MANDOLIN WORLD HEADQUARTERS, INC.

MANDOLINS, GUITARS, AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS
FOR SALE OR TRADE


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

Charles Johnson, Owner
Mandolin World Headquarters, Inc.
9702 Gayton Road
Suite 147
Richmond, Virginia 23238
United States of America
Phone 804-937-4880
Skype ID: charlesjohnsonva

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My business phone hours are:
Monday-Friday: 11:00 am -10:00 pm East Coast time zone USA
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E-mail to:1939d18@gmail.com

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

PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT ship rosewood guitars across international borders.

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Sale/Trade List - Updated April 25, 2017
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IN TRANSIT OR IN THE SHOP:
No further details are available on these. I do not price instruments until they are ready for sale. Please keep watching the page for the listing!

GIBSON F HOLE MANDOLINS:
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OTHER BLUEGRASS MANDOLINS:
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  • 1980s Kentucky KM-250S, A style, solid top, near mint, good sounding and playing mandolin for not much $$, made in Japan
  • 2002 Paul Newson F5, Strong mandolin, red spruce top, 1-3/16 inch nut, James tailpiece, beautiful woods
  • 2002 Bragg F5, Fit and finish is not his strong suit but the sound and playability is right there with the best of them. Good gigging mandolin that you can take out and use.
  • 2009 Pomeroy F5, Good solid bluegrasser, good woofy chop with clear trebles, set up beautifully
  • 1980 R.L. Givens A5, Very powerful mandolin as you expect from a Givens, strong chop, all original, signed by Bob on the underside of the top, video
  • 1992 Randy Wood A5, Big tone and volume out of this mandolin from one of the most respected builders in the US, just set up, new Waverly tuners, video
  • 2006 Wayne Henderson F5, Incredible instrument by one of the top builders, video ON HOLD
  • 2009 Keith O'Dell F5, Carpathian (Alpine) spruce top, maple back and sides, varnish black top finish, radiused fretboard, James tailpiece good chop and bark
  • 2013 Skip Kelley Claro F, Great mandolin from a top builder, just set up, near mint condition, red spruce top, see the video of Skip playing this one
  • 1930s Strad-O-Lin A Style, Nice mandolin, just set up, good sound for not much money
  • 2006 Sumi F5 Custom F5, Custom built for Andy Owen of IBMA, mint condition, strong powerful mandolin
  • 1930s Harmony Biltmore A Style, Blond finish, all original, just set up, nice entry level mandolin
  • 1983 Luke Thompson F5, Built in Louisiana, one piece back, early high quality luthier built mandolin
  • 2007 Sumi F5, Varnish finish, red spruce top, excellent sound and playability, Sumi built the legendary 80s Kentucky KM1500 mandolins
  • 1995 Phoenix Ultra Two Point, Top of the line for Phoenix, lavishly appointed, lots of pearl, clear and strong sound, video

GIBSON OVAL SOUND HOLE MANDOLINS:
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  • 1922 Gibson A, Lots or wear but no repairs, paddlehead with a truss rod, good strong session mandolin
  • 1920 Gibson A, Excellent condition, all original, brown top, very minor playing wear ON HOLD
  • 1919 Gibson A, Pumpkin top, screened script peghead logo added by the Gibson in the 1930's, missing the guard, good sound, just set up
  • 1918 Gibson A, Nice pumpkin top mandolin, classic round hole sound, strong ringing tone, shows some playing wear
  • 1935 Gibson A0, Rare elevated fingerboard, red sunburst, top of the line for Gibson A styles, truss rod in the neck
  • 1923 Gibson A1, Snakehead, black top, solid good sounding mandolin, excellent session mandolin, missing the guard, just set up
  • 1923 Gibson A1 Snakehead, Black top, very strong mandolin, great for sessions
  • 1923 Gibson A2 Snakehead, Black top, bound back, pearl logo, same as the A2Z except for black top, well played, great sounding mandolin
  • 1924 Gibson A2 Snakehead, Blond top, bound back, this is the same mandolin as the A2Z except for the soundhole rosette, used professionally
  • 1913 Gibson A4, Very clean, played in a mandolin orchestra for years, perfectly set up
  • 1919 Gibson A4, Red sunburst, one piece back, beautiful mandolin
  • 1924 Gibson A4, Snakehead, no Virzi, very clean, strap button added, Loar era, truss rod
  • 1915 Gibson F4, Red sunburst, beautiful flamey one piece back, inlaid Handel tuners, very pretty and good sounding mando
  • 1940 Gibson F4, Unusual factory F7 fingerboard board with Nick Lucas inlays, clean
  • 1964 Gibson A5 Two Point, As used by Jethro Burns, two point body, cherry sunburst finish, oval hole
  • Teens Gibson Mandolin Case Key, Excellent condition, fits teens Gibson mandolin cases, maybe others

MANDOLAS, OCTAVE MANDOLINS, MANDOCELLOS AND BOUZOUKIS: 
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OTHER MANDOLINS: 
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  • 1963 Martin Style A, Very clean near mint condition, plays nicely, sounds very good
  • 1920 Martin Style B, Straight grain Brazilian rosewood body, excellent sound, same high build quality as the guitars
  • 1987 Red Diamond Electric mandolin, Built by Don McRostie, 8 strings, blade pickup, strong mandolin
  • 1935 National Style N, Set up for slide, very cool and all original mandolin. Think Sam Bush!
  • 1966 Fender Electric, Known as the Mandocaster, all original, think of a small Stratocaster
  • 1930 Martin Style C, Upper grade Martin flatback, Brazilian rosewood back/sides, Adirondack spruce top, pearl soundhole rosette , all original
  • 1925 Martin Style B, Straight grain Brazilian rosewood body, excellent sound, same high build quality as the guitars
  • 1924 Martin Style B, Straight grain Brazilian rosewood body, excellent sound, same high build quality as the guitars

MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS: 
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  • 1939 Martin 00021, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, Adirondack top, replaced bridge, 1-11/16 inch nut, strong sound
  • 1927 Martin 028, Beautiful and clean guitar, braced for steel stings, neck just reset, Brazilian rosewood back/sides, 1-3/4 inch nut
  • 1927 Martin 5-21 T, Tenor guitar, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, Adirondack top, just completely gone through and it sounds and plays fantastic. Big sound from this one!
  • 1951 Martin 0017, All mahogany guitar, neck just reset, no repairs, very warm and bluesy tone with good volume
  • 1958 Martin 0017, All mahogany, beautiful condition, plays like a dream, nice warm tone, good blues and fingerstyle guitar
  • 1945 Martin 0018, Fabulous wartime guitar, ebony truss rod, light and responsive
  • 1970 Martin 0018, Very clean guitar, looks nearly unplayed, neck just reset to give a smooth comfortable action, excellent sound>/li>
  • 1948 Martin 00018, Nice clean guitar, Adirondack top
  • 1955 Martin 00018, Nice silking in the spruce top, clean guitar, plays very well, good sound
  • 1996 Martin OM28V, Excellent condition, vintage reissue series, 1 3/4 inch nut with 2 5/16 bridge spacing, Sitka top with herringbone, scalloped bracing, Indian rosewood back and sides
  • 1996 Martin D16T, Technology model, mahogany back and sides, hybrid bracing, 1 11/16 nut, good sounding box
  • 1962 Martin D18, Loud, dry, woody Martin sound, neck just reset and frets dressed, ready to go hunt some banjos
  • 1967 Martin D18, Well played bluegrass music maker, neck just reset, dry woody tone, has a few minor repairs and a great big sound, priced right
  • 1967 Martin D18, Well played bluegrass warrior, neck just reset, dry woody tone, has a few minor repairs and a great big sound, priced right
  • 1969 Martin D18, Well played festival warrior, bluegrass powerhouse, neck just reset
  • 1971 Martin D18, Very clean guitar, recent neck set, clean blue case
  • 1955 Martin D28, Powerful guitar, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, neck just reset, well played, huge sound
  • 1961 Martin D28, Brazilian rosewood, strong bluegrasser, neck reset
  • 1962 Martin D28, Brazilian, very powerful guitar, plays nice and easy
  • 1967 Martin D28, Old growth straight grain Brazilian rosewood, very clean, neck just reset, plays nice and low, loud guitar

GIBSON FLATTOP ACOUSTIC GUITARS: 
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  • 1953 Gibson J45, Well played, a few minor repaired issues, as comfortable as an old pair of jeans and sounds like a million bucks, priced right
  • 1935 Gibson TG-00, Flat top tenor guitar, neck just reset, great for jazz or swing
  • 1959 Gibson LG0, Nice all mahogany blues machine, plays like butter, nice bluesy tone
  • 1959 Gibson LG2, Well played small body Gibson thats as comfortable as an old pair of jeans, big warm sound, 1 11/16 nut
  • 1962 Gibson J45, Excellent condition, well played, just refretted, big midrange Gibson sound, original fixed saddle bridge
  • 1946 Gibson LG2, Excellent condition, no repairs, gold script logo, original riveted Kluson tuners, x braced, just set up, nice sound and action
  • 1936 Gibson L00, Structurally fine, good sounding guitar, good looking guitar, couple minor repairs, 1 3/4 inch nut, just set up, used professionally in the studio
  • 1937 Gibson L00, Great sounding small body Gibson, lots of playing wear because it sounds great, no structural issues, neck just reset, big sound and easy playing
  • 1957 Gibson J50, Well played but really good condition other than some playing wear, perfect frets and neck set, plays nice, big sound
  • 1938 Gibson L00, 14 fret body, sunburst finish, fire stripe pick guard, 1 3/4 inch nut, V profile neck, bridge reglued, just been set up
  • 1951 Gibson LG3, Natural top version of the LG2, X braced solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, plays easy, no repairs
  • 1953 Gibson LG2 3/4, Excellent condition - my granddaughter was playing this until recently. Short scale, 1 1/2 inch nut, perfect for a travel guitar or smaller hands
  • 1990 Gibson J185, Highly figured blond maple back and sides, first year of reissue, very clean, has the longer 25.5 inch scale
  • 1955 Gibson J160E, Nice early version, 20 frets, big thumb wheel bridge, very clean guitar
  • 1958 Gibson J200, The King of the Flattops, sunburst, all original, nice clean guitar that sounds and plays great
  • 1945 Gibson Southern Jumbo, Banner peghead, all original
  • 1961 Gibson SJN Country Western, Natural top version of the Southern Jumbo, near mint, more like a 50s guitar

OTHER FINE ACOUSTIC GUITARS:  
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TENOR GUITARS:
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  • 1935 Gibson TG-00, Tenor version of the L00, mahogany back/sides with an Adirondack spruce top, neck just reset
  • 1960 Martin 515T, Tenor guitar, all mahogany, lots of player wear but no structural issues, plays and sounds very good IN THE SHOP
  • 1927 Martin 521T, Tenor guitar, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, Adirondack top, just completely gone through and it sounds and plays fantastic. Big sound from this one!

