MANDOLIN WORLD HEADQUARTERS, INC.

MANDOLINS, GUITARS, AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS
FOR SALE OR TRADE

Are you looking for a vintage Martin guitar or Gibson guitar, a fine Gibson mandolin, or a good upright Kay bass? Perhaps other brands of vintage mandolins are your interest. I have a liking for small shop builders for both mandolins and guitars as well as the better known brands. We often have a Flatiron mandolin, Collings mandolin, or a Ratliff mandolin in stock, and occasionally a Summit, Nugget, Monteleone, and even a 1920s LLoyd Loar Gibson 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 600
Brandon, Florida 33511
United States of America
Phone 804-937-4880
Skype ID: charlesjohnsonva

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The following is the current "for sale or trade" list. 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 May 25, 2024
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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 ACOUSTIC GUITARS: 
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MOSSMAN 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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  • None at this time

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

UKULELES, BANJOS, TIPLES, AND OTHER ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS:
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STEELS, DOBROS, NATIONALS, AND RESONATOR INSTRUMENTS:
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ELECTRIC GUITARS, BASSES, AMPS, AND OTHERS:(Click on the underlined name for price and details)(/h3)
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CASES, PARTS, AND MISCELLANEOUS:
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  • DeArmond 500 Mandolin Pickup, Looks unused, everything works
  • 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 Plant Leaf Design Guitar Strap, Iconic 1960s design. Hint-what plant was popular in the 1960s?
  • 1950s-60s Gretsch 17 Inch Archtop Case, Very clean, silver grey exterior/maroon interior
  • LUTHIER SPECIALS AND FIXER-UPPERS:
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    • None at this time

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    NOTE: If the listing shows "ON HOLD", there is a sale working on the instrument and it is NOT FOR SALE.

    GIBSON MANDOLINS AND RELATED


    camera icon  1916 Gibson A Mandolin
    (S/N 26211 FON 2626) Excellent condition. Pumpkin top finish with dark back and sides. No peghead logo as made, top bound only, unbound fingerboard, original Gibson label inside. All finish and hardware is original including the bridge with removable inserts which was used for only one year. Shows very little pick wear, neck is straight, frets are fine. No repairs or refinish noted. Just set up by luthier Marty Beeson so it plays nice and easy with good volume and tone. Excellent for Celtic, old time and jazz. Comes with the original hard case. ...USD $1250

    camera icon 1916 Gibson A1 Mandolin
    (Serial number 28062) Excellent condition. Pumpkin top finish with dark back and sides. Has the logo in the peghead, top bound only, unbound fingerboard, original Gibson label inside. All finish and hardware is original except the bridge is a modern Loar replica. Shows very little pick wear, neck is straight, frets are fine. No repairs or refinish noted. Just set up by luthier Marty Beeson so it plays nice and easy with good volume and tone. Excellent for Celtic, old time and jazz. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Nathan Beaumont of the Remedy Tree band in Brandon, FL. Comes with the original hard case. ....USD $2100

    camera icon  1917 Gibson Alrite Mandolin
    (Serial No. 4XX33) Excellent playing condition showing some wear as expected. This is the first flat top and flat back mandolin made by Gibson (1911 to 1917). It is the mandolin that Flatiron chose to copy with their "pancake" mandolins sixty years later. Has a flat Adirondack spruce top, flat mahogany back and sides, and a round sound hole. The internal top bracing is very different from the A models. It also has wood purfling around the top edge and the soundhole, a feature not seen on other Gibson mandolins. Top bound only with a plain black peghead like the Gibson A models, but it does have the Gibson name on the label inside the mandolin. The sound is loud and in your face - just like the Flatiron mandolins of the 1980s. Just set up. For a short video clip of this mandolin played by Nathan Beaumont click here. This would be a good session instrument. Comes with a case ...USD $1650

    camera icon  1920s Gibson A3 Mandolin
    (Serial Number 59949) Bought from the family of the original owner. Excellent structural condition, with the white top finish. Norman Blake has a video out where he uses one. Plays very easy and has strong volume with a very balanced sound - this would be a good session instrument. Excellent for Celtic, jazz, classical, or old-time music. These oval hole mandolins are my favorite for sitting around and picking fiddle tunes. Neck is straight, neck set is good, and the frets are fine. The body finish is original. Shows the typical wear of an 100 year old instrument used the make music, espcially on the top edge where your arm comes over, and wear under the pickguard. I suspect the pickguard was left off when it was played, and just reinstalled when it was sold. Although the camera flash shows the top as white, it has aged to a beautiful ivory color. All hardware is original incluing the hard to find original white pickguard. No repairs noted. Nice low action as the mandolin was just set up. Comes with a nice original hardshell case.......USD $2950

    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 $3150

    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 $3150

    camera icon 1917 Gibson A4 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 32557 FON 3269) Excellent condition. The A-4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson in 1917. It has a dark red sunburst top finish and reddish back and sides, pearl peghead inlay and logo, bound top and back, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. The hardware and finish are original but missing the pickguard. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle is good and the frets show very little wear. Shows the usual nicks and dings of an instrument used to make music for a hundred years. Action is low and playable and it has a good ringing sound. Here is a video clip of this mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont. Excellent for Celtic or old-time music. Original hardshell case included. ....USD $2950

    camera icon 1917 Gibson A4 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 36374 FON 3503) Excellent condition. The A4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson in 1917. It has the true red sunburst top finish and reddish back and sides, pearl peghead inlay and logo, bound top and back, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. Nice one piece back. The hardware and finish are original, including the pearl and wire inlad buttons on the Handel tuners. 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. just set up by my luthier Marty Beeson. Clean original hardshell case included. ....USD $2950

