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MANDOLINS, GUITARS, AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS
FOR SALE OR TRADE


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

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Sale/Trade List - Updated October 12, 2014

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GIBSON F HOLE MANDOLINS:
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OTHER BLUEGRASS MANDOLINS:
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GIBSON OVAL SOUND HOLE MANDOLINS:
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MANDOLAS, MANDOCELLOS AND BOUZOUKIS: 
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OTHER MANDOLINS: 
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MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS: 
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GIBSON FLATTOP ACOUSTIC GUITARS: 
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OTHER FINE ACOUSTIC GUITARS:
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TENOR GUITARS:
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ARCHTOP AND SEMI-HOLLOW GUITARS, ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC:
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UKULELES, BANJOS, TIPLES, AND OTHER ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS:
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STEELS, DOBROS, NATIONALS, AND RESONATOR INSTRUMENTS:
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CASES, PARTS AND MISCELLANEOUS:
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LUTHIER SPECIALS AND FIXER-UPPERS:
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GIBSON MANDOLINS AND RELATED

camera icon  1925 Gibson A Snakehead Mandolin
(Serial No. 81386 FON 8625) Snakehead! These are the most sought after of the Gibson A style round hole instruments, and for good reason. They sound great! This is a very late 1924 or early 1925, the same year and style as my personal mandolin. Stamped A on the label. It has a hand painted logo, top bound only, square end tuners, and the wide center soundhole ring like the A2Z. This is a classic Loar era instrument with the sound that you expect from this period. Neck is straight, frets are fine. 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. Excellent condition with some minor finish wear and checking. No breaks, cracks or refinish. Has the adjustable truss rod and bridge. I suspect the tuners are 1930s era replacements as they have black buttons. They are the same style and size as the the ones usually seen. All other hardware and the finish is original. Comes with the original hardshell case....USD $2950

camera icon  1927 Gibson A1 Mandolin
(Serial no. 84396) Excellent original condition. This a Fern era Gibson A style body with oval sound hole, adjustable truss rod, and the straight painted script Gibson logo. All hardware and finish is original but missing the pickguard. Very clean mandolin bought from the family of the original owner. Great sounding mandolin with a very woody tone and yet still has the sweet round sound of the oval hole mandolins. Very loud mandolin - excellent volume. Plays very nicely too with good frets and a straight neck. Has some very minor finish checking on the back, a short well repaired back crack near the endpin, and a few typical minor nicks and dings from playing. Excellent sounding mandolin with strong volume and nice woody tone. Would be perfect for Celtic sessions. Comes with the original hardshell case. ....USD $2950

camera icon  1919 Gibson A4 Mandolin
(Serial No. 50862) Excellent condition. The A-4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson in 1919. It has the true red sunburst top finish and reddish back and sides, pearl peghead inlay and logo, bound top and back, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. Nice one piece back. The hardware and finish are original. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle is good and the frets show very little wear. No repairs or refinish noted. Action is low and playable and it has a good ringing sound. Excellent for Celtic or old-time music. Original hardshell case included...USD $2950

camera icon  1923 Gibson A4 "Snakehead" Mandolin
(Serial No. 74848 FON 11948) Excellent condition, true red sunburst finish. A straight original mandolin showing some very minor playing wear. Snakehead A models from 1923-1925 are the most sought after of the Gibson A style round hole instruments, and for good reason. They sound great! This is the A4 which was the top of the line for the A style mandolins. Original finish and hardware, including the pearl logo and inlay in the peghead, fully bound, ebony fretboard with treble extension, original adjustable ebony bridge, original tuners, tailpiece and pickguard. Has the very cool and somewhat uncommon chocolate colored tuner buttons. This is a classic Loar era instrument with the sound that you expect from this period. Just set up by my luthier so it has a nice low action 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. Comes with the original hardshell case, also in very clean condition....USD $7450

camera icon  1924 Gibson A4 "Snakehead" Mandolin
(Serial No. 78314 FON 11066) Excellent condition, true red sunburst finish. A straight original mandolin showing some very minor playing wear. Snakehead A models from 1923-1925 are the most sought after of the Gibson A style round hole instruments, and for good reason. They sound great! This is the A4 which was the top of the line for the A style mandolins. Has the pearl logo and inlay in the peghead, fully bound, ebony fretboard with treble extension, reproduction Cumberland Acoustic adjustable ebony bridge, original tuners, tailpiece and pickguard. Strap button added at the heel. This is a classic Loar era instrument with the sound that you expect from this period. Just set up by my luthier so it plays smoothly with excellent volume and tone. This is just a great sounding mandolin - an excellent demonstration of why many pickers believe the snakeheads are the best oval hole mandolins ever made by Gibson. No major structural issues and the finish is original. Comes with the original hardshell case, also in very clean condition. ...USD $7450

camera icon  1924 Gibson A4 "Snakehead" Mandolin
(Serial No. 80636 FON 8096 Virzi 10604) Excellent condition, true red sunburst finish. A straight original mandolin showing some very minor playing wear. Snakehead A models from 1923-1925 are the most sought after of the Gibson A style round hole instruments, and for good reason. They sound great! This is the A4 which was the top of the line for the A style mandolins. Has the pearl logo and inlay in the peghead, fully bound, ebony fretboard with treble extension, reproduction Cumberland Acoustic adjustable ebony bridge, original tuners, tailpiece and pickguard. It also has the Virzi tone producer inside. This is a classic Loar era instrument with the sound that you expect from this period. Just set up by my luthier so it plays smoothly with excellent volume and tone. This is just a great sounding mandolin - an excellent demonstration of why many pickers believe the snakeheads are the best oval hole mandolins ever made by Gibson. No major structural issues and the finish is original. Comes with the original hardshell case, also in very clean condition...USD $7450

camera icon  1925 Gibson A4 "Snakehead" Mandolin
(Serial No. 81790) Excellent condition, true red sunburst finish. A straight original mandolin showing some honest playing wear. I got this from a picker at a music store, who played this mandolin almost every day. It does show some playing wear but has not repairs or structural issues. Just been set up by one of the top repair shops on the East Coast. Has the pearl logo and inlay in the peghead, fully bound, ebony fretboard with treble extension, reproduction Cumberland Acoustic adjustable ebony bridge, original tuners, tailpiece and pickguard. It also has the Virzi tone producer inside. This mandolin also has the chocolate brown finish on the peghead face - somewhat unusual but fully original. 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. Has a minor repaired crack at the screw holes holding the tailpiece and some wear and possible finish touchup on the sides near the near block. No major structural issues and the finish appears to be original. If you can live with some playing wear this is a deal on a snakehead A4. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $3450

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

camera icon  1939 Gibson 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, clam shell 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 Jerry Ray. Frets are fine, neck is straight. You can see just a little bit of crazing beginning in the original pickguard, but this has been stabilized to prevent spreading. Good strong bluegrass sound with a woody chop. Very loud mandolin - excellent volume. Comes with a nice clean original soft case...USD $1950

camera icon  1939 Gibson A50 Wide Body Mandolin
(Serial No. EG-3817) Nice original wide body mandolin. Original sunburst finish, nicely flamed maple back, sides and neck, pearl peghead logo and fleur di lise inlay, Nick Lucas style pearl inlays in the flat rosewood fretboard, 1 1/8 inch nut, and the original tailpiece cover. Has the original tuners which have been rebuttoned. Missing the pickguard. Just set up by my luthier Jerry Ray so it plays very nicely. At 14 1/2 inches, these are the longest scale mandolins ever made by Gibson. Frets are fine, neck is straight. Good old time or bluegrass sound. Has the original redline hardshell case...USD $2150

camera icon  1939 Gibson A00 Mandolin
(Serial No. 2740G) Clean one owner mandolin with just a little pickwear. Original sunburst finish and hardware, Adirondack spruce top with F holes, dark stained nicely figured maple back, sides and neck, white script silkscreened "Gibson" peghead logo, clam shell tailpiece cover, amber tuning buttons, original ebony nut, fretboard and bridge. It has a back brace, so according to book it is an A50. These were used a lot in bluegrass as not everyone could afford a F5. Nice playing and sounding instrument with no issues. Just set up by my luthier Jerry Ray. Frets are fine, neck is straight. This has an odd stamp on the back of the peghead - its stamped "cull". I would think that would mean a second of some sort, but I see no issues with the mandolin. No breaks, cracks or refinish noted. Missing the pickguard. Good strong bluegrass sound with a woody chop. Very loud mandolin - excellent volume. Comes with a nice newer hardshell case...USD $2150

camera icon  1940 Gibson A1 Mandolin
(Serial No. EG-6950) Serial number says its a 1939, but the features suggest its late 1940 or early 1941. 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, clam shell 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. Missing the pickguard. Good strong bluegrass sound with a woody chop. Very loud mandolin - excellent volume. Comes with a somewhat beat up cardboard case...USD $1950

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

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camera icon  1924 Gibson F2 Mandolin
(Serial No. 78341 FON 11148A Virzi No. 10295) This is about as nice as it gets in a Gibson oval hole mandolin. This is a spectacular Loar era F2. 1924 was the second year for Lloyd Loar at Gibson, and his innovations are evident throughput this mandolin. Almost no playing wear. Deep rich red sunbust is original finish. Completely original hardware. Flamed maple back and sides, truss rod in the neck, adjustable bridge, original transition clamp style pickguard, and chocolate buttons on the arrow end plate tuners. Neck is straight, frets are good. Fitted from Gibson with a Virzi Sound Producer, and the label for the Virzi is also intact. Sound is rich and full, with the pop you are looking for in a oval hole. Set up by my luthier so it plays like butter. The big ear on the peghead was reglued and the peghead face and back plate buffed. Shows some expected minor crazing on the back. Comes with a nice red lined original hardshell case...USD $7450

