short adapter cable that takes it to a standard 1/4" cable. Click here for reviews on Harmony-Central. There are very few of these in circulation and users swear by them. Sold for $400 new, but this one's complete and a quality unit for $225.
Jackson USA Select Randy Rhoads RR1 - Hot Rod Flames, (front), (back), (headstock), (Floyd), (case). "Like new" RR1 in one of the coolest premium finishes, Hot Rod Flames, which is a rare color on a Rhoads. The Rhoads is THE iconic Jackson. Strats and Dinky's are much more common, but they look like 90% of the other guitars from the 80's, when Jackson was just emerging. When you see the Rhoads, with its signature long upper horn, short lower horn, it's unmistakably a Jackson, and its lineage is tied to perhaps the era's greatest guitarist (okay, Randy and EVH). It was Randy Rhoads' popularity with this model that, essentially, was the reason behind Jackson's success. Randy's' first Jackson prototype was the famous white pinstriped, asymmetrical Flying V built by Grover Jackson and the boys at Charvel Guitars. It features most of the same specs as today's model other than medium frets and a Strat style trem. This prototype from Charvel was the first guitar labeled "Jackson". It was originally called "The Original SIN" before Randy renamed it the "Concord", after the "new" supersonic jet. Randy re-designed the body shape, not finding it distinctive enough from the Flying V, so he had Jackson elongate the upper horn to have more resemblance to a shark's fin. There were several more prototypes made but not completed prior to Randy's untimely accidental death. The last of these prototypes were the first guitars released to the public and they were named...the Randy Rhoads model. The RR1 is the current version of the Rhoads Custom, including higher end appointments like real mother of pearl sharktooth inlays, inlaid pearloid logo, bound neck and headstock. Other features include maple neck-thru construction with alder wings, top of the line Floyd Rose tremolo, sleek ebony fingerboard, sharp "V" shaped body, and quarter-sawn maple neck with a compound neck radius that gets flatter as you go up the neck. Pickups have been changed to a new set of Seymour Duncan Blackouts (link), which are an improved EMG type active pickup. Read more at Jacksonguitars.com. This HRF finish, which has been discontinued, is very time-intensive, requiring taping off the pin-striping by hand and shooting separate coats of black, white, blue, orange, and yellow. This guitar was collector owned and immaculate condition. All 3 points are clean (pic), no buckle rash or pick scratches, perfect frets; just a really nice Rhoads all in all. We have found USA Jacksons without exception, great playing guitars and this one's no exception, with low action, made to shred. With a list of $3866 in a premium finish, the discount price on a new one is $2899 but this one's perfect and priced $1100 less at just $1799. Includes original case with some scuffs on the outside - not as clean as the guitar.
2010 ESP Ltd EC-1000T Deluxe, (front), (back), (headstock), (features), (abalone trim). The Cadillac of the ESP Ltd line and one of the most stunning guitars made. Best of all, it’s a true pro-line instrument with features such as locking tuners, active EMG-85 and EMG-60 humbuckers, TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece, set-neck construction, and comfortably contoured body. You'll note that this is the new "T" model, which offers a more traditional look and feel to the classic single-cutaway body shape with a thicker body, no waist cut, and a 22 extra-jumbo fret neck (as opposed to the 24 frets on most EC models), which combine to give it the look and feel of the 'Burst you know and love. Visually, it doesn’t get any better than this with a mirror gloss black finish and more Abalone trim than on any other model I've seen - Abalone adorns every edge of the top including body, neck, neck joint, and headstock. Abalone flag fretboard inlays with the model name at the 12th fret. This guitar is immaculate with a setup that rivals any ESP I've had. With a list of $1285 these sell in stores for $849--without case--which is a bargain for a guitar of this quality. Better still, one that is dead mint, for just $699 AND it includes a new SKB-56 case with TSA latched shown here which sells new for $139.
AKG M80 MK II Semi-Open Studio Headphones, (stock pic). New in the box. The AKG circumaural M 80 MkII headphones are a semi-open circumaural design with a 1.57” driver. Features an adjustable headband, leatherette ear pads, and single-sided cable. 18Hz-20kHz frequency response offers deep bass and sparkling transients - excellent choice for home studio on a budget. With a $179 list price, these are a good buy at $49.99.
D-TAR Timber-Line 18V Acoustic Pickup, (stock pic). Timber-line is a piezo cable pickup coupled to an 18 volt, low-noise, high input impedance preamp with twice the dynamic range of 9-volt preamps. The increased dynamic range and adjustable bass trim pot gives musicians a more natural and full sound. Timber-line is the perfect piezo pickup system for musicians who want a more complex signature from their acoustic guitar. The Timberline was DTAR's first design in the highly competitive under saddle pickup race, and it was recognized as not being just another saddle transducer/preamp. The coaxial element is of the same family as the Highlander IP1, sensing not just the pressure of the saddle but also the vibration of the whole bridge. This results in a truly complex tone. DTAR's 18-volt preamp first saw wide acclaim with this model and it's used in some high end guitars such as the Renaissance RS6. If you're looking for rich, dynamic tone, you should love the Timber-line. For all the technical info that explains why this is a great system, click here for Duncan-Tuner's site. Easy installation with velcro-attached 9V batteries; set in the element, insert the end-pin/preamp, and you're up and running. This is a fairly rare model and a excellent sounding unit for $79.
1985 Kramer Vanguard, (front/back), (headstock), (pickups), (Floyd Rose), (Schaller PU's), (original case). This is an absolutely *killer* playing guitar and like the Pacer above, definitely clean enough for a vintage Kramer collection. Originally released in 1981 as a Flying V shaped body, thus the "V"anguard name, in 1985 it was changed to the popular half-V shape popularized by Randy Rhoads and his signature Jackson model - while the headstock changed from the chicken-beak, AKA "Classic" to the more popular hockey stick seen on this model. I believe this to be the most desirable year with all the best features, i.e. Rhoads shape with hockey stick, dual hums, and Floyd - and '85 was the only year it came with these features. In '86, its last year, it was produced with the pointy headstock. Finished in Metallic Blue with a gloss finish that still shines like new, it's also equipped with the original Gotoh tuners with the set screw at 6 o'clock angle. Other notable features: headstock has the brown stain around the edge, found on around 1/2 of the necks from the hockey-stick era; Floyd is in very clean shape; Schaller pickups which I believe are "Golden 50's", sound excellent; frets are in great shape and action is low from the first to the top fret. Worst flaw (shown here) is a rub on the end of the headstock, not visible from the front, only worth mentioning because the guitar is otherwise in spectacular shape. Even the points, notorious for having finish chips even on a lightly played example, are in clean shape (shown here). Overall, in extremely clean shape, around an 8.5 or a 9+ on a vintage scale, with action as nice as any Kramer you've seen. I've seen people asking crazy money for this era Kramer but this one is priced within the range of more players and it would be great to see this fall into the hands of a working guitarist, someone who can appreciate it night after night. For a vintage Vanguard in this condition, a very nice buy at $699. Includes original case, trem arm, and warranty card.
Daisy Rock Tom Boy, (front/back), (headstock), (thin, rounded heel). Never retailed, unplayed, immaculate. Don't let the name fool you. Daisy Rocks were originally aimed for the "girl" market but there's particularly girlish about this guitar. The Tom Boy closely resembles a Tele Custom in style and function with a traditional Tele pickup and bridge plate plus a PAF style humbucker in the neck. This model has more sonic versatility though as both are humbuckers with single coil capability, each with a slider switches for choice of humbucker, single coil, or off. Pickups are very good quality Duncan Designed Alnico humbuckers. Other features include a thin and lightweight agathis body, maple neck and fretboard, 24-3/4" (Gibson scale) with a slightly narrow neck make it easier for smaller hands to get around on. Also features string-thru body construction, Grover tuners, plus dual volume controls and master tone. These pickups do a good job with a wide range of tones, from crunchy and heavy to clean and twangy. With a list of $499 the Tom Boy sells in stores for $349. This one's new, old stock, and comes with a real set-up for just $279.
2007 Crafter SA-QMOS Slimline Acoustic Electric with Upgrades, (front front2), (back), (headstock), (upgrades), (bound body/neck), (case). Very highly regarded copy of the Taylor T5 with playability on par with the best T5's I've had - plus mods to the electronics that make it much more versatile than a stock model. As shown in this comparison pic, the stock model has only a neck lipstick pickup and saddle piezo pickup, with preamp controls on the top/side of the guitar. We have added a bridge pickup, plus volume, tone, and 3-way switch (up=neck, middle=both, down=bridge) for the magnetic pickups - and incorporated this into the preamp so when you slide it toward the "Lipstick" setting, you can use any combination of the two pickups with its own control for level and tone. The result is a guitar that's twice as versatile as the stock model. The stock electronics are quality stuff with a L.R. Baggs Element saddle transducer, Kent Armstrong lipstick neck pickup, and a blend fader to mix the acoustic and electric tones. The original output jack has been bypassed and plugged, with a better quality jack handling all the sound output. The preamp also includes controls for volume, mute, phase, bass, middle, and treble. Other features include finely quilted maple veneer top finished orange sunburst, solid back and sides, sound chambered body with dual bound f-holes, mahogany neck, Indian rosewood fretboard with mother of pearl inlays, 1 11/16" nut, 25 1/2" scale, 18:1 deluxe tuners, Indian rosewood bridge, gloss finish, and dovetail neck joint. This guitar isn't mint, but the worst flaw is just some buckle scratches on the back (shown here), with no cracks or structural issues. Frets are perfect so I don't think it's seen much actual playing time, just a careless owner. This guitar sounds fantastic with quality acoustic tones from the Baggs Element and electric tones from a Tele style lipstick pickup that's great for country or jazz, and a GFS Dream 180 (link) that can handle your harder rock tones. The bridge pickup has loads of mid-range honk, more than any guitar I can think of. Great for ZZ Top tones or any time you want your guitar to stand out in the mix. Combine the bridge pickup and Baggs, and you'll get a tone that sounds very much like a banjo! There isn't any feedback issues with the magnetic pickups except in extremely high gain settings and the acoustic tones are quiet thanks in part to grounding tape neatly installed on the back of the bridge (pic). Overall, this guitar performs flawlessly. Most remarkable is the setup Martin put on this guitar. The action is as low as it gets with no dead spots anywhere. This is a great neck. A stock SA-QMOS will run you $839 ($1199 list) and while this one definitely doesn't look new, we put around 4 hours of bench time in outfitting it with mods that will make it more desirable to the pro player and I can guarantee you won't find a better playing one. I consider it an exceptional buy at $639. Includes a clean original brown case.
1984 Takamine GX-100TB Explorer Style, (front/back), (recessed knobs), (headstock), (trem), (beveled edges), (neck-thru heel). Fairly rare bird, only the 2nd one I've had and like the last one it has a great neck that sets up with action that's so low the strings can almost rest on the frets, and no fretting out on bends anywhere. Little info is available on Tak's electrics other than they produced a line of electrics briefly in the 80's, consisting of guitars with body shapes that were based loosely on an SG, Melody Maker, Strat, Destroyer, and a crazy shaped, highly modified explorer style of their own design. This GX-100 is obviously based on the Gibson Explorer, although with a more comfortable beveled edge and a slightly scaled down body size. These were built in Japan's Matsumoku factory with typically superb 80's Japan quality. It's your basic dual humbucker with a 3-way, volume, and tone, and sounds very good with nice sustain and a fairly beefy tone. I don't know what the body wood is but it's an extremely light guitar so I doubt that it's mahogany. Cosmetically it has plenty of dings in the body but no cracks or structural issues. If you're looking for a comfortable explorer style with quality construction - or a fan of 80's Japan guitars - this is one phenomenal player for $299.
Line 6 POD XT Live Gigbag. Also fits the X3 Live. Heavy duty bag that features a heavily padded compartment for your POD and a front pocket with plenty of room for your power supply and cables. Rip resistant, water resistant fabric has an embroidered Line 6 logo on the front pocket, an easy-to-carry handle, and an adjustable, removable shoulder strap. Can also be used to transport a rack preamp such as the T.C. Electronics G-Major (in stock). It's basically new, purchased just prior to trading in and offered in mint condition. New cost is $69 but this one is "as new" and just $39.
· RFX Phase O'Vibe RFX920, (pic2). Another dual-purpose pedal, the RFX920 features a six-stage regeneration circuit for a rich, full sounding phaser effect, and with the touch of a switch, it becomes a smooth, classic vibrato effect. RFX pedals are made in the USA. They all have a specially designed output that will drive standard pair of headphones for personal monitoring as well as FET Clickless switching, heavy gauge steel chassis, dual operation, LED status indication, and easy access battery compartment. .Mint in the box with manual for $55.
· RFX Shockwave Guitar Preamp RFX950, (pic2). The RFX950 is a preamp that can be used directly to a recording device or mixing board, or through any standard guitar amplifier. The Shockwave has dual in-line gain stages, with the first channel cascading into the second. Each channel has its own Drive and Output level, with shared Edge and Presence controls. Build in speaker emulation switch lets you chose 10", 12", or 15" speaker emulation. RFX pedals are made in the USA. They all have a specially designed output that will drive standard pair of headphones for personal monitoring as well as FET Clickless switching, heavy gauge steel chassis, dual operation, LED status indication, and easy access battery compartment. Mint in the box with manual for $55.
· DiMarzio DP223FCR PAF 36th Anniv. F-Space. Custom made as a Les Paul replacement. 4-conductor for multiple switching options. Alnico 5 magnets, vintage output of 8.6K. Specs here. Mint in box for $46.
· Kramer Pacer Humbucker Set. Very clean set of Schaller for your American-made pre-'85 Kramer Pacers, Vanguards, Condors, and Voyagers. Includes pickup rings and height screws. Tone is said to resemble a Duncan Custom, characterized by a very 'brown" sound. Pole pieces on these are notorious for rusting but these are clean all over. $175/pair.
· Gibson Burstbucker Pro Set - Gold. Removed from guitar shortly after purchase so nearly no playing time. Shown in P94 boxes but pickups are Burstbucker Pros. These are $360 set new but this used set is perfect and just $234/pair(HOLD-Md. Customer 11/21).
E-Mu Orbit 9090 Dance Planet Rackmount, (LCD dispay). E-MU's classic 90's rackmount dance module, strictly engineered for the techno artist. It has 8 MB of samples of all the great vintage analog sounds plus many familiar and typical sounds used in house, hip hop, trance, and techno. It includes an essential digital VCF-like filter that is (on many presets) usually controlled from the modulation wheel on your keyboard controller. It's great for filling tracks with lush sweeping pads, or trancing along a 303 bassline pattern and filtering away. It is a beautiful golden single-space rack unit with a big easy to read LCD. Used by techno artists like Todd Terry, Roni Size, ATB, and Orbital. Click here for an audio demo of some of its sounds. There are a number of YouTube demo's, here's one done entirely on the 9090. For specs, other audio samples, and downloadable manual check out VintageSynth here. A replaced knob but nice shape and a killer sounding dance unit for $199.
Jay Turser JT-Hawk12 12-string Electric, (front), (headstock), (back), (case). Want a *great* playing electric 12 but you're not a famous rock star? With some of Martin's TLC, this Turser plays as good as most Rick 12's at around 1/4 the price. Finished in a black semi-gloss finish, it features a pair of good sounding humbuckers PLUS it has a 3-way coil tap/phase switch to give you loads of choices for your tonal palette. This was a cosmetic 2nd as evidenced by a "2" on the back of the headstock for reasons unknown. It's in excellent condition with no noteworthy flaws anywhere. Small body is very comfortable; 24-fret neck has a very deep cutaway to allow easy access to the upper register. It's easy to find a cheap electric 12 but finding a cheap one that plays like an expensive one...now there's the rub. What good is any guitar if the action is so high that you can only make it 1/2 way through a song before your hand cramps up? This one will not disappoint and sounds good enough that even a pro player can whip it out for those few Byrds, Petty, or Beatles songs in your set. A good value in an imminently playable 12-string at $225 including hardshell case, $185 with gigbag.
Catalinbread Perseus Sub-Octave Fuzz. Same company as the Catlinbread echo above. The Perseus isn't a one-trick pony like most fuzz or octave fuzz pedals, with a wider variety of radical tones than others on the market. The Perseus is named after the Perseus cluster, where the lowest note in the universe emanates from a black hole. What’s happening out there is that intergalactic gas has concentrated around a cluster of galaxies, forming a cloud. A massive black hole is sending out jets of particles that crash into the cloud, causing pressure waves to ripple outward. Some astronomers interpret these as sound waves. Of course, even if you call it sound, it’s too low for anyone to hear. They estimate the note to be a “B flat,” about fifty-seven octaves lower than middle C. While the Perseus won’t give you 57 octaves below, it is the coolest analog octave-down fuzz available. It allows you to select either one or two octaves down mixed with a fuzz sound that you can blend to any mix of the two you want, including just the fuzz or just the sub-octave. The Perseus can track the sub-octave note accurately no matter where on the neck you are playing! It's a cool unit for bass players looking for a radical tone as well. Click here for full specs and a video demo at their site, and there are others on YouTube (link). Sells new for $159; this one's mint for $115.
OFF-HOLD: Arturia Analog Factory Experience, (pic2), (pic3), (pic4). Not into point and click synth playing? The Analog Factory is a hybrid synth, software and hardware, that combines 3500 synth sounds with an easy to use controller. It offers the immediacy of a hardware synthesizer combined with the flexibility of a software based solution. The Analog Factory Experience is a unique combination of a software synthesizer that brings 3500 sounds, along with a high quality dedicated hardware controller. Once the Software is started, you can put your mouse away, all functions can be activated from within the keyboard controller: select a sound to play, modify this sound, recall snapshots - a true hands-on experience that's simple, straightforward, and fun. Features include: 3500 analog synthesizers sounds that have defined the sound of modern music. All presets are carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths (minimoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS and Jupiter-8V). These TAE powered sounds offer unparalleled audio quality. Fast filter the presets to your requirements: by Instrument, by Type (Bass, Pads, Leads…) and/or by Characteristics (hard, soft, complex, simple, short, long…), and find presets according to these filtered choices. Organize Presets view by Name, Instrument, Type, CPU usage, Favorites, or User Presets. Straight forward Editing, with the most essential parameters for personalizing presets: (Filter and LFO sections, 4 Key Parameters differing for each preset, Chorus & Delay mix, ADSR envelope), and more. Hardware includes 32-key keyboard with velocity; controllers include 1 clickable encoder, 10 encoders, 4 sliders, 11 switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel; Connectors include Hold, Sustain, and Expression. Click here for some good video demo's and other details at the Arturia site and here for some YouTube videos. Sells new for $299 but this unit is virtually un-used and a load of power for just $179. Add (optional Steinberg key) for $20.
Fender Squier Classic Vibe & Vintage Modified Guitars and Basses - Please read: Completely gone over by Martin so they're better than new. Both of these series offer incredible band for the buck so I always pick up a load when they're available. I have to point out that they're factory seconds so there's a light used stamp (pic) on the back of the headstock and the serial number is partially obliterated, which is done to negate factory warranty, which is almost worthless anyhow. The good news is the only guitars we get are cosmetically flawless so whatever imperfection they may have had is invisible and they're essentially brand new guitars...but after we're done they're better than new. First off, we grind and hand polish all the frets (as shown on this Classic Vibe Tele) to make them silky smooth on bends and eliminate any "buzz saw" fret ends. If you've ever played one of these, the fret work is definitely the weak area on the guitar, with a lot of friction on bends and buzz-saw fret ends. Also, the solder work isn't the best so we go over it (such as this Vintage Mod HSS Strat), eliminating extraneous buzzing and scratchy switch or pots. We also lubricate the fretboard (as shown on this Vintage Mod HSS) which is part of our normal setup but especially important on guitars that left the factory a year or two ago. The stock strings have crazy harmonics and unstable tuning so we also change all the strings to the quality S.I.T. Nickel Wound we use on 90% of our guitars. This is in addition to our normal setup which includes detailed nut work when needed, truss rod adjustment, bridge height and intonation, and little things like machine head adjustment and strap pin tightening, when needed.
· Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster - Vintage Blonde, (front), (headstock/neck), (back), (bridge/controls). Like Leo's original Tele, the 50's Classic Vibe is made with a solid pine white blonde body with single-ply black pickguard. Other features include high gloss polyester finish, 1-piece maple with modern "C" shape, 21 medium jumbo frets, 1 5/8" nut, chrome hardware, vintage style tuners, vintage-style string-thru Tele bridge with three brass barrel saddles, knurled chrome knobs, original barrel switch tip, synthetic bone nut, engraved neckplate, and Alnico III pickups. Read the lead paragraph above, consider what you're getting, and I think it's a great value at $339(HOLD-Jeff S local 5/3).
