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Guitars Plus Christmas Concert & mini guitar festival

One only - handmade 'Silver Eagle' by Craig O'Donnell

Sunday 29th from 1pm until early evening @ Lucky 13 Garage, 8 Cochranes Rd, Moorabin. Eighteen rare and vintage guitars on display and available for purchase, many Christmas gift ideas for guitarists, artist CDs for sale. Ticket includes BBQ meal. Great family friendly venue - $5 premium beers. All members of Guitars Plus team playing live, ( except Croftie -,he's on the high seas ). Raffle too! First prize - family ticket to next years 'We Will Rock You' featuring our own Simon Croft, who was appointed by his majesty the guitarist from Queen. Returning to the Regent Theatre in Melbourne around mid year, we think.

Vale Neale Farnell

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Neale Farnell, probably the most rounded guitarist to have worked with us at Guitars Plus, Neale passed the morning of 26th October after a short battle with illness. The thing with Neale was he could turn his hand, head and heart to any kind of guitar playing, blues ( his first love I think ), metal, flamenco, dropped tuned flat picking, superb bottleneck and could play delta blues style style fingerpicking as good as the worlds best. It was a privilege to have worked with Neale, his somewhat gruff exterior hid his humour, knowledge and intelligence somewhat but if you got to know him these qualities shone. Our thoughts and wishes are with his two daughters, Roseanna and Hannah - Lee. So long buddy it was great to have known you.

Vintage and Rare Guitars NEW PIECES

Due to skeleton staff (thin and bony ) and time constraints, we have decided to list new items that may be of interest, if you are keen on knowing more email the shop or text to 0411 102 625 and we'll forward more details and pictures directly to your device.

1998 Martin D40, absolutely perfect, fantastic guitar, one owner, like new, but nearly 20 years old. POA

Morgan Rosewood Concert; less than 100 made each year from this Canadian maker. We have three in stock and for pure clear tone these are hard to beat. If D is too large and 000 too small, the Concert could be your perfect guitar. 000 and 00 models in stock too.

Fender John Mayer Strat, as new, Fender not making these any more so if you want one this could be it.

1974 Martin D35 ~ 31 years old and a true modern classic - beautiful to behold and a loud and projective tone, all original with original case to boot $3500, if our dollar keeps heading south we may have to rejig all of our vintage and used items .SOLD

1966 Martin GT70 Hollowbody - twin De Armonds - YES - a Martin electric hollowbody - Gretsch like in sound and a funky look. Very Rare - possibly the only one in the southern hemisphere.

1983 Yamaha SG3000 - top of the line - very rare, only ever seen one before, endless sustain - unleash your inner Carlos. Metallic Black all original.

1997 Fender Telecaster Plus - Red Sunburst over figured ash body, all original and yes folks this is the Johnny Greenwood type., except it has three s/c Lace Sensors instead of Mr Greenwoods bridge three piece humbucker. All you ( or we ) need to do is add the killswitch. These go for over 3K in USA, this one $2900

1995 Fender Telecaster Plus - Tobacco Sunburst - this one is exactly like the one Jonny Greenwood uses. Just in, and now restored to its former glory, both these Teles are considered rare birds these days and are causing plenty of interest in the store. Bridge humbucker with three way toggle. On the JG guitar this is where he's converted his to a kill switch to facilitate those staccato echo fx. Much like his countryman Matt Bellamy, easily fitted if required, and reversible if one were to decide yo sell down the track.

Talking of Matt Bellamy we have in stock the latest Cort Signature model - Matt Bellamy - designed by Matt and Andy Manson of Manson Guitars Exeter UK. These are in limited supply and available for a short while only. $1195

2000 Les Paul Standard, tobacco burst and a good one this , lovely smooth action and big fat sounding pickups. Unusual gold tulip Grovers that appear to be original. Nicely played in, this one and worth a look. SOLD

2015 Paul Reed Smith 408 - mint and cased, light and a joy to play - dark charcoal 'burst.

2006 Paul Reed Smith SC 250 10 Top with Birds - now discontinued and a great opportunity. This one is a gem and has all the attributes of this legendary US maker, awesome.

Rickenbacker 330 12st in Jetglow - this one is a perfect specimen in every respect.

1978 Sigma DR28 - nice old Martin D28 copy, authorised by Martin, Made in Japan - lovely old beaten up finish, looks authentic and with its solid top and aged finish really looks a piece, sounds really good too. The original Jap Sigmas are the most desirable and hardly ever come up for sale . $500 - or $600 with a good used hard case.

