MANDOLIN WORLD HEADQUARTERS, INC.

MANDOLINS, GUITARS, AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS
FOR SALE OR TRADE


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

Charles Johnson, Owner
Mandolin World Headquarters, Inc.
123 W. Bloomingdale Ave.
Suite 200
Brandon, FL 33511
United States of America
Phone 804-937-4880
Skype ID: charlesjohnsonva

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

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Sale/Trade List - Updated November 11, 2019
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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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  • 1925 Gibson A Junior, Loar era snakehead, no cracks or repairs, excellent tone and volume, just set up
  • 1923 Gibson F2, All original mandolin in beautiful shape, missing the pickguard, strong sound, video
  • 1920 Gibson A2, Nice straight mandolin, all there, no repairs, just set up, big oval hole sound
  • 1921 Gibson A2, Excellent condition with a repaired back crack, big oval hole volume and tone, great session instrument at a good price.
  • 1924 Gibson A4 Snakehead, Excellent condition, top of the line for Gibson A models, clean straight mandolin
  • 1921 Gibson A, Excellent condition showing some playing wear, just set up, paddle peghead, no repairs, good session mandolin
  • 1922 Gibson F4, Excellent condition, all original, Loar era, nice woods, truss rod and adjustable bridge
  • 1920 Gibson F4, Excellet contion, truss rod added by Gibson in the 1920s, sweet sounding powerful mandolin
  • 1920 Gibson A, Excellent condition, all original, brown top, very minor playing wear
  • 1923 Gibson A1, Snakehead, black top, solid good sounding mandolin, excellent session mandolin, missing the guard, just set up
  • 1923 Gibson A2 Snakehead, Black top, bound back, pearl logo, same as the A2Z except for black top, well played, great sounding mandolin
  • 1913 Gibson A4, Very clean, played in a mandolin orchestra for years, perfectly set up
  • 1915 Gibson F4, Red sunburst, beautiful flamey one piece back, inlaid Handel tuners, very pretty and good sounding mando
  • 1940 Gibson F4, Unusual factory F7 fingerboard board with Nick Lucas inlays, clean
  • Teens Gibson Mandolin Case Key, Excellent condition, fits teens Gibson mandolin cases, maybe others

MANDOLAS, OCTAVE MANDOLINS, MANDOCELLOS AND BOUZOUKIS: 
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OTHER MANDOLINS: 
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MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS: 
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  • 2012 Martin D45 Custom Shop, Mint unplayed condition, Madagascar rosewood, pearl trim everywhere, top of the Martin line
  • 1951 Martin 0017 , Yes I have two! All mahogany guitar, neck just reset, no repairs, very warm and bluesy tone with good volume
  • 1934 Martin 0017, Nice condition, no cracks, neck just reset, 1 3/4 inch nut on the V profile neck
  • 2015 Martin OM28 Authentic 1931, Mint unplayed condition, Madagascar rosewood/Adirondak, 1931 specs
  • 2016 Martin D42, Mint unplayed condition, pearl trim on top, snowflake inlays, scalloped advanced bracing, 1 11/16 nut
  • 2014 Martin D18, Near mint, just set up, built by Martin with advanced and scalloped braces, strong sounding guitar, video
  • 2007 Martin D35 Nice clean guitar, plays easy, good sound, just set up, video
  • 1992 Martin HD28, Excellent condition, very strong sounding guitar, fitted with an under saddle pickup and endpin jack, video
  • 1947 Martin 017, Well played but no repairs or cracks, neck just reset, beautiful action, video
  • 1951 Martin 0017, All mahogany guitar, neck just reset, no repairs, very warm and bluesy tone with good volume
  • 1958 Martin 0017, All mahogany, beautiful condition, plays like a dream, nice warm tone, good blues and fingerstyle guitar
  • 1948 Martin 00018, Nice clean guitar, Adirondack top
  • 1955 Martin 00018, Nice silking in the spruce top, clean guitar, plays very well, good sound
  • 1996 Martin OM28V, Excellent condition, vintage reissue series, 1 3/4 inch nut, Sitka top with herringbone, scalloped bracing, Indian rosewood back and sides, video
  • 1971 Martin D18, Very clean guitar, recent neck set, clean blue case
  • 1966 Martin D28, Old growth straight grain Brazilian rosewood, very clean, neck just reset, plays nice and low, loud guitar

GIBSON FLATTOP ACOUSTIC GUITARS: 
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  • 1964 Gibson J-200 , Exce;;ent plus condition, blonde, highly flamed wood, all original, video
  • 1963 Gibson J-50 Adj., Excellent condition, no issues, adjustable bridge, just set up, good sounding and playing guitar
  • 1938 Gibson J35, Clean guitar, from my personal collection, sunbust slope shoulder dreadnaught, firestripe guard, 3 unscalloped braces
  • 1964 Gibson Country Western, Excellent but well played condition, recent neck set and refret, same as a Southern Jumbo but natural top, video
  • 1947-50 Gibson LG1, Very clean guitar showing almost no playing wear, completely original
  • 1941 Gibson L00, Well played road warrior, excellent sounding guitar, no repairs, 1 11/16 inch nut
  • 2015 Gibson Custom Shop Luthiers Choice Advanced Jumbo, Mint condition, red spruce top, braces glued with hide glue, 1.75 inch nut, has a pickup
  • 1964 Gibson LG1, Excellent condition, sunburst, traditional ladder bracing, great sound for old-time
  • 2001 Gibson Custom Shop Red Spruce Stage Advanced Jumbo, Near mint condition, I think the AJ is the best guitar Gibson currently makes, has a pickup, video
  • 1964 Epiphone FT30 Callabreo Made by Gibson, similar to the LGO, all mahogany body, tortoise binding, ladder braced
  • 1966 Gibson J200, Excellent condition, think Nashville Skyline tone, all original classic Gibson
  • 1936 Gibson L00, Structurally fine, good sounding guitar, good looking guitar, couple minor repairs, 1 3/4 inch nut, just set up, used professionally in the studio
  • 1957 Gibson J50, Well played but really good condition other than some playing wear, perfect frets and neck set, plays nice, big sound
  • 1938 Gibson L00, 14 fret body, sunburst finish, fire stripe pick guard, 1 3/4 inch nut, V profile neck, bridge reglued, just been set up
  • 1951 Gibson LG3, Natural top version of the LG2, X braced solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, plays easy, no repairs
  • 1945 Gibson Southern Jumbo, Banner peghead, all original, repaired heel

