MANDOLIN WORLD HEADQUARTERS, INC.

MANDOLINS, GUITARS, AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS
FOR SALE OR TRADE


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

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

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

Viewing/visits/try outs by appointment only
My business phone hours are:
Monday-Friday: 11:00 am -10:00 pm East Coast time zone USA
Weekends: 12 noon - 10:00 pm East Coast time zone USA

E-mail to:1939d18@gmail.com

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

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Sale/Trade List - Updated November 30, 2021
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IN TRANSIT OR IN THE SHOP:
No further details are available on these. I do not price instruments until they are ready for sale. Please keep watching the page for the listing!

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

    GIBSON MANDOLINS AND RELATED

    Here is a link to a visual tutorial on the use of the Gibson cam clamp as used until 1922 or so. This from California luthier Paul Hostetlers fine website: www.luthier.net.

    camera icon  1925 Gibson A1 Mandolin
    (Serial #81617) Excellent condition. This is a players mandolin. 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. This is the "A1" model with a silver painted logo, top bound only. Finish is original as is the bridge, tailpiece, and pickguard. The tuners have been changed to modern Schallers for ease of tuning and playability. Just set up by my luthier. Frets are fine and neck set is good. A long side crack was professionally repaired. The hole in the peghead was put there so the owner could hang the mandolin on the wall! Its a nice loud mandolin in excellent restored condition, with excellent tone. Plays easy with a nice low action. Shows a little picking and case wear. Excellent for Celtic, old time and jazz. Comes with a newer TKL hardshell case......USD $2900

    camera icon  1914 Gibson A4 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 16217 FON 1936) Excellent plus condition. The A4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson. Very clean mandolin, only showing a little playing wear where the arm comes over the top, and on the back of the neck. Original finish with black top and a reddish back and sides, all solid woods with a two piece birch 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. Fitted with 1920s era adustable Gibson bridge, which was a common upgrade. 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 a nice original hardshell case......USD $3250

    camera icon  1914 Gibson A4 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 17511 FON 2044) Excellent condition. The A4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson. This one is really clean. Original finish with black top and a reddish back and sides, all solid woods with a two piece birch 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. Fitted with a new Richie Dotson replica Loar adjustable bridge. Frets were just dressed and the mandolin set up by luthier Marty Beeson. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle and frets are good. No structural repairs and only a few of the usual nicks and dings. Excellent for Celtic or old time or jazz or classical. Comes with the original hardshell case.....USD $3250

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

    camera icon 1913 Gibson K2 Mandocello
    (Serial No. 15760 FON 1913) Excellent condition. The Gibson Mandocello is one of the great under-appreciated instruments of the early 20th century. Originally designed for the 1910s mandolin orchestras, these imposing beasts never found another home in any other style of music despite being wonderful and unique-sounding instruments to play. Double-strung and originally tuned in fifths starting with a C below the low E on the guitar, the mandocello has an imposing tone and deep resonance unlike any other fretted instrument. The late Stan Jay described it as "the voice of singing whales". This particular instrument is tuned GDAE and is intended to be played as an octave mandolin. It could of course be restrung and tuned CGDA. This example is a wonderful sounding instrument and is set-up well with excellent action and playability. Features include black top finish, spruce top, birch back and sides, mahogany 3-piece neck with ebony center stripe, ebony fingerboard, Handel inlaid tuners, abalone fleur-de-lis peghead inlay, mother of pearl “The Gibson” logo, original pick guard, bridge, and tailpiece. The top shows some minor sinkage under the bridge, typical of these instruments. The neck angle and bridge height are perfect, with a nice low action. All finish and hardware is original. No repairs noted. Scale length is 24 3/4 inch and the nut width is 1 9/16 inch. Just set up by my luthier Marty Beeson. Comes with a banjo gig bag....USD $3450

    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 $2150

    camera icon  1965 Gibson F12 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 326223) Excellent condition, cherry sunburst finish. The F12 was intended to be the plainer version of the F5, but this one is still the classic Gibson scroll mandolin. It has all the good stuff - long neck, f-holes, elevated bound rosewood fretboard, flamed maple back and sides, solid spruce top, gold hardware, and the pearl Gibson logo. Frets are fine, neck is straight and the neck set is good. The only difference from the F5 of the period is simpler trim, no treble extension, and the neck is mahogany instead of maple. That's it - and the price, of course. Action is great - easy and low. Original finish and hardware. Shows some expected finish checking and the usual small nicks and dings of mandolin used to make music for over 50 years. Comes with the original Gibson rectangular case...USD $3450

