MANDOLIN WORLD HEADQUARTERS, INC.

MANDOLINS, GUITARS, AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS
FOR SALE OR TRADE


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

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

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

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

E-mail to:1939d18@gmail.com

We are honored to do business with Japan

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

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Sale/Trade List - Updated April 18, 2021
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IN TRANSIT OR IN THE SHOP:
No further details are available on these. I do not price instruments until they are ready for sale. Please keep watching the page for the listing!

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

    GIBSON MANDOLINS AND RELATED

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

    camera icon  1913 Gibson A Mandolin
    (Serial No. 15689) Excellent condition. Nice sounding and playing session mandolin. Natural finish top that has aged to pumpkin color. The back and sides have been refinished to natural. No peghead logo as per factory, top bound only with unbound back, and it has the original Gibson label inside. Hardware is original, top finish is original. A new luthier built one piece bridge has been fitted, and it works perfectly. Shows typical playing wear and a few small nicks and dings. No repairs noted. Big open woody round hole sound. Just set up by luthier Marty Beeson. Comes with a newer hardshell case.....USD $1500ON HOLD for BS in CAN

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

    camera icon  1914 Gibson A4 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 16217 FON 1936) Excellent plus condition. The A4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson. Very clean mandolin, only showing a little playing wear where the arm comes over the top, and on the back of the neck. Original finish with black top and a reddish back and sides, all solid woods with a two piece birch back and sides, spruce top, pearl logo and fleur di lise in the peghead, original hardware including the inlaid Handel tuners, bound top and back, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. Fitted with 1920s era adustable Gibson bridge, which was a common upgrade. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle and frets are good. No structural repairs and only a few of the usual nicks and dings. Excellent for Celtic or old time or jazz or classical. Comes with a nice original hardshell case......USD $3250

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

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

    camera icon  1937 Gibson A50 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 1992F-21) Nice original wide body mandolin. Has an original sunburst finish, highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, ebony fingerboard with Lucas style inlays and the "thick" pearl peghead Gibson logo and fleur-di-lise. Has the original tailpiece cover but is missing the pickguard, however the pickguard mounting hardware is in the case. Tuners are correct type Klusons but are a little later wartime era with riveted gears. Looks like it might have had Grover tuners on it at one time. At 14 1/2 inches, these are the longest scale mandolins ever made by Gibson. Frets and neck set are good and the mandolin was and set up by luthier Jerry Ray. Plays like silk and has a good chop. These were used extensively in bluegrass as they were more affordable than the F5 but still pretty fancy. Comes with a newer hardshell case that fits well...USD $2150

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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? A couple of small top cracks were professionally repaired, one at the treble cutaway and one at the lower treble point. Has good strong volume, and a big woody round tone. Neck is straight, neck angle is good and the frets show very little wear. Here is a short video clip of this instrument. Comes with the original green lined hardshell case....USD $4400

    camera icon  1922 Gibson F4 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 70515) Excellent condition. True red sunburst finish. This is a nice Loar era instrument. It is a transition model; it has the truss rod and original adjustable bridge, but retains the clamp style pickguard mount. Note that the truss rod access was cut right through the peghead inlay. Gibson did not waste anything - they had peghead overlays already prepared and just used up the existing stock. The nice thing is you get the best of both eras - the slightly wider neck of the non-truss rodded instrument, but with all of the Loar era improvements. Has a wonderful flamed birch 2 piece back and Adirondack spruce top. This is a exceptionally good sounding F4 with that wonderful woody round hole Gibson tone, and it plays beautifully. No repairs or refinish evident. It does show a little playing wear as seen in the pictures, but that is because it sounds so good, pickers played it! This was not a case queen. Excellent for Celtic, jazz, classical, or old-time music. Comes with an original early 20s Gibson green lined hard shell case. ...USD $7500

    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 $6000

    camera gif  2002 Gibson F9 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 20529090) Excellent condition showing some honest playing wear. Original hardware and finish Uniform brown lacquer with a satin finish. These are made by Gibson USA but with a thinner finish and lighter weight than the F5L. That contributes to the sound. This is the "no frills" F5 style scroll mandolin for Gibson, but it still has all the design features that give the F5 its legendary tone, including a hand-fitted dovetail neck joint, maple neck, sides and back, solid Sitka spruce top, tone bar bracing, and a hand-tuned tone chamber. Has the traditional Loar style flat unbound ebony fretboard with a V profile neck and a 1 inch bone nut. Pearl logo in the peghead. Body is top bound only in black. No pickguard as made by Gibson, which resulted in some pickwear near the treble F hole. You can see that the sound was played into this one - the finish is worn off the back of the neck in the upper positions. Very good sounding mandolin with good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. The F9 has the rep of giving all that great classic Gibson tone without the high price of their fancier cousins. Comes with the original shaped hardshell case...USD $3450

    camera gif  2002 Gibson F9 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 20709010) Excellent condition. Original hardware and finish Uniform brown lacquer with a satin finish. These are made by Gibson USA but with a thinner finish and lighter weight than the F5L. That contributes to the sound. This is the "no frills" F5 style scroll mandolin for Gibson, but it still has all the design features that give the F5 its legendary tone, including a hand-fitted dovetail neck joint, maple neck, sides and back, solid Sitka spruce top, tone bar bracing, and a hand-tuned tone chamber. Has the traditional Loar style flat unbound ebony fretboard with a V profile neck and a traditional 1 inch bone nut. Pearl logo in the peghead. Body is top bound only in black. No pickguard as made by Gibson. Very good sounding mandolin with good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. Comes with the original shaped hardshell case....USD $3450

