1981 Rob Armstrong Slender Brazilian - £1999

1981 Rob Armstrong ’Slender’

NEW ARRIVAL Rob Armstrong has been making custom made, one off guitars since 1972, and some of his more famous customers include George Harrison, Alvin Lee, Joe Brown, Bert Jansch and Martin Barre - a very eclectic bunch indeed. This particular guitar was made for Gordon Giltrap. Made in 1981 it features a tightly grained Spruce top, with the most beautifully figured Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. Tonally the guitar is very resonant, beautifully balanced and exceptionally responsive. As a parlour style guitar it works superbly with fingerstyle, although it handles light strumming really well. The tone is bright, crisp and resonant, and single notes ring out with full tone and great sustain. At 38 years old the guitar has a mature tone, and plenty of nicks, dings and lacquer checking. It has a Headway underside pickup fitted, with tone and volume controls mounted on the shoulder. The guitar comes in it's original Hiscox hard case, hand signed by Gordon.

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2007 McElroy 00 - £2749

2007 McElroy 00

NEW ARRIVAL Brent McElroy is a Seattle luthier specialising in high-quality acoustics. He describes his philosophy of guitar building as a balance between tone, strength, playability and beauty. Visually, the McElroy 00 is stunning. The highly flamed Koa back and sides are a sight to behold, while the wide grained Adirondack Spruce top features an Amboyna burl rosette that looks almost marbled, and this is set of with Ebony top and back binding. The fingerboard and bridge are Ebony, and the whole guitar is finished of with a set of gold Gotoh 510 tuning machines. The guitar offers good volume and projection, but, more importantly, sounds wonderfully balanced and even across the sonic spectrum. Even the quietest passages sound clear and bell-like. Put through everything from gentle fingerpicking to fast flamenco-style shredding, it performs supremely. The guitar is in excellent condition and comes in it’s original deluxe hard case.

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2004 BSG D33 Brazilian - £1749

2004 BSG D33

NEW ARRIVAL 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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2018 Guild M140E - £499

2018 Guild M140E

NEW ARRIVAL Guild’s Westerly collection harks back to the company’s great history of guitars built during the 60’s in their Westerly factory in Rhode Island. Made from all solid woods, it features a Sitka Spruce top with African Mahogany back and sides, there’s an Indian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge, open back butterbean tuners, and a period-correct tortoiseshell pickguard. As a concert size guitar the tone is well balanced, and the combination of woods give a bright sound, with quite a rich bass response, clear mids and punchy trebles. The high gloss finish give the guitar a really substantial feel, the neck is comfortable and the action is good. The guitar has a Fishman Sonitone pickup installed which has tone and volume controls mounted inside the soundhole. As a nearly new guitar, it’s in excellent condition, and comes in it’s original Guild embossed case.

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1996 Lowden D32 - £1999

1996 Lowden D32

NEW ARRIVAL Only made for a short time, a dreadnought shaped Lowden is quite a rarity. It still has the resonance, clarity, and individual note separation you’d expect from a Lowden, but the dreadnought shape delivers more low end frequencies - very interesting with drop tunings. The Sitka Spruce top adds a bright shimmer to the tone, while the Indian Rosewood back and sides provide the attack and complexity. 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 it’s original Lowden embossed Hiscox hard case.

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2005 Collings D2H - £2799

2005 Collings D2H

NEW ARRIVAL 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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2013 Alan Carruth 000-12 - £2499

2013 Alan Carruth

NEW ARRIVAL 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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1954 Framus Black Rose - £499

1954 Framus Black Rose

NEW ARRIVAL Since their introduction in 1946, Framus archtop guitars have become renowned for their stylish looks and great value for money. They also have a famous connection to Elvis Presley who owned at least three models. The Black Rose was their flagship model at the time, featuring the stylish ‘cat’s eye’ F holes and, very unusually, a ‘bird’s eye’ soundhole. The liberal use of pearloid on the headstock face and position markers is also typical of Framus style, and the name Black Rose refers to the rich dark red-to-black sunburst finish. The guitar features a solid Spruce top with Maple back and sides, a Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and Ebony bridge, and a beautiful tailpiece with the name Black Rose engraved on it. Tonally it has a bigger sound than most archtops, thanks to the added soundhole, which produces greater response in the mids, and playability is very good with low action and a comfortable feeling neck. The guitar’s in good condition, with the kind of nicks and dings you’d expect from a well played 50’s guitar.

