Gear for Sale (Under Construction)
At Great Bay Guitars, our focus is on offering gear that we think is really cool, that excites us, and that we would want to play or keep (and sometimes we do. Oops!)! We're looking to offer gear that will set your sound apart. That keeps our selection on the smaller side, and we're totally ok with that. We lean towards older amps and guitars that you don't see much, and that won't break the bank. We also offer new Silvertone guitars and Stringjoy strings because they're great products that are affordable, and no one else in the region has them. We can consign gear for a reasonable commission, and we are selectively interested in trades and/or purchasing your gear. We also modify and upgrade things like Squiers to make them play and sound great for less than the cost of a Fender. Contact us with questions, for additional pictures, or to arrange a time to test anything you see here. We do our best to keep this page up to date.
Silvertone 1382L "Thin Twin" - Late 50's
This is a super cool, Silvertone from the late 1950's. It's a deep hollow-body guitar that is mostly, if not completely original. It has some neck relief (no truss) but plays comfortably up and down the neck. The finish is crazed and worn appropriately for a guitar of this vintage. There are no signs of repairs to the body or neck. Comes with newer molded soft-shell case that is a little oversized but protects the guitar well.
Offered on consignment.
This amp was made in the 60's by/for Telectrosonic in New York. It's a single ECL82 tube amp with 2 x 4" speakers. These were made with a hardwired single RCA plug as a line-level amp. Since the plug on this one was broken when it came into the shop, I had it converted to a mounted 1/4" input on the back for use as a guitar amp. It's a great little amp that's fun to push with a boost pedal or play clean. I believe it's 1w output, and it's not going to make the neighbors hate you that much!
Fender "Vibratone" Speaker Cabinet - made by Leslie
OOOOOOOOH!!! This thing makes me giddy! I can only find one of these for sale on the interwebs right now, so I'm super excited to be number 2! This powered rotating speaker cabinet was made by Leslie and branded as a Fender "Vibratone" when both companies were owned by CBS. This one has been modified/upgraded to a 15" speaker which requires the inside of the cabinet to be modified. That work looks clean and professional, but the details of who did it are not known. The original grill cloth has been replaced recently, and the crossover wiring harness is long gone, which seems to be common. The foot switch speed control pedal functions and controls the baffle rotation speeds as it should. PLEASE NOTE: This is not an amplifier. It is an extension cabinet, though one of the coolest ext. cabs you'll ever meet. It can be played in the shop paired with our Bogen H30 amplifier (more on that sonic wonderland later) .
Sold on consignment.
Gretsch G5210-P90 - Cadillac Green
If you haven't played one of these Jets with the P-90's, you're missing out! This Jet has the classic chambered mahogany body with maple cap that's typical of the Jet family, and a "thin U" neck with a 12" radius laurel fingerboard with medium jumbo frets. The controls offer individual pickup volume knobs, a master volume and a treble bleed circuit as well. I'm a fan of P-90m pickups in general, and these sound fantastic! I think these jets are a bargain at the list price of $599.99. This guitar has seen very little use, and it can be yours for $450!
Fender Jazzmaster HH
Offered on Consignment - Fender Jazzmaster HH in polar white made in Mexico. Great playing JM body style with a different sonic and aesthetic personality than the typical Jazzy. It has straightforward controls with a 3-way pickup selector and single volume and tone control. This one seems to have a modified tremolo system to improve the string break angle over the saddles, but it appears to be all original other than that. It comes with a molded SKB hard case.
Why? Because they're the best strings out there! Period. Full stop. Do your own research on what they're all about, or stop by and we can chat about them. No one else has them from northern Maine to Boston. I have the best sellers in stock, but I can order in whatever you want, including bass, banjo, mandolin, pedal steel, 7-string, 8-string, baritone, Bass VI, and CUSTOM SETS!!! to your exact needs...Flatwound guitar sets will be released in the near future...
-Naturals: Uncoated phosphor bronze acoustic strings. $12
-Signatures: Nickel coated, hex core. $12
-Broadways: Pure nickel, round core. Mellower tone than the Signatures, and the round core allows the winding to slide over the core for a lighter, more flexible feel. $15
Money back guarantee, and discounted price when included with a set-up.
Atlantic Pedal Co. - Fuzz Pedals!!
I came across Ben Haynie and his Atlantic Pedal Co. on the interwebs about 6 months before I opened the shop. I ordered a custom fuzz pedal from him and loved it, so I ordered a different one (a Sea Monkey) for a friend who didn't have a fuzz. He loves his Sea Monkey! When I decided to open the shop, one of my core goals was to only work with people and companies I liked and that I believe in. Ben is firmly in that category. He's a great guy who loves building pedals based on classic fuzz circuits, and he can do custom builds, too. I have three of his pedals in the shop at the moment, and they have very different personalities. Bring your amp and pedal board and try these out, or use one of our amps and the in-store pedal board (with a rotating selection of used pedals).