    camera gif  2004 Gibson F9 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 40622060) Excellent condition showing some honest playing wear. Original hardware and finish Uniform brown lacquer with a satin finish. These are made by Gibson USA but with a thinner finish and lighter weight than the F5L. That contributes to the sound. This is the "no frills" F5 style scroll mandolin for Gibson, but it still has all the design features that give the F5 its legendary tone, including a hand-fitted dovetail neck joint, maple neck, sides and back, solid Sitka spruce top, tone bar bracing, and a hand-tuned tone chamber. Has a nice flamey maple back which is unusual for the F9 series. Has the traditional Loar style flat unbound ebony fretboard with a V profile neck and a traditional 1 inch bone nut. Pearl logo in the peghead. Body is top bound only in black. No pickguard as made by Gibson. Very good sounding mandolin with good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. Comes with the original shaped hardshell case. ...USD $3450

    MANDOLAS, OCTAVE MANDOLINS, MANDOCELLOS, CITTERNS, AND BOUZOUKIS
    camera icon  1917 Gibson K1 Mandocello
    (Serial No. 936045 FON 3506) Excellent condition. The Gibson Mandocello is one of the great under-appreciated instruments of the early 20th century. Originally designed for the 1910s mandolin orchestra, these imposing beasts never found another home in any other style of music despite being wonderful and unique-sounding instruments to play. Double-strung and originally tuned in fifths starting with a C below the low E on the guitar, the mandocello has an imposing tone and deep resonance unlike any other fretted instrument. The late Stan Jay described it as "the voice of singing whales". This particular instrument is tuned GDAE and is intended to be played as an octave mandolin. It could of course be restrung and tuned CGDA. This example is a wonderful sounding instrument and is set-up well with excellent action and playability. An invisible carbon fiber truss rod was added in the neck under the fretboard to ensure the neck will never bow. The top shows some minor sinkage under the bridge, typical of these instruments. The neck angle and bridge height are perfect, with a nice low action. All finish and hardware is original. Other than the addition of the truss rod, no repairs noted. Scale length is 24 3/4 inch and the nut width is 1 9/16 inch. Just set up by my luthier Richie Dotson. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. Comes with the original hardshell case which is in nice condition....USD $3950

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    FLATIRON MANDOLINS AND RELATED

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

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

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    RATLIFF MANDOLINS

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

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    OTHER MANDOLINS AND RELATED

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

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

    camera icon1917 Martin Style 6 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 5729) Excellent condition. This was next to the top of the line for Martin bowlback mandolins. Has fluted Brazilian rosewood ribs seperated by very thin pearl inlay, abalone trimmed top and soundhole, ivory trimmed cap, engraved plate rear mount tuners with Handel buttons. Looks like a small repair to the open arch at the top of the peghead, otherwise no repairs are noted. Stamped Martin on the back of the peghead. Original ivory bridge. All original finish and hardware. Neck set is good - this is a very playable mandolin. Comes with the original shaped case......USD $3300

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

    camera icon 1932 Martin Style C Mandolin
    (Serial No. 15376) Excellent condition with minor playing wear. Martin made 5 grades of flatback mandolins, from A to E. The Style A and Style B mandolins are easily found, but the higher grades are more difficult to locate, with Style C being the middle grade. Its a early Style C with the colored wood marquetry top binding, Adirondack spruce top with beautifully grained Brazilian rosewood back and sides, a bound ebony fingerboard with slotted diamond inlays, and an abalone pearl soundhole rosette. Good neck and frets, plays nice with a low action but still has plenty of volume. No cracks or repairs. Great for old-time, Celtic, or jazz. Nice tortoiseshell pickguard. All original finish and hardware, with inset tuners and no tuner bushings as made. Martin stamp and serial number on the back strip inside the mandolin. Original tuners and engraved tailpiece cover. Comes with a older but probably not original hardshell case.....USD $2450

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

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

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

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

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    ELECTRIC MANDOLINS

    For a brief discussion of Tiny Moore, Johnny Gimble and the Gibson EM-150 mandolin click here!

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    MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS
    camera gif 1934 Martin 017 Guitar
    (Serial No. 55127) Excellent condition showing some minor playing wear and a small top crack. These small body Martins are great for blues. This has a mahogany back, sides, and top, and ebony bridge and fretboard. This is the later version of the 017 with the 14 fret body and a solid peghead, but it still has the V-shaped mahogany neck with ebony rod, scalloped bracing, and the larger neck of the 1930s guitars with a 24.9 inch scale and a 1 3/4 inch nut. No decal on the peghead as built, but it does have the Martin stamp on the back of the the peghead and inside the guitar. Also has the original bar frets, pickguard and and the ebony nut. All original finish. There is a small 2 inch top crack at the lower edge of the treble side on the top, but it has been professionally repaired and should pose no issues in the future.The tuners are original Grover G-93s with the oval nickle buttons. Plays like butter and has a huge sound all out of proportion to the small size. Comes in a newer hardshell case......USD $in the shop

