Available Pre-owned Guitars

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A full set of pictures and sound file can be sent upon request............. 


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Richard Howell No.411 (2008)
  • Canadian Cedar
  • Madagascar Rosewood
  • Mahogany neck
  • Sloane machines
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble
  • 1.54kgms
  • F/F sharp body pitch
  • 285mm upper bout
  • 360mm lower bout
  • French polish

British luthier Richard Howell made his first guitar in 1966 in London. In 1972 he moved to Australia. He is famous for his replica guitars of Santos Hernandez, Torres and like this guitar Ignacio Fleta. Even the label looks the same as does the detailed polished interior woodwork.This guitar has a clear open and very powerful tone. The workmanship and woods are of the highest quality. Richard’s guitars now justifiably demand high prices. Sadly,this guitar suffered a transit accident and has been repaired most expertly by David Merrin at a cost of £1000. Without doubt the sound and structure of the instrument is unimpaired. The cloud mark at 6 o’clock to the front is the evidence. The guitar is now priced accordingly. A good opportunity to buy a top class concert guitar at a reasonable price. New price for the Fleta model £7000 + import.

 

www.howellguitars.com

£2995 with a Hiscox case.

 


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Masaro Kohno model 20 (1977)
  • European Spruce
  • Indian Rosewood
  • Cedar neck with 2 ebony strips
  • Fustero machines
  • 655mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble set up with room to adjust
  • 1.8kgms
  • 36cms lower bout
  • 28cms upper bout
  • F sharp/G body pitch
  • 6 fan construction
  • Cashew finish

Masaro Kohno is Japans most eminent 20th century luthier. He studied with Ignacio Fleta in Barcelona. Kohno died in 1998 and his guitars are becoming rare. This guitar sounds as good as they come, with a full even and balanced tone. The woods are of the highest quality. The mature tone is a delight and being a spruce top it has not become too dark, so there are many more years of musicality yet to come.

The condition is solid with no cracks or major scars. However, as expected on a 50 year old guitar, there are a number of small knocks and players marks, mostly to the top. This is reflected in the price. I have taken close up pictures that can be sent upon request. The frets have just been dressed and the guitar is ready to play. I can also send a sound file.

£2,250 including original case (which is usable but very aged)


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Michael Gee (1983)

  • German spruce
  • Indian Rosewood
  • French polish
  • 650mm string length
  • 51mm nut width
  • Action 4.2mm bass 3.0mm treble
  • Light construction with 7 fan bars
  • 1.5 kg
  • Lower bout 35.5cms at bridge
  • G/F sharp sharp body resonance

Michael Gee has now made over 650 guitars from his workshop in Northamptonshire England. Since 1977, many notable players have performed on Gee guitars including Robert Brightmore, David Russell, Simon Dinnigan and Stephen Rak. Modern generation players such as the Sorros Duo are still buying his guitars today. New prices are around the £5k to £6K mark with a waiting list.

This example - No.118 is typical of his sound world, naturally balanced, clear, warm and sweet. It is really an English Torres/Hauser with its light construction and 7 fans. The narrow neck makes the instrument very easy to play. The neck profile is perfect!

The condition can be described as 'good' for a guitar of it's age. There are no major blemishes or cracks. However, there are some heat patches to the French polished back and some small signs of ware to the ebony in the first three frets. The frets themselves are also worn but still have plenty of life in them and do not effect any notes at present. A new owner needs to note these things. The guitar is honestly priced including these points. I have further pictures of minor marks which can be sent on request and sound file.

A top class instrument that must be played.

£2650 with original Savage and Hoy hard flight case.

 


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Roger Williams (2010)
  • Canadian Red Cedar
  • Indian rosewood with maple inlays
  • Cedar neck
  • Gotoh machines (510)
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble set up with room to adjust
  • 1.5kgms
  • 37cms lower bout
  • 28cms upper bout
  • F sharp/G body pitch
  • 6 fan construction
  • 20 frets
  • French polish finish

Roger Williams from Lichfield, has been making guitars for more than 20 years. He is well known for his ‘Vintage’ crossover guitars that won the JHS award in 2017. This guitar, No.204 named ‘Emilie’, shows admirable attention to detail in the wood working and the selection of the very best materials. The guitar has a sparkling quick sound that projects well. The neck and action is particularly comfortable. There is a hairline crack (might only be in the polish) on the lower bout of the front which is too small to notice and does not photograph being on a wood line. The crack is to the edge and so can’t extend and the sound is in no way compromised. The rest of the instrument has only minor marks, so condition is 9/10. The guitar has had one owner from new and it cost £3600 in 2010. A very fine concert guitar.

£2,995 including original Hiscox case


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Graham Wilkin (2014)

  • European Spruce
  • Madagascar rosewood
  • Gotoh machines (best)
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • Action 4.1mm bass 3.0mm treble
  • Light construction at 1.4kg with 7 fan bars
  • 36cms across lower bout at the bridge
  • French polished
  • F/FSharp body resonance

Graham Wilkin from Sussex, made this instrument in the workshops of Stephen Eden in Ringmer Sussex. The instrument is a Jose Romanillos inspired and really lives up to that high expectation.

Without any doubt, this is a very classy concert guitar. From the handsome looks to the balanced tone it pleases in every way. The stunning Madagascar timber is now hard to find sadly but here is chance to own a fine guitar with this stunning wood. The instrument is in very good condition with no major cracks or significant marks. I strongly recommend anyone to try this guitar-any journey is worth the trip.