    camera icon 1918 Gibson A4 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 40590 FON 11030) Excellent restored condition. The A-4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson in 1919. It has a dark red sunburst top finish and reddish back and sides, pearl peghead inlay and logo, bound top and back, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. Nice one piece back. The hardware and finish are original but missing the pickguard. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle is good and the frets show very little wear. There is a long top crack that has beed glued and cleated, and should not be a problem. However, it does lower the price. Shows the usual nicks and dings of an instrument used to make music for a hundred years. Action is low and playable and it has a good ringing sound. Excellent for Celtic or old-time music. Original hardshell case included.......USD $2950

    camera icon 1936 Kalamazoo KM21 Mandolin
    (FON: 539 B 44) Excellent condition. Kalamazoo was the budget or student line for Gibson. Note that the instruments were made by Gibson in house. This mandolin has mahogany back and sides, an Adirondack (red) spruce top, and a flat rosewood fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut and a 13 7/8 inch scale. The neck is straight and in set, and the frets were just dressed and still have plenty of life left. It is top bound only. It has a woody and pretty tone with strength through the upper midrange and fat treble string response. Rounded V neck profile, 100% original, including finish, frets, nut, tuners, bridge, and tailpiece. Here is a link to a video clip of this mandolin as played by Joe Donahue of Wesley Chapel, FL and another link to a video clip by Nathan Beaumont of Brandon. Comes with a 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 my luthier. Plays like silk and has a good chop. Here is a video clip of this mandolin as played by Joe Donahue. These mandolins 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  1939 Gibson A1 Mandolin
    (Serial No. EG-4397) Very clean mandolin bought from the family of the original owner. 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, clamshell tailpiece cover. Ebony bridge and tailpiece. It does not have a back brace, so according to book it is an A1. 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. Frets are fine, neck is straight. Good strong bluegrass sound with a woody chop. For a short video clip of this mandolin played by Nathan Beaumont click here.Very loud mandolin - excellent volume. Comes with a nice clean original soft case.....USD $2150

    camera icon 1940 Gibson A50 Mandolin
    (FON 246 27) Original sunburst finish and hardware, Adirondack spruce top with F holes, dark stained nicely flamed maple back, sides and neck, white script silkscreened "Gibson" peghead logo, clamshell tailpiece cover. Very cool translucent amber plastic tuner buttons. These 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. You can see just a little bit of crazing beginning in the original pickguard, but this has been stablized to prevent spreading. Good strong bluegrass sound with good tone and volume and a nice woody chop. Comes with a hard shell case......USD $2150

    camera icon 1947 Gibson A50 Mandolin
    (FON 4443 2) Original sunburst finish and hardware, dark stained nicely flamed maple back, sides and neck, spruce top with F holes, early post war decal "Gibson" peghead logo, clamshell tailpiece cover. These were used a lot in bluegrass as not everyone could afford a F5. Nice playing and sounding instrument with no issues. Tuners are original and they work fine. Note that the buttons are slightly shrunk, which is common on these instruments. Frets are fine, neck is straight. A modern pickguard has been fitted. Good strong bluegrass sound with good tone and volume and a nice woody chop. For a short video clip of this mandolin played by Nathan Beaumont click here.Comes with a hard shell case........USD $2150

    camera icon 1917 Gibson F2 Mandolin
    (Serial Number: 36888 FON 9173) Excellent condition. This 1917 Gibson F2 apparently went back to Gibson in the 1930's. The serial number and factory order number date the mandolin to a build date of 1917. Back then, if you needed work done on your instrument (refret, for example) you sent it back to the factory. Gibson replaced the peghead veneer with one with a straight logo, an adjustable bridge was fitted, a truss rod was added, and a new label with the old serial number and the model name rubber stamped on the label (Gibson used a rubber stamp for the model name on the label in the 1930s onward), and a shaped hardshell case with a pink interior was added. I suppose Gibson could have just replaced the neck on the mandolin, but if they did so it cannot be seen. This is an excellent mandolin upgraded by Gibson to have all of the Loar improvements. 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 an 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 but no structural repairs. Finish and hardware are original Gibson. For a short video clip of this mandolin played by Nathan Beaumont click here. Gibson scroll mandolins are hot right now and getting very hard to find, and prices are continuing to rise every year. Comes with the hardshell case....USD $5950

    camera icon 1923 Gibson F2 Mandolin
    (Serial Number: 74819 FON 11903) 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 but no structural repairs. Finish and hardware are original. For a short video clip of this mandolin played by Nathan Beaumont click here. 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 green lined hardshell case.....USD $6950

    camera icon 1920 Gibson F4 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 62127 FON 11366) Excellent condition. True red sunburst finish. This mandolin was loved - the first owner sent it back to Gibson around 1922 to have a truss rod installed. Gibson also fitted the new 2 piece bridge and provided a new green lined hard shell case. Back then, when your instrument needed work, you sent it back to the factory. The local luthier as we know them today did not exist except possibly in the big cities. Gibson installed the truss rod right through the existing peghead inlay. This was common practice at Gibson for refits. The hardware and finish are original as seen by the Waverly tuners and the clamp mounted pickguard. The nice thing is you get the best of both - the slightly wider neck of the non-truss rodded instrument, but with all of the Loar era improvments. When I bought it, the rear seam behind the tailpiece was starting to open up. Master luthier Gail Hester perfectly reglued the seam and set up the mandolin. You cannot tell the work was done. The nice woods compliment the sound. This is a exceptionally good sounding F4 with that wonderful woody round hole Gibson tone, and it plays beautifully. Excellent for Celtic, jazz, classical, or old-time music. As mentioned earlier, it comes with an original early 20s Gibson green lined hard shell case.....USD $7250

    camera icon 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 a really 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. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by James Hurlburt of Plant City, FL. I have had several of these 40s mandolins and they are real sleepers on the market. Comes in the original hardshell case.......USD $5250

