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MANDOLINS, GUITARS, AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS
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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!

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Sale/Trade List - Updated July 21, 2016

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GIBSON F HOLE MANDOLINS:
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OTHER BLUEGRASS MANDOLINS:
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GIBSON OVAL SOUND HOLE MANDOLINS:
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MANDOLAS, OCTAVE MANDOLINS, MANDOCELLOS AND BOUZOUKIS: 
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OTHER MANDOLINS: 
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MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS: 
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GIBSON FLATTOP ACOUSTIC GUITARS: 
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OTHER FINE ACOUSTIC GUITARS:  
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TENOR GUITARS:
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ARCHTOP AND SEMI-HOLLOW GUITARS, ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC:
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UKULELES, BANJOS, TIPLES, AND OTHER ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS:
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GIBSON MANDOLINS AND RELATED

camera icon  1914 Gibson A- Mandolin
(Serial No. 18226) Excellent condition. Nice sounding and playing session mandolin. Natural finish top that has aged to pumpkin color and a reddish back and sides. No peghead logo as per factory, top bound only with unbound back, and it has the original Gibson label (A-) inside. Hardware is original, finish is original but I think was oversprayed at some time in the past with a clear coat, as the finish on the wood does not match the tarnish on the metal parts. I suppose it could be a very clean mandolin fitted with older correct parts, but I doubt it. Fitted with a Loar replica bridge from Cumberland Acoustic. Shows almost no wear. Big open woody round hole sound. Comes with the original hardshell case....USD $1450

camera icon  1918 Gibson A Mandolin
(Serial No. 48477 FON 11152) Excellent condition. Nice sounding and playing session mandolin. Natural finish top that has aged to pumpkin color and a reddish back and sides. No peghead logo as per factory, top bound only with unbound back, and it has the original Gibson label inside. Hardware is original, finish is original. Missing the pickguard. Shows some playing wear, especially where the pickguard would have been fitted. frets are good, neck set is good, and it was just set up by my luthier. Big open woody round hole sound. Comes with the original hardshell case....USD $1450

camera icon  1919 Gibson A Mandolin
(Serial No. 48659 FON 11153) Excellent condition. This has a 1919 Serial number, but the factory order number shows it was made in 1918, and probably in early 1918 as Gibson went to brown tops later in 1918. The silk screened logo was added by the Gibson factory when it went back for repairs in the 1930's. Gibson just did this in the 1930s and 40's for any mandolin that came back that did not have a peghead logo. As there were few independent luthiers then, most repairs such as a refret were sent back to the factory. Nice sounding and playing session mandolin. Natural finish top that has aged to pumpkin color and a reddish back and sides. Top bound only with unbound back with the original Gibson label inside. Hardware is original, finish is original. Missing the pickguard. Frets are good, neck set is good, and it was just set up by my luthier. Big open woody round hole sound. Comes with the original hardshell case.....USD $1450

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. The mandolin plays and sounds great. Just set up by my luthier so the action is low and playable and it has a good ringing sound. Excellent for Celtic or old-time music. Original hardshell case included....USD $1450

camera icon  1917 Gibson A1 Mandolin
(Serial number 33306 FON 3386) Excellent plus condition, natural top finish. This is the classic teens Gibson oval hole mandolin, which is excellent for Celtic, folk, jazz, old-time or just picking fiddle tunes. Original natual top finish with a dark reddish brown back and sides, ebony fretboard, original tuners, original pickguard, original fixed ebony bridge, and pearl logo in the peghead. Neck is straight, frets are good and it was just set up so it plays very well. No repairs, refinish, replaced parts, or other issues noted. Plays very easy and has strong volume with a very balanced sound. Comes with the original hardshell case.....USD $1750

camera icon  1923 Gibson A1 Snakehead Mandolin
(Serial # 74156 FON 11021) Excellent condition. Snakeheads are considered the best sounding of Gibson oval hole mandolins, as they ring out and punch well. Black top finish and a brownish back and sides. Original Gibson label inside. Tuners and tailpiece are original. Bridge has been changed out for a Cumberland Acoustics Loar replica. Missing the pickguard. Just set up by my luthier Jerry Ray. 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. Shows some case wear on the side. Plays easy with the great round hole tone. Excellent for Celtic, old time and jazz. Comes with a hardshell case....USD $2950

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

camera icon  1923 Gibson A2 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  1924 Gibson A2 Mandolin
(Serial No. illegible, FON 1198X) Excellent structural condition, blonde top finish with darker nicely figured birch back and sides. A straight original mandolin showing some honest playing wear. I got this from a picker at a music store, who played this mandolin almost every day. No repairs or structural issues. Just been set up by one of the top repair shops on the East Coast. Has the pearl logo and inlay in the peghead, bound top, back, and fretboard, ebony fretboard, reproduction Cumberland Acoustic adjustable ebony bridge, original tuners, tailpiece and pickguard. This is the same mandolin as the A2Z, however it has the double soundhole rosette rings and the label shows A2. 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 a great sounding mandolin - an excellent demonstration of why many pickers believe the snakeheads are the best oval hole mandolins ever made by Gibson. If you can live with some playing wear this is a deal on a snakehead A2. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $3750

camera icon  1913 Gibson A4 Mandolin
(Serial No. 28673 FON 2959) 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  1919 Gibson A4 Mandolin
(Serial No. 50862) Excellent condition. The A-4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson in 1919. It has the true red sunburst top finish and reddish back and sides, pearl peghead inlay and logo, bound top and back, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. Nice one piece back. The hardware and finish are original. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle is good and the frets show very little wear. No repairs or refinish noted. Action is low and playable and it has a good ringing sound. Excellent for Celtic or old-time music. Original hardshell case included...USD $2750

camera icon  1924 Gibson A4 "Snakehead" Mandolin
(Serial No. 78314 FON 11066) Excellent condition, true red sunburst finish. A straight original mandolin showing some very 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. Strap button added at the heel. 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. Comes with the original hardshell case, also in very clean condition. ...USD $7450

camera icon  1924 Gibson A4 "Snakehead" Mandolin
(Serial No. 80636 FON 8096 Virzi 10604) Excellent condition, true red sunburst finish. A straight original mandolin showing some very 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. It also has the Virzi tone producer inside. 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. Comes with the original hardshell case, also in very clean condition...USD $7450

camera icon  1935 Gibson A0 Mandolin
(FON 785) Excellent condition. Although similar to the earlier A4 model, in the 1930s this was the A0 model. This one has the rare elevated fingerboard, only made for a few years in the 1930's. This was undoubtedly a special order. The A0 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson at this time. It has a true red sunburst, flamed maple back and sides, straight pearl logo in the peghead, bound top and back, and unbound peghead and fingerboard as was typical build on 30s era mandolin instruments. Has the adjustable truss rod in the neck. The finish and hardware are original including the original adjustable bridge. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle and frets are good. No structural repairs and has a few minor nicks and dings, the usual playing wear, as seen in the pics. Missing the interior label as is common on 30s Gibsons but has the factory order number is stamped on the neck block. Just gone over and set up professionally. Excellent for Celtic or old time, and this mandolin would be superior for classical. Comes with the original hardshell case....USD $3250

camera icon  1939 Gibson A00 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 a nice newer hardshell case...USD $2150

camera icon  1936 Gibson A1 Mandolin
(Serial No. 450B-3) Made in 1936 based on the factory order number in the Spann book. Has the earlier large tailpice cover. Original sunburst finish and hardware, Adirondack spruce top with F holes, nicely flamed dark stained maple back, sides and neck, white script silkscreened "Gibson" peghead logo, clamshell tailpiece cover. These mandolins were used a lot in bluegrass as not everyone could afford a F5. Nice playing and sounding instrument with no issues. Frets are fine, neck is straight. All hardware and finish are original. Has the typical nicks and dings of an instrument used to make music for nearly 80 years. Looks like there was some heat damage on the treble side in the past - probably leaned up against a radiator. It is structually fine. No repairs or refinish noted. Frets are good, neck is straight, neck set is good. Just set up by my luthier. Good strong bluegrass sound with a woody chop. Very loud mandolin - excellent volume. Comes with an original hard shell case...USD $3250

camera icon  1949 Gibson A40 Mandolin
(Serial No. 3609 57) Excellent structual condition with a sunburst finish front and back. Shows age and playing wear - this mandolin was loved. This is a nice A style with F-shaped sound holes with a carved spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Nut width is 1 3/16 inch. Fretboard is flush with the top. Classic "Gibson" decal logo above the truss rod cover on the peghead. Top bound only. All hardware and finish is original but missing the guard. Original Kluson open back tuners, but the original buttons were crumbling and have been replaced with new Stew Mac repros. Two pennies are glued to the tailpiece cover, a 1949 and a 1969. Shows some finish checking and the usual nicks and dings of well-loved instrument played for over 50 years. Frets are fine, neck is straight and it was just set up by my luthier. It plays fine with a nice low action and has the classic Gibson post war sound. This model has a good bluegrass pedigree - many groups used these mandolins in bluegrass as they were much more affordable than the F-5's. Comes with a older soft case....USD $1050

camera icon  1952 Gibson A40 Mandolin
(Serial No. Z635 13) Excellent minus condition with a dark sunburst finish front and back. Bought from the family of the original owner here in Richmond, VA. This is a nice A style with F-shaped sound holes with a carved spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Nut width is 1 3/16 inch.Fretboard is flush with the top. Classic "Gibson" decal logo above the truss rod cover on the peghead. Top bound only. All hardware and finish is original but missing the guard. The original buttons were crumbling and have been replaced with new exact repros. Shows some finish checking and the usual nicks and dings of well-loved instrument played for over 50 years. Frets are fine, neck is straight and it was just set up by my luthier Jerry Ray. It plays fine with a nice low action and has the classic Gibson post war sound. This model has a good bluegrass pedigree - many groups used these mandolins in bluegrass as they were much more affordable than the F-5's. Comes with a newer hard case....USD $1350