· Squier Classic Vibe Thinline Telecaster - Natural Mahogany, (front), (headstock/neck), (back), (bridge/controls). Like the original 60's Tele thinline, the Classic Vibe Thinline features a natural mahogany chambered body with single F-hole and standard Tele pickups and bridge plate, Other features include high gloss polyester finish, 1-piece maple with modern "C" shape, 21 medium jumbo frets, 1 5/8" nut, chrome hardware, vintage style tuners, vintage-style string-thru Tele bridge with three chrome barrel saddles, large pearloid pickguard, knurled chrome knobs, original barrel switch tip, synthetic bone nut, engraved neckplate, and Alnico V pickups. Read the lead paragraph above, consider what you're getting, and I think it's a great value at $359. (One remaining - Hold one for Walt A)
· Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special HB - Black, (front), (headstock), (back), (bridge/controls). Fender's Vintage Modified Squiers take a classic model and make some radical changes, such as a Fender bass, with a Jaguar style body. The Vintage Mod Jaguar bass came in two different pickup configurations and the Jag Bass HB, new for 2011, has a sleek offset-waist body, ultra-slim fast-action neck, powerful high-output humbucking pickup and a three-band active tone circuit that delivers a versatile wealth of tonal options just right for any bass sound and style. Features include Agathis body, high gloss polyurethane finish, maple C-shaped neck, 20 medium jumbo frets, high output humbucker in the bridge with active 3-band EQ, vintage style 4-saddle bridge, synthetic bone nut, vintage open gear tuners, chrome hardware, engraved neckplate, 3-ply pickguard, 34" scale, and 1 1/2" nut. Read the lead paragraph above, consider what you're getting, and I think it's a great value at $179.
· Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster HSS - Gun Metal Gray, (front), (headstock), (back), (pickups), (fretboard). The Vintage Mod Strat HSS is very much the tried and true Strat that dates back to '54 with the primary exception are pickups, where Fender went with a trio of humbuckers rather than the traditional single coils, and a modern 9.5" fretboard radius. Other features include red cedar (Cedro) body with glossy polyester finish, 1-piece maple with modern "C" shape, dark rosewood fretboard, 21 medium jumbo frets, 1 5/8" nut, 9.5" fretboard radius, chrome hardware, die cast tuners, synthetic bone nut, engraved neckplate, vintage style tremolo with stamped saddles, volume-tone-tone controls, 3-ply pickguard, Seymour Duncan Designed humbuckers with a HG-112 full size humbucker in the bridge and Vintage Stack SC-102 in the middle and neck, and 5-way switch in the standard Strat configuration. Read the lead paragraph above, consider what you're getting, and I think it's a great value at $239.
· Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Custom II - Black, (front), (headstock), (back). Super lightweight - only 6 1/2 lbs. The Vintage Mod Tele Custom II looks very much like the original vintage model with it's Tele body shape with large pickguard and dual volume and tone controls with amp knobs. Unlike the vintage Custom (2nd version) which had a regular Tele bridge plate and pickup with a humbucker in the neck, this one features a hardtail Strat-style bridge (like the old Tele Deluxe), with a pair of P90's. I've had a number of these before and it's a very hot seller for us. Features include agathis body with gloss polyurethane finish, maple with modern "C" shape, dark rosewood fretboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, 1 5/8" nut, vintage 7.25" fretboard radius, chrome hardware, die cast tuners, synthetic bone nut, engraved neckplate, 2 Seymour Duncan Designed P90-2 pickups with AlNiCo 5 magnets and 3-way switching, 6-saddle bridge with strings-thru-body hardtail Strat-style bridge, 3-ply pickguard. Read the lead paragraph above, consider what you're getting, and I think it's a great value at $249(HOLD-Karen 4/20).
Behringer FCB-1010 Midi Foot Controller. For stage use, it's easy enough to go back to your amp and turn a dial on your preamp but to get the most out of multi-effect in a live situation, you might want something a little more powerful, with an expression pedal or two. This unit works well with the GSP1101 or GT-8 listed below, or any other midi-capable unit. For full specs and info click here for Behringer's site. Very clean shape and just $99.
Digitech GSP1101 Guitar Multi-Effect, (front/back), (detail), (back). Digitech's premier effect made for the live player, with USB and software to translate it to your recording. Contains 40 great amp models, 40 effects loops, with amp knobs on the front to quickly tweak your tone, plus a very active online community with 100K hits a month to quickly download a patch for countless signature guitar tones like "Eruption", "Crazy Train", etc., which you can just drag and drop into the unit and it's there until you overwrite the space. If you've used other units like the RP500 with the DNA2 chip, this unit has TWO DNA2 chips, so you can imagine the power this baby has. A few of the features include: over 120 amp, cabinet, preamp and effects models including vintage stompboxes and pickup modeling; stereo effects loop; 40 Tone and 40 Effect Chain Libraries - 1600 exclusive DigiTech combinations; Global EQ to allow quick setup for a particular venue; balanced stereo XLR and 1/4" outputs; chromatic tuner; USB with audio streaming Editor/Librarian software included; MIDI In/Thru; internal power supply (no wall wart!); front panel guitar input and headphone output; footswitch and expression inputs; and seamless preset changes. Digitech makes a "Control2" foot controller for this unit for $299 but the FCB-1010 above will do the job quite nicely at 1/3 the cost. For a quick rundown on some of the factory presets, click here for the first 33. Sells new for $499 but this one's mint in the box with everything and just $350.
Boss GT-8 Guitar Effects Processor, (close-up - click to enlarge). (Note: This has been on hold for "Jim" for over a year...I guess he changed his mind and forgot to tell me...). The latest and greatest from the #1 producer of guitar effects. Just when you think Boss has produced the best multi-effect possible, they come out with a new one, better than the last. There are too many features to list here (click here for Boss) but as a brief description: The GT-8 features a revolutionary dynamic sensitivity switching mode that switches between two effects. You can play in one amp model/effects patch when picking lightly and automatically switch into another configuration when you pick hard. Dual modeling engines let you layer and pan different amp models together. Seamless program change lets delays and 'verbs decay naturally when you switch channels. Features 46 amp models each have a solo mode for instant access to an optimized hi-gain soloing sound, 200 preset patches and 140 user patches with an intuitive layout to make it easy to get around on, 44 effects types include compressors, reverbs, choruses, EQs, wah models, noise gates, synth waves, sitar, acoustic models, and much, much more. Fully programmable routing lets you connect all 13 simultaneous effects in any order you wish. Also features in incredible THIRTY Overdrive/Distortion models and expansive I/O options include an external effects loop that enables you to add in your effect that you can't quite nail on the GT-8. Click here for a good overview demo. There are also dozens of tutorials so you'll never even to read the manual, such as this one on expression pedal (link). This unit is flawless condition and comes in original inner/outer boxes with manual and power supply. The GT-8, recently replaced by the GT-10, listed for $695 and this "as new" example is as good as getting an NOS model for just $319. It's an exceptional sounding unit and could be the last guitar effect you'll ever need.
THANKS to the 2 dozen people correcting me about Steve Jones - nice to know you're reading closely! 1984 Bond Electraglide, (front), (headstock), (back), ("frets"), (LED window), (power box), (tools), (case/acc.). Rare bird that made quite a stir when it debuted at the '84 NAMM show. Despite the media hype and extensive advertising, the Electraglide was finished in '86, less than 2 years in production with shipping totals under 1000 guitars. The Bond "Electraglide", was made in Scotland UK by Scottish luthier Andrew Bond, and featured a ground-breaking combination of innovative features such as carbon-fiber construction, high-tech electronics, a digital display and a fingerboard that featured a height-adjustable nut and utilized saw-toothed shaped steps instead of conventional frets. Pickups/tones were selected via five pushbuttons; volume, treble and bass were incremented numerically via digital rocker switches, confirmed by a three-color LED readout, angled upward to make it visible to the player only (shown here). With 7 possible pickup combinations plus phase in/out for each, there are 13 pickup combination in total (matrix here). Other features include 3 single coil pickups with "Bond" embossed pickup covers, Schaller bridge and tailpiece, Schaller tuners, chrome hardware, metal height adjustable nut, 25.5" scale, 1-5/8" nut width, and weight of around 8 lbs. Everything works properly on this guitar other than one segment of the middle LED is intermittent and works, for instance, on a "0" but one segment might be out on a "6" for instance. Although not wildly successful in their day, the Electraglide has become very collectable due to their rarity and innovation. There have been several famous users including Mick Jones, guitarist for "The Clash", is known to have used one with his band Big Audio Dynamite in the mid 1980s. The Edge used his extensively on The Joshua Tree, including the solo on “One Tree Hill”, as well as on “Exit,” and “Mothers of the Disappeared”. Will Sargeant from Echo and The Bunnymen was also an Electraglide user. This is one of the most complete packages I've seen and in addition to the original case with keys it includes original manual, an extra fret nut, a Schaller "kit" screwdriver, original power supply (many have an aftermarket), and Allen wrenches. It's probably the nature of this guitar that they all play well but it plays great and I would guess that the setup would last indefinitely, unless you wanted to change it to higher action at the bridge or nut. The attack and sustain are pretty much the same as a good sounding wooden guitar. The neck is a C-shape and a medium depth. It's in excellent condition and highly recommended for collectors since it does represent one of the more innovative guitars of the 80's. Really nice example of a rare guitar for $1250.
Reverend Drivetrain II. The Drivetrain II has followed in the steps of the "original" Drivetrain, and has discontinued. Reverend describes this as "a vintage Tube Screamer* on steroids". It's all-analog design by Bob Weil and Joe Naylor uses the JRC4558 IC chip to deliver tube-sounding overdrive with more available clean boost, more transparent midrange and perfectly voiced treble and bass controls. Goes from a bluesy boost up to classic crunch and singing sustain without masking the character of your guitar or amp. And I love this: controls, switches and hand-wired jacks are mounted directly to a heavy steel chassis for maximum durability and years of no-hassle road use. A few improvements over the original Drivetrain include 1) Increased output volume - With the drive set all the way off the pedal is still capable of substantial boosting by turning up the volume control which allows a cleaner boost for fattening up the sound, pushing a tube amp over the edge or for simply changing the EQ of your sound; wider range treble control which allows more aggressive sounds and more tonal control which is especially useful with dark sounding humbucker equipped guitars; and 3) Neutral bypass - This buffered bypass does not alter tone when the pedal is bypassed and does not pop loud like common true bypass switches, and because it is buffered it prevents signal and treble loss when using long cables or multiple pedals placed after the unit - superior to standard true bypass switching. Here's one of many YouTube clips using mainly lower gain settings (link). In receiving their Guitar One Award, the magazine cited, "Playing through this pedal is like being plugged into an expensive boutique amplifier - for pennies on the dollar." An excellent sounding OD in excellent condition for $115(HOLD-Steve 3/29).
Samson Airline 77 UHF TD Wireless with AG1 Guitar Transmitter, (front/back), (illuminated), (transmitter). Tired of your belt pack transmitter with cumbersome cable running into your jack, plus a separate antenna cable? Samson offers the Concert Airline 77 UHF system with several transmitters but the best system is the AG1 transmitter which has the transmitter built into the jack! The AG1 is around the size of your thumb and features on/off switch and a 15dB pad for use with both passive and active guitars. It also runs on a single AAA battery with battery life of 12 hours. The CR77 is a true diversity half-rack receiver and features both 1/4" unbalanced and XLR balanced outputs, volume and squelch knobs, and LED displays including Antenna A/B (Green) - Power On (Red) - Peak (Yellow) and RF Level (5 pc ladder). Operates on Samson Channel N1 (642.375 MHz). This unit sounds very natural without additional compression noted and no drop outs when I walked upstairs, out the door, and onto the sidewalk. Sells new for $249 but this used one's in clean shape and is an excellent system for just $165.
Solid Sound Electric Case, I don't know anything about this case except that its well made and a cool idea. Half case - half gigbag, it features a plush lining with heavy canvas sides, with a plastic top and back, and heavy duty zipper closing. Fits a Strat or Tele and probably many other models. Features a heavy duty plastic handle or has hooks to strap it over your back. Especially recommended if you're looking for better protection than a gigbag but want something light weight for traveling such as players who take the subway to gigs. $39.
2008 LaPatrie Concert CW QI - Cutaway Acoustic/Electric Classical, (front), (back), (headstock), (electronics), (appointments), (case). In my opinion, the best under-$1000 classical acoustic/electric you can get. If you're not aware, LaPatrie guitars are made in a small village, LaPatrie, in Quebec Canada, by the Godin company. The Concert CW is their top of the line model, featuring a high-gloss, custom polished finished and, remarkably, all solid woods. The sides and back are solid mahogany; the top is solid pressure-tested cedar. Canada is a great place for guitar building. They have an abundance of old-growth trees. LaPatrie guitars feature select pressure tested solid cedar tops. Graded and tested for their excellence and structural integrity, this method of pressure testing each solid top ensures the highest levels of stiffness and rigidity along with maximum harmonic vibration. The wood used in these tops can be found only in previously fallen cedar trees that have an average age of about 800 years...800 years! This wood features a tight straight grain, which produces greater rigidity while at the same time is flexible across the grain lines. LaPatrie also uses a Custom Polished finish, which is reminiscent of the French polish of the 19th Century and, as opposed to "thick" polyester finishes, it allows the top not only to be protected but also to breathe and vibrate freely allowing the effective and very important “aging” process to take its course. This “aging” process means that this guitar will actually sound better and better the more it’s played over time. The neck is carved from Honduras mahogany and features an innovative double-function truss rod system which allows the profile of the neck to be reduced, producing a neck of extraordinary comfort, while increasing stability. Other features of this fine instrument includes a Tusq nut, fully compensated Graphtech saddle, intricate soundhole rosette, cream binding on the top/back/headstock, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, 2" nut width, 25.66" scale length, gold "lyre" style tuners with pearloid buttons, and deep treble cutaway to allow unprecedented easy access to the upper frets. Electronics consist of an EPM Quantum 1 (QI) preamp with easy-access 9V door on the back edge near the end pin jack. Cosmetically there's some light player's wear primarily fingernail wear around the 1st string, but overall is in excellent condition. No breaks, repairs or issues of any kind. As nice as this guitar sounds, what really impressed me about it is the playability. Classical are usually noted for having a neck angle that results in high action, especially in the middle and upper register. This guitar has very comfortable action all over the neck, as good as the high-end Taylor classical that this was traded for. It's truly a joy to play. LaPatrie's line of classicals consist of 8 different models, but only the Concert CW features a solid wood body, cutaway, gloss finish, and optional Quantum I electronics. You'll likely have a hard time finding one of these in stock. If you're looking for a truly impressive classical for a reasonable price, I think this one is impossible to beat at $550(HOLD-Bob C 3/1) with hardshell case. For more info on these great guitars click here.
1962 Gibson GA-19RVT Falcon, (panel), (back), (chassis), (Jensen C12R). On the heels of my beautiful '64 Gibson GA-25RVT 1X15 Combo, here's an even cleaner combo. For the discriminating collector who only wants the cleanest examples possible here's a stunning first year "Crestline" model with the smooth brown covering. This has got to be the cleanest example of this model on the planet - looks as clean as the pics. Panel is immaculate with no pitting or rust; brown covering has no scratches and even the corners are free from the nicks usually found on these brown amps; grill cloth is un-faded and flawless; even the chassis has little to no oxidation. Imagine an amp that was bought 46 years ago, played for a month, and then kept in a climate controlled closet until yesterday. Such is the appearance of this amp. Note the mid-90's Mojotone speaker is installed but original Jensen is in similarly clean shape and works perfectly. Cosmetics aside, this is a fantastic sounding amp with a nice clean tone, with just enough headroom to squeak by at low volume, but crank it up and you get a wonderful breakup starting at around 4 and increasing with each minute turn of the dial. I believe it was rated at 19 watts, thus the "GA-19..." designation, with a pair of 6V6 for power, 5Y3 rectifier, and three 6EU7's and a 6C4 in the preamp. For many players, it's loud enough for club gigs, depending on the volume of your drummer, but again keep in mind that you're getting some nice saturated tones at higher volumes and if you need lots of clean volume, this isn't the best choice. To my ears the amp sounds wonderful. Every bit as good as comparable Fenders and the effects are even better than Fender, especially the reverb, which is the most lush sounding I've heard in a combo, capable of a subtle background to completely washing the tone. Likewise, the Vibrato is very pounced and the speed allows it a proper range from very slow to very fast. Both effects can be turned on/off via original footswitch that's included. The two inputs are voice differently and you'll get an earlier breakup and more volume on #1, while #2 is a little bassier and breaks up at a higher volume but when turned up fully, I think you're getting around the same apparent volume out of either input. The third input is a line out. The tone control is very strong and takes you from a very bassy tone - to a very bright tone, without being overly harsh. The tone is especially useful with the volume turned up and it changes the character of your overdriven tone much like a quality overdrive pedal. If you're looking for a good amp, these are perhaps the best value on the vintage market and you can frequently pick them up in decent condition for under $450. If you're the type of player, or specifically collector, for whom condition is paramount, you'll appreciate the fact that a '62 in this condition may come around but once every few years and with this in mind it's worth the extra funds. Vintage aspect aside, for a hand-wired club amp with reverb and tremolo in such stunning condition, a nice find at $750(HOLD-Brad T 2/26), including original and Mojo speakers. In over 20 reviews on Harmony-Central it scored an incredible 9.6 overall rating; 9.7 on tone.
Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates Bridge. The original custom Pearly Gates pickups were wound for Billy Gibbons '59 Les Paul Standard for the raw sound of Texas blues rock. Essentially a variation on the PAF sound, it's sweet, but slightly rude. Specs here. Clean shape, leads cut for bridge position, original box. $59.
80's Korg PME-40X. I try to keep a lot of the PME effects in stock (sample inventory). Every now and then I get in an especially clean unit like this one, complete with Graphic EQ, Phaser, Distortion, and Compressor. The PME40X (Professional Modular Effects) was a cool idea from Korg which ran only from '84 to '85, serving as a pedalboard with power supply, on/off switches for each effect, and master bypass - with choice of mono or stereo outputs to accommodate those effects which are stereo. It can be loaded with any of of the 14 effects from the series, and allowed the user to load the unit with any 4 effects and put them in the order that sounds best to you. At $229, which works out to around $45 per piece) nicely priced for a clean example of these unique effects.
Weber 10F150-T 10" Speaker. Weber Ferromax, huge 40 oz. magent, 16 ohm 25 watt ceramic. I think these were clones of the 60's ceramic Oxford ceramic 10 or Jensen C10Q and are considered by many to be the best replacement speaker for blackface/silverface Fenders such as the Princeton, Vibrolux, Super, etc, with a tight low end an lot of punch. You'll notice that they're more efficient than many others so your amp will be louder. Keep in mind though that this is a 16 ohm model, which won't hurt your amp but won't be as loud on an amp that's rated at 8 ohms. Nice shape and just $59.
Museum Quality Case - Fender Mustang/Lead I/II/III, (back). Ca. late '70s/early 80's tolex case with black tolex, maroon interior, headstock retainer strap, silver logo. Made for a student model, the quality is the same as a Strat/Tele case, but was designed with no storage compartment. This fits a Lead or Mustang properly, but you can also squeeze a Tele into it although its very tight on the side of the body. I sold a nice one of these last week but this one is as clean as it comes. If you have a Fender student model in museum condition, here is a fitting home for it. $129.
Fulltone MDV2 Mini-Deja'Vibe 2, (close-up). The "Mini" name is somewhat of a misnomer. The MDV2 is bigger than the original DejaVibe, but it's considerably smaller than the original Univibe, which used a separate effect box and rocker pedal. Probably the closest clone ever made, the Fulltone didn't compromise in the most important aspect - thus they designed the perfect custom-made photocells for 100% faithful tone. This chorus/vibrato pedal has all the tones nailed down, and is quiet to boot. Finished in Vintage Cream powdercoated finish with oxblood lettering and a blue LED that throbs to the beat of its asymmetrical rhythm with a dual pot that gives you access to all speeds from slowest to fastest, all with a perfect sweep and no abrupt speed changes. It's easy to change speeds on the fly simply by moving the rocker with your foot and, like the original, there's an "off" switch when you press with your heel all the way back. It's true bypass, of course, and works with the supplied 9V DC adapter or any pedalboard power supply on the market. It has Velcro on the bottom but since it's probably going on a pedalboard, I'll leave that one. Click here for a good overview demo from ProGuitarShop. Overall excellent condition and with a new one running $250, a nice value at $175. Includes original box and power supply.
· 1970 Gibson Booklet Set, (example1), (example2). Set of 8 multi-page booklets including flattops, electric acoustics, jumbo flattops, thinline electrics, archtop electric and acoustic, 12-string flattops, mandolins, and classical. $15/each or set of 8 for $80.
· 1966 Gibson Catalog, (pic2), (pic3), (pic4). 48 pages, extra nice condition. Includes all types of guitars and basses plus amps, tenors, banjos, mando's, steels, etc. Has some full page color pics suitable for framing. I have 5 of these ranging from very good to near mint. $49-$69.
· 1975 Gibson 4-ring Binder Catalog, (pic2), (pic3), (pic4). For store use only, this was an expensive book to produce. Bound in "pleather" cover with raised letters, 3-ring binder, this is a large catalog (around twice the size of magazine). See pic4 for all products listed. Includes full page pics of some guitar heroes playing their Gibson. These are rare and hard to find. Some loose pages but it's all there. $95(SOLD-Woodchuck).
