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Thanks again Michael.
"Hi Michael, Have just
received the Maton and very happy with it as I have been with my other
purchases/sales over the years. The action is as requested and the condition
is as accurately described on your website. Your communication is superb as
always - it’s a pleasure to deal with someone who enjoys what they do - and
do very well. I have learnt over the years to completely trust your
knowledge, integrity and honesty! I don’t say that too often - actually
NEVER before! A pleasure to deal with you & no doubt we’ll talk again, as I
check your Website every few days to see what’s happening… Too many goodies,
too little time!”
Just a quick note to those who may be considering buying or selling through
Michael at Great Guitars. Over the years I've purchased two guitars from
Michael, both guitars were described accurately, set up perfectly and
packaged for transport exceptionally.I received the guitars within 2-3 days.
Recently I contacted Michael regarding selling a guitar. We agreed on a
price, which was the price I was asking. The guitar sold very quickly and I
had the funds in my account 2 days after the buyers funds had cleared
Michaels account.Communication and integrity are evident when dealing with
Michael, I would without hesitation recommend Michael whether it's buying,
selling and using his set up or appraisal services. Thanks again mate for a
smooth transaction, I will certainly be keeping an eye on the Great Guitars
website for any future used equipment acquisitions.
I recently had both pickups rewired for my old Beatle Bass by Michael. Since then, I’ve attended a few blues club jams , where all the other bass players were amazed at the great sound I got out of an old Hofner Bass. I’d thoroughly recommend Michael for any rewinds you may need. His charge is also very reasonable. Thanks Michael. Cheers Leigh Bunbury W.A. March 2017
I don't normally send a mail of appreciation to sellers but I feel I need to make an exception to Michael of Great Guitars. I have had a couple of dealings with him in the last year and he has been incredibly helpful with his assistance to the point of going out of his way to get the right information to assist in my purchases. If more sellers were as knowledgeable and as helpful as Michael they would have returning customers like he does and I can not recommend him enough.
Please check out his contact page and read his own introduction to himself and his site "it does exactly what it says on the tin" to use a quote that for once does fit the bill.
Mark Ford (Philippines) March 2017
It was an Irish musician, Liam O'Maonlai (Hot House Flowers), who has toured
extensively across Australia, who recommended Maton guitars.
A damned good experience all round. Thank you.
Hi Mick, I wanted to say thank you for the wonderful
guitar....1937 Gibson L-00.It plays and sounds magnificent...looks wonderful
as well... I am very happy with the guitar and of course your customer
service is second to none.
II live in the United States and was looking for a Heritage Super Kenny Burrell. I had just missed one on Ebay, so I did a google search. I found a listing in Australia in the exact finish I was looking for. I e-mailed Michael at Great Guitars, and he made me a good deal. Exchanging money several thousand miles away is a little nerve wracking. What if? You don’t have to worry about that here. The guitar shipped right away and I had it within about a week. Nearly the same as if I had gotten it right here in the States. I would highly recommend Michael and Great Guitars for anyone, regardless of where they live. Oliver James December 18, 2013
'm writing to say that I have bought several guitars
over the years from Great Guitars and they have all been excellent and as
described, never a disappointment. The guitar tech / service set-up work
was always so good and I eventually found out that all the work is done by
Mick. So nowadays, Mick Skehan services all of my guitar purchases,
Whether I buy a guitar on Ebay or anywhere else, the guitar goes straight to
Mick for assessment concerning what it might need, whether fretwork or neck
or electric's , anything needed, top service. He will quote before
proceeding and then once the job is ready, repackaged and sent to me in WA.
Another mate who is a collector and lives in outback mining in Qld now uses
Great Guitars for same. All of his repair and set-up work is spot on and
taking car or freight is such a bonus. Everyone should know that he does
repair work because I don't think he advertises that fact. Thanks Mick, I
really mean that. - Kev WA. Australia - Feb 2012
I'd like to thank you once again Michael, this is the second guitar I've purchased from Great Guitars in just over 12 months. The description on the Great Guitars website was very accurate and the set up once again was very professionally done. I'd been looking for a Gibson mahogany slope shoulder dreadnaught for a couple of months and the J 35 LTD's , an exceptional guitar. As a second time buyer from Great Guitars i was given a great discount and an excellent deal. The packaging for transport was exceptional and once again i had the guitar in my hands in two days. I would without hesitation and have done via forums recommend Michael and Great Guitars for set up work and vintage guitars and will continue to check out his website regularly. 1995 Gibson J 5 Ltd.C. Bonett- Sydney-January 2010
I'd like to thank you for your professional approach and the
way you conduct your business. It was an absolute pleasure dealing with you
and the whole transaction went through very smoothly. Especially considering
I made the initial contact during the Christmas and new year break, to get
the guitar in less than a week is a true testament to your integrity. I've
always been a little hesitant to buy sight unseen but your
accurate description and follow up emails along with photo's made the whole
process a lot easier on a first time internet buyer. Your expertise in the
set up of the guitar was evident from the first strum and the effort in the
packaging was also very much appreciated. I would without hesitation
recommend Great Guitars to anyone and will most certainly be keeping my eye
on your website in the future. 1995 Gibson BB KING 355 LUCILLE in excellent
Michael was a pleasure to deal with. Communication was prompt and thorough, even from half a world away. I highly recommend Great Guitars Australia to any US buyers who may be hesitant about ordering from so far away. Item was shipped on a Monday and arrived on Saturday. Easy transaction. Thanks!