ARCHTOP AND SEMI-HOLLOW GUITARS, ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC:
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UKULELES, BANJOS, TIPLES, AND OTHER ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS:
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  • 1924 Martin T18 Tiple, Excellent condition, no issues, neck just reset, plays and sounds beautifully, original hard shell case

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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  • None at this time

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GIBSON MANDOLINS AND RELATED

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

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

camera icon  1920 Gibson A Mandolin
(Serial #61368 FON 11306) Excellent condition, Sheraton Brown top finish with dark back and sides. Peghead is blank as made by Gibson, but it has the original Gibson label inside. Top bound only. All hardware and finish is original showing a little playing wear. Neck is straight, the frets are in good shape, and the tuners work well. Original tailpiece and cover. The mandolin plays and sounds great. Just set up by my luthier so the action is low and playable and it has a good ringing sound. Excellent for Celtic or old-time music. Original hardshell case included....USD $1450ON HOLD for JP in ME

camera icon  1922 Gibson A Mandolin
(Serial No. 68349) If you are looking for a good session mandolin, and do not mind a little wear and do not need the fancy trim, this is your mandolin. Here is a 1922 Gibson A style mandolin. Just an "A", so its top bound only and does not have the pearl logo. It does have the Gibson label inside and, importantly, it has the adjustable truss rod. This lets you set the mandolin up for your local climate and allows you change it easily if needed. Keeps the neck straighter, too. 1922 is the beginning of the Loar improvements to the mandolin such as the adjustable truss rod and adjustable bridge. Plays smoothly with excellent volume and tone. My luthier just dressed the frets and set it up - its ready to play. No breaks, cracks or refinish. Sheraton Brown top finish and brown back and sides. Finish, tailpiece and tuners are original. The truss rod cover, although similar to the originals, is a custom size and shape. Missing the pickguard. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $1950

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

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

camera icon  1923 Gibson A2 "Snakehead" 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 "Snakehead" 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. 13234) Excellent plus condition. The A4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson. This one is really clean and was played in a leading mandolin orchestra for years. Original finish with black top and a reddish back and sides, all solid woods with a two piece back and sides, spruce top, pearl logo and Fleur DI Lise in the peghead, original hardware including the inlaid Handel tuners, bound top and back, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. Original one piece bridge. Frets were just dressed and the mandolin set up perfectly by luthier Jerry Ray. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle and frets are good. No structural repairs and only a few of the usual nicks and dings. Excellent for Celtic or old time or jazz or classical. Comes with the original hardshell case. Consigned....USD $3750

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

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

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

camera icon  1939 Gibson A50 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, clamshell 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 the original cardboard case...USD $1500

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

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

camera icon 1952 Gibson EM-150 Mandolin
(Serial No. z1716) Near mint condition with a sunburst finish. These were used by Tiny Moore and Johnny Gimble on their classic recordings. This is a nice A style with F-shaped sound holes with a carved spruce top, maple back and sides, and the original hot P-90 pickup mounted in the top and a jack in the lower side. 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. Has some tarnish on the tailpiece cover, otherwise looks almost new. Mandolin has just been set up but my luthier so it plays right. It has a nice low action and has the classic Gibson post war EM-150 sound. This model has a good bluegrass and country pedigree for stage and studio use. Comes with the original hard case and one of the hang tags...USD $1750

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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. 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 $7500

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

camera gif  1988 Gibson F5L Mandolin
(Serial No. 8173118) If you are looking for a nearly new 1988 Gibson F5l it is unlikely you will find one cleaner. This one looks unplayed. Mint condition, "ice tea" Cremona brown sunburst 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, and the Fern peghead inlay. It has been upgraded with the silver plated tailpiece and Schaller tuners, as later used on the Monroe model. In 1988 this model was the top of the line for Gibson. This was made in the Bozeman, Montana plant, and was signed by the legendary luthier Steve Carlson on November 21, 1988. 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, even though it is still needs to be broken in. Comes in a hardshell case....USD $7500

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. Here is a short clip of this mandolin played by Greg Holder of Dark Corner Bluegrass in NC. Comes with the original Loar replica hardshell case numbered the same as the mandolin...USD $9500

camera gif  1993 Gibson F5L Mandolin
(Serial No. 3504109) This one looks unplayed. Mint condition, brown sunburst lacquer finish. This is the classic Gibson scroll mandolin - long neck, f-holes, elevated fingerboard, heavily flamed maple back and sides, solid spruce top, bound ebony flat fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut, and the Fern peghead inlay in abalone. All original finish and gold hardware. In 1993 this model was the top of the line for Gibson. This was made in the Bozeman, Montana plant, and was signed by the legendary luthier Steve Carlson on January 4, 1993. 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, even though it is still needs to be broken in. Comes in the original hardshell case. ...USD $7000

camera gif  1993 Gibson F5L Mandolin
(Serial No. 3568089) Excellent condition. Sunburst lacquer finish. This is the classic Gibson scroll mandolin - long neck, f-holes, elevated fingerboard, heavily flamed maple back and sides, solid spruce top, bound ebony fingerboard, gold plated hardware, and the Fern peghead inlay. Has a 1 1/8 inch nut and the traditional flat fretboard.In 1993 this model was the top of the line for Gibson. This was made in the Bozeman, Montana plant, and was signed by luthier Phil Brugg on August 2, 1993. Shows almost no minor playing wear - this is a clean instrument. The only wear evident is on the gold plating at the tuners and tailpiece. The frets were lightly dressed and the mandolin has just been set up by my luthier. Action is great - easy and low. This mandolin sounds great with a strong chop and bark. Comes with a very clean newer TKL rectangular hardshell case with case cover. This is a really good mandolin...USD $6500

camera icon 1989 Flatiron F5 Custom Mandolin
(Serial #89010375) Excellent near mint condition, "ice tea" sunburst finish. Looks nearly unplayed. This is a rare Flatiron Custom Shop mandolin. When Gibson went to the NAMM show in 1987, these were the high quality mandolins they were competing with. They couldn't beat them, so they bought the company. Excellent sounding and playing F5 scroll mandolin with highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, carved Sitka spruce top with parallel tone bar bracing, side bound like Monroes on the top, back, fretboard and peghead, "The Flatiron" and Gibson flowerpot peghead inlay in abalone and pearl, 1 1/8 inch nut, V profile neck, elevated and bound flat ebony fingerboard with block pearl inlays, bound pickguard, and gold tailpice and Schaller tuners with pearl buttons. This one has a good chop and bark - excellent bluegrass mandolin. Here is a short video clip here of this mandolin played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC. Signed by Dennis Balain. Bozeman built Flatirons are always heavily in demand. Most pickers won't part with theirs - once you play this one you'll know why. Comes with an original shaped hardshell case...USD $6250

camera icon 1999 Flatiron A5 Artist Mandolin
(Serial No. 91018019) Near mint condition. This was the top of the line for Flatiron A style mandolins. This one has a Nashville Gibson label but was probably built in Bozeman and finished in Nashville. These were built by the same luthiers that built the Gibson mandolins. Has flamed maple back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top, Has a solid Sitka spruce top, flat ebony fretboard with larger frets, ebony bridge, 1 1/8 inch nut, pearl Fern headstock inlay and logo, and gold hardware. The Artist series Flatirons like this have X-braced tops, which many pickers believe gives a more percussive chop. Excellent sounding instrument with a deeep woof on the bottom and clear trebles on the top. This instrument has just been set up by my luthier and is ready to go. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original black TKL shaped hardshell case....USD $2450

camera gif  1998 Flatiron F5 Artist Mandolin
(Serial No. 80814029) Near mint condition, sunburst finish. Top of the line mandolin for Flatiron. When Gibson went to the NAMM show in 1987, these were the high quality mandolins they were competing with. They couldn't beat them, so they bought the company. Built on the same line side by side with Gibsons, the difference between Gibson and Flatiron is the Flatiron has a different peghead name and finish color, X top bracing and a radiused fretboard with the larger frets. Excellent sounding and playing F5 scroll mandolin with highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, carved solid spruce top, Fern peghead inlay and logo in pearl, gold hardware, bound peghead, and a radiused ebony fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut. Original from Gibson with the larger guitar frets for easier playing. Great playing mandolin that shows no playing wear. This one has the sound - powerful chop and bark, very strong tone - excellent bluegrass mandolin. This mandolin was likely built in Bozeman but it has an early Nashville label; hence there is no builders signature label. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $5250

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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. Current Flatiron mandolins are low quality Chinese imports.