Crown 140MAx Pack Power Amp and JBL Monitors, (back), (remote/antenna/cables), (speaker mounts), (box). Around a year ago I bought this for our shop to run our Sirius satellite sound through it. I just went to install it and after reading the manual I found out that it's compatible with XM only. While it can still function as a small PA system (XLR input) and stereo mixer (RCA inputs) (close-up), I'm going to order something that's made specifically for Sirius. It has never been plugged in and was removed from the box only to shot pics. It includes the Crown 140MAx tuner/mixer/amp, a pair of JBL Control 1S 2-way speakers, 25' speaker cables, XM antenna, remote control, and speaker mounts. Rated at 40 watts, this set up is recommended for commercial use such as restaurants, retail shops, offices, and of course home. For more info click here for Crown.com. These list at $699 and sell just about everywhere for $399. Get this set, new in the box, for $179, including UPS shipping to most places.
MI Audio Crunch Box Distortion. The Crunch Box has become the best selling boutique distortion, due in part to a reasonable price but mostly because it's an excellent sounding pedal. You can get a variety of sounds out of it but it really nails the tone of a cranked Marshall, with plenty of mids and it has excellent clarity with no muddiness in the bass. I guess this one is a version 2 because it does have an internal trim pot. The trim pot allows you to better match the pedal to a particular amp adding/removing treble frequencies if needed. It's true bypass, built very well with jacks mounted to the case and housed in a steel case. Immaculate condition and just $99.
Scholz SR&D Rockman Products. I always have a good selection of these in stock including the "Original Rockman" - which was renamed Rockman X-100 (ranging from $139+), Rockman Soloist ($89+), Bass Rockman ($139+), as well as the recent Guitar Ace and Bass Ace ($45). I also have a limited number of Rockadapters and Rockman Wall-wart type power supply's. Some are in original box, some with original headphones, some in collector's condition with box, manual, and headphones. If you ever want to get that "Boston" tone, think of me and I'll have what you need.
'80 MXR Distortion+. One of the most popular distortions of the golden era of rock. This is the model used by Randy Rhoads, an original early block logo unit, without LED or 9V adapter jack (which began in mid '81). Nice shape as these go for a 30+ year-old pedal and perfect performance. The Distortion Plus was much more than a "distortion" pedal. The tone is more like an overdrive-type of sound ranging from low-volume mild distortion, to a warmer tube-like overdrive, to a very crunchy fuzztone when you peg both knobs, with loads of sustain. For a 2-knob pedal, it's capable of capturing many different tones which allows it to be used in a variety of music styles. Pots dated very early '80 and all original except for battery clip appears to be replacement. Nice MXR for $110.
Fernandes Japan Tele Neck, (frets). Removed from a brand new TE-1 Tele, thus zero wear. Perfectly straight with a perfect set-up on the guitar it came off of. It is in mint condition other than one small in-shop ding (shown here). For a quality MIJ neck, nicely priced at $169 or $139 without tuners.
Fishman Aura Sixteen, (pic2). Expand the sound palette of your acoustic/electric guitar, especially guitars with a simple soundhole or under-saddle transducer. The Aura 16 is a compact yet powerful stompbox featuring award-winning Aura Acoustic Imaging technology that restores a studio-mic'd sound to your under saddle or soundhole pickup. Super easy to set up and use - just plug it in and turn the dial - the Aura Sixteen eliminates intrusive stage noise and expensive, complicated microphone setups while providing the most realistic acoustic sound available for stage or studio. You can also connect via USB, additional images from Fishman's library. The images were recorded using primarily rosewood back and sides (#11 is mahogany, #14 is composite), using a variety of quality mics such as the Neumann U87, AKG C414, and Neumann KM84. Please note that this unit is made for dreadnought guitars specifically. Click here to read/download manual. This is a very powerful tool that can transform your mediocre tone into a quality tone for much cheaper than modifying your guitar. Sells new for $219 but this clean used one is just $139(HOLD-Eddie).
TC-Helicon Voicetone Create Vocal Effects Processor, (close-up), (side). Put your vocal effects on the floor...what a great idea! TC Electronics Voicetone gives the singer complete control over their mix, no more relying on the soundman or walking over to the mixer to tweak or change effects. The Voicetone features XLR In/Out jacks in mono or stereo, has 99 effects patches, loads of Reverb algorithms (plate, spring, ambient, etc.), loads of Delay types (tap-tempo, ping-pong, slaps, taps, etc.), Transducer effects (distortion, telephone, megaphone, filters, etc.), 5 "favorite" performances, each with A/B switching via footswitch, studio quality mic preamp with phantom power, and much more. From an audiophile perspective, it exceeds the specs of many high end studio units as far as noise floor, harmonic distortion, and frequency response. To read the manual click here. Click here for a quick demo on YouTube. TC has come out with an updated XT version but the sounds and ease of use are the same on both units but do you want to pay $249 for the XT when you can get one that sounds the same for just $139.
Hush Two-Channel Pedal, (pic2). Get the superb noise reduction of a Hush unit in a dual-channel pedal. It has independent threshold controls to control the level at which the noise reduction kicks in. One switch changes from channel A to B, while another switch turns off the unit. Runs off a 9V batter or external power supply. You see some regular Hush pedals around but you'll probably never see another one of these. As new, flawless condition, $85.
Digitech Metal Master X-Series, (pic2). Get 3 quality distortions
built into one stomp box. With the Morph knob you can morph between a
smooth high gain tone, to a scooped midrange sound, all the way to a punchy mid
range heavy metal sound that will cut through any mix. Super heavy metal
chassis will sustain years of road use. Sells new for $89 but this clean
used one's just $55.
1972 Fender Bassman 50 2X15 Cabinet, (Cab-1), (Cab-2). Note: Head and cab are both sold. ca. 1972 Bassman 2X15 cab, which is a more reasonable size than the earlier models. 4 ohm load. At 30"X28"X12", it's much easier to fit into the back seat of your car than the huge earlier models. Casters are included for portability and also features handles on both sides of the cab. This cab is extremely clean. You'll notice a fairly typical discoloration to the grill cloth but it's otherwise very clean with no snags or holes, with nice Tolex covering, very tight seams, etc. This is a nice cab for the collector but priced within reach of the working player. Probably looking at around $450.
), (tube location). A little known secret in the world of vintage amps. These brown-era, aka "Crestline", are some of the best sounding amps from that era, sounding as good or better than comparable Fenders. The 1X15 Hawk is one of those amps. Even at low volume, it's a thick sounding amp, and you don't have to crank it to enjoy the tone. When you hit the sweet spot, at around 6-7, it really sings with a sweet sustain and rich harmonic content, which increases the more you crank it. There have been few 15" guitar amps so that alone makes it a rare item. It's Jensen C15R is from the 16th week of '64 and sounds perfect, although I would recommend setting it aside for fear of blowing an expensive vintage speaker. It's a point-to-point circuit of course, and all tube with four 6EU7 and a 12AU7 in the preamp, a pair of 6V6GT's for power, and a 5Y3 rectifier. The tubes, speaker, and everything about this amp sounds perfect. It is as loud as it's supposed to be, quiet at idle with no extraneous noise, and no floppy sound from the speaker. It is a perfectly tuned amp that's ready for a gig right now. The effects, reverb and tremolo, sound great. There is one peculiarity, and I think it's then nature of the beast, in that there is bleed over from the effects channel to the regular channel but from a practical standpoint that just means you can have effects from either channel. With 4 inputs you'll find some of the sweetest tones are found by jumping the two channels with a short cable and then using the individual volume controls to blend the tone to your liking. It works equally well with single coils and humbuckers, which frequently isn't the case with Fender amps. This model features a single tone control, later models featured a separate bass and treble, as well as a 2X10 speaker configuration, but that model is a different circuit and isn't nearly as highly regarded, i.e. it's "just another Gibson amp". This amp, however, is regarded by many to be one of the greats from the early 60's and, best of al, less than 1/2 the cost of a comparable Fender. As you can see in the pics, this amp is beautifully preserved for an amp that's nearly 50 years old and would be right at home in a collection or museum, but it sounds so good I hope it goes to an owner that will enjoy the tone regularly. In my opinion, it's a super buy at $750(HOLD-Phil H 2/10).
Z-Vox Box of Rock, (pic2). Z.Vex Effect's first "distortion" pedal, highly specialized to simulate the "everything on 10" sound of a classic Marshall JTM45 non-master-volume amplifier. You may use the Box of Rock effectively with many any amplifiers, but it's especially great on a Marshal. It's both a boost and distortion pedal with separate on/off switches, which gives you 4 tone selections (bypassed, boost only, distortion only, distortion with boost). One of the best pedals made for using your guitar's volume control to adjust for the exact amount of distortion you need, all the way down to very clean and clear with most drive settings. Z.Vex is noted for some of the coolest pedals on the market and this distortion is way cool indeed. Click here for YouTube demo and a few comparisons to other boutique pedals and here for Zvex's demo. Don't pay $199 for a new one when you can have this nice used one for $129(Tent Hold - Steve S 1/27).
Keeley Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Phat Mod. Used by players in groups from Steely Dan to Brad Paisley and even "The Edge" uses one. The BD-2 Phat Mod is a Transparent Overdrive with Full Range sound, which lets your guitar tone shine through regardless of how you set it. It's not simply a distortion pedal but rather a tone tool that adds to your guitar tone, supplying really nice lows, crystal clear high frequency, great picking response and detail. It differs from, say, a TS9, by its full-range sound, which is much more transparent and, when cranked, it offers a grittier/more-edgy tone. It's extremely dynamic and works wonders using your guitar's volume control to dial in the amount of drive you want. It is perfect for Hendrix to Country. It's also noted for having that cranked Fender Super amplifier sound. The "Phat switch" to allows even more of your natural low end through for those times when you need a little more beef. It's also noted for having tremendous volume output and can be used as a clean boost, driving your amp into natural sounding overdrive. New these are $199 from Keeley. This one's in clean shape and just $125(HOLD-Donald 1/26). (Note: for box fans, I have one mint in the box for $139).
Gibson Burstbucker Pro (Nickel) Set. Rhythm Pro and Lead Pro set in nice shape. Excellent choice for modern rock tones while retaining much of the vintage sound. These are running $196/each in stores but here's a clean set for $175/pair.
ca. '60-'62 Fender Concert Brownface - LOT!!!. (Selling as a lot of 5 only). Four years ago I bought these from a collector in Maryland. Yet another year has passed and I've never had the spare time to go through each one and sort out the specifics as far as replaced components and performance. I tested each one when I bought them and all of them do work. A few sounded great, while others sounded like they needed filter caps or other minor tune-ups. You can expect a range of originality and condition, for example, one of them is missing the back panel, replaced with a piece of uncovered plywood. Another one has two added switches for speaker select (all 4 speakers, 2 speakers, or one speaker). Some have replaced speakers. I am NOT looking to sell any of these individually as it could be another 4 years before I dedicate a half a day to go through them. I AM looking for a collector or dealer who wants a cool brownface Concert collection. Maybe ask a few buddies if they want to team up for a group purchase. If I were to list these individually they would be $1300 to $2300, I'm guessing with very little bench time required to get them all up to spec. Here's the deal: $1300/each X 5 = $6500 takes 'em all. Price takes into account the range of condition and performance so I'm not open to dropping the price. Since 5 large amps are involved, it should be worth the time for you to make the drive which is desirable since I'm not looking to ship them. In closing I'd like to say that I'm not selling them individually. Also, I am looking for a local pickup by the buyers or a freight company who can safely transport them. Did I mention that I'm only selling them as a lot...
Frenzel HBX - WC30 "Hot Box Wild Cat 30" Head, (panel), (top), (back). Same deal as the FM-5E3 above, hand-wired, point-to-point, American made, and this one is one of Frenzels higher-end models. This design was *inspired* by the classic Matchless Hot Box and the Hot Cat 30. The preamps have three stages of high gain and are modeled after the classic Hot Box preamp. Frenzel added separate HI - LO inputs, gain controls, tone stacks, and master level controls to give you maximum tone control. This allows you to set each channel for the exact tones and overdrive you want, and then to select or blend both channels with an AB/Y footswitch. The output stage uses a pair of cathode biased Class A EL34's that will give you 30 watts of pure sound reproduction. And to finish things off they added a custom Presence control with an Edge pull switch to contour the sound. This amp is truly a "wild cat" and will drive you crazy with all the tonal variations possible, some which you have never heard before! It features a 5U4EH heavy duty rectifier for optimum pick attack and sag selection - or you can use a 5AR4, or SS plug-in for different amounts of sag. It uses 4 12AX7's in the preamp and a pair of EL34's in the power section. For a full run down of features check out Frenzel's site here. Frenzel offers a few options and this one has two: the steel cage ($100) and effects loop ($50). Even with these options, this amp sells direct for just $845. Better yet, this one has seen very little home use and is just $629. (Note: I have a variety of cabs, including some Avatar 1X12's below).
Gibson Deluxe Tuners. From the '08 Standard Plus above, nickel with aged Keystone buttons. Work properly and a nice upgrade for your Epiphone or other 3+3 headstock. Includes screws. $35. (note: these are sold but I have other Gibson Deluxe sets in stock).
· Ibanez SD9 Sonic Distortion. Early 80's Japan; preferred by many over the more poplar TS9. It doesn't have the mid-range hump of the TS9 with more bottom and upper ends, sort of the "smile" shape on your graphic EQ which makes it an excellent choice for metal players. Click here for a bunch of Harmony Central reviews where it scored very high; 9.2 out of 10 on sound quality and overall rating. Extremely nice vintage condition, all original, and works perfectly. The reissue costs $157 and will be worth $110 next week. Why not get the real thing, that only goes up in value for the same price. $155.
· Ibanez CD10 Delay Champ. Quality analog delay from the 80's Master Series that sounds every bit as good as the earlier AD9. Has all the warmth you'd expect from an analog with delay times ranging from slapback to doubling, to medium repeat, up to 300ms delay time, plus a great sounding bucket brigade. Considering what AD9's and Boss DM's are going for, these are a real sleeper on the analog market. This one works perfectly but has replaced knobs and some Velcro on the bottom. Great sounding delay for $99.
· Keeley Boss MT-2 with Twilight Zone Switch, (pic2). Mint in the Box. Complete Hi-fidelity upgrade! Nothing like a heavy distortion channel that is produced well! Keeley designed this mod to have an Aural exciter built in for increased fidelity leads to better bass response and less harsh upper high-frequency. He eliminated every harsh sounding cap and replaced it with audiophile grade parts that let the midrange sparkle and breathe, with an increase in presence to take your tone over the edge. Integral to this mod is the 3-Way Toggle Switch to give you a sweet volume boost and a fatter tube like circuit designed into it. The toggle switch gives you three different distortion types. He created two different tube amp characteristics (switch to the right and to the center) has tube amp characteristics: huge power, increased harmonics, and better transparency. Lastly, the LED is changed to a cool blue color. Keeley describes the stock MT-2 as sounding like "putting a blanket over your speaker cabinet", i.e. a dull, lifeless tone. Click here for a YouTube demo where the difference is clear. New these are $199 from Keeley. I have a few in stock but only one that's mint in the box and this one's $139(HOLD-Jeff M 2/12).
· Keeley Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Phat Mod, (pic2). Used by players in groups from Steely Dan to Brad Paisley and even "The Edge" uses one. The BD-2 Phat Mod is a Transparent Overdrive with Full Range sound, which lets your guitar tone shine through regardless of how you set it. It's not simply a distortion pedal but rather a tone tool that adds to your guitar tone, supplying really nice lows, crystal clear high frequency, great picking response and detail. It differs from, say, a TS9, by its full-range sound, which is much more transparent and, when cranked, it offers a grittier/more-edgy tone. It's extremely dynamic and works wonders using your guitar's volume control to dial in the amount of drive you want. It is perfect for Hendrix to Country. It's also noted for having that cranked Fender Super amplifier sound. The "Phat switch" to allows even more of your natural low end through for those times when you need a little more beef. It's also noted for having tremendous volume output and can be used as a clean boost, driving your amp into natural sounding overdrive. New these are $199 from Keeley. I have a few in stock but only one that's mint in the box and this one's $139.
· Tech 21 American Woman Overdrive, (pic2). Although it may not be the most famous, certainly one of the most recognizable tones in rock history was Randy Bachman's solo on BTO's "American Woman." Initially they had a tone on the Sans Amp that was dedicated to this signature tone but later Bachman worked closely with Tech 21 to design a single pedal he could use with any amp. After having captured the sound of an entire chain of Bachman's '59 Les Paul going through amps, mikes, compressors and tape compression in one preset of the SansAmp PSA-1, the electronics were reconfigured into a single overdrive pedal. With just the right balance of odd and even harmonics, the American Woman re-creates the cascading effect of 2 different amplifiers, including pre-amp and power amp stages. This effect is typically only achieved by running 2 guitar amplifiers into each other. For versatility, the American Woman pedal can also be cleaned up for semi-dirty and warm blues sounds. It has a built-in gate to reduce hiss and noise when you're not playing. The Tone shifts the high cut from 10kHz to 1kHz, allowing you to remove the high end without losing mids or getting muddy. With an extremely high output of up to 10dB, this will drive any lame amp into overdrive and give it the gain it's not capable of producing on its own. New these are $109 but this clean used one has barely been used and is just $75.
· MXR M-134 Stereo Chorus Pedal, (pic2). One of the great chorus units of all time, the MXR M-134, is recreated with the same lush analog tone, plus more tone shaping than the 3- knob original pedals. In addition to the usual Intensity (depth) and Rate (speed of sweep), plus a Width control to set the limit of the sweep. It also adds Bass and Treble EQ knobs which help make the effected sound stand out. If the EQ setting is identical on the effected tone as the straight signal, much of the effect gets lost in the mix. The one also includes a Bass Filter button that applies effect to the high frequency effect only, i.e. doesn't mess with your low end so your guitar retains its fat sound. You can run it mono, or if you really want to be blown away, use the stereo outputs for an absolutely huge tone.
· Seymour Duncan SFX-03 Twin Tube Classic. Excellent sounding dual-channel tube preamp from the guru of tone, Seymour Duncan. Uses two 6021 tubes to give you the warm tone of a tube preamp with dual channels, which you can set up like clean and drive channels - perfect for older single channel amps. The 6021 is a military grade tube that's known for extremely long life, and capable of running at a very hot plate voltage. This unit has excellent dynamic range and clarity that lets your guitar shine through, unlike some units where you can't hear the difference between your neck and bridge pickups, or even between a Strat and a Les Paul. For a good video demo, click here for ProGuitarShop.com on YouTube. I recommend these for anyone with a single channel amp, an amp with a solid state front end, or anyone who just doesn't like the sound of their preamp. These sell new everywhere for $219 but I have a number of them, new in the box, for just $140.
· 70's Thomas Organ Crybaby Mod. 95-910511, (pic2). The original Sepulveda Calif. model. Original TDK 5103 inductor is noted for having a human voice like quality. It's a good sounding wah and very much the whacka-whacka sound heard in scores of 70's R&B and rock songs. Nice shape for its age, no scratchiness in the pot and a nice price for a vintage Thomas Organ at $115.
· Morley Little Alligator Volume Pedal. A better volume pedal, built to Steve Vai's specs, and he's a master at volume swells and playing in general. If you're tired of moving electronic parts wearing out, relax, this has Morley's electro-optical circuitry to ensure noise-free, super-dependable operation. The consistently smooth audio taper is steady and predictable plus a "minimum volume" knob is provided for setting a smooth transition between rhythm and lead volumes. Also features easy-access battery compartment and 'gator green LED indicator. Sells new for $85; this one works perfectly for $50.
· Line 6 POD 2.0. The most influential multi-effect on stage and in the studio of all time. I've written so much about these over the years that you'd have to be a cave dweller to not be familiar with them. This one isn't for the collectors but it works perfectly and just $99 with power supply.
· Novation NSP-1 Momentary On/Off Switch. I have a few of these, new in the box. It has rubber pads on the bottom and top to keep it from sliding when you stomp on it, plus a polarity switch which enables it to work with any 1/4" jack. These are great for keyboard damper pedals - buy three if your keyboard is set up like a real grand piano. It's also perfect for recording punch in/out, doing overdubs. You can also use it as an amp/effect footswitch if you don't want the effect to stay on, since it will engage only as long as your foot is pressing down.