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    MANDOLAS, OCTAVE MANDOLINS, MANDOCELLOS, CITTERNS, AND BOUZOUKIS
    camera icon 1913 Gibson K2 Mandocello
    (Serial No. 15760 FON 1913) Excellent condition. The Gibson Mandocello is one of the great under-appreciated instruments of the early 20th century. Originally designed for the 1910s mandolin orchestras, these imposing beasts never found another home in any other style of music despite being wonderful and unique-sounding instruments to play. Double-strung and originally tuned in fifths starting with a C below the low E on the guitar, the mandocello has an imposing tone and deep resonance unlike any other fretted instrument. The late Stan Jay described it as "the voice of singing whales". This particular instrument is tuned GDAE and is intended to be played as an octave mandolin. It could of course be restrung and tuned CGDA. This example is a wonderful sounding instrument and is set-up well with excellent action and playability. Features include black top finish, spruce top, birch back and sides, mahogany 3-piece neck with ebony center stripe, ebony fingerboard, Handel inlaid tuners, abalone fleur-de-lis peghead inlay, mother of pearl “The Gibson” logo, original pick guard, bridge, and tailpiece. The top shows some minor sinkage under the bridge, typical of these instruments. The neck angle and bridge height are perfect, with a nice low action. All finish and hardware is original. No repairs noted. Scale length is 24 3/4 inch and the nut width is 1 9/16 inch. Just set up by my luthier Marty Beeson. Comes with a banjo gig bag....USD $3550

    camera icon 1919 Gibson H1 Mandola
    (Serial No. 47915 FON 11132) Excellent condition. Mandolas are cool - they are tuned CGDA, a fifth down from a mandolin, and they have this huge resonate voice. They are excellent for giving a little bit different voice to your music by adding the deep tenor counterpoint. Excellent instrument that plays easy and has a deep woody tone. Has the slightly longer scale than a mandolin at 16 inches and the nut is 1 5/16. The H1 has a bound top and fingerboard and "The Gibson" as the pearl logo inlaid straight across in the peghead, as well as the truss rod in the neck and the adjustable bridge - all of which are Loar improvements. Neck is straight, frets are good, no top sinkage. All original finish and hardware. Tuners are correct. Just set up by my luthier Marty Beeson. The instrument has a big deep woody sound and is easy to play. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original hardshell case.....USD $3550

    camera icon 1926 Gibson H1 Mandola
    (Serial No. 80061 FON 8356) Excellent condition. Mandolas are cool - they are tuned CGDA, a fifth down from a mandolin, and they have this huge resonate voice. They are excellent for giving a little bit different voice to your music by adding the deep tenor counterpoint. Excellent instrument that plays easy and has a deep woody tone. Has the slightly longer scale than a mandolin at 16 inches and the nut is 1 5/16. The H1 has a bound top and fingerboard and "The Gibson" as the pearl logo inlaid straight across in the peghead, as well as the truss rod in the neck and the adjustable bridge - all of which are Loar improvements. Neck is straight, frets are good, no top sinkage. All original finish and hardware. Tuners are correct. Just set up by my luthier Richie Dotson. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. BTW, this is the right video - Richie had the date wrong (probably because I told him wrong). The instrument has a big deep woody sound and is easy to play. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original hardshell case.....USD $4250

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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 May of 1987 Gibson bought Flatiron and moved all mandolin production from Nashville to Bozeman. Mandolins were built in Bozeman until 1998, when Gibson moved all production back to Nashville. In 2000 Gibson discontinued the Flatiron line, and later revived the name to use for cheap souvenir mandolins at the Opry Mills Store in Nashville. Current Flatiron mandolins are low quality Chinese imports.

    Although Flatiron was the "budget" line, since 1987 Gibson and Flatiron mandolins were built side by side in the plant by the same luthiers. Both are the same high build quality. There were some models of each that were identical and the only difference was the color of the finish and the name on the peghead. There are some basic differences in the upper end models. The top of the line Gibsons were always tone bar braced, used traditional size fret wire and had the classic fingerboard extension. The Flatiron top of the line Master and Artist mandolins were X braced, which many pickers think gives a more percussive chop. They also had abbreviated fingerboard extensions, had a radiused fretboard and used larger fret wire. The pre-Gibson carved top Flatirons are considered some of the best post war mandolins made. The Bozeman era Gibson and Flatiron mandolins are excellent bluegrass instruments.

    camera icon 1988 Flatiron A5-1 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 841110435) Excellent condition, sunburst finish. Made just after Gibson accquired Flatiron, so many of the same builders and production techniques were carried over from the pre-Gibson days. When Gibson went to the NAMM show in late 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 A5 mandolin with flamed maple back, sides and neck, carved spruce top with X bracing, pearl logo, 1 1/8 inch nut, elevated flat ebony fingerboard, and nickel hardware. Finish is original lacquer with a hand applied sunburst stain. Tuners are upgraded to Golden Age (no new holes) with a satin nickle finish, and the tailpiece has been changed to a silver plated James. McClung armrest added but is easily removed. Great playing mandolin that shows just a little playing wear. No repairs noted. The sound is why you want this mandolin. Excellent chop and bark - outstanding bluegrass mandolin. Click here for a video clip of this mandolin as played by James Hurlburt of Plant City, FL. The mandolin is signed by Steve Carlson, the shop foreman and considered one of the great builders. 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 what I think is the original hardshell case. .....SOLD

