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1996 Fender Custom Shop Carved Top Stratocaster (Gold Hardware)

Color: Two-Tone Flamed Sunburst, Rating: 9.50, $2,950.00
ID#: 01992


 

A Special Fender Custom Shop Carved-Top Stratocaster with all Gold Hardware
Specially Built for NAMM 1996

 

1996 Fender Custom Shop Carved Top Stratocaster (Gold Hardware)

 

This 'Carved-Top' Stratocaster was specially built by the Fender Custom Shop (with all gold hardware) in April 1996 for the then upcoming NAMM Show. The guitar weighs just 8.60 lbs. and has a contoured, two-piece solid ash body with a thinly applied catalyzed urethane lacquer finish over two-tone sunburst. The two-piece, carved flamed maple top has a 1/4 inch 'band' of plain maple which starts (1/2 inch) at the inside of the treble-horn and goes all the way round to the inside of the bass horn (1/2 inch). Birds-Eye Maple neck with a special metal 'roller' nut and a nut width of just over 1 11/16 inches and a very comfortable medium profile ranging from 0.83 inches behind the first fret to 0.88 inches behind the twelfth fret. Birds-Eye Maple fretboard, with 22 medium-jumbo frets and inlaid black composite dot position and side dot markers. Headstock with 1954-60 style 'Spaghetti' logo with "Fender" in gold with black trim, and "Stratocaster" in black beside. Individual Schaller locking tuners with hexagonal metal buttons. On the back of the headstock there is the black 'Custom Shop' decal. Rectangular (with one curved edge) four-bolt neck-plate stamped with serial number "0536" and "Custom Shop/USA". Two Fender 'Texas Special' Stratocaster single-coil 'staggered-pole' pickups in the neck and middle positions with outputs of  6.47k, 7.08k, and 7.34k. One Seymour Duncan 'Zebra' Humbucker in the bridge position with a super hot output of 15.90k. Two controls (one volume, one tone) plus five-way pickup selector switch. 'Telecaster' style control knobs with knurled edges and domed tops. Fender 'Floyd Rose' combined two-pivot, special double-locking bridge/vibrato unit with six adjustable saddles and through-body stringing. All hardware gold-plated. The underside of the neck is stamped in black "Sep 15 1995" with "NAMM" written in pencil and the Custom Shop USA logo stamped in red; The end of the neck is stamped in black "May 16 1995"; the neck pocket is also has the Custom Shop USA logo stamped in red and the numbers "[?] 915" stamped in blue. The bridge pickup cavity has "TEAL TRANS" written in black marker. The potentiometers are both stamped "137 9436" (CTS September 1994). This guitar is in mint as new (9.50) condition. Complete with the original Fender Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity "Carved Top Stratocaster" Serial # "0536" signed by John Page and dated "April '96". Original tremolo arm and  various case candy including special gold-plated locking strap fasteners, polishing cloth and instruction manuals, and even the original receipt of purchase from Guitar Showcase in San Jose, CA, dated December 19th, 1999. Housed in the original Fender two-latch, center-pocket, 'Tweed' rectangular hardshell case with tan leather ends and red plush lining (9.25).

2016 Fender Custom Shop Special Bass VI NOS

Color: Candy Apple Red, Rating: 9.50, $4,850.00
ID#: 01982


 

Fender Custom Shop Bass VI in Candy Apple Red

 

2016 Fender Custom Shop Special Bass VI NOS

 

This "Candy Apple Red" Custom Shop Special Bass VI NOS (New Old Stock) weighs 9.40 lbs. Offset asymmetrical solid alder body. One-piece maple neck with a nut width of just over 1 1/2 inches, a short bass scale length of 30.25 inches and a very comfortable medium profile. Veneer rosewood fretboard with 21 medium frets and pearl dot position markers. Individual Fender 'single-line' Deluxe tuners with oval metal buttons. Single "butterfly" string with metal spacer. Headstock 'transition' style logo with "Fender VI" in gold with black trim, "Electric Bass Guitar", one design and two patent numbers in black below it. Small circular "Offset Contour Body" decal on the ball end of the headstock. Four-bolt neck plate with serial number "CZ 527358" between the top two screws and the Fender Custom Shop logo beneath. Back of headstock with Fender Custom Shop logo in black. Three Jaguar-style (white six-polepiece) pickups with serrated chrome surrounds and outputs of 6.58k, 7.96k, and 6.44k. Four-layer (tortoiseshell over white and black) plastic pickguard with beveled edge and twelve screws. Two controls (one volume, one tone) and jack input on lower metal plate adjoining pickguard and four two-way pickup selector switches (one for each pickup, the fourth being a 'frequency' switch)  all on a metal plate inset into the pickguard. Seven-sided black plastic knobs with white markings. Six-saddle bridge with adjustable mute and separate vibrato tailpiece. This superb Bass VI is in brand new and unused (9.50) condition and is complete with tremolo arm with white plastic tip, chrome-plated bridge cover, Fender Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity and all of the original Fender Custom Shop 'case-candy' including black leather guitar strap and cord. Housed in its original Fender two-latch rectangular black hardshell case with black leather ends and burgundy plush lining (9.50).