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1977 Guild D25M - £899

1977 Guild D25M

NEW ARRIVAL 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 - £1299

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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1840’s Stauffer style guitar by CF Bauer - £1599

1840's CF Bauer Stauffer Style

SOLD Johann Georg Stauffer is regarded as one of the finest luthiers of the romantic period, and during the early 1800’s both CF Martin and CF Bauer were students of his. This 1840’s example is very much in the style of Stauffer, featuring a Spruce top with flamed Maple back and sides, Ebony fingerboard and moustache bridge, the famous Stauffer scroll headstock with six on a side tuners, and beautifully engraved silver plate on the rear. The multiple body bindings are a sign of real quality, and the Abalone inlays are beautiful. The guitar appears to be all original - just two tiny pieces of Abalone are missing - and has recently had a neck reset so it plays very well, and the original tuners work just fine. The body length is 36 inches. The scale length is 23 and 1/4 inches. Upper bout 9 inches. Lower bout 11 and 1/2 inches. The nut 1 and 3/4 inches. The guitar’s in surprisingly good condition for it’s age, just two repaired top cracks - one below the fingerboard extension and one below the bridge in line with the G string. There’s also a repaired crack below the headstock silver plate. When original Stauffer guitars sell for between £7000 - £8000, this represents a very affordable way to get such a historically important guitar plus, thanks to the neck reset, one which plays really well. The guitar even comes in an original 19th century coffin case.

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1905 Barnes and Mullins Parlour - £599

1905 Barnes and Mullins Parlour

NEW ARRIVAL 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

NEW ARRIVAL 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

NEW ARRIVAL 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

NEW ARRIVAL 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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1974 Ibanez 2355 Lawsuit ES175 - £1299

1974 Ibanez 2355

NEW ARRIVAL In the early 70's, Ibanez set out to make high-precision replicas of Gibson's top-end instruments. These copies were so good that Gibson sued to stop production. Known as 'lawsuit' models, these guitars are now coveted for their quality and faithfulness to the originals. This model, the 2355, is a copy of the classic Gibson ES355. This gorgeous guitar sports a pair of Super 70’s humbuckers, nickel hardwear contrasting beautifully with the faded cherry burst finish, really distinctive Abalone inlayed headstock and fingerboard, and multiple bound body. Plugged in it will take you from the smoothest jazz tones and the deepest blues, through to swing, rock ’n’ roll, and everything in between - a truly versatile guitar. The guitar is in excellent, all original condition, and comes in a non original hard case.

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2005 Avalon Gold D201 - £849

2005 Avalon Gold D201

NEW ARRIVAL For a short period in the mid 2000’s, while Avalon was going through some changes, they contracted Furch to manufacture their Gold Series guitars, and this is one of those. Furch are a high end, hand built Guitar brand, made in the Czech Republic since 1981 - also re-branded as Stonebridge for sale in North America. This particular guitar is a dreadnought model featuring a Cedar top with Rosewood back and sides. The Cedar top is considerably softer and more responsive than Sitka Spruce, with lush bass and rich overtones. Coupled with Rosewood back and sides, this allows greater resonance and definition. This guitar is extremely versatile and works well with fingerstyle playing as well as strumming. It’s in excellent condition, and comes in a non original hard case.

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2014 Faith Mars - £429

2014 Faith Mars

NEW ARRIVAL Designed in Britain by Patrick James Eggle this guitar is made from all solid Mahogany - top, back and sides - and figured Macassan Ebony fingerboard and bridge - and has the kind of finishing touches you'd expect from a high end model - Rosewood binding, Abalone rosette, and Grover machine heads with Ebony buttons. But, because the guitar is assembled in Indonesia, they're able to keep the price very competitive. The Mars is a dreadnought body size, and has a big sound - from deep bass, to well defined mids and sparkling trebles. The guitar is in excellent condition, very comfortable to play, with nice low playing action. It comes in it's original deluxe hard case.