    camera gif 1965 Martin 00-21NY Guitar
    (Serial No. 203881) The Martin 00-21NY is as close as the 1960's Martin company got to making a 1920's guitar. The "folk boom" of the late '50's made the old-style 12-fret slotted peghead Martins fashionable among discerning traditional players, and several "New York" models were added to the line from 1962-1970. These were named to honor both the Martin company's original roots in that city and the strength and influence of the contemporary Greenwich Village folk scene. The blank fingerboard, satin lacquer finish, smaller rectangular bridge, and lack of a pickguard certainly gives it a more vintage vibe, but rest assured these models were intended for steel strings and work well with light gauge bronze. That doesn't mean this one wouldn't sound good with silk & steel strings, however, which would make for even easier string action, and it's very easy with the light gauge steel strings that are on it now. The tuners look like the Stew Mac exact replicas. Has a 1 7/8 inch nut. The nut, bridge (reglued) and bridge pins, and finish are all original. Nice Brazilian rosewood back and sides with a Sitka spruce top. No repairs or cracks. It does show some playing wear, with some fretboard divots in the positions near the nut and some pick wear at the edge of the soundhole. Nice low action well suited to fingerstyle playing. It has a bigger sound than is typical of a 00-21, with a lot more bass response. Comes with the original green lined hardshell case.....USD $5950

    camera gif 1932 Martin OM28 Guitar
    (Serial No. 57968) Beautiful restored condition. This guitar has a great story. I bought it from the family of the original owner about 10 years ago at a guitar show. The finish was stripped off the back, and top was painted with varnish with a paint brush! I sent the guitar to luthier Steve Kovacik in NY, who did all of the mechanical work (set the neck, dress the frets, etc). He then gave the guitar to the luthier Dave LaPlante, who French polished the entire guitar. French polish is hand applied varnish. If you are going to have the guitar refinished, its best to have it done by someone who knows what they are doing. The guitar has no structural repairs other than the normal maintainence noted. The is the original Martin that inspires the current builders. It has the smaller 000 Martin body size but the 25.4 inch dreadnaught scale length, which gives it more sustain than those with a shorter scale. Back and sides are old growth Brazilian rosewood, top and brances are Adirondack red spruce, original tuners, nut is 1 3/4 inch width. As the neck was just reset, the action is perfect. Comes with a white Calton hardshell case......USD $39500

    camera gif 1939 Martin D-18 Guitar
    (Serial Number 72829) Excellent condition. This is the classic Gibson dreadnaught with mahogany back and sides, Adirondack red spruce top, rosewood fretboard and bridge, and an 1 11/16 nut. No cracks noted. The entire guitar was lightly oversprayed at some time in the past. I have owned this guitar 30 years so it was before that. The top has aged nicely and collected a few light scratches, minor pickwear and moderate checking. No capo marks on the neck and just the slightest sign of divots in the fretboard. Action is fine, the neck has been reset so the set is good, the saddle is tall and the frets are in excellent condition. The tone is warm, woody, and open. Comes with a nice newer Martin hard shell case......USD $29,500

    camera icon 1951 Martin D-18 Guitar
    (Serial No. 119563) Excellent condition. This is what a good bluegrass guitar is all about. Martin D-18s are our favorite guitars on the planet. This one is LOUD and and POWERFUL. This very clean D-18 has a bearclaw Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a dark Brazilian rosewood fretboard. Original finish, factory double pick guards, and original bridge/bridge plate. Has a new bone saddle. Tuners are reissue aged Klusons. Has some pickwear on the top, several small scratches, three small repaired dryness cracks in the back and side, the usual nicks and dings, but overall a very clean guitar. Neck is straight and the frets were dressed. The guitar is taper braced and retains the original tucked bridge plate. The guitar has the typical chunky neck that these early 50s D18s are known for. It has the dry woody sound you only get from a 70+ year old mahogany guitar, with that huge Martin boom on the bottom end. I suspect the neck has been set at some time in the past, as the action is perfect and the sound is jaw dropping. Comes with a newer Martin hard case......USD $6250

    camera icon 2007 Martin D18GE Golden Era Guitar
    (Serial No. 1209740) Near mint condition, looks nearly unplayed. This is what a good bluegrass guitar is all about. Martin D-18s are our favorite guitars on the planet. This one is LOUD and and POWERFUL. After 1999 the Golden Era build was based on a 1934 D-18. This very clean guitar has an Adirondack spruce top with advanced scalloped bracing, mahogany back and sides, modified V neck profile with a standard taper, ebony belly bridge with 2 5/16 inch spacing and long through saddle, an ebony fretboard with 1 3/4 inch width at the nut, old style 18 abalone fret markers, and open back Waverly tuners. No repairs or refinish and no strap button. Thunderous power and tone when played with a pick, great definition when played finger style. Nice action with plenty of room to adjust to your personal playing preference. Very well cared for guitar. Comes with the original case with the D'Addario humidipack humidifier included. This is an extremely nice instrument.......USD $3250 ON HOLD for JJ in KS

    camera icon 1960 Martin D28 Guitar
    (Serial No. 172032) Excellent condition. This is an outstanding bluegrass guitar with all the punch you expect in a older Martin. Nicely aged Sitka spruce top and highly figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Bought from the family of the original owner. I was told this guitar and the owner were always right in the middle of the action in Central Park NYC in the 1960s. Every hippie who came to the park would wind up playing this guitar. No cracks or crack repairs - not even a guard crack. Has the standard 1 11/16 inch nut and an ebony fingerboard and bridge. Rosewood peghead overlay with gold Martin script. Plays easy with low action, neck set is fine, frets are good, neck is straight, 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, including the Pat Pending Grover tuners. Strap button added at the heel. Comes with a green lined original hardshell case...USD $9250