2015 Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition "Esquire" Relic with Fender Custom Shop Wide Range Humbucker

Color: Nocaster Blond, Rating: 9.50, $3,250.00
ID#: 01981


 

A Very Unusual Fender Custom Shop Esquire

 

2015 Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition "Esquire" Relic with Fender Custom Shop Wide Range Humbucker

 

This amazing and very unusual little guitar weighs just 6.90 lbs. and features a single cutaway, ash body with a custom 'Nocaster' nitrocellulose finish. Huge one-piece, highly figured birds-eye maple neck with a nut width of just over 1 5/8 inches and a super-thick 'U' shape profile very similar to a 1950 Broadcaster or a 1953 Telecaster/Esquire. Standard Telecaster scale length of 25 1/2 inches with 21 medium jumbo frets and black dot position markers. Headstock decal with Fender "Esquire" 'Spaghetti' logo in gold with black trim. Single "butterfly" string tree. Individual Fender Deluxe tuners with oval metal buttons. "Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition" decal in black on back of headstock. Four-bolt neck plate stamped with serial Number "CZ 521915", "Limited Edition" and "Fender Custom Shop". Fender Custom Shop Wide Range Humbucker in the bridge position with a huge output of 13.77k. Metal pickup surround with two height-adjustable screws, secured to body with four screws. Two controls (one volume, one tone), chrome control knobs with lightly-domed tops and heavily knurled sides. Combination 'Hard-Tail Stratocaster' style combined six saddle bridge/tailpiece. This guitar is in 'as new', but lightly relic'd (9.50) condition and is housed in its original Fender G & G Custom Shop, three-latch rectangular tweed hardshell case with red plush lining (9.50). Complete with all of the Fender Custom Shop case-candy including black leather guitar strap.

This very limited run Fender Custom Shop Esquire is an authentic and faithful reproduction of one of Fender’s first workhorse guitars - but with a Fender Custom Shop Wide Range Humbucker instead of the usual angles single-coil pickup. Its lightweight ash body and highly figured birds-eye maple neck features a 'light relic' Nitro/lacquer finish that imparts the look of a lightly used early fifties guitar.

2015 Gibson Les Paul Custom 1954 True Historic

Color: Black, Rating: 9.25, $5,500.00
ID#: 01980


 

Gibson Custom Shop 'True Historic' 54 Les Paul Custom

 

2015 Gibson Les Paul Custom 1954 True Historic

 

This superb Gibson Custom Shop 'True Historic' Limited Edition guitar weighs just 9.20 lbs., which is exactly the same weight as an all original 1957 Les Paul Custom that we recently sold. Multi-bound solid mahogany body. One-piece mahogany neck with a nice, fat nut width of just under 1 11/16 inches, a standard Gibson scale length of 24 3/4 inches, and a wonderful thick profile. Ebony fretboard with 22 jumbo frets and inlaid pearl block position markers. Headstock with inlaid pearl "Gibson" logo and five-piece pearl split-diamond inlay. "Les Paul Custom" on truss-rod cover. Serial number "4 5068" inked-on in white on the back of the headstock. The body has seven-ply binding on the top and five-ply binding on the back, the headstock has five-ply binding, and the fretboard is single bound. Individual Kluson Super tuners with tulip-shaped metal buttons. One Seymour Duncan Alnico pickup in the neck position with a very strong output of 8.72k and one Seymour Duncan P-90 pickup in the bridge position, also with a very strong output of 9.33k. Each pickup with a black plastic cover. Five-layer (black over white) plastic pickguard secured to body with a single bracket and a top screw. Four controls (two volume, two tone) plus three-way selector switch. Special Gibson Custom Shop 'True Historic' metal switch cover secured by three screws. Black plastic bell-shaped "Bell" knobs. ABR-1 style non-retainer Tune-O-Matic bridge with metal saddles and separate stud tailpiece. All hardware gold-plated. This guitar is in new and unused (9.50) condition and was specially upgraded with two Seymour Duncan (Alnico Staple and P-90) pickups (the original Gibson pickups are in the case pocket). Housed in the original Gibson five-latch shaped brown hardshell case with pink plush lining (9.50). Complete with the Gibson Custom Shop 'True Historic' Certificate of Authenticity, spare black plastic switch cover, various hang tags and polishing cloth.