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2005 Gretsch G6040 MCSS - £1499

2005 Gretsch Synchromatic G6040 MCSS

NEW ARRIVAL 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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2013 Larrivee D40 Rosewood - £1299

2013 Larrivee D40 Rosewood

NEW ARRIVAL 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 works well for strumming, and has great definition and clarity for fingerpicking. The guitar is in very good condition, just a few light scuffs, the neck feels great and the action is just right. It comes in it's original hard case.

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Pagelli style guitar made by Sorrentino - £999

Pagelli Style Guitar

NEW ARRIVAL 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

NEW ARRIVAL 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

NEW ARRIVAL 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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2014 Evans '29 L-1 - £999

2014 Evans '29 L1

NEW ARRIVAL John Evans is an up and coming luthier making high end replicas of his own 1929 Gibson L-1. His guitars are built very lightly, with a short scale 12th fret neck join, pyramid bridge, and fully rounded lower bout. This example features an Adirondack Spruce top with African Mahogany back and sides, which gives the smaller body design exceptional warmth and clarity, with great projection. Played with a pick, you access more of the high end mids for a great attack, played fingerstyle, the L-1 responds beautifully - you engage all of that sweet Mahogany tone for warm, round notes. It plays like a far more expensive guitar, and may become collectable in the future The guitar is in excellent condition, just signs of light playwear, and comes in it’s 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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2017 Guild D40 Traditional - £1399

2017 Guild D40 Traditional

Designed by Guild master luthier Ren Ferguson, and built in their Oxnard, California factory, the D40 Traditional has classic Guild looks with high end build quality. With scalloped Adirondack spruce bracing for power, articulation, and responsiveness, this all-solid-tonewood guitar radiates classic vintage vibe, and is a tone cannon of a guitar. It features a Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides, which deliver a warm, rich tone with added power, nuance and responsiveness thanks to the bracing. The premium appointments include a bone nut and saddle; tortoiseshell pickguard, rosette, and binding; and a lustrous nitro finish that suggests a timeless, played-in look and feel while allowing the tone to really resonate. The guitar’s in excellent condition, and comes in it’s original 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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2009 The Loar LH-400 - £399

2009 The Loar LH-400

This all-solid archtop acoustic from Loar honours the pioneering jazz guitars of the early 20th century. This accurate replica features a solid Spruce top with solid flamed Maple back and sides, two parallel tone bars, a trapeze-style tailpiece and an adjustable ebony bridge. The guitar produces a warn and vibrant tone at a price unmatched by any other archtop, and has an excellent combination of tonal quality and carrying power. Designed by Greg Rich and inspired by the man who pioneered jazz guitars - Lloyd Loar - these guitars hark back to the golden age of archtops, but with modern build techniques, and an affordable price. This example is in excellent condition, with just a few signs of light playwear.

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Ex Demo Avalon L2-20C - £1999

Ex Demo Avalon L2-20C

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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1994 Bourgeois Dreadnought - £2499

1990's Bourgeois Dreadnought

Bourgeois are one of the best high end acoustic guitar builders in the US, producing genuinely hand made guitars from Maine, New England. This very early example is a real rarity, the serial number being 000150, making it from only the second year of guitars Dana Bourgeois produced. Simply called ‘Dreadnought’ on the label, it has a similar body shape as his famous ’Slop D’ series. It features an Adirondack Spruce top, with Honduras Mahogany back and sides, and Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. There are a some classy touches such as the fully bound fingerboard, Abalone rosette and very striking back seam. He’s kept the visuals classic, and the tone is something else - it has incredible presence and bass response, yet retains a good balance with strong midrange and bright powerful trebles. It’s very responsive for fingerstyle playing as well as powerful rhythm bass lines. The guitar’s in excellent condition, with great playability, and comes in it's original hard case.