2005 Gretsch Tennessee Rose G6119-TR, (front), (headstock), (back), (case). Nothing says 60's and rockabilly vibe like a Gretsch. I remember George Harrison's 6119 and "The Monkees" playing various Gretsch's (hey, I was just a kid) and they became my dream guitar. Sadly, I had to settle on a Teisco. Who knows where I'd be if I had access to a quality axe when I was nine. Let me get back on track... The 6119TR differs from the 6119-1962 (listed lower on this page) in a many ways, major and minor. Technically they're both TR models, but this one has real F-holes, which give it a more open tone and louder acoustically, and this one also has "High Sensitive" Filter 'Trons humbuckers instead of the Hi Lo 'Trons single coils. The Hi Lo's have the jangly Gretsch sound but that seems to be limited by what amp you're playing through. The Filtertrons can sound very much like a Hi Lo, are much quieter, and they sound good through any amp, plus they're more powerful. In addition, the Adjusto-Matic bridge intonates where the straight bar on the '62 doesn't, the Grover Rotomatics stay in tune better, the HT has a much nicer ebony fretboard, and the zero-fret of the '62 is somewhat off-putting. Other features of this fine guitar include single cutaway hollow body with deep cherry stain finish, 16" lower bout, 2.5" body depth, arched laminated maple top with multiple binding, real f-holes, laminated maple back and sides, 3-piece maple neck, black headstock overlay, Bigsby B6C Vibrato tailpiece, Ebony fingerboard, neo-classic "Thumbnail" inlays, 22 frets, 12" radius, 25.5" scale length, 1-11/16" nut width, synthetic bone nut, 2 High Sensitive Filter 'Tron pickups, Adjusto-Matic Bridge with Ebony base, 3-way pickup selector switch, stand-by switch, neck volume - bridge volume - master volume knobs, 3-position master tone switch, chrome hardware, Knurled Strap Retainer Knobs, silver plexi pickguard with embossed logo and model. These reissues have all the cool features and all the vibe of the 60's models, but none of the problems. Quite likely, they'll stand the test of time much better than the original Gretsch's. They are, quite simply, better guitars than the originals. For full specs click here for Gretsch. List price on this guitar is $2950; this one is in immaculate condition, with quality tone and a pro setup, for just $1450. Includes original Gretsch case.
Upgrade before we ship - Earvana Nuts. Instantly improves the intonation of any guitar and we're getting more and more requests to install them on guitars before we ship out. Martin is very big on these so that says a lot to me. If you want one installed before we ship your guitar, let us know. The part alone will run you $34.95 from Earvana but we're offering the upgrade for just $49/total, parts and labor, for most guitars. For details, click here.
Pearl AD33 Analog Delay, (back/side), (bottom), (box/man.). For the discriminating collector - museum condition, and a very rare model from a rare brand. I come across many pedals and I've never seen another one of these. Nothing has the warmth and natural tone of analog, especially analog delay pedals, which is why prices on vintage Boss DM-2/3, Ibanez AD9, and other 80's digital delays continue to climb. The AD33, from the "Sound Spice" series, is from the same era, with one very distinct difference - the AD33 is like having to AD's, with two separate program channels, with independent delay time and feedback (number of repeats) controls. It also has a footswitch jack that can control on/of and program I or II, which I guess is useful if you want to locate the pedal in a rack. Other features include delay range from 20 to 350ms, noise reduction circuit and variable filter circuit for crystal clear sounds and wide dynamic range, regulator IC's for stable power at a constant voltage, optional 18V power supply jack, electronic switch and gates with C-MOS IC's to prevent "clicking" when switches are engaged, battery life warning circuit, heavy duty housing made of die-cast aluminum, LED's for on/off and selected channel (I or II), and peak indicator LED to warn when incoming signal is too hot. Pearl had a regular single delay from this same series, the AD-08, which easily competes with Boss and Ibanez from the same era and is similarly priced. Frequency response on 80's analog delays was usually 3KHz and under; some, like the DOD FX90 only went up to 1.3KHz. The AD33 goes up to 4KHz (20KHz when disengaged). The higher range is especially noticeable on the short delay settings. This unit sounds as good as it looks. A single unit Pearl AD08 in fairly clean shape is getting $225 and I'd imagine one in collector's condition would be $300+. If you're looking for the cleanest of the clean, or simply want a great sounding analog with two delay settings, here's a once in a decade chance to pick up one in 9.9+ condition. $375 includes original manual and box which is still in very crisp condition.
Halogen Stage Light Bulbs. I found a bunch of new bulbs, some going back to the Mars Music sellout. All are new in the box. Ushio jcd-120v-600w 600 watts for Par-56/Par-64 cans; Chauvet fcr-12v 100w 100 watts for misc. stage lighting; Chauvet 64535 120v600w 600 watts for Par cans; Chauvet J79-mm-120v 100w 100 watts for misc stage gear. Most of these list at $18-$30. Take your pic for $8/each.
· Kahler Pro Saddle Set. Fits the Kahler Pro above, and possibly others. USA made. $18/each from Wammiworld.com, the best source for all your Kahler needs, but here's a full set for 1/2 that price, $54/set.
· Tonepros Tuneomatic Bridge and Posts. Includes TP6-C Nashville bridge as well as posts kit with wrenches. Direct retrofit for Gibson but will work on nearly any ABR/Nashville equipped guitar. This set was installed briefly but appears un-used, mint condition. These are currently $106 for the pair from Allparts. Get this set for just $65.
· Fender SCN Strat Sets. The latest evolution of Fender's search for the perfect vintage tone...without vintage noise. They're quiet and sound like a Strat should. The bridge pickup is hotter at 11.6K while the middle and neck are 6.5K. New in the box and just $125/set.
· Gretsch PAF Filter 'Tron Set. The real deal PAF's for your ca. '57 to '60 Gretsch. Both are proper low output, around 4K, and sound perfect. Very clean vintage condition. $700 (be glad you're not looking for Gibson PAF's...).
· Fender '05 Standard Strat Pickup Assembly. Good year for Standard Strats - USA CTS pots and switch, pickups that I believe are essentially American Standard - they look identical other than wire colors. Includes knobs and switch tip (not shown). Just mount on your pickguard, hook wire to output jack and attach ground wire and you're done. Excellent condition and a cheap upgrade to any Asian import - just $45 - or we can mount on one of these MOTS pickguards (pic here) for $25 more. They're 11-screw and fit a USA or Mex body exactly.
Kent DM-13 Dynamic Mic, (cable). I need to have my tech repair the cable before I can give a tone report, but all of these mics were working perfectly when put in storage in the early 70's. Comes with swivel mic stand adapter (screws onto a standard mic stand) that also houses the on-off switch. 50K impedance, made in Japan. Cool looks with a long sculpted chrome shaft. Assuming it works perfectly, which we'll guarantee prior to shipping, $59.
Silvertone Paul Stanley PSA-1 Amp - new in box and FREE with the purchase of a Silvertone Paul Stanley guitar. After years with Ibanez and later Washburn, Paul Stanley signed with Silvertone (dist by Samick) for manufacture of his signature models. This PSA-1 amp is a surprisingly good sounding backstage practice amp with plenty of smooth distortion via the Overdrive switch, separate Bass and Treble EQ controls, CD/Tape input to practice along with your music, and headphone output for private practice. It's finished in an attractive red tolex covering and features the Kiss logo and Paul's signature on the front grill. For guitars there's a choice of a set-neck and bolt on. The bolt-on features Agathis body with sculpted Maple neck, 14” flat radius fretboard, dual high-output humbuckers, and die-cast tuners. The set-neck features sculpted Mahogany necks set into Agathis bodies, 14” flat radius fretboard, Grover tuners, and Seymour Duncan-Designed humbuckers. The guitars, as well as the amp, are new-old-stock and unplayed. Purchase either of these guitars and get the amp for free:
Kramer Wireless Guitar Transmitter by Samson, (installed pic). Very rare part for an extremely rare Kramer. During the late 80's Kramer offered as an option, a wireless Samson transmitter, fitted into an extra cavity on the back of the guitar. According to Vintage Kramer (link), the best Kramer site in the world, "These models are extremely rare, and was probably more of a gimmick that never took hold. Nevertheless, these models are superb...". If you need one of these, I've had this one for over 10 years and as it appears as though I'll never need it, so it's time to find a new home. $150.
Gemeinhardt M2 Flute, (pic2), (pic3). If I'm reading the chart right, this is an M2 (currently 2SP) from 1973. These were USA-made student models, but silver-plated and I'm sure better quality than the current proliferation of Chinese brands. Pads may be perfectly functional but the only thing I know about used flutes is that they frequently need new pads. At $60, there's enough savings that if it needs pads, you can get the job done and still not have too much invested.
Tech 21 Trademark 60 3-button Footswitch. If you've ever needed one of these you know that they're proprietary, they're not mechanical, and nothing else will work. $94 from Tech 21, the only suppliers. This one's perfect and just $64.
1971 DeArmond 610 Volume/Tone, (pic2), (pic3). Cool old pedal from DeArmond that combines a pump volume pedal, with a side-to-side tone pot. This is not a wah pedal that changes the frequency, but a treble roll off. Here's a YouTube video demo (link). Beautiful shape, 40 years old, and just $129.
1980 ElectroHarmonix Deluxe Electric Mistress, (bottom). The legendary flanger/filter matrix. In addition to a great sounding flanger, the filter matrix mode takes the automatic sweep out of the circuit to create very unique chimey, shimmering tones. Click here for a YouTube demo on the reissue. 31 years old; still works great. $135.
ElectroHarmonix Little Big Muff Pi. Based on the original 70's big bog model, with the great sustain and killer distortion, in a pedalboard friendly small box, in a die cast housing that's more roadworthy than the cheese cutter original big box. Here's a demo from EH. Good value in a quality USA EH pedal at $47.
Keeley Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive. Another fine modified pedal by Robert Keeley, king of the pedal mods. Take a good old SD-1, a classic one-trick pony, modify the circuit, add a 2-way switch for your choice of germanium or silicone diode, and you've got more tonal choices and overall much fatter, cleaner, more defined, and with loads more gain than a stock SD-1. Rather than adding a long description, click here for Keeley's site. Not collector approved but it works perfectly and a killer OD for $89.
Ibanez MS10 Metal Charger. Previously known as the SM9 Super Metal during the 9-series a few years earlier, when Ibanez came out with the "Power Series", aka "10-series", it was renamed the MS10. It has the highest gain and highest distortion level of any Ibanez pedal of the era. Despite the 3 controls, labeled "Attack", "Punch" and "Edge", it will always sound like a metal pedal, so if you want versatility, you should only buy this if you're using another OD/Dist in your setup. "Punch" cuts/boosts bass - center is flat; "Edge", centered around 1.5K, controls treble with the center flat; and "Attack" accentuates or minimizes the sound of your pick attack. Inside you'll find FOUR of the famed JRC4558 chips to give you unprecedented control over your metalness. Overall very nice shape other than previous owner sanded down some of the green to make it two-tone finish. Click here to view the catalog page. For you 10-series fans, MS10's don't come along that often. This one's $79.
HomeBrew THC Three Hound Chorus. Three Hound Chorus oozes the warmth, thickness, and richness we're looking for in an all analog chorus. It features Depth and Speed controls, plus a unique Width control which physically changes the distance (or width) between wave forms adding a whole new dimension to the effect. It is wired true bypass and has a dedicated LED that flashes to indicate speed setting. It can be powered by your choice of either a 9v battery or a standard 9v negative-center adapter. When I first plugged this pedal in I thought it was a tremolo and, in fact, it can cover that ground very well as well. Click here for a good demo by ProGuitarShop. Sells new for $225 but this one's in perfect shape for just $159.
Catalinbread Montavillian Echo. Catalinbread are fine handbuilt effects built by a small crew in Portland, Oregon. The Montavillian Echo was built in the vein of old school tube driven echo units. It not only faithfully captures the tone of these sought after units, but most importantly it captures the huge “space” and infinite feel that eludes other pedal delays. Using the PT2399 delay chip--with a circuit that doesn't employ a compander--it provides delays that disappear over the horizon instead of being sonically reduced to mush as the trails fade. This is attributed to the original construct of the circuit as well as the loads of research put into just the dry signal. In order to provide a dry signal with a superior feel and tone when engaged, Catalinbread turned to the Burr Brown OPA2134 op-amp. The addition of a Cut control adds extra flexibility by allowing the user to dial in dark, bucket-brigade-ish echos or crystal clear repeats and the Mix knob offers boost over unity of the repeats to make sure they are heard in any situation. The result a small format stompbox delay that can provide the classic tone that most are seeking, and a more modern feel for the next generation of players. Click here for full specs and a video demo at their site. Sells new for $159; this one's perfect in the box for $115(SOLD).
Rocktron X-Tune Stomp Box Tuner If you're looking for an excellent stage tuner, Rocktron's got you covered. The X-Tuner chromatic tuner has multi-light LEDs and lighted notes that make it easy to tune on dark stages, plus the strong aluminum chassis guarantees years of problem free use, gig after gig. The X-Tune has muting for silent tuning and continuous out for live tuning (12-note tuning with a 7 octave range). Use the calibration knob to match the pitch of another instrument, CD, tape, etc. Here's full specs from Rocktron (link). Sells new for $79 but this used one's in perfect shape and just $45.
Rocktron Nitro Booster/Enhancer. Every player should have a boost pedal. It has a number of uses, the most basic one being to boost your leads. Not every player wants to switch channels for leads or color their sound with an OD/Distortion pedal, they just want the sound coming out of their amp to be a little louder. Other amps simply need a hotter input signal to come to life. The Nitro offers an amazing 22dB boost while enhancing a player’s articulation by its soft compression. Here's full specs from Rocktron (link). The Nitro sells new for $69 but this clean used one's just $39.
Fuchs Plush Drive. I love Fuchs gear. Their amps and pedals are all hand-built in their New Jersey shop with superb quality and engineering. The Plush Drive is a top quality pedal that is aimed a players who want the true tone, response and feel of a boutique amp tone, like a Dumble or Two-Rock, without spending $1000's. The unique 4-knob circuit gives you unprecedented control over the most important aspects of your tone. On the input end, the gain and touch controls allow you to set just the right amount of distortion and pick response, based on your guitar and playing style. On the output end, a subtle tone control and level control allow you to set both your overall lead tone and solo level. A unique bi-fet integrated circuit and matched discrete FETs are designed to emulate the smooth overload and musical *second-order* distortion of a tube circuit. Sounds great plugged into a good clean amp, or add it to your amps overdrive for a super thick overdrive tone, and it's quiet enough to put in front of an overdriven amp easily. Features feature: Cast aluminum housing, industrial powder coat finish, heat cured silk screen labeling, true bypass, Cliff switch, Neutrik connectors, metal shaft controls, premium boutique quality passive components, and mil spec fiberglass two sided circuit board for consistent long term performance. These are $229 new, but this one is in perfect condition in original box for just $159.
Boss MT-2 Metal Zone, (panel). Boss' best metal pedal ever - and the most versatile distortion. With the 3-band EQ, including sweepable mid you can dial in a huge variety of tones. It produces a distortion that is a bit smoother than the Heavy Metal HM-2 and HM-3 (which I also have in stock). It does the scooped mid tone as good as anything ever made, or boost the mids and cut the bass and treble for a variety of tones ranging from VH to ZZ Top. The MT-2 is one of Boss's best selling effects of all time and is now, believe it or not, celebrating its 20-year anniversary. Other than a light rub on the top, super clean shape and just $55.
Keeley Boss MT-2 with Twilight Zone Switch. Complete Hi-fidelity upgrade! Nothing like a heavy distortion channel that is produced well! Keeley designed this mod to have an Aural exciter built in for increased fidelity leads to better bass response and less harsh upper high-frequency. He eliminated every harsh sounding cap and replaced it with audiophile grade parts that let the midrange sparkle and breathe, with an increase in presence to take your tone over the edge. Integral to this mod is the 3-Way Toggle Switch to give you a sweet volume boost and a fatter tube like circuit designed into it. The toggle switch gives you three different distortion types. He created two different tube amp characteristics (switch to the right and to the center) has tube amp characteristics: huge power, increased harmonics, and better transparency. Lastly, the LED is changed to a cool blue color. Keeley describes the stock MT-2 as sounding like "putting a blanket over your speaker cabinet", i.e. a dull, lifeless tone. Click here for a YouTube demo where the difference is clear. New these are $199 from Keeley. This one's in perfect condition and just $135.
Baja Tech Bone Bender, Original 2-knob version! Germanium-based Sola Sound/Vox Tone Bender clone that gets those early Tone Bender tones (Beatles, Mick Ronson of Ziggy Stardust fame, Yardbirds, etc). Built with top-notch components and has true bypass to preserve your signal. For details, and sound sample click here and here's a good YouTube demo of the later 3-knobber. $145 new but this perfect used one is just $99(HOLD-3/9).
Lovepedal Kanji 9 Overdrive. The Kanji 9, so named due to its 9 tone settings (two switches, 3-way each switch), is a very versatile and extremely well made OD pedal. It features true bypss, premium electronic components, knobs for Volume, Tone (Treble Boost), and Gain; blue LED indicator, and two 3-way switches for changing diode clipping stages. It produces enough gain to rock you harder than any box you've used, but cleans up very well by rolling back your guitar's volume control, or choosing a softer clipping setting. Click here for a YouTube demo. I don't believe they make this black model 9 any longer. This is an excellent sounding unit that's mint in the box with manual, priced at $165(HOLD-Bill S 4/10).
B.K. Butler Tube Driver Reissue. Butler had one of the first tube overdrive pedal, using a 12AX7 to warm up the tone. Due to incredible demand for the originals, Butler has started building a limited run of his classic 4-knob Tube Driver, at a rate of around 6 per week, with a 6 to 8 week waiting list. He hasn't set a limit on total numbers but when they're gone, they're gone. The design and sound is the same as the original (as supplied to Eric Johnson, David Gilmour, etc.) but with improved parts such as Switchcraft all metal jacks, click pots, etc. Each unit is hand built to his specs and Butler personally checks out each unit to ensure it's working perfectly and sounds great. He then engraves his signature on the bottom of the case to ensures authenticity now and in the future. These are $299 plus shipping new but this one's in perfect condition, available now, and $225. Here's a cool video to let you hear some of that sweet Eric Johnson tone (link).
OFF-HOLD: B.K. Butler Real Tube Overdrive. Butler was responsible for the plethora of tube overdrives that are around today. Beginning with his original Tube Driver, advertised in Guitar Player mag in 1979, his pedals later gained favor with the likes of Eric Johnson, David Gilmour and Billy Gibbons. Here's a great interview with the man (link), where he talks about this black version stating, "I then designed the black Real Tube pedal in 1986 which I still think is a superior pedal in some ways to the Tube Driver (ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons agrees)". You'll note in the interview that he has no association with Chandler and that there never was a "Chandler Tube Driver", stating, "It's all Butler." This is an excellent sounding, unit, built to last a long time, with quality click pots, jacks mounted directly to the case, and a very heavy steel casing. We cleaned all the pots, installed an ARS Tesla/JJ tube, and replaced the pop rivets on the transformer (tranny was starting to get a bit floppy), so it's ready to go for another decade. This is a genuine Butler pedal and a good deal at $115.
· MXR Classic Overdrive. Very good sounding unit that emulates the sound of an overdriven tube amp, in the way of a TS9. The circuit is supposed to be near identical to the Zakk Wylde Overdrive. I don't have one to compare right now but from memory, it's pretty close. Works very well with humbuckers, or with Strats, where it does a good job of fattening up the tone while retaining the character of the Strat. True bypass, heavy construction, and a nice pedal for $45, as new in the box with everything.
· '79 MXR Distortion+, (circuit/pot date). Another '79, just like the one I posted two weeks ago. This is the model used by Randy Rhoads, an original early block logo unit, without LED or 9V adapter jack (which began in mid '81). This was perhaps the most popular distortion effect of its era, and this is a nice example, cosmetically in nice shape for 30+ years and perfect performance. The Distortion Plus was much more than a "distortion" pedal. The tone is more like an overdrive-type of sound ranging from low-volume mild distortion, to a warmer tube-like overdrive, to a very crunchy fuzztone when you peg both knobs, with loads of sustain. For a 2-knob pedal, it's capable of capturing many different tones which allows it to be used in a variety of music styles. Very nice pedal for $125.
), (screen shot). Pro Tools LE in the Palm of Your Hand! The Digidesign Mbox 2 Micro answers the demands of Pro Tools users worldwide by offering a way to edit and mix with Pro Tools LE anywhere you go. A device the size of a jump drive allows you to take your Pro Tools Sessions on the road — record on your HD or LE rig and use the Mbox 2 Micro to mix on a laptop while riding in a plane, in a coffee shop, anywhere you want. Features include Pro Tools LE playback-only (or MIDI recording) device; Ultra-portable, anodized aluminum design; high-quality sound up to 24-bit, 48 kHz (higher sample rates require pre-conversion); 1/8" stereo output jack for headphone or speaker monitoring (no audio inputs); convenient volume wheel for quick headphone adjustments; powered by USB (USB 1.1 connection, includes USB extension cable); includes Pro Tools LE 8 software. Sells new for $199 but this one is virtually un-used and just $139.
). Excellent quality single-channel tube blend mic preamp, a must for any home studio, digital or analog. Te VTB1 incorporating true class A/B switching and it's a totally discrete circuit. Unique to the VTB-1 mic preamp is the Tube Drive circuit based on a 12AX7 tube that allows the user to blend as little or as much of the Tube Drive as desired. The Studio Projects VTB-1 allows the user the most flexibility of any mic pre in its price class. Great for vocals of course, but also a good choice to overdrive your guitars or bass. Click here for a good video demo on YouTube. Sells new for $149 but this one's mint and just $99.