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    RATLIFF MANDOLINS

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

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    OTHER MANDOLINS AND RELATED

    camera icon2003 Dave Griffin Three Point Mandolin
    (Serial No. 803-19) Excellent condition, reddish sunburst finish. This instrument was built by luthier Dave Griffin in Colorado, who is known for his unusual builds. This is a asymmetrical three point A style with a hand-carved red spruce top, figured solid maple maple back and sides, 1 1/8 inch pearl nut, and a radiused and bound ebony fretboard, and a custom made flamed maple pickguard stained to match the top. Look at those cool F holes! The fretboard is abbreviated to eliminate pick click and to allow you to play in the sweet spot. Has an ebony bridge. The peghead has a beautiful and delicate pearl logo and flowerpot peghead inlay on an ebony overlay. Has nickle Schaller tuners and a brushed silver James tailpiece. Just set up by luthier Richie Dotson so it plays very well. Here is a short video clip click here of this mandolin played by Richie. Excellent sounding mandolin with strong volume and tone. Good bluegrass chop when needed. Comes with the original hardshell case....USD $3450

    camera icon 2005 John Hamlett A5 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 009) Excellent condition. John Hamlett (know as Sunburst on the Mandolin Cafe) has long been known in the Charlotteville VA area as a builder of fine mandolins. He put all of his skill into this one, and it shows. The instrument is has lacquer finish in a beautiful blonde with dark tortoise binding, and has a flamed maple back and sides, a red spruce Adirondack top, pearl logo, and an ebony bridge. Most builders do not like to make blonde mandolins - without a sunburst, you cannot hide binding errors. They have to be perfect. Well, I don't know if this mandolin is perfect, but at least the binding is error free. The flat ebony fretboard has an 1 1/8 inch nut and is shortens to eliminate pick click. It is also fitted with a custom made one-piece Hamlett tailpiece. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by local mandolin wizard Mark Robertson-Tessi. This is a top quality mandolin that will drive your music. Comes with a Travelite case.....USD $2800

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

    camera icon 1932 Martin Style C Mandolin
    (Serial No. 15376) Excellent condition with minor playing wear. Martin made 5 grades of flatback 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 early 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 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 and serial number on the back strip inside the mandolin. Original tuners and engraved tailpiece cover. Comes with a older but probably not original hardshell case.....USD $2450

    camera icon   1930 National Style 1 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 302) Early Style 1 mandolin with triangular body, single resonator and 12 frets clear of the body. Has a round neck with a bound rosewood fretboard. Shows some playing wear on the cover plate and a few nicks and dents, but nothing major. Original hardware and finish. Typical with Nationals, the neck has some bow in it and would need a reset to play up the neck in standard. But that not what you want this for - its very cool just like it is for slide work, especially slide blues. Think Sam Bush. Sam plays slide mandolin - check out his sound to see all the possibilities. Very loud with a unique sound. Comes with a slide and a Travelite style foam hard case. Consigned. ..USD $1500

    camera icon 1990s Rigel A Plus Mandolin
    (Serial No. 1313) Excellent condition. This model is called the A Plus, and the label reads A-F. Go figure. Peter Mix and Pete Langdell formed up Rigel Instruments to build some unconventional mandolins. The appearance is that of an A5 style mandolin; but the sides are carved from a single block of Vermont sugar maple. The maple back and the carved and tap tuned spruce top are invisibly melded together to form a seamless body contour. The ebony fretboard is radiused and has been scooped to eliminate pick click, and the bone nut is 1 1/8 inch. The maple neck is reinforced with a carbon fiber rod so it will never bend; in fact, the neck relief is carved into the neck at the time of manufacture. Has nickle plated Grover tuners and a nickle plated Rigel one-piece tailpiece. The mandolin is fitted with a piezo pickup and endpin jack from the builder. The pickup works great and gives a nice mandolin tone. Has a decal logo and fretboard dots are pearl. No repairs noted. Despite the unconventional appearance, this is a very versatile and good sounding mandolin. Has the wonderful rich, complex silky tone that Rigel mandolins are famous for, but it can drive your bluegrass band with strong chop and bark with no problem. Here is a link to a video of the mandolin as played by by Will Gay of Tifton, GA. Comes with a nice hardshell case....USD $2350

    camera icon1920s Stahl Flatback Mandolin
    (Serial No. 027323) Excellent condition. Made by Larsen Brothers. This mandolin likely dates to the late 1920s, as it is is identical to the Mauer Style 30 shown in the 1932 Larsen Brothers catalog (with the exception of a Stahl label). Back and sides are Brazilian rosewood, top is Adirondack, ebony fretboard and bridge. Has a pearl trimmed soundhole rosette, fancy marquetry top binding, pearl peghead inlay and fretboard position markers, engraved tailpiece cover and tuners backplate. Just set up so it plays nicely. Comes with the original very cool case missing the handle. ....USD $2050