Fender Telcaster Custom 1978 - right in the heart of Keef Country - great condish - if a little heavy

Handmade Canadian's

All things Canadian - Morgans plus Garrison & Godin Artisan

We are now selling Morgan guitars, hand made by David Iaonne in Canada, these all solid guitars are remarkable instruments and very single person who has played one cannot believe the tone, volume and resonance of these exquisite guitars. We have three in stock at the moment Concert, Dreadnought and OOO. Prices around 5-6K and worth every dollar! Coincidently we have in stock another Canadian guitar from the other side of that vast country, a Garrison from 2002 - all solid Canadian birch and and sides and solid Sitka spruce top. Thee innovative guitars were only built for about 4-5 years before being taken over by Gibson, for whom they only lasted about another year! The main feature of these guitars was their innovative brace one piece - pre fabricated plastic former - upon which all solid timber panels were fitted. A way of introducing a low cost all solid timber guitar. Good idea - this one sound great and for under a G with a hard case and Fishman it makes a great buy and and intersecting historical sidebar to Guitarchaelogy.

Before and after - Tip of the Month

One of the mothers who come by the shop dropping off and picking up her boys for guitar lessons, is a very keen photographer and spotted me fixing up a dilapidated old Lap Steel (coming to the website you are currently viewing very soon) and asked if she could take some shots as she was keen to follow its restoration. So she did and we will post the results soon, in the meantime here is a before and after of a fret dress I did recently on a clients mandolin. This a pretty extreme example but all fretted instruments wear at varying degrees. To have your frets even and correctly crowned can do wonders for your intonation, string longevity and playability all round . Also observe closely your fingerboard, if there are pits and troughs adjacent to where you fret your favourite chord shapes you may find that your nails are too long and they dig into the wood - it doesn't take long with softer woods - but can even mar ebony. Take the time to clean your hands and keep your nails on your left hand short - your instrument, your strings and your bandmates or musical partners will thank you for it! A full fret dress - including servicing the guitar and all adjustments, truss rod, intonation body and neck clean together with lubricating any mechanical parts and feeding the fingerboard with some citrus or cedar oil will cost around $160 - $175 inc strings and case clean ! Form an orderly queue here!

Mustang Tele

Pete Le Pages magnificent 1965 Fender - sorry Ford Mustang, pictured with two fantastic Telecasters - Custom and Thinline - both from the same period as Pete's Mustang.

What's the connection ?

Here is the vehicle in which you may cadge a ride home from our local bar - The Hobson Stores - known locally as Hobsons - gold coin donation or similar - an authentic London Taxi cab. In front is a replica of Ronnie Woods Zemaitis disc front made by Greco. We are doing car themed photos to show off some interesting axes, together with complimentary cars that are around our locale. That's a shot of Woody playing his in the Faces - used it a lot in the Stones too. Connection is that the cab and the guitar are from the Rock capital of the world - London. Well the Greco is a very good copy of a London designed guitar - namely Zemaitis Tony Zemaitis was a luthier to the stars - literally ; his clientele included Ronnie Wood, Ronnie Lane, George Harrison, Marc Bolan, brothers Robinson (Black Crowes), Donovan Leitch, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. Tony worked out of a fairly modest workshop in Chatham, Kent, a place in which my father ,was working in the nineties, and whilst visiting my dad I also was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with Tony. Many stories were told and although he kindly offered to make me a guitar, even drawing around my hand in order to facilitate bespoke neck carving, I had to decline owing to not having as deep pockets as his afore mentioned clientele !! We have a genuine example of his work for sale, interested parties should contact the store, details will be posted shortly.

Fast guitar - fast car

SOLD We borrowed our neighbours Lamborghini to show off this magnificent Ibanez neck thru RG style axe. It's a 2009 RGT 42 DXFM and a mighty fine piece of kit it is - expertly set up by a Ballarat luthier and in as new condition this a great example of the genre and at $795 in case it represents great buying, and yes I have driven the Lambo (thanks Vic) and it is very exhilarating ! SOLD

Lefties Galore


No we have not got the photos back to front!! Guitars Plus has an unusually large range of left handed guitars - about twenty all together - including these three beauties; l-r , Parker Fly, Edwards Les Paul and Epiphone Korina Explorer. They are all in beautiful pre loved condition and all ready to play. More details on request, but there are, as well as the ones pictured, two Tokai Japanese Les Paul's, four Strats, several acoustics and a Line 6 Variax. Don't ring about Telecasters guys 'cos there is none!!


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