J. Finney - United States , April , 2008
I have just received a beautiful American Custom Shop Custom Player Strat. I am a trillion percent happy with my purchase. This is the fourth guitar I have bought from Mick, and I am extremely happy . Thanks again Mick for your top rate service.
Cheers Terry - Sale , Vic Australia, April 2007
Just to let you know how much I'm loving my 500/1. Smooth, resonant, a joy to play.
Worth every penny, and a great deal to boot! Thanks for making it all happen.
As a first time customer I found Michael gave me as much attention, respect and quality
of service as the local music shop I've dealt with for nearly 40 years. His communications
before, during and after sale were quick and excellent, even over the new year break, and
he supplied me with all the information I needed to make an informed choice on the
instrument I desired. It arrived quickly and was extremely well packed. I look forward to
doing business with him again in the future.
I have just purchased an American Chrome Blue Strat from Mick and I couldn't be happier. It is a fantastic guitar and this is the second guitar I have purchased from Mick and all I can say is that the transaction went so smooth. Mick is honest and fair, something which is rare these days. Again great service,
Terry - Sale, Victoria, Australia, October, 2006
I sent an original Weissenborn to Mick that was in desperate need of repair -- and boy did he deliver! The Weiss is now sounding absolutely beautiful thanks to Mick's skill, attention to detail and knowledge of the instrument. Mick updated me throughout the repair process with a description and photos of the repairs to date. Brilliant! Thanks Mick!"
Tim Grice - Brisbane, Australia November, 2005
Many thanks Mick for the superb repair and set-up job on my much loved and much played Maton acoustic. It now plays heaps better than it did after its factory and original set-up and is a glowing testament to your high level of skill in fine tuning a guitar to sound and play at its absolute best. Very prompt, friendly and professional service- I highly recommend Great Guitars and I am certain that everyone else that has the pleasure of dealing with Mick will appreciate his real expertise. Great stuff mate, I now just have to upgrade my playing skills to match... which I think may take a little longer than your repair job did!!!
T. Scriven Bundaberg (Rum capital of the world) June , 2005
June , 2005
I have just purchased a 1981 "Kinman" Hardtailed Strat. This was the first time I have ever purchased anything over the net. I was a little sceptical, but I have to say "Mick" at great guitars made everything super easy. He was honest and easy to talk to. The bottom line;"Great Guitars; great service ; great bloke".
T. Staker . Wednesday , Feb 9, 2005
I have been searching for a very particular strat for over 15 years. Mick
at "Great Guitars" not only found the guitar for me but gave me a very
reasonable trade price for my old strat. I would not hesitate to deal with "Great
Guitars" again and I thoroughly recommend their services. I am in blue strat heaven.
I recently bought a small, inexpensive tube amp from Great Guitars. It was a very positive experience. Michael was specific in his description of the item, precise in his costs and transported to me an amp in exactly the condition he said, with safety documentation and invoice, in three days. His communication was excellent and he kept in contact throughout the purchasing and transporting process. It seemed just as important to him that I got a product I wanted as that he received payment. I found buying from this site a very positive experience and can recommend to other purchasers that they are dealing with a professional and capable retailer.
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I recently bought an Elite teardrop bass from Michael ( don't ask.. you have to be into old Italian built stuff from the 60's). Mick's description was honest and accurate so was everything else about the transaction. He did some repair work for me and this too was high quality work. I have no hesitation in recommending Mick. Prospective buyers you can buy with confidence.
Ken P <........-............>
Outstanding + excellent + perfect custom made work. Searched all over the world to
find finally GREAT GUITARS. Highest recommended, a pleasure to deal with , excellent and
trustworthy person, you won´t find a better one; Top + 6 stars , would every time deal
with again; Thanks Michael
I've purchased two guitars from Michael so far,one a Kramer Ferrington the other a
Jap Strat and to be honest with you all I'd give up my wife before the guitars.Thanks Mick
and keep up the good work.