    camera icon1930s Kay Strad-O-Lin Mandolin
    (No serial number) Good entry level vintage instrument. I think this is 1930s production based on the logo, the tuners and the plastic body binding. I also confirmed this with a known 1930s instrument, and the logos are identical. Structurally fine with a maple back and spruce top. Has the original see through pickguard. The reset of the hardware and finish also look original. Frets are good and the mandolin has just been set up so it plays nicely. Very good sound. Its not a Gibson F5 but its still a good sounding mandolin. Here is a link to a video of the mandolin as played by Richie Dotson here in Richmond. Has a more modern cardboard case. ....USD $500

    camera icon1918 Vega Model 20 Cylinder Back Mandolin
    (Serial No. 35978) Excellent structural condition showing some playing wear. The serial number puts the manufacture date around 1918 - I might be a year off in either direction - there is no exact list of Vega mandolin serial numbers. The cylinder back refers to a cylindrical bulge running longitudinally along the back plate, from the tailpiece to the neck heel. This bulge increases the internal volume of the instrument. The result has been described as a compromise between the earlier bowlback mandolins and the more modern styles with relatively flat backs. This is a Style 202 with a mahogany body and a spruce top. Has an ebony fretboard and bridge. The bone nut is 1 1/8 inch on a flat fretboard. Has a nice herringbone style soundhole rosette and multi-ply top binding with single ply back binding. Original tuners and fancy engraved tailpiece cover. All finish and hardware are original. Excellent sounding mandolin with a sweet tone, not really a bluegrasser but it is excellent for recording or for just having a nice mandolin around.Here is a link to a video of the mandolin as played by James Hurlburt. Good volume and tone. Comes with the probably original hardshell case.. ....USD $1500

    camera icon2004 Weber Fern Mandolin
    (Serial No. 4194405) Excellent condition, lacquer sunburst finish. At the time it was built, The Fern model was the top of the line in F style mandolins for Weber. Bruce built a bunch of good mandolins for Gibson, and he continued to built excellent mandolins after he set up his own shop. This mandolins was built in Bozeman, MT before Weber moved to Oregon. High grade Weber featuring an Sitka spruce top, figured maple back/sides/neck, and ebony fretboard and bridge. Fully bound, radiused fretboard with dot inlays, 1-1/8 inch nut width, parallel tone bars, gold Schaller tuners with pearl buttons, one piece cast Weber tailpiece, adjustable bridge, and a pearl logo with abalone Fern inlay on the peghead. Very strong sound with good chop and cut. Just set up by my luthier. Frets are good, neck is straight, neck set is fine. Comes with the original Weber rectangular hard shell case.... ....USD $4250

    camera icon2017 Weber Bitterroot Mandolin
    (Serial No. 17525901) Excellent near mint condition, in natural satin lacquer finish. Very impressive Weber featuring a Sitka spruce top, figured maple back/sides/neck, and ebony fretboard and bridge. Ivoroid bound top, radiused fretboard with diamond inlays, 1-1/8 inch nut width, parallel tone bars, one piece cast Weber tailpiece, adjustable bridge and Grover tuning machines. Very strong sound, woody, warm and dry. Good volume with a strong chop. Just set up by my luthier. Its not new, but I cannot find any marks or dings on it. Frets are good, neck is straight, neck set is fine. Fitted with an internal K&K pickup and an endpin jack. Comes with the original Weber shaped hard shell case... ....USD $3750

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    ELECTRIC MANDOLINS

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    MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS
    camera gif 1934 Martin 017 Guitar
    (Serial No. 55127) 1934 was something of a magical year for the instruments being constructed in Nazareth. It seems that Martin and Co. had really hit their stride in building steel-string guitars that year; and to many, the instruments built in '34 represent the apex in all things acoustic guitar. Excellent minus condition showing some minor playing wear. 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 a 1 3/4 inch nut. The neck was just reset, the guitar was partially refretted and set up by luthier Richie Dotson in Virginia. There is one minor top crack on the lower bout that was repaired but thats 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. This guitar has a full and deep dry voice with enough of a push in the midrange to keep any ragtime picker happy, but plenty of warmth and openness across the strings to satisfy a melodic single note picker. It offers that thunderous response in the bass-end, and a sweet and well-rounded treble. Comes in a newer hardshell case that fits perfectly.......USD $5500ON HOLD for BS in CA

