Martin D28, USA 2019 with case £2000
Pristine example. Martin say: The all new D-28 blends the rich history of the guitar with Martin’s newest and most heralded innovations. The 184 year old guitar maker has combined vintage appointments, including open gear tuners, an aged toner top, antique white accents, and a faux tortoise pickguard with a new neck profile to give D-28 enthusiasts a modern feel and comfortable playing experience. Martin has also added forward-shifted bracing to allow greater vibration of the top. The legend just got better!
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 the late Charlie Harcourt of local band Lindisfarne. Flame maple back and sides, spruce top, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard and bridge.
Bedell Blackbird Vegan Parlour BV-P-SK/MP USA with hard case £1500
A superb guitar. Bedell say Bedell Blackbird Vegan Parlor guitar is the ultimate forest stewardship guitar in addition to its vegan friendly construction. Inspired by the beauty and wonder of the American landscape: the streams and deserts, swamps and forests, beaches and valleys, and all the magnificent animals that grace this vast and diverse country, from shore to shore. The Bedell Blackbird Vegan models aren't just sustainable, they're also built using only American harvested woods: a salvaged Sitka spruce soundboard, Western bigleaf maple back and sides, an Eastern hard rock maple neck, and a walnut fretboard, bridge and peghead overlay. Bedell craftsmen have achieved unparalleled tone and projection from these plentiful American woods for a truly planet-friendly guitar made from ethically harvested trees. The Bedell Blackbird features a nitrocellulose finish with a translucent black burst. All Blackbird models include a workshop-installed K&K Pure Mini pickup and a Bedell deluxe hardshell 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.
Taylor 714CE, USA with hard case £2000
Bought new in March 2020 this guitar is unplayed/as new. Taylor say: The Taylor 714ce V Class Electro Acoustic 2018 provides the player with a solid-wood construction, a sonically-versatile and powerful tonal output combined with high-quality ES2 electronics and Taylor's innovative V-Class bracing. With a solid Lutz spruce and solid Indian rosewood construction, the Taylor 714ce produces a versatile yet powerfully-rich sound with plenty of warmth and a superb response. In addition, the 714ce features a comfortable grand auditorium body with a Venetian cutaway profile and comes equipped with incredible V-class bracing; offering a comfortable playing experience and easy access to upper frets, whilst its V-class bracing adds more volume, more sustain and improved intonation for a full, true, and consistent tone. Furthermore, the Taylor 714ce comes equipped with ES2 electronics which captures the Taylor's dynamic properties via its innovative behind-the-saddle construction, perfect for the performing musician. Lastly, the 714ce offers an old school aesthetic by sporting koa binding, herringbone-styled rosette and a weathered brown pickguard with nickel tuners. Taylor deluxe hardshell case included.
Aria Elecord AE-100, Japan c.1980 with new tweed case, £400
Excellent condition, beautifully constructed and plays very well. Apparently only 200 of these were made in Japan between 1979-1981. See pics for famous players of this model (OK, I'm struggling here) Cliff Richard's guitar sold at auction in 2005 and has a seial number only 5 digits away from this one. Whoo Hoo! And, I'll have nothing said against Val Doonican (Hello there!).
Tacoma Roadking, USA 1999, £400
Good condition with a superb deep sound. Also has a pickup.
Stonebridge G20CM, Czech Republic 2012 with case £500
Great sound & condition. Built by Furch in Prague. All solid woods, cedar top, Mahogany back and sides.
Larrivee L-03, USA with hard case, £1000
Superb condition. Larrivee say: Jean Larrivee started crafting guitars in Toronto. The company moved to Vancouver in the '80s and opened a second factory in California in 2001. The Larrivee L-03 uses Larrivee's signature L body style which is smaller than a dreadnought. Mahogany Neck, Canadian Sitka Spruce top, Ebony fingerboard, Sapele back & sides
Freshman parlour with case £325
Tanglewood Winterleaf TW Mini Koa, £290
Vintage Gordon Giltrap V2000/MGG, with case, £300
Excellent condition. Good fitted hard case included.
Yamaha FG400A, Taiwan 1989-94, with case £150
Good condition. Has a Fishman soundhole pickup added and comes in a lightweight case.
Cimar W50, Korea 1980's £150
Made by Ibanez this is a well made Martin D18 copy with a nice tone. It's in good condtion too.
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.
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.
Kimbara 'Folk Guitar' , Japan 1970's £150
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.
Egmond, Holland 1960's? £75
An example of what was available in the 60's to learn on. Has the movable bolted on neck so you can adjust the action in a jiffy. Not in great shape but it plays.
Kay K500SD , Korea 1980's £90
In good condition this Gibson copy has an early pickup fitted as standard. Given there's no preamp though it's not a got much of an output signal. Remember in the early 80's people were still using microphones to amplify guitars in many cases.
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