1968 Fender Strat, Extremely Rare Blonde Custom Color!

Left Handed 1968 Fender Strat with an insanely rare Blonde Custom Color! This had to have been a special order guitar – has “Blond” written in the neck pickup cavity(see pic). I think I’ve seen one other factory left-handed Blonde Strat, but certainly not from the Hendrix era(both the white Woodstock and black Band of Gypsies Strats were from 1968).

The Guitar looks very clean and straight, with only the volume pot replaced with a later pot from 1977. The guitar has just been set up by the pros at The Guitar Factory in Orlando, FL and needs nothing.

Date Codes:

• Serial Number 236375 (mid 1968)
• Neck date: 22 JUN 68B

Pot Codes:

• Tone 137 6618
• Tone 137 6618
• Volume 137 7726 (1977)

Pickup Dates:

• Bridge (grey bottom) 8-6-68 Ca
• Middle (grey bottom) 8-6-68 Ca
• Neck (Black bottom) no writing

Has the typical unplugged hole on the short horn where it was once played as righty – very common for lefty Strats from the 60s.
Includes original left handed case and trem arm.

Here’s your chance to buy a super rare, factory left handed Custom Color Strat from the Hendrix Era!

$14,500

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2018 Gibson Historic 1959/R9 Les Paul, Brazilian Rosewood, New with OHSC/COA

This is a brand new Gibson R9 Les Paul, Brazilian Rosewood Fingerboard, Vintage Cherry Sunburst, VOS, Nickel Hardware, great Les Paul weight: 8.5 lbs, perfect 59 neck profile and depth: .89/1st, .99/12th.

This was the nicest top of a small new production of Brazilian Rosewood R9s. Has all the nice features you want in an R9 Les Paul: Brazilian Rosewood, beautiful top, light weight, and comfortable neck. Brand new with OHSC, COA, and all tags/paperwork.

$8,500

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2018 Gibson Custom Shop 1958 Explorer, Clapton Cut, Cherry, Heavy Aged, New with COA/OHSC!

This is one of the coolest guitars to come out of the Gibson Custom Shop: 2018 Gibson Custom Shop Explorer, Extra/Elbow Cut, with a heavy aged relicing, Faded Cherry Finish, Gold plated Nickel hardware. This model is patterned after the 1958 Explorer owned by Eric Clapton. It is brand new with OHSC, COA, and all paperwork/tags. The weight is light at only 7 lbs, 12 oz. This is only one of a limited run of 5 in the Faded Cherry.

Model Background

So few 1958-1960 Explorers were ever made that sightings of these are rarer still. The most notable, however, is likely the ’58 acquired by Eric Clapton during a U.S. tour in 1974 from Alex Music in NYC. I saw Clapton during the 461 Ocean Blvd. tour of 1974 at the West Palm Beach International Raceway. I recall him playing this guitar – he played it for a few cuts before the weather turned bad(there were tornados in the area that day).

The guitar was used for several tracks on the album E.C. Was Here. Also seen draped around Clapton in a prominent Music Man amplifier catalog of the mid ’70s(see pic), this guitar apparently had been modified by a previous owner, who cut off a portion of the Explorer’s angular upper-rear bout.

Was $4,995 Now $4500

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1961 Fender Strat, Rare Lefty Slab Board with OHSC!

Very rare left-handed 1961 Fender Strat, strong 3-tone Sunburst finish, survivor guitar in VG+ condition, all original except for newer CTS 250K volume pot & trem arm. This guitar is the brother of my personal 1961 Strat, sharing the same body date(4-61), neck date(11-61),
neck plate serial # range(70xxx), and even the exact same neck PUP output(5.89K)!

1961 is the sweet spot for Fender Strats IMO: the best 3-tone sunburst and tone! My 1961 Strat has been called one of the best sounding vintage Strats by Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music, who has been working on vintage guitars since 1968. This Strat is the closest thing to that incredible Strat; this is a very rare opportunity for anyone looking for the classic vintage Strat tone without equal!

