MANDOLIN WORLD HEADQUARTERS, INC.

MANDOLINS, GUITARS, AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS
FOR SALE OR TRADE


UPDATE ON COVID-19 OPERATIONS
Mandolin World Headquarters is primarily an online and guitar show operation. As long as UPS, FedEX and the Post Office are operating, we are open for business! This enforced quarentine is the perfect time to work on your chops and to finally get that tune under your fingers. And what better way to get inspiration than a new-to-you instrument? We are continuing to buy, sell and trade quality instruments - please check out the selection below. And please, STAY SAFE!

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.
123 W. Bloomingdale Ave.
Suite 200
Brandon, Florida 33511
United States of America
Phone 804-937-4880
Skype ID: charlesjohnsonva

Viewing/visits/try outs by appointment only
My business phone hours are:
Monday-Friday: 11:00 am -10:00 pm East Coast time zone USA
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The following is the current "for sale or trade" list. Click on the instrument name to see pictures of the instrument. Click directly on any picture to load a very large image. 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.

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Sale/Trade List - Updated August 9, 2020
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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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MANDOLAS, OCTAVE MANDOLINS, MANDOCELLOS AND BOUZOUKIS: 
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OTHER MANDOLINS: 
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MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS: 
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  • 1960 Martin D28 Guitar, One owner guitar, excellent condition, big bluegrass sound, Brazilian rosewood back and sides
  • 1954 Martin 00018 Guitar, Excellent restored condition, nicely refinished except for the peghead face, plays and sounds great, priced right
  • 1961 Martin 5-18 Guitar, Excellent condition, all original, the "5" is the smallest size guitar Martin makes, plays very nicely with good tone and volume
  • 2018 Martin OM42 Guitar, Mint condition, pearl top trim, 1 3/4 inch nut, stunningly beautiful appearance, tone and playability
  • 1970 Martin 016NY Guitar, Excellent condition, mahogany back/sides, 1 7/8 inch nut, slotted peghead, 12 fret body
  • 2018 Martin D42 Guitar, Mint unplayed condition, pearl trim on top, snowflake inlays, scalloped advanced bracing, 1 3/4 inch nut
  • 2007 Martin D35 Guitar Nice clean guitar, plays easy, good sound, just set up, video
  • 1958 Martin 0017 Guitar, All mahogany, beautiful condition, plays like a dream, nice warm tone, good blues and fingerstyle guitar

GIBSON FLATTOP ACOUSTIC GUITARS: 
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OTHER FINE ACOUSTIC GUITARS:  
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TENOR GUITARS:
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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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PEDALS:
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CASES, PARTS, AND MISCELLANEOUS:
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  • Teens Gibson Mandolin Case Key, Excellent condition, fits teens Gibson mandolin cases, maybe others
  • Black Bart Bones, Made in USA, genuine cow bones for rhythm playing in old time and Celtic
  • 1960s Earth Tone Guitar Strap, Earth tone colors, similar to ACE strap
  • 1960s Ace Style Bass Guitar Strap,Somewhat rare wider vintage strap for bass guitar, mostly blue color
  • 1960s Plant Leaf Design Guitar Strap, Iconic 1960s design. Hint-what plant was popular in the 1960s?
  • 1950s White Leather Guitar Strap, Old style with thin strap and shoulder pad, possibly a Gretsch strap
  • 1960s Gretsch 17 Inch Archtop Case, Very clean, silver grey exterior/maroon interior
  • LUTHIER SPECIALS AND FIXER-UPPERS:
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    NOTE: If the listing shows "ON HOLD", there is a sale working on the instrument and it is NOT FOR SALE.

    GIBSON MANDOLINS AND RELATED

    camera icon  1921 Gibson A Mandolin
    (Serial number 67368 FON 11306) Excellent minus condition showing some playing wear. Sheraton Brown top finish with dark back and sides. No logo in the peghead as built, unbound fingerboard, original Gibson label inside. All finish and hardware is original. Shows some pick wear on the top in the pickguard area and some typical minor finish checking on the back but overall a nice solid mandolin. Plays easy with the great round hole tone. Excellent for Celtic, old time and jazz. Comes with the original hard case.....USD $1450

    camera icon  1923 Gibson A Mandolin
    (Serial # 74156 FON 11021) 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. Original Gibson label inside. The date on this one is a bit of a mystery, as the serial number appears to be 74156, but the factory order number rubber stamped inside is 11021 which crosses in the Spann book to a 1924 build date. The tuners with the fleur-di-lise decoration on the bottom plates are generally considered to be 1923. In any case, this is an excellent sounding and playing mandolin. It was originally built as a "A" model with no logo, truss rod, and bound top nd back. Finsih and hardware are original but missing the pickguard. Just set up by my luthier. Frets are fine and neck set is good. Its a nice loud mandolin in excellent condition, with excellent tone. Plays easy with a nice low action. Shows a little picking and case wear. Excellent for Celtic, old time and jazz. Comes with the original hardshell case. ....USD $2450ON HOLD for ND in WA

    camera icon  1928 Gibson A0 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 87742) Excellent condition. Original tight sunburst finish and hardware, Adirondack spruce top with an oval hole, flat back, dark stained mahogany back, sides and neck, original inlaid pickguard, white script silkscreened "Gibson" peghead logo, truss rod, clamshell tailpiece cover, original ebony nut. Strap button added at the tailpiece screw. These were used a lot in bluegrass as not everyone could afford a F5. Nice playing and sounding instrument with no issues. Shows a little playing wear as expected. All finish and hardware is original. Frets are fine, neck set is good, nice loud mandolin - excellent volume. Comes with a nice case.....USD $1450

    camera icon  1917 Gibson A1 Mandolin
    (Serial number 35137) Excellent minus condition showing some playing wear. Natural finish that has aged to pumpkin color, with dark back and sides. Has the pearl logo in the peghead, top bound only, unbound fingerboard, original Gibson label inside. All finish and hardware is original. Shows some typical playing wear but overall a nice solid mandolin. Plays easy with the great round hole tone. Excellent for Celtic, old time and jazz. Comes with the original hard case.....USD $1450

    camera icon  1917 Gibson A1 Mandolin
    (Serial number 32756 FON 3502) Excellent restored condition. Pumpkin top finish with dark back and sides. Has the logo in the peghead, top bound only, unbound fingerboard, original Gibson label inside. All finish and hardware is original except the bridge is a modern Loar replica and the mandolin is missing the pickguard. Shows very little pick wear, neck is straight, frets are fine. There are three small repaired back cracks, but overall a nice solid mandolin. Just set up by my luthier so it plays nice and easy with good volume and tone. Excellent for Celtic, old time and jazz. Comes with the original hard case.....USD $1200

    camera icon  1918 Gibson A3 Mandolin
    (Serial number 47697_fon1313) Excellent minus condition, white top finish. Norman Blake has a video out where he uses one. Plays very easy and has strong volume with a very balanced sound - this would be a good session instrument. Excellent for Celtic, jazz, classical, or old-time music. Neck is straight, neck set is good, and the frets are fine. The body finish is original. There is a small top crack that has been glued and cleated at the far edge of the bass side. This is not a stress area and should never pose a problem. All hardware is original incluing the hard to find white pickguard. Nice low action as the mandolin was just set up by luthier Richie Dotson. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. Comes with the original hardshell case.....USD $2250

