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  • Buckbee Fretless (19518)
    Impressive floral marquetry adorns this clean example from the Buckbee factory, including a quaint Butterfly on the peghead. Reproduction friction tuners, bridge, and tailpiece. Skin head, nylgut setup.
    Circa 1880
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  • Gibson Johnny Smith (19493)
    This is one of the most highly revered archtops ever made by Gibson, and this is an early model, in the third year of production. It is 17" wide, 3/1/8" deep, and has a spruce top, and maple back and sides. It sounds incredible and has a resonance like none other. At one point, the upper half of the bridge was replaced with a Tune-O-Matic bridge, and later was replaced by a non original ebony piece true to the original part. The lower half of the bridge remains original. The electronics were...
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  • Gibson Granada/Style 5 Deluxe (19468)
    Serial # 9261-8 from a batch of Granada tenor banjos with 40 hole raised head tone rings. Possibly from a custom order, this is a fine condition excellent quality banjo suitable for professional use on stage or in the studio. The walnut neck is a five string conversion with Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, wreath inlay, wreath peghead inlay, marquetry on back of peghead, greenish pearloid edge trim. Style 5 Deluxe resonator beautifully figured walnut with wood purfling and greenish pearloid...
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  • Gibson Style U (19373)
    This is an original harp guitar with six string neck and 10 string harp section featuring red sunburst finish. The all original tortoise pickguard and bridge-pin-style tailpiece are in fantastic, show room shape. There is one long, repaired top crack and minor checks but overall a beautiful, intact example which includes the original hard case.
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  • Unger Tubaphone (19363)
    Just arrived by special delivery!!!! Professor Douglas Unger of Peninsula, OH has been making banjos in the Fairbanks tradition for over 40 years. He drove this one up from Ohio and presented it to us. It is his latest interpretation of a high grade A. C. Fairbanks Tubaphone built around a Rickard 10-3/4 rim without a bracket band. The neck is beautiful mahogany with carved heel and Unger interpretation on the Style 3 theme including an wonderfully engraved "flowerpot" pearl inlayed into a...
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  • Martin 0-28 (19257)
    This is an original “Victorian era” guitar with solid peghead and ivory friction tuners, ivory binding and herringbone trimmed top. There are three very minor top cracks repaired long ago. It is a very playable and beautiful sounding parlor guitar. It is interesting to note that one might pay five times the amount of the price of this guitar for a 1930s version braced for steel strings. Certainly the steel strung model will have a greatly increased volume, but for playing in a parlor how much...
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  • Rob Elhers Koa/Ebony/Abalone Special (19247)
    Absolutely stunning all koa and ebony constructed concert jumbo flat top with tortoise bound fretboard and body. Beautiful koa from the big island that was already 10 years old when the guitar was made, and abalone from off the coast of Portland OR where the builder dove in to harvest it himself for this guitar (no joke!). Abalone is trimmed around the top, including the fretboard that overlays the the face, the soundhole, the bridge, and the peghead. The peghead with its ebony veneer has an...
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  • Bacon and Day Sultana No. 4 (19151)
    This is an extraordinarily RARE find. This banjo was custom made for teacher, endorser, publisher and entertainer Veda Santos and owned by her until her death in 2002 at age 100. Mrs. Santos was John's mandolin teacher 40 years ago and was an inspiration for his love of old, vintage instruments. The banjo sat on a stand and she always told him that Fred (Bacon) made it special for her. Her studio was filled with instruments and music from the 1920s and 30s. She and her husband, Don Santos,...
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  • Gibson ES-350 (18699)
    The ES-350 was Gibson's first cutaway electric guitar. This 1951 ES-350 is a rare example featuring two P-90 pickups, an individual volume knob for each pickup and a master tone. It is a full depth, 17 inch blonde cutaway with double parallelogram inlays in the fingerboard. Gold plated tuners and tailpiece are replacements. There is a very slight repair on the back of the peghead but this does not appear to be a structural issue. This is a fine, rare and beautiful jazzbox.
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  • Luscomb Custom Presentation (18286)
    Unsigned one of a kind Boston-made Luscomb presentation banjo and featured in America's Instrument: The Banjo in the Nineteenth Century, from a private collection. A rare presentation model that derivates from the standard catalog models. 10 5/8 rim with former owner Maly Wales Matthews name inlaid in pearl script on the dowel stick, and initials inlaid in heel. Continuous presentation grade fingerboard pearl work almost identical to top of the line Haynes Bay State models 353/354. Snakewood...
    Circa 1896
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  • Benedetto Supreme (17890)
    Stunning vintage Benedetto with spruce top with light sunburst and back of light burst finished birdseye maple. The figuring on the maple back is arresting, its quite a sight. The pickup is a custom made DeArmond. Grover tuners. It has finish checking from age and the binding in various places has shrunken along the fretboard and body. Some finish chips here and there along fretboard, on heel, and along back binding, however very small and only noticed up close. Frets and board are...
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  • Edward Light Dital Harp (17428)
    We are pleased to offer for sale an original Dital Harp circa 1800 built by the instrument's inventor Edward Light. Light was based in London where he first patented his Dital or Lute harp in 1798. This fine example is completely original, complete with walnut hardshell case and cast-iron tuning wrench. Period gut strings remain intact on the harp as well as Light's signature dital thumb screws, which are meant to adjust each note a 1/2 step. With the tremendous amount of gold-leaf adornments,...
    Circa 1800
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  • Gibson F 5 Fern (17176)
    Stunning Fern F 5 Gibson mandolin. Gibson oversprayed the instrument and replaced the fingerboard in the 1930's with what was stock at the time, a block inlayed board which is included in the case. A correct period dot inlayed board was replaced last year. Top leaf of fern inlay is all original. In beautiful original condition with no cracks or repairs. The sound is balanced and sweet with great playability. Originally ordered and sent out in 1928 with Factory Order Number: 8231. Comes with...
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