1960's Harmony Sovereign H1270 - £499

1960's Harmony Sovereign H1270

SOLD Only available from 1958 - 1971 the Harmony Sovereign is one of the most iconic 12 string acoustic guitars in rock history - famously played by Pete Townsend on the Tommy album, he bought the guitar trying to emulate the 12 string sound of Leadbelly. It's unusual to find a US made 60's acoustic for this price. Made from all solid woods, with a Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides, the guitar has a bright sound with a lovely bass response. The neck has a very comfortable feel, and the low action makes it a joy to play. The guitar is in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. It has an under saddle pickup fitted, and comes in a non original hard case.

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1972 Guild F20 - £999

1972 Guild F20

NEW ARRIVAL Made in Guild’s famous Hoboken factory in 1972, this F20 is a 00 size guitar, with Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides. Despite it’s small body size, this guitar is very versatile, when fingerpicked the individual notes chime with great clarity, yet it strums equally well - the aged Spruce top adds attack and the Mahogany gives depth. It's in very good condition, with just the kind of playwear you’d expect from a 48 year old guitar, and a professional neck repair. It comes in a non original hard case.

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2000 Taylor 410 - £849

2000 Taylor 410

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Taylor have become well known for making some of the most recognisable, easy playing acoustic guitars around, and this 410 model is a fine example. The Spruce top and beautifully figured Ovankol back and sides give the guitar a bright, airy feel, and the body size gives great depth and punch. The guitar looks stunning, is in excellent condition, with just a few light marks, and plays very easily with a comfortable neck and great action. It comes in it’s original hard case.

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2008 K Yairi Masterbuilt RAG 65 MH - £1199

2008 K Yairi RAG65MH

NEW ARRIVAL K Yairi was a master luthier, and believed that the most laborious methods of wood selection, preparation and manual carving were central to creating the ideal sound. With a small team of highly trained luthiers, his Masterbuilt range is truly exceptional. This is a fine example of a hand made guitar of the highest quality, even signed by the man himself. With a dark honey tinted Spruce top, and Gabon Mahogany back and sides - this guitar looks as beautiful as it sounds. Considering the small body size, it has a big sound, very resonant with excellent sustain. The guitar has great definition and clarity for fingerpicking, and works well for strumming. It’s in excellent condition, the neck feels great and the action is very comfortable. The guitar comes in it's original Hiscox flight case.

2018 Freshman FA600DCE - £999

2018 Freshman FA600 DCE

ON HOLD Having made their name in the mid-price acoustic guitar market, Freshman have decided to take on the high end brands with their 600 series. Using Carpathian Spruce and Quilted Mahogany, tone woods usually associate with far more expensive guitars, they’ve produced a surprisingly good guitar. Even the use of Walnut and Maple binding, together with the Ebony fingerboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle and open back Grover tuners, are signs of quality and attention to detail. Tonally the guitar delivers the classic 'oomph' and projection that hallmarks the dreadnought design but the low end sounds much tighter and less boomy than you might expect from a typical dread. Even when strummed fairly vigorously the low end stays very focused with a very well balanced tone that doesn't overpower the upper register. The treble frequencies also sound crisp yet sweet-sounding, there is none of the harshness at the top end that you sometimes get when you play a dreadnought with a flatpick, The hand carved Mahogany neck makes the whole playing experience very enjoyable. The guitar comes fitted with an LR Baggs active iBeam system that sounds very natural when plugged in. The guitar is in excellent condition and comes in it’s original Hiscox flight case.

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1987 Dobro Hula Blues Duolian - £999

1987 Dobro Hula Blues Duolian

SOLD The Dobro Hula Blues Duolian is a USA made reproduction of an original 1930’s Duolian, For those who want the bite of a steel resonator, but the versatility of a wood bodied acoustic, this is an ideal solution. As well as it's striking good looks it offers a warmer, richer tone than an all steel bodied resonator, but with all the sonic power of a 9 1/2” spun aluminium cone and biscuit bridge  Tonally it has grunt and drive when played hard, working well for slide, but can play slow blues beautifully, and has enough twang to please country players. The guitar is in excellent condition, has a very comfortable feeling neck, and easy playing action. The guitar comes in it's original hard case.

