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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Malcolm Brooks (1993)
  • Cedar
  • Ovangkol
  • Cedar neck
  • Ebony pegs
  • 570mm string length
  • 44mm nut width
  • 3.5mm bass 2.5mm treble set up
  • 1kg
  • G/Aflat body pitch
  • 191mm upper bout at 19th fret
  • 255mm lower bout
  • Body depth 98mm
  • French polish

Malcolm Brooks from York UK is well known for acoustic guitars, in particular ‘parlour’ models. He has now retired and his guitars are rare to find. This is a very charming 19th century replica guitar (based on José Pernas) and is ideal for the performance of classical composers such as Fernando Sor etc. Or, just to have a small easy to play guitar. It has a charming sound that projects well due to the large body depth. The scroll head is particularly attractive and the pegs tune easily. The condition is good with only minor marks to the top.

Full set of pictures and sound file upon request.

£795 with gig bag


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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 for a 10 year old. There are a few blemishes and I have some close up pictures of these including standard players marks to the top and on the neck. There are no major scars or cracks. The sound is liquid clear yet always warm and expressive with a fine balance across the registers. Good sustain and power. The guitar is very 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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Hernandez/Iranzo Preludio (2018)
  • Swiss spruce
  • Ziricote
  • Mahogany neck
  • 650mm string length
  • 5 fans struts
  • 52mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble
  • 1.62kgms
  • G body pitch
  • 279mm upper bout
  • 370mm lower bout
  • Nitro varnish finish

These models are built in the workshop of Hernandez by his cousin Bautista Iranzo. They offer superb professional feel and looks at a reasonable cost and any student up to Grade 8 will be more than fine with this instrument. This particular guitar was sold by Maestoso new in 2018. The condition is still mint. The top is AA quality and the guitar is very expressive and of course now nicely ‘played in’. New price is £699.

£499


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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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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. SOLD

 


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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.

£2295 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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Tom and Peter Peterson (1979)
  • German Spruce
  • Indian rosewood
  • Mahogany neck
  • Fustero machines
  • 650mm string length
  • 52mm nut width
  • 4mm bass 3mm treble set up with room to adjust
  • 1.48kgms
  • 36cms lower bout
  • 28cms upper bout
  • G body pitch
  • 6 fan construction
  • 19 frets
  • French polish finish

Harald Peterson from Denmark moved to England in the 1950’s. He became well known building guitars for Len Williams in the Spanish Guitar Centre London. Son John Williams played Peterson guitars and you can get a good idea of the sound world https://youtu.be/oEfFbuT3I6A. Harald sadly died in 1969 but his sons Tom and Peter carried on construction well into the 1980’s and this guitar is one of those. It a top ‘C’ model using the best quality woods and described as a ‘Concert Guitar’.

Without doubt this guitar has a wonderfully mature spruce tone and it is especially easy to play. The neck and action are spot on and do not seem to have ever moved. However, age has taken its toll on the condition and it is no oil painting. There is a repaired crack to the top and numerous scars. The back and sides are in very good condition. So, this is for a serious player wanting the best sound for the least cost due to condition. A joy to play such a musical instrument. A fine concert guitar.

£850 including old usable case. SOLD

 


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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 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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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. If sound is the most important thing? then this guitar is a winner! There is a small repaired crack to the back. This simply has to be played to be appreciated.
Comes with original Rawlings foam case with straps. Real quality pro sound. Must be played. £2250












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