    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 fingerboard, flamed maple back and sides, solid spruce top, bound rosewood fingerboard, 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 the unbound peghead, single ply body binding, a simpler peghead logo, 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. Click here for a video clip and click again here for a second video clip of this mandolin. Comes with the original Gibson rectangular case......USD $3950

    camera icon 1988 Gibson F5L Mandolin
    (Serial No. 8119058) If you are looking for beautiful condition new 1988 Gibson F5L it is unlikely you will find one cleaner. You might find a mark or two, as the mandolin has been used in a bluegrass band, but there are no cracks, breaks or bad dings. The worst is some wear to the gold plating on the tailpice cover. Excellent plus condition, "ice tea" Cremona brown sunburst finish. This is the classic Gibson scroll mandolin - long neck, f-holes, elevated fingerboard, beautifully quilted maple 2 piece back back and sides, solid spruce top, bound ebony fingerboard, and the classic Fern peghead inlay. It has the original gold plated Schaller tuners with pearl buttons. In 1988 this model was the top of the line for Gibson. This was made in the Bozeman, Montana plant, and was signed by the legendary luthier Steve Carlson on July 18, 1988. The mandolin has just been set up by my luthier Marty Beeson. Action is great - easy and low. This mandolin sounds great with a strong chop and bark. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Nathan Beaumont of the band Remedy Tree. Comes in the original hardshell case......USD $7200

    camera icon 1974 Gibson A12 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 962933) Excellent condition. Original hardware and finish. This cool and unique A12 features the famous lump scroll that makes this mandolin an odd cross between an F and A model. All solid woods. This mandolin has an arched maple back and mahogany sides, a spruce top, and a rosewood fretboard and bridge. Has a 1 1/8 inch nut with a flat fretboard with the treble extension. Frets are fine, neck set is good and the neck is straight. Body is top bound only with multi-ply white binding. No issues and no repairs. Here is a video clip of this mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont. Comes with a hardshell case.....USD $1500

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    MANDOLAS, OCTAVE MANDOLINS, MANDOCELLOS, CITTERNS, AND BOUZOUKIS
    camera icon 1908 Gibson H1 Mandola
    (Serial No. 9262 FON 1040) Excellent plus/near mint condition. Very clean instrument with the original end opening case. 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 in the peghead. 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 end opening canvas case.......USD $2650

    camera icon 1910 Gibson H1 Mandola
    (Serial No. 9789) Excellent condition showing typical minor playing wear. 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 in the peghead. Neck is straight, frets are good, no top sinkage. All original finish and hardware except missing the pickguard. 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 hard shell case........USD $2350

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    FLATIRON MANDOLINS AND RELATED

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

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

    camera icon 1986 Flatiron A5 Jr. Mandolin
    (Serial No. 86010594) Near mint condition, solid brown finish. Pre-Gibson production. 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 Jr. mandolin with flamed maple back, sides and neck, carved spruce top with traditional tone bar bracing, open back Grover tuners, decal logo, 1_1/8 inch nut, elevated flat ebony fingerboard, and nickel hardware. Finish is original lacquer with a hand applied stain. All hardware is original. Great playing mandolin that shows no obvious playing wear. No repairs. The sound is why you want this mandolin. Good chop and bark - excellent bluegrass mandolin. 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. Click here for a video clip of this mandolin as played by Herb Manila of the Band "Herb and Hanson" of the Washington DC area, and here for a video clip of this mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont of the Remedy Tree Band in Brandon FL. 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 just may make the best bluegrass mandolin on the planet for under $5000...we invite you to be the judge.

    camera iconNEW Ratliff R5 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 1265) New with lifetime warranty to the original owner, medium red brown sunburst 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. Build quality is top notch, as good as it gets. This is the Country Boy model R5 from Audey. The Country Boy is built the same as the top of the line R5 from Ratliff, with a satin finish, less trim, with a single bound top and unbound back and headstock. It still 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 the elevated ebony fretboard with dot inlays. Nut width is 1 1/8 inch. It features a beautiful maple back and sides, and a maple neck. It also features a hand-carved Adirondack red spruce top. Tradional flat fretboard thats slightly shortened to eliminate pick click in the sweet spot. Decal logo. 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 is typical of these mandolins. Here is a video clip of this guitar as played by Nathan Beaumont of Brandon, FL. Comes with a new shaped hardshell case.........USD $3750 list price. Call for your internet price.

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    OTHER MANDOLINS AND RELATED

    camera icon2002 BRW F5 Mandolin
    (Serial # 9) Excellent condition. I originally bought this mandolin from Jack Lawrence of Doc Watson fame, sold it, and I just bought it back. This is an early mandolin from one of the better small shop builders out there today. Ben Wilcox builds a fine mandolin, and this one shows he had the sound dialed in from the beginning. Traditional F5 body style mandolin with an Adirondack spruce top, heavily flamed maple back, sides and neck, fully bound including the neck and peghead, ebony peghead overlay with a pearl inlay and "BRW" logo, ebony bridge, nickle Schaller tuners with pearl buttons, one piece Montleone style cast tailpiece. Tradition sunburst finish in lacquer. The flat ebony fingerboard has a 1 1/8 inch nut, banjo frets, a round neck profile, and is scooped to eliminate pick click. Recently set up professionally for low easy action. Good loud bluegrass mandolin with a good woody chop and sweet trebles. Shows some very minor nicks and dings from years of playing music, but no major issues or repairs. Fitted with an internal pickup and an endpin jack. Click here for a video clip of this mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont, and click here for a video clip of this mandolin as played by Herb Manila of the band Herb and Hanson. Comes with a nice hardshell case......USD $3950