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2008 Atkin SJ Std - £1849

2008 Atkin SJ

NEW ARRIVAL 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 SJ model, featuring a Sitka Cedar top with Indian Rosewood back and sides. The Cedar / Rosewood combination give great warmth, 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 good condition, with some light surface dings and noticeable wear on the back of the neck. It has a Fishman soundhole pickup fitted and comes in it’s original Atkin hard case.

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2013 Naga SJE-28 - £1199

2013 Naga SJE-28

NEW ARRIVAL I have to admit that I’d never heard of the Naga brand, but as soon as I played this guitar I was seriously impressed - although it’s built in Japan it reminds me of an Atkin or a Fylde. Immediately the Bear Claw Spruce top catches the eye, and to see it matched with Indian Rosewood back and sides on a jumbo size body is very unusual. The build and finish spec is high, the branded tuners are a sign of quality, and the playability is excellent. The most noticeable thing about playing this guitar is the rich sustain - single notes ring with great clarity and separation. When strummed it has that overused expression - a room filling sound. Not just a strummer or a picker, but a really versatile guitar which handles drop tuning beautifully. Another indication of the quality of this guitar is the branded deluxe hard case.

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2012 J&G Turnpike Slope D - £1199

2012 J and G Turnpike Slope D

NEW ARRIVAL J&G TurnPike produced their first acoustic guitars in 2010. As a relatively young company the key to success has continued to be a dedication to sourcing the best materials available. Each instrument they make is constructed completely by hand from start to finish, soundboards and backs carefully tap tuned to ensure a characteristically beautiful sound and tonal balance. This example features a solid AAA grade Spruce top with beautifully figured Walnut back and sides. The 5 piece Maple and Walnut neck is nicely topped off with a bound Rosewood fingerboard. The rosette, neck and body binding are Maple and Yew - all signs of a high build quality. With a slope dreadnought body, the tone is rich and full sounding, the bass is deep, the mids are strong and the trebles sparkle. The neck is comfortable and the action feels easy. The guitar is in good condition with a couple of professionally repaired top cracks. It comes in it’s original hard case.

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1969 Ventura V-1400 Barney Kessel - £999

1969 Ventura V-1400 Barney Kessel

NEW ARRIVAL The Ventura V-1400 is a faithful recreation of the Gibson Barney Kessel Custom, made in Japan's famed Matsumoku factory.  This was Ventura's top of the line offering in the 1960’s and the quality and craftsmanship really shows! Commonly referred to as a "lawsuit" Japanese guitar, these particular Venturas were never the centre of any controversy, although they do borrow generously from their Gibson cousins. It features a full 17" body with laminate maple top, back and sides, finished in a vivid cherry sunburst. The three-piece maple neck has a slim C profile with a 1 9/16" nut width (again closely matching its Gibson counterpart) and feels very comfortable with easy playing action. Tonally it’s very versatile - when strung with flatwound strings, it's easy to get a variety of warm, complex jazz tones, and if strung with roundwounds, you can push these humbuckers to get very rocky. Overall, this guitar is a great example of Japanese craftsmanship in the later 1960s and one of the more ornate "lawsuit" guitars offered over the decades. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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1979 Guild D25M - £999

1979 Guild D25 M

This is a great chance to buy a vintage US made Guild, 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 a Spruce top that’s stained Mahogany and an arched back, which focuses the mid range. Tonally it has rich, smooth, 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 just a few marks on the underside rim. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

1993 Patrick Eggle Stratford Pro - £1799

1993 Patrick Eggle Stratford Pro

Already well known for his electric guitars, Patrick James Eggle turned his hand to top quality acoustics, and fast became a highly sought after UK acoustic luthier, the quality of his guitars being likened to Lowden, Fylde and Brook. He recently stopped building acoustics, making this early model quite desirable. The classic combination of Sitka Spruce and Indian Rosewood gives the guitar plenty of punch and sustain, with quite a complex overall sound. Visually this guitar's very distinctive looking, with a Florentine cutaway, an Ebony fingerboard, Mahogany bridge, and Brazilian Rosewood headstock overlay. It feels like a future classic, and the classy looks make it stand out against it's modern equivalents. At 26 years old the guitar's in very good condition and comes in it's original Hiscox flight case.

