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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 September 2, 2015

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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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ELECTRIC SOLIDBODY INSTRUMENTS AND AMPS:
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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  1923 Gibson A Snakehead Mandolin
(Serial # 74156 FON 11021) Excellent condition. Snakeheads are considered the best sounding of Gibson oval hole mandolins, as they ring out and punch well. Black top finish and a brownish back and sides. Original Gibson label inside. Tuners and tailpiece are original. Bridge has been changed out for a Cumberland Acoustics Loar replica. Missing the pickguard. Just set up by my luthier Jerry Ray. Frets are fine and neck set it good. Shows some playing wear as well as a few nicks and dings, but overall a nice solid mandolin. Shows some case wear on the side. Plays easy with the great round hole tone. Excellent for Celtic, old time and jazz. Comes with a hardshell case....USD $2950

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

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

camera icon  1913 Gibson A4 Mandolin
(Serial No. 28673 FON 2959) Excellent plus condition. The A4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson. This one is really clean and was played in a leading mandolin orchestra for years. Original finish with black top and a reddish back and sides, all solid woods with a two piece back and sides, spruce top, pearl logo and Fleur DI Lise in the peghead, original hardware including the inlaid Handel tuners, bound top and back, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. Original one piece bridge. Frets were just dressed and the mandolin set up perfectly by luthier Jerry Ray. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle and frets are good. No structural repairs and only a few of the usual nicks and dings. Excellent for Celtic or old time or jazz or classical. Comes with the original hardshell case. Consigned....USD $3750

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

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

camera icon  1939 Gibson 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 red line 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  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  1915 Gibson F4 Mandolin
(Serial No. 21360) Excellent plus condition. It has spectacular flamey woods on the back and sides, one piece back, pearl double flowerpot logo, bound top and back, inlaid Handel tuners, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. Original tuners, tailpiece and cover. The bridge is a 1920s era Gibson adjustable bridge and the pickguard is missing. The finish looks like a 1930-1950s era refinish, as the original 1915 finish would be an uniform red. Its a very good refin with none of the original finish showing underneath - perhaps a factory refin? No repairs noted. Has good strong volume, and a big woody round tone. Neck is straight, neck angle is good and the frets show very little wear. Comes with an original green lined hardshell case....USD $5250

camera gif  1940 Gibson F4 Mandolin
(Serial No. 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  1964 Gibson A5 Two Point Mandolin
(Serial No. 177951) Excellent condition, cherry sunburst finish. The Gibson A5 has had a lot of different configurations over the years. This era A5 has the oval soundhole and the two point body shape, as used by Jethro Burns. Flamed maple back and sides, F5 style peghead with a pearl logo and crown inlay, flat rosewood fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut, and a newer rosewood bridge. Nickle hardware. The frets were dressed and the mandolin was just professionally set up by luthier Jerry Ray. The big scroll on the F style peghead was knocked off and reglued. Its a decent job but the repair is visible. A strap pin hole was filled in the neck heel. No other repairs are evident. Good bass response and a nice round sound. Comes with a non-original rectangular flat case...USD $2250

camera gif  1993 Gibson F-5 Monroe Varnish Mandolin
(Serial No. 70 of 200) Perfect mint condition. Sunburst varnish finish. This is the classic Gibson scroll mandolin - long neck, f-holes, elevated fingerboard, heavily flamed maple back and sides, solid spruce top, bound ebony fingerboard, silver plated tuners with pearl buttons and silver plated tailpiece/cover, and the classic Gibson torch peghead inlay in pearl. This is one of a limited edition of 200 made to honor the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Made in the Bozeman, Montana plant, and signed by luthier Steve Carlson on February 8, 1993. Has the "Bill Monroe" engraved pearl truss rod cover and Bill's signature on the label. Has almost no playing wear and no nicks or dings. The mandolin has just been set up by my luthier. Action is great - easy and low. This mandolin sounds great with a strong chop and bark. Comes with the original Loar replica hardshell case numbered the same as the mandolin...USD $11,500

camera gif  2002 Gibson F5G Mandolin
(Serial No. 21012020) Near mint condition, gloss sunburst finish with a brown back and sides. An F5G is built the same as the F5 Fern, just not as much trim, with a single bound top and unbound back and headstock. It still has all the design features that give the F5 its legendary tone, including a hand-fitted dovetail neck joint, solid flamed maple neck, sides and back, solid spruce top, a 1 1/8 nut on the flat ebony fingerboard, tone bar bracing, and a hand-tuned tone chamber. Second year for Charlie Derrington as the head mandolin luthier at Gibson, and the attention to detail Charlie was known for is evident in this mandolin. Very good sounding mandolin with 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 Gibson F5. Looks almost unplayed. Anything you see in the pictures that looks like a blemish is a reflection. Comes with the original nice hardshell case...USD $3750 ON HOLD for Darrell in GA

