MANDOLIN WORLD HEADQUARTERS, INC.

MANDOLINS, GUITARS, AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS
FOR SALE OR TRADE


Are you looking for a vintage Martin guitar or Gibson guitar, a fine Gibson mandolin, or a good upright Kay bass? Perhaps other brands of vintage mandolins are your interest. We often have a Flatiron mandolin, Collings mandolin, or a Ratliff mandolin in stock, and occasionally a Summit, Nugget, Monteleone, and even a Loar F5 has been found here. Perhaps a Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, or Jazzmaster is your thing. Or maybe you're a dedicated Gibson Les Paul or National Tricone or Duolian player. These and many other fine vintage stringed musical instruments can often be found on this web page. The selection changes frequently, and cool instruments arrive on a regular basis. Keep reading for great deals!

Charles Johnson, Owner
Mandolin World Headquarters, Inc.
9702 Gayton Road
Suite 147
Richmond, Virginia 23238
United States of America
Phone 804-937-4880
Skype ID: charlesjohnsonva

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The following is the current "for sale or trade" list. The camera icon camera icon means an image is available. Click on the instrument name or the small thumbnail picture beside it to see the full size picture. Additional digital photos are available for any item listed. I'm open to trades - what ya got? I'm especially interested in a good Martin guitar or a fine Gibson mandolin; will trade up, down, or sideways for these! As always, you have a 48 hour trial period on mail order sales of used or vintage instruments. See the details under "ordering". All instruments listed below are available for sale unless marked "on hold" in the description. Click here  for a description of our "on hold" policy.

PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT ship rosewood guitars across international borders.

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Sale/Trade List - Updated August 17, 2018
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IN TRANSIT OR IN THE SHOP:
No further details are available on these. I do not price instruments until they are ready for sale. Please keep watching the page for the listing!

GIBSON F HOLE MANDOLINS:
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OTHER BLUEGRASS MANDOLINS:
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GIBSON OVAL SOUND HOLE MANDOLINS:
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  • 1922 Gibson A4, Excellent plus condition, truss rod, no repairs, outstanding mmandolin
  • 1917 Gibson A4, Excellent condition, loud session mandolin, no repairs, just set up and ready to play
  • 1922 Gibson A, Lots or wear but no repairs, paddle head with a truss rod, good strong session mandolin
  • 1920 Gibson A, Excellent condition, all original, brown top, very minor playing wear
  • 1935 Gibson A0, Rare elevated fingerboard, red sunburst, top of the line for Gibson A styles, truss rod in the neck
  • 1923 Gibson A1, Snakehead, black top, solid good sounding mandolin, excellent session mandolin, missing the guard, just set up
  • 1923 Gibson A2 Snakehead, Black top, bound back, pearl logo, same as the A2Z except for black top, well played, great sounding mandolin
  • 1913 Gibson A4, Very clean, played in a mandolin orchestra for years, perfectly set up
  • 1915 Gibson F4, Red sunburst, beautiful flamey one piece back, inlaid Handel tuners, very pretty and good sounding mando
  • 1940 Gibson F4, Unusual factory F7 fingerboard board with Nick Lucas inlays, clean
  • Teens Gibson Mandolin Case Key, Excellent condition, fits teens Gibson mandolin cases, maybe others ON HOLD

MANDOLAS, OCTAVE MANDOLINS, MANDOCELLOS AND BOUZOUKIS: 
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OTHER MANDOLINS: 
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MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS: 
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  • 1963 Martin D21, Very clean, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, neck just reset, uncommon and desirable model, video
  • 2014 Martin D18, Excellent near mint condition, very big, open sounding guitar, came out of a recording studio, video
  • 1992 Martin HD28, Excellent condition, very strong sounding guitar, fitted with an under saddle pickup and endpin jack, video
  • 2015 Martin HD28, Mint condition, just set up by luthier Richie Dotson, looks new ON HOLD
  • 1947 Martin 0017, Well played but no repairs or cracks, neck just reset, beautiful action, video
  • 2001 Martin D42, Near mint condition, pearl top Martin, great sound, video
  • 1959 Martin 018, Nice original guitar in excellent condition, one repaired side crack, plays easy, good sound
  • 1951 Martin 0017, All mahogany guitar, neck just reset, no repairs, very warm and bluesy tone with good volume
  • 1958 Martin 0017, All mahogany, beautiful condition, plays like a dream, nice warm tone, good blues and fingerstyle guitar
  • 1945 Martin 0018, Fabulous wartime guitar, ebony truss rod, light and responsive
  • 1948 Martin 00018, Nice clean guitar, Adirondack top
  • 1955 Martin 00018, Nice silking in the spruce top, clean guitar, plays very well, good sound
  • 1996 Martin OM28V, Excellent condition, vintage reissue series, 1 3/4 inch nut, Sitka top with herringbone, scalloped bracing, Indian rosewood back and sides
  • 1967 Martin D18, Well played bluegrass music maker, neck just reset, dry woody tone, has a few minor repairs and a great big sound, priced right
  • 1969 Martin D18, Well played festival warrior, bluegrass powerhouse, neck just reset
  • 1971 Martin D18, Very clean guitar, recent neck set, clean blue case
  • 1955 Martin D28, Powerful guitar, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, neck just reset, well played, huge sound
  • 1967 Martin D28, Old growth straight grain Brazilian rosewood, very clean, neck just reset, plays nice and low, loud guitar

GIBSON FLATTOP ACOUSTIC GUITARS: 
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  • 1936 Kalamazoo KG-11, Build by Gibson, very clean small body excellent for old time, fingerstyle blues and ragtime, nice low action and good ladder braced sound
  • 1964 Gibson LG1, Excellent condition, sunburst, traditional ladder bracing, great sound for old-time
  • 1959 Gibson J50 Adj, Well played festival warrior that plays and sounds amazing. Just set up. Has some crack repairs that make the price right, video ON HOLD
  • 2001 Gibson Custom Shop Advanced Jumbo, Labeled as AJ Red Spruce Stage, near mint condition, I think the AJ is the best guitar Gibson currently makes, video
  • 1964 Epiphone FT30 Callabreo Made by Gibson, similar to the LGO, all mahogany body, tortoise binding, ladder braced
  • 1966 Gibson J200, Excellent condition, think Nashville Skyline tone, all original classic Gibson
  • 1933 Gibson L00, Great sounding small body Gibson, small sunburst, no back binding, neck just reset and the guitar set up, big sound and easy playing
  • 1959 Gibson LG2, Well played small body Gibson thats as comfortable as an old pair of jeans, big warm sound, 1 11/16 nut
  • 1946 Gibson LG2, Excellent condition, no repairs, gold script logo, original riveted Kluson tuners, x braced, neck just reset, nice sound and action
  • 1936 Gibson L00, Structurally fine, good sounding guitar, good looking guitar, couple minor repairs, 1 3/4 inch nut, just set up, used professionally in the studio
  • 1957 Gibson J50, Well played but really good condition other than some playing wear, perfect frets and neck set, plays nice, big sound
  • 1938 Gibson L00, 14 fret body, sunburst finish, fire stripe pick guard, 1 3/4 inch nut, V profile neck, bridge reglued, just been set up
  • 1951 Gibson LG3, Natural top version of the LG2, X braced solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, plays easy, no repairs
  • 1953 Gibson LG2 3/4, Excellent condition - my granddaughter was playing this until recently. Short scale, 1 1/2 inch nut, perfect for a travel guitar or smaller hands
  • 1990 Gibson J185, Highly figured blond maple back and sides, first year of reissue, very clean, has the longer 25.5 inch scale
  • 1955 Gibson J160E, Nice early version, 20 frets, big thumb wheel bridge, very clean guitar
  • 1958 Gibson J200, The King of the Flattops, sunburst, all original, nice clean guitar that sounds and plays great
  • 1945 Gibson Southern Jumbo, Banner peghead, all original, repaired heel
  • 1961 Gibson SJN Country Western, Natural top version of the Southern Jumbo, near mint, more like a 50s guitar, video

OTHER FINE ACOUSTIC GUITARS:  
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TENOR GUITARS:
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  • None at this time

ARCHTOP AND SEMI-HOLLOW GUITARS, ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC:
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UKULELES, BANJOS, TIPLES, AND OTHER ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS:
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STEELS, DOBROS, NATIONALS, AND RESONATOR INSTRUMENTS:
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ELECTRIC GUITARS, BASSES, AMPS, AND OTHERS:
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CASES, PARTS AND MISCELLANEOUS:
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LUTHIER SPECIALS AND FIXER-UPPERS:
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  • None at this time

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GIBSON MANDOLINS AND RELATED

camera icon  1920 Gibson A Mandolin
(Serial #61368 FON 11306) Excellent condition, Sheraton Brown top finish with dark back and sides. Peghead is blank as made by Gibson, but it has the original Gibson label inside. Top bound only. All hardware and finish is original showing a little playing wear. Neck is straight, the frets are in good shape, and the tuners work well. Original tailpiece and cover. Fitted with a Gibson post-1922 pickguard. The mandolin plays and sounds great. Just partially refretted and set up by my luthier Richiwe Dotson so the action is low and playable. Has a round ringing tone with good volume. Excellent for Celtic or old-time music. Original 1930's Gibson hardshell case included....USD $1450

camera icon  1922 Gibson A Mandolin
(Serial No. 68349) If you are looking for a good session mandolin, and do not mind a little wear and do not need the fancy trim, this is your mandolin. Here is a 1922 Gibson A style mandolin. Just an "A", so its top bound only and does not have the pearl logo. It does have the Gibson label inside and, importantly, it has the adjustable truss rod. This lets you set the mandolin up for your local climate and allows you change it easily if needed. Keeps the neck straighter, too. 1922 is the beginning of the Loar improvements to the mandolin such as the adjustable truss rod and adjustable bridge. Plays smoothly with excellent volume and tone. My luthier just dressed the frets and set it up - its ready to play. No breaks, cracks or refinish. Sheraton Brown top finish and brown back and sides. Finish, tailpiece and tuners are original. The truss rod cover, although similar to the originals, is a custom size and shape. Missing the pickguard. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $1950

camera icon  1923 Gibson A1 "Snakehead" Mandolin
(Serial # 74245 FON 11952) Excellent condition. Snakeheads are considered the best sounding of Gibson oval hole mandolins, as they ring out and punch well. Black top finish and a brownish back and sides. No logo as made but it does have the original Gibson label inside. Bridge, tail piece and tuners are original with the fleur-di-lise backing plates and ivoriod buttons. Missing the pickguard. Just set up by my luthier Richie Dotson. Frets are fine and neck set it good. Shows some playing wear as well as a few nicks and dings, but overall a nice solid mandolin. Plays easy with the great round hole tone. Excellent for Celtic, old time and jazz. Comes with a original hardshell case....USD $2950

camera icon  1923 Gibson A2 "Snakehead" Mandolin
(Serial No. 74795) Snakehead! If you are looking for a top notch sounding roundhole Gibson, and do not mind some honest playing wear, this is your mandolin. The A2Z variation is the most sought after of the Gibson A style round hole instruments, and for good reason. They sound great! The label on this one is marked "A2", but it has all of the characteristics of the A2Z - it has the inlaid pearl logo, bound top, back and fingerboard, the thick white soundhole rosettes like the A3, and the thin black line of inner binding on the top. It has the original arrowhead plate tuners that were only used on late 1922 and 1923 instruments. This is a classic Loar era instrument with the sound that you expect from this period. Plays smoothly with excellent volume and tone. This is just a great sounding mandolin - an excellent demonstration of why many pickers believe the snakehead era mandolins are the best ever made by Gibson. Excellent structural condition showing some significant playing wear - because it sounds great! Its been played well for that reason. No breaks, cracks or refinish. Black top finish and brown back and sides. Has the adjustable truss rod. All hardware and finish is original. Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $3750

camera icon  1913 Gibson A4 Mandolin
(Serial No. 13234) Excellent plus condition. The A4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson. This one is really clean and was played in a leading mandolin orchestra for years. Original finish with black top and a reddish back and sides, all solid woods with a two piece back and sides, spruce top, pearl logo and Fleur DI Lise in the peghead, original hardware including the inlaid Handel tuners, bound top and back, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. Original one piece bridge. Frets were just dressed and the mandolin set up perfectly by luthier Jerry Ray. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle and frets are good. No structural repairs and only a few of the usual nicks and dings. Excellent for Celtic or old time or jazz or classical. Comes with the original hardshell case. Consigned....USD $3750

camera icon  1917 Gibson A4 Mandolin
(Serial No. 30946 FON 11010) Excellent condition. The A4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson in 1917. It has the true red sunburst top finish and reddish back and sides, pearl peghead inlay and logo, bound top and back, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. Nice one piece back. The hardware and finish are original. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle is good and the frets show very little wear. No repairs or refinish noted. Missing the pickguard. Action is low and playable and it has a good ringing sound. Excellent for Celtic or old-time music. Original hardshell case included....USD $2450

camera icon  1922 Gibson A4 Mandolin
(Serial No. 69605 FON 1630) Excellent condition showing almost no playing wear. True red sunburst finish. This is the last year before the snakeheads and you get the best of both styles - the wider fingerboard of the paddle peghead neck along with the truss rod and adjustable bridge of the later mandolins. Most importantly, they have the sound of the snakeheads. You get all of the Loar era improvements with a wider neck for more comfortable playing. All hardware and finish is original. Nicely figured wood in the back, and the tuners have the ivoriod marbled buttons only seen for a short while in 1922. Finish and hardware are original. No repairs. Just set up and the frets dressed so the action is excellent and has the typical woody roundhole Gibson tone. Excellent for Celtic, jazz, classical, or old-time music. Comes with the original hardshell case. ...USD $3250

camera icon  1935 Gibson A0 Mandolin
(FON 785) Excellent condition. Although similar to the earlier A4 model, in the 1930s this was the A0 model. This one has the rare elevated fingerboard, only made for a few years in the 1930's. This was undoubtedly a special order. The A0 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson at this time. It has a true red sunburst, flamed maple back and sides, straight pearl logo in the peghead, bound top and back, and unbound peghead and fingerboard as was typical build on 30s era mandolin instruments. Has the adjustable truss rod in the neck. The finish and hardware are original including the original adjustable bridge. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle and frets are good. No structural repairs and has a few minor nicks and dings, the usual playing wear, as seen in the pics. Missing the interior label as is common on 30s Gibsons but has the factory order number is stamped on the neck block. Just gone over and set up professionally. Excellent for Celtic or old time, and this mandolin would be superior for classical. Comes with the original hardshell case....USD $2950

camera icon  1936 Gibson A1 Mandolin
(Serial No. 450B-3) Made in 1936 based on the factory order number in the Spann book. Has the earlier large tailpiece cover. Original sunburst finish and hardware, Adirondack spruce top with F holes, nicely flamed dark stained maple back, sides and neck, white script silkscreened "Gibson" peghead logo, clam shell tailpiece cover. These mandolins were used a lot in bluegrass as not everyone could afford a F5. Nice playing and sounding instrument with no issues. Frets are fine, neck is straight. All hardware and finish are original. Has the typical nicks and dings of an instrument used to make music for nearly 80 years. Looks like there was some heat damage on the treble side in the past - probably leaned up against a radiator. It is structurally fine. No repairs or refinish noted. Frets are good, neck is straight, neck set is good. Just set up by my luthier. Good strong bluegrass sound with a woody chop. Very loud mandolin - excellent volume. Comes with an original hard shell case...USD $1950