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

ARCHTOP AND SEMI-HOLLOW GUITARS, ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC:
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  • None at this time

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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    • None at this time

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    GIBSON MANDOLINS AND RELATED

    camera icon  1925 Gibson A Junior Mandolin
    (Serial #81736) Loar era snakehead. Excellent minus condition, Sheraton Brown top finish with dark back and sides. Looking for a good mandolin for fiddle tunes or sessions? This is it! Lots of volume in this one! The "A Junior" model was the entry level mandolin for Gibson. Even so, these are excellent instruments. They do not have body or fingerboard binding, and the truss rod is not adjustable. Then again, all Gibson mandolins prior to 1922 didn't even have truss rods. Where it counts, however - all solid woods, carved spruce top, carved birch back and sides - its the same mandolin as the higher grade versions. All hardware and finish is original. Missing the pickguard. Shows some playing wear but no cracks or repairs are evident. Recent professional setup. No logo on the peghead as made by Gibson. Neck is straight and the frets are in good shape. Plays nice and has a good ringing sound. Excellent for Celtic or old-time music. Nice newer hardshell case included....USD $1750

    camera icon  1920 Gibson A Mandolin
    (Serial #61368 FON 11306) Excellent condition, Sheraton Brown top finish with dark back and sides. Peghead is blank as made by Gibson, but it has the original Gibson label inside. Top bound only. All hardware and finish is original showing a little playing wear. Neck is straight, the frets are in good shape, and the tuners work well. Original tailpiece and cover. Fitted with a Gibson post-1922 pickguard. The mandolin plays and sounds great. Just partially refretted and set up by my luthier Richiwe Dotson so the action is low and playable. Has a round ringing tone with good volume. Excellent for Celtic or old-time music. Original 1930's Gibson hardshell case included....USD $1250

    camera icon  1921 Gibson A Mandolin
    (Serial number 69310 FON 11488) 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 are original except missing the pickguard. Frets are good, neck is straight, no top sinkage, tuners work well. Shows some pick wear on the top in the pickguard area and some typical minor finish checking, but overall a nice solid mandolin. Plays easy with the great round hole tone. Just set up by my luthier. Excellent for Celtic, old time and jazz. Comes withthe original hard case.....USD $1250

    camera icon  1923 Gibson A1 "Snakehead" Mandolin
    (Serial # 74245 FON 11952) Excellent condition. Snakeheads are considered the best sounding of Gibson oval hole mandolins, as they ring out and punch well. Black top finish and a brownish back and sides. No logo as made but it does have the original Gibson label inside. Bridge, tail piece and tuners are original with the fleur-di-lise backing plates and ivoriod buttons. Missing the pickguard. Just set up by my luthier Richie Dotson. Frets are fine and neck set it good. Shows some playing wear as well as a few nicks and dings, but overall a nice solid mandolin. Plays easy with the great round hole tone. Excellent for Celtic, old time and jazz. Comes with a original hardshell case....USD $3100

    camera icon  1920 Gibson A2 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 55911) Excellent condition, Sheraton brown top finish, dark brown back and sides, bound top, back and fingerboard, pearl logo, ebony fretboard and new Loar replica bridge from Richie Dotson. Excellent tone and volume, plays nicely as it was just set up by my luthier. No repairs or refinish noted. Neck is straight, frets are fine, all original finish and hardware including the pickguard. Has the usual nicks and dings of a mandolin used to make music for 90 years. Big open woody round hole sound. Comes with the original hardshell case.....USD $1500

    camera icon  1921 Gibson A2 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 68491 FON 11422) Excellent condition, Sheraton brown top finish, dark brown back and sides, bound top, back and fingerboard, pearl logo, ebony fretboard and new Loar replica bridge from Cumberland Acoustic. Excellent tone and volume, plays nicely as it was just set up by my luthier. A back crack was professionally repaired, neck is straight, frets are fine, all original finish and hardware. Missing the pickguard. Has the usual nicks and dings of a mandolin used to make music for 90 years. Big open woody round hole sound. Comes with the original hardshell case. ...USD $1250

