Caparison Mattius”IA”Eklundh Sig. Apple Horn (Sand StoneⅡ), - $2750 - Sold!!

Filed Under (*Signature*, caparison, x- SOLD -x) by Importstrings on 21-06-2010

New Condition

Importstrings have a 2009 Apple Horn in mint/new playing condition. This is the Sig model from yet another Swedish “shred meister” (It must be those long dark Winters or something in the beer?) This belongs to Mattius Eklundh who fronts the band Freak Kitchen, among many other side projects EG. Solo albums, guest guitarist, guitar clinics, etc…spreading the good word about Caparison.

The Apple Horn is based on the Horus but, with a few tweeks here and there, to suit Mattius’s off the wall style of playing. The noticeable difference is the unique FD finish,which is used on a few other Caparison models. It’s almost like a hard plastic/carbon looking material encasing the body, giving exellent mid-lower range sound. The Apple Horn logo is not just there for looks either, its engraved bang, smack in the middle of the body, designed to give extra resonance.

This colour variation ran from 2007~2009. Caparison DO NOT have a large production rate (everythings hands on) so there is not a great deal of these. Like the Horus, a very powerful sounding guitar, thats got crystal clear, clean tones. What a Metal guitar should sound like!!

Body: Mahogany w/Apple Horn sulpture,
Neck: Hard Maple w/Devils Tail head stock,
Fingerboard: 27 Jumbo fret,Rosewood & Ivory binding,w/clock inlay
Bridge: Schaller FRT-2,
Pick-ups: (Front)Caparison SH-27F,(Rear)Caparison PH-R,
Controls: 1 Volume w/Push Push 2 way pick-up selector,
Hardware Colour: Black
Colour: Sand Stone Ⅱ.

NOTE : It comes with a extra back plate signed

Ibanez PGM500 (Paul Gilbert Sig) - $1800 - Sold!!

Filed Under (*Signature*, Ibanez, x- SOLD -x) by Importstrings on 18-05-2010

Near new playing condition,scuff/tiny lacquer chip

One guitar you can see Paul going ballistic with in the heights of the Mr Big days, was his PGM500. This was used ALOT! live and used quite abit on his early solo albums like Flying Dog/Alligator Farm. The PGM500 of Pauls did some punishing tours and recording, a really reliable workhorse. Unlike his old favourites, the P.A.F powered PGM100s & 300s, the PGM500 has Di Marzio’s Tone Zone and Humbucker From Hell giving more punch and tone. The PGM500 ran from 1993~1998 in two versions, the 93~97 had a Di Marzio FS-1 single coil and the 98 a JEM single.

The PGM500 Importstrings have is an all original 1994 model and in great conditon, it does have a few laquar only dings, nothing big, a few light scratches and the usual wear/slight oxidation of the hardware colour, 80%+ frets, overall a really cool bit of Gilbert history and a nice collectable.(These are quite scarce in Australia)!!

A bit of trivia, there is one more other PGM in Candy Apple Red , its the VERY ELUSIVE and quite hard to find PGM400.These came out in limited numbers and just how many there are remains is a mystery, some say 50 some 100….Who knows?. They are exactly the same as the PGM500 except for the regular style headstock and a vintage strat looking bridge. As for the PGM500 we have?….If your a Gilbert fan don’t miss out!!! Although these aren’t that scarce, these are hard too find in good condition.

Body:Basswood,
Neck:1 pc Maple Wizard,
Fingerboard:Rosewood w/Clay dots,
Bridge:Fixed,
Pick-ups:(Front)Di Marzio Humbucker From Hell,(Middle)Di Marzio FS-1,(Rear)Di Marzio Tone Zone,
Controls:1 Volume,w/5 way selector
Hardware Colour:Gold
Colour:Candy Apple Red

Fender Yngwie Malmsteen(Update)Sig. - $2600 SOLD!