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

camera gif  1940 Gibson F4 Mandolin
(Serial No. 96388 FON 565F) Not too many of these around. Gibson F style mandolins from the 1930's and 40's are extremely uncommon. By then, the mando craze from the teens and early 20's had faded away. This particular mandolin features a simple pearl Gibson logo in the unbound peghead and traditional dot inlays in the fingerboard. Has a sunburst top, chocolate brown stained maple back and sides, a checkerboard pattern soundhole rosette, and the treble extension on the fingerboard. 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 fitting between the tuners on the back of the peghead is for a strap. The best thing about this mandolin is the sound!! It is really a great sounding mandolin. It has a very deep throaty bass response. The playability is great. As a general rule, the F-4/F-2s from this era are consistently good sounding. I have had several of these and they are real sleepers on the market. Comes in the original hardshell case....USD $5,500

camera gif  1940 Gibson F4 Mandolin
(Serial No. 96390 fon 565F) Gibson F style mandolins from the 1930s and 40s are extremely rare. By then, the mando craze from the teens and early 20s had faded away, and the F4 was only built as a special order. This particular mandolin features a straight across pearl Gibson logo in the unbound peghead and F7 style Nick Lucas inlays in the bound fingerboard, squared at the bottom. Has a sunburst top, chocolate brown stained maple back and sides, and a checkerboard pattern soundhole rosette. The fingerboard is elevated off the top like the F5. The condition is overall excellent. No repairs, crack or other structural issues noted. It retains all of it's original hardware except the missing pickguard. The tuners, bridge, tailpiece and cover are all correct. The best thing about this mandolin is the sound!! It is really a great sounding mandolin. It has a very deep throaty bass response. The playability is great. As a general rule, the F4/F2s from this era are consistently good sounding. I have had several of these and they are real sleepers on the market. Comes in the original hardshell case....USD $5,500

camera gif  1966 Gibson F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 848762) One of only 11 F5s built by Gibson in 1966. Original cherry burst finish in lacquer. Has flamed maple back and sides and a Sitka spruce top. Flat ebony fretboard, 1 1/8 inch nut, with pearl block inlay and a newer ebony adjustable bridge from Cumberland Acoustic. Triple bound body, fretboard and peghead. Pearl logo and torch in the peghead. The original rosewood bridge with the big thumb wheels is in the case. Tuners and all other hardware is original. Missing the pickguard and most of the gold is worn off the tailpiece cover. Just set up and frets dressed by my luthier Jerry Ray so it plays very nicely. Sounds good with nice even balance, not real woody but not thin, either. Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $5,500

GIBSON MANDOLAS AND MANDOCELLOS

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FLATIRON MANDOLINS AND RELATED

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

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

camera icon 1990 Flatiron F5 Master Mandolin
(Serial #90110487) Excellent condition, sunburst finish. Top of the line mandolin for Flatiron. When Gibson went to the NAMM show in 1987, these were the high quality mandolins they were competing with. They couldn't beat them, so they bought the company. The F5 Master is a grade above the Artist, and only about 50 Flatiron F5 Masters are estimated to have been built. Excellent sounding and playing F5 scroll mandolin with highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, carved Sitka spruce top with X bracing, triple Ivoroid/black/Ivorid bound top, back and peghead, "The Flatiron" and Fern peghead inlay in abalone and pearl, 1 1/8 inch nut, elevated and bound slightly radiused ebony fingerboard with fancy abalone inlays and an extra point at the end of the fingerboard, pearl trussrod cover, and gold tailpice and Schaller tuners with pearl buttons. Shows some wear and corrosion on the tailpiece and cover but thats about it for the mandolin. This one has a good chop and bark - excellent bluegrass mandolin. Signed by Bruce Weber. 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 a shaped probably 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.

New Ratliff F5 Mandolin

camera icon  New Ratliff Wide Neck Country Boy F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 1104) New with warranty, medium red brown finish, satin 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 new Country Boy model F5 from Audey. The Country Boy is built the same as the top of the line R5 from Ratliff, just not as much trim, with no body or fretboard binding. It still has all the design features that give Ratliffs their tone and power. This is the classic F-5 style scroll mandolin with the long neck, f holes, tone bar bracing, and the elevated ebony fretboard with dot inlays. Custom ordered with a wider nut at 1 3/16 inch and a radiused fretboard. It features a beautiful flamey maple back, sides and neck. It also features a hand-carved Sitka spruce top. The fretboard is straight across at the end 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 sweet sound and woody bluegrass bark, and the excellent volume and tone that these mandolins are known for. Check out the video below that Audey posted of this very mandolin. Comes with a new shaped TKL hardshell case...USD $SOLD

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OTHER MANDOLINS AND RELATED

camera icon 2010 Auburn F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 033) Excellent plus condition, gloss dark sunburst finish with a dark sunburst back and sides. The mandolin was built by luthier Todd Sams of Stewart McDonald for his personal use on tour. I talked with Todd and he indicated he sent it over to Auburn Mandolins to have the final finishing, and he had them put the "Auburn" decal on the headstock. Has a red spruce top, tone bar bracing, varnish finish, one piece quilted maple back and sides, 1 1/8 inch bone nut, rounded neck profile, flat ebony fretboard with traditional frets that is scooped to eliminate pick click, side bound like Bill Monroes, bound fretboard and peg head, an ebony bridge, and a pearl logo and inlay on the peg head. Nickle Grover tuners with pearl buttons. Fitted with an easily removable custom "Auburn" armrest. Excellent sounding and playing mandolin with clear trebles, strong bass and a good bluegrass chop. Todd used this mandolin on stage for a season and showed it as an example of his work, so you know its a good sounding instrument. Comes with a Eastman fiberglass case. ..USD $2950

camera icon 2011 Bayard Flattop Bouzouki
(Serial No. 77) As-new condition. Bayard Blain is building very high quality instruments in his one-man shop in Arkansas. This is a flattop bouzouki with bloodwood back and sides (the lighter color is the heartwood), X-braced Sitka spruce top, 14 inch wide body at the lower bout, 9 7/8 inch at the upper bout, ebony fretboard, rosewood pin bridge, rosewood binding with herringbone top trim and rosette, bone nut and saddle, and a nice pearl logo. I took this in trade from a dealer so although it does not have a warranty, its basically new. Has eight strings to give that full sound, 25 inch inch scale, and a 1 5/16 inch nut. I have it tuned up GDAE as an octave mandolin and it rocks! Just set up by my luthier Jerry Ray to play nice and easy. Much bigger sound that you expect from a small body, it will fight it out with the fiddles in a Celtic session, but still very comfortable for just sitting around and playing. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instument. Comes with a nice hardshell case....USD $1950 ON HOLD for Max

camera icon 2003 Collings MF5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 108) One owner mandolin. Excellent condition, dark sunburst lacquer with the gloss finish. Collings mandolins are made to the same high standards as their guitars. This model, the MF5, is the main workhorse mandolin for Collings. Shows some playing wear as it was played by the original owner daily for over 10 years - this one is a powerful, loud bluegrass mandolin. It really cuts through a jam. Excellent tone with a good woody chop. It has a fully carved top and back and is crafted with a seasoned select solid Adirondack red spruce top with tone bar bracing and premium flamed maple back, neck and sides. Fully bound top, back, fretboard and peghead, with the pearl Collings logo and inlay. Has a compound radiused ebony fingerboard, 1 1/8 bone nut, V profile neck, ebony bridge and the Collings one piece tailpiece. Nickle hardware with pearl buttons. Action was just set up and the frets dressed - it plays like silk. Original shaped Collings hardshell case included....USD $5750

camera icon 2003 Bill Davis F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 11203) Bill Davis used to be a machinist, and that attention to detail shows in this mandolin. Excellent condition with a gloss dark sunburst lacquer finish on both the top and the back. Top is solid tight grain 60 year old Sitka spruce recoved from a lake in Alaska, tone bar bracing, 1/18 bone nut and a nice moderate v neck profile, radiused ebony fretboard, ebony bridge, highly flamed Big Leaf maple back, side and neck, gold hardware with pearl buttons, and pearl logo and inlay. The body is double bound on both top and sides, and the peghead has multi ply binding as well. Gold is worn off (probably polished off) the face of the tailpiece cover. Top notch craftsmanship - this is not Bills first mandolin. Excellent sounding mandolin, strong volume and nice woody chop. Good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. Just set up by my luthier. The mandolin plays like silk and has the sound you look for in good bluegrass mandolin. Very clean mandolin - any blemish you see is likely a reflection. Comes with the original shaped hardshell case in nice condition...USD $3650

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

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

camera icon 2007 Sumi F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 00207) Excellent condition, uniform reddish finish. Looking for a hand built professional grade F5 mandolin? It has a hand carved 500 year old Japanese red spruce top, flamed maple back and sides, nickle hardware, thin lacquer finish, and a flat 1 1/8 nut on the ebony fingerboard. Neck has a soft v profile. Triple bound body and headstock, pearl logo and torch peghead inlay. Sumi is the master luthier that built the famous 1980s Kentucky KM-1500 and Dawg mandolins. He has continued to build under his own name since 1993. Very clear tone - the bass is strong, powerful and not muddy, and the trebles are clear and open. Good chop and bark, strong volume and nice action as it was just set up by my luthier. This is a strong professional instrument. Very clean mandolin showing almost no sign of playing. Comes with the original Sumi nice hardshell case....USD $3650

camera icon 2008 Sumi F5 Deluxe Mandolin
(Serial No. 08573) Excellent plus condition, dark 1930s style sunburst finish. Looking for a hand built professional grade F5 mandolin? It has a hand carved 500 year old Japanese red spruce top, flamed maple back and sides, gold hardware, thin lacquer finish, and a flat 1 1/8 nut on the ebony fingerboard. The frets at the end of the fretboard are flush to eliminate pick click but it still gives the appearance of being fully fretted. Neck has a soft v profile. Fully bound body and headstock. Pearl logo and Fern peghead inlay. Sumi is the master luthier that built the famous 1980s Kentucky KM-1500 and Dawg mandolins. He has continued to build under his own name since 1993. Very clear tone - the bass is strong, powerful and not muddy, and the trebles are clear and open. Good chop and volume and nice action as you would expect from a solidly professional instrument. Very clean mandolin showing almost no sign of playing. Anything that looks like a blemish is a reflection. Comes with the original Sumi nice hardshell case....USD $4250

