Matt Umanov Guitars
Matt Umanov
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~1930 Martin C-2 Peghead Veneer

$200
Extremely rare, this just turned up here, must’ve been in storage for at least fifty years. An original mother-of-pearl inlaid block-letter “CFMartin” Brazilian rosewood peghead veneer, from a 1930s Marttin C-2 or C-3 neck. In beautiful original condition, for your next project. While there are replicas made today, somehow they just never look quite right; letters always a bit too thick, or too...
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1920 Gibson "Hearts and Flowers" Banjo Pegged Veneer

$150
When’s the last time you saw one of these, original and available, already neatly removed from a neck? Beautiful 1920s (early 30s?) mother-of-pearl inlaid Gibson banjo peghead veneer, probably from a TB-3. Original Gibson "Hearts and Flowers” pattern, often copied but seldom gotten quite right. Layer of original mahogany on its back for strength and stability, part of the original neck. A bit...
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~1930 Epiphone Recording A Banjo Peghead Veneer

$125
Rare and quite unusual to come across something like this, from an Epiphone “Recording" model banjo, among the most professional instruments of their day. Outstanding leaf-and-vine inlay with “Epiphone Recording A” prominently inlaid in beautiful mother-of-pearl. Layer of original maple on its back for strength and stability, part of the original neck, thoughtfully done. Perfect for your next...
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~1930 Gibson L-4 Peghead Veneer

$150
Extremely rare, this just turned up here, must’ve been in storage for at least fifty years. An original mother-of-pearl inlaid Gibson L-4 bound peghead veneer, with script “Gibson” logo and typical 1930s pearl floral adornments. Original peghead binding, truss rod cover, Philips-head truss rod cover screws, and extra layer of mahogany on its back for strength, part of the original Gibson neck....
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~1960 Fender Duo-Sonic Bridge

$95
Genuine 1960s American-made Fender Duo-Sonic bridge with all parts present and intact, qill clean up nicely. All slot-head height adjustment screws, Phillips-head intonation screws, good ‘ol American thread sizes and all working freely, all three original intonation springs too. $95
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~1890 Fairbanks Name Plate

$150
The perfect addition to your original 19th-century Fairbanks banjo that had its own name plate long since swiped. Original item from 1880s-early 1900s, recently turned up here after having been in storage for over fifty years. Beautiful condition, ultra-clear lettering, plating 100% intact. $150
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~1950 Harmony 1711 Tailpiece

$50
Will the wonders never cease. Wildest part is, I actually know where and about when I got this, and it was not recently. When I started my store, in 1969, there was one main supplier of small goods to music stores here in NYC, US Music (no relation to the recent company of that name). Music stores in those days got all their small goods such as guitar strings, drum sticks, clarinet reeds, you...
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1960 Danelectro 6-String Bridge

$125
Classic Danelectro 6-string guitar bridge, chrome-plated, machined steel, with rosewood saddle. This part may be a leftover from the original Dan Armstrong clear Plexiglass guitar prototype I hand-built in 1967 for Danny Armstrong. It just turned up in the same place where I have some of the tools I bought for the project and my original drawings for the guitar’s body and peghead design. The...
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Waverly Slot Head Tuners

$125
Waverly, the very best, top choice of Collings, Martin Custom Shop, and everyone else who wants the finest, American-made tuning machines. New-in-box complete #4063 set with all bushings and screws, never sold or used, for slot-head guitars such as 12-fret Martins, Santa Cruz, etc. $125
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Grover Rotomatics # PMMH-015

$75
New-in-package, never opened, Grover Rotomatic #PMMH-015 set with Gibson tulip-shaped metal buttons as found on many Les Paul, etc. models. $75
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~1970 Grover Rotomatics 6 Per Side

$129
A genuine, American-made top-quality 6-on-a-side set of full-size Grover Rotomatic tuning machines, for use on a guitar you’re building or restoring with the Fender-style tuning machine layout. Not to be confused with similar-looking Grovers of today or the past 30 years, which are foreign-made. You can tell immediately that these are American by the slot-head screws in the center of the tuner...
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~1930 Gibson LC "Century Of Progress" Fingerboard