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S L Mossman Tennessee Flat Top - £1999

1976 S L Mossman Tennessee

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. The guitar has a Sitka Spruce top, with Mahogany back and sides, Ebony fingerboard and bridge, and lovely marquetry rosette and binding. It has a warm, rich sound with plenty of attack, and a tight controlled bass, and with 43 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, in all original condition, with no cracks or repairs, just good honest playwear. The guitar has an under saddle pickup installed, and comes in it’s original hard case.

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2014 Larrivee OM40 Rosewood - £1349

2014 Larrivee OM-40

This is a fine example of a hand made American guitar of the highest quality - even though Jean Larrivee was originally based in Canada, and still sources a lot of his tone woods from there, there's something distinctively earthy about the tone of Larivee’s guitars. With a Sitka Spruce top, Indian Rosewood back and sides, Flame Maple binding, Ebony fingerboard and bridge, herringbone trim, Abalone fingerboard inlays, and tortoise pickguard - this guitar looks as beautiful as it sounds. This guitar has a big sound, very resonant with excellent sustain - it has great definition and clarity for fingerpicking, and works well for strumming. The guitar is in excellent condition, the neck feels great and the action is just right. It comes in it's original deluxe hard case.

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1979 Guild F30 - £1199

1979 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 light playwear, plus a few nicks and dings - and a nicely aged Spruce top. The guitar comes in it’s original hard case.

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2013 Dave King J45 - £1849

2013 Dave King J45

This is a fine example of a hand made British guitar of the highest quality - Dave King has become a highly regarded luthier, and his guitars have become very desirable for those ‘in the know’. With a Sitka Spruce top, Honduras Mahogany back and sides, Ebony fingerboard and bridge, and herringbone trim - this guitar looks as beautiful as it sounds. As a copy of the classic slope shouldered dreadnought, it has a big sound, rich and resonant with excellent sustain. The guitar has a deep, warm tone for strumming, with great definition and clarity when fingerpicking. It’s in excellent condition, the neck feels great and the action is very comfortable. The guitar has an active pickup with volume and tone controls mounted inside the soundhole, and comes in it's original deluxe hard case.

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2005 Collings D2H - £2799

2005 Collings D2H

The Collings D2H is one of the most sought after, high end, hand built dreadnoughts around. This guitar has been expertly crafted, and offers not only a classic deign and all American tone, but boasts meticulous attention to detail creating a beautifully finished guitar. With a Sitka Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides, it produces a full and powerful tone with exceptional low end performance, a balanced well defined mid range, and a full and clear high end. This guitar is everything you would want from this most classic of all time acoustic guitar designs. The soft V profile neck feels very comfortable in the hand, and the Ebony fingerboard is very responsive. The guitar is in well played condition, with quite a few playwear marks, and comes in it’s original deluxe hard case.

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2018 Montgomery Fan Fret - £1599

2018 Montgomery Fan Fret

Continuing the strong Northern Irish tradition of high end acoustic guitar builders such as Lowden, Avalon and McIlroy, Montgomery is a relatively new name. But the build quality, feel and beautiful tone woods are just as impressive, and has unmistakable signs of high end quality. The guitar features a Sitka Spruce top with stunning Macassar Ebony back and sides. The Sycamore neck has an Ebony fingerboard, bound with beautiful Snakewood. The body features the same striking Snakewood binding, and rosette. The bridge and saddle are African Blackwood. The guitar is a concert size with 48mm nut and shallow profile, allowing good string spacing but not feeling too chunky. The whole idea of a fan fretted guitar is to give extra string length on the bass register, which gives a far tighter and richer response, and the shorter upper register strings allow for smoother and more bell like treble tone. Tonally the guitar works particularly well for fingerstyle, with great clarity and balance, and has a particular drive in the mid range when strummed. At only a year old, the guitar still has a new smell to it, and is in excellent condition. It comes in it's original hard case.

