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Ernie McMillen custom, Northern Ireland 2007 with case £2000
Ernie Mcmillen was the Senior Luthier for the Avalon Guitar Company from March 1986 to May 2012. .This is a one off, custom guitar made for Charlie Harcourt of local Band Lindisfarne. Flame maple back and sides, spruce top, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard and bridge.
AB Manson 'Magpie' England 1994, with case
Dobro model 27,USA 1933 with case £1850
Auden Chester Golden Sunburst Spruce Full Body, China with case £950
Superb guitar in excellent condition. Has fitted pickup. Auden say: Top: AAA Spruce. Back: Solid Flamed Maple. Sides: Solid Flamed Maple.
Neck: African Mahogany. Joint: Dovetail / Hide Glue
Fingerboard: Ebony. Head plate: Ebony. Detailing: Maple / Ebony. Nut: Bone. Bridge: Ebony. Saddle: Bone / Composite. Pins: Ebony. Machine heads: Schertler 18:1 open. Finish: 3 Tone Sunburst Full Gloss
Preamp: Brad Clark Supernatural. Case: Vintage Grey Buck.
Freshman Apollo Series FABWIN (AB3 Winter) with case, £350
Faith Mercury £325
Cassidy CA451, with gig bag £200
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.
Line 6 Variax 700 acoustic,Korea with gig bag, £400
Excellent condition. Includes leads & manual.
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.
Gretsch Synchromatic G100, Korea 2007, £400
EKO P8, Italy c.1962, £95
Regent, Japan c.1960 with case £125
Probably made in Japan. Around a 3/4 scale length. Nice for old time blues.