    camera icon1971 Goya Model 158 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 1143) Excellent condition. Original hardware and finish. Good mandolins are made everywhere. This is a Goya Model 158, made in Sweden by Levin. Levin is an old and well respected musical instrument maker. This mandolin has a mahogany back and sides, a spruce top, and a rosewood fretboard and bridge. Has a 1 1/8 inch nut with a flat fretboard. Frets are fine, neck set is good and the neck is straight. Body is top bound only with multi-ply white binding. No pickguard as made. Very good sounding mandolin with good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. The instrument has a flat top and back. Its not surprising that it reminds me of the Flatiron pancake mandolins, as this one also has a loud and direct sound. Click here for a video clip of this mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont. Comes with the original soft case....USD $1050

    camera icon 1928 Martin Style A Mandolin
    (Serial No. 13844) Excellent structural condition showing some playing wear. Nice early flat back Martin mandolin with mahogany back and sides, Adirondack spruce top, and an ebony fingerboard and bridge, tortoise binding and the inlaid tortoise pickguard. Original 9" wide body. Original finish and hardware. Good straight neck, original ebony nut, original bar frets, plays nice with a low action but still has plenty of volume. The Martin stamp is on the back of the peghead and also stamped on the inside. No cracks or repairs noted. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Comes with a hardshell case. Comes with a case......USD $1100

    camera icon1949 Martin Style A Mandolin
    (Serial # A-19131) Near mint condition showing almost no wear. Original sunburst lacquer finish with a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, ebony fingerboard with small dot markers, original ebony bridge and nut, 3 ply top/single ply back binding, and tortoise pickguard. Has very cool original plastic tuner buttons. Good neck and original frets, plays nicely with a low action but still has plenty of volume. Original tailpiece and tuners. Shows very little of the usual nicks and dings of a well loved instrument. No repairs noted. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Comes with the original somewhat beat cardboard case......USD $1100

    camera icon 1963 Martin Style A Mandolin
    (Serial No. 24062) Excellent structural condition showing some playing wear. Nice early flat back Martin mandolin with mahogany back and sides, Sitka spruce top, and an ebony fingerboard and bridge, tortoise binding and the inlaid tortoise pickguard. Original 9" wide body. Original finish and hardware. Good straight neck, original ebony nut, good frets, plays nice with a low action but still has plenty of volume. The Martin decal is on the peghead, and Martin is also stamped on the inside. No cracks or repairs noted. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Comes with a hardshell case.....USD $1100 ON HOLD for CC in BE

    camera icon 1921 Martin Style AK Mandolin
    (Serial No. 9093) Mandolin has been played but is in excellent condition. This is the early style peghead with the Martin stamp embossed on the back of the peghead and inside on the back strip but no decal on the front. Front, back and sides are figured Hawaiian Koa wood. Original ebony fingerboard with small dot inlays and ebony bridge. Good neck set and original bar frets, neck is straight, plays nice with a low action but still has plenty of volume. Click here for a video clip of this mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont. No cracks or repairs, but does have some minor scratches and dings here and there. Good strong volume with a nice tone. Koa seems to give more mid-range cut vs. woody/tubbiness and the trebles are smoothed off a bit. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Nice original rosewood binding and inlaid celluloid tortoiseshell pickguard. Original tuners and tailpiece cover. Comes with an original hardshell case.......USD $2250

    camera icon 1932 Martin Style C Mandolin
    (Serial No. D-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. Interesting that this body was originally planned to be a Style D, but was finished out as a Style C. Original tuners and engraved tailpiece cover. Click here for a video clip of this mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont of the Remedy Tree Band, Brandon FL. Comes with a older but probably not original hardshell case.....USD $2450

    camera icon   1930s National Style 0 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 302) Early Style 0 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   1980s Stefan Sobell Mandolin
    (Serial # none) Excellent condition. Stefan Sobell builds the finest instrument for Celtic music in the world. This is the sound you hear on all the Irish and Celtic recordings. This is an earlier mandolin for him as it has the rosewood back and sides and a cedar top. This 12-1/2 inch wide mandolin also has a mahogany neck, herringbone top trim, fully bound body, gold tuners, brass Sobell one piece tailpiece, and an ebony fingerboard. The fingerboard is slightly wider than a Gibson at 1 7/16 inch to allow quick rolls and triplets. Scale length is a bit longer than a Gibson at 14 3/8", which gives amazing sustain. Neck is straight, neck angle is good, frets are fine. The bridge is original and is fit well to the top. There is a Mcintyre pickup on the underside of the top and the mandolin is fitted with an endpin jack. Action is low and comfortable. Very loud instrument that will cut through sessions with ease. Deep woody round tone and very clear notes. Comes with the original blue fiberglass Jack Clark hardshell case...USD $6000ON HOLD for RB in NC

