MANDOLIN WORLD HEADQUARTERS, INC.

MANDOLINS, GUITARS, AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS
FOR SALE OR TRADE

Are you looking for a vintage Martin guitar or Gibson guitar, a fine Gibson mandolin, or a good upright Kay bass? Perhaps other brands of vintage mandolins are your interest. I have a liking for small shop builders for both mandolins and guitars as well as the better known brands. We often have a Flatiron mandolin, Collings mandolin, or a Ratliff mandolin in stock, and occasionally a Summit, Nugget, Monteleone, and even a 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.
805 East Bloomingdale Ave.
Suite 600
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

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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 November 30, 2022
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IN TRANSIT OR IN THE SHOP:
No further details are available on these. I do not price instruments until they are ready for sale. Please keep watching the page for the listing!

GIBSON F HOLE MANDOLINS:
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OTHER BLUEGRASS MANDOLINS:
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GIBSON OVAL SOUND HOLE MANDOLINS:
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MANDOLAS, OCTAVE MANDOLINS, MANDOCELLOS AND BOUZOUKIS: 
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OTHER MANDOLINS: 
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MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS: 
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GIBSON ACOUSTIC GUITARS: 
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MOSSMAN ACOUSTIC GUITARS: 
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OTHER FINE ACOUSTIC GUITARS:  
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TENOR GUITARS:
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ELECTRIC SOLIDBODY GUITARS:
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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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  • Mark Leaf Dreadnaught Case Excellent condition, silver with a blue interior ON HOLD
  • 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

    camera icon  1916 Gibson A1 Mandolin
    (Serial # 30373 FON 3105) Excellent condition. Pumpkin top finish with dark back and sides. Has the pearl logo in the peghead, top bound only, unbound fingerboard, original Gibson label inside. All finish and hardware is original, including the unique bridge used in 1916. Shows very little pick wear, neck is straight, frets are fine. No repairs or refinish noted. Just set up by luthier Marty Beeson so it plays nice and easy with good volume and tone. Excellent for Celtic, old time and jazz. Comes with the original hard case.......USD $2250

    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 $2750

    camera icon  1920s Gibson A3 Mandolin
    (Serial Number ??949) Bought from the family of the original owner. Excellent structural condition, with the white top finish. Norman Blake has a video out where he uses one. Plays very easy and has strong volume with a very balanced sound - this would be a good session instrument. Excellent for Celtic, jazz, classical, or old-time music. These oval hole mandolins are my favorite for sitting around and picking fiddle tunes. Neck is straight, neck set is good, and the frets are fine. The body finish is original. Shows the typical wear of an100 year old instrument used the make music, espcially on the top edge where your arm comes over, and wear under the pickguard. I suspect the pickguard was left off when it was played, and just reinstalled when it was sold. Although the camera flash shows the top as white, it has aged to a beautiful ivory color. All hardware is original incluing the hard to find original white pickguard. No repairs noted. Nice low action as the mandolin was just set up. Comes with a nice original hardshell case.......USD $2950

    camera icon  1907 Gibson A4 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 6351) Excellent condition. Nice sounding and playing session mandolin. Black top finish and a darker reddish brown back and sides. Has the fleur-di-lise peghead inlay as well as The Gibson logo, both in pearl. It has the original Gibson label inside. Hardware is original including the inlaid pickguard and the Handel tuners. Bridge and fretboard are ebony. Has a flat fretboard with the typical 1 1/8 paddle peghead nut width. 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 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 $3150

    camera icon  1914 Gibson A4 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 17511 FON 2044) Excellent condition. The A4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson. This one is really clean. Original finish with black top and a reddish back and sides, all solid woods with a two piece birch back and sides, spruce top, pearl logo and fleur di lise in the peghead, original hardware including the inlaid Handel tuners, bound top and back, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. Fitted with a new Richie Dotson replica Loar adjustable bridge. Frets were just dressed and the mandolin set up by luthier Marty Beeson. Nice big woody sound from this mandolin with good bass! Neck is straight, neck angle and frets are good. No structural repairs and only a few of the usual nicks and dings. Excellent for Celtic or old time or jazz or classical. Comes with the original hardshell case.....USD $3150

    camera icon  1917 Gibson A4 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 32984 FON 3285) Excellent condition. The A4 was the top of the line A style mandolin for Gibson in 1917. It has the true red sunburst top finish and reddish back and sides, pearl peghead inlay and logo, bound top and back, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension. The hardware and finish are original, including the inlaid Handel tuner buttons, which were last used in 1917. 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 jazz, Celtic or old-time music. Original hardshell case included......USD $3450

    camera icon  1936 Kalamazoo KM21 Mandolin
    (FON: 539 B 44) Excellent condition. Kalamazoo was the budget or student line for Gibson. Note that the instruments were made by Gibson in house. This mandolin has mahogany back and sides, an Adirondack (red) spruce top, and a flat rosewood fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut and a 13 7/8 inch scale. The neck is straight and in set, and the frets were just dressed and still have plenty of life left. It is top bound only. It has a woody and pretty tone with strength through the upper midrange and fat treble string response. Rounded V neck profile, 100% original, including finish, frets, nut, tuners, bridge, and tailpiece. Here is a link to a video clip of this mandolin as played by Joe Donahue of Wesley Chapel, FL and another link to a video clip by Nathan Beaumont of Brandon. Comes with a case......USD $1350

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

    camera icon  1939 Gibson A1 Mandolin
    (Serial No. EG-4397) Very clean mandolin bought from the family of the original owner. Original sunburst finish and hardware, Adirondack spruce top with F holes, dark stained nicely figured maple back, sides and neck, white script silkscreened "Gibson" peghead logo, clamshell tailpiece cover. Ebony bridge and tailpiece. It does not have a back brace, so according to book it is an A1. These were used a lot in bluegrass as not everyone could afford a F5. Nice playing and sounding instrument with no issues. Just set up by my luthier. Frets are fine, neck is straight. Good strong bluegrass sound with a woody chop. For a short video clip of this mandolin played by Nathan Beaumont click here.Very loud mandolin - excellent volume. Comes with a nice clean original soft case.....USD $2150

    camera icon  1940s Kalamazoo KM22 Mandolin
    (Serial number: none) Excellent condition. Kalamazoo was the budget or student line for Gibson. Note that the instruments were made by Gibson in house. This mandolin has mahogany back and sides, an Adirondack (red) spruce top, and a flat rosewood fretboard with a 1 1/8 inch nut and a 13 7/8 inch scale. The neck is straight and in set, and the frets were just dressed and still have plenty of life left. Fully bound on the body, neck, peghead and pickguard. It has a woody and punchy tone with strength through the upper midrange and fat treble string response. Rounded V neck profile, completely original, including finish, frets, nut, tuners, bridge, and tailpiece. Comes with a case......USD $1250

