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A Werewolf in Wolf's Clothing ..... THE TRUE CONVERT!


What we have here is a custom order made for a customer and friend of my friend and So West luthier/craftsman/builder Gil Chavez. A very pained effort to make a stunning reproduction.

It started life as an already collectible arch top that as an import commands up to $3k in it's original form. It was a totally acoustic 1978 Ibanez Johnny Smith 2641NT which was so good it along with many other models wound up in a law suit never to be made again. This example had really high quality and stunning maple back and sides and a VERY tightly grained spruce top. 17" wide and sounds like a Super 400 as well.

Gil's customer wanted it to be customized to look like a Gibson L5CES so Gil built it a custom neck from scratch with all of the inlays and torch L5 head stock. LOOK AT THE FLAMES ON THAT NECK!! WHAT a piece of maple!! Painted black stinger makes it ULTRA cool i think!! He transplanted the orig fingerboard onto the neck he made and topped with the Grover Imperials in roto-matic boxes.Then finally Gil added an entire electronic harness that includes a set of Seth Lover pick ups by Seymour Duncan. 

The end result is a stunning great and drop dead gorgeous L-5CES top quality repro for a fraction of what the guy would have paid for an L-5. I guess he didn't have the 7-25 grand (+)!! It has never been represented as anything other than what it is so no "chibson" baggage. Complete clean bill of health!!

A "one off" for a friend and a gorgeous sounding Jazz box!! Look at these pix. That neck, back and sides. comes with a heavy duty hard shell case

Dan Yablonka Guitars, USA  

Contact name:
Dan Yablonka
Fender, Gibson, Martin Fender Weissenborn
Vintage Guitars
Opening hours:
By appointment. DanYablonka(at)yahoo(dot)com Phone 949 280-4743

Dan Yablonka has been a player/buyer/seller of vintage guitars since 1976 and also is a published songwriter with such companies as Atlantic, Criterion, Flapjack's Music and more and as a result is still very active as a player. This means that along with wanting pristine collectables like everybody else it also allows us to pay more attention to your reasonably priced player's pieces for sale or needs for such pieces. For more about Dan see "written Articles" at  **** NOTE TO CUSTOMERS. FOR A MYRIAD OF REASONS WE We ARE NO LONGER DOING BUSINESS WITK AUSTRALIA.


You are welcome to make an appointment to have a guitar appraised. Dan Yablonka has over 30 years experience in the field of authenticity verification.

Dan has seen it all, from flat out forgery to priceless '50's guitars spray painted with Rustoleum. His integrity and pursuit of complete accuracy have resulted in the accumulation of an invaluable wealth of knowledge. His rates are extremely modest considering the level of protection that he offers his clients.

Dan will utilize whatever resources necessary to ascertain an instrument's age as well as the origin of it's most minute components. The priceless commodity that he is most renowned for dealing in is THE TRUTH.

Payment: PayPal, Cash, Personal Check, Money Order/Cashier's check, Wire transfers or Western Union. Pay Pal, Credit Cards through Pay Pal only, and wire transfers are offered as a convenience for far away buyers and all extra expenses are the customer's responsibilty. Theres not enough profit in Vintage guitars to pay out 4% additional. Any time that a deposit is taken for any special arrangements or "holds" it is non refundable. To have these rules work in your favor all transactions need to be completed or deposited on w/in 5 days.

Shipping: Buyer pays shipping. Shipping will be determined on a case by case basis so as to include size, weight, distance, insured amount and method requested. Shipping is paid by customer both ways on any returns.

Returns: All parties buying through the mail or offsite are allowed a 24 hour approval/inspection period on ALL guitars, unless discussed otherwise, to make sure they are keeping their purchase (but not amps to keep shipping delicate amps back and forth to a minimum and not on parts either ... too many guys doing "switcharoo's" or wrecking them trying to install them and then trying to send them back ... sorry ... you have to reap the behavior of so many others). Buyer pays shipping. Payments must be received within 5 working days of anything placed on HOLD. When you receive the guitar your 24 hour return includes 1 day to receive it and approve or not and you must contact me. Don't just put it in the mail ..... and 2 extra days (72 hours total time) to resend it and I require a tracking number back from the customer the day of shipping and gladly supply the same to customer upon request and orig sale. I do strictly adhere to these rules. I don't mean to sound tough here but you would be amazed at the liberties taken in recent past! Thanks for your understanding and adherence. ALL Outside the USA sales are final due to extended "visits" through customs and some countries laxed attitude about shipping on time.


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