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    KA - 0001 1934 Kay Wood Amplifying Guitar     EXC   Extremely rare all original example from the earliest years of the Kay Musical Instrument Company in Chicago. It's in beautiful condition and has a great woody 'resonant' sound just picked and really comes alive when you slide that bottleneck onto it. The top has a sunburst bound wooden coverplate under which is a wooden resonating chamber with a trough that 'feeds' the sound upward to the dual grille holes. It's a big guitar with a 15 3/4" lower bout and a 25 3/4" scale length. Nut width is 1 23/32". It is bound top, back and neck and it's sunburst all over, including the top and back as well as the sides and the back of the neck. It sports the patented Stromberg- Voisinette neck angle adjuster mechanism that actually allows you to change the neck angle without steam and glue and all the messy stuff. It has it's original tuning pegs and the headstock logo is in beautiful shape. It has been recently set up John Knutson and is in fine fettle. This is only the second one of these I've ever seen and it is an exceptional specimen. No case but we'll ship securely.
    Price:   $3250.00 Reduced Price: $2450.00

    AG - 00099 1951 National Model 1140 Archtop Guitar   VG ++   Very attractive archtop in great condition with a good strong sound with warmth to it. Crack free. Spruce sunburst top and sunburst maple back with great tiger stripe maple sides. Original adjustable bridge and pickguard. Replacement tailpiece. Straight mahogany C profile neck with good frets and the patented flat removeable heel makes for easy neck sets but it is set up great right now. Tuning pegs are good quality Kluson type and the original National metal plaque graces the headstock. Hard shell case is in good shape.
    Price:   $1140.00 Reduced Price: $850.00

    MF - 00068 1946 Martin 000- 18     VG++   Well aged spruce top has lots of nicks and scratches but no cracks. Same thing goes for the mahogany back and the mahogany sides and around the end pin. Serial number 96289   puts it puts it in about the middle of 1946. The headstock is in nice shape and the replacement Grover tuning pegs work really well. It is set up great, plays easy and sounds fantastic like an old Martin should. Except for the tuning pegs, it appears all original. It's a good one. Chip Board case.
    Price:   $6000.00 Reduced Price: $4500.00

    GM - 00144 1932 Gibson A-50 Mandolin     EXC   Here is the earliest version of the A-50 and last Gibson A model with the oval hole. This one has a good deep strong sound and fine setup. Beautiful sunburst top and dark stained maple back and sides. There is one scratch / dent in the side that's impossible to photograph and another scratch on the top. It's got the elevated fingerboard. There is a small professionally repaired stable crack just underneath the elevated fingerboard and one other on the treble side. It has its original adjustable bridge, and pickguard, and tailpiece. Gibson script graces the headstock and it has its original tuning pegs. It also has a nice original hard shell case.
    Consigned at:   Price:   $2495.00 Reduced Price: 2195.00

    TG - 00082 1950 Gibson Custom L-7 T Blonde with Bow Tie Inlays     EXC +   - Check it out on its page in The Museum. It's an early 1950 as evidenced by the dot being connected to the "G" on the headstock inlay which also has the open "o" and open "g" and the lower connection to the "n". Plus the headstock gets thinner at it's end which stopped in mid 1950. Plus the serial number is A (probably but almost completely obliterated) 5286 which puts it in early 1950.   17" Lower bout, bow tie inlays just like a banjo (had to be custom ordered like the Tsumura ES-175 - DT Special) and nice maple back and sides with a big bold sound. Newer hard shell case.
    Price:   $7500.00 Reduced Price: $6250.00

    Gm - 00095 1915 Gibson F-2 Blackface Mandolin     EXC -   This one has the checking or crazing on the original top finish that some people (like me) really like. And it also has the binding that ends on the inside of the scroll which likewise appeals to some of us. It has one solidly repaired hairline crack next to the bass side of the fingerboard that is no biggie. It's got the desireable Handel tuning pegs with the inlaid buttons and its original tailpiece , pickguard and endpin and a Loar period replica adjustable bridge. Nicely figured slab cut birch back and sides. And the headstock does NOT have the typical repaired scroll crack neither big nor little. The label is in nice shape. It lives in a sturdy travelite style case.
    Price - Consigned at:   $4350.00 Reduced Price: $3495.00