    camera icon 1940 Gibson A50 Mandolin
    (FON 246 27) Original sunburst finish and hardware, Adirondack spruce top with F holes, dark stained nicely flamed maple back, sides and neck, white script silkscreened "Gibson" peghead logo, clamshell tailpiece cover. Very cool translucent amber plastic tuner buttons. These were used a lot in bluegrass as not everyone could afford a F5. Nice playing and sounding instrument with no issues. Frets are fine, neck is straight. You can see just a little bit of crazing beginning in the original pickguard, but this has been stablized to prevent spreading. Good strong bluegrass sound with good tone and volume and a nice woody chop. Comes with a hard shell case......USD $2150

    camera icon 1917 Gibson F2 Mandolin
    (Serial Number: 36888 FON 9173) Excellent condition. This 1917 Gibson F2 apparently went back to Gibson in the 1930's. The serial number and factory order number date the mandolin to a build date of 1917. Back then, if you needed work done on your instrument (refret, for example) you sent it back to the factory. Gibson replaced the peghead veneer with one with a straight logo, an adjustable bridge was fitted, a truss rod was added, and a new label with the old serial number and the model name rubber stamped on the label (Gibson used a rubber stamp for the model name on the label in the 1930s onward), and a shaped hardshell case with a pink interior was added. I suppose Gibson could have just replaced the neck on the mandolin, but if they did so it cannot be seen. This is an excellent mandolin upgraded by Gibson to have all of the Loar improvements. The F2 was the next to the top of the line mandolin for Gibson. It has a true red sunburst, spectacular flamy woods on the sides and back, pearl logo, bound top, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension, truss rod in the neck, and an original adjustable bridge. The differences in a F2 and a F4 are cosmetic - the F2 has an unbound back, fingerboard and peghead, and simpler peghead inlay. The build is the same and it has the same sound - just less cosmetic trim. The action is good and the sound is excellent. BIG tone and volume! Nice woody sound from this mandolin with good bass. Neck is straight, neck angle is good and the frets show very little wear. There is some picking wear evident on the mandolin but no structural repairs. Finish and hardware are original Gibson. For a short video clip of this mandolin played by Nathan Beaumont click here. Gibson scroll mandolins are hot right now and getting very hard to find, and prices are continuing to rise every year. Comes with the hardshell case....USD $5950

    camera icon  1923 Gibson F2 Mandolin
    (Serial Number: 74819 FON 11903) Excellent minus condition. This is one of the best oval hole mandolins ever made by Gibson - a Loar era truss rod F2. The F2 was the next to the top of the line mandolin for Gibson. It has a true red sunburst, spectacular flamy woods on the sides and back, pearl logo, bound top, and a bound ebony fingerboard with treble extension, truss rod in the neck, and the original adjustable bridge. The differences in a F2 and a F4 are cosmetic - the F2 has an unbound back, fingerboard and peghead, and simpler peghead inlay. The build is the same and it has the same sound - just less cosmetic trim. The action is good and the sound is excellent. BIG tone and volume! Nice woody sound from this mandolin with good bass. Neck is straight, neck angle is good and the frets show very little wear. There is some picking wear evident on the mandolin but no structural repairs. Finish and hardware are original. Loar era scroll mandolins are hot right now and getting very hard to find, and prices are continuing to rise every year. Comes with the original green lined hardshell case....USD $6950

    camera icon  1965 Gibson F12 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 326223) Excellent condition, cherry sunburst finish. The F12 was intended to be the plainer version of the F5, but this one is still the classic Gibson scroll mandolin. It has all the good stuff - long neck, f-holes, elevated fingerboard, flamed maple back and sides, solid spruce top, bound rosewood fingerboard, gold hardware, and the pearl Gibson logo. Frets are fine, neck is straight and the neck set is good. The only difference from the F5 of the period is the unbound peghead, single ply body binding, a simpler peghead logo, no treble extension, and the neck is mahogany instead of maple. That's it - and the price, of course. Action is great - easy and low. Original finish and hardware. Shows some expected finish checking and the usual small nicks and dings of mandolin used to make music for over 50 years. Click here for a video clip and click again here for a second video clip of this mandolin. Comes with the original Gibson rectangular case......USD $3950

    camera icon 1969 Gibson A5 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 562920) Gibson has used A5 as a designation for numerous styles of mandolins. This is the style known as a Two Point. This is the same style mandolin as played by the great Jethro Burns. Has an original cherry sunburst finish, highly flamed maple back, sides and neck, ebony fingerboard dot inlays and the pearl peghead Gibson logo and crown. Has the original tailpiece cover and pickguard. Tuners are correct Klusons. Frets and neck set are good and the mandolin was and set up by my luthier. Plays like silk and has a good chop. Here is a video clip of this mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont. Must have been knocked into a mic stand as the peghead ear was knocked off and reglued, and there is a nick in the back of the peghead. Comes with the original rectangular hardshell case.....USD $2950

    camera icon 1974 Gibson A12 mandolin
    (Serial No. 962933) Excellent condition. Original hardware and finish. This cool and unique A12 features the famous lump scroll that makes this mandolin an odd cross between an F and A model. All solid woods. This mandolin has an arched maple back and mahogany sides, a spruce top, and a rosewood fretboard and bridge. Has a 1 1/8 inch nut with a flat fretboard with the treble extension. Frets are fine, neck set is good and the neck is straight. Body is top bound only with multi-ply white binding. No issues and no repairs. Comes with a hardshell case.....USD $2250

    camera icon 2002 Gibson A9 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 20730010) Excellent condition with one crack repair. Solid brown lacquer with a satin finish. This is the "no frills" A5 style mandolin for Gibson, but it still has all the design features that give Gibson mandolins their legendary tone, including a hand-fitted dovetail neck joint, solid maple neck, sides and back, solid Sitka spruce top, tone bar bracing, and a hand-tuned tone chamber. Definately has a slim Loar neck with a sharp V profile, the traditional flat unbound ebony fretboard, and the Loar style 1 inch bone nut. Pearl logo in the peghead and it has the Grover tuners. Body is top bound only in black and no pickguard, both as made by Gibson. Shows a little playing wear as this mandolin is loud with good tone. It will cut a banjo. Excellent sounding mandolin with good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. Just set up by my luthier so the mandolin plays like butter and has the signature Gibson chop - excellent bluegrass sound! Here is a video clip of this mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont. Comes with a shaped hardshell case.......USD $2450