· DiMarzio Andy Timmons AT-2. One of the great rock guitarists, Andy's pickup has been available only on his signature model Ibanez until recently. It delivers rich tonal characteristics of balance, warmth, and clarity, its focused sound uses the same patented technology as the PAF 36th Anniversary, but with a hotter sound. 4-conductor, 16.50K output. New in the box for $SOLD.
· DiMarzio Super Distortion DP100. New in Box. The choice for some of the top players such as DiMeola, Gambale, Vinnie Moore, and Ace Frehley. High output with a pronounced mid, regular spacing, 4 conductor for variety of wiring applications. New in the box for $55.
· DiMarzio Tone Zone Strat Humbucker DP189. New in Box. Sounds just like the full size humbucker Tone Zone, except in a single coil size. Dual rail design ensures consistency during bends. Noted for extra bass and mids for a very fat tone. Has been out of the box but never installed and comes with instructions and screws. $59.
DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Solo Pro DP414.
Discontinued but I have one new in the box. The Virtual Vintage Solo Pro
is a Strat replacement that cancels hum and performs like a P90. DiMarzio
used Alnico 2 magnets for more sustain and a warm, woody tone that's a cross
between a violin and a human voice. Big and round-toned with a clean
setting, it stays warm with overdrive, and produces great harmonics with high
gain amps. New in the box for $
· DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Blues Strat Set DP402. The DP402 is almost identical to the original pre-'63 Strat, with the original's attack, tone, and feel, and its single-coil look. The difference though, is that DiMarzio has eliminated the noise. 3 of these will run $195 new, or you can get this clean trio for just $135(HOLD-Nelson V 4/20).
· Dimarzio Al Di Meola Set. The original signature model, now available only as a special order from the custom shop. Note the slotted screws on the bottom, whereas recent custom shop have Phillips. They're regular spaced with black bobbins, gold hex poles, gold base plate, and signature edged on bottom. I have never seen another set of these on the market so I'm guessing they're rare. Excellent condition, with rings, for $299.
· DiMarzio Strap Lock Set. Used, Includes strap and all parts. Probably the safest locking method on the market. I have a number of these in stock, some straps marked 'DiMarzio" and some plain. Just $15, including shipping - or 2 for $25, 3 for $35.
Alesis Quadraverb GT Chip Kit. If you have a Quadraverb with a chip that's on the fritz, make it work again. Version 1.03. Includes hard-card with list of patches, and tweezers for removal and installation. $35.
BMF Fat Bastard One-Off. Donated for an Ebay charity auction by BMF Effects, this is a one-off Fat Bastard with a nice landscape paint job, labeled simply "BMF". The Fat Bastard is a clean boost that adds a little weight to your sound without destroying your tone. With a fair amount of gain available, it is perfect for getting your leads just above the mix, boosting overdrive or fuzz pedals or pushing a tube amp into a nice, warm break up. The preamp section on some amps tends to get thin or raspy when cranked up but you can keep the preamp gain down on your amp, and get a fatter, warmer tone getting your boost from the Fat Bastard. It works equally well with bass guitars. Click here for some sound clips (1/2 down page) and here for a brief video. Better yet, check out these reviews on Harmony-Central. $139 for this one of a kind, mint in the box.
Electroharmonix LPB-2, Linear Power Booster. It's as if you had 20 sets of pick-ups all in one guitar...can make your amplifier TEN times louder... These are the claims used in advertising on the LPB's back in the 70's (see ad here). While these might be an exaggeration, the LPB-2 can be used effectively to overdrive the front end of your amp, giving it thicker, hotter tone, or as a boost pedal for leads. This is one of the cleaner examples of a ca. '76 LPB I've had and a very useable pedal, even for today's guitar rigs, for $99.
Digitech Brian May Red Special Signature Pedal, (bag/pick/power supply), (box). I just found two more of these: One of the newer pedals in Digitech's Signature line, the Brian May Red Special, with 7 of his signature models with 14 distinctive tones. Tones include Red Special Guitar, Treble Booster, Deacy Amp, Vox AC30, Foxx Foot Phaser, Pickup Configurations, Delay, Reverb, Flanger, Acoustic, Tele, etc. If you want to nail the tone of, say, Bohemian Rhapsody or We Will Rock You, this is the ticket. Rather than writing a book, Click here for a good review by Guitar World magazine. This thing really sounds authentic and click
for proof - a YouTube demo done by an amateur beginner through a 15W Crate amp. This pedal listed for $299 and used ones are going around $140, but I have these new in the box, for just $139. I have a stack of Digitech's signature pedal line posters - remind me, and I'll also include a full size poster with Brian and the full pedal line on reverse (pic).
Teese Real McCoy Custom RMC5 Wizard Wah, (pic2). (Note: I sold the RMC3 and RMC Picture Wah in the past 2 days so I moved this from the semi-just in page). The RMC WW is designed to be an entry level RMC wah along the lines of the RMC1, but with a tuning that works well with a variety of pickup designs, especially for higher output pickups like humbuckers. Especially good for high-gain tone, so you rock/metal players will especially like the RMC5. Tonally, it's a cross between the RMC1 and Picture Wah, with a rich, yet tight low end, haunting mids, and a smooth top end to an extended sweep range. It features true-bypass switching, 9V DC adapter jack, and rocker tension that's easily adjustable via included Allen wrench. There's a YouTube demo of the RMC5 here. Mint in the box with manual for $175(Tent. Hold - Roger M 10/31).
Dunlop 535Q Crybaby, (pic2). One of the most versatile Wah's on the market; gives you unprecedented control over your wah tone. Easily adjust where the frequency will be centered, then decide how wide you want the frequency range sweep to be. There's also an adjustable and switchable boost function onboard with 16dB of boost. You also get six new guitar wah ranges, in a sturdy housing plus hardwired on/off switch. Sells new for $129 but this one's in excellent condition in the box for $85.
Monster Cable Z2R ML-10/10 Speaker Cables. The ultimate audiophile cable, Z-series cables will provide a noticeable improvement in your studio reference monitors, home theater system, or any other application that uses a 10 ft. banana plug cable. Z2 Reference incorporates Monster's famous MultiTwist construction, an ultra-tight winding of connectors resulting in enhanced sonic performance with superior noise rejection throughout the audio bandwidth. Combined with specially formulated PEX dielectric, Z2 Reference offers incredibly low dynamic noise and startling realism in sound and film. You'll hear details you never heard before - from nuances in vocals and dialog to high frequency detail like the rustling of leaves, to the low-end rumbling of the loudest explosion. These have recently been discontinued but you can still find them on the web, selling discounted for $149. You can still get 250' spools of the cable from Monstercable.com (link) for $5/foot. For less than the price of the raw cable alone you can get this set, new in the box. Just $89.
Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion. One of Boss' newer compacts, the MD-2 has been around since 2001 and cranks out more gain than any other Boss pedal. With the MD-2 Boss focused on massive bottom end which makes this pedal especially useful for 7-string or drop tuning players. With this in mind it features the usual Tone control, plus a separate Bottom control. It also features separate Gain and Distortion knobs and Level, to match the engaged signal to the disengaged. Mint in the box, $45.
Fulltone Octafuzz II OF-2, (pic2). The only exact circuit copy of the legendary Tycobrahe Octavia. Cool Octave-Up sounds ala Hendrix "Band of Gypsies" and SRV's many live shows! Housed in a 14ga. steel enclosure with a Ranar-blue gloss powdercoat finish and Antique-white logo. Click here for one of many YouTube videos on the unit. New cost is $144 - this one's mint in the box for $115(HOLD-Don W 10/23)
60's Gibson Pickup Ring. Very hard to find M8 ring for your late 60's/early 70's Gibson neck pickup. Shown in pics top side and bottom side, with proper numbers, M8 788 and 70 595. With late 60's Les Pauls now above $10K, if you have a cracked or replacement ring, this is a small price to pay to make it right. $50.
1967 Clarostat 1M Pot. 13th week of
'67. Nice shape. $25
ca.'83 Scholz SR&D Bass Rockman, (close-up). Shortly after release of the popular Rockman X-100, came the Bass Rockman, especially designed to meet the needs of bassists. I used one of these in the mid-80's, both on stage and in the studio, and I'm quite a fan of their tone. Played through headphones, you'll hear a tone you've never heard before. It won't sound like your usual jamming...it will sound like you're listening to a CD and you're playing the notes. This unit features a quality analog chorus, 2 clean settings, a distortion setting, Fat-Bright-Mid EQ settings, High Frequency Clip and Comp switches, Sustain level switch, Hi/Lo volume setting as well as a Gain dial on back, 1/8" stereo headphone/line out pair, and an Aux Input/Low Level Out 1/4" jack. You can hook these up to your guitarist's Rockman and get some great tones on a "silent" jam. Quiet enough for the studio and on stage adds fatness and a pretty good vintage bass distortion for your Cream songs. We sold these new in the mid-80's for $199 which is like $403 in 2011 dollars. This is one of the cleaner ones I've had and comes in the original box. I see beaters regularly going up to $125 but this one's clean and works flawlessly? $139 for this one.
2-Button Footswitch. Behringer FS112 for their GMX series amps, but with its 1/4" stereo jack, should work on most amps using 1/4" dual function output, whether it's channel/boost, channel/tremolo, reverb/tremolo, or whatever. LED indicators, heavy metal casing, 15' cord to reach the front of the stage. Solid built unit for $15.
Fender 2-button footswitch. Another 1/4", housed in Fender's chrome oval metal case. Labeled R/C for "reverb/channel" but its stereo jack should work on same variety of functions as Behringer above. $20.
dbx DB12 Active Direct Box, (pic2). When it comes to DI's, don't buy the cheapest one you can find; there IS a difference. The DB12 employs custom dbx mu-metal-shielded audio transformers, Gold-plated Neutrik XLR Connector connectors, and low-noise circuitry to provide a transparent, strong signal to your amp or mixing/recording deck. A 20/40dB pad switch accommodates instrument, line, and even speaker level signals. It also has a polarity invert switch to set the phase relationship between the direct and mic'd sound, LED power light, flat/high cut filter switch, 48V phantom power direct from your mixer, and unique design to allow stacking units on top of each other. Don't confuse this with the DB10, which is dbx's passive DI, the DB12 lists for $179 and sells online for $99. I have a few new in the box for $75, including shipping.
Menatone Pleasure Trem 5000. More than just a vintage tremolo, the Pleasure Trem can emulate the effect of a vintage synth as well, with a Wave knob to change the pulse from ultra smooth triangle to stuttering square. A Speed goes as slow as you could possibly want, but crank it up and it's aster than anything out there, sounding almost like a ring modulator. Use the Depth control for subtle 3D effects to full on and off chop. Regardless of settings, the Pleasure Trem is designed not to not alter the tone of your instrument and does not boost the signal - it's as transparent as they come. The yellow LED flashes in time with the sweep, allowing you to easily sync it with the song tempo. Features include all Analog Circuitry; Ultra Bright LED; Easy Access Battery on the Side; True Bypass Switching; External Power Supply Jack; Silver Plated, Teflon Coated Wire; Shielded Wire from Input and Output Jacks to Switch; Carbon Resistors and Film Capacitors Used in Signal Path. This model sells new for $179, which is reasonable for a pedal with these components. For around the price of a Boss TR-2, you can have this immaculate used one - just $119.
M-Audio Black Box, (back), (Quick Start). A valuable tool for unleashing creativity during practice and song writing, the Black Box also has numerous features that make it a great addition for live performances and with the onboard drum machine with 100 patterns, and excellent practice/recording tool. Although there are many buttons and knobs on it, the unit itself is very easy to use. This one includes the "Reloaded" firmware update making it a "version two", now with 40 amp models and 121 effects. There are 100 presets that include different amp sounds/settings with associated effects and drum patterns. The presets make it easy to find a starting point to make your own sounds, which can be tweaked by entering the edit mode and twisting a knob or two. Once you've created a sound you like you can store it as a custom preset. The Black Box is, primarily, an amp modeler, with 40 ultra-realistic virtual amp models. What this means is that you can easily try out different sounds. All the hottest amps, current and vintage, are in here so you'll easily be able to find your favorite tone. Adjusting the amp sound is easy by pressing the amp button and using the input knobs - adjustable parameters are Amp drive, Bass, Treble. This Version Two update also has more adjustable parameters by entering the Shift mode. Tap the amp button and you can adjust midrange for the amps and other settings for the effects mode. Amps are based on classics such as Fender Bassman, Deluxe Reverb, Champ, Vox AC-15 and AC-30, Marshall JTM-45, Plexi 100, Hiwatt DR-103, Boogie MK IIC and Dual Rect, Bogner Uberschall, Diezel VH4, ENGL Powerball, Peavey 5150 MK II, Roland Jazz Chorus, Boger Ecstasy, Budda Twinmaster, Matchless Chieftain, and Bass amps such as the Acoustic 360, Ampeg SVT, Gallien-Krueger 800RB, and SWR SM-500. In back you'll find XLR microphone input and audio outputs in the form of stereo (L/R) 1/4" jacks and a coaxial SPDIF connection. Many of the effects (ex. reverb) produce a stereo output which you could run to your mixer. There are three input control jacks used for assignable foot control of the Black Box including an expression pedal and two momentary switches. Lastly, there is the USB port for connecting to a computer. Yes, the Black Box doubles as a 24-bit/44.1kHz audio interface and has standard audio drivers for PC (WinXP) and MAC as well as ASIO drivers, making it compatible with all major sequencing programs including Pro-Tools M-Powered and Ableton Live. There is just one connection from the Box to the computer and that is via a USB cable. Once plugged in and installed the Black Box provides both inputs and outputs for the computer, with four inputs available: Processed stereo from the DSP (same as what you would here from the audio outs or headphone jack), dry mic input and dry guitar input. You can record all four inputs simultaneously. For more info, here's an in-depth review and, better yet, a good demo here on YouTube. Whether you want a multi-effect/amp modeler for stage use, practice, or recording, this is an inexpensive way to get quality results. Sold new for $279 but this one's in perfect shape for just $159. Includes power supply and quick start manual (full manual downloadable here).
Line 6 ToneCore Roto Machine (Leslie Simulator), (panel). The classic lush, swirling sounds of a rotating speaker in a unit that's 1/3 the size of other units. The Roto Machine features 3 classic filters, the 145, L16, and 122, each with its distinct tonal characteristics, a blend knob which fine-tunes drum to horn mix, separate Fast and Slow speed controls, Drive control to add some classic grit to your sound when needed, 2-in-1 footswitch to allow switching between Fast/Slow modes, ramp time is user-selectable between fast, medium, and slow. Here's a demo by Line 6 and some audio samples (Medium Ramp) (Slow) (L16 Fast) (Fast). Sells new for $120 but this one's perfect, in the box, and just $79. Add a Line 6 DC-1 power supply (pic) for $10.
Mid/Bass Studio Monitor Speakers. Super heavy duty French-made 6.5" drivers for low end in a 2-way or mids in a 3-way system. Weighs over 5 lbs. each with massive magnets, approx 65 oz. Work perfectly and just $45/pair.
K&M Mini Booms. Top quality German-made short booms. Mounts to any standard mic stand. Ideal for drums or guitar cabs. These aren't cheap Chinese made disposable units and will last longer than the life of your band. $18/each or $30 for the pair.
WEM Footswitch. Impossible to find footswitch for the Watkins/WEM Copicat echo device. This is the "click" on/off type. Nice shape, original cable/jack, works perfectly. If you have an original WEM and are missing the footswitch, here it is! $65.
ELI SL-5050 Digital Echo. Not a lot of info on the web about these but it's a good sounding unit, from the late 90's. It appears as though these were made by Linear Tech, according to once source. It's a table top unit, around a foot wide, with dual inputs, each with volume control, with controls for level (mix between straight and delayed signal), repeat (number of echoes), and delay (delay time from zero to around 800ms), with a large master volume knob (output level). All controls and jacks are front-mounted, including aux out and footswitch to engage/bypass. You can get some cool spacey sounds by turning up the repeat and messing with the delay time - great for tone tweakers. It's a good sounding unit that works perfectly and just $65.
Boss FBM-1 '59 Fender Bassman, (panel). Designed to produce the sound and feel of one of the all time classic amps, the '59 tweed Bassman 4X10 combo. Although designed as a bass amp, guitarists eventually determined that it's fat tone with chunky rhythm and smooth overdrive, made it a great guitar amp as well. This pedal can be used to give any amp the signature Bassman sound. It even has a separate Bright input, just like the original, for a brighter tone. The control layout has the bright chrome panel, just like the amp, with similar controls including Presence and Mid (using a stacked pot), Treble, and Bass EQ controls. It has one other stacked pot, the Level (volume) and Gain controls which, unlike the original amp, allow you to get the sweet compressed overdrive at low volume, without overdriving the input stage of your amp. If you want the classic Fender tone, without buying a separate amp, this pedal does a good job and costs a lot less than an amp. Here's a demo on YouTube, and a good performance demo here. Sells new for $119 but this one's mint in the box for $85. Manual is downloadable here.
Korg AX1000G Floor Multi-Effect, (close-up lit-up), (effects/models), (back). A good choice for players who want a multi-effect with a layout similar to a row of stompboxes. If you want to change, for instance, from a Hall Reverb to Ping Pong Delay, just reach down and turn a knob. The AX1000G has 56 types of modeling effects cover numerous vintage compressor, overdrive, distortion, echo, reverb, and wah units that are expensive and difficult to obtain. Numerous simulations are provided, including the fat sound of tube amps, the nasty fuzz sound of the '70s, and the metallic distortion of the '90s. In the drive-amp section, "REMS" supports the hybrid gain structure developed by KORG. You even get unique lo-fi effects such as a tape echo that simulates the unique distortion produced by magnetic tape and the unstable pitch caused by irregularities in rotation speed. The Cabinet effect gives you a wide range of simulations that cover both vintage amps and modern designs, down to every detail of cabinet shape and speaker characteristic. The expression pedal lets you control eleven types of pedal effect in real-time-not only volume and wah, but also unique sounds like pitch bend and traveler (filter). With the Power-Paced Practice with the Phase Trainer, you can record up to 16 seconds from a CD/MD player or cassette, and then slow down the playback to as little as 25% of the original speed without affecting the pitch, an ideal way to learn rapid solos or difficult phrases by ear. The recorded phrase can also be looped for playback, allowing you to listen repeatedly, plus, you can even hold a specific note. Scored 4 of 5 stars on Harmony-Central reviews, cited for its ease of use, which is a big thing for me, a non-manual-reader. To view or download manual, click here for Korg's site. This pedal is very solidly built, especially the rocker pedal, and should take years of road use. With an original retail price of $350, this is a bargain at $99, less than you'll pay for a most single effects. Includes power supply; include a new heavy gigbag for $22.
Seymour Duncan Humbucker Pair. Includes a Pro Shop "Full Shred Trembucker" and a Production Floor Custom "Trembucker". A Production Floor Custom is a regular production pickup that's a one-off ordered with a slight change in specs such as wiring or cosmetic differences. These are both rather high-end Duncans, very low hours, in perfect condition. $125/pair.
T.C. Electronic Sustain + Parametric Equalizer. A true classic from Denmark's T.C. Electronics and like all the old TC's, it's sound is awesome and it's built for decades of constant use. Delivers studio quality compression in a pedal; crank it to the extreme and it’ll give your sound that percussive “thud” brilliant for funk or country, and with its parametric EQ you’re in full control of which frequencies to target. If you have your pedalboard set up with all your favorite effects and it's still missing "something", this could be the answer. It really enhances your tone - from subtle compression to extreme sustaining effects - this sustainer will prolong life of even your weakest tone otherwise destined for premature death and since Sustainers inherently add some noise, there's also a very effective adjustable noise suppressor as well as a simple but effective Distortion switch which provides a subtle but distinct fattening of your sound. They have reissued a different version of this pedal in their "Classic' series but this early model appears to be more solidly built than the recent models. It also has a different layout than the new style pedal plus "Distortion" on/off and a bandwidth selector switch. One thing about TCE pedals, they were used, and used generally by professionals. Unlike other 80's pedals that are mint in the box, I've never had a vintage TCE pedal in that condition. Click here for an in-depth review. This is a true classic model that's been used in countless stage and studio rigs for 25 years. Works perfectly and a true classic for $175.
Blues Pearl Blue Screamer, (pic2). Blue Screamer is not a distortion pedal, it's an overdrive pedal. The Blue Screamer has an asymmetrical notched clipping design with a bit more kick and versatility then other guitar effects pedals in its class. The idea is to provide some kick to make your amplifier scream for you with even order harmonics when you need it. There is enough clean gain and level to use this guitar pedal as just a boost or full overdrive pedal. This is a recent model with a 9V jack and LED indicator, plus quality components, sturdy construction, and true bypass. Here's a brief YouTube demo (link). I don't know if anyone is stocking these any longer, or perhaps Blues Pearl is only selling direct nowdays but they're available from Blues Pearl for $229 (info/pricing) but this nice used one is just $99.
