1992 Lowden S34 - £2999

1992 Lowden S34

NEW ARRIVAL This S34 is a one-off unique guitar, not a production model - no other S is labelled as S34. Not to be confused with current Lowden S models - In early 2000s after George parted company with his business partner, Steve McIlwrath (who then started Avalon) and set up a new Lowden workshop outside Downpatrick he relaunched the S as one of his three production models (O, F & S) but with a different shape, (he had 'lost' the original S mould in the breakup). As well as being a very special part of Lowden history, this guitar is simply stunning - possibly the best looking Koa back and sides I’ve seen. Coupled with the Cedar top which has turned a dark honey colour, the guitar is absolutely beautiful. This is 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 a great feeling neck and easy playing action. The guitar comes in it’s original Hiscox hard case.

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2006 Guild CO-2 - £849

2006 Guild CO-2

NEW ARRIVAL The Guild CO-2 is an interesting hybrid from the Tacoma, Washington Guild factory. It’s an orchestra-size guitar based on the vintage F-30 body style, featuring a solid Red Spruce top, with solid Mahogany back and sides, plus the modern Guild Neck Block System which is designed for more sustain and better clarity. A bound ebony fingerboard, ebony bridge, abalone dot inlays, and ivoroid body binding are signs of the high build quality. Add to that a thin lacquer finish that allows the wood to age naturally, while still providing the needed protection to make the Guild CO-2 guitar road-worthy, and you have a great package, very competitively priced. The guitar has an Artec Triphonic pickup system installed, which allows you to blend three pickup sources - soundhole, condenser mic and undersaddle. The guitar is in excellent condition, with a comfortable neck and easy playing action. It comes in it’s original Guild branded hard case.

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1966 Burns Baldwin Vibraslim - £1399

1966 Baldwin Vibraslim

NEW ARRIVAL 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

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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

NEW ARRIVAL 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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1978 Guild D25M - £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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1963 Favilla F5 - £499

1963 Favilla F5

NEW ARRIVAL It’s unusual to find an American made, all solid woods, 60’s acoustic guitar for under £500. Made in New York by Herk Favilla, the guitar is somewhere between a 00 and 000 size, with slope shoulders, made from all Mahogany. Tonally the guitar has a warm, smooth tone, probably closer to a Martin 00-17 than a Gibson L-0, but at a fraction of the price. The neck has a comfortable feel to it, with low, easy action. The guitar has a few repaired cracks, all expertly done, and feels strong enough to take out on the road. It comes in a non original hard case.

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2009 Atkin Jumbo - £2499

2009 Atkin Jumbo

NEW ARRIVAL 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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1973 Eko Rio Bravo - £399

1973 Eko Rio Bravo

NEW ARRIVAL A lot of people have very fond memories of the Eko Ranger, both as a 6 string and a 12 string guitar. They were quite functional, very sturdy, and great value for money. The Rio Bravo is a step up from the entry level guitar, with a better build quality, greater playability and more sophisticated sound. This example is in great condition, with a full sound, a comfortable neck, and easy playing action.

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2002 Guild D50 - £999

1992 Guild D50

NEW ARRIVAL This US made guitar is probably Guild's best known dreadnought model, the classic Sruce / Rosewood combination, making it one of the most popular flatpicking / bluegrass acoustics around. This example has a fair amount of playwear, and has benefited from this with a more mature tone than you'd expect from an 15 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 top has turned a lovely honey colour and the Rosewood back and sides are beautifully figured. There is some great looking lacquer checking and two professionally repaired top cracks that are structurally sound, one very small by the soundhole below the treble side of the neck, and another on the treble side lower bout. It comes in it's original hard case.

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1974 Rickenbacker 480 - £1999

1974 Rickenbacker 480

NEW ARRIVAL The Rickenbacker 480 is based on the iconic Roger Rossmeisl-designed 4000 series basses from the late ‘50s with the beautiful offset ‘cresting wave’ body shape The 6-string 480 model was only produced between 1973 and 1983, which makes it a relatively rare instrument today. Surprisingly never reissued, especially now that Kasabian’s Sergio Pizzorno is strongly associated with the model. This particular example has the very unusual black pickguard and headstock plate, making it very striking in contrast with the Mapleglo finish, and adding to it’s rarity. The guitar is in excellent condition, with a very comfortable neck and easy playing action. It looks and sounds fantastic, and very cool. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1963 Maton Supreme 777 - £1249

1963 Maton Supreme 777

NEW ARRIVAL Now better known for their acoustic guitars and association with Tommy Emmanuel, Maton have a rich history of making electric guitars. Only available between 1962 and 1965, just 453 Supreme 777’s were made, and it’s place in rock ’n’ roll history is assured as Keith Richards played one on the "Let it Bleed" sessions in 1969 and perhaps most famously on "Gimme Shelter”. It was Maton’s answer to the Gibson ES335 as there were import restrictions on getting 335’s into Australia during this time. Complete with Bigsby, and a wonderfully quirky selector switch, the guitar is in all original condition, and plays and sounds just great. Either as a piece of rock ’n’ roll history, or as a seriously impressive guitar in it’s own right, the Maton Supreme 777 is a real find. It comes in a non original hard case.

