Sales: electric guitars

On this page, I'll post good quality, interesting or unusual electric guitars, archtops and basses for sale. Although I occasionally buy and sell (apparently I'm better at buying than selling!) I'm also happy to post commission sales. The contact link will put you in direct contact with the owner.

I'll leave details of sold instruments on this page for a while as some people like to see the sort of things I get in. They are clearly marked as sold to avoid wasting people's time.

Please feel free to contact me if you're looking for something special!

***Current wants***

I'm looking for the following:

Player condition 70s Tele or Tele Custom

Good recent US-built Tele

Player condition 70s hardtail or trem Strat

  For Sale

1961 Hofner V3 guitar and Selmer crocodile case

Sold

Tokai Jazz Sound bass

Kawai KS-10 XL

Martin EM-18

Hayman 4040 bass

Hofner Model 463

Aria Pro II TA60WA

1966 Fender Mustang

1975 Fender Telecaster

Hofner 176 Solid (Galaxie)


1961 Hofner V3 guitar and Selmer crocodile case

This 1961 Hofner V3 is an early example of the 'Strat-like' second version. It predates the Super Solid 3 and the Galaxie. It's in excellent condition, barring a few dings and the lacquer checking usual to these guitars, and is complete with trem arm and fittings, which are often missing. Original tuners, frets, etc. It's had a full setup, and is in excellent playing order. All the electrics are working fine.

The present owner has had it since 1963, and the receipt and original guarantee are included. It comes complete with its original "Slimline" Selmer case covered in a beautiful light grey imitation crocodile skin material. Heavy brass corner protectors were fitted, and the inside of the case was lined in crimson plush. These were expensive, 8 guineas (£8.40) in 1963, and are steadily going up in value these days. Having an original case in this condition is rare, and adds considerably to the value of this guitar.

£795 ono

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Hofner V3 1961 Hofner V3 1961 Hofner V3 1961
Hofner V3 1961 Hofner V3 1961 Hofner V3 1961
Hofner V3 1961 Hofner V3 1961 Hofner V3 1961
Hofner V3 1961 Hofner V3 1961 Hofner V3 1961
Hofner V3 1961 Hofner V3 1961 Hofner V3 1961

Tokai Jazz Sound bass, c1984 **SOLD**

This is one of the highest quality 'lawsuit era' instruments, along with Tokai's P Bass clone- it's an excellent Jazz bass clone in very good condition. Judging from the logo, I'd date this to 1984. Rock maple slim 60s style neck, rosewood fingerboard ('veneer type', not slab), with dot position markers. Recent setup, straight neck, repolished and reprofiled frets, low action. All original electrics and parts. Cosmetically the neck is in excellent condition, the body has some buckle rash to rear and one dent along the line of the front chamfer - but no unsightly chips and nothing visible from any distance. No case.

**SOLD**

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Tokai Jazz Sound bass 1984

Tokai Jazz Sound bass 1984
Tokai Jazz Sound bass 1984

Tokai Jazz Sound bass 1984

Kawai KS-10 XL guitar, c.1980, black **SOLD**

This guitar dates from the early 1980s, when Kawai - well-known for its pianos and keyboards - made a foray into the guitar market. Its guitars were built in Japan to a very high standard - typical of the higher-end Japanese makers of the time, such as Ibanez and Yamaha. The design is idiosyncratic to say the least. Slotted headstock, and an unusual double cutaway body, though a little reminiscent of contemporary Yamahas. This is the XL model, with one-piece badass bridge. White ash body, glued in 3-piece hard rock maple neck. Twin humbuckers, 2 volumes, 2 tones, 3-way selector, phase reversal.

But it was not a successful venture - largely because the company lacked a reputation in guitars and never succeeded in selling via specialist guitar shops. They are so rare that there's never been a collector's market for them - hence they remain in the 'lot of guitar for the money' category.

It was in poor cosmetic condition when I got it, but has been fully refinished to a high standard. Plays beautifully - straight neck, shallow radius fingerboard, very low action and no visible fret wear at all. Pickups are early 80s Mighty Mites which are contemporary with the instrument, but I've no idea if they were original equipment. They sound very good - I used to fit them to quite a few guitars at that time in preference to the ubiquitous Di Marzios. The pickup covers are new, as is the badass bridge, as the†originals were heavily corroded. The electrics have also been completely overhauled - no crackles or other nasties. No case.