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2014 Washburn J-3 - £349

2014 Washburn J-3

With the J-3, Washburn really have produced a guitar of excellent quality, with high end features, that you just don’t find at this kind of price. It features a Spruce top with Maple back and sides, a Maple neck with bound Rosewood fingerboard and block inlays, a Rosewood bridge, Grover tuners, and Washburn’s unique headstock inlay and tailpiece. The two humbucker pickups give the guitar great versatility, taking you from warm jazz tones, through rich blues all the way to rock. The neck has a comfortable feel to it with very playable action. The guitar’s in excellent condition, with barely any visible playwear.

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1969 Fender Kingman - £1299

1969 Fender Kingsman

The Fender Kingman was only produced between 1963 - 71, and is the dreadnought equivalent of the better known Fender Newporter. The quirky vibe of having an electric guitar neck and headstock on an acoustic guitar actually works, the neck feels very comfortable to play, feels balanced, and is really eye catching. The guitar features a Spruce top, with Mahogany back and sides, and is X braced, so the guitar is very resonant with plenty of punch. It's in good condition for a 50 year old guitar, with a beautifully aged top, and some cool lacquer checking. The guitar has a transducer pickup fitted which works very well, and comes in it’s very cool original hard case.

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2009 Manuel & Patterson Old Time Special - £2499

2009 Manuel and Patterson Old Time Special

Built in their Abita Spring Guitar Company workshop in Louisiana, almost all Manuel & Patterson guitars made are custom orders and are pre sold. So this is a rare chance to buy one of their guitars without going on a 2 year waiting list. This example is an Old Time Special 12 fret 000. It features a Sitka Spruce top with scalloped Adirondack braces, solid Honduran Mahogany back and sides, a one piece Mahogany neck, with Ebony fingerboard. The Madagascar Rosewood headstock has a beautiful torch vine inlay. The guitar has a killer tone, very powerful, articulate and well-balanced. It’s in excellent condition, plays like a dream, and comes in it’s original Hiscox flight case.

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1979 Guild D40C - £999

1979 Guild D40C

Only made between 1975 - 1991 the D40C is the cutaway version of the more famous D40. It was produced along side the D50 and the two models became known as the ultimate bluegrass guitars - the D40 with Mahogany back and sides, and the D50 with Rosewood. This example has a fair amount of playwear, and has benefited from this with a very mature tone, giving away it's 40 years of play. It sounds resonant and punchy, with a full tone and great clarity and definition. It's a very responsive guitar, with a very comfortable playing action, and a great feeling neck. It's a great looking guitar, the top has turned a nice honey colour and the iconic Guild tortoiseshell scratchplate contrasts beautifully. There are no cracks or repairs, and the guitar is all original other than upgraded Grover tuners with changed buttons. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1998 Alvarez 5055 Bluesman - £349

1998 Alvarez 5055 Bluesman

Only made between 1995 and 1998, the Alvarez 5055 Bluesman is an unusual example of a flat topped acoustic with f-holes. It features a Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides, a Mahogany neck with bound Rosewood fingerboard, and a Rosewood bridge. The body has a multiple bound top and is finished in a very striking vintage tobacco sunburst. Tonally it sits somewhere between a flat top and an arch top - the mids and trebles are more prominent, and there’s a real bite to the tone, quite bright with good attack. There’s an active under saddle pickup fitted, which gives a fuller sound than when unplugged. The action is very good and the neck feels comfortable. The guitar has upgraded Kluson tuners to add to the vintage vibe.