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

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

    camera icon  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 A1 Mandolin
    (Serial No. none) This could be as early as 1937 or as late as 1941. With no serial number it is hard to pinpoint an exact date, however they were only made for a few years. Nice original wide body mandolin. These came in two versions - the A50 which was a little fancier and the A1, which is the mandolin presented here. The difference was in the trim levels. This mandolin has the original sunburst finish, a beautiful birdseye maple back, sides and neck, and an ebony fingerboard with a silkscreened script logo. All hardware and finish is original except the endpin button. Tuners are correct type Klusons with the hexagon bushings. 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 set up by luthier Richie Dotson. Plays like silk and has a good chop. These were used extensively in bluegrass as they were more affordable than the F5 but still a good mandolin. Comes with a newer hardshell case that fits well....USD $1500

    camera icon  1937 Gibson A50 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 1992F-21) Nice original wide body mandolin. Has an original sunburst finish, highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, ebony fingerboard with Lucas style inlays and the "thick" pearl peghead Gibson logo and fleur-di-lise. Has the original tailpiece cover but is missing the pickguard, however the pickguard mounting hardware is in the case. Tuners are correct type Klusons but are a little later wartime era with riveted gears. Looks like it might have had Grover tuners on it at one time. At 14 1/2 inches, these are the longest scale mandolins ever made by Gibson. Frets and neck set are good and the mandolin was and set up by luthier Jerry Ray. Plays like silk and has a good chop. These were used extensively in bluegrass as they were more affordable than the F5 but still pretty fancy. Comes with a newer hardshell case that fits well...USD $1750

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

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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=inding, 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 $4750

    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 improvments. 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 improvments. 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 $6500

    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  1993 Gibson F-5 Monroe Varnish Mandolin
    (Serial No. 70 of 200) Perfect mint condition. Sunburst varnish finish. This is the classic Gibson scroll mandolin - long neck, f-holes, elevated fingerboard, heavily flamed maple back and sides, solid spruce top, bound ebony fingerboard, silver plated tuners with pearl buttons and silver plated tailpiece/cover, and the classic Gibson torch peghead inlay in pearl. This is one of a limited edition of 200 made to honor the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Made in the Bozeman, Montana plant, and signed by luthier Steve Carlson on February 8, 1993. Has the "Bill Monroe" engraved pearl truss rod cover and Bill's signature on the label. Has almost no playing wear and no nicks or dings. The mandolin has just been set up by my luthier. Action is great - easy and low. This mandolin sounds great with a strong chop and bark. Here is a short video clip of this mandolin played by Greg Holder of Dark Corner Bluegrass from NC. Comes with the original Loar replica hardshell case numbered the same as the mandolin...USD $9500

    camera gif  1993 Gibson F5L Mandolin
    (Serial No. 3568089) Excellent condition. Sunburst finish. This is the classic Gibson scroll mandolin - long neck, f-holes, elevated fingerboard, heavily flamed maple back and sides, solid spruce top, bound ebony fingerboard, gold plated hardware, and the Fern peghead inlay. In 1993 this model was the top of the line for Gibson. This was made in the Bozeman, Montana plant, and was signed by luthier Phil Brugg on August 2, 1993. Shows almost no minor playing wear - this is a clean instrument. The only wear evident is on the gold plating at the tuners and tailpiece. The frets were lightly dressed and the mandolin has just been set up by my local luthier. Action is great - easy and low. This mandolin sounds great with a strong chop and bark. Here is a video clip of this mandolin as played by by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield VA. Comes with a very clean newer TKL rectangular hardshell case with case cover. This is a really good mandolin....USD $5750

    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 $3100

    camera icon 1989 Flatiron F5 Custom Mandolin
    (Serial #89010375) Excellent near mint condition, "ice tea" sunburst finish. Looks nearly unplayed. This is a rare Flatiron Custom Shop mandolin. When Gibson went to the NAMM show in 1987, these were the high quality mandolins they were competing with. They couldn't beat them, so they bought the company. Excellent sounding and playing F5 scroll mandolin with highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, carved Sitka spruce top with parallel tone bar bracing, side bound like Monroes on the top, back, fretboard and peghead, "The Flatiron" and Gibson flowerpot peghead inlay in abalone and pearl, 1 1/8 inch nut, V profile neck, elevated and bound flat ebony fingerboard with block pearl inlays, bound pickguard, and gold tailpiece and Schaller tuners with pearl buttons. This one has a good chop and bark - excellent bluegrass mandolin. Here is a short video clip of this mandolin played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC. Signed by Dennis Balin. Bozeman built Flatirons are always heavily in demand. Most pickers won't part with theirs - once you play this one you'll know why. Comes with an original shaped hardshell case...USD $5950

    GIBSON MANDOLAS AND MANDOCELLOS

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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.

    camera icon 1989 Flatiron F5 Custom Mandolin
    (Serial #89010375) Excellent near mint condition, "ice tea" sunburst finish. Looks nearly unplayed. This is a rare Flatiron Custom Shop mandolin. When Gibson went to the NAMM show in 1987, these were the high quality mandolins they were competing with. They couldn't beat them, so they bought the company. Excellent sounding and playing F5 scroll mandolin with highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, carved Sitka spruce top with parallel tone bar bracing, side bound like Monroes on the top, back, fretboard and peghead, "The Flatiron" and Gibson flowerpot peghead inlay in abalone and pearl, 1 1/8 inch nut, V profile neck, elevated and bound flat ebony fingerboard with block pearl inlays, bound pickguard, and gold tailpiece and Schaller tuners with pearl buttons. This one has a good chop and bark - excellent bluegrass mandolin. Here is a short video clip of this mandolin played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC. Signed by Dennis Balain. Bozeman built Flatirons are always heavily in demand. Most pickers won't part with theirs - once you play this one you'll know why. Comes with an original shaped hardshell case...USD $5950

