2009 Avalon Zemaitis George Harrison - £2999

2009 Avalon Eclipse S Zemaitis

NEW ARRIVAL Zemaitis made guitars for just about anyone who was anyone in the 70’s - Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Greg Lake, Ronnie Lane and Joe Walsh should give you an idea of Zemaitis reputation. As each guitar was a one off, they are almost certainly all in private collections (A twelve string of his built for Clapton called “Ivan the Terrible” sold recently for $253.000). The George Harrison acoustic is probably one of the best known examples, and one of the most distinctive looking. In 2009 Avalon produced two very fine examples of this particular guitar as prototypes. The top features Alaskan Spruce, with Indian Rosewood back and sides. The neck is 9 piece construction, which are South American Mahogany, American Walnut, South American Purple Heart and English Sycamore, and the fingerboard and bridge are Ebony. As the use of such fine materials would suggest, this guitar is built to a very high standard, with fantastic feel and finish. The body shape is essentially a 00, but with extreme curves, and produces a well balanced tone with particular emphasis on the mids - it has a bright, punchy tone with excellent clarity and sustain. The guitar has a very high end LR Baggs Dual Source pickup installed, and comes in it’s original Hiscox flight case.

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2015 Marvit Blues Ltd Edition - £1199

2015 Marvit Blues Limited Edition

NEW ARRIVAL Marvit are a little known guitar company, based in Italy, producing high end electric guitars. This particular example is a custom built Blues Limited Edition acoustic, hand made, using some very fineial indeed. The top is 8 year old AAA Sitka Spruce, with beautifully figured Syphian Mahogany back and sides. The Maple binding and Ebony fingerboard and tuners are an indication of the build quality, it even features an LR Baggs Ibeam system. The guitar is ideal for fingerstyle, with great single note separation and clarity, plus good sustain to handle strumming very well. The bass is warm, the mids full, and the trebles sweet - a very evenly balanced tone. The neck feels comfortable with easy playing action. It comes in it's original hard case.

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2018 Sigma GJA-SG200 - £549

2018 Sigma GJA-SG200

SOLD Sigma have truly excelled with this fantastic tribute to the classic Gibson J-200. Featuring Gibson’s famous tobacco sunburst finish, it sports the classic moustache bridge, ornate tortoiseshell pickguard, full binding around the body, neck and headstock, gold Grover machine heads, mother of pearl inlays, and compensated bone nut and saddle. The jumbo body features a Solid Sitka Spruce top paired with a striking solid Flame Maple back and sides. You can feel the bass response resonating through the body along with lovely crisp highs. It also comes with the Fishman Sonitone pickup system, with tone and volume controls mounted inside the soundhole. Why pay over £3000 when you can have this classic Jumbo from Sigma, which really looks and sounds the part. At less than 6 months old, this guitar is in excellent condition, with comfortable playing action.

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2017 Avalon D300A - £2499

Ex Demo Avalon D300A Custom

NEW ARRIVAL This Avalon D300A Custom is really surprising, from their Americana range, and is a fine example of a clearly Gibson inspired slope shouldered dreadnought. It’s one of the most evenly balanced guitars I’ve played, with a full bass, smooth mid range, and sparkle in the top end. The Bear Claw Adirondack Spruce top adds complexity to the tone, while the highly figured Honduras Mahogany back and sides provide the warmth and resonance. It’s a great all rounder, equally happy being strummed, flat picked or played finger style. Visually it’s a treat, the custom ordered amber burst is beautiful, with Abalone rosette and Sycamore binding setting it off really well, and the snowflake inlays on the Ebony fingerboard are the perfect finishing touch. It comes in a Hiscox hard case.

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1994 Lowden F25 - £1849

1994 Lowden F25

ON HOLD Lowdens are the one brand of guitar, other than some vintage guitars, that have the quality that I like to call unputdownableness. This F25 is hugely responsive, it will excite you and challenge you at the same time, inspiring you to play beyond what you're normally capable of. The first thing that strikes you when you play this guitar is the amazing depth and bass response, not boomy but very smooth. The overall sound is well balanced, with great resonance and clarity. As with all Lowdens it handles alternate tuning particularly well, and is equally happy being fingerpicked or strummed, the neck is very comfortable and the action just right. At 24 years old, the Cedar top and Indian Rosewood back and sides are starting to mature beautifully. The guitar is in good condition, with visible playwear, and has an active undersaddle pickup installed. It comes in it's original Lowden embossed hard case.