camera icon  1937 Gibson EM-150 Mandolin
(Serial No. 200 C 18) Near mint condition with a sunburst finish. Second year of production. EmM-150 mandolins were used by Tiny Moore and Johnny Gimble on their classic recordings. This is a nice A style with F-shaped sound holes with a carved spruce top, flamed maple one piece back and sides, the original hot Charlie Christian pickup mounted in the top, and a jack in the lower side. Fretboard is flush with the top. Classic 30s silkscreened "Gibson" logo on the peghead. Fully bound. All hardware and finish is original. Mandolin has just been set up buy my luthier so it plays right. It has a nice low action and has the classic Gibson Charles Christian EM-150 sound. This model has a good old time, bluegrass and country pedigree for stage and studio use. Comes with a newer hard case...USD $2450

camera icon  1939 Gibson A50 Mandolin
(Serial No. 2740G) Clean one owner mandolin with just a little pickwear. Original sunburst finish and hardware, Adirondack spruce top with F holes, dark stained nicely figured maple back, sides and neck, white script silkscreened "Gibson" peghead logo, clam shell tailpiece cover, amber tuning buttons, original ebony nut, fretboard and bridge. It has a back brace, so according to book it is an A50. These were used a lot in bluegrass as not everyone could afford a F5. Nice playing and sounding instrument with no issues. Just set up by my luthier Jerry Ray. Frets are fine, neck is straight. This has an odd stamp on the back of the peghead - its stamped "cull". I would think that would mean a second of some sort, but I see no issues with the mandolin. No breaks, cracks or refinish noted. Missing the pickguard. Good strong bluegrass sound with a woody chop. Very loud mandolin - excellent volume. Comes with the original cardboard case...USD $1500

camera icon  1937 Gibson A50 Mandolin
(Serial No. 1992F-21) Nice original wide body mandolin. Has an original sunburst finish, highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, ebony fingerboard with Lucas style inlays and the "thick" pearl peghead Gibson logo and fleur-di-lise. Has the original tailpiece cover but is missing the pickguard, however the pickguard mounting hardware is in the case. Tuners are correct type Klusons but are a little later wartime era with riveted gears. Looks like it might have had Grover tuners on it at one time. At 14 1/2 inches, these are the longest scale mandolins ever made by Gibson. Frets and neck set are good and the mandolin was and set up by luthier Jerry Ray. Plays like silk and has a good chop. These were used extensively in bluegrass as they were more affordable than the F5 but still pretty fancy. Comes with a newer hardshell case that fits well...USD $2250

camera icon  1956 Gibson A50 Mandolin
(Serial No. v5258915) Excellent condition with a tobacco sunburst finish front and back back. This is a nice clean A style with F-shaped sound holes with a carved spruce top and a beautiful flamed maple back and sides. Fretboard is flush with the top. Classic "Gibson" decal logo above the truss rod cover on the peghead. Fully bound on top, back and fretboard. All hardware and finish is original with the exception of the tuner buttons, which were replaced as the originals were crumbling. Nut width is 1 3/16 inch. It plays fine with a nice comfortable action and has a decent chop. Has a few very minor nicks and dings as it has been played but overall a clean mandolin. No breaks, cracks or repairs noted. This model has a good bluegrass pedigree - many groups used these mandolins in bluegrass as they were much more affordable than the F-5's. Comes with the original gator print cardboard case....USD $1450

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camera icon  1915 Gibson F4 Mandolin
(Serial No. 21360) Excellent plus condition. It has spectacular flamey woods on the back and sides, one piece back, pearl double flowerpot logo, bound top and back, inlaid Handel tuners, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. Original tuners, tailpiece and cover. The bridge is a 1920s era Gibson adjustable bridge and the pickguard is missing. The finish looks like a 1930-1950s era refinish, as the original 1915 finish would be an uniform red. Its a very good refin with none of the original finish showing underneath - perhaps a factory refin? No repairs noted. Has good strong volume, and a big woody round tone. Neck is straight, neck angle is good and the frets show very little wear. Comes with an original green lined hardshell case...USD $5250

camera gif  1940 Gibson F4 Mandolin
(Serial No. 96390 fon 565F) Gibson F style mandolins from the 1930s and 40s are extremely rare. By then, the mando craze from the teens and early 20s had faded away, and the F4 was only built as a special order. This particular mandolin features a straight across pearl Gibson logo in the unbound peghead and F7 style Nick Lucas inlays in the bound fingerboard, squared at the bottom. Has a sunburst top, chocolate brown stained maple back and sides, and a checkerboard pattern soundhole rosette. The fingerboard is elevated off the top like the F5. The condition is overall excellent. No repairs, crack or other structural issues noted. It retains all of it's original hardware except the missing pickguard. The tuners, bridge, tailpiece and cover are all correct. The best thing about this mandolin is the sound!! It is really a great sounding mandolin. It has a very deep throaty bass response. The playability is great. As a general rule, the F4/F2s from this era are consistently good sounding. I have had several of these and they are real sleepers on the market. Comes in the original hardshell case....USD $7500

camera gif  1988 Gibson F5L Mandolin
(Serial No. 8119058) If you are looking for beautiful condition new 1988 Gibson F5L it is unlikely you will find one cleaner. You might find a mark or two, as the mandolin has been used in a bluegrass band, but there are no cracks, breaks or bad dings. The worst is some wear to the gold plating on the tailpice cover. Excellent plus condition, "ice tea" Cremona brown sunburst finish. This is the classic Gibson scroll mandolin - long neck, f-holes, elevated fingerboard, beautifully quilted maple 2 piece back back and sides, solid spruce top, bound ebony fingerboard, and the classic Fern peghead inlay. It has the original gold plated Schaller tuners with pearl buttons. In 1988 this model was the top of the line for Gibson. This was made in the Bozeman, Montana plant, and was signed by the legendary luthier Steve Carlson on May 16, 1988. The mandolin has just been set up by my luthier Richie Dotson. Action is great - easy and low. This mandolin sounds great with a strong chop and bark. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. Comes in the original rectangular hardshell case....USD $6750

camera gif  1993 Gibson F-5 Monroe Varnish Mandolin
(Serial No. 70 of 200) Perfect mint condition. Sunburst varnish finish. This is the classic Gibson scroll mandolin - long neck, f-holes, elevated fingerboard, heavily flamed maple back and sides, solid spruce top, bound ebony fingerboard, silver plated tuners with pearl buttons and silver plated tailpiece/cover, and the classic Gibson torch peghead inlay in pearl. This is one of a limited edition of 200 made to honor the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Made in the Bozeman, Montana plant, and signed by luthier Steve Carlson on February 8, 1993. Has the "Bill Monroe" engraved pearl truss rod cover and Bill's signature on the label. Has almost no playing wear and no nicks or dings. The mandolin has just been set up by my luthier. Action is great - easy and low. This mandolin sounds great with a strong chop and bark. Here is a short video clip of this mandolin played by Greg Holder of Dark Corner Bluegrass from NC. Comes with the original Loar replica hardshell case numbered the same as the mandolin...USD $10500

camera gif  1993 Gibson F5L Mandolin
(Serial No. 3568089) Excellent condition. Sunburst finish. This is the classic Gibson scroll mandolin - long neck, f-holes, elevated fingerboard, heavily flamed maple back and sides, solid spruce top, bound ebony fingerboard, gold plated hardware, and the Fern peghead inlay. In 1993 this model was the top of the line for Gibson. This was made in the Bozeman, Montana plant, and was signed by luthier Phil Brugg on August 2, 1993. Shows almost no minor playing wear - this is a clean instrument. The only wear evident is on the gold plating at the tuners and tailpiece. The frets were lightly dressed and the mandolin has just been set up by my local luthier. Action is great - easy and low. This mandolin sounds great with a strong chop and bark. Here is a video clip of this mandolin as played by by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield VA. Comes with a very clean newer TKL rectangular hardshell case with case cover. This is a really good mandolin....USD $6750

camera gif  1995 Gibson F5L Mandolin
(Serial No. 5997129) Excellent plus condition, traditional dark brown tabacco sunburst finish. This is the classic Gibson scroll mandolin - long neck, f-holes, elevated fretboard, flamed maple back and sides, solid spruce top, bound ebony fingerboard, and the classic Fern peghead inlay. It has the original gold plated Schaller tuners with pearl buttons. In 1995 this model was the top of the line for Gibson. You might find a mark or two, as the mandolin has been used in a bluegrass band, but there are no cracks, breaks or bad dings. This was made in the Bozeman, Montana plant, and was signed by luthier Bruce Weber on December 11, 1995. The mandolin has just been correctly refretted and set up by my luthier Richie Dotson. Action is great - easy and low. This mandolin sounds great with a strong chop and bark. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie.Comes in the original rectangular hardshell case....USD $6750

camera icon 1989 Flatiron F5 Custom Mandolin
(Serial #89010375) Excellent near mint condition, "ice tea" sunburst finish. Looks nearly unplayed. This is a rare Flatiron Custom Shop mandolin. When Gibson went to the NAMM show in 1987, these were the high quality mandolins they were competing with. They couldn't beat them, so they bought the company. Excellent sounding and playing F5 scroll mandolin with highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, carved Sitka spruce top with parallel tone bar bracing, side bound like Monroes on the top, back, fretboard and peghead, "The Flatiron" and Gibson flowerpot peghead inlay in abalone and pearl, 1 1/8 inch nut, V profile neck, elevated and bound flat ebony fingerboard with block pearl inlays, bound pickguard, and gold tailpiece and Schaller tuners with pearl buttons. This one has a good chop and bark - excellent bluegrass mandolin. Here is a short video clip of this mandolin played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC. Signed by Dennis Balin. Bozeman built Flatirons are always heavily in demand. Most pickers won't part with theirs - once you play this one you'll know why. Comes with an original shaped hardshell case...USD $7250

camera gif  1998 Flatiron F5 Artist Mandolin
(Serial No. 80814029) Near mint condition, sunburst finish. Top of the line mandolin for Flatiron. When Gibson went to the NAMM show in 1987, these were the high quality mandolins they were competing with. They couldn't beat them, so they bought the company. Built on the same line side by side with Gibsons, the difference between Gibson and Flatiron is the Flatiron has a different peghead name and finish color, X top bracing and a radiused fretboard with the larger frets. Excellent sounding and playing F5 scroll mandolin with highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, carved solid spruce top, Fern peghead inlay and logo in pearl, gold hardware, bound peghead, and a radiused ebony fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut. Original from Gibson with the larger guitar frets for easier playing. Great playing mandolin that shows no playing wear. This one has the sound - powerful chop and bark, very strong tone - excellent bluegrass mandolin. Here is a link to a video of this mandolin as played by luthier Richie Dotson here in town. This mandolin was likely built in Bozeman but it has an early Nashville label; hence there is no builders signature label. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $5250

camera gif  2016 Gibson F9 Mandolin
(Serial No. 61028011) Near mint condition - looks nearly unplayed. Dark sunburst lacquer with a satin finish. This is the "no frills" F5 style scroll mandolin for Gibson, but it still has all the design features that give the F5 its legendary tone, including a hand-fitted dovetail neck joint, nicely figured maple neck, sides and back, solid Sitka spruce top, tone bar bracing, and a hand-tuned tone chamber. Has the traditional flat unbound ebony fretboard and a 1 1/8 inch bone nut. Pearl logo in the peghead. Body is top bound only in white. No pickguard as made by Gibson. Very good sounding mandolin with good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. Signed by David Harvey October 28, 2016. Just set up by my luthier so the mandolin plays like butter and has the signature Gibson chop - excellent bluegrass sound! Comes with the original shaped hardshell case. ..USD $3600

camera gif  1964 Gibson EM-200 Florentine Mandolin
(Serial No. 160658) This is the solid body electric mandolin made by Gibson to compete with the Fender Mandocaster. It looks a lot like a double cut Les Paul. The mandolin has all finish and hardware. I think this is a 1964 instrument. The serial number crosses to 1964, and the tuners, case and knobs are also correct. The book says the surround pickguard was 1966, so perhaps one of us is off a couple of years. Luthier Jerry Ray just replaced a few frets and set the mandolin up. There are no cracks or breaks but it does show some playing wear on the side of the neck and some witness lines at the seams for the ears on the peghead. I think these EM-200 sound more like a mandolin plugged in than the Fender Mandocaster, as the EM-200 has eight strings which will give the mandolin jangle better than a single course instrument. You can turn this one up on your gig, as it will not feed back any more than an electric guitar. Comes with the original hardshell case. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $2550

GIBSON MANDOLAS AND MANDOCELLOS

camera icon 1920 Gibson H2 Mandola
(Serial No. 60754) Mandolas are cool - they are tuned CGDA, a fifth down from a mandolin, and they have this huge resonate voice. They are excellent for giving a little bit different voice to your music by adding the deep tenor counterpoint. Excellent instrument that plays easy and has a deep woody tone. All original finish and hardware. Has the slightly longer scale than a mandolin at 16 inches and the nut is 1 5/16. The H2 has the same appointments as the A4 mandolin. It is a red sunburst, fully bound on the top, back and fretboard, has the treble extension on the fretboard, and has "The Gibson" pearl logo and fleur-di-lise in the peghead. Neck is straight, frets are good, no top sinkage. Just set up by my luthier and its ready to go. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Here is a link to a video of the mandola as played by by Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield VA. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $3600

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FLATIRON MANDOLINS AND RELATED

flatiron peghead
Flatiron was started by Steve Carlson as "Back Porch Productions" in Bozeman, Montana in 1979. Bruce Weber was an early employee and built many of the mandolins. Their first mandolins were copies of the teens Gibson "Army-Navy" pancake mandolins. They later branched out into carved top instruments, and were building a superior mandolin to Gibson by the mid to late 1980s. In late 1987 Gibson bought Flatiron and moved all mandolin production from Nashville to Bozeman. Mandolins were built in Bozeman until 1998, when Gibson moved all production back to Nashville. In 2000 Gibson discontinued the Flatiron line, and later revived the name to use for cheap souvenir mandolins at the Opry Mills Store in Nashville. Current Flatiron mandolins are low quality Chinese imports.