    camera icon  2000 Bob Shue F5 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 3) Excellent condition. Bob Shue was a well regarded luthier in North Carolina, known best for his mandolins. You still see a lot of Shue mandolins at jams in North Carolina. This one was bought from the original owner, who bought it directly from Bob. This one was built with all the good stuff - light sunburst finish, flamed maple back and sides, red spruce top, maple neck, ebony fretboard and bridge, and pearl logo and peghead inlay. It is fully bound top, back, fretboard and peghead. No pickguard as made. The fretboard has been scooped to eliminate pick click. It is fitted with nickle Schaller tuners with pearl button and an engraved tailpiece cover. Shows very minor playing wear. Very good sounding mandolin with good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. Just set up by my local luthier so the mandolin plays like silk and has an excellent bluegrass chop. Click here for a video clip of this mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont of Brandon FL. Comes with a nice hard shell case....USD $2950

    camera icon1920s Stahl Flatback Mandolin
    (Serial No. 027323) Excellent condition. Made by Larsen Brothers. This mandolin is identical to the Mauer Style 30 flatback style shown in the 1932 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. For a short video clip of this mandolin played by James Hurlburt of Lakeland FL click here. Just set up so it plays nicely. Comes with the original very cool case missing the handle.. ....USD $2050

    camera icon1940-50s Kay Strad-O-Lin Mandolin
    (No serial number) Good entry level vintage instrument. I think this is 1940s wartime production (or just before wartime) based on the logo and the type of tuners, and no bushings. Structually fine with a maple back and spruce top. Has the original see through plastic pickguard and tailpiece cover. 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 modern case..... ....USD $750

    camera icon2017 Washburn M3EK-A Mandolin
    (Serial #3155004) (Serial No. jc171204382001) I'm guessing on the year, but this is obviously a recent instrument. Made in China. Mint nearly unplayed condition, gloss sunburst finish with a brown back and sides. Maple back and sides, spruce top, and a satin finish to eliminate glare. It is also fitted with a piezo pickup and an endpin jack. It is set up and ready to play. No, it won't cut a banjo at the campfire, but it would do very well where you need to plug in, such as a praise band. This instrument is ready to go. Comes with a hardshell case. These are usually $479 new with a gig bag. This one looks new, works perfectly, and has a hardshell case....USD $325

    camera icon2011 Weber Gallatin F5 Mandolin
    (Serial #3155004) Very good condition. Gloss solid brown finish, solid spruce top, unbound body with flamed maple back and sides, factory shortened ebony fretboard to eliminate pick click, pearl logo and slotted diamond inlays, Weber one piece tailpiece. This is a F5 style mandolin that's great for bluegrass, or if you just want a good mandolin to have around to pick. Its a clean mandolin showing almost no picking wear. There is some finish flaking on the top edge of the peghead, but it canot be seen fron the front. Good chop and a deep woofy woody tone, just set up so it plays nice and easy. Bruce Weber built a lot of Gibsons and Flatirons there in Montana. He opened his own shop and was turning out high quality instruments. Here is a link to a video of this mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont.This instrument is ready to go. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with a hardshell case...... ....USD $2750

    camera icon2014 Weber Gallatin F5 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 14479703) Excellent condition. Made in Bend OR, this is Weber's entry level F style mandolin. The term is misleading; the mandolin is built to the same high quality and performance level as the higher grade Webers, just without most of the bling. This mandolin will give you that good bluegrass sound. Has a overall dark gloss lacquer finish, a solid carved red spruce top which gives it the cut and chop, traditional tone bar bracing, flamed maple back, sides and deep V profile neck, nickle Grover tuners with pearl buttons, Weber one piece cast tailpiece, pearl "The Weber" logo, and an ebony Weber Traditional bridge. The fret board is radiused with 1 1/8 inch nut, diamond position markers, jumbo frets, and no treble extension which helps to eliminates pick click. Its a loud mandolin with good chop and a very warm woody tone. Very clean mandolin - anything that looks like a blemish is probably a reflection. Shows some thumb wear down to the wood on the back edge of the neck at frets 1 and 2. Here is a link to a video of this mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont. This instrument is ready to go. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original shaped grey Weber hardshell case....... ....USD $2750

    camera icon2013 Weber Bitterroot Mandolin
    (Serial No. 13447006) Named for the Bitterroot River in Montana. Excellent condition showing some pick wear on the top. This mandolin will give you that good bluegrass sound. Rich medium brown lacquer satin finish. Unlike the earlier Bitterroot series, this mandolin has heavily flamed maple back sides and neck. I think maple is by far the superior tonewood for mandolins. Many of the early Bitterroots were made with mahogany back and sides, which to my ears just doesn't cut it for sound. It also has a solid carved spruce top which gives it a warm cut and chop, beautiful one piece back, traditional tone bar bracing, top bound only, rounded V profile neck, nickle Schaller tuners with pearl buttons, Weber one piece cast tailpiece, pearl peghead inlay and Weber logo, and an ebony Weber Traditional bridge. Has a unbound radiused fretboard with 1 1/8 inch nut, pearl diamond fretboard position markers, jumbo frets, and no treble extension which eliminates pick click. Its a loud mandolin with good chop and a very warm woody tone. This instrument has just been set up by my luthier and is ready to go. Click here for a video clip of this mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont of Brandon, FL. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original grey Weber hardshell case........ ....USD $3350

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    ELECTRIC MANDOLINS

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    camera icon2017 Washburn M3EK-A Mandolin
    (Serial #3155004) (Serial No. jc171204382001) I'm guessing on the year, but this is obviously a recent instrument. Made in China. Mint nearly unplayed condition, gloss sunburst finish with a brown back and sides. Maple back and sides, spruce top, and a satin finish to eliminate glare. It is also fitted with a piezo pickup and an endpin jack. It is set up and ready to play. No, it won't cut a banjo at the campfire, but it would do very well where you need to plug in, such as a praise band. This instrument is ready to go. Comes with a hardshell case. These are usually $479 new with a gig bag. This one looks new, works perfectly, and has a hardshell case....USD $325

    MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS
    camera icon 1935 Martin 0-17T Tenor Guitar
    (Serial No. 60218) The early 30s were something of a magical time for the instruments being constructed in Nazareth. It seems that Martin and Co. had really hit their stride in building steel-string guitars; and to many, the instruments built in the ealy 30s represent the apex in all things acoustic guitar. This is a delightful 30s tenor guitar. 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 tune tenor guitars to octave mandolin tuning (GDAE), which brings out more of the warmth, low end, and overtones the instrument has to offer. This guitar has a clean fundamental, excellent upper mid-range presence, and a beautiful sustain. It has a throaty mid-range when hit hard, and pretties up under a lighter attack. The guitar is in 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 23 inch scale, bar frets, and a 1 3/4 inch nut. There is one minor back crack on the lower bout that was repaired and a ding on the top near the sound hole but thats about it. It does have the usual nicks and dings of a guitar used to play music for decades. Neck has the typically slightly beefier profile thats the hallmark of the best 30s 14-fret Martins. Has the original ebony nut and the original clip point tuners. 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 the original soft case...USD $3250

    camera icon 1970 Martin 016NY Guitar
    (Serial No. 268112) The Martin 016NY is as close as the 1960s Martin company got to making a 1920s guitar. The folk boom of the late 50s made the old style 12 fret Martins fashionable among discerning traditional players, and several so-called New York models were officially added to the line from 1962-1965. These were named to honor both the Martin company's original roots in that city and the strength and influence of the contemporary Greenwich Village folk scene. The blank fingerboard, satin lacquer finish, smaller rectangular bridge, and lack of a pickguard certainly gives it a more vintage vibe, but rest assured these models were intended for steel strings and work well with light gauge bronze. That doesn't mean this one wouldn't sound good with silk & steel strings, however, which would make for even easier string action, and it's very easy with the light gauge steel strings that are on it now. Original tuners, nut, bridge (reglued) and bridge pins and the satin finish is all original. 1 7/8 inch nut, bar frets, top bound only with black/white 5 ply binding, mahogany back and sides with a Sitka spruce top. Has the desirable small maple bridge plate. one minor repair on the bass side, but no cracks. Cosmetically, there are several nicks /dings and some finish checking, common to vintage instruments. It does show some playing wear, with some fretboard divots in the positions near the nut and some pick wear at the edge of the soundhole. Excellent neck set. Nice low action well suited to fingerstyle playing. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Nathan Beaumont. It has a bigger sound than is typical of a 0-16, with a lot more bass response. Comes with a newer nice hardshell case that fits well....USD $2950

    camera icon 2012 Martin D-18GE Golden Era Custom Shop Guitar
    (Serial No 1598424) Excellent condition with only a couple of tiny nicks keeping it from new. I bought this one from the original owner. Great sounding guitar built to be a faithful copy of the 1934 D18. This has a solid Adirondack red spruce top and scalloped 5/16" Golden Era bracing forward shifted closer to the soundhole. The combination of the two allows more vibration in the top giving more volume. The back and sides are sinker mahogany, which gives it great punch and clarity, assisting the powerful mids and highs. Has mahogany blocks with a dovetail neck joint. Has a 1 3/4" fossil ivory nut on the 30s style V-shaped neck with nickle Wavery tuners with butterbean knobs. Saddle is fossil ivory as well. Action is easy, frets are fine, neck set is good. Huge Martin sound in this one, perfect for flatpicking. The Martin Custom Shop build sheet is at the end of the images. Comes with the original hardshell case, also very clean.....USD $4950

    camera icon 1975 Martin D35 Guitar
    (Serial No. 363580) Excellent condition. This is the classic Martin dreadnaught - solid three piece nicely figured Indian rosewood back and sides and a solid Sitka spruce top. The original black pickguard was doing the taco thing and curling up and off the guitar, so I replaced it with a modern Martin "Dalmation" guard - I think they look cool. If you don't like it, I can have pickguard replaced with a black guard. Ebony bridge and fretboard, bone nut and saddle. Standard 1 11/16 inch nut. Nice fancier binding on the body and the fretboard is bound as well. Has the slightly chunky neck profile of the 60s and 70s Martins. Neck is straight, frets are good. The action is nice and low. Bridge is untouched and the saddle is nice and tall. Rosewood bridgeplate. Original Grover Rotomatic tuners. No cracks or repairs noted. Strap button was added at the heel. Has that solid Martin "boom" you need in a good bluegrass guitar. Here is a link to a video of this guitar as played by Nathan Beaumont. This is a excellent sounding nicely aged D-35. Comes with the original blue molded Martin hardshell case......USD $3150

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    GIBSON ACOUSTIC GUITARS

    camera icon 1935 Recording King Carson J Robison Guitar
    (No serial number) Built by Gibson, this guitar was issued to capitalize on the fame of Robinson, who was the first Singing Cowboy. Its was an inexpensive guitar that was affordable during the Depression. It is in excellent condition with a couple of repairs. The body is identical to a Kalamazoo KG11, also built by Gibson. The body shape is often refered to as a squatty dreadnought shape. It is thinner, shorter and narrower than a dreadnought. Normal short scale length (24.75″), 1-3/4″ nut width and wide 2-3/8″ string spacing at the bridge. Neck profile is a full “V”. Straight rectangular Gibson bridge. Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. Original tuners are black button 3-on-a-plate. Based on the Gruhn book, this guitar was only built from fall 1939 until fall 1940. Excellent condition. Scale length is 24.75 inchs, nut is 1.75 inches on the chunky neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and small straight bridge, sunburst top, mahogany back and sides with a Adirondack spruce top, top binding only, and original firestripe pickguard. The body is slightly shorter than the Gibson L00. This is a remarkably original guitar. Original ladder bracing gives that authentic thumpy Delta blues and old time sound. The action is very low and playable. The sound is much better than you expect from ladder braces. Solid sound with good projection, good balance and full sounding bass notes. This is an excellent guitar for ragtime or fingerstyle blues. Two top cracks from the edges of the bridge on each side have been glued and cleated and should present no future issue. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Nathan Beaumont of the Remedy Tree Band in Brandon FL. Comes with a newer soft case......USD $2550