    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....USD $2750ON HOLD for TL in WA

    camera icon  1918 Gibson A4 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 456299 FON 11129) Excellent restored condition. The A-4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson in 1919. It has a dark 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 but missing the pickguard. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle is good and the frets show very little wear. There is a long top crack that has beed glued and cleated by my luthier, and should not be a problem. However, it does lower the price. Shows the usual nicks and dings of an instrument used to make music for a hundred years. Action is low and playable and it has a good ringing sound. Excellent for Celtic or old-time music. Original hardshell case included.....USD $1750

    camera icon  1924 Gibson A4 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 78314 FON 11066) Excellent minus condition, true red sunburst finish. A straight original mandolin showing some minor playing wear. Snakehead A models from 1923-1925 are the most sought after of the Gibson A style round hole instruments, and for good reason. They sound great! This is the A4 which was the top of the line for the A style mandolins. Has the pearl logo and inlay in the peghead, fully bound, ebony fretboard with treble extension, reproduction Cumberland Acoustic adjustable ebony bridge, original tuners, tailpiece and pickguard. This is a classic Loar era instrument with the sound that you expect from this period. Just set up by my luthier so it plays smoothly with excellent volume and tone. This is just a great sounding mandolin - an excellent demonstration of why many pickers believe the snakeheads are the best oval hole mandolins ever made by Gibson. No major structural issues and the finish is original. Strap button added at the heel. Comes with the original hardshell case, also in very clean condition....USD $6250

    camera icon  1937 Gibson EM-150 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 200 C 18) Near mint condition with a sunburst finish. Second year of production. EM-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 $2750

    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 $1750

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    camera icon  1923 Gibson F2 Mandolin
    (Serial Number: 72627 FON 11758) Excellent minus condition. This is one of the best oval hole mandolins ever made by Gibson - a Loar era truss rod F2. The F2 was the next to the top of the line mandolin for Gibson. It has a true red sunburst, spectacular woods on the sides and back, pearl logo, bound top, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension, truss rod in the neck, and the original adjustable bridge. The back of the mandolin has tortoise binding. This is not shown in the Gruhn book, but I've had about a dozen Gibson mandolins from this era with tortoise back bu=binding, so I think there were at least a few batches that left the factory with this binding. The differences in a F2 and a F4 are cosmetic - the F2 has an unbound back, fingerboard and peghead, and simpler peghead inlay. The build is the same and it has the same sound - just less cosmetic trim. The action is good and the sound is excellent. BIG tone and volume! Nice woody sound from this mandolin with good bass. Neck is straight, neck angle is good and the frets show very little wear. There is some picking wear evident on the mandolin. Finish and hardware are original but it is missing the pickguard. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. Loar era scroll mandolins are hot right now and getting very hard to find, and prices are continuing to rise every year. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $4750ON HOLD for SL in NM

    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 $4400

    camera icon  1920 Gibson F4 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 62127 FON 11366) Excellent condition. True red sunburst finish. This mandolin was loved - the first owner sent it back to Gibson around 1922 to have a truss rod installed. Gibson also fitted the new 2 piece bridge and provided a new green lined hard shell case. Back then, when your instrument needed work, you sent it back to the factory. The local luthier as we know them today did not exist except possibly in the big cities. Gibson installed the truss rod right through the existing peghead inlay. This was common practice at Gibson for refits. The hardware and finish are original as seen by the Waverly tuners and the clamp mounted pickguard. The nice thing is you get the best of both - the slightly wider neck of the non-truss rodded instrument, but with all of the Loar era improvements. When I bought it, the rear seam behind the tailpiece was starting to open up. Master luthier Gail Hester perfectly reglued the seam and set up the mandolin. You cannot tell the work was done. The nice woods compliment the sound. This is a exceptionally good sounding F4 with that wonderful woody round hole Gibson tone, and it plays beautifully. Excellent for Celtic, jazz, classical, or old-time music. As mentioned earlier, it comes with an original early 20s Gibson green lined hard shell case. ...USD $5250

    camera icon  1922 Gibson F4 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 70515) Excellent condition. True red sunburst finish. This is a nice Loar era instrument. It is a transition model; it has the truss rod and original adjustable bridge, but retains the clamp style pickguard mount. Note that the truss rod access was cut right through the peghead inlay. Gibson did not waste anything - they had peghead overlays already prepared and just used up the existing stock. The nice thing is you get the best of both eras - the slightly wider neck of the non-truss rodded instrument, but with all of the Loar era improvements. Has a wonderful flamed birch 2 piece back and Adirondack spruce top. This is a exceptionally good sounding F4 with that wonderful woody round hole Gibson tone, and it plays beautifully. No repairs or refinish evident. It does show a little playing wear as seen in the pictures, but that is because it sounds so good, pickers played it! This was not a case queen. Excellent for Celtic, jazz, classical, or old-time music. Comes with an original early 20s Gibson green lined hard shell case. ...USD $7250

    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 $5500

    camera gif  2002 Gibson F9 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 20529090) Excellent condition showing some honest playing wear. Original hardware and finish Uniform brown lacquer with a satin finish. These are made by Gibson USA but with a thinner finish and lighter weight than the F5L. That contributes to the sound. 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, maple neck, sides and back, solid Sitka spruce top, tone bar bracing, and a hand-tuned tone chamber. Has the traditional Loar style flat unbound ebony fretboard with a V profile neck and a 1 inch bone nut. Pearl logo in the peghead. Body is top bound only in black. No pickguard as made by Gibson, which resulted in some pickwear near the treble F hole. You can see that the sound was played into this one - the finish is worn off the back of the neck in the upper positions. Very good sounding mandolin with good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. The F9 has the rep of giving all that great classic Gibson tone without the high price of their fancier cousins. Comes with the original shaped hardshell case...USD $3500

    camera gif  2007 Gibson F9 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 71024010) Excellent condition. Brown 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 black. No pickguard as made by Gibson. There is some kind of minor impression in the back of the peghead - it looks like the mandolin was laid on something hot. Very good sounding mandolin with good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. Just set up by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC so the mandolin plays like butter and has the signature Gibson chop - excellent bluegrass sound! Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. Comes with the original shaped hardshell case....USD $3500

    camera icon  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 original finish and hardware, including the original bridge which is in the case. 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. There are no cracks or breaks but it does show some playing wear on the side of the neck. 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...USD $2750

    MANDOLAS, OCTAVE MANDOLINS, MANDOCELLOS, CITTERNS, AND BOUZOUKIS
    camera icon  1917 Gibson K1 Mandocello
    (Serial No. 936045 FON 3506) Excellent condition. The Gibson Mandocello is one of the great under-appreciated instruments of the early 20th century. Originally designed for the 1910s mandolin orchestra, these imposing beasts never found another home in any other style of music despite being wonderful and unique-sounding instruments to play. Double-strung and originally tuned in fifths starting with a C below the low E on the guitar, the mandocello has an imposing tone and deep resonance unlike any other fretted instrument. The late Stan Jay described it as "the voice of singing whales". This particular instrument is tuned GDAE and is intended to be played as an octave mandolin. It could of course be restrung and tuned CGDA. This example is a wonderful sounding instrument and is set-up well with excellent action and playability. An invisible carbon fiber truss rod was added in the neck under the fretboard to ensure the neck will never bow. The top shows some minor sinkage under the bridge, typical of these instruments. The neck angle and bridge height are perfect, with a nice low action. All finish and hardware is original. Other than the addition of the truss rod, no repairs noted. Scale length is 24 3/4 inch and the nut width is 1 9/16 inch. Just set up by my luthier Richie Dotson. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. Comes with the original hardshell case which is in nice condition....USD $5250

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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 May of 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, since 1987 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.