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2004 BSG D33 Brazilian - £1749

2004 BSG D33

SOLD BSG guitars are built by Jan Stovicek in the Czech Republic and are renowned for their excellent tonal qualities and impressively detailed craftsmanship. Jan and his small team only make a maximum of 200 guitars every year, and maintaining the highest quality in every step of the production process is absolutely his main goal. When you take all these things in consideration it almost makes you wonder how this is possible at this price level. This D33 is a beautiful example featuring an Adirondack Spruce top with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. This is complemented by the eye-catching abalone inlaid body, fretboard and headstock which gives this beautiful instrument a really distinctive look. The sound is full with clear lows, even mids and a beautiful high end with lots of string-to-string definition and complex overtones. All the tops of BSG guitars are voiced by hand to provide both exceptional clarity for lower string tension and a beautiful deep cutting through rounded bass. The guitar has an underside pickup fitted and comes in it’s original hard case.

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2013 Alan Carruth 000-12 - £2499

2013 Alan Carruth

Alan Carruth’s guitars have become something of legend, as he builds so few guitars, all one offs, and to an exceptionally high standard. This is the first example I’ve owned and it really lives up to my expectations. The most obvious feature is the beautifully designed ‘Recurve Bevel Cutaway’ which allows upper fret access without losing the treble response most cutaway guitars suffer with. The guitar has an Adirondack Spruce top with Curly Mahogany back and sides and Macassar Ebony fretboard and pyramid bridge. The binding and rosette are Koa, Mahogany and Maple, and the tuners are Waverley. The guitar is a fingerpicker’s dream, with stunning single note clarity, and great resonance and sustain. The neck is very comfortable and the action is easy. It comes in it’s original deluxe hard case.

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1977 Guild D25M - £899

1977 Guild D25M

Made in the Westerly, Rhode Island factory, this is an all original 1977 Guild D25M, in very good condition. It’s a Spruce topped (stained Mahogany) dreadnought with an arched back - this gives more focus and 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, there is a wear patch just above the fingerboard, so you can see the Spruce top beneath. The neck is comfortable and the action is good. The guitar has a transducer pickup fitted which sounds great plugged in, and comes in a non original hard case.

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2010 Paul Doyle Maccaferri style - £999

2010 Paul Doyle

This is a rare example of a high end, Irish made acoustic guitar - clearly borrowing from the Maccaferri style Gypsy Jazz guitars with a D shape sound hole and extreme Florentine cutaway. The guitar features a 900 year old Sitka Spruce top, coupled with Indian Rosewood back and sides. The neck is African Mahogany with a Walnut strip, and a Rosewood fingerboard. The binding is Irish Yew and Herringbone, and the soundhole rosette is Abalone. The other noticeable feature of the guitar - and all Paul Doyle instruments - is a headstock finial featuring a white and pink pearl Celtic design. Tonally this guitar is very versatile, when fingerpicked the individual notes chime with great clarity, yet it strums equally well - the Sitka Spruce top adds punch and the Rosewood back and sides give added resonance. It's in good condition, with just signs of light playwear. It has an underside Artec pickup fitted, with controls mounted inside the soundhole, and comes in it’s original hard case.

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1905 Barnes and Mullins Parlour - £599

1905 Barnes and Mullins Parlour

These days Barnes and Mullins are distributors to the musical instrument trade, but back in 1894 and through to the early 1900’s they became renowned instrument makers, starting with banjos before moving on to guitars. This 1905 parlour guitar features a Spruce top with beautifully aged laminate Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. It has Ebony fingerboard and bridge, and a multiple bound body with a detailed rope inlay rosette. Tonally the guitar produces a surprisingly big sound, very well balanced, with good single note definition. Amazingly for a 114 year old guitar there’s only one crack repair, which is between the soundhole and fingerboard, and is good and tight. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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2010 Larrivee P-05 Mahogany - £1199

