October 13, 2017
This is such a beautiful guitar… I’m a leftie myself, but like many of my clients I have one problem and here’s a hint…… She resides at the same address and holds the purse strings…….. but for you luckier leftie’s this baby is a treat!
We’ve been servicing this guitar since new and we know every bit of her. Amazing tone and playability not to mention, scarcity. Mid 90’s through to early 2000’s are my favourite years for Gibson production. Build and finish quality is high and the quality of the timber used in this guitar is sublime.
Includes Original Case
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October 13, 2017
Here we have a lovely mid ’50’s ES125 fully set up and ready to rock… Whether it be Jazz, Fuzz or Country, this guitar has it all going on…. here’s some facts
- Originally purchased for Jackson’s rare Guitars in the late 80’s
- Finish is in great condition however a re-finish may have been done at some stage.
- The pots date to 10-53
- The “sloped” headstock puts the age at ’55 or before.
- The P90 is original, however, the cover has been modified; probably as a result of the fact that many of these covers pulled away from the body owing to a lack of flexiblility… You Gibson nuts will know about this!
- The serial number is unusual, if a little hard to read. From what i can make out it looks to be “SP0228” with what looks like a 4 on the end.
- The bridge may or may not be original.
But with this knowledge in hand, at the end of the day this is a lovely guitar with amazing tone and playability.
Includes Case (non original)
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September 8, 2017
To be honest, when we started this “upcycle” we really didn’t know where it was heading but as it came together we could see some of our favourite things evolving out of the mist. But first the back story… This guitar was donated to us some years ago. She was in a sorry state, just the bare bones comprising of the body and the neck. The finish had been stripped and the headstock binding was missing as were pieces of the headstock and there it sat for at least three years. Being a Japanese LP replica with a semi hollow top, I would place it in the late ‘70’s-early 80’s. She’s probably a Kasuga, maybe a Stagg or maybe an Ibanez… take your pick.
The refurb process went as follows. I had some fine Japanese Gift wrap (quite appropriate I think) so decided to give it a “distressed wallpaper” vibe. Andre over sprayed this with tinted lacquer and voila! This created a slight Zemaitis vibe. Andre restored the headstock and re fretted the neck before again over spraying in tint lacquer. I had a Seymour Duncan “Dime time” pick up for the bridge and an 80’s Dimarzio PAF for the neck. All new electronics with the exception of two original 70’s Japanese tone controls (they have a slight squeak when turned which I think is kind of cute). We also decided to use a trapeze tail piece which gives the guitar a lovely woody tone and I feel also gives a slight Rick Turner vibe (another fine maker). Aged parts add further to the look which all put together also gives the end product a slight vibe of Neil Young’s “Old Black”. She sounds and plays amazingly!
You can tell that we’re pretty stoked with the finished product. Whoever buys this guitar is buying a very unique one off instrument that was saved owing to imagination and passion…
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March 17, 2017
You don’t need me to tell you how beautiful this girl is. We’ve had a few things to get around like the neck set problem, electronics and what type of bridge will do justice to her. The neck we removed (actually age and several bad gluing job did it for us… But we didn’t fight it!) We then removed a whole section of the neck heal which we deemed weak and replaced it with a maple insert and a vertical dowel running right through the center. For the bridge, we ended up making a one piece compensated jazz bridge out of striped ebony. She really belongs in the hands of a professional, however, she’ll also take being owned by someone who really loves her. She’s plays like butter and the tone both acoustically and electrically is warm and woody.
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November 9, 2016
Just playing this guitar acoustically is fun. Really comfy “D” neck and warm, woody tone define this little Gem. She came to us gutted and in need of some loving…. below is listed work we’ve done this beautiful little thing.
1. Re fret
2. Re install the electronics having first cleaned, lubed, and then tested them thoroughly. There is nothing more painful than getting the electronics in only to find a broken wire etc, especially with wire this old.
3. Set up with 11-49 (can be re set to anyone’s preferred free of charge)
Additions and non genuine….. As mentioned earlier two potentiometers have been replaced. The original bridge and scratch plate are supplied, however we found that a Bigsby bridge worked better tonally….. Bigsby hmmmm? now that’s an idea……
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April 24, 2016
1973 Fender Telecaster Custom
ser. No. 373650
This guitar is all original (apart from a replaced 3 way selector switch) right down to the frets. The alder body is light (unlike the later American ash guitars).
The playability is smooth owing to the slick factory frets and the tone is as you would expect. We see very few pre ’75 telecasters so examples like this are highly collectable, although we’d love to see it gigging again….
We all have a little bit of Keith Richards that needs to come out so here’s your chance. Hope that happens I don’t really know what else to say, this tele’s doing the talking now
$4000.00 (inc original case)
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