$500
I have no idea where this came from but it just turned up in a carton that’s been in storage and unopened here since at least the 1970s, possibly the 1960s. Real, genuine, complete Pearloid-covered fingerboard from a 1930s Gibson LC “Century of Progress" guitar with 24-3/4” scale and 1-7/8” nut width. Original Pearloid overlay with Brazilian rosewood blocks inlaid at appropriate frets, each...
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~1960 Gretsch Tone Changers

$125
The 1960s, start of wacky guitar gadgetry, make you into an instant hero by the simple expedient of spending money. Genuine Gretsch genius in the form of a device to give you instant tremolo capability on your arch-top guitar with no drilling, no alterations to your instrument, and requiring no talent to install or use. Clamp it onto the strings between bridge and tailpiece and VOILA! You are now...
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~1930 Martin Archtop Tailpiece

$95
Need one of these for a project? Real 1930s tailpiece from real Martin archtop, possibly F-7 or F-9, broken many years ago in the place where they always break, at the hinge. Cleverly repaired by over-zealous welder with lots of weld, strong as all get-out, will not rotate on bail. Handsomely re-plated with enough real gold to make King Midas himself jealous with envy. Also useful as excellent...
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~1870 Jerome 3 Per Side Tuners

$1,200
An extremely rare set of tuners with the name JEROME prominently stamped into the top ends of the plates. Jerome was a French company, and their tuning machines were considered among the very finest of their day. These have the typical Martin gear spacing of 2-5/8”. An even stronger indication that they were from a Martin guitar comes from the fact that both plates have a Roman numeral III...
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~1850 3 Per Side Tuners Seidel

$1,250
This set appears to be quite early, perhaps 1840s-50s, and almost surely by Seidel, the best and the most prolific maker of tuners like this in the 19th-century. The fact that the roller spacing is 1-3/8” / 3-3/4” indicates their having been made before the 1-5/16 / 23-5/8 spacing was standardized, though the spacing of the screw-mounting holes in the back plates is a perfect match for later...
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~1880 Seidel 3 Per Side Tuners

$1,250
A perfect set for a 19th-century Martin restoration, at an affordable price, made by Seidel of Germany. Beautiful, even, rolling-diamond pattern outer edges on brass back plates, with flowers-leaves-vines pattern between all gears and mounting holes. All gears and worms in excellent, tight, unworn condition, all six gear screws original and intact with perfect unmolested slots. 1-5/16” / 2-5/8”...
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~1880 Seidel 3 Per Side Tuners

$1,995
A most beautiful and clean set of Seidel tuning machines, almost surely from a Martin guitar, probably from the 1880s-1890s. With their perfect Martin spacing (1-5/16” - 2-5/8”), they are drum-tight, with no appreciable wear anywhere. The plates are of German silver with a lovely repeating-chain pattern embossed along each edge and reverse lotuses above and below each gear, all showing quite...
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~1880 Seidel 3 Per Side Tuners

$2,000
An absolutely beautiful, mid-19th century complete set of tuners for a slotted-peghead guitar, almost surely from a Martin and almost surely having been made by Seidel of Germany. German silver backplates with knockout, beautifully conservative impressions between the gears of vines, leaves, and flowers (Tulips? Poppies? You tell me), and repeating pattern along all edges of the plates. Not only...
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~1880 Seidel 3 Per Side Tuners

$1,250
If you’ve got a 19th-century Martin with its original tuners missing, a very common occurrence, these might be just the set for you. Most of the early Martins with geared tuning machines had those made by Seidel, in Germany, though Seidel rarely put their name on them. With backplates of German silver, this set has its floral pattern decorations hand-engraved, as opposed to the usual roller-press...
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~1870 WHITE 3 Per Side Tuners