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2015 Gretsch Electromatic G5422T - £599

2015 Gretsch Electromatic G5422T

NEW ARRIVAL The Gretsch G5422T looks like the long-lost brother of a Gretsch Country Gentleman and delivers “that great Gretsch sound,” but at an affordable price. It has a bound fretboard featuring pearloid “hump-block” inlays, gold-plated hardware that includes a genuine Bigsby B60 vibrato tailpiece, metal “G-Arrow” control knobs, vintage-style open-gear tuners, and a floating Adjusto-Matic bridge with secured rosewood base. The pickups are a pair of Blacktop Filter’Tron humbuckers which provide that signature Gretsch growl and midrange honk that has graced everything from Eddie Cochran and Brian Setzer rockabilly to the hard rock sounds of the Who, the Cult, and AC/DC. The guitar is in excellent condition, with a comfortable feeling neck and easy playing action.

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2014 Ibanez PM35NT Pat Metheny - £599

2014 Ibanez PM35NT Pat Metheny

NEW ARRIVAL To complete the range of Pat Metheney signature series guitars, the PM35NT has the all the appointments, construction, and tone needed to satisfy the most discerning jazz guitar aficionados - but at a surprisingly inexpensive price relative to most jazz boxes - significantly less than Pat's PM100 and PM120 Prestige professional models.The PM35 features a super-stable 5pc neck of maple and bubinga, a full-hollow maple body, bound rosewood fingerboard, 22 medium frets, and the Ibanez Super 58 pickup, a humbucker renowned for its sweet and warm tones. The guitar looks and sounds very classy, and plays very easily. The guitar is in excellent condition, with a comfortable feeling neck and easy playing action.

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2014 Furch G23 CC - £1499

2014 Furch G23-CC

SOLD Furch are a very 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 one off custom order based on the company’s most popular model - the G23-CR - only featuring Cocobolo back and sides rather than Rosewood, and a single very elegant fingerboard inlay at the 12th fret. The Cedar top is ideal for fingerstyle players - considerably softer and more responsive than Sitka Spruce, with lush bass and rich overtones. Coupled with the Cocobolo back and sides, similar in detail to Brazilian Rosewood, this guitar is extremely versatile and shines, both at fingerstyle playing as well as fingerpicking. Warm, lush, yet defined with great note definition. The guitar also features Ebony fingerboard and bridge, also signs of high quality. It’s in excellent condition, and comes in it’s original embossed Hiscox flight 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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1930's Regal Parlour - £799

1930's Regal Parlour

SOLD As parlour guitars are becoming more popular, unusual vintage examples are becoming more desirable. This Chicago made Regal guitar features a Spruce top with one of the best looking faux Brazilian Rosewood back and sides I’ve seen, and really eye catching chequered binding and rosette. The guitar appears to be in all original condition, with Rosewood fingerboard and bridge, and no cracks or repairs. Tonally the guitar has quite a deep sound, very smooth and surprisingly loud for it’s size. The neck feels comfortable and the action is easy to play. As well as being a lovely guitar in it’s own right, it would work really well in a studio situation or be a fantastic travel guitar.

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2011 Dobro Hound Dog Deluxe - £249

2011 Dobro Hound Dog

The Dobro Hound Dog Deluxe resonator guitar gives you the sound of traditional American music. Since the 1920s, the Dobro has been one America's fundamental acoustic instruments, finding its way into bluegrass and blues and defining the sound of country. With a Dobro Hound Dog Deluxe guitar, you get classic Dobro sound with stunning good looks, plus it comes equipped with Fishman electronics, so it sounds great plugged in. The guitar is in excellent condition, with a great feeling neck and comfortable playing action.

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1920's Larson Brothers 0-28 - £2999

1920's Larson Brothers 0-28

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, detailed binding, and a thicker than usual ebony board are indications. The internal structure is also a clue, the hand made feel and high quality is always apparent.
This example is an 0 size guitar made with an extremely high quality, very tightly grained, Sitka Spruce top, and beautiful 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 no cracks, and a very comfortable neck and playing action. It comes in a fitted hard case.

