The Twelfth Fret
The Twelfth Fret
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1954 Gibson SJ-200

The Gibson SJ-200 has been in continuous production since 1938, with a hiatus during the WW2 years 1944 to 1946. Renamed the J-200 in 1955, it is one of Gibson's most recognisable and popular designs. It appears on many recordings and stages. Though it's often associated with Country and Western, it is the acoustic used on both The Who's Pinball Wizard and all the acoustic parts on the first...
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~1930 National Style 0

Today we're looking at one of the seminal resophonic guitars, a National Style 0 in 'Etched Silver' finish dating to around 1930. The Resophonic design dates to 1927 as a successful effort in increasing volume. While tri-cone models were the first, the single cone Style 0 offered more volume and lower production costs, though the harmonic content is not as rich as the tri-cone. In...
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1928 Gibson L-0

First appearing in 1926, the Gibson L-0 uses a curvaceous, smaller 13.4 inch wide body. Initially made with Spruce top and Birch back and sides, in 1928 it became all Mahogany until 1933, when production ended. They were built again from 1937 to 1942, but with Spruce for the top again and Mahogany back, sides and neck. On all of them, the fingerboards are Rosewood, which at the time meant...
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2003 Bourgeois Slope D Sitka Top

The Bourgeois Slope D is hand-built and based on the classic slope-shouldered Dreadnought design pioneered by Gibson, and delivers a more open, less driving sound than a square shoulder. This design works very well for many musical styles including country, blues, old timey, pop, contemporary - the whole range. To my ear, it works exceptionally well accompanying a voice; some of the most...
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1942 Martin 000-45

Some instruments are relatively commonplace and are seen frequently. This piece – isn’t one of them, it’s one of the rarest items we have seen. It is unlikely that we will see another. Presenting a Martin 000-45, one of the last six built in 1942 when production ended, resuming in 1970. First, a brief note on Martin model numbers. These are in two parts, a body size and a trim level. There...
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2011 Jackson SL3MG

Part of Jackson's Pro series, the Jackson SL3MG Soloist was made in Japan and used a neck-through-body design, with Maple for the neck and center and Alder for the wings. They are very well made, and more affordable than US-built Jackson models. Jackson Guitars began in 1980 as an outgrowth of the Charvel repair shop in Glendora, California. It had become a custom center for the emerging...
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2009 Taylor Baritone-6 Cutaway

Today we're looking at a very nicely kept Taylor Baritone-6 Cutaway acoustic, with a K&K pickup added. These are deep, rich sounding instruments that can add a vast dimension to a sonic palette. The Taylor Baritone-6 is currently out of production, but was built as a 27 inch scale acoustic using Indian Rosewood back, sides and headplate and Spruce top, with mahogany neck and ebony for the...
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1993 Ramirez 1a Especial

The Ramirez 1a Especial model was conceived by the late José Ramirez IV for those looking for a more modern sound with a less robust bass than the original Ramirez 1a (now called the 1a Traditional, or in the Spanish spelling 1a Tradicional). Offering a very nicely balanced tone, the Ramirez 1a Especial is still nearly as loud as the Ramirez 1a Tradicional. The primary difference is that...
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2012 ERNIE BALL MUSIC MAN Stingray Classic 4 Bass

The Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray Classic 4 bass is one of the standby, standard basses found on countless stages and recordings because they reliably deliver just what's needed. Based on the early Music Man designs from the 1970's, the Stingray Classic adds refinements like a stabler six bolt neck joint and easier truss rod access. The Stingray tone hews close to the original with an...
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~1956 Kay K172 B

Here is a real treat - a mid 1950's Kay Pro K172-B thinline archtop electric guitar in a relatively rare blonde finish. During the 1950's the electric guitar became increasingly popular and manufacturers like Kay stepped up to satisfy booming demand. Notably, in 1952 Kay manufactured the second successful electric fretted bass after the Fender Precision. That model, the K162, became known as the...
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~2013 Clark Amplification Beaufort Reverb