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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.

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    OTHER MANDOLINS AND RELATED

    camera icon F5 Style Mandolin
    (Serial No. none) Excellent condition, dark red brown sunburst finish. There are no markings, either inside or out, to indicate who built this fine F5 style mandolin. I have to tell you, though, the person who built this mandolin knew what they were doing. This is not a part-time garage built hobby - it is a very fine professional grade luthier built instrument. It has a solid spruce top, parallel bracing, nicely figured solid maple maple back and sides, fully bound with multi-ply curly maple binding on the top, back, sides, fretboard and peghead, 1 1/8 inch bone nut, ebony bridge and a traditional flat ebony fretboard. The fretboard is very slightly scooped to eliminate pick click and to allow you to play in the sweet spot. The peghead is faced with ebony, and the mandolin has nickle Schaller tuners with pearl buttons, a nickle Eastman style one-piece tailpiece, and an ebony McClung armrest. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by luthier Richoe Dotson. Excellent sounding mandolin with strong volume and tone. Good bluegrass chop when needed. Comes with a nice hardshell case......USD $1950ON HOLD for MS in KY

    camera icon2017 Collings MT2 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 3818) Near mint condition. The MT2 has a full body sunburst nitrocellulose gloss finish, an Adirondack spruce top, flamed maple back and sides, radised ebony fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut, fully bound in ivoriod, and a pearl logo in the peghead. Has carved tone bar top bracing. Nickle hardware including the Collings one piece tailpiece. Collings mandolins are remarkably consistent. If you like the neck and the tone on one, you will like this one as well. Excellent tone and chop. Its a loud mandolin that was bought from a Nashville picker who used it in the studio. Very clean mandolin - you will be hard pressed to find evidence it was played as much as it was. Comes with the original TKL/Collings hardshell case.....USD $3150

    camera icon2005 Collings MF5 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 527) Near mint condition, blonde lacquer finish, built in Austin,Texas. Collings mandolins are built to the same high quality standards as their guitars. Most builders do not like to make blonde mandolins - without a sunburst, you cannot hide binding errors. They have to be perfect. Well, I don't know if this mandolin is perfect, but at least the binding is error free. Plays nice with good low action and sounds pretty good, too. This mandolin has a big, rich voice with great projection and a powerful chop - everything you'd expect from a Collings. Nice clean mandolin with an Adirondack spruce top and heavily flamed maple back and sides. Has a 1 1/8 inch nut and jumbo frets on the radiused ebony fretboard, which is shortened by Collings to eliminate pick click. Has a soft V profile neck. Fitted with the Collings one piece tailpiece. No repairs or other issues noted. Comes with the original hardshell case....USD $6450

    camera icon2006 Darren Craig Two Point Mandolin
    (Serial No. 3606) Near mint condition, dark red brown sunburst finish. This instrument was built by luthier Darren Craig in Hood River, Oregon. This is a two point A style with a hand-carved red spruce top, figured solid maple maple back and sides, 1 1/8 inch pearl nut, and a radiused and bound ebony fretboard. The fretboard is abbreviated to eliminate pick click and to allow you to play in the sweet spot. Has an ebony bridge. The peghead has a pearl logo, gold Schaller tuners and a Monteleone style one-piece tailpiece, and an ebony McClung armrest. Just set up by luthier Richie Dotson so it plays very well. Here is a short video clip click here of this mandolin played by Richie. Excellent sounding mandolin with strong volume and tone. Good bluegrass chop when needed. Comes with the original hardshell case......USD $2350

    camera icon2003 Dave Griffin Three Point Mandolin
    (Serial No. 803-19) Excellent condition, reddish sunburst finish. This instrument was built by luthier Dave Griffin in Colorado, who is known for his unusual builds. This is a asymmetrical three point A style with a hand-carved red spruce top, figured solid maple maple back and sides, 1 1/8 inch pearl nut, and a radiused and bound ebony fretboard, and a custom made flamed maple pickguard stained to match the top. Look at those cool F holes! The fretboard is abbreviated to eliminate pick click and to allow you to play in the sweet spot. Has an ebony bridge. The peghead has a beautiful and delicate pearl logo and flowerpot peghead inlay on an ebony overlay. Has nickle Schaller tuners and a brushed silver James tailpiece. Just set up by luthier Richie Dotson so it plays very well. Here is a short video clip click here of this mandolin played by Richie. Excellent sounding mandolin with strong volume and tone. Good bluegrass chop when needed. Comes with the original hardshell case....USD $2950

    camera icon1970s GTR F5 Style Mandolin
    (Serial #7921) Excellent condition. Although I've heard of these, I've never had a chance to play one until recently. GTR stood for (George) Gruhn, (Tut) Taylor and (Randy)Wood, and it was also the name of the original Gruhn shop. These GTR mandolins were handmade for George Gruhn by a foreman in the Moridaira guitar factory in Japan between 1974 and 1978. George indicates that less than 100 were made. This is a very nicely built mandolin, on a par with any upper end mandolin built in Japan and better built than most Gibson mandolins of similar vintage. It has a solid spruce top, solid flamed maple back and sides, ebony fretboard and bridge, and the GTR logo in pearl in the peghead. It's in great shape with just a few scratches, some fine cracks in the binding and some small chips in the binding, mostly on the points. No repairs noted or needed. It plays and sounds great with a nice low action and good volume and chop. This has some good pop. Gruhn designed this mandolin to carry his store name. He did not skimp on the materials or workmanship. Its a very high quality build. The neck is straight and the frets are in good shape. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Buck Buchheister of The Freightliners. Comes with the nice original hardshell case.....USD $3550

    camera icon05 John Hamlett A5 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 009) Excellent condition. John Hamlett (know as Sunburst on the Mandolin Cafe) has long been known in the Charlotteville VA area as a builder of fine mandolins. He put all of his skill into this one, and it shows. The instrument is has lacquer finish in a beautiful blonde with dark tortoise binding, and has a flamed maple back and sides, a red spruce Adirondack top, pearl logo, and an ebony bridge. Most builders do not like to make blonde mandolins - without a sunburst, you cannot hide binding errors. They have to be perfect. Well, I don't know if this mandolin is perfect, but at least the binding is error free. The flat ebony fretboard has an 1 1/8 inch nut and is shortens to eliminate pick click. It is also fitted with a custom made one-piece Hamlett tailpiece. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by local mandolin wizard Mark Robertson-Tessi. This is a top quality mandolin that will drive your music. Comes with a Travelite case.....USD $2800

    camera icon1917 Martin Style 6 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 5729) Excellent condition. This was next to the top of the line for Martin bowlback mandolins. Has fluted Brazilian rosewood ribs seperated by very thin pearl inlay, abalone trimmed top and soundhole, ivory trimmed cap, engraved plate rear mount tuners with Handel buttons. Looks like a small repair to the open arch at the top of the peghead, otherwise no repairs are noted. Stamped Martin on the back of the peghead. Original ivory bridge. All original finish and hardware. Neck set is good - this is a very playable mandolin. Comes with the original shaped case......USD $3300