Ibanez Edge Tremolo. Original 80's model, thought by many to be the best tremolo Ibanez has ever made. Stamped "Ibanez Edge Japan", with the "HS" stamp on the reverse, which generally means it was used by H&S, which were guitars that were assembled in USA (Bensalem PA) of Japan parts. $99 includes trem springs.
Belcat BC850 Chromatic Tuner. This is the best tuner I've found in this price range. Many budget tuners dance around and take a second to zero in on the note. This one gets a solid read instantly. The advantage of a chromatic tuner is that it automatically displays the note you're playing and lets you know if you're sharp or flat. This is a quantum improvement over non-chromatic tuners which require you to select "E", for instance, and it doesn't respond until you get within a 1/2 step of an E. If your string is tuned to a "D", you really don't know if you have to go up or down, since it won't meter until you get within range of an E. For specs, check Belcat's site here. I'm not selling these separately, but if you buy another item, you can add one for $7.50.
Box of Guitar Stands. Fret Rest by Proline model HT-1010. Breaks down into 3 small pieces and sets up in 15 seconds. Sells new everywhere (link) for $19.99, but get this box of 6 new ones for the price of 3. $57.97 takes all 6.
Epiphone Valve Junior Head. This is the one that started the budget all-tube amp shootout. After Epi's success, came the Fender Champion 600, Vox AC4, and others, generally 5-watters with single EL84 power. At 5 watts single-ended Class A you can get a full power tube distortion at very reasonable home levels but you'll likely be surprised at how loud 5 *tube* watts can be. Controls are as follows: Volume. That's it...volume. Tubes are a 12AX7 preamp and an EL84 power. It has a nice clean sound at low volume but gets a good saturated tone starting around 4 and attaining increased breakup at virtually every number above 5, and it's also engineered to work very well with your guitar's volume control. Back it off for clean, turn it up and send the amp into overdrive. There are a number of mods available for this amp, including a very popular one by Mercury Magnets which guarantee boutique tone at around 1/2 the cost of a boutique amp. There's even a site devoted to this cool lil' amp, http://www.valvejunior.com/. While these mods are nice, they can be expensive and the good deal goes out the window. It actually sounds good in stock condition. Beautiful condition, works perfectly, and just $115(Tent. Hold - Jeff 2/13).
· Gibson Truss Rod Covers (sample pic). The "good" ones - 3-ply with beveled edge. I usually have new or used Standard, Deluxe, Les Paul Custom, Classic (gold writing), and blank. $10-$20 depending on vintage and model. Inquire.
Holmes H-X3 Super Flanger, (pic2), (pic3). A surprisingly excellent sounding Flanger. Japan made with stereo outputs and noiseless FET switching. LED flashes in time with the sweep to make it easy to synch with the beat. Missing battery cover, but electrical tape works fine or not even needed if mounted on a pedalboard. Dollar for dollar, one of the best flangers I've heard, $50.
Jam Pedals Chill Tremolo, (close-up), (circuit). Jam builds hand-made pedals in small number from their factory in Greece. The Chill is their classic vintage, sine-wave, analog tremolo, made with carbon comp resistors. It can also be used as a clean boost. Simply set the Depth control to zero, and adjust the Level to your preference. Runs on 9V battery or Boss type adapter, and has a cool looking sunset orange LED when engaged. For full specs and samples, click here for Jam's site, with a Tonequest report here. YouTube demo here. Sells new for $220 but this one's mint in the box for $155(On Hold).
1960's Favilla F-6 Orchestra Model, (front), (back), (headstock), (side), (label). Many of you have probably never heard of Favilla guitars, but they have a proud history of stringed instrument building in the USA going back to 1890 at various locations in NYC (Long Island late in production), peaking at around 3,500 instruments a year in the mid-60's but due to the proliferation of the electric guitar market, the company closed its factory in 1973, although they built a few custom orders until 1986 from their retail store. Toward the end of production another line, "Aquila", were imported from Japan. In all my years in business, I've only had one Japan model, and this is my first NYC model. Considering the 1000's of these made over the years, it's a mystery why so few are in circulation. You can read the Favilla story here. This F-6 is comparable to a Martin 000/OM size, measuring 14 5/8" across the lower bout (3/8 less than a 000), identical 11 1/4" at the upper bout, and 9 3/4" across the waist. It features a sold red cedar top, with mahogany back, sides, and neck, with a Brazilian rosewood fretboard. Other features include Fire Stripe pickguard, pearl dot inlays (5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 15th frets with double dots at the 7th and 12th), scalloped bracing, 1 11/16" nut width, rounded neck with medium thickness, and thin semi-gloss finish. Cosmetically there are some rubs and dings, as well as finish checking (as shown here), but no cracks or repairs. This is by no means a fancy guitar but the tone is excellent, with excellent projection and a very "open" sound. It is well balanced, with perhaps a slight peak in the mid-range, but not at all boxy sounding. It plays very well, with comfortable action, and that's on the original neck set. You can get cheap USA Kay, Silvertone, Harmony, etc. but this guitar is clearly in another league. It's the best value on a quality vintage USA flattop you can imagine at $499(HOLD-Mark S). I got it without a case but I can offer this great, Martin's best, Geib case (as shown here), for $135 if desired. Try it...you'll like it!
Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion. The choice of John Frusciante, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Kurt Cobain, among others. Unlike most Boss OD/Dist pedals, the DS-2 gives you two modes of distortion. In mode I the DS-2 sounds a bit like the DS-1 or the OS-2, with a circuit designed to remove any shrill frequencies. In Mode II you get a tone more like the HM-2 or MT-2 with the ability to really overload the signal for some cool grunge tone. Great shape, in the box, for $49.
Electroharmonix USA Big Muff Pi Distortion/Sustainer, (pic2). Recreation of the classic 70's model, still made in the USA, and a dead-on copy of the original. The Muff delivers some of the finest harmonic distortion/sustain you'll ever hear, and is one of the few pedals from the 70's that still holds its own today. Sustain knob optimizes the long sustain with just the right amount of harmonic distortion while the Tone control provides a range of sounds, from warm bass to crisp treble. These go for $79 new but by this one's in really clean shape in box with manual for $49.
Walco Sustainer, (circuit), (schematic). One of those wild and wacky 70's effects from one of the lesser known companies. Around 5 years ago a bunch of Walco effects, all new-old-stock from 1973 and this is one of those. Although missing original shrink wrap packing, it is in dead mint condition and works perfect. Very simple to use - just an on/off switch. It provides a lot of compression at a fixed rate and sounds almost like a Swell pedal with soft output upon attack, that quickly blooms and holds the note or chord for a long time. Like most compressors, it does induce a fair amount of noise which is most noticeable on higher gain settings. This can tamed somewhat with a replacement FET's; the MPF102 is readily available a Radio Shack and supposedly works well. This is definitely one for the collection and at $59, a very small investment.
Boss DD-6 Digital Delay, (pic2). Not just another update in the DD-series, the DD-6 is the first BOSS delay pedal to offer true stereo delay and panning effects. Features include built-in tap tempo capability and a delay/hold time of over 5 seconds (5,200ms). A new Reverse mode makes it easy to get trippy ‘60s and ‘70s-style effects, while a newly designed Warp mode creates radical delay effects on the fly. Click here for a brief demo. Not mint but good shape for a used pedal and includes box and manual. Sold new for $159 but this used one works perfectly and is just $99. Read full specs here.
Boss DC-3 Digital Space-D, (sides/back). Extremely rare pedal, at least here in the USA. Made only from '88 to '93, the DC-3 was made in Japan, for the Japan market only, other than a brief period in 1988 when it was offer to markets outside of Japan. This pedal replaced the DC-2 Digital Dimension (you know, the one with 4 push buttons presets instead of knobs) and, in fact, the '88 version was called the DC-3 Digital Dimension before the name was changed to Digital Space-D (first version shown on left in this pic). The two DC-3 versions had identical circuits, only the name was changed. Controls are straight ahead: Effects Level, EQ, Rate and Depth. The chorus produced is a bit different from other chorus units in that most chorus effects adds vibrato as the depth of the effect is increased. The DC-3 adds significantly less vibrato than the others with the resulting sound described as dimensional and spacial - especially when using the stereo outputs - and natural sounding. There are more range of sounds than you'll find on most chorus pedals from this era and, overall, and excellent sounding unit and being a Boss pedal, will likely be in use for decades to come. There are very few of these on the market, understandable since every one was introduced into the country by a consumer. Considering its rarity, tone quality, and very nice condition for its age, a nice pedal for $165.
Voodoo Labs Proctavia. Mint condition. Classic fuzz/octave tones, true bypass switching, made in the USA. The Proctavia is an exact replica of Tycobrahe Sound Company's Octavia pedal with the same types of transistors, germanium diodes, and transformer-coupled output stage in its circuitry, creating a note an octave higher than the original. The sound of the Octavia effect is easily identified by the "Purple Haze" tone and can also be heard on numerous tracks by Jeff Beck, John Mayer, and Michael Landau. Sells new for $129 - could be your perfect germanium tone for just $79.
Crate V8 Palomino Combo - Blonde, (top), (panel), (back), (manual). Going back to the "student" amps of the 50's, most notably Fender's tweed Champ, players have long recognized the potential of a low wattage combo with minimal EQ and a small speaker. When you turn them up into the sweet zone, with the volume cranked into the overdrive range, nothing has a purer sound, with sweet, singing sustain. These type amps have long been a studio secret weapon where they can be mixed to sound huge - and then double as a great sounding backstage/practice amp. With a single EL84 and a 12AX7 in the preamp, this amp puts out a very loud 5 watts (4 ohm load), that can probably handle your stage volume on a small club gig, as long as you mic'd the house mix. In addition to a very versatile Tone knob, the V8 features both a Gain and Volume knob, which allows you to control the amount of distortion. It does have a fair amount of clean headroom with the gain turned down low and begins to break-up at around 1/3 output, getting more saturated at ever number past 3. The Tone knob adds a lot of versatility and completely changes the character of the amp. With the tone set to 5, it is the brightest with a slight mid-boost as well. As you turn the knob toward 1, it acts like a normal tone control, primarily rolling off the highs; as you turn towards 10, it becomes a mid-scooped tone with pronounced bass and treble. Combining these 3 simple controls, you can coax a lot of tones from this combo. One cool feature I like is the Line Out jack on top panel which not only serves as a line out, but also an Insert jack, which you can use as an effects loop using a stereo cable (stereo to Y cord or Y adapter and 2 cables), which you can hook up to run your favorite outboard effects. The Line Out is post-gain and post-EQ. I must point out that this model is prone to squealing if you crank the gain way up. Looking around the web, it appears to be inherent in the design and there are some suggested alterations. For many players though, who will rely on the power amp volume for their distortion, it's not an issue. You'll get your sweetest overdrive with the gain set to around 1/2, and your master turned up. Great tone aside, this is a cute little booger with blonde tolex, accented with gold panel and hardware, and tan handle. Very clean shape and a cool sounding combo for $159.
Ibanez JS-100 Pickups, Model AH-1 and AH-2 from an Ibanez Joe Satriani JS-100. Clean shape, designed for split coil option. These are very good sounding pickups, close to DiMarzio quality, for 1/2 the cost. $45 for the pair.
Hipshot BT4 Fender Bass Detuner, made especially for American Standard P and J basses; 2 mounting pins just like your stock tuner so no modification is required. Just remove your old tuner, put this one on, and tighten down the screw on the headstock, and you're up and running. A cheaper alternative to buying a 5-string if all you need is to have a low E-flat or low D on a few songs. Sells new for $95 from Hipshot, this one is perfect shape, although I don't have the original packing, for $59.
Electroharmonix USA Q-Tron Envelop Filter, Reissue, super funky envelope filter/auto-wah that does the Mu-Tron tone plus a whole lot more. Does the Bootsy Collins Parliament/Funkadelics thing to a tee. Analog circuit and layout is easy to dial in loads of cool tones and works equally well on guitar, bass, or keys. EH has a new "mod" looking model out now but this earlier reissue is just like the classic 70's model and sounds great. Nice shape and a lot of fun for just $99 Includes power supply.
Heavy Electronics Radio Havana, For those looking for a cool Lo-Fi tone, the Radio Havana has a tone reminiscent of a small transistor radio - tinny with washed frequencies, and very responsive to pickup choices and string manipulation. The center "disorder" knob can be used to dial in any amount of clipping decay desired, exposing a characteristic static appeal. This discrete engineered pedal finds the odd frequencies and pushes them to the forefront (especially at higher gain). Perfect for breakdowns and artistic expressions of decay with exciting applications for less traditional instruments and perfect for that scratchy-throated bass tone. For full specs or manual download check out Heavy Electronics; a YouTube video is available here. Hand-made in Minneapolis MN, it features a lifetime warranty and upgrades, Repairs and Mods Available for Life. It's voiced Openly for Guitar, Bass or any Instrument. These are available in different colors, this one is copper. Priced new at $149, this used one is perfect in the original box for $105.
DOD 201 Phasor. The simple single knob layout and tone beg comparison to the MXR Phase 90 and the 201 does compare favorably with a similar sounding sweep and sweep rate adjustable via the single knob. The block logo Phase 90 and the 201 were both initially introduced in the 80's with similar tone, built in identical boxes with very solid construction. Excellent sounding phase shifter for $49(Tent. Hold - Robert 6/10), in super clean condition, other than two strips of velcro on the bottom.
MXR Classic Distortion, (pic2). Good value on a basic distortion pedal. A/B'd with my Boss DS-1 Distortion, the MXR sounds at least as good with an overall smoother tones but still cuts through...in the right way. No ear-spike highs, and sufficient bass to level out the mix. All in all, hard to beat for $35, mint in the box with manual.
Fender DH-1 Atomic Humbucker. Excellent sounding pickup taken from a '95 American Deluxe Strat. 4-conductor wiring for single/double coil wiring. Frame is designed to accommodate standard 1 screw per side, 2/1 screws, or 2/2 screws. Not many of these on the used market. They're a reliable sale on Ebay for $90 - this one's just $69.
PRS McCarty Treble Humbucker. From a 2005 McCarty. Paul used a unique manufacturing process taught to him by Ted McCarty, combined with a vintage Alnico magnet and special nickel silver cover, give the McCarty its silvery vintage tone. Bridge with a hot 15.25K output has a few more turns on the coils than the normal neck position. Well worn relic look to the cover but will probably clean up if desired. $69.
Tuners - Waverly/Grover Sta-tite by Gotoh - Gold. Perfect for restoring a vintage guitar that used the old Sta-tite tuners. Gold plated individual open gear guitar tuners with butterbean buttons, 15:1 ratio, 3/side headstock. Nice shape, $49.
Washburn A-SC7 Stereo Chorus. Excellent sounding analog chorus and a cheaper alternative to a Boss CE-2. Sounds warm and lush, with a wide range of sweep rates and plenty of depth when needed. Click here for a bunch of great reviews on Harmony Central. Washburn logo is missing but, otherwise, it's all there and works perfectly. $59.
Voodoo Labs Proctavia. Classic fuzz/octave tones, true bypass switching, made in the USA. The Proctavia is an exact replica of Tycobrahe Sound Company's Octavia pedal with the same types of transistors, germanium diodes, and transformer-coupled output stage in its circuitry, creating a note an octave higher than the original. The sound of the Octavia effect is easily identified by the "Purple Haze" tone and can also be heard on numerous tracks by Jeff Beck, John Mayer, and Michael Landau. This is an early model, pre-LED, in perfect condition, and could be the perfect germanium tone for just $85.
Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb, Thought by many to be the best digital reverb made, at least in stomp box form. Sounds as 90% as good as the finest rackmount units at 1/10th the price. Following the RV-2 and RV-3, the RV-5 is the newest and most powerful of Boss' popular RV series with six of Boss’ best reverbs in an all-new stereo effects pedal. New reverbs include convincing spring reverb emulation and a high-quality gate reverb, plus an all-new Modulate mode for spacious detuned reverb sounds. One of the cool things about this reverb is the "Time" control, which lets you adjust the reverb decay. You can use a thick wash of spring reverb, for instance, but unlike most amps, which turn into a big mush, you can set it to 1 second or so. There are a bunch of YouTube demo's; click here and take your pick. New these are $149 but this one's mint and just $99.
MXR Wylde Overdrive, Zakk's turned to MXR to create his own signature overdrive. It will turn your clean amp into a heavy, chunky crunch machine, or use it like Zakk does and kick it in front of a dirty amp for a screaming, sustaining lead tone. The three simple controls—Output, Tone and Gain—make it simple to use, but offer all the control you'll need. Sells new for $99 but this one's in perfect shape for just $65.
Tech 21 MidiMouse, (pic2). Need a simple Midi switcher; here you go. The Tech 21 MIDI Mouse is a compact, portable, and exceptionally user-friendly 3-button MIDI foot controller that transmits up to 128 patches on 16 selectable MIDI channels. It can be powered by a standard 9V adaptor, 9V battery, or phantom power via Midi cable. New cost is $109 but this ones mint in the box for $75.
LocoBox DS-01 Distortion (Aria), (IC). Fairly rare pedal, at least outside of Japan, LocoBox were a series of eight or so pedals produced by Aria in Japan, with identical looking pedals made under various labels such as Aria, Guyatone, PowerVoice, Studio Series, and Sound City. It is solidly made, with metal housing, the DS-01 is a straight forward distortion pedal. With the distortion knob pegged, it's a great buzz box, much like an MXR Distortion+, that will take the top of your head off. Personally I like it with the tone knob all the way down which produces a thick, mellow tone, much closer to the Tube Screamers of the era. It uses the Japanese Texas Instruments TL4558P chip, the most rare of the good sounding IC's, which is the same one used on some original TS808's Tubescreamers, early Boss OD-1 Overdrives, and an option on Analogman's TS808 mods. Click here for a good Japan link for pedals. Built in the early 80's, it's in great shape for nearly 30 years, works perfectly, and worth a try at just $59.
Tom Anderson Pickguard with Circuit Board. Desirable and hard to find part for vintage Anderson fans. Tortoise guard has some warping but still quite usable. 4 mini toggles on top; Anderson circuit board on back with multiple taps for near infinite number of tone combinations, plus 3 switches mounted to the board. I'm not an Anderson expert so, please, no technical questions. I you think you know what to do with this, here you go. $75.
Tom Anderson H2+ Humbucker. This is new, old stock, from a lot I bought at Mars Music 10 years ago. The H2+ is Andersons most popular humbucker, with exceptional smoothness and more mids and bottom than the H2. All of Tom's humbuckers have an exceptionally smooth overdrive tone and upper end clarity without a harsh fuzz quality. By using a larger pole piece and redesigned string spacing, they have eliminated high and low string dropouts with a uniform magnetic field plus 4-conductor shielded cable to allows the maximum in wiring versatility. $89
Bass Pickups - Large MIJ. Don't know what these are from but I'm fairly certain they're 60's Japan. Big chrome covers with Philips adjustment screws and slits with blue pearloid plastic underneath. Might be a cool set for your project bass or restoring your original MIJ model. $65 for the pair.
New Tubes. I recently came across a small lot (40 or so) of tubes from the final sale of "The Only Guitar Shop", which closed back in '06. All are brand new in the box. Shipping cost is $5 for Priority Mail with tracking, regardless of amount ordered.
DigiTech HardWire Series CM-2 Tube Overdrive, (pic2). Digitech has come out with a great new series. Following the X-Series which I personally thought were excellent pedals for the money, comes the HardWire Series. These have the heavy duty construction of the X-Series, with more focus on tone and less on features. The CM-2 covers a lot of ground for an OD - a little gain in front of your clean combo, some boost into your distorted tube head, or full out tube saturated overdrive. Its Classic/Modified option switches between classic overdrive circuitry for a smooth overdriven tube sound to a fatter, hot-rodded tone with extra gain without overwhelming your guitar's natural tonal nuance. With true bypass, it won't color your signal chain when disengaged. These contain a protective cover for your knobs, if desired, and a pre-cut piece of Velcro for mounting to your pedalboard. Click here for some brief reviews. Sells new for $99 but this one's mint in the box with everything for $65. Add optional Digitech PS200R power supply for $8.
Strat Pickguard - Loaded with Duncan Hot Rails. Mounted to Warmoth tortoise guard with black knobs and tip. USA pots and 5-way switch for single coil and humbucker tones. $225 with of pickups - get the whole guard, drop in ready, for the same price. $225 with tortoise or we'll switch to another color for $18, parts and labor.
· PRS EG II Pickguard and Back Plate. Original 3-ply black set from a '91 EG II which was a PAF humbucker in bridge and Fralin Domino pickups in middle in neck, although you could go with PAF's in all 3 slots if desired. Very hard part to find. Restore your vintage EG II, or convert another EG model to II specs. $75(HOLD-Rich F 2/15).
· Fender Strat Pickguard and Back Plate - Tortoise. Direct fit for USA Fender; looks like a genuine Fender product judging from the matte finish on back and foil pattern, probably from a 90's Roadhouse Strat. $29 for the pair.