This afternoon our guest is a lovely Clark Beaufort Reverb 1x12 Combo Amplifier Blackface dating to around 2013, based on the tube-chart serial number. This amp is closely based on the AB-763 circuit used in the early Blackface Deluxe models. Clark Amplification is based in Mauldin, South Carolina, and hand builds a small range of very high quality amplifiers. Clark uses carefully selected...
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2001 Mesa Boogie Mark IV Long Head

The Mesa Boogie Mark IV tube amp was built from 1990 to 2008 and like all Mesa products delivers an extended range of killer tones in reliable, rugged packaging. This Mark IV in the 'Long Head' form, 22.5 inches wide, received a custom cabinet and the original RED tolex cabinet is included. The amp has three channels and can be set to 30, 40 70 or a maximum of 85 watts RMS output. The...
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2014 Rickenbacker 360/12C63

The Rickenbacker 360/12c63 is based on the original 1963 specifications of the most recognizable 12-string guitar, made famous by George Harrison. It sports a double-bound version of what is now the '330' style body and the early FireGlo sunburst shaded finish. Toaster-top vintage style pickups, trapeze tailpiece and Rickenbacker's unique compact headstock, this is as close as most can get to...
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2007 Sergei de Jonge 630mm Classical Guitar

One of Canada's premiere luthiers, Sergei de Jonge has built many instruments over a long career. Here we have a 630mm scale length classical guitar in Spruce with Indian Rosewood. In addition to building, Sergei also runs courses in building and French Polishing, which many other luthiers, both aspiring and established, have attended. This classical guitar was built during 2007 at the...
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2008 Douglass Scott Concert Classical

Douglass Scott is an independent luthier operating a shop in the southwest part of British Columbia, Canada. His building specialises in high quality custom order Classical, Flamenco and Terz guitars. The instrument we are looking at here is a Douglass Scott Red Cedar and Indian Rosewood concert classical guitar that dates to 2008, in very good condition. It has no serial number as such...
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1975 Martin D-35

The Martin D-35 is one of the mainstays of the Dreadnought Acoustic lineup, delivering a strong, full bass response for bluegrass and folk styles. Introduced in 1965, the D-35 uses the same square shoulder design as Martin's other D models, but with a three-piece Rosewood back. Since 1971, only Indian Rosewood has been used on this model. Prior to that, Brazilian Rosewood was used for the...
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1988 DEERING Long Neck Deluxe

As an example of form following function, the long neck banjo was a Pete Seeger creation designed to extend available keys using just a capo. Placing the capo at the third fret, the long neck functions as a 'normal' 5-string banjo in G, but without the capo it drops down to E. This Deering long neck open back banjo has no serial number but Deering tells us it's from 1988. The neck is...
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1999 PRS McCarty

The PRS McCarty appeared in 1994 and is a tribute to Ted McCarty, president of Gibson from 1950 to 1966, one of its most innovative periods. Paul Reed Smith hired McCarty as a consultant in the late 1980's and had a strong influence on modern PRS design and production. Here we are looking at a PRS McCarty in vintage sunburst and with the distinctive Birds inlay option, dating to 1999 and...
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2006 Oskar Graf 10 String Classical

Oskar Graf has been hand building custom, top quality instruments since 1970. Currently near Clarendon, Ontario, Graf is from Berlin and apprenticed as a cabinetmaker and studied design there. He's built hundreds of instruments that exhibit his very high degree of skill and craftsmanship. Here we have an Oskar Graf 10-String Classical guitar, built during 2006 at the Graf Clarendon shop. ...
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1997 G W Barry M Body Cutaway

G W Barry, like many other of the current top shelf Canadian luthiers, apprenticed in Jean Larrivee's shop and this shows in the careful selection of materials and quality of construction. This example was built during 1997 at G W Barry's shop in Toronto, Canada. It features his 'M' body size, derived partly from the Martin style body, with a rounded cutaway and a side port. The top is...
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2004 Gibson CS-336 F