camera icon 2004 Skip Kelly F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 13004009) Excellent condition. Thomas "Skip" Kelley builds a professional level mandolin. This one has a hand applied varnish finish in a lighter golden sunburst, highly figured one piece Big Leaf maple back and sides, Adirondack red spruce top, bound flat ebony fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut, V neck profile, gold Schaller tuners, one piece cast Allen tailpiece, and pearl logo and peghead inlay. The fretboard is deliberately shortened to eliminate pick click. The frets were dressed and the mandolin was just professionally set up by luthier Jerry Ray. Big wide open sound, plays easy and has excellent volume and tone with nice cut and drive for your bluegrass band. Shows very minor playing wear. Comes with a nice shaped Superior hardshell case....USD $4250

camera icon2003 Weber Yellowstone Mandolin
(Serial No. 3133103) Excellent plus condition. This is the main workhorse mandolin for Weber, and it carries the load well. This mandolin will give you that good bluegrass sound. Has a dark sunburst lacquer gloss finish, a solid carved Sitka spruce top which gives it good cut and chop, traditional tone bar bracing, heavily flamed maple back, sides and deep V profile neck, fully bound, nickle Grover tuners with pearl buttons, custom painted Weber one piece cast tailpiece, pearl "The Weber" logo, and an ebony Weber Traditional bridge. Bound radiused fretboard with 1 1/8 inch nut, diamond 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. Very clean mandolin - anything that looks like a blemish is probably a reflection. Bruce Weber built a lot of Gibsons and Flatirons there in Montana. Now he has his own shop and is turning out high quality instruments. This instrument has just been set up by my luthier and is ready to go. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original grey Weber hardshell case, the original warrany card showing it was sold in 2004, and all the case candy....USD $3150

camera icon  1924 Martin Style A Mandolin
(Serial Number #11069) Excellent condition showing almost no wear. Original lacquer finish with an Adirondack red spruce top, mahogany back and sides, ebony fingerboard with small dot markers, original ebony bridge and nut, rosewood binding and tortoise pickguard. Good neck and frets, plays nice with a low action but still has plenty of volume. Original tailpiece and arrowhead end Waverly tuners. Shows some minor finish checking on the top and some of the usual nicks and dings of a well loved instrument but no repairs noted. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Comes with a newer cardboard case...$950 USD

camera gif  1923 Martin Style AK Mandolin
(Serial No. 10688) From my personal collection. Mandolin is very clean and 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. Highly figured Hawaiian Koa wood top, back and sides of a quality you just cannot get anymore. 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. No cracks or repairs. Good strong volume with a nice tone. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Nice tortoiseshell binding and pickguard. Original tuners and plain tailpiece cover. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $2050

camera gif  1925 Martin Style B Mandolin
(Serial No. 11964) Excellent condition with very little playing wear. This is the early style cutout peghead with the Martin stamp embossed on the back and no decal on the front. Beautifully grained Brazilian rosewood back and sides, spruce top, herringbone rosette and back strip, and an ebony fingerboard with slotted diamond inlays. Good neck and frets, plays nice with a low action but still has plenty of volume. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Nice tortoiseshell binding and pickguard. Original tuners and plain tailpiece cover. Original case...USD $1900

camera gif  1924 Martin Style B Mandolin
(Serial No. 11167) Excellent condition with very little playing wear. This is the early style cutout peghead with the Martin stamp embossed on the back and no decal on the front. Beautifully grained Brazilian rosewood back and sides, spruce top, herringbone rosette and back strip, and an ebony fingerboard with slotted diamond inlays. Good neck and frets, plays nice with a low action but still has plenty of volume. Has a small well-repaired side crack. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Nice tortoiseshell binding and pickguard. Original tuners and plain tailpiece cover. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $1900

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

camera gif 1916 Vega Style 202 Cylinder Back Mandolin
(#32911) Excellent condition, very clean, no cracks. Although the Vega Company of Boston was known primarily as a manufacturer of high-quality banjos, they also made very fine mandolins. This mandolin has the traditional bent spruce top with a two point design and a curved cylinder back of mahogany, which produces a rich warm tone. The cylinder back is a missing link between the traditional bowl-back designs of the past and the more contemporary arched tops and backs. Has an ebony fingerboard and bridge. All finish and hardware is original. Just set up so it plays easily and sounds great with good volume. Comes with a newer hardshell case.....USD $1750

camera gif  1915 Weymann Mandolute Style 20
(Serial No. 27147) Excellent condition. Very cool mandolin from Weymann. Spruce top, flamed maple back and sides, ebony fingerboard and bridge. Nice checkered top binding. The finish and all hardware is original. Has one short repaired top crack on the upper treble bout. Plays easily and sounds great with good volume. Good for classical, old time or Celtic music. Comes with the original end opening canvas case....USD $650

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camera icon New Richard Beard OM5 Octave Mandolin
(Serial #50) New with warranty. Its an outstanding example of Richards fine craftmanship. These are professional grade instruments. Tremendous resonance and response in this one. It has a strong and powerful percussive sound with a deep rich bass. The back and sides are flamed Hawaiian Koa which I think is a superior tone wood for long scale double course instruments. The fingerboard and bridge are ebony, and the top is sinker redwood from logs reclaimed from the Russian River. The top is x-braced with herringbone top trim. The neck has an adjustable truss rod and the ebony fingerboard has slotted diamond inlays. Solid one piece tailpiece eliminates buzzing and loose covers. Fit and finish is first class professional work - as good as those famous guitar makers. Nut is 1 3/8 inch. Scale length is 23 1/4 inches so it gives the guitar-like resonance for backup rhythm playing. The x-braced top gives it plenty of punch for driving a session. Nice low action plays effortlessly with a great neck. Its currently tuned GDAE as an octave mandolin but any zook tuning like ADAD or GDAD would work as well. Handmade in North Carolina and comes with a custom fitted hardshell case...USD $2950

ELECTRIC MANDOLINS

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    camera gif 1948 Martin 015 Guitar
    (Serial No. 105074) Excellent condition. Blues approved! I've seen these small bodied, all mahogany guitars in the hands of players such as Lightnin' Hopkins, Ry Cooder, and countless others. I think its required somewhere that you have to play one of these at some point to be a 'real' folk blues artist. The guitar is so well known as a blues special that the movie "Crossroads" featured the character Lightnin' Boy Martone as starting out playing on one. This guitar is pretty clean with the exception of a scuff near the endpin. All original finish and hardware including tuning machines and pickguard. Here's the best part - great warm blues tone with excellent volume. The sound has really been played into this one. Frets are good, neck is straight, and the neck was recently reset by luthier Jack Dillen. Just out of my shop for a set up so it it needs nothing but your hands to make it produce good music. Comes with a very nice new Superior hard case....USD $3150

    camera gif 1936 Martin 017 Guitar
    (Serial No. 62374) Excellent condition. These small body all mahogany Martins are great for blues, with that warm sound only a mahogany top will give. Has the scalloped bracing and the larger neck of the 1930s guitars with a 24.9 inch scale and the original ebony 1 3/4 inch nut. Looks like the neck has been reset in the past as the action is low and comfortable. There are two short minor repaired side cracks but 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. Beautiful guitar for fingerstyle. Comes in a newer hardshell case that fits perfectly....USD $4250

    camera gif 1945 Martin 0018 Guitar
    (Serial No. 92795) Excellent condition. Great sounding and playing small body guitar. Adirondack spruce top with unscalloped braces, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge - whats not to like? All the good stuff coming to you in a small couch friendly package. Very well balanced guitar with a big open woody sound and strong volume. It would be a fabulous recording guitar. Has the standard 1-11/16 nut. Peghead overlay and fingerboard are Brazilian rosewood with gold Martin script logo. The neck was just reset by luthier Ward Elliott so the action is low with plenty of saddle. There is a repaired area on the lower side that is probably a jack hole repair. Bridge plate is original with the holes plugged and re-drilled professionally. Tuners have been changed for nickel open back Grovers as used on Martin small bodies from the 1960's. Has an ebony truss rod so its light and responsive. Wartime peghead has no tuner bushings as built. Shows player wear with the usual nicks, dings and pickwear. The top has turned a nice orange. Neck is straight, frets were just dressed and crowned. Strap button added at the heel. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $4950

    camera gif 1957 Martin 0018 Guitar
    (Serial No. 155937) Excellent condition. Mahogany back and sides with a Sitka spruce top and tortoise binding. Peghead overlay, fingerboard and bridge are Brazilian rosewood with gold Martin script logo. Original finish and tuners. Has a recent neck set and an exact repro replacement bridge by luthier Jack Dillen. 00 size Martins are about the size of a classical guitar and typically have a very well balanced sound. This one fits the bill there as well as having a big open woody sound and strong volume. It would be a fabulous recording guitar. Shows some playing wear at the back edge and on the top and has the usual nicks and dings expected in a well played guitar. Looks like it had a larger pickguard on one time and now has a replaced black Martin teardrop guard. No cracks or repairs. Neck is straight, frets are good, action is perfect. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $3550

    camera gif 1959 Martin 0018 Guitar
    (Serial No. 165864) Excellent condition. Mahogany back and sides with a Sitka spruce top and tortoise binding. Peghead overlay, fingerboard and bridge are Brazilian rosewood with gold Martin script logo. Original finish and tuners. Has a recent invisible neck set. 00 size Martins are about the size of a classical guitar and typically have a very well balanced sound. This one fits the bill there as well as having a big open woody sound and strong volume. It would be a fabulous recording guitar. Shows some minor playing wear and has the usual nicks and dings expected in a well played guitar. HAs the tortoise binding and pickguard. No cracks or repairs. Neck is straight, frets are good, action is perfect. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $3950 ON HOLD for Mark

    camera icon 1948 Martin 00018 Guitar
    (Serial No. 108119) Excellent minus condition. Nicely aged spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Martin is supposed to have used Adirondack spruce for the tops until the early 50's, but no one can really tell by looking at it. To be sure, you have put it under a microscope in a lab. The open back Kluson tuners are original. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Has that nice meaty 40s Martin C shaped neck profile with a standard 1 11/16 nut width. Weighs almost nothing - this guitar is light as a feather. The bridge has been reglued, there is the usual pickguard crack repair under the high e string, and a couple of short dryness side cracks have been professionally glued. No other repairs noted. It does have some minor scratches, nicks and dings and honest pickwear from 60 years of playing. Neck has probably been set at some time in the past as the action is low and comfortable. The frets are in good shape and the neck is straight. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Comes with a 1990s black Martin hardshell case....USD $5800

    camera icon 2007 Martin Kenny Sultan Sunburst 000-18 Guitar
    (Serial No. 1234118) Excellent condition, No. 66 in the sequence. This is the signature guitar for Kenny Sultan - has an Adirondack top with 1/4 inch width scalloped Adirondack bracing, small 1930s style gloss sunburst top finish, herringbone soundhole rosette, fiddleback mahogany back and sides, 1 3/4 nut on the ebony fretboard, modified V neck profile, pearl diamond and squares fretboard inlay, ebony fretboard overlay,with pearl logo, nickle Waverly tuners with butterbean knoobs, vintage style pickguard, bone nut and long saddle, ebony bridge pins and an ebony bridge. Kenny Sultan has played ragtime, old time and even folk during his career, both as a solo artist and with musical partner Tom Ball, but his true passion is acoustic blues. For more than 25 years, he has shown an uncanny talent for taking various blues styles, from Chicago and Kansas City to Delta and Piedmont, and making them his own. A noted teacher, consummate performer, and unsung hero of countless soundtracks and commercials, he and his blues are accessible, engaging and downright fun. This guitar duplicates his personal shaded top 1930s 000-18. Has a deep strong sound, perfect for fingerstyle blues and ragtime. Comes with a nice original hardshell case...USD $3250