    camera gif 1970 Martin 00-21 Guitar
    (Serial No. 266896) Excellent condition. Nicely aged Sitka spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides. I think 00/000 size guitars are the best balanced as to sound, and they certainly are comfortable to play on the couch. These are about the size of a classical guitar. This one looks nearly unplayed and has a nice sweet punch to the sound. The three on a plate Waverly tuners are original. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Has a Martin C shaped neck profile with a 1 7/8 inch nut width. The action is low and comfortable with plenty of saddle left. No repairs noted. The frets are in good shape, neck set is fine and the neck is straight. Shows almost no finish checking and no scratches. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Comes with a period Guild hard case that fits perfectly......USD $4850

    camera gif 2007 Martin Arts and Crafts 2 Limited Edition Guitar
    (Serial No. 1258731) Excellent condition. This is one of the more interesting custom Martin models of the past couple of decades, designed to honor the more austere "Arts & Crafts" aesthetic that flowered in America between the eras of Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the late 19th/early 20th centuries. This guitar has a 000 size body of white German oak with a long 25.4 inch scale like a 1930s OM, the top is Englemann spruce with scalloped braces, nut is 1 3/4 inch and string spacing is 2 1/4 inch at the bridge. The ebony fretboard is inlaid in an interpretation of the Arts and Crafts style with ginkgo leaves and a matching border in gold mother of pearl. The aging toner top, as well as the sides, back, and back of the neck are all gloss lacquer. The bridge is a pyramid "Stauffer" style; the bridge and end pins are solid black ebony. The headstock is faced in East Indian rosewood with a "C Martin F" block gold mother of pearl logo and an inlaid pearl Ginkgo leaf floral border. The tuners are Gotoh antique gold machines with large buttons. The sound hole label is signed by C F Martin IV and bears the number #10 of 100. In another nod to the Arts and Crafts movement, the back stripe is made up of a repeating rosewood & oak dovetail design. On either side of the heel of the neck two rosewood squares are placed, mirrored at the end graft. There is a L.R. Baggs internal pickup, which connects with a mini jack built into the endpin.There are a couple of small "worm tracks" (probably from a buckle) on the back of the guitar, but nothing through the finish. Comes in the original Martin Geib style hardshell case..........USD $3950

    camera gif 1932 Martin OM28 Guitar
    (Serial No. 57968) Beautiful restored condition. This guitar has a great story. I bought it from the family of the original owner about 10 years ago at a guitar show. The finish was stripped off the back, and top was painted with varnish with a paint brush! I sent the guitar to luthier Steve Kovacik in NY, who did all of the mechanical work (set the neck, dress the frets, etc). He then gave the guitar to the luthier Dave LaPlante, who French polished the entire guitar. French polish is hand applied varnish. If you are going to have the guitar refinished, its best to have it done by someone who knows what they are doing. The guitar has no structural repairs other than the normal maintainence noted. This is the original Martin that inspires the current builders. It has the smaller 000 Martin body size but the 25.4 inch dreadnaught scale length, which gives it more sustain than those with a shorter scale. Back and sides are old growth Brazilian rosewood, top and brances are Adirondack red spruce, original tuners, nut is 1 3/4 inch width. As the neck was just reset, the action is perfect. For a short video clip of this guitar played by James Hurlburt of Lakeland FL click here. Comes with a white Calton hardshell case......USD $29500

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

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    GIBSON ACOUSTIC GUITARS

    camera icon 1937 Gibson HG-00 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. 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 neck was reset and the guitar was set up by by luthier Richie Dotson. 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. Big big sound from the 12 fret body. Very clean guitar. 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.Comes with the original 30s soft shell case....USD $4250

    camera icon 1957 Gibson J-50 Guitar
    (Serial No. U658 26) Excellent condition with some pickwear. Excellent sounding guitar - it also really nails the slope shoulder Gibson midrangy dreadnaught sound. Natural finish spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and original Brazilian bridge with fixed saddle. No structural repairs or refinish. The guitar plays very well so I suspect the neck was reset and the neck was refretted, as both the neck set and the frets are perfect. The pickguard is new as it partially covers up some serious pick wear. Tuners are the correct Klusons but are a few years newer than the guitar. Shows some pick wear at the edge of the pick guard and some arm wear where you arm comes over the top. That makes sense; a guitar that sounds this good was played a lot. Big sound, great playability and a good price - what more can you ask for? Here is a short video clip of this guitar played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield, VA.Comes with the original brown gator print case....USD $5750