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

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camera icon  1924 Gibson F2 Mandolin
(Serial Number: 80337) 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 flamy 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 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 and the only repair I can find is it looks like the big scroll on the peghead has been broken off and reglued. There is a scratch on the side of the neck heel but is is not a break or repair. Finish and hardware are original. 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 $5950

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

camera gif  1940 Gibson F4 Mandolin
(Serial No. 96390 fon 565F) Gibson F style mandolins from the 1930s and 40s are extremely rare. By then, the mando craze from the teens and early 20s had faded away, and the F4 was only built as a special order. This particular mandolin features a straight across pearl Gibson logo in the unbound peghead and F7 style Nick Lucas inlays in the bound fingerboard, squared at the bottom. Has a sunburst top, chocolate brown stained maple back and sides, and a checkerboard pattern soundhole rosette. The fingerboard is elevated off the top like the F5. The condition is overall excellent. No repairs, crack or other structural issues noted. It retains all of it's original hardware except the missing pickguard. The tuners, bridge, tailpiece and cover are all correct. The best thing about this mandolin is the sound!! It is really a great sounding mandolin. It has a very deep throaty bass response. The playability is great. As a general rule, the F4/F2s from this era are consistently good sounding. I have had several of these and they are real sleepers on the market. Comes in the original hardshell case....USD $7,500

camera gif  1964 Gibson A5 Two Point Mandolin
(Serial No. 177951) Excellent condition, cherry sunburst finish. The Gibson A5 has had a lot of different configurations over the years. This era A5 has the oval soundhole and the two point body shape, as used by Jethro Burns. Flamed maple back and sides, F5 style peghead with a pearl logo and crown inlay, flat rosewood fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut, and a newer rosewood bridge. Nickle hardware. The frets were dressed and the mandolin was just professionally set up by luthier Jerry Ray. The big scroll on the F style peghead was knocked off and reglued. Its a decent job but the repair is visible. A strap pin hole was filled in the neck heel. No other repairs are evident. Good bass response and a nice round sound. Comes with a non-original rectangular flat case...USD $2750

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. Comes with the original Loar replica hardshell case numbered the same as the mandolin...USD $9,500

camera gif  1993 Gibson F5L Mandolin
(Serial No. 3568089) Excellent condition. Sunburst lacquer 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. Has a 1 1/8 inch nut and the traditional flat fretboard.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 tailpice. The frets were lightly dressed and 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. Comes with a very clean newer TKL rectangular hardshell case with case cover. This is a really good mandolin...USD $6,500

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FLATIRON MANDOLINS AND RELATED

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

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

camera icon 1989 Flatiron F5 Custom Mandolin
(Serial #89010375) Excellent near mint condition, "ice tea" sunburst finish. Looks nearly unplayed. This is a rare Flatiron Custom Shop mandolin. When Gibson went to the NAMM show in 1987, these were the high quality mandolins they were competing with. They couldn't beat them, so they bought the company. Excellent sounding and playing F5 scroll mandolin with highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, carved Sitka spruce top with parallel tone bar bracing, side bound like Monroes on the top, back, fretboard and peghead, "The Flatiron" and Gibson flowerpot peghead inlay in abalone and pearl, 1 1/8 inch nut, V profile neck, elevated and bound flat ebony fingerboard with block pearl inlays, bound pickguard, and gold tailpice and Schaller tuners with pearl buttons. This one has a good chop and bark - excellent bluegrass mandolin. 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 $6350

camera icon 1999 Flatiron Festival F Mandolin
(Serial No. 90118019) Excellent plus condition, gloss sunburst finish with a brown back and sides. This mandolin has a Nashville label but was likely built in Bozeman. Flatiron is owned by Gibson and Flatirons of this time were built in the same facility by the same luthiers. The Flatiron Festival F of this time is almost identical to the Gibson F5G. The Flatiron has a different peghead inlay and tailpiece cover, a shortened fretboard extention to elimante pick click, and is finished in a lighter ice-tea sunburst. Other than cosmetic differnces its the same as the Gibson. It still has all the design features that give the F5 its legendary tone, including a hand-fitted dovetail neck joint, solid flamed maple neck, sides and back, solid spruce top, a 1 1/8 nut on the flat ebony fingerboard, tone bar bracing, and a hand-tuned tone chamber. Nickle engraved tailpiece and cover, and nickle Schaller tuners with pearl buttons. Excellent sounding mandolin, strong volume and nice woody chop. Good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. Just set up by my luthier. The mandolin plays like silk and has the sound you look for in good F5. Comes with the original hardshell case in nice condition...USD $3550

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RATLIFF MANDOLINS

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

camera icon  New Ratliff R5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 1120) New with warranty, uniform brown lacquer finish. Audey only build about 18 mandolins a year. Getting a new one to sell is tough - every dealer out there wants one, as they are excellent mandolins. Ratliff builds a fine looking and fine sounding mandolin, and this is an excellent mandolin. Still a little green as its brand new, but this one is loud! Build quality is top notch, as good as it gets. It has all the design features that give Ratliffs their tone and power. This is the classic F5 style mandolin with the long neck, f holes, and a radiused elevated ebony fretboard with dot inlays. Nut width is 1 1/8 inch. It features beautiful flamey maple sides, neck and a really nice looking back. It also features a hand-carved Sitka spruce top and has a fully bound top, back, fretboard and peghead. The fretboard is shortened to eliminate pick click in the sweet spot. Has a pearl logo and peg head inlay. Fit and finish is as good as the big builders, and the sound is there. Even though its a new mandolin, it has that woody bluegrass bark and the excellent volume and tone that these mandolins are known for. Comes with a new TKL hardshell case...USD $SOLD

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OTHER MANDOLINS AND RELATED

camera icon2001 Apitius Grand Classic F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 0182) Excellent condition, gloss sunburst lacquer finish with a brown back and sides. Oliver Apitius built some of the best professional level bluegrass mandolins out there - Adam Steffey and Dan Tyminski played and recorded albums with them. The amazing thing about Apitius mandolins is that they are so crisp and clear. Outstanding fit, finish, and tone. This one is in like-new condition, with heavily flamed maple back and sides, Sitka spruce top, scalloped tone bar bracing, pearl logo and Fern style inlay, gold hardware, and a radiused ebony fretboard and bridge. Has a 1 1/8 inch nut. The end of the fretboard was professionally scooped to eliminate pick click. Frets are good, neck is straight, and the mandolin was just set up by my luthier. This is a very good sounding mandolin with a strong response all across the strings and up and down the neck. Just set up by my luthier. The mandolin plays very easy and will drive your music. Comes with the original nice rectangular hardshell case. ..USD $5950

camera icon1930s 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 $500

camera icon 2011 ODell F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 09117) Excellent plus condition, lacquer finish. Black top with a sunburst finish back and sides. Built by luthier Keith ODell in North Carolina. Its not a black painted top, its a very dark stain that still shows the wood grain. Keith has been building for a while and knows how to get the tone out of a mandolin. This is a traditional F5 style with a solid Adirondack red spruce top, varbish finish, highly figured maple back and sides, snakehead peghead sytyle, 1 3/16 inch nut, radiused ebony fretboard, and nickle open back tuners with pearl buttons. Has a speed neck, where the finish has been professionally removed from the back of the neck and the area then oiled to give faster picking. Just set up by luthier Jerry Ray so its plays very well. Excellent sounding very responsive mandolin with strong volume and a sweet rich tone that will get loud and chop when needed. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instument, as played by local luthier and all around picker Richie Dotson. Comes with the original hardshell case....USD $3250