Although Flatiron was the "budget" line, Gibson and Flatiron mandolins were built side by side in the plant by the same luthiers. Both are the same high build quality. There were some models of each that were identical and the only difference was the color of the finish and the name on the peghead. There are some basic differences in the upper end models. The top of the line Gibsons were always tone bar braced, used traditional size fret wire and had the classic fingerboard extension. The Flatiron top of the line Master and Artist mandolins were X braced, which many pickers think gives a more percussive chop. They also had abbreviated fingerboard extensions, had a radiused fretboard and used larger fret wire. The pre-Gibson carved top Flatirons are considered some of the best post war mandolins made. The Bozeman era Gibson and Flatiron mandolins are excellent bluegrass instruments.

camera icon 1989 Flatiron F5 Custom Mandolin
(Serial #89010375) Excellent near mint condition, "ice tea" sunburst finish. Looks nearly unplayed. This is a rare Flatiron Custom Shop mandolin. When Gibson went to the NAMM show in 1987, these were the high quality mandolins they were competing with. They couldn't beat them, so they bought the company. Excellent sounding and playing F5 scroll mandolin with highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, carved Sitka spruce top with parallel tone bar bracing, side bound like Monroes on the top, back, fretboard and peghead, "The Flatiron" and Gibson flowerpot peghead inlay in abalone and pearl, 1 1/8 inch nut, V profile neck, elevated and bound flat ebony fingerboard with block pearl inlays, bound pickguard, and gold tailpiece and Schaller tuners with pearl buttons. This one has a good chop and bark - excellent bluegrass mandolin. Here is a short video clip here of this mandolin played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC. Signed by Dennis Balain. Bozeman built Flatirons are always heavily in demand. Most pickers won't part with theirs - once you play this one you'll know why. Comes with an original shaped hardshell case...USD $6250

camera gif  1998 Flatiron F5 Artist Mandolin
(Serial No. 80814029) Near mint condition, sunburst finish. Top of the line mandolin for Flatiron. When Gibson went to the NAMM show in 1987, these were the high quality mandolins they were competing with. They couldn't beat them, so they bought the company. Built on the same line side by side with Gibsons, the difference between Gibson and Flatiron is the Flatiron has a different peghead name and finish color, X top bracing and a radiused fretboard with the larger frets. Excellent sounding and playing F5 scroll mandolin with highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, carved solid spruce top, Fern peghead inlay and logo in pearl, gold hardware, bound peghead, and a radiused ebony fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut. Original from Gibson with the larger guitar frets for easier playing. Great playing mandolin that shows no playing wear. This one has the sound - powerful chop and bark, very strong tone - excellent bluegrass mandolin. Here is a link to a video of this mandolin as played by luthier Richie Dotson here in town. This mandolin was likely built in Bozeman but it has an early Nashville label; hence there is no builders signature label. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $5250

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RATLIFF MANDOLINS

Ratliff peghead
Audey Ratliff runs a one-man shop making mandolins in east Tennessee. At one time he had a small production shop with assistants, but he found that the way to insure high quality workmanship and good sound was just to do it himself. He has now concentrated his efforts on building the finest F5 style bluegrass mandolin available. The mandolins sound better than ever...the bad news is that they're getting harder and harder to get. Audey may make the best bluegrass mandolin on the planet for under $5000...we invite you to be the judge.

camera icon  2017 Ratliff R5 Custom Anniversary Mandolin
(Serial No. 1000) New with lifetime warranty to the original owner. Audey has been building mandolins for over 40 years, and he decided to go all out on his 1000th mandolin. This is an exquisite custom mandolin, with a red spruce top, outrageously flamed and quilted maple back and sides, beautiful lacquer sunburst finish, flat ebony fretboard, peghead overlay and bridge. Pearl logo in the peghead. Has a 1 1/8 inch nut. One piece gold Allen tailpiece. Sidebound like Monroes Loar. Audey carved the heel to give some extra style to the mandolin. This is a very full, rich sounding mandolin built by a top luthier as a showpiece for his skills. Even though its a new mandolin, it has that woody bluegrass bark and the excellent volume and tone that is typical of these mandolins. Here is a link to a video of this mandolin discussed and played by Audey. Comes with a new TKL hard shell case....USD $7500

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OTHER MANDOLINS AND RELATED

camera icon 1930s Harmony Biltmore A Style Mandolin
(Serial No. none) Excellent condition, blonde finish. Nice entry level mandolin made in the 1930s. Laminated top. All original. Plays easy as it was just set up by my luthier. Frets are good, neck is straight, neck set is good. Comes with the original softshell case...USD $450

camera icon 1987 Andersen F5 Style Mandolin
(Serial No. 100) Excellent plus condition, blonde finish. You dont see many builder making blonde mandolins, as they have to be *perfect*. There is no sunburst finish to hide binding errors or grain lines. This is the classic scroll mandolin - long neck, f-holes, elevated fretboard, incredible one piece quilted maple back and matching sides, solid Englemann European spruce top, bound ebony fingerboard, ebony bridge and a fern pearl peghead logo. It has the original gold plated Schaller tuners with pearl buttons. Looks almost new - there are no issues of any kind, no cracks, breaks or bad dings. The mandolin has just been set up by my luthier Richie Dotson. Action is great - easy and low. This mandolin sounds great with a strong chop and bark. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. Comes in the original shaped hardshell case....USD $8450

camera icon2017 Doug Clark F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 54) Excellent condition, sunburst lacquer finish. All original finish and hardware. I bought this from a pro player in North Carolina. Doug Clark has been building mandolins in Canton, NC since 1979. This is an excellent bluegrass mandolin, with a hand carved Engleman spruce top, beautifully figured red maple back, sides and neck, tone bar bracing, ebony fretboard and bridge, pearl logo and inlay in the peghead, pearl accent on the heel cap, and relic Golden Age tuners from Stew Mac. The fretboard is deliberately shortened to eliminate pick click. It is new and somewhat green, having been built in June of 2017, but you can already hear the power coming out in the tone of the mandolin. Excellent sounding mandolin with good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. The mandolin was recently set up so it plays like butter and has a strong bluegrass chop. Here is a short video clip of this mandolin being played by Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC here in Chesterfield, VA. Here is another video clip. Comes with a nice shaped hard case.. ..USD $2950

camera icon1990 Bob Givens F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 542) Excellent condition bought from the original owner. This is one of the strongest mandolins I have ever had in the shop. I've had Givens mandolins before, and they were good, but this one blows them all away. It is a top quality professional mandolin, a very late build by legendary luthier Bob Givens when he was at the height of his ability. Probably an Engleman top, highly figured maple back, sides, and neck, nice red-brown-amber sunburst in nitrocellulose lacquer, fully bound with multiple binding, rounded V profile neck, ebony peghead overlay with the Givens logo and torch in pearl in the peghead, blackened back of headstock, slightly radiused ebony fretboard with a 1 inch nut, original ebony adjustable bridge, and original gold Schaller tuners with pearloid buttons. The tailpiece is original but the slide on cover is blank. Just set up and its plays wonderfully. This mandolin the equal of a Gibson Master Model, Ellis, Kimble, or any of the modern top makers. Here is a short video clip of this mandolin played by Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC here in Chesterfield, VA.

This mandolin was entirely hand-cut and hand-carved by Bob Givens and all inlays were hand-cut and hand-inlaid by Givens. Even the very accurate fretting is from hand-cut slots by Bob Givens. It would be hard to find another 100% handmade mandolin with this degree of perfection. Original frets show slight denting in first position but play with no problem. The top center seam was invisibly reglued and cleated by luthier Harry Eibert in NY.

Do not let the 1 inch width of nut scare you away. Most Loar era Gibson F5s have the same nut width. The feel is very nice, the neck profile is professional and feels correct for this instrument. This is an outstanding mandolin. Great sound, power, playability, beauty, tone, and exceptional condition come together in this instrument. Comes with a nice hardshell case... ..USD $13,000

camera icon  1983 Luke Thompson F5 Mandolin
(Built June 25, 1983) There were not a lot of choices in quality luthier hand built F5s in the 1980s - Randy Wood, Sargent, Givens and Thompson come to mind. If you were picking bluegrass in Texas or Louisiana you saw Luke Thompson mandolins in the hands of most of the better pickers. Luke and his sons built mandolins in Baton Rouge, LA. This one has a one piece maple back and solid spruce top, tone bar braced, 1 1/8 inch nut on the flat ebony fretboard, ebony bridge and pearl peghead logo. I just had luthier Harry Eibert go through the mandolin and set it up. This is a mandolin that likes a heavy pick. Excellent sounding mandolin, good pop with strong volume and nice woody chop. Good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. The mandolin plays beautifully and has the sound you look for in good bluegrass mandolin. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument as played by Richie Dotson of www.acousticbox.com. You won't see another Thompson at your local jam! You can own a good sounding and usable piece of bluegrass history. Comes with the original rectangular hardshell case....USD $3250

camera icon   1935 National Style N Mandolin
(Serial No. 302) Early Style N with triangular body, single resonator and 14 frets clear of the body. Has flat F holes and a round neck with a bound rosewood fretboard. Shows some playing wear on the cover plate and a few nicks and dents, but nothing major. Original hardware and finish. Typical with Nationals, the neck has some bow in it and would need a reset to play up the neck in standard. But that not what you want this for - its very cool just like it is for slide work, especially slide blues. Think Sam Bush. Sam plays slide mandolin - check out his sound to see all the possibilities. Very loud with a unique sound. Comes with a slide and a Travelite style foam hard case. Consigned. ..USD $1750

camera icon  2014 Passernig Two Point Mandolin
(Serial No. 71) Excellent plus condition. Cremona sunburst oil varnish finish with French polish on top. Another wonderful mandolin from Austin's own Stefan Passernig. Big, bold tone with a lot of richness and complexity. Clear note separation and balance from string to string and all the way up the fretboard. The playability of this mandolin alone could sell it, but you get the the tone and volume too. Adirondack red spruce top with very cool slash style sound holes, red maple back, sides, and neck, pearl logo and floral peghead inlay, fully bound with ivoroid binding with top purfling on top, back, fingerboard and peghead, curly maple body point protectors, custom bound curly maple pick guard, radiused ebony fretboard with a 1 1/16 inch nut, ebony bridge, and a Passernig custom ebony tail piece cover. Here is a video clip of this mandolin as played by by Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield VA.Comes with the original Passernig Travelite style foam case...USD $3950

camera icon 1995 Phoenix Ultra Two Point Mandolin
(Serial No. 168) Excellent plus condition, medium red brown sunburst finish. Rolfe Gerhardt has been building mandolins since 1971. He has figured out how to get the sound out of them. This is a two point A style specifically designed & voiced for medium gauge strings. It has a hand-carved Douglas fir top, flamed solid red maple maple back with carbon fiber truss rod, maple sides and neck, carbon fiber/red spruce laminated braces, 1 3/16 inch pearl nut, and a radiused ebony fingerboard. Gabon ebony was used for the fingerboard and bridge. The stunning peghead inlay of a Phoenix in flight is complemented by the rare rippled green abalone fretboard and body inlays and the body edge binding top and back. Custom plated black and gold tuners and a black chrome plated tail piece and cover complete the elegant appearance. Just set up by luthier Jerry Ray so its plays very well. Excellent sounding mandolin with strong volume, incredible responsiveness, and a sweet rich tone that will get loud and chop when needed. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $4950

camera icon 2009 Pomeroy F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 134) Excellent condition. Lacquer sunburst finish that has been sanded by Pomeroy with steel wool to reduce gloss. Has an one piece back and sides of flamed maple, solid Englemann spruce top, tone bar bracing, flat ebony fretboard and bridge, 1 1/8 inch nut, and pearl logo. Has a silver engraved James tailpiece. The fretboard was built shortened to eliminate pick click. Nickle Grover tuners with pearl buttons. Fully bound. Fitted with a custom bound ebony pickguard. Shows almost no playing wear. Very good sounding mandolin with good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. Just set up by my luthier so the mandolin plays like butter and has an excellent bluegrass chop. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument. Comes with a nice hard shell case.....USD $3650

camera icon  1987 Red Diamond Electric Mandolin
(Serial No. none) I called Don McRostie (Red Diamond Mandolins) and asked about this one. Don is closely associated with Stewart McDonald in Ohio and this was a Stew Mac kit. Don is not exactly your typical kit builder, however, as he is one of the premier mandolin builders in the US. This mandolin features a hollow body, a rock maple neck with 8 strings, a Lawrence blade pickup, pearl logo, Schaller tuners, a McClung armrest, and of course, a premium top quality lacquer finish. has a volume and tone control. In my opinion the the 8 strings give more of a mandolin shimmer to the sound over the typical single string electric mandolin. Its just been set up so it plays very easy. No issues I can see with this one. Comes with a nice rectangular hardshell case....USD $1750

camera icon  2013 Skip Kelley F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 042) Near mint condition. Don't confuse this with the import Chinese mandolins with almost the same name on the peghead. Thomas "Skip" Kelley has been building professional level mandolins for over a decade. This model is called the "Claro F". This one has a dark uniform brown hand applied gloss varnish finish, figured claro walnut back and sides, Adirondack red spruce top, the body and neck are fully bound in tortoise shell, cocobolo peghead veneer and a bound flat cocobolo fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut, V neck profile, gold Schaller tuners, one piece cast Allen tailpiece, and pearl logo and peghead inlay. The fretboard is deliberately shortened and scooped to eliminate pick click. The frets were dressed and the mandolin was just professionally set up by luthier Jerry Ray. Big wide open sound, plays easy and has excellent volume and tone with nice cut and drive for your bluegrass band. Skip emailed me a Youtube link to him playing this mandolin. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument, as played by Skip himself. Here is a link to a second video of the mandolin as played by by luthier Richie Dotson. This mandolin will cut a banjo. Comes with a nice shaped Superior hardshell case...USD $3450

camera icon1930s Kay Strad-O-Lin Mandolin
(No serial number) Good entry level vintage instrument. I think this is 1930s production based on the logo, the tuners and the plastic body binding. I also confirmed this with a known 1930s instrument, and the logos are identical. Structurally fine with a maple back and spruce top. Has the original see through pickguard. The reset of the hardware and finish also look original. Frets are good and the mandolin has just been set up so it plays nicely. Very good sound. Its not a Gibson F5 but its still a good sounding mandolin. Here is a link to a video of the mandolin as played by by Richie Dotson here in Richmond. Has a more modern cardboard case. ....USD $600

camera icon1926 Martin Style AK Mandolin
(Serial No. 13317) Mandolin is very clean and in excellent condition. This is the early style peghead with the Martin stamp embossed on the back of the peghead and inside on the back strip but no decal on the front. Front, back and sides are figured Hawaiian Koa wood. Ebony fingerboard with small dot inlays and ebony bridge. Good neck set and original bar frets, neck is straight, plays nice with a low action but still has plenty of volume. No cracks or repairs, but does have some minor scratches here and there. Good strong volume with a nice tone. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Nice original rosewood binding and celluloid tortoiseshell pickguard. Original tuners and tailpiece cover. Comes with a original somewhat beat softshell case....USD $1450

camera icon1931 Martin Style 20 Mandolin
(Serial No. 15234) Excellent minus condition, Gloss natural finish, 2-point teardrop shaped body, carved spruce top with ivoroid-bound oval soundhole, amber-stained flamed maple sides and carved back, ivoroid bound top and back, maple neck with bound ebony fingerboard, 24 frets, small pearl dot inlays, original ebony bridge, engraved clam shell tailpiece, Brazilian rosewood headstock overlay with cutout, inside on the the back has "Martin" stamp, original Waverly tuners with ivoroid buttons and stamping in plate, original tortoise plastic pickguard, 13-1/8" scale length, 1-1/8" nut width. This is an excellent and rare instrument (only 232 made) that was possibly their most successful mandolin tonally, comparable to the beautiful Lyon & Healy's top line. This is the model played by Bill Bolick of the famous country brother duo, the Blue Sky Boys. Easy action, nice sound, just set up by my luthier so it plays nicely. Very sweet and warm tone - this mandolin would record beautifully. Only repair noted is the back center seam has been glued and cleated, which is not visible from the outside. Comes with the original fitted hardshell case....USD $2750

camera gif  1920 Martin Style B Mandolin
(Serial No. 7804) Excellent condition with very little playing wear. This is the early style cutout peghead with the Martin stamp embossed on the back and no decal on the front. Beautifully grained Brazilian rosewood back and sides, spruce top, herringbone rosette and back strip, and an ebony fingerboard with slotted diamond inlays. Good neck and frets, plays nice with a low action but still has plenty of volume. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Nice tortoiseshell binding and pickguard. Original tuners and engraved tailpiece cover, which shows some wear. They is a discolored area on the top where the bridge sat in the wrong place for a while. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $1500

camera gif  1924 Martin Style B Mandolin
(Serial No. 11167) Excellent condition with very little playing wear. This is the early style cutout peghead with the Martin stamp embossed on the back and no decal on the front. Beautifully grained Brazilian rosewood back and sides, spruce top, herringbone rosette and back strip, and an ebony fingerboard with slotted diamond inlays. Good neck and frets, plays nice with a low action but still has plenty of volume. Has a small well-repaired side crack. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Nice tortoiseshell binding and pickguard. Original tuners and plain tailpiece cover. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $1500