camera gif  2013 Gibson F9 Mandolin
(Serial No. 31211011) Near mint condition - looks nearly unplayed. Dark sunburst lacquer with a satin finish. This is the "no frills" F5 style scroll mandolin for Gibson, but it still has all the design features that give the F5 its legendary tone, including a hand-fitted dovetail neck joint, nicely figured maple neck, sides and back, solid Sitka spruce top, tone bar bracing, and a hand-tuned tone chamber. Has the traditional flat unbound ebony fretboard and a 1 1/8 inch bone nut. Pearl logo in the peghead. Body is top bound only in white. No pickguard as made by Gibson. Very good sounding mandolin with good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. Just set up by my luthier so the mandolin plays like butter and has the signature Gibson chop - excellent bluegrass sound! Comes with the original shaped hardshell case...USD $3150

camera gif  2014 Gibson F9 Mandolin
(Serial No. 40618011) Near mint condition - looks nearly unplayed. Dark sunburst lacquer with a satin finish. This is the "no frills" F5 style scroll mandolin for Gibson, but it still has all the design features that give the F5 its legendary tone, including a hand-fitted dovetail neck joint, nicely figured maple neck, sides and back, solid Sitka spruce top, tone bar bracing, and a hand-tuned tone chamber. Has the traditional flat unbound ebony fretboard with pearl dots and a 1 1/8 inch bone nut. Pearl logo in the peghead. Its fitted with an endpin jack and a K&K internal pickup. Body is top bound only in single ivoroid white binding. No pickguard as made by Gibson. Very good sounding mandolin with good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. Just set up by my luthier so the mandolin plays like butter and has the signature Gibson chop - excellent bluegrass sound! Comes with the original shaped hardshell case....USD $3150

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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.

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

camera icon1930s Harmony Biltmore A Style Mandolin
(Serial No. none) Excellent condition, blonde finish. Nice entry level mandolin made in the 1930s. Laminated top. All original. Plays easy as it was just set up by my luthier. Frets are good, neck is straight, neck set is good. Comes with the original softshell case...USD $400

camera icon 2008 Collings MF5V Deluxe Mandolin
(Serial No. 759) Excellent near mint condition, sunburst hand applied varnish finish. Anything that looks like a blemish is probably a reflection. Collings mandolins are made to the same high standards as their guitars. This is the top of the line mandolin for Collings. Shows almost no playing wear, but its still 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 that is factory shortened to eliminate pick click, 1 1/8 inch bone nut, V profile neck, ebony bridge and the custom engraved Collings one piece tailpiece. Gold Waverly tuners with pearl buttons. Action was just set up and the frets dressed - it plays like silk. Has a newer hardshell case....USD $9500

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 recovered 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 Louisiana you saw Luke Thompson mandolins in the hands of most of the better pickers. Luke and his sons built mandolins in Baton Rouge, LA. This one has a one piece maple back and solid spruce top, tone bar braced, 1 1/8 inch nut on the flat ebony fretboard, ebony bridge and pearl peghead logo. I just had luthier Harry Eibert go through the mandolin and set it up. This is a mandolin that likes a heavy pick. Excellent sounding mandolin, strong volume and nice woody chop. Good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. The mandolin plays beautifully and has the sound you look for in good bluegrass mandolin. You won't see another Thompson at your local jam! You can own a good sounding and usable piece of bluegrass history. Comes with the original rectangular hardshell case....USD $3250

camera icon 2011 ODell A5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 11413) Excellent plus condition, lacquer finish. Black top with a sunburst finish back and sides. Built by luthier Keith ODell in North Carolina. Its not a black painted top, its a very dark stain that still shows the wood grain. Keith has been building for a while and knows how to get the tone out of a mandolin. This is a traditional A5 style with a solid Adirondack red spruce top, highly figured maple back and sides, snakehead peghead style, 1 3/16 inch nut, flat ebony fretboard, and nickle open back tuners with pearl buttons. Has a speed neck, where the finish has been professionally removed from the back of the neck and the area then oiled to give faster picking. Just set up by luthier Jerry Ray so its plays very well. Excellent sounding very responsive mandolin with strong volume and a sweet rich tone that will get loud and chop when needed. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument, as played by local luthier and all around picker Richie Dotson. Comes with a hardshell case....USD $1950