    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   1930 National Style 1 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 302) Early Style 1 mandolin with triangular body, single resonator and 12 frets clear of the body. Has 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 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 $500

    camera icon1918 Vega Model 202 Cylinder Back Mandolin
    (Serial No. 35978) Excellent structural condition showing some playing wear. The serial number puts the manufacture date around 1918 - I might be a year off in either direction - there is no exact list of Vega mandolin serial numbers. The cylinder back refers to a cylindrical bulge running longitudinally along the back plate, from the tailpiece to the neck heel. This bulge increases the internal volume of the instrument. The result has been described as a compromise between the earlier bowlback mandolins and the more modern styles with relatively flat backs. This is a Style 202 with a mahogany body and a spruce top. Has and ebony fretboard and bridge. The bone nut is 1 1/8 on a flat fretboard. Has a nice herringbone style soundhole rosette and multi-ply top binding with single ply back binding. Original tuners and fancy engraved tailpiece cover. All finish and hardware are original. Excellent sounding mandolin with a sweet tone, not really a bluegrasser but it is excellent for recording or for just having a nice mandolin around. Good volume and tone. Comes with the probably original hardshell case.. ....USD $1500

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    ELECTRIC MANDOLINS

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    camera icon  1937 Gibson EM-150 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 200 C 18) Near mint condition with a sunburst finish. Second year of production. EM-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 $2750

    camera icon  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 original finish and hardware, including the original bridge which is in the case. 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. There are no cracks or breaks but it does show some playing wear on the side of the neck. 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...USD $2750

    MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS
    camera gif 1961 Martin 5-18 Guitar
    (Serial No. 179794) Excellent condition. This is the guitar model made famous by Marty Robbins and Dolly Parton. The "5" designates this acoustic's unique size, which is the smallest guitar in the Martin catalog. The 5-18 is actually considered a "Terz" guitar, a German tradition of guitars tuned a minor third higher. It has a 16 inch body length with a 21 1/2 inch scale and a 1 5/8 inch nut. The lower bout is 11 1/4 inch and the upper bout is 8 1/4 inch. Its just a bit larger than a baritone uke! The top is Sitka spruce with some bearclaw, back and sides are mahogany, and the fretboard and bridge are Brazilian rosewood. Binding is tortoise plastic. It has the usual nicks and dings of a guitar used to make music for over 50 years. All hardware and finish is original. No repairs noted. It is deceptively loud and balanced with great tone. The frets have a few minor grooves but it is far from needing a fret job. Neck set is fine and the guitar has a nice low action. Comes with a SKB molded case that fits perfectly.. ...USD $3450

    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 $3750

    camera gif 1965 Martin 00-21NY Guitar
    (Serial No. 203881) The Martin 00-21NY is as close as the 1960's Martin company got to making a 1920's guitar. The "folk boom" of the late '50's made the old-style 12-fret slotted peghead Martins fashionable among discerning traditional players, and several "New York" models were added to the line from 1962-1970. These were named to honor both the Martin company's original roots in that city and the strength and influence of the contemporary Greenwich Village folk scene. The blank fingerboard, satin lacquer finish, smaller rectangular bridge, and lack of a pickguard certainly gives it a more vintage vibe, but rest assured these models were intended for steel strings and work well with light gauge bronze. That doesn't mean this one wouldn't sound good with silk & steel strings, however, which would make for even easier string action, and it's very easy with the light gauge steel strings that are on it now. The tuners look like the Stew Mac exact replicas. Has a 1 7/8 inch nut. The nut, bridge (reglued) and bridge pins, and finish are all original. Nice Brazilian rosewood back and sides with a Sitka spruce top. No repairs or cracks. It does show some playing wear, with some fretboard divots in the positions near the nut and some pick wear at the edge of the soundhole. Nice low action well suited to fingerstyle playing. It has a bigger sound than is typical of a 00-21, with a lot more bass response. Comes with the original green lined hardshell case.....USD $5950

    camera icon 1954 Martin 000-18 Guitar
    (Serial No. 1139622) Excellent restored condition. Nicely aged spruce top and ribbon mahogany back and sides. Martin is supposed to have used Andirondack 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. Weighs almost nothing - this guitar is light as a feather. The guitar has undergone a complete restoration, including a complete refinish (except for the face of the peghead). The refinish is a excellent job - it was done in the original style nitro lacquer, and it is very thin - you can see the pores of the wood. Tuners were changed to new open back Grovers. The neck was reset and the frets dressed. Has a Martin C shaped neck profile with a roswood fretboard and the standard 1 11/16 nut width. The action was set low and comfortable with plenty of saddle left. No structural repairs noted. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Comes with a newer hardshell case.....USD $2950

    camera icon 1960 Martin D28 Guitar
    (Serial No. 172032) Excellent condition. This is an outstanding bluegrass guitar with all the punch you expect in a older Martin. Nicely aged Sitka spruce top and highly figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Bought from the family of the original owner. I was told this guitar and the owner were always right in the middle of the action in Central Park NYC in the 1960s. Every hippie who came to the park would wind up playing this guitar. No cracks or crack repairs - not even a guard crack. Has the standard 1 11/16 inch nut and an ebony fingerboard and bridge. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Plays easy with low action, neck set is fine, frets are good, neck is straight, and has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Has the expected finish checking, pickwear, and the usual nicks and dings of a well loved and much played guitar. Finish and hardware are original, including the Pat Pending Grover tuners. Strap button added at the heel. Comes with a green lined original hardshell case...USD $8950

    camera gif 2007 Martin D35 Guitar
    (Serial No. 1204284) Excellent condition. If you look closely you may some slight evidence of playing wear, but overall this is a clean guitar. Anything you see in the pictures that looks like a blemish is a reflection. Three piece Indian rosewood back, Sitka spruce top, multi-ply binding, ebony fretboard and bridge. Big Martin sound, neck is straight, good neck set, frets are fine. Nut is 1 3/4 inch. The action is fine and the guitar plays nicely. Just set up by luthier Richie Dotson. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. Comes with the original black molded Martin hardshell case with the brown interior. ..USD $2250