2016 Zemaitis Custom Shop 24 Metal Front FR 4C

Color: Mahogany, Rating: 9.50, $4,999.00
ID#: 01979


 

Zemaitis Custom Shop 24 Metal Front

 

2016 Zemaitis Custom Shop 24 Metal Front FR 4C

 

2016 Zemaitis Custom Shop 24 Pearl Front Ring Chess

Rating: 9.50, $5,999.00
ID#: 01978


 

Zemaitis Custom Shop 24 Pearl Front 'Ring Chess'

 

2016 Zemaitis Custom Shop 24 Pearl Front Ring Chess

 

This specially hand-made, Zemaitis Custom Shop guitar weighs just 8.50 lbs. and has a 12 3/8 inch wide and just over 1 5/8 inch thick, select 'dry-aged' African mahogany body with an extremely thin coat of nitrocellulose lacquer. The double-bound top of this stunning guitar is hand-set in a checkerboard design with over seventy individually hand-cut pieces of abalone and over one hundred and fifty individually hand-cut pieces of pearl. One-piece select 'dry-aged' African mahogany (set) neck with a nut width of 1 11/16 inches, a double-octave scale length of 25 inches, and a medium to fat "C" profile typical of a '59 Les Paul. Single white-bound ebony fretboard with 24 medium frets, Zemaitis inlaid pearl dots and diamonds, and black dot side-markers. Specific asymmetrical-shaped headstock with diamond-shaped "Z" engraved metal plate secured by two pins, and dome-shaped floral-engraved metal truss-rod cover secured by two screws. Individual Schaller M6 tuners with kidney-shaped, chrome-plated, metal buttons. Small clear plastic plate on back of headstock, engraved with serial number "KZ160412" and secured by two pins. Two Custom voiced DiMarzio DP 103 PAF pickups with outputs of 7.61k and 7.73k. Each pickup with a 'Duralumin' floral-engraved surround secured by four screws. Four controls (two volume, two tone) on the lower treble bout plus three-way pickup selector switch on the upper bass bout. Skirt-shaped, chrome-plated control knobs with ribbed sides. Zemaitis 'Duralumin' six-saddle bridge with individually adjustable metal saddles and floral-engraved fixed tailpiece secured by two screws. Side-mounted floral-engraved jack plate secured by our screws. All of the electronics are constructed with American CTS and Switchcraft components as well as the Custom voiced DiMarzio DP 103 pickups and the wiring circuit is of Tony Zemaitis' original design. 'Duralumin' engraved control-cavity cover secured by four screws and 'Duralumin' engraved switch cavity cover secured by two screws. This guitar is new and in mint (9.50) condition. Housed in the original Zemaitis 'Custom Model' five-latch, black shaped hardshell case with gray plush lining (9.50). Complete with the original Product Certificate with matching serial number, dated "5/30/16", truss-rod adjustment tool and case key.

Gibson EB-0 Bass (Slab Body, Large Tuners)

Color: Cherry, Rating: 9.00, $5,950.00
ID#: 01975


 

The Last of The Slab-Bodied Double-Cut EB-0s

1961 Gibson EB-0 Bass (Slab Body, Large Tuners)

 

