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A 1978 CORTEZ (J 45 Style) Slope shoulder guitar.

This guitar was shown (with a banjo and mandolin) on the GIBSON stand at a Frankurt Music Trade Exhibition in 1980. When the exhibition closed it was sold to a guitar maker in Nuremberg, Germany. who then, although I was at the time very interested in buying it, he sold it on. The person that purchased the guitar illegally püt another famous name logo on the head, but soon after then sold it back to the guitar maker. I purchased the guitar at the beginning of 1981, removed the offending logo, and tried to reinstate the original name of Cortez. THE GUITAR IS A GENUINE CORTEZ. I have had the guitar ever since and, it has been a true companion and wonderful 'work horse' for many years and many, many gigs. The guitar is now for sale only for the reason that I now play a smaller guitar for comfort reasons and the odd gig. The Guitar is used but in good playing condition with patina of work and, sounds very good indeed. Action and neck are A1 and a bridge pickup (without pre-amp) is fitted. There are marks from over the years but nothing that at all affects the playing ability or sound. The hard case from the time is also included.

NOTE. The CORTEZ company was originally based in Japan but many of the instruments sold in CHICAGO. They made copies of the most well known guitars, banjos, and mandolins and, amazingly enough, these were often better than the originals and, are very much collected when at all found.



My asking price is 800,- Euros -  plus packing and shipping DHL. (International)







This FENDER 'LEO' Bluegrass series (1980 - 1985)


This Banjo belonged to the world famous GERRY RAFFERTY (No.1 Hit song with BAKER STREET).

It was purchased by Gerry Rafferty for a world tour and was also played by his keyboard player Kenny Craddock (Can be seen today on UTube). It was given to Kenny as a gift after the tour and he kept the banjo, unplayed, for some years. He then in 1999 sold it on to a Mr:Gambeau who also did not play it. Both these people lived in Hastings, East Sussex at the time and this is where the Banjo was purchaced by myself.Kenny was specially and internationally known for his playing in many famous bands and also his session and recording studio works.

This very special banjo has been in my personal posession since 2000.

The banjo is in new condition and has 'D' tuning pegs on the 3rd and 4th strings. There is also a letter of history and confirmation included and the original case.




MY asking price is 2,000,- Euros  - plus packing and shipping costs.DHL (International)




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