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

    camera gif 1967 Martin D18 Guitar
    (Serial No. 222361) Excellent minus condition. If you are looking for a festival or campground warrior this is your guitar. It has the classic Martin D18 features with a solid mahogany back and sides and a solid Sitka spruce top, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and bridge, and the correct Patent Applied For Grover tuners.  Original finish and hardware.  Has a few nicks and dings and but overall a clean guitar. Neck was just reset and the guitar set up by luthier David Sheppard. It plays great with a nice low action. Has a repaired pick guard crack and a filled jack hole in the lower treble side. Must have had an oversize guard at one time as you can see the shadow on the top. Black binding and pick guard. Still has the small maple bridge plate. Good powerful guitar that can really drive your sound.  This is an excellent sounding D18. Comes with a 70s Martin molded hard shell case missing the logo plate....USD $3350

    camera gif 1968 Martin D-18 Guitar
    (Serial No. 233487) Excellent plus condition. This is the classic Martin D-18 - solid mahogany back and sides and a solid spruce top, black pick guard and binding. Tuners are the correct Grovers marked Patent Applied For. Has a few nicks and dings and a small spot of thumb wear on the side of the neck but overall a clean guitar. Neck is straight, neck set is fine and it plays great with a nice low action. No cracks or other repairs. Black binding and pick guard but still has the small maple bridge plate. This one has that solid Martin "boom" you need in a good bluegrass guitar. Plays very easy with a nice low action. This is an excellent sounding D-18. Comes with a newer hard shell case...USD $3250

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

    camera gif 1949 Martin D28 Guitar
    (Serial No. 112168) Excellent condition. This is what a good bluegrass guitar is all about. Has a Sitka spruce top and nice straight grain Brazilian rosewood back and sides. The figure in the sides is spectacular. The only crack repair I see is the usual repaired pickguard crack. Finish is original and shows the usual nicks and dings and some buckle wear on the back. Tuners are late 1950's Klusons, which are an exact replacement for the originals. One tuner shaft is slightly bent but it works fine. This guitar has all the power and tone you expect from an old Martin. The action is nice and low as luthier Harry Eibert just reset the neck, dressed the frets and made a new exact replica ebony bridge. This guitar has that well-known Martin "boom" that is ideal for bluegrass. Very powerful bluegrass sound. Comes with a newer hardshell case.....USD $14,500

    camera gif 1955 Martin D28 Guitar
    (Serial No. 144623) Excellent condition. This is a powerful bluegrass guitar with all the punch and drive you expect in a older Martin. Finish and hardware are original. Nicely aged spruce top and old growth straight grain Brazilian rosewood back and sides. This guitar was throughly gone though recently by luthier Harry Eibert in NY who reset the neck, dressed the frets, set up the guitar, and repaired the ding in the lower bass side top and the outside pickguard crack on the treble side. Has the standard 1 11/16 inch nut, ebony fingerboard and bridge, rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script, and the original waffleback tuners. Plays easy with low action, and has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Lots of buckle wear on the back. Has the expected finish checking, pickwear, and the usual nicks and dings of a well loved and much played guitar. Comes with an original hardshell case. Warning - this guitar has been known to get out of its case in the middle of the night and go hunting banjos...USD $10,500

    camera gif 1959 Martin D28 Guitar
    (Serial No. 166865) Excellent condition. This is an outstanding bluegrass guitar with all the punch you expect in a older Martin. Nicely aged spruce top and highly figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides. This guitar was gone though recently by luthier Harry Eibert with a new exact old style replacement bridge, neck set and refret. No cracks or crack repairs - not even a guard crack. Has the standard 1 11/16 inch nut and an ebony fingerboard and bridge. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Plays easy with low action, and has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Has the expected finish checking, pick wear, and the usual nicks and dings of a well loved and much played guitar. Finish and hardware are original. Comes with an old maybe original hard shell case...USD $9500

    camera gif 1961 Martin D28 Guitar
    (Serial No. 179644) Excellent condition. This is an outstanding bluegrass guitar with all the punch you expect in a older Martin. Nicely aged spruce top and highly figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Ebony fretboard and bridge. The neck has been reset in the past and luthier Steve Kovacik just set up the guitar so it plays wonderfully. No cracks or crack repairs - not even a guard crack. Has the standard 1 11/16 inch nut and an ebony fingerboard and bridge. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. I think the bridge was slightly shaved in the past from the bottom to lower the action as the wings on the brige look thinner to me than standard, but there is plenty of saddle left. Has a spot of buckle rash on the back and the expected finish checking, pickwear, and the usual nicks and dings of a well loved and much played guitar. Finish and hardware are original. Comes with the original hardshell case. ...USD $7000

    camera gif 1962 Martin D28 Guitar
    (Serial No. 181410) Excellent condition. This is a really strong bluegrass guitar with all the punch you expect in a older Martin. Nicely aged spruce top and highly figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides. I suspect this guitar had a recent neck set, as the action is perfect. No cracks or crack repairs - not even a guard crack. Has the standard 1 11/16 inch nut and an ebony fingerboard and bridge. Has the long saddle bridge and the small maple bridge plate. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Plays easy with low action, and has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Has the expected finish checking, pickwear, and the usual nicks and dings of a well loved and much played guitar. Finish and hardware are original. Comes with an older maybe original hardshell case...USD $7250

    camera gif 1987 Martin D37K Guitar
    (Serial Number: 473741) Nice condition with a few repairs. Beautiful Koa wood back and sides of a quality you cannot get now. Look at the flame in that wood! Has a Sitka spruce top with aging toner, mahogany neck, ebony fretboard with Foden inlay pattern, ebony bridge, abalone soundhole rosette, Martin Schaller tuners, 28-style back stripe, white body binding, black/white purfling, 5 ply top purfling, 1-11/16" nut width. There is a repaired center seam on the top and a two short nearly invisible repaired hairlines where the bridge was reglued. Koa has a unique sound somewhere between mahogany and rosewood. Has the warmth like mahogany but just a bit of bite in the sound like maple. Nice playing guitar with easy action, but the saddle is all the way down. Fitted with a strap button at the heel and a pickup with an end pin jack. Comes with the original Martin molded hard shell case.....USD $2150

    camera gif 1994 Martin D41 Guitar
    (Serial No. 537118) You deserve to own a pearl-trimmed Martin at least once in your life! Excellent plus condition, looks nearly unplayed. Straight grained Indian rosewood back and sides with master grade Sitka spruce top with strong silking and crossgraining. It features an abalone top and soundhole trim, abalone vertical C.F. Martin peghead inlay, abalone D-45 style hexagon inlays in the bound ebony fingerboard, gold hardware and a tortoise pickguard. No pearl on the back, but who sees that when you are playing? The pearl trimmed Martins get the better tops at the factory so they always sound great - this one is loud and open with that classic Martin boom on the bottom end. Good low action. I see no evidence of playing wear except for some tiny grooves on the frets. Comes with the original black molded Martin hardshell case with some of the original paperwork in the case...USD $3250

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    GIBSON ACOUSTIC GUITARS

    camera icon 1936 Kalamazoo KG-11 Guitar
    (Factory Order No. 585A) Very clean excellent plus original condition. Kalamazoo was the budget brand built by Gibson in the 1930s. The KG-11 has a slightly shorter body than the KG-14 which is the size of the Gibson L00. This is a remarkably original guitar. 1 3/4 inch nut has been changed to bone, rosewood fretboard, rounded slight V chunky neck, small sunburst, mahogany back and sides with a spruce top, top binding only, small straight bridge, and original firestripe pickguard. The center-peak peghead is fitted with early Kluson strip tuners and adorned with the standard Kalamazoo silkscreen logo. Black button tuners are original. Original ladder bracing gives that authentic Delta blues and old time sound. The action is very low and playable and the neck set is original. It sounds much larger than a small body guitar. This is an excellent guitar for ragtime or fingerstyle blues. Comes with a clean 60s era soft case...USD $1800

    camera icon 1936 Kalamazoo KG-11 Guitar
    (Factory Order No. 54) Very clean near mint original condition. Kalamazoo was the budget brand built by Gibson in the 1930s. The KG-11 has a slightly shorter body than the KG-14 which is the size of the Gibson L00. This is a remarkably original guitar. Has the 1 11/16 ebony nut on the rounded slight V chunky neck, small sunburst, mahogany back and sides with a spruce top, top binding only, small straight bridge, and original firestripe pickguard. The center-peak peghead is fitted with early Kluson strip tuners and adorned with the standard Kalamazoo silkscreen logo. Black button tuners are original. Strap button added at the heel. Original ladder bracing gives that authentic Delta blues and old time sound. The action is very low and playable as the neck was just reset by luthier Jack Dillen in SC. It sounds much larger than a small body guitar. This is an excellent guitar for ragtime or fingerstyle blues. Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $1800

