THE LEGEND ARCHTOP
Hand carved Spruce top & Flamed Maple back & sides, make this
archtop guitar a truly first class instrument.
The original Legend was
designed for Big Jim Sullivan, who no doubt is still using it in his
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Weissenborn lap slide guitar/ a.k.a. Hawaiian style
This guitar is the prototype built to test the sound & construction prior to a Black Walnut copy was built for a customer.
Based on original pattern drawings of the Weissenborn style II (circa 1933) it's constructed of aircraft grade birch laminate, finished in red & black sunburst with nitro cellulose lacquer & fitted with Schaller chrome tuners
This fabulous sounding and rare guitar is likely to go quickly, so make your interest known ASAP. I don't want to let it go, but need to clear some space!
The full Black Walnut version sold for £2k.
Pegasus 2T (2T= Double top) 6 string Guitar
Conceived as a experiment of a 'lattice' system steel strung guitar. Using two thinner than usual European spruce tops with an asymmetric spruce lattice in-between them ( see inset photo of light inside guitar showing through). The only internal parts from a normal x-brace system are the bridge plate and under-fret-board cross-struts.
American Walnut Back & Sides, bound with Curly Ash; Ebony fret-board & bridge, with chrome GoToh tuners. Walnut head veneer, rosette and Walnut neck. I don't have the written language to describe the sound, you are going to have to hear it. I had high hopes for this guitar & they have been exceeded!! Two tops seem to give twice the sustain, and a massive 'open' sound.
£3,400 - SOLD - but let me know & I may make another.
Douglas & Co. 'Zither' Banjo
What's a 'luthier' doing with a banjo! So in the effort to clear space, I have to let this banjo go. It has a new goat skin head and I've set it up so it has a good playing action, so it plays well and sounds extremely good.
Originally made by G. Houghton for Douglas & Co. of 7 South Street, London, it has a beautiful semi-curved back, plus silver peg-head etchings and what to me seem silver buttons. c.1900
Two Navigator 12 string acoustics (#1 & #2)
These are probably the best 12 strings ever built (as Carlsberg would say). The sustain lasts for ever.
Indian Rosewood back & sides and spruce top give these 12 string guitars fantastic base and all the treble 'zing' you could want. (I don't supply ear-plugs when your trying this guitar - bring your own!!!
One with pick-up, the other without (but can be added)
With pick-up £2300
SALE PRICE £1900
6 string acoustic #1
Phoenix J Indian Rosewood back & sides, European spruce master-grade top. Ebony fret-board & bridge, plus stunning abalone & mother of pearl inlays
Currently strung as a Baritone.
A guitar that demonstrate all the luthier's art - £3,500 o.n.o.
6 string Resonator Guitar (National style)
Handmade National style biscuit bridge 'Black Chrome' Resonator Guitar, Wooden bodied, with Black cellulose finish and beautiful flamed maple binding.
Mahogany neck sprayed with black cellulose. Ebony head veneer and fret-board with 6mm mother of pearl dot inlays. ' Butterbean' tuners & Bone nut..
Price £1750 Sale price £1550
'National'® resophonic cone, biscuit & saddle - giving a great tone.
Chrome 'chicken foot' cover-plate, which includes a modern style removable palm-rest (for easy set-up & restringing, etc.)
Action is set for compromise slide & finger styles.
Great tone & GODDAM LOUD !!
The Gemini 6/12 really speaks for itself! European Spruce top, braced to take the pull imposed by all that “wire”! Maple back, sides & necks, with Ebony bridge, board & head veneers. Fitted Headway pick ups, with selector switch (not both together) with centre position being totally OFF! Fantastic sound on BOTH the 6 & the 12 string sides.
Mercury Custom (Ziricote)
A superb instrument with Ziricote ( Mexico ) back and sides, American Curly Ash binding . European Spruce top with scalloped spruce x brace and mahogany cross strut under fretboard end for extra stability.
piece American Curly Ash neck, with Ziricote lines between. 2 way
truss rod with carbon fibre inserts either side of rod. Bookmatched
Ziricote veneer to front and back of headstock. Ebony fretboard
bound with Ebony, to hide fret ends. Ebony bridge and pins, Gotoh
tuners 650 mm scale Nut width 47.5 mm Commissioned by High End
Guitars Price £2499
Another superb instrument Commissioned by High End Guitars.
Mahogany neck with 2 way truss rod and carbon fibre inserts either
side of rod, for extra stability and control over adjustment. Ebony
fretboard, bound with Ebony, to hide fret ends;
A superb instrument. Flamed French Walnut back and sides with American Curly Ash bindings. European Spruce top with scalloped spruce x brace and mahogany cross strut under fretboard end for better stability.
Mahogany neck with 2 way truss rod and carbon fibre inserts either
side of rod for extra stability and control over adjustment. Ebony
fretboard bound with Ebony to hide fret ends Ebony bridge and pins,
Gotoh Tuners 650 mm scale length (long scale Martin equivalent) Nut
width 47.5 mm Commissioned by High End Guitars Price £2499
This Phaedra is to the standard mahogany specification, but with
added Spalted beech rosette, head veneer & pickguard.
Fabulous sound ! £1950
Mahogany back & closer view of front
PHAEDRA Tasmanian Blackwood.
This Phaedra has Tasmanian Blackwood back & sides, with a European Spruce top. Ebony fretboard, bridge & bindings. The rosette & head veneer are Black Walnut. Abalone inlays finish off this beautiful guitar.
The Tasmanian Blackwood gives it a really dark, but warm & punchy sound. 630 mm scale. RECOMMEND YOU TRY ! £2150
AB 49 BASS
There are acoustic basses and then there's the AB 49. This one is in its standard Rosewood spec. (see standard guitars page)
The AC was conceived to work as an acoustic bass without having to plug in to get anything worthwhile out of them: as is the case with so many acoustic basses. The bracing design is very different, and it's this that's made the AB sound so good !
TRY IT AND HEAR FOR YOURSELF ! £2150
!!! SALE PRICE £1685 !!! NOW SOLD
The AGE electric guitar is a demonstrator/prototype of a new range, planned to be coming out next year. Solid Maple body with Mahogany centre splice, underneath a Flamed Eucalyptus drop top.
Duncan JB at bridge & 59 classic at neck. 5 way superswitch gives
singles from each pickup in series, and in parallel at number 2 & 4
respectively. Tele style bridge plate, for that “mounted in metal”
sound Fantastic sound; sustain; playability . COME AND TRY !!
PHOENIX Jc QM.
This Phoenix has a Sitka Spruce top with fabulous Quilted Maple back, sides, neck, head veneer & fretboard. The bridge is Ebony & the rosette is 300 year old Burl Elm ( it came off of an old beam). Fitted with a Headway under saddle pick up. Those of you who are familiar with Headway pick ups, will know how good they are!
Plays, sounds & looks truly fantastic ! Must really be seen in the flesh, to be really appreciated.
KINGFISHER PARLOR GUITAR.
European Spruce top. Brazilian mahogany back, sides & neck. Ebony fretboard & bridge. 630 mm scale.
Plays & sounds great. Demo guitar, so not as new, but VGC. £1250