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b3 Guitars by Gene Baker - Phoenix Korina Natural

$2750.00

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Phoenix


Our Perspective:
This killer b3 Phoenix Korina just came in on consignment from the original owner who purchased right here at GMC.We custom ordered this beauty back in 2014 - it did not last long, as one of the better players in the area came in and fell in love with its vocal like tone and unique look! - If you have been looking for a guitar that will cover many genres - look not further - you found it!!

Consignment Sale, as such, All Sales Final!


B3 - by Gene Baker:
In 2009, recognizing Gene’s rare expertise on both the design and production sides of the business, PBG founder Michael Bernstein asked Gene to serve as Chief Guitar Master Builder for Premier Builders Guild, a new boutique, masterbuilt instrument company based on a new approach. At the PBG guitar workshop in Arroyo Grande, CA, Gene designed and built his own b3 line while he and his expert team also built guitars designed by PBG master builders Dennis Fano (the complete Fano Guitars line) and Saul Koll (the Koll Glide series, made and sold only through PBG). The family also at points in time included a few other well known guitar brands we built for Jason Schroeder, Johan Gustavsson and Roger Giffin.


Specifications:

  • Model - Phoenix
  • Serial # - 044gb05537
  • Weight - 6 lbs. 14 oz.
  • Finish - Factory Relic'd
  • Body Wood - Korina
  • Neck Wood - Korina
  • Fingerboard Wood - Rosewood
  • Scale - 25.5"
  • Nut - Bone
  • Nut Width - 1.71”
  • Radius - 12”
  • Bridge - Wilkenson (changed saddles, originals are included)
  • Pickups - T-Style (stacked), 2-Mini-Hums
  • Misc. - Hang Tags, Strap Locks, Spec Sheet, Allen Wrenches 
  • Case - B3 Hardshell
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Fender American Vintage 64 Telecaster - Aged White Blonde - USED

$1400.00

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64’ American Vintage Telecaster


Our Perspective:
This just came in on consignment. The customer purchased it, but never played it - there is one small chip on the back edge, which he claims was there when he purchased the guitar. These guitars sport a very thin lacquer finish. There really is no wear to this guitar. The plastic is still on the pickguard! 

This Guitar comes with all case candy, including the sealed bag with “ash tray” bridge cover. The strap is also present, again unused. This guitar is a time capsule. This guitar is super light at 6 lbs. 11 oz. If you have been looking for a killer Telecaster - here it is!!

Consignment Sale, as such, ALL SALES FINAL!

Weight - 6 lbs. 11 oz.


Specifications:

  • Model - 64 American Vintage Telecaster
  • Serial # - V1529969
  • Body Material - Ash
  • Body Finish - Fender Flash Coat nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Color - Aged White Blonde
  • Neck Material - Maple, Bolt-on
  • Neck Shape - C
  • Fingerboard Material - Rosewood, 7.25" radius
  • Fingerboard Inlay - Dots
  • Number of Frets - 21 vintage-style
  • Scale Length - 25.5"
  • Nut Width - 1.650"
  • Nut Material - Bone
  • Bridge/Tailpiece - String-through hardtail with 3 threaded-steel-barrel saddles
  • Tuners - Single-line "Fender Deluxe" vintage-style
  • Number of Pickups - 2
  • Neck Pickup - American Vintage '64 Gray-Bottom Single-coil neck
  • Bridge Pickup - American Vintage '64 Gray-Bottom Single-coil bridge
  • Controls - Master Volume, Master Tone, 3-way pickup selector
  • Case Included - Hardshell
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McKay Sunrise 19 - 1959 ES335 Replica - USED

$4899.99 $7500.00

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McKay Sunrise 19


Our Perspective:
This guitar just came in on consignment. Ken McKay is a master builder and creates some of the most authentic ES335’s on the market. This particular guitar had an issue of the bridge being in the wrong place, the intonation was impossible to set properly. Our Tech (Former Master Builder at Hamer Guitars) pulled the bridge studs, filled them and reset the posts in the proper place, the intonation is perfect! At that time, we also replaced the original bridge with a Tone Pro’s ABR-1. The original bridge is included - someone filed the saddles, I think to try and get the intonation correct.