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2015 Taylor 410CE - £1099

2011 Taylor 410CE

Taylor have become well known for making the industry standard, stage performance electro acoustic guitar, and this 410CE 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. 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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2018 Atkin White Rice - £2799

2018 Atkin White Rice

This very special Historic Series guitar is a loving recreation of Tony Rice’s infamous D28, a guitar previously owned by Clarence White, hence its name – The White Rice. With its instantly recognisable enlarged soundhole and overhanging fretboard, the original guitar is generally agreed to be one of the best sounding D28’s in existence. This guitar features a torrefied Sitka Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides finished in aged nitrocellulose lacquer. Thanks in part to the oversized soundhole, the White Rice combines incredible power with an openness and resonance that is unique. Accurate to the original, this is the ultimate White/Rice tribute. Interestingly this example is a custom order with Rosewood bridge, and a deep C neck profile rather than a V. Tonally it has a very complex sound, great depth and resonance, plenty of punch and attack, and well balanced with superbly articulated clarity - Quite simply it's a classic. The guitar comes in it’s original tweed hard case.

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2011 Lowden O23 - £2299

2011 Lowden O23

This is a great example of the original size, bigger bodied Lowden, with the very unusual combination of Cedar top and Walnut back and sides. The first thing to mention is the look of the guitar, the Walnut looks exceptional, one of the most striking finishes I've seen on an acoustic. Tonally It has a warm, full sound, with great resonance and clarity, and the neck has a great feel and very easy playing action. As with all Lowdens it handles alternate tuning particularly well, and is equally happy being fingerpicked or strummed. At 7 years old it has already begun to mature, yet it looks practically unplayed. The guitar has a K and K pickup installed and comes in it’s original Hiscox flight case.

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1993 Lowden O10 - £1849

1993 Lowden O10

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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1974 Dan Armstrong London Model 341 - £1749

1974 Dan Armstrong London model 341

This Dan Armstrong London Guitar is a very rare thing indeed - only 333 guitars and basses were made. Probably better known for his Ampeg Plexi guitar which was famously played by the Rolling Stones in 1969, Dan used a very similar body shape for this wood bodied guitar. It features a Honduran Mahogany body, which is reminiscent of a ’50s Les Paul Jr.—Dan’s favorite guitar. The neck is also Honduran Mahogany, while the fretboard is Rosewood. The solid, fat Mahogany body gives the guitar a thick, raw sound much like a ’57 Les Paul Jr. The cast-aluminium wraparound bridge looks like a ’50s-style tailpiece, but is fully adjustable and is connected to an aluminium ramp running from the bridge to where the fretboard meets the body. The ramp houses a Kent Armstrong humbucker, which can be moved all the way from the bridge to the neck and anywhere in between. The guitars were wired so that when the tone control was all the way up, it would short-circuit half of the pickup, making it essentially a single-coil and brightening the sound beyond the 10-setting on the tone control. The low-impedance pickup uses a transformer housed in the guitar’s control cavity to adapt the signal to high impedance for use with an amp. To keep the pickup lean and mean, the Armstrongs created thin pickups by using 38-gauge wire. Altogether this is a very quirky guitar, in excellent condition with great playability and fantastic tone. It comes in a non original hard 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 - £999

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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2014 Godin Multiac - £1099

2014 Godin Multiac

With Godin’s Multiac Steel Duet Ambiance, the aim is to achieve bold, rich amplified steel-string acoustic guitar tone in a more comfortable, playable, and feedback-resistant package. To achieve this the guitar features a thin chambered body routed from solid Mahogany with a solid Spruce top, a deep single cutaway for easy upperfret access, a bolt-on Mahogany neck, and a Fishman electronics package with slider controls. Traditional ingredients include a standard ebony pin bridge with compensated one-piece Tusq saddle, a herringbone inlay that dresses up the bound body top, and a slotted headstock with open-gear tuners. Found on all Multiac series models, the longer headstock also allows for greater string tension, which, combined with a longer scale, is a good thing for altered and dropped tunings. The entire package looks great in a high-gloss vintage sunburst finish. The guitar is in excellent condition, plays like a dream, and comes in it’s original deluxe padded Gigbag.

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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, with a very tight and well disguised neck repair. It comes in a luxury 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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