$1,350
From that great year of 1874…….or maybe just a wee bit later. H. W. White’s fabulous invention that, far as I can tell from the original US Patent Office description and drawings, was intended to be both a string-locking tuner (way ahead of its time) and a quick-wind and -unwind device for when you’re putting on or removing strings (not so much). Thing is, there are so dang many teeny parts in...
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~1850 Jerome 3 Per Side Tuners

$2,500
This is one of the very nicest, and very rarest sets of 19th-century Martin tuning machines we’ve ever come across. Made by the French firm of Jerome, these are the type of tuners that Martin was using in their earlier years, from about 1840-1850. This is a no-nonsense, completely original set; the gear screws are quite intact and have never been removed, all of the gears and worms are in...
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~1930 Grover Archtop Tailpiece

$250
This is from all appearances a little, if at all used, 1930s top-quality Grover archtop guitar tailpiece, in near-mint condition, which came to me in unusual circumstances. About ten or fifteen years ago I acquired, from a relative of his, the remaining contents of Nicola Turturro’s workshop. Some of you may know Turturro as the maker of those wild “turnover” mandolin/ukuleles, which had eight...
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1912 Epiophone Bowl-Back Mandolin

$2,395
1912 Epiophone Bowl-Back Mandolin 20 % off
This is the first and only Epiphone bowl-back mandolin I’ve ever seen, and is in fact by far the earliest fretted instrument of any kind I’ve ever come across from Epiphone. The company was started in 1911 by Anastasio Stathopoulo, its founding instrument builder. His son was Epaminondas, known familiarly as “Epi”, which is where the name Epiphone eventually came from. The earliest instruments...
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~1840 Schatz Guitar

$3,500
This is the famous “Headless Schatz”, not because it was a predecessor of Ned Steinberger or some such, but for the simple reason that its peghead is, well, lost. It is in beautiful condition otherwise, some top cracks which fortunately no one has ever attempted to work on; no back cracks; one repaired side crack where some finish has been gone through, to be touched up by a competent luthier....
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~1840 Schatz Parlor

$3,500
Henry Schatz was an early partner of CF Martin in New York in the 1830s, and later set out on his own, eventually moving to Boston in the 1840s. This example is equal to a size-2 Martin, extremely popular as a parlor guitar in the 19th-century. It has H.A SCHATZ BOSTON impressed into the center strip inside the back, clearly visible through the soundhole, and again on two of the back braces,...
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~1840 Schatz Guitar

$2,000
Henry Schatz was an early partner of CF Martin in New York in the 1830s, and later set out on his own, eventually moving to Boston in the 1840s. This example is the equivalent of a size-2 Martin, extremely popular as a parlor guitar in the 19th-century. It has H.A SCHATZ BOSTON impressed into the center strip inside the back, clearly visible through the soundhole, and also on the back of the...
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~1860 J. Howard Foote Parlor

$1,995
~1860 J. Howard Foote Parlor 20 % off
I’ve seen a few guitars with the J. Howard Foote marking, though none nearly as nice and unaltered as this. Foote was a musical instrument importer and retailer with shops in New York and Chicago, known for selling violins, banjos, and guitars. This one, like a few others I have seen, has stamped on its interior center-strip MADE BY / J. HOWARD FOOTE / NEW-YORK and CHICAGO, along with BINI'S...
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~1960 Fender Lap Steel Legs

$495
How many times have I seen Fender steel guitars with one neck, or two, or three or even four, that are for sale, EXCEPT…… the legs are gone? Dozens, that’s how many, and I’ve turned down buying every one of them; who could play one of those ultra-cool, fabulous sounding things when they have no legs? I’ve seen one very clever substitution, but those were made by a master machinist, not so common...
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~1920 Radnazzo Parlor

$1,995
All you out there of Italian descent, or Italian-American descent (I’ve got some in my family as well), know full well that the name Randazzo is a not-uncommon one, especially here in New York. There's Randazzo’s Clam Bar out in Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn, near where I grew up and a place I still frequent; it’s a name heard often in these parts. But Radnazzo? I don’t think so, has got to be a...
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