    MOSSMAN ACOUSTIC GUITARS

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    Mossman guitars are considered to be some of the better handcrafted instruments from the 70s and 80s. In direct competition with other high-end brands, Stuart Mossman's guitars could be rightfully compared to Michael Gurian who was also active around the time time period. In fact, it is our opinion that Gurians are to fingerpicking what Mossmans are to flatpicking. Mossman combined high-quality workmanship with great attention to detail to create some of the finest guitars of his era and helped to pioneer the small factory guitar.
    camera icon 1976 Mossman Great Plains Guitar
    (Serial No. 76-3795) My first "real" guitar was a Mossman. I still think they are outstanding guitars. Excellent condition with straight grain three piece Indian rosewood back and sides, solid spruce top, ebony fingerboard with pearl dots, nickel hardware and an ebony bridge. Built pre-fire in the Winfield, KS shop and signed on the label by all the craftsmen that worked on it. Finish and hardware is all original. Shows the typical finish checking for Mossmans of this era. Mossman was a direct competitor to Martin and Gibson in the 70's and built very high quality guitars. Good action and playability. There is a very well repaired peghead crack, hence the nice price. This is an excellent vintage hand built US made bluegrass guitar with lots of volume and tone. Here is a video clip of this guitar as played by Ed Wright of Brandon, FL. Why play the same thing everyone else has? Comes with a nice hardshell case....USD $2900

    camera icon 1977 Mossman Flint Hills Guitar
    (Serial No. 77-4950) My first "real" guitar was a Mossman. Back during the "dark days" of Gibson and Martin in the mid-70s, Mossman was consistently making high quality hand built guitars. The pride of craftsmanship shows, as each employee who worked on the guitar signed their initials on the label. They have stood the test of time and are still considered outstanding guitars. Excellent condition with straight grain two piece Indian rosewood back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top, ebony fingerboard with pearl dots, nickel hardware and an ebony bridge. Strap button added at the heel. Built in the original Winfield, KS shop. Finish and hardware is all original with no repairs noted. Shows the typical finish checking for Mossmans of this era. Good action and playability. Here is a video clip of this guitar as played by Ed Wright of Brandon, FL. The action is perfect.This is an excellent vintage hand built US made bluegrass guitar with lots of volume and tone. Comes with a hardshell case........USD $2950

    camera icon 2000 Mossman Blackland Custom Vintage Guitar
    (Serial No. 0018018) Excellent condition. Built in Texas, this guitar upholds the reputation of the Kansas built guitars. Top wood was reclaimed from the old pecan trees that were harvested from the grounds in front of the State Capitol building in Austin, Texas. It has flamed Santos mahogany sides, and a three piece back of Santos mahogany and black walnut. Nut is 1 11/16 inch. Neck is straight and in set, frets are fine. The action is low and comfortable, with room to lower the saddle if desired. Fretboard and bridge are rosewood. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Nathan Beaumont of Brandon, FL. This is an outstanding hand built US made bluegrass guitar with lots of volume and tone....USD $2750

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

    camera icon 2023 Gallagher SG-50 Guitar
    (Serial No. 4018) Mint condition, made in the heart of bluegrass country in Wartrace, TN. Looks nearly unplayed. Gallaghers are made in very limited numbers so you have to seach them out. Its uncommon to find a used one. Pickers that play a Gallagher have owned the other makes and models and have chosen a Gallagher for the sound. This slope shouldered body is a new model for Gallagher. Once again, Gallagher has built an outstanding blue ribbon flatpicking guitar - the same make as the one that was played by Doc Watson. It has all solid woods with a Adirondack spruce top, sinker mahogany back and sides, an ebony fingerboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle, grained ivoriod binding, pearl logo, and nickel hardware. Sinker mahogany is a special tone wood - it offers that strong fundamental mahogany sound, but with more overtones than a mahogany set that has not sat in the bottom of a riverbed for a few hundred years. The large soundhole (similar to the guitar used by Tony Rice) provides for a strong flating picking sound. Nut width is 1-3/4 inch. The sound is simply amazing - very loud with excellent tone. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Herb Manila of the band Herb and Hanson, and here is a short video clip of this guitar played by Nathan Beaumont. Action is low with plenty of saddle left. Comes with the original hardshell case....USD $3500

