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Lowell Levinger
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Inverness, CA
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1922 Gibson F-4

$7,200
1922 Gibson F-4 Mandolin EXC- A great sounding easy playing old Loar period F-4. Dark sunburst top and a beautiful flamey sunbust back. This mandolin has been well cared for over the past century but also played (maybe because it sounds so good) and thus has the typical "honest" (not crooked) play wear on the scroll and peghead etc. But no cracks or breaks or separations or funny business....
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1936 Martin - Paramount Style L

$2,850
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...
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1931 Vega Vegavox IV De-Luxe Tenor Banjo

$5,250
ca. 1931 Vega Vegavox IV Deluxe Tenor Banjo EXC ++ This is one of the very nicest, classiest banjos I have ever seen. And it rings out loud and clear and plays perfectly. It has been restored by Renee Karnes several years ago and has received basically no wear since then. Here is the original catalog picture and the catalog description. ( $425.00 in 1931 = $6,653.58 in 2016 dollars)...
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~1935 KayKraft Flat Top Jumbo Gold Leaf Tenor Guitar

$1,750
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...
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1989 Kettler TF-2

$2,350
1989 Everett Kettler Model TF-2 EXC + This mandolin is a real hoss with tons of volume and plenty of bass and a nice fat high end that develops a bit of reverb to it. Spruce top and flame maple back, sides and neck. Note the small f-holes and unusual carve to the top. Pearl inlaid rosewood peghead overlay as well as rosewood fingerboard, and pickguard. Allen style tailpiece and ebony...
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~1935 KayKraft Flat Top Jumbo

$1,750
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...
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1933 Vinaccia Flat Top

$4,500
1933 Vinaccia flat top guitar from Naples, Italy. EXC This guitar records extremely well and plays really easily. Its tone is powerful and distinctive with lots of mid range and no bass clutter. I got it in need of repair and Chris Berkov did a masterful restoration on it. Ancient spruce 14 3/4" wide top with some repaired cracks below the bridge and a beautiful inlaid pickguard . The back...
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1916 Gibson K-1 Mandocello

$3,650
1916 Gibson K-1 Mandocello EXC The finish was complete toast on this baby and it needed a new bridge and complete setup but it has all now been professionally done and it looks fantastic and plays really nicely. Classic pumpkin yellow top with birch back and sides. No cracks anywhere. It's missing its endpin and tailpiece cover but the tailpiece itself is original and it has a new...
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1937 National Spanish Electric New Yorker

$3,995
1937 National New Yorker Spanish Electric Guitar EXC Here is the real deal ... the same model that Memphis Minnie played and it is in wonderful condition and plays 'like butter' with every note true and clear. The crack free sunburst spruce top has no f-holes thus reducing feedback. This guitar was made to play the country blues nice and loud. It has beautiful flamed maple crack free back...
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1928 Vega Style N 5 string conversion

$1,350
1928 Vega Style N 5 String Conversion EXC - This is a wonderful player as well as a beautiful piece of art. The 10 15/16" head is graced with a lovely, whimsical art deco illustration of two frolicking nudes. It has the simple "rolled over" tone ring. The bottom of the metal pot cladding sits in a ledge that locates the cladding precisely on the pot. The rolled-over tone ring doesn't sit on...
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~1918 Bacon Bacon Special 5 String Banjo

$1,795
Late teens Bacon Special Original 5 String Banjo EXC This sure appears to be an original Five string neck or else it's a perfect forgery. The fingerboard and frets are in almost unplayed condition. The serial number 33360 matches up on the rim and the inside of the resonator which also has "1933" added to the serial number which might indicate the year 1933 but this seems like an older...
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1930 Vega Tubaphone #3 with Wildwood #7 neck

$2,250
1930 Vega Tubaphone #3 with Wildwood #7 Style Neck EXC Here's a fine sounding and playing and looking banjo for you. The 1930 Tubaphone rim which is serial # 88860 has been mated to a beautiful flame maple Wildwood neck that is finished to match the original flame maple resonator whose inside is also quite flamey and bears the Vega stamp. Exquisite Style 7 engraved inlays in the fingerboard...
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1946 Martin D-28

$26,500
1946 Martin D-28 EXC - Here is a Bone just the way you want to find them ... unmolested ! It has been played and there is some play wear as you can see but no ugly play wear. The guitar looks great. And there are no repairs done or needed. There are no cracks anywhere that go through the wood but let's look very closely at three spots on the top . There is one long gouge and next to it is...
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~1934 Rafaele Tieri Flat Top Cutaway Plectrum Guitar

$3,500
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...
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~1895 Howe-Orme Style 3 Mandoliin (Mandolinetto)

