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In 2001, Modern Music saw the start of an exciting new venture, the sourcing and importing of vintage and rare guitars. This has now grown into an established part of the business. Andy is in constant contact with vintage guitar dealers in America, and is always able to pursue any customer enquiries regarding Vintage and Rare guitars. For a more detailed list check out our website here: www.modernmusic.co.uk/category/vintage-and-rare

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Modern Music Custom Designed Handmade Acoustic Guitar - Adirondack Spruce Top with Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides
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This is a Modern Music/Andy Pascoe Custom Designed Handmade Acoustic Guitar. It was made to our specifications by local guitar luthier Martin Cole. It is different to anything he had made before or since, it is a complete "One Off". The project was started in February 2008 and it took a year to track down the rare woods from the wood yards across America and to arrange the various paperwork needed to ship rare woods overseas. Another year followed with the making and deliberation over the various aspects of the guitar. Andy had certain ideas of what he wanted, and with Martin Cole’s luthier skills the guitar was finished in March 2010.

The playability and sound is just stunning, as you would expect from a guitar of this quality. It also looks a million dollars. The body is loosely based on a Martin D-45, but the neck is slim and based on a Gibson J-45. The top is Adirondack Spruce and the back and sides Brazilian Rosewood. The fingerboard is Ebony with snowflake inlays. Other features include Abalone inlay around the body and sound hole, top of the range Gotoh 510 tuners and aged toner on the sound top. The guitar is complete with a top of the range Martin Deluxe Acoustic Hard Case.

Although this guitar was built with the aim of being a show guitar and investment, it is also currently available to purchase for £3995.00.

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Original 1968 Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic - Solid Spruce Top in Natural Finish with Mahogany Back & Sides - Inc. Original Period Gibson Hard Case
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This is an Original 1968 Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic which has been shipped over from Andy's friend and vintage guitar contact Crawford in Nashville, Tennessee USA.

This beautiful Gibson Hummingbird is in 100% original condition from the golden years of Gibson production. These guitars were produced from 1960 onwards and this one is a 1968 in lovely condition. It is extremely light-weight and has that sweet, lush tone these guitars are famous for. It is definitely a collector’s piece as well as a wonderful playing guitar.

This Original 1968 Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic Features:

A Solid Spruce Top with Mahogany Back & Sides with rare Natural finish, Gold double line Kluson-Deluxe tuners, Parallelogram pearl inlays and Original rosewood adjustable bridge. It would be difficult to find a better example of this fabulous, much-sought after Gibson Acoustic.

This Original 1968 Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic is in lovely condition with no breaks, repairs or major damage anywhere. It has a "2" under the serial number (Factory second due to a finish flaw) but, except for a couple of tiny dings on the side and one small top ding, it would be considered Near Mint. It’s SUPER clean with no issues and we cannot see any flaws in the finish to warrant it being a factory second. It also includes its original period correct late 1960's Gibson hardshell case in very clean condition. The case also has a sticker from the Ernest Tubb Record Store - a little bit of Nashville history. A Great Investment!

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Original 1951 Gibson CF-100E Electro Acoustic - Solid Spruce Top in Sunburst Finish with Mahogany Back and Sides - Inc. Hard Case
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This is an original very rare and hard to find 1951 Gibson CF-100E Electro Acoustic.

The Gibson CF-100 was only available between 1950 and 1959, this was the first Gibson flat top with a cutaway (in a Florentine design) and the body dimensions are also the same as the Gibson LG series. This is a superbly crafted all solid wood acoustic guitar with X-bracing. It features scalloped top braces and tall, thin back braces. It also features a gorgeous Cremona Sunburst Spruce top with Honduras Mahogany back & sides. The Brazilian rosewood fingerboard is complimented by white binding and is in nice condition, it has 14 frets to the body and 20 frets in total.

Gibson produced two versions of the CF-100. The Standard Acoustic CF-100 was introduced in 1950 and the Electro Acoustic CF-100E followed in 1951. The “E” stood for Electric and included a Gibson P-90 pickup mounted close to the end of the fretboard. The Gibson P-90 singlecoil pickup produces a nice rounded warm tone, both acoustic and jazzy and stands up well against the modern pickups of todays Acoustics.

This Gibson CF-100E is a unique sounding instrument. It produces a full bodied surprisingly big sound with great projection both acoustic and amplified. It is in excellent condition and is exceptionally clean for its age. There are a couple of well repaired back cracks and a hairline crack on the headstock, but these have been checked over by our guitar luthier and are nothing to worry about. It also comes with a hard shell case of a later period.