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

camera icon 1999 Flatiron A5 Artist Mandolin
(Serial No. 91018019) Near mint condition. This was the top of the line for Flatiron A style mandolins. This one has a Nashville Gibson label but was probably built in Bozeman and finished in Nashville. These were built by the same luthiers that built the Gibson mandolins. Has flamed maple back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top, flat ebony fretboard with larger frets, ebony bridge, 1 1/8 inch nut, pearl Fern headstock inlay and logo, and gold hardware. The Artist series Flatirons like this have X-braced tops, which many pickers believe gives a more percussive chop. Excellent sounding instrument with a deeep woof on the bottom and clear trebles on the top. This instrument has just been set up by my luthier and is ready to go. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original black TKL shaped hardshell case....USD $2450

camera icon 1989 Flatiron F5 Custom Mandolin
(Serial #89010375) Excellent near mint condition, "ice tea" sunburst finish. Looks nearly unplayed. This is a rare Flatiron Custom Shop mandolin. When Gibson went to the NAMM show in 1987, these were the high quality mandolins they were competing with. They couldn't beat them, so they bought the company. Excellent sounding and playing F5 scroll mandolin with highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, carved Sitka spruce top with parallel tone bar bracing, side bound like Monroes on the top, back, fretboard and peghead, "The Flatiron" and Gibson flowerpot peghead inlay in abalone and pearl, 1 1/8 inch nut, V profile neck, elevated and bound flat ebony fingerboard with block pearl inlays, bound pickguard, and gold tailpice and Schaller tuners with pearl buttons. This one has a good chop and bark - excellent bluegrass mandolin. Here is a short video clip here of this mandolin played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC. Signed by Dennis Balain. Bozeman built Flatirons are always heavily in demand. Most pickers won't part with theirs - once you play this one you'll know why. Comes with an original shaped hardshell case...USD $6250

camera gif  1998 Flatiron F5 Artist Mandolin
(Serial No. 80814029) Near mint condition, sunburst finish. Top of the line mandolin for Flatiron. When Gibson went to the NAMM show in 1987, these were the high quality mandolins they were competing with. They couldn't beat them, so they bought the company. Built on the same line side by side with Gibsons, the difference between Gibson and Flatiron is the Flatiron has a different peghead name and finish color, X top bracing and a radiused fretboard with the larger frets. Excellent sounding and playing F5 scroll mandolin with highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, carved solid spruce top, Fern peghead inlay and logo in pearl, gold hardware, bound peghead, and a radiused ebony fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut. Original from Gibson with the larger guitar frets for easier playing. Great playing mandolin that shows no playing wear. This one has the sound - powerful chop and bark, very strong tone - excellent bluegrass mandolin. This mandolin was likely built in Bozeman but it has an early Nashville label; hence there is no builders signature label. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $5250

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RATLIFF MANDOLINS

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

camera icon  2016 Ratliff R5 Custom Mandolin
(Serial No. 1141) As-new, uniform brown lacquer finish. Audey only build about 18 mandolins a year. Getting a new one to sell is tough - every dealer out there wants one, as they are excellent mandolins. Ratliff builds a fine looking and fine sounding mandolin, and this is an excellent mandolin. As this is a one-off custom build with a new wood type, you figure he would expend a little extra effort on this one. Still a little green as it is new, but this one is loud! Build quality is top notch, as good as it gets. It has all the design features that give Ratliffs their tone and power. This is the classic F5 style mandolin with the long neck, f holes, and a radiused elevated exotic cumaru wood fretboard with dot inlays. Nut width is 1 1/8 inch. It features a hand carved solid fir top and an one piece flamed mirindiba wood back, sides and two piece neck. I'm usually a fan of maple back and sides, but this is a very full, rich good sounding mandolin, so I need to change my mind. It also has a fossil mastodon ivory nut and a fully bound top, back, fretboard and peghead. Here is a link to a video of this mandolin discussed and played by Audey and his picker friend. The fretboard is shortened to eliminate pick click in the sweet spot. Has a pearl logo and peg head inlay. Fit and finish is as good as the big builders, and the sound is there. Even though its a new mandolin, it has that woody bluegrass bark and the excellent volume and tone that is typical of these mandolins. Comes with a new hardshell case...SOLD

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OTHER MANDOLINS AND RELATED

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

camera icon1980s Kentucky KM-250S Mandolin
(Serial No. 12200) Excellent condition. There is no accurate serial number list of Kentuckys, so the date is an educated guess. It might be older. I got this in a trade from the original owner. Nice clean Kentucky A5 style mandolin with the snakehead heaadstock, solid spruce top and laminated maple back and sides. Rosewood bridge and fretboard. Plays nicely as it just set up by luthier Jerry Ray. Good woody bluegrass chop and bark. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with a hardshell case...USD $450

camera icon2002 Stanley Bragg F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 11_12_02) Excellent structural condition. Stanley Bragg builds in Hinton, WV. His mandolins are a little rough cosmetically but play and sound amazing. I got this from a well respected picker in Florida who is past the name on the headstock and just cares about the sound and playability. Has highly flamed maple back and sides and a carved spruce top. The finish is distressed so the mandolin looks much older than it is. Flat ebony fretboard scooped to eliminate pick click, 1 1/8 inch nut, ebony bridge, chrome Schaller tuners with pearl buttons. Has an ancient hairline heel crack repair. Excellent sounding instrument with a deeep woof on the bottom and clear trebles on the top. Shows some typical playing and handling. The frets were dressed, a new Cumberland Acoustic bridge was fitted, and the mandolin was set up by luthier Jerry Ray and is ready to go. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with a hardshell case....USD $2150

camera icon 1980 R.L. Givens A5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 216) Excellent condition, sunburst finish. The A-5 was Bob Givens' top model from around 1970 to around 1986. This mandolin has maple back, sides, and neck, an Engleman spruce top, bound body and neck, ebony flat fretboard with dot inlay and a 1 3/16 inch nut, V neck profile, an elaborate RLG in script pearl in the peghead, Schaller tuners,and a Dotson replica Loar ebony bridge. The original Givens bridge is in the case. Signed by Givens on the underside of the top. Strap button added at the heel. Shows the usual nicks and dings of an instrument used to play music, including hand wear to the back of the neck. Excellent strong sounding mandolin with good volume, responsiveness, and a sweet tone that will get loud and chop when needed. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument as played by luthier Richie Dotson, who just set up the instrument. Comes with a nice hard shell case....USD $4250

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

camera icon   1935 National Style N Mandolin
(Serial No. 302) Early Style N with triangular body, single resonator and 14 frets clear of the body. Has flat F holes and a round neck with a bound rosewood fretboard. Shows some playing wear on the cover plate and a few nicks and dents, but nothing major. Original hardware and finish. Typical with Nationals, the neck has some bow in it and would need a reset to play up the neck in standard. But that not what you want this for - its very cool just like it is for slide work, especially slide blues. Think Sam Bush. Sam plays slide mandolin - check out his sound to see all the possibilities. Very loud with a unique sound. Comes with a slide and a Travelite style foam hard case. Consigned. ..USD $1750

camera icon   2009 ODell F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 007) Excellent plus condition, varnish finish. Black top with a dark stained natural finish on the back back and sides. Built by luthier Keith ODell in North Carolina. Odell mandolins are awarded as prizes at Merlefest. Its not a black painted top, its a very dark stain that still shows the wood grain. Keith has been building for a while and knows how to get the tone out of a mandolin. This is a traditional F5 style with a solid Carpathian spruce top, varnish finish, highly figured soft maple back and sides, traditional peghead sytyle, 1 3/16 inch nut, radiused ebony fretboard with big frets, silver James tailpiece, and Gotah nickle open back tuners with pearl buttons. The X-braced top give a good percussive chop. Keith O'Dell just reworked the neck, shaving it down a bit, and set up the mandolin. The mandlion has a speed neck, where the finish has been professionally removed from the back of the neck and the area is then oiled to give faster picking and to eliminate gumming up on the neck when you are playing outdoors in the summer. Excellent sounding very responsive mandolin with strong volume and a sweet rich tone that will get loud and chop when needed. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instument, as played by local luthier and all around picker Richie Dotson. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $3250

camera icon   2006 Wayne Henderson F5 Mandolin F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 99) Near mint condition. Signed April 3, 2006. Wayne is a bluegrass legend on the Crooked Road in southern Virginia. In 1991 he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship. Wayne is widely acknowledged as one of the great modern master builders of both guitars and mandolins. It is also difficult to get one of his instruments. He is known for his "one instrument per person per lifetime" rule. Instruments are handmade, one at a time. This mandolin is impressive - the fit and the thin hand rubbed varnish sunburst finish is great, the action is easy and the tone is there. Incredible flamed and quilted maple sides, neck and one piece back. The top is red spruce. All high grade parts - flat ebony fingerboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut, ebony bridge, pearl logo and inlay, pearl tuner buttons, gold plated Schaller tuners, gold plated hardware, and grained ivoriod binding. The fretboard is scooped to eliminate pick click. Very lightweight and resonate mandolin.It was drilled in the side for a pickguard but the pickguard is missing. I called Wayne and found out this mandolin was made for a local southern Virginia picker. There was an accident and the top was severely damaged. Wayne himself re-topped the mandolin. Now, there's two camps on mandolin sound. The Loar F5 was made to play in ensembles, so it has a good midrange as well as bass and treble. Many modern mandolins are looking for a deep woody woof on the bottom, sometimes decent trebles, but usually lack in the mids. This mandolin is firmly in the Loar camp. Its a very well balanced mandolin across the strings, with strong even tonal response. Yes, you have the chop but you also have the rest of the notes as well. The frets were dressed and the mandolin was just set up by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC. Here is a link to a video of this mandolin as played by Richie. Comes with a Hoffee carbon fiber hard shell case....USD $11500 ON HOLD for BB on MO