camera icon 2006 Phoenix Bluegrass Two Point Mandolin
(Serial No. 408) Near mint condition, medium red brown finish. Rolfe Gerhart has been building mandolins since 1971. He's figured out how to get the sound out of them. The Bluegrass is a medium-to heavy string mandolin that excels at all kinds of music but the top graduation and tone bar size is for the best bluegrass sound. Remarkable clarity all up the neck, so you can chop in the higher frets as well. Highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, red spruce top, fully bound in ivoriod, a light sunburst with a warm, violin dark-brown under the hybrid varnish, ebony headstock overlay, fret board, tailpiece overlay, and finger rest, and nickle Grover tuners with pearl buttons. Original "Lost Timber" maple bridge base with an ebony saddle. Just gone through and set up by Rolf and the action is right on the frets with no buzzing to allow clean speedy picking. Excellent sounding mandolin with strong volume, incredible responsiveness, and a sweet rich tone that will get loud and chop when needed. Comes with a red fiberglass hardshell case....USD $2450

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

camera icon1920s Regal Style 2221 Superior Mandolin
(Serial No. none) Excellent condition. Although this mandolin has a Stahl label inside, its shown in Bob Carlin's excellent book on Regal instruments on pages 78-79. The Style 2221 Regal Superior was Regal’s top-of-the-line mandolin during its time of production from 1928 through 1937. This instrument features the Regal cutout heart headstock which was only on the earliest examples of this model. It is flatback, two-point Venetian model mandolin with an Adirondack spruce top and Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Slotted diamond inalys in the double bound ebony fretboard. Pickguard is tortoiseshell with inlaid pearl vine inserts, back purfling and backstrip are wood marquetry, and has a wide pearl shell top edge purfling and rosette ring. Original engraved tailpiece cover and cover over the tuners. Has some minor playing wear on the top. Set up perfectly and has a sweet sound. Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $1250

camera icon2001 Lawrence Smart A5 Varnish Mandolin
(Serial No. 129) Excellent condition. Sunburst spirit varnish finish. I bought this from a very good player nearby. This is the classic A style mandolin - long neck, f-holes, elevated fingerboard, heavily flamed maple back and sides, X braced, solid Englemann spruce top, bound ebony fingerboard, ebony pickguard, nickel tuners with pearl buttons and Monteleone style nickel one piece tailpiece, and pearl peghead inlay. Strap button added at the heel. Signed January 31, 2001. Shows some playing wear where your arm comes over the top and a few minor nicks nicks or dings as you would expect for a varnish instrument. The frets were dressed and the mandolin has just been set up by my luthier. Action is great - easy and low. This mandolin sounds great with a very strong chop and bark. Comes with a TKL hardshell case with some artwork screen printed on the top...USD $3950

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

camera icon 2008 Sumi F5 Deluxe Mandolin
(Serial No. 08570) 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 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 1930s Wurlitzer A Style Mandolin
(Serial Number: None) Excellent condition. Very clean A style with a label by the Wurlitzer Company of Chicago. Wurlitzer did not make instruments; this is likely made by either by Lyon and Healy or Larson Brothers. Solid Adirondack spruce top with a canted top and Brazilian rosewood sides and back. It has a fancy marquetry inlay around the top edge, double bound top and back, a zipper back stripe that matches the top edge, a large tortoise guard with pearl inlay, original engraved tailpiece cover, flat ebony fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut, and original recessed tuning machines. I suspect the bridge is replaced. No repairs or other issues noted. Its set up perfectly. Action is great - easy and low. Very sweet sounding mandolin - perfect for recording or just to have a mandolin around the place. Comes with the clean original hardshell case missing the handle. ...USD $850 ON HOLD for Brian in WI

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camera icon New Richard Beard OM5 Octave Mandolin
(Serial #50) New with warranty. Its an outstanding example of Richards fine craftsmanship. 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 icon 1966 Fender Electric Mandolin
(Serial No. 02168) Excellent condition, sunburst finish. Absolutely too cool! This is the instrument informally known as the "Mandocaster". Think of a miniature Stratocaster in mandolin tuning with 4 strings, all original electronics, and original Kluson tuners. There is a small corner of the pickguard missing. This is an excellent sounding and playing electric mandolin. Minor wear and no repairs. Has the original black tolex Fender case. ..USD $2450

MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS

camera gif 1948 Martin 0-15 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 0-17 Guitar
(Serial No. 62374) Excellent condition. These small body all mahogany Martins are great for blues, with that warm sound only a mahogany top will give. Has the scalloped bracing and the larger neck of the 1930s guitars with a 24.9 inch scale and the original ebony 1 3/4 inch nut. Looks like the neck has been reset in the past as the action is low and comfortable. There are two short minor repaired side cracks but that's it. The tuners are original. Plays great with a nice low action and has a huge sound all out of proportion to the small size. Beautiful guitar for fingerstyle. Comes in a newer hardshell case that fits perfectly....USD $4250

camera gif 1945 Martin 00-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 92795) Excellent condition. Great sounding and playing small body guitar. Adirondack spruce top with unscalloped braces, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge - whats not to like? All the good stuff coming to you in a small couch friendly package. Very well balanced guitar with a big open woody sound and strong volume. It would be a fabulous recording guitar. Has the standard 1-11/16 nut. Peghead overlay and fingerboard are Brazilian rosewood with gold Martin script logo. The neck was just reset by luthier Ward Elliott so the action is low with plenty of saddle. There is a repaired area on the lower side that is probably a jack hole repair. Bridge plate is original with the holes plugged and re-drilled professionally. Tuners 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. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument, as played by local luthier Jerry Ray.Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $4950

camera gif 1957 Martin 00-18 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 icon 1948 Martin 000-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 108119) Excellent minus condition. Nicely aged spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Martin is supposed to have used Adirondack spruce for the tops until the early 50's, but no one can really tell by looking at it. To be sure, you have put it under a microscope in a lab. The open back Kluson tuners are original. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Has that nice meaty 40s Martin C shaped neck profile with a standard 1 11/16 nut width. Weighs almost nothing - this guitar is light as a feather. The bridge has been reglued, there is the usual pickguard crack repair under the high e string, and a couple of short dryness side cracks have been professionally glued. No other repairs noted. It does have some minor scratches, nicks and dings and honest pickwear from 60 years of playing. Neck has probably been set at some time in the past as the action is low and comfortable. The frets are in good shape and the neck is straight. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Comes with a 1990s black Martin hardshell case....USD $5000

camera icon 1954 Martin 000-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 141513) Excellent plus condition. Nicely aged spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Martin is supposed to have used Adirondack spruce for the tops until the early 50's, but no one can really tell by looking at it. To be sure, you have put it under a microscope in a lab. This is a beautiful piece of cross grained spruce. Weighs almost nothing - this guitar is light as a feather. The open back Kluson tuners are original. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Has a Martin C shaped neck profile with a standard 1 11/16 nut width. The action is low and comfortable with plenty of saddle left. No repairs noted. The frets are in good shape and the neck is straight. Shows some finish checking and some minor scratches, nicks and dings and honest pickwear from 60+ years of playing. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Comes with a newer molded Martin hardshell case....USD $4400

camera icon 1955 Martin 000-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 143712) Excellent condition. Nicely aged spruce top and ribbon mahogany back and sides. Martin is supposed to have used Andirondack 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. Weighs almost nothing - this guitar is light as a feather. The open back Kluson tuners are original. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Has a Martin C shaped neck profile with a roswood fretboard and the standard 1 11/16 nut width. The bridge was replaced with a perfectly fit exact long saddle Brazilian rosewood replica by luthier Richie Dotson. The action was set low and comfortable with plenty of saddle left. The only repair I see is a well repaired jack hole in the side, and the finish there has been touched up. The rest of the finish is original. The original frets were dressed and are are in good shape, and the neck is straight. Shows some finish checking and some minor scratches, nicks and dings and honest pickwear from 60+ years of playing. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $3500

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

camera icon 2012 Martin 000-28EC Eric Clapton Signature Guitar
(Serial No. 1568272, Clapton Series No. 18196) Near mint condition. 000 body size with a 24 9/10 inch scale. Each Martin Eric Clapton Signature Guitar bears an interior label, individually numbered in sequence. Wonderful small body guitar with a large sound all out of proportion to the smaller size. Solid bookmatched Sitka spruce top with aging toner, Indian rosewood back and sides, herringbone top trim and rosette, grained ivoriod binding, ebony fretboard features a long diamonds-and-squares pattern in abalone pear and Eric's signature inlaid in mother-of-pearl between the 19th and 20th frets, ebony bridge with Parisian Eye inlaid pins, hand-beveled tortoise pickguard, nickel-plated open-geared machines equipped with unique butter bean knobs, and a bone nut and saddle. Has a 1-3/4 inch nut on and the neck is a soft V profile. Has the traditional dovetail neck joint. It has the sound, too. Works well for flatpickers or fingerpickers with a broad dynamic range that responds well to a light touch or a hard attack. Very versatile and comfortable guitar. Comes with the original very nice hardshell case...USD $2750

