Folkway Music
Waterloo, ON
8:45 PM
Folkway is open from 11 AM to 6 PM Tuesday to Friday, and from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday.

Folkway Music accepts Visa, Mastercard, money order, bank transfer, or cash.

Folkway Music ships internationally. On applicable instruments, we'll help acquire the CITES permits that may be needed as quickly as possible. We most frequently use FedEx, but can arrange to ship with any carrier, at a customers request.

Folkway Music offers a 48 hour approval period. We will refund your payment if you are not 100% satisfied with your instrument. All shipping costs are non-refundable, however, and are the responsibility of the purchaser.

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1965 Fender Bassman

$1,516
From the home of the original owner and directly to Folkway comes this 1965 Fender Bassman. The amp was purchased alongside the ’66 Fender Jazz Bass that we currently have listed for sale, and was used throughout the late 1960’s and into the 70’s at regular gigs. The amp had been sitting dormant for some time, so it went straight to our tech before we plugged it in. He had found the turret...
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1966 Fender Jazz Bass

$6,500
Serial # 131867. A one owner transition-era Fender Jazz Bass brought to Folkway by only person who's ever played it. It's still pretty exciting when that happens. We were the first people in half a century to turn the pickguard screws and breath air into the control cavity. The bass is completely original, unmodified, and perfect. Neck dated March of '66, pots dated 11th week of 66. Bound...
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Martin 000-28VS

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**We are located in Canada. US prices are approximate. Please contact us for current US pricing and shipping details.**
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1972 Gibson ES-335

$2,959
A particularly attractive early 70’s ES-335, with Gibson-logo Patent # pickups, cherry sunburst finish, and an aftermarket Bigsby. The guitar is in great shape, with original electronics, frets, and hardware less the replaced bridge, which works well with the Bigsby. Compact neck feel, with a nut that measures 1-9/16” and a slim/fast carve. Original frets show some wear but have lots of life...
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~1961 Kay Jazz II

$1,778
The Jazz II was Kay’s top-of-the-line thinline hollow body in the early 1960’s, and replaced the Barney Kessel signature models as the company’s flagship guitar after Kessel and Kay parted ways. It’s a supremely cool guitar, and sounds amazing thanks to its Gold K “Kleenex Box” pickups and original Bigsby B6 Vibrato. This example is a somewhat rarer variation of the Jazz II and features a full...
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1915 Gibson K-1 Mandocello

$3,074
With its low C stringing and unison strings tuned in 5ths, a mandocello has an amazingly unique and beguiling tone. The second largest of Gibson’s Mandolin family instruments of the WWI era (the Mando-bass was larger), the K-1 Mandocello was an important part of the mandolin ensembles and orchestras that were prevalent during the first 20 or so years of the 1900’s. This example, built in...
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~1926 Vega Vegaphone Professional

$1,459
A particularly fine example of the Tubaphone plectrum Professional model, with a perfect neck angle, excellent neck and frets, and wonderful tone. It’s really nice to find one of these banjos in this kind of condition, and with playability that’s on par with an instrument 90 years younger! It’s a completely original instrument but for a replaced Weatherking head. 10-7/8” rim with Tubaphone...
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2011 Luke Mercier Lefty Fretless Minstrel

$1,619
Luke Mercier is a master violin and banjo maker based in Spring Brook, Ontario. He is one of the finest violin-family instrument restorers in Canada, but is steadily gaining a reputation for his finely crafted banjos. Luke specializes in crafting modern versions of American banjos built in the second half of the 19th century. You can learn more about this remarkable builder through his website:...
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2017 Lakewood M53 Custom Shop

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Built in Germany by the Lakewood Custom Shop, this M-53 Custom features figured cocobolo back and sides, European spruce top, maple bindings to the body and neck, slotted headstock, and gloss finish. Nut measures 1.75” and the scale is 650mm (or just about 25.6”). Cocobolo rosette and headstock overlay, ebony fingerboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle, and pearl logo and fretboard inlays; maple...
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Collings Waterloo WL-14LTR

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Waterloo’s popular ladder-braced WL-14 in black, with a firestripe pickguard. A real fun guitar to play, with forward and punchy tone and a fat midrange, the WL-14LTR is a great lead guitar, single-note player, and ragtime fingerstyle instrument. It’s responds incredibly well to a heavy flat-pick, and is a go to guitar for many players looking for something that will cut through the mix in a jam...
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Collings 290DC