    camera icon 2018 Martin OM-42 Guitar
    (Serial No. 2251873) Near mint almost unplayed condition. Part of Martins re-imagined Standard Series, the OM-42 is the closest to the prewar guitars. The guitar has Indian rosewood back and sides and a forward shifted X-braced Sitka spruce top with scalloped bracing. There is abalone binding on the top, soundhole rosette, and around the fretboard extension. Fretboard inlays are snowflakes and Top binding and soundhole rosette is abalone, and the back is bound in multiply black/white with a zipper backstrip. The CF Martin name is inlaid in abalone in the headstock. Has the old style open back gold tuners with gold butterbean buttons. 1 3/4 inch nut on the ebony fretboard, with 45 style snowflake fretboard inlays and the CF Martin name inlaid in abalone on the peghead. The OM is a 000 size body with a dreadnaught scale length neck, which gives a comfortable body size for playing and the longer scale for more resonance and sustain. Its a spectacular instrument in both sound and appearance. Nice low action - plays like silk - with that famous Martin sound. Here is a short video clip of this instrument. Comes with the original Geib style case. You deserve to own a pearl-trimmed Martin at least once in your life!...USD $4950

    camera gif 2018 Martin D42 Guitar
    (Serial No. 2251876) Mint condition - looks unplayed. Near mint almost unplayed condition. Part of Martins re-imagined Standard Series, the D-42 is the closest to the prewar guitars. The guitar has Indian rosewood back and sides and a Sitka top with forward shifted scalloped X-bracing. There is abalone binding on the top, soundhole rosette, and around the fretboard extension. The fretboard inlays are snowflakes and the top binding and soundhole rosette are abalone, and the back is bound in multiply black/white with a zipper backstrip. The CF Martin name is inlaid in abalone in the headstock. Has the old style open back gold tuners with gold butterbean buttons. 1 3/4 inch nut on the ebony fretboard, with 45 style snowflake fretboard inlays and the CF Martin name inlaid in abalone on the peghead. 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. Comes with the original Geib style Martin hardshell case. Its a spectacular instrument in both sound and appearance. Comes with the original Geib style case....USD $4950

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    GIBSON ACOUSTIC GUITARS

    camera icon 1947-50 Gibson LG1 Guitar
    (Serial Number: none) Excellent plus example of Gibson's most popular post war small body flat-top guitar model. Its completely original and collector condition clean. The sunburst top finish and dark back and sides are original. Has a mahogany back and sides and a straight-braced spruce top, the small tortoise pattern teardrop pickguard, tapered headstock, small rectangular bridge, single bound top and single bound back, and the gold Gibson silkscreened block peghead logo. Nut is 1 11/16 inch. The guitar has no serial number (not uncommon for Gibson in this era) but it has the gold silkscreened logo that began in 1947 and the tapered headstock which was phased out in mid 1950. This shows the guitar was built between those dates. It is an extremely clean guitar that shows almost no use. There are no structural repairs or refinish noted; however, the neck was just reset by luthier Jack Dillen. The ladder bracing is the preferred sound for old time music. The original cardboard case just fell apart so it is furnished with a newer hardshell case...USD $2450ON HOLD for JJ in KS

    camera icon 1944 Gibson (Maple) Banner LG2 Guitar
    (Serial No. none) Excellent condition all original wartime example of Gibson's most popular small body flat-top guitar model. This guitar is probably either a 1943 or a 1944. Has the original sunburst top finish and dark back and sides. Has the rare maple back and sides and a x-braced spruce top, tortoise pattern pickguard, tapered headstock, small rectangle bridge, single bound top and single bound back, and the gold Gibson script peghead with the "Only a Gibson is Good Enough" banner. 1-3/4 inch nut with a chunky rounded profile, not the usual "half baseball bat" profile of most Banners. Very playable neck. The original open back strip Kluson tuners have new buttons. Great sounding guitar with a nice low action, as the neck was just reset and the bridge reglued. A small hairline center seam crack was glued and cleated. Completely solid and a great playing and sounding guitar. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Luthier Richie Dotson. Wonderful for ragtime or fingerstyle playing. Comes with a newer hardshell case
    ...USD $5950

    camera icon 1938 Gibson J35 Guitar
    (Factory Order Number 830D) Excellent condition. The J-35 was Gibson's answer to the Martin D-18 during the years 1937-1941. The Spann book dates this factory order number to 1938. Has a sloped shoulder dreadnought body with mahogany back and sides, Adirondack spruce top, maple bridge plate, original rosewood bridge and fretboard, and that cool fire stripe guard. Has the rare unscalloped three tone bar bracing. Original Kluson tuners. Has a big neck with a rounded V profile but not as big as a Banner. Nut is 1-11/16 inch. There is a ding and scratch about 4 inched long in the back it is not in the wood. No cracks noted. The bridge has been reset, probably due to the bridge sliding forward in the past. The top has aged nicely and collected a few light scratches, minor pickwear and moderate checking. No capo marks on the neck and just the slightest sign of divots in the fretboard. Action is fine, the neck has been reset so the set is good, the saddle is tall and and the frets are in excellent condition. The tone is warm, woody, and open. Comes with a period (possibly original) hard shell case. ...USD $14,000

    camera icon 1957 Gibson J-50 Guitar
    (Serial No. U658 26) Excellent condition with some pickwear. 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? Here is a short video clip of this guitar played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield, VA.Comes with the original brown gator print case....USD $5250

    camera icon 1967 Gibson J50 Adjustable Guitar
    (Serial No. 111763) Collector clean! Near mint condition showing almost no playing wear. Completely original. This is stamped inside as J50 Adjustable. This is possibly the cleanest 60s Gibson I have ever had - it is a true "under the bed" guitar. I think the slope shoulder Gibsons are about the best around for backing up fiddle tunes. I guess others think so too, as they are hard to find and hard to keep in stock. Desirable slope shouldered body style, spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Bridge is the early style adjustable with the wooden saddle. Has the narrower 9/16" nut. Good sounding guitar with a nice bass response and big full tone. Plays great with a nice low action as it was just set up by my luthier. Neck is straight, set is good and the frets look almost unplayed. Has the original tuners, original Brazilian rosewood bridge and fretboard, and the original pickguard. Comes with the original Gibson cardboard case, which is as clean as the guitar....USD $3250

    camera icon 1960 Gibson Country Western Guitar
    (Serial No. R692012) Excellent plus condition. The Country Western is the same guitar as the Southerner Jumbo but with a natural top. There are no structural repairs, and the neck has been recently reset by luthier Richie Dotson. The back and sides are mahogany, the top is solid Sitka spruce, bracing is tall and thin (similar to early Hummingbirds), fretboard is Brazilian rosewood with slotted parallelogram inlays in pearl, and the bridge is rosewood with a straight saddle. The Gibson logo and crown in the peghead are pearl. Neck is straight, frets are good. Finish and hardware are original. The action is nice and low. Shows almost no playing wear. This is a excellent sounding, nicely aged Gibson. Comes with the original brown hardshell case with a pink interior ...USD $5250

