This is a solid guitar in good playing order. It has a nice flame top and good color to the burst but it does have some wear & tear. There is most notably a ding through the finish next to the bass side tailpiece stud (see picture 6 for detail). Otherwise the guitar has its fair share of dings & scuffs but no finish chips or other large blems. At 3 feet it looks great. Most importantly it sounds nice & open and playability is quite good. Weight is quite manageable at 8 pounds 6 ounces. Frets are in very good shape with plenty of meat left. The guitar has fresh strings & a pro set-up. Strap buttons & tone pots have been replaced but the guitar is otherwise stock. A great guitar for the price.
Here is a gorgeous mango-topped 2009 Lipe Virtuoso with hardshell case. Serial number 006. It is used but in excellent condition with almost no playing wear. Upon very close inspection there are a few light scratches or scuffs but they are extremely difficult to detect. Equatorial mahogany body with highly figured mango top. Maple neck with matching mango head cap & Madagascar rosewood fingerboard with 22 tall rounded medium jumbo frets. The recessed neck plate & sculpted neck heel make access to the higher register a breeze. Amalfitano pickups. Hipshot tremolo & locking tuners. 8 pounds 4 ounces. This guitar has a bold, clear, focused sound. Chords punch through the mix nicely with great articulation while single notes chime. While there aren't a lot of overtones with this guitar sustain is fantastic with lots of fundamental. Playability is second to none. This guitar will make a hard rock player very happy.
Mike Lipe is a highly respected LA-area luthier who headed the Ibanez US custom shop as well as working for Mighty Mite and building artist guitars for Yamaha & Peavey. His own guitars show off his craftsmanship, aesthetic & 40+ years of experience most admirably.
Here's a lovely 1981 G&L F-100 White, with a hard shell case on consignment from the original owner. It's extremely original & in very good condition especially considering its age. While it does show playing wear like pick marks, buckle wear & the usual minor dings & surface scratches there are only a couple of significant injuries. There is a mysterious pinkie nail sized chunk of finish missing from the inside of the bass side cutaway & 1/4" ding through the finish on the belly contour edge. Also of note condition-wise, someone's driver's license number is etched into the side of the headstock (see picture). Frets show minimal wear. Set-up & playability are quite good. 8 pounds 8 ounces.
Schecter Hellraiser FR in good condition. Ding in the top of the neck, assorted normal playing wear (pick scratches, scuffs, buckle rash, etc). It's received our full setup, plays great, all electronics have been checked, working normally. No gig bag or case is included with the guitar.