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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 icon2011 Bob Altman F5 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 9910) Mint condition. Bob Altman is known as a premier builder of top quality bluegrass mandolins, and this is one of his finest builds. It is from his "F5 Loar Series", and this mandolin was ordered with all of the custom upgrades available. It has a beautiful quilted maple back, flamed maple neck, and a red spruce Adirondack top. Has a hand rubbed dark sunburst varnish finish. The instrument is fully bound with tortoise binding. The radiused fretbaard with a 1 1/8 inch bone nut is ebony, and scooped to eliminate pick click. The custom bridge is also ebony. Pearl logo and Fern peghead inlay, satin silver Waverly tuners with ebony buttons, a satin silver plated engraved James tailpiece, Parisian eye endpin, and a custom ebony pickguard complete the package. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by local mandolin wizard Mark Robertson-Tessi. This is a top quality F5 mandolin. New this mandolin was over $16,000 Its in mint almost unplayed condition for much less. Comes with a Travelite case. .....USD $12450

    camera icon 2009 Arches F5 Style Mandolin
    (Serial No. F511209006) Excellent condition. Chris Baird built very strong mandolins. Heres hoping that he will recover from his loss and start building these fine instruments again. This mandolin has all the good stuff - flamed maple back and sides, solid spruce top, Body and peghead are fully bound, lacquer finish, engraved James tailpiece, ebony fretboard and new Dotson bridge, and a pearl logo and fretboard dots. Nut is 1 1/8 inch above a slightly radiused fretboard, which is deliberately shortened to eliminate "pick click" in the sweet spot. Shows very little playing wear. There is a chip out of the lacquer at the tip of the peghead - it was probably leaned up against something. Very good sounding mandolin with excellent 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 an older Gibson rectangular hardshell case with sticker residue on the case.....USD $2950 ON HOLD for JL in NC

    camera icon2006 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 Jerry Ray so it plays very well. Excellent sounding mandolin with strong volume and tone. Good bluegrass chop when needed. Comes with the original hardshell case......USD $2000

    camera icon2004 Eastman 615 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 105) Near mint condition, blonde lacquer finish, built in China. 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 and sounds pretty good, too. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield, VA. Nice early Eastman 615 with a spruce top and heavily flamed maple back and sides. Has a 1 1/8 inch nut on the traditional flat ebony fretboard, which is also scooped to eliminate pick click. Fitted with a one piece tailpiece and a Dotson Loar replica bridge, and set up by Richie. Very clean mandolin with no repairs or other issues noted. Comes with a nice hardshell case.....USD $1050

    camera icon2005 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 instrment 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 shortend 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 $2950

    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 icon1987 Cliff Sargent F5 Style Mandolin
    (Serial No. March 1987) Excellent condition. Cliff Sargent was a very well known maker of mandolins. Rhonda Vincent played one for years. The mandolin features beautifully flamed maple back and sides, a red spruce top, and ebony fretboard and bridge. This mandolin is the same one discussed in the 2009 Mandolin Cafe posts. It was reworked by the renowned luthier Gail Hester. Gail refinished the mandolin, with hand applied French polish varnish, radiused and scooped the fretboard, and refretted the mandolin. The previous owner changed the peghead inlay from a flowerpot to a Fern inlay (why?). All hardware is gold. An engraved James tailpiece and Schaller tuners with pearl buttons were also added. There are no repairs noted. Folks, this mandolin has an AMAZING sound. Ithas strong woody chop and clear trebles, and after picking it for 15 or 20 minutes its like someone flipped the "on" switch. It gets *really* loud with a beautiful tone. Luthier Richie Dotson just went through and set up the mandolin and fitted it with a new Dotson bridge. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. Comes with a nice Superior Deluxe hard shell case with cover.....USD $6000 ON HOLD for HB in IL

    camera icon  1936 Martin 2-20 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 16138) Excellent plus condition, sunburst lacquer finish. Martin is best known for their flat top guitar and rightfully so. However, thye have made other instruments over the years, one of which is this beautiful 2-20 style mandolin. Prices of Martin mandolins are much less than their Gibson counterparts, yet they exhibit the same high build quality as Martin guitars. Most Martin mandolins are flat-top style, which are great folk instruments but lack the volume and cutting power required for bluegrass. Martin carved top mandolins are considerably rarer with only 106 of this model made between 1936 and 1941, and as a consequence they have remained obscure even if they match Gibson for build quality.

    That is not to say that they sound like their Gibson counterparts, as they do not. The tone is somewhat different. They have tremendous cutting power, but the bass is not as strong as the Gibsons. The construction of the 2-20 is completely different from Gibsons, with the top and back are graduated like a violin, and the top has a ramp carved into the center where it rises to meet the fingerboard. Has an Adirondack spruce top with F holes, highly figured maple back and sides, ebony fretboard and bridge, and a maple neck. All hardware and finish is original save for the pickguard. The 12th fret neck joint, combined with the narrowness of the body near the joint, makes upper-fret accessibility easier than most Gibsons I have played. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield, VA who made the replica pickguard and set up the mandolin. Comes with the original hard shell case....USD $2100

    camera icon   1935 National Style N Mandolin
    (Serial No. 302) Early Style N with triangular body, single resonator and 14 frets clear of the body. Has flat F holes and a round neck with a bound rosewood fretboard. Shows some playing wear on the cover plate and a few nicks and dents, but nothing major. Original hardware and finish. Typical with Nationals, the neck has some bow in it and would need a reset to play up the neck in standard. But that not what you want this for - its very cool just like it is for slide work, especially slide blues. Think Sam Bush. Sam plays slide mandolin - check out his sound to see all the possibilities. Very loud with a unique sound. Comes with a slide and a Travelite style foam hard case. Consigned. ..USD $1450

