Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rare Gibson Sparrow Acoustic in LA area for $2500

This is my listing for a 2011 Gibson Sparrow in excellent condition.  These were a "short run" at the Gibson Bozeman Montana plant and they were the top of the line full size dreadnaught in the Gibson lineup at the time.   Very nice high end acoustic made with all solid Adirondack Spruce and Rosewood and a big tone.

You won't find these for sale anywhere.  There are non listed on eBay now or sold in last six months.  

Check it out:


Rare Top of the Line Gibson Sparrow Acoustic - Solid Spruce/Rosewood - $2500 (Encino Tarzana)

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make / manufacturer: Gibson
model name / number: Sparrow

Ever played a Gibson Dreadnaught acoustic with a solid Adirondack Spruce top and solid East Indian Rosewood back and sides and double parallel inlays? Few people have - because Gibson no longer makes one. Gibson only made a short run of these Sparrows at their Bozeman Montana plant back in 2011-12 and then they stopped production (probably so they could focus on more of the cheaper "Songbird" models at their new Canadian factory).

I searched the internet and could not find a single Gibson Sparrow for sale right now - I also called Norman's guitar shop and McCabe's and neither had ever even seen one of these live in person.

As you can see in the pics, the guitar is in excellent "as new" condition. It plays and sounds like a dream - big, full, bright, clear, (great for Bluegrass or Fold Rock) and comes with all the original unopened case candy. It's been stored with humidity control and a humidifier at all times.

Only $2500 for this extremely rare and amazing USA made Gibson Sparrow with case!

Jim C. - show contact info

Building on the legacy of Gibson's legendary Hummingbird and Dove models from the early 1960s, the new Gibson Sparrow model is the new tone-monster acoustic now exclusively offered by us and the builders at Gibson Montana. Be the first in your town to own this groundbreaking model. And tell all your friends - There's a New Bird in Town.

The Gibson factory at Bozeman, Montana, has been artfully producing handmade guitars since 1989. Gibson deserves their place as makers of premier acoustic guitars for each instrument is an exquisite example of the finest raw materials and pride of workmanship. Find out for yourself how a flattop made by master craftsmen and women truly plays and sounds. Reserve your Gibson Montana now. 
Songwriter body type
Adirondack red spruce top
Rosewood back & sides
1930's bracing
Custom top trim
Mahogany neck wood
Rosewood fretboard
Gibson Comfort Contour neck shape
25.5" scale length
Glued Dovetail neck joint
Mahogany neck wood
Rosewood fretboard
20 frets
1.725" nut width
12" fretboard radius
Mother of pearl parallelogram inlays
Original sparrow pickguard
Rosewood bridge
Premium tuners
Gold hardware
Nitrocellulose lacquer finish

Friday, March 13, 2015

Mathias W plays the bejeezus out of a 1962 Strat - tasteful and spectacular playing

Obviously, there are a lot of amazing guitar players posting on outube but if you haven't checked out Mathias W. (Weber) already then you are in for a treat.  He never talks in his videos so I don't even know if he speaks English but wow - what a player.  His style reminds me a little bit of Junior Brown - insane double stops pulloffs and bends combined with very tasty melodic lead playing.  he can shred with the best of them but he rarely does - mostly he plays the guitar as what it was designed to be - a musical instrument.

Check him out on this terrific solo guitar version of Alvin Lee's "I'm going Home" (sands vocals).



Friday, February 6, 2015

Ariatone (Magnatone) Model 810 tube combo amp in Lebanon OR for $195

This seller is currently offering this same amp on eBay for $225 but with $50 shipping so I am sure it won't be available soon - but I wanted to list it because you don't see many Ariatones on CL.

These were made by Estey who also made Magnatones - it doesn't have the "true Vibrato" circuit but it is still a nice little Vibro Champ alternative.



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Early 60's Ariatone Model 810 amplifier with working tremolo. Vintage speaker is a replacement, correct manufacturer and original speaker needing re-coned is included. $195

Rare 1960's St. George Tube Guitar Amp in Hesperia CA for $150

This seller is offering a St. George tube guitar amp from the 1960's for $150.  there is a lot of chatter online about these St. George amps because some people believe they were built by one of Leo Fender amp designers named Ray Massie.  I don't know about that - this one looks more similar to a Lectrolab R500C than anything Leo Fender ever built - but the debate goes on. 

What is amazing about these types of amps is the way they are built.  We've all heard of "Point-to-point" circuit constructions - but these amps take it further to where there is not even a breadboard - they just solder the resistors directly to the lead wires of the output tubes and the volume and tone pots!  Apparently these amps were ubiquitous here in SoCal back in the 1960's since they were built for a store called George's Music right here in LA.  The circuit on this one is pretty straightforward:  Two 12AX7 preamp tubes (one split for use with the tremolo), a pair of 6BQ5 output tubes (like a Vox AC15) and an EZ81 rectifier tube.  Not a whole lot of power to push a PAIR of 12 inch speakers - but they are alnico's so they should be fairly efficient.  I'd imagine this is about as loud as one of those 'lil Fender Blues Jr's.  Of course it probably needs a cap job and a good cleanup and overhaul - but it should be fun to play with.

Maybe Tom Morello should buy this to go along with the St. George Guitar he plays on "Calm Like a Bomb"!  LOL. 

Check it out.


Vintage tube amp - $150 (Hisperia)

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St George Amp. Mid 60s. don't know much about amps I plugged a vintage bass in.It worked some buzz and left speaker a little rattle.The tremolo work ok. If interested you bring a Guitar up and check it out

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Nice early Teisco with Goldfoils and nice case in Brownsville TX for $200

This seller is offering one of the better early Teisco models with a mahogany body, two good pickups and the early style Teisco neck.  Looks to be in good condition and comes with a hardshell case.  Not bad for $200.

It has the most desirable of the gold-foils with the screws along the edge - just like Ry Cooder's.


60's and 70's Guitars (Brownsville)

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I have 2 vintage guitars, made in Japan in the 1960's and 1970's. They both have a quite a bit of cosmetic wear, but are very playable:
Teisco Del Rey, from around 1966. It has "gold foil microphonic" pickups which have great tone, an aluminum pick guard with lines etched in it, and markers on the upper side of the neck. $200 with a well fitting roadrunner case included.
Electra, chambered Les Paul type, from around 1976. It is model 2252. It looks alot like a Gibson, but is very different, with a bolt on neck. Like the Teisco, it is a very high guality instrument and looks like it could easily survive another 40 years of heavy use as well as it survived the first 40. $250, also with a nice case.


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