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1924 Gibson A

$2,450
Here’s a fantastic sounding, easy playing Gibson A style mandolin from the Loar Era, with all the modern improvements — including adjustable truss rod and bridge, and the much desired “snakehead" headstock profile. This instrument sports a spruce top, maple back & sides and the popular black finish. The tone is rich and filled with those delightful overtones that are the hallmark of both A and F...
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1927 Epiphone Recording Art Deluxe

$5,500
One of the rarest and most desirable instruments of the jazz era is this gorgeous Epiphone plectrum banjo, known as the "Dragon" model. Not only does it possess the perfect tone for a jazz or swing ensemble, but some top of the line decorative appointments as well.  The all walnut construction features a peg head inlaid with the exquisitely engraved pearl dragon. Traveling down the ornate...
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1924 Vega #4 Pony Banjo

$2,575
This is an exquisite, rare 5-string banjo from 1910 that is stamped “Fairbanks by Vega” and “Special” on the rim stick. Starting with a 10 5/8” spun over rim, Vega married it to a 20” scale 5-string neck with the style 4 inlay pattern in the rosewood fretboard. As one might expect, the tone, especially in the upper register, is ultra sweet with that brilliant response so typical of the Vega...
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1924 B&D Super 5

$4,500
Here we have a clean, extremely rare 5-string banjo produced after David Day joined with Fred Bacon in 1922 to form the Bacon & Day Banjo Co. As always, B&D instruments contained superbly delicate adornments in terms of wood selection and pearl inlaid designs on the peg head and fingerboard, single bound in ivoroid.  Unlike most Super models, this exquisite example left Groton. Ct. as an original...
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1977 Ibanez Artist 5

$1,295
In the ’70's Japanese manufacturers hit 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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1939 Gibson A-50 BB

$1,250
1939 Gibson A-50 wide-body Mandolin This unique, rare Gibson A style is sometimes referred to as the “Big Bell” model with its 11" wide body and bell-like shape. This example has a sunburst spruce top and flamed-maple back and sides. The ebony fret board features the "Nick Lucas"- style inlay pattern with the “thicker” Gibson pearl logo and fleur-de-lis on the peg head. The original tailpiece...
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1926 Vega 205

$1,495
SALE PENDING The cylinder-back is a style of mandolin manufactured by the Vega Company of Boston. The design patent for the instrument was issued on November 4, 1913 to David L. Day, who was chief acoustical engineer for Vega. The unique design feature of the cylinder-back instruments (originally referred to as mando-lutes in the Vega catalog) is a cylindrical bulge running longitudinally along...
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1924 Gibson MB-4

$1,495
SALE PENDING Here’s a wonderful Loar-era mandolin banjo that will make damsels swoon and strong men weak! Completely original, this instrument can be heard for miles in the hands of the right player. The 9” rim and 14” scale are the perfect combination for projection and tone. Not enough volume? Open the trap door resonator!  When this MB-4 was made, it was the top-of-the Gibson mandolin...
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1921 Martin Style E

$3,750
1921 Martin Style E Mandolin Here we have the rare Martin Style E, top of the line flat back mandolin (akin to the '45' series of guitars), with only 62 being made between 1915 and 1937. Who knows how many have survived to this day? This instrument is in what is often referred to as “player’s grade”, with all the good, rich tone that only comes from years of aging, and thousands of hours of...
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1926 Gibson L-4

$4,400
Here’s a well maintained Loar Era, snake head L-4 arch top exactly like the first Gibson model that Eddie Lang, the “father of jazz guitar”, played.  
The carved spruce top and carved birch body are stained in Gibson’s reddish sunburst. The ebony fret board is bound with the typical Gibson pointed extension that extends slightly into the sound hole. The sound hole is trimmed in two thin strands...
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1919 Orpheum No. 3

$1,250
In 1897 Rettberg & Lange bought the J. H. Buckbee banjo factory, the largest of the post-WWI banjo manufacturers. Patent records show that in 1903 a patent was issued for a tone ring which sits on brackets which are attached to the rim. This is the ring that was used on all Orpheum banjos, producing the Orpheum signature tone. This highly decorated mandolin-banjo with its' top-of-the-line...
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1958 Gibson A-5 Custom

$3,995
1958 Gibson A-5 Custom This beautiful  A style Gibson is unusual for many reasons. In all our years of collecting and playing Gibson mandolins, we have never seen another one like it, leading us to believe that it may have been a one-off custom order.  The serial number indicates that it was made in 1958. By that time, all Gibson A-5 models were double cutaway, often identified as the...
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1956 Fender Electric Mandolin

$2,250
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 ago,...
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1964 Framus 6/41

$695
German maker Framus is easily recognized for some of their unique design characteristics. Case in point is this mandolin with the large single “cat’s eye” sound hole, the straight non-angled peg head, the string bar, the neck bolted to the body, and the “zero fret”. Framus was among the first (if not the first) manufacturers to include the zero fret feature. The Zero fret, combined with the bolt...
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1932 Kel Kroyden KK-20

$625
1932 Kel Kroyden KK20 One of the Gibson alternate brands, Kel Kroyden instruments are known for their Spartan appointments, but sturdy build. The tone is quite remarkable in these budget-priced offerings from Kalamazoo. Players poured over the mail order catalogs of merchandisers such as J.W. Jenkins, hoping to find that bargain musical instrument that would make life more enjoyable. Many...
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1920 Epiphone D