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

camera icon   1935 National Style N Tenor Guitar
(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 coverplate and a few nicks and dents, but nothing major. Original hardware and finish. Typical with Nationals, the neck has some bow in it and would need a reset to play up the neck in standard. But that not what you want this for - its very cool just like it is for slide work, especially slide blues. Think Sam Bush. Sam plays slide mandolin - check out his sound to see all the possibilities. Very loud with a unique sound. Comes with a slide and a Travelite style foam hard case. Consigned. ..USD $1750

camera icon 1995 Phoenix Ultra Two Point Mandolin
(Serial No. 168) Excellent plus condition, medium red brown sunburst finish. Rolfe Gerhardt has been building mandolins since 1971. He's figured out how to get the sound out of them. This is a two point A style specifically designed & voiced for medium gauge strings. It has a hand-carved Douglas fir top, flamed solid red maple maple back with carbon fiber truss rod, maple sides and neck, carbon fiber/red spruce laminated braces, 1 3/16 inch pearl nut, and a radiused ebony fingerboard. Gabon ebony was used for the fingerboard and bridge. The stunning peghead inlay of a Phoenix in flight is complemented by the rare rippled green abalone fretboard and body inlays and the body edge binding top and back. Custom plated black and gold tuners and a black chrome plated tail piece and cover complete the elegant appearance. Just set up by luthier Jerry Ray so its plays very well. Excellent sounding mandolin with strong volume, incredible responsiveness, and a sweet rich tone that will get loud and chop when needed. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $6150

camera icon 1984 Schwab 5 String Electric Mandolin
(Serial No. 062) Excellent condition. This is an early Schwab 5 string electric mandolin, with a fully bound Telecaster shaped body. The control panael has both a pickup selector switch as well as coil tap switches. Pots date to 1983. Very versitile mandolin. Highly flamed maple on the top and back. Has a rosewood fretboard, Schaller tuners and Seymour Duncan pickups. . The neck is very playable, the neck set is good and the frets are fine. These are a lot of fun to play as you can get around on the neck quickly. The case is something special. It was made by a guy who works in an exotic car shop - the inside is lined with material used for Ferrarri and Lamborghini interiors!....USD $1250

camera icon 2013 Skip Kelly F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 042) Near mint condition. Thomas "Skip" Kelley has been building professional level mandolins for over a decade. This one has a dark unifirm brown hand applied gloss varnish finish, figured claro walnut back and sides, Adirondack red spruce top, the body and neck are fully bound in tortoise shell, cocobolo peghead veneer and a bound flat cocobolo fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut, V neck profile, gold Schaller tuners, one piece cast Allen tailpiece, and pearl logo and peghead inlay. The fretboard is deliberately shortened and scooped to eliminate pick click. The frets were dressed and the mandolin was just professionally set up by luthier Jerry Ray. Big wide open sound, plays easy and has excellent volume and tone with nice cut and drive for your bluegrass band. Skip emailed me a Youtube link to him playing this mandolin. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instument, as played by Skip himself. This mandolin will cut a banjo. Comes with a nice shaped Superior hardshell case...USD $3450

camera icon2006 Sumi F5 Custom "Lonesome" Mandolin
(Serial No. 06437) Near mint condition, sunburst finish. Looking for a hand built professional grade F5 mandolin? This is one of three mandolins built by Sumi for Andy Ownens of IBMA and called the "Lonesome" series. Andy and his son play two of them. As Sumi and Andy are friends, you would expect this mandolin has a bit of extra attention in the build. It has a hand carved 500 year old Japanese red spruce top, beautiful birdseye maple back and sides, nickle hardware, custom tortoise shell truss rod cover, thin varnish finish, and a flat 1 1/8 nut on the ebony fingerboard. Neck has a v profile. Double bound on both the sides and top/back with triple binding, triple bound headstock, pearl logo and custom sea turtle peghead inlay, and there is an inlay of Lonesome on the 12th fret. The fretboard is scooped on the end to eliminate pick click, but in true attention to detail the last 7 frets are inlaid flush to maintain the overall appearance of the instrument. Sumi is the master luthier that built the famous 1980s Kentucky KM-1500 and Dawg mandolins. He has continued to build under his own name since 1993. Very clear tone - the bass is strong, powerful and not muddy, and the trebles are clear and open. Good chop and bark, strong volume and nice action as it was just set up by my luthier. This is a strong professional instrument built for a master player. Very clean mandolin showing no sign of playing. Comes with a nice hardshell case.....USD $4450

camera icon 2007 Sumi F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 00207) Excellent condition, uniform reddish finish. Looking for a hand built professional grade F5 mandolin? It has a hand carved 500 year old Japanese red spruce top, flamed maple back and sides, nickle hardware, thin lacquer finish, and a flat 1 1/8 nut on the ebony fingerboard. Neck has a soft v profile. Triple bound body and headstock, pearl logo and torch peghead inlay. Sumi is the master luthier that built the famous 1980s Kentucky KM-1500 and Dawg mandolins. He has continued to build under his own name since 1993. Very clear tone - the bass is strong, powerful and not muddy, and the trebles are clear and open. Good chop and bark, strong volume and nice action as it was just set up by my luthier. This is a strong professional instrument. Very clean mandolin showing almost no sign of playing. Comes with a nice hardshell case....USD $3950

camera icon1940s Kay Strad-O-Lin Mandolin
(No serial number) Good entry level vintage instrument. I think this is 1940s wartime production based on the logo and the tuners having black buttons and no bushings, both of which were common in that era. Structually 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. Has a more modern cardboard case....USD $600

camera icon1940s Kay Strad-O-Lin Mandolin
(No serial number) Good entry level vintage instrument. I think this is 1950s production based on the logo, the tuners and the plastic body binding. Structually 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. Has a more modern cardboard case. ....USD $600

camera icon2001 Ulma M. F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. none) Excellent condition, bright red lacquer finish. If you want to be seen on stage this mandolin will stand out! Milan Ulma is a builder in the Czech Republic. This is a traditional F5, with a solid spuce top, flamed maple back, sides and neck, pearl star in a circle peghead logo, an 1 1/8 inch nut on the flat ebony fretboard, adjustable truss rod, and an ebony bridge. The fretboard is shortened by the builder to eliminate pick click. Bound fretboard in white and the body is fully bound with wooden binding that is stained red like the rest of the mandolin. Chrome tuners and tailpiece. Fitted with an endpin jack and a pickup gluded to the underside of the top. The neck has a speed finish to prevent sticking in humid weather. Mandolin cuts well but does not have a real woofy bass - hence the pickup to shape the sound. Just set up by luthier Jerry Ray so it plays fine with a low action. Comes with a nice lined shaped soft case. ...USD $1450

camera gif  1920 Martin Style B Mandolin
(Serial Number #7804) Excellent condition. This is the early style cutout peghead with the Martin stamp embossed on the back and no decal on the front. Spectacular grained dark chocolate colored 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. There is a dark area mark on the top near the bridge where the bridge sat in the wrong place for years, but it is cosmetic. No repairs or refinish noted. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Nice tortoiseshell binding and pickguard. Original tuners and tailpiece. Comes with newer hard case...USD $1500

camera gif  1925 Martin Style B Mandolin
(Serial No. 11964) Excellent condition with very little playing wear. This is the early style cutout peghead with the Martin stamp embossed on the back and no decal on the front. Beautifully grained Brazilian rosewood back and sides, spruce top, herringbone rosette and back strip, and an ebony fingerboard with slotted diamond inlays. Good neck and frets, plays nice with a low action but still has plenty of volume. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Nice tortoiseshell binding and pickguard. Original tuners and plain tailpiece cover. Original case...USD $1500

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

camera gif  1930 Martin Style C Mandolin
(Serial No. 14783) Excellent condition showing only minor playing wear. Martin made 5 grades of flat back mandolins, from A to E. The Style A and Style B mandolins are easily found, but the higher grades are more difficult to locate, with Style C being the middle grade. Its a earlier Style C with the colored wood marquetry top binding. Adirondack spruce top with beautifully grained Brazilian rosewood back and sides, a bound ebony fingerboard with slotted diamond and wheat seed inlays, and an abalone pearl soundhole rosette. Good neck and frets, plays nice with a low action but still has plenty of volume. No cracks or repairs. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Nice tortoiseshell pickguard. All original finish and hardware, with inset tuners and no tuner bushings as made. Martin stamp on the back of the peghead and the stamp and serial number on the back strip inside the mandolin. Original tuners and engraved tailpiece cover. Comes with the original hardshell case.....USD $2950

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MANDOLAS, OCTAVE MANDOLINS, MANDOCELLOS, CITTERNS, AND BOUZOUKIS

camera icon 1920s Stahl Tenor Mandola
(Serial No. none) Might be a 1930s as I cannot find a serial number. Here is a Larson Brothers made mandola with the Stahl logo inside. Tuned CGDA. Has typical Stahl maple back and sides stained dark, solid spruce top with fancy wood edge and soundhole rosette inlay, 16 inch scale, enclosed tuners, and an ebony bridge and fretboard. It can be found on page 140 in the book on Larson Brothers instruments entitled "Guitars and Mandolins in America" by Robert Hartman. The mandolola is in excellent playing condition. Neck is straight, neck set is good and the frets are fine. There is one long back crack that was repaired with an inside cleat and touched up on the outside. Great big deep mandola voice and it plays very easy. Other than the repaired crack it appears to be original, and comes with the original cardboard case...USD $1500 ON HOLD for Glenn in MO