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

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

    camera icon 2008 Breedlove CM Classic Guitar
    (Serial #8921) Near mint condition, not even a strap button added. This is one of the top of the line Breedlove Masterclass guitars. I play mostly vintage Martins, but I have to tell you this unconventionally shaped guitar is very, very good. Its about a 00/OM size with a 15 1/2 inch lower bout. Its designed for fingerstyle players, and the asymmetrical body gives a huge bass response and clear, crisp trebles. The top is Western red cedar, back and sides are figured walnut, binding is bloodwood,and all hardware is gold. These tone woods paired with the modern body shape make for an impressive acoustic voice as well as a very playable design with easy access to the upper register due to the sharp cutaway. The play feel is light and fast with a nice low action and the tone is full and well balanced. Nut is 1 3/4 inch, scale is 25 1/2 inch, fretboard and winged bridge are ebony, and the soundhole rosette is abalone. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by James Hurlburt of Plant City, FL. Comes with the original hard shell case. This is a top class, outstanding instrument in terms of playing and sound, and its sure to turn heads at your next jam!...USD $4250

    camera icon 1991 Goodall Koa Standard Guitar
    (Serial No. KS 435) Excellent condition with a little pickwear on the top. Jean Goodall indicated that this guitar was a custom order and was built by James himself. It has beautifully figured flamed Koa back and sides, a Sitka top with a abalone soundhole rosette, ebony fretboard and bridge with pearl diamond inlays, a Koa peghead face with the logo in pearl, gold Gotah tuners, and the body binding is Acacia wood. Nut is 1.75 inch and the scale is 25.5 inches. James Goodall has taken the iconic shape and elevated it tonally to more rarified air with the Standard model. It's curves look familiar, but the voice is just as well suited to fingerstyle as flatpicking -- I love the bass response of this guitar, and the balance is superb all the way up the neck and across the strings. The sound is bold and moves free. It's warm, yet focused and bright. The neck fits my hand like a glove. There's something about the feel of this guitar that is just so pleasantly round. It show a little pickwear on the top right under the clear pickguard, but thats about it. The guitar is fitted with a K&K internal pickup and endpin jack. Its a pretty clean, good sounding, and nice playing guitar. Comes with a nice hardshell case....USD $4950

    camera icon 1970 Guild M20 Guitar
    (Serial No. AH2336) Very good plus condition. Made in Hoboken, NJ. After Nick Drake appeared seated with a Guild M20 on the cover of his 1971 album, Bryter Layter, the instrument became closely associated with the singer songwriter and his particular approach to the guitar. This is fine example, a concert size guitar with a x-braced top, back, and sides constructed of solid mahogany. The compact dimensions of the M20s concert body style ensure that it's very comfortable to play and sings with a midrange-focused tone that is marvelous for strumming or fingerstyle playing. With no binding and only the plainest inlay, the M20 has a very austere look but a smooth, expansive sound for an all mahogany guitar. The body is 13 7/8 inches at the lower bout and the nut is 1 11/16 inch. The headstock is faced with the typical Guild plastic overlay, with just a bit of the usual shrinkage. This guitar has some wear overall but is a lovely little guitar with a very responsive sound. There is small top crack on the edge of the treble bout that has been repaired, and the neck was recently reset by luthier Jack Dillen. Here is a video clip of this guitar as played by by James Hurlburt of Plant City, FL. Overall a very good playing and sounding M20. Comes with a cardboard case.....USD $2250

    camera icon 1970s Gurian JR Guitar
    (Serial No. C1235) Excellent condition showing some typical playing wear. Here is one of American luthier Michael Gurian's J-R Jumbo Rosewood models made in the mid 1970's in Hinsdale, New Hampshire. Although he called it a jumbo, it is not as large as a Gibson J-200 but is instead more akin to a jumbo OM with the top being 15.5 inches across the lower bout. Gurian got his start building classical guitars and even though this is a steel-string guitar, it has a lot of classical elements such as the slightly rounder, less squared-off body, a plain fretboard and wooden binding. Has a Sitka spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides. The binding is maple and a fine rope-pattern purfling borders the top. The rosette features a herringbone center and wooden outer rings. Scale length measures 25.6 inch, nut width is 1-5/8 inch, and the neck has a comfortably asymmetrical rounded profile. Gurian guitars sound really good and they play very nicely. This example was obviously well loved and played and would be perfect instrument for someone looking for a robust but well-mannered fingerpicking guitar. The guitar is clean throughout and in excellent structural and cosmetic condition with a fast playing neck typical of Gurians. The tone of the guitar is deep, warm and rosewood mature revealing the clarity of each note. Click here for a video clip of the guitar as played by James Hurlbert of Lakeland, FL. Gurians are rare high quality acoustics that have been played by pros like Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Pierre Bensusan and of course many others. As a side benefit, Gurians have the best label ever inside! It reads *Gurian Workshops, Earth, third planet from the Sun*. Comes with the original blue lined hardshell case....USD $3250