Enough of the cons, the upside is this guitar now plays and sounds incredible!! The playability is right on! The truss rod is all the way loose, with perfect relief, so there is plenty of adjustment to go with thicker strings These guitars sell new for $7500.00 - This one is a fraction of that!!

Consignment Sale, as such, All Sales Final!!

Weight - 8 lbs. 5 oz.


McKay Tribute Guitars:
Ken McKay bought his first guitar in 1972, a Fender Jazzmaster, and proceeded to "mod" it, which of course required he later restore it back to original. This set the stage for his lifelong interest in lutherie. Realizing the gap between interest and proficiency, he decided to study woodworking formally and enrolled in the School of Classical Woodcarving, and later started his lifelong quest of acquiring tonewood for violins, double basses and guitars. "Since then I have made them all," says McKay. "From violins to double basses, classical and fingerstyle guitars and my special passion, electric guitars. I let the wood stare at me for sometimes up to a decade before it tells me what it wants to be. Yet other woods, like a chunk of old growth mahogany tells me right away," he adds. "Some of the brazilian rosewood I have here is very old and has been stickered and curing for decades. I chopped down a huge white pine tree a couple of years ago and I am pretty sure those billets want to become double bass tops; now they are ready!"

McKay opened Up North Strings after loading up the tonewood, wife, and kids, and moving to Traverse City Michigan. "We primarily serviced and sold student stringed instruments and I made plenty of time for my special passion, making double basses. But making guitars, and guitar parts for other luthiers has always been a big part of my business, especially laminated guitar plates for archtop makers," says McKay. Having made some laminated guitars of his own design he started to think about paying tribute to some of the guitars that have risen to the top. "I wanted to see how close I could get to the original designs; I tried to get everything just right. Building jigs and acquiring more tonewood, including custom ordered veneer for laminating now takes the place of some of the violinmaking stuff. It is hard to make just one of the laminated guitars, it takes a lot of jiggery which is really hard to justify for just one tribute guitar. The first tribute guitar turned out so well I want see how far I can take this," says McKay.

Recently, the McKays moved to the Detroit area, a hotbed for manufacturing, and set up a new shop. There he has help from the next generation, his boys Quinn and Sean and now specializes in reproducing great guitars and wants to construct yours.

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Suhr Classic Antique Custom - 2 Tone Tobacco Burst - 2011

$2999.00

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Classic Antique


Our Perspective:
This beautiful Suhr Classic Antique Custom was originally ordered through George’s Music Center by one of the better players in the area - after 6 years he has decided to sell this beast - this guitar is super light weight at 7.2 lbs. and has one of the best neck profiles that John Suhr offers, that, with the choice of the ML pickups makes this one of the best Strat style guitars available!! The middle pickup cover has a small crack which is not part of the antiquing process - This guitar will put a smile on your face!!


Weight - 7 lbs. 2 oz.

Consignment Sales, as such, All Sales Final!


SUHR CLASSIC ANTIQUE
Our customers have asked for an instrument that has a vintage look and feel, without sacrificing playability and tone. Enter the Classic Antique™. We designed this guitar to ensure it preserves the spirit of a vintage instrument while performing like a Suhr. Impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail ensure that every neck pocket is tight, every fret is perfectly dressed, and that every instrument is ready for peak performance before leaving our facility.
The nitro-cellulose lacquer finish and our proprietary antiquing process make each Classic Antique™ feel like it has been loved for years.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Model - Classic Antique Custom
  • Serial # - 14674
  • Body Wood - Swamp Ash
  • Neck Back Shape - 60’s C Vintage Medium .830 - .950
  • Radius - 10” - 14”
  • Nut - Tusq
  • Frets - Heavy Stainless Steel
  • Nut Width - 1.650”
  • Hardware Color - Chrome
  • Gears - Gotoh Kluson
  • Pick guard - Aged Green 
  • Electronics - Volume, Tone M (push/pull for SSC), Tone B - No Tone for Neck Pickup
  • Other - SSC
  • Input Jack - Face Jack
  • Pickups - JST ML Classic Single-Coil - Aged Green Covers
  • Finish - 2 Tone Tobacco Burst - Light Aging
  • Case - G&G Tweed Hardshell Form-Fit
  • String Gauge - .010-.046
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