2017 National ResoPhonic NRP Tricone, Brass Body with Antique Brass Finish, Mint with OHSC!

This is a 2017 National ResoPhonic Tricone, with Brass Body finished in Antique Brass.

The brass body is plated and then given an aged patina, resulting in a unique vintage look. Each instrument is individually finished by hand so no two instruments look alike, making each one a unique work of art. See attached pics of Specs sheet and product description literature.

Originally purchased last year from Artisan Guitars; one-owner.

Mint with OHSC.

$3,500

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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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1958 Gretsch Duo-Jet 6128 with OHSC, Refin, Extremely Rare Lefty!

This is a factory Left Handed 1958 Gretsch 6128 Duo-Jet Serial # 35203. With an estimated 40 to 50 left-handed instruments built up to the late 1970’s, the Duo-Jet 6128 is an extremely rare model in factory left-handed, and even more rare when considering it is a lefty Golden Era 1954-1960 single-cut Duo-Jet!

This particular Duo-Jet belonged to a right-handed gentleman who had owned and played it upside down from 1971 to 2008. The Duo-Jet was Gretsch’s answer to the Gibson Les Paul Custom, and the overwhelming majority of these were black, with a sprinkling of Cadillac Green from 1956-1958. In addition, the single-cut Silver Jet 6129 was offered with some custom sparkle colors from 1954-1960. This guitar was refinished in Orange a long time ago, before the second to most previous owner acquired it in 1971.

This Duo-Jet has the typical brown back and neck finish, original tuners, bone nut (which has never been off), ebony fingerboard and original frets, lefty thumbprint inlays, original Pat. Applied For Filter’Tron pickups with original wire harness including switches and capacitors. All solder joints are original. Original bar bridge. The lefty Bigsby tailpiece does not appear to be original to the instrument, and is probably a late 60s Bigsby, as there are screw-holes from another tail-piece on the bottom. The second to most recent owner acquired the guitar with its current tailpiece in 1971, and the only change he made to the Bigsby was in removing the black paint. The guitar was recently sent to Curt Wilson at Old School Guitar Repair(www.oldschoolguitar.net) at the recommendation of Gretsch guru, Edward Ball, where the front of the headstock was refinished to the correct black(previously Orange) and the center portion of the Bigsby was repainted black. Sadly, the previous owner removed and discarded the original lefty pickguard many years ago.

Some areas of the top’s lacquer finish have been peeled away from the long-ago removal of a few stickers and black electrical tape (the previous owner admitted to decorating the guitar with the black stripes in a tiger-theme). The guitar plays well, with a good neck angle and decent original frets. The guitar was just set up this past month by the pros at the renowned Guitar Factory in Orlando(http://www.guitarfactory.us/). It now plays great and needs nothing – they do great work! Pickups read 4.12 (neck) and 4.20 (bridge), and pots and switches work well. And, very important to note on vintage Gretsch guitars, there is NO binding rot. Also includes the Original Hard Shell Case.

At the end of the day, this is obviously far from a perfect example, but this is an extremely hard-to-find factory left-handed 1958 Gretsch Duo-Jet, and provides a very rare opportunity for the vintage guitar collector, lefty or righty! I have seen far fewer left handed 50s Gretsch guitars as compared to Fender, Gibson, and even Martin over the years. Lefty 50s Gretsch guitars are insanely rare, especially in the Duo Jet model!

Was $9,500 Now $7,500

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1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop with OHSC, Very Rare!

Early 1957 Goldtop – formerly owned by Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos. One of a very small group of Left Handed Stop Tail Les Pauls from the 1950s.

Thanks to Scott Jennings for reminiscing about this great guitar. I remember when Scott had it for sale in Vintage Guitar Magazine in the early 90s at Route 66 Guitars; somehow I knew I would end up with this guitar some 25 years later – it was worth the wait!

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1959 Gibson ES-175D with Double White PAFs, OHSC, Hangtags, Receipt!