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2006 Santa Cruz VS - £2799

2006 Santa Cruz VS

SOLD Santa Cruz are one of the best high end acoustic guitar builders, producing genuinely hand made guitars from California. The Santa Cruz VS model is a slope shouldered dreadnought, featuring a Sitka Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides, and Ebony fingerboard and bridge. It has double tapered bracing for a warm complex tone with incredible power, focus, and dynamic range. This voicing gives the VS model a more even balance and a greater versatility than traditionally braced dreadnoughts. Visually, the very dark burst is really striking, matched only by it’s exceptional tone. The guitar’s in excellent condition, with a comfortable neck and easy playing action. It comes in it’s original deluxe hard case.

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1920 George Washburn Parlour - £1299

1920 Washburn Parlour

NEW ARRIVAL Not to be confused with modern Washburn guitars, the early 1900's models have become very desirable. The history may be a little confusing - but these early George Washburn guitars were made before the company was sold to Tonk Bros, and made by Regal. I’ve had a few of these early parlour guitars, but never one in all Mahogany, and tonally it’s quite different - much smoother and warmer than those with Spruce tops. The top and sides are in very good, crack free condition, although the back has had several repairs, and there is a neck repair. Having said that, the guitar feels strong, plays well and sounds really distinctive. It even comes in it’s original case.

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1958 Guild F20 - £1199

1958 Guild F20

NEW ARRIVAL From it’s introduction in 1956 to 1958 the Guild F20 featured a Spruce top with Maple back and sides, before it changed to the better known Spruce / Mahogany combination. That makes this quite a rare find, and tonally different from it’s later equivalents. The Maple gives a sweeter treble response, while the Spruce top gives punch. Tonally is a little brighter than the later spec, full bodied, well balanced and really versatile. The guitar has a very unusual dark stained finish, giving it the appearance of an all Mahogany guitar, similar to the more famous Guild M20. Other than that the guitar’s in good condition, with a comfortable feeling neck and good action. The guitar has an LR Baggs active pickup installed with volume control mounted inside the soundhole and comes in a non original hard case.

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2016 Regal RD-40 Resonator - £349

2016 Regal RD-40 Resonator

SOLD Regal have a long and distinctive history in the world of guitars, and their resonators are some of the most desirable around. From their Studio Series, the RD-40 is top of the line, mixing a balance of vintage inspired looks, high build quality, and affordable price. The body of the guitar features a Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides, that give the guitar a bright tone with plenty of punch. A Mahogany neck, with Rosewood fingerboard and easy action add to the class feel. Inside there are a combination of Regal exclusives, such as the Power Reflex Tone Chamber for added volume, the DP-126 die-cast spider for its bell-like response, and a US-made, hand-spun aluminium cone. All together work in perfect harmony to assure the maximum, most articulate tone that can be heard in any playing situation. Add to that an added K and K resonator pickup, and this guitar is fantastic value.

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2018 Ex Demo Avalon D2 10 - £1999

2018 Avalon D2 10

NEW ARRIVAL This ex demo Avalon D2 10 is really surprising, and is a fine example of a clearly Gibson inspired slope shouldered dreadnought. It’s one of the most evenly balanced dreadnoughts I’ve played, with a full bass, smooth mid range, and sparkle in the top end. The Sitka Spruce top adds complexity to the tone, while the Mahogany back and sides provide the warmth and resonance. It’s a great all rounder, equally happy being strummed, flat picked or played finger style. Visually it’s a treat, classic lines with classy but understated finishing touches. It comes in a Hiscox hard case.

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2018 Ex Demo Avalon A1 10 Custom - £1999

2018 Avalon A1 10 Custom

NEW ARRIVAL With the A1 10 Avalon have produced an exceptional example of a Cedar / Mahogany mini jumbo guitar. It’s a very versatile instrument, quite orchestral at times, this guitar can take you through all playing styles, subtle enough to play delicate fingerstyle, and rich enough to create a room filling sound. The single note clarity is exceptional, with bags of sustain, it really is a joy to play. Perfect for songwriting, studio use or out on stage. The custom sunburst finish is an added touch of class, making the guitar really distinctive looking. It comes in a Hiscox hard case.