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    MANDOLAS, OCTAVE MANDOLINS, MANDOCELLOS, CITTERNS, AND BOUZOUKIS
    camera icon 1919 Gibson H1 Mandola
    (Serial No. 47915 FON 11132) Excellent condition. Mandolas are cool - they are tuned CGDA, a fifth down from a mandolin, and they have this huge resonate voice. They are excellent for giving a little bit different voice to your music by adding the deep tenor counterpoint. Excellent instrument that plays easy and has a deep woody tone. Has the slightly longer scale than a mandolin at 16 inches and the nut is 1 5/16. The H1 has a bound top and fingerboard and "The Gibson" as the pearl logo inlaid in the peghead. Neck is straight, frets are good, no top sinkage. All original finish and hardware. Tuners are correct. Just set up by my luthier Marty Beeson. The instrument has a big deep woody sound and is easy to play. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original hardshell case......USD $2950

    camera icon 1926 Gibson H1 Mandola
    (Serial No. 80061 FON 8356) Excellent condition. Mandolas are cool - they are tuned CGDA, a fifth down from a mandolin, and they have this huge resonate voice. They are excellent for giving a little bit different voice to your music by adding the deep tenor counterpoint. Excellent instrument that plays easy and has a deep woody tone. Has the slightly longer scale than a mandolin at 16 inches and the nut is 1 5/16. The H1 has a bound top and fingerboard and "The Gibson" as the pearl logo inlaid straight across in the peghead, as well as the truss rod in the neck and the adjustable bridge - all of which are Loar improvements. Neck is straight, frets are good, no top sinkage. All original finish and hardware. Tuners are correct. Just set up by my luthier Richie Dotson. Here is a short video clip of this instrument played by Richie. BTW, this is the right video - Richie had the date wrong (probably because I told him wrong). The instrument has a big deep woody sound and is easy to play. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original hardshell case.....USD $3500

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    FLATIRON MANDOLINS AND RELATED

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

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

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    RATLIFF MANDOLINS

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

    camera icon2022 Ratliff R5 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 1249) New with lifetime warranty to the original owner, medium red brown sunburst finish. Audey only build about 18 mandolins a year. Getting a new one to sell is tough - every dealer out there wants one, as they are excellent mandolins. Ratliff builds a fine looking and fine sounding mandolin. Build quality is top notch, as good as it gets. This is the Country Boy model R5 from Audey. The Country Boy is built the same as the top of the line R5 from Ratliff, with a satin finish, less trim, with a single bound top and unbound back and headstock. It still has all the design features that give Ratliffs their tone and power. This is the classic F5 style mandolin with the long neck, f holes, and the elevated ebony fretboard with dot inlays. Nut width is 1 1/8 inch. It features a beautiful maple back and sides, and a maple neck. It also features a hand-carved Adirondack red spruce top and is top bound only. Tradional flat fretboard thats slightly shortened to eliminate pick click in the sweet spot. Decal logo. Fit and finish is as good as the big builders, and the sound is there. Even though its a new mandolin, it has that woody bluegrass bark and the excellent volume and tone that is typical of these mandolins. Here is a video clip of this mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont. Comes with a new shaped hardshell case........USD $3750

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    OTHER MANDOLINS AND RELATED

    camera icon2002 BRW F5 Mandolin
    (Serial # 9) Excellent condition. I originally bought this mandolin from Jack Lawrence of Doc Watson fame, sold it, and I just bought it back. This is an early mandolin from one of the better small shop builders out there today. Ben Wilcox builds a fine mandolin, and this one shows he had the sound dialed in from the beginning. Traditional F5 body style mandolin with an Adirondack spruce top, heavily flamed maple back, sides and neck, fully bound including the neck and peghead, ebony peghead overlay with a pearl inlay and "BRW" logo, ebony bridge, nickle Schaller tuners with pearl buttons, one piece Montleone style cast tailpiece. Tradition sunburst finish in lacquer. The flat ebony fingerboard has a 1 1/8 inch nut, banjo frets, a round neck profile, and is scooped to eliminate pick click. Recently set up professionally for low easy action. Good loud bluegrass mandolin with a good woody chop and sweet trebles. Shows some very minor nicks and dings from years of playing music, but no major issues or repairs. Fitted with an internal pickup and an endpin jack. Click here for a video clip of this mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont. Comes with a nice hardshell case......USD $4250

    camera icon1971 Goya Model 158 Mandolin
    (Serial No. 1143) Excellent condition. Original hardware and finish. Good mandolins are made everywhere. This is a Goya Model 158, made in Sweden by Levin. Levin is an old and well respected musical instrument maker. This mandolin has a mahogany back and sides, a spruce top, and a rosewood fretboard and bridge. Has a 1 1/8 inch nut with a flat fretboard. Frets are fine, neck set is good and the neck is straight. Body is top bound only with multi-ply white binding. No pickguard as made. Very good sounding mandolin with good response all across the strings and up and down the neck. The instrument has a flat top and back. Its not surprising that it reminds me of the Flatiron pancake mandolins, as this one also has a loud and direct sound. Comes with the original shaped hardshell case....USD $750

    camera icon 1930s Harmony Biltmore A Style Mandolin
    (Serial No. none) I realize not everybody has the budget for expensive vintage mandolins. Here is one that is reasonably priced, from the 1930s, that plays very well and sounds pretty good. 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. For two short video clips of this mandolin click here and click here. The mandolin is played by Nathan Beaumont of Brandon, FL. Comes with the original softshell case...USD $750

    camera icon1998 John Hutto Mandolin
    (Serial No. 85443) Excellent condition. John Hutto was a reclusive and highly accomplished mandolin builder here on the East Coast. He only made about 150 mandolins in his liftime, but they are prized by those that have one. Dempsey Young of Lost and Found was noted for playing one his entire career. It features varnish finish, beautifully flamed maple sides and a one-piece birdseye maple back, a European spruce top, an 1 1/8 inch nut, and a flat ebony fretboard and bridge. The original gold Schaller tuners have pearl buttons. All finish and hardware appear original. There are no repairs noted. Folks, this is another mandolin that takes 15-20 minutes of picking to wake it up. After that time, it will crush the banjos in your local jam. It has strong woody chop and clear trebles and excellent volume. Luthier Richie Dotson just went through and set up the mandolin and fitted it with a new Dotson bridge. Click here for a video clip of this mandolin as played by Richie Dotson of Acoustic Box, LLC in Virginia. Comes with a new Calton case....USD $11,000