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MANDOLAS, OCTAVE MANDOLINS, MANDOCELLOS, CITTERNS, AND BOUZOUKIS
camera icon 1920 Gibson H2 Mandola
(Serial No. 60754) Mandolas are cool - they are tuned CGDA, a fifth down from a mandolin, and they have this huge resonate voice. They are excellent for giving a little bit different voice to your music by adding the deep tenor counterpoint. Excellent instrument that plays easy and has a deep woody tone. All original finish and hardware. Has the slightly longer scale than a mandolin at 16 inches and the nut is 1 5/16. The H2 has the same appointments as the A4 mandolin. It is a red sunburst, fully bound on the top, back and fretboard, has the treble extension on the fretboard, and has "The Gibson" pearl logo and fleur-di-lise in the peghead. Neck is straight, frets are good, no top sinkage. Just set up by my luthier and its ready to go. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Here is a link to a video of the mandola as played by by Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield VA. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $3600

camera icon New Richard Beard OM3 Octave Mandolin
(Serial #52) New with warranty. This is an outstanding example of Richards fine craftsmanship. These are professional grade instruments. Tremendous resonance and response in this one. It has a strong and powerful percussive sound with a deep rich bass. The back and sides are flamed Hawaiian Koa which I think is a superior tone wood for long scale double course instruments. The fingerboard and bridge are ebony, and the top is Alaska Sitka. The top is x-braced with herringbone top trim and curly maple binding. The neck has an adjustable truss rod and the ebony fingerboard has slotted diamond inlays. Solid one piece tailpiece eliminates buzzing and loose covers. Fit and finish is first class professional work - as good as those famous guitar makers. Nut is 1 3/8 inch. Scale length is 21 1/4 inches so it gives the guitar-like resonance for backup rhythm playing but is still comfortable for melody playing. The x-braced top gives it plenty of punch for driving a session. Nice low action plays effortlessly with a great neck. Its currently tuned GDAE as an octave mandolin but any zook tuning like ADAD or GDAD would work as well. Handmade in North Carolina and comes with a custom fitted hardshell case...USD $3150

ELECTRIC MANDOLINS
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camera icon 1966 Fender Electric Mandolin
(Serial No. 02168) Excellent condition, sunburst finish. Absolutely too cool! This is the instrument informally known as the "Mandocaster". Think of a miniature Stratocaster in mandolin tuning with 4 strings, all original electronics, and original Kluson tuners. There is a small corner of the pickguard missing. This is an excellent sounding and playing electric mandolin. Minor wear and no repairs. Has the original black tolex Fender case. ..USD $2450

camera icon  1937 Gibson EM-150 Mandolin
(Serial No. 200 C 18) Near mint condition with a sunburst finish. Second year of production. EmM-150 mandolins were used by Tiny Moore and Johnny Gimble on their classic recordings. This is a nice A style with F-shaped sound holes with a carved spruce top, flamed maple one piece back and sides, the original hot Charlie Christian pickup mounted in the top, and a jack in the lower side. Fretboard is flush with the top. Classic 30s silkscreened "Gibson" logo on the peghead. Fully bound. All hardware and finish is original. Mandolin has just been set up buy my luthier so it plays right. It has a nice low action and has the classic Gibson Charles Christian EM-150 sound. This model has a good old time, bluegrass and country pedigree for stage and studio use. Comes with a newer hard case...USD $2150

camera icon 1987 Red Diamond Electric Mandolin
(Serial No. none) I called Don McRostie (Red Diamond Mandolins) and asked about this one. Don is closely associated with Stewart McDonald in Ohio and this was a Stew Mac kit. Don is not exactly your typical kit builder, however, as he is one of the premier mandolin builders in the US. This mandolin features a hollow body, a rock maple neck with 8 strings, a Lawrence blade pickup, pearl logo, Schaller tuners, a McClung armrest, and of course, a premium top quality lacquer finish. Has a volume and tone control in the top. In my opinion the the 8 strings give more of a mandolin shimmer to the sound over the typical single string electric mandolin. Its just been set up so it plays very easy. No issues I can see with this one. Comes with a nice rectangular hardshell case....USD $1750

MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS
camera gif 1959 Martin 0-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 169453) Excellent condition. These are great guitars for just sitting on the couch and picking. Very comfortable to hold and play as the lower bout is only about 13 inches. It has a sweet voice with lovely warmth and a long sustain. The guitar plays extremely well with a good neck angle and excellent original frets. All original finish with a mahogany back and sides, Sitka spruce top, tortoise binding, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and full height bridge, original pick guard and tuners, and a decal logo. Fitted with a K&K pickup on the bridge plate and an endpin jack. There is one repaired mic stand injury on the bass side, otherwise its a crack free guitar. Shows a few very minor nicks and dings from playing, but overall this is a clean guitar. Just set up by my luthier. Has a full length 25 inch scale, a 1 11/16 inch nut, and an original long saddle bridge with a maple bridge plate. This must have been an export guitar, as it has Made in USA stamped on the back of the peghead. Great sounding box with a nice low action. Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $2950

camera gif 1947 Martin 00-17 Guitar
(Serial No. 100444) Well played condition but structurally fine. Blues approved! I've seen these small bodied, all mahogany guitars in the hands of players such as Lightnin' Hopkins, Ry Cooder, and countless others. I think its required somewhere that you have to play one of these at some point to be a 'real' folk blues artist. The guitar is so well known as a blues special that the movie "Crossroads" featured the character Lightnin' Boy Martone as starting out playing on one. This guitar features solid mahogany top, back and sides, a 1 11/16 inch nut on the V shaped neck, 14 fret body, gloss finish, and a rosewood fretboard and bridge. It is very light weight and incredibly responsive. The action and frets are perfect as the neck was just reset and the guitar set up by luthier Richie Dotson in Chesterfield VA. Here is a video clip of this guitar as played by Richie. All original finish and hardware including wartime tuning machines and pickguard. Shows some significant capo wear on the back of the neck, but no cracks, breaks, or refinish is noted elsewhere. Here's the best part - great warm blues tone with excellent volume. Comes with a old softshell case.....USD $4250

camera gif 1951 Martin 00-17 Guitar
(Serial No. 119642) Excellent condition. Big volume from this guitar, very clear tone. All mahogany body including the top gives these guitars a warm rich sound perfect for blues and fingerstyle. Has the original ebony 1 11/16 inch nut. Peghead overlay, bridge and and fingerboard are Brazilian rosewood with a gold Martin script logo in the peghead. Nice easy action as the neck was just reset by luthier Richie Dotson, the frets dressed and the guitar was set up beautifully. Shows some minor player wear with a few nicks, dings and pickwear. No cracks which is unusual for mahogany guitar over 50 years old. No repairs evident. Comes with a newer hard shell case....USD $4250

camera gif 1958 Martin 00-17 Guitar
(Serial No. 159733) Excellent plus condition. Original finish and hardware. Excellent volume and tone. All mahogany body including the top gives these guitars a warm rich sound perfect for blues and fingerstyle. Nut has been changed to bone as is the saddle. 1 11/16 inch nut. Peghead overlay, bridge and and fingerboard are Brazilian rosewood with a gold Martin script logo in the peghead. I suspect the neck was reset at some time in the past as the action is low and easy, the frets are dressed and the guitar is ready to play. Shows some very minor player wear with a few nicks, dings and pickwear, but overall it is a very clean guitar. No repairs. Comes with a older slightly oversize hard shell case. ...USD $4250

camera gif 1945 Martin 00-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 92795) Excellent condition. Great sounding and playing small body guitar. Adirondack spruce top with unscalloped braces, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge - whats not to like? All the good stuff coming to you in a small couch friendly package. Very well balanced guitar with a big open woody sound and strong volume. It would be a fabulous recording guitar. Has the standard 1-11/16 nut. Peghead overlay and fingerboard are Brazilian rosewood with gold Martin script logo. The neck was just reset by luthier Ward Elliott so the action is low with plenty of saddle. There is a repaired area on the lower side that is probably a jack hole repair. Bridge plate is original with the holes plugged and re-drilled professionally. Tuners look to be original. Has an ebony truss rod so its light and responsive. Wartime peghead has no tuner bushings as built. Shows player wear with the usual nicks, dings and pickwear. The top has turned a nice orange. Neck is straight, frets were just dressed and crowned. Strap button added at the heel. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument, as played by local luthier Jerry Ray. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $5600

camera gif 1996 Martin OM-28V Guitar
(Serial No. 588038) Excellent condition - the guitar looks nearly unplayed. The Martin OM28-V Vintage Reissue guitar is a very close copy of the 1930s guitar. It has a solid Sitka spruce top with herringbone top trim and grained ivoriod binding (top and back), 1 1/4 inch advanced scalloped bracing, 1 3/4 inch nut, 2 5/16 inch bridge spacing, modified V profile neck, Indian rosewood back and sides with a zigzag backstripe, ebony fretboard with slotted diamond inlays, ebony bridge, and open back tuners with butter bean buttons. Has few nicks and dings but nothing major. Frets are good, neck is straight and in set. Excellent instrument for fingerstyle, but it responds well to a flatpick, too. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument, as played by local luthier Richie Dotson .This instrument has just been set up by my luthier and is ready to go. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original very nice velour lined Geib style hardshell case....USD $2750

camera icon 1948 Martin 000-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 108119) Excellent minus condition. Nicely aged spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Martin is supposed to have used Adirondack spruce for the tops until the early 50's, but no one can really tell by looking at it. To be sure, you have put it under a microscope in a lab. The open back Kluson tuners are original. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Has that nice meaty 40s Martin C shaped neck profile with a standard 1 11/16 nut width. Weighs almost nothing - this guitar is light as a feather. The bridge has been reglued, there is the usual pickguard crack repair under the high e string, and a couple of short dryness side cracks have been professionally glued. No other repairs noted. It does have some minor scratches, nicks and dings and honest pickwear from 60 years of playing. Neck has probably been set at some time in the past as the action is low and comfortable. The frets are in good shape and the neck is straight. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Comes with a 1990s black Martin hardshell case....USD $6950

camera icon 1955 Martin 000-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 141513) Excellent plus condition. Nicely aged spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Martin is supposed to have used Adirondack spruce for the tops until the early 50's, but no one can really tell by looking at it. To be sure, you have put it under a microscope in a lab. This is a beautiful piece of cross grained spruce. Weighs almost nothing - this guitar is light as a feather. The open back Kluson tuners are original. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Has a Martin C shaped neck profile with a standard 1 11/16 nut width. The action is low and comfortable with plenty of saddle left. No repairs noted. The frets are in good shape and the neck is straight. Shows some finish checking and some minor scratches, nicks and dings and honest pickwear from 60+ years of playing. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Comes with a newer molded Martin hardshell case.....USD $5100

camera gif 1967 Martin D-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 228250) Excellent structural condition and very good cosmetics. If you are looking for a festival or campground warrior this is your guitar. This is the classic Martin D18 - solid mahogany back and sides and a solid spruce top. Tuners are the correct Grovers marked Patent Applied For. Has a few glued and cleated dryness crack repairs on the sides and there is a back crack repair on the lower back. You can see an odd diagonal mark on the lower back - I think there was some tape there to hold the crack closed, and when it was removed it left a mark. There are some cleats on the inside back as well in this area. Has some fretboard grooves from fingernails. Thats all the bad stuff. The good stuff - the guitar is really strong sounding and will cut a banjo. The neck was just reset, the frets were dressed and the guitar was set up by luthier Jack Dillen in Asheville. Neck is straight, neck set is fine and it plays great with a nice low action. Has the black binding and pickguard. It has the preferred small maple bridge plate and a Brazilian rosewood bridge and fretboard. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument as played by Richie Dotson of www.acousticbox.com. This one has that solid Martin "boom" you need in a good bluegrass guitar. Plays very easy with a nice low action. This is an excellent sounding D18 that will drive your music. Comes with a newer molded hardshell case....USD $2600

camera gif 1969 Martin D-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 252108) Excellent minus condition. This is the classic Martin D-18 - solid mahogany back and sides and a solid spruce top. Original finish shows some playing wear as this guitar did duty in countless bluegrass jams here in Virginia. Neck is straight, neck set was just reset by luthier Jack Dillen in Asheville, NC, and the frets are fine. Brazilian rosewood fretboard and bridge. Bridge may be replaced and shows evidence that it was reglued. Original black pickguard and binding. Grover patent pending tuners are original to the guitar. This guitar has that big solid Martin "boom" you need in a good bluegrass guitar. Plays very easy with a nice low action. This is a excellent sounding well played and nicely aged D-18. Comes with a newer hardshell case ...USD $2100

camera gif 1971 Martin D-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 276433) Near mint condition, collector clean. This is the classic Martin D18 - solid mahogany back and sides and a solid Sitka spruce top. Looks very clean with just very minor handling dings. Neck is straight, frets are good. The guitar was set up and the neck was reset by luthier Richie Dotson and the action plays nicely. Bridge is untouched. Shows just the slightest bit of finish checking in the back center seam near the endpin. Strap button added at the heel. Fitted with an under saddle pickup and endpin jack. Has that solid Martin "boom" you need in a good bluegrass guitar. This is a excellent sounding nicely aged D18. Comes with the original blue molded Martin hardshell case just as clean as the guitar. ...USD $3250

camera gif 2014 Martin D18 Guitar
(Serial No. 1781054) Excellent near mint condition. I took this guitar in trade from a recording studio owner who was VERY particular about his tone. He would not have a guitar unless it had a big, open, powerful sound - and this one does. This is the classic D18 with a few modern refinements. Its mahogany back and sides, Sitka spruce top, rosewood fretboard and bridge. Nothings new there. However, Martin has started advancing and scalloping the braces like the prewar guitars, and you can hear the difference. This guitar is clean - there might be a tiny ding, but you will have to look hard for it. The sound is fine enough to warrant use in a major recording studio. Here is a short video clip of this guitar played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield, VA. Action is beautiful - nice and low. Looks almost new. Comes with the original Martin hardshell case.. ...USD $3250