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2017 Ex Demo Avalon L2 20 - £1999

2017 Ex Demo Avalon L2 20

NEW ARRIVAL This ex demo Avalon L2 20 is one of the most impressive new guitars I've played in quite a while. The Alaskan Spruce top, coupled with Rosewood back and sides deliver clarity and sustain in equal measures. It works very well with fingerstyle play, well balanced and articulate, but also for strumming where the body size allows the air to move creating a big, dominant sound that never gets away from you, and when soloing the smoothness and clarity of single notes is very impressive. The guitar feels quite substantial and road ready, yet it’s the subtlety that’s surprising. It comes in a Hiscox hard case.

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2010 Atkin OM Standard - £1799

2010 Atkin OM Standard

SOLD Since 1995 Alister Atkin has become one of the forerunners in British luthiery, all of his guitars have a genuine hand made feel, the tone and playability of which are superb. This example is an OM model, featuring a Sitka Spruce top with Indian Rosewood back and sides. The Spruce / Rosewood combination give great clarity and definition, and the body size gives fantastic balance. The resonance is probably the main thing you notice - single notes chime, and the sustain is really impressive. Overall it’s a great all rounder, very comfortable to play and even better to listen to. The guitar is in very good condition, with some lacquer checking, and only light playwear. It comes in it’s original Atkin hard case.

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1978 Guild D25 - £999

1978 Guild D25

NEW ARRIVAL This is a very unusual guitar, an all original Guild D25M, in excellent condition, with a factory fitted double pick guard - so a cross somewhere between Ryan Adams and Ritchie Havens. It’s a Spruce topped (stained Mahogany) dreadnought with Mahogany sides and arched back - the arch back gives more drive in the mid range. The guitar has a big sound, quite rich and deep - a fantastic strummer that can handle all types of fingerstyle. Other than a few signs of playwear when you get up close, the guitar still has the shine of a new guitar about it. It comes in a non original hard case.

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2017 Fender Limited Edition Malaysian Blackwood Telecaster - £1249

2017 Fender Limited Edition Malaysian Blackwood Telecaster

SOLD The 2017 Limited Edition Malaysian Blackwood Telecaster is a really interesting take on the traditional Tele style. The beautifully figured top and a pair of JP90’s makes the guitar really stand out from the crowd. Malaysian Blackwood is strong and dense, which gives a depth to the tone with plenty of sustain, perfect for soaring lead lines and really versatile rhythm work. For authentic, vintage-inspired tone, the guitar features two JP-90 single-coil pickups, which only add to the warmth created by the Malaysian Blackwood, making the guitar a real treat to play. The neck feels very comfortable with easy action. The guitar is in excellent condition, and comes in it’s original Fender embossed hard case with all hang tags and paperwork.

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2013 Fender Select Telecaster HH Malaysian Blackwood - £1249

2013 Fender Select Telecaster HH Malaysian Blackwood

NEW ARRIVAL The American Select Telecaster HH is a high-end take on the classic Telecaster Deluxe design with a birdseye Maple neck, chambered Alder body with Malaysian Blackwood top, and a pair of Fender Wide Range humbucking pickups. This has to be one of the coolest and most distinctive Teles ever produced. It's impeccably built with great appointments and unusual tonewoods that make for a unique tonal profile. The sound is clear and singing, but a bit thicker than your average Tele. It doesn't get too treble-happy, and the mids bloom with a crisp definition that cuts easily through the mix. The pickups work wonders both clean and distorted, and you'll have a tough time finding a genre they can't tackle with ease. There is even an S-1 switch mounted in one of the heavy-knurled chrome controls for even greater tonal versatility The neck has the classic Tele feel - smooth and comfortable all the way up. If you’re a Tele fan, this could be the ultimate example. The guitar in in excellent condition, with only light playwear and a few wear marks on the back. It comes in it’s original Fender Select badged tweed hard case.