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Original 1967 Martin D-35 Acoustic - Solid Spruce Top with Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides - Inc. Original Period Hard Case
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This is an Original 1967 Martin D-35 Acoustic which has been shipped over from Andy's friend and vintage guitar contact Crawford in Nashville, Tennessee USA.

This Original 1967 Martin D-35 Acoustic Features:

All original extremely rare solid Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides with a Solid Spruce Top. This Martin D-35 is an earlier 1967 model that still has the original tortoise shell pickguard. It includes a great sounding Piezo pickup installed with input jack at the strap button. The braces have been scalloped to further improve tone, it has an older refret with the correct size wire, and two repaired top cracks (one typical pickguard crack, and another crack going from the bridge to the bottom) both of these cracks have been professionally repaired. The action is great and this guitar plays very easily. The tone is very fine and above average for a late 1960's Martin D-35. It also includes a non-original but fitted hardshell case. A Great Investment!

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PRS JA-15 Hollowbody Electric (Pre-Owned) - Solid Spruce Top with Figured Maple Back & Mahogany Sides - Mint Condition - Inc. PRS Deluxe Hard Case
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The result of a collaboration between Paul Reed Smith and Paul Jackson, Jr., the JA-15 was originally designed with Jazz musicians in mind. It was soon realised that with several new innovations, it was no surprise rockers are loving it too. Features include a pattern neck shape, 57/08 pickups, a two-piece adjustable bridge, and V12 finish. The warmth of the spruce top paired with the high-end clarity of the figured maple back creates a resonance that is balanced with tonal clarity, and the simple control layout makes the JA-15 an absolute joy to play. A semi-hollowbody electric guitar that's perfect for jazz, but can also handle any style you throw at it.

This PRS JA-15 is Pre-Owned but in near mint condition and also includes a PRS Deluxe Hard Case.

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Original 1960's/1970's Simms-Watts P.A. 100 MK II 100 Watt Valve Amplifier + Pair of Simms-Watts 2 x 12" RCF Driven Columns - Made in England
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This is a Complete and Original Vintage 1960's/1970's Simms-Watts P.A. 100 MK II 100 Watt Valve Amplifier and Pair of Simms-Watts 2 x 12" RCF Driven Columns. Both the Simms Watts P.A. Amp and Speaker Columns have been fully serviced and safety tested by our Engineer and are in complete working order. They are all made in England and are in Excellent Condition.

Full detailed specification on the Simms-Watts P.A. 100 MK II Valve Amplifier here

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Original 1978 Gibson Marauder - Very Rare - Natural Finish - Inc. Gibson USA Hard Case

The Gibson Marauder was produced from 1974 to 1979 by Gibson. It was designed to compete with guitars made by Fender and was discontinued with fewer than 6,400 ever made.

The Marauder came at a difficult time for American guitar makers: sales in the early 1970s were down, and there was significant competition from Japanese competitors. It was Gibson's attempt to break into the single coil pickup, bolt-on neck guitar market dominated by Fender. In cooperation with Bill Lawrence, who had joined Gibson in 1972 and had already produced the L6-S, the Marauder was developed to compete with Fender, and had a pickup layout reminiscent of the Fender Telecaster, though in fact it had two humbucker pickups.

The Gibson Marauder features a contoured single cutaway Les Paul-shaped body, and a bolt on maple neck with a headstock similar to the Flying V's. Marauders were made with alder, maple, or mahogany bodies. The fretboard was produced both in the traditional Gibson rosewood, or the more Fender-like maple, with twenty-two frets. Most had dot markers, though some may have had trapezoid.

The Gibson Marauder also features custom-designed Bill Lawrence pickups sealed in clear epoxy. The guitar has a regular-sized humbucker pickup in the neck position and a small humbucker, in a blade style resembling a single coil, was mounted at an angle by the bridge (Telecaster-style). This arrangement resembles the Fender Telecaster Custom. The resulting sound was closer to the Fender sound than that of most Gibson guitars, with higher frequencies than regular Gibsons.

Early Marauders have a three-way toggle switch on the treble side of the upper bout of the body to turn on either one or both pickups. In 1976, a rotary potentiometer was introduced which allowed a range of blends between the two pickups. All Gibson Marauders have Schaller made "Harmonica" ("tune-o-matic" style) bridges and the standard Gibson stopbar tailpiece. They have enclosed "Gibson Deluxe" tuners, and typical Gibson strap buttons.