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 $4950

camera icon 2009 Pomeroy F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 134) Excellent condition. Lacquer sunburst finish that has been sanded by Pomeroy with steel wool to reduce gloss. Has an one piece back and sides of flamed maple, solid Englemann spruce top, tone bar bracing, flat ebony fretboard and bridge, 1 1/8 inch nut, and pearl logo. Has a silver engraved James tailpiece. The fretboard was built shortened to eliminate pick click. Nickle Grover tuners with pearl buttons. Fully bound. Fitted with a custom bound ebony pickguard. Shows almost no playing wear. 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 an excellent bluegrass chop. Comes with a nice hard shell case.....USD $3450

camera icon 2002 Paul Newson F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 572-502) Excellent plus condition. Paul Newson has been building mandoins in northen Michigan since 1980, so hes got this down. Has an Adirondack red spruce top, highly figured Mmple back, sides and neck in a traditional sunburst hand rubbed varnish finish. Body is triple bound side bound, single ply headstock and fretboard binding, flat ebony fretboard with pearl position dots, traditional torch peghead inlay, engraved James tailpiece and satin nickle Grover tuning machines with pearl buttons. The fretboard has been abbreviated to eliminate pick click. 1-3/16" nut width. Shows a little wear where the strap goes over the scroll.Just set up by my luthier so it plays very nice. Good woody bluegrass chop and bark. Here are two short video clips here and here of this guitar played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with a hardshell case....USD $4250

camera icon 1992 Randy Wood A5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 1892) Very nice and clean example of Randys's work. This mandolin has a red spruce top, probably lacquer finish, flamed maple back, sides and top, 1 1/8 inch nut on the radiused ebony fretboard, ebony Randy Wood bridge, pearl logo and peghead inlay. Its fitted with Randy's one piece tailpiece and new Waverly tuners with pearl buttons. It was drilled for a pickguard but the guard is missing. Just set up by luthier Richie Dotson so it plays like butter. Here is a link to a video of this mandolin as played by Richie. Excellent strong sounding mandolin with good volume, responsiveness, and a sweet tone that will get loud and chop when needed. Comes with the nice hardshell case...USD $3750

camera icon  1987 Red Diamond Electric Mandolin
(Serial No. none) I called Don McRostie (Red Diamond Mandolins) and asked about this one. Don is closely associated with Stewart McDonald in Ohio and this was a Stew Mac kit. Don is not exactly your typical kit builder, however, as he is one of the premier mandolin builders in the US. This mandolin features a hollow body, a rock maple neck with 8 strings, a Lawrence blade pickup, pearl logo, Schaller tuners, a McClung armrest, and of course, a premium top quality lacquer finish. has a volume and tone control. In my opinion the the 8 strings give more of a mandolin shimmer to the sound over the typical single string electric mandolin. Its just been set up so it plays very easy. No issues I can see with this one. Comes with a nice rectangular hardshell case....USD $1750

camera icon  2013 Skip Kelley F5 Mandolin
(Serial No. 042) Near mint condition. Don't confuse this with the import Chinese mandolins with almost the same name on the peghead. Thomas "Skip" Kelley has been building professional level mandolins for over a decade. This model is called the "Claro F". This one has a dark uniform brown hand applied gloss varnish finish, figured claro walnut back and sides, Adirondack red spruce top, the body and neck are fully bound in tortoise shell, cocobolo peghead veneer and a bound flat cocobolo fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut, V neck profile, gold Schaller tuners, one piece cast Allen tailpiece, and pearl logo and peghead inlay. The fretboard is deliberately shortened and scooped to eliminate pick click. The frets were dressed and the mandolin was just professionally set up by luthier Jerry Ray. Big wide open sound, plays easy and has excellent volume and tone with nice cut and drive for your bluegrass band. Skip emailed me a Youtube link to him playing this mandolin. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument, as played by Skip himself. Here is a link to a second video of the mandolin as played by by luthier Richie Dotson.This mandolin will cut a banjo. Comes with a nice shaped Superior hardshell case...USD $3450

camera icon2006 Sumi F5 Custom "Lonesome" Mandolin
(Serial No. 06437) Near mint condition, sunburst finish. Looking for a hand built professional grade f5 mandolin? This is one of three mandolins built by Sumi for Andy Ownens of IBMA and called the "Lonesome" series. Andy and his son play two of them. As Sumi and Andy are friends, you would expect this mandolin has a bit of extra attention in the build. It has a hand carved 500 year old Japanese red spruce top, beautiful birdseye maple back and sides, nickle hardware, custom tortoise shell truss rod cover, thin varnish finish, and a flat 1 1/8 nut on the ebony fingerboard. Neck has a v profile. Double bound on both the sides and top/back with triple binding, triple bound headstock, pearl logo and custom sea turtle peghead inlay, and there is an inlay of Lonesome on the 12th fret. The fretboard is scooped on the end to eliminate pick click, but in true attention to detail the last 7 frets are inlaid flush to maintain the overall appearance of the instrument. Sumi is the master luthier that built the famous 1980s Kentucky KM-1500 and Dawg mandolins. He has continued to build under his own name since 1993. Very clear tone - the bass is strong, powerful and not muddy, and the trebles are clear and open. Good chop and bark, strong volume and nice action as it was just set up by my luthier. This is a strong professional instrument built for a master player. Very clean mandolin showing no sign of playing. Comes with a nice hardshell case.....USD $4450

camera icon1930s Kay Strad-O-Lin Mandolin
(No serial number) Good entry level vintage instrument. I think this is 1930s production based on the logo, the tuners and the plastic body binding. I also confirmed this with a known 1930s instrument, and the logos are identical. Structurally fine with a maple back and spruce top. Has the original see through pickguard. The reset of the hardware and finish also look original. Frets are good and the mandolin has just been set up so it plays nicely. Very good sound. Its not a Gibson F5 but its still a good sounding mandolin. Has a more modern cardboard case. ....USD $600

camera icon 1917 Lyon and Healy Style B Mandolin
(Serial #11) Excellent condition. These instruments are highly sought after by classical players due to their sweet tone. Here is a nice original mandolin with the desirable longer 13 7/8 inch scale, symmetrical two point body style, the stairstep deco peghead, and the original vulcanized rubber pickguard. Its a very early model, number 11 and is marked "Spec" on the label. It does not have the pull out leg rest. Flamed maple back and sides with a spruce top. All hardware and finish is original including the very cool large tailpiece cover. No repairs noted. Frets are good, neck is straight, neck set is fine. Most pickers prefer these earlier instruments with the longer scale as it gives more ring and sustain when you are playing. Comes with an older probably original shaped hardshell case. ....USD $2000 ON HOLD for DP in RI

camera gif 1963 Martin Style A Mandolin
(Serial No. A24108) Excellent near mint condition. Mahogany back and sides and Adirondack spruce top, single line Kluson tuners, tortoise binding, and an ebony fingerboard with dot inalys and the original ebony nut. Completely original. Good neck and frets, plays nice with a low action but still has plenty of volume. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $950

camera gif  1920 Martin Style B Mandolin
(Serial No. 7804) 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 engraved tailpiece cover, which shows some wear. They is a discolored area on the top where the bridge sat in the wrong place for a while. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $1500

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

camera gif 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. Has a slight finish check in the back. Original tuners and plain tailpiece cover. Comes with a 50's hardshell case...USD $1500

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

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MANDOLAS, OCTAVE MANDOLINS, MANDOCELLOS, CITTERNS, AND BOUZOUKIS
camera icon New Richard Beard OM3 Octave Mandolin
(Serial #52) New with warranty. This is 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 Alaska Sitka. The top is x-braced with herringbone top trim and curly maple binding. The neck has an adjustable truss rod and the ebony fingerboard has slotted diamond inlays. Solid one piece tailpiece eliminates buzzing and loose covers. Fit and finish is first class professional work - as good as those famous guitar makers. Nut is 1 3/8 inch. Scale length is 21 1/4 inches so it gives the guitar-like resonance for backup rhythm playing but is still comfortable for melody playing. The x-braced top gives it plenty of punch for driving a session. Nice low action plays effortlessly with a great neck. Its currently tuned GDAE as an octave mandolin but any zook tuning like ADAD or GDAD would work as well. Handmade in North Carolina and comes with a custom fitted hardshell case...USD $3150

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

camera icon 1952 Gibson EM-150 Mandolin
(Serial No. z1716) Near mint condition with a sunburst finish. These were used by Tiny Moore and Johnny Gimble on their classic recordings. This is a nice A style with F-shaped sound holes with a carved spruce top, maple back and sides, and the original hot P-90 pickup mounted in the top and a jack in the lower side. 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. Has some tarnish on the tailpiece cover, otherwise looks almost new. Mandolin has just been set up but my luthier so it plays right. It has a nice low action and has the classic Gibson post war EM-150 sound. This model has a good bluegrass and country pedigree for stage and studio use. Comes with the original hard case and one of the hang tags...USD $1750

camera icon 1987 Red Diamond Electric Mandolin
(Serial No. none) I called Don McRostie (Red Diamond Mandolins) and asked about this one. Don is closely associated with Stewart McDonald in Ohio and this was a Stew Mac kit. Don is not exactly your typical kit builder, however, as he is one of the premier mandolin builders in the US. This mandolin features a hollow body, a rock maple neck with 8 strings, a Lawrence blade pickup, pearl logo, Schaller tuners, a McClung armrest, and of course, a premium top quality lacquer finish. Has a volume and tone control in the top. In my opinion the the 8 strings give more of a mandolin shimmer to the sound over the typical single string electric mandolin. Its just been set up so it plays very easy. No issues I can see with this one. Comes with a nice rectangular hardshell case....USD $1750

MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS
camera gif 1960 Martin 5-15T Tenor Guitar
(Serial No. 174079) Excellent well played condition with no cracks. The 5 series Martins are the smallest guitar made by Martin, and they are famous for putting out an astounding amount of sound for their size. Think Marty Robbins. This old warhorse is a prime example. Mahogany back and sides, mahogany top, and a rosewood bridge and fretboard. Decal logo on the peghead and dot fretboard inlay in pearl. Looks to be all original. Neck is straight, frets are good , neck set is good. The finish is starting to check somewhat, which is typical of these all mahogany guitars. Has a 23 inch scale with a 1 3/16 inch nut. Has a big sound and is perfect for either tenor guitar work or it can be tuned as a octave mandolin or ukulele. The typical tenor tuning is CGDA (using 9-13-20-27) but I have this one in GDAE (13-20-30-41) like a mandolin and it works fine. Comes with an old oversized chip case. ....IN THE SHOP

camera gif 1927 Martin 5-21T Tenor Guitar
(Serial No. 33470) Excellent well played condition with no cracks. The 5-21 Martins are famous for putting out an astounding amount of sound for their size and this old warhorse is a prime example. Brazilian rosewood back and sides, Adirondack red spruce top, and an ebony bridge and fretboard. Decal logo on the peghead and slotted squares fretboard inlay in pearl. It has a Brazilian rosewood peghead overlay. 23 inch scale. It's just had its cracked bridge replaced, a neck set, refretted with modern T frets, and a pro setup so it is ready to rock. Looks like it was oversprayed in the distant past. Original end pin and Grover banjo tuner style tuning pegs. The serial number #33470 is on the neck block and the C.F. Martin & Co. stamp is on the back of the peghead. A pre war Martin with a lot of bang for the buck. Has a big sound and is perfect for either tenor guitar work or it can be tuned as a octave mandolin or ukulele. Comes with an old oversized chip case.....USD $2950

camera gif 1927 Martin 028 Guitar
(Serial No. 54652) Excellent condition. These small body rosewood Martins are outstanding for fingerstyle, especially blues and ragtime. Has an Adirondack spruce top, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, ebony fretboard and bridge. Has the advaced scalloped bracing and the original 1 3/4 inch nut. V profile neck. Has the original bar frets. Luthier Harry Eibert in Syracuse recently reset the neck, dressed the frets and reglued the original Brazilian rosewood bridge. He also installed a carbon fiber truss rod on the neck so the guitar will support steel strings. Its currently set up with Santa Cruz low tension steel strings. All original hardware and finish. Has a few small back cracks that have been glued up, and a few minor nicks and dings from a lifetime of playing music. This was no case queen - this ones been out making music! Very comfortable guitar to play, nice low action and has a big sound all out of proportion to the small size. Comes in a modern soft case. ...USD $11,000

