No sales tax for customers outside California.

This custom James Patterson acoustic sounds huge and is visually gorgeous as well.  James clearly had an eye for detail, and he literally wrote the book on guitar inlay, which is still available through Stewart MacDonald and other sources.

When this guitar was traded in I could tell it had a ton of potential, but it did need some work.  We sent it off for a neck reset, bridge re-glue, and a new saddle.  It came back playing incredibly well and sounding even better than it did when I first checked it out.  The scalloped bracing and quality woods are what makes this the killer sounding guitar that it is. 

The frets are in excellent shape so they were not replaced in this process. The guitar is now issue-free and ready to serve for decades.

No other repairs or issues are present.  Hardshell case included.

Stew Mac's listing information for the Patterson book:

"Pearl Inlay" By James E. Patterson
Instructions for grinding, sawing, routing and gluing abalone and mother-of-pearl, and much more.
The bible of pearl work! The inspiration for generations of inlay artists. Reprinted from the original edition, it includes instructions for grinding, sawing, routing and gluing abalone and mother-of-pearl; making jigs for cutting dots, diamonds and strips; abalone purfling techniques, and tips on pearl engraving.

From James' obituary in 2014:

He quit quit high school and joined the Marines at the end of World War II. He spent a few years in China and was a member of the China Marines. In 1962 Jim wanted a 12 string guitar, but they were just too expensive, so he decided to make one. That was how he started making guitars as a hobby. He made either 306 or 307 guitars, plus he made an instrument called a dulcimer that has 4 strings and is played similar to a guitar. Jim was the printer for the City of Santa Cruz for almost 40 years. He printed every piece of paper the city used, including the parking tickets for the Police Dept. and all the letterheads for the different departments. He retired when he was 62 and spent all of his spare time making guitars.

Color: Natural
Weight: 4lbs 10.2ozs
Top: Spruce
Body: Mahogany
Neck: Reset Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Inlays: Yes
Frets: Re-fret
Fret count: 19
Nut: Polished Bone
Nut width: 1 11/16"
Scale: 25.5"
Radius: 10"
Neck thickness at 1st Fret: 0.89"
Neck thickness at 10th Fret: 0.94"
Action 1st String at 12th Fret: 2/32"
Action 6th String at 12th Fret: 2/32"
Total length: 40.25"
Body length: 19.75"
Lower bout: 15.625"
Waist: 10.875"
Upper bout: 11.5"
Body depth/thickness: 4.875"
String gauge: .012-.046"
Electronics?: Yes
Electronics Original?
Pickguard: Non-original
Bridge: Re-set
Tuners: Original
Case: HSC

Shipping policy:
Three day UPS air shipments will be automatic for buyers including these states and those to the east of them: Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas.  Shipments will require signature on delivery, no exceptions.  If there is damage, the buyer must retain all packing materials intact and picture them immediately and send them to  Less than 1% of our shipments are damaged in transit, and we are committed to making sure your item arrives safely, but we are taking these additional measures to make sure you are happy with your purchase.

Mahar's Vintage Guitars

Mahar's Vintage Guitars

James E. Patterson
Mahar's Vintage Guitars
Chuck Mahar
Online Only
1:18 PM
Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm. Usually available always, sometimes not so much, even at other times on other days.

Buyer to pay prior to shipment via Paypal, wire transfer, credit card or other electronic means. Payment must clear before shipping. Certified checks and trades are accepted, however checks must clear before we will ship and trades must be received here and evaluated prior to shipment of our item.

All orders ship within three business days of the receipt of an order, usually faster. Tracking information will be automatically forwarded to all buyers. Buyers must retain all shipping materials in the event a return is necessary.

Returns accepted if the purchaser responds within 48 hours of receipt of an item and there is a discrepancy relating to the condition or originality of an item. Returns are not accepted for items that do not meet the needs or sonic tastes of clients due to the subjective nature, unless such concern is stated prior to the purchase. Any return for reasons other than incorrect advertising of condition or originality on the part of Mahar's Vintage Guitars shall be the responsibility of the buyer, which shall result in the buyer paying all shipping costs (to and from) their location.