Overall, this Vintage Original 1978 Gibson Marauder is in Excellent Condition and is very rare with fewer than 6,400 ever made. It is everything you would expect from a Vintage Gibson which is close to 40 years old. We currently have it for sale at our Retail Shop, so feel free to visit us and see it for yourself.

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Original 1969 Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic - Solid Spruce Top with Mahogany Back & Sides - Inc. Original Period Hard Case
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Andy recently visited Crawford, his friend and vintage guitar contact in Nashville, Tennessee USA. Whilst there, he had the opportunity to view and play some of Crawford's superb collection of rare Vintage Guitars and Basses. The first of these rare instruments that we have shipped over is a lovely 1969 Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic.

This beautiful Gibson Hummingbird is in 100% original condition from the golden years of Gibson production. These guitars were produced from 1960 onwards and this one is a 1969 in lovely condition. It is extremely light-weight and has that sweet, lush tone these guitars are famous for. It is definitely a collector’s piece as well as a wonderful playing guitar.

This Original 1969 Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic Features:

A Solid Spruce Top with Mahogany Back & Sides with deep cherry finish, Gold double line Kluson-Deluxe tuners, Parallelogram pearl inlays and Original rosewood adjustable bridge.

It would be difficult to find a better example of this fabulous, much-sought after Gibson Acoustic.

This Original 1969 Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic is in lovely condition with no breaks, repairs or damage anywhere. Only a few slight marks in the lacquer, most likely caused by a guitar strap. It also includes an original period hard case in very clean condition.

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Original 1983 Fender American "Elite II" Precision Bass - Bronze Stratoburst - Very Rare - Inc. Original Fender Hard Case
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This is a very rare, Top of the Range Fender American “Elite II” Precision Bass in a Custom Bronze Stratoburst finish. It was one of only half a dozen or less that were shipped over to the UK.

The Fender Elite range was made in 1983 and sold between 1983 and the start of 1985. They were Fender's Top of the Range models, similar in concept to the current "Deluxe" models and followed on from the "Special" models of the early 1980s. The concept was to revise some of the existing Fender designs with new technology, while retaining as much of the classic appeal as possible.

Overall, this Original 1983 Fender American “Elite II” Precision Bass plays beautifully and is all you would expect from a Vintage American Fender over 30 years old.

The condition of this bass is “Excellent Plus” to Near Mint, 9/10. Making its overall appearance, the best of any Fender Elite II bass we have ever seen.

It also has its Original Fender Voyager brown flight case, because of cost the case was discontinued early in its run. All of this makes it a great investment for the future.

Full detailed specification and more information can be found here

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Original 1974 Gibson Les Paul Special '55 Reissue - Very Rare - Wine Red - Mahogany Neck & Body
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This is an Original 1974 Gibson Les Paul Special '55 Reissue. It was Gibson's first Reissue of the renowned 1955 Les Paul Special.

The Gibson Les Paul Special is a variation of the Gibson Les Paul Guitar. It was introduced in 1955 to be an intermediate model between the Gibson Les Paul Junior and the more expensive Gibson Les Paul Standard.

Overall, this Vintage Les Paul Special plays beautifully and is all you would expect from a Vintage Gibson which is almost 40 years old. We believe this model is very rare and was only made for 2 years from 1974 to 1976, the Serial Number and Pot Numbers date this guitar to 1974. It has had a Professional headstock repair which is quite common on Vintage Gibsons of this age.

This Original 1974 Gibson Les Paul Special '55 Reissue Features:

Single Cutaway Slab Mahogany Body and Mahogany Neck, 2 Black Soap Bar Pickups, Wrap-around Bridge/Tailpiece, Bound Rosewood Fingerboard with Dot Inlay, Plastic Keystone Tuner Buttons, Wine Red Finish. This Vintage Gibson Les Paul Special looks and plays great for an instrument almost 40 years old.

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Marshall 1972 Original JMP Super Lead 100w Valve Head - Model: 1959
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This 1972 Marshall JMP Super Lead 100w Valve Head is a Genuine 1972 Original. It has been fully serviced and checked by Marshall. Its model number is: 1959 and Serial Number is 1772D. We can confirm its manufacture date was on 11/02/1972.

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Music Man Albert Lee Signature Model - Extremely Limited 1 of Only 7 Hand Signed by Albert Lee - Inc. Music Man Hard Case
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Music Man artist Albert Lee was asked if he would be kind enough to sign an extremely limited number of the Music Man Albert Lee Signature instruments. He duly obliged and signed only 7 Guitars that were made exclusively available to MusicMan Dealers.