    camera icon 2004 Pricetone F5 Style Mandolin
    (Serial No. 060) Excellent condition, dark cherry sunburst finish. The late Lewis Price of Sumpter, SC was well-regarded as a mandolin builder and this instrument shows why. The mandolin has a solid Adirondack spruce top and a one-piece back of highly figured maple. Fully bound body, fretboard and peghead. The flat ebony fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut and a pearl nut is scooped to elimiante pick click. Has an ebony bridge as well. Nice pearl logo and inlay in the peghead. Fitted with a gold Allen one-piece bridge and gold Shaller tuners with pearl buttons. All hardware and finish appear original, with no repairs or other issues. The mandolion plays very well and has an excellent bluegrass sound with great projection and volume. To me, the neck profile is a very slender C shape. Comes with a Washburn rectangular hard case..IN THE SHOP

    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 icon1954 Martin 2-15 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 21702) How about something a little different? Mandolin is very clean and in excellent condition. Martin was late to the party on carved top mandolins. This was their ennty level carved top mandolin. All original hardware and finish, but it is missing the pickguard. Top is solid spruce and the back and sides are maple with a mahogany stain. Ebony fingerboard with small dot inlays (missing one dot) and original ebony one piece bridge. Good neck set and original frets, neck is straight, plays nice with a low action but still has plenty of volume. These have a sweet sound and good tone but do not cut a banjo quite as well as a Gibson. Here is a short video clip and another short video clip of this instrument as played by luthier Richie Dotson. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Original tuners and tailpiece cover. Shows a little pickwear but no cracks or major repairs. Comes with the original hardshell case.....USD $1200

    camera gif  1924 Martin Style B Mandolin
    (Serial No. 11167) Excellent condition with very little playing wear. This is the early style cutout peghead with the Martin stamp embossed on the back and no decal on the front. Beautifully grained Brazilian rosewood back and sides, spruce top, herringbone rosette and back strip, and an ebony fingerboard with slotted diamond inlays. Good neck and frets, plays nice with a low action but still has plenty of volume. Has a small well-repaired side crack. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Nice tortoiseshell binding and pickguard. Original tuners and plain tailpiece cover. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $1250

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    MANDOLAS, OCTAVE MANDOLINS, MANDOCELLOS, CITTERNS, AND BOUZOUKIS
    camera icon 1982 Grit Laskin 10 String Cittern
    (Serial No. 270982) From my personal collection. Here is something you do not see every day. This is a 10 string cittern built by the famous Canadian luthier Grit Laskin. It has a 20 inch scale length and a 1 10/16 nut. Top is fine grained spruce with silking (Engleman?), fretboard is ebony with pearl dots, the neck is flamed maple, the heel cap is ebony and the back and sides are cocobolo. There is a clear pickguard affixed to the top. The nut, bridge and rear string pad are ivory. The ivory cannot be shipped through US Customs as-is; however bone replacements can be fitted at a slight additional amount for international shipping. It currently strung GDAEA, but any moden zook tuning could be used. Neck is straight, neck set is good and the frets are fine. All hardware and finish are original. Has a big booming voice and it plays nicely. You expect outstanding and innovative inlay work from Laskin and this has it. The peghead is inlaid with a beautifully inlaid unicorn. I was told when I bought the instrument that the design was inspired by the (now closed) Unicorn Pub in Toronto. Comes with a custom made Blue Heron padded gig bag. ..USD $2750

    ELECTRIC MANDOLINS
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    camera icon 1966 Fender Electric Mandolin
    (Serial No. 02168) Excellent condition, sunburst finish. Absolutely too cool! This is the instrument informally known as the "Mandocaster". Think of a miniature Stratocaster in mandolin tuning with 4 strings, all original electronics, and original Kluson tuners. There is a small corner of the pickguard missing. This is an excellent sounding and playing electric mandolin. Minor wear and no repairs. Has the original black tolex Fender case. ..USD $2100

    camera icon  1937 Gibson EM-150 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 200 C 18) Near mint condition with a sunburst finish. Second year of production. EmM-150 mandolins were used by Tiny Moore and Johnny Gimble on their classic recordings. This is a nice A style with F-shaped sound holes with a carved spruce top, flamed maple one piece back and sides, the original hot Charlie Christian pickup mounted in the top, and a jack in the lower side. Fretboard is flush with the top. Classic 30s silkscreened "Gibson" logo on the peghead. Fully bound. All hardware and finish is original. Mandolin has just been set up buy my luthier so it plays right. It has a nice low action and has the classic Gibson Charles Christian EM-150 sound. This model has a good old time, bluegrass and country pedigree for stage and studio use. Comes with a newer hard case...USD $2000

    MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS
    camera gif 1947 Martin 0-17 Guitar
    (Serial No. 100444) Well played condition but structurally fine. Blues approved! I've seen these small bodied, all mahogany guitars in the hands of players such as Lightnin' Hopkins, Ry Cooder, and countless others. I think its required somewhere that you have to play one of these at some point to be a 'real' folk blues artist. The guitar is so well known as a blues special that the movie "Crossroads" featured the character Lightnin' Boy Martone as starting out playing on one. This guitar features solid mahogany top, back and sides, a 1 11/16 inch nut on the V shaped neck, 14 fret body, gloss finish, and a rosewood fretboard and bridge. It is very light weight and incredibly responsive. The action and frets are perfect as the neck was just reset and the guitar set up by luthier Richie Dotson in Chesterfield VA. Here is a video clip of this guitar as played by Richie. All original finish and hardware including wartime tuning machines and pickguard. Shows some significant capo wear on the back of the neck, but no cracks, breaks, or refinish is noted elsewhere. Here's the best part - great warm blues tone with excellent volume. Comes with a old softshell case.....USD $3950

    camera gif 1934 Martin 00-17 Guitar
    (Serial No. 57172) Excellent condition. Big volume from this guitar, very clear tone. Original finish. All mahogany body including the top gives these guitars a warm rich sound perfect for blues and fingerstyle. Has the original ebony 1 3/4 inch ebony nut and the neck profile is the 30s era Martin V neck . The peghead overlay, bridge and and fingerboard are Brazilian rosewood with the pre-war small fingerboard dots and a gold Martin script logo in the peghead. The tuners should be clipped and riveted Grovers. As these wore out some time ago, the original owner replaced the tuners with 1940s or 50s era Grovers with the same footprint as the originals. Nice easy action as the neck was just invisibility reset by luthier Richie Dotson, a new exact replica Brazilian rosewood bridge was made and installed by Richie, the original bar frets were dressed and the guitar was set up beautifully. Shows some player wear with a few nicks, dings and pickwear. No cracks which is unusual for an 85 year old mahogany guitar, but there is a gouge on the edge of the treble side. No structual repairs evident. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. Comes with a newer hard shell case......USD $4250

    camera gif 1951 Martin 00-17 Guitar
    (Serial No. 119642) Excellent condition. Big volume from this guitar, very clear tone. All mahogany body including the top gives these guitars a warm rich sound perfect for blues and fingerstyle. Has the original ebony 1 11/16 inch nut. Peghead overlay, bridge and and fingerboard are Brazilian rosewood with a gold Martin script logo in the peghead. Nice easy action as the neck was just reset by luthier Richie Dotson, the frets dressed and the guitar was set up beautifully. Shows some minor player wear with a few nicks, dings and pickwear. No cracks which is unusual for mahogany guitar over 50 years old. No repairs evident. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. Comes with a newer hard shell case.....USD $3750

    camera gif 1951 Martin 00-17 Guitar
    (Serial No. 121038) Excellent condition. Big volume from this guitar, very clear tone. All mahogany body including the top gives these guitars a warm rich sound perfect for blues and fingerstyle. Has the original ebony 1 11/16 inch nut. Peghead overlay, bridge and and fingerboard are Brazilian rosewood with a gold Martin script logo in the peghead. Nice easy action as the neck was just reset by luthier Richie Dotson, the frets dressed and the guitar was set up beautifully. Shows some minor player wear with a few nicks, dings and pickwear, especially around the endpin. No cracks which is unusual for mahogany guitar over 50 years old. No repairs evident. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. Comes with a newer hard shell case.....USD $3750

    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 icon 1948 Martin 000-18 Guitar
    (Serial No. 108119) Excellent minus condition. Nicely aged spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Martin is supposed to have used Adirondack spruce for the tops until the early 50's, but no one can really tell by looking at it. To be sure, you have put it under a microscope in a lab. The open back Kluson tuners are original. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Has that nice meaty 40s Martin C shaped neck profile with a standard 1 11/16 nut width. Weighs almost nothing - this guitar is light as a feather. The bridge has been reglued, there is the usual pickguard crack repair under the high e string, and a couple of short dryness side cracks have been professionally glued. No other repairs noted. It does have some minor scratches, nicks and dings and honest pickwear from 60 years of playing. Neck has probably been set at some time in the past as the action is low and comfortable. The frets are in good shape and the neck is straight. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Comes with a 1990s black Martin hardshell case....USD $5950

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

    camera icon 2015 Martin OM-28 Authentic 1931 Guitar
    (Serial No. 1930026) Mint unplayed condition. Straight grained Madagascar rosewood back and sides with master grade Adirondak red spruce top. The OM-28 Authentic 1931 has the Martin 14-fret neck Orchestra model innovation with its lengthened 25.4 inch scale and 1 3/4 inch neck width. Madagascar rosewood back and sides and Adirondack spruce with the new Martin Vintage Tone System (VTS) are used to replicate the aged appearance and tonality of the 1931 original. All other appointments and processes, including hide glue construction, open back Waverly tuners, hand shaping and assembly, and tucked under bridge plate and bracing, are completely faithful to the original guitars.

    The new Martin Vintage Tone System (VTS) uses a unique process that is based on the historic torrefaction system. The VTS ages the wood which allows Martin to target certain time periods and age the top/braces to that era. This focused method allows Martin luthiers to recreate not only the pleasing visual aesthetics of a vintage guitar, but to also reproduce the tone of a vintage instrument. The sound is powerful, with a clear bass, strong midranges and singing trebles. Plays very easily with a nice low action. Comes with the original Geib style Martin hardshell case.....USD $6000