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

camera gif 1958 Martin 00-17 Guitar
(Serial No. 159733) Excellent plus condition. Original finish and hardware. Excellent volume and tone. All mahogany body including the top gives these guitars a warm rich sound perfect for blues and fingerstyle. Nut has been changed to bone as is the saddle. 1 11/16 inch nut. Peghead overlay, bridge and and fingerboard are Brazilian rosewood with a gold Martin script logo in the peghead. I suspect the neck was reset at some time in the past as the action is low and easy, the frets are dressed and the guitar is ready to play. Shows some very minor player wear with a few nicks, dings and pickwear, but overall it is a very clean guitar. No repairs. Comes with a older slightly oversize hard shell case. ...USD $4250

camera gif 1945 Martin 00-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 92795) Excellent condition. Great sounding and playing small body guitar. Adirondack spruce top with unscalloped braces, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge - whats not to like? All the good stuff coming to you in a small couch friendly package. Very well balanced guitar with a big open woody sound and strong volume. It would be a fabulous recording guitar. Has the standard 1-11/16 nut. Peghead overlay and fingerboard are Brazilian rosewood with gold Martin script logo. The neck was just reset by luthier Ward Elliott so the action is low with plenty of saddle. There is a repaired area on the lower side that is probably a jack hole repair. Bridge plate is original with the holes plugged and re-drilled professionally. Tuners look to be original. Has an ebony truss rod so its light and responsive. Wartime peghead has no tuner bushings as built. Shows player wear with the usual nicks, dings and pickwear. The top has turned a nice orange. Neck is straight, frets were just dressed and crowned. Strap button added at the heel. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument, as played by local luthier Jerry Ray.Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $5600

camera icon 1970 Martin 00-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 266896) Excellent plus condition. Nicely aged Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides. I think 00/000 size guitars are the best balanced as to sound, and they certainly are comfortable to play on the couch. These are about the size of a classical guitar. This one looks neartly unplayed and has a nice sweet punch to the sound. The rectangular closed back Grover tuners are original and I believe only used on this year. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Has a Martin C shaped neck profile with a standard 1 11/16 nut width. The neck was just reset by luthier Jack Dillen in Asheville, so 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 almost no finish checking and no scratches. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Comes with a period hard case....USD $3100

camera gif 1996 Martin OM-28V Guitar
(Serial No. 588038) Excellent condition. The Martin OM28-V Vintage Reissue guitar is a very close copy of the 1930s guitar. It has a solid Sitka spruce top with herringbone top trim and grained ivoriod binding (top and back), 1 1/4 inch advanced scalloped bracing, 1 3/4 inch nut, 2 5/16 inch bridge spacing, modified V profile neck, Indian rosewood back and sides with a zigzag backstripe, ebony fretboard with slotted diamond inlays, ebony bridge, and open back tuners with butterbean buttons. Has few nicks and dings but nothing major. Frets are good, neck is straight and in set. Excellent instrument for fingerstyle, but it responds well to a flatpick, too. This instrument has just been set up by my luthier and is ready to go. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original very nice velour lined Geib style hardshell case....USD $2750

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 $6950

camera icon 1955 Martin 000-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 1143712) Excellent plus condition. Nicely aged spruce top and 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. This is a beautiful piece of crossgrained 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 $5100

camera icon 1939 Martin 000-21 Guitar
(Serial No. 73492) Excellent condition. These small body rosewood Martins are outstanding for fingerstyle, especially blues and ragtime. Has an Adirondack spruce top, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, ebony fretboard with slotted diamond position markers, and herringbone soundhole rosette. Looks like the bridge is a slightly oversize replacement but it was done correctly using ebony and the long saddle. The bridge plate appears to be original with a maple cap. Has the advanced scalloped bracing and an 1 11/16 inch nut. V profile neck. Hardware and finish appear to be original. Has a few minor nicks and dings from a lifetime of playing music. Very comfortable guitar to play, nice low action and has a big sound all out of proportion to the small size. Comes in a modern Martin hard case....USD $11,000

camera icon 1996 Martin D-16T Guitar
(Serial No. 584026) Excellent condition. It has a satin finish solid Sitka spruce top with herringbone rosette and tortoise binding (top and back), scalloped hybrid ŇA-frameÓ bracing, 1 11/16 inch nut, 2 1/8 inch bridge spacing, low profile neck, solid mahogany back and sides with a herringbone backstripe, rosewood fretboard with slotted diamond inlays, rosewood bridge with pearl diamond inlays, and chrome hardware. Has few nicks and dings and some buckle wear on the back but nothing major. Frets are good, neck is straight and in set. Excellent instrument for fingerstyle, but it responds well to a flatpick, too. This instrument has just been set up by my luthier and is ready to go. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original very nice velour lined Geib style hardshell case. ...USD $1150

camera gif 1962 Martin D-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 185558) Excellent condition. This is what a good bluegrass guitar is all about. Well played old festival warrior D-18 has a Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Shows some playing wear and has a few nicks and dings - this guitar was played a lot because it sounds so good! Tuners are original closed back Klusons. Neck is straight, neck was just reset and a new saddle made by luthier Harry Eibert, and the frets were dressed at that time. Has tortoise pickguard and binding and the small maple bridge plate. 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 $4750

camera gif 1967 Martin D-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 222361) Excellent minus condition. 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 pickguard 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 replaced black standard pickguard but 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 $3450

camera gif 1967 Martin D-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 228250) Excellent structual condition and very good cosmetics. If you are looking for a festival or campground warrior this is your guitar. This is the classic Martin D18 - solid mahogany back and sides and a solid spruce top. Tuners are the correct Grovers marked Patent Applied For. Has a few glued and cleated dryness crack repairs on the sides and there is a back crack repair on the lower back. You can see an odd diagonal mark on the lower back - I think there was some tape there to hold the crack closed, and when it was removed it left a mark. There are some cleats on the inside back as well in this area. Has some fretboard grooves from fingernails. Thats all the bad stuff. The good stuff - the guitar is really strong sounding and will cut a banjo. The neck was just reset, the frets were dressed and the guitar was set up by luthier Jack Dillen in Asheville. Neck is straight, neck set is fine and it plays great with a nice low action. Has the black binding and pickguard. It has the preferred small maple bridge plate and a Brazilian rosewood bridge and fretboard. 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 D18 that will drive your music. Comes with a newer molded hardshell case....USD $2600

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 $3500

camera gif 1971 Martin D-18 Guitar
(Serial No. 276433) Near mint condition, collector clean. This is the classic Martin D18 - solid mahogany back and sides and a solid Sitka spruce top. Looks very clean with just very minor handling dings. Neck is straight, frets are good. The guitar was set up and the neck was reset by luthier Richie Dotson and the action plays nicely. Bridge is untouched. Shows just the slightest bit of finish checking in the back center seam near the endpin. Strap button added at the heel. Fitted with an undersaddle pickup and endpin jack. Has that solid Martin "boom" you need in a good bluegrass guitar. This is a excellent sounding nicely aged D18. Comes with the original blue molded Martin hardshell case just as clean as the guitar. ...USD $3250

camera gif 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 $13500

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. Here is a short video clip here of this guitar played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC. Finish and hardware are original. Comes with the original hardshell case. ...USD $9300

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 $9200

camera gif 1967 Martin D-28 Guitar
(Serial No. 214540) Very clean guitar, excellent repaired condition with only minor playing wear. Has the usual Martin pick guard crack that has been cleated but that's it for repairs. Just back from a neck reset and fret work by luthier Richie Dotson. Old growth figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides, Sitka spruce top, ebony fretboard and bridge, and a standard 1-11/16 inch nut. Original nickle Grover Rotomatic tuners. Neck is straight, frets are good, neck set is good. Nice low action. Has the pocket saddle which makes it easy to add a pickup and the small maple bridge plate, which helps give this guitar that big booming Martin sound. It must have been played as a lefty for a while as it has the shadow of another pick guard on the bass side. Bridge shows the slightest indication it may have been off and on, and there is a very well-repaired heel crack. Its repaired so well I did not see it when I bought the guitar, and I did not find until I used a blacklight. Comes with a newer Martin hardshell case....USD $6800