    TT - 0001 ca. 1935 Nicola Turturro Tenor Guitar     VG ++   Nicola Turturro emigrated to New York from Rome, Italy in 1900 and made instruments (many of them very interesting and radical) until the 1940's. He held many interesting patents. I've seen some of his 'reversible' instruments and some ukes and mandolins but this is the first Turturro tenor guitar I've ever run across. It is a virtual copy of a Martin 0-18T. It even looks like he had the same source of wood. The straight grain adirondack spruce, x-braced top is beautifully aged and has some wear but it crack is free and all original finish. The mahogany back and sides are also crack free and have been professionally refinished and look great. The heel is very Martin-like as is the end strip , OM style picguard and bridge. One bridge pin is not original. Original Grover tuning pegs and plain headstock veneer. The Turturro stamp is on the back of the headstock. As one might expect, it sounds like a great old Martin. A great player and an unusual instrument. It came to us without a case but we can ship securely in something or other.
    Price:   $1850.00 Reduced Price: $1595.00

    MM - 00017 1936 Martin Model 2-30 Mandolin     EXC -   These are lovely instruments and we don't see many of them. This one is a fine example with a beautiful sunburst crack free spruce top and spectacular flame maple back and sides. Original tuning pegs and Martin Decal on the Brazilian rosewood headstock veneer. Diamond / snowflake inlays grace the ebony fingerboard. Original ebony bridge and engraved tailpiece. Pickguard is long gone. Plays easily with a comfortable low action and sounds sweet as can be. Straight neck, good frets. Rare instrument. Newer tweed hard shell case.
    Price - Consigned at:   $4500.00 Reduced Price: $3650.00

    MM - 00014 1929 Martin Style 20 Mandolin     VG+   Here's a first year of issue of this model. Crack free with well aged spruce top and flame maple back and sides. Ebony fingerboard with abalone dots inlaid. Nice engraved tailpiece, original tuning pegs, ebony bridge, replaced pickguard and brazilian rosewood peghead overlay. This one plays very easily, really sweet and beautiful tone. Non original hard shell case.
    Price - Consigned at:   $2800.00 Reduced Price: $2250.00

    TG - 00044 1928 Weissenborn Tenor Guitar     EXC   A rare and beautiful little tenor guitar with a big sound. Fun to play. Beautiful book matched Koa wood top as well as back and sides. Banjo style headstock with original Waverly pancake tuning pegs. Weissenborn stamped label is clearly readable through the soundhole.
    Total length: 32"     Scale length: 22 3/4" (19 frets)     Nut Width: 1 5/32"     Body length: 15 3/4"     Upper bout: 8 3/8"     Waist: 7"     Lower bout: 12"     Body depth: 3 1/4" to 3 5/8"     X-Braced !!     Chipboard Case.
    Price:   $2195.00 Reduced Price: 1795.00

    AG - 00107 ca. 1939 Le Domino "Big Boy" by Regal     VG +   This Big Boy has a 15 1/4" lower bout and a scale length of 25 1/2 " with a nut width of 1 7/8" and it is a great fingerpicking guitar. Sorta like an archtop, sorta like a flat top. The top appears to be solid spruce and the back looks like birch. It is all original from the tuning pegs to the tailpiece, bridge and pickguard. The script on the headstock is in unusually good shape as is the Regal label. There is a bit of wear to the dominos on the fingerboard but the dominoes just above the tailpiece are in pristine condition. Fancy soundhole rosette. It looks like a 2 piece heel construction or a very perfectly horizontal hairline crack repair. Hard to tell. It sounds really good and plays nicely with a comfortable action. Ratty old oversize chipboard case.
    Price:   $1750.00 Reduced Price: $1450.00

    VMB - 00017 1922 Vega Tubaphone Style X Mandolin Banjo     EXC-   This may have been a custom order because it contains some of the features of the Style 9 series like the fancy marquetry on the bottom of the rim and engraved fingerboard inlays. Yet it clearly states Style X on the dowel stick. Nice engraved inlays on the headstock and original enclosed tuning pegs. Flamey maple neck and lovely carving on the heel cap. There is a solid expertly repaired crack on the heel. Bell Brand tailpiece. Seems to be a skin head that has been 'rubbed down'. Original hard shell case has seen better days. Good setup with nice comfy action and a fairly mellow (for a mandolin banjo) sound.
    Price - Consigned at:   $1695.00 Reduced Price: $1295.00

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