    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. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Nathan Beaumont of the Remedy Tree Band, Brandon FL. Comes with a nice hardshell case. Its a pretty clean, good sounding, and nice playing guitar. Comes with a nice hardshell case....USD $6200

    camera icon 1966 Guild Bluegrass F47 Guitar
    (Serial No. AK168) Excellent condition. Heres one you do not see everyday, just out of a private collection. This is a 16 inch dreadnaught guitar with a narrow waist, solid mahogany back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top, and a rosewood fretboard with large pearl blocks. The bridge is rosewood as well. The peghead sports both the pearl Guild logo and the Chesterfield inlay used on their higher end guitars. Nut is 1 11/16 inch and scale is 25 1/2 inch. This is a very nice sounding and playing guitar with strong tone and an easy action. It also has the coolest tuners (Kolb Masterclass) I have seen on a guitar, and these are original. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Ed Wright of Brandon FL. Comes with a well-fitting (original?) hard shell case.....USD $3800

    camera icon 2008 Collings SJ Guitar
    (Serial No. 15540) Mint nearly unplayed condition. I cannot find a single indication that this guitar was played, except for the installtion of a strap button. This is the Collings version of the body size commonly called a small jumbo. Beautiful flamed European maple back and sides, Adirondack spruce top, and an ebony bridge and fretboard. The 16 inch lower bout is just slightly wider than a dreadnought, and the sides are almost as deep. The tight curve at the waist creates a very different sound chamber. I have found that SJs, especially in maple, usually have a stronger midrange response when compared to a dreadnought. Many maple guitars sound trebly or brittle to me, but this one has a full, rich sound with good bass. I love Gibson J-200s, but they are just too big for me to play comfortably unless I am standing. I like to pick sitting down most of the time. This SJ gives the tone and volume of a big maple jumbo but it is much more comfortable to play. Collings guitars are known to sound good right out of the box, and this one fits right in. Excellent volume, with clear trebles, a strong midrange, and deep bass. Action is nice and low. Has a 1 3/4 inch bone nut. Neck is straight, frets are perfect, neck set is good. Absolutely no issues of any kind. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Nathan Beaumont of Brandon FL. Comes with the original Geib style Collings hardshell case. List price (MSRP) is $7400. You can get this guitar that cannot be told from new for....USD $5200

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    ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC ARCHTOP AND SEMI-HOLLOW GUITARS
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    camera icon 1935 Martin 0-17T Tenor Guitar
    (Serial No. 460218) The early 30s were something of a magical time for the instruments being constructed in Nazareth. It seems that Martin and Co. had really hit their stride in building steel-string guitars; and to many, the instruments built in the ealy 30s represent the apex in all things acoustic guitar. This is a delightful 30s tenor guitar. 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 tune tenor guitars to octave mandolin tuning (GDAE), which brings out more of the warmth, low end, and overtones the instrument has to offer. This guitar has a clean fundamental, excellent upper mid-range presence, and a beautiful sustain. It has a throaty mid-range when hit hard, and pretties up under a lighter attack. The guitar is in 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 23 inch scale, bar frets, and a 1 3/4 inch nut. There is one minor back crack on the lower bout that was repaired and a ding on the top near the sound hole but thats about it. It does have the usual nicks and dings of a guitar used to play music for decades. Neck has the typically slightly beefier profile thats the hallmark of the best 30s 14-fret Martins. Has the original ebony nut and the original clip point tuners. 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 the original soft case...USD $ 3250

    camera icon 1939 Gibson ETG-150 Tenor Guitar
    (Serial No. EGE 2336) This instrument has been beautifully preserved over the years, and it is all original. It is currently set up for low g tuning like an octave mandolin. When you plug it in, this guitar sings with a deep, wooly low-end presence you won't expect from a tenor guitar. Add a little reverb or delay, and it's easy to get inspired and lost in the wide-open tenor sound. This guitar is an incredible piece of prewar Gibson craftsmanship, but it's also a playable tenor with inspiring tone. The tenor ETG-150 is almost identical to the six string ES-150, except it has a four string neck and appropriate 23 inch scale. It features the same 16-1/4 inch wide body, constructed with a carved spruce top that is x-braced and a flat maple back. It has the same slender f-holes, thick pearl logo, the same sunburst top and single-ply binding appointments. It also has the same curious tailpiece mounted input jack and of course the famous Charlie Christian blade pickup. In many ways, the eye-catching Charlie Christian pickup is perhaps what makes the ETG-150 most famous, and the rich, deep tones it produces set the standard for the electric archtop sound. Click here for an audio clip of this model guitar as played by Tiny Grimes of the Rocking Highlanders in 1950. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $IN THE SHOP

    UKULELES, BANJOS, TIPLES, AND OTHER ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS

    camera icon 1934 Martin T-17 Tiple
    (Serial #56985) Think of a tiple as an ukelele with 10 steel strings and is tuned A-D-F#-B. The first and fourth strings are double, like a mandolin, while the second and third are triple with the center string tuned an octave below the outer strings in each group. The firsts are tuned in unison. In this standard tuning you can play harmonies to everybody elses guitar and make a major contribution to the ensemble. If you have never heard swing jazz on a tiple you are missing a treat! Natural lacquer finish, all mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, original ebony nut. It has the Martin decal on the peghead as well as stamped inside. While not well remembered now, numerous small African-American string-swing ensembles of the 1930's and '40's made extensive use of these small but loud instruments for fast melody work and rhythmic strumming. Two of the best known were the Spirits Of Rhythm (featuring guitarist Teddy Bunn) and Cats and the Fiddle, where Tiny Grimes got his professional start. Overall length is 27 1/2 inches, and the nut is 1 1/2 inches. Has the typical nicks and dings of a well played instrument with some finish checking. No repairs noted. Neck is straight, frets are fine. Plays well with a nice low action as it was just set up by luthier Marty Beeson. Has the cool jangly sound you are looking for. Comes with a recent hard shell tenor uke case that fits well.....USD $1750

    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

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    ELECTRIC GUITARS, BASSES, AND AMPS

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    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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  • ACCESSORIES
    camera icon   DeArmond 500 Mandolin Pickup
    Excellent condition, looks unused. Both the pickup and the volume knob work correctly. I think this pickup would also work for a tenor guitar.. ..USD $150

    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


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