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

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    GIBSON ACOUSTIC GUITARS

    camera icon 1938 Gibson J-35 Guitar
    (Factory Order Number 830D) Excellent condition, sunburst finish. The J-35 was Gibson's answer to the Martin D-18 during the years 1937-1941. The Spann book dates this factory order number to 1939. Has a sloped shoulder dreadnought body with mahogany back and sides, Adirondack spruce top, maple bridge plate, original rosewood bridge and fretboard, and that cool fire stripe guard. Has the unscalloped three tone bar bracing. Original Kluson tuners. Both the tuners and the order number on the back of the peghead identify the guitar as prewar. Has a big neck with a rounded V profile but not as big as a Banner. Nut is 1-3/4 inch. No cracks noted. The top has aged nicely and collected a few light scratches, minor pickwear and moderate checking. No capo marks on the neck and just the slightest sign of divots in the fretboard. Action is fine, the neck has been reset so the set is good, the saddle is tall and the frets are in excellent condition. The tone is warm, woody, and open. Comes with a nice hard shell case. ..USD $14,500

    camera icon 1939 Gibson J-35 Guitar
    (Factory Order Number EG-6043) Excellent condition, blonde finish. The J-35 was Gibson's answer to the Martin D-18 during the years 1937-1941. The Gruhn book dates this factory order number to 1939. Has a sloped shoulder dreadnought body with mahogany back and sides, Adirondack spruce top, maple bridge plate, original rosewood bridge and fretboard, and that cool fire stripe guard. I think The guitar went back to the factory sometime in the late 40s or early 50s, as it has a decal logo instead of the usual white script, and a pickguard of the same era. It does have J-35 bracing, with the three unscalloped tone bar bracing. Original Kluson tuners. Both the tuners and the order number on the back of the peghead identify the guitar as prewar. Has a big neck with a rounded V profile but not as big as a Banner. Nut is 1-11/16 inch. No cracks noted. The top has aged nicely and collected a few light scratches, minor pickwear and moderate checking. No capo marks on the neck and just the slightest sign of divots in the fretboard. Action is fine, the neck has been reset so the set is good, the saddle is tall and the frets are in excellent condition. The tone is warm, woody, and open. Here is a short video clip of this instrument. Comes with a nice hard shell case..USD $14,500

    camera icon 1939 Gibson J-35 Guitar
    (Factory Order Number EB-6145) Excellent condition, blonde finish. The J-35 was Gibson's answer to the Martin D-18 during the years 1937-1941. The Gruhn book dates this factory order number to 1939. Has a sloped shoulder dreadnought body with mahogany back and sides, Adirondack spruce top, maple bridge plate, original rosewood bridge and fretboard, and that cool fire stripe guard. I think The guitar went back to the factory sometime in the late 40s or early 50s, as it has a decal logo instead of the usual white script, and a pickguard of the same era. It does have J-35 bracing with three unscalloped tone bar bracing. Original Kluson tuners. Both the tuners and the order number on the back of the peghead identify the guitar as prewar. Has a big neck with a rounded V profile but not as big as a Banner. Nut is 1-11/16 inch. No cracks noted. The top has aged nicely and collected a few light scratches, minor pickwear and moderate checking. No capo marks on the neck and just the slightest sign of divots in the fretboard. Action is fine, the neck has been reset so the set is good, the saddle is tall and the frets are in excellent condition. The tone is warm, woody, and open. Comes with a nice hard shell case..USD $14,500

    camera icon 1941 Gibson J-35 Guitar
    (Factory Order Number 3225G) Excellent condition, sunburst finish. The J-35 was Gibson's answer to the Martin D-18 during the years 1937-1941. The Gruhn book dates this factory order number to 1939. Has a sloped shoulder dreadnought body with mahogany back and sides, Adirondack spruce top, maple bridge plate, original rosewood bridge and fretboard, and that cool fire stripe guard. Has the two unscalloped tone bar bracing. Original Kluson tuners. Both the tuners and the order number on the back of the peghead identify the guitar as prewar. Has a big neck with a rounded V profile but not as big as a Banner. Nut is 1-11/16 inch. No cracks noted. The top has aged nicely and collected a few light scratches, minor pickwear and moderate checking. No capo marks on the neck and just the slightest sign of divots in the fretboard. Action is fine, the neck has been reset so the set is good, the saddle is tall and the frets are in excellent condition. The tone is warm, woody, and open. Comes with a nice hard shell case..USD $14,500