    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. Click here for a video clip of this mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont of the Duck Wallow Band, Brandon FL. 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 icon 1998 Rigel A Plus Mandolin
    (Serial No. 1313) Excellent condition. This model is called the A Plus, and the label reads A-F. Go figure. Peter Mix and Pete Langdell formed up Rigel Instruments to build some unconventional mandolins. The appearance is that of an A5 style mandolin; but the sides are carved from a single block of Vermont sugar maple. The maple back and the carved and tap tuned spruce top are invisibly melded together to form a seamless body contour. The ebony fretboard is radiused and has been scooped to eliminate pick click, and the bone nut is 1 1/8 inch. The maple neck is reinforced with a carbon fiber rod so it will never bend; in fact, the neck relief is carved into the neck at the time of manufacture. Has nickle plated Grover tuners and a nickle plated Rigel one-piece tailpiece. The mandolin is fitted with a piezo pickup and endpin jack from the builder. The pickup works great and gives a nice mandolin tone. Has a decal logo and fretboard dots are pearl. No repairs noted. Despite the unconventional appearance, this is a very versatile and good sounding mandolin. Has the wonderful rich, complex silky tone that Rigel mandolins are famous for, but it can drive your bluegrass band with strong chop and bark with no problem. Here is a link to a video of the mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont of Brandon, FL. Comes with a nice hardshell case....USD $2250

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

    camera icon2005 Stanley F5 Mandolin
    (Serial number 4) Near mint condition. This is out of my personal collection. Chris Stanley is a great picker and has owned several Loars and Ferns, so he knows tone. He's also an accomplished woodworker and luthier, so when he decided to build mandolins he had a pretty good head start. This mandolin is impressive - the fit and hand rubbed varnish finish is great, the action is easy and the tone is there. The back woood was chosen for tonal characteristics on each side, this is not bookmatched. This is how Loar built his F5s. The top is red spruce and is also mismatched like most Loars you see. All high grade parts - ebony fingerboard and bridge, pearl logo, silver plated hardware, and grained multi-ply ivoriod binding. 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 response. Yes you have the chop but you also have the rest of the notes as well. Here is a link to a video of the mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont of Brandon, FL. Comes with a hardshell case. .. ....USD $7550

    camera icon1996 Summit F5 Artist Mandolin
    (Serial No. 76) Excellent condition, built by luthier Paul Schneider of Tennessee. The mandolin features a solid Sitka spruce top with an one-piece maple back. Frets are fine, neck is straight and the neck set is good. Fitted with gold Schaller tuners and a gold Allen one-piece tailpiece. Excellent sounding mandolin with clear trebles and a nice woofy bass. Here is a link to a video of the mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont of Brandon, FL. Comes with a nice hard case... ....USD $4450

    camera icon2005 Weber Fern Mandolin
    (Serial No. 5226602) Excellent plus condition, lacquer sunburst finish. This mandolin looks nearly unplayed. At the time it was built, The Fern model was the top of the line in F style mandolins for Weber. Bruce built a bunch of good mandolins for Gibson, and he continued to built excellent mandolins after he set up his own shop. This mandolins was built in Bozeman, MT before Weber moved to Oregon. High grade Weber featuring an Sitka spruce top, figured maple back/sides/neck, and ebony fretboard and bridge. Fully bound, radiused fretboard with dot inlays, 1-1/8 inch nut width, parallel tone bars, gold Schaller tuners with pearl buttons, one piece cast Weber tailpiece, adjustable bridge, and a pearl logo with abalone Fern inlay on the peghead. Very strong sound with good chop and cut. Here is a link to a video of the mandolin as played by Nathan Beaumont of Brandon, FL. Just set up by my luthier. Frets are good, neck is straight, neck set is fine. Comes with the original Weber rectangular hard shell case.... ....USD $4250

    camera icon2010 Weber Yellowstone Mandolin
    (Serial No. 182510) Excellent plus/near mint condition. This is the main workhorse mandolin for Weber, and it carries the load well. This mandolin will give you that good bluegrass sound. Has a dark sunburst lacquer gloss finish, a solid carved red spruce top which gives it the cut and chop, traditional tone bar bracing, heavily flamed AAA grade maple back, sides and deep V profile neck, fully bound, nickle Grover tuners with pearl buttons, Weber one piece cast tailpiece, pearl "The Weber" logo, and an ebony Weber Traditional bridge. The finish has been removed from the back of the neck (a speed neck) to stop your hand from sticking on the back of the neck in the summer. This work is so clean it has to be factory work. Fitted with an easily removable armrest. Bound radiused fret board with 1 1/8 inch nut, diamond position markers, jumbo frets, and no treble extension which helps to eliminates pick click. Its a loud mandolin with good chop and a very warm woody tone. Very clean mandolin - anything that looks like a blemish is probably a reflection. Bruce Weber built a lot of great Gibsons and Flatirons there in Montana. This was built in his own shop, Sound to Earth LTD. in Belgade, Montana. Here is a link to a video of this mandolin as played by Joe Donahue of Wesley Chapel, FL. This instrument is ready to go. It needs nothing but your fingers on the strings! Comes with the original shaped grey Weber hardshell case.....USD $3950

    camera icon1915 Weymann Mandolute Style 30
    (Serial No. 17306) Excellent condition. Weymann called this instrument a 'mandolute', but it is an eight string mandolin with a standard mandolin scale length of 13.5 inches (same as a Gibson). Spruce top, flamed maple back and sides, ebony fingerboard and bridge. The finish and all hardware is original. Plays easily and sounds great with good volume. These are not banjo killers, but they have a very nice tone and are very well built instruments. Chords with open strings just sing out with amazing sustain for a flat top instrument. They record very well, as they seem to have a real evenness from string to string. These are a good choice for classical, old time or Celtic music. Shows a little playing wear but no repairs. Comes with an original hard case.....USD $750

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    ELECTRIC MANDOLINS

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    camera icon1954 Gibson Florentine Mandolin
    (Serial No. none) This is the solid body electric mandolin made by Gibson to compete with the Fender Mandocaster. It looks a lot like a double cut Les Paul. The mandolin has all original finish and hardware with the exception of the bridge. A new mandolin bridge has been fitted, which is an improvement over the original brass rod used by Gibson as the saddle. I think this is the first year for the Florentine. The pots do not have a date code and look original to the instrument. Gruhns book indicates Gibson started using dated pots in 1953 or 54. The control knobs are also correct for mid 50s. Tuners are no line Klusons, used from 1950 to 1956. Everything seems to fit for a 1954 instrument. There are no cracks or breaks but it does show some playing wear on the side of the neck. I think these Florentines sound more like a mandolin plugged in than the Fender Mandocaster, as the Florentine has eight strings which will give the mandolin jangle better than a single course instrument. You can turn this one up on your gig, as it will not feed back any more than an electric guitar. Comes with the original brown hardshell case......USD $2750

    MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS
    camera icon 1935 Martin 0-17T Tenor Guitar
    (Serial No. 460218) The early 30s were something of a magical time for the instruments being constructed in Nazareth. It seems that Martin and Co. had really hit their stride in building steel-string guitars; and to many, the instruments built in the early 30s represent the apex in all things acoustic guitar. This is a delightful 30s tenor guitar. All hardware and finish is original. The tenor guitar was initially developed in the mid to late 1920s. Tenor guitars enabled players of the four-string tenor banjo to double on guitar without having to learn the six string guitar. The tenor guitar can be considered to be a transition instrument between Dixieland banjo and the six string swing guitar, particularly as it started to outpace the tenor banjo in popularity towards the end of the 1920s. The usual tenor tuning is CGDA, but I tune tenor guitars to octave mandolin tuning (GDAE), which brings out more of the warmth, low end, and overtones the instrument has to offer. This guitar has a clean fundamental, excellent upper mid-range presence, and a beautiful sustain. It has a throaty mid-range when hit hard, and pretties up under a lighter attack. The guitar is in excellent minus condition showing some minor playing wear. These small body all mahogany Martins are great for blues, with that warm sound only a mahogany top will give. Has the scalloped bracing and the larger neck of the 1930s guitars with a 23 inch scale, bar frets, and a 1 1/8 inch nut. There is one minor back crack on the lower bout that was repaired and a ding on the top near the sound hole but thats about it. It does have the usual nicks and dings of a guitar used to play music for decades. Neck has the typically slightly beefier profile that is the hallmark of the best 30s 14-fret Martins. Has the original ebony nut and the original clip point tuners. Plays great with a nice low action and has a huge sound all out of proportion to the small size. This guitar has a full and deep dry voice with enough of a push in the midrange to keep any ragtime picker happy, but plenty of warmth and openness across the strings to satisfy a melodic single note picker. It offers that thunderous response in the bass-end, and a sweet and well-rounded treble. Comes in the original case!..USD $2850

    camera icon 1943 Martin 017 Guitar
    (Serial No. 83564) Excellent structural condition showing its age. All mahogany body including the top gives these guitars a warm rich sound perfect for blues and fingerstyle. Has the original 1 11/16 inch ebony nut. This is a wartime production guitar, so it has an ebony truss rod, no tuner bushings in the peghead, and Kluson tuners with the riveted ring gears (instead of screws) and white plastic tuner buttons. The bridge is an exact CNC replica of the original bridge, made from Brazillian rosewood. Peghead overlay and the fingerboard are Brazilian rosewood with a gold Martin decal logo on the peghead. Shows player wear with the usual nicks, dings and pickwear, and the typical finish checking all over. The neck is straight and the frets were just dressed and crowned. The guitar is very light and resonate, as it weighs less than three pounds. The action is low and comfortable with plenty of saddle to lower the action if desired. Click here for a video clip of this dynamite little guitar that is perfect for sitting on the couch and playing some blues. Comes with a dreadnaught case....USD $4500

    camera gif 2015 Martin 00-28VS Guitar
    (Serial No. 1879530) Mint condition. I bought this from a pro who used it only to record a CD. Its never been gigged. Martin updated the design of their 18 series a few years ago. This guitar has the 12 fret body, slot peghead, 1930s V profile on the neck, gloss finish, traditional bracing, Indian rosewood back and sides, tortoise binding, Sitka spruce top with aging toner, the modified low oval neck profile, a 24.9 inch short scale, 1 7/8 inch nut, 2 5/16 inch string spacing, open geared Grover tuners with butterbean buttons, and a rosewood peghead overlay with the old style Martin decal logo. It has a big sound much larger than its size, and it is set up well so the guitar is very comfortable to play. Comes with the original hardshell case. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Nathan Beaumont of the Duck Wallow Band, Brandon FL.......USD $4850

    camera gif 1956 Martin D18 Guitar
    (Serial No. 150720) Excellent condition guitar with very little pick and playing wear. Nice old D18 with a Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a rosewood fretboard with the original rosewood long saddle bridge. The finish and hardware are original. No repairs noted. The guitar has had a recent neck set and set up with a nice tall saddle, and it plays like butter with a nice low action. Frets were just dressed so they are fine. It has the loud, dry woody sound you only get from a 60+ year old mahogany guitar, with that signature Martin boom on the bottom end. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Nathan Beaumont of Brandon, FL. Comes in a newer hard shell case........USD $8750

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    GIBSON ACOUSTIC GUITARS

    camera icon 1935 Recording King Carson J Robison Guitar
    (No serial number) Built by Gibson, this guitar was issued to capitalize on the fame of Robinson, who was the first Singing Cowboy. It is in excellent condition with a couple of repairs. The body is identical to a Kalamazoo KG11, also built by Gibson. Based on the Gruhn book, this guitar was only built from fall 1939 until fall 1940. Excellent condition. Has the larger 1-3/4 nut on the chunky neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and small straight bridge, sunburst top, mahogany back and sides with a Adirondack spruce top, top binding only, and original firestripe pickguard. The body is slightly shorter than the Gibson L00. This is a remarkably original guitar. Black button tuners are original. Original ladder bracing gives that authentic Delta blues and old time sound. The action is very low and playable. It sounds much larger than a small body guitar. This is an excellent guitar for ragtime or fingerstyle blues. Two top cracks from the edges of the bridge on each side have been glued and cleated and should present no future issue. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Nathan Beaumont of the Duck Wallow Band, Brandon FL. Comes with a newer soft case......USD $3950

    camera icon 1930s Gibson L00 Guitar
    (No serial number) Excellent condition. I think this is a late 1930s guitar based on the white script logo and the back binding; however, there is no serial or factory order number evident. It may be an early wartime guitar. Nice guitar with all original finish showing some playing wear. There are no structural repairs but a small section of mahogany has been replaced on the bass side. Has a mahogany back and sides and a x-braced mahogany top with an uniform brown finish, firestripe guard that follows the body contour, bone 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 mahogany top gives a slightly darker sound than spruce - its perfect for blues and ragtime. The bridge and few braces were reglued, the frets were dressed and the guitar was set up by by luthier Marty Beeson here in town. The guitar is ready for gigging, as it has been fitted with moden Waverly tuners and was drilled for an endpin jack. A NoJack endpin has been installed, but this can easily be removed to allow the re-installation of a pickup and endpin jack. The guitar is all solid and in good playing condition. Frets are good and the neck is straight. This box has a big sound - its one of the better sounding L00s to come through here in a while. Perfect for ragtime and fingerstyle playing. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Ed Wright and another video clip of this guitar as played by Nathan Beaumont, both from the Brandon FL area. It's in excellent playing condition - all it needs is your fingers on the strings! Comes with a newer hardshell case.......USD $6950

