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1906 Gibson H-2

Here’s a boisterous, tuneful early mandola from the Orville Gibson era. Although the serial number has faded over the years, we can still see Orville’s countenance looking back at us from the label inside. This rare instrument features a hand-carved spruce top with carved birch back & sides and a very straight mahogany neck. A floral pattern mostly associated with the A-3 model mandolin...
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DiMauro Standard

Antoine Di Mauro (1900-1976) was a mandolin builder from Catania, Sicily.Italy. He moved to Paris in 1932 along with other respected makers and began to make mandolins and guitars in the back of a furniture factory.. In 1942, Di Maruro moved to a larger workshop and called it “Lutherie Moderne”. He died in 1976, but his son Joseph carried on the business until 1993. This remarkably clean...
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1941 Gibson F-5

SALE PENDING. For many, the ultimate mandolin is the pre-war Gibson F-5. Presented here, in all its tonal and visual beauty is just such an instrument. Finished in a cremona brown sunburst, the Adirondack spruce top was hand carved as well as the spectacularly figured maple back, triple bound in ivoroid. The ebony fingerboard is triple bound in ivoroid with the Gibson Fleur-des-lis with large...
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1979 Zniewski 2 point Deluxe

Here's a rare and elegant mandolin built by Kurt Zniewski from Minneapolis in December,1979. This deluxe model instrument features an incredible mixture of top quality woods and creative design, created by a talented luthier. This double cutaway natural finish f-hole mandolin features a carved spruce top with elegantly figured flame maple back & sides and deluxe 5-ply binding. A beautiful hand...
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1923 Gibson A-4

Here’s a wonderful sounding top of the line Gibson A-style mandolin from the Loar era. This spruce top (probably Adirondack), maple back & sides tone monster has rich overtones, and plenty of strong fundamentals as well. Decoratively, this instrument features the Gibson logo in abalone shell as well as the iconic fleur-des-lis in the peg head. One of the last "paddleheads" made just before the...
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1949 Kay K-1000

For old-time and folk musicians it is almost impossible to see this vintage Kay banjo without thinking of Roscoe Holcolmb on the poster of the John Cohen film, “The High Lonesome Sound”. A more iconic photograph of the great folk boom of the ‘60s simply does not exist.  The model K-1000 was the top of the Kay banjo line, Roscoe Holcomb’s personal instrument was several models below this...
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1932 Gibson A-50

Here's a rare version of the Gibson A-style mandolin and the first year of production for the model A-50. It retains the oval hole configuration of the early A models and was built without the f holes which followed later. This A-50 with its bound top and back has many of the appointments of the more expensive A-4, including the rich and powerful tone. The top is carved Adirondack spruce and...
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1929 Gibson F-4

Here’s a rich-sounding post Loar-era Gibson F-4 with all the projection and tone you could hope for in a vintage instrument. This mandolin has a carved spruce top and beautifully figured “tiger maple” back & sides in the Gibson dark sunburst finish. The peg head scroll has never been broken or cracked. Overall, the instrument is in fine original condition with original hardware. The pick guard...
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1924 Gibson F-2 w/Virzi

Here’s a classic Loar Era Gibson F-2 that’s 100% original including the rarely seen (in oval-hole models) Virzi tone producer. Mandolins like this are extremely rare as through the years they have either been over played, broken or had their Virzi removed. This example is in excellent condition with only some minor scratches, lacquer checking and two surface crack lines to be found. The F-2...
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1905 Gibson Style R Harp Guitar

Here we have an early Gibson Style R Harp Guitar in a natural finish with deluxe appointments. The early Style Rs are distinguished by their glued-on pin bridges with the engraved nickel-plated tailpiece fixture that helps support the extra tension of the strings on the bridge, banjo-style tuners for the sub-bass, and triple bound top. Fancy inlays adorn the ebony fingerboard as well. This...
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1938 Epiphone Rivoli

Here’s a rare mandolin form the Golden Age of American musical instrument manufacturing. This instrument has a spruce top walnut back and sides & that woody, vintage tone. The binding has been professionally replaced, a however, the bridge, tailpiece, and tuning machines, are the originals. This instrument has some honest playing wear, but is crack free. Unfortunately, the neck has a slight...
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1921 Gibson F-4

Here’s an exceedingly rare version of the Gibson F-4 mandolin. When Lloyd Loar arrived at Gibson, he experimented with all facets of mandolin construction. This example is one of the first Instruments featuring  the “Cremona" finish that became the standard color for the F-5 when it was introduced in 1922. This F-4 also has another unique feature - its back and sides are crafted from birdseye...
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1977 Ibanez Artist 5 String

In the ’70's Japanese manufacturers entered the market with instruments reminiscent of some of the best American Made vintage musical instruments This Artist model Ibanez features chrome hardware and a gorgeously figured maple resonator.  The matching neck is also blonde maple with a rosewood fretboard, inlayed in the Hearts and Flowers pattern, the one most often seen on Earl Scruggs’ Gibson...
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1958 Calace Classic bowl back

Raffaele Calace was a famous mandolin virtuoso and composer, the son of Antonio Calace, a renowned instrument maker from Naples, Italy. Raffaele followed in his father’s footsteps as a maker as well, and his company continued after his death in 1934. This wonderful bowl back, in excellent original condition, was made in 1958. This mandolin is visually stunning with 17 rosewood ribs. The top, of...
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1930 Gretsch American 5 String

It is exceedingly rare that we come across a Gretsch 5 string banjo. The majority of banjos produced by Gretsch in the pre-war period were tenors. The most common Gretsch 5-string was the Broadkaster model played by jug band legend Gus Cannon. This American model has the same rim and flange die-cast metal construction, which gives the instrument its unique tone. The front of the peg head is...
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1963 Vega Earl Scruggs 5 String