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1970 Guild D25M - £999

1970 Guild D25M

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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1880’s C. Bruno Brazilian Rosewood Parlour - £1299

1880’s C. Bruno Brazilian Rosewood Parlour

As Brazilian Rosewood is becoming harder to find, and consequently more expensive, turn of the century Brazilian parlour guitars are a more affordable way of getting that desirable tone. C. Bruno guitars are historically very interesting, as Charles Bruno was a business associate of C.F.Martin during the 1830’s before going into musical instrument distribution for Martin and others in the 1840’s. This example is most likely made by Oscar Schmidt, c. 1880, made in New York, serial # 7380. The bracing, bridge and headstock shapes foreshadow the typical 20th century Schmidt designs, and while this guitar is cosmetically plain it is very well made. The back and sides are Brazilian Rosewood and the top is Adirondack Spruce, with no binding or ornamentation except plain wood inlaid soundhole rings. The Mahogany neck has a V-profile with Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, while the tuners are brass with bone buttons. The bridge is Brazilian Rosewood with the distinctive slope, wire saddle and sharp pyramid ends that characterize later Schmidt-made bridges. The guitar plays beautifully with silk-and-steel strings and has a wonderfully expansive sound for such a small instrument. Unusually for such an early instrument, it’s in all original, crack free condition, with a very playable action. It comes in a non original hard case.

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Avalon Guitars


After ten years of trading vintage and used guitars Glenn’s Guitars has finally taken the plunge and decided to sell new and ex demo guitars. The brand had to be something special, and significantly different from a vintage tone, but complex enough to be inspiring. I’ve long been an admirer of Lowden guitars, but there were always a couple of issues that held them back for me - their unique bracing makes them wonderful fingerpickers, but makes them too powerful when strummed. Also the string through bridge has been the bone of contention with many players - always seen as quirky, but not always practical. Interestingly, those are the exact issues that Avalon have addressed and overcome. After years of trading in Lowden’s shadow, I now think the re-branded Avalon guitars have overtaken them. The hand built feel, attention to detail and superb finish are all there, but now they strum as well as they fingerpick. The bracing design has changed so the single note clarity, definition and sustain are still fantastic when fingerpicked, but the strummed sound isn’t overpowering - it’s rich and full but the overtones aren’t too forceful. And the traditional pin bridge is what most players want. So I now stock brand new Avalon guitars, and am very excited about the prospect.

2017 Ex Demo Avalon Ard Ri L1-320 - £1999

2017 Avalon Ard Ri L1-320

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 Ard Ri L1-320 is no exception, with a Cedar 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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2017 Ex Demo Avalon Ard Ri D2-320 - £1999

2017 Avalon Ard Ri D2-320

NEW ARRIVAL Other than some vintage guitars, Avalons rebranded guitars are some of the few modern guitars that have the quality I like to call unputdownableness. This Ard Ri D2-320 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. The Alaskan Spruce top, coupled with Rosewood back and sides deliver clarity and sustain in equal measures. As with all new Avalons it handles alternate tuning particularly well, and is equally happy being fingerpicked or strummed, the neck is very comfortable and the action just right. It comes in a Hiscox hard case.

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2017 Ex Demo Avalon Ard Ri L2-310FC - £1999

2017 Avalon Ard Ri L2-310FC

SOLD This new Avalon Ard Ri L2-310FC is one of the most impressive new guitars I've played in quite a while. The Bear Claw Spruce top adds complexity to the tone, coupled with Amazique back and sides which provide the drive and resonance. 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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New Avalon L2320 - £3199

New Avalon L2320

It’s unusual to have a jumbo size guitar with a Spruce / Rosewood combination - usually the sound would be too boomy. But on this L2320, the use of European Spruce coupled with Avalon’s unusual build spec make 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 a Hiscox hard case.

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1979 Guild F20 - £999

1979 Guild F20

The Guild F20 is the Spruce topped equivalent of the better known M20 - the all Mahogany model famously played by Nick Drake - and is a great example of a difficult to find model. Tonally it has a warm sound, with surprising depth for a small bodied guitar, there is a sparkle in the mid range, and treble notes ring very cleanly. The guitar is a great fingerpicker, but has a full enough sound to work well with strumming. The guitar is in very good condition, all original with no cracks or repairs, just one visible ding to the top. It comes in a non original hard case.

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2006 Dave King Beltona Resonator - £1199

2006 Dave King Resonator

Dave King is a highly regarded luthier, making one off guitars for a whole host of pro players. In the early 2000’s he acquired some resonator bodies from Beltona with a view to expand his already impressive range. This example was made in 2006 and couples his high end build quality and playability with Beltona’s famous tone. The result is a really impressive instrument, the Maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard is a joy to play, the 12 fret neck join gives greater depth to the tone, and the newly fitted National resonator cone is dynamic and powerful. The guitar is in excellent condition - difficult to photograph because of the shine - and comes in it’s original deluxe hard case.