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

camera icon 2015 Girouard Custom Mandola
(Serial No. 112) Mint condition - looks new. This is a custom mandola and not a standard model. It has a tasteful brownish to amber burst Carpathian spruce top, tone bar bracing, varnish finish, genuine ebony body binding, and nicely figured maple back and sides. Ebony overlays on both front and back of peg head. Compound radius ebony board with pearl side dot position markers only and a pearl peghead logo, AVO gold frets (wear comparable to stainless steel). The 17 inch scale plays easily with soft V neck profile (Max adopted this profile when she saw how well this and Don Grieser's turned out), nut width is comfortable at 1 3/16"; it feels like a much shorter scale. Gold Grover 309 tuners with 2 sets of buttons - black and pearl, and a custom one piece John Hamlett tailpiece. There are a number of other nice little details that you'll appreciate. The tone is very balanced all over the neck, and the low C string tone matches the others, which is unusual for most mandolas. No fret wear, in new condition, and it has 2 bridge tops - one for standard strings with plain A, and another top for D'Addiario Flat Top strings with a wound A. The custom Ameritage case fits perfectly and is a fortress...USD $3750

camera icon 2014 Weber Bridger Octave Mandolin
(Serial No. 1434207) mint condition, looks unplayed. Satin sunburst finish. Big powerful octave that is perfect for Celtic. Flamed maple back and sides, X braced Adirondack red spruce top with hand carved braces, 22 inch scale length, D shaped bound sound hole with ivory/black herringbone rosette, Weber logo and Celtic diamond peghead inlay in pearl, 1 3/8 inch nut, bound radiused fretboard, bound peghead, truss rod, Nickle Grover tuners with pearl buttons, Weber tradtional bridge and one piece tailpiece. Still has the tools for bridge adjustment in the case. Big deep sound one octave down from a mandolin. Very playable neck. Comes with a very clean Weber grey case....USD $2950

ELECTRIC MANDOLINS

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

MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS

camera gif 1927 Martin 5-21T Tenor Guitar
(Serial No. 33470) Excellent well played condition with no cracks. The 5-21 Martins are famous for putting out an astounding amount of sound for their size and this old warhorse is a prime example. Brazilian rosewood back and sodes, Adirondack red spruce top, and an ebony bridge and fretboard. Decal logo on the peghead and slotted squares fretboard inlay in pearl. It has a Brazilian rosewood peghead overlay. It's just had its cracked bridge replaced, a neck set, refretted with modern T frets, and a pro setup so it is ready to rock. Looks like it was oversprayed in the distant past. Original end pin and Grover banjo tuner style tuning pegs. The serial number #33470 is on the neck block and the C.F. Martin & Co. stamp is on the back of the peghead. A pre war Martin with a lot of bang for the buck. Has a big sound and is perfect for either tenor guitar work or it can be tuned as a octave mandolin or ukelele. Comes with an old oversized chip case.....USD $2950

camera gif 1936 Martin 0-17 Guitar
(Serial No. 62374) Excellent condition. These small body all mahogany Martins are great for blues, with that warm sound only a mahogany top will give. Has the scalloped bracing and the larger neck of the 1930s guitars with a 24.9 inch scale and the original ebony 1 3/4 inch nut. Looks like the neck has been reset in the past as the action is low and comfortable. There are two short minor repaired side cracks but that's it. The tuners are original. Plays great with a nice low action and has a huge sound all out of proportion to the small size. Beautiful guitar for fingerstyle. Comes in a newer hardshell case that fits perfectly....USD $4250

camera gif 1947 Martin 0-17 Guitar
(Serial No. 103542) Lots of playing wear but excellent structual and playing guitar. 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 is well played and shows a lot of playing wear. It is very light weight and incredibly responsive. Neck set is perfect. Just professionally refretted, a new nut fitted, and set up by luthier Richie Dotson. All original finish and hardware including tuning machines and pickguard. Here's the best part - great warm blues tone with excellent volume. The sound has really been played into this one. Just out of the repair shop so it it needs nothing but your hands to make it produce good music. Comes with a very nice new Superior hard case....USD $2450

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

camera gif 1945 Martin 00-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 92795) Excellent condition. Great sounding and playing small body guitar. Adirondack spruce top with unscalloped braces, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge - whats not to like? All the good stuff coming to you in a small couch friendly package. Very well balanced guitar with a big open woody sound and strong volume. It would be a fabulous recording guitar. Has the standard 1-11/16 nut. Peghead overlay and fingerboard are Brazilian rosewood with gold Martin script logo. The neck was just reset by luthier Ward Elliott so the action is low with plenty of saddle. There is a repaired area on the lower side that is probably a jack hole repair. Bridge plate is original with the holes plugged and re-drilled professionally. Tuners look to be original. Has an ebony truss rod so its light and responsive. Wartime peghead has no tuner bushings as built. Shows player wear with the usual nicks, dings and pickwear. The top has turned a nice orange. Neck is straight, frets were just dressed and crowned. Strap button added at the heel. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument, as played by local luthier Jerry Ray.Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $5350

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 $5000

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 $4700

camera icon 1931 Martin OM-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 45334) Excellent condition. This is the guitar that all of the modern makers are trying to copy. Last year for banjo tuners and bar frets. 000 size body with mahogany back and sides, Adirondack spruce top, 1-3/4 inch nut with a V profile neck, ebony fingerboard and bridge, long scale at 25.4 inches. All original hardware and finish. It has been played and shows some light playing wear, but overall a very clean guitar. No cracks. Does have some buckle scratches and a spot of wear on the treble side edge, probably from sitting on the knee. Neck has been reset, frets are fine, tuners are original and the action is low and comfortable. All work was done by luthier Dave Musslewhite. Very lightweight guitar with a beautiful open clear sound. It has an extremely complex tone with lots of volume, clear trebles, and a strong focused bass. It has a quick and delicate sound that responds equally well to fingerstyle or a flatpick. Comes with the original very nice hardshell case...USD $27,000

camera gif 1962 Martin D-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 185558) Excellent condition. This is what a good bluegrass guitar is all about. Well played old festival warrior D-18 has a Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Shows some playing wear and has a few nicks and dings - this guitar was played a lot because it sounds so good! Tuners are original closed back Klusons. Neck is straight, neck was just reset and a new saddle made by luthier Harry Eibert, and the frets were dressed at that time. Has tortoise pickguard and binding and the small maple bridgeplate. It has the dry woody sound you only get from a 50 year old mahogany guitar, with that huge Martin boom on the bottom end. Very powerful bluegrass sound. Nice low action with plenty of saddle left. A few small dryness cracks were repaired on the sides but overall its a straight guitar. Comes with what looks like an original Martin hardshell case....USD $3950

camera gif 1966 Martin D-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 215366) Excellent condition. This is a really good bluegrass guitar. Very clean D-18 has a Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Shows some very minor playing wear and has a few nicks and dings. No cracks - not even a guard crack. The action is great with a nice tall saddle, so I suspect the neck was recently reset. Tuners are original chrome closed back Grover Rotomatics. Transitional period with a tortise guard and black body binding, and it still has the small maple bridge plate. Has the shorter pocket saddle, which does not affect the sound but does make it much easier to mount pickups. It has the dry woody sound you only get from a 50 year old mahogany guitar, with that huge Martin boom on the bottom end. Very powerful bluegrass sound. Nice low action with plenty of saddle left. Comes with a newer hard shell case....USD $3950

camera gif 1969 Martin D-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 252108) Excellent minus condition. This is the classic Martin D-18 - solid mahogany back and sides and a solid spruce top. Original finish shows some playing wear as this guitar did duty in countless bluegrass jams here in Virginia. Neck is straight, neck set was just reset by luthier Jack Dillen in Asheville, NC, and the frets are fine. Brazilian rosewood fretboard and bridge. Bridge may be replaced and shows evidence that it was reglued. Original black pickguard and binding. Grover patent pending tuners are original to the guitar. This guitar has that big solid Martin "boom" you need in a good bluegrass guitar. Plays very easy with a nice low action. This is a excellent sounding well played and nicely aged D-18. Comes with a newer hardshell case ...USD $3250