Silvertone - 1478 NEW!
As the region's only authorized dealer of new Silvertone guitars and accessories, I'm excited to have two of these killer 1478's! These are an updated an improved version of the classic design from the 60's. The build and finish quality of these guitars is excellent, and they play and sound great. Each pickup has it's own volume and tone control and it has a tremolo system licensed by Bigsby. Avaliable in black (pictured) and red sunburst.
Silvertone - 1303 NEW!
As the region's only authorized dealer of new Silvertone guitars and accessories, I'm excited to have this silverburst 1303 in stock! These are an improved, solid body version of the classic design from the 60's. The build and finish quality of these guitars is excellent, and they play and sound great. The 1303 has stacked volume/tone controls for each of the "lipstick" pickups, and it delivers that classic tone all day long. it also has an updated bridge with individual saddles for spot-on intonation.
Silvertone - 604N NEW!
As the region's only authorized dealer of new Silvertone guitars and accessories, we're excited to take you back to the year 1961 with an update of the model 604 acoustic guitar. These guitars have a solid Engelmann Spruce top with mahogany back and sides, and a real rosewood fretboard. This is considered a parlor sized guitar, but I'd say it's on the large side of that category, and it has a 14-fret neck join for more modern playability. We have the guitar pictured in stock, and it is also available in sunburst AND it can be ordered with onboard electronics. This is a really great acoustic guitar for the price!
Silvertone/Jackson Audio - Twin Twelve Pedal
"In 1963, history was made with the release of the Silvertone Twin Twelve Amplifier. Originally listed in the sears catalog as the 1484, the Twin Twelve was offered from 1963 to 1967 and became the most coveted of all the Silvertone amplifiers. The unique sound of this amplifier proudly powers the tones of many of today’s best rock icons such as Jack White, Dave Grohl, Beck, Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and many more. Today Jackson Audio and Silvertone make history again with the introduction of the SP1484 Twin Twelve Pedal. An exact recreation of the legendary Twin Twelve amplifier, the SP1484 Twin Twelve Pedal can be used as a studio grade preamp, booster, EQ or overdrive depending on how the controls are set. Bring back the classic Silvertone clean and overdriven tones and own the tone of legends. Relive history with the SP1484 Twin Twelve Pedal." - Silvertone
On a personal note, I had to fly to a show in Nashville recently and didn't know what kind of amps the venue would have. I brought one of these, and I'm glad I did! Check it out at the link below.
"Super Squier" - by Great Bay Guitars
This was a fun project! Last spring, I acquired 2 new Squiers at a heavy discount. One was modified to a customer's specs, and this was something I wanted to build. As long as I can remember, I've loved Teles. Maybe because the first music I loved as a kid was by Springsteen? Anyway, I've also long beena. fan of gold-foil pickups. Like, the real ones. Not the mini humbuckers someone (ahem, Fender) is putting in their guitars and covering with a piece of gold foil, but the real ones from history times. So, I found Victory Pickups in Pennslvania, who makes a great gold foil pickup, and also sells custom routed guards for their pickups. I gutted all the Squier electronics and the bridge, and replaced them with:
-Wilkinson vintage style bridge with compensated saddles
-Fender (Mexican) Tele bridge pickup
-CTS 250k pots
-Upgraded 3-way switch and cream switch tip to match the pick guard
-Custom black knobs
The frets have been leveled and crowned, and the guitar plays easy all over the board. The only thing that's not perfect is the exposed screw holes in the top from the original bridge.
Kalamazoo KG-1, Gibson Made 1960s
This little Kalamazoo KG-1 was made by Gibson as a student model sometime in the 60's. It was a budget guitar in their budget guitar line, but don't let that turn you off--THIS THING ROCKS! The single coil pickup and electronics appear to be original, as does the finish, but the tuners, nut and bridge are not original. There are 3 small screw holes in the top where it appears someone installed a tremolo system. This could be from the factory (there was a version of the guitar that came from the factory with a trem), but I can't be 100% sure either way. The guitar came to us without a nut, and it was in need of fret work and a set-up. It plays great, and it's got a nice bright tone with really interesting chimey overtones. I don't know where they're coming from; I've not heard anything like it before! It's totally cool and ready to play for many years.
Epiphone - Flying V
Pretty cool Epi "Flying V" made in China in the 90's. This appears to be all original (perhaps the tuners were upgraded), EXCEPT for the addition of a Gibson logo on the headstock. I know someone would want to do that to get a bit of cred, but come on! I'm not going to remove it for fear of damaging the finish, unless the buyer would like me to. Even with the added logo, it looks very classy in the black/gold/tort combination. The finish is in great condition, the guitar plays very well, and it sounds like you want a V to sound. Comes with an Epiphone HSC.
Offered on consignment.