This Hand Signed Music Man Albert Lee Signature Model is an Extremely Limited 1 of Only 7 signed by Albert Lee himself. The 7 Guitars he signed are all various colours but this guitar was the only White Signature Model signed. This makes it even more exclusive. It has been signed on the reverse of the body in gold autograph. The top coat lacquer was removed and the instrument has been professionally re-lacquered to seal and protect Albert’s signature.

Albert Lee's unique design looks great, is incredibly comfortable to play, and also rules at belting out all styles, especially raucous rockabilly! Southern ash body with a string-through-body, hardened-steel bridge is joined with a special 5-bolt joint to the selected maple neck with maple fingerboard for amazing resonance and sustain. Hand-rubbed waxoil finish on the neck, Schaller M6-IND locking tuners and 3 Seymour Duncan custom-wound single-coil pickups for country twang and gravelly crunch.

This Hand Signed Music Man Albert Lee Signature Model also comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Albert Lee and Andy Cocklin the General Manager at Strings and Things Limited. It also includes a Music Man Hard Case.

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Martin D-28GE Golden Era (Pre-Owned) - Adirondack Spruce Top with Brazilian Rosewood Back & Sides - Limited Edition - Excellent Condition
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The Martin Golden Era models revisit the specs that made the pre-war Martin “Golden Era” Guitars so special, from bracing to materials and also add a few minor modern-day enhancements.

We sold this Martin D-28GE Golden Era approximately 10 years ago and we have now taken it back into stock via a trade in. We are delighted to have it back as it is almost impossible to find a second hand D-28 Brazilian Rosewood Golden Era for sale these days. The new price for a Golden Era is up around the £10,000 mark but Martin are not making them anymore, owing to the rarity of Brazilian Rosewood.

This is still probably the best acoustic guitar we have ever offered for sale in 30 years of trading. They don't make them like they used to? Well this one they did! Made as in the "Golden Era" of Martin Guitars, with Adirondack spruce top, and rare (beautifully figured) Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. It also features scalloped forward shifted bracing of that period. This Guitar is complete with a top of the range Martin Deluxe Acoustic Hard Case.

This guitar features all the advantages of modern guitar building such as an adjustable truss rod but still is in the main, hand-crafted meaning you get the best of both worlds.

The sound is wonderful and will continue to improve with age. A real vintage Golden Era 1930/40's Martin D-28 would cost between £20,000 to £40,000 making this rare Limited Edition reissue is a superb investment which will only increase in value.

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Original 1973 Gibson EB-3 Short Scale Bass - Very Rare - Walnut Finish - Solid Mahogany Body with Rosewood Fingerboard and 3 Piece Maple Neck - Inc. Hard Case

In the 1970s the Gibson EB3 Short Scale Bass was more robust than those made in the '60s. The easily-broken one-piece mahogany neck had been replaced with a thicker three-piece maple, larger headstock and a volute.

The first two years of this remodelling in 1972 and 1973 saw acceptable sales of EB3 and because of their durability, most are still in existence today. As well as the instruments produced in Cherry and Walnut finishes, a small number were also available in Ebony (10), Natural (49) and towards the mid-late seventies, White (69) but these are very rarely seen today.

Overall, this Vintage Original 1973 Gibson EB-3 Short Scale Bass is in Excellent Condition and is one of the best examples we have seen. It is all you would expect from a Vintage Gibson which is over 40 years old. We currently have it for sale at our Retail Shop, so feel free to visit us and see it for yourself.

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Martin SPNAMM 100th Anniversary NAMM Edition Electro Acoustic (Pre-Owned) - #43 of Only 100 - Solid Sitka Spruce Top with Mahogany Back & Sides - Fishman Pre-Fix Onboard Blender Pickup System - Inc. Martin Hard Case
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This Martin SPNAMM Electro Acoustic Guitar is very limited edition and #43 of only 100 manufactured by C.F.Martin for the 100th Anniversary of NAMM in 2001.

The Martin SPNAMM 100th Anniversary NAMM Edition Features:

- Single Cutaway Grand Auditorium 000-Style Body
- Solid Sitka Spruce Top
- Solid Genuine Mahogany Back & Sides
- Genuine Mahogany Neck
- Striped Ebony Fingerboard with Modified Snowflake Inlays
- Ebony Belly Bridge with Two Abalone Pearl Snowflake Inlays
- Gold Gotoh Machine Heads

This Martin SPNAMM has a Custom Label Personally Signed By C.F. Martin IV and is numbered 43 of only 100 manufactured to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NAMM Show from 1901-2001. It is also complete with a top of the range Fishman Pre-Fix Onboard Blender Mic and Pickup System.

