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.
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
MF - 00082 1944 Martin
000-28 VG Here is a great sounding, great
playing classic wartime Herringbone Martin that suffered a trauma and
the consequent repairs benefitting it an attractive price. The tuning pegs have been
replaced and there has been an effective headstock crack repair. The top upper and lower bass
bouts are crack free as is the upper treble bout. But the lower treble bout
looks like it was impacted resulting in six cracks which have been
repaired. Here is a
large format picture of the top. The cracks don't look good but they
One small section of herringbone binding has been replaced as has the pickguard.
The brazilian rosewood back has some nicks and a
little buckle rash but is crack free. Likewise the sides are crack free as is
the heel. Nice zipper backstripe. All else
appears original including
end pin, bridge,
snowflake inlays in the
ebony fingerboard, finish,
peghead decal, etc. End block is stamped with Serial # 88229 and it
has the scalloped braces.
This guitar is a true hoss and has 'the stuff' that you expect from one
of the great old herringbone Martins. It's had a recent expert neck set
and setup and plays like it should.
Mf - 00078 1953 Martin D-
28 EXC - I own a 1944 D-28 and it replaced a 1934
D-28 that I had because the 44 sounds better when I play songs on it. This 53
sounds just as good ! And the perfectly matched straight
grained spruce top looks
remarkably similar to the '44 as does the classic straight grain Brazilian rosewood
back and sides.
This is one of those fabled 'mystery tops' and the 'experts' on the Unofficial Martin
Guitar Forum feel that it is red spruce.
Original from the end pin to the tuning pegs
to the Martin decal on the
headstock but with newer bone nut made to original specs.
All original finish with just a bit of pro touch up
around the most worn areas near the pickguard.
A very common modification on these old guitars is a light
thin maple cap on the original bridgeplate which is
attached with hide glue. A purist might easily remove this
but it really does preserve the integrity of the guitar.
Some capo dings on the
back of the neck but I don't
notice them when playing it. (I've been playing it at all my acoustic gigs
since I got it) There's a strap
pin installed in the heel a
little blemish of some
sort as if some tape was once near the edge, and a very well done jack hole repair. Love that
serial number is
# 134047. Older Gibson Hard Shell
GF-00032 1931 Gibson HG-22 Flat
Top Guitar VG + This is an exceedingly rare
model and Gibson's first Jumbo style guitar. 14 5/8" Lower Bout;
25" Scale Length; Many of these were supposedly set up and
sold to be played Hawaiian style but this one has obviously been played
Spanish style all it's life. The neck has a full "C" profile and is
comfortable with a bit of capo wear on the back. Classic thirties sunburst top has scratches and nicks and
two hairline cracks going from the bridge down to the bottom and one
other coming up from the lower bass f-hole. (This baby has in addition
to it's round sound hole, four f-holes and is also factory equipped with
an inner side "wall" that
does not meet the back.) Dark stained maple back and sides which are crack
free. Some scratches also around the bottom. Beautiful original
rosewood bridge, original tuning pegs, Gibson script on the
headstock. Bound top and back,
elevated fingerboard. It
bears FON # 83. It has a hard shell case whose top
covering is gone and could use a complete recovering but provides
protection. Action at the 12th fret is 9/64" bass side and 5/64" treble
side. Straight neck, good frets, well balanced clear sound for picking
and the chords really jump out for rhythm.
GF-00031 1939 Gibson L
Century EXC - Here is a beauty. The "minus"
is because of the one pro repaired stable crack in the flame maple back. There's also a repaired hairline on the top
going from the bridge down to the bottom.
It's got the wide sunburst on the top typical of the later models. Pearl inlays in rosewood
insets in the M.O.T. fingerboard.
Very unusual non-M.O.T. ebony veneered, pearl inlayed headstock and original
tuning pegs. Flame maple sides
are crack free. A few scratches around the bottom. Nice comfortable "C"
neck profile. Beautiful hard shell case seem more like
late 40's early 50's to me but it's sure a nice one. This guitar is set
up great and is really fun to play. Plus it's about the best sounding one of these
that I've run across.