This is a very rare, unmolested and unharvested time capsule/survivor guitar: a super clean 1959 ES-175D, Near Mint Condition, one-owner, OHSC, hangtags, cord, receipt, AND Double White PAFs! Ser # A298xx with FON S6487xx. All original except for the older trapeze tailpiece; has 3 extra small holes underneath the holes for the trap TP; probably had a zigzag on there before. Original shrunken tuner tips have been replaced with Uncle Lou Premium Tuner Tips. This guitar has been completely inspected, authenticated, and set-up by Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music: http://www.topshelfmusic.com

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Lefty 1963 Fender Strat with OHSC, 100% Original, EXC Condition!

Early 1963 Left Handed Fender Strat, Sunburst finish, 100% original, with OHSC(brown case!). Beautiful blend Sunburst, Dark Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, very nice crack-free Green Guard, perfect headstock spag logo decal.

Overall, the guitar is in EXC condition with a very nice front; back and neck have some wear. But when you play this guitar, you will understand why that is…………

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Lefty 1961 Gretsch 6120, 100% Original w/ OHSC, Near Mint Condition!

Left-Handed 1961 Gretsch 6120 with OHSC, investment/collector condition,
spectacular example of the iconic 6120 model. Includes enamel-faced B6 Bigsby
that was standard feature on righty 6120s through mid-1959, flamey sides, beautiful birdseye
back, strong Pat # Filter’Tron pickups(neck/4.1K, bridge 5.89K), pots CTS 500k 615 7604 A 6105,
407xx = 3rd batch of 1961, 2nd version cowboy case, original strap.

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1954 Martin D-18L with OHSC and Original Receipt!

This is a factory original left-handed 1954 Martin D-18(D-18L). It was owned
by the owner of a factory authorized Martin repair center for many years, and
was recently inspected and set-up by another owner of a factory authorized
Martin center for over 30 years.

This guitar is in EXC condition with no breaks, cracks, or repairs; how rare is that!
The only modifications are Grover P-98 tuners are on there now,
and it’s had a pro refret with slightly larger frets to make it easier to play.

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1947 Epiphone Broadway, Acoustic Archtop, 100% Original with OHSC, EXC+ Condition!

1947 Epiphone Broadway, Acoustic Archtop, all original with Lifton OHSC except for partial refret to 14th fret. The guitar is in EXC+ Condition with no cracks or repairs. Recently inspected and set-up by Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music, with action at 5/64 – Hi E and 6/64 – Low E at the 12th fret with plenty of bridge height to spare.

The Broadway was Epiphone’s comparable model to the Gibson L-7, but slightly larger as was the typical Epiphone relative profile: 17 3/8″ Wide and 3 5/16″ Deep. Features include block inlays, Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, vine headstock inlay, bound tortoiseshell pickguard, carved Spruce top, carved Maple back & sides with nice flame on the back and Birdseye on the sides.

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Left-Handed 1956 Fender Tele, 100% Original, EXC Condition with OHSC, Extremely Rare Vintage Lefty!

Left Handed 1956 Fender Tele, 100% Original, OHSC, EXC Condition. This is an extremely rare, desirable, and unmolested lefty vintage guitar-I have only seen 2 other lefty Teles from the 50s! Body is dated 1954, neck is dated 7-55, pots are Stackpole 304620(20th week of 1956), neck plate is 113xx. Fender probably made a run of a few lefties from 1954, so they used what bodies were available in later years from that original inventory, something we’ve often seen with Fender lefty vintage guitars from the 50s and 60s. Has Lefty markings on bottom of bridge PUP, bridge PUP cavity, and bottom of neck(see pics).

As is consistent with the other 2 lefty 50s Teles, the bridge is stamped in the 196x range(1960). This is something mentioned in THE book on Teles: AR Duchossoir’s The Fender Telecaster on p.70(a detailed discussion of bridge plates) and on p. 78(the use of random serial #’s in dating bridges on the earliest Teles).

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