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  • New additions in the past couple of weeks or so as of December 6, 2016

    HM - 00080 1980's Hondo Electric Mandolin     EXC   I've had quite a few solid body electric mandolins including Fenders, Gibsons, and custom made ones. This one with its properly proportioned classic florentine body and F Style headstock looks the best in mhy opinion and it also feels really good to play. Easy action and very responsive pickup with controls that work smoothly. Scale length = 14" and Nut width = 1 3/32". Gold tuning pegs and chrome custom tailpiece. Ebony adjustable bridge and sturdy input jack. A few litle scratches and dents here and there but basically in excellent condition. A hole for a strap peg is unfilled and ready for the peg of your choice. It travels and will ship in its gig bag. The sound can be quite close to acoustic when turned down and it really honks when turned up.
    Price:   $995.00

    GM - 00141 1922 Gibson F-4 Mandolin     EXC-   A great sounding easy playing old Loar period F-4. Dark sunburst top and a beautiful flamey sunbust back. This mandolin has been well cared for over the past century but also played (maybe because it sounds so good) and thus has the typical "honest" (not crooked) play wear on the scroll and peghead etc. But no cracks or breaks or separations or funny business. It's all original from the tailpiece to the tuning pegs with the possible exception of the adjustable bridge which looks like the proper vintage but I don't see the stamp on it. The label is pretty hard to read but the Serial number is #70525. The original hard shell case is in pretty good shape and like the truss rod cover on the headstock, it is named "Jody".
    Price:   $7200.00

    MT - 00037 1930's Martin - Paramount Style L Tenor Guitar     VG +   Quite Rare - Made by Martin for Paramount in both six string and tenor configurations. Classic mid thirties Martin stye shaded top that has had some modifications. We greatly doubt the sound hole is original and there is evidence of a pickup of some sort residing under the bridge at one time. But that soundhole may contribute to the unusual amount of low end this thing has for a tenor guitar. Well it's also pretty large at just shy of 16" across the back at the lower bout. It's good and loud with plenty of punch. The coloring on the Adirondack spruce top is classic early thirties. Nice straight grain Brazilian rosewood for the back and sides. Rare original pickguard and attachment hardware is odd but we think original. (This is a Paramount, remember, not a Martin) The headstock proudly states the Paramount Name in heavenly splendor. Planet tuning pegs work fine. The tailpiece is probably not original. Lovely shape to the heel.
    Price:   $2850.00

    VB 00033 ca. 1931 Vega Vegavox IV Deluxe Tenor Banjo     EXC ++   This is one of the very nicest, classiest banjos I have ever seen. And it rings out loud and clear and plays perfectly. It has been restored by Renee Karnes several years ago and has received basically no wear since then. Here is the original catalog picture and the catalog description. ( $425.00 in 1931 = $6,653.58 in 2016 dollars) Elegance abounds everywhere on this gold plated instrument from the engraved tailpiece to the engraved inlay on the back of the peghead. Also beautifully engraved are the fingerboard inlays and the intricate inlay on the headstock which is as beautiful viewed from the side as it is from the front. There is a comforting feel to the warmth of a gold plated banjo and I think it makes for a richer sound but that could be just psychological. The resonator sides are fancy, it's true, but the back is exquisite with its elegant "De-Luxe Vegavox" star in the middle. Elegance is also evident in the long back strap extending down the back of the 5 piece laminated neck and the carving on the inlaid heel. Modern hard shell case.
    Price:   $5250.00

    KTG 0003 ca. 1935 Kay Kraft Flat Top Tenor Guitar     EXC -   This is the only one of these Indian Head Gold Leaf motif flat top tenors I've ever run across and it is a hoss. Big bold sound from the almost 15" wide ladder braced spruce top and mahogany back and sides will hold up just fine in an ensemble situation. All originalfrom the end pin to the Grover tuning pegs. Lovely MOTS headstock. A pickup was once installed as evidenced by a little chunk carved out of the top just below the fingerboard. Scale length = 22 7/8". Lower Bout Width = 14 7/8". Body Depth 3 7/8". Nut width = 1 3/16". No case but we will ship securely.
    Price:   $1750.00

    KM - 0002 1989 Everett Kettler Model TF-2     EXC +   This mandolin is a real hoss with tons of volume and plenty of bass and a nice fat high end that develops a bit of reverb to it. Spruce top and flame maple back, sides and neck. Note the small f-holes and unusual carve to the top. Pearl inlaid rosewood peghead overlay as well as rosewood fingerboard, and pickguard. Allen style tailpiece and ebony adjustable bridge. Beautiful heel treatment. Fine workmanship throughout. Everett Kettler of South Woodbury, Vermont is quite a character and is no longer making mandolins. If you go to www.mandolincafe.com and search the forums you will find a few interesting articles about him. He makes furniture, wooden boats, Amish horse carriages, as well as musical instruments. He has signed and dated the label March 6, 1989, serial number 0133. This is an unusual and powerful mandolin. Hard shell case.
    Price: Consigned at:   $2350.00