    camera icon 1952 Gibson J45 Guitar
    (FON 7858-16) Made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, upper belly bridge, Brazilian rosewood fretboard, firestripe pickguard, and original Kluson tuners. There is no serial number. It has a factory order number of 7858 which is too late for the Spann book, but it does not have the letter code order number with started in 1952. This style Kluson tuner was only used from 1951-52, hence the date. This is the classic early 1950s J-45 slope shoulder dreadnaught. These early 1950s Gibson Jumbos are generally great sounding instruments, with a big, warm sound that will cut through the mix when pushed. The mahogany neck has a big round '50s shape that has plenty of heft while still being shy of the massive profiles seen in the 40s. The original nut measures 1 11/16" in width and the headstock has the original gold silkscreen Gibson logo. The guitar has the original Kluson no-line tuning machines (with replaced buttons) which still turn smoothly. It also has an original firestripe pickguard. The neck was just reset, the frets dressed and a few braces reglued by luthier Jack Dillen in Ashville. It is a guitar that can deliver a burly growl when you dig in and a surprising amount of top end sparkle for fingerpicking. There are no structural repairs but it does show the usual nicks and dings of an instrument used to make music. Frets are good, neck set is fine and it has good volume with a nice low action. Comes with a newer hard shell case. ...USD $6500

    camera icon 1957 Gibson J-50 Guitar
    (Serial No. U658 26) Excellent condition with some pickwear. Excellent sounding guitar - it also really nails the slope shoulder Gibson midrangy dreadnaught sound. Natural finish spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and original Brazilian bridge with fixed saddle. No structural repairs or refinish. The guitar plays very well so I suspect the neck was reset and the neck was refretted, as both the neck set and the frets are perfect. The pickguard is new as it partially covers up some serious pick wear. Tuners are the correct Klusons but are a few years newer than the guitar. Shows some pick wear at the edge of the pick guard and some arm wear where you arm comes over the top. That makes sense; a guitar that sounds this good was played a lot. Big sound, great playability and a good price - what more can you ask for? Here is a short video clip of this guitar played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield, VA.Comes with the original brown gator print case....USD $6250

    camera icon 1960 Gibson Country Western Guitar
    (Serial No. R692012) Excellent plus condition. The Country Western is the same guitar as the Southerner Jumbo but with a natural top. There are no structural repairs. The back and sides are mahogany, the top is solid Sitka spruce, bracing is tall and thin (similar to early Hummingbirds), fretboard is Brazilian rosewood with slotted parallelogram inlays in pearl, and the bridge is rosewood with a straight saddle. The Gibson logo and crown in the peghead are pearl. Neck is straight, frets are good. Finish and hardware are original. The action is nice and low, as the neck was just recently reset by luthier Jack Dillen. Shows almost no playing wear. This is a excellent sounding, nicely aged Gibson. Comes with the original brown hardshell case with a pink interior....USD $6850

    camera icon 1967 Gibson Heritage Guitar
    (Serial No. 905781) Near mint condition with a few small marks that show it was actually used to make music. This is a one owner guitar. The Gibson Heritage is definitely one of the sleepers of the Gibson line. This is an early guitar, with solid Brazilian rosewood back and sides, tortoise binding and a Sitka spruce top. Later guitars had laminated sides. Fretboard is ebony with the 1 9/16 inch nut that Gibson was using at that time. Neck is straight, neck set is good and the frets look almost unplayed. Has the original nickle Grover Rotomatic tuners. Nice original tortoise pickguard and multi ring soundhole rosette. Has the original upper belly ebony bridge. The adjustable saddle has been upgraded to a ceramic insert, which I believe gives a much better tone than the original ebony saddle. The guitar has a fabulous, true vintage vibe to it & produces a really warm, rich tone with good volume, making it a lot of fun to play. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played. Comes with the original hard shell case......USD $3000

    ] camera icon 1966 Gibson J-200 Guitar
    (Serial No. 408532) Excellent condition. Nashville Skyline...that describes this guitar perfectly. Its the same year and model as played by Dylan on one of his most famous recordings. Very clean condition - all original finish and hardware. Flamed maple back and sides, three piece neck, beautiful sunburst finish, engraved pickguard, and mustache bridge with the Tune-o-Matic bridge. I bought this with the intention of replacing the Tune-O-Matic (Dylan's guitar had the Tune-O-Matic replaced with a straight saddle), but after playing it, I decided the sound was wonderful and to just leave it alone. You be the judge. Here is a link to a YouTube video of this instrument as played by luthier Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC. The J-200 series consistently has very strong projection and good sustain. The bottom end is bold yet balanced across the range with a smokey tone. Very satisfying with a real bite tonally if pushed with a flatpick. These are professional grade guitars. At this level, Gibson didn't mess about with inferior anything. A great guitar from the golden era of Gibson's past..one of Townes Van Zandt's favorites. Excellent strong sounding guitar with the sound you are looking for, and an excellent response all across the strings and up and down the neck. The action is easy and low. Comes with the original Gibson hardshell case......USD $7750