No musician is associated with the 5-string banjo more than Earl Scruggs. So it was natural that banjo companies would come calling for an endorsement. Vega was the first banjo manufacturer to use the Scruggs name on a banjo, and redesigned their Tubaphone line to create a model to meet the needs of Bluegrass players.   Utilizing the Tubaphone tone ring, the Scruggs model featured a 2-piece...
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1937 Gibson F-4

Here we have a terrific sounding and playing ‘30s Gibson F4 mandolin with spruce top (probably Adirondack) and maple back & sides, carved to perfection in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 
 This is one of the best sounding, rarely seen F4s we have encountered with rich, warm tones and each note having distinct separation with amazing clarity. It's in excellent structural condition with some natural...
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1937 Gibson A-75

Here’s a rare model from Gibson and possibly the last one made. This example is a bit different than other A-75s in that its fretboard is level with the top as on the A-50. Featuring a carved spruce top in the typical sunburst finish of the period, this mandolin has an adjustable truss rod and carved mahogany back and sides. The bound fretboard is rosewood with pearl position markers astride a...
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1924 Gibson A-Jr.

Here’s an exceedingly rare, and possibly one-of-a kind entry level Gibson A-style  mandolin. This "Loar period " instrument has special features that set it apart from your garden variety Junior. 
 First and most easily recognized is the Gibson peghead logo in mother-of pearl. All the other Junior models we have seen have either no logo or (rarely) a silk-screened logo. The position markers in...
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1956 Fender Electric Mandolin

When Leo Fender started making electric instruments, his first customers were the Country and Western players from California to Texas. Many of those country players also doubled on mandolin and it wasn’t long before they were asking for mandolins as well as Fender guitars. This example from the first year of issue, 1956, has seen lots of playing. It was professionally refinished long...
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1924 Gibson L-4 Guitar

Here’a 97-year old instrument that any player or collector would be proud to own. A 16" archtop with carved maple back & sides and the rare snakehead peg head, same as the one used by the legendary jazz guitar pioneer, Eddie Lang. This instrument is in excellent original with all original hardware The single bound body is finished in a dark cherry sunburst and features the adjustable truss...
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1955 Gibson Florentine Electric Mandolin

Here’s a 65 year old Gibson Florentine style electric mandolin that is sure to please someone looking for a terrific sounding instrument that’s well played. 
The Gibson Florentine Electric (later designated EM-200 in the 1960s) features a carved spruce top, mahogany back & neck and a Gibson proprietary 4-pole, single-coil pickup, with top mounted tone and volume controls. The pickguard is gone...
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1927 Gibson A

Here’s a real sweetheart of a mandolin with an interesting history. Having left the Gibson factory in1927 as a black-faced, truss-rodded oval hole A-style with a single ivoroid-bound top and dark stained birch back & sides. In the late ‘40s or early ‘50s, it returned to Kalamazoo where the peghead was refinished  and a modern Gibson logo added. Rather than follow in the footsteps of the Father of...
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1903 Martin Style 4

Here we have a collector’s grade bowl-back mandolin from the famed C.F. Martin & Co. with beautiful highly-figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides, that’s as nice to play as it is to behold! This rare mandolin features a spruce top with blue-heart abalone inlaid rosette and border trim. Its decorative Brazilian rosewood overlaid peghead is carved in the Martin signature open style and the...
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1923 Gibson RB-4 fretless conversion

Here’s one we bet you haven’t seen before — a Loar period Gibson TB-4 trapdoor banjo converted to a fretless 5-string by a very talented, unknown to us, luthier. 
This 10.5” rim banjo has a maple rim and a perfectly matched custom replica maple 3-piece 5-string neck with fretless ebony fretboard sporting custom pearl inlays. The original flame maple trapdoor resonator is finished in a striking...
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1921 Schmick Tenor

1920s Schmick 20 Fret Tenor Banjo William O. Schmick built banjos in Camden, N.J. from 1914 until 1925. His designs were unique and he produced a quality line of instruments in those few years. He received a patent for his banjo rim design in 1916. This 20-fret tenor banjo has that “top tension” style rim, crafted of curly maple with simple adornments plus an inset tone ring-resonator...
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1939 Gibson F-7

Here’s an excellent sounding Gibson scroll model mandolin from its final year of production. Produced only between 1934 and 1939, the F-7 provided players with a short-necked version of the F-5, while retaining the robust tonality and power. When first introduced at $125, the F-7 was fierce competition to Gibson’s top model, the F-5, at half its retail price. This is the model Bill Monroe...
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1924 Gibson PB-5

Here we have an exceedingly rare Gibson plectrum banjo, the only example of this model we've ever seen. This sweet-sounding banjo was a top-of-the-line, Loar-period instrument, with original gold plated hardware, and arrowhead pearl button tuners. It originally came with a "trap-door" resonator, but that was removed and is no longer with the instrument. This plectrum has boat-loads of rich, warm...
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~1949 Strad-O-Lin Deluxe

The Stradolin name was created using “Stradivari” as the first half combined with the last half of the word mandolin. The company began in 1921 and made student grade instruments un til their purchase by Multivox in 1959. This instrument has all the earmarks of the original manufacturer, the triple bound, highly figured cremona sunburst 2-piece maple back, matching triple bound sunburst spruce...
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1935 Gibson F-12

The original Gibson F-12 mandolin was introduced in 1934 and only built for 3 years until being discontinued in 1937. The F-12 designation reappeared in 1949, but was an entirely different instrument. This mandolin is extremely rare, as perhaps only a few were manufactured. It was priced just under the top-of-the-line F-5. This model featured a short, F-4 length neck, but has the same scale...
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