In Excellent condition, this 1997 Guild F4CE has a solid spruce top with laminate mahogany sides and an arched, laminate mahogany back. Active Fishman electronics are present with controls on the bass side upper bout. In its original plywood case, the price is $850.
All original and constructed in the mid- 2000’s, this Crafters Tennessee Flathead wears a maple neck and resonator. The maple rim features a heavy, 20-hole ‘Mastertone’ style tone ring. The fret board and peg head inlays are as spectacular as is the genuine Bluegrass tone of this banjo. A separated neck and peg head has been nicely repaired and is virtually invisible. Considered to be in Very Good+ condition and found in its original mock-alligator skin covered plywood case, our price is $1895.
From dulcimer maker Ron Ewing of Columbus, Ohio, comes this six-string dulcimette. Built in 2012 with a yellow cedar top, maple back, and walnut neck and sides, this instrument is found in Excellent condition with light playing wear. A nicely padded bag is included; the price is $245.
A Near Mint condition OS 45B Autoharp from Oscar Schmidt, this example is Korean made circa 1990. In better shape than newer offerings, here we find fifteen unused chord bars and tight, tunable pins; a deluxe gig bag is included. The price is $350.
Despite above average wear and tear, this 1935 C.F. Martin 0-17 (#59238) has survived its eighty-five years with no cracks in the top or back. A ding on the bass-side upper bout is sealed. The bridge is a Martin replacement with a drop-in "thru-saddle" bone saddle. The 1-3/4 inch ebony nut has been exchanged for bone. The replacement tuners are Schaller "Grand Tune." A recent neck reset is evident and a flat top hard shell case is included. Please call for pricing.
This reissue of the Gibson L-1, also known as the Robert Johnson model, is number 33 (#92701024) of a limited run of only 100 done in 1991. Like the original, this update is constructed of solid spruce and mahogany. The 1-11/16 inch nut and the bridge saddle are bone. Residing in its original hard shell case and in Near Mint condition, the price is $2100.
Made in West Germany, here is a Dieter Hopf Grand Professional Modell (1409/24) from 1978 with a red cedar top and Indian rosewood back and sides. The 53.5mm nut and the bridge saddle are of bone. The fret board is ebony, the bridge is rosewood. In Very Good+ condition and residing in a period plywood case, the price is $2400.
Here is a Schoenberg/C.F. Martin collaboration OM model from 1990 (#500078). The heavy lifting for this project was done by T.J. Thompson in the Schoenberg shop and then signed off on by the Martin folks. The top of this remarkable sounding instrument is spruce; the back and sides are mahogany. The 1-3/4 inch nut and the bridge saddle are of bone. Residing in its original hard shell case, this beauty is in Near Mint condition. Please call for pricing.
Another of Chicago's own, this Harmony model H162 dates from the middle to late 1960's. With a solid spruce stop, solid mahogany back and sides, and a recently reset pearwood neck, a replacement rosewood bridge and replacement tuners can be observed. Considered to be in Excellent condItion and residing in a new hard shell case, the price is $785.
This Gibson RB250 was built in 2003 (#250 03 279). Two Scruggs style tuners are present in the headstock. Residing in its original hard shell case, this instrument is considered to be in Excellent condition. The price is $2000.
Here is an early Deering Maple Blossom from 1983 (#931383). Four Scruggs style tuners are present in the headstock. Residing in its original hard shell case, this instrument is considered to be in Excellent condition. The price is $2800.
J.B. Schall, one of Chicago's preeminent banjo makers, is responsible for this Imperial model merrywang from the late 1800's. Schaller Precision Pegs have replaced the violin style originals. The neck and the spun-over rim appear to be Spanish cedar. A new goatskin head, a Morris bridge and Aquila nylon strings are present. In Excellent condition and residing in a nicely padded bag, the price of this instrument is $1450.
The C.F. Martin ukuleles are always among the best sounding and most playable, and this Model 0 from the 1950's is a perfect example. In Excellent condition with a case available, the price is $700,
Here is an Epiphone upright bass from the late 1950's. This plywood work-horse was constructed in New York before the Gibson Company purchased the Epiphone name. Residing in a new padded bass bag and accompanied by the original well-worn slipcover, the price is $3300.
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