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
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.
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
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".
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
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
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
( $425.00 in 1931 = $6,653.58 in 2016 dollars)
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Here is a video clip of it.
Hard shell case. Great banjo for either old timey or
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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