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2020 pre-War D-2018

By now, most of you are familiar with the Pre-War Guitar Company. If you aren’t, you should be. These folks from North Carolina are a small shop that’s producing faithful replicas of the highly desirable Martin and Gibson guitars of the 1930s. This model, suggested by David Grisman, is essentially what we know as a D-18, but with added appointments found on the 28 style instruments. it is a...
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1951 Gibson F-12

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

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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1941 Gibson F-5

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 pearl block...
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~1922 Regina Octave Mandolin Banjo

Here’s a wonderful vintage instrument that’s as rare as bicuspids in the mouths of poultry, and as difficult to find as sewing devices in piles of horse’s breakfast. The Regina brand was one of several (including Majestic and S.S. Stewart Wondertone) created by Gaetano Francisco Puntolillo, an independent Italian banjo maker from New York.  This large octave mandolin built on a banjo frame has...
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1937 Cromwell GM-6

Cromwell was one of the brands Gibson crafted during the years prior to WWII, to allow non-Gibson dealers to offer Gibson made instruments. There were many models of Cromwell guitars, but only three Cromwell mandolin models, including this very rare Florentine style mandolin. This creation, based on the Gibson F models, has the "lump" scroll which later appeared in 1971 A-5. The top is solid...
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1937 Gibson TGL-7

Here is probably one of the rarest Gibson Guitars you will ever find, a top of the line 4-string archtop tenor guitar — the TGL-7 Special. Based on the mid-1930s Gibson L-7 with it’s highly desirable “picture frame” finger board inlays, this is the instrument made famous by Eddie Condon, the famous jazz band leader. 
Featuring a 17" carved spruce top finished in sunburst, carved maple back &...
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1933 Gretsch Model 200

As the acoustic archtop guitar began to replace the tenor banjo in the swing and dance band ensembles of the 1930s, guitar makers increased production to include many variations of materials, decoration and craftsmanship to produce some fabulous instruments. By the mid 1935 most manufacturers had a 16", 17" and even 18" model. Here we have a beautiful 16" L-5 style guitar by Gretsch from 1933....
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1930 Gibson TB-4 "Fat Boy" conversion

Here’s a Bluegrass tone monster created from a 1930 TB-4 thick "fat-boy" rim pot, with its original "Mastertone" 40-hole arch-top, chrome plated tone ring, brackets and 1-piece flange. The stretcher band and arm rest are nickel plated. To complete this Bluegrass stalwart is a walnut neck with Flying Eagle inlays crafted by an extremely talented unknown maker. The neck is matched beautifully to...
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1939 Gretsch Synchromatic 400

Here’s something so rare that we haven't seen one before — a wonderful vintage top-of-the-line Gretsch Synchormatic sunburst 18” archtop with a carved spruce top and highly flamed five-piece maple neck, back & sides. The ebony fretboard is adorned with mother-of-pearl bisected cloud inlays. 
This is the classic pre-war design, with the rare “light bulb” peghead, multi-layered body binding and...
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1945 Epiphone Emperor

Back in the day when Gibson and Epiphone were major competitors, Gibson had the slogan “Only a Gibson is Good Enough”. Epiphone responded with ads that proclaimed “When "Good Enough" isn’t Good Enough, get an Epiphone". When Gibson introduced their extra large 18” wide Super 400, Epiphone countered with this 18 3/8” behemoth — the Emperor! 
Here’s a beautiful example of the “Golden Age” of...