    camera icon 1946 Gibson LG2 Guitar
    (Serial No. none) Excellent condition 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. Sunburst finish, X braced Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with pearl inlays and a Brazilian rosewood bridge. Gold script Gibson logo on the peghead. Has a nut width of 1 3/4 inch. Neck profile is beautiful - a little more girth than modern necks but not the "half baseball bat" of the Banners. The Kluson tuners are moden replacements, but they use the exact same holes as the original tuners. 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 neck was reset by luthier Jack Dillen in Asheville NC. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Ed Wright of Brandon, FL. There are two hairline top cracks coming from the bridge bolts. These have been glued and cleated and will present no issues in the future. Comes with a newer hardshell case......USD $4950

    camera icon 1955 Gibson J-45 Guitar
    (FON W9753 22) Made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, sunburst top, dark back and sides, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and upper belly bridge, dark tortoise pickguard, and original Kluson tuners. This is the classic 1950s J-45 slope shoulder dreadnaught. These 1950s Gibson Jumbos are generally great sounding instruments with a strong midrange and a big, warm sound that will cut through the mix when pushed. The mahogany neck has a big round profile 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 inch in width and the headstock has the original gold block Gibson logo. The guitar has the original Kluson tuning machines (with replaced buttons) which still turn smoothly. The neck was just reset, the frets dressed and a few braces reglued by luthier Jack Dillen in Ashville. This 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. Click here for a video clip of this guitar, and click here for another video clip, as played by Nathan Beaumont of the Duck Wallow Band, Brandon FL. Comes with the original gator print cardboard case......USD $7250

    camera icon 1957 Gibson Southerner Jumbo Guitar
    (FON U3285 22) Excellent condition. Fabulous sounding guitar that really nails the Gibson midrangy 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. The Kluson tuners are original with (I think) new aged buttons. The frets are in good shape and the neck is straight. Original finish and hardware. The bridge plate is replaced with a well done rosewood replacement. Has the usual nicks and dings of a well loved guitar. Plays great with a nice low action as the guitar was set up by my luthier. 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. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Nathan Beaumont of the Duck Wallow Band, Brandon FL. Comes with a newer hardshell case or the original gator print cardboard case - your choice........USD $6750

    camera icon 1963 Gibson Southern Jumbo Guitar
    (Serial No. 118292) Excellent condition showing minimal playing wear. Everything looks to be completely original. Sheryl Crow plays a 62 Gibson Country Western, which is the natural top version of the Southern Jumbo. The guitar has the square shoulder SJ body shape with a sunburst finish, Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian bound rosewood fretboard with double parallelogram inlays, and the body has seven layers of binding. The Kluson tuners are original with new aged buttons. The frets are in good shape and the neck is straight. No repairs. Where it counts - the sound and playability - the guitar is 100 percent. Plays great with a nice low action as the guitar was set up by luthier Marty Beeson. Has a nice big open woody sound with strong volume. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Ed Wright of Brandon FL. Comes with a hardshell case.........USD $5250

    camera icon 1970 Gibson B25 Deluxe Guitar
    (Serial No. 689049) Excellent condition. Not mint but just about as clean a guitar as you will find thats actually been played. Everything looks to be completely original. Great sounding guitar that has more volume that you would expect for the size. Sunburst finish, X braced Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Brazilian bound rosewood fretboard with pearl inlays and Brazilian bridge, 3 layers of top binding and single bound back. Has the standard 1950s Gibson nut width of 1 11/16 inch. The Kluson tuners are original. The frets are in good shape and the neck is straight. Nice tall saddle, about 1/8 inch. Looks like the top center seam was repaired near the edge of the top. It does have typical checking and a few places showing playing wear. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Nathan Beaumont of the Duck Wallow Band, Brandon FL. Comes with the original alligator print brown soft shell case........USD $2750

    camera icon 1973-4 Gibson J50 Guitar
    (Serial No. B006720) Very good condition. This is one of the rarest guitars on the page - a mid 70's Gibson deadnaught that sounds great! Most of these are complete dogs with no sound. This has has good tone and volume. Gibson made thousands of guitars during their "Dark Age" in the mid 70s - it stands to reason that at least some of them were good guitars. Its not a prewar AJ but it will do the job. Mahogany back and sides, spruce top, typical three piece neck, heavy 70s sunburst top finish with natural mahogany color back and sides. Original tuners and bridge. Has the typical 70s Gibson crumbling of the body binding. Plays great with a nice easy low action. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Nathan Beaumont of the Duck Wallow Band, Brandon FL. Its not just a "good guitar for a 70s Gibson" - its a good guitar, period. Comes with the original hardshell case. ........USD $1750

    MOSSMAN ACOUSTIC GUITARS

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

    camera icon 1974 Mossman Flint Hills Guitar
    (Serial No. 74-841) My first "real" guitar was a Mossman. I still think they are outstanding guitars, and this is one of the best ones I have ever played. Its a tremendous, powerful guitar that will drive your music. Excellent condition with what I believe is high grade Indian rosewood back and sides, solid spruce (probably Sitka) top, ebony fingerboard with pearl dots, nickel hardware and an ebony bridge. Built pre-fire in the Winfield, KS shop and signed on the label by all the craftsmen that worked on it. Mossman was a direct competitor to Martin and Gibson in the 70's and built very high quality guitars. Good action and playability. Finish and hardware is all original with no repairs noted. The neck was just reset, frets were dressed, the saddle replaced and the guitar set up by luthier Richie Dotson. Here is a video clip of this guitar as played by Nathan Beaumont of Brandon, FL. The action is perfect. This is an excellent hand built US made bluegrass guitar with lots of volume and tone. Why play the same thing everyone else has? Comes with a newer hardshell case. ......USD $3450

    camera icon 1977 Mossman Flint Hills Guitar
    (Serial No. 77-4950) My first "real" guitar was a Mossman. Back during the "dark days" of Gibson and Martin in the mid-70s, Mossman was consistently making high quality hand built guitars. The pride of craftsmanship shows, as each employee who worked on the guitar signed their initials on the label. They have stood the test of time and are still considered outstanding guitars. Excellent condition with straight grain two piece Indian rosewood back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top, ebony fingerboard with pearl dots, nickel hardware and an ebony bridge. Strap button added at the heel. Built in the original Winfield, KS shop. Finish and hardware is all original with no repairs noted. Shows the typical finish checking for Mossmans of this era. Good action and playability. Here is a video clip of this guitar as played by Ed Wright of Brandon, FL. The action is perfect.This is an excellent vintage hand built US made bluegrass guitar with lots of volume and tone. Comes with a hardshell case........USD $3450

