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    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 back and sides. Rare original pickguard 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 heel.
    Price:   $2850.00

    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 back and 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.
    Price:   $1750.00

    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:   $1950.00 Reduced Price: $1595.00


    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 - 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 Reduced Price: $6250.00


    Martin Tenor Guitars

    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 Reduced Price: 1795.00

    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 hairline 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

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