    camera icon 1937 Gibson L00 Guitar
    (Factory Order No. 211(?)-2) Excellent playing condition with some repairs and playing wear. I say this is a 1937 as it has the bound back and the later style pickguard, but it could be as late as 1941. Nice guitar with all original finish showing some playing wear and a couple of well repaired back cracks. Has a mahogany back and sides and a x-braced spruce top with sunburst finish, firestripe guard that follows the body contour, original ebony 1 11/16 inch nut on the chunky v profile neck, small straight bridge, bound top and back, and a silkscreened white script Gibson logo in the peghead. The bridge and few braces were reglued and the guitar was set up by by luthier Richie Dotson here in town. The guitar is all solid and in good structural condition now. The tuners are the original 3 on a plate Klusons with original black buttons. They work very well. Frets are good and the neck is straight. Its sounds much larger than a small body guitar. Perfect for ragtime and fingerstyle playing. It's in excellent playing condition - all it needs is your fingers on the strings! Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $3650

    camera icon 1937 Gibson HG-00 Conversion Guitar
    (Factory Order No. 123C) This guitar started life as a Hawaiian setup with a 12 fret body, rounded neck, T frets and a straight saddle. The Brazilian rosewood bridge is likely replaced as the saddle is now correctly slanted for intonation. Excellent playing condition with a wide 1 7/8 nut. I say this is a 1937 as it has the C serial number suffix, bound back and the later style pickguard, but it could be as late as 1941. Nice guitar with all original finish showing some very minor playing wear. Has a mahogany back and sides and a x-braced spruce top with sunburst finish, firestripe guard that follows the body contour, a chunky v profile neck, small straight bridge, bound top and back, and a silkscreened white script Gibson logo in the peghead. The guitar was set up by by luthier Richie Dotson here in town. The guitar is all solid and in good structural condition. The tuners are the original 3 on a plate Klusons with original black buttons. They work very well. Frets are good and the neck is straight. Very clean guitar. Big big sound from the 12 fret body. Perfect for ragtime and fingerstyle playing. It's in excellent playing condition - all it needs is your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original soft case, also in excellent condition....USD $4950

    camera icon 1940s Gibson Banner LG2 Guitar
    (Serial No. none) Excellent condition all original wartime example of Gibson's most popular small body flat-top guitar model. This guitar is probably either a 1944 or a 1945. Has the original sunburst top finish and dark back and sides, a x-braced Adirondack spruce top and the somewhat rare maple back and sides, tortoise pattern pickguard, tapered headstock with truss rod adjustment, small rectangle bridge, single bound top and back, and the gold Gibson script peghead with the "Only a Gibson is Good Enough" banner. 1-3/4 inch nut with a chunky rounded profile. Very playable neck. The open back strip Kluson tuners are original. Great sounding guitar with a nice low action, as the neck was just reset by luthier Jack Dillen. It has minor playing wear, the usual nicks and dings, but no major repairs, and no cracks. Completely solid and a great playing and sounding guitar. Comes with an older but not original hardshell case...USD $5500

    camera icon 1941 Gibson Jumbo 35 Guitar
    (FON 4803B) Excellent condition. The Jumbo 35 was Gibson's answer to the Martin D-18 during the years 1937-1941. Has a sunburst top finish, dreadnought body with mahogany back and sides, Adirondack spruce top, maple bridge plate, lacquered rosewood bridge with the long through saddle, rosewood fingerboard, and that cool fire stripe guard. Has two unscalloped tone bars. Original tuners with newer buttons. Has a big neck with a rounded profile neck but not as big as a Banner. Nut is 1-11/16 inch. There is a repaired area just above the end block on the back where it looks like it was banged. The top looks like it was oversprayed a long time ago as there is some checking under the finish, but it was done so long ago that there is checking in the finish now as well. The guitar was not played much and collected only a few light scratches. No capo marks on the neck and just the slightest sign of divots in the board. Action is fine with bass at 5/32 and the treble at 3/32, the neck was just reset by luthier Harry Eibert, and the frets are in excellent condition. The tone is warm, woody, and open. Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $13,500

    camera icon 1945 Gibson J45 Banner Guitar
    (Serial No. none) Excellent minus condition, original sunburst finish showing playing wear. I'm guessing a bit on the year, but its either a 1944 or a 1945. Original banner peghead wartime Gibson. This is a tremendous guitar - the sound just rolls out of it. The more you dig in, the more the guitar gives back. The sound is very full, rich and well balanced. These are the most sought after of the slope shoulder Gibsons, and for good reason. A lot of players like the big beefy neck in these Banners. Has mahogany back and sides, tapered headstock, single ply binding, and the small pickguard. Excellent playing guitar as the neck was just reset and partially refretted by luthier Harry Eibert. Its an exceptional sounding guitar as well with the powerful yet sweet tone you only get from these early J-45's. Action from the fingerboard is 5/32 on the bass side and 3/32 on the treble, right where it should be. Nut is 1 3/4 inch and the pin spacing at the bridge is 2 3/16 inch. Strap button added at the heel. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $10,500

    camera icon 1965 Gibson J45 Adjustable Guitar
    (Serial No. 262102) Excellent condition showing some very picking wear. Very cool guitar that was originally cherry sunbust and has now faded to a warm amber color. Marked J45 ADJ on the inside back. Desirable slope shouldered body style, spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Bridge is the early style adjustable with the ceramic saddle. Has the narrower 9/16" nut. Good sounding guitar with a nice bass response and big full tone. Plays great with a nice low action as it was just set up by my luthier. Neck is straight, set is good and the frets are in good shape. Has the original tuners, original Brazilian rosewood bridge and fretboard, and the original pick guard. Excellent overall cosmetic condition showing some fingerboard divots in the first few frets and the usual nicks and dings of a well played instrument. No repairs or refinish noted. Comes with a hard shell case...USD $2950

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

    camera icon 1955 Gibson J50 Guitar
    (Serial No. w2607 15) Excellent/near mint condition. It does have a few minor nicks and dings and some typical finish checking - it is after all 58 years old - but it is in remarkably nice condition. The sound just rolls out of this guitar. It really nails the slope shoulder Gibson midrangy dreadnaught sound. Natural finish spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and original Brazilian bridge with fixed saddle. No repairs or refinish. The neck was just reset by luthier David Sheppard. Strap button added at the heel. The frets are in excellent shape and the neck is straight. Comes with the original alligator print cardboard case or a newer hard case, your choice...USD $5750

    camera icon 1945 Gibson Southern Jumbo Banner Guitar
    (Order No. 2426-13) Excellent minus condition, original sunburst finish showing playing wear. I'm guessing a bit on the year, but its either a 1944 or a 1945. Original banner peghead wartime Gibson. This is a tremendous guitar - the sound just rolls out of it. The more you dig in, the more the guitar gives back. The sound is very full, rich and well balanced. These are the most sought after of the slope shoulder Gibsons, and for good reason. A lot of players like the big beefy neck in these Banners. Has mahogany back and sides, tapered headstock, double parallelogram fingerboard inlay, multiple ply binding, 2 piece spruce top, and the small pickguard and bridge. Nut is 1 3/4 inch, saddle spacing is 2 1/8 inch. Excellent playing guitar as the neck was just reset and partially refretted by luthier Harry Eibert in NY. Its an exceptional sounding guitar as well with the powerful yet sweet tone you only get from these early Banners. Action from the fingerboard is 5/32 on the bass side and 3/32 on the treble, right where it should be. The neck is an original three piece laminate, and there is a repair to a crack on one side only of the heel. It was repaired completely by Harry when the neck was out for the reset. Big sound and a very scarce guitar. It is over 60 years old - who knows what stories it could tell. Its just a great old Gibson. Comes with an old probably original hardshell case...USD $9500

    camera icon 1953 Gibson Southern Jumbo Guitar
    (Serial No. Y5083 6) Excellent plus condition. Very clean guitar showing almost no playing wear. Everything looks to be completely original. Great sounding guitar that really nails the slope shoulder Gibson midrangy dreadnaught sound. Sunburst finish, Adirondack spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian bound rosewood fretboard with double parallelogram inlays and Brazilian bridge, seven layers of binding. The Kluson tuners are original. The frets are in excellent shape and the neck is straight. There are two small areas that blacklight as touch up on the treble edges of the top. Looks like a bump at the very edge of the top on the lower bout was repaired or just touched up but I can see nothing on the upper. Also has a well repaired jack hole near the endpin. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $6800

    camera icon 1961 Gibson Country Western Guitar
    (Serial No. 13672) Excellent plus condition. The Country Western is the same model as the Southern Jumbo but with a natural finish top. Otherwise the guitars are identical. Fabulous sounding guitar that really nails the Gibson midrangy slope shoulder dreadnaught sound. Natural top finish, Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian bound rosewood fretboard with double parallelogram inlays and Brazilian bridge, and seven layers of top binding. Still has the tall thin 50s style top and back braces and the wider 1 11/16 inch nut. Has the early 60s style tall thin knife edge bracing. The Kluson tuners are original. The frets are in good shape and the neck is straight. Original finish and no repairs other than two very minor back cracks that have been professionally repaired by luthier Dave Sheppard. Very clean guitar showing almost no playing wear. Plays great with a nice low action as the guitar was set up by luthier Jerry Ray here in Richmond. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume and good midrange - exactly what you are looking for in a slope shoulder Gibson dread. Comes with a newer hard shell case....USD $5150

    camera icon 1955 Gibson J-160E Guitar
    (Serial No. W1727-29) Excellent condition. This was the model that John Lennon owned and played. It was also used by George Harrison and features on several famous Beatles recordings including Please Please Me, A Hard Days Night and many more throughout the 60s. Has a dark sunburst finish, one P-90 type pickup with endpin jack, laminated spruce top, mahogany back and sides, 20 frets, rosewood fretboard and bridge, pearl logo and fretboard inlays. Early version of this guitar with the adjustable bridge and the larger thumb wheels. Probably had different tuners at one time as the bushings are not correct and it looks like newer Keystone buttons on a set of original Kluson tuners. Strap button added at the top of the heel. Electronics work well and gives a big sound as you would expect. Nice low action, neck is straight, neck set is good and the frets are fine. Has the usual nicks and dings of a guitar used for 50 plus years to make music, but no cracks and no repairs or refinish noted. Comes with somewhat beat original alligator print cardboard case or a newer hard shell case - your choice...USD $4950