camera gif 1963 Martin D21 Guitar
(Serial No. 193089) Excellent condition. It is uncommon to find a D21 for sale. The 21 series Martins were intended as the line between the 18 and the 28 series, but they were produced in much more limited numbers than either the D18 or the D28. They have Brazilian rosewood back and sides like the 28 series and a rosewood fingerboard and bridge and the simpler binding of the 18 series. Has nicely figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides and a Sitka top. Standard 1-11/16 nut width. Finish and single line Kluson tuners are original. Luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield VA reset the neck and set the guitar up. It now plays like silk with a nice low action, and the voice is that huge Martin Brazilian rosewood sound you are looking for in a good bluegrass guitar. Has some hairline finish cracks in the top that do not go through the wood. They are too small and tight to photograph. Very strong sound. This is definitely a festival warrior that hunts down banjos and fiddles for breakfast. You can get all the sound of a older Martin dreadnought, the collectability of a Brazilian rosewood guitar, and have an instrument that's just a little bit different than all the others for much less than a D-28. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. Comes with a period hardshell case. ...USD $7250

camera gif 1955 Martin D-28 Guitar
(Serial No. 144623) Excellent condition. This is a powerful bluegrass guitar with all the punch and drive you expect in a older Martin. Finish and hardware are original. Nicely aged spruce top and old growth straight grain Brazilian rosewood back and sides. This guitar was thoroughly gone though recently by luthier Harry Eibert in NY who reset the neck, dressed the frets, set up the guitar, and repaired the ding in the lower bass side top and the outside pickguard crack on the treble side. Has the standard 1 11/16 inch nut, ebony fingerboard and bridge, rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script, and the original waffle back tuners. Plays easy with low action, and has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Lots of buckle wear on the back. Has the expected finish checking, pickwear, and the usual nicks and dings of a well loved and much played guitar. Here is a short video clip here of this guitar played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC. Comes with an original hardshell case. Warning - this guitar has been known to get out of its case in the middle of the night and go hunting banjos...USD $13500

camera gif 1962 Martin D-28 Guitar
(Serial No. 214540) Very clean guitar, excellent repaired condition with only minor playing wear. Has the usual Martin pick guard crack that has been cleated but that's it for repairs. Just back from a neck reset and fret work by luthier Richie Dotson. Old growth figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides, Sitka spruce top, ebony fretboard and bridge, and a standard 1-11/16 inch nut. Original nickle Grover Rotomatic tuners. Neck is straight, frets are good, neck set is good. Nice low action. Has the pocket saddle which makes it easy to add a pickup and the small maple bridge plate, which helps give this guitar that big booming Martin sound. It must have been played as a lefty for a while as it has the shadow of another pick guard on the bass side. Bridge shows the slightest indication it may have been off and on, and there is a very well-repaired heel crack. Its repaired so well I did not see it when I bought the guitar, and I did not find until I used a blacklight. Comes with a newer Martin hardshell case...USD $6800

camera gif 1992 Martin HD28 Guitar
(Serial No. 512932) Excellent condition. I have owned a lot of Martin dreadnaughts, and this is one of the strongest ones I have owned. The guitar was owned by a band that played the guitar almost daily for years. The sound is the reason D-28s and HD-28s are the bluegrass standard and this guitar is a good example. Its got a nice big open woody sound with strong volume and that big Martin boom on the bottom end. This guitar is clean - anything you see in the pictures that looks like a blemish is a reflection. It has a beautiful Sitka spruce top, with nice striped chocolate colored Indian rosewood back and sides. Has the herringbone top trim and the advanced scalloped bracing like the prewar guitars. Tuners have been upgraded to nickle open back Waverlys. Fitted with an under saddle pickup with a discreet soundhole volume control wheel and an endpin jack. Strap button added at the heel. Here is a short video clip here of this guitar played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield, VA. Action is beautiful - nice and low. Comes with the original Martin hardshell case...USD $2450

camera gif 2015 Martin HD28 Guitar
(Serial No. 1877513) Mint condition. If you are looking for a like-new Martin without paying the guitar store price here is your guitar. The sound is the reason D-28s and HD-28s are the bluegrass standard and this guitar is a good example. Its got a nice big open woody sound with strong volume and that big Martin boom on the bottom end. This guitar is clean - anything you see in the pictures that looks like a blemish is a reflection. It has a beautiful Sitka spruce top , with nice striped chocolate colored Indian rosewood back and sides. Has the herringbone top trim and the advanced scalloped bracing like the prewar guitars. Just set up to play like butter by luthier Richie Dotson. Big bluegrass sound in this one. Comes with the original Martin hardshell case...USD $2200 ON HOLD for VH in PA

camera gif 2001 Martin D42 Guitar
(Serial No. 808545) Near mint condition - looks almost unplayed. Straight grained Indian rosewood back and sides with master grade Sitka spruce top. It features abalone top and soundhole trim, abalone vertical C.F. Martin peghead inlay, forward-shifted scalloped bracing, traditional Martin Style 45 snowflake fingerboard inlays, elegant grained ivoroid bindings on the top, 1 11/16 inch bone nut, bone saddle, ebony fretboard and bridge, tortoise pickguard, and gold tuning gears with butter bean knobs. Martin uses their best woods on their 40 series guitars and it shows. The sound is powerful, with a clear bass, strong mid ranges and the signature Martin boom in the bass. Plays very easily with a nice low action. For a short video clip of this guitar played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC click here. Comes with the original black molded Martin hardshell case...USD $3900

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camera icon 1936 Kalamazoo KG-11 Guitar
(Factory Order No. 454) Very clean excellent plus condition. Kalamazoo was the budget brand built by Gibson in the 1930s. I am guessing a bit on the year, but it is certainly prewar. The KG-11 has a slightly shorter body than the KG-14 which is the size of the Gibson L00. This is very clean guitar with no repairs noted, but the lack of old checking in the finish makes me suspect it has been oversprayed in the past. 1 3/4 inch nut has been changed to bone, has a rosewood fretboard, rounded slight V chunky neck, sunburst top finish, mahogany back and sides with a spruce top, top binding only, small straight bridge, and original firestripe pickguard. The center-peak peghead is fitted with Stewart Macdonald New Age repro open back tuners with black buttons and has the standard Kalamazoo silkscreen logo. Original ladder bracing gives that authentic Delta blues and old time sound. The action is very low and playable, as the neck has been set in tha past. It sounds much larger than a small body guitar. This is an excellent guitar for old time, ragtime or fingerstyle blues. Comes with a recent Martin hardshell case..USD $1600

camera icon 1933 Gibson L-00 Guitar
(Factory Order No. 858) Excellent condition. I think this is a 1933 based on the size of the top sunburst and the unbound back. Nice guitar with all original finish showing some minor playing wear but no structural repairs. Its possible the body has been oversprayed as the finish is very dark. Has a mahogany back and sides and a x-braced mahogany top with sunburst finish, replaced firestripe guard that follows the body contour, original ebony 1 3/4 inch nut on the chunky V profile neck, small straight bridge, bound top only, and a silkscreened white script Gibson logo in the peghead. The bridge and few braces were reglued, the frets were dressed and the guitar was set up by by luthier Richie Dotson here in town. Action is 3/32 inch on treble and 5/32 inch on the bass side. The guitar is all solid and in good playing condition. The tuners are the original squared end brass plate tuners with black buttons. Gibson generally used white buttons on the Gibson brand and black buttons on Kalamazoo, but during the Depression they would use whatever they had on hand. The G tuner shaft is bent a little but it still works well. Frets are good and the neck is straight. This has a big sound - its one of the better sounding L00s to come through here in a while. Perfect for ragtime and fingerstyle playing. It's in excellent playing condition - all it needs is your fingers on the strings! Comes with a newer hardshell case..USD $3350

camera icon 1938 Gibson L-00 Guitar
(Factory Order No. illegible) Excellent playing condition with some repairs and playing wear. I'm calling this a 1938 based on the size of the sunburst, the bound back, the wider nut and the earlier fire stripe style pickguard, but it could be as early as 1937 or as late as 1941. The factory order number is faintly legible on the neck block but cannot be read. Nice guitar with all original finish showing some playing wear and a reglued bridge. Has a mahogany back and sides and a x-braced spruce top with sunburst finish, 14 fret body, firestripe guard that follows the body contour, original ebony 1 3/4 inch nut on the chunky v profile neck, small straight bridge, bound top and back, and a silkscreened white script Gibson logo in the peghead. The bridge and few braces were reglued and the guitar was set up by by luthier Jerry Ray here in town. It shows some playing wear on the fretboard and back of the neck, and a bunch of small nicks and dings on the body, but no significant repairs evident. The guitar is all solid and in good structural condition now. The tuners are the original 3 on a plate Klusons with the original white buttons. They work very well. Frets are good and the neck is straight. Its sounds much larger than a small body guitar. Perfect for ragtime and fingerstyle playing. It's in excellent playing condition - all it needs is your fingers on the strings! Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $4250

camera icon 1964 Epiphone FT30 Callabreo Guitar
(Serial No. 243743) Very good condition. Made by Gibson and the guitar is very similar to the Gibson LGO. Body is 14.5 inches wide, all mahogany, top bound only in tortoise, original single line 3 on a strip tuners, original E logo truss rod cover and screwed down pickguard. I think the bridge has been replaced, as the original was likely plastic that warped. No cracks or other structural repairs noted. Good action and playability. Has a old-time sound as the guitar is ladder braced. Comes with a softshell case...USD $850

camera icon 1964 Gibson LG1 Guitar
(Serial No. 216537) Excellent condition with a replaced pickguard. Well played and structurally sound small body Gibson with more volume and tone than you would expect for the size. It has the typical finish checking and shows some playing wear. I took this down to a old time jam here in town and it has good volume and the right tone for old time. The LG-1 was introduced along with the LG-2 and LG-3 as a lower-end student model during World War II. All three models were very similar, and the LG-1 featured mahogany back and sides with a spruce top. As an entry level guitar, the LG-1 used lateral or ladder style bracing. Eventually, the LG series was supplanted by the B series as Gibson's main student-level acoustic flattop. The ladder bracing gives a different tone than the X braced guitars, not quite as punchy. Everything is original. Sunburst finish, traditional ladder braced Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with pearl inlays and a Brazilian rosewood bridge. Has the standard Gibson nut width of 1 11/16 inch. The Kluson tuners are original and work well. The frets are in good shape and the neck is straight. Nice tall saddle but still a comfortable action. Frets are good, neck is straight, neck set is good. Comes with a newer foam hard shell case...USD $1850

camera icon 1953 Gibson LG-2 3/4 Guitar
(Serial No. 331Y) Excellent condition. Gibson's original travel guitar. Body is 12 3/4 inches wide with a 22 3/4 inch scale and 1 1/2 inch nut. Spruce top with straight across ladder bracing, sunburst top finish and natural finished mahogany back and sides. Also has a teardrop guard, small rectangle bridge, triple bound top and single bound back, and gold Gibson peghead logo. Strap button added at the heel. Has a nice low action, as the neck was just reset by luthier David Sheppard. Completely solid and a great playing and sounding guitar. Comes with a newer hard case...USD $2900

camera icon 1946 Gibson LG-2 Guitar
(Serial No. s760925) Excellent restored condition. Well played and structurally sound small body Gibson with more volume and tone than you would expect for the size. It has the typical finish checking and shows some playing wear, as I'm sure this was the go-to guitar for the previous owner. I took this down to a 15 person old time jam here in town and you could still hear this guitar. Everything is original except for the bridge. Sunburst finish, X braced Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with pearl inlays and a Brazilian rosewood bridge. Has the standard 1950s Gibson nut width of 1 11/16 inch. The Kluson tuners are original and work well. The frets are in good shape and the neck is straight. Nice tall saddle, about 1/8 inch. Has a nice low action as the neck was reset by luthier Richie Dotson here in Richmond. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument as played by Richie. Comes with a newer hardshell case or the original cardboard alligator print - your choice....USD $4200

camera icon 1959 Gibson LG2 Guitar
(Serial No. s760925) Excellent restored condition. Well played and structurally sound small body Gibson with more volume and tone than you would expect for the size. It has the typical finish checking and shows some playing wear, as I'm sure this was the go-to guitar for the previous owner. I took this down to a 15 person old time jam here in town and you could still hear this guitar. Everything is original except for the bridge. Sunburst finish, X braced Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with pearl inlays and a Brazilian rosewood bridge. Has the standard 1950s Gibson nut width of 1 11/16 inch. The Kluson tuners are original and work well. The frets are in good shape and the neck is straight. Nice tall saddle, about 1/8 inch. Has a nice low action as the neck was reset by luthier Richie Dotson here in Richmond. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument as played by Richie. Comes with a newer hardshell case or the original cardboard alligator print - your choice. ...USD $2850

camera icon 1951 Gibson LG3 Guitar
(Serial Number: 7038 17) Excellent condition. The LG3 is the natural top version of the LG2. Mahogany back and sides and a X-braced spruce top, the small tortoise pattern pickguard, tapered headstock, small rectangle bridge, single bound top and single bound back, and the gold Gibson decal peghead logo. The Kluson tuners are reissues but they use the exact same mounting holes as the originals. I think the top may have been lightly oversprayed in the distant past as the finish checking is correct but it black lights a little differently from a known original. The neck has been reset at some time in the past, as the action is very low and comfortable. The gloss on the back of the neck has been dulled with steel wool to give a better playing feel. Great sounding guitar with a sweet tone and good volume. No repairs noted. Completely solid and a great playing and sounding guitar. Comes with a soft shell case that fits well...USD $3750

camera icon 1945 Gibson Southern Jumbo Banner Guitar
(Order No. 2426-13) Excellent minus condition, original sunburst finish showing playing wear. I'm guessing a bit on the year, but its either a 1944 or a 1945. Original banner peghead wartime Gibson. This is a tremendous guitar - the sound just rolls out of it. The more you dig in, the more the guitar gives back. The sound is very full, rich and well balanced. These are the most sought after of the slope shoulder Gibsons, and for good reason. A lot of players like the big beefy neck in these Banners. Has mahogany back and sides, tapered headstock, double parallelogram fingerboard inlay, multiple ply binding, 2 piece spruce top, and the small pickguard and bridge. Nut is 1 3/4 inch, saddle spacing is 2 1/8 inch. Excellent playing guitar as the neck was just reset and partially refretted by luthier Harry Eibert in NY. Its an exceptional sounding guitar as well with the powerful yet sweet tone you only get from these early Banners. Action from the fingerboard is 5/32 on the bass side and 3/32 on the treble, right where it should be. The neck is an original three piece laminate, and there is a repair to a crack on one side only of the heel. It was repaired completely by Harry when the neck was out for the reset. Big sound and a very scarce guitar. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument as played by Richie.It is over 60 years old - who knows what stories it could tell. Its just a great old Gibson. Comes with an old probably original hardshell case...USD $10500

camera icon 1957 Gibson J-50 Guitar
(Serial No. U658 26) Excellent condition with some repairs. Excellent sounding guitar - it also really nails the slope shoulder Gibson midrangy dreadnaught sound. Natural finish spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and original Brazilian bridge with fixed saddle. No structural repairs or refinish. The guitar plays very well so I suspect the neck was reset and the neck was refretted, as both the neck set and the frets are perfect. The pickguard is new as it partially covers up some serious pick wear. Tuners are the correct Klusons but are a few years newer than the guitar. Shows some pick wear at the edge of the pick guard and some arm wear where you arm comes over the top. That makes sense; a guitar that sounds this good was played a lot. Big sound, great playability and a good price - what more can you ask for? Comes with the original brown gator print case....USD $5500IN THE SHOP