    camera icon 2015 Gibson Custom Shop Advanced Jumbo Luthiers Choice Guitar
    (Serial No. 10825028) Mint unplayed condition. This is a limited edition Custom Shop AJ. The label reads AJ Luthiers Choice and it has the custom shop logo at the base of the peghead on the back. 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 big powerhouse dreadnought that will work well for bluegrass, fiddle back up, or singer songwriter. Its a 14 fret slope shoulder dreadnaught, 16 inches wide, lighter sunburst finish on a red spruce (Adirondack) top, braces glued with hide glue for maximum response, dark natural finish on Indian (Mystic in the sales literature) 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 tenpin jack. Big sound and good bass, even though it looks pretty much unplayed. Here is a short video clip of this guitar played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield, VA. Very clean guitar - anything that looks like an imperfection is a reflection. Comes with the very clean original Gibson hard shell case.....USD $3250

    camera icon 1967 Gibson Heritage Guitar
    (Serial No. 905781) Near mint condition with a few small marks that show it was actually used to make music. This is a one owner guitar. The Gibson Heritage is definitely one of the sleepers of the Gibson line. Solid Brazilian rosewood back and sides, tortoise binding and a Sitka spruce top. Fretboard is ebony with the 1 9/16 inch nut that Gibson was using at that time. Neck is straight, neck set is good and the frets look almost unplayed. Has the original nickle Grover Rotomatic tuners. Nice original tortoise pickguard and multi ring soundhole rosette. Has the original upper belly ebony bridge. The adjustable saddle has been upgraded to a ceramic insert, which I believe gives a much better tone than the original ebony saddle. The guitar has a fabulous, true vintage vibe to it & produces a really warm, rich tone with good volume, making it a lot of fun to play. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played. Comes with the original hard shell case......USD $2500

    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 $11500

    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 $5900

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

    camera icon 2009 Nikos Apollonio Neptune Guitar
    Nikos Apollonio of Rockport, Maine has been custom building guitars, octave mandolins and bouzoukis since 1967 and has developed unique features and innovations, resulting in instruments of outstanding quality and tone. Nikos has made instruments for well-known performers such as Gordon Bok and Noel Paul Stookey. Nikos calls this the Neptune model, +/- D size but a more comfortable to hold shape. The guitar was custom built in 2009. The top is Maine red spruce, and the back and sides are old growth figured Cuban mahogany. The guitar also features an 1 3/4 inch nut, 25 1/2 inch scale, ebony fretboard and bridge, a custom soundhole rosette of rosewood and pearl, a State of Maine pearl headstock inlay, maple/rosewood/tortoiseshell body bindings, and Grover tuners with butter bean buttons. The neck is straight, the neck set is good and the frets are fine. One of Nikos' innovations is the ability to (slightly) adjust the neck angle by turning the screw in the strap button. Sounds crazy, but it works as I adjusted the neck myself. The combination of these tone woods and its robust size give it a large and interestingly well defined voice with unusual depth and power as well as smooth clarity. There is very little playing wear and no significant scratches or dings are noted. Overall it is a very clean and unique instrument. Comes with a nice hardshell case...USD $3450

    camera icon 2008 Breedlove CM Classic Guitar
    (Serial #8921) Near mint condition, not even a strap button added. This is one of the top of the line Breedlove Masterclass guitars. I play mostly vintage Martins, but I have to tell you this unconventionally shaped guitar is very, very good. Its about a 00/OM size with a 15 1/2 inch lower bout. Its designed for fingerstyle players, and the asymmetrical body gives a huge bass response and clear, crisp trebles. The top is Western red cedar, back and sides are figured walnut, binding is bloodwood,and all hardware is gold. These tone woods paired with the modern body shape make for an impressive acoustic voice as well as a very playable design with easy access to the upper register due to the sharp cutaway. The play feel is light and fast with a nice low action and the tone is full and well balanced. Nut is 1 3/4 inch, scale is 25 1/2 inch, fretboard and winged bridge are ebony, and the soundhole rosette is abalone. Comes with the original hard shell case. This is a top class, outstanding instrument in terms of playing and sound, and its sure to turn heads at your next jam!.USD $3750

    camera icon 2005 Collings C10G Custom Deep Body Guitar
    (Serial No. 10735) Near mint condition, anything that looks like a flaw is likely a reflection. Beautiful guitar with a German spruce top, pre-war style scalloped X bracing, dreadnaught depth body, tiger stripe pickguard, grained ivoriod rosette and binding, mahogany back and sides, and an ebony fretboard with a 1 11/16 inch nut, 25.5 inch scale and an ebony bridge with 2 3/16 inch string spacing. Has a medium-fat C shaped neck profile, and nickle Schaller tuners with ebony buttons. The Custom refers to the German spruce top, the ebony belly bridge, and the dreadnaught body depth. Also has the unbound "haircut" headstock with a pearl logo. Fitted with an endpin jack and an internal pickup. Strap button added at the heel and the guitar is fitted with an internal pickup and endpin jack. Big sound from this guitar. This is a smaller body guitar with a deep body for stellar projection. The sound is all Collings, with beautiful overtones along with bright mids & trebles & very surprisingly pronounced bass. The dreadnaught depth give more punch to the sound, and the German spruce top is a little sweeter and brighter than Sitka or Adirondack. Comes with the original Collings hardshell case.USD $3750

    camera icon 1973 Ferguson Model D Guitar
    (Serial #011) Dreadnaught guitar built by the Ren Ferguson Co. in 1973. Ren is known as the luthier who built many of the custom shop Gibson acoustic guitars. This is shown on the label as a Style 450 Model D and serial number 011. It was built by Joseph J Fallman (?-cannot read the last name), built while Ren has his own shop before Gibson. The guitar has Brazilian rosewood back and sides and a heavily bearclawed and tight grained spruce top. Tuners are marked Guild but appear original to the guitar. Nut is 1 11/16 inch and the neck is a comfortable D profile, sort of a V neck flattened on the bottom. There are several dryness cracks in the back. The original finish has some challenges - it appears to have worn off in some unusual places. The guitar plays well with a nice low action but the saddle is all the way down and a neck reset is in its future. USD $3000