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 a unsaddle pickup and endpin jack. Has that solid Martin "boom" you need in a good bluegrass guitar. This is a excellent sounding nicely aged D18. Comes with the original blue molded Martin hardshell case just as clean as the guitar. ...USD $3250

camera gif 2001 Martin D-18CW Clarence White Signature Edition Guitar
(Serial No. 823450) (Number 199 of 292) Near mint condition. Great sounding guitar built to be a tribute to the 1952 Martin D-18 Clarence White used for lead picking in the 1960s. This has a solid Adirondack red spruce top and forward shifted scalloped 5/16" x braces. The combination of the two allows more vibration in the top giving more volume. Gloss sunburst top finish. Has figured quilted mahogany back and sides and a modified V-shaped neck with a polished East Indian rosewood overlay on the squared and tapered headstock, Martins "old style" gold decal logo, Waverly W-16 nickel tuners with butterbean knobs and a wide (1 3/4" at the nut) black African ebony fingerboard and matching ebony "through-saddle" bridge with 2 1/4 inch spacing. In the tradition of another of White’s Martin guitars, no position markers are inlayed on the fingerboard, only Clarence Whites signature between the 19th and 20th frets. Traditional mahogany neck block with a dovetail neck joint. Alo has tortoise-color binding with traditional style 18 black/white purfling, herringbone center strip, "old style" polished and beveled pickguard, and genuine bone nut and saddle. The rosette inlay accents a single ring of colorful "heart" abalone pearl trimmed with vintage Style 45 wood fiber lines. The inside label is signed by Michelle White Bledsoe (Clarences daughter) and C.F. Martin IV. The guitar is really, really clean - anything you see in the picture that looks like a blemish is a reflection. Action is easy, frets are fine, neck set is good. This one has a huge sound Martin sound, perfect for flatpicking. Comes with the original Gieb style hard shell case...USD $3950

camera gif 1949 Martin D-28 Guitar
(Serial No. 112168) Excellent condition. This is what a good bluegrass guitar is all about. Has a Sitka spruce top and nice straight grain Brazilian rosewood back and sides. The figure in the sides is spectacular. The only crack repair I see is the usual repaired pickguard crack. Finish is original and shows the usual nicks and dings and some buckle wear on the back. Tuners are late 1950's Klusons, which are an exact replacement for the originals. One tuner shaft is slightly bent but it works fine. This guitar has all the power and tone you expect from an old Martin. The action is nice and low as luthier Harry Eibert just reset the neck, dressed the frets and made a new exact replica ebony bridge. This guitar has that well-known Martin "boom" that is ideal for bluegrass. Very powerful bluegrass sound. Comes with a newer hardshell case.....USD $15,500

camera gif 1955 Martin D-28 Guitar
(Serial No. 144623) Excellent condition. This is a powerful bluegrass guitar with all the punch and drive you expect in a older Martin. Finish and hardware are original. Nicely aged spruce top and old growth straight grain Brazilian rosewood back and sides. This guitar was thoroughly gone though recently by luthier Harry Eibert in NY who reset the neck, dressed the frets, set up the guitar, and repaired the ding in the lower bass side top and the outside pickguard crack on the treble side. Has the standard 1 11/16 inch nut, ebony fingerboard and bridge, rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script, and the original waffle back tuners. Plays easy with low action, and has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Lots of buckle wear on the back. Has the expected finish checking, pickwear, and the usual nicks and dings of a well loved and much played guitar. Comes with an original hardshell case. Warning - this guitar has been known to get out of its case in the middle of the night and go hunting banjos...USD $12,500

camera gif 1961 Martin D-28 Guitar
(Serial No. 179644) Excellent condition. This is an outstanding bluegrass guitar with all the punch you expect in a older Martin. Nicely aged spruce top and highly figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Ebony fretboard and bridge. The neck has been reset in the past and luthier Steve Kovacik just set up the guitar so it plays wonderfully. No cracks or crack repairs - not even a guard crack. Has the standard 1 11/16 inch nut and an ebony fingerboard and bridge. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. I think the bridge was slightly shaved in the past from the bottom to lower the action as the wings on the bridge look thinner to me than standard, but there is plenty of saddle left. Has a spot of buckle rash on the back and the expected finish checking, pickwear, and the usual nicks and dings of a well loved and much played guitar. Finish and hardware are original. Comes with the original hardshell case. ...USD $8500

camera gif 1962 Martin D-28 Guitar
(Serial No. 181410) Excellent condition. This is a really strong bluegrass guitar with all the punch you expect in a older Martin. Nicely aged spruce top and highly figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides. I suspect this guitar had a recent neck set, as the action is perfect. No cracks or crack repairs - not even a guard crack. Has the standard 1 11/16 inch nut and an ebony fingerboard and bridge. Has the long saddle bridge and the small maple bridge plate. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Plays easy with low action, and has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Has the expected finish checking, pickwear, and the usual nicks and dings of a well loved and much played guitar. Finish and hardware are original. Comes with an older maybe original hardshell case...USD $8500

camera gif 1967 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 thats 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 creck. 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 $7250

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camera icon 1934 Gibson L-00 Guitar
(Factory Order No. 920) Excellent condition. Factory order number 920 is listed in the Spann book as 1934. I also think this is a 1934 based on the size of the top sunburst and the unbound back. Nice guitar with all original finish showing some very minor playing wear but no structural repairs. Has a mahogany back and sides and a x-braced spruce top with sunburst finish, firestripe guard that follows the body contour, original ebony 1 3/4 inch nut on the chunky v profile neck, small straight bridge, bound top only, and a silkscreened white script Gibson logo in the peghead. The bridge and few braces were reglued, the frets were dressed and the guitar was set up by by luthier Richie Dotson here in town. The guitar is all solid and in good playing condition. The tuners are the original squared end brass plate tuners with white buttons. They work very well. Frets are good and the neck is straight. Big sound. 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...$5250

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 stipe 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....$3500

camera icon 1939 Gibson L-00 Guitar
(Factory Order No. none) Excellent playing condition. I say this is a 1939 as it has the amber tuner buttons, which I have only seen on a 1939, but it could be as late as 1941. 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 guard 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, 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 hardshell case..USD $3900

camera icon 1937 Gibson HG-00 Conversion Guitar
(Factory Order No. 123C) This guitar started life as a Hawaiian setup with a 12 fret body, rounded neck, T frets and a straight saddle. The Brazilian rosewood bridge is likely replaced as the saddle is now correctly slanted for intonation. Excellent playing condition with a wide 1 7/8 nut. I say this is a 1937 as it has the C serial number suffix, bound back and the later style pickguard, but it could be as late as 1941. Nice guitar with all original finish showing some very minor playing wear. Has a mahogany back and sides and a x-braced spruce top with sunburst finish, firestripe guard that follows the body contour, a chunky v profile neck, small straight bridge, bound top and back, and a silkscreened white script Gibson logo in the peghead. The guitar was set up by by luthier Richie Dotson here in town. The guitar is all solid and in good structural condition. The tuners are the original 3 on a plate Klusons with original black buttons. They work very well. Frets are good and the neck is straight. Very clean guitar. Big big sound from the 12 fret body. Perfect for ragtime and fingerstyle playing. It's in excellent playing condition - all it needs is your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original soft case, also in excellent condition....USD $4250

camera icon 1953 Gibson LG-2 3/4 Guitar
(Serial No. 331Y) Excellent condition. Gibson's original travel guitar. Body is 12 3/4 inches wide with a 22 3/4 inch scale and 1 1/2 inch nut. Spruce top with straight across ladder bracing, sunburst top finish and natural finished mahogany back and sides. Also has a teardrop guard, small rectangle bridge, triple bound top and single bound back, and gold Gibson peghead logo. Strap button added at the heel. Has a nice low action, as the neck was just reset by luthier David Sheppard. Completely solid and a great playing and sounding guitar. Comes with a newer hard case...USD $3000

camera icon 1947 Gibson LG2 Guitar
(Serial Number: none) Excellent and well-played example of Gibson's most popular post war small body flat-top guitar model. Has the original sunburst top finish and dark back and sides. 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 script peghead logo. It has the larger neck profile of the banner era guitars. The open back strip Kluson tuners are original and work well. Great sounding guitar with a nice low action, as the neck was just reset and the guitar set up by luthier Jeff Robertson in Texas. One small back crack has been repaired as shown and it has moderate playing wear. Replaced endpin. Completely solid and a great playing and sounding guitar. Comes with the original gator print cardboard case....USD $4250

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. Original finish. I believe 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 older Guild hard shell case that fits well...USD $3150

camera icon 1945 Gibson J-45 Banner Guitar
(Serial No. none) 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, single ply binding, and the small pickguard. Excellent playing guitar as the neck was just reset and partially refretted by luthier Harry Eibert. Its an exceptional sounding guitar as well with the powerful yet sweet tone you only get from these early J-45's. Action from the fingerboard is 5/32 on the bass side and 3/32 on the treble, right where it should be. Nut is 1 3/4 inch and the pin spacing at the bridge is 2 3/16 inch. Strap button added at the heel. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $11,500

camera icon 1998 Gibson Early J-45 Guitar
(Serial No. 90968014) Excellent condition. Gibson renamed the classic J45 to the Early J45 in 1997, and that's what it has on the label. Classic slope shoulder body with a sunburst finish, mahogany back and sides with a Sitka spruce top, triple bound top, single bound back, decal logo, nickle plated closed back Kluson tuners, small teardrop pickguard, and rosewood fingerboard and upper belly bridge. Excellent sounding and playing guitar with the classic Gibson mid-range sound. This was not a case queen as it shows some minor playing wear, a few nicks and dings and buckle scratches on the back, as this guitar was used to drive a bluegrass band for a few years. The finish is still very shiny as seen by the number of reflections in the pictures. Comes with the original Gibson logo hardshell case...USD $2950

camera icon 1955 Gibson J-50 Guitar
(Serial No. w2607 15) Excellent/near mint condition. It does have a few minor nicks and dings and some typical finish checking - it is after all 58 years old - but it is in remarkably nice condition. The sound just rolls out of this guitar. It 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 repairs or refinish. The neck was just reset by luthier David Sheppard. Strap button added at the heel. The frets are in excellent shape and the neck is straight. Comes with the original alligator print cardboard case or a newer hard case, your choice...USD $5750

camera icon 1957 Gibson J-50 Guitar
(Serial No. U658 26) Excellent condition with some repairs. Excellent sounding guitar - it also really nails the slope shoulder Gibson midrangy dreadnaught sound. Natural finish spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and original Brazilian bridge with fixed saddle. No structual 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 ovbviously new as it partially covers up some serious pick wear. Tuners are the correct Klusons but are a few years newer than the guitar. Shows some pick wear at the edge of the pick guard and some arm wear where you arm comes over the top. That makes sense; a guitar that sounds this good was played a lot. Big sound, great playability and a good price - what more can you ask for? Comes with a nice newer hardshell case....USD $3450