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

    camera gif 1971 Martin D-18 Guitar
    (Serial No. 276433) Near mint condition, collector clean. This is the classic Martin D18 - solid mahogany back and sides and a solid Sitka spruce top. Looks very clean with just very minor handling dings. Neck is straight, frets are good. The guitar was set up and the neck was reset by luthier Richie Dotson and the action plays nicely. Bridge is untouched. Shows just the slightest bit of finish checking in the back center seam near the endpin. Strap button added at the heel. Fitted with an under saddle pickup and endpin jack. Has that solid Martin "boom" you need in a good bluegrass guitar. This is a excellent sounding nicely aged D18. Comes with the original blue molded Martin hardshell case just as clean as the guitar. ...USD $2250

    camera gif 1966 Martin D-28 Guitar
    (Serial No. 214540) Very clean guitar, excellent repaired condition with only minor playing wear. Has the usual Martin pick guard crack that has been cleated but that's it for repairs. Just back from a neck reset and fret work by luthier Richie Dotson. Old growth figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides, Sitka spruce top, ebony fretboard and bridge, and a standard 1-11/16 inch nut. Original nickle Grover Rotomatic tuners. Neck is straight, frets are good, neck set is good. Nice low action. Has the pocket saddle which makes it easy to add a pickup and the small maple bridge plate, which helps give this guitar that big booming Martin sound. It must have been played as a lefty for a while as it has the shadow of another pick guard on the bass side. Bridge shows the slightest indication it may have been off and on, and there is a very well-repaired heel crack. Its repaired so well I did not see it when I bought the guitar, and I did not find until I used a blacklight. Comes with a newer Martin hardshell case...USD $6500

    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. 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 gif 2016 Martin D42 Guitar
    (Serial No. 1984390) Mint condition - looks unplayed. Straight grained Indian rosewood back and sides with master grade Sitka spruce top. It features abalone top and soundhole trim, abalone vertical C.F. Martin peghead inlay, forward-shifted scalloped bracing, traditional Martin Style 45 snowflake fingerboard inlays, elegant grained ivoroid bindings on the top, 1 11/16 inch bone nut, bone saddle, ebony fretboard and bridge, tortoise pickguard, and gold tuning gears with butterbean knobs. Martin uses their best woods on their 40 series guitars and it shows. The sound is powerful, with a clear bass, strong midranges 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...USD $4500

    camera gif 2012 Martin D45 Custom Shop Guitar
    (Serial No. 1598418) Mint unplayed condition. The D-45 holds the distinction of being the most costly and lavishly trimmed guitar in the standard Martin line. More than 900 individual pieces of abalone pearl inlay are hand filed, mitered and fitted into the bindings of the top, sides, back and rosette. Large "C.F. Martin" letter inlays, also of colorful abalone, adorn the headstock. Abalone hexagon inlays are used as position markers on the bound ebony fingerboard. Martin uses their best woods for the D45. Has a tight straight-grained Sitka spruce top, highly figured Madagascar rosewood back and sides and ebony fingerboard and bridge. The tuners are gold plated Waverlys. The D-45 truly represents the culmination of the guitar making art. Its a spectacular instrument in both sound and appearance. Nice low action - plays like silk - with that famous Martin sound. Fitted with a K&K bridge plate pickup. Comes with the original Geib style case. You deserve to own a pearl-trimmed Martin at least once in your life!...USD $8500

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    GIBSON ACOUSTIC GUITARS

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

    camera icon 1941 Gibson L00 Guitar
    (Factory Order No. EG3325) Excellent playing condition. Nice guitar with all original finish showing some playing wear and one repair on the bottom edge. Has a mahogany back and sides, x-braced spruce top with sunburst finish, firestripe pickguard that follows the body contour, bound top and back, original ebony 1 11/16 inch nut on the chunky v profile neck, small straight bridge, bound top and back, and a silkscreened white script Gibson logo in the peghead. The bridge and few braces were reglued, and there is some kind of clamp mark between the fretboard and the soundhole. The frets were dressed and the guitar was set up by by luthier Richie Dotson here in town. The guitar is all solid and in good structural condition now. The tuners are the original 3 on a plate Klusons with original translucent amber buttons. They work very well. Shows typical playing wear. Frets are good and the neck is straight. Perfect for ragtime and fingerstyle blues playing. It's ready to go - all it needs is your fingers on the strings! Comes with a newer rigid foam case....USD $4250

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

    camera icon 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 completly original and collector condition clean. Has the original sunburst top finish and dark back and sides mahogany back and sides and a straight-braced spruce top, the small tortoise pattern teardrop pickguard, tapered headstock, small rectanglular 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 repairs noted. 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 $2450

    camera icon 1951 Gibson LG3 Guitar
    (Serial Number: 7038 17) Excellent condition. The LG3 is the natural top version of the LG2. Mahogany back and sides and a X-braced spruce top, the small tortoise pattern pickguard, tapered headstock, small rectangle bridge, single bound top and single bound back, and the gold Gibson decal peghead logo. The Kluson tuners are reissues but they use the exact same mounting holes as the originals. I think the top may have been lightly oversprayed in the distant past as the finish checking is correct but it black lights a little differently from a known original. The neck has been reset at some time in the past, as the action is very low and comfortable. The gloss on the back of the neck has been dulled with steel wool to give a better playing feel. Great sounding guitar with a sweet tone and good volume. No repairs noted. Completely solid and a great playing and sounding guitar. Comes with a soft shell case that fits well...USD $4250

