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
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.
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.
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
Reduced Price: $850.00
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
Consigned at: Price:
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
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
Tsumura ES-175 - DT Special)
and nice maple back and sides with a big bold sound. Newer hard shell
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 ,
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
Price - Consigned at:
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
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.
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:
Reduced Price: $2250.00
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
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.
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:
Reduced Price: $1295.00
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