1937 National Tricone Style 35

The National String Instrument Corporation was founded by John Doypera in California on August 16th, 1926. The new company made “resonator” instruments, which used thin aluminium amplifying cones to produce greater volume than conventional acoustic instruments.

Very popular in the late 1920s and early 1930s, National tricone resonators appealed to Hawaiian-style performers and are now highly sought after by collectors, with the Roundneck models being especially rare. Generally tricone resonators have a sweeter, warmer tone compared to their louder, punchy single cone counterparts.

This beautiful example from 1937 is one of only two Roundneck tricones ever produced by National with the “Exploding Palm Tree” engraved decoration. It is brass bodied and fitted with a wooden round neck and ebony fingerboard, finished in a metallic grey prismatic paint. It features a highly figured grey plastic pearl overlay on the headstock with an impressed Art Deco National logo infilled with gilt.

1966 Fender Mustang

1966 Fender Mustang in Dakota Red. One of the last affordable classic Fenders out there. This one’s nice and straight and has all those classic single coil tones on tap. Nicely played in neck and incredibly comfortable to play. It’s easy to forget these were designed as a short scale student model back in the 60s.

1962 Gibson Byrdland N

Just in: a beautiful 1962 blonde Gibson Byrdland. One of only 17 produced in Natural in 1962. This is the Billy Byrd/Hank Garland artist model – the thinline short-scale version of an L-5CES and the upmarket version of the ES-350T. We’ve had a few of these Sixties florentine cutaway Byrdlands through and they always seriously impress. One PAF, one PAT Number pickup, pro-refret and has been nicely played in.

1999 Lovetone Cheese Source

Early serial number Lovetone, the first version combining the Big Cheese fuzz and Brown Source overdrive in one pedal. The wide variety of great tones you can get from these has made them more and more sought after by producers, engineers and artists and as such they are starting to fetch crazy prices!

1971 Firemist Gold Telecaster

Extremely rare 1971 Firemist Gold Telecaster. Last year Firemist Gold was offered as a custom colour before the whole tele line got a revamp in 72 with some models getting dropped, others tweaked and some new models introduced. This thing has aged beautifully with the gold turning an even darker shade as the clear lacquer has yellowed. Check out the headstock! The fingerboard is almost ebony black. Were it not for the thick logo you could easily confuse it for a 60/61. A lot of old guitars have had bits and bobs of work done to them over the years, rarely do you get one that you know is just right!

1961 D’Angelico Excel

So to celebrate our 200th Instagram post we thought we should pull out something a bit special. 1961 D’Angelico Excel cutaway in glorious honey blonde.
Original New York John D’Angelico guitars are incredibly rare and are considered to be amongst the finest independently built guitars of the 20th century. Prized by players and collectors alike. The Art Deco styling, pure clarity in tone and level of craftsmanship really set these guitars apart from other manufacturers guitars from this era.
Famous D’Angelico players include jazz guitarists George Benson, Johnny Smith, Barney Kessel and Kenny Burrell.
It’s a true privilege just to play this thing. Without doubt one of the coolest, most amazing guitars we’ve had. Next level. Come check it out in the shop and thanks to everyone who follows our page. There’s more to come!!!

Thanks, Tucker

1961 Fender Precision Bass

Super cool refinished 1961 Precision Bass with jet black slab Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. This bass came into us with an old refin that really didn’t do the instrument justice so we decided to go with a fresh black nitro body-only finish. Black with tortoiseshell has got to be one of the best custom colour combos! Check out the website for the newly adjusted price.

G & L Broadcaster

Just in and not quite on the website. One for all you Leo Fender fans: a G & L Broadcaster. These started production in 1985 with only 800 or so produced with every single one hand-signed by Leo himself at the QC stage. Not only are these a great Telecaster alternative, you get a great piece of Fender history with each guitar.

1961 Epiphone Wilshire

1961 Epiphone Wilshire back in stock after a short hiatus. This thing rips. Killer early 60s Kalamazoo Epiphone. If you like slab and sg specials this ones for you. More desirable 3 a side headstock with two great p90s and its original export case. The position of the neck pickup means that it never gets too woolly. Put it in the middle position and use the volumes to blend.

1971 Fender Stratocaster

Just in! Super cool Hendrix-era 1971 Fender Stratocaster. All the desirable features: last of the four bolt necks, non-bullet trussrod, three original stagger pole greyback pickups and unusually,  a “with synchronized tremolo” two patent number decal.

Great players’ guitar with an old refin that’s reminiscent of yellowed Lake Placid Blue over what looks to be an Olympic White finish.

All the sounds you’d expect from this period Strat without the collector’s price tag!