While it has strong visual similarities to the popular ES-339, the Gibson CS-336 has significant differences in construction. Instead of using separate materials for the top, back and sides, the CS-336 has back and sides carved from a single block of mahogany. The Gibson CS-336 came out of the Custom Shop in 2001, five years after the introduction of the ES-339. It is a 13 inch wide small...
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1968 Gibson L-7C

The Gibson L7 dates back to its 1932 introduction as a lower cost but professional grade instrument, and became the L7-C cutaway model in 1948. For many players, it was a workhorse instrument and was found on many bandstands. Its production run ended in 1972, but it was revived from 2002 to 2013. This Gibson L7-C, a non-electric, acoustic cutaway archtop, was built during 1968 at the...
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2005 Groove Tubes Soul-O Single

Groove Tubes, or GT, was founded in San Fernando California during 1979 by Aspen Pittman, widely respected as an authority on tube amps - in fact he wrote 'The Tube Amp Book', one of the basic reference sources for vintage tube amplifier service and design. Groove Tubes is mostly known for its focus on providing graded, tested and matched sets of vaccuum tubes, but until the company's 2008...
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2001 Gibson Tal Farlow

The late Tal Farlow was one of the great, influential American jazz guitarists and his signature Gibson archtop electric attests to his skill and the size of his hands! The Gibson Tal Farlow, unlike most other Gibson archtops, uses a full 25.5 inch scale length neck on a full 17 inch wide body. The Tal Farlow first appeared in 1962, based on the ES-350 Farlow had used in the 1950's but...
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2016 Ibanez SS300

The Ibanez SS300 DVS (the DVS refers to the finish, Dark Vintage Sunburst) is a single cutaway, fully hollow archtop electric guitar. The body is a comfortable 16 inches wide at the lower bout, and is made from laminated maple (an ideal choice for feedback rejection) with two lengthways braces providing support to the top. The neck is maple with an ebony fingerboard, and binding is maple all...
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2010 Egnater Tweaker 112

Egnater describes the Tweaker as: "An ultra compact and amazingly versatile all-tube combo that offers a unique and sophisticated tone with seemingly endless tonal variations via the on-board “Tweaker” selector switches. Powered by a pair of 6V6 power tubes, the TWEAKER will set the new standard for gigging micro amps. The gain, EQ and master sections each have a Tweaker switch providing a...
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1966 Vox V232 Violin Bass

Coming to you straight from the 60's, here's a vintage 30 inch scale, solid body Vox V232 Violin Bass, made by Eko in Italy during 1966! In reaction to the popularity of the Hofner Beatle Bass but wanting to reduce feedback, Vox had these solid-body basses made and they were produced between 1962 and 1968. Another hollowbody version with F-holes, the V250, was also available. This Vox V232...
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1969 Ampeg Dan Armstrong Fretless Bass

Dan Armstrong was well known in the 1960s as a studio musician and repairman in the New York area. In 1968, Ampeg hired him to improve some of their guitars and these clear bodied instruments were the result. An instant hit among rock players due to their ultra-cool looks and long sustain, these guitars and basses used clear acrylic polymer, sold as Plexiglas, with innovative...
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1984 Steinberger XL-2

Ned Steinberger came from a fine arts background, focusing on sculpture, to create highly influential instruments, particularly the headless guitar and bass. The Steinberger Bass is a radical departure from previous instruments, not just because of the headless design with tuners at the tail end, but because of its successful use of composite materials including graphite-epoxy blends. When these...
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1948 Rickenbacker Electro Model NS

The Rickenbacker lap steel was possibly the very first successful electric guitar put into larger scale production, but Rickenbacker's influence goes back to the early National days. Adolph Rickenbacker - then spelled Richenbacher - had a tool and die shop near National, and was contracted to produce metal bodies and resonator cones for National guitars, ukuleles and mandolins. Eventually,...
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