camera icon 1962 Martin D-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 185558) Excellent condition. This is what a good bluegrass guitar is all about. Well played old festival warrior D-18 has a Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Shows some playing wear and has a few nicks and dings - this guitar was played a lot because it sounds so good! Tuners are original closed back Klusons. Neck is straight, neck was just reset and a new saddle made by luthier Harry Eibert, and the frets were dressed at that time. It has the dry woody sound you only get from a 50 year old mahogany guitar, with that huge Martin boom on the bottom end. Very powerful bluegrass sound. Nice low action with plenty of saddle left. A few small dryness cracks were repaired on the sides but overall its a straight guitar. Comes with what looks like an original Martin hardshell case....USD $3450

camera gif 1967 Martin D-18 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 2001 Martin D-18CW Clarence White Signature Edition Guitar
(Serial No. 823450) (Number 199 of 292) Near mint condition. Great sounding guitar built to be a tribute to the 1952 Martin D-18 Clarence White used for lead picking in the 1960s. This has a solid Adirondack red spruce top and forward shifted scalloped 5/16" x braces. The combination of the two allows more vibration in the top giving more volume. Gloss sunburst top finish. Has figured quilted mahogany back and sides and a modified V-shaped neck with a polished East Indian rosewood overlay on the squared and tapered headstock, Martin’s "old style" gold decal logo, Waverly W-16 nickel tuners with butterbean knobs and a wide (1 3/4" at the nut) black African ebony fingerboard and matching ebony "through-saddle" bridge with 2 1/4 inch spacing. In the tradition of another of White’s Martin guitars, no position markers are inlayed on the fingerboard, only Clarence White’s signature between the 19th and 20th frets. Traditional mahogany neck block with a dovetail neck joint. Alo has tortoise-color binding with traditional style 18 black/white purfling, herringbone center strip, "old style" polished and beveled pickguard, and genuine bone nut and saddle. The rosette inlay accents a single ring of colorful "heart" abalone pearl trimmed with vintage Style 45 wood fiber lines. The inside label is signed by Michelle White Bledsoe (Clarence's daughter) and C.F. Martin IV. The guitar is really, really clean - anything you see in the picture that looks like a blemish is a reflection. Action is easy, frets are fine, neck set is good. This one has a huge sound Martin sound, perfect for flatpicking. Comes with the original Gieb style hard shell case...USD $3950

camera gif 2002 Martin D-18GE Golden Era Guitar
(Serial No. 903580) Near mint with only a couple of tiny nicks keeping it from new. I think these are the best model Martin makes right now. Great sounding guitar built to be a faithful copy of the great D18s of the 1930s. This has a solid Adirondack red spruce top and scalloped 5/16" Golden Era bracing forward shifted closer to the soundhole. The combination of the two allows more vibration in the top giving more volume. The solid mahogany back and sides give it punch and clarity, assisting the powerful mids and highs. Traditional mahogany neck block with a dovetail neck joint. Has a 1 3/4" nut on the 30s style V-shaped neck with nickel Waverly tuners. The guitar is really, really clean - anything you see in the picture that looks like a blemish is a reflection. Action is easy, frets are fine, neck set is good. This one has been well played in and has a huge sound Martin sound, perfect for flatpicking. Comes with the original Martin Geib old style hard case, also very clean....USD $2350

camera gif 1949 Martin D-28 Guitar
(Serial No. 112168) Excellent condition. This is what a good bluegrass guitar is all about. Has a Sitka spruce top and nice straight grain Brazilian rosewood back and sides. The figure in the sides is spectacular. The only crack repair I see is the usual repaired pickguard crack. Finish is original and shows the usual nicks and dings and some buckle wear on the back. Tuners are late 1950's Klusons, which are an exact replacement for the originals. One tuner shaft is slightly bent but it works fine. This guitar has all the power and tone you expect from an old Martin. The action is nice and low as luthier Harry Eibert just reset the neck, dressed the frets and made a new exact replica ebony bridge. This guitar has that well-known Martin "boom" that is ideal for bluegrass. Very powerful bluegrass sound. Comes with a newer hardshell case.....USD $14,500

camera gif 1955 Martin D-28 Guitar
(Serial No. 144623) Excellent condition. This is a powerful bluegrass guitar with all the punch and drive you expect in a older Martin. Finish and hardware are original. Nicely aged spruce top and old growth straight grain Brazilian rosewood back and sides. This guitar was thoroughly gone though recently by luthier Harry Eibert in NY who reset the neck, dressed the frets, set up the guitar, and repaired the ding in the lower bass side top and the outside pickguard crack on the treble side. Has the standard 1 11/16 inch nut, ebony fingerboard and bridge, rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script, and the original waffle back tuners. Plays easy with low action, and has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Lots of buckle wear on the back. Has the expected finish checking, pickwear, and the usual nicks and dings of a well loved and much played guitar. Comes with an original hardshell case. Warning - this guitar has been known to get out of its case in the middle of the night and go hunting banjos...USD $10,500