    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 to Westerly, Rhode Island in the early 70's. Unfortunately, the Westerly Guild's never quite achieved the favored status of those made in Hoboken. This guitar has a 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 1980 Gurian S3R Guitar
    (Serial No. D1772) Excellent condition. Gurian guitars are considered to be some of the better handcrafted instruments from the 70s and 80s. In direct competition with other high end brands, Michael Gurian combined high quality workmanship with tooling and technical skill to create some of the finest guitars of his era and helped to pioneer the small factory guitar. This guitar about the size of an OM (just over 15 inches wide), with a Sitka spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides. Nut is 1 10/16 inch on the ebony fretboard. Gurian came from the classical guitar tradition and his steel-string models were ahead of their time in that there is no plastic or celluloid, with the obvious exception of the pickguard. The binding is maple, and all the purflng and rosette lines are wood as well. Strap button added at the heel. The Size 3 model has become a favorite for recording work thanks to the very balanced tone along with excellent power and sustain. This guitar will work well for either solo or accompaniment, with a nice low action and good playability. The guitar is fitted with and undersaddle pickup and an endpin jack. Comes with the probably original hardshell case with a couple of latches broken. ..USD $2250

    camera icon 1970s Gurian JR Guitar
    (Serial No. C1235) Excellent condition showing some typical playing wear. Here is one of American luthier Michael Gurian's J-R Jumbo Rosewood models made in the mid 1970's in Hinsdale, New Hampshire. Although he called it a jumbo, it is not as large as a Gibson J-200 but is instead more akin to a jumbo OM with the top being 15.5 inches across the lower bout. Gurian got his start building classical guitars and even though this is a steel-string guitar, it has a lot of classical elements such as the slightly rounder, less squared-off body, a plain fretboard and wooden binding. Has a Sitka spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides. The binding is maple and a fine rope-pattern purfling borders the top. The rosette features a herringbone center and wooden outer rings. Scale length measures in a 25.6", nut width is 1-5/8", and the neck has a comfortably asymmetrical rounded profile. Gurian guitars sound really good and they play very nicely. This example was obviously well loved and played and would be perfect instrument for someone looking for a robust but well-mannered fingerpicking guitar. The guitar is clean throughout and in excellent structural and cosmetic condition with a fast playing neck typical of Gurians. The tone of the guitar is deep, warm and rosewood mature revealing the clarity of each note. Gurians are rare high quality acoustics that have been played by pros like Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Pierre Bensusan and of course many others. As a side benefit, Gurians have the best label ever inside! It reads "Gurian Workshops, Earth, third planet from the Sun". Comes with the original blue lined hardshell case....USD $2250

    camera icon 1996 Jeff Henry LJ (Little Jumbo) Guitar
    (Serial No. 028) Excellent condition. Jeff Henry is the head luthier at Maple Street Guitars out of Atlanta, and has been building acoustic guitars since 1994. Even with this relatively early build, he figured out how to get the sound out of the wood. The LJ is a midsized guitar that responds well to fingerpicking and flatpicking. It has the sustain and presence expected from a lightly built instrument and responds well to the touch. It is a pleasure to play up and down the fretboard. Its about the size of a 000 Martin but shaped like a small jumbo. The back and sides are mahogany, the top is solid Sitka spruce, binding is tortoise, the nut on the rosewood fretboard is 1 11/16 inch, and the bridge is rosewood with a straight saddle. Fitted with an internal pickup and endpin jack. Strap buttom added at the heel. Pearl logo. Neck is straight, frets are good. Finish and hardware are original. There are no structural repairs. The action is nice and low. Shows minor playing wear but nothing significant. Comes with the original hardshell case.....USD $1250

    camera icon 1973 Mossman Great Plains Custom Guitar
    (Serial No. 73-252) My first "real" guitar was a Mossman. I still think they are outstanding guitars. Excellent condition with old growth straight grain Brazilian rosewood back and beautifully figured Brazilian sides (all sourced from Martin, as evidenced by the zipper backstripe), solid Sitka spruce top, ebony fingerboard with pearl dots, gold Grover tuners that appear original to the guitar, and an ebony bridge. Built pre-fire in the Winfield, KS shop (the Mossman factory had a devastating fire in 1975 which destoyed the companys considerable stash of Brazilian rosewood), 1 and 11/16 nut, low profile neck, ivoroid binding, B/W/B purfling and that GREAT strong Mossman sound, very good condition overall, and signed on the label by all the craftsmen that worked on it. Finish and hardware is all original with no repairs noted. Shows some minor finish checking. Stu Mossman was a builder 20 years ahead of his time, with some early innovations: bolt on neck, low profile necks, mortoise and tenon neck joints, and an attention to quality that was not prevelant in other American guitar factories in the early 70s  which many regard as the dark years for certain American brands. Mossmans were hand built, very high quality guitars. Excellent action and playability, as the neck was just reset and the guitar was set up by Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield VA. Here is a video clip of this guitar as played by Richie. This is an excellent US made bluegrass guitar with lots of volume and tone. Why play the same thing everyone else has? Comes with a very clean blue lined probably original hard case......USD $7500ON HOLD for a little while...

    camera icon 1976 Mossman Tennessee Flat Top Guitar
    (Serial No. 76-2325) 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. I suspect the neck has been reset as the action is nice and low with a nice tall saddle that can be lowered if desired. This is an excellent vintage hand built US made bluegrass guitar with lots of volume and tone. Why play the same thing everyone else has? Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $2150

    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. Here is a link to a video of the instrument.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 $4000

    camera icon 2012 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Guitar
    (Serial No. 6512) Very clean near mint guitar. Dreadnaught body size, Sitka top with a factory custom cutaway with advanced, scalloped X-bracing for powerful bass, complemented by the clear tone and definition of master grade Mahogany in the back and sides. Other features include a small tortoise guard, 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 Brazilian rosewood with a pearl logo. Tuners are original Waverly open back style with metal buttons. Nice low action, Neck set is good, fret are fine. 1 11/16 inch nut, 25 1/2 scale, V neck profile. Very strong sounding guitar that Santa Cruz calls "tonally equal and technically superior to the most respected Pre-War guitars". That is a pretty strong claim, but this IS a powerful guitar with beautiful tone. Strap button added at the heel. Fitted with a L.R. Baggs pickup system with controls at the soundhole and an endpin jack. Comes with a newer hard shell case......USD $5000ON HOLD for RA in NC

    camera icon 2010 Whitney 000 Concert Guitar
    (Serial No. 04) Mint unplayed condition. What a delightful small body! I've never heard of Whitney guitars, but I can tell you that whoever built this guitar knew what they were doing. The workmanship is impeccable. Its the size of a Martin 000 with a 15 inch lower bout. The back and sides are spectacular flamed Koa wood, top is very fine grained and silked Sitka, the fretboard, bridge and binding are all Indian rosewood. Has a 1 3/4 inch nut and a 24.9 inch scale. I think Koa wood guitars have the punch of rosewood and the woody tone of mahogany. Its the best of both. This guitar has a full, lush sound, and is perfect for finger picking. Comes with a nice hardshell case....USD $2950

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    ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC ARCHTOP AND SEMI-HOLLOW GUITARS
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    camera icon 1970 Gibson ETG-150 Guitar
    (Serial No. 901305) Excellent condition with one repair. The ETG is the same body as the ES-150, but fitted with a four string tenor neck and corresponding hardware. All hardware and finish is original. The tenor guitar was initially developed in the mid to late 1920s. Tenor guitars enabled players of the four-string tenor banjo to double on guitar without having to learn the six string guitar. The tenor guitar can be considered to be a transition instrument between Dixieland banjo and the six string swing guitar, particularly as it started to outpace the tenor banjo in popularity, towards the end of the 1920s. The usual tenor tuning is CGDA, but I've seen these tuned GDAE and GDAD and played as an octave mandolin. The guitar has a cherry sunburst finish on the spruce top, X bracing, maple backs and sides, and an ebony bridge and fretboard. Missing the pickguard. It is fitted with a stock Gibson P-90 pickup and a side jack. There is a very well repaired peghead crack that is almost unnoticeable. The seller indicates it was repaired over a decade ago and has never moved. This is an excellent sounding and playing guitar, well suited to give some unique flavor to your music. Comes with a RoadRunner gig bag.....USD $2100