Sound file and further pictures available.

£1995. Reduced to £1850. Includes a hard case which is in good useable condition.

 


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Stephen Frith (2015) 'Guijosa'

  • German Spruce
  • Indian Rosewood
  • Cedar neck
  • Alessi machines
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble set up with room to adjust
  • 1.5kgms
  • F/Fsharp body pitch
  • French polish
A very attractive guitar beautifully built with top quality timbers. The guitar is a homage to 'Hauser' and indeed it compares very favourably with the original. It has low body resonance with a balanced tone across the registers. The bass sound is warm strong and the treble creamy. Note the incredibly light body weight. The neck is very comfortable and easy to play.

The English luthier Stephen Frith has been making guitars since 1979 and has studied under José Romanillos. It is guitar no.430. Condition is as new with no noticeable sign of being played. Must be tried.
£2750 including black fibre case

 


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Stephen Eden/Vicente Arias (2017)
  • Swiss spruce
  • European birdseye maple back and sides
  • Cedar neck
  • Schiller Grandtune brass plated machines
  • 645mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble set up
  • 1.006kgms
  • G body pitch
  • 24cms upper bout at 19th fret
  • 32cms lower bout
  • French polish

A fine replica copy guitar by Vicente Arias Castellanos (1833-1914) from 1889, by the much respected Sussex luthier Stephen Eden. Arias built guitars at the same time as Antonio Torres and Francisco Tarrega owned one. The sound is indeed Torres like. The woods are special, adding to both appearance and the tone of the instrument. The Swiss spruce is known as ‘Moon’ wood being harvested during the full moon and plained very thin. The birdseye maple is exquisite.The fingerboard is a lightweight ebony alternative ‘RockLite’. This aids the exceptionally light construction giving this small guitar a surprisingly lively response that projects convincingly, evenly and so sweetly. A little treasure and a rare opportunity.

The guitar is in very good condition with only minor players marks and has been owned from new by one careful owner.

Full set of pictures and sound file upon request.

£2750 inc.sized hard case SOLD


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Nick Branwell Torres FE19 Replica (2018)
  • German Spruce
  • Indian Rosewood
  • Cedar neck
  • Gotoh machines
  • 650mm string length
  • 50mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble set up with room to adjust
  • 1.45kgms
  • F sharp body pitch
  • 260mm upper bout
  • 360mm lower bout
  • French polish

An exceptionally attractive Torres replica by the London based English luthier Nick Branwell. The guitar has a warm yet pleasingly focused sound due to the slightly smaller body. The 50mm nut makes the instrument very easy to play. The wood working is eye catching with matching herringbone inlay work.

The guitar has been well kept and nicely played in by it’s first owner and has only a few minor marks and slightly faded polish to the back.

Comes with a sized Hiscox case.

£2200 SOLD



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Milestones/Wolfgang Jellingus (2018)
  • Canada Cedar
  • Madagascar Rosewood
  • Cedar neck
  • Brass plated machines
  • 650mm string length
  • 51mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble set up with room to adjust
  • 1.45kgms
  • G body pitch
  • 285mm upper bout at 19th fret
  • 370mm lower bout
  • French polish

A top end luthier workshop guitar made to exacting standards with superb materials. The range was inspired and designed by the German luthier Wolfgang Jellingus and made in his workshop. The result is a professional sounding guitar at a student price. Having solid Madagascar back and sides and French polish, combined with a AA cedar top gives the instrument great power and a quick response. The guitar has been kept very well and nicely played in by it’s first owner (we sold it in 2013) and has only a few minor marks and slightly faded polish in areas. No major marks.

£995 inc.hard case. SOLD


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Alistair McNeill (1987)

  • German spruce
  • Flame maple
  • French polished top
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • Action 4mm bass 3.0mm treble
  • Light construction with 8 fan bars
  • 1.5 kg
  • F sharp sharp body resonance

Alistair McNeill from Chippenham in Wiltshire England, is recognised as one of England's top luthiers. He has been building for more than 40 years. This Hauser inspired guitar is number 129 originally commissioned by Ivor Mairants Music centre in London under the model name 'Preludio'. It is made with top quality timbers and with fine attention to detail.

The guitar has a very mature round balanced sound. It has a recently re-polished top replacing the original nitro finish with French polish. This has not only enhanced appearance but also the sound. This was worthwhile as the top is of the highest quality with bearclaw markings. The flame maple body is also very attractive.

There are various small marks to the back and neck, as can be expected form a guitar of this age. The price has been adjusted accordingly and there are detailed photos of these imperfections.

An exceptionally musical guitar. Hard to find one as good as this for the asking price.

£1995 now reduced to £1499 with original hard case (showing age but still usable).


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Roberto Pozzi (2013)
Italian spruce
Indian rosewood
French polished
650mm string length
52mm nut width
Action 4.0mm bass 3.0mm treble
Very light construction with five fan bars

Roberto Pozzi is a well respected luthier from Como in Italy. This is his STUDIO model. The construction is very light and the sound compares well with any top quality concert guitar, being very round with depth and creamy clarity. The Italian spruce top is 20 years matured. The cost savings on this model have been made with less inlay work and factory machine heads. The Indian rosewood has not been filled hence the white patches in areas. If sound is the most important thing? then this guitar is a winner! There is a small repaired crack to the back.
Comes with original Rawlings foam case with straps. £1695












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