Nice site indeed.
A lovely guitar, great service and advice, (what more can you ask for?). Thanks
Michael, hope to do business with you again.
I like the accolades and therefor want to know if you have any more 64 beatles with
low mileage? G'day Mick, keep up the good work.
We purchased a 1964 Beatle Bass from Michael,we have never had a better experience
buying anything!Michael is honest,honorable and fair.He helped us pick our guitar and he
described the cond. perfectly.He packed it with great care and watched the shipping
everyday of its journey.Michael is one of the most knowledgeable guitar people we ever
came across.Its hard to buy sight unseen across the ocean but if we wanted another guitar
we would have Michael find it for us. R&R
I bought a US Stratplus'89 from Michael five years ago. I simply explained my tastes
& guitar styles to Michael and virtually purchased the first guitar suggested. Love my
After a frustrating experience at a local guitar shop trying to order some parts
from a very disinterested, unhelpful youth, I decided to turn elsewhere, and this is where
I ended up. Mick had the parts, photos, advice and great prices. The parts arrived the day
after I paid. What more could you want! Thanks for the service Mick.
I've just received a guitar case from Michael that i am very happy with. there were
no delays from michael as he sent it the day after i had made the deal! i highly recommed
him to anyone who wishs to buy off him and i would buy off him in the future...cheers
I regularly check the "Great guitars" site, as the gear is always well
priced, and has excellent detail. Mike is one of the rare breed these days that you can
trust. I have made a number of purchases from him now and they have all been excellent.
Michael went to great lengths, providing pictures and describing in detail the
features and flaws of the instrument. He was patient while I asked numerous questions and
agreed to hold the guitar while I gathered funds. He even played the guitar over the phone
for me (he's a good player, too!). Guitar arrived packed perfectly and was as described. I
am very happy with the service he provided to me and will happily buy from him again.
I recently purchased a Fender Acoustic guitar from Michael on ebay.I have been
greatly impressed with the trouble he has gone to describe the instrument his method of
packing and assistance to buy a case to suit.When the guitar was received it was pakaged
brilliantly and arrived in pristine condition EXACTLY as described.I can only highly
recommend Michael as a caring and honest trader...quick to respond and pleasant to deal
with .I will be doing more business.
I have bought some small items from Mick as well as a Hofner solid body guitar. The
level of service, support and genuine interest leading up to and following the purchase
was amazing to say the least. Supportive!! This guy goes out of his way to help. I have
picked his brains on many occasions for information and while we haven't met I feel as if
I'm talking to a mate! Thanks Mick, great service as well as great guitars!!
Michael walked me through the process of shipping and receiving an instrument. My
experience was great and I feel I received fair trade value on my instrument. This was a
bit crazy making for me as I was dealing with Michael from central Canada. It all turned
out well. He kept in touch and I always knew what was happening up until shipping.
Tracking was easy as he uses DHL. I would certainly deal with Michael in the future.
I would just like to say what a friendly and professional service Michael has here,
I bought a classic guitar from him and it was delivered half way around the world, it was
exactly as Mich had said, a very nice guitar. Thankyou Mick.
I had been out of the music game for about 10 years and decided I wanted to give it
another go. Having no gear I set out to find a vintage Strat..I wanted something a bit
special. I came across Mick's site and found a '79 anniversary Strat. After many emails
and additional photos from Mick I placed an order. One comment Mick made was that this
guitar sounded great. Boy was he on the money. The guitar arrived well packed and
promptly. It turns out that his description of it was accurate and I am completely
satisfied with my purchase (Heck I love this axe). Mick is a super nice guy and it is a
pleasure to deal with him..I appreciate his integrity and professionalism. I also believe
I have made a new friend and this will not be the last time I will be dealing with Mick.
Keep up the great work buddy..great site,great stock,great advice.
Just purchased a vintage Mosrite from Mike -- he was absolutely the best to work
with -- very reasonable on price and took great care in shipping the guitar half way
around the world to me. Wherever you might be located on the planet, I would recommend
Mike as a great guitar source.
I bought my first "online" guitar (a Hofner)from Great Guitars a couple of
years ago and have bought parts a few times too. From time to time I've called to ask
about sourcing parts or about the guitars which are for sale. (I regularly visit the
site). I absolutely agree with the other comments about Michael's great personalised,
professional and friendly service. He obviously loves what he does - and it shows. I'd
have no hestitation in doing business with him again or recommending others to do the
EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT.. This is all I could say .. Michael was super helpful
and assisted where I needed help. The Guitar came just as promised and exactly as he said.