Filed Under (*Signature*, Fender, x- SOLD -x) by Importstrings on 26-09-2009

Near new playing condition,scuff/tiny lacquer chip


Some guitarists have come and gone and blessed us with incredible styles/techniques but,very,very few come along and kick the guitar industry right between the legs!Yngwie Malmsteen is undoubtedly one of those few,some can’t stand his ego,the majority can’t get enough of his playing,one thing for sure you got to respect the guy.For those who were around when Alcatrazz’s No Parole….or Yngwie’s MASSIVE IMPACTING debut Rising Force albums came out you’d know how much of a spell he cast on the guitar world,everyone wanted to play like him(Umm..Me included).He has also spawned two generations of shredders(OK! OK! the Yngwie clones got abit overkill in the late 80s to early 90s!!)but only the very talented have survived and if you’ve seen him live? not a concert you easily forget.

Like his incredible technique,his sig.strat can be quite tricky at first,for some a scalloped neck can take abit of getting use to but,as for the sound?Beautiful vintage tones with that modern edge and very warm,clear highs,remember Yngwie is a DIE HARD vintage collector but,he still knows how to ROCK!The Yngwie Updates first released in 2007 are pretty similar specs as the last models but,as the name implies,it has a few modern changes,Eg.Deeper scalloped fretboard,Machine screwed mounting inserts giving extra tonal balance etc..and basically,delivering the updated version of what Yngwie actually plays now.Overall a really nice,quality sounding guitar with,amazing string bending and vibrato.Not to vintage not to modern!

NOTE:WE at Importstring do love our fender,Gibsons!!Why dont we have many on our site?Cause theres so GOD DAMN many reissues/little tweeks in models it seriously makes our heads spin!And in the past got so MANY emails from twats,telling us/arguing the difference of the Made in Japan VS America BULLSHIT!!Personally we play BOTH and BOTH sound great(I’m talking about Sigs,Custom,Vintage,Deluxe series)and I personally tend to lean to the MIJ Fender.Why?The production output is ALOT less,hence the quality control is stricter and the chances of getting a lemon lower and the MIJ Fender Custom Shop bring out some mind blowing models only seen in Japan(They sound awesome).So if your after any of the above models REGARDLESS of what country/personal preference we do have many available.

Body:Alder
Neck:Maple,Modern C shape w/Machine screw mounting inserts,(Nitrocellulose Finish)
Fingerboard:Scalloped Maple,21 Dunlop 6000 Super Jumbo Frets
Bridge:American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Pick-ups:(Front)Dimarzio YJM,(Middle)Dimarzio YJM,(Rear)Dimarzio HS-3 Stack
Controls:1 Volume,2 Tone w/3 way selector
Hardware Colour:Chrome
Colour:Vintage White w/(Urethane Finish)

Ibanez PGM300 Paul Gilbert Sig. - $1800.00 SOLD!

Filed Under (*Signature*, Ibanez, x- SOLD -x) by Importstrings on 10-09-2009

Near new playing condition,scuff/tiny lacquer chip

Importstings have another PGM up for grabs! This is an all ORIGINAL PGM300 from 1995, without doubt the most popular model and longest selling PGM to be made. The PGM300 ran from 1991 until 2004 in two versions, the 91-02 with the Lo-Pro Edge/Di Marzio FS-1 single coil and the 03-04 with the Edge Pro/Di Marzio JEM single. Paul not being a big trem. fan only has, to date, 3 models with tremolos the 100,300 and 400 and like the 301(non-trem)the only model with an all maple neck. Di Marzios PAF PROs supply the power and are an awesome sounding ROCK pick-up with that vintage twang and crisp, clean tones to boot. If soloing/shredding you can hear every individual note with clarity. The PGM300 Importstrings have is in FANTASTIC playing condition, slight pick scuff, no chips or scratches, the fretboard has had some light ware,80%+ frets and years and years of shredding still left in her .As years go by, these guitars are getting harder to find, for those of you in OZ or a country that find it damn near impossible to get PGMs TELL US!!! We readily have them available!!
Great piece of Gilbert history for the collector or a great start to a Gilbert collection.