    camera icon 1916 Gibson Style 0 Artist Guitar
    (Serial No. 31892_fon3201) I always wanted one of these guitars so I finally bought one. Alas, I'm not an archtop player. Orville Gibson invented the archtop guitar in the 1890s, and the company that bore his name went on to lead the development and refinement of the archtop as it is known today. Before the more familiar look of the L-5 and its descendants dominated the archtop world, the oval-holed Style 0 - introduced in 1903 - was Gibson's leading archtop. The elaborate scrolled upper horn and flat cutaway appeared by about 1907, but the Gibson logo wasn't added to the headstock until after 1916. The Style 0 was rumored to be one Big Bill Broonzy's favorite guitars. This absolutely amazing guitar is 16 1/4 inch wide, 3 3/8 inch deep, with a one piece carved spruce top with oval sound hole with ornate 'marquetry' rosette. Two piece mahogany back and sides. Two piece mahogany neck with ebony center strip and neck joint at the 15th fret. Super thick profile neck with a fat nut width of just under 1 3/4 inches and a scale length of 24 1/2 inches. Single-bound ebony fretboard with 20 original thin frets, inlaid pearl dot position markers and black dot side-markers. Single binding on the top and the back. Black-faced headstock with single binding and and abalone and pearl fleur-di-lise inlay. Black faced back of headstock with three-per side, open-back strip tuners with oval ivory buttons. Raised celluloid pickguard secured to the side of the body with an adjustable metal bracket. It has a wooden bridge. Most of these are missing the original impossible to replace tailpiece. This has the original celluloid tailpiece with six bridge pins and trapeze tailpiece. There is a minor repair in the middle of the back which is noticable if you look closely. This is a unique instrument both in looks and its big sound. Frets are good, neck set is good and finish and parts are original. Comes with the original five-latch, shaped black hardshell case with padded purple velvet lining.......USD $8250

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

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

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

    camera icon 2005 Collings C10G Custom Deep Body Guitar
    (Serial No. 10735) Near mint condition, anything that looks like a flaw is likely a reflection. Beautiful guitar with a German spruce top, pre-war style scalloped X bracing, dreadnaught depth body, tiger stripe pickguard, grained ivoriod rosette and binding, mahogany back and sides, and an ebony fretboard with a 1 11/16 inch nut, 25.5 inch scale and an ebony bridge with 2 3/16 inch string spacing. Has a medium-fat C shaped neck profile, and nickle Schaller tuners with ebony buttons. The Custom refers to the German spruce top, the ebony belly bridge, and the dreadnaught body depth. Also has the unbound "haircut" headstock with a pearl logo. Fitted with an endpin jack and an internal pickup. Strap button added at the heel and the guitar is fitted with an internal pickup and endpin jack. Big sound from this guitar. This is a smaller body guitar with a deep body for stellar projection. The sound is all Collings, with beautiful overtones along with bright mids & trebles & very surprisingly pronounced bass. The dreadnaught depth give more punch to the sound, and the German spruce top is a little sweeter and brighter than Sitka or Adirondack. Comes with the original Collings hardshell case.USD $4250

    camera icon 2004 Collings D2HA Guitar
    (Serial No. 9961) Excellent plus condition. Dreadnaught body size with dark chocolate straight grain Indian rosewood back and sides, Adirondack red spruce top, herringbone top trim, ebony fret board and bridge, Waverly tuners, and a V profile neck with a 1-3/4 inch nut width. Collings makes some of the finest acoustic guitars produced today. This is workhorse of the Collings line. Just set up so it has a nice low action with lots of saddle to lower the action if desired. Has a big powerful bluegrass sound with a solid botton end to anchor the band. The fit, finish, sound and playability is superior. Fitted with a K and K Pure internal pickup and an endpin jack. The guitar is very clean and looks almost unplayed - the previous owner had a heavy hand with a pick, and there are a few minor pick marks and dings. Thw wear looks about like what you would get if the guitar was hung in a guitar store for a while. No repairs or structural issues. Comes with the original Collings TKL hardshell case.USD $3950

    camera icon 1966 Conde Hermandos Guitar
    (Serial No. none)This flamenco guitar was made in Madrid, Spain by the nephew of the master luthier Domingo Esteso in the famous workshop at Atocha 53. This workshop was owned by Julio Conde. Lots of great performers have been in this workshop. For example, Paco de Lucia, Melchor de Marchena, Nino Ricardo, Cepero, Pepe Habichuela, and so many others. This flamenco guitar is built with superior quality woods, impossible to obtain nowadays. The top is German spruce with perfect veining - straight, uniform and very marked over its entire surface. The original owner intended to play this guitar as a classical, so it was custom ordered without the tapping plates. The back and sides are cypress wood, with an outstanding quality and beauty. Fretboard is ebony with a 660mm scale length. Saddle and nut are bone, and look to be original to the guitar. The finish is the traditional orange lacquer. Great player, with excellent tone. It has a basic string set on it, to check setup and action, and to give it back some fresh life. A discriminating buyer of this grade of guitar will probably have a string preference, and will likely wish to re-string with their preferred brand. But as it is, it sounds great, with great response, excellent bass, and a nice even tone across and up-and-down the fretboard. Nice low comfortable action. The condition of the guitar is excellent, without any cracks or repairs. Comes with a nice hard case.USD $2750