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1999 Collings C10 A - £2499

2011 Collings C10 A

SOLD Collings are one of the best high end acoustic guitar builders, from Austin, Texas, genuinely hand made guitars. This C10 A is a classic fingerpickers guitar, with Adirondack Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides. However, the incredible sustain this guitar has makes it a fantastic strummer as well - a real all rounder. The beautiful dark sunburst top makes the guitar a real looker too. It is incredibly well balanced, with amazing clarity and definition. Perfect for stage or the studio, it's seriously one of the best modern guitars you will ever play. It's in very good condition, with just some lacquer peel around the bridge, and comes in it's original luxury hard case.

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1975 Guild F30 - £1199

1975 Guild F30

The Guild F30 is a bigger bodied version of the F20 - the Spruce topped equivalent of the better known M20 - the all Mahogany model famously played by Nick Drake. Tonally it has a rich sound, the Mahogany back and sides give warmth, while the Spruce top adds a bright punch to the attack. The guitar is very resonant with a surprisingly full sound when strummed, and great sustain and single note clarity when fingerpicked. The guitar is in all original condition, with no cracks or repairs - just lots of playwear, nicks and dings - and a nicely aged Spruce top. The guitar has an underside pickup installed and comes in it’s original hard case.

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1972 Guild F112 - £1199

1972 Guild F112

Guild are famous for making some of the best 12 string acoustic guitars around, and this is no exception. It's a mini jumbo which makes it very comfortable to play, yet still has a big enough body to allow all 12 strings to really resonate. Unusually for a 12 string acoustic it has a Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides, rather than the traditional Maple, this gives the guitar a warmer sound than you'd expect, but it still packs a punch. The guitar has aged really beautifully over it's 46 years, the top turning a deep honey colour, with just a few scratches and dings here and there, and the playing action is just right, making it very easy to play. It's in all original condition, with no cracks or repairs. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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1987 Guild D50 - £1199

1987 Guild D50

The D50 is probably Guild's best known dreadnought model, the classic Spruce / Rosewood combination, making it one of the most popular flatpicking / bluegrass acoustics around. This example is particularly desirable, as sunburst finishes are quite hard to find. The guitar has a fair amount of playwear, and has benefited from this with a more mature tone than you'd expect from a 30 year old guitar. It sounds resonant and punchy, with a full tone and great clarity and definition - very responsive, with a very comfortable playing action. It's a great looking guitar, the sunburst top is really striking, and the Rosewood back and sides are beautifully figured. The guitar is in all original condition, with a very comfortable feeling playing action. It comes in it's original hard case.

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1968 Guild F20 - £1199

1968 Guild F20

The Guild F20 is the Spruce topped equivalent of the better known M20 - the all Mahogany model famously played by Nick Drake. Tonally it has a rich sound, the Mahogany back and sides give warmth, while the Spruce top adds a bright punch to the attack. The guitar is very resonant with a surprisingly full sound when strummed, and great sustain and single note clarity when fingerpicked. The guitar is in very good condition, with a fair amount of playwear, nicks and dings - and a nicely darkened Spruce top. The guitar comes in it’s original hard case.

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1990 Fylde Orsino - £1699

1990 Fylde Orsino

SOLD This is a rare example of a really high end, British made acoustic guitar. The Fylde Orsino is a dreadnought size, with select Western Red Cedar top and Honduras Mahogany back and sides. Tonally this guitar is very versatile, when fingerpicked the individual notes chime with great clarity, yet it strums equally well - the Cedar top adds warmth and the Mahogany gives depth. It's in very good condition, with just the kind of playwear you’d expect from a 25 year old guitar. It has an underside pickup fitted, and comes in a non original case.

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2016 Waterloo WL14 XTR - £1699

2016 Waterloo WL14 XTR

SOLD Collings have been considered one of the best modern guitar builders for quite a while now. In 2015 they decided to recreate probably the most famous guitar in blues history - the Kalamazoo KG14. Gibson were based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which is where they took the name from - and Collings are based in Austin Texas, which was prevueously known as Waterloo, so they’ve borrowed the idea. As a vintage dealer I was quite sceptical, but have to say am very impressed. Obviously the build quality and playability are excellent, but the look, feel and vibe are great - it’s punchy with lots of attack and a real snap to the tone. Also it’s X braced, something the original Kalamazoos weren’t, so it isn’t just a blues machine, the added sustain means it works very well with all fingerstyles. Altogether it’s a surprisingly good guitar, a very enjoyable playing experience, and a very cool nod to the past. The guitar comes in it’s original Waterloo embossed hard case.