2010 Larrivee P-05 Mahogany

Larrivee started building their first Parlor guitars in 1999, and in a short space of time have become considered one of the premier builders in the market - aimed at pro level, but at a price that won’t break the bank. This P-05 in all Mahogany is a stunning looking guitar, the gloss finish really shows how beautiful Mahogany can be. It features a bound Ebony fingerboard and Ebony bridge, bone nut and saddle, Maple binding and an Abalone rosette. Considering the small body size, this guitar has a big sound, very resonant with excellent sustain. The guitar works well for strumming, and has great definition and clarity for fingerpicking. The guitar is in excellent condition, the neck feels great and the action is just right. It has an active underside pickup fitted with volume control mounted in the soundhole, and comes in it's original deluxe hard case.

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2016 Dave King Katrina - £1749

2016 Dave King Katrina

Over the last 20 years, Dave King 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 a 12 fret 000 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 excellent condition, just the odd ding visible. It comes in it’s original Hiscox flight case.

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2012 David Oddy Custom D - £2799

2006 David Oddy Custom D

I’d only heard rumours of how good Dave Oddy guitars are, but this is the first one I’ve owned - and it doesn’t disappoint. These guitars often change hands between enthusiasts, and rarely come on the open market. This particular guitar is just a joy to play and listen to, supremely resonant, with bags of sustain, fantastically well balanced, and effortlessly handles any playing style. It features an Adirondack Spruce top with beautifully figured Sepele back and sides, a Mahogany neck with Ebony fingerboard and bridge, and the most delicate Maple / Ebony / Abalone binding. The guitar is in excellent condition, very comfortable to play and has an active LR Baggs undersaddle pickup fitted with volume control mounted inside the soundhole. It comes in a high quality hard case.

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2005 Gretsch G6040 MCSS - £1499

2005 Gretsch Synchromatic G6040 MCSS

The Gretsch Synchromatic G6040MCSS has the classic look and feel of a vintage Gretsch, but features some modern exclusive Gretsch innovations. The guitar has flame Maple back and sides, with a fine-grained Spruce top, a Maple neck and Ebony fretboard. The pickup is a "High Sensitive" Filter'Tron™ which can take you from smooth jazz tones to classic rock ’n’ roll and rockabilly. The guitar features Gretsch's innovative chromatic tailpiece, which compensates for different string gauges and equalizes tension across all strings. The result is uniform action across all strings and a very smooth playing experience. It also has a Gretsch synchronized bridge, which optimizes the contact between your strings and the top of the guitar. The result is crystal-clear harmonics and incredible richness and sustain across all strings. The guitar is in excellent condition, and comes in it’s original deluxe hard case.

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Pagelli style guitar made by Sorrentino - £999

Pagelli Style Guitar

Swiss luthier Claudio Pagelli makes one off guitars that are as much works of art as they are musical instruments, and his guitars fetch crazy money. This Pagelli style guitar by Sorrentino has similar extreme looks, and is built using a feast of exotic tone woods. It features a hand carved solid Mahogany top with angular soundhole, Mahogany and Zebrano sides and a Zebrano back. The Mahogany neck has Abalone inlays, and the headstock and tailpiece are topped with Brazilian Rosewood. There’s an Ebony fingerboard and bridge, and bone saddle and Ebony nut. The multiple binding features Mahogany, Maple and Ebony in both chequerboard and herringbone styles. As well as looking like a piece of art, the guitar actually plays very well, and works well for both strumming and fingerstyle, and the tone sits somewhere between an archtop and a flat top. Quite a smooth rich sound. It's in very good condition, and features an Artec AGE-MC blend pickup which sounds great plugged in.