    camera icon 1979 Gibson Dove Custom Guitar
    (Serial No. 70459012) Excellent condition, double bound square shoulder D body, sunburst finish on spruce top, dark stained maple sides and back, dark finish on 3 piece mahogany neck, bound ebony fretboard, double parallelogram inlays, 20 frets, ebony bridge with pearl inlays, pearl dove inlaid in engraved tortoise plastic pickguard, 1-11/16" nut, 25-1/2" scale. Neck was recently reset so it plays nicely with low action. Has a nice period hardshell case. I thought this one was sold but its been at my luthiers for some finish touch up around the rese area of the heel. Its ready to go!..USD $2150

    camera icon 1991 Gibson Hummingbird Guitar
    (Serial No. 90721006) Near mint condition. This is a top of the line dreadnaught for Gibson. Has the classic sunburst finish on a spruce top, hand engraved hummingbird and vine pickguard, double bound square shoulder D body with 5 ply binding, rich red brown stained mahogany sides and back, bound rosewood fretboard with double parallelogram inlays, Kluson tuners with keystone buttons, 20 frets, rosewood bridge with an intonated saddle, 1-11/16" nut, 25-1/2" scale, fitted with a passive Martin 332 Thinline pickup and endpin jack. Nearly mint condition- the slghtest playing wear is on the pickguard at the beak of the hummingbird. Not a scratch, nick or ding on the body or neck. Frets and neck set are perfect. Just set up by my luthier so it plays like butter. Comes with the original brown Gibson hardshell case with pink blanket..USD $2350

    camera icon 1990 Gibson J185 Guitar
    (Serial No. 92200011) Excellent condition showing only light playing wear. Blond finish, first year of reissue, classic small body jumbo with a 16 1/8 inch wide lower bout. Has highly figured maple back and sides with Sitka spruce top, 14 fret mahogany neck, peghead has pearl logo and crown inlay. Has a bound rosewood fretboard with pear split parallelogram inlays, rosewood reverse belly bridge with pearl cross inlays, tortoise plastic pickguard, Kluson Deluxe tuners with single ring keystone buttons. 1 11/16 inch nut and has the longer 25 1/2 inch scale, which I think gives better tone and sustain than the usual short scale on these. Good sounding guitar with clear bass and a midrangey bright tone that cuts through in a band setting. No repairs and only a few small nicks and dings. Good low action. Endpin has been drilled for a pickup jack but currently has a strap button. Comes with a newer TKL dreadnaught hardshell case....USD $2150

    camera icon 1958 Gibson J200 Guitar
    (Serial No. A28033) Excellent condition. I'm not usually much for J-200s, but this one really caught my attention - it actually sounds and plays great! Big open sound, very well balanced, without the usual tubbiness of a jumbo or the harshness of most maple guitars. The J-200 is the "King of the Flattops" with a 17 inch lower bout, solid spruce top, curly maple back and sides, original gold Grover tuners, open moustache bridge, engraved floral pickguard, orange oval label, and lots of pearl - the logo, the headstock inlay, and the crown inlays on the fretboard. Finish is original and shows some minor checking and the usual nicks, dings and some pick wear on the top. The engraved pickguard is nice and does not show the wear most of these have. Wonderful round shaped neck with the 1 11/16 inch nut. No repairs or refinish noted. One year older than the guitar Elvis played but it is the exact same specs. Comes with the original brown/pink lined hard shell case....USD $9950

    camera icon 2012 Gibson SJ200 Guitar
    (Serial No. 10172053) Near mint condition. The J-200 is the "King of the Flattops" with a 17 inch lower bout, sunburst finish, solid spruce top, figured curly maple back and sides, gold tuners, open moustache bridge, engraved floral pickguard, old style oval label, and lots of pearl - the logo, the headstock inlay, and the crown inlays on the fretboard. Finish is original. The engraved pickguard is nice and does not show the wear most of these have. Wonderful round shaped neck with the 1 11/16 inch nut. Plays nicely as it was just set up by my luthier. Fitted with the Fishman Ellipse Aura pickup system. Big sounding guitar, both acoustically and plugged in. No repairs or refinish noted. Comes with the original Gibson hard shell case....USD $3750

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

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

    camera icon  1971 Guild F212XLNT 12 String Guitar
    (Serial No. 58342) Excellent condition. Guilds pretty much set the standard for 12 string guitars, and this model is one of the better sounding ones from one of the best eras for Guild. The XL stands for jumbo body size and the NT means natural top. Built in the Westerly, RI plant. Has a 17-1/8 inch lower bout, all solid woods with mahogany back and sides and spruce top, 1-13/16 inch nut, 25-1/2 inch scale, rosewood bridge and fretboard. Head stock has a pearl logo and the Chesterfield inlay. Neck has been reset so the action is low and comfortable at 4/32 inch bass side and 3/32 inch treble. No breaks or cracks. Has the original open geared tuners. Fitted with a Barcus Barry pickup mounted on the bridge plate inside and an endpin jack. Original finish and hardware. Has a few nicks and dings the worst being a big scrape on the top near the soundhole. Has that huge, shimmery sound Guild 12s are know for. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $1650

    camera icon  1970 Guild F312NT 12 String Guitar
    (Serial No. AS523) Excellent condition, serial number indicates it was built in either late 1969 or early 1970. Guilds pretty much set the standard for 12 string guitars, and this model is one of the better sounding ones from one of the best eras for Guild. TThis is the desirable smaller body size, about the same size as a dreadnaught but a slightly different shape. Built in the Westerly, RI plant. Has a 15-7/8 inch lower bout, all solid woods with Brazilian rosewood back and sides and spruce top, 1-13/16 inch nut, 25-1/2 inch scale, rosewood bridge and fretboard. Head stock has a pearl logo and the Chesterfield inlay. Neck has been recently reset so the action is low and comfortable at 4/32 inch bass side and 3/32 inch treble. No breaks or cracks. Has the original open geared tuners. Original finish and hardware. Has a few nicks and dingsbut overall a very clean guitar. Has that powerful, huge, shimmery sound Guild 12s are know for. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $2150

    camera icon  1920s Harwood Harp Guitar
    (Serial No. 1014) Very good condition. Harwood guitars were distributed By Jenkins Music Co. of Kansas City. This was probably made by Regal or Bruno in Chicago around 1920, give or take a decade or so. Has nicely figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides, solid Adirondack spruce top, and ebony fretboards. Body is about the size of a 00 or 000 size Martin. There are some repaired top, back and side cracks but all were professionally repaired and cleated. Original tuners. I think the bridge may be replaced as it looks newer, even though it is Brazilian rosewood as well. The neck was reset, the frets were dressed and the guitar was set up by luthier Dave Sheppard. Plays nicely and has a unique sound with the six string harp neck. Very playable instrument ready to go. Comes with a large, heavy home made wooden hard shell case...USD $1350

    camera icon  1987 Heritage HFT-445 Guitar
    (Serial No. D12805) Excellent plus condition. I bought this because I've never seen one. This square shoulder dreadnaught was built in the old Gibson plant in Kalamazoo by ex-Gibson craftsmen. It has a Sitka spruce top, ribbon mahogany back and sides, rosewood fretboard and bridge, pearl logo, and a snakehead peghead with nickle Grover tuners. Scale length is 25 1/4 inches. Good sounding guitar, nice low action and top quality craftsmanship. Comes with the original gold lined hardshell case...USD $1250

    camera icon  1972 Mossman Great Plains Guitar
    (Serial No. 72-130) Excellent condition with straight grain Brazilian rosewood back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top, 1 11/16 inch (almost 1 23/32) bone nut on the ebony fingerboard, and an ebony bridge with bone saddle. It has the Martin style backstrip, which indicates this was one of the Brazilian back and sides sets that Stuart purchased pre-joined from Martin. Very early Mossman, built pre-fire in the Winfield, KS shop and signed on the label by all six craftsmen that worked on it. Later Great Plains were three piece backs - this is one of the original series. Original bridge appears to have the original bridge pins. Fitted with a FRAP pickup and endpin jack. Strap button added at the heel. Mossman was a direct competitor to Martin and Gibson in the 70's and built very high quality guitars. Neck is straight, frets are good and the neck set is good. Nice low action with excellent playability. Finish and hardware is all original with no repairs noted. Shows some minor pickear near the pickguard. This is an excellent vintage hand-built US made bluegrass guitar with lots of volume and tone. Why play the same thing everyone else has? Comes with a period hardshell case...USD $5950

    camera icon  1976 Mossman Flint Hills Guitar
    (Serial No. 76-3691) Collector clean condition. Not many of these still around, especially this clean, and this one is an outstanding example. Back during the "dark days" of Gibson and Martin in the mid-70s, Mossman was consistently making high quality hand built guitars. The pride of craftsmanship shows, as each employee who worked on the guitar signed their initials on the label. They have stood the test of time and are still considered outstanding guitars. Excellent condition with nicely figured straight grain two piece Indian rosewood back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top, 1 11/16 inch ebony fingerboard with pearl dots, original ebony nut, nickel Grover rotomatic tuners and an ebony bridge. Built in the original Winfield, KS shop. Finish and hardware is all original with no repairs noted. Shows some very minor playing wear and finish checking. The neck was recently reset by luthier Jack Dillen so the action is nice and low with a nice tall saddle. Excellent action and playability. This is an excellent vintage hand built US made bluegrass guitar with lots of volume and tone. Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $2150

    camera icon  1920s Stella Sovereign Guitar
    (Serial number: none) Excellent condition. Made by the Oscar Schmidt company. This is one of the most sought after guitars for blues. This is the grand concert body size at 14 3/4 inches at the lower bout, flamed Hawaiian koa top, back and sides, original straight ladder bracing, 1 7/8 inch nut, 26 1/2 inch scale length, wide pearl trimmed top and back, wide pearl sound hole rosette, pearloid fretboard with fancy position marker engraving, original tuners, slightly tapered slot peghead, and pearl Sovereign peghead logo. Luthier Harry Eibert recently went completely through the guitar, reglued anything that needed gluing, reset the neck, and made the exact replica pyramid bridge of Brazilian rosewood. The action is low and comfortable and the guitar has that famous throaty Schmidt tone. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $2850