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

camera icon 2014 Gibson Advanced Jumbo Stage Edition Guitar
(Serial No. 13644059) Near mint condition - looks almost unplayed. I think the Advanced Jumbo is the best modern flat top guitar Gibson makes. I've played a lot of them, and they all seems to have a good sound. This one fits that description. It is a Custom Shop limited edition made very closely to the early guitars, and its fitted with a pickup for stage use. Its a 14 fret slope shoulder dreadnaught, 16 inches wide, vintage sunburst finish on an Adirondack red spruce top, traditional scalloped X bracing pattern, multi-ply single ring rosette, traditional AJ firestripe pickguard, cream binding, Indian rosewood back and sides, bound 12 inch radius rosewood fingerboard with the mother of pearl diamond and arrow inlays, mahogany neck, gold Grover vintage style open gear tuners, 25.5 inch scale length, 1.725 inch width at the nut. Fitted with a L.R. Baggs Element VTC pickup system with controls inside the sound hole and end pin jack. Big sound and a good bass, even though it looks pretty much unplayed. Very clean guitar - anything that looks like an inperfection is probably a reflection. Comes with the original hard shell case.....USD $2250

camera icon 1955 Gibson J-160E Guitar
(Serial No. W1727-29) Excellent condition. This was the model that John Lennon owned and played. It was also used by George Harrison and features on several famous Beatles recordings including Please Please Me, A Hard Days Night and many more throughout the 60s. Has a dark sunburst finish, one P-90 type pickup with endpin jack, laminated spruce top, mahogany back and sides, 20 frets, rosewood fretboard and bridge, 1 & 11/16 inches wide at the nut,mpearl logo and fretboard inlays. Early version of this guitar with the adjustable bridge and the larger thumb wheels. Probably had different tuners at one time as the bushings are not correct and it looks like newer Keystone buttons on a set of original Kluson tuners. Strap button added at the top of the heel. Electronics work well and gives a big sound as you would expect. Nice low action, neck is straight, neck set is good and the frets are fine. Has the usual nicks and dings of a guitar used for 50 plus years to make music, but no cracks and no repairs or refinish noted. Comes with somewhat beat original alligator print cardboard case or a newer hard shell case - your choice...USD $5250

camera icon 1979 Gibson Dove Custom Guitar
(Serial No. 70459012) Excellent condition, double bound square shoulder D body, sunburst finish on spruce top, dark stained maple sides and back, dark finish on 3 piece mahogany neck, bound ebony fretboard, double parallelogram inlays, 20 frets, ebony bridge with pearl inlays, pearl dove inlaid in engraved tortoise plastic pickguard, 1-11/16" nut, 25-1/2" scale. Neck was recently reset so it plays nicely with low action. Has a nice period hardshell case. I thought this one was sold but its been at my luthiers for some finish touch up around the rear area of the heel. Its ready to go!..USD $1950

camera icon 1990 Gibson J-185 Guitar
(Serial No. 92200011) Excellent condition showing only light playing wear. Blond finish, first year of reissue, classic small body jumbo with a 16 1/8 inch wide lower bout. Has highly figured maple back and sides with Sitka spruce top, 14 fret mahogany neck, peghead has pearl logo and crown inlay. Has a bound rosewood fretboard with pear split parallelogram inlays, rosewood reverse belly bridge with pearl cross inlays, tortoise plastic pickguard, Kluson Deluxe tuners with single ring keystone buttons. 1 11/16 inch nut and has the longer 25 1/2 inch scale, which I think gives better tone and sustain than the usual short scale on these. Good sounding guitar with clear bass and a midrangey bright tone that cuts through in a band setting. No repairs and only a few small nicks and dings. Good low action. End pin has been drilled for a pickup jack but currently has a strap button. Comes with a newer TKL dreadnaught hardshell case...USD $2150

camera icon 1958 Gibson J-200 Guitar
(Serial No. A28033) Excellent condition. I'm not usually much for J-200s, but this one really caught my attention - it actually sounds and plays great! Big open sound, very well balanced, without the usual tubbiness of a jumbo or the harshness of most maple guitars. The J-200 is the "King of the Flattops" with a 17 inch lower bout, solid spruce top, curly maple back and sides, original gold Grover tuners, open mustache bridge, engraved floral pickguard, orange oval label, and lots of pearl - the logo, the headstock inlay, and the crown inlays on the fretboard. Finish is original and shows some minor checking and the usual nicks, dings and some pick wear on the top. The engraved pickguard is nice and does not show the wear most of these have. Wonderful round shaped neck with the 1 11/16 inch nut. No repairs or refinish noted. One year older than the guitar Elvis played but it is the exact same specs. Comes with the original brown/pink lined hard shell case....USD $10,350

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

camera icon 2007 Scott Baxendale J-185 Custom Guitar
Scott Baxendale is a well-known US luthier. He was the driving force behind the relaunch of Mossman guitars in the 1980s. This is a custom built guitar based on the Gibson J-185 body style. 16 inch figured koa back and sides, spruce top, ebony fretboard and upper belly bridge, 1.75 inch bone nut, firestripe guard, pearl logo, soundhole rosette, and custom star fretboard position markers. Gold Gotoh tuners. Custom soundhole carved in the treble side to allow the player to hear the guitar better. No cracks or repairs. Fitted with an under saddle pickup and an end pin jack. Good volume and tone, plays easy with a nice low action. Comes with a worn but sturdy tweed hard shell case. ....USD $3250

camera icon 1994 Breedlove DR Deluxe Guitar
(Serial No. 7517) Excellent near mint condition. This is a very fine traditional bluegrass guitar in the style of the prewar Martin D28. Has an Indian rosewood back and sides, Adirondack red spruce top, herringbone top trim, advanced scalloped braces, ebony fretboard and bridge, Greven old style pickguard, and gold open back Grover tuners. Has a 1 3/4 inch nut with a comfortable modern neck profile. Neck is straight, frets are excellent, plays very nicely with a low action. The guitar is very clean, near mint. Big sound from this guitar as you would expect - excellent clear tone with plenty of volume to drive a bluegrass band. Sounds outstanding on a flatpick and it has good volume for fingerstyle. Very clean guitar. Anything you see in the pictures that looks like a blemish is a reflection. Comes with the clean original high end hard shell case....USD $2350

camera icon 2014 Ed Foley Dreadnaught Guitar
(Serial #256) New with warranty. Ed Foley of Moravia, NY builds some of the best guitars around. He is a one man custom shop who is well known in Nashville. Many Nashville pros - George Strait and Joe Diffie are two - use his guitars. More info is on his web page at HTTP://www.foleyguitars.com. This is one of his prototype hybrid braced guitars. Its based on the Gibson slope shoulder dreadnaught body, with a long Martin style scale length at 25.4 inches to give it more resonance. Back and sides are figured mahogany, the top is Adirondack (red) spruce, and has top binding, side binding, peghead overlay and soundhole rosette of tortoise, and old style nickle Waverly open back tuners. Ivory nut is the standard 1 11/16 inch on the ebony fretboard. The workmanship is first class. Eds logo is a engraved steer skull on the peghead. The guitar plays like butter and the sound is what you look for in a good bluegrass or country guitar - lots of volume with a good boom on the bottom and nice tone everywhere on the neck. The hybrid bracing gives a powerful punch to the sound without losing the clear tone. The look and sound make this a perfect stage guitar for a bluegrass band. Comes with a nice hardshell case. ...USD $3250

camera icon 1999 Santa Cruz Tony Rice Guitar
(Serial No. D5999R) Mint nearly unplayed condition. Santa Cruz is one of the best small shop luthiers, and the Tony Rice is their signature model. Its a copy of the famous D-28 first played by Clarence White and later owned and played by Tony Rice. This modelfeatures highly figured Indian rosewood back and sides, a Sitka spruce top with double tapered bracing and and hand scalloped tone bars, herringbone rosette, herringbone top trim with grained ivoriod body binding, and a zipper backstripe. Like Rice's famous guitar, the bound ebony fingerboard extends into the large (4 1/4") soundhole. 25.25 inch scale, 1 11/16" nut width, 2 3/16" string spacing at saddle, no fretboard inlays except Santa Cruz SCGC logo at the 12th fret (regular side dots at the usual frets), plain Brazilian rosewood peghead overlay, Santa Cruz open-gear tuners. Its a very lightly constructed guitar which makes it extremely responsive. Very powerful bluegrass voice. It combines the bass presence of an old D-28 with more substantial midrange and treble. No repairs or refinish. It plays very easily with a nice low action. Works well for hard flatpicking but will also respond to a delicate touch for fingerstyle. Comes with a nice Ameritage hardshell case....USD $4250

camera icon 2000 Taylor 801 CE Guitar
(Serial No. 20001111132) Excellent minus condition showing some minor pick wear and a few dings. Excellent guitar for those pickers looking for the power of the classic rosewood/spruce dreadnaught. Higher grade Taylor with a premium Sitka spruce top, quartersawn Indian rosewood back and sides, soft Venetian cutaway, ebony fingerboard and bridge, abalone rosette, pearl progressive diamond inlay on fingerboard, and gold hardware. Neck is the wide flat profile with a 1 3/4 inch nut with low action for comfortable playing. Has the Fishman Expression pickup system which has the slider controls in the side and an endpin jack. This has been a working guitar playing hundreds of gigs so it shows some honest wear. There's a ding in the lower bass side of the top, some finish checking as it was used in Montana, and some odd scratches on the top near the pickguard. Neck is straight, frets are fine, and the sound is exceptional either plugged in or strictly acoustic. Good sustain and overtones, great projection, well balanced, and a lot of punch - this guitar has some power. The tone and volume have been played into this one. Comes with the original Taylor hardshell case....USD $1600