camera icon 1959 Gibson J50 Adjustable Guitar
(FON No. S8281 1) Excellent repaired condition. Excellent playing and sounding guitar. Its not pretty and pristine but it has THE SOUND and plays great. I love road warrior guitars; they were used a lot because they sound so good. Its loud and very responsive and open sounding. It really nails the slope shoulder Gibson midrangy dreadnaught sound. Excellent for backing up fiddle tunes or singers. Plays easy with a nice low action. Natural finish spruce top that has darkened to orange over the years, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with dot inlays. Original adjustable bridge. I usually have these adjustable bridges changed to a fixed bridge, but this one sounds so good I decided not to mess with it. "If it ain't broke don't fix it". The Kluson tuners are originals and they work well. The frets are in excellent shape and the neck is straight. Lots of checking on the top but no cracks. Several back cracks were leveled and repaired and several braces were reglued. Lots of pickwear, nicks and dings, and a little buckle rash - all expected in a guitar that was used to make music for over 50 years. The guitar was completely gone through and set up by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield, VA, and is 100 percent ready to go. Here is a short video clip here of this guitar played by Richie. Comes with a newer hardshell case. ....USD $3750ON HOLD for TS in MT

camera icon 1961 Gibson Country Western Guitar
(Serial No. 13672) Excellent plus condition. The Country Western is the same model as the Southern Jumbo but with a natural finish top. Otherwise the guitars are identical. Fabulous sounding guitar that really nails the Gibson midrangy slope shoulder dreadnaught sound. Natural top finish, Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian bound rosewood fretboard with double parallelogram inlays and Brazilian bridge, and seven layers of top binding. Still has the tall thin 50s style top and back braces and the wider 1 11/16 inch nut. Has the early 60s style tall thin knife edge bracing. The Kluson tuners are original. The frets are in good shape and the neck is straight. Original finish and no repairs other than two very minor back cracks that have been professionally repaired by luthier Dave Sheppard. Very clean guitar showing almost no playing wear. Plays great with a nice low action as the guitar was set up by luthier Jerry Ray here in Richmond. Here is a short video clip here of this guitar played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield, VA. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume and good midrange - exactly what you are looking for in a slope shoulder Gibson dread. Comes with a newer hard shell case....USD $5350

camera icon 2001 Gibson Custom Shop Advanced Jumbo (AJ) Red Spruce Stage Guitar
(Serial No. 10275010) This is a limited edition Custom Shop AJ. The label reads AJ Red Spruce Stage. Excellent near mint condition. I think the Advanced Jumbo is the best modern flat top guitar Gibson makes. I've played a lot of them, and they all seem to have a good sound. This one fits that description. Its a 14 fret slope shoulder dreadnaught, 16 inches wide, sunburst finish on a red spruce (Adirondack) top, dark natural finish on Indian rosewood back and sides, rosewood bridge, bound rosewood fretboard with chevron inlays, 1 3/4 inch nut, 25 1/2 inch scale, rosewood headstock overlay features chevron and logo inlays, and Grover vintage style open gear tuners. Fitted with a L.R. Baggs Element VTC under saddle pickup and endpin jack. Big sound and good bass, even though it looks pretty much unplayed. Here is a video clip of this guitar as played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield VA. Very clean guitar - anything that looks like an imperfection is probably a reflection. Comes with the very clean original original Gibson hard shell case.....USD $3250

camera icon 1955 Gibson J-160E Guitar
(Serial No. W1727-29) Excellent condition. This was the model that John Lennon owned and played. It was also used by George Harrison and features on several famous Beatles recordings including Please Please Me, A Hard Days Night and many more throughout the 60s. Has a dark sunburst finish, one P-90 type pickup with endpin jack, laminated spruce top, mahogany back and sides, 20 frets, rosewood fretboard and bridge, 1 & 11/16 inches wide at the nut,pearl logo and fretboard inlays. Early version of this guitar with the adjustable bridge and the larger thumb wheels. Probably had different tuners at one time as the bushings are not correct and it looks like newer Keystone buttons on a set of original Kluson tuners. Strap button added at the top of the heel. Electronics work well and gives a big sound as you would expect. Nice low action, neck is straight, neck set is good and the frets are fine. Has the usual nicks and dings of a guitar used for 50 plus years to make music, but no cracks and no repairs or refinish noted. Comes with somewhat beat original alligator print cardboard case or a newer hard shell case - your choice...USD $5500

camera icon 1990 Gibson J-185 Guitar
(Serial No. 92200011) Excellent condition showing only light playing wear. Blond finish, first year of reissue, classic small body jumbo with a 16 1/8 inch wide lower bout. Has highly figured maple back and sides with Sitka spruce top, 14 fret mahogany neck, peghead has pearl logo and crown inlay. Has a bound rosewood fretboard with pear split parallelogram inlays, rosewood reverse belly bridge with pearl cross inlays, tortoise plastic pickguard, Kluson Deluxe tuners with single ring keystone buttons. 1 11/16 inch nut and has the longer 25 1/2 inch scale, which I think gives better tone and sustain than the usual short scale on these. Good sounding guitar with clear bass and a midrangey bright tone that cuts through in a band setting. No repairs and only a few small nicks and dings. The only issue I see is some slight finish lifting where the tuners rings were screwed down too tight at the factory. Looks like the endpin was drilled for a pickup jack, but the guitar currently has an endpin fitted. Good low action. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield VA. Comes with a newer TKL dreadnaught hardshell case....USD $2150

camera icon 1958 Gibson J-200 Guitar
(Serial No. A28033) Excellent condition. I'm not usually much for J-200s, but this one really caught my attention - it actually sounds and plays great! Big open sound, very well balanced, without the usual tubbiness of a jumbo or the harshness of most maple guitars. The J-200 is the "King of the Flattops" with a 17 inch lower bout, solid spruce top, curly maple back and sides, original gold Grover tuners, open mustache bridge, engraved floral pickguard, orange oval label, and lots of pearl - the logo, the headstock inlay, and the crown inlays on the fretboard. Finish is original and shows some minor checking and the usual nicks, dings and some pick wear on the top. The engraved pickguard is nice and does not show the wear most of these have. Wonderful round shaped neck with the 1 11/16 inch nut. No repairs or refinish noted. One year older than the guitar Elvis played but it is the exact same specs. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield VA. Comes with the original brown/pink lined hard shell case....USD $11000

camera icon 1966 Gibson J-200 Guitar
(Serial No. 408532) Excellent condition. Nashville Skyline...that describes this guitar perfectly. Its the same year and model as played by Dylan on one of his most famous recordings. Very clean condition - all original finish and hardware. Flamed maple back and sides, three piece neck, beautiful sunburst finish, engraved pickguard, and mustache bridge with the Tune-o-Matic bridge. I bought this with the intention of replacing the Tune-O-Matic (Dylan's guitar had the Tune-O-Matic replaced with a straight saddle), but after playing it, I decided the sound was wonderful and to just leave it alone. You be the judge. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument as played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC. The J-200 series consistently has very strong projection and good sustain. The bottom end is bold yet balanced across the range with a smokey tone. Very satisfying with a real bite tonally if pushed with a flatpick. These are professional grade guitars. At this level, Gibson didn't mess about with inferior anything. A great guitar from the golden era of Gibson's past..one of Townes Van Zandt's favorites. Excellent strong sounding guitar with the sound you are looking for, and an excellent response all across the strings and up and down the neck. The action is easy and low. Comes with the original Gibson hardshell case......USD $5750

COLLINGS, TAYLOR, GUILD, AND OTHER FINE ACOUSTIC FLATTOP GUITARS

camera icon 2009 Bourgeois Slope D Guitar
(Serial No. 004959, label hand signed by Dana Bourgeois) Near mint condition with only a few tiny scratches or dings. Has a premium Adirondack top (indicated on the label) with mahogany back and sides, snakehead headstock with a pearl logo, ebony peghead veneer, 1 23/32" nut width, bone nut and saddle, ivoroid body, neck, & headstock binding, ivoroid rosette, black line back strip, firestripe tortoise pickguard, tiny dot inlays on the 25.5" scale length ebony fretboard, ebony bridge, and nickel Waverly tuners with ivoroid buttons. Nice medium sunburst hand shot by Dana. Strap button added at the heel. Dynamic, full, spectacular tone, balance, projection, clarity and sustain. I think its more open and even sounding than the usual dreadnaught but this will bluegrass with the best of them and will also work for country, blues or fingerstyle. Superb craftsmanship. Nice low action, neck is straight and the frets are fine. The guitar is really clean and looks nearly unplayed. Anything you see in the pictures that looks like a blemish is a reflection. Fitted with a K and K under saddle pickup and an endpin jack.Comes with a nice original Geib style hardshell case...USD $3450

camera icon 2009 Chris Bozung Vintage J Guitar
(Serial No. 1009-234) Excellent condition, old style sunburst, lacquer finish. All original finish and hardware. Chris Bozung is a very well known and respected luthier in Nashville. He has worked on and restored hundreds of vintage instruments, including my 1946 D28, so he knows guitars and craftsmanship. When he puts his attention to building he turns out a superior guitar. This guitar is Chris' take on the classic slope shoulder dreadnaught. Its a wonderful guitar in the traditional style, with a clear, articulate voice that's full and powerful. It has an understated and simple elegant look that puts one in mind of the classic 1930s round shouldered dreadnaughts. If you are looking for a playable guitar similar to the Gibson Advanced Jumbo with Brazilian rosewood, this is it. Old growth Brazilian rosewood back and sides, tap tuned premium Adirondack (red) spruce top with hand-scalloped high X bracing, traditional grained ivoriod binding, mahogany neck, Brazilian rosewood peghead overlay with a pearl logo, tortoise pickguard, nickle Waverly tuners with grained ivoriod buttons to match the binding, bound ebony fretboard with side dots only, and a hand made vintage style ebony bridge with 2 1/4 inch spacing. Nut is 1 3/4 inch on the 25.4 inch scale length. The soft V neck is extremely comfortable; the bass strings have enormous depth and clarity; this guitar eats lesser dreadnoughts and banjos for breakfast. Even strummed chords are powerful, and flatpicked solos on the treble strings were fat and juicy. Fitted with a K and K pickup and endpin jack for stage and recording use. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument as played by Richie Dotson of www.acousticbox.comH, and another video clip of this guitar as played by by luthier Stefan L. Saunders Sr. of Richmond VA. Theres a little pick wear at the edge of the pickguard; otherwise the guitar is mint. Comes with a nice hard case...USD $6000

camera icon 2015 Chris Bozung Custom Dreadnaught Guitar
(Serial No. 0615_305) Mint condition, lacquer finish. All original finish and hardware. Chris Bozung is a very well known and respected luthier in Nashville. He has worked on and restored hundreds of vintage instruments, including my 1946 D28, so he knows guitars and craftsmanship. When he puts his attention to building he turns out a superior guitar. This guitar is Chris' take on the classic Martin dreadnaught. Its a wonderful guitar in the traditional style, with a clear, articulate voice that's full and powerful. It was custom built with a deer theme - note the deer tracks as fret markers, the CB logo and a a deer skull, both in pearl, on the peghead, and "Big Bruiser" inlaid at the 14th fret. The back and sides are highly figured zircote wood. It has a tap tuned premium Adirondack (red) spruce top with hand-scalloped high X bracing, traditional grained ivoriod binding, mahogany neck, Brazilian rosewood peghead overlay with a pearl logo, oversize soundhole, tortoise pickguard, nickle Waverly tuners with metal butter bean button, unbound ebony fretboard with side dots only, and a hand made vintage style ebony bridge with 2 1/4 inch spacing. Nut is 1 3/4 inch on the 25.4 inch scale length. The soft V neck is extremely comfortable; the bass strings have enormous depth and clarity; this guitar eats lesser dreadnoughts and banjos for snacks. Even strummed chords are powerful, and flatpicked solos on the treble strings were fat and juicy. Here is a video clip of this guitar as played by by luthier Stefan L. Saunders Sr. of Richmond VA. No one at the jam will have one like this - it is a custom built one off. There is no pickwear - the guitar is mint. Comes with a nice hard case. ...USD $3500

camera icon 2005 James Burkett Slope Shoulder BRW Dreadnaught
(Serial No. 022) Near mint condition. James Burkett of Dothan Alabama has been repairing and rebuilding old Gibsons for years. When he put his considerable talents to building new guitars the results were outstanding. This is a close copy of a late 1930s Gibson J35 with the 2 scalloped tone bar bracing, a bear claw Sitka spruce top, and a highly figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides sourced from John Arnold. Has the firestripe pickguard and gold open back Gotoh tuners with butter bean tuners. The nut is 1 11/16 inch, neck profile is similar to a 1930s J35. The guitar has a custom peghead inlay and has the Burkette label inside. The heel cap and all body and neck binding is Koa wood. Very big sounding guitar with the drive of an exceptional Sitka top backed by Brazilian rosewood. Just set up by my luthier. Here is a short video clip of this guitar. This is a powerhouse of a dreadnaught. Comes with a Breedlove hard case....USD $3750

camera icon 2009 East Virginia Guitar Co. Orchestra Model (OM) Guitar
(Serial No. 3) Excellent condition, lacquer finish. All original finish and hardware. East Virginia Guitar Co. built some very high quality guitars for about 5 years in Kilmarnock, VA. The builders were Bill Rupert and Gene Simmons, both of who apprenticed with Jim Merrell. This guitar is a definite nod to vintage Martin Orchestra Model OM-18 construction with a 15 inch lower bout, a 25 1/2 inch scale and a 1 3/4 inch nut. The neck profile is wide and rounded, not a V neck. Its feels a lot like a Taylor neck. It also features Cuban mahogany back and sides, Adirondack red spruce top and advanced scalloped bracing, snake wood binding and heel cap, rope purfling and soundhole rosette, ebony bridge and fretboard with pearl dots, rosewood peghead overlay with pearl logo and flower, nickle open back Grover tuners with metal butter bean buttons and a tortoise pickguard. Some of their own touches include the notched peghead and the neck profile. The neck set is perfect and the frets were dressed. Some capo wear on the back of the neck was touched up and you cannot feel it. Beautiful fingerstyle guitar but it also responds well to a pick. Clear trebles and a big deep booming bass sound. here is a video clip of this guitar as played by by Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield VA. You won't see one of these at your local jam - those that have them won't sell, and there are just not very many of them out there. Comes with a nice hard case. These guitars were over $4000 when new....USD $1750

camera icon 1967 Guild Navarre F50 SB Guitar
(Serial No. AD246) Excellent minus condition, sunburst finish. This was the top of line flattop for Guild in 1967. It was handmade in the original Guild factories at Hoboken/New Jersey, right before they moved the facilities across the river to Westerly in the early 70's. However, unfortunately the Westerly Guild's never quite achieved the favored status of those made in Hoboken. Big 17 inch lower bout with 5 ply binding on the body, fretboard and peghead, pearl Guild logo with the pearl G, gold hardware, with a solid sitka spruce top and flamed pressed maple back and sides. 1 11/16 inch nut. Has an ebony fretboard with big pearl block inlays and an ebony bridge. The neck has been reset so the action is low and comfortable with saddle left to lower the action if desired. Has a small well repaired outer pickguard crack, which is not uncommon on these. Shows the usual nicks and dings of playing wear of a 50 year old instrument used to make music. Neck is straight, neck set is good, and the frets are fine. The body finish is original. All hardware is original. The sound is big and powerful. This guitar HAS to be heard. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield VA. Comes with a probably original hardshell case. ..USD $4250