    MF-00084 1933 Vinaccia flat top guitar from Naples, Italy.     EXC   This guitar records extremely well and plays really easily. Its tone is powerful and distinctive with lots of mid range and no bass clutter. I got it in need of repair and Chris Berkov did a masterful restoration on it. Ancient spruce 14 3/4" wide top with some repaired cracks below the bridge and a beautiful inlaid pickguard . The back appears to be mahogany or something quite similar whereas the sides are a more exotic wood and the binding is some sort of fruitwood. Beautifully done around the endpin . The Stauffer style headstock has the engragved silver tuning peg cover while the back of the peghead is plain and simple. The label is in nice condition. The case is no doubt original and will protect it for shipping.
    Price:   $4500.00

    MC - 00017 1917 Gibson K-2 Mandocello       EXC   We see mostly brown and black K-2 models from the teens but this one has the classic sunburst finish top . The back and sides are the typical birch used on many of the top of the line instruments. Elegant abalone fleur de lys on the headstock and lovely original tuning pegs. Also original is the engraved tailpiece. The bridge appear to be an original Loar period adustable one. Even the endpin is likely original. And so is the hard shell case . There is the common hairline (hard to see) crack in the heel but it is stable and barely noticeable. The label is in good shape and displays the serial number #35454. This thing plays comfortably and it sounds fantastic.
    Price:   $5850.00

    AG - C2765 1937 National New Yorker Spanish Electric Guitar     EXC   Here is the real deal ... the same model that Memphis Minnie played and it is in wonderful condition and plays 'like butter' with every note true and clear. The crack free sunburst spruce top has no f-holes thus reducing feedback. This guitar was made to play the country blues nice and loud. It has beautiful flamed maple crack free back and sides. Elegant inlays on the ebony fingerboard, cool art deco logo design on the headstock, and enclosed original tuning pegs whose covers are embossed with the National Logo. There is an ancient (strap button) in the heel. The dual blade pickup can be warm or biting and the original amphenol jack at the bottom is positioned properly and functions just fine. Cords and / or adapters can be obtained online or at electronics stores. Or you can change it out to a standard 1/4" plug if you so desire. It lives in a rather cool old Gretsch hard shell case that has been stripped down to the wood and needs a bit of tlc.
    Price:   $3995.00

    VB 00032 1928 Vega Style N 5 String Conversion     EXC -   This is a wonderful player as well as a beautiful piece of art. The 10 15/16" head is graced with a lovely, whimsical art deco illustration of two frolicking nudes. It has the simple "rolled over" tone ring. The bottom of the metal pot cladding sits in a ledge that locates the cladding precisely on the pot. The rolled-over tone ring doesn't sit on wood, but is held a little less than a millimeter above the wood of the pot, so the simple tone ring doesn't touch wood. All the hardware is original and in good shape including the No Knot Tailpiece. There are a few nicks and scratches on the rim but nothing major. It has the original dowel stick and the serial numbers match on the dowel and the rim.   (87793)   The 26 1/2" scale length neck is mint and appears to be the work of Wyatt Fawley. Simple (and proper) star on the headstock and Planet style tuning pegs. Here's a video clip of it:

    Nice newer hard shell 'bump' case. Price:   $1695.00

    BB - 00011 Late teens Bacon Special Original 5 String Banjo     EXC   This sure appears to be an original Five string neck or else it's a perfect forgery. The fingerboard and frets are in almost unplayed condition. The serial number 33360 matches up on the rim and the inside of the resonator which also has "1933" added to the serial number which might indicate the year 1933 but this seems like an older model to me. ?? The dowel has the proper Made in Groton stamp on it. All the hardware is in fantastic condition and the tuning pegs (newer hign end ones) work great. Simple inlay on the headstock. Fancy pearloid resonator. It plays great and has a good strong sound. Newer hard shell case
    Price:   $1795.00

    VB - 00015 1930 Vega Tubaphone #3 with Wildwood #7 Style Neck     EXC   Here's a fine sounding and playing and looking banjo for you. The 1930 Tubaphone rim which is serial # 88860 has been mated to a beautiful flame maple Wildwood neck that is finished to match the original flame maple resonator whose inside is also quite flamey and bears the Vega stamp. Exquisite Style 7 engraved inlays in the fingerboard and the Wildwood engraved inlay on the peghead. Original 4 piece flange and tubaphone tone ring. New Weatherking head . Newer planet type tuning pegs. Here is a video clip of it. Hard shell case. Great banjo for either old timey or bluegrass.
    Price:   $2250.00

    MF-00084 1946 Martin D-28     EXC -   Here is a Bone just the way you want to find them ... unmolested ! It has been played and there is some play wear as you can see but no ugly play wear. The guitar looks great. And there are no repairs done or needed. There are no cracks anywhere that go through the wood but let's look very closely at three spots on the top . There is one long gouge and next to it is another that is a surface crack and cannot be seen from the inside. There is one other small surface crack that also does not go through. The Brazilian rosewood back is the desired old straight grain and book matched as are the sides which is evident when looking at the bottom. Original tuning pegs and Martin decal on the headstock. Original pickguard and bridge. All bracing, bridgeplate, kerfing, etc original . And it sounds fantastic. A classic bluegrass heringbone dreadnaught. Serial Number 97973 . Newer hard shell case. Price:   $26,500.00

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