This Martin SPNAMM is Pre-Owned but in Very Good Condition and also includes its original Martin Acoustic Hard Case.

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Original 1967 Gibson J-200 Acoustic - Solid Spruce Top with Solid Flame Maple Back & Sides - Inc. Original Period Hard Case
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This is another Vintage Guitar originally shipped over from Andy's friend and vintage guitar contact Crawford in Nashville, Tennessee USA.

It is a gorgeous 1967 Gibson J-200 Acoustic and is totally crack free. All parts are 100% original including the gold Grover tuners, "Moustache Bridge", and flower motif pickguard. It has been fitted with a Piezo pickup, input jack, and control knobs some 20 years ago. These mods do not in any way detract from the beauty of this blonde bombshell, plus they mean you can now own this vintage "King of the Flattops" without breaking the bank and all for roughly the same price as a new one.

There is some checking along the centre of the spruce but the seam is still tight. The back of the body has light checking, but no scratches or belt wear. The face of the body has a few minor dings but only a tiny amount of pick wear along the top edge of the pickguard between the sound hole and the bridge. The back of the neck is pristine and the overall condition of this guitar is excellent and we would rate it conservatively 8.6/10.

The action is very comfortable and the neck angle is great. There's virtually no fret wear. As you'd expect, the sound of the guitar is large. There is a booming low end, but it does not drown out nice mids and highs. The tone is reminiscent of a 1950's vintage Gibson J200.

The neck has some of the best flame maple wood we've seen on any Gibson guitar. The back of the body has amazing birdseye and cloud maple wood. We've seen this type of wood on late 1940's Gibson Archtop Guitars, but never on a 1960's Gibson J-200.

If this guitar was pristine it would easily be up for £5,000+

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Ibanez 1982 Original Artist AS100 Semi Acoustic - Made in Japan - Inc. Hard Case
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In 1980, Ibanez released the first version of the AS100, which was the original signature guitar from their Artist (AS) series. Later versions were released in 1981, 1982 and 1988. The AS100 is a semi-acoustic guitar, which is a hollow-body electric guitar with electric pickups and a sound box to enhance the sound of the guitar.

Body - The AS100 was factory painted with one of two finishes: antique violin or cherry. Both finishes were given a subtle starburst pattern along the front of the body. In 1988 only, a walnut finish was available. The body of the guitar was built of laminated maple and was completed with a mahogany neck, with the exception of the 1988 model, which was constructed out of a plain maple top and body.

Hardware - The original AS100 was equipped with gold hardware, which includes tuner pegs, pickup switches, frets, the nut, the bridge and volume controls. All of the later models were studded with chrome hardware. A dot inlay on the fret board was standard on all models, as was an ST bridge.

Pickups - The two 1980 models were equipped with Super 70 pickups for both the neck and bridge, with two-volume, two-tone, three-way controls. The 1981 and 1982 models were equipped with Super 58 pickups for both the neck and bridge, while the 1988 model was equipped with Hum pickups for both the neck and bridge. All AS100 guitars were equipped with a dual humbucker (HH) pickup configuration. A humbucker is an electric guitar pickup that uses coils to generate amplified sound from your strings. A dual humbucker configuration contains two humbuckers instead of one, for enhanced audio.

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To see the Original Page from the Ibanez 1980's Catalogue for the Artist Semi Acoustic Series and Full detailed specification click here

It is very rare to find a 1980's Guitar still in Near Mint Condition such as this Ibanez 1982 AS100 Semi Acoustic. We currently have it for sale at our Retail Shop, so feel free to visit us and see it for yourself.

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VOX 1974 Original AC-30 Top Boost Amp Combo - 2 x 12" Celestion Speakers - Made in England by Dallas Arbiter
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This is an Original Pre-Owned VOX 1974 AC-30 Top Boost Amp Combo. The last owner purchased it second hand from Manson's in Exeter. He was informed that it was previously owned by Matthew Bellamy from the band Muse. Matthew Bellamy uses custom guitars designed by himself and Hugh Manson, so this would seem correct, more information on this here.

It is in excellent condition for its age and was manufactured in England 1974. The price tag in Manson's was £1400, the final sale price was £1200, we are now asking £1000.

The Dallas Vox AC-30 shows the evidence that the AC-30 was returned to the original Vox design with only one significant exception. The GZ-34 tube rectifier was replaced with a diode bridge. The GZ-34 rectifier plays a significant role in the tone of an AC-30 by mildly compressing the output of the amp. This natural "sag" is lacking in versions of the AC-30 amp that have diode rectification. However, the use of diodes in the power supply also has a benefit. The efficiency of the diode rectification in the Dallas produced AC-30 allowed the amp to produce over 40 watts of output power.