$850
Here is a unique and exceedingly rare open-back Epiphone mandolin banjo with a beveled wood rim tone ring and attractive pearl & abalone fret board inlays. This instrument is very clean throughout with an11” rim, a 14” scale, straight playable neck and all original hardware . For players, this mandolin-banjo creates that great funky tone  that is the hallmark of jug bands and country blues...
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1939 A. Rogers Style C

$695
This rather unique instrument is based on designs developed around 1912 by Albert Shutt of Topeka, Kansas. At some point this particular design was appropriated by the Harmony Co. of Chicago for its "Viol Mandolin Model 55". It can be assumed that this A. Rogers was built for a particular distributer during the 1930s or 1940s. We have only seen two them over many decades. 
Here’s what we do know...
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1922 Bacon FF Professional

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From the 1890s to the 1930s, musical instrument manufacturers were quick to exploit the desire of people to make music in their homes. The mandolin was the most popular instrument of the day and when the banjo became popular, a natural marriage of the two was the mandolin-banjo.  
In 1922 the Bacon Banjo Co. ruled supreme, producing high quality instruments in Groton, Connecticut. This FF...
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~1910 A.A. Farland Special

$2,950
Alfred A. Farland began building banjos in New York City in 1890. His highly prized instruments are a superb example of turn-of-the-century artistry. The exquisite appointments of this fine example include inlays of mother-of-pearl, abalone, and snail shell in Victorian style designs on the fret board and both the front and back of the peg head. The neck itself features a hand select birds-eye...
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1938 D'Angelico A

$6,950
Here’s a rare treasure from one of the most respected luthiers in American stringed instrument history. Hand carved from the finest woods available, this  mandolin is a joy to hear as well as a sheer delight to play. Its carved spruce top is triple bound with matching binding on the carved maple back and quintuple binding on the pick guard. The ebony fretboard and peg head are adorned with the...
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1930 Ciani Galiano

$1,350
Raphael Ciani was the uncle of world renowned master luthier John D’Angelico. D’Angelico apprenticed under his uncle starting at 9 years of age. One can easily see that the high quality of luthiery was definitely a family tradition. This gorgeous-in-every-detail mandolin bears the hallmarks of excellence. The intricate peg head bears presentation grade mother of pearl inlay pattern, so typical...
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1920 Gretsch style 1

$350
When America was swept by the great Hawaiian craze in 1915, the most recognizable result was the emergence of the ukulele as an instrument heard on records and radio, and featured in vaudeville, theaters and motion pictures. American instrument manufacturers rushed ukes to the market as fast as they could turn them out. This ukulele was made using the traditional designs of Nunes, Dias and...
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1949 Levin Model 41

$995
The Herman Carlson Levin Company is considered by many to be the premiere fretted instrument manufacturer of Europe. They made  exquisite sounding instruments in their small factory in Gothenburg, Sweden beginning in 1900. They soon gained a reputation for finely-crafted, excellent sounding guitars and mandolins, as well as lutes and banjos. Levin mandolins have a rich, robust tone with fine...
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1906 Gibson F-3

$7,850
Here we have one of the most ornate mandolins produced in the early days of the “Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co. Ltd.” founded in 1902 by Orville Gibson and his partners (Mr. Gibson had been working on his own since 1894). The F-3 model is one of the unique “3-point” florentine-style mandolins built with a carved spruce top and one-piece walnut back. The top is bordered with visually striking...
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1921 Bacon Artist

$3,500
This rare mandolin was made during the same era as the Gibson F-4 and the Lyon & Healy Style A, with comparable craftmanship and tonal quality. These uniquely shaped instruments, with four distinctive "points" were made in Groton, Connecticut by the Bacon Banjo Company and endorsed by mandolin virtuoso William Place, Jr.  They featured hand-carved spruce tops and figured maple back & sides, bound...
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1920 Lyon & Healy Style A Mandola

$6,500
1920s  Lyon & Healy Style A Mandola The Lyon & Healy Company established itself  in 1864, and began making orchestral harps in 1889. By 1920, it was the largest producer of musical instruments in the world, boasting "Over 100,000 instruments produced every year!" Here we have one of the most desirable of  all the instruments created by this highly respected maker — a carved spruce top, deep...
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1970 Koontz EM

$2,250
What is the rarest of the rare? It could very well be this electric mandolin hand crafted by Sam Koontz. Why? Because he made only one! Yes, this one! Sam Koontz was a designer and instrument builder for the Standel Company. Sam opened his own shop in the 1970s and continued to build his unique instruments until his passing in the early ‘80s. This incredible creation features a solid mahogany...
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1932 Slingerland Songster

$695
The Slingerland Mfg. Company of Chicago is primarily known as a manufacturer of drums. During the first half of the 20th Century they manufactured and distributed various models of stringed instruments. The most popular series of guitars and mandolins was called the “Songster”. The rarely seen Songster mandolins have spruce arch tops with f-holes, figured maple back & sides, attractive sunburst...
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1951 Gibson F-12

$3,450
For over 100 years, the Gibson F style mandolin has been the esthetic and tonal leader of the mandolin world since Orville designed his first "Florentine" styled mandolin. Since 1922 the F-5 has been the top-of-the-line model and in 1951 the F-12 was basically the same instrument with less fancy appointments.  This F-12 has a carved spruce top with "f' holes, superbly figured  quilted maple...
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1946 Gretsch Synchromatic 200

$3,475
Here we have a beautiful, easy playing, tremendous sounding 16” Gretsch Synchromatic model 200 with the rare "light bulb" headstock. The attractive and unusual cat’s eye sound holes add great tonal projection as well. The top is carved from close grained spruce with tone bar bracing that also aids the guitar in producing glorious amounts of volume. The two piece back of the 3 3/8” deep body...
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