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ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC ARCHTOP AND SEMI-HOLLOW GUITARS

camera icon 2016 Gibson ES-335 Guitar
(Serial No. ME303023) As-new, mint unplayed condition, no warranty. I got this in trade from a authorized dealer - it is new stock, Memphis production. The plastic protective covering is still on the pickguard. Blonde with flamed maple top, back and sides. The ES-335 has been the standard in semi-hollow body guitars since 1958. They are warm, resonate and mellow. The guitar has a construction with a solid piece of maple in the middle of the body to reduce feedback. Has two humbuckers, pearl peghead logo, nickle plated hardware, and a stop tainpiece which increases sustain. The ES-335 seems to speak from somewhere lower in its body, somewhere further back in the throat, than earlier guitars. A good ES-335 specimen does not reflect sound from its surface, but seems to generate it inside the body. Some qualities hit you right away - the satisfying proportions and balance of the guitar, the pure intonation along the entire length of the fretboard - while others exist at the margins, like the range of tonal information you can get when plugged in from different pick attacks, bends and volume levels. The longer you play it and push its abilities, the more you get it. Just set up by my luthier. Comes with a new Gibson hardshell case and the certificate of authenticity...USD $3250

camera icon 1950s Gibson ES-125 Guitar
(Order No. 5513 30) Excellent condition, sunburst finish. This is the classic late 1940s-early 1950s Gibson archtop, perfect for jazz or even better rockabilly. Full depth laminated maple 16 inch archtop body, spruce top, original closed back single line Kluson tuners with replaced buttons, tapered peg head which will date the guitar prior to mid 1950, bound top and back, unbound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, 1 11/16 inch nut, gold silkscreened block Gibson logo. Has a single great sounding reissue Jimmy Wallace P-90 pickup in the neck position, new pots, high quality reproduction clear barrel knobs with no numbers, rosewood bridge, and a plain chrome trapeze tailpiece. Arched back. Stamped inside with the order number and ES-125. Missing the pick guard. The finish is original and the frets are fine with some minor fingerboard wear on the upper frets. Has the usual nicks and dings of a guitar that was well used and much loved, but no major repairs or refinish. The frets were dressed and the guitar was just set up by my local luthier Jerry Ray. If you are looking for a working mans vintage guitar to make music, one you don't mind taking on the road or out to a gig, this is it. Its an excellent playing and sounding guitar with a nice cutting rockabilly or jazzer tone. Comes with the original brown cardboard case....USD $2250

camera icon 1957 Gibson L7C Archtop Guitar
(Serial No. A22740) Excellent condition, sunburst finish. 17 inch body with a carved solid spruce top, carved maple back, sides and neck, bound 25 1/2 inch scale Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with split parallelogram pearl inlay, top is triple bound, pearl logo and crown peghead inlay. All hardware and finish is original. The original pickguard was cut out and drilled for a pickup in the distant past. Excellent action and playability, with a sweet, wide open voice and looks to match. My luthier just set this up "old school" with flat wounds. One tuner is slightly bent but it works fine. There is a well repaired top crack on the bass side, also shows some finish checking all over, especially near the endpin. Comes with the original brown hardshell case....USD $4950

TENOR GUITARS

camera gif 1927 Martin 5-21T Tenor Guitar
(Serial No. 33470) Excellent well played condition with no cracks. The 5-21 Martins are famous for putting out an astounding amount of sound for their size and this old warhorse is a prime example. Brazilian rosewood back and sodes, Adirondack red spruce top, and an ebony bridge and fretboard. Decal logo on the peghead and slotted squares fretboard inlay in pearl. It has a Brazilian rosewood peghead overlay. It's just had its cracked bridge replaced, a neck set, refretted with modern T frets, and a pro setup so it is ready to rock. Looks like it was oversprayed in the distant past. Original end pin and Grover banjo tuner style tuning pegs. The serial number #33470 is on the neck block and the C.F. Martin & Co. stamp is on the back of the peghead. A pre war Martin with a lot of bang for the buck. Has a big sound and is perfect for either tenor guitar work or it can be tuned as a octave mandolin or ukelele. Comes with an old oversized chip case.....USD $2550

camera icon   1935 National Style N Tenor Guitar
(Serial No. 1103) I'm not completely sure which model this is. It looks like a Style N but has a guitar shaped body with a single resonator. Has flat F holes and a bound fretboard. Round neck tenor with all original hardware and cone. The neck was just reset and the instrument set up by luthier Richie Dotson here in town. It needs nothing but your hands to produce good music. Has a dent in the side and a few bangs and dings, but it is structurally sound and plays great.Very loud with a unique sound. Comes with a gig bag. ..USD $1750

UKULELES, BANJOS, TIPLES, AND OTHER ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS

camera icon   1947 Martin T-18 Tiple
(Serial No. 99947) Think of a tiple as an ukulele with 10 steel strings. If you have never heard swing jazz on a tiple you are missing a treat! Natural lacquer finish, spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, rosewood bridge, and original ebony nut. While not well remembered now, numerous small African-American string-swing ensembles of the 1930's and '40's made extensive use of these small but loud instruments for fast melody work and rhythmic strumming. Two of the best known were the Spirits Of Rhythm (featuring guitarist Teddy Bunn) and Cats and the Fiddle, where Tiny Grimes got his professional start. Overall length is 27 1/2 inches, and the original ebony nut is 1 1/2 inches. Tortoise binding. Has the typical nicks and dings of a well played instrument with some finish checking and playing wear on the back of the neck. A pickguard has been added to either side of the upper top to stop pickwear. Original finish and hardware. Neck is straight, frets are fine. Action is very playable. Plays well and has a good sound. Comes with an older softshell case...USD $1100

STEELS AND RESONATOR INSTRUMENTS

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camera icon   1954 Gretsch Jet Twin Mainliner Lap Steel Guitar
(Serial No. X38206) Excellent condition. Cool old double neck lap steel guitar made by Valco for Gretsch. Having two necks let you put one in C6 and the other in E7 if you are playing old time country steel or traditional swing, or just open G and D to cover the bases in a blues or rock band. Pickups work great and are hot with a good bite. 23 inch scale length on both necks. Finish, electronics and most of the hardware is original. The pickup control knobs had cracked and the tuner knobs had crumbled, so the knobs and the tuners are modern replicas. Comes with a new gig bag.....USD $850

camera icon   1930s Oahu Square neck Lap Guitar
(No serial number) Excellent condition, square neck, sunburst finish on top, back and sides. Built by one of the premier Chicago companies for Hawaiian, lap steel and lap guitars. Oahu was big into the raised action/ no frets sound. Many of these were sold as student guitars, as was this one as evidenced by faint notes written in pencil on the edge of the fretboard. Larger body size than is usually seen, a about the size of a Gibson J-185. The square neck and straight saddle means it was intended to played as a lap guitar. All mahogany top, back and sides, rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Fretboard has flush frets. Nice original checkerboard binding on the top and back. Has a good old time sound with the ladder braced top. Shows one minor punch repair on the lower back, otherwise its in excellent shape. Original finish and hardware. Grab a slide, put on some old Delta Blues, and enjoy! Comes with the original cardboard case...USD $650

camera icon   1935 National Style N Tenor Guitar
(Serial No. 1103) I'm not completely sure which model this is. It looks like a Style N but has a guitar shaped body with a single resonator. Has flat F holes and a bound fretboard. Round neck tenor with all original hardware and cone. The neck was just reset and the instrument set up by luthier Richie Dotson here in town. It needs nothing but your hands to produce good music. Has a dent in the side and a few bangs and dings, but it is structurally sound and plays great.Very loud with a unique sound. Comes with a gig bag. ..USD $1750