This early example of the CBS/Arbiter AC-30 Top Boost amp has a 13 ply baltic birch enclosure. The cabinet had six slender JMI style air vents for improved ventilation. JMI produced Vox AC-30 amps had only three such air vents. Later versions of the Dallas AC-30 would be produced with a particle board enclosure.

This version of the AC-30 continued to be built until Dallas Industries sold Vox to Rose Morris in 1979. Even after the sale was completed, the Dallas manufacturing facility in Shoeburyness continued to manufacture Vox amps for Rose Morris for several more years. Rose Morris offered the hand wired AC-30 through 1980 until a new, printed circuit based AC-30 was designed and built.

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Ibanez 1980 Original Roadster RS-940TV Fretless Bass - Made in Japan - Inc. Hard Case
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In 1980, Ibanez's desire to advance their guitar making art was exhibited beautifully in their Ibanez electric basses. Each one of their basses was the result of months of field testing with musicians around the world.

One of the key features of Ibanez basses was the 24-Fret Fingerboard they all shared. Most basses at the time had only 20 Frets, limiting the playing possibilities in the upper register. The bodies were balanced so that even though the neck was longer than other basses, the instruments balanced comfortably.

The Roadster Series Basses featured specially designed Super P4 and Super J4 Pickups. These Pickups had a custom balanced output, eliminating the extreme volume differences between standard and replacement pickups of this type. The RS924 also featured the Ibanez EQ-B2 two-band equalisation system to help deliver fuller lows and crisper highs.

All Ibanez Basses featured the exclusive TR Tuned Responce neck. Each neck was tuned with steel bars installed under the fingerboard to eliminate dead spots and hot notes.

This Ibanez 1980 Original Roadster RS-940TV Fretless Bass is the exact same specification as the RS 924, the only difference is a Fretless Fingerboard.

To see the Original Page from the Ibanez 1980's Catalogue for the Roadster Bass Series and Full detailed specification click here

It is very rare to find a 1980's Guitar still in Excellent Condition such as this Ibanez 1980 Roadster Fretless Bass. We currently have it for sale at our Retail Shop, so feel free to visit us and see it for yourself.

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Burns Marvin "Hank Marvin 40th Anniversary Signature Edition" - Hand Signed Certificate by Hank Marvin - Limited Edition 1711 of only 2004 Produced - Inc. Deluxe Burns Fitted Hard Case (Pre-Owned but Mint Condition)
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This new Limited Edition Anniversary Burns Marvin Guitar is introduced to celebrate 40 years since the guitars' first inception in 1964. There are only 2004 copies being made, each one numbered and supplied with a certificate signed by Hank Marvin.

The reissue is a faithful reproduction of the original guitars used by the Shadows in 1964.

From Hank Marvin on the new Burns Marvin Guitar:
"Some guitarists think of the USA as the only source of quality electric guitars, and for the most part they are correct. However, there are many of us who remember the superb range of guitars designed and made by Burns Guitar, a British company.

Way back in 1963, Jim Burns, the founder of the Company, worked closely with myself and Bruce Welch of The Shadows to design a guitar which would have the style, sound, and playability we required. Together we developed the 'Burns Marvin' a fine guitar, which I played on record, stage and screen from 1964 thru to 1970 when, unfortunately, my guitars were stolen, never to be seen again, well not by me!

I am delighted that Burns Guitars are still in the business of making quality instruments, and in particular the new 'Burns Marvin.'

Playing this new "Marvin" brings back a host of memories; such as the recording of "The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt", together with many other Shadows tracks I recorded with my Burns.

The new "Burns Marvin" plays superbly and I am very happy to be the proud owner of one of these fine guitars, it plays and sounds as good as my original."

This Burns Marvin's neck is made from Canadian hard rock maple and the body made from selected American alder. It features the REZ-O-TUBE tremolo system, original Tortoise effect or vintage Mint Green Scratch-plates, 3 REZ-O-MATIC pickups, handmade to original specifications with USA alnico magnets and an Indian Rosewood or Canadian Maple Fingerboard.

This Burns Marvin "Hank Marvin 40th Anniversary Signature Edition" is Pre-Owned but in Mint Condition. It is Very Limited Edition and is number 1711 of only 2004 produced worldwide. It comes with an original hand signed Certificate of Authenticity by Hank Marvin, and is complete with all the accessories it came with when bought brand new, these are pictured below.