    UKULELES, BANJOS, TIPLES, AND OTHER ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS

    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   1930 National Style 1 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 302) Early Style 1 with triangular body, single resonator and 12 frets clear of the body. Has 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 to be addressed 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   1930-33 National Duolian Guitar
    (Serial No. C267 Patent Pending) Blues approved! Excellent condition cosmetically, excellent condition soundwise. Its hard to date Nationals exactly. This one is in the 1930-1933 time frame due to the features. Has the original cool grey/green Duco crystal finish that has turned black with age in some areas and shows playing wear all over. Has the 12 fret body, original neck, slot peghead and the pre-1933 flat f-holes. The tuners might be original but I suspect they are modern Stewart-Macdonald reproductions, which work fine; the rest of the hardware is original. The fret board is in good condition. Its been refretted and the neck was reset at that time. I have not had the instrument apart but I was told by the seller that the cone is original. The front of the peghead is stamped National Duolian and the serial number stamp is on the end along with the words Patent Pending. No repairs noted. Neck is straight, neck set is excellent, and the guitar has the sound you are looking for in a metal body. It plays very nicely - it was just set up by my luthier. Comes with the original very beat hard shell case. ...USD $3500

    camera icon   1930-33 National Duolian Guitar
    (Serial No. C3720 pat pending) Blues approved! Excellent condition. Its hard to date Nationals exactly. This one is in the 1930-1933 time frame due to the features. Has the original cool grey/green Duco crystal finish on the top and sides, and the back has been painted grey to match the undercoat on the top. Has the 12 fret body, original neck, slot peghead and the pre-1933 flat f-holes. The tuners are modern Stewart-Macdonald reproductions, which work fine; the rest of the hardware is original. The fretboard is in good condition. Its been refretted and the neck was reset at that time. I have not had the instrument apart but I was told by the seller that the cone is original. The front of the peghead is stamped National Duolian and the serial number stamp is on the end. No repairs noted. Strap button added at the heel. Neck is straight, neck set is excellent, and the guitar has the sound you are looking for in a metal body. It plays very nicely - it was set up by luthier Jerry Ray. Comes with a newer hard shell case. ...USD $3500

    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

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    ELECTRIC GUITARS, BASSES, AND AMPS

    camera icon   1959 Gretsch 6120 Guitar
    (Serial Number #29395) Excellent condition. All original hardware and finish. Very clean guitar showing normal playing wear, primarily to the gold plating on the tuner buttons and pickup covers. Bright Cowboy orange finish with a maple top, back and side. This is the third genration 6120 per the Jay Scott book, as it has the zero fret, the Patent Applied For Filter Tron picks, the etched pickup mounting rings, and the Bigsby B-6 nickle-plated vibrato tailpiece. All electronics, finish and hardware are original. Original neck set with no evident binding rot. Single cutaway, horseshoe peghead logo, single mute with knob on the lower bout, real F holes, original signpost pickguard, unengraved thumbprint fretboard inlays, bone nut, original metal bar bridge, arrow G knobs, and two FilterTron pickups stamped Patent Applied For with etched 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. Here is a short video clip of this instrument. Comes with the original white case with the Western motif tooled leather trim and the Gretsch certificate and OK card....USD $8900

    camera icon  1967 Gretsch 6122 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Guitar
    (Serial No. 118170) Excellent plus condition. When I first opened the case, I thought this might be a reissue - it is that clean. There is NO binding rot, no fretwear, very little wear on the metal, and no repairs of any kind. Its a triple-bound double cutaway body with laminated arched maple top, back and sides, in walnut brown finish. It is fitted with FilterTron pickups in the neck and bridge with dual volume controls, a master volume control, 3-way tone switch, 3-way pickup selector switch, and a string damper with lever action knob. Gretsch's FilterTron pickups are a hum-cancelling design, built with larger magnets and polepieces than Gibson's PAFs, for a thicker, more powerful tone. The twin bobbins are more closely spaced and wound with less wire as well, to avoid the loss of high frequency response. The 15 fret neck joint allows superior access to the highest frets, and the painted faux soundholes reduces feedback over conventional archtop bodies. Finally, the detachable back pad prevents buckle wear, and covers an access panel which makes maintenance a snap, literally. It has a maple neck with bound rosewood fingerboard, pearloid thumbnail inlays, and a 1 11/16 inch nut. Alos has vintage Grover Imperial tuners with kidney bean buttons and a 24.6� scale length. The guitar has a distinctly vintage sound and feel. The tonal range is exceptionally versatile, from rockabilly to bop, and the action is smooth and low over fine original frets. The FilterTron pickups sound beautiful with the hollow maple body and offer a very warm tone in the middle and neck pickup settings. Has the original very clean hardshell case....USD $3250

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    PEDALS, EFFECTS AND KEYBOARDS
    camera icon   Dunlop Jimi Hendrix System Octave Fuzz Pedal
    Specially modified circuitry in the Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Octave Fuzz Pedal adds an octave overtone to the fundamental fuzz effect. This gives the unique edge heard on many of Jimi's solos. The Octave Fuzz Pedal features 2 external control knobs: volume and tone. A red LED indicates when unit is on. Requires AC adapter or 9-volt battery. No box. ...USD $100

    camera icon   BBE Mind Bender Pedal
    The BBE Mind Bender successfully combines two pedals into one vibrato/chorus that leaves a small footprint on your pedal board. With a Bucket Brigade Delay circuit to make a lush chorus and a classic vibrato sound, the Mind Bender delivers both consistency and ruggedness as well as that elusive vintage analog chorus/vibrato sound. If you want a pedal that can make sounds ranging from the subtle, like a gentle pulsation, to the absolutely wild, like ray gun effects, check out the Mind Bender. Requires AC adapter or 9-volt battery. Original box. ...USD $60

    camera icon   Roger Mayer Rocket FX Classic Fuzz Face Pedal
    Roger Meyer built the original "Octavia" fuzz box for Hendrix. After Jimi's death, he decided to offer the same fuzz box in a classic spaceship housing. Runs on 9V batteries. No box......USD $200

    camera icon   Digitech DF-7 Distortion Factory Pedal
    Features a mid scoop and seven-mode distortion modeling all housed within an immensely durable pedal, the Digitech DF-7 Distortion Factory is an entire cadre of metal tones in a compact package. Able to go from a trebled high-end attack to a searing, gain-laden assault, this pedal is perfect for thrash, speed, or death metal. No box....USD $50

    TUNERS AND BUTTONS
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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
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    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

    LUTHIER SPECIALS

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