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 coverplate and a few nicks and dents, but nothing major. Original hardware and finish. Typical with Nationals, the neck has some bow in it and would need a reset to play up the neck in standard. But that not what you want this for - its very cool just like it is for slide work, especially slide blues. Think Sam Bush. Sam plays slide mandolin - check out his sound to see all the possibilities. Very loud with a unique sound. Comes with a slide and a Travelite style foam hard case. Consigned. ..USD $1750

camera icon   1930s Dobro Model 25 / 27 Resonator Guitar
(No serial number) Excellent condition, roundneck, sunburst finish. This is a Regal built Dobro with either a birch or mahogany body and mahogany neck, f-holes on the upper bout, bound top and back, no sound well. All the finish and hardware is original, including the original cone. Strap button added at the heel. As there is no serial number, it could have been built as early as 1937 or as late as 1942. This was introduced as Model 25 and was renamed to Model 27 in 1939. Just had a neck reset and frets dressed by luthier Jerry Ray so it plays nicely for either fingerstyle or slide. Shows some fretboard wear and most of the finish has been played off the back of the neck, so you know it was well used and loved. Has that nice warm tone with bite that you look for in a vintage Dobro. Comes with a period hard shell case....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

camera icon   1932 National Triolian Guitar
(Serial No. 2993W, Patent Pending) A very nice Triolian in excellent condition. Has an unusual brown sunburst finish. Completely original including the tuners, biscuit and cone. Has a fsome minor edge chips and overall playing wear especially where your arm comes over the top, but overall very clean. Frets are original and in excellent condition, the flamed maple neck is straight, and the neck set is good. Neck has been reset. Strap button added at the heel. Good strong sounding reso with action just high enough for slide but can still be played up the neck. Comes with the original case....USD $3500

camera icon   1940 National Style 0 Guitar
(Serial No. C4534) Blues approved! Excellent condition cosmetically, excellent condition soundwise. This is a late Style 0 from the last years of prewar production with the etched palm trees, mountains and the canoe on the back. Has the 14 fret body, 1 3/4 inch nut, solid peghead, valve cover style enclosed tuners, parallelagran fretboard inlay, and the original cone. Has the chickenfoot resonator cover plate like the one on the Dire Straights CD. Some minor wear, especially on the bridge cover, but no significant dents or breaks. Pickguard is a modern reproduction. The neck was reset and the guitar set up by my luthier Harry Eibert. Plays perfectly with the sound you are looking for in a prewar National. There are the remains of a American flag decal on the back of the guitar. This could be removed, but I thought it looked pretty cool so I left it. Comes with a newer hardshell case. ....USD $6500

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ELECTRIC SOLIDBODY GUITARS AND AMPS

camera icon   1962 Danelectro Single cut U1 Guitar
(Serial Number - none) This is a single cut Danelectro with the coke bottle headstock and an amazing hot lipstick pickup. Has the volume and tone controls, and original pickguard. Frets are good, neck is straight and its just been set up. This is a great slide guitar, but works equally well for regular playing. All the finish, electronics and hardware are original. The strap locks shown have been changed back to the original strap posts. There is one pickup and the original switch, unusual on a single pickup guitar, just cuts out the tone control in the center position. This guitar sounds great so it was played, and therefore shows some edge and neck wear. The back controls cover is probably a replacement. Very lightweight guitar. Comes with a nice well fitting 70s hardshell case, probably Gibson...USD $1500

camera icon   1963 Fender Stratocaster Guitar
(Serial No. 96279) Excellent but well-played condition. If you are looking for the classic gig guitar - this is it. This is the guitar all of the "Relic" series wants to be. Well played Strat in the sunburst finish. Everything is original, no routes or refins. The profile on the B profile neck is amazing and the back of the neck is glass smooth from all the playing. Nicely flamed maple in the neck as well. Rosewood board. Frets are original and it plays very well. The most incredible sounding pickups I have heard - perfectly balanced and matched. I think this guitar was played as a lefty for a while - there is a strap button screw hole in the lower horn as well. The five small areas on the top where some finish is missing were apparently coins glued on the top, as you can still see a circular impression around them. Just set up by my luthier Jerry Ray so it plays smooth as silk. Comes with the original brown Fender hard shell case with two replaced and functional latches....USD $18,250

camera icon   1974 Fender Telecaster Guitar
(Serial No. 649639) Excellent condition. This is the classic Telecaster blond finish with the blue grain lines showing through. Has the black logo and single string tree on the peghead. Neck is dead straight with a nice and slightly chunky "B" profile. Has the original frets that have been dressed but are still playable. Completely original finish, hardware and electronics, with no routes and no repairs. Medium weight at 8.4 lbs. Shows some edge wear and scuffing, just enough to be cool. Just set up so it plays like butter. Good 70's Telecasters with no changes are getting harder to find and here's a chance to get a nice one - and it sounds good, too! Comes with the original case. .....USD $3850

camera icon   2005 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom Guitar
(Serial No. CS52463) Excellent plus condition. From the Custom Shop and stamped on the back of the peghead. Great playing and sounding Les Paul you can play all night, as it only weighs 9 lbs. All original hardware and electronics. Ebony fretboard with big pearl block inlays. Looks to have very little playing time, as there is almost no wear on the gold hardware. Does have a few minor nicks and dings as the nut was apparently replaced. There is some disturbance of the finish near the bridge base but all looks to be original. It was just set set up by my luthier. Comes with the original black vintage style Gibson hardshell case with the purple lining...USD $2950

camera icon   1972 Gibson SG Standard Guitar
(Serial No. 900180) Excellent condition. Brown finish. All original. Very punchy original metal P-90 humbucking pickups with exposed poles, chrome hardware, original small pickguard, 3 way selector switch, the long travel Schaller "harmonica" tune-o-matic bridge, block fingerboard inlays, bound rosewood fretboard, and a pearl logo and crown in the peghead. Excellent playing and sounding guitar, just set up. Frets are good, neck is straight, neck set is good, no repairs noted. There is a small circular spot on the front where a decal was removed. Comes with the original hard shell case.....USD $2350

camera icon   1973 Gibson SG Special
(Serial No. 774573) Excellent condition. Brown finish. All original. Has 2 black mini-humbucking pickups with visible poles, chrome hardware, old style 3 point pickguard, 3 way selector switch, tune-0-matic bridge in rectangular housing, dot fingerboard inlay, and a pearl logo in the peghead. Good playing and sounding guitar, just set up. Frets are good, neck is straight, no repairs noted. The Kluson tuners are the correct style but may be reissues. Comes with the original big plastic "chainsaw" case....USD $1600

camera icon   2001 Les Paul Studio Plus Guitar
(Serial No. 01661624) Near mint with a few very minor nicks from playing. Translucent red finish, solid unbound mahogany body (standard weight - not chambered) with an AA flamed maple top, mahogany neck with a rounded 1959 profile, 22 fret fretboard with pearloid trapezoid inlays, gold hardware, two huge-sounding humbucking pickups with hot Alnico magnets - a 490R in the neck position and a 498T in the bridge position with volume ond tone controls for both, and a 3-way pickup selector switch. When you're talking about a Les Paul, you're talking about that big, fat, smokey humbucker sound. Just set up by my luthier so it plays like butter. Comes with a Gator hard shell case....USD $1100

camera icon   2002 Guild AAA Bluesbird P90 Guitar
(Serial number CM000504) Mint unplayed condition, amber top finish. This is 2002 Corona CA made reintroduction of the Bluesbird with Nightbird styling, AAA grade flamed arched maple top, mahogany body routed for tone chambers, 2 P-90 soapbar pickups with controls, pickup selector swich in upper bass bout, tune-0-matic bridge, stop tailpiece, bound top, pearl logo and Chesterfield peghead inlay, and block inlays in the bound rosewood fretboard. I bought this from a collector who just put it away - its never been gigged. It is truly mint condition. Its been set up so plays very easy and has strong volume with a very balanced sound. Comes with the mint condition original Guild hardshell case....USD $1650

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ELECTRIC BASSES AND BASS AMPS

camera icon   2008 Fender Precision Bass Guitar
(Serial No. Z8160831) Near mint condition. Made in USA. Dark red with rosewood fretboard. Looks unplayed. Comes with the original Fender strap, all the case candy and hang tags in the original hardshell case....USD $1050


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CASES, PARTS AND MISCELLANEOUS

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)

PICTURES

camera icon   Ray "Crash" Corrigan Picture
Original Crash Corrigan 8X10 black and white promotional picture. Very well detailed shot showing a beautiful pre-war rosewood Gibson J200. Nicely framed and matted with acid free materials.....USD $50

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 $600

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

LUTHIER SPECIALS

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

camera icon   1950's Kay K1 Archtop Guitar Project
(Serial No. 7457) 1950s Kay 17 inch archtop with a cutaway. Changed tuners, a hole near the bridge for pickup controls (pickup long gone) and an ugly heel repair is the downside. Good is original finish, bridge, tailpiece, and case. Block inlay on the fingerboard and mother of toilet seat on the peghead face. Stamped K1 7457 inside. Missing the pickguard. No structual repairs other than the neck heel. Neck looks straight and the frets are good. Sold "as-is" due to obvious issues...USD $100


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