· Thunderbird Pickguard. Single-ply black. Was an extra in the case from a recent T'Bird. Don't know what it's from but was identical to the original white guard. Single ply black. Has a pearloid star on top which is glued on. $20.
· Fender Strat Ultra Pickguard - White. Hard to find guard for the fairly rare early 90's Strat Ultra model. Factory cut for dual Lace Sensors in the bridge plus has the extra control hole for the bridge pickup splitter switch. $49(HOLD-Pulkit 2/11).
Boss SD-1 w/Mods, (mod list). Great sounding SD-1 with a Full-Drive 2 mod (google link for Indyguitarist). Web lore (take it for that) says that Fulltone's famed FD2 had a circuit based on the SD-1. By changing 8 components and adding a mid switch (and a cool white light!), this thing sounds warmer, thicker, and indeed much closer to a FD2 than an SD-1. You can do this mod yourself rather cheaply, but if you're not good at intricate solder jobs, here's one that's done right, sounds great, and a good value in a great sounding OD for $75. It's as clean as it looks in the pics.
Boss TR-2 Tremolo, (pic2). I don't get many of these in
and they're excellent sounding trems for around 1/2 of the boutique
models. For full details click here for Boss. Other than one
minute scratch, mint condition with box, manual, and assorted paperwork.
These are $99 new but this nice used one is just $
Dunlop DC-Brick Power Supply, (close-up). Excellent quality power supply and power conditioner. FCLC (Foldback Current Limiting Circuit) provides ultimate protection against power shorts and overloads. Even at full load, you'll enjoy the quiet and cool operation of a fully regulated power supply. With battery powered effects rarely exceeding 30 milliamps each, the Brick's 1000 milliamps capacity is enough to do the job. Has seven 9V outputs and three 18V and includes and assortment of 12 connector cables. Includes Dunlop AC power adapter that can run on 100 to 240 volts, at 47 to 63 Hz. New cost is $119.99; this one works perfectly and ships in box with manual, power supply, cables, etc., and is just $79.99.
Line 6 POD X3 Live/XT/etc. Gigbag. Very heavily padded - excellent protection for your X3/XT Live floor effect. With handle, shoulder strap, and storage compartment. Sells new for $49.95 but this one's like new and just $29.95.
Tremol-No. Ingenious device that installs quickly with no modification to your guitar, and functions in 3 modes: Standard (performs as a normal tremolo); Hardtail (performs as a hardtail with the bridge fixed in place); and Drop-Only (allows only downward de-tuning with no up-pull). The advantage in the Standard mode is your other strings don't go out of tune when doing pedal-steel licks and double stops. In the Drop-only mode, it functions like a vintage tremolo with downward pressure only but up-pull is locked out. The advantage in this is you can drop, for instance, your low string to a "D", and the rest of your strings will stay in tune, which is a major time saver, especially for Floyd-Rose type tremolo's. Installation is easy, just detune your strings, remove the original tremolo "claw", and use your same wood screws to install the Tremol-No; then just run the shaft up to your tremolo block, usually in the 2nd or 4th trem block hole; tune your guitar back to pitch and you're ready to jam. For specs click here. This is the "Clamp type" which works on most guitars but click here to verify it's the one you need. Unit is in perfect condition and we'll include Allen wrenches if needed at no cost. $49 includes Priority Mail shipping.
BBE Sonic Stomp - New Cosmetics or BBE Sonic Stomp - Previous Cosmetics. These are identical pedals, only the look has changed. Other than removable Velcro on the bottom, both are in mint condition with box, manual, and power supply. The Sonic Stomp is a stompbox version of BBE's rackmount 482i Sonic Maximizer. These are excellent units for live or studio sound, equally useful for guitar or bass, in fact you can run a whole band mix through a Sonic Maximizer and it will add more space to the mix, giving it an open, airy sound, where it might have sounded like a jumbled mix before. When used on an individual instrument, guitar for example, it adds clarity and punch to your notes and separates it from the mix so that even subtle changes in attack and fast runs will stand out. Features including low contour and process knobs, sturdy metal housing and knobs, runs on 9V battery or supplied power supply, true bypass, and non-slip rubber bottom. For full info including video demo's, click here for BBE; or click here for a YouTube demo. Sells new for $99.95 but this are both perfect and just $65(SOLD 10/27) for the new cosmetics, $55 for the older cosmetics.
Bigsby B3 with fixed "Coathanger" arm, (arm). For thinline hollowbody guitars - I "think" this is the B3, however I can't find this identical unit anywhere so that's just an educated guess. The coathanger is $70 as an accessory from a Bigsby dealer I found online and from what I've read, is the type used by Chet Atkins. Mint condition, don't think it was ever installed, and $120. Includes spring and plastic washer.
PRS McCarty Pickup Set, Vintage Alnico magnets and Ted McCarty's own manufacturing process yields a pickup that sounds very much like the 50's PAF's you know and love. We get requests to install these in PRS Customs and Standards, for players who want more of a vintage tone, and when paired with a push/pull tone pot, you get 6 great tones. Also an excellent upgrade for an import SE model or any other guitar in need of quality vintage-sounding humbuckers. New cost is $220 a pair but this set is immaculate and just $150/pair.
Lace Sensor Jazz Bass Set. Stock equipment on older "Plus" series and some limited edition models. Has the vintage tone with zero magnetic string pull. Features quick disconnect ends or clip it off for standard wiring. If you have an upscale 80's/90's Fender, or just want better tone out of your bass, these are excellent sounding and just $100/pair.
Electroharmonix USA Micro Synth, (power supply). (For the guy who inquired a month ago, I finally found this unit and bought a new power supply for it.) One of the coolest funk boxes ever made to give your guitar (or bass) fat, analog synth tones. This pedal emulates the tones of the early Moog keyboard synths with similar waveform sliders. Has individual sliders for Trigger, Sub Octave, Guitar, Octave, Square Wave, Attack Delay, Resonance, Start Frequency, Stop Frequency, and Rate. The layout isn't sophisticated and there's nothing digital going on here - just tweak the sliders until you get the right amount of warp, flutter, bounce, etc., and that's it. The new ones have different cosmetics but the controls are the same as is the tone. They also make a separate unit made specifically for bass now but this unit works very well for either instrument. New ones are running $279 but this clean used one is just $185 including new EH power supply.
Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion. Highest gain of any Boss pedal for some of the heaviest tones you'll hear. The MD-2 is a dual-stage distortion circuit with an added Gain Boost. With the focus on the huge bottom end, this is an excellent choice for 7-string players or players who use a dropped tuning. One of the cool features is a stacked knob set which lets you control the overall tone - plus a separate tone for bottom end. As with any high gain device, be it an amp or pedal, it induces a fair share of noise when the gain is pegged so you might want to run a noise gate on the back end, or stand by your volume knob or kill switch before and after the song. Here's a good demo (link) done on a 6-string guitar. If you're strictly into modern metal or very hard rock, this is an excellent choice. Sells new for $73 - this one is mint in the box with manual and paperwork for $49.
Seymour Duncan Loaded Strat Pickguard, (pic2). Pro-assembled and a killer set up for the rock musician with a JB Jr. (bridge) in the bridge, Cool Rails (bridge) in the middle, and Cool Rails (neck) in the neck, wired to USA pots and switch. Drop in ready - just solder your output jack and ground wire. Clean shape, with all pickups all have perfect lettering. Pickguard is 4-ply, with a tortoise color, but with swirly lines of red, black, and white and all 11 screws align perfectly for your genuine Fender body. Pickups alone are $228 new, plus pots, switch, cap and pickguard and you're at $280 plus labor. A smoking deal and easy upgrade for just $199.
Rockman Guitar Ace Headphone Amp. With its roots in the 80's Rockman the Guitar Ace offers the same convenience and versatility at around 1/3 the price. Great for personal practicing - or equally at home routing it directly to a mixer for recording or straight into your amp. Features built-in compression, volume control, auxiliary stereo input/output, and choice of pristine clean, semi-clean, and heavy distortion.. Sells new for $79.99 but this nice used one's just $45. Note: I also have the Rockman Bass Ace Headphone Amp in stock if you want both.
Tokai TXC-1 Exciter. Adds clarity, punch, and sparkle to your guitar, very effective at the end of the signal chain to bring back the shimmer that may have gotten sucked out along the way. Balance regulates the direct sound and effect sound - turning it to the right increases the effect sound. Frequency regulates the frequency of the peak of an overtone - turned to the right the high tone is emphasized. Bright knob adds more range to the sound of the frequency - turned to the right this effect becomes stronger. If you mess with the controls, you can radically change the character of your tone, such as making a humbucker sound like a single coil. Tokai effects are made in Japan, well made, and fairly rare. This one's $65.
Korg CA-30 Chromatic Tuner. Extremely accurate, compact, plug in or use built-in mic for acoustic guitars. Back of the unit includes a unique arc-shaped "tilt slit" that lets you insert a plastic card for use as a handy stand. Auto power off to preserve battery life. Lists for $69.99; nice used one here for $29.
Protone Springfield Fuzz. One knob, one switch, all you need to get the classic creamy 60's fuzz tones of Clapton, Zep, and Jimi. Excellent quality, hand-built with point-to-point construction, tough aluminum housing with enamel finish, true bypass. Works on 9V or optional Boss style adapter. Very clean shape but the racing stripes with lettering have been removed. Great sounding fuzz for $65.
BYOC Analog-Digital Delay, this is an early Pre-Built (not from kit) model, originally assembled and painted at the factory (as shown here). This early 3-knob model is a Digital Delay with Analog Filter for repeats, built in a Hammond-sized box, offering around 600ms of delay time with true bypass. When I sold this a year ago it was finished in the original green hammered finish but has been repainted "fireburst", with orange on the inside, feathered into a red that's similar to a Boss DM-2. It's a very good sounding pedal and for factory built quality, nicely priced at $79.
Line 6 Pod 2.0. The original "Kidney Bean" model that virtually revolutionized guitar recording starting in the late 90's. With a vast choice of amp, cabinet, mic, and effects models, most studio's can do every guitar track with just one unit. Sure, you'll still see a wall full of vintage amps but to the guys who aren't purists about such things, the POD sounds as good and is much easier to work with than moving amps around and patching in different effects in a pedalboard. For all the info click here for Line 6. If you're one of the few who have never tried these out I highly recommend it. Just $99 which includes original manual and power supply.
DiMarzio Tone Zone S (DP-189). Get the tone of DiMarzio's popular Tone Zone full-size humbucker from your Strat. DiMarzio built in the tremendous mid-range and bass response of the original Tone Zone, and the same patented dual-resonance design, to produce great harmonics. Works easily with a push-pull pot, mini-switch, or super switch with its four-conductor wiring for parallel humbucking and split-coil modes. Recommended for Bridge position in solid body guitars and neck position when a very warm jazz guitar sound is desired. Perfect condition - $50 includes Priority Mail shipping.
Boss LS-2 Line Selector/Power Supply. The LS-2 is all about connections - its two connection loops and 6 modes can be used to connect and route the input and output signal in many different ways, plus with an external power supply, it can also be used with a daisy chain to distribute power to several other pedals. Looping modes include: A<->B: Alternate between the two effect loops; A<->Bypass: Effect loop A or bypass; B<->Bypass: Effect loop B or bypass; A->B->Bypass: Switch between loop A, loop B or bypass; A+B Mix->Bypass: Switch between both loops in series or bypass; Output Select: Input is alternately connected to Send A, Send B or Output. The advantage to a guitarist: As an A/B box you get individual volume controls and effortless switching. As a loop selector it offers a few various modes that can clean up your tone by eliminate noisy effects from your chain until its time to use them. These modes keep you from tap-dancing when executing multiple pedal combinations between verses, choruses, or bridges in your songs. By throwing all these pedal combinations into various loops you can make these swift easy changes with the tap of a single pedal. Lastly, as a Splitter, it allows you to toggle between three amplifiers. Nice shape and a very useful pedal for $55.
Dixon Amp Stand, (folded flat). Gets your amp off the floor and directs the sound up at you, making it easier to hear. Folds completely flat, less than 1", and sets up in 2 seconds. New in the box for $15.
Baja Tech Bone Bender now stripped, used to look like this (before). Germanium-based Sola Sound/Vox Tone Bender clone that gets those early Tone Bender tones (Beatles, Mick Ronson of Ziggy Stardust fame, Yardbirds, etc). Built with top-notch components and has true bypass to preserve your signal. For details, and sound sample click here. $145 new but if you don't mind the generic look of this one, save big at just $89(HOLD-Gino 11/11).
Igniter II Humbucker. Somebody called me a few months ago to purchase this, stating that it was a prototype EMG pickup and less than 100 were ever made. I don't know anything about it other than I've had it for 10+ years and I don't know what this came out of. I couldn't find it at the time but it has since turned up, located in a mis-labeled box. $45.
Dunlop Crybaby GCB95. The classic wah, built like a tank and the basic design is unchanged since the Crybaby's of the 60's. In addition to the usual wacka-wacka wah sounds, the coolest trick on this is find a sweet spot and leave it there during a lead or rhythm break. I have a bunch of these in stock. This one's in clean shape and $45.
Akai U40 Riff-O-Matic Phrase Recorder, (close-up). Digital phrase sampler that records up to 27 seconds, plays back at full, 2/3 or 1/2 speed without changing pitch, transposes and loops, input and output volume controls, line in, line out and headphone jacks. With the push of a button you can change speed as well as the EQ, accentuating the lows for bass notes - the highs for guitars and drums - or just like the original sample. You can also change the pitch in tones or semi-tones so you don't have to keep re-tuning your guitar. Here's a demo to show how easy it is to get around (link) and a good review at LoopersDelight.com (link). Includes manual, but you'll barely need it, and power supply. Sold new for $149 - this one's in excellent condition for $75.
Dunlop Fuzz Face Reissue, (close-up). Built to the specifications of the Original Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face, ruggedly constructed to the original germanium PNP transistor design and vintage specs. This is the tone that Jimi Hendrix and countless other rockers of the 60's and 70's made famous. Sells new for $124 but this one's mint in the box for $85.
80's Washburn A-SC7 Stereo Chorus. This has got to be one of the best values in an analog chorus. Solidly built with metal casing. To my ears it sounds almost as good as the Boss CE-2, one of my best sellers, although at 3X the price, plus this model is stereo. It is lush and warm, with none of the tone clipping at the end of the sweep, which is what I love about the CE-2. Works perfectly except for LED thus $35 as is - or $49 with new LED installed.
Boss GE-6 Graphic Equalizer, (back), (serial/splice). Boss's first compact EQ pedal. Before there was the GE-7, for a few years Boss made the GE-6, this one from 1980. Period correct features include long dash "-" between the "GE" and "6", silver lid screw, ink-stamped serial inside the lid, and black bottom Made in Japan sticker. Nice shape for its age and all original except for 9V clip which is a newer one that's spliced on. These are fairly rare since most guys in 1980 didn't appreciate the value of EQ and would always opt for a distortion or flanger with their music budget. Definite collector's value but a totally useable EQ that sounds great and will never fail. $85.
DiMarzio DP155 Tone Zone and DP193 Air Norton, With the F-spaced Tone Zone in the bridge and the Air Norton in the neck you've got a killer rock setup and one of the pairs recommended by DiMarzio. These have the screw holes enlarged slightly for mounting directly to the body and are in nice shape with full length leads. Want to make your import Wolfgang come alive? Try a pair of these. $47 for the Tone Zone; Air Norton was sold .
Roland GK3, (pic2). Unlike previous models that required modification to your guitar body, the GK3 installs via a clamp, with rubber inserts to protect your finish. The pickup mounts with 2-sided tape (included). Most accurate performance ever to your Roland GR unit. With this pickup and a GR unit, you'll have more power than you can imagine. Perfect for small groups where guitar may need to double on string fills or voice pads, etc. This unit also will work on carved top guitars with a special bracket that's not included. For more info go to RolandUS. Sells for $185 new but this used one works perfectly and is just $119.
Gibson Burstbucker 2, Great bridge position humbucker which Gibson describes as "the most accurate reproduction vintage-PAF-style humbuckers Gibson has ever offered—yield everything from warm, fluid vocal tones to fat, sweet growl". It was removed from an '09 Gibson Les Paul Custom Axcess and is in perfect condition. Sells for $109 new - or you can get this nice used one for $69.
Greasy Groove Neckplate and Trem Cover, "Pin Up Bridesmaid" neckplate ($17.99) etched chrome with incredible detail - plus "Pin Up Girl 6" antique white ($19.99). These are both new/mint and a cool way to dress up your Strat for a 50's vibe. $25 takes the pair. Check out more at Greasy Groove.
Ibanez ADL Analog Delay, Excellent sounding analog with the warmth and depth of the higher priced preceding AD9 or Boss DM-2. The "L" or "Master" series was made just after the "9" series, only for around a year before the "10" series. Quality built with metal casing and failure on these pedals is very rare. If you're looking for a classic analog for around 50% less than an AD or DM, this one's in nice shape and can't be beat for $135.
Ibanez NB10 Noise Buster, (box/man.) NOS condition in original box. VERY rare and this is only the 2nd one I've had in the past 10 years and this one is in museum condition without a single flaw, one knob to control your noise - run this last in your signal chain for a quieter signal going to your amp. Not cheap but a perfect example of a rare 10-series, $99.
Ibanez No. 57 Wau Wau Standard, (pic2). Made from ca. '73 to '79 and similar to the Mod. 58 I had recently, but this is straight wah pedal, without the fuzz. Does a good wacka-wacka tone and fatter sounding than the Crybaby's which were more prolific in the 70's. These pedals seem to run forever so you'll likely have many years of use without problems. Nice vintage condition. $129.
Mica Wau Wau Wailer, (pic2). Very rare 60's Japan effect that's sort of a Fender Blender with built-in fuzz and wah-wah effects, with a rocker pedal to control the amount effect with the pump of the foot. Controls include separate Fuzz and Wah on/off switches, and knobs for Fuzz Depth and Balance, which blends the Wah with the Fuzz. To quote the Guitar Player vintage pedal shootout, "This pedal's "wow wow" voice sounds pretty decent, but the Wailer easily wins the "Most Disgusting Fuzz" medal, though there were plenty of runners-up. We've yet to hear thinner, stinkier, or more irritating buzz. Well done." This fuzz isn't for everyone but it will go places that no other fuzz can go. Overall nice shape for a pedal of its age and considering its rarity, a cool effect for $150.
Fender Fuzz Wah, (pic2), (pic3). Vintage 70's, built like a tank and sounds awesome. The idea is the same as the Mica effect above, but the distortion is a little more tame, although with the dial pegged it does get as shrill as you'll ever want to hear, passing pretty much only high frequencies. By blending the fuzz and wah you get some very thick fuzzy tones, some fat bass tones with just a little overdrive, or some piercing tones. With the rocker pedal in the middle and the fuzz engaged, it sounds like two guitars, one with a clean notch filter tone and the other one fuzzed out. Very rare effect, only the second one I've had and the first in the "square off" shape, rather than the rounded corners as found on the reissues. With the reissues running $199, here's one that's around 35 years old, 100% functional and decent shape, for less. $175.
Gig-FX Chopper, (pic2), (stock pic). Early model with blue trim. Five effects in one pedal - all of them quality tones and if you really want to blow your mind, try this baby in stereo. I hooked it up to a pair of Crate 5W tube amps and it was unbelievable. Effects include: Tremolo, with modulation rate controlled on the fly by the pedal; Rotating Speaker: stereo rotating speaker effect again, with pedal-adjustable rate; Copper - Entrancing rhythmic fully adjustable short or long pulses in stereo or mono, with pedal-adjustable frequency; Delay Emulator has all the texture of multiple echoes but without the encumbrance of a repeated note; Panning Machine - makes your solos soar across the sound stage with a STEREO auto-panner. Control panning rate with the pedal. For a basic demo, here's a YouTube demo or better yet, just click here for Gig-FX's site and some killer sound files will start automatically. Any one of these effects would be worth $100 alone but with all 5 built into one pedal, this thing's a bargain at just $145.
TonePros Locking Tuneomatic Bridge AVR-II, clean shape, exact replacement for vintage Gibson ABR-1 but with many upgrades including more intonation range, and saddles that are "engineered in" solid, preventing "lift" against the retainer wire, has extra tight construction that eliminates rattles and improves sustain. If your ABR has that "sag" from years of use, this will not only replace it, but will sound better than a new ABR-1. $40.
Frantone "The Sweet" Germanium Fuzz. If you're looking for an extremely versatile germanium fuzz, and one that's actually controllable when you want it to be, The Sweet is for you. Hand-built by Frantone in the USA with the finest components and, of course, true bypass. Frantone describes this pedal as over the top in every way using the classic tone of germanium transistors and the longest sustaining and smoothest sounding all-transistor fuzztone you will ever own. Frantone designed many fuzztones, including the 2000 New York City Big Muff for Electro-Harmonix, and Frantone says this is the most extreme one he's ever made. The full bottom and crisp highs will astound you, and the endless sustain will make you cry like a baby. Hearing is believing, so Click here for a good YouTube demo and here for Harmony-Central reviews. Full specs are at Frantone's site here. Sells for $345 direct from Frantone but this one's mint in the box for $239, including shipping. I've had many germanium fuzz units, including every vintage one made. This is by far the best of the lot.
