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Lowell Levinger
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Inverness, CA
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1923 Gibson A-2 Snakehed

$3,450
1923 Gibson A-2 "Snakehead" VG ++ This is one of those fantastic sounding snakeheads from the Loar period. Beautifully aged spruce top is crack free as are the birch back and sides. All original from tuning pegs to tailpiece to pickguard. Super Slant "The Gibson" graces the peghead. Comes in a deluxe tweed hard shell case. Serial # 72720. Price: $3450.00
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1915 Dayton The Dayton Mandolin Banjo

$1,750
mid teens "The Dayton" Banjo Mandolin" EXC ++ We have another gem here in museum quality that is not only rare but a great sounding instrument. Made by Charles Rauch in (guess where) Dayton, Ohio known for his high quality and innovative instruments. Unique horizontally laminated thick rim of maple and walnut with a metal tone ring. Pearl inlaid "The Dayton" on the headstock with metal...
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1924 Weymann Model 60

$2,500
Early 20's Weymann Model 60 Wooden topped Tenor Banjo EXC From the early 20's probably, this baby is in fine condition. Hardly any wear and crack free and it plays fine with good volume and tone. Quite rare, I've not seen another one. All original but for one replaced tuning peg. Spruce top and mahogany body . Three ply binding around the soundhole and herringbone trim around the top....
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1935 Kay Kraft Venetian Gold Leaf

$1,850
mid 30's Kay Kraft Venetian Gold Leaf guitar EXC You can find a lot of beat up models like this but I have not seen one in as fine condition as this example. No cracks and hardly any scratches or blemishes. Sunburst top with the gold leaf in fine shape and the Indian Heads clean and crisp. Straight neck and adjustable action via the large wingnut inside and the sliding adjuster pad at the...
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1921 Gibson H-2 Mandola

$3,650
1921 Gibson H-2 Mandola EXC + They don't come much nicer that this. Crack free sunburst spruce top and birch back and sides. All original from the tuning pegs to the pickguard to the tailpiece. Even the original pickguard clamp is in great shape. Straight neck, comfortable action, good frets. Clean heel. Serial # 65534 . The original hard dhell case is in serviceable condition with all...
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1936 Cliff Edwards Tenortrope Tenortrope

$2,750
ca. 1936 Cliff Edwards Tenortrope EXC I've seen a few of these and this is the nicest by far with the fanciest woods etc. It has been in my personal collection for years. Also many of theses tenortropes just have the Dobro decal on the head stock but this one has the actual Cliff Edwards (also known as Ukelele Ike) logo. Original in every respect from the 5 ply bound body to the Grover...
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1895 Howe-Orme Style 4

$6,850
ca. 1895 Howe-Orme Style 4 Guitar EXC ++ Howe Orme family instruments are rare. Those of the mandolin family are the most commonly found. The guitars turn up far less often. I've been a big fan of Howe Orme instruments for a long time. They have so many innovations which contribute to a big full sound. This is one of the higher end models of which there are very few. Spruce "cylinder" bound...
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1944 Martin D-28 Herringbone

$58,500
1944 Martin Herringbone D-28 EXC Serial # 89361 Thus, scalloped braces. Adirondack Spruce top and that classic "log" Brazilian rosewood back and sides. 1 11/16" Nut Width. Typical center seam repair and no other issues and all original. This is the classic Bluegrass Bone. I've had it for decades but now I play almost exclusively 5 string tenor guitar. so I can bear to part with this, my...
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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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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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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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~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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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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~1928 Epiphone Recording Model A Tenor Guitar

$3,850
ca. 1928 Epiphone Recording "A" Tenor Guitar VG++ These Epiphone Recording guitars are some of the best sounding tenors around and they take a low G D A E tuning really well. This one, unlike the blonde one in the museum has a sunburst top that has been refinished and original finish dark stained birch back and sides. All original with the possible exception of the end pin and just two...
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1944 Martin 000-28

$13,950
1944 Martin 000-28 VG Here is a great sounding, great playing classic wartime Herringbone Martin that suffered a trauma and the consequent repairs benefitting it an attractive price. The tuning pegs have been replaced and there has been an effective headstock crack repair. The top upper and lower bass bouts are crack free as is the upper treble bout. But the lower treble bout looks like it...
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1938 Vega Flat Top Guitar

$2,750
ca. 1938 Vega Flat Top Guitar EXC - Another great sounding late thirties Vega Flat Top in nice original condition. Spruce top is crack free as is the mahogany back. There is one small repaired crack in the upper bout of the bass side. The original finish on the mahogany back and sides has aged with light streaks in it which I've also seen on other old Vega's from this period. Everything...
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1939 Regal Le Domino Big Boy

$1,950
ca. 1939 Le Domino "Big Boy" by Regal VG + This Big Boy has a 15 1/4" lower bout and a scale length of 25 1/2 " with a nut width of 1 7/8" and it is a great fingerpicking guitar. Sorta like an archtop, sorta like a flat top. The top appears to be solid spruce and the back looks like birch. It is all original from the tuning pegs to the tailpiece, bridge and pickguard. The script on the...
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1906 Gibson Artist Model F-3

$5,750
1906 F-3 Artist Model Mandolin VG++ : This is the best sounding and nicest playing example of one of these old 3 point Artist Models that I've run across. The top is crack free with original finish worn at the sound hole and pickguard(s) there's a cute little added one. The back and sides are mahogany and also crack free. There is a hairline repaired heel crack and the common headstock...
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~1935 John Grey $ Sons Banjo Uke

$795
BU - 0004 ca. 1935 John Grey Banjo Uke EXC Very nice little banjo uke from the esteemed English maker John Grey. Birds eye maple back and blue striped maple sides. 10 1/4" head and 13 1/4" scale length. Maple rim and mahogany neck and dowel. Resonator attaches with a single thumb knob. There is a dark grain line that definitely is not a crack in the heel of which we have large pictures....
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1900 H. H. Hammond Harp Mandolin

$3,750
HH - 0007 ca. 1900 Hammond Harp Mandolin EXC A custom order for an imaginative player? A stroke of genius by the builder himself? herself? One can't help but wonder. But it combines extreme innovation with an acutely unique sense of design. From the H. Hammond Company of Sioux City, Iowa. Red stained spruce top has a couple of repaired cracks as does the Brazilian rosewood back. The sides...
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1953 Martin D-28

$13,500
Mf - 00078 1953 Martin D- 28 EXC - I own a 1944 D-28 and it replaced a 1934 D-28 that I had because the 44 sounds better when I play songs on it. This 53 sounds just as good ! And the perfectly matched Adirondack straight grained spruce top looks remarkably similar as does the classic straight grain Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Original from the end pin to the tuning pegs to the...
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1937 Gibson EST-150 Electric Archtop Tenor

$3,350
1937 Gibson EST- 150 Electric Archtop Tenor Guitar EXC but for one solidly repaired crack in the mahogany back. This is a great sounding classic with original sunburst top and Charlie Christian pickup. It plays really smoothly with a nice acoustic sound as well as electric. Original tuning pegs. Gibson script on the headstock. Love the one brown and one black knobs. Takes a standard 1/4"...
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