I look forward to doing more business with him.
i made a fairly small purchase from micheal recently and couldn't be happier with
the results. the item was in the exact condition reported ( and as shown in the provided
pictures) and everything worked fine. micheal was very prompt and comprehensive on
replying to any of my queries about the item , even though it was just a small item. i am
looking forward with micheal again and would not hesitate to recommend this website.
Hi Michael, you have got a real nice collection of beautiful guitars on your Web
Site. It is good to see that the Vintage Guitar business is sometime done by people who do
it by heart. Good luck for the future and I bet there will be many more people who'll be
glad to be able to trade with you.
Michael, I am extremely happy with the guitar I bought from you recently and really
appreciate the simple and efficient quality of the transaction. I hope we do business
again. Very best regards.
Great Guitars has been very helpful to me,..and has responded to every email I had
sent in reguards to the part that I needed,..I hope to do business with them again.
I have been dealing with Mick for about two years now and have sold Mick a guitar
and bought numerous pickups, guitar parts etc.from him. Quite often, I just pick his brain
for information and nothing is ever a problem for Mick.I now regard Mick as a friend
rather than a business associate. In this World of fast talking Salesmen, out for a quick
buck, Mick puts honesty, value and after sales service to the fore of his business and is
a pleasure to do business with. Living in the South Coast of NSW, dealing with Mick from
another State is no problem due to his committment to Customer satisfaction.
Micheal, > > I really appreciate your professionalism and attention to detail
and the > preservation of such a treasured work of art as the Hofner. This kind of >
service and quality is seldom found these days, and for that I can truly say > that I
do appreciate what you have done to make my Hofner 500/2 pickguard. You used original
Hofner parts , materials to include 35 year old Hofner Pearlloid and an actual template
from the factory. Thanks, I will be sending the picture. Maybe you can post it on the web
page. > > Ken Schiro > Hofner Club Bass 500/2 > Washington, DC. USA
In response to my vague inquiry about a 'nice Tele', Mick quickly found me an early
'52 RI in lovely condition at a very fair price. I have also enjoyed several smaller
transactions since - always with the same fast, friendly and helpful service. It's a
pleasure to deal with Mick Skehan (and his chosen repairman, Mick Gentry, does beautiful
Hello Michael, thank you very much for take my book to your web site. I´m glad to
hear that there are Hofner fans all over the world best regards michael naglav
Well, here we are again- just having purchased what my son calls 'an awesome,
rockin' vintage pedal' :-) (Personally, I did think it would just be MORE noise, but this
one is one 'noise' that I like!) It arrived in perfect order, wonderfully packed and again
sent XtraFast, which for us, living on a rock in the middle of the Pacific, is just
fantastic. Michael has again surpassed himself in giving us decent, old fashioned service,
help and advice! You just do not get to see much of that anymore! Thanks so much, Michael!
Michael: Your personal attention and rapid responses ensured that I wanted to make
my purchases from you. I guess it also helped that you had everything I was looking for,
for my Hofner Bass. Thanks for everything.
I'd been looking around for a 5 string bass for a while but could never commit to
one as I wasn't sure which one to get - there's too much confusion. So, I sent Mick some
basic specifications for what I wanted - no particular make/model. A couple of months
passed and I got a call from Mick . . . "I've found what you're looking for".
Mick shipped it down and there it was, the 5-stringer just made for me! It happened to be
a make (don't wanna mention makes) I probably wouldn't have considered which made it the
more 'out-there' for me. A couple of years have now passed and I wouldn't part with it as
it's me. Thanks Mick. Hope to catch you soon.
Just sent you an email requesting Hofner parts
Hi Mike, have had much pleasure dealing with you in the past, and look forward to
dealing with you some more in the future. Your guitars are always as described, well
priced and delivered quickly and safely. I think the new website design is great too. Much
easier to navigate
We bought a beautiful vintage Maton body from Michael recently for my son, who is a
guitar 'nutter', to rebuild. It was exactly as described, arrived SUPERBLY and expertly
packaged and XTraFAST! This guy is helpful, prompt on replying to emails and TOTALLY
honest and reliable! Would not hesitate to buy again (in fact,we are!) Keep up the
fantastic work, Michael- we need great sellers on the Net like you! :-)
Hi mate looks good I agree, seeing comments from satisfied customers is
a better way of having a positive comment about your business, much better than you
bragging about how many gem guitars you have and how many and who you sold them too. I
reckon the site is getting much better and easier to navigate. Have a good one Cheers The