    camera icon 1996 Jeff Henry LJ (Little Jumbo) Guitar
    (Serial No. 028) Excellent condition. Jeff Henry is the head luthier at Maple Street Guitars out of Atlanta, and has been building acoustic guitars since 1994. Even with this relatively early build, he figured out how to get the sound out of the wood. For a short video clip of this guitar played by James Hurlburt of Lakeland FL click here. The LJ is a midsized guitar that responds well to fingerpicking and flatpicking. It has the sustain and presence expected from a lightly built instrument and responds well to the touch. It is a pleasure to play up and down the fretboard. Its about the size of a 000 Martin but shaped like a small jumbo. The back and sides are mahogany, the top is solid Sitka spruce, binding is tortoise, the nut on the rosewood fretboard is 1 11/16 inch, and the bridge is rosewood with a straight saddle. Fitted with an internal pickup and endpin jack. Strap buttom added at the heel. Pearl logo. Neck is straight, frets are good. Finish and hardware are original. There are no structural repairs. The action is nice and low. Shows minor playing wear but nothing significant. Comes with the original hardshell case......USD $1750

    camera icon 2008 Leo Posch LP18 Guitar Guitar
    (Serial No. 23)The acoustic guitars of Kansas luthier Leo Posch deliver remarkable tone through vintage inspired construction, coupled with his own techniques that result in an extremely resonant instrument. These guitars give you phenomenal response and playability. Leo crafts only about 20 acoustics in a year. His construction shows inspiration from classic 20s, 30s, and 40s guitars (hide glue, nitrocellulose lacquer finishes), coupled with his own build techniques, which results in some of the best sounding guitars you will ever play. Shows almost no playing wear. This is a classic mahogany dreadnaught in a sunburst finish Leo calls Sunburn. The guitar has Cuban mahogany back and sides, a solid red spruce Adirondack top, Waverly tuners, and an ebony fretboard and bridge. Nut is 1 3/4 inch. Strings at the bridge are 2 3/16 inch. Scale length is 25 1/2 inch. Neck profile is a rounded V or flattened C shape, very playable. Its set up perfectly as the action is nice and low. Here is a short video clip of this guitar played by James Hurlburt of Lakeland FL. Comes with a nice hardshell case.......USD $3750

    camera icon 1973 Mossman Great Plains Custom Guitar
    (Serial No. 73-252) My first "real" guitar was a Mossman. I still think they are outstanding guitars. Excellent condition with old growth straight grain Brazilian rosewood back and beautifully figured Brazilian sides (all sourced from Martin, as evidenced by the zipper backstripe), solid Sitka spruce top, ebony fingerboard with pearl dots, gold Grover tuners that appear original to the guitar, and an ebony bridge. Built pre-fire in the Winfield, KS shop (the Mossman factory had a devastating fire in 1975 which destoyed the companys considerable stash of Brazilian rosewood), 1 and 11/16 inch nut, low profile neck, ivoroid binding, B/W/B purfling and that GREAT strong Mossman sound, very good condition overall, and signed on the label by all the craftsmen that worked on it. Finish and hardware is all original with no repairs noted. Shows some minor finish checking. Stu Mossman was a builder 20 years ahead of his time, with some early innovations such as bolt on necks, low profile necks, mortoise and tenon neck joints, and an attention to quality that was not prevelant in other American guitar factories in the early 70s which many regard as the dark years for certain American brands. Mossmans were hand built, very high quality guitars. Excellent action and playability, as the neck was just reset and the guitar was set up by Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield VA. Here is a video clip of this guitar as played by Richie. This is an exceeding rare, excellent condition US made bluegrass guitar with outstanding of volume and tone. Why play the same thing everyone else has? Comes with a very clean blue lined original hard case......USD $9700

    camera icon 2021 Preston Thompson SMA Dreadnaught Guitar
    (Serial No. 1809) Mint unplayed condition. This is the hottest acoustic guitar on the market right now. Its a Sinker Mahogany back and sides with an Adirondack red spruce top. Nearly unplayed condition. I got this in trade from a jazzer who thought he needed a dreadnaught to play bluegrass - so he bought a new Thompson. Once he received the guitar and played it for a day, he realized he had no desire to play bluegrass - so he sold it to me. It has zero playing time. Click here for a link to a video clip of this guitar played by James Hurlburt of Plant City, FL. The guitar is 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 bluegrass sound, perfect for flatpicking but it also has good volume for fingerstyle. Comes with the original hard shell case. This guitar cannot be told from new.....USD $5100

    camera icon 2012 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Guitar
    (Serial No. 6512) Very clean excellent condition guitar. Dreadnaught body size, Sitka top with a factory custom cutaway with advanced, scalloped X-bracing for powerful bass, complemented by the clear tone and definition of master grade Mahogany in the back and sides. Other features include a small tortoise guard, herringbone rosette and top trim, zipper backstripe, fully bound top, back, fretboard and peghead with grained ivoroid, ebony bridge and fretboard with small dot inlay. Peghead overlay is Brazilian rosewood with a pearl logo. Tuners are original Waverly open back style with metal buttons. Nice low action, Neck set is good, fret are fine. 1 11/16 inch nut, 25 1/2 scale, V neck profile. Very strong sounding guitar that Santa Cruz calls "tonally equal and technically superior to the most respected pre-war guitars". That is a pretty strong claim, but this IS a powerful guitar with beautiful tone. Strap button added at the heel. Fitted with a L.R. Baggs pickup system with controls at the soundhole and an endpin jack. Here is a video clip of this guitar as played by James Hurlburt of Lakeland, Fl. Shows the usual nicks and dings of a guitar used to make music. Comes with a newer hard shell case......USD $4950