camera icon 1974 Mossman Flint Hills Guitar
(Serial No. 74-1114) My first "real" guitar was a Mossman. I still think they are outstanding guitars, and this is one of the best ones I have ever played. Its a tremendous, powerful guitar that will drive your music. Excellent condition with straight grain Indian rosewood back and sides, solid spruce top, ebony fingerboard with pearl dots, nickel hardware and an ebony bridge. Built pre-fire in the Winfield, KS shop and signed on the label by all the craftsmen that worked on it. Mossman was a direct competitor to Martin and Gibson in the 70's and built very high quality guitars. Good action and playability. Finish and hardware is all original with no repairs noted. The neck was just reset, frets were dressed, the saddle replaced and the guitar set up by luthier Richie Dotson. The action is perfect. Strap button added at the heel, and there is a pickup mounted on the bridge plate with a mini jack in the endpin. I do not know if the pickup works. This is an excellent hand built US made bluegrass guitar with lots of volume and tone. Here is a link to a video of the instrument as played by by luthier Richie Dotson of www.acousticbox.com. Why play the same thing everyone else has? Comes with the original blue lined hardshell case. ....USD $3450

camera icon 1975 Mossman Tennessee Flat Top Guitar
(Serial No. 75-1651) My first "real" guitar was a Mossman. Back during the "dark days" of Gibson and Martin in the mid-70s, Mossman was consistently making high quality hand built guitars. The pride of craftsmanship shows, as each employee who worked on the guitar signed their initials on the label. They have stood the test of time and are still considered outstanding guitars. Excellent condition with nicely grained two piece mahogany back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top, marquetry top binding and soundhole rosette, ebony fingerboard with pearl dots, gold hardware and an ebony bridge. 1 11/16 inch bone nut. Built in the original Winfield, KS shop. Finish and hardware is all original with no repairs noted. Its not a case queen. The guitar sounds great so it was played. It shows some nicks, dings, playing wear and finish checking as this guitar was used to make music. The neck has just been reset by local luthier Richie Dotson so the action is nice and low with a nice tall saddle that can be lowered if desired. Good action and playability as the neck was just reset by Richie Dotson. This is an excellent vintage hand built US made bluegrass guitar with lots of volume and tone. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument as played by Richie. Why play the same thing everyone else has? Comes with the original blue lined hardshell case thats been painted brown on the outside. ....USD $2450

camera icon 2012 Noonan D18 Dreadnaught Guitar
(Serial No. 021) Near mint condition, lacquer finish. All original finish and hardware. Don Noonan had a short lived guitar company in Dacusville, NC that turned out wonderful guitars. This is one of them - this guitar is a HOSS! This is a master take on a D-18 style guitar, with mahogany back and sides, a rounded neck profile which fills the hand like a 30s guitar but there is no V to the profile, a solid Sitka spruce top with aging toner, maple bridge plate, advanced scalloped bracing, tortoise binding and pickguard, nickle open back Grover tuners, ebony fretboard and bridge, an 1 21/32 inch nut, a 25 1/4 inch scale, and bridge spacing of 2 3/16 inch. Action is low and very comfortable. The neck set is perfect and the frets look like this guitar was not played very much, as they are perfect. Clear trebles and a big deep booming bass sound, exactly what you need to drive your band. Very loud guitar - good volume. Just listen to this video clip of this guitar as played by by Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield VA. No one at your jam will have one like this - the company only built about 25 guitars. There is no pickwear - the guitar is mint except for a small scuff on the lower treble top. Comes with a nice hard case....USD $1400

camera icon 1994 Santa Cruz OM Guitar
(Serial No. 451) Very clean near mint guitar. Indian rosewood back and sides, cutaway Sitka spruce top, small tortoise guard, scalloped bracing, herringbone rosette and top trim, zipper backstripe, fully bound top, back, fretboard and peghead with grained ivoroid, ebony bridge and fretboard with small dot inlay. Peghead overlay is ebony with a pearl logo. Tuners are original Kluson style closed back with metal buttons. Nice low action, Neck set is good, fret are fine. 1 3/4 inch nut, V neck profile. Very strong sounding guitar as it has been opening up for over 20 years. The OM model is delightfully versatile. OM players range from blazing flat picker James Nash to John Mayer and Elvis Costello. The Santa Cruz Guitar Company OM provides clean, loud mid-range and trebles that are complimented by a slightly predominant bass. Very good for fingerstyle and contemporary flat picking work. Strap button added at the heel. Comes with the original very nice hard shell case....USD $3500

camera icon 2015 Waterloo WL14X TR Guitar
(Serial No. 458) Near mint condition. If you're looking at this, you're probably already familiar with this guitar, and have seen everyone from Jeff Tweedy to Julian Lage to St. Vincent to Bill Frisell using one live and in the studio. This is Collings's take on Gibson's "Kalamazoo" budget line of guitars that they put out during the Great Depression. The Waterloos are the same, though this one is the WL-14XTR -- which means, unlike the Kalamazoos of the 30s, it's been brought up to modern playability and tonal balance with a truss rod and X bracing (instead of ladder bracing). The X-bracing yields a little more bass response, volume, and sweet balance across all the strings than the ladder bracing used by the original Kalamazoos. Its about the size of an L00, 1 3/4 nut, very lightweight guitar, very alive, vibrant, responsive, and snappy sounding guitar with a nice low action. Has a spruce top with unscalloped braces, mahogany back and sides, rosewood fretbaord and bridge - whats not to like? All the good stuff coming to you in a small couch friendly package. It sounds like a good vintage guitar thats had time to open up, with a big open woody sound and strong volume. Its gig ready as it is fitted with a stap button and an active LR Baggs pickup system with endpin jack. Comes with the original Collings/Waterloo hardshell case, which is also very clean....USD $1750

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ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC ARCHTOP AND SEMI-HOLLOW GUITARS
camera icon 1964 Epiphone Zenith Guitar
(Serial No. 167003) Looking for cool, reasonably priced archtop to try out those jazz chords? Here is a mid 1960s Epiphone archtop, made by Gibson. Sunburst finish, 16-3/8 inch non-cutaway archtop body with F holes, dark finished solid maple back and sides, solid spruce top, rosewood fretboard with oval pearl markers, pearl logo and peghead inlay, reproduction Kluson style tuners with metal buttons, and trapeze tailpiece. The bridge and the pickguard are likely replacements. There are some seam repairs at the top and bottom edges of the back, and the usual nicks and dings of an instrument used to play music for 50 years. Just set up by luthier Jerry Ray so it has a nice playable action with a good jazz cut to the sound. Its a fun guitar to play. Comes with a cardboard case....USD $1000

camera icon 1957 Gibson L7C Archtop Guitar
(Serial No. A22740) Excellent condition, sunburst finish. 17 inch body with a carved solid spruce top, carved maple back, sides and neck, bound 25 1/2 inch scale Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with split parallelogram pearl inlay, top is triple bound, pearl logo and crown peghead inlay. All hardware and finish is original. The original pickguard was cut out and drilled for a pickup in the distant past. Excellent action and playability, with a sweet, wide open voice and looks to match. My luthier just set this up "old school" with flat wounds. One tuner is slightly bent but it works fine. There is a well repaired top crack on the bass side, also shows some finish checking all over, especially near the endpin. Comes with the original brown hardshell case....USD $4250

camera icon 1965 Gibson ES-330TD Guitar
(Serial No. 365908) Very clean near mint guitar. Has the ice-tea light tobacco sunburst finish, double bound maple body, neck joins body at 16th fret, bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, 2 P90 pickups with chrome covers, factory Bigsby tailpiece, ABR-1 tune-o-matic bridge with original nylon saddles, original pickguard. Headstock has the pearl Gibson logo inlay and original double line Kluson tuners with original buttons. Nut width is 1 9-16 inch and scale is 24.75 inch. no repairs noted, no scratches, nicks or dings. This is a clean guitar. These P-90s pickups can go from clean and warm to that classic rock and roll growl. Comes with a newer Epiphone hard case that fits perfectly....USD $3950

camera icon   2011 Gibson ES-335 1963 Block Reissue Custom Shop Guitar
(A31042) Excellent near mint condition. Has a Nashville label. The 1963 ES-335 Block Reissue accurately retains the original construction, with the solid maple center block for superb sustain and resistance to feedback, and arched laminated maple top, back, and sides for added hollowbody-like warmth. The glued-in quarter-sawn mahogany neck with long tenon has a one-piece rosewood fingerboard with a 12 inch radius and a width of 1 11/16 inch at the nut, along with classic 24.75 inch Gibson scale length. A period-correct hardware set that includes an ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge and lightweight aluminum stop bar tailpiece completes the 1963 specs, and has considerable sonic bite through a pair of humbucking pickups, which yield everything from rich vocal-like tones in the neck position, to impressive sting and grind in the bridge, to round, funky tones in between. This guitar will do all the 335 stuff you want and deliver it in spades. Excellent playing and sounding guitar. Just set up by luthier Jerry Ray. Comes with the original Custom Shop hard shell case and the Certificate of Authenticity. ....USD $3250

camera icon   1962 Gretsch 6117 Double Anniversary Guitar
(Serial No. 50563) Excellent plus condition. When I first opened the case, I thought this was a reissue - it is that clean. The original hang tags and guarantee in the case. There is NO binding rot, no fret wear, no playing wear, no pitting on the metal, and no repairs of any kind. Its a double-bound single cutaway body with laminated arched maple top, back and sides in sunburst lacquer finish, Gretsch trapeze tailpiece, Gretsch Arrow controls knobs, dual F holes and a gold backed Lucite pickguard. It is fitted with HiLoTron pickups in the neck and bridge with dual volume controls, a master volume control, 3-way tone switch and 3-way pickup selector switch. It has a two-piece maple neck with bound rosewood fingerboard, pearloid thumbnail inlays, and a 1 11/16 inch nut. Vintage Waverly open-gear tuners, 24.6 scale length. It is currently fitted with the original Gretsch Space Control Roller Bridge, and a later Gibson style Tuneamatic bridge is in the case pocket. I think the Gibson bridge gives better intonation. My luthier who set up the guitar says he doubts the truss rod has ever been tweaked. The guitar has a distinctly vintage sound and feel. The HiLoTron pickups sound beautiful with the hollow maple body and offer a very warm tone in the middle and neck pickup settings. Has the original hardshell case....USD $2150

camera icon 1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody (6120) Guitar
(Serial Number #20019) Excellent plus condition, bought from the second owner whose father bought it for him in 1959. All original hardware and finish. Very clean guitar showing minimal playing wear, primarily to the gold plating on the tuner buttons and pickup covers. Bright Cowboy orange finish with a maple top, back and sides with the G brand on the top. All electronics, finish and hardware are original. Original neck set with no binding rot. Single cutaway, Bigsby vibrato, horseshoe peghead logo, single mute with knob on the lower bout, painted on F holes, original signpost and Chet Atkins signature pickguard, unengraved block fretboard inlays, original metal nut, original compensating metal bridge, arrow G knobs, and two Dearmond pickups with gold surrounds. Serial number is stamped on the label inside. Plays nice, sounds killer. No buckle or neck wear, or any real playing wear - this one was taken care of. Plays and sounds great with that classic Gretsch sound that seems to only come with these original ones. Original white case with the Western motif tooled leather trim. Includes the very rare original cows and cactus Gretsch strap....USD $14,500

camera icon   1972 Fender Telecaster Thinline Guitar
(Serial No. 370551) Excellent minus condition. This is the classic Telecaster natural ash finish with double humbuckers and a maple neck. Has the transition logo with two patent numbers and a single string tree on the peghead. Neck is dead straight with a nice and slightly chunky "B" profile. Good rock and roll or Americana roots music guitar. Original hardware and electronics, with no repairs. I think the guitar was originally a color, and the color was buffed off to natural. Weight is 7 lbs even. Shows some minor edge wear on the neck and some picking wear on the face of the pickguard, and few minor nicks and dings. Just set up so it plays like butter. Has an excellent sound even unplugged. Good vintage Telecasters with no changes are getting harder to find and here's a chance to get a nice one - and it sounds good, too! Comes with the original hard shell case. ....USD $3250

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UKULELES, BANJOS, TIPLES, AND OTHER ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS

camera gif 1971 Martin T-28 Tiple
(Serial No. 284642) Think of a tiple as an ukelele with 10 steel strings. Tiples have been a custom order from Martin since the 1940s. If you have never heard swing jazz on a tiple you are missing a treat! Natural lacquer finish, solid spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides, ebony fretboard and bridge, original ebony nut. While not well remembered now, numerous small African-American string-swing ensembles of the 1930's and '40's made extensive use of these small but loud instruments for fast melody work and rhythmic strumming. Two of the best known were the Spirits Of Rhythm (featuring guitarist Teddy Bunn) and Cats and the Fiddle, where Tiny Grimes got his professional start. Overall length is 27 1/2 inches, and the nut is 1 1/2 inches. Has the typical nicks and dings of a well played instrument with some finish checking. A center seam seperation and a small top crack are glued and cleated behind the bridge. All hardware and finish is original. Neck is straight, frets are fine. Action is very playable, not quite 2/16" from the top of the 12th fret to the string. Plays well and has a good sound. Comes with the nice condition original shaped hard shell case. ...USD $1500

camera gif 1955 Gibson Style 1 Soprano Ukulele
(FON S1306 6) Excellent condition showing some very minor playing wear. The S in the order number on the inside dates it to 1955. Style 1 ukuleles have an all mahogany body and neck, rosewood fretboard with dot inlay, single soundhole ring, no body binding and a silkscreened Gibson logo in the headstock. Frets are good, neck set is good. Hardware and finish are original. No cracks or repairs are evident. Plays very easily with good action and has a sound much bigger than the size would lead you to think. Comes with a newer foam hard case. ...USD $750

camera gif 1956-1962 Martin Style 0 Soprano Ukulele
(Serial No. none) Excellent condition showing some very minor playing wear. Martin ukuleles do not have serial numbers so they must be dated by features. Hex peghead bushings were first used in 1956. The Martin stamp inside the uke does not include the words "Made in USA", which were added in 1962. Style 0 ukuleles have an all mahogany body and neck, rosewood fretboard with dot inlay, no body binding and a Martin decal in the headstock. Frets are good, neck set is good. Tuners are original, as is the ebony nut. No cracks or repairs are evident. Plays very easily with good action and has a sound much bigger than the size would lead you to think. Comes with a softshell case. ...USD $750