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GIBSON ACOUSTIC GUITARS

camera icon 1935 Gibson TG-00 Tenor Guitar
(Factory Order No. 139B) Excellent structural condition with some sloppily executed old repairs. This is a very early small body Gibson flat top tenor guitar. It is 14 3/4 inches wide, 23 inch scale, frets are good, neck is straight, and luthier Richie Dotson just reset the neck so it plays very smooth and low, all the way up the neck. It has the very dark small sunbust typical of the early guitars. The tuners are the original style 2 tab Grover banjo tuners but it looks like some Klusons were there at one time. A trapese tailpiece was once installed but is now removed. There are two small side cracks that have been repaired. Unfortunately, the "luthier" used two C clamps on the top and bottom of the guitar to try to squeeze the back crack back together. These left impressions on the top and back. All that sounds bad, but this is a great players guitar with a teriffic sound. Here are two short video clips here and here of this guitar played by Richie. (The clips incorrectly identify this as a TG-50). Comes with a modern soft case....USD $2350

camera icon 1936 Gibson L-00 Guitar
(Factory Order No. ???5B) Looking for a great playing vintage L00 with excellent tone and an affordable price? Here is it. Excellent condition. Factory order number is mostly illegible but you can make out the letter B as the suffix, which indicates a 1936 manufacture date. I also think this is an early guitar based on the size of the top sunburst and the unbound back. Nice guitar with all original finish showing some 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. A small plain piece of pearl has been added to the peghead right under the logo - I have no idea why. A long side crack through the endpin and a few back and short side cracks at the waist have been repaired, 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 endpin hole was drilled for a pickup and the endpin has been replaced with an oversize pin that retains the original appearance. The tuners are the original Kluson tuners with white buttons. They work very well. Frets are good and the neck is straight. Big sound. Perfect for ragtime and fingerstyle playing. All these repairs sound bad, but the guitar is solid and in excellent playing condition with a great vintage tone - all it needs is your fingers on the strings! Comes with a newer hardshell case...USD $3550

camera icon 1937 Gibson L-00 Guitar
(Factory Order No. 123 BC) (Factory Order No. 123BC) Looking for a great playing vintage L00 with excellent tone and an affordable price? Here is it. Excellent condition. Factory order number has the letters BC as the suffix, which indicates a 1937 manufacture date. Its probably an early 1937 as it still has the unbound back. Well-played because it sounds great! Much finish and playing wear - this was not a case queen. All original finish and hardware. Has a mahogany back and sides and a x-braced spruce top with sunburst finish, firestripe guard that follows the body contour, original ebony 1 11/16 inch nut on the chunky v profile neck, small straight bridge, bound top only, and a silkscreened white script Gibson logo in the peghead. No cracks noted. The bridge is Brazilian rosewood but it looks like a accurate reproduction. A few braces were reglued, the frets were dressed, the neck was reset and the guitar was set up by by luthier Richie Dotson here in town. Nice tall saddle to give good tone with nice low playable action. The tuners are the original Kluson tuners with white buttons. They work very well. Frets are good and the neck is straight. Replaced end pin. Big sound. Perfect for ragtime and fingerstyle playing. The guitar is solid and in excellent playing condition with a great vintage tone - all it needs is your fingers on the strings! Comes with a newer hardshell case....$USD $3000

camera icon 1938 Gibson L-00 Guitar
(Factory Order No. illegible) Excellent playing condition with some repairs and playing wear. I'm calling this a 1938 based on the size of the sunburst, the bound back, the wider nut and the earlier fire stripe style pickguard, but it could be as early as 1937 or as late as 1941. The factory order number is faintly legible on the neck block but cannot be read. Nice guitar with all original finish showing some playing wear and a reglued bridge. Has a mahogany back and sides and a x-braced spruce top with sunburst finish, 14 fret body, firestripe guard that follows the body contour, original ebony 1 3/4 inch nut on the chunky v profile neck, small straight bridge, bound top and back, and a silkscreened white script Gibson logo in the peghead. The bridge and few braces were reglued and the guitar was set up by by luthier Jerry Ray here in town. It shows some playing wear on the fretboard and back of the neck, and a bunch of small nicks and dings on the body, but no significant repairs evident. The guitar is all solid and in good structural condition now. The tuners are the original 3 on a plate Klusons with the original white buttons. They work very well. Frets are good and the neck is straight. Its sounds much larger than a small body guitar. Perfect for ragtime and fingerstyle playing. It's in excellent playing condition - all it needs is your fingers on the strings! Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $3750

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

camera icon 1959 Gibson LG0 Guitar
(Serial No. S841324) Excellent condition. Nice all mahogany version of the popular LG series guitars. This is a 1959 so it is much better made and much better sounding than those you remember from the 1960s. It has a minor amount of the typical finish checking and shows some playing and handling wear. No repairs noted. Everything is original. Solid mahogany back, sides and top, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with pearl inlays and a Brazilian rosewood bridge. Has the standard 1950s Gibson nut width of 1 11/16 inch. The Kluson tuners are original and work well. The frets are in good shape and the neck is straight. Nice tall saddle, about 1/8 inch. Has a nice low action as the guitar was set up by luthier Jerry Ray here in Richmond. Comes with a newer hardshell case or the original cardboard alligator print - your choice..... USD $1150

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 $2900

camera icon 1946 Gibson LG-2 Guitar
(Serial Number: none) Excellent example of Gibson's most popular post war small body flat-top guitar model. Has the original sunburst top finish and dark back and sides. Mahogany back and sides and a X-braced spruce top, the small tortoise pattern pickguard, tapered headstock, small rectangle bridge, single bound top and single bound back, and the gold Gibson script peghead logo. It has the larger neck profile of the banner era guitars. The open back strip Kluson tuners are original and work well. No repairs noted. Great sounding guitar with a nice low action, as the guitar was just set up by luthier. Replaced endpin. Completely solid and a great playing and sounding guitar. Comes with the original gator print cardboard case...USD $4200IN THE SHOP

camera icon 1959 Gibson LG2 Guitar
(Serial No. s760925) Excellent restored condition. Well played and structurally sound small body Gibson with more volume and tone than you would expect for the size. It has the typical finish checking and shows some playing wear, as I'm sure this was the go-to guitar for the previous owner. I took this down to a 15 person old time jam here in town and you could still hear this guitar. Everything is original except for the bridge. Sunburst finish, X braced Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with pearl inlays and a Brazilian rosewood bridge. Has the standard 1950s Gibson nut width of 1 11/16 inch. The Kluson tuners are original and work well. The frets are in good shape and the neck is straight. Nice tall saddle, about 1/8 inch. Has a nice low action as the bridge was replaced and the guitar was set up by luthier Jerry Ray here in Richmond. Comes with a newer hardshell case or the original cardboard alligator print - your choice. ...USD $2850

camera icon 1951 Gibson LG3 Guitar
(Serial Number: 7038 17) Excellent condition. The LG3 is the natural top version of the LG2. Mahogany back and sides and a X-braced spruce top, the small tortoise pattern pickguard, tapered headstock, small rectangle bridge, single bound top and single bound back, and the gold Gibson decal peghead logo. The Kluson tuners are reissues but they use the exact same mounting holes as the originals. I think the top may have been lightly oversprayed in the distant past as the finish checking is correct but it black lights a little differently from a known original. The neck has been reset at some time in the past, as the action is very low and comfortable. The gloss on the back of the neck has been dulled with steel wool to give a better playing feel. Great sounding guitar with a sweet tone and good volume. No repairs noted. Completely solid and a great playing and sounding guitar. Comes with a soft shell case that fits well...USD $3750

camera icon 1953 Gibson J45 Guitar
(Serial No. Y4845) Excellent structural condition, just good condition on the cosmetics. If you are looking for world class sound at a bargain price - if you are looking to make music with a guitar, one you can take anywhere and hang in there on the jam with the best of them but not have to worry about maybe banging a mic stand - this is it. This is one of those guitars you just sit down and start playing...and when you finally remember to look back up at the clock, hours have passed. Its been well-played - lots of pickwear. Here is a link to a video of this guitar as played by luthier Richie Dotson. There is something funky going on with the top finish - I don't think its refinished but its been messed with. It looks good on stage. The bridge has been reglued and it has a few small repaired cracks. All this doesn't matter to the sound or playing- its as comfortable as an old pair of boots and sounds like a million bucks. The sound just rolls out of this guitar. It really nails the slope shoulder Gibson midrangy dreadnaught sound. Sunburst top finish, spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and original Brazilian bridge with fixed saddle. The Kluson tuners are original and work well. The frets are in excellent shape and the neck is straight. Nice playable action. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $3950

camera icon 1962 Gibson J45 Guitar
(FON No. 9321 15) Excellent condition. This is one of those easy, smooth playing guitars you start picking and realize hours later you are still playing! Plays nice and easy - its as comfortable as old pair of boots. The sound just rolls out of this guitar. Its been played a fair amount and it is loud, very responsive and open sounding. Its got that slope shoulder Gibson midrangy dreadnaught sound. Excellent for backing up fiddle tunes or singers. Tobacco sunburst finish, spruce top, mahogany back and sides, larger upper point original pickguard, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and original upper belly Brazilian bridge with fixed saddle. Standard 1 11/16 bone nut. The Kluson tuners are originals and they work well. Its just been refretted so the frets and fretboard are in excellent shape and the neck is straight. Braces were reglued as needed. Shows some significant finish checking and lots of nicks, dings and playing wear as would be expected with a well loved guitar, but overall a solid instrument. No cracks, repaired or otherwise, and no structual repairs other than the reglued braces. Apparently "Mitchell" used to own this guitar, as the shadow of letters can still be seen on the top. Comes with a newer hardshell case or the original rather beat brown alligator softshell. . ...USD $4250

camera icon 1957 Gibson J-50 Guitar
(Serial No. U658 26) Excellent condition with some repairs. Excellent sounding guitar - it also really nails the slope shoulder Gibson midrangy dreadnaught sound. Natural finish spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and original Brazilian bridge with fixed saddle. No structural repairs or refinish. The guitar plays very well so I suspect the neck was reset and the neck was refretted, as both the neck set and the frets are perfect. The pickguard is new as it partially covers up some serious pick wear. Tuners are the correct Klusons but are a few years newer than the guitar. Shows some pick wear at the edge of the pick guard and some arm wear where you arm comes over the top. That makes sense; a guitar that sounds this good was played a lot. Big sound, great playability and a good price - what more can you ask for? Comes with the original brown gator print case....USD $5500

camera icon 1945 Gibson Southern Jumbo Banner Guitar
(Order No. 2426-13) Excellent minus condition, original sunburst finish showing playing wear. I'm guessing a bit on the year, but its either a 1944 or a 1945. Original banner peghead wartime Gibson. This is a tremendous guitar - the sound just rolls out of it. The more you dig in, the more the guitar gives back. The sound is very full, rich and well balanced. These are the most sought after of the slope shoulder Gibsons, and for good reason. A lot of players like the big beefy neck in these Banners. Has mahogany back and sides, tapered headstock, double parallelogram fingerboard inlay, multiple ply binding, 2 piece spruce top, and the small pickguard and bridge. Nut is 1 3/4 inch, saddle spacing is 2 1/8 inch. Excellent playing guitar as the neck was just reset and partially refretted by luthier Harry Eibert in NY. Its an exceptional sounding guitar as well with the powerful yet sweet tone you only get from these early Banners. Action from the fingerboard is 5/32 on the bass side and 3/32 on the treble, right where it should be. The neck is an original three piece laminate, and there is a repair to a crack on one side only of the heel. It was repaired completely by Harry when the neck was out for the reset. Big sound and a very scarce guitar. It is over 60 years old - who knows what stories it could tell. Its just a great old Gibson. Comes with an old probably original hardshell case...USD $10500