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

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

    camera icon 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. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by James Hurlburt of Plant City, FL. 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 2020 Ayelas RD1 Custom Guitar
    (Serial No. 058-16) Excellent plus condition. I generally do not buy guitars built by unknown (to me) luthiers. However, when I played this guitar at the Asheville NC guitar show, I made an exception. I'm glad I did. Ayelas guitars are hand built by Lee Chapman in West Virginia. He is fairly well known in the area. Its a very strong sounding guitar with excellent tone, especially as its only two years old. It features highly figured bookmatched cocobolo rosewood back and sides. The fretboard and bridge are ebony. The top is Carpathian spruce with a custom maple rosette. The peghead has an ebony overlay with a pearl ornament, and is fitted with gold Gotah openback tuners with solid butterbean buttons. The craftsmanship is top notch, but it is the sound that will impress you the most.Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Ed Wright of Brandon FL. Comes with the original nice condition hardshell case....USD $3250

    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, string spacing at the bridge is 2 1/4 inch, the fretboard and winged bridge are ebony, and the soundhole rosette is abalone. The guitar has a Bridge Doctor inside as installed by Breedlove at the time of build. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by James Hurlburt of Plant City, FL. 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 1979 Gallagher G-70 Guitar
    (Serial No. 1375) Near mint condition with one significant repair, made in the heart of bluegrass country in Wartrace, TN. Gallaghers are made in very limited numbers so you have to seach them out. Its uncommon to find a used one. Pickers that play a Gallagher have owned the other makes and models and have chosen a Gallagher for the sound. This is a blue ribbon flatpicking guitar - the same make as the one that was played by Doc Watson. It has all solid woods with a Sitka spruce top, figured Brazilian roswood back and sides, an ebony fingerboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle, grained ivoriod binding, pearl logo, and nickel hardware. Strap button added at the heel. Nut width is the standard 1-11/16 inch. A long grain crack is repaired on the back. According to the original owner, this happened when the guitar was about six months old, and was glued and cleated by Don Sr. himself. The sound is simply amazing - very loud with excellent tone. Action is low with plenty of saddle left. Fitted with an undersaddle pickup and endpin jack. Comes with the original hardshell case. ....USD $5950

    camera icon 1991 Goodall Koa Standard Guitar
    (Serial No. KS 435) Excellent condition with a little pickwear on the top. Jean Goodall indicated that this guitar was a custom order and was built by James himself. It has beautifully figured flamed Koa back and sides, a Sitka top with a abalone soundhole rosette, ebony fretboard and bridge with pearl diamond inlays, a Koa peghead face with the logo in pearl, gold Gotah tuners, and the body binding is Acacia wood. Nut is 1.75 inch and the scale is 25.5 inches. James Goodall has taken the iconic shape and elevated it tonally to more rarified air with the Standard model. It's curves look familiar, but the voice is just as well suited to fingerstyle as flatpicking -- I love the bass response of this guitar, and the balance is superb all the way up the neck and across the strings. The sound is bold and moves free. It's warm, yet focused and bright. The neck fits my hand like a glove. There's something about the feel of this guitar that is just so pleasantly round.It show a little pickwear on the top right under the clear pickguard, but thats about it. The guitar is fitted with a K&K internal pickup and endpin jack. Its a pretty clean, good sounding, and nice playing guitar. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Nathan Beaumont of the Duck Wallow Band, Brandon FL. Comes with a nice hardshell case. Its a pretty clean, good sounding, and nice playing guitar. Comes with a nice hardshell case....USD $4950

    camera icon 1966 Guild Bluegrass F-47 Guitar
    (Serial No. AK168) Excellent condition. Heres one you do not see everyday, just out of a private collection. All solid woods. This is a Guild dreadnaught guitar with a narrow waist, mahogany back and sides, Sitka spruce top, and a rosewood fretboard and bridge. Nice sounding and playing guitar. It also has the coolest tuners (Kolb) I have seen on a guitar, and these are original. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Ed Wright of Brandon FL. Comes with a well-fitting hard case....USD $3350

    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 1-11/16 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. Click here for a video clip of the guitar as played by James Hurlbert of Lakeland, FL. 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 $3250

    camera icon 1920s Harwood Parlor Guitar
    (Serial No. 35493) Excellent restored condition. “Harwood” is one of those mystery brand names that dot the American musical instrument landscape of the pre-depression age. In late 19th and early 20th centuries HARWOOD was a trademark used by J.W. Jenkins Sons of Kansas City, Missouri, one of the biggest jobbers in the western US, for their best quality instruments. The Harwood Guitar Co. built guitars from 1885 to about 1930. Many details of this guitar are similar to the Haynes Guitars built under the Bay State and Tilton names. Jenkins claimed to have made the line in-house; recent research supports this and in fact points to a 30 year plus operation of a small factory in Kansas City building fairly high-grade merchandise. Back and sides are Brazilian rosewood, while the very tight-grain spruce top (described as “Norway Spruce”) is ladder braced in “the Harwood System” and has survived quite well with only minimal bellying. The neck/body joint is at the 12th fret, which is typical for guitars in the period. The ebony fretboard carries pearl slotted diamonds at frets 3,5,7, and 12, and an engraved bone “Harwood” logo plate inlaid between the last frets. The top is edged with celluloid binding and multiple wood purfling, while the soundhole has the same purfling and two additional rings. Braced for steel strings. I think this is a size 1 3/4 guitar, about the size of a 12 fret Martin size 0. Overall length is 37 in., 13 3/8 in. wide at lower bout, and 3 3/4 in. in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/8 in. Width of nut is 1 3/4 in., and the neck has the typical 20s-30s V shape. I think the guitar has been oversprayed after the restoration, as you can see strumming marks under the finish where the pickguard would have been. Its a very comfortable, nice sounding small body ideally suited as a couch guitar. Its also perfect for ragtime or any other fingerstyle picking. Wonderful tone and volume, much more than you would expect of such a small guitar. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Ed Wright of Brandon FL. Comes with a newer case.....USD $2250

    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. For a short video clip of this guitar played by James Hurlburt of Lakeland FL click here. 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, scale length is 25 3/4 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 $1750

    camera icon 1954 National 1155 Guitar
    (Serial No. X50525) Very good condition with significant playing wear. If you are looking for a collectable guitar this is not it. If you are looking for an excellent guitar you don't have to worry about, with the Gibson sound, at a nice price, you have found it. National bought completed J-50 bodies from Gibson back then and attached their own necks, with a unique contour, a unique peghead shape with a large chrome National on the peghead, Kluson tuners with proprietary way cool button shapes, and a National serial number plate on the back of the peghead; these are some pretty great and unique guitars. You get the best of both worlds - it sounds like an old Gibson, but it plays very easily with a thinner 1 11/16 nut neck. Its not Taylor thin, but it is less chunky than Gibsons of that era. This guitar sounds wonderful, and it has the most mojo of any guitar I have owned in a long time. The finish on the back of the neck has been played off, and the wood is actually worn as well. Its super smooth and comfortable. You can see the wear on the top where your arm comes over. I'm telling you, this guitar was played! Looks to be all original, and the Gibson body has a Gibson FON stamped inside that is also a 1954 number with the X prefix on the order number. No repairs noted. The action is low and comfortable, frets are good, and the neck is in set. No work to be done that I can see. This guitar is a great opportunity to get the 50s Gibson J45 sound for a fraction of the cost. Click here for a video clip of this guitar as played by Ed Wright of Brandon FL. Comes with a nice condition hardshell case.......USD $3250 ON HOLD for BL in IN

    camera icon 2012 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist Guitar
    (Serial No. 6512) Very clean excellent condition. 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. Here is a video clip of this guitar as played by James Hurlburt of Lakeland, Fl. Shows the usual nicks and dings of a guitar used to make music. Comes with a newer hard shell case......USD $3950