Body : Basswood
Neck : 1pc Maple Wizard
Fingerboard : Maple w/black clay dot
Bridge : Lo-Pro Edge
Pick-ups : (Front)Di Marzio PAF PRO, (Middle)Di Marzio FS-1, (Rear)Di Marzio PAF PRO
Controls : 1 Volume,w/5 way selector
Hardware Colour : Cosmo Black
Colour : White

Ibanez PGM100 Paul Gilbert Sig.(The Original) $1800.00 - SOLD!

Filed Under (*Signature*, Ibanez, x- SOLD -x) by Importstrings on 27-06-2009

Near new playing condition,scuff/tiny laquar chip

YEA! AT LAST!! We get a PGM on the site!!! We all know the guitar and we all know the SHREDDER behind it, but for that one person who hasn’t picked up a guitar mag. in the last 20yrs, this guitar belongs to Paul Gilbert truly one of the “Guitar Gods” of our time! Keeping this REALLY brief, Paul has been wowing the guitar world since age 14, before M.I.T he’s the co-founder of Racer-X and Mr.Big, has numerous solo projects, guest appearance on many artist/tribute albums, instructional dvds, magazine columnist, does guitar seminars worldwide, etc etc etc…GET THE POINT!! This guys so busy you would have to surgically remove his guitar. His knowledge of theory and his extremely high level technique and influence has ranked him as a “Super Guitarist” among guitarists and dispite having this status, a really down to earth guy with a wacky sense of humour.

Paul also loves vintage Ibanez and can been seen playing Vs, Icemans, RGs and one of his favorite workhorses still to this day is an old beat up RG called “Dino”. In 1989 Ibanez gave him his own sig. guitar which was the first in a line of PGM series. The pgm is pretty much a RG built to Pauls specifications/design. With the recently released PGM100RE 20th Anni. model on the market, owning an “Original” has become alot more special to collectors. The PGM100 ran from 1989~1991 (In Japan) and only the PGM100&200 would have the “Shark Tooth” inlay, distinctive pink F-Hole design and pick-ups and minus the “PGM Series logo on the head, Pauls first trem and non-trem sigs. The PGM series have always been popular with collectors but, as of recent have seen a surge in people trying to get their hands on the older models especially the rarer 10 Anni. and 90th Ham models. The PGM Importstrings have is in near new players condition and fantastic for its age with, 90%+ frets just the usual wear and some tiny dings (Almost unnoticable) and the sound? Well, VERY Paul Gilbert!

If your after PGMs “TELL US” we readily have them available although, the 200, 600, 700, 10th anni. and Ham are abit scarce but, we can get on availability. But if you don’t tell us we wont know!!

Body : Basswood
Neck : 1pc Maple PGM Type w/Binding
Fingerboard : Rosewood w/Sharktooth inlay
Bridge : Edge Tremolo
Pick-ups : (Front)Di Marzio PAF Pro, (Middle)Di Marzio FS-1, (Rear)Di Marzio PAF Pro
Controls : 1 Volume, 5 way selector
Hardware Colour : Cosmo Black
Colour : Jewel Blue

Ibanez JPM100P2 John Petrucci Sig. - SOLD!

Filed Under (*Signature*, Ibanez, x- SOLD -x) by Importstrings on 17-06-2009

Near new playing condition,scuff/tiny laquar chip

For those who don’t know who John Petrucci is, he’s the guitarist for the Metal band Dream Theatre, with his own solo projects on the side (You might want to check out the AWESOME G3 in Tokyo DVD with Vai & Satch) I kind of think of Dream Theatre as a super cool “Rush” sounding band, very well orchestrated and quite technical. Every Musician in Dream Theatre is so talented and together amazing, John’s rhythm, solos and shreddin so melodic, you can see why he’s such an influence to so many. John currently endorses Music Man and has his own 6&7 string sig.models but, before that was endorsed by Ibanez which, brings us to the MORE FAMOUS and PICTURESQUE “Picasso”.