This super rare and all original slab-bodied EB-0 bass weighs just 8.10 lbs. and has a solid mahogany body. One-piece mahogany neck with an amazing fat nut width of just over 1 11/16 inches, a scale length of 30 1/2 inches and a wonderful fat profile. Brazilian rosewood fretboard with 20 original jumbo frets and inlaid pearl dot position markers. Headstock with inlaid pearl "Gibson" logo and pearl crown inlay. Two-layer black over white plastic 'bell-shaped' truss-rod cover with two screws. Two-on-a-side Kluson bass tuners with large, right-angle, cloverleaf shaped metal buttons. Serial number "1 0153" stamped on the back of the headstock in black. One dual-coil "Sidewinder" bass pickup with four adjustable pole-pieces (mounted across the middle of the pickup), an output of 34.30k and a black plastic cover secured by four screws. Black plastic pickguard with six screws. Two controls (one volume, one tone) on lower treble bout. Black plastic bell-shape control knobs with metal tops. The pots are dated "134 6028" (Centralab, July 1960). Side-mounted jack socket on three-ply black over white plastic plate secured by four screws. Black plastic control panel cover on the back of the guitar with two screws. Combination "wrap-over" bar bridge/tailpiece with intonation adjustment. All hardware nickel-plated. Light fading to the body face, some light belt-buckle wear on the back (nothing through the finish) and a few small surface marks, dents, dings on the body and the neck. The only alteration being the addition of a fourth strap button on the inside of the treble horn. A spectacular and otherwise totally original example - the first of this 'rare' variant that we have ever seen. Housed in the original Gibson four-latch shaped brown softshell case with red plush lining (8.75)

2015 Fender Custom Shop 1960 Stratocaster NOS

Color: Sunburst Three-Tone, Rating: 9.50, $2,650.00
ID#: 01970


 

Fender Custom Shop NOS '60 'Slab Board' Stratocaster
Upgraded with 'Josefina Campos' Pickups and a Callaham Bridge Assembly

 

2015 Fender Custom Shop 1960 Stratocaster NOS

 

This 'slab-board' "1960" Stratocaster was built by the Fender Custom Shop in April 2015. The guitar weighs just 7.80 lbs. and has a contoured solid alder body. Maple neck with a nut width of just under 1 11/16 inches and a typical medium-to-thin "1960" profile. Rosewood fretboard, with 21 medium-thin frets and inlaid white composite dot position and side dot markers. Headstock with 1954-60 style 'Spaghetti' logo with "Fender" in gold with black trim, "Stratocaster" in black and "With Synchronized Tremolo" in black beneath. Single "butterfly" string tree with metal spacer. Individual Fender [Kluson] Deluxe tuners with oval metal buttons. On the back of the headstock there is a black 'Custom Shop' decal. Four-bolt neck-plate with serial number "R 81658" stamped between the top two screws. Three-layer 'green' over black plastic pickguard with eleven screws. Three Fender 'Josefina Campos hand-wound' Stratocaster pickups with staggered pole-pieces and outputs of 6.95k, 7.08k, and 7.29k. Three controls (one volume, two tone) plus five-way pickup selector switch. Stratocaster white plastic knobs with ribbed sides and gold lettering. Callaham Model S combined bridge/tailpiece with six saddles and through-body stringing. The underside of the neck is stamped in blind "Relic" and stamped in black "Feb 12 2015" with "11451933-13" & "51780" written in pencil; the neck pocket is stamped in blind "Relic" and has the same markings as the neck dated "Mar-18". The neck cavity is stamped in blind "60 NOS", and the middle pickup cavity is stamped in blind "11451933-13". The body is also stamped in blind (under the pickguard) "Relic". The control cavity has "51780 / 318B" written in black marker. The three 'black-bottom' pickups are all signed on the underside in white marker "Josefina  4-2-14". This guitar is in mint as new (9.50) condition. Complete with the original bridge cover, tremolo arm, Fender Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity signed by Tom Montgomery  (dated "04/01/15") and all the original case candy including black leather strap, guitar cord, polishing cloth and instruction manual, etc. Housed in the original Fender 'G & G tan hardshell case with orange plush lining and brown leather ends (9.50).

2015 Fender Custom Shop 1960 Stratocaster NOS

Color: Sonic Blue, Rating: 9.50, $2,650.00
ID#: 01969


 

Fender Custom Shop Sonic Blue NOS '60 Stratocaster
Upgraded with 'Jason Lollar' Pickups and a Callaham Bridge Assembly
 

2015 Fender Custom Shop 1960 Stratocaster NOS

 

