RARE TO FIND
The first issue since the original Penguins in the 50's. Made in Japan either 93 or 94 as a tribute to the originals. These don't feature the serial on the headstock as the much later issues did, these originally had it on a loose piece of paper in the compartment where the pot's are, but to avail, this is no longer with the guitar as many people pulled the serial paperwork out of there. These did feature the Grover Imperial tuners which again are so different to the tuners of the 2000's models. The 4 knob's also featured a 'ruby' coloured stone on the face of the knob, of which 3 are missing as this guitar was used as a working stage guitar. Overall in great condition, has the ebony fretboard, humpback pearl inlays, A great guitar and you almost see none of these from 93/94 available anywhere. VGC+
PLEASE NOTICE THE FADED ALMOST CREME COLOUR
A early 80's IBANEZ GOLDTOP which has faded beautifully, well to my eye. Has the rosewood fretboard with block inlays, original tuners, creme coloured pick guard and pickup surrounds 2 x hum buckers and a 3 way switch. Gold knobs and a sculptured style body, also has the original case.
These early 80's Ibanezes are sought after and this was there starter model, you can also get the SG-1000 OR the SG-2000 which are also so good, but for this price it's a great buy. Of course made in Japan. Recommended for a starter vintage guitar. VGC+++
These early 80's basses by Fernandez are getting very good reputations nowadays.
Ok, we know it's a copy of the 'RIC' bass of the classic design that we all know about. What 90% of the starting bass players dont realise is just how good these are. As with the Greco styled "RIC' or the 'THUNDERBIRD" styles basses these Fernandez are finally starting to gain a reputation. They play exceptionally well considering the price, so if your a young guy/girl who desires a Rickenbacker but doesn't have the budget this is the way to go. One great stepping stone. It has the redwood style sharktooth fretboard, white binding, single ply pick guard, 2 single coil pickups, and it's a full size. Overall EXC cond. but does have player wear which can be seen in the pics. Currently priced without a case. So a case will be extra.
These Greco's are based on the legendary Rickenbacker model which are so great. The greco is also a great guitar built in Japan to an exacting standard which you can see looks exactly like the original Ricky. These of course feature the 2 x pickups, 2 x tone and 2 x volume knobs, pickup selector switch, shark tooth style white lays, rosewood styled fretboard which is fully bound as is the body. A great playing guitar and getting quite sort after as there are so little of these models around and for sale. Overall in EXC++ CONDITION but it does not have a case but we'll source one as part of the deal.
MADE IN JAPAN
1972 TO 74
The Japanese have always made great copies of both Fender and Gibson guitars. This Greco of course is no exception, same style lightweight body, 'F' hole, mother of pearl style pick guard, 2 x Maxon humbucker pickups which do give a great vintage sound. The neck and fretboard are maple and also, tuners are original greco, fret's are original and show little wear. A great player considering a Fender from this era fetches around 5K plus, so at this price you cant go wrong. The case is the hard plastic (grp) style so it protects the guitar well during transport. This is one great looking guitar from around 1974, you won't be disappointed at all. Recommended if you dont have the 5Kplus budget for the Fender. EXC+ condition.
2 TONE SUNBURST
CIRCA EARLY 90'S
A COOL VINTAGE FERNANDES FROM CIRCA 80'S.
