There are a couple of things to get out of the way from the get-go: 1.) This guitar is as close to mint as you can get and 2.) This is the guitar that the Fender Custom Shop should be producing. Those are strong statements, but after playing this Model 12S, I'm convinced of both.

After acquiring this guitar, I had a long conversation with the CEO of Landon Guitars, Mr. Kevin Landon. I told him of my experience playing it and my thoughts on its construction and most importantly, its tone. I'm sure he was laughing at me on the other end of the line, because, as he said, "That's the secret, and the secret is how we matched old-growth wood on every guitar we built." Now I was even more impressed.

Kevin replayed to me that this particular guitar, dubbed as one of the "First Twenty-five" and about the intense level of care that went into matching the old-growth, 150-year-old Alder body to the 70+-year-old, one-piece, flamed Maple neck with the Wenge skunk stripe. The tones that this guitar produces are a sonic testament to the actual care given to this incredible matching of wood.

We then talked about how he chose the Hipshot bridge and tuning keys for their precision and light weight. I asked him how the pickups could be so chimney and well-voiced with such clarity, but yet get as dirty as you would want when you needed them to. Kevin replied, "Those are Kinman Hx pickups, which are hand-wound for Landon guitars and they represent that exact sound you just described. We wanted our guitars to have a voice of their own." Well, mission accomplished, Kevin.

Please look at the spec sheet and the pictures. I am again firmly convinced that once you put your hands around the neck of one of these incredible Landons, you'll look at the Fender on the stand in the corner of your room and simply shake your head. I would do exactly the same.

I understand that the Landon moniker may not be a household name, but when I get enough of these guitars into the hands of real players, that may easily be changed. Please call or email with any questions, especially if you would like an in-hand description!

Southern Elk Music Co.

Southern Elk Music Co.

Near Mint
Milk Chocolate Burst
Original Hard
Southern Elk Music Co.
Ray Mauldin
Niceville, Florida
3:17 AM

We accept, Paypal payments, credit cards, bank wire transfers, personal checks, cashier checks, and of course, cash in a local pickup situation.

We ship via UPS Ground unless other arrangements are made. "General" costs are: Guitars and basses East of the Mississippi river- $55.00-$65.00 Guitars and basses West of the Mississippi river- $65.00-$75.00 Amps- to be determined. All shipping costs can be determined before shipment with a simple inquiry. Items must be returned within 24 hours (of notification of intent to return) in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs unless the item was not received as described.

All customers get a 48-hour, no-hassle return period. Our singular purpose is for you, the buying client to be more than satisfied with your purchase. If there is ever a problem with one of our items after receiving it, please email us at or call Ray Mauldin at 404-895-3459.