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    Latest Arrivals

    RTG - 0008 Late 20's Regal Tenor Guitar     VG   These little guys put out a lot of sound for their size. They make a great travel tenor with the shorter 21" scale length. This is an interesting one in that it has some of the features of the top of the line models such as the fancy pearl inlay in the headstock and on the fingerboard. And it has the nice geared Grover two tab tuning pegs. And it has the fancy binding around the beautifully aged adirondack spruce crack free top . But instead of having rosewood back and sides like the highest end one does, it has mahogany but with a fancy zipper stripe down the back. The back and sides are also crack free. And it is equipped with the higher end banjo style tailpiece also usually only seen on the high end models. It retains the original label . There is a solidly done neck repair at the peghead. The action is high but so is the bridge but to bring it way down would require probably some fret work and/or a neck set. It plays fine with normal tenor strings tuned C G D A. New chipboard case. Here's a short demo:
    Price:   $395.00

    RTP - 0001 Rafaele Tieri Plectrum Guitar ca. 1925 - 35     VG+   I've probably seen as many Tieri instruments as anyone but this is the first plectrum guitar I've seen and with it's 15 3/4" body it's one of the largest Tieri instruments I've seen. And it is a strong instrument with plenty of meat in the lower range (I've got it tuned to G D A E with beefy bronze strings) and in the upper ranges as well. (to which you have access thanks to the cutaway) Scale length is 26" and nut width is 1 1/8". The angle ladder braced top is original finish dark stained spruce with several stable well repaired cracks. The sycamore 5 ply center striped (which is typical of Tieri) back has a slight and stablized center seam separation near the bottom but no other cracks and the sides are crack free and joined at the bottom by a walnut end strip. The five ply laminated neck is Brazilian Rosewood with side marquetry in Italian colors. These colors also adorn the pearl star inlaid headstock. The original tuning pegs are a bit stiff but work fine. All binding is tight and intact including that on the cutaway. The heel is clean and the screw that someone put there has been left alone. The bridge is an unusual and clever arrangement with the Brazilian rosewood bridgeplate on the top surface and a floating adjustable bridge sitting on it. It certainly works well and is completely original. The stunning deco pickguard is of a thoroughly modern material (for the day). Fresh neck set and fret job and setup. This is a fabulous instrument. Here's a short video: Period soft shell case in Ok shape.
    Price:   $3500.00

    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


    Gibson Tenor Guitars

    TG - 00136 1939 Gibson ETB- 150 Electric Tenor Banjo     EXC   Yes this is technically a banjo because it is round. However, it is actually a fantastic electric tenor guitar with 22 frets to the body! And a wonderful original "Charlie Christian" pickup that can be sweet or growl fiercely. It plays 'like butter' - really nicely. It is completely original with no issues. Sunburst maple top has gorgeous flame as does the back looking much like the far later coveted Les Paul Standards. Pearl inlaid headstock in the TB-7 Style. Original tuning pegs which are the rare boxy Klusons. Original Volume and Tone knobs one black and one brown, and original "palm vibrato". Regular 1/4" guitar jack conveniently located on the treble side near the heel. Serial number EGE-4512 . And it has it's original racing stripe hard shell case which is worn but so nice that we had the interior and the ribbon hinges restored with vintage material.
    Price:   $3495.00

    TG - 00130 1932 Gibson TG-0 Tenor Guitar     EXC +   Completely original and crack free, this is a fine example and has a great setup and big warm sound. 12 7/8" Lower Bout   - 22 7/8" Scale Length   - 1 3/16" Nut Width.   Mahogany top, sides, and back which has lovely finish crazing on it. Strap peg attached to the heel, "The Gibson" logo on the headstock, and nice original Grover tuning pegs. Don't know if the end pin is original but the wonderful bridge sure is and the Made In USA label inside indicates that it was originally exported probably to Canada. The FON number on the neck block is un-readable to these old eyes but seems to start with 20_ _. This really is a choice tenor guitar. The case while cute, is a bit oversized and certainly not original.
    Price:   $1895.00

    TG - 00086 1928 Gibson Nick Lucas Tenor Guitar     EXC -   I've only seen a handful of these and this one plays really well and sounds wonderful. Lower Bout = 14 7/8"   Upper Bout = 10 3/16"   Nut Width = 1 5/32"   Body Depth is 4 5/16" to 4 3/4".   Classic tight sunburst original finish spruce top has one repaired little hairline about 1 3/4" long coming up from the bottom and what appears to be an original custom ordered pickguard. The mahogany back has a hard to see 6 1/2" repaired hairline coming down from the top. Those are finish cracks you see around the end pin and they don't appear to go through the wood. The sides are crack free. The lovely slender heel is accentuated by the added body depth. Original Grover tuning pegs and pearl horizontal "The Gibson" inlaid in the headstock. The label is splendidly intact. The green lined hard shell case may actually be original as it fits it quite nicely but the handle has come unattached at one end.
    Price:   $8500.00