This ST-57 model based on the famous Fender Stratocaster is the way the Japanese were making guitars back in the 70's and 80's. They literally bought the originals and pulled them apart and made these super clones, to a degree that is. This one is pretty cool as well, features the 8 screw single ply pick guard, maple fretboard, button style tuners and a 2 tone sunburst finish. It plays really well and sounds a lot better than what you would think. I would compare it to a 80's Japanese Fender as it sounds pretty good. Although not expensive this guitar will outperform any chinese guitar by miles and at only $725 it's a real bargain. Currently does not have a case but I'll see if I can find a secondhand hard case for it, if not a new hard case is $109 aud. Overall in exc condition
BY ARIA PRO XX MS
Every now and then we come across something special, this ORIGINAL 'MICHAEL SCHENKER' SIGNATURE guitar from ARIA PRO XX MS is one of these, very hard to find nowadays. Michael now has a deal with dean guitars but in 1981 this was (is) the original one. It features a rosewood fretboard, pointy headstock with aria tuners, dot inlays, 1 x standard Aria humbucker and 1 x 'Bill Lawrence' much desired L90 pickup from the early 80's installed in the bridge position. Although not original to this guitar it's still a desirable pickup indeed which does nothing to distract from the coolness of this guitar. The body has now gone to that creme shade as so often seen with white guitars from the era, and the pick guard is in the opposite colouring to give it that black/white look. Overall a great sounding guitar and one that when you bring it to a UFO 'Schenker' meeting you will certainly stand out. Comes with a new hard case and it's original ARIA soft case. vgc+++
A cool GRECO BASS from Japan, come with two hum- bucking pickups, 3 way switch, 2 x tone and 2 x volume selectors, is the 'les Paul' style shape, the black top is fully bound and is quite nice, it's a 3/4 bass so would suit someone who either likes a smaller bass or someone who likes a lighter bass. In no way does it make this bass less of an instrument, it plays really well and has some deep growly sounds or a brighter sound depending on which position you choose. The fretboard is rosewood and has mother of pearl with Paul shell style inlays which look great as well. Tuners are of a nice size so easy to tune, very little player wear. Overall a great sounding first or second bass, why by a chinese crappy bass when you can have something of this quality. comes with a new hard case. VGC+++
IN FLIGHT CASE
Rarely seen in Oz
are these Roland synth guitars from the 80's. This particular one's home was originally in Canada before being shipped to Oz many years ago. This one is the all 'black' synth guitar with 2 x humbucker pickups, 3 way selector with a master volume and tone selector. The other controls are all for the synth. When plugged in with the synth controller is really what this guitar is about and for those interested there are many demo's on youtube including a funny one by our friends at Chicago music exchange...a bunch of great guys. So check out all the demo's and you'll get a very good understanding of what this guitar is all about. The controller comes in a aluminium not 'aluminum' lol flight case and includes the 2 handbooks as well as a couple of pages demo'ing certain sound setting available, it also had 2 x memory blocks included as well as all necessary cables, it is 110 volt's but if your in Oz it will come with the 240v convertor...The guitar comes with it's very desirable 'hot pink' lined case
overall a very cool find for Australia and available now exc+ condition
A beautiful Greco from the fujigen factory, circa December 1979. Has ta very special fully flamed front and back which shows exceptional style, electrics are all original as are all fittings, finish is in the tobacco burst colours with plenty of life in the colour. Vintage Greco's always maintain a great price with the sound also being in the style of the gibson 335 guitars from the period but at a third of the gibson price. Fretboard is rosewood and has the block mother of pearl inlays, truly a special model..comes with a non original hard case. RC-27
These Japanese Vintage GRECO guitars were made early 70's and were Japans's answer to the Gibson era guitars and being American were so expensive in the early 70's in Japan As a result they copied all famous guitars such as Gibson, Fender, Gretsch and Rickenbacker...so how are these guitars you ask..?
The best way to say this is that they attain maybe 80% and some as much maybe as 95% of the sound quality of the early USA guitars and as such have gained a huge following over the years for those looking for 'vintage' sound quality but at a much reduced price. This SG example is like the SG Deluxe, has the full pick guard, bound rosewood fretboard, block inlays and double ring tuners like the klussons of the era. Finished in the cherry red this particular one has a few dings and scratches as can be seen in the photo's which dont effect the way it plays....I can truly say that I have always enjoyed playing a vintage Greco more so than playing a Chinese or Indonesian "guitar" The sound quality is there as would be expected, if your budget only allows you a certain amount of dollars your gonna enjoy this guitar. vgc, soft case at present but hard case available for $109
Epiphone acoustic pr-300
Looking for a cheap acoustic to be used as a travel guitar, this one will suit
Comes with a soft case
Fender telecaster deluxe, that's the one with the binding on the front, finish is in candy apple red, has a few chips here and there, rosewood fretboard, spaghetti style logo, white pick guard, comes with a soft case. MIJ. A Fender "style" hard case is available, add $120 (recommended retails price is $165)