    camera icon 1973 Ferguson Model D Guitar
    (Serial #011) Dreadnaught guitar built by the Ren Ferguson Co. in 1973. Ren is known as the luthier who built many of the custom shop Gibson acoustic guitars. This is shown on the label as a Style 450 Model D and serial number 011. It was built by Joseph J Fallman (?-cannot read the last name), built while Ren has his own shop before Gibson. The guitar has Brazilian rosewood back and sides and a heavily bearclawed and tight grained spruce top. Tuners are marked Guild but appear original to the guitar. Nut is 1 11/16 inch and the neck is a comfortable D profile, sort of a V neck flattened on the bottom. There are several dryness cracks in the back that have been repaired. The original finish has some challenges - it appears to have worn off in some unusual places. The neck has just been reset and the guitar set up by luthier Jack Dillen in Ashville. USD $4250

    camera icon 2001 Goodall Rosewood Standard Guitar
    (Serial No. RS2651) Very clean guitar. The Standard series, with its graceful curving lines, is a larger bodied guitar with a clarity that is uncanny! The amazingly rich, powerful bass and midrange is matched to a brilliant treble and shimmering harmonic overtones. Arguably the most balanced guitar available from Goodall Guitars, James feels that the Standard model is the crowning achievement of his luthierie career. With approximately the same proportions as the ever popular dreadnought shape, the resemblance stops with the size. More than one musician has commented that "this guitar makes others sound like they are stuffed full of cotton." Very responsive guitar that works well for either flatpicking and strumming. The tone is warm, rich, and effortless. Comes with the original hardshell case...USD $3950

    camera icon 1970s Gurian JR Guitar
    (Serial No. C1235) Excellent condition showing some typical playing wear. Here is one of American luthier Michael Gurian's J-R Jumbo Rosewood models made in the mid 1970's in Hinsdale, New Hampshire. Although he called it a jumbo, it is not as large as a Gibson J-200 but is instead more akin to a jumbo OM with the top being 15.5 inches across the lower bout. Gurian got his start building classical guitars and even though this is a steel-string guitar, it has a lot of classical elements such as the slightly rounder, less squared-off body, a plain fretboard and wooden binding. Has a Sitka spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides. The binding is maple and a fine rope-pattern purfling borders the top. The rosette features a herringbone center and wooden outer rings. Scale length measures 25.6 inch, nut width is 1-5/8 inch, and the neck has a comfortably asymmetrical rounded profile. Gurian guitars sound really good and they play very nicely. This example was obviously well loved and played and would be perfect instrument for someone looking for a robust but well-mannered fingerpicking guitar. The guitar is clean throughout and in excellent structural and cosmetic condition with a fast playing neck typical of Gurians. The tone of the guitar is deep, warm and rosewood mature revealing the clarity of each note. Gurians are rare high quality acoustics that have been played by pros like Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Pierre Bensusan and of course many others. As a side benefit, Gurians have the best label ever inside! It reads *Gurian Workshops, Earth, third planet from the Sun*. Comes with the original blue lined hardshell case....USD $2250 ON HOLD for BA

    camera icon 1996 Jeff Henry LJ (Little Jumbo) Guitar
    (Serial No. 028) Excellent condition. Jeff Henry is the head luthier at Maple Street Guitars out of Atlanta, and has been building acoustic guitars since 1994. Even with this relatively early build, he figured out how to get the sound out of the wood. The LJ is a midsized guitar that responds well to fingerpicking and flatpicking. It has the sustain and presence expected from a lightly built instrument and responds well to the touch. It is a pleasure to play up and down the fretboard. Its about the size of a 000 Martin but shaped like a small jumbo. The back and sides are mahogany, the top is solid Sitka spruce, binding is tortoise, the nut on the rosewood fretboard is 1 11/16 inch, and the bridge is rosewood with a straight saddle. Fitted with an internal pickup and endpin jack. Strap buttom added at the heel. Pearl logo. Neck is straight, frets are good. Finish and hardware are original. There are no structural repairs. The action is nice and low. Shows minor playing wear but nothing significant. Comes with the original hardshell case.....USD $1450

    camera icon 2019 Kevin Kopp Nick Lucas 13 Guitar
    (Serial Number 0142919) Mint nearly unplayed condition. I took this in trade from a picker who bought it new, and the guitar literally has 8 hours playing time. It is essentially new and mint. The Nick Lucas by luthier Kevin Kopp is the flagship instrument in his line. Specializing in old world, Gibson-style acoustic guitars, Kevin has not only worked with the most experienced Gibson luthiers on the planet, he is also inspired them. A one-man operation from start to finish, Kevins eye for detail and ear for tone is literally unmatched. The tone of this one is old, loud, and extremely full sounding, like a seasoned vintage guitar, not new. I can only imagine what it will be like in 5-10 years. It is 1-3/4 inch nut width on the ebony fretboard, scale length is 24.5 inches, the bridge string width is 2-1/4 inch pin to pin. It is all hide glue construction with Adirondack red spruce braces, a 14 5/8 inch wide Gibson L series body shape, 13 fret neck joint, 4 5/8 inch body depth, Sitka top with curley maple back and sides, hand-rubbed sunburst finish (.004 inch thick), traditional Nick Lucas fretboard and fleur-de-li peghead inlays. Here is a short video clip of this guitar played by Ed Hyp of Allegheny Valley Guitars. Comes with the original TKL hard case.....USD $4600

