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Looking for a great present for someone who's got just about everything...well look no further..!!
If your looking for that collectable guitar that's quite different from your usual Strat's, Tele's or Les Paul's this is the one for you. It has that real bluesey sound about it and it also has a great Gypsy Jazz feel & sound as well. These are made circa early 50's and designed by the great and legendary maker Maccaferri himself. Designed as an alternative to the 'timber' guitars of the time sales were expected to be quite high, but alas, they weren't. Today some 70 years later these are very much desired and used in recording studio's for their unique sound... and desired by some great players and are in many great guitarists collections.
This particular one had a couple of tuner gears that were worn down and required us to get some new internal gears to be made, so now it's in pretty much 100% in great playable and collectable condition. The finish was polished by hand and several scratches that were present are now gone. Looks and feels fantastic...
made in china
If your working up north on a mine site, an oil rig or mustering and want a guitar to take with you but don't want to take that expensive one with you then this is the right guitar for you....
A very cool MARTIN D45 that's made in china, looks the part that's for sure, but does it compare with the real thing, well at this price it doesn't have to....check out the many demo's on youtube of these
SO HOW DOES IT SOUND..?
Well pretty good actually, it's has lot's of volume and presence, easy to play, hard wired with a Fishman pickup, and doesn't it look just so good. solid Indian rosewood back and sides, maple top, paua shell inlays all over the guitar and sound hold, on the sides, the back and on the fretboard which of course is rosewood as well...at this price it's a real bargain and comes with a almost new $266 case as well and the fisherman instructor manual...
Second only to the GRETSCH WHITE FALCON this VIKING is a beautiful guitar from 1967. Finished in the more desirable blonde it just looks oh so good. Many years ago it had the binding on the body and fretboard redone but the headstock still has the original binding which of course is showing wear with one spot as can be seen in the pics about (6mm or 1/4") missing. Overall the guitar is in exccondition with the blonde finish still looking really great. The pick guard does has a small crack where the screw goes thru but you can still get pick guards so this can be replaced. This one also has the intact 'tuning fork' and the mute selector, and the back vinyl is also still there. Featuring two great pickups these sound just so great, whether your into rockabilly, county or rock you not going to be disappointed with this beauty. The fretboard is of course ebony which is one of my favourite materials next to aged rosewood and both give you that unique sound. Gretsch's are and always have been great guitars and especially from the 60's...the Gretsch style Bigsby is another great feature a is the roller bridge...comes with it's original slightly beauty case
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