Custom Color 'Sonic Blue' offset asymmetrical double cutaway solid body. This 'slab-board' "1960" Stratocaster was built by the Fender Custom Shop in April 2015. The guitar weighs just 7.80 lbs. and has a contoured solid alder body. Maple neck with a nut width of just under 1 11/16 inches and a typical medium-to-thin "1960" profile. Rosewood fretboard, with 21 medium-thin frets and inlaid white composite dot position and side dot markers. Headstock with 1954-60 style 'Spaghetti' logo with "Fender" in gold with black trim, "Stratocaster" in black and "With Synchronized Tremolo" in black beneath. Single "butterfly" string tree with metal spacer. Individual Fender [Kluson] Deluxe tuners with oval metal buttons. On the back of the headstock there is a black 'Custom Shop' decal. Four-bolt neck-plate with serial number "R 80177" stamped between the top two screws. Three-layer 'green' over black plastic pickguard with eleven screws. Three Jason Lollar 'Special 2015' Vintage Neck, Middle and Bridge, black-bottom Stratocaster pickups with outputs of 6.95k, 7.08k, and 7.29k. Three controls (one volume, two tone) plus five-way pickup selector switch. Stratocaster white plastic knobs with ribbed sides and gold lettering. The potentiometers are stamped "CTS 013446 1348". Callaham Model S combined bridge/tailpiece with six saddles and through-body stringing. The underside of the neck is stamped in blind "Relic" and is stamped in black "Dec 02 2014" & "Yamano" with "11428490-7" in pencil & "50562" written in black ink; the neck pocket is stamped in blind "Relic" and has the same markings as the neck dated "Ene-13". The neck cavity is stamped in blind "60 NOS", and the middle pickup cavity is stamped in blind "11428490-7". The body is also stamped in blind (under the pickguard) "Relic". The control cavity has "50562 / Sonic Blue" written in white marker. The three 'black-bottom' pickups, each with "Lollar 2015 Special Neck [&] Middle [&] Bridge stamped on the underside in white. This guitar is in mint as new (9.50) condition. Complete with the original bridge cover, tremolo arm, Fender Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity signed by Tom Montgomery  (dated "01/05/15") and all the original case candy including black leather strap, guitar cord, polishing cloth and instruction manual, etc. Housed in the original Fender 'G & G tan hardshell case with orange plush lining and brown leather ends (9.50).

This guitar was purchased new in December of 2015. The owner had the pickups 'upgraded' by replacing them with three Jason Lollar 'Special 2015' Neck, Middle and Bridge, black-bottom Stratocaster pickup. He also had the bridge/tremolo 'upgraded' with a Callaham Model S Bridge assembly. Original pickups and tremolo/bridge assembly etc. included in case pocket.

1982 Fender Stratocaster "Dan Smith"

Color: Natural, Rating: 9.25, $2,200.00
ID#: 01967


 

'Under The Bed' for Thirty-four Years

 

1982 Fender Stratocaster "Dan Smith"

 

This 1982 "Dan Smith" Stratocaster weighs 9.40 lbs. and features a one-piece ash, contoured body with a wonderful natural finish. One-piece maple neck with a nut width of just over 1 5/8 inches, a scale length of 25 1/2 inches and a very fast thin profile (0.78 behind the nut rising to just 0.83 behind the twelfth fret). Veneer rosewood fretboard with 21 original medium frets and pearloid dot position markers. Small headstock with "Fender" logo in black with gold trim, "Serial Number E 212555" in black beneath, "Stratocaster" in black beside it, and "Made in U.S.A." in black beneath. Individual Fender "F" closed-back tuners with octagonal metal buttons. Two "butterfly" string trees with nylon spacers. Four-bolt neck plate with the Fender backward "F" logo. Three white plastic covered Stratocaster 'flat-pole' pickups with outputs of 5.84k, 5.77k, and 7.56k. All with "016730" stamped in relief, the neck and middle pickups with "10182" in yellow marker. Three-layer white over black plastic pickguard with eleven screws. Three controls (one volume, two tone) plus five-way selector switch, all on pickguard. The 250k potentiometers are all stamped "013446 19 8206" (CTS, February 1982). Black plastic ribbed-sided control knobs with gold lettering. Fender "Synchronized Tremolo" combined bridge/tailpiece. The end of the neck is dated "122082" (December 20, 1982). The underside of the neck has a black circular stamp "FRR 20".The neck pocket is stamped in black "12 22 82 (December 22, 1982) and has a black circular stamp "FRR 40". The middle pickup cavity has a yellow circular label with "JM 1/13"? written in black ink. The cavities are painted with black shielding and the control cavity has a small circular label with a circular stamp "FRR 11 11"? This guitar is in near mint (9.25++) condition. The only reason that we do not give it a 9.50 is that there are a few tiny belt-buckle marks on the back (only visible under direct light)  and a miniscule amount of fretwear which is commensurate with this guitar having spent most of its life 'under-the-bed' in its case. Most certainly the cleanest and best example we have ever seen. With the original white plastic tipped tremolo arm. Housed in the original Fender 'tweed' hardshell case with tan leather ends and red plush lining (9.25).

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