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Burns Apache "The Shadows 50th Anniversary Limited Edition" - Hand Signed Certificate by Hank Marvin & Bruce Welch - Very Rare with Only 50 Produced in Fiesta Red - Inc. Deluxe Burns Fitted Hard Case (Pre-Owned but Mint Condition)
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Burns London has pulled out all the stops for this limited-edition Apache, with gold hardware, a figured maple neck and a bound ebony fingerboard. Described as an “amalgamation of the best features of the original Marvin models”, the guitar updates a classic design with several performance enhancing features. That Burns has accomplished this without compromising the overall character of the model reflects the company’s genuine enthusiasm for its heritage. Offered in a strictly limited edition of 500 (50 of which will be finished in Fiesta Red with a figured maple fingerboard!), complete with a certificate that’s hand-signed and numbered by Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch, the Apache nevertheless retails at a very reasonable price. While build quality, sound and playability are comparable to similarly priced US products, the Apache offers a lot more guitar for your money. The new Shadows 50th Anniversary Apache is not intended as a 100 percent accurate recreation of a vintage Burns Marvin. Desirable though the originals are, they suffer from a number of design faults that Burns london has – successfully in our opinion – addressed here. Firstly, the bodies of the first marvins were constructed from honduras mahogany. When this proved too heavy, jelutong or obeche were substituted. though plentiful at the time, both of these timbers were prone to cracking and as a result Burns has switched to alder – a far more stable timber – for the body of the Apache. the neck pocket has also been redesigned. the original featured an extended ‘lip’ that enclosed the neck on the inside of the treble-side cutaway. “Almost every vintage Burns that I’ve come across displays stress cracks in this area,” comments Barry Gibson. this lip has been removed so that the neck pocket now approximates that of a Stratocaster. other upgrades include a maple neck (‘steamed beech’ and later sycamore were used for the originals), an ebony fingerboard with a 10- to 12-inch compound radius (replacing rosewood with a uniform 10-inch radius) and locking tuners. We think Jim Burns would have approved.

BODY & NECK - First off, let’s clear up any confusion regarding the guitar’s name. “We first used the Apache name for a custom shop run of 25 Marvin-style guitars that were built back in the late 1990s,” explains Barry Gibson. “‘Apache’ was the Shads’ biggest selling record – it topped the charts for seven weeks in 1960. So what better name for a model that commemorates the band’s 50th anniversary?” The Apache’s rather imposing double-cutaway alder body displays the usual comfort contours in the forearm and ribcage areas and, like the original, it’s finished in glossy white polyester. Of the 500 guitars that will be built, 50 will feature a fiesta red finish instead. 12 will also be made left-handed, all in white. Despite the fact that the neck pocket has been redesigned, upper fingerboard access is compromised to a degree by the guitar’s relatively bulky heel join. To be fair, the Fender Stratocaster suffers from much the same problem, and fans of vintage Burns guitars would no doubt look askance at any attempt to radically alter the original design. Constructed from a single section of handsomely figured Canadian hard rock maple, the neck has a comfortable C-shaped profile that, not surprisingly, reminds us of the necks found on early 1960s Fenders. It’s neatly bound with grey pearloid plastic that extends right around the ebony fingerboard at the body end. Pearl position dots of diminishing size are joined at the 12th fret by a pearl inlay that is engraved with the ‘Apache’ legend. The Apache’s three-aside headstock, with it’s unusual ‘scroll’ shape, has sufficient back angle to ensure good string contact at the nut without the need for string trees – always a plus point on a guitar that is fitted with a vibrato. The use of a zero fret (as on the original Marvin) relegates the nut to the role of a string spacer. A white pearloid plastic plate at the heel conceals the four cross-head screws that secure the neck to the body, and removing it provides access to the truss rod adjustor. Burns’ patented bi-directional ‘Gear-o Matik’ truss rod allows the neck to be adjusted with the strings tuned to pitch. Having removed the plastic heel-plate, a special tool (supplied with the guitar) can be used to adjust the geared mechanism – clockwise to correct a hump and anti-clockwise to correct a bow.