This is one Ibanez that’s getting really difficult to get as the years go by, collectors rarely part with them and getting a JPM in near new condition a big bonus. The JPM series were produced from 1995~2000 in 4 patterns P1~P4 and the even rarer JPM90HAM (only 450 made) in 1998. The popularity/demand of these guitars is driving the prices up and up, like some of the Jems, the prices have doubled since when they first came out! Anyway you look at it one of the HOTTEST Ibanez to collect!! Although we do come across JPM’s quite often, getting one in the condition of this was a real thrill. This is a 1997 model and looks like it just came of the shelf complete with original tags and manuals, seriously its in near new condition a rarity to see these days! A piece of John Petrucci and Ibanez history.

Body : Basswood
Neck : 1pc Maple JPM
Fingerboard : Rosewood w/off-set dot and binding
Bridge : Lo-Pro Edge
Pick-ups : (Front)Di Marzio Air Norton, (Rear)Di Marzio Steves Special
Controls : 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 3 Way toggle selector
Hardware Colour : Black
Colour : Picasso P2 Graphics

Ibanez MFM-2 Marty Friedman Sig. $1100.00 - SOLD!

Filed Under (*Signature*, Ibanez, x- SOLD -x) by Importstrings on 27-10-2008

New condition

Marty Friedman would have to be one of those “square pegs in the round hole” of guitarists. Musically frustrated? mmmm maybe? Talented? SHIT YEA!!! From Cacophany’s Classically orchestrated shred to Megadeth’s kick you in the teeth solos, then his forever changing styles on Scenes, True Obsessions, Music for speeding and Loudspeaker solo albums to name a few. This is one guitarist whose not afraid to explore, leaving you scratching your head as to “what the hell” he is going to do next, nonetheless always an awesome musical experience!!!!

Which comes to the guitar. The MFM-2. The controversial MFM-1 and MFM-2 Marty created with Ibanez would have to be simplicity at its best. This has a Les Paul feel and a very Marty sound, the Seymour Duncan/IBZ creation is a high output hum bucker that screams, if you like harmonics? no probs. The controls? on/off easy!(your pet Budgie could work it out) One thing for sure its great live with huge crisp, clean acoustics, reliable and simple.
In Marty’s words “I asked(Ibanez)for the strongest guitar possible, and they built a manly guitar that’s solid and never goes out of tune” What more can we say?

Body : Mahogany w/Quilted Maple Top
Neck : Mahogany set neck
Fingerboard : 22 Medium fret Rosewood w/Pearloid star inlay
Bridge : Gibraltar 3
Pick-ups : Seymour Duncan/IBZ
Controls : on/off toggle switch
Hardware : Chrome w/Chrome Schaller Locking Tuners
Colour : Transparent Red

Gibson Custom Shop Zakk Wylde inspired ZV.(95/100) $6000.00 - SOLD!

Filed Under (*Signature*, Gibson, x- SOLD -x) by Importstrings on 12-09-2008

New condition

Zakk Wylde would have to be the undisputed heavy weight of ROCK in our time with, those ball crunching riffs, melodic solos and those famous harmonic squeals its all attitude with a twist, Zakk is also one of the most hard working, dedicated guitarist around, giving back as much as he gives. His fans are some of the staunchest ever!! Like his music his guitars are also unmistakable. Apparently this is what you get out of the mind of Zakk when you cross a pencil, a napkin and alot of alcohol “THE ZV” a SG X V. The Gibson Custom Shop Zakk inspired ZV is the “HOTTEST” collectors item on the planet right now being that there is only 100 of the bullseye produced, making them an extremely rare guitar all the ZV’s come with certificates of authenticity signed and dated by Zakk himself. The ZV that Importstrings have is No.95/100.