FIF - 0001 ca. 1948
Fratelli Indelicato VG++
Made in Catania, Sicily, Italy, this is a
spectacular showpiece that has a gypsy blues sound to it and plays fine
with a big fat
neck whose sunburst matches that of the top and the sides and the back on which the finish is
quite worn. The headstock
is also sunburst and there is a zero fret. There are a few well done and hard to
see repairs. The tuning pegs appear original
and work fine. The original
label is nicely intact. The soundhole rosette and
spider web pickguard design
are stunning to say the
least and the bold
checkerboard trim sets it off beautifully. No case but we'll ship
Price: $795.00 ON HOLD
VF - 00012 ca. 1938 Vega
Flat Top Guitar EXC - Another great sounding
late thirties Vega Flat Top in nice original condition. Spruce top is crack free as is the
mahogany back. There is
one small repaired crack in the upper bout of the bass side. The
original finish on the
mahogany back and
sides has aged with light streaks in it which I've also seen on other old
Vega's from this period. Everything appears to be original from the tuning pegs to the end pin with the
exception of the one black bridge pin although maybe it's the original
one? Vega logo on the
headstock and label in fine condition.
Lower bout - 13 1/2" Scale Length = 25" Nut
Width = 1 3/4" It's had a neck set and plays comfortably
and in tune with action at the 12th fret, 6th string of 4/32" and first
string of 3/32". Ladder braced. Big sound from this medium size body.
VF - 00011 ca. 1937 Vega
Flat Top Guitar EXC + It is unusual to find a
Vega flat top in this large size ... a shade under 14 3/4" at the lower
bout and a maximum body depth of 4 1/2 inches.
Combined with the 25" scale length this yields a big strong sound.
It is ladder braced and was built for steel strings with a
long bridge plate and two tone bars below the plate.
The nut width is 1 21/32" (just shy of 1 11/16") typical of the Vegas of the thirties and forties.
The serial number is 38969. Someday someone will figure out how Vega serial numbers
relate to the date of manufacture and we will thank them profusely. The action measures
8/64" at the 12th fret on the bass string and 6/64ths on the treble string. This
instrument is in amazing original un-circulated condition with a recent
neck set, straight neck, good frets and low action. Adirondack spruce
top shows some long checking lines
in the original finish as does the mahogany
back and sides. Mahogany neck and ebony bridge and fingerboard.
This is a simple relatively unadorned model but the quality
of woods and craftsmanship in these old Vegas is right up there with the Martins
of the same era. Everything is original here from the end pin to the 'jazz era'
raised pickguard to the tuning
pegs to the stenciled star logo on the headstock. And the original Geib semi-
hard case is quite nice indeed.
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.
FPF - 00012 Mid 1800's
Lacote French Style Parlour Guitar EXC This was initially
identified to us as a Lacote but it has no label. So we don't know for sure but
we sure know that it is a honey. We have
had it completely restored and it plays like butter and the sound is
astounding. Three piece spruce top has a spliced crack near
the edge and a couple of stable hairlines on either side of the
fingerboard. The bookmatched Brazilian rosewood back and sides are crack free.
There is one little hole above the end pin. Elegant headstock and replaced tuning pegs. The neck is
attached at the heel with
a bolt that is tightened and loosened with a key which was fashioned during
the restoartion. We have heard from some true experts about this guitar and
they insist that it is not a Lacote and that it has German purfling and
clearly resembles the wappenform guitars
that persisted even into the 1940's in Germany and Austria.
So there you have it. Always
trust the experts. This guitar is just a ball to play and drop dead gorgeous to boot.
Lower Bout = 12" Scale Length = 24 3/4" Nut Width =
VT - 00023 1935 ViviTone
Acousti-Guitar Exc- A rare example of the
Acousti-Guitar from The Vivi Tone Company founded by Lloyd Loar after
leaving Gibson. There's nicks and scratches but it is crack free both top and back both of which act as
soundboards in this radical design complete with elevated fingerboard and
adjustable bridge. There is a solidly repaired heel crack which poses no
threat. The guitar plays just fine and has a unique sound which is
perfect for cowboy songs and many other applications. Sound really great
playing Django music. Original (except for one) tuning pegs. Art deco
number 383 and there
is an additional label
which guarantees an upgrade to the more expensive Acousti-lectric model.
It is unusual to find one of these guitars in this nice condition. Gig Bag.
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