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1960 Guild M20 - £1749

1960 Guild M20

SOLD It's unusual for a guitar to be linked with one particular player, but the Guild M20 will always be considered the Nick Drake guitar. There are other small bodied, all Mahogany guitars out there such as a Martin 00-17 or a Gibson LG0 which are great, and have their own particular characteristics - but if you really want the Nick Drake sound then this is the real thing. Because of this, M20's don't turn up very often, and this one's a beauty. A 00 size guitar, all Mahogany, just back from a pro set up and in great playing condition, with a comfortable neck and low action. The guitar sounds rich and warm, with a beautifully smooth bass and well balanced mids and trebles - it sounds great with delicate fingerstyle, very articulate when picked harder, and a surprisingly big sound when strummed. The guitar is in excellent all original condition with very little visible playwear for a 56 year old guitar. It has one repaired top crack and one repaired back crack, both structurally strong. The guitar comes in it’s original hard case.

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2006 Jack Briggs Saturn - £1299

2006 Briggs Saturn

Jack Briggs is fast becoming a well renowned luthier. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina he began building guitars in 2000 to a very high quality. The story goes that he was a session player, frustrated that he could never find one guitar that did everything he needed. So he decided to build himself a guitar to fit his requirements, and got so many compliments from other session musicians that he decided to go into business. This example borrows it’s style from PRS, feels like a Les Paul, and has coil spitting pickups that give Strat tones. The body is solid one piece Honduras Mahogany, as is the neck with a stunning Cocobolo fingerboard and Paua diagonal inlays. The two humbucker pickups are Seymour Duncan; Custom Custom in the bridge and a APH-1N (alnico 2 pro) in the neck. The 5-way switch offers standard bridge/both/neck but also two tapped options in between which really are good and genuinely sound like single coils. The bridge and stop tail are both Gotoh locking units and very high quality, and the Grover tuners are top of the range. All in all it’s a fantastic guitar, hugely versatile, and may be very desirable in the future as his name and reputation grows. The guitar comes in a red TKL ‘suitcase’ style hard case.

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1966 Burns Baldwin Vibraslim - £1399

1966 Baldwin Vibraslim

This is a real piece of British rock ’n’ roll history, from one of the most innovative / eccentric guitar designers. Jim Burns designed the Vibraslim to be the British equivalent of Gibson’s ES335 - a semi hollow, F holed electric guitar with a centre block, a glued in neck and humbucking pickups. Baldwin re-engineered the Vibraslim in mid-1966 into a fully hollow guitar with a bolt-on neck, a short Rezo-Tube vibrato, and a scroll headstock. The later guitar was made in much greater numbers than this version, and are much more common today. This Vibraslim is a rare combination of earlier instrument with the later ‘Bar-O-Matik’ pickups specific to the first half of 1966, and is a unique guitar both in sound and feel. This example is in great playing condition, with no cracks or repairs, just some cool looking lacquer checking. It’s a great example of a rare piece of history that’s not too valuable to take out on the road. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1986 Guild D50 - £999

1986 Guild D50

SOLD The Guild D50 is considered be the benchmark bluegrass guitar. Tonally it has great depth and resonance in the bass, with plenty of punch and attack in the mids and trebles, overall well balanced with great clarity. Dreadnoughts are considered to be the most versatile acoustic guitars, and this example sounds great strummed or fingerpicked, with great definition and sustain when soloing. Quite simply it's a classic, and at 31 years old it's matured really well. Visually the Spruce top has turned a warm honey colour, and the Indian Rosewood back and sides are dark and well grained. From a playability point of view, this guitar is a treat, the neck has a great feel to it, the Ebony fingerboard is very responsive, and the action is easy. The guitar is in good condition with some great looking lacquer checking, and two top cracks, one of which doesn’t go through, the other has been repaired. The guitar comes in it’s original Guild embossed hard case.

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2010 Tanglewood TW155-ST - £249

2010 Tanglewood TW-155ST

The TW155-ST is a super-jumbo acoustic/electric from Tanglewood’s mid-level Premiere Series. It features a solid Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides, Spruce neck and body binding, and great looking abalone position markers. Another sign of the guitar’s quality are the chrome Grover tuners which work very well. It features a B-Band pickup and A3.2 preamp which has an onboard EQ - with bass, mid, treble, and presence controls - which is extremely flexible. It really is a lot of guitar for the money. This particular example is in good condition, with a few dings on the top and some pickwear just below the pickguard. It comes in an upgraded hard case.

