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Martin D28, USA 2005 with hard case, £1500
Good condition. Has had a partial refret and also has a few chips and marks.
Taylor 314CE, USA 2000 with hard case, £950
Levin Goliath LN-26 with hard case, Sweden c.1968, £800
Lovely condition with no issues. Great sound.
Guild D4-12 NY, USA c.1991 with hard case, £600
Reasonable condition. Had a couple of splits in the sides but these have been repaired.
Faith FRMG Mars, with hard case £500
Superb condition. Faith say: Based upon the Patrick James Eggle 'Kanuga' model, this Mars is a classic drop-shoulder dreadnought design. Tonally a great all-rounder, the Mars attracts the player with an eye and ear for tradition. Faith All-Mahogany models deliver a clear, linear tone which is very sweet and woody with plenty of midrange. Using Mahogany for both the top and body of a guitar makes for a very “friendly” instrument that responds well to hard picking, strumming and finger-style techniques alike. Further to this, the sound produced is unburdened by overly audible overtones and harmonics, so they perform brilliantly when recording.
Straten Club 40, UK 1940's, £350
Good, playable condition and, unlike many archtops, has a warm sound. The binding around the top has been replaced, badly, with black rather than the original white material. The Vintage Hofner site has this info:
Jo Van Straten was the manager of Selmer's London Charing Cross Road shop in the late 1930's/early 1940's. Immediately after World War II, Jo teamed up with a guitar maker called Dick Knight, and together they started producing archtop guitars under the Straten label, using a workshop in Bridle Lane, Soho, London.
Unfortunately, the business only lasted until 1948, at which stage Dick Knight went to work for the Selmer UK Company, which was being run by the brothers Ben and Lew Davies. Dick, under this new regime, carried on producing archtop guitars, although still under the Straten banner. The one illustrated above was named the "Club 40 Model". As this model name had not been used previously by the Straten company, one can only conclude that it was Selmer and the Davies brothers who decided on that name.
Taylor Big Baby, Mexico with gig bag, £325
Gretsch Synchromatic G100, Korea 2007, £400
Harmony Sovereign Western Special H1203, USA 1960's with case, £425
PRS SE Angelus A10E and hard case, Korea £300
Crafter TCO 35/N, Korea £300
EKO P8, Italy c.1962, £95
Baby Taylor with fitted Fishman pickup, plus gig bag, £275
Breedlove Passport D/CMe HH with hard case £400
Good condition. Amongst the D/CMe's features is its solid red cedar top and mahogany back and sides, generating a warm tone with good projection. It has a Passport Tuner VTC pickup with a backlit chromatic tuner. Light weight bracing in the top and back help provide increased resonance, while the amazing tone of the bridge truss bracing system boasts sustain and complexity in each note.
Yamaha FG410EA, Taiwan c.1990, £140
Stella by Harmony USA 1960's, £145
Regent, Japan c.1960 with case £125
Probably made in Japan. Around a 3/4 scale length. Nice for old time blues.