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!

$15,500

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1955 Fender Tele, Refin Body Only(1954 Date), with OHSC

This is a factory Left Handed Fender Telecaster, with 1954 Body Date(neck pocket), 7-55 Neck Date, Left Hand(LH) markings in bridge PUP cavity and back of neck, and Serial # 1975. Pot codes are covered by solder on both pots and are not discernible.

Fender stamped the serial numbers for Teles on the front of the bridge through 1954, and serial numbers were not Sequentially arranged but randomly selected from the batch of bridges manufactured and stamped in 1951.

This Tele is identical in body and neck dates to a stellar 1956 Tele I had years ago: 1954 Body with 1955 Neck: http://www.leftyvintageguitars.com/1956FenderTele.html. So we now know there are 2 surviving factory Left Handed Teles from this period!

The pots on the 1956 were 304 620(20th week of 1956). The pots on this Tele are obscured by the solder, but appear to be from the same period.

This Tele comes from the Nashville area, where it was purchased by the current owner from a professional Musician in the Grand Old Opry around the mid-1990s. At the same time, the body was taken to renowned Nashville luthier, Joe Glaser, and the body only was refinished in the original Blonde color. As you can see from the pics, the neck maintains a wonderful patina from considerable wear.

As is true with most vintage guitars that show a fair amount of wear, this Tele sounds like a good one – the owner describes it as “having a terrific tone and playability!”

The Tele currently has a newer Black pickguard installed for the “Blackguard” look, but the guitar does come with the original White pickguard. Also includes original factory left handed tweed hard case.

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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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1965 Fender Strat, EXC Condition, Great Sounding Lefty Vintage Strat!

This is a Left Handed 1965 Fender® Sunburst Strat® in EXC condition. All original except for replaced nut, currently has 5-way switch(period correct NOS 3-way in the case with original box), bridge pickup has been rewound but is original, trem cover is missing. This is a vintage Strat I sold back in 2011 and was able to repurchase recently. The guitar is in the same condition as when I sold it. All pics, both internal and external, were taken recently. This Strat was originally inspected, examined, and set-up by Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music in 2011. It was also recently reinspected and set-up by Scott on March 29, 2018.

This is one of about a half dozen 1965 Strats I’ve seen from mid-65 that came with the F plate(typical for that period); this one is F125920.

Date Codes:

Neck stamp: 2JUN65 B
PUP dates: 6-11-65
Pot dates: 137 6514
Neck Plate: F125920

Neck PUP=5.76K, middle PUP=5.73K, Bridge PUP=7.54K. Nice blend three-color Sunburst with strong unfaded color, no wear through the wood except small area of arm wear on the side/bottom, DARK Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, original frets have been leveled and the guitar now plays great. Back of neck is worn nicely: feels smooth and fast, just the way you want it! Has unfilled hole on lower horn from righty strap knob(about 1/2 of all the Strats I’ve ever owned, new or vintage, have been flipped over to righty at one time), pickguard has fair amount of wear.

The guitar sounds and plays great. The gray bottom Pickup Strats from this period are known to be exceptional sounding vintage Strats – this is one of those Strats!

Includes new G&G black Tolex hardshell case.

Was $14,995 Now $12,000

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1952 Fender Blackguard Tele, Likely the First True Lefty Telecaster Ever Built!

This 1952 Lefty Fender Tele is a one owner original guitar with very strong provenance coming from the original family. Lots of photos, phonograph record and paperwork to accompany the guitar. This includes rare original Form Fit case, Ashtray bridge cover and original Fender Black Guard Telecaster brochure. You can see the brochure has the word Broadcaster blacked out by Fender! Very valuable original color brochure.

1). Finish is 100% original in every way. Beautiful light checking on body.
2). The guitar has its original frets and they are in excellent condition. He likely used Flat Wound strings and this accounts for the great original fret condition.
3). All electronic components are original and performing well:
Neck Date: 3/12/52, Body Date: 1/28/52, Pot Codes: 140 203
4). Some factory original hand chiseling to accommodate lefty configuration. This was done because they did not have a jig for routing left handed guitars.
5). One tuner is changed but the replacement is old and works perfectly.
6). This could easily be the first left handed Telecaster ever made!!!

This is a one owner original guitar coming from the original family. Lots of photos, phonograph record and paperwork to accompany the guitar. This includes rare original Form Fit case, Ashtray bridge cover and original Fender Black Guard Telecaster brochure. You can see the brochure has the word Broadcaster blacked out by Fender! Very valuable original color brochure.

A great playing, incredibly resonant guitar with tremendous vibe!

A very exciting rarity that is truly an exceptional find. Rare beyond compare, a truly historic Fender guitar!

NOT FOR SALE

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