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The Collings 290DC is a late 50’s inspired slab-body double-cut with a pair of Lollar P-90 pickups and a set-in neck. Based on one of the most iconic rock guitar designs, the 290DC is right at home on high-volume stages and plugged into screaming tube amps. The grit and snarl of P-90’s in a short-scale mahogany solid-body are legendary. Collings’ fit and finish detail, and exceptional neck feel...
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1976 Gretsch 7670 Country Gentleman

$3,079
Finding a near-mint condition Gretsch Country Gentleman like this 1976 model is exciting enough, but add to the package an original Chet Atkins signature hiding on the underside of the guitar’s pickguard and you’ve got everyone at Folkway all worked up! This guitar’s previous owner is a long time Chet Atkins fan and brought the pickguard of his Gretsch with him to a Chet show in 1999 in hopes...
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2012 OME Wizard

$2,024
OME’s Wizard Old Time banjo features a maple tone rim with adjustable wooden dowel rod, mahogany neck with a slightly wider ebony fingerboard (1-5/16”) and short scale (25.5”), aged brass hardware, Sweetone tailpiece, S-shaped frailing scoop, and rubbed oil finish. Pearl inlays grace the headstock and fingerboard scoop. The 12” rim features 26 brackets and Renaissance head . A masterfully built...
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Collings OM2H Custom Deep Body

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Custom ordered with extra body depth and a 1-3/4” nut, this Collings OM2H offers up more bass-end warmth and tonal color than a standard model. With sides that measure about a ½” deeper than a non-custom OM2H, the deep body version combines some of the tonal characteristics of a larger guitar in a comfortable OM-sized package. It’s a fun guitar to play, with classic Collings power, clarity, and...
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1966 Kay K-5918 Bass

$959
The Kay Value Leader K-5918 electric bass was the company’s least expensive bass offering in the late 1960’s. A no-frills instrument, the K-5918 featured a hardwood body with bolt on 30-7/8” scale neck, single speed bump style pickup and Soft Teal Blue finish. A fun bass to play thanks to the slim short scale neck and light weight, this example has just been through our shop for some set up and...
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1913 Gibson A-1

$1,356
An excellent sounding 100+ year old Gibson A-1 with original finish, no cracks and a perfect top. Changed tuners and tailpiece, original bridge with replaced saddle, original frets and nut. Action and playability are very good, but expect some fret buzz on the bass strings higher up the neck. A great option for anyone wanting a vintage Gibson mandolin that’s not suffering from any of the...
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1925 Gibson TB-5 w/ 70's Tenor

$1,439
An excellent sounding and playing 1970’s Japanese archtop tenor banjo fitted with an original 1925 Gibson TB-5 neck and vintage Oettinger Pat-pend tailpiece. 17 frets, shorter 20.5” scale, Irish tenor setup with flatwound Thomastic strings. Original frets are in excellent condition, and the banjo plays very well with easy angle and perfect neck angle. Richelieu pick holder, 40 hole archtop tone...
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Fender '65 Princeton Reverb Reissue

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A mint-condition modern Fender ‘65 Princeton Reverb reissue. Designed and styled after the original ‘blackface’ era Princeton Reverb, the amp is an all-tube 15W combo with a Jensen C-10R speaker, with trem and reverb. Specs are available everywhere on the internet, so we’ll save the space. It’s perfect, pretty much unused, and comes with its original cover and paperwork. **We are located in...
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1963 Silvertone 1472

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The Silvertone 1472 is a 10 watt tremolo-equipped amp that was built by Danelectro for Sears in the early 1960’s. Similar in design to Fender’s Deluxe amp, the Silvertone 1472 features a 12” Jensen C12R speaker, and paired 6V6 power tubes in a smallish and portable cabinet. It offers that creamy low-fi overdrive that tweed-era fenders are famous for, with the added bonus of a great sounding...
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1965 Gibson GA-19RVT Falcon

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Gibson’s mid-1960’s GA-19RVT Falcon is a 1x12 combo with footswitch-controlled reverb and trem, and about 15 watts of power. The model’s reverb is likely its most famous attribute. It was wired quite differently than the Fender ‘verb amps of the day and allowed players to play through just the reverb circuit for some incredibly textured and almost spooky sounds. This example has had a handy...
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1967 Fender Showman Head