    camera icon 1995 Santa Cruz D Custom Guitar
    (Serial No. 1354) Excellent near mint condition. I think Richard Hoover and the luthiers at Santa Cruz build some of the best guitars available. The combination of figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides with a fine grained German spruce top is one of Richards's favorite wood combinations, and for good reason. The guitar has a strong powerful volume with a beautiful clear articulate tone. Its just an exceptional sounding instrument. Very light weight and extremely responsive guitar. Brazilian rosewood back and sides, German spruce top, fully bound ebony fingerboard and bridge, small dot fingerboard inlay, gold Waverly tuners, and a pearl logo and soundhole rosette. 1 3/4 inch nut. Neck is straight, frets are excellent, plays very nicely with a low action as the neck was just reset by Steve Kovacik in NY. The reset is very clean, nearly invisible. The pictures of the bridge are new since the reset. The remaining pictures are older and do not show the taller saddle. The guitar is very clean, near mint, with two finish checks in the top lacquer. Anything you see in the pictures that looks like a nick or a ding is a reflection. Comes with the original high end TKL hard shell case...USD $6250

    camera icon 2006 Taylor GS8 Guitar
    (Serial No. 20060719131) Excellent plus/near mint condition. Bob Taylor personally designed the Grand Symphony body style for a unique sound. The higher, wider waist and a rounder lower bout you get in the GS8 guitar result in distinctive tone with deep piano-like bass, rich mids, and clear, balanced highs all with plenty of volume. Has solid Indian rosewood back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top, abalone rosette and microdot fret markers, grained ivoriod binding, bound ebony fretboard and ebony bridge, and gold hardware. Strap button added at the heel Guitar is very clean and looks almost new. Any blemish you see in the pictures is likely a reflection. Comes with the original brown gator print Taylor hardshell case...USD $1750

    camera icon 2000 Taylor 815CE Guitar
    (Serial No. 20001111132) Excellent minus condition showing some minor pick wear and a few dings. Excellent guitar for those pickers looking for the power of the classic rosewood/spruce dreadnaught. Higher grade Taylor with a premium Sitka spruce top, quartersawn Indian rosewood back and sides, soft Venetian cutaway, ebony fingerboard and bridge, abalone rosette, pearl progressive diamond inlay on fingerboard, and gold hardware. Neck is the wide flat profile with a 1 3/4 inch nut with low action for comfortable playing. Has the Fishman Expression pickup system which has the slider controls in the side and an end pin jack. This has been a working guitar playing hundreds of gigs so it shows some honest wear. There's a ding in the lower bass side of the top, some finish checking as it was used in Montana, and some odd scratches on the top near the pick guard. Neck is straight, frets are fine, and the sound is exceptional either plugged in or strictly acoustic. Good sustain and overtones, great projection, well balanced, and a lot of punch - this guitar has some power. The tone and volume have been played into this one. Comes with the original Taylor hard shell case....USD $1900

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    ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC ARCHTOP AND SEMI-HOLLOW GUITARS

    camera icon 1935 Gibson L50 Archtop Guitar
    (FON 414A31) If you are looking for a good archtop for some swing or jazz tunes but need a picker friendly price here is your guitar. Nice prewar production with an adjustable truss rod in the neck. Very good condition showing some minor playing wear and two well repaired back cracks. 16 inch body with a sunburst finish arched spruce top, dark finished arched maple back and sides, inlaid pearl Gibson logo in the peghead, and original rosewood dot inlay fingerboard and bridge. Missing the pickguard. The Grover clipped point tuners appear original. The bridge is original and the tailpiece looks original with a changed crosspiece. It's a nice vintage Gibson guitar for not a lot of money. Just set up by my luthier so it has excellent action and playability, with the cutting sound you are looking for in an archtop. Lots of the usual nicks and dings of a well played and loved instrument. Comes with an original hardshell case....USD $1750

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

    camera icon 1958 Gibson ES-225 Guitar
    (Serial No. T6964 35) Excellent condition, sunburst finish, Florentine cutaway. Looking for low down raw gutsy blues machine? Here it is. This guitar has the growl. 16 inch arch top thin line body, two f holes and a hot P-90 single coil pickup. Finish is original and in excelltn condition. The tuners are corect repro Klusons, I think the trapeze tailpiece is period but not original, and the knobs look to be 1970s era Gibson. Nut is the standard 1 11/16 inch. The guitar had a humbucker at one time as you can see the pickup ring screw holes, but the bucker was replaced with a correct P90 single coil. Neck is straight, frets are good and it plays nicely as it was just set up by my luthier. Its a fine gigging old Gibson, with a nice chunky sound from the single center mounted pickup. Comes with a good fitting modern Epiphone hardshell case...USD $1900

    camera icon 1972 Gibson ES-175D Guitar
    (Serial No. 177439) Excellent condition, all blonde finish. The ES-175D has been for years the main workhorse jazz guitar. This one is set up nicely wih the strings "right on the frets" and it plays and intonates correctly. Early 70s Gibsons are somewhat difficult to date exactly, but this one has the all blonde finish with fairly plain wood which is typical of this era, cutaway, 2 humbucking pickups, a purple square label, Made In USA stamped on the back of the peghead along with the serial number, no volute, the wooden adjustable bridge, all chrome hardware except for the tuners, black witches hat knobs, and the iconic pointed end tailpiece. Electonics all look original and correct. Logo is the inlaid script pearl with the dotted i. Strap button added at the heel. Tuners have been changed to nickle Grover Rotomatics, probaably some time in the late 70s. You see a lot of Grover tuners as replacements because for years you could not get Kluson tuners. This could easily be changed back to the original setup with a set of conversion bushings and a set of repro Klusons, but these Grovers look good and work very well. I got this from a jazz musician in NYC who used this as his main guitar, so its got the sound and its ready for action. He traded it on on a mandolin as he is now playing bluegrass - go figure. There is a small grain line in the lower front bass bout that has some finish checking but its not a crack in the wood. Frets are fine and have just been dressed and the neck set is correct. Comes with a nice newer black hardshell case that fits correctly...USD $3250

    TENOR GUITARS

    camera icon 1935 Gibson TG-50 Tenor Guitar
    (Serial No. 1374-8) Excellent original condition, sunburst top finish, dark back and sides. Carved solid spruce top with maple back and sides, 14 3/4 inch wide archtop body with F holes, flat back, ebony fretboard and bridge, bound top and back, Grover patent banjo tuners with white celluloid knobs, trapeze tailpiece, pearl peghead logo. Nut is 1 1/8 inch and the scale length is 23 inches. All hardware and finish is original but missing the pickguard. Plays nicely with a good sound. No repairs noted. Good condition cosmetically, nice shiny finish with just the usual small nicks and dings and some chipping on the peghead veneer. Comes with the original cardboard case...USD $3250

    UKULELES, BANJOS, TIPLES, AND OTHER ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS

    camera icon   1933 Martin Style 0 Soprano Ukulele
    (Serial number: none) Excellent condition. Martin ukes do not have serial numbers, but this has a front peghead decal and bar frets, which puts it in the 1932-1934 time frame. Stamped Martin on the inside as well. All mahogany top, back and sides, rosewood fretboard and bridge, bar frets, original tuners and original ebony nut. Has a few nicks and dings, the most noticeable a chip in the finish on the peghead, but no cracks and no repairs evident. Plays very nicely, frets are good and the neck is straight. Just set up by my luthier. Comes with a nice newer nylon gig bag...USD $1250

    camera icon   1931 Martin T-17 Tiple
    (Serial No. 45497) Think of a tiple as an ukulele with 10 steel strings. If you have never heard swing jazz on a tiple you are missing a treat! Natural lacquer finish, mahogany top, body and neck, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with original bar frets, rosewood bridge, and original ebony nut. While not well remembered now, numerous small African-American string-swing ensembles of the 1930's and '40's made extensive use of these small but loud instruments for fast melody work and rhythmic strumming. Two of the best known were the Spirits Of Rhythm (featuring guitarist Teddy Bunn) and Cats and the Fiddle, where Tiny Grimes got his professional start. Overall length is 27 1/2 inches, and the original ebony nut is 1 1/2 inches. Has the typical nicks and dings of a well played instrument with some finish checking and playing wear on the back of the neck. There is a small area of disturbed finish on the top on either side of the fingerboard where I suspect non-original pick guards were removed. Otherwise original finish and hardware. No cracks. Neck is straight, frets are fine. Action is very playable. Plays well and has a good sound. Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $1250

    camera icon   1959 Martin T-17 Tiple
    (Serial No. 166749) Think of a tiple as an ukulele with 10 steel strings. If you have never heard swing jazz on a tiple you are missing a treat! Natural lacquer finish, mahogany top, body and neck, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, original ebony nut. While not well remembered now, numerous small African-American string-swing ensembles of the 1930's and '40's made extensive use of these small but loud instruments for fast melody work and rhythmic strumming. Two of the best known were the Spirits Of Rhythm (featuring guitarist Teddy Bunn) and Cats and the Fiddle, where Tiny Grimes got his professional start. Overall length is 27 1/2 inches, and the original ebony nut is 1 1/2 inches. Has the typical nicks and dings of a well played instrument with some finish checking. Original finish and hardware. Has one well repaired back crack. Neck is straight, frets are fine. Action is very playable. Plays well and has a good sound. Comes with a newer hard shell case...USD $1250