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2015 Millman JM28 - £1499

2015 Millman JM28

Based in Devon, and having studied under Brook guitars, James Millman is fast gaining a reputation as an outstanding British luthier. His guitars have a very natural feel to them, traditionally built using hand tools and minimal jigs. Wherever possible he uses local, native and reclaimed timbers, and all his guitars are finished with a hand rubbed, organic oil finish and French polish. This example features a Spruce top with Tasmanian Blackwood back and sides, the fingerboard and bridge are Ebony, and a Mahogany soundhole rosette is a classy touch. Tonally the guitar has great clarity, single note separation and sustain. It fingerpicks very evenly with great balance, and as a strummer it has a dynamic punch. The guitar has a genuine hand made feel, the tone and playability of which is excellent. The guitar comes in it’s original hard case.

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1968 Guild F20 - £1349

1968 Guild F20

SOLD The Guild F20 is the Spruce topped equivalent of the better known M20 - the all Mahogany model made famous 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 a non original hard case.

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2009 Atkin Jumbo Std - £1799

2009 Atkin Jumbo Std

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 superb, 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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2017 Waterloo WL-K Kel Kroydon - £1899

2017 Waterloo WL-K Kel Kroydon

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. Due to huge success they’ve added the depression era Kel Kroyden to the range. Built using lightweight materials and supported by thinly carved braces, with a 12 fret neck join, this guitar has been built with maximum responsiveness in mind. The guitar has a minimal lacquer finish, and the resulting tone is dry, woody and clear with just the right level of complexity in the overtones. 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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2009 Avalon S805 Brazilian Rosewood - £2799

2009 Avalon S805 Brazilian

With Brazilian Rosewood becoming more and more difficult to find, this Avalon is a real find. It has close black 'spider web' growth lines which are very distinctive - quarter sawn from the straight growth section of the tree, not taken from the 'stump' wood as many Brazilian Rosewood guitars are now. The top of the guitar is impressive too, one of the finest grained Cedar tops I’ve seen. Put this combination together and you have a very complex sounding guitar, highly articulate with great sustain, but at no point overpowering - in fact as the sustain begins to fade there’s a shimmer to each note. The guitar’s in very good condition, with just light playwear and a great feeling neck and easy playing action. The guitar has a K and K pickup installed and comes in it’s original Hiscox hard case.

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2007 Taylor GS4e LTD - £1249

2007 Taylor GS4e LTD

In 2007 Taylor introduced the Grand Symphony body size, and to celebrate they issued a limited edition model - and this is the guitar featuring a Spruce top and beautifully figured Tasmanian Blackwood back and sides. Tonally this has similar characteristics to Koa - sitting somewhere between Walnut and Mahogany, rich and warm sounding - coupled with the Grand Symphony body size this gives great depth, resonance and clarity. The bound Ebony fingerboard and Ebony bridge are further signs of quality. It has the famous expression pickup system, which gives you the versatility of blending between undersaddle pickup and body sensors. The guitar looks stunning, is in excellent condition, with just a few light marks, and plays very easily with a comfortable neck and great action. It comes in it’s original hard case.

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Ex Demo Avalon A2-20 - £1999

Ex Demo Avalon A2-20

There's something very special about Avalon’s rebranded guitars, maybe it's the thicker than usual top, the unique bracing, the stronger neck join making alternative tunings a joy….. I just know that when I pick up a new Avalon I know I'm about to play something inspiring. They resonate like no other modern guitar make that I know, and this A2-20 is no exception, with an Alaskan Spruce top and Rosewood back and sides, you start playing and superlatives just come to mind. It is somehow bright and mellow at the same time, delivering a beautiful balanced tone, with a very rich bass, yet detailed mids and trebles, and is equally happy being fingerpicked or strummed. It’s unusual for a new guitar to have a mature sound, but this one has, it really is something quite special. It comes in a Hiscox hard case.