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Fender’s blackface AB763 circuit Showman is a 4x6L6 equipped 85 watt unit with normal and vibrato channels and without reverb. It’s among the cleanest high-headroom amps fender made, and ideal for big venues or for those who crave the most clean-headroom they can get. This is an immeasurably good sounding head, and does what it does really well. Its transformers are all dated mid 1967, but...
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Traynor YGM-4 Studio Mate

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Traynor’s YGM-4 Studio Mate is an EL-84 powered closed-back combo with 4x8” speakers, and about 20 watts of output. It’s got some really creamy overdrive, and the quick musical attack you’d expect from a closed-back speaker cabinet. Reverb and trem are a nice plus. This one has been serviced recently and works properly. It’s a very good sounding budget vintage tube amp with gig-ready power....
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1986 PRS 24 (Pre Standard)

$3,995
A rare vintage PRS 24, which later became called the Standard 24. This is 1219th guitar ever made by PRS guitars, and was hand-built in the company’s second year in the biz. Paul Reed Smith opened his Annapolis shop in 1985 with just a few employees, and was personally involved in the building of his guitars in those early days. This example features the company’s early T/B pickups and Sweet...
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1959 Kay K4144 Sizzler

$1,356
In nearly 20 years of hunting down the weird and wonderful catalogue-brand guitars, we’ve never seen another Kay K4144 Sizzler. You never know when something beyond cool is going to come through the door, which makes this job kinda fun. This week’s surprise was this two-pickup 1959 Sizzler. Its name might have been inspired by the atomic splatter paint and pickguard, and it somehow fits. It’s...
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1965 Epiphone FT-45 N Cortez

$1,516
Built by Gibson in its Kalamazoo factory, the Epiphone FT-45 N Cortez is identical to Gibson’s B-25N, but for its headstock and pickguard dimensions. It’s the mid 1960’s evolution of a Gibson LG-3, and shares much of that guitar’s design. X-Braced spruce top with mahogany back and sides and cream-plastic bindings. Adjustable rosewood bridge and saddle, thin tortoise-celluloid pickguard,...
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1974 Gibson ES-335TD

$3,595
Completely original and in immaculate condition, this 1974 Gibson ES-335TD is a sight for sore eyes. The guitar’s unfaded dark walnut finish is incredible; in fact, we’ve never seen one with original factory color as deep and unaltered as this. It’s really quite gorgeous. There are no changed parts or repairs to report on, the electronics work perfectly, the neck angle and neck joint are perfect,...
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Taylor 712ce 12-Fret LTD Blackwood

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Built in limited quantities for 2018, Taylor’s 712ce 12-Fret LTD features a figured Tasmanian blackwood back and a torrefied Sitka top, and a 12-fret Grand Concert body with Venetian cutaway. With its short 24-7/8” scale and unique tone woods the guitar offers a warm and focused tone and a well balanced string response. Beyond that, it’s simply beautiful. We love the figured Koa purflings and...
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Martin OM-42 (2018)

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Among Martin’s most dressed-up models is the OM-42, a spruce and rosewood long-scale OM with a Style 45 compliment of pearl detailing to its top. Martin built its first OM-42’s in the early 1930’s, but dropped the model from its lineup for the better part of three generations after completing only two guitars. Today’s OM-42 is styled after those original instruments. The OM-42 features...
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Ian Pattison 12" Openback

$1,275
We commissioned a series of Folkway Custom 5 string banjos from Ian Pattison, with simplified appointments, wooden tone-rims, renaissance heads, and an absence of CITES-listed woods to allow for simpler international shipping. This 12” version is the first we’ve received, and is in fact Pattison’s first 12” instrument. It’s a lovely frailer, with thumb-scoop, light weight build, great looks, and...
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National Style O Weathered Steel

$3,195
The National Resophonic Weathered Steel Style 0 combines the familiar etched scene of a traditional Style 0 with a steel body and unique finish that emulates a well oxidized and weathered older instrument. While not a relic finish, the weathered steel offers players an age-inspired look that’s different from the Style 0 options we’re used to seeing. It also allows a steel-body fan to get their...
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