    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 $16,000

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

    camera icon 1957 Gibson J-50 Guitar
    (Serial No. U658 26) Excellent condition with some 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 $4900

    camera icon 1963 Gibson J-50 Adj. Guitar
    (Serial No. 99408) Excellent condition. The J-50 is the same guitar as the J-45 but with a natural top. This guitar is a pickers dream - there are no structural repairs, the guitar has the original frets which were just dressed, and it has the adjustable saddle with a wooden insert. I usually change the wooden saddle out for ceramic, but this guitar sounded so good I left it. The guitar has mahogany back and sides, a solid Sitka spruce top with the desirable tall thin bracing (similar to early Hummingbirds), and a Brazilian rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlays. Decal logo. Neck is straight, frets are good. Finish and hardware are original. The action is nice and low. Shows very minor playing wear. This is a excellent sounding nicely aged Gibson. Comes with a newer hardshell case. ...USD $old

    camera icon 1964 Gibson Country Western Guitar
    (Serial No. 205319) Excellent and well played condition. The Country Western is the same guitar as the Southern Jumbo but with a natural top. This guitar is a pickers dream - there are no structural repairs, the neck has been recently reset, the guitar was refretted, and the plastic bridge with an adjustable saddle was replaced with a exact reproduction Brazilan rosewood bridge with a straight bone saddle. All work was done by luthier Richie Dotson. The guitar has mahogany back and sides, a solid Sitka spruce top with the desirable tall thin bracing (similar to early Hummingbirds), and a Brazilian rosewood fretboard with pearl slotted parallelogram inlays. The Gibson logo and crown in the peghead are pearl. Neck is straight, frets are good. Finish and hardware are original with the exception of the bridge. The action is nice and low. Shows some significant playing wear, especially between the pickguard and bridge, probably because it sounds so good! Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. This is a excellent sounding nicely aged Gibson. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $3000

    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 dradnaught 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 undersaddle pickup and enpin 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 inperfection is a reflection. Comes with the very clean original Gibson hard shell case.....USD $3250

    camera icon 1964 Gibson J-200 Guitar
    (Serial No. 62451) Excellent plus nearly unplayed condition. Very clean - all original finish and hardware. Flamed maple back and sides, three piece neck, beautiful blonde finish, engraved pickguard, and mustache bridge with the Tune-o-Matic bridge. I bought this with the intention of replacing the Tune-O-Matic, but after playing it it sounds wonderful and I decided to leave it alone. You be the judge. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument as played by local picker Mark Robertson-Tessi (Tuning is DADGAD). 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 gold lined Gibson hardshell case witha replaced handle......USD $8500

    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 $6500

    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 guiat 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 butterbead 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 tonewoods 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 $4750

    camera icon 2018 Collings D1AT Guitar
    (Serial No. 28110) Very clean near mint guitar. With the new Traditional series, Bill Collings has re-approached the tonewood selection, construction, finish, and voicing of his acoustic flattops to deliver some of his favorite qualities of vintage instruments from the 1930s. The Adirondack top of this D1AT has been torrefied to lighten and stiffen it, bringing it closer to the structure of vintage instrument wood. In addition to creating a warm patina, this torrefication process makes the top highly responsive, accentuating the note attack, overtones and the warm growl of the mahogany on the back and sides. The body is constructed with hide glue and the braces are scalloped, with no tongue brace. Fretboard and the through saddle bridge are ebony with a bone nut and saddle. Nut is 1 3/4 inch with 2 3/16 inch bridge pin spacing. Has nickle Waverly tuners, tortoise bridge and end pins and aging toner overall. Huge sound and power from this guitar. This WILL drive your band. Here is a short video clip and another short video clip of this instrument played by Jay Stansel of the Doug Hunt and Burning Daylight band of Greenville, SC. Comes with a high grade professional Access case.USD $5500

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

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

    camera icon 1994 Santa Cruz OM Guitar
    (Serial No. 451) Very clean near mint guitar. Indian rosewood back and sides, cutaway Sitka spruce top, small tortoise guard, scalloped bracing, herringbone rosette and top trim, zipper backstripe, fully bound top, back, fretboard and peghead with grained ivoroid, ebony bridge and fretboard with small dot inlay. Peghead overlay is ebony with a pearl logo. Tuners are original Kluson style closed back with metal buttons. Nice low action, Neck set is good, fret are fine. 1 3/4 inch nut, V neck profile. Very strong sounding guitar as it has been opening up for over 20 years. The OM model is delightfully versatile. OM players range from blazing flat picker James Nash to John Mayer and Elvis Costello. The Santa Cruz Guitar Company OM provides clean, loud mid-range and trebles that are complimented by a slightly predominant bass. Very good for fingerstyle and contemporary flat picking work. Strap button added at the heel. Comes with the original very nice hard shell case....USD $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". Thats 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 $5000

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    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

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

    camera icon   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

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  • PEDALS, EFFECTS AND KEYBOARDS
    camera icon   Ibanez TS808 Reissue Tube Screamer Pedal
    The Holy Grail of tube screamers. This is the incomparable overdrive pedal that vintage gear hounds are always hoping to find. The 2004 TS808 reissue features the same famous square footswitch and the warm tones of the JRC4558 chip and analog circuits of the much-coveted original. Ignore look-alikes. If your tone is suffering from a lack of real warmth, this pedal is the answer. It is a true-to-form rendition with the same streamlined interface of overdrive, tone and level controls. Very clean and works perfectly. This pedal has all the searing tube-like overdrive of its predecessors without the hefty collector price tag of an original. Requires AC adapter or 9-volt battery. No box....USD $120

    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 pedalboard. 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. No 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 smae fuzz box in a classic spaceship housing. Runs on 9V batteies. 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
    ..USD $300

    camera icon   1965 Fender Neck Plate Number 111454
    ...USD $300

    camera icon   1966 Fender Neck Plate Number 146182
    ...USD $300

    camera icon   1966 Fender Neck Plate Number 137758
    ...USD $300

    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

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

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