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2009 Atkin Jumbo - £1999

2009 Atkin Jumbo

Alister Atkin is fast becoming a big name in British luthiery. Based in Canterbury his build quality, attention to detail, and fantastic tone and feel are quite exceptional. This example is a jumbo model, featuring a beautiful Bear Claw Spruce top with Indian Rosewood back and sides. It’s unusual to have a jumbo size guitar with a Spruce / Rosewood combination - usually the sound would be too boomy, but the Atkin build spec makes this guitar hugely playable without ever being overpowering. A very versatile instrument, quite orchestral at times, this guitar can take you through all playing styles, subtle enough to play delicate fingerstyle, and rich enough to create a room filling sound. The single note clarity is exceptional, with bags of sustain, it really is a joy to play. Perfect for songwriting, studio use or out on stage. It comes in it’s original Atkin hard case.

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2001 Taylor 510 - £949

2001 Taylor 510

The 5 series is the first of Taylor's high end models - the beautiful rosette is an indication of this, understated but classy - and this guitar is a fine example. The Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides give the guitar a bright, airy feel, and the dreadnought body size gives great bass response and drive. As with most Taylors, the neck is very comfortable with a great playing action. As a 16 year old guitar the tone has matured, adding a complexity to the sound - some very subtle overtones. The guitar is in great condition, with a very tight and well disgusted neck repair. It comes in a luxury hard case.

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1970 Guild D25M - £999

1970 Guild D25M

ON HOLD This is a great chance to buy a vintage US made Guild, at a price you wouldn't normally expect, made in the famous Westerly factory in Rhode Island. The Guild D25M is the model famously played by Ryan Adams, it's a dreadnought shape, with Spruce top (stained Mahogany) and Mahogany back and sides. Tonally it has a bright vibrant sound, good bass response yet very well balanced and it's hugely playable with a comfortable playing action. The guitar's in excellent condition, all original, with one repair by the end pin. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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1976 Mossman Great Plains - £1499

1976 Mossman Great Plains

SOLD Stuart Mossman is considered by many to be the world’s first boutique guitar builder. During a relatively short period that began in the late 1960s and ended in 1984, he and a group of devoted artisans built high-quality acoustic guitars in Winfield, Kansas. Although exact numbers are hard to come by, it’s probably safe to say that the small Mossman shop produced only about 6,000 instruments during that time, which helps to explain why they are relatively rare and highly desirable in the used market. Similar to a Martin D-35, this Great Plains combines a beautiful three-piece Indian Rosewood back with a Sitka Spruce top. What this 3 piece back does for the sound is add more bass, as the 3 piece back is stronger that the traditional 2 piece back, allowing the top bracing to be lighter and therefore resonate more. It has a bright, punchy sound with plenty of attack, and a tight controlled bass, and with 41 years of play it has matured really well. It's in very good condition for it's age, the top having turned a beautiful honey colour, and the three piece back has beautifully contrasting Rosewood grain. It's in all original condition, with no cracks or repairs, just lots of great looking lacquer checking. It has a nicely bound ebony fingerboard which feels very comfortable, and has a great playing action. The guitar has a K and K Pure pickup installed, and comes in it’s original hard case.

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2016 Cole Clark FL1EC-BM - £1099

2016 Cole Clark FL1EC BM

Adam Cole and Bradley Clark were senior luthiers at Maton, and left to start Cole Clark guitars in 2001. Their guitars are handmade in Australia, with innovative design techniques and all solid tonewoods. This brand new FL1EC-BM features a Bunya top with distinctive grain and colour, and figured Queensland Maple back and sides. This combination produces a voice that is very open and natural, with a woody and warm bottom end accompanied by a tight and articulate top. This dreadnought sized guitar is made using Cole Clark's method of internally carving the top and back for years of stability and rigidity. The nitro satin finish augments the natural tone and lets the wood breath and expand for natural tones and aging. The very playable neck is also Queensland Maple which is topped with an Indian Rosewood fretboard. The guitar is equipped with the Cole Clark 2-way Preamp system featuring a face sensor and bridge pickup plus a 3-band EQ for superb amplified acoustic tones. It comes with a Cole Clark hardshell case.