**SOLD**

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Kawai KS-10 XL guitar

Kawai KS-10 XL guitar
Kawai KS-10 XL guitar

Kawai KS-10 XL guitar

Martin EM-18 **SOLD**

Yes, it really is a Martin. You won't see many of these around. Designed by Martin's Dick Boak, and only made for a few years. Very nicely made and in excellent condition.

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Martin EM-18 Martin EM-18 Martin EM-18

Hayman 4040 bass **SOLD**

Jim Burns joined Ivor Arbiter in 1969 and formed Hayman. This 4040 was the only Hayman bass and dates from around '72/73 with design input from Bob Pearson, woodwork by Jack Golder and features "superflux" double-pole staggered pick-ups.

This example is in good condition for its age. Rusty screws have been replaced, and old but non-correct Fender-style strap buttons replace the originals, which weren't very good. Fender-style domed knobs have been fitted. All other parts are original.

The body has been professionally refinished some time ago, and is in excellent condition. The transparent perspex pickguard is in excellent shape. The neck and fingerboard are original. The frets have been recently reprofiled and repolished and are in excellent condition. The neck is straight and the guitar plays well with a low action.

**Sorry, this guitar has been sold.**

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Hayman 4040 bass Hayman 4040 bass Hayman 4040 bass

Hofner Model 463 **WITHDRAWN**

Identifying old Hofners is always something of a dark art, but this looks like a Model 463, which was made for the European market rather than being imported into the UK. Like all Hofners, they could be ordered in different configurations, including this three-pickup style. They were made over a long period from the early 1950s, and the best guess is that this one is from the late 1960s or early 1970s.

Non-original machines, but generally in very good condition. Complete with a (non-original) fitted hard case.

**Sorry, this guitar has been withdrawn from sale.**

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Hofner 463-S-E3 Aria Pro II TA60WA **SOLD**

This is a late model Aria Pro II TA60WA semi-acoustic, probably Korean-made in the early 1990s. They're not very valuable, but are very playable. This one's had a refret and replacement nut, and all the pots (which were pretty nasty) have been replaced with better-quality US-made units.

Complete with the original fitted hard case.

**Sorry, this guitar has been sold.**

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Aria Pro II TA60WA

1966 Fender Mustang **SOLD**

1966 Fender Mustang. The body has been refinished in red nitrocellulose. All the parts are original, with the exception of some of the screws and the tremolo arm (a replacement vintage replica arm is included, but is not shown in the pictures).

This guitar has an excellent setup and playing action. The frets are original, but have been stoned and repolished. Great sound.

**SOLD**

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1966 Fender Mustang 1966 Fender Mustang
1966 Fender Mustang

1975 Fender Telecaster **SOLD**

Classic 1975 Fender Telecaster. Body refinished in black nitrocellulose. Neck refretted and refinished in an aged nitrocellulose to match the face of the headstock. Excellent setup and playing action. The bridge and knobs display some wear, and the bridge saddles have recently been replaced.

A great player's instrument, at a considerable saving on the cost of a similar Tele with the original finish.

**Sorry, this guitar has been sold.**

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1975 Fender Telecaster 1975 Fender Telecaster
1975 Fender Telecaster

Hofner 176 Solid (Galaxie) **SOLD**

What we bought in the 1960s if we couldn't afford a Fender Strat. This is not in original condition but it HAS been thoroughly restored and is a great playing instrument. Professional refinish, rebound neck, profiled and repolished frets.

This was Hofner's attempt to outdo the Jaguar and Jazzmaster. Strictly speaking, this is a European or US model 176 Solid - the Galaxie was the UK and Commonwealth version distributed by Selmer, and it lacked the 5-way tone switch on the treble side.

It's the one on the right in the first pic, by the way. The one on the left is a Galaxie in original condition which was sold recently.

**Sorry, this guitar has been sold.**

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Hofner 176 Solid (Galaxie) Hofner 176 Solid (Galaxie)
Hofner 176 Solid (Galaxie)