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

    STEELS AND RESONATOR INSTRUMENTS

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    camera icon   1937 Rickenbacker Model 100/Silver Hawaiian Model Lap Steel Guitar
    (Serial Number D950) Excellent condition 6 string chrome plated metal body. First year with the single control knob. All of the hardware and electronics are original including the desirable wider 1-1/2" horseshoe pickup. Even the tuner buttons, usually cracking on these, look new. Small ID number engraved on the tip of the peghead. The guitar works fine and this pickup is hot! This is the definitive Rick lap steel sound. Comes with the original shaped hard shell case.....USD $1500

    camera icon   1946 Kalamazoo KEH Lap Steel Guitar
    (Serial No. none) Made by Gibson, Kalamazoo was their budget line. This instrument was made just as Gibson was gearing back up after WWII. Has a metal fingerboard similar to a Gibson BR-4. Finish and electronics are original, as is all hardware except for the tuners, which are modern exact drop-in replacements. The pickup has a nice sweet sound for slide. Comes with the original very beat softshell case....USD $225

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

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

    camera icon   1930s Dobro Model 25 / 27 Resonator Guitar
    (No serial number) Excellent condition, roundneck, sunburst finish. This is a Regal built Dobro with either a birch or mahogany body and mahogany neck, f-holes on the upper bout, bound top and back, no sound well. All the finish and hardware is original, including the original cone. Strap button added at the heel. As there is no serial number, it could have been built as early as 1937 or as late as 1942. This was introduced as Model 25 and was renamed to Model 27 in 1939. Just had a neck reset and frets dressed by luthier Jerry Ray so it plays nicely for either fingerstyle or slide. Shows some fretboard wear and most of the finish has been played off the back of the neck, so you know it was well used and loved. Has that nice warm tone with bite that you look for in a vintage Dobro. Comes with a period hard shell case....USD $1500

    camera icon   1931 National Triolian Guitar
    (Serial No. 1415P Patent Applied For) Blues approved! Excellent condition cosmetically, excellent condition soundwise. Has most of the original yellow brown finish with the Hawaiian scene silkscreened on the back. Early 12 fret body, original neck with slot peghead and flat f-holes. The fretboard is in good condition and the back of the neck still retains some of the original paint. Original cone and hardware. The front of the peghead has the National Triolian decal and the serial number stamp is on the end. No repairs evident. Neck is straight, neck and fingerboard have some wear, neck set is good. The guitar has the sound you are looking for in a metal body. Comes with a newer hard shell case...USD $3750

    camera icon   1932 National Triolian Guitar
    (Serial No. W3132) A very clean Triolian bought from the family of the original owner. Has an unusual brown sunburst finish. Completely original including the tuners, biscuit and cone. Has a few chips in the finish and shows only minor playing wear. Frets are original and in excellent condition and the flamed maple neck is straight. Good sounding reso with action just high enough for slide but can still be played up the neck. Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $3750

    camera icon   1933 National Style 0 Guitar
    (Serial No. S4501) Blues approved! Excellent condition cosmetically, excellent condition soundwise. Has Hawaiian scenes etched or sandblasted into the body. Chrome-plated all-brass 12 fret body, rolled f holes, and the original maple neck with slotted peghead. Has original plating, tuners, and tailpiece. Cone and biscuit are modern National replacements. Condition of the plating and etched Hawaiian scenes is about 90% or so, and all of the body seams are intact and unmolested, a rarity right there. It does have one side dent on the lower treble side and three small additional screw holes in the top, probably for a pick guard and a long gone pickup. The fretboard is in good condition with some wear in the upper frets. The front of the peghead has the National decal and the serial number stamp is on the end of the body. 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 $4250

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    ELECTRIC SOLIDBODY GUITARS AND AMPS

    camera icon   1962 Danelectro Singlecut U1 Guitar
    (Serial Number - none) This is a single cut Danelectro with the coke bottle headstock and an amazing hot lipstick pickup. Has the volume and tone controls, and original pickguard. Frets are good, neck is straight and its just been set up. This is a great slide guitar, but works equally well for regular playing. All the finish, electronics and hardware are original. The strap locks shown have been changed back to the original strap posts. Theres one pickup and the original switch, unusual on a single pickup guitar, just cuts out the tone control in the center position. This guitar sounds great so it was played, and therefore shows some edge and neck wear. I think this is a 1962 by the pot codes, but its hard to tell with the solder. The back controls cover is probably a replacement. Very lightweight guitar. Comes with a nice well fitting 70s hardshell case, probably Gibson...USD $950

    camera icon   1963 Fender Stratocaster Guitar
    (Serial No. 96279) Excellent but well-played condition. If you are looking for the classic gig guitar - this is it. This is the guitar all of the "Relic" series wants to be. Well played Strat in the sunburst finish. The only changes are one pickup that may be rewound - looks like a newer solder joint. Everything else is original, no routes or refins. The profile on the B profile neck is amazing and the back of the neck is glass smooth from all the playing. Nicely flamed maple in the neck as well. Rosewood board. Frets are original and it plays very well. The most incredible sounding pickups I have heard - perfectly balanced and matched. I think this guitar was played as a lefty for a while - there is a strap button screw hole in the lower horn as well. The five small areas on the top where some finish is missing were apparently coins glued on the top, as you can still see a circular impression around them. Just set up by my luthier Jerry Ray so it plays smooth as silk. Comes with the original brown Fender hard shell case with two replaced and functional latches....USD $13,950

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

    camera icon   1974 Fender Telecaster Guitar
    (Serial No. 627194) Excellent plus condition. This is the classic Telecaster blond finish with the blue grain lines showing through. Has the black logo and double string tree on the peghead. Neck is dead straight with a nice and slightly chunky "B" profile. Has the original frets that have been dressed but are still playable. Good rock and roll guitar, not real twangy. Very hot bridge pickup. Completely original finish, hardware and electronics, with no repairs. Shows some edge wear, some scuffing on the back but nothing through the finish, and one finish chip on the back edge of the treble horn. Medium weight at 8lbs 2 oz. Just set up so it plays like butter. Good vintage Telecasters with no changes are getting harder to find and here's a chance to get a nice one - and it sounds good, too! Comes with the original case and the original owners manual, both of which are also very clean.....USD $3850

    camera icon   2005 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom Guitar
    (Serial No. CS52463) Excellent plus condition. From the Custom Shop and stamped on the back of the peghead. Great playing and sounding Les Paul you can play all night, as it only weighs 9 lbs. All original hardware and electronics. Ebony fretboard with big pearl block inlays. Looks to have very little playing time, as there is almost no wear on the gold hardware. Does have a few minor nicks and dings as the nut was apparently replaced. There is some disturbance of the finish near the bridge base but all looks to be original. It was just set set up by my luthier. Comes with the original black vintage style Gibson hardshell case with the purple lining...USD $3250

    camera icon   1996 Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitar
    (Serial No. 90876395) Excellent plus condition. Here is one you do not see every day - a nice Custom with a flamed maple top in a Tobacco sunburst. All original hardware and electronics. Ebony fretboard with big pearl block inlays. Looks to have very little playing time, as there is almost no wear on the gold hardware. No nicks, dings or buckle wear - this guitar is clean. Excellent sounding and playing guitar as it was just set set up by my luthier. Comes with the original brown Gibson hardshell case with the pink lining....USD $3250

    camera icon   2007 Gibson Les Paul Standard 1958 Reissue Guitar
    (Serial No. 8 7883) Naturally aged Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop Historic LPR-8 1958 reissue. There's a good reason this one didn't sit in it's case. This one is an absolute tone monster. Looks and sounds remarkably close to what a real '58 possesses in terms of character, tone, punch, focus and clarity. Once you pick it up and plug it in, you'll know what I mean. It sings! Even acoustically it rings out as the entire guitar vibrates in your hands. It's one of those axes that makes you want to play it more and more. The beautiful iced tea sunburst looks like an authentic faded '58 plain top with just a hint of flame. Everyone does a double-take when they first see it. Has some minor nicks, scratches and wear normally seen on an axe that has been used for it's intended purpose, but shows absolutely no signs of abuse. Gibson confirmed this is a VOS guitar, with the finish not real glossy and the metal parts have an aged look to them. Factory equipped with an excellent sounding set of early Historic '57 Classic PAFs and Bumblebee caps which are a perfect tonal match for woods used. Think tone like vintage Jimmy Page and it plays like butter as it was just set up by my luthier. Weighs 9 lbs 5.5 oz. There's not much else to say. If you're looking for a terrific R8 that has the look, feel and tone of a real vintage late 50's Les Paul, here it is! No issues of any kind. Comes with the original hard case, certificate of authenticity and all hang tags and case candy...USD $3250

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    ELECTRIC BASSES AND BASS AMPS

    camera icon   2008 Fender Precision Bass Guitar
    (Serial No. Z8160831) Near mint condition. Made in USA. Dark red with rosewood fretbaord. Looks unplayed. Comes with the original Fender strap, all the case candy and hang tags in the original hardshell case....USD $1250


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    CASES, PARTS AND MISCELLANEOUS

    FENDER NECK PLATES

    camera icon   1959 Fender Neck Plate Number 40135
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    camera icon   1965 Fender Neck Plate Number 111454
    ...USD $300

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

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

    MUSICAL BONES

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

    PICTURES

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

    Straps

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

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

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

    Cases

    camera icon   Gibson Mandocello Case
    Excellent condition. This case is very difficult to find. It is an original teens Gibson A style mandocello case. Black exterior with a purple interior, which dates it to probably the teens. Fits teens and twenties Gibson K1 and K2 oval body mandocellos. Hinges and latches are good and work well, original handle has some black tape added...USD $1000

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

    camera icon   Recent Gibson Master Model Case
    Excellent plus condition. This is the case supplied by Gibson with their high end Master Model F5 mandolin. Its a copy of the original Loar F5 case. Gibson will not sell these cases individually. To get one, you have to buy a Master Model. This one is in used but excellent condition, with one small repaired tear in the tolex on the top. ...USD $700

    camera icon   1960s Gretsch 17 Inch Archtop Case
    Nice clean case for White Falcons or other large archtops. Exterior is silver grey with white trim. Interior is maroon velour. No musty smells or interior stains. All latches and hinges work well...USD $600

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

    LUTHIER SPECIALS

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

    camera icon   1920s Gibson A2 Mandolin Project
    (Serial No. illegible) Excellent A2 mandolin in neeed of restoration. There are no major cracks, the top looks good, and the finish is original. Includes a set of original tuning keys with one key missing. Has several open seams and will need all the hardware. Still, its a good condidate for restoration and I just do not have time to do it. No case but it will be packed well for shipping..SOLD


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