    camera icon 1999 Taylor 910 Guitar
    (Serial No. 9901255135) Mint unplayed condition. I bought this guitar recently from a private collection, as the 910 model is now special order. Excellent condition all original example of one of Taylors best known and loved guitars. This guitar has a dreadnaught size body with the sound hole rosette and top bordered in abalone and the top, back and neck bound in Indian rosewood. The woods used are top grade with an Sitka spruce top, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, and an ebony fretboard and bridge. This older 910 has the rich tone typical of the top tier Taylor productions from that era. Many pickers consider the Taylor guitars from the 1990s to be among the best the company has made. The rosewood used is very rich in color and shows a lot of beautiful red hues. The abalone top trim extends all the way down the fingerboard and around the neck and the "Cindy" inlay (named for Bob Taylors wife) on the fretboard is stunning. Nut is 1 11/16 inch. This is a pure acoustic, so no pickup and no holes drilled in this instrument. The tone and volume are fabulous. This guitar is loud, resonant and balanced throughout the entire tonal range. The neck is straight with comfortable action and accurate intonation and the frets are fine. Comes with the original brown Taylor case with the pink poodle lining.......USD $4950

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

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    ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC ARCHTOP AND SEMI-HOLLOW GUITARS
    camera icon 1929 Gibson L4 Guitar
    (Serial Number 55856) Nice old Gibson archtop here. The L4s as of 1928 have the distinctive round sound hole, the fingerboard flush to the rosette and pearl dot inlays on the fretboard. The round sound hole has a 7 ply black and white soundhole ring. The finish all over is original and I see no signs of refinish or overspray. It exhibits a beautiful patina along with the checking and surface cracking one would expect of a 90+ year old instrument. The binding is fine. Tuners and bridge appear to be original. Its missing the pickguard, and I suspect the tailpiece is a modern(ish) replacement. This is a solid player that I have enjoyed playing. The neck is as straight, frets are good, neck set is good. The action is low and comfortable. Plays well up and down the neck and no buzz anywhere. Has very good volume and clarity, but responds well to a light touch which is characteristic of top end arch tops. A top crack was repaired right next to the soundhole on the treble side. As this is glued and cleated there sould be no issues in the future. Great sound and action. Comes with the original hard case with a changed handle......USD $2750

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

    UKULELES, BANJOS, TIPLES, AND OTHER ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS

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

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

    STEELS AND RESONATOR INSTRUMENTS
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    camera icon   1930 National Style 1 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 302) Early Style 1 with triangular body, single resonator and 12 frets clear of the body. Has a round neck with a bound rosewood fretboard. Shows some playing wear on the cover plate and a few nicks and dents, but nothing major. Original hardware and finish. Typical with Nationals, the neck has some bow in it and would need to be addressed to play up the neck in standard. But that not what you want this for - its very cool just like it is for slide work, especially slide blues. Think Sam Bush. Sam plays slide mandolin - check out his sound to see all the possibilities. Very loud with a unique sound. Comes with a slide and a Travelite style foam hard case. Consigned. ..USD $1500

    camera icon   1930-33 National Duolian Guitar
    (Serial No. C3720 pat pending) Blues approved! Excellent condition. Its hard to date Nationals exactly. This one is in the 1930-1933 time frame due to the features. Has the original cool grey/green Duco crystal finish on the top and sides, and the back has been painted grey to match the undercoat on the top. Has the 12 fret body, original neck, slot peghead and the pre-1933 flat f-holes. The tuners are modern Stewart-Macdonald reproductions, which work fine; the rest of the hardware is original. The fretboard is in good condition. Its been refretted and the neck was reset at that time. I have not had the instrument apart but I was told by the seller that the cone is original. The front of the peghead is stamped National Duolian and the serial number stamp is on the end. No repairs noted. Strap button added at the heel. Neck is straight, neck set is excellent, and the guitar has the sound you are looking for in a metal body. It plays very nicely - it was set up by luthier Jerry Ray. Comes with a newer hard shell case. ...USD $5750

    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 $4550

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    ELECTRIC GUITARS, BASSES, AND AMPS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    LUTHIER SPECIALS

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

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    All prices subject to change, up or down, without notice. All instruments are subject to prior sale. All instruments are sold as-is, with an approval period of 48 hours after receipt. For details click on "How to order" information above.

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    I'm looking for O, OO, and OOO size Martins and Gibsons, also Gibson mandolins and mandolin parts. Please let me know what you have for sale. Cash or fair trades offered. Thanks! Keep in touch!

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