    TG - 00111 1937 Gibson EST- 150 Electric Archtop Tenor Guitar     EXC   but for one solidly repaired crack in the mahogany back. This is a great sounding classic with original sunburst top and Charlie Christian pickup. It plays really smoothly with a nice acoustic sound as well as electric. Original tuning pegs. Gibson script on the headstock. Love the one brown and one black knobs. Takes a standard 1/4" guitar cord in the original end pin hole. And it has the way cool racing stripe original hard shell case in pretty good shape but the center latch is kaput. Lower Bout = 16"   Nut Width = 1 3/16"   Scale Length = 23"
    Price:   $3350.00


    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


    Martin Tenor Guitars

    TG - 00137 1955 Martin 0- 18T Tenor Guitar     VG ++   A nice example. It's been played and has that great dry sound that old wood gives when it's had a bunch of songs run through it. Frets are good and the neck is straight and the action is nice with plenty of original saddle height. Spruce top is crack free as are the mahogany back and sides. Everything appears original from the Martin script on the headstock to the tuning pegs to the end pin. The serial number is 43543. The case might be original but probably not. This is a great sounding flat top tenor.
    Price:   $1795.00

    TG - 00134 1930 Martin 0- 28T Tenor Guitar     VG+   A rare Golden Era Herringbone tenor and a powerful one. My friend Greig Hutton, Martin researcher from Canada informs me that this guitar was the last of a batch of 5 completed March 28th, 1930 and represents the very first of the OM style long necked bodies. It has certainly been played and quite a bit outdoors most likely as the original finish is worn everywhere. The top has just one hairline that runs from the pickguard down to the bottom and is associated with an area near the side on the lower treble bout that suffered some damage but this is all expertly repaired. The back is crack free and has the wonderful straight gained Brazilian rosewood and the lovely zipper stripe running down it's length. Brazilian rosewood sides are also crack free. Plain rosewood headstock with an unfortunate cigarette burn and original Grover tuning pegs. Ebony fingerboard with diamond and snowflake inlays. Ivory end strip. One non original bridge pin. The Martin stamp is on the back of the peghead and Serial #41999 is stamped on the heel block. It came to us with no case but will be shipped securely and safely.
    Price:   $5000.00

    MT - 00131 1929 Martin 2-28 T Tenor Guitar     EXC   I've only seen a couple of these and this one is in really nice condition with no cracks anywhere. The Style 28 tenors are found far less than the lesser models. The spruce top shows evidence of a former pickguard which was attached with screws, leaving one little hole near the fingerboard and another little hole near the herringbone trim. The ebony fingerboard is inlaid with slotted diamonds of pearl. There are a few scratches around the soundhole. Abalone dot inlaid end pin. Rosewood headstock veneer and Grover tuning pegs with the Martin stamp in the back of the peghead. Gotta love the zipper stripe on the Brazilian rosewood back. The serial number is 40051. It has it's original case in fair condition. This thing sounds incredible. Very loud and full and rich and bright. And it is set up very nicely and plays easily.
    Price:   $4800.00


    Other Tenor Guitars

    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

    TG - 00129 ca. 1928 Epiphone Recording "A" Tenor Guitar     VG++   These Epiphone Recording guitars are some of the best sounding tenors around and they take a low G D A E tuning really well. This one, unlike the blonde one in the museum has a sunburst top that has been refinished and original finish dark stained birch back and sides. All original with the possible exception of the end pin and just two hariline cracks on the top; one from the bridge down to the bottom and the other,harder to see (and photograph) next to the fingerboard. Three piece laminated maple and rosewood (or maybe walnut?) neck with the fancy MOTS banners on the headstock. Original bridge and period correct tuning pegs one of which is different from the others. Great setup with nice action and fantastic sound. The case is probably original but alas the back hinges are gone.
    Price:   $3850.00

    TG - 00112 Ca. 1940 Lark Jr. Archtop Tenor Guitar     EXC -   Here a deep bodied (4 " deep and 15 3/4" Lower Bout) archtop tenor that sounds great with lots of warmth to the tone and is in splendid condition and quite unusual. The sunburst spruce top has just a few scratches and the mahogany back has one small area of finish flaking and the sides are in beautiful shape. The Brazilian rosewood fingerboard has mother of pearl 1/8th note inlays. The body is bound with wonderful tortoise - oid binding. Original tuning pegs work fine. "Lark Junior" is inlayed in pearl on the headstock. And, of course, there is The Lark itself to admire. This is a fun guitar to play and it sounds great. Chipboard case.
    Price:   $1695.00    ON HOLD

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