Alesis MidiVerb II, (back). One of the classic 80's reverbs loaded with some great sounding preset patches. Highly recommended for users who don't want to mess with menus and editing. Just select any one of 99 presets and you're good to go. LED display lets you know what patch you're on, which was an improvement from the rotary dial or push-button units that preceded it. Alesis revolutionized the affordable digital reverb market with the original 1/3 rack Midiverb and improved with the full-rack II version. Wide dynamic range, quick setup and use, and 15kHz bandwidth allows sounds from delicate to thunderous with no loss of warmth or subtle harmonics. The high impedance stereo inputs handle signals from low level electric instruments to +4 professional mixing consoles. Also, you can assign any of the 99 programs to 32 MIDI Patch locations for integrating MidiVerb II into your awn MIDI system. Also features stereo inputs, stereo outputs, and bypass switch input. Manual is downloadable here. On the club and bar circuits, I still see a lot of these in the PA rack, 20+ years after it was introduced. A nice unit for Pro-sound or guitar rack system for just $69.
Fishman Rare Earth Humbucking Active Soundhole Pickup, (close-up), (stock pic). The ultimate in ease of installation, just slide the pickup into the soundhole and screw down on each side. Cork shims keep it firmly in place without damaging your top. Miniature batteries mount to the bottom of the pickup (battery life 300 hours). Included cable can be run to the endpin jack (included), or simply hang out of the sound hole for temporary installation. No modification to your guitar is required. New these are $139 but this nice one's just $95 in the box.
Gibson Deluxe Vintage Tuners with Kidney Bean or Gibson Deluxe Vintage Tuners with Keystones. Nickel cased - hand-relic'd by a friend who doesn't like any shiny hardware but they've seen little to no use and work perfectly. If you're looking for a set or a well-used guitar, you need these - not a shiny new set. Pre-aged for just $49 per set. Take your pick.
Seymour Duncan Phat Cat PH90-1N, Originally designed for Hamer guitars and now available as a replacement pickup to the public. Cool thing about these is that it's actually a P90 that drops right in to your humbucker route. P90's are fat like humbuckers, but being single coils they have the expressiveness and articulation of a single coil. The Phat Cat uses two Alnico 2 magnets for more sustain and softer attack, while the metal covers provides more shielding and noise reduction than standard soapbar covers. This gold one has never been installed and new in the box. Store priced at $99, available here for $69.
Seymour Duncan Duckbucker Strat Bridge, Vintage output single-coil-sized humbucker. Excellent for country, pop, surf, rockabilly, blues, ska and classic rock. Based on the Vintage Rails, the Duckbucker uses six fully adjustable pole pieces together with a unique, split blade design. $49.
Seymour Duncan Twang Banger, True single-coil pickup that makes a Strat sound like a Tele. Recommended for country, pop, rockabilly, blues, jam, classic rock and heavy rock. Get the twangy, muscular punch of a gutsy Tele in your Strat with the secret ingredients being the copper-coated steel bottom plate with aggressive coil windings, Alnico 2 magnets wrapped in plain enamel wire for a high-output Tele tone. $49.
Seymour Duncan Vintage Rails Strat, Vintage output single-coil-sized "rails" humbucker with the sound of a vintage Strat®. Perfect for country, pop, surf, rockabilly, blues, ska and classic rock. Uses a unique split rail, twin coil design and special (parallel) wiring to achieve true, vintage, single-coil tone without hum. Clean, clear and bright, with all of the "quack" you love in the notch positions. Tonally similar to Duckbuckers, the rails design eliminates any potential dropout in string bending. $49.
Seymour Duncan Dimebucker, The Dimebucker uses a powerful ceramic magnet coupled with stainless steel blades. It's secret to the hard-hitting crunch is the small amount of metal mass in the core of the pickup which allows the SH-13 to have both high DC resistance and a high resonant peak, resulting in a high-output, aggressive humbucker with lots of treble bite and clarity, as well as punchy bass response and exceptional dynamics. The Dimebucker is perfect for heavy rock and metal; and it rocks equally hard with tube and solid-state amps. Used but very clean, and the perfect bridge humbucker for many of you - for just $65.
1980's Fender Squier 15 - This amp came in as a total beater with the cabinet painted with silver graffiti, replaced grill cloth and no logo as shown in this ("before" pic) but it's received a total "face lift" and we switched all the components over to a very clean Frontman 15 cabinet. We sold a ton of these at Hotlicks back in the 80's and at $79 in 1986 money they weren't cheap, but they were a great little practice amp. With 3 gain stages and 3-band EQ, these are capable of loads of gain or it actually has a lot of headroom for a nice glistening Fender clean tone if desired. Features headphone out for private practice. I only paid $30 for the original beater amp but with another $35 for a non-working Frontman, and over an hour of bench time, I'm into it for almost $100 but at least it looks great now and I feel better selling it. Nice sounding little Fender and definitely a superior amp to the later model Frontman. Priced at $65. If you want the original amp from the Frontman, I'll throw them in for $10 and it might make a nice project.
Boss DS-1 Distortion, Boss's longest running distortion pedal, in production since 1978 and still a huge sellers 31 years later. It's noted for a distortion sound with a hard edge and a much lower noise level compared to other distortion pedals. Immaculate condition and just $32.
Ibanez DE7 Delay/Echo, (detail). Excellent sounding delay unit and well-built for the road with a metal housing, and pop-up knobs that recess into the body to prevent damage during use on dark stages. With delay time up to 2600ms, it's over 3 times the delay time of the Boss DD-3 and sounds as good to me. Has mode switch to select "echo" or "delay" and stereo outputs (dry and effected). Perfect shape in the box and a nice unit for $59.
Seymour Duncan Dimebucker, The Dimebucker uses a powerful ceramic magnet coupled with stainless steel blades. It's secret to the hard-hitting crunch is the small amount of metal mass in the core of the pickup which allows the SH-13 to have both high DC resistance and a high resonant peak, resulting in a high-output, aggressive humbucker with lots of treble bite and clarity, as well as punchy bass response and exceptional dynamics. The Dimebucker is perfect for heavy rock and metal; and it rocks equally hard with tube and solid-state amps. Used but very clean, and the perfect bridge humbucker for many of you - for just $65.
Dean Thinline Gigbag, top quality bag, from the same makers as Taylor. Fits a thinline archtop, or a solid body electric if you don't mind it being slightly oversized. It does fit an ES-335/Dot style, but the length is tight and it works best to insert the headstock first and then slide the body in. Very thick, around 40mm, with handle straps, backpack straps, and velcro latch storage compartment. $35.
Digitech CF-7 Chorus Factory, Features 7 famed chorus models including the Voodoo Lab Analog Chorus, TC Electronic Stereo Chorus/Flanger, Fulltone Choralflange, Boss CH-1 Super Chorus, EH® Small Clone, DigiTech Multi Chorus, and Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble. Hmm, no CE-2? Why didn't they make it the CF-8 and include my favorite? Seriously, there's enough here to chose from and you're bound to find the chorus that nails your tone. Like all of the X-Series, the CF-7 offers more features than comparable models. It features the standard Speed, Depth, and Level knobs but each of these are stacked pots which gives the CF-7 three extra controls for each chorus effect. Dual outputs for mono or stereo operation. Lastly, the CF-7 also features Digitech's "Flexible Output Mode" which allows you to plug it directly into amplifiers or into a mixer utilizing built in cabinet modeling. For a quick audio demo, click here for flash demo, then click any of the 7 play buttons on the right side of the pedal. Mint in the box with everything. $69.
Marshall JH-1 Jackhammer Distortion, (pic2). Great choice for the player who wants a Marshall tone out of any amp. First knob is Crunch/Lead mode, followed by volume/gain stacked pot, then bass/treb stacked pot and finally Frequency which is a semi-parametric to allow you to dial in the mid frequency and the amount of boost or cut for that frequency - great for the scooped mids tone plus you can select the frequency you want to scoop. Solid metal housing - built like a tank. Click here for a pretty good YouTube demo. Perfect shape in the box with manual. $59.
Xotic RC Booster, from Xotic Effects USA, one of the best boosters on the market, touted for its having NO character at all. Their ads in Vintage Guitar magazine has quotes from some of the foremost players who use this unit including Brad Paisley, Scott Henderson, Johnny A, and Greg Howe, with many of these guys leaving video comments (click here) for the RC Booster. Its bass and treble controls make it more versatile than most boosters but it's claim to fame is a lot fatter tone without getting gained out. Sorry box fans, no box, but otherwise mint condition.
Morley Classic Wah, new; factory sealed. Classic Morley wah tone in a rugged, electro-optical effect pedal with roadworthy metal housing. Features LED indicator, easy-access battery compartment and perhaps best of all, Electro-optical control so no pot to get scratchy or wear out. Lists for $139 but this one's just $55.
Zoom 505 II, all in one guitar processor, good for headphone practice or for stage use, 33 guitar effects with up to 9 at once, easy to store patches (36 patch locations), surprisingly good sounding unit with impressive pitch-shifting for 12-string type tones, excellent acoustic simulator, and even some good synth-type pads. Worth the price for a single effect such as the acoustic simulator. This unit is easy to get around on - I've never needed to refer to the manual, and is a lot of bang for the buck at just $45.
Fender Noiseless Jazz Set, that vintage Jazz tone without the hum. Some of the best pickups made for producing that distinctive J-bass tone without the 60-cycle noise of vintage style Jazz. New cost is $149 ($189 list) but this very clean pair is just $99.
Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal, Boss’ first and most popular Metal dist of all time, turn up “L” up and the “H” down and you have one of the best scouped-mid tones ever. A cheap way to add metal to your pedal board, MIJ, $39(Tent. Hold - Grant R CA)
Boss XT-2 Xtortion, perhaps the best pedal ever for grunge tones—plus doubles well for metal, Punch control for mid-range is pretty dramatic, discontinued in ’98 after a 2-year run. Like a lot of Boss, became quite popular after they quit making it. This one's in beautiful shape with box and manual. $75.
Complete Danelectro Pedalboard with 5 Effects. What guitarist doesn't like some new tones to play with! Here's five very cool effects, complete with power supply and case, so you'll never have to mess with hooking them up every time you want to jam. These Dano mini effects are excellent sounding units and provide more bang for the buck than any other brand. Description: Travel Case/Pedalboard loaded with FIVE Dano effects, new in the box and includes hard case, power supply, daisy chain to power pedals, connecting cords and 5 effects: Slap Echo (BLT), Tremolo (Tuna Melt), Chorus (Milkshake), Overdrive (Pastrami), and Chromatic Tuner. Any of you last minute Santa's looking for a cool gift - you can even individually wrap the pedals for stocking stuffers! List price was $254 but save on the package deal - just $139.99 for the complete package - and free shipping within 48 states. With the case/power supply, this works out to just $23.33 per piece. Now that's a deal.
Warwick 4-Guitar (Acoustic) RockStand. Note: The 6-guitar stands are sold but the 4-Guitar Acoustic Stand is off-hold. Looks identical to the 6-guitars but has more spacing between the supports to accommodate acoustic guitar depth. Used only once at a guitar show. Sells for around $65 but this one's just $35. Note: Due to size, will probably ship at around $25.
Zoom Driver 5000, (pic2). Arguably the most highly regarded pedal, ever, from Zoom. Excellent distortion pedal with 6 modes which, with the EQ knobs and gain, let you dial in almost any tone you can imagine. Click here for a comparison with the more recent Zoom Tri-Metal (the 5000 wins). Lots of great reviews here on Harmony-Central, where it scored an incredible 9.5 overall with 49 separate reviews, which is truly remarkable. Collector's grade = extremely clean, and one of the best OD's ever made for $139(HOLD-Joe C 11/23).
Rapco AB100 A/B Box, with more players using multiple amps such as a clean and dirty, these are becoming very popular and this is a good unit for the price. Features paralleled 1/4" input/output jack for auxiliary use (tuner output), LED indicators for each output, Heavy-duty foot switches, Single input can be sent to A, B, or A+B outputs. Nice unit in perfect condition for $35.
Boss DS-1 with Keeley Seeing Eye Mod, (pic2). Used by pro players such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani - how's that for a heavy hitters club. Boss's original stomp box distortion is obviously a good pedal but the Keeley mod overcame some of its shortcomings. "Ice Pick" type distortion, with piercing highs is one of the main ailments, mainly noticeable at stage levels and may sound fine to bedroom users. The Seeing Eye mod not only increases the amount of gain available, but also makes it a smoother gain by properly tuning of the tone control circuit. In doing this, many of the original parts were replaced with premium components such as tantalum capacitors. To increase initial gain, Keeley uses a unique diode in the circuit, which doubles as the “Seeing Eye” you'll see as the "O" in the "Tone" control. As signals pass into the pedal, the LED flashes and pulses with equivalent intensity as your guitar signal. It's noteworthy to mention that this type of clipping is used to help add gain to Marshall’s Jubilee series amps and various other reissues. This is an older mod. I think all the recent ones had a mini-toggle switch added as well. Not especially clean condition but works perfectly and sounds great. Very nice sounding OD for $85.
Audio Technica Pro 4L, excellent vocal mic and I used these for a few years back in the 80's in fact, this might be my old one. I've had it for a long time but never took time to shoot a pic. Low impedance with on/off switch. $39 or $49 with new 20' cable. (Tent. Hold - Rick S 9/30)
Miniature Fenders by DarkHorse/SD. Only the black Strats remain - sold out of white Precision Bass and Blonde Tele. Produced by SD Toys with exclusive U.S. distribution by Dark Horse Comics, these highly detailed Fender are a must have collectible! Each 1/6 scale, hardened plastic model is 7.5" tall and includes all the features found on the real guitar. Just check out the detail (shown here) - the crispness on the logo on the headstock, picks, and strap. The strings even tune via access on the back. Includes stand, strap, pics, strap, and wireless transmitter, and would looks great on a work desk, mantle, etc. Click here for pic of guitar on stand. I have limited quantities of each style. Priced at $25, which includes Priority Mail shipping with tracking.
Trilogy Bridge TMB3 by Hipshot. I have a used one of these on my parts page - this one is identical but is brand new and never installed. If you're into trying alternate tunings, there is nothing better. You can add a few detuners such as an original Hipshot and Hipshot tuner and use drop tunings on two strings, which is pretty cool. The Trilogy, however, allows you to detune any and ALL strings. It is a direct retrofit for USA Fenders, no modification is required, so your Strat can be returned to stock if desired. In all, the Trilogy offers an amazing 723 possible tunings, all at the flick of the thumb, and includes sample tuning chart. Each string has 3 positions with a straight tuning and 2 detune stops. For more info checkout Hipshot here. This unit installs very easily and is the most versatile alternate tuning system ever devised. The last time I checked these were on back order and none were available but this one's here, brand new, and only $199. Ships in original box with manual.
George Dennis GD-30 Wah, based on Hendrix's wah tone and an excellent sounding unit. Uses optics so no pots to wear out. Excellent condition with original box and paperwork. Missing battery cover but a piece of velcro holds the battery in place quite nicely. Sells online for $139 ($194 list) but this one works perfectly and is 1/2 the price of new at just $69.
DOD FX65 Stereo Chorus and FX20B Stereo Phaser, FX20B still available. These DOD's were very good quality effects and built to last a long time. Made in USA and perhaps the best value on the stomp box market. Nice shape with elusive battery cover. $45/ea
Guyatone Wah Rocker WR2 and Micro Chorus MC3, Don't let size fool you. These diminutive Guyatone pedals are less than 1/2 the size of a Boss but they contain as much cool tone as any stomp box around. The WR2 is an excellent sounding envelope filter with more quack per square inch than anything ever made. Velocity sensitive/pick activated to keep the vowel sounds in sync with your playing. The MC3 is an analog chorus and designed such that the effect isn't more present in the mix than your guitar's original sound. It fades just like your analog guitar tone. Meticulously engineered, this is not the kind of chorus that produces detuned wobbles or annoying harmonic overtones, it simply adds a very musical texture that thickens your tone with a very natural tone. Best price I found on the web was $75 and $90 for the WR2 and MC3, respectively. Both of these are in beautiful shape and just $45 for the WR2 (sold) - MC3 available at $60.
Vox V847 Wah Reissue, exact specification of the original pedal used by the most influential guitarists of the late 60's and 70's. Features the same chrome top and familiar growl that you love. Nice shape and just $65.
Guitar Standard - Suspension Style, from Ultimate Support. Excellent quality tripod stand - study enough that I would trust a $25K vintage guitar. Perfect choice for Flying V's, Explorers, Rhoads, etc., that don't fit well in a conventional stand. Breaks down small enough that it'll fit in most guitar cases. Perfect condition and a quality stand for just $24.
Fishman TSV Power Bridge for Strat, (pic2). Never installed and mint. Turn your Strat into an acoustic/electric with this high-quality acoustic bridge. Finished in bright chrome, ultrasensitive built-in saddle transducers sense the natural acoustic vibrations of a solidbody guitar, giving an authentic acoustic sound to the instrument. A supplied stereo output jack allows independent use of the saddle pickups or a blending with the guitar's regular pickups. All installation materials and instructions are included. Lists for $319 and sells at discount for $249. This one's perfect and just $175.
Yamaha D1500 Rackmount Delay (pic2) (click lower right to expand both pics). The rack is back and you need a good digital delay to go in there. Years ago, these Yamaha D1500's were one of the best. Features 1024ms of delay, 8 user-defined presets, 5-position low pass filter, CV input for modulation, MIDI program change, XLR and 1/4" input/output with +4db and -20db output. Back in the day this unit, along with Yamaha's SPX-90, defined the studio and stage sound of countless artists, and the D1500 actually had better specs than the SPX. Expensive back in the day but in 2006, this clean one's just $139.
DiMarzio DLX-1 "Vintage" Soapbar, original 1980's model in beautiful shape including original info sheet. These were direct replacement for Gibson LP Deluxe mini-hums or P90 Soapbars. Includes both wood screws and machine screws in original box. $75. I might have a pair available if needed.
Barcus-Berry Contact Pickup, many of you old timers will remember these. Designed to attach to the top of your acoustic, with a standard cable and output jack. Pickups have come a long way since then but it's still a pretty cool idea. $35.
Wilkinson/Gotoh VSVG Tremolo, vintage style for Strat with locking saddles, nickel. These are high quality trems used on many higher end guitars and a good choice for an upgrade or project Strat. Sells for over $100 at Stew-Mac but this one's perfect and only $SOLD.
Digitech Screamin' Blues OD/Distortion, These new X-series effects all have some cool features, such as the cabinet simulator output on this one. Maintly though, this pedal is an especially good choice for Blues guitarist or players looking for a pedal that responds well to playing dynamics (without spending $175 for a boutique effect). Playing lightly gives you a mild overdrive, but dialing up the gain and digging in hard willd deliver rich harmonics and sustain. Just use the Gain control to set the maximum distortion amount when playing your hardest. Also features dual outputs, with the Amp output for connecting directly to a guitar amplifier while the Mixer output features Cabinet Emulation circuitry for connecting directly to a mixing board or recording device. Good choice for home studio players. Digitech/DOD are defintely a good value on the used market and this is a quality pedal for just $45.
Danelectro Pastrami Overdrive, one of the mini-effects by Dano. Sounds good but you don't want to use this as part of you live setup. Step on it the wrong way and you have a pile of plastic instead of a guitar effect. With gentile use, it will probably last for many months and, hey, it's just $15!
Tech 21 Comptortion, features both Distortion and Compression to achieve excellent guitar tones. The two effects are musically voiced to complement each other - and are independently adjustable so you can control the ratio for your personal taste. Characteristic of all Tech 21 products, the CompTortion is multifunctional, exceptionally versatile, and will induce lameness into your guitar tone. You can use either the compression or distortion separately or mix the two together. It can also be used for just a clean boost. This pedal isn't widely known but it's a great sounding pedal worth the money for the clean boost alone but you'll probably love the comptortion effect as well. Perfect shape with box and manual, $59.
Ernie Ball Stereo Volume/Pan, very well made passive volume pedal. Runs in mono or stereo, foot Sideswitch to put you in either Pan or Volume mode anywhere in the pedal's travel, minimum volume preset pot on side, does equal or unequal panning. Great for doing steel guitar licks or any other volume swells - or more versatility in any stereo setup. The current version is $149 in the stores but this earlier model works perfectly and is just $79(HOLD-Don C 8/30).
Ibanez BC-10 Graphic Bass EQ, for you 10-series collectors, here's another one that doesn't come along often. Like most pedals, much more rare than the guitar version. Very clean shape and works perfectly, $65.
Ibanez PH7 Phaser, I like these 7-series Tone Lok series. For the money they give you good durability, good tone, and with a mode switch - more options than any other moderately priced pedal. Knobs "pop out" for adjustment and then pop in to keep them out of the way. $35.