2017 '52 Kelton Swade Telecaster Butterscotch 'Honky Tonk' AVRI

There is a lot of controversial discussions about Kelton Swade. I have played 2 Teles he built. Both were the best sounding Teles away from my real Vintage Teles. At one point I was gigging with this Tele instead of the real Vintage gear, because it felt better. But because very often there are miserable sound situations at live gigs I started to play again with my Vintage Teles. They have a tiny bit more snap and presence to cut through in a band without sounding too loud. I had the impression that the KS couldn't cut through enough in these extreme soundsituations. But let me tell you I haven't played any other modern Tele that would do a better job than the KS. If you don't get a good Vintage Tele you will hardly encounter a better playing and sounding Tele than the KS.

This at ridiculous 2.9 Kg !!!!! It plays fantastic and sounds really balanced. No harshness. KS seems to use cryotuning. I asked him about this and he said he couldn't talk about his crafting secrets which to me meant "yes". Since I had several guitars that were cryotuned they gave a similar feel. My best Reissue Tele I played.

3500 Euro

1982 Tokai ST80 Japan Vintage - Springy Sound MR Metallic Red

This beautiful ST80 is a result of Tokai making great 50-ies vintage copies before Fender decided to to copy this japanese concept for the Post CBS Fender guitars. This is a fantastic example with great parts, a fantastic neck true to real 56/57 specs. The neck also feels like a real vintage guitar.  The guitar is resonant and sounds very balanced and with a vintage sound you only get from the real ones. The pickups have a that mellow vintage touch. The neck PU is very warm and bluesy. The bridge PU has real bite. Really, really impressive. Hard to beat by todays CS Strats. As with all japanese guitar from the 80ies, I would recommend a refret. Very impressive guitar still in an affordable price segment. This Tokai as opposed to the JV's are unbelievably close to the original. The JV's are a league of their own and created a new Fullerton-sound in the 80-ies. But they are not real reissues, especially side by side to this Tokai. I am thinking about refretting it myself.

The weight is 3.4 kg

Update: I decided to let Matz refret the neck and finetune the guitar. I sort of fell in love with this instrument.

Update 7.9.20:

Matz really made this guitar shine. He turned a good guitar into a fantastic one. Tones before refret were sort of cut short by the frets that were worn down. It really irritaded because when bending notes the sustain was endless. Still the guitar sounded vintagelike but with less sustain. Now it simply is a fantastic great looking guitar that beats my Fender CS MB Strat in vintage standards by far. Waiting for the first gig to compare these two in a live bandsituation.

Update 18.9.:

Replaced: Tremolo springs and Saddles by Raw&Vintage

Urs fromhaensler-electronics changed all electronic parts and installed my Abby 57-62 handwired PU!!

Next and last update: Götho Kluson Vintage Deluxe tuners

So I went all the way to get my dream-guitar. Check fotos!! Video2!!

2900 Euro includes all new and original parts including Abby handmade PU!!

You won't find a better sounding CS MB 50ies Strat!!


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2014 Danocaster S-Style

A killer Stratocaster with the best necks on this planet. This guitar is sonically exceptionally close to the real vintage deal!! The playing comfort is out of this world. Dan simply makes the best vintagestyle Strats. I am not so much a fan of the finish. The same goes for the Kelton Swade finishes. But soundwise they are really close to the real good vintage guitars.

This strat reacts to all the player nuances and is really resonant. It has the quality of deepness without sounding harsh even with the bridge pickup.

I love it!! This guitar is a killer, way better than the last one that I owned. Price doesn't reflect streetprices (1800-3500Euros) but that is where I start thinking about selling. Priced to stay!

4200 Euro

2012 Ibanez JSM 100 "Scofield" mint condition

I have never been a big fan of Ibanez guitars. I owned a Joe Pass and played a Pat Metheney which I decided not to buy. So I was really surprised of the craftmanship of a friends  JSM 100 I got to lay my hands on. He was not about to sell it, so I forgot all about it until this one showed up in internet. And again I was not dissapointed. Craftmanship on this model is great and seems to be consistent. I really like the warm and jazzy sound. It is very resonant and dynamic. Great guitar to play jazzy wise. It is a Scofield guitar which is said to be a model that Sco doesn't actually play.

Sco has his own sound which I never tried to copy so I can only say that if it doesn't has to sound like Sco you should give this guitar a try. To me it was a real surprise. Great quality for little money.

This guitar has only been played few times and you can consider it as new. I have not found any playing signs on it. But I am planing to use this guitar and can not promise that it will remain that way for long. So check with me again if you intend to buy.


1'800 Euro