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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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.

£2,495 including original case (which is usable but very aged)


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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. Includes a hard case which is in good useable condition.

 


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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 with original hard case (showing age but still usable).


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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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Alistair McNeill (2010)

  • German Spruce
  • Indian rosewood
  • Ebony head
  • Sloane machines
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • Action 4mm bass 3.0mm treble
  • Light construction at 1.6kg with 6 fan struts
  • F 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 252. It is made with top quality timbres and with a very fine attention to detail.

The guitar is in good condition. There are a few marks and I have some close up pictures of these. There are no major scars or cracks. The sound is liquid clear yet always warm with a fine balance across the registers. Good sustain and power. The guitar is comfortable to play.

A new McNeill guitar is hard to come by and costs considerably more than the asking price of £2495. Includes hard Hiscox case.


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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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Pablo Requena (2004)
  • Cedar
  • Indian Rosewood
  • Handmade pearl rosette
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • Rubner machines
  • 9 fans struts
  • F sharp to G body resonance
  • 1.6 kgm
  • Action: 4mm bass 3mm treble
Pablo Requena originally from Malaga in Spain, made this guitar at his Lewes workshop in Lewes East Sussex England. It was one of a limited number with handmade mother of pearl rosettes. Pablo has now become a well recognised luthier and his new guitars sell for more the £4000. Here is a chance to own a stunning second hand model in used but sound condition. There are some marks to the top and the back but no cracks.The woods are of stunning quality. It is very easy guitar to play and rewards one with a strong mature, balanced sound. Must be tried.

The instrument has been checked by Pablo himself who was very pleased to see it again.

This guitar will require CITES to send outside EU. Maestoso can arrange this for you.
£1995 SOLD
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Arturo Sanzano (1998)
  • Cedar top
  • Indian Rosewood
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • 6 fans struts with Bouchet bars
  • G body resonance
  • 1.7 kgm
  • Action: 4mm bass 3mm treble.

A fine artisan made guitar by ex Jose Ramirez workshop luthier Arturo Sanzano with his own apprentice Alfredo Gregori. The instrument is made with top quality woods. The woodworking inside and out is excellent. The sound is typically Spanish/Madrid - loud and round. Despite the age of this guitar, it is fine condition. It has golpe fitted which will have added extra protection from players nail marks. There is the odd small knock to the top and the inlay which is more than acceptable for a 1998 guitar. All in all a very playable large sounding guitar at a good price.
This guitar will require CITES to send outside EU. Maestoso can arrange this for you. Price includes Hiscox PRO II case in VGC
£699.00 SOLD
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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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