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2007 Fender Joe Strummer Telecaster - £999

2007 Fender Joe Strummer Telecaster

SOLD In 2007 Fender launched the Joe Strummer model Fender Telecaster, and in a short space of time it’s already become a future classic. Designed in cooperation with the Strummer estate, the guitar has a “Revolution Rock” engraved neck plate, and a highly distressed “road-worn” treatment that emulates the worn-to-the-wood layers or grey auto primer and flat black spray that Strummer famously used. Tonally it’s easy to conjure up those famous Clash tones, from biting rock to the punk meets ska sound. The guitar looks and feels great with a comfortable neck and low, easy action. The guitar comes with the highly desirable, limited edition art customisation kit that includes Strummer-inspired stencils, stickers and graphics that were only available with the first 1500 guitars produced. It comes in it’s original Fender ’suitcase’ 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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1994 Lakewood M18 - £999

1994 Lakewood M18

Lakewood are becoming highly regarded in the acoustic guitar world - a German company with high build quality principles, and great attention to detail. This Lakewood M18 is a high end, hand made guitar for a mass produced price, and is in excellent condition. It features a AAA European Spruce top with Ovangkol back and sides, giving it a warm, responsive sound, with a real openness and clarity to the tone. It plays very easily with a great playing action. It comes in it's original embossed Hiscox flight case.

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1954 Lindberg Archtop - £599

1954 Lindberg

Famously played by Elvis Presley, Lindberg archtops have become highly sought after guitars by players around the world. Made in Germany, these guitars are known for their high build quality, and distinctive finishing touches - particularly unusual headstock and fingerboard inlays. This example is a top of the range model, featuring a solid carved Spruce top. The tone is warm and smooth, working well with blues, jazz and swing, and the Elvis connection makes it a rock ’n’ roll dream. This model is quite rare, and it's in very good condition for a 63 year old guitar, with no cracks or repairs., just the kind of surface playwear you’d expect from a guitar of this age. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1920 George Washburn Parlour - £1299

1920's Washburn Mahogany Parlour

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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2003 Godin 5th Avenue Black SG - £399

2003 Godin 5th Avenue Black SG

This Canadian made guitar is built from all solid woods - a Canadian Wild Cherry top, back and sides, with a Silver Leaf Maple neck and Rosewood fingerboard. So acoustically it has a full tone, with more projection and volume in the low/mids than a traditional archtop acoustic. Plugged in, the floating Shadow pickup delivers a warm tone with plenty of presence and clarity. The neck feels very comfortable, and the action is easy. In a satin black finish, the guitar is really eye catching, and at an affordable price for a North American made guitar. It’s in very good condition, and comes in it's original Tric 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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2002 Santa Cruz D - £2099

2002 Santa Cruz D

SOLD Santa Cruz are one of the best high end acoustic guitar builders, producing genuinely hand made guitars from California. The Santa Cruz D Model is a slope shouldered dreadnought, featuring a Sitka Spruce top with Indian Rosewood back and sides, and a bound Ebony fingeroard and bridge. It has unique tapered bracing, voiced to enhance the midrange and treble without compromising the bass volume. This voicing gives the D Model a more even balance and a greater versatility than traditionally braced dreadnoughts. 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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2013 Guild D125-12 - £399

2013 Guild D125-12

As US made Guild guitars are quite expensive, Guild have introduced the Chinese made GAD series - still made from all solid woods. This particular guitar is made from all Mahogany, with a Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. The Mahogany body gives a warm, balanced tone, and controls the top end which some 12 strings can struggle with. When strummed, the guitar has great volume without being overbearing. The guitar is in excellent condition and comes in it’s original hard case.

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2005 Larrivee P09 - £999

2005 Larrivee P09

SOLD 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 and Ebony fingerboard - this guitar looks as beautiful as it sounds. 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 near mint condition, the neck feels great and the action is just right. It comes in it's original deluxe hard case.

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1920's Larson Brothers 00 - £3799

1920's Larson Brothers 00

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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1960 Guild M20 - £1649

1960 Guild M20

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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2002 Collings OM2H - £2249

2002 Collings OM2H

SOLD Collings are one of the best high end acoustic guitar builders, from Austin, Texas, genuinely hand made guitars. This OM2H is the classic fingerpickers guitar, with Spruce top with Indian Rosewood back and sides. The understated use of herringbone binding, abalone inlays and tortoiseshell scratchplate give is a truly classic look. It is incredibly well balanced, with amazing clarity and definition, and long sustain. Perfect for the studio, it's seriously one of the best modern guitars you will ever play. It's in excellent condition and comes in it's original 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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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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