Dates:
Body Date: 4/61
Neck Date: 11/61
Neck Plate: 70xxx
Tone Pots: 304-6134
Volume Pot: newer CTS 250K

Measurements:
Neck PUP: 5.89K
Middle PUP: 5.49K
Bridge PUP: 5.62K
1st Fret Depth: .81 “
12th Fret Depth: .98 “
Weight: Approximately 7.5 lbs

The body has some pick wear above the pickguard where it might have been played by a righty at one time. Also has some wear just above the bridge(see pics for both areas). Very nice crack-free Green Guard. Lots of life left on the frets. Back of the guitar is much cleaner. Neck has the gloss worn off for that perfect worn-in feel.

Includes OHSC in EXC Condition, newer trem arm, original back trem cover.

These slab board Strats are the ones to get; and these are very hard to find in Lefty. Here’s your chance to acquire the essence of classic vintage Fender Strat tone!

Was $25,000 Now $24,000

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2018 Gibson Historic 1959/R9 Les Paul, New with COA/OHSC, Magnificent Top!

This is a Brand New 2018 Left Handed R9 Les Paul, Royal Tea Burst, Gloss Finish, Nickel Hardware, Perfect Les Paul weight at 8.5 lbs.
If you’re in the market for an R9, it’s all about the top. This one has a stunning top, looks great from any angle or light – one of the best Les Paul tops I’ve ever had!
And it plays and sounds as good as it looks – R9s don’t get any better than this!

Model Description
1959 is widely considered to be the pinnacle year for Gibson’s mid-century solid body electric guitars, and no 1959 Gibson model is more famous than the sunburst Les Paul Standard. At first a commercial failure, the model was eventually adopted by some the world’s greatest guitarists – Jimmy Page, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Billy Gibbons, to name a few. The rarity and celebrity association of the model has pushed the values of original examples into the stratosphere. Gibson Custom’s 1959 Les Paul Standard is a painstakingly-accurate replica of these highly-valuable guitars rendered in detail so intricate that even the chemical composition of the parts has been scientifically examined and re-engineered – and that’s just one small example. Sonically, visually, and tactilely, owning a 2018 Gibson Custom Historic ’59 Les Paul Standard is as close as one can get to owning a priceless original!

Body
Wood Species: Lightweight Solid Mahogany Body, 2 Piece Figured Maple Top, Hide Glue Fit
Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Neck
Material: Solid Mahogany, Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit
Neck Profile: Authentic ’59 Medium C-Shape
Scale Length: 24.75″, 62.865cm
Fingerboard Material: Solid Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
Fingerboard Radius: 12″
Number of Frets: 22
Frets: Historic Medium-Jumbo
Nut Material: Nylon
Nut Width: 1.687″, 42.85mm
End of Board Width: 2.240″, 56.89mm
Inlays: Cellulose Trapezoid
Truss Rod: ’50s Tubeless

Hardware
Finish: Nickel
Bridge: ABR-1
Tailpiece: Lightweight Aluminum
Tuning Machines: Single Band Kluson Deluxe
Pick Guard: Replica Laminated Acrylic
Control Knobs: Replica Butyrate Gold Top Hats
Switch Tip: Replica Catalin
Switch Washer: Replica Acrylic
Jack Plate Cover: Replica Laminated Acrylic

Electronics
Neck Pickup: Custom bucker
Bridge Pickup: Custom bucker
Controls: 2 500K CTS Volume Pots, 2 500K CTS Tone Pots, Hand-Wired Harness with Bumblebee Capacitors, Switchcraft Toggle Switch

Accessories
Strings: 10-13-17-26-36-46
Case: Brown/Pink Lacquered ’50s Replica Case
Other: Die-Cast Switch Plate Medallion (w/ Extra Black Plastic Cover in the Case), Gibson Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity

Was $5,500 Now $4700

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2015 Kraus OM with Honduran Rosewood, Spectacular, Mint w/ OHSC!