STEELS AND RESONATOR INSTRUMENTS
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camera icon   1935 National Style N Mandolin
(Serial No. 302) Early Style N with triangular body, single resonator and 14 frets clear of the body. Has flat F holes and a round neck with a bound rosewood fretboard. Shows some playing wear on the cover plate and a few nicks and dents, but nothing major. Original hardware and finish. Typical with Nationals, the neck has some bow in it and would need a reset to play up the neck in standard. But that not what you want this for - its very cool just like it is for slide work, especially slide blues. Think Sam Bush. Sam plays slide mandolin - check out his sound to see all the possibilities. Very loud with a unique sound. Comes with a slide and a Travelite style foam hard case. Consigned. ..USD $1500

camera icon   1985 OMI Dobro Model 60D-S Guitar
(Serial No. 2000) Excellent near mint condition. OMI period production. This is the classic square neck Dobro with the slotted peghead, trapeze tailpiece, two tone sunburst finish, upper screen holes, bound top and back, and three holes at the end of the fretboard. Set up for Dobro style playing with a high nut. Laminated mahogany body, chrome hardware, original cone. Comes with a nice hardshell case including a strap, picks, and capo for Dobros...USD $1100

camera icon   1937 National Duolian Guitar
(Serial No. none) Blues approved! Here is an old National Duolian that has seen its share of picking. Its been refinished with bronze colored spray paint, and the neck was refinished and a new decal added in the peghead. The good news is it has the original cone, the neck is set correctly, and it sounds awesome! Has the 14 fret body, original neck with rosewood or bean wood fretboard, solid peghead and rolled f-holes. These build characteristics date it to the 1937-1939 time frame, so I called it 1937. The serial number on the end of the peghead was lost during refinishing. The fretboard and frets are in good condition. Original cone and hardware. Neck is straight, neck set is perfect for slide and fingerstyle up the neck. It has the growl you look for in a metal body resonator. Comes with an old cardboard case....USD $2000

camera icon   1931 National Triolian Guitar
(Serial No. 1415P Patent Applied For) Blues approved! Excellent condition cosmetically, excellent condition soundwise. Has most of the original yellow brown finish with the Hawaiian scene silkscreened on the back. Early 12 fret body, original neck with slot peghead and flat f-holes. The fretboard is in good condition and the back of the neck still retains some of the original paint. Original cone and hardware. The front of the peghead has the National Triolian decal and the serial number stamp is on the end. No repairs evident. Neck is straight, neck and fingerboard have some wear, neck set is good. The guitar has the sound you are looking for in a metal body. Comes with a newer hard shell case...USD $3500

camera icon   1933 National Style 0 Guitar
(Serial No. S3896) Blues approved! Excellent condition cosmetically, excellent condition soundwise. This is a early Style 0 from the first years of production, with the etched palm trees, mountains and the canoe on the back. Has the 12 fret body, 1 3/4 inch nut, slotted peghead, flat f holes, original open back tuners, dot fretboard inlay, and a new Waterman cone. The original cone is included. Some minor wear and one minor dent on the top treble side. Frets are fine, neck is straight and in set. Pick guard is missing. The neck was reset and the guitar set up by luthier Harry Eibert. Plays perfectly with the sound you are looking for in a prewar National. Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $3950

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ELECTRIC GUITARS, BASSES, AND AMPS

camera icon   1965 Fender Jaguar Guitar
(Serial No. 107180) Nice pre-CBS Jaguar in sunburst, with pearl dots on the fretboard and binding. This is a great and great playing looking guitar, one of the cleanest 60s Fenders I have had. There is a very little fingerboard wear in the first few frets, but there is no buckle wear, no pick scratches, or other major bumps or dings. It has just a few minor edge chips in the finish. The three tone sunburst is nice and bright, with a strong red. All electronics were cleaned and work well. The guitar was just set up by my luthier Jerry Ray so it plays like a dream. All hardware and electronics are original, including the tremolo arm and the mute. The pickups are well matched and balance each other. Original 65 neck stamp, stamped a B width but its got more wood than you might expect. Original slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard with pearl dots and excellent original frets that were just dressed. Comes with the original black Fender hard case in good condition....USD $3950

camera icon   1972 Fender Telecaster Guitar
(Serial No. 347870) Excellent condition. This is the classic Telecaster in natural finish with the grain lines showing through. Has the black logo and single string tree on the peghead. Neck is dead straight with a nice and slightly chunky "B" profile. Has the original frets that have been dressed but are still playable. Completely original finish, hardware and electronics with the exception of a changed pickguard. No routes and no repairs. Pictures of the electronics and body/neck stamps are available, just ask. Light weight at 7 lbs 6 oz. Shows some minor edge wear and scuffing, just enough to be cool. Just set up by luthier Stephen Saunders who toured with major bands as a guitar tech for years. It plays like butter. Good 70's Telecasters with no changes are getting harder to find and here's a chance to get a nice one - and it sounds good, too! Comes with the original very beat case. ...USD $3800

camera icon   1972 Fender Telecaster Thinline Guitar
(Serial No. 370551) Excellent minus condition. This is the classic Telecaster natural ash finish with double humbuckers and a maple neck. Has the transition logo with two patent numbers and a single string tree on the peghead. Neck is dead straight with a nice and slightly chunky "B" profile. Good rock and roll or Americana roots music guitar. Original hardware and electronics, with no repairs. I think the guitar was originally a color, and the color was buffed off to natural. Weight is 7 lbs even. Shows some minor edge wear on the neck and some picking wear on the face of the pickguard, and few minor nicks and dings. Just set up so it plays like butter. Has an excellent sound even unplugged. Good vintage Telecasters with no changes are getting harder to find and here's a chance to get a nice one - and it sounds good, too! Comes with the original hard shell case. ....USD $3250

camera icon   1959 Gibson Melody Maker 3/4 Size Guitar
(Serial No. 924117) Here we have a 1959 vintage Gibson 3/4 size Melody Maker electric guitar. Great playing original 3/4 short scale single cut 1959 Gibson Melody Maker. This one includes the early and desirable fat single coil pickup. Original finish looks cool with just a small amount of well earned natural patina, a few little dings, and minor finish checking. Frets are good, neck is straight, neck set is excellent. Plays nicely with a low action as it was just set up by luthier Jerry Ray. It really does sound great plugged in and cranked up. These are a blast to play slide! At one time the guitar had Grover tuners; these have been replaced with a new set of Kluson reissues. Finish, pickguard, tailpiece and electronics appear original. No obvious repairs or finish over spray. No headstock repairs. Just a great little vintage piece that is a blast to play. Comes in the original gator print cardboard case.....USD $1300

camera icon 1965 Gibson ES-330TD Guitar
(Serial No. 365908) Very clean near mint guitar. Has the ice-tea light tobacco sunburst finish, double bound maple body, neck joins body at 16th fret, bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, 2 P90 pickups with chrome covers, factory Bigsby tailpiece, ABR-1 tune-o-matic bridge with original nylon saddles, original pickguard. Headstock has the pearl Gibson logo inlay and original double line Kluson tuners with original buttons. Nut width is 1 9-16 inch and scale is 24.75 inch. no repairs noted, no scratches, nicks or dings. This is a clean guitar. These P-90s pickups can go from clean and warm to that classic rock and roll growl. Comes with a newer Epiphone hard case that fits perfectly....USD $3950

camera icon   2011 Gibson ES-335 1963 Block Reissue Custom Shop Guitar
(A31042) Excellent near mint condition. Has a Nashville label. The 1963 ES-335 Block Reissue accurately retains the original construction, with the solid maple center block for superb sustain and resistance to feedback, and arched laminated maple top, back, and sides for added hollowbody-like warmth. The glued-in quarter-sawn mahogany neck with long tenon has a one-piece rosewood fingerboard with a 12 inch radius and a width of 1 11/16 inch at the nut, along with classic 24.75 inch Gibson scale length. A period-correct hardware set that includes an ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge and lightweight aluminum stop bar tailpiece completes the 1963 specs, and has considerable sonic bite through a pair of humbucking pickups, which yield everything from rich vocal-like tones in the neck position, to impressive sting and grind in the bridge, to round, funky tones in between. This guitar will do all the 335 stuff you want and deliver it in spades. Excellent playing and sounding guitar. Just set up by luthier Jerry Ray. Comes with the original Custom Shop hard shell case and the Certificate of Authenticity. ....USD $3250

camera icon   1962 Gretsch 6117 Double Anniversary Guitar
(Serial No. 50563) Excellent plus condition. When I first opened the case, I thought this was a reissue - it is that clean. The original hang tags and guarantee in the case. There is NO binding rot, no fret wear, no playing wear, no pitting on the metal, and no repairs of any kind. Its a double-bound single cutaway body with laminated arched maple top, back and sides in sunburst lacquer finish, Gretsch trapeze tailpiece, Gretsch Arrow controls knobs, dual F holes and a gold backed Lucite pickguard. It is fitted with HiLoTron pickups in the neck and bridge with dual volume controls, a master volume control, 3-way tone switch and 3-way pickup selector switch. It has a two-piece maple neck with bound rosewood fingerboard, pearloid thumbnail inlays, and a 1 11/16 inch nut. Vintage Waverly open-gear tuners, 24.6 scale length. It is currently fitted with the original Gretsch Space Control Roller Bridge, and a later Gibson style Tuneamatic bridge is in the case pocket. I think the Gibson bridge gives better intonation. My luthier who set up the guitar says he doubts the truss rod has ever been tweaked. The guitar has a distinctly vintage sound and feel. The HiLoTron pickups sound beautiful with the hollow maple body and offer a very warm tone in the middle and neck pickup settings. Has the original hardshell case....USD $2150

camera icon 1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody (6120) Guitar
(Serial Number #20019) Excellent plus condition, bought from the second owner whose father bought it for him in 1959. All original hardware and finish. Very clean guitar showing minimal playing wear, primarily to the gold plating on the tuner buttons and pickup covers. Bright Cowboy orange finish with a maple top, back and sides with the G brand on the top. All electronics, finish and hardware are original. Original neck set with no binding rot. Single cutaway, Bigsby vibrato, horseshoe peghead logo, single mute with knob on the lower bout, painted on F holes, original signpost and Chet Atkins signature pickguard, unengraved block fretboard inlays, original metal nut, original compensating metal bridge, arrow G knobs, and two Dearmond pickups with gold surrounds. Serial number is stamped on the label inside. Plays nice, sounds killer. No buckle or neck wear, or any real playing wear - this one was taken care of. Plays and sounds great with that classic Gretsch sound that seems to only come with these original ones. Original white case with the Western motif tooled leather trim. Includes the very rare original cows and cactus Gretsch strap....USD $14,500

camera icon   2011 Suhr Modern Pro Guitar
(Serial No. P2919) Near mint condition showing no playing wear. John Suhr has been building guitars since the 1980s in New York and California. Hes built guitars and amplifiers for many major artists, and for a time was Senior Master Luthier at the Fender Custom Shop. Heres a nice Suhr Modern Pro, built in 2011 in Lake Elsinore, California. The custom finish is called Charcoal Web. This is a modern Strat style guitar with an alder body, maple neck with a 24 fret maple fretboard, 2 humbuckers and a maple neck. The pickups are amazing - you can crank them up for a nice distorted sound, and then back off the volume control and they clean up beautifully. Has a nice sleek elliptical neck profile, balanced asymmetrical body, 24 fret neck, innovative neck heel and stunning graphics. Proprietary Suhr locking tuners and the Gotoh 510 tremolo bridge provides superior tuning stability. The Gotoh trem bridge can be easily set to be either free floating or can be locked down for a fixed trem. The guitar was just set up by my local luthier so it plays like butter. Comes with the original Suhr gigbag, including info on adjusting the Gotoh bridge and the original build sheet from Suhr. ....USD $2150

camera icon   1978 Fender Precision Bass
(Serial No. S864860) Not perfect but for a 40 year old bass this is in excellent plus condition. Custom color Antigua with a maple fretboard. No fret wear, very minor playing wear with the most significant being some edge wear near the endpin and a few vinyl strap marks on the bottom edge, no major dings or scrapes, no buckle wear, no routes, no changes of any kind. Almost no wear on the side of the neck. Original finish, hardware and electronics. Pots dates are obscured by solder, but they look original. The bass is completely straight under the guard. Weighs just 11.0 lbs on my digital scale. Just set up and it and plays fine all the way up the neck. Has the original black Fender hard case with the red orange interior. ....USD $2950

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FENDER NECK PLATES
camera icon   1959 Fender Neck Plate Number 40135
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camera icon   1965 Fender Neck Plate Number 111454
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camera icon   1966 Fender Neck Plate Number 146182
...USD $300

camera icon   1966 Fender Neck Plate Number 137758
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MUSICAL BONES
camera icon   Black Bart Bones
New. These are traditional cow rib bones made by Black Bart in Wisconsin. Bart boils, polishes and engraves the bones and ties them together with a leather thong. Heavier bones give a deeper sound and are good for jigs. All pairs of bones are approximately 6 inches long. Please click the link above to see the sets available. Sorry, no international shipping...USD $40/set(pair)

STRAPS
camera icon   Vintage 1960s Plant Leaf Design Guitar Strap
Original 1960s Ace style guitar strap as used by Hendrix, Page, and every other band during that time. Nice clean strap, fairly stiff, showing little use. Black leather backing with yellow and red background with a plant leaf design. Hint - what plant was popular in the 1960s? Black colored metal buckle and rivets on the ends. Black leather ends. Good condition, a good looking and functional strap...USD $125

camera icon   Vintage 1960s Ace Style Bass Guitar Strap
Original 1960s Ace style strap as used by Hendrix, Page, and every other band during that time. Wider three inch strap for bass. Black cloth strap with blue, red white and yellow colors in the design. Silver colored plated buckle and rivets on the ends. Buckle shows some rust or tarnish. White leather ends. No makers marking. Good condition, a good looking and functional strap....USD $100

camera icon   Vintage 1950s White Guitar Strap
Original 1950s white leather guitar strap. Definitely has that cowboy vibe going. Nice clean strap showing little use. Strap extends to 52 inches. The wool on the back of the shoulder pad is in excellent condition. Gold tone hardware shows some tarnish. Possibly a Gretsch strap. Excellent condition, a good looking and functional vintage strap....USD $100

CASES
camera icon   Teens Gibson Mandolin Case Key
Excellent condition. Fits teens Gibson mandolin cases, maybe others....USD $50

camera icon   1960s Gretsch 17 Inch Archtop Case
Nice clean case for White Falcons or other large archtops. Exterior is silver grey with white trim. Interior is maroon velour. No musty smells or interior stains. All latches and hinges work well...USD $500

camera icon   1930s Gibson Redline 17 Inch Archtop Case
I got this with a 1939 J35, and it was the case originally purchased with the guitar. Nice clean case for Gibson L5 or other large archtops. Exterior is black alligator print tolex. Interior is green felt. Shows some wear but no musty smells or interior stains. Original hardware. All latches and hinges work well...USD $750

LUTHIER SPECIALS

Are you searching the flea markets and antique stores every weekend for looking for old or cool instruments? Are you looking for something decent to fix up and play? On a tight budget and don't mind a little sweat equity? Keep reading for great deals! I get a lot of instruments in. Some need work or have significant wear or finish issues. Many are projects that I just do not have the time to get started, let alone complete. A few I've just had for too long and they need to go on down the road. Some are just cool wall hangers. These instruments are sold as-is. There is no approval period. I might look at a trade if its not another project. I'm not interested in low ball offers on these, as most are priced at my cost. Assume that they need work to make them right. You do get a good deal on the price!

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