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    ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC ARCHTOP AND SEMI-HOLLOW GUITARS
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    camera icon 1935 Martin 0-17T Tenor Guitar
    (Serial No. 460218) The early 30s were something of a magical time for the instruments being constructed in Nazareth. It seems that Martin and Co. had really hit their stride in building steel-string guitars; and to many, the instruments built in the ealy 30s represent the apex in all things acoustic guitar. This is a delightful 30s tenor guitar. All hardware and finish is original. The tenor guitar was initially developed in the mid to late 1920s. Tenor guitars enabled players of the four-string tenor banjo to double on guitar without having to learn the six string guitar. The tenor guitar can be considered to be a transition instrument between Dixieland banjo and the six string swing guitar, particularly as it started to outpace the tenor banjo in popularity towards the end of the 1920s. The usual tenor tuning is CGDA, but I tune tenor guitars to octave mandolin tuning (GDAE), which brings out more of the warmth, low end, and overtones the instrument has to offer. This guitar has a clean fundamental, excellent upper mid-range presence, and a beautiful sustain. It has a throaty mid-range when hit hard, and pretties up under a lighter attack. The guitar is in excellent minus condition showing some minor playing wear. These small body all mahogany Martins are great for blues, with that warm sound only a mahogany top will give. Has the scalloped bracing and the larger neck of the 1930s guitars with a 23 inch scale, bar frets, and a 1 3/4 inch nut. There is one minor back crack on the lower bout that was repaired and a ding on the top near the sound hole but thats about it. It does have the usual nicks and dings of a guitar used to play music for decades. Neck has the typically slightly beefier profile thats the hallmark of the best 30s 14-fret Martins. Has the original ebony nut and the original clip point tuners. Plays great with a nice low action and has a huge sound all out of proportion to the small size. This guitar has a full and deep dry voice with enough of a push in the midrange to keep any ragtime picker happy, but plenty of warmth and openness across the strings to satisfy a melodic single note picker. It offers that thunderous response in the bass-end, and a sweet and well rounded treble. Comes in the original soft case...USD $ 3250

    camera icon 1939 Gibson ETG-150 Tenor Guitar
    (Serial No. EGE 2336) This instrument has been beautifully preserved over the years, and it is all original. It is currently set up for low g tuning like an octave mandolin. When you plug it in, this guitar sings with a deep, wooly low-end presence you won't expect from a tenor guitar. Add a little reverb or delay, and it's easy to get inspired and lost in the wide-open tenor sound. This guitar is an incredible piece of prewar Gibson craftsmanship, but it's also a playable tenor with inspiring tone. The tenor ETG-150 is almost identical to the six string ES-150, except it has a four string neck and appropriate 23 inch scale. It features the same 16-1/4 inch wide body, constructed with a carved spruce top that is x-braced and a flat maple back. It has the same slender f-holes, thick pearl logo, the same sunburst top and single-ply binding appointments. It also has the same curious tailpiece mounted input jack and of course the famous Charlie Christian blade pickup. In many ways, the eye-catching Charlie Christian pickup is perhaps what makes the ETG-150 most famous, and the rich, deep tones it produces set the standard for the electric archtop sound. Click here for an audio clip of this model guitar as played by Tiny Grimes of the Rocking Highlanders in 1950. Comes with a newer hardshell case....USD $4250

    UKULELES, BANJOS, TIPLES, AND OTHER ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS

    camera icon 1925 Martin T-18 Tiple
    (Serial #23197) Think of a tiple as an ukelele with 10 steel strings and is tuned A-D-F#-B. The first and fourth strings are double, like a mandolin, while the second and third are triple with the center string tuned an octave below the outer strings in each group. The firsts are tuned in unison. In this standard tuning you can play harmonies to everybody elses guitar and make a major contribution to the ensemble. If you have never heard swing jazz on a tiple you are missing a treat! Natural lacquer finish, Adirondack spruce top, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard and 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 with some finish checking. A couple of top cracks at either end of the bridge have been glued and cleated, and the bridge has also been reglued. Neck is straight, frets are fine. Plays well with a nice low action as it was just set up by luthier Marty Beeson. Has the cool jangly sound you are looking for. Comes with a recent hard shell tenor uke case that fits well....USD $2250

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

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

    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 (I think), 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. The cone looks original - please see the pic below. The front of the peghead is stamped National Duolian and the serial number stamp and the words Pat Pending is on the top edge of the peghead. No structual 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 my luthier. Here is a video clip of this guitar as played by Ed Wright of Brandon, FL. Comes with a newer hard shell case. ....USD $3750

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    ELECTRIC GUITARS, BASSES, AND AMPS

    camera icon 1940s Vega Electrolux Guitar
    (Serial No. 058-16) Excellent plus condition. In production from 1937 to 1942. This is an awesome playing and sounding guitar. This Vega Electrovox electric actually has an all-laminate flamed maple body with double "soundposts" below the bridge for top stability and feedback reduction. With the single coil pickup in the bridge position and this hollowbody soundpost design, it sounds like a cross between a 50s Gretsch full-hollowbody archtop electric and something like a 60s semihollow guitar. It also does swing and early jazz sounds as well as rootsy blues and folk-rock. It has a Brazilian rosewood fretboard with dot inlay. Ther body is fully bound. Very comfortable "C" shape neck. The neck on this feels more like a modern electric neck than something from its period of build and there's no truss rod, so it doesn't hurt to keep things lighter. The profile actually reminds me a lot of late 50s/early 60s Gibson electrics. It is fitted with volume and tone knobs with the tone knob being a three-way with "dark/mud" to the left, "normal/full output" in the center, and a "bass cut" or treble to the right. I like the center position the best, but the "treble" position is actually awesome if you're wanting to strum cowboy-style chords like you would on a normal acoustic. It reminds me of a 50s/60s DeArmond soundhole pickup sort of tone that way. The center position, with your amp's tone turned just slightly down, nails that Western swing lead guitar sound. Comes with a hardshell case.....USD $2450

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    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

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

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