This is an absolutely stunning OM acoustic in MINT/As New Condition. This has been in my personal collection for a few years. In the words of Bill Kraus, the builder: An OM model in my favorite combination of woods: Red spruce top, Honduran rosewood back and sides, curly Koa bindings. I first heard about Bill Kraus from my good friend, Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music in Buffalo, NY. Scott has been a factory authorized Martin repair center since 1979 and has seen the finest 6 figure pre-war Martins. Scott was raving about Bill Kraus, his knowledge of tonewoods, and the insane quality of his guitars. I also learned that Stan Jay of Mandolin Bros. was equally impressed with Kraus Guitars and had started carrying Bill’s guitars in his store. Every Kraus guitar at Mandolin Bros. has sold!

Here’s how Stan described a Model D Honduran Rosewood that Mandolin Bros. had in their store:

“William Kraus, who uses the logo (in highly stylized abalone) “WK” in which both the W and the K seem to be mating or something, is a maker of extremely fine sounding, beautifully hand-crafted guitars, in the traditional design of the great dreadnoughts of the past. This one, however, exceeds all expectations of excellence and beauty in that it has a Honduran rosewood back, sides and headstock overlay. About Honduran Rosewood, according to the website “globaltrees” (edited): Honduran Rosewood is a valuable timber species. Honduran rosewood – a/k/a Dalbergia stevensonii is known only from Belize, Guatemala and southern Mexico. Its valuable rosewood timber is highly sought after for quality products including musical instruments, turnery and carving. Honduran rosewood is reportedly the best wood for marimba and xylophone keys and it has been suggested as an acceptable substitute in guitars for Brazilian rosewood – Dalbergia Nigra — (international trade in which is now banned under CITES). Because it is a Dalbergia, like Brazilian, it sounds absolutely unbelievable!”

This guitar is simply phenomenol and the build quality, materials, and attention to detail are just mind blowing! I have a collection of vintage Golden Era Gibsons, Fenders, Gretschs, and Martins, so it takes a very special guitar to impress me. The Kraus OM delivers in every way! Just check out the rosette: Paua shell bordered by curly Koa wood inlayed into a red Spruce top-simply amazing! And the curly koa fretboard binding is a sight to behold! The Honduran Rosewood is becoming exceeding hard to find, and will probably go the way of Brazilian Rosewood as a protected wood soon. The Honduran Rosewood used on this guitar took months to source, and it looks spectacular! The guitar itself took 16 months to build, and the wait was well worth it, and well beyond expectations!

Dimensions:

• UPPER BOUT: 11 3/8
• WAIST: 9 7/16
• LOWER BOUT: 15 1/4
• BODY LENGTH: 19 1/2
• NECK/BODY JOINT 14
• NUT WIDTH 1 3/4
• SCALE LENGTH 25.34

Materials:

• Top and Bracing : Red(Adirondack) Spruce
• Back and Sides : Quartersawn Honduran Rosewood
• Neck : Honduran Mahogany
• Fingerboard and Bridge : Ebony
• Bindings and Tail Wedge : Curly Koa
• Rosette : Abalone Shell Bordered by Curly Koa
• Tuners : Gotoh 510’s

The Playability of the guitar is outstanding, and has a thin, nicely rounded fast neck. It has a very musical tone, with a particular sweet spot in the upper end. The bluegrass G chord in the 1st position with G/6th string, D/5th strings sounds tremendous on this guitar. Both fingerpicking and strumming are effortless, and jazz chords are well articulated. The volume of the guitar is Loud, and should only increase over time as the top opens up.

 

The guitar comes with the premium/built- like-a tank acoustic guitar hardshell case from Ameritage. This is a very special left handed acoustic!

Was $3,995 Now $3,200

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1959 Gibson Les Paul Special, 100% Original, EXC+ Condition!

This is a Left Handed 1959 Gibson Les Paul Special, Double Cutaway, Cherry Finish, 2 P-90s, Wrap Bridge. This is an early 1959 model, and may be the earliest Left Handed Double Cutaway Les Paul Special in existence. The guitar is all original(except it comes in an early 70s Gibson hardshell case), and is in EXC+ condition.

As featured in the book of rare Lefty vintage guitars, Uncommon Sound, and Tony Bacon’s The Ultimate Guitar Book. 1959 – the pinnacle and holiest year for vintage Gibson guitars!

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