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Clifford Essex

“The Paragon”

c.1932/3, Brazilian rosewood, ebony fbd & phd overlay with fancy engraved pearl inlays, nickel plated hardware, patent archtop tonering, replaced tuners, repaired seam separations in resonator, from last batch of standard Paragons (top tension model introduced c.1933), extremely rare Brazilian rosewood construction (less than 10 known) and great player for string band/folk stylings, EC, OHC



Gibson RB-250


c.1964, nat.mahogany, ebony fbd with fancy inlays, ‘fiddle’ phd with Kluson ‘stairstep’ tuners, nickel pltd hardware, flathead tonering, 2 pce flange, all original and no repairs or damage, bluegrassers default setting for that classic tone and playability, EC, OHC





b/s = back and sides : btn = button : inl = inlaid

fbd = fingerboard : pgd = pickguard : phd = peghead : pce = piece

tpce = tailpiece : t’shell = tortoiseshell

mop = mother of pearl : aba = abalone : adj = adjustable

HC = newer hard case : OHC = original hard case

OSC = original soft or semi-hard case : GB = gig bag


Mint/as new = all original unplayed condition

EC (Excellent Condition) = all original, no repairs/refinish unless noted, some playwear

VGC  (Very Good Condition) = basically all original, may have minor repairs/refinish but no other issues unless noted, moderate playwear

GC (Good Condition) = generally sound, possibly some repairs/refinish, may need work as noted, moderate to heavy playwear

PC (Poor Condition) =  Issues and work required as noted

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