$2,995
ca. 1895 Howe Orme Style 3 Mandolin (Mandolinetto) EXC +++ This is a museum quality condition example of this cylinder top design but it also plays and sounds terrific with fine volume. Classic aged Adirondak spruce top is crack free as are the brazilian rosewood back and sides. Simple rosewood peghead overlay and original tuning pegs that work just fine. The label is in fine shape and the...
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~1935 Nicola Turturro 0-18T size tenor guitar

$1,850
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...
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~1905 Lyon and Healy 5 string banjo

$995
ca. 1905 Lyon & Healy 5 String Banjo EXC A little research was necessary since there is no name anywhere on the instrument but my friend Stu Cohen is pretty sure it's Lyon and Healy and made probably for either Montgomery Wards or or Sears Roebuck and the top of the line at the time. It's in really nice original condition with all 31 brackets, and harware present and a fine and fancy...
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1935 Vivitone Vivitone Acoustic

$2,750
1935 Vivitone Mandolin by Lloyd Loar VG These are found less often than the guitars that were produced by Lloyd Loar's Vivitone company in the mid thirties. This one plays well and sounds better than the others I've heard (a couple of which were equipped with pickups). One of the two labels insides guarantees full credit for an upgrade to the electric model provided it is done by the end of...
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~1914 Dayton The Dayton

$1,250
The Dayton 5 String Banjo ca. 1914 VG++ Dayton 5 strings don't pop up nearly as often as tenors do and this one is set up nicely and has a very pleasant mellow sound. Nicely worn 12" frosted plastic head on Charles Rauch's uniquely laminated rim. All the hardware seems original save two brackets and nuts and there is one bracket, shoe,and nut missing. The original label is present but the...
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~1920 Larson Brothers - Leland Brilliantone

$1,695
ca. 1920 Leland "Brilliantone" Mandolin EXC This is a fine example of the Larson Brothers work. Beautiful straight grained crack free spruce top with colorful marquetry, original bridge, tailpiece, and tortoise shell pickguard. Gorgeous bookmatched Brazilian rosewood back and sides also crack free as is the entire instrument. It's completely original with the enclosed tuning pegs and...
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1939 Gibson ETB-150

$3,495
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...
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1939 Gibson ETB-150

$3,495
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...
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1935 Dobro No. 45

$3,495
ca. 1935 Dobro No. 45 EXC This is the fairly rare spruce top version of the classic bluegrass axe. You can see it here with it's sibling No. 37 which is more commonly seen. It has a round neck but is set up for bluegrass playing with a nut riser. The nicely aged spruce top is crack free as is the mahogany sunburst back and likewise sunbursted sides. It is completely original from the decal...
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1948 Fratelli Indelicato Fancy Italian Guitar

$595
ca. 1948 Fratelli Indelicato VG++ Made in Catania, Sicily, Italy, this is a spectacular showpiece that has a gypsy blues sound to it and plays fine with a big fat neck whose sunburst matches that of the top and the sides and the back on which the finish is quite worn. The headstock is also sunburst and there is a zero fret. There are a few well done and hard to see repairs. The tuning pegs...
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1928 Weissenborn Koa Wood Tenor Guitar

$2,195
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...
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1931 Gibson HG-22

$5,750
1931 Gibson HG-22 Flat Top Guitar VG + This is an exceedingly rare model and Gibson's first Jumbo style guitar. 14 5/8" Lower Bout; 25" Scale Length; Many of these were supposedly set up and sold to be played Hawaiian style but this one has obviously been played Spanish style all it's life. The neck has a full "C" profile and is comfortable with a bit of capo wear on the back. Classic...
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1939 Gibson L-Century L-C

$5,850
1939 Gibson L Century EXC - Here is a beauty. The "minus" is because of the one pro repaired stable crack in the flame maple back. There's also a repaired hairline on the top going from the bridge down to the bottom. It's got the wide sunburst on the top typical of the later models. Pearl inlays in rosewood insets in the M.O.T. fingerboard. Very unusual non-M.O.T. ebony veneered, pearl...
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1905 Larson Brothers - Stahl Stahl Style 8 Mandolin

$1,295
ca. 1905 Stahl Style 8 Mandolin EXC but for one very hard to see (and even harder to photograph) crack in the bowl back that has been expertly repaired. Email for a large picture that shows it better if interested. It does not affect structural integrity nor playability. The rest of the instrument is splendid with the abalone trimmed top with it's ornate inlaid tortoise shell pickguard...
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1931 Gibson L-2 Flatop Guitar

$8,800
EXC - This is the cool one with the "Argentine Grey" sunburst finish top trimmed in fabulous gold sparkle around the top and sound hole. It has a few stable repaired cracks as can be seen in the picture. The back and sides are dark stained mahogany and there are a few well repaired back cracks. It apears original from the tuning pegs with the engraved plates to the bridge to the end pin. The...
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1929 Martin 2-28 T Tenor Guitar

$4,800
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...
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