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1993 Lowden O10 - £1849

1993 Lowden O10

SOLD This is a great example of the original size, bigger bodied Lowden, with the classic combination of Cedar top and Mahogany back and sides. The first thing to mention is the look of the guitar - it has one of the darkest Cedar tops I’ve seen, suggesting a real maturity to it’s sound that you’d look for in a 26 year old guitar. Tonally It has a warm, full sound, with great resonance and clarity, and the neck has a great feel and very comfortable playing action. The guitar is in well played condition, with quite a lot of visible playwear on the top, which has just added to the maturity of tone, making it a very difficult guitar to put down. There is a small crack repair just below the neck valute, but as this is probably the strongest part of the guitar, it’s not an issue. As with all Lowdens it handles alternate tuning particularly well, and is equally happy being fingerpicked or strummed. It comes in it's original Lowden embossed Hiscox hard case.

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2008 Avalon D300A - £1999

2008 Avalon D300A

Hand crafted in Ireland in the same shop, and by many of the same highly skilled luthiers, that gave birth to Lowden guitars, the Avalon Americana D300A owes as much to Gibson’s heritage as it does to that of Lowden. The slope shoulder dreadnought body design and belly bridge are clearly US inspired, as are the tobacco burst and Grover tuners. The build quality is more boutique Custom Shop, finely quartered Mahogany back and sides and a solid premium grade Sitka Spruce top, Ebony fingerboard and bridge, Sycamore binding, and snowflake inlays. The tonal balance is fantastic - it strums beautifully and fingerpicks with great clarity and single note separation. A seriously high end instrument with fantastic tone and great playability. It also features a top of the range K&K Trinity pickup system with pre amp, and comes in it’s original Hiscox flight case.

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1956 Supro Belmont - £899

1956 Supro Belmont

Prices of Supro / National / Airline guitars are increasing steadily, possibly made more desirable because of Jack White / White Stripes. This 1956 Supro Belmont is in very good condition. With a peanut body, deep red finish, and gold hardware, the Belmont is as visually striking as it is tonally rich and dynamic. The oversized single coil pickup is powered by a large ceramic magnet, and the tone is quintessential Supro, with power, bark, and glassy shimmer when strummed with a pick. It doesn't get any simpler than a single pickup with Volume and Tone knobs, yet the Belmont makes the most of this basic layout and rolling off the tone knob gives you some very warm jazzy tones that are still defined and focused. There's plenty of twang and grit to be had too, giving an epic blues tone. The guitar is in all original condition, with excellent playability, just a couple of areas on the body edge where the plastic / vinyl finish is starting to lift. The guitar comes in what appears to be it’s original hard case.

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1946 Vega D-100F - £699

1946 Vega D-100F

Vega were at the forefront of mandolin builders in the 1920’s and 1930’s, and amongst the earliest builders to experiment with electrification, employing some cutting edge features. This example features Vega’s trademark two-point shape, a great looking single coil pickup, and Bakelite tone and volume knobs, all of which add up to a very cool, classy looking instrument. Unplugged it sounds bright and resonant, and surprisingly loud despite the weight of the pickup and electronics. Plugged in the tone is full and ringing, and really cuts through. The instrument is in excellent condition, with an easy playing neck, and comes in a non original hard case.

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1974 Yamaha SA-60 - £999

1974 Yamaha SA-60

Early 70’s Yamahas have become very collectible guitars - their build quality, tone and feel are fantastic. Made in the famous Nippon Gakki factory, the SA-60 is clearly based on a Gibson ES335, but with a twist. The contoured shape of the horns make the guitar really stand out, the fingerboard inlays are classy, the tone and volume knobs are beautifully retro, the bridge saddles are quirky, and the embossed leather inset in the tailpiece is just cool. The tone is where this really shines... it's thick, warm, responsive, resonant, expressive... just fantastic. Playability is very good with a comfortable feeling neck and easy action. The guitar is in excellent condition, very clean but with some great looking lacquer checking. It comes in a brand new fitted hard case.

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2015 Marvit Blues Ltd Edition - £1199

2015 Marvit Blues Limited Edition

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 Ex Demo Avalon A1 10 Custom - £1999

2018 Avalon A1 10 Custom

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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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, and comes in a luxury hard case.

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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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