    camera icon 1973 Mossman Great Plains Custom Guitar
    (Serial No. 73-252) My first "real" guitar was a Mossman. I still think they are outstanding guitars. Excellent condition with old growth straight grain Brazilian rosewood back and beautifully figured Brazilian sides (all sourced from Martin, as evidenced by the zipper backstripe), solid Sitka spruce top, ebony fingerboard with pearl dots, gold Grover tuners that appear original to the guitar, and an ebony bridge. Built pre-fire in the Winfield, KS shop (the Mossman factory had a devastating fire in 1975 which destoyed the companys considerable stash of Brazilian rosewood), 1 and 11/16 nut, low profile neck, ivoroid binding, B/W/B purfling and that GREAT strong Mossman sound, very good condition overall, and signed on the label by all the craftsmen that worked on it. Finish and hardware is all original with no repairs noted. Shows some minor finish checking. Stu Mossman was a builder 20 years ahead of his time, with some early innovations: bolt on neck, low profile necks, mortoise and tenon neck joints, and an attention to quality that was not prevelant in other American guitar factories in the early 70s  which many regard as the dark years for certain American brands. Mossmans were hand built, very high quality guitars. Excellent action and playability, as the neck was just reset and the guitar was set up by Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box LLC in Chesterfield VA. Here is a video clip of this guitar as played by Richie. This is an exceeding rare, excellent condition US made bluegrass guitar with outstanding of volume and tone. Why play the same thing everyone else has? Comes with a very clean blue lined original hard case......USD $8900

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

    camera icon 2002 Santa Cruz D-12 Guitar
    (Serial No. 3947) Very clean guitar. The Santa Cruz Guitar Company was one of the earliest boutique guitar builders. Richard Hoover started building guitars around 1968, when information on the topic was hard to find. By 1976, Hoover, along with William Davis and Bruce Ross, started the Santa Cruz Guitar Company to offer custom instruments to players who weren’t getting the quality or type of instruments they needed. The Model D 12-fret was originally built by Santa Cruz for Norman Blake. The 12-fret neck moves the bridge closer to the center of the vibrating surface, increasing power and responsiveness. The top, bracing and large 4.25 inch sound hole deliver presence throughout the instrument’s range. This has a spruce top, mahogany back and sides and ebony bridge, herringbone top binding, mahogany neck with unbound ebony fingerboard and slotted peghead, ebony peghead overlay with mother of pearl Santa Cruz logo inlaid, 25.375 inch scale length and 1.75 inch nut width. It also has nickel plated Waverly tuners, a bone nut and bone saddle. There is very little playing wear - anything that looks like an imperfection is likely a photo error. There is not even a strap buttton at the heel. Very powerful 12 fret dreadnaught that will work well for bluegrass, but will play other music equally well. Good neck set, neck is straight, frets are fine. Comes with the original hard case....USD $3750

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

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

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

    UKULELES, BANJOS, TIPLES, AND OTHER ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS

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

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

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

    camera icon   1930-33 National Duolian Guitar
    (Serial No. C3720 pat pending) Blues approved! Excellent condition. Its hard to date Nationals exactly. This one is in the 1930-1933 time frame due to the features. Has the original cool grey/green Duco crystal finish on the top and sides, and the back has been painted grey to match the undercoat on the top. Has the 12 fret body, original neck, slot peghead and the pre-1933 flat f-holes. The tuners are modern Stewart-Macdonald reproductions, which work fine; the rest of the hardware is original. The fretboard is in good condition. Its been refretted and the neck was reset at that time. I have not had the instrument apart but I was told by the seller that the cone is original. The front of the peghead is stamped National Duolian and the serial number stamp is on the end. No repairs noted. Strap button added at the heel. Neck is straight, neck set is excellent, and the guitar has the sound you are looking for in a metal body. It plays very nicely - it was set up by luthier Jerry Ray. Comes with a newer hard shell case. ...USD $3750

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

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    ELECTRIC GUITARS, BASSES, AND AMPS

    camera icon   1959 Gretsch 6120 Guitar
    (Serial Number #29395) Excellent condition. All original hardware and finish. Very clean guitar showing normal playing wear, primarily to the gold plating on the tuner buttons and pickup covers. Bright Cowboy orange finish with a maple top, back and side. This is the third genration 6120 per the Jay Scott book, as it has the zero fret, the Patent Applied For Filter Tron picks, the etched pickup mounting rings, and the Bigsby B-6 nickle-plated vibrato tailpiece. All electronics, finish and hardware are original. Original neck set with no evident binding rot. Single cutaway, horseshoe peghead logo, single mute with knob on the lower bout, real F holes, original signpost pickguard, unengraved thumbprint fretboard inlays, bone nut, original metal bar bridge, arrow G knobs, and two FilterTron pickups stamped Patent Applied For with etched gold surrounds. Serial number is stamped on the label inside. Plays nice, sounds killer. No buckle or neck wear, or any real playing wear - this one was taken care of. Plays and sounds great with that classic Gretsch sound that seems to only come with these original ones. Here is a short video clip of this instrument. Comes with the original white case with the Western motif tooled leather trim and the Gretsch certificate and OK card....USD $9500

    TUNERS AND BUTTONS
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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
    ...USD $300

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    LUTHIER SPECIALS

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

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