Gibson Custom Shop Zakk Wylde inspired ZV.(95/100).
Body : Solid Mahongany
Neck : 3pc Maple, Rounded neck profile, Plain -oiled finish
Fingerboard : 22 fret Ebony w/Pearl block inlays, Single ply white binding
Bridge : Metal V-shaped, Nashville TOM tailpiece
Pick-ups : (Front)E.M.G 81,(Rear)E.M.G 85
Controls : 2 Volume, 1 Tone, 3 way toggle selector
Hardware Colour : Black
Colour : Ebony finish w/White Bullseye

Additional Features : Includes Custom Shop case, Custom care kit & Certificate of Authenticity signed by Zakk.

Ibanez JS2000 $1900.00 - SOLD!

Filed Under (*Signature*, Ibanez, x- SOLD -x) by Importstrings on 27-08-2008

New condition

Import Strings have a discontinued JS2000 in “MINT” condition. Identical to the pre.05 JS1000 in everyway except, the JS2000 has the Edge FX bridge, a unique fixed bridge with the added fine tuning and lock nuts keeping the guitar in tune for a lot longer than the norm. The Champagne Gold is alot more striking in person, like the JS1000 great sounds all-round, a real comfortable guitar to play. This JS2000 is a 02 model and as mentioned in “MINT” condition, a great collectors item for any Satch fans.

Body : Basswood
Neck : 1pc Maple Multi-radius
Fingerboard : Rosewood w/Abalone dot inlay
Bridge : FX Edge (fixed)
Pick-ups : (Front) Di Marzio PAF PRO, (Rear) Di Marzio FRED
Controls : 1 Volume, 1 Tone w/High-pass Filter and coil tap
Hardware colour : Chrome
Colour : Champagne Gold

Washburn U.S.A Nuno Bettencourt N-5 Sig. (Signed) - SOLD!

Filed Under (*Signature*, Washburn, x- SOLD -x) by Importstrings on 19-08-2008

New condition

There aren’t many guitarists on this big blue marble of ours that come close to the versatility of Nuno Bettencourt. Always changing, forever inventing technical string skipping two hand tapping one minute, classical inspired chops the next, blues, jazz you name it he throws it all together and comes up with a unique style that’s unmistakably 100% Nuno. To keep up with his forever changing styles Nuno and Washburn created the N-series, the Nuno Bettencourt sig. model first released in 1990. Like the first N-series the new models (N-5,N-6) are a one of a kind guitars. One of the most outstanding features is the ultra smooth, fast, unfinished neck and the Stephen’s Extended Cutaway gives you more access than any guitar on the market (seriously King Kong’s hand could get access!), the body is light, the pick-ups are quality sounding, a very comfortable guitar and the Buzz Feiten Tuning System giving incredible intonation the whole of the fret board (Detailed info. from Buzz Feiten .com). Like all the U.S.A N-series they are hand built in the Washburn Custom Shop, The N-5 Importstrings have is also signed authenticated with pics of Nuno signing it! a rare opportunity for any Extreme or Nuno fans. So whether you want to smoke up the fret board or leisurely blues away this guitar will do both for you.

Additional Fact: Washburn are one of the oldest guitar companies in the U.S.A and have been hand crafting their guitars since 1883 and really do take pride in that, keeping to the tradition that quality woods and quality craftsmanship with hands on experience give you a quality instrument.

Body : Solid Alder
Neck : Birds Eye Maple
Fingerboard : 22 fret, Birds Eye Maple w/clay dots
Bridge : Schaller Floyd Rose
Pick-ups : (Front, Middle & Rear) Seymour Duncan SSL-1 x3
Controls : 1 Volume, 1 Tone w/5 way selector
Hardware colour : Gold
Colour : Creme
Additional Features : Anodized aluminum pick guard, Buzz Feiten Tuning System, Stephen’s extended cutaway 5 bolt neck joint, Grover 18:1 gear ratio tuners.