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

camera icon 1955 Gibson J-160E Guitar
(Serial No. W1727-29) Excellent condition. This was the model that John Lennon owned and played. It was also used by George Harrison and features on several famous Beatles recordings including Please Please Me, A Hard Days Night and many more throughout the 60s. Has a dark sunburst finish, one P-90 type pickup with endpin jack, laminated spruce top, mahogany back and sides, 20 frets, rosewood fretboard and bridge, 1 & 11/16 inches wide at the nut,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 $5500

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. The only issue I see is some slight finish lifting where the tuners rings were screwed down too tight at the factory. Looks like the endpin was drilled for a pickup jack, but the guitar currently has an endpin fitted. Good low action. 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 $10750

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

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

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

camera icon 2005 James Burkett Slope Shoulder BRW Dreadnaught
(Serial No. 022) Near mint condition. James Burkett of Dothan Alabama has been repairing and rebuilding old Gibsons for years. When he put his considerable talents to building new guitars the results were outstanding. This is a close copy of a late 1930s Gibson J35 with the 2 scalloped tone bar bracing, a bear claw Sitka spruce top, and a highly figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides sourced from John Arnold. Has the firestripe pickguard and gold open back Gotoh tuners with butter bean tuners. The nut is 1 11/16 inch, neck profile is similar to a 1930s J35. The guitar has a custom peghead inlay and has the Burkette label inside. The heel cap and all body and neck binding is Koa wood. Very big sounding guitar with the drive of an exceptional Sitka top backed by Brazilian rosewood. Just set up by my luthier. This is a powerhouse of a dreadnaught. Comes with a Breedlove hard case....USD $3750

camera icon 2013 Collings CJ41 SB Guitar
(Serial No. 588038) Mint condition - the guitar looks unplayed. The CJ is the Collings version of the classic slope-shouldered dreadnaught. While the CJ is similar in width and depth to the traditional dreadnought, it has a distinctly different tone. Made with Indian rosewood back and sides, sitka top, pre-war style scalloped Adirondack spruce bracing, no tongue brace, chevron backstrip, 1 11/16 inch nut, 25.5 inch scale length, ebony fretboard with pearl dots, Waverly open back tuners with butterbean shape buttons, haircut peghead with the pearl florish inlay, fully bound body, neck and peghead, and gold hardware. The beautiful sunburst top finish is set off with abolone pearl binding and soundhole rosette. Strap button added at the heel. This instrument has just been set up by my luthier and is ready to go. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original very nice Collings hardshell case..USD $3250

camera icon 2010 D.L. Wilson D18 Guitar
(Serial No. 36) A wonderful handmade Thirties inspired D-18 from veteran builder Don Wilson in the Wayne Henderson shop on the Crooked Road in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. Don doesn't take orders for guitars and he builds just a small number each year. He builds what he wants in small batches, then sells them to whoever is patient, persistent or lucky enough to catch him at the right time. His guitars are probably the most underrated small builder instruments out there. Don also has quite an impressive cache of tone wood to pick from for his builds. This particular D-18 is #36 finished in 2010 and has a beautiful set of Cuban Mahogany with an Adirondack top, pearl logo, ebony fretboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle, and Waverly tuners. Has a 1 11/16 inch nut and a nice full neck profile - it feels like my 39 D18. And all of Don's guitars are constructed with hide glue and include a bone nut and saddle. Every piece of this guitar was hand crafted by Don with the exception of the tuners. Currently set up for bluegrass it has a tight well focused attack and a rich low end without any overpowering boominess. Strap button has been fitted to the heel. This guitar has the dry woody tone you look for in an old Martin. This is a very clean guitar with no issues - no nicks or dings or fret wear. Comes with a nice Martin hard case.....USD $3500

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

camera icon 1975 Guild F112 Guitar
(Serial No. 114898) Excellent condition. Guild pretty much sets the standard for 12 string guitars, and this model is one of the better sounding ones from one of the best eras for Guild. This is the desirable smaller body size, a little smaller than a dreadnaught and a slightly different shape. Built in the Westerly, RI plant. Has a 15-1/4 inch lower bout, all solid woods with mahogany back and sides and solid 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. Action is low and comfortable. No breaks or cracks. Has the original open geared tuners. Original finish and hardware. Has a few nicks and dings but overall a very clean guitar. Has that big, shimmery sound Guild 12s are know for. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $1100

camera icon 1998 Lynch Dreadnaught Guitar
(Serial No. 7) Excellent condition showing some honest playing wear. C.R. "Ray" Lynch builds guitars in North Carolina. This is his take on a traditional D28 style guitar. Has a Sika top, Indian rosewood back and sides, herringtone top trim, Grover tuners, and ebony fretboard and bridge. Its more of a slope shoulder body shape than a traditional Martin square shoulder. Has a 1 3/4 inch nut and a very comfortable neck profile. Big booming bluegrass sound. If you are lookinf for a big dreadnaught that sounds great to drive your band and want something just a little different you have found your guitar. Has some picking wear as shown, which make sense as this is a guitar to play, not a case queen. Just gone through and set up by my luthier so it plays like butter. Comes with the original hard shell case....USD $1750

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

camera icon 2000 Taylor 810CE Guitar
(Serial No. 20001111132) Excellent minus condition showing some minor pick wear and a few dings. Excellent guitar for those pickers looking for the power of the classic rosewood/spruce dreadnaught. Higher grade Taylor with a premium Sitka spruce top, quartersawn Indian rosewood back and sides, soft Venetian cutaway, ebony fingerboard and bridge, abalone rosette, pearl progressive diamond inlay on fingerboard, and gold hardware. Neck is the wide flat profile with a 1 3/4 inch nut with low action for comfortable playing. Has the Fishman Expression pickup system which has the slider controls in the side and an endpin jack. This has been a working guitar playing hundreds of gigs so it shows some honest wear. There's a ding in the lower bass side of the top, some finish checking as it was used in Montana, and some odd scratches on the top near the pickguard. Neck is straight, frets are fine, and the sound is exceptional either plugged in or strictly acoustic. Good sustain and overtones, great projection, well balanced, and a lot of punch - this guitar has some power. The tone and volume have been played into this one. Comes with the original Taylor hardshell case....USD $1600

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ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC ARCHTOP AND SEMI-HOLLOW GUITARS
camera icon 1964 Epiphone Zenith Guitar
(Serial No. 167003) Looking for cool, reasonably priced archtop to try out those jazz chords? Here is a mid 1960s Epiphone archtop, made by Gibson. Sunburst finish, 16-3/8 inch non-cutaway archtop body with F holes, dark finished solid maple back and sides, solid spruce top, rosewood fretboard with oval pearl markers, pearl logo and peghead inlay, reproduction Kluson style tuners with metal buttons, and trapeze tailpiece. The bridge and the pickguard are likely replacements. There are some seam repairs at the top and bottom edges of the back, and the usual nicks and dings of an instrument used to play music for 50 years. Just set up by luthier Jerry Ray so it has a nice playable action with a good jazz cut to the sound. Its a fun guitar to play. Comes with a cardboard case....USD $1000

camera icon 2008 Heritage Golden Eagle
(Serial No.Y20908) Excellent condition, made in USA. Heritage was founded in the old Gibson factory, and this guitar shows that the archtop magic is still in Kalamazoo. Beautiful blonde 17 inch archtop with a cutaway, fully bound, highly flamed solid maple back, sides and neck, carved solid spruce top, ebony fretboard with a 1 11/16 inch nut, ebony bridge, pearl cloud fretboard inlays, truss rod cover and peghead inlay and logo, 25.5 inch scale, gold hardware including the Grover Imperial tuners, and a matching maple bound pickguard with a volume control mounted. The neck was custom ordered with a big beefy 1950s style Gibson neck. Frets are good, the neck is straight and the neck set is fine. The original floating pickup is in the case. A Fralin Noiseless P-90 was fitted into the body at the bridge position. Has both the original body mounted output jack (not used) and an endpin jack. Has a punchy, vibrant and loud tone. It nails the jazz sound you are looking for. Could probably double as a rockabilly guitar if you add a tone control. Very clean guitar - shows almost no playing wear. Comes with the original Heritage hardshell case. Consigned....USD $3350

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

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

camera icon 1957 Gibson L7C Archtop Guitar
(Serial No. A22740) Excellent condition, sunburst finish. 17 inch body with a carved solid spruce top, carved maple back, sides and neck, bound 25 1/2 inch scale Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with split parallelogram pearl inlay, top is triple bound, pearl logo and crown peghead inlay. All hardware and finish is original. The original pickguard was cut out and drilled for a pickup in the distant past. Excellent action and playability, with a sweet, wide open voice and looks to match. My luthier just set this up "old school" with flat wounds. One tuner is slightly bent but it works fine. There is a well repaired top crack on the bass side, also shows some finish checking all over, especially near the endpin. Comes with the original brown hardshell case....USD $4250