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1920's Larson Brothers 00 - £3799

1920's Larson Brothers 00

SOLD Larson Brothers guitars are amongst the rarest, most highly sought after acoustic guitars, and regarded as some of the best ever made. From 1900 - 1944 they manufactured instruments under a wide variety of names, such as Euphonon, Prarie State, Maurer, Stahl, Dyer and Stetson. They also produced quite a large number of guitars with no manufacturer's imprint - which can make them tricky to authenticate, but there are several signs to look for when trying to identify them, apart from the fact that they sound exceptionally good, and the build quality is superb. Externally, the variety of fingerboard inlays, the unusual 10th fret inlay, and a thicker than usual ebony board are indications. The internal construction is also a clue, the hand made feel and high quality is always apparent. This example is an 00 size guitar made with an extremely high quality, beautifully grained and stained Sitka Spruce top, and stunning Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. For a small bodied guitar it is surprisingly versatile, very resonant and capable of handling anything from delicate fingerstyle through to vibrant strumming. The tone is rich and bright, and the Brazilian Rosewood back and sides add complexity to the overall sound - the single note clarity is particularly impressive. The guitar is in surprisingly good condition for a guitar of this age, with a few pro crack repairs, and a very comfortable neck and playing action. It comes in a deluxe hard case.

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2015 R Novelli Coronado - £599

2015 R Novelli Coronado

From up and coming Italian luthier, Raffaele Novelli, is this one off hand built guitar. It’s reminiscent of a Fender Coronado, particularly with the classic Surf Green Nitro finish, although with a smaller body and set neck it also has the feel of a Gibson ES336. Made from 25 year old solid Spruce, with a solid Maple neck, the guitar also features a hardwired PAF style humbucker, and centre block to reduce feedback. There are some very distinctive finishing touches - a 30 year old chromed horseshoe tailpiece, and chrome rivets running along the rims. It has a played look to the finish, which only adds to the vintage vibe. The tone is warm, with a rich punch to the mids and a real snap in the trebles. The neck is very comfortable, with a low easy playing action. As a relatively new luthier on the scene, this could be a great chance to buy one of Raffaele’s guitars before they become expensive.

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1932 Vinaccia Lap Steel - £1499

1932 Vinaccia Lap Steel

The Vinaccia family are one of the most historically important stringed instrument makers, in fact many musicologists believe that the modern steel-strung mandolin was developed in Naples by the Vinaccia family. The earliest example on view was built in 1744 by Gaetano Vinaccia, and is housed in the Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Brussels, Belgium. There is a 1763 example by Giuseppe Vinaccia, which can be found at the Kenneth G. Fiske Museum of Musical Instruments in Claremont, California. A third example, built in 1772 by Antonio Vinaccia, is kept at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
This lap steel guitar was built in 1932 by F.lli Vinaccia, and is one of only two known to exist - the other is in the National Museum of Musical Instruments in Rome. Based on the Weissenborn lap steel guitar, this is probably the earliest European made example. It has a solid Spruce top with Solid Mahogany back and sides. It’s in all original condition, with a couple of repaired back cracks. The guitar feels great to play, very light and resonant - the bass is round and not boomy, the midrange is smooth, and the trebles are bright and really project. The tone and vibe are vintage - no modern copy can come close to this. The guitar comes complete with a 30’s Elton tone bar, which is quite rare in itself. Even the guitar case appears to be original. Maybe this guitar should be in a museum, I’ll let the next owner decide.

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1964 Hofner Senator - £399

1964 Hofner Senator

Hofner guitars have become very collectable, and represent a great way of buying a cool vintage archtop without paying a high price. The Senator falls between the entry level Congress and top of the range President - a sign of this is the binding on the body and inside the f-holes like the President, but unbound neck and headstock like the Congress. This example is in good condition, with a really vivid sunburst, and is all original apart from one changed tuner button. The guitar has a great tone, voiced well for blues, jazz and swing. The neck feels very comfortable and the action is low and easy to play, which is unusual for older archtops. It comes in a non original hard case.

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