camera gif 1961 Martin D-28 Guitar
(Serial No. 179644) Excellent condition. This is an outstanding bluegrass guitar with all the punch you expect in a older Martin. Nicely aged spruce top and highly figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Ebony fretboard and bridge. The neck has been reset in the past and luthier Steve Kovacik just set up the guitar so it plays wonderfully. No cracks or crack repairs - not even a guard crack. Has the standard 1 11/16 inch nut and an ebony fingerboard and bridge. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. I think the bridge was slightly shaved in the past from the bottom to lower the action as the wings on the bridge look thinner to me than standard, but there is plenty of saddle left. Has a spot of buckle rash on the back and the expected finish checking, pickwear, and the usual nicks and dings of a well loved and much played guitar. Finish and hardware are original. Comes with the original hardshell case. ...USD $7000

camera gif 1962 Martin D-28 Guitar
(Serial No. 181410) Excellent condition. This is a really strong bluegrass guitar with all the punch you expect in a older Martin. Nicely aged spruce top and highly figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides. I suspect this guitar had a recent neck set, as the action is perfect. No cracks or crack repairs - not even a guard crack. Has the standard 1 11/16 inch nut and an ebony fingerboard and bridge. Has the long saddle bridge and the small maple bridge plate. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Plays easy with low action, and has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Has the expected finish checking, pickwear, and the usual nicks and dings of a well loved and much played guitar. Finish and hardware are original. Comes with an older maybe original hardshell case...USD $7250

camera gif 1987 Martin D-28 Elvis Presley Signature Guitar
(Serial No. 1259092, No. 38 of 175 in the Limited Edition) All hail the King of Rock and Roll! Near mint condition. This is a very close copy of the 1955 D28 as used by Elvis. Has D size body with a Carpathian spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides. Scalloped top braces, white body binding, black pickguard, mahogany low profile neck, ebony fretboard with abalone stars bordered in white pearl and Presley's signature in pearl at 12th fret, ebony headstock overlay with Elvis' silhouette inlaid in pearl, Grover vintage replica enclosed nickel gears, and a lightning bolt with TCB for Taking Care of Business inlaid on back of heel. Two inside labels, one with holographic sticker and numbered in sequence without total showing the guitar was licensed from the Presley estate. Has a 1 11/16 nut. Come with a leather cover with Elvis' name embossed across the front. The cover will zip off. Nice playing and highly collectable guitar that is no longer made by Martin. Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $3250

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

camera icon 1939 Gibson L-00 Guitar
(Factory Order No. none) Excellent playing condition. I say this is a 1939 as it has the amber tuner buttons, which I have only seen on a 1939, but it could be as late as 1941. Nice guitar with all original finish showing some playing wear and one repair on the bottom edge. Has a mahogany back and sides, x-braced spruce top with sunburst finish, firestripe guard that follows the body contour, bound top and back, original ebony 1 11/16 inch nut on the chunky v profile neck, small straight bridge, bound top and back, and a silkscreened white script Gibson logo in the peghead. The bridge and few braces were reglued, the frets were dressed and the guitar was set up by by luthier Richie Dotson here in town. The guitar is all solid and in good structural condition now. The tuners are the original 3 on a plate Klusons with original translucent amber buttons. They work very well. Shows typical playing wear. Frets are good and the neck is straight. Perfect for ragtime and fingerstyle blues playing. It's ready to go - all it needs is your fingers on the strings! Comes with a newer hardshell case..USD $3950

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 1953 Gibson LG-2 3/4 Guitar
(Serial No. 331Y) Excellent condition. Gibson's original travel guitar. Body is 12 3/4 inches wide with a 22 3/4 inch scale and 1 1/2 inch nut. Spruce top with straight across ladder bracing, sunburst top finish and natural finished mahogany back and sides. Also has a teardrop guard, small rectangle bridge, triple bound top and single bound back, and gold Gibson peghead logo. Strap button added at the heel. Has a nice low action, as the neck was just reset by luthier David Sheppard. Completely solid and a great playing and sounding guitar. Comes with a newer hard case...USD $3200

camera icon 1940s Gibson Banner LG-2 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 1992 Gibson J-30 Guitar
(Serial Number 92692014) Excellent condition. Original finish with a solid Sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, multiply top binding, and tortoise pickguard. Pretty much the same guitar as the Hummingbird without the bling. Longer scale at 25.5 inches. Good neck and frets, plays nice with a low action but still has plenty of volume. Original Kluson tuners with Keystone buttons. Has some minor finish lifting near the tuners at the upper peghead and some overall finish checking, none of which affects the sound or playability. Good sounding flattop. Strap button added at the heel. Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $900