HARDWARE & PARTS - Like the vibrato unit, which we’ll come to shortly, this small heel plate is engraved with the Apache logo (which was borrowed, Barry Gibson tells us, from the decoration on a World War II Mustang fighter plane), the signatures of Shadows guitarists Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch and the instrument’s serial number. The review model (serial number 000) is in fact a prototype. Production models will be numbered from 001 up to 500. The ‘Rez-o-Tube’ vibrato unit is functionally identical to that fitted to the original Marvin. Underneath the bridge plate, each string is anchored in a separate hollow tube (hence the name), and the design is said to enhance tone and sustain. Vibrato tension adjustments can be made using the two bolts that are located at the end of the plate to tighten or loosen the four springs concealed underneath, while the height and tension of the arm can be set using an Allen key. All hardware is gold-plated, including the protective bars which extend over the vibrato plate. Designed specifically for the original Marvin, the ‘Rez-o-Matik’ pickups were closely based – at Hank’s request – on the units that Fender fitted to its Stratocaster model. For this new Apache, Burns has boosted the pickups’ output, using a thinner wire for the coils. “We found that this, in combination with the ebony fingerboard, yielded a richer, warmer tone,” says Barry Gibson. Unlike the Strat, all three pickups are set at an angle, sloping down towards the bridge slightly on the treble side. Note that the neck pickup is slightly narrower than the bridge and middle units so that its polepieces align correctly with the strings – neat! The electronics comprise a master volume control and two tone controls. The bridge-pickup tone control, positioned closest to the jack socket, doubles as a push-pull switch that adds the neck pickup to whatever combination is determined by the five-way blade switch. The production model will be fitted with gold-plated Burns-branded locking machineheads of a similar design.

SOUNDS - Unplugged, this Apache produces a rich, lively tone with plenty of sustain, while the combination of the zero fret, compound fingerboard radius and excellent setup provides a very enjoyable playing experience. Plugged in to an amp, the five-way switch yields the usual Strat-type settings – the three pickups individually plus bridge/middle and middle/neck pickup combinations. Using the push-pull tone control to add the neck pickup yields two additional permutations – the neck and bridge pickups together and all three pickups at once. As a result of the middle pickup’s reverse polarity, combining it with the neck or bridge pickup cancels hum (this obviously doesn’t apply to the neck/bridge pickup combination). It should come as no surprise that, plugged in, the Apache sounds similar to a Stratocaster. However, the Rez-o-Tube vibrato adds a warmth and richness to the overall tone (particularly apparent when using the bridge pickup) that lends the Apache a distinctive sound all of its own. There’s a snap and twang to the tone, but also a rich mid-range that serves both Shadows-esque clean sounds and more raucous rock and blues playing equally well. All told, this is a great guitar that offers a broad palette of tonal shadings and is capable of much more than the basic Shadows repertoire. It’s difficult to fault in any department – looks, tone, build or setup – and feels every inch an up-market instrument.

This Burns Apache Limited Edition Shadows 50th Anniversary is Pre-Owned but in Mint Condition. It comes with an original hand signed Certificate of Authenticity by both Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch. It is complete with all the accessories it came with when bought brand new, these are all unused and pictured below.

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2011 PRS Studio 10-Top - Inc. PRS Hard Case - Best Price in the UK!
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PRS’s 22 fret, 25” scale length Studio model electric guitar is a fresh, modern rendition of a traditional single-single-hum guitar set up with the beauty and brightness of a maple top. The possibilities are vast with PRS’s proprietary Narrowfield pickups in the middle and bass positions in conjunction with a 1957/2008 humbucking bridge pickup. Screaming lead tones, crisp rhythm tones and 5-way blade switch also enhance the flexibility of this guitar in the studio or on stage.

This PRS Studio comes with a stunning 10-Top. A very small percent of the maple trees cut in North America are actually figured. To make "10-Top" status, a PRS top must have clearly defined figure across its entire top with no "dead" spots. A guitar designated as a 10-Top will usually have a small "10" written on the back of the headstock in the upper right corner.

Other features include mahogany back and neck, V12 finish, rosewood fretboard, “pattern neck” with “pattern thin” birds, stoptail bridge, PRS locking tuners, nickel hardware, and redesigned lampshade knobs volume and push/pull tone controls.

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Original 1980 Marshall JMP Super Bass MK II 100w Valve Head - Model: 1992
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The Marshall JMP Super Bass 100w appeared after Marshall changed to the EL-34 tubes. Related to the 1987 and the 1959 Marshall Amp Models, the Marshall Super Bass was initially designed for Bass players, but many Guitarists decided to use them too. They soon found out that they could get very interesting tones by using their electric guitars through them. They had slightly less gain and were smoother sounding than their Lead counter-parts.

This Original 1980 Marshall JMP Super Bass 100w Valve Head is a Genuine 1980 Original made in England. Its Model Number is: 1992 and Serial Number is 06195M. It has been fully serviced by a professional engineer and fitted with new output valves ready for another 30+ years of Rock 'n' Roll!

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