TENOR GUITARS
camera icon 1935 Gibson TG-00 Tenor Guitar
(Factory Order No. 139B) Excellent structural condition with some sloppily executed old repairs. This is a very early small body Gibson flat top tenor guitar. It is 14 3/4 inches wide, 23 inch scale, frets are good, neck is straight, and luthier Richie Dotson just reset the neck so it plays very smooth and low, all the way up the neck. It has the very dark small sunbust typical of the early guitars. The tuners are the original style 2 tab Grover banjo tuners but it looks like some Klusons were there at one time. A trapese tailpiece was once installed but is now removed. There are two small side cracks that have been repaired. Unfortunately, the "luthier" used two C clamps on the top and bottom of the guitar to try to squeeze the back crack back together. These left impressions on the top and back. All that sounds bad, but this is a great players guitar with a teriffic sound. Here are two short video clips here and here of this guitar played by Richie. (The clips incorrectly identify this as a TG-50). Comes with a modern soft case....USD $2350

camera gif 1960 Martin 5-15T Tenor Guitar
(Serial No. 174079) Excellent well played condition with no cracks. The 5 series Martins are the smallest guitar made by Martin, and they are famous for putting out an astounding amount of sound for their size. Think Marty Robbins. This old warhorse is a prime example. Mahogany back and sides, mahogany top, and a rosewood bridge and fretboard. Decal logo on the peghead and dot fretboard inlay in pearl. Looks to be all original. Neck is straight, frets are good, neck set is good. The finish is starting to check somewhat, which is typical of these all mahogany guitars. Has a 23 inch scale with a 1 3/16 inch nut. Has a big sound and is perfect for either tenor guitar work or it can be tuned as a octave mandolin or ukulele. The typical tenor tuning is CGDA (using 9-13-20-27) but I have this one in GDAE (13-20-30-41) like a mandolin and it works fine. Comes with an old oversized chip case. ....IN THE SHOP

camera gif 1927 Martin 5-21T Tenor Guitar
(Serial No. 33470) Excellent well played condition with no cracks. The 5-21 Martins are famous for putting out an astounding amount of sound for their size and this old warhorse is a prime example. Brazilian rosewood back and sides, Adirondack red spruce top, and an ebony bridge and fretboard. Decal logo on the peghead and slotted squares fretboard inlay in pearl. It has a Brazilian rosewood peghead overlay. It's just had its cracked bridge replaced, a neck set, refretted with modern T frets, and a pro setup so it is ready to rock. Looks like it was oversprayed in the distant past. Original end pin and Grover banjo tuner style tuning pegs. The serial number #33470 is on the neck block and the C.F. Martin & Co. stamp is on the back of the peghead. A pre war Martin with a lot of bang for the buck. Has a big sound and is perfect for either tenor guitar work or it can be tuned as a octave mandolin or ukulele. Comes with an old oversized chip case.....USD $2300

UKULELES, BANJOS, TIPLES, AND OTHER ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS

camera gif 1924 Martin T-18 Tiple
(Serial No. 21312) Think of a tiple as an ukelele on steroids with 10 steel strings. If you have never heard swing jazz on a tiple you are missing a treat! Natural lacquer finish, Adirondack spruce top, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard and koa bridge, original ebony nut. No peghead decal as Martin did not use decals until the 30s but it does have the Martin stamp on the back of the peghead. While not well remembered now, numerous small African-American string-swing ensembles of the 1930's and '40's made extensive use of these small but loud instruments for fast melody work and rhythmic strumming. Two of the best known were the Spirits Of Rhythm (featuring guitarist Teddy Bunn) and Cats and the Fiddle, where Tiny Grimes got his professional start. Overall length is 27 1/2 inches, and the nut is 1 1/2 inches. Has the typical nicks and dings of a well played instrument. No structural repairs noted. I just had the neck professionally reset so it plays like a dream. It has the original early style koa wood bridge. Neck is straight, frets are fine. Plays well and has a good ringing sound. Here is a short video clip here of this tiple played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC. Comes with the original hard shell case. ....USD $1900 ON HOLD for EJ in the UK

STEELS AND RESONATOR INSTRUMENTS
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camera icon   1942 National New Yorker Lap Steel
(Serial No. 4212G) Stairstep Art Deco style wooden body, metal fretboard with Roman numeral position markers, volume and tone controls, hot pickup with a wooden armrest on top, attached jack cord. All original, hardware and electronics work well. Comes with the original tweed hardshell case....USD $725

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

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

camera icon   1935 National Style N Mandolin
(Serial No. 302) Early Style N with triangular body, single resonator and 14 frets clear of the body. Has flat F holes and a round neck with a bound rosewood fretboard. Shows some playing wear on the cover plate and a few nicks and dents, but nothing major. Original hardware and finish. Typical with Nationals, the neck has some bow in it and would need a reset to play up the neck in standard. But that not what you want this for - its very cool just like it is for slide work, especially slide blues. Think Sam Bush. Sam plays slide mandolin - check out his sound to see all the possibilities. Very loud with a unique sound. Comes with a slide and a Travelite style foam hard case. Consigned. ..USD $1500

camera icon   1985 OMI Dobro Model 60D-S Guitar
(Serial No. 2000) Excellent near mint condition. OMI period production. This is the classic square neck Dobro with the slotted peghead, trapeze tailpiece, two tone sunburst finish, upper screen holes, bound top and back, and three holes at the end of the fretboard. Set up for Dobro style playing with a high nut. Laminated mahogany body, chrome hardware, original cone. Comes with a nice hardshell case including a strap, picks, and capo for Dobros...USD $1100

camera icon   1931 National Triolian Guitar
(Serial No. 1415P Patent Applied For) Blues approved! Excellent condition cosmetically, excellent condition soundwise. Has most of the original yellow brown finish with the Hawaiian scene silkscreened on the back. Early 12 fret body, original neck with slot peghead and flat f-holes. The fretboard is in good condition and the back of the neck still retains some of the original paint. Original cone and hardware. The front of the peghead has the National Triolian decal and the serial number stamp is on the end. No repairs evident. Neck is straight, neck and fingerboard have some wear, neck set is good. The guitar has the sound you are looking for in a metal body. Comes with a newer hard shell case...USD $3500

camera icon   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, parallelogram fretboard inlay, and the original cone. Has the chicken foot 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. Pick guard is a modern reproduction. The neck was reset and the guitar set up by my luthier Harry Eibert. Plays perfectly with the sound you are looking for in a prewar National. There are the remains of a American flag decal on the back of the guitar. This could be removed, but I thought it looked pretty cool so I left it. Comes with a newer hardshell case. ....USD $6500 ON HOLD for MS in LA

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ELECTRIC SOLIDBODY GUITARS AND AMPS

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

camera icon   1966 Fender Jaguar Guitar
(Serial No. 142468) Near mint condition. Nice early 66 Jaguar in custom color Candy Apple Red, with a matching headstock and transition logo. Only a few small chips keep it from mint. Has pearl dots with binding on the fretboard. This is a great looking and great playing 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, the mute and the case. The pickups are well matched and balance each other. Comes with a clean original logo hard case in excellent condition...USD $4850

camera icon   1989 Fender USA Stratocaster
(Serial No. E907303) Excellent condition. Finished in the somewhat uncommon Graffiti Yellow (now only a Custom Shop color) with the maple fretboard. All original finish, hardware and electronics. Shows a few nicks and dings from being played but overall it a very clean guitar. Juts restrung and set up by my luthier so it plays very easy. Good bite from the standard Fender pickups. Weighs 7lbs 15 oz. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $1200

camera icon   1989 Fender USA Stratocaster
(Serial No. E930685) Excellent near mint condition. Finshed in the same pewter color as the Clapton stratocaster. Maple fretboard. All original finish, hardware and electronics. Made in the USA. Shows a very few minor nicks and dings from being played but overall it a very clean guitar. Just restrung and set up by my luthier so it plays very easy. Good bite from the standard Fender pickups. Weighs 7lbs 15 oz. Fitted with Straplocks. Comes with the original hardshell case....USD $1000

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

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

camera icon   2005 Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitar
(Serial No. CS52463) Excellent plus condition. From the Custom Shop and stamped on the back of the peghead, but missing the certificate. Great playing and sounding Les Paul custom 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 (someone used pliers to adjust the bridge wheels) 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   2001 Les Paul Studio Plus Guitar
(Serial No. 01661624) Near mint with a few very minor nicks from playing. Translucent red finish, solid unbound mahogany body (standard weight - not chambered) with an AA flamed maple top, mahogany neck with a rounded 1959 profile, 22 fret fretboard with pearloid trapezoid inlays, gold hardware, two huge-sounding humbucking pickups with hot Alnico magnets - a 490R in the neck position and a 498T in the bridge position with volume and tone controls for both, and a 3-way pickup selector switch. When you're talking about a Les Paul, you're talking about that big, fat, smokey humbucker sound. Just set up by my luthier so it plays like butter. Comes with a Gator hard shell case....USD $1100

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

camera icon   1994 Rickenbacker 360 Guitar
(Serial No. K77225) Excellent condition, original finish, hardware and electronics. Features Fire-Glo finish, semi-hollowbody with a very playable slim neck, and a comfortable, all-around contoured body. The body is carved from a single piece of maple with a contoured top and fitted with a solid back with binding. Neck is maple with dual truss rods and a rosewood fretboard with triangle inlays. Two single-coil Rickenbacker Hi Gain pickups deliver an output range from clean tones to biting overdrive. Has a split level pickguard and Rickenbacker R trapeze tailpiece. Has the Rick-o-Sound feature that allows stereo use into two amps. Just set up by my luthier so it plays like butter. It's in excellent playing condition - all it needs is your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original hardshell case....USD $1800

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FENDER NECK PLATES
camera icon   1959 Fender Neck Plate Number 40135
..USD $300

camera icon   1965 Fender Neck Plate Number 111454
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camera icon   1966 Fender Neck Plate Number 146182
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camera icon   1966 Fender Neck Plate Number 137758
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MUSICAL BONES
camera icon   Black Bart Bones
New. These are traditional cow rib bones made by Black Bart in Wisconsin. Bart boils, polishes and engraves the bones and ties them together with a leather thong. Heavier bones give a deeper sound and are good for jigs. All pairs of bones are approximately 6 inches long. Please click the link above to see the sets available. Sorry, no international shipping...USD $40/set(pair)

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

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

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

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

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

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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