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

camera icon 1960 Gibson J-45 Adjustable Guitar
(Factory Order No. R2743 20) Excellent plus condition. The J45 is the workhorse of the Gibson line, and for good reason. It plays wonderfully and sounds great. Tobacco sunburst top finish with a dark finish back and sides. Has a solid Sitka spruce top with the early style tall thin braces, 5 ply top binding and single ply back binding, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood upper belly bridge bridge and 1 11/16 inch nut on the Brazilian rosewood fretboard. Still retains the original ceramic adjustable saddle. I'm usually not much on the adjustable bridge, but this guitar sounds so good I decided to just leave it alone. The guitar has the famous mid-rangy Gibson tone but uncommon for this model it has great bass response. Very clean guitar that looks shows some checking in the finish along the center seams but no repairs noted. All original finish and hardware. Plays nicely with a very low action as the guitar was just set up by luthier Jerry Ray here in Richmond. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume and good midrange and an excellent bass response - exactly what you are looking for in a slope shoulder Gibson dread. Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $3950

camera icon 1965 Gibson J-45 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 J-45 Guitar
(Serial No. 90968014) Excellent condition. Gibson renamed the classic J45 to the Early J45 in 1997, and that's what it has on the label. Classic slope shoulder body with a sunburst finish, mahogany back and sides with a Sitka spruce top, triple bound top, single bound back, decal logo, nickle plated closed back Kluson tuners, small teardrop pickguard, and rosewood fingerboard and upper belly bridge. Excellent sounding and playing guitar with the classic Gibson mid-range sound. This was not a case queen as it shows some minor playing wear, a few nicks and dings and buckle scratches on the back, as this guitar was used to drive a bluegrass band for a few years. The finish is still very shiny as seen by the number of reflections in the pictures. Comes with the original Gibson logo hardshell case...USD $2950

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

camera icon 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 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 rear area of the heel. Its ready to go!..USD $1950

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

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

camera icon 2012 Gibson SJ-200 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 mustache 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 $2850

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camera icon 2004 Bourgeois Country Boy Deluxe Guitar
(Serial No. 003352) Near mint condition, high gloss finish. Has a premium Adirondack red spruce top with nice silking and herringbone top trim, advanced high X scalloped braces and flamed mahogany back and sides. The neck is a modified V shape with a traditional diamond shaped volute on the back of peghead underneath the nut, 1-23/32" nut width, figured Brazilian rosewood peghead overlay, 25.5 inch scale, Bourgeois premium tortoiseshell style pickguard, ebony fretboard with old style small dot pearl inlays, bone nut and saddle, pearl peghead logo, and nickel Waverly tuners. Has a dynamic, full warm, deep, played-in tone with excellent projection. A real pleasure to play, too. Good clarity and sustain, perfect for bluegrass. Superb craftsmanship. Nice low action, neck is straight and the frets are fine. Just set up by my luthier. The guitar looks almost new, showing almost no playing wear and no repairs. Fitted with an under saddle pickup and endpin jack. Comes with the very nice original hardshell case.....USD $3250

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

camera icon 2014 Ed Foley Dreadnaught Guitar
(Serial #256) New with warranty. Ed Foley of Moravia, NY builds some of the best guitars around. He is a small one man custom shop who is well known in Nashville. Many Nashville pros - George Strait and Joe Diffie are two - use his guitars. More info is on his web page at HTTP://www.foleyguitars.com. This is one of his prototype hybrid braced guitars. Its based on the Gibson slope shoulder dreadnaught body, with a long Martin style scale length at 25.4 inches to give it more resonance. Back and sides are figured mahogany, the top is Adirondack (red) spruce, and has top binding, side binding, peghead overlay and soundhole rosette of tortoise, and old style nickle Waverly open back tuners. Ivory nut is the standard 1 11/16 inch on the ebony fretboard. The workmanship is first class. Eds logo is a engraved steer skull on the peghead. The guitar plays like butter and the sound is what you look for in a good bluegrass or country guitar - lots of volume with a good boom on the bottom and nice tone everywhere on the neck. The hybrid bracing gives a powerful punch to the sound without losing the clear tone. The look and sound make this a perfect stage guitar for a bluegrass band. Comes with a nice hardshell case. ...USD $5600

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  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

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ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC ARCHTOP AND SEMI-HOLLOW GUITARS

camera icon 1941 Gibson L50 Archtop Guitar
(Factory Order No. 3082 G5) Excellent plus condition, sunburst top finish with a dark back and sides. Here is a pre-war guitar in perfect playing condition. This guitar was completely gone through by a good luthier, including a professional refinish. 16 inch body with a carved solid spruce top, mahogany neck, arched maple back and sides, small F holes, single bound body, pearl dot inlay, unbound rosewood fingerboard with new frets, rosewood bridge, and a nice Gibson script pearl logo. All hardware are modern reproductions. Excellent action and playability, with a sweet, wide open voice and looks to match. Nice original V profile neck with the almost 1 3/4 inch nut and the 24 3/4 inch scale. Has that classic prewar big band archtop sound that will cut right through the mix. No cracks or repairs noted. Comes with a newer hardshell cardboard case....USD $1250

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 excellent condition. The tuners are correct 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

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

STEELS AND RESONATOR INSTRUMENTS

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camera icon   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 ON HOLD for Kevin in CA

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   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

camera icon   1940 National Style 0 Guitar
(Serial No. C4534) Blues approved! Excellent condition cosmetically, excellent condition soundwise. This is a late Style 0 from the last years of prewar production with the etched palm trees, mountains and the canoe on the back. Has the 14 fret body, 1 3/4 inch nut, solid peghead, valve cover style enclosed tuners, parallelagran fretboard inlay, and the original cone. Has the chickenfoot resonator cover plate like the one on the Dire Straights CD. Some minor wear, especially on the bridge cover, but no significant dents or breaks. Pickguard is a modern reproduction. The neck was reset and the guitar set up by my luthier Harry Eibert. Plays perfectly with the sound you are looking for in a prewar National. There are the remains of a American flag decal on the back of the guitar. This could be removed, but I thought it looked pretty cool so I left it. Comes with a newer hardshell case. ....USD $4150

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ELECTRIC SOLIDBODY GUITARS AND AMPS

camera icon   1962 Danelectro Single cut U1 Guitar
(Serial Number - none) This is a single cut Danelectro with the coke bottle headstock and an amazing hot lipstick pickup. Has the volume and tone controls, and original pickguard. Frets are good, neck is straight and its just been set up. This is a great slide guitar, but works equally well for regular playing. All the finish, electronics and hardware are original. The strap locks shown have been changed back to the original strap posts. There is one pickup and the original switch, unusual on a single pickup guitar, just cuts out the tone control in the center position. This guitar sounds great so it was played, and therefore shows some edge and neck wear. 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   2010 Fender Custom Shop Jason Smith Masterbuilt 1951 "Nocaster" Light Relic Guitar
(Serial No. R8081) There are two kinds of Fender Custom Shop guitars - team built and master built, which are built by one skilled senior luthier. This 1951 Nocaster Light Relic Masterbuilt is a one-off from the Fender Custom Shop crafted by Master Builder Jason Smith in a light relic sunburst. During a short period of time Fender built guitars with no model name due to a trademark issue - hence the Nocaster. This guitar has the classic Telecaster shape and pickup setup and a thin nitro sunburst top finish. It's a 50's style lightweight ash body at 6 lbs. 14 oz., with a tinted quartersawn 1-piece maple neck with fat beefy '51 Nocaster "U" back-shape, tall narrow 6105 fretwire, and a radius of 9.5 inches. Has a vintage style single ply black pickguard, a single round string tree, a bone nut. The ashtray bridge cover is in the case. Fitted with a hot-rodded Twisted Tele single-coil neck position pickup and a Hot Nocaster single-coil in the bridge position. Wiring is present day modern wiring. All hardware is vintage style in a light relic to match the rest of the guitar. This guitar will give you country tones like Buck Owens or rock and roll like Keith Richards. Very versatile guitar. Comes with the original center pocket shaped tweed thermometer hardshell case and all the case candy, including the Custom Shop certificate and a copy of the build sheet....USD $3950

camera icon   1963 Fender Jaguar Guitar
(Serial No. 89628) Nice early Jaguar in sunburst, with clay dots on the fretboard and no fretboard binding. I bought this locally from a player who has had it for the last 20 years. This is a great and great playing looking guitar. All electronics were cleaned and work well. The guitar was just set up by my luthier Jerry Ray so it plays like a dream. All hardware and electronics are original, including the tremolo arm and the mute. The pickups are well matched and balance each other. Original 63 neck stamp, stamped a B width but its got more wood than you might expect. Original slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard with clay dots and excellent original frets that were just dressed. Comes with an original brown hard case in very good condition..USD $3750

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 fretboard. 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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FENDER NECK PLATES

camera icon   1959 Fender Neck Plate Number 40135
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camera icon   1965 Fender Neck Plate Number 111454
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camera icon   1966 Fender Neck Plate Number 146182
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camera icon   1966 Fender Neck Plate Number 137758
...USD $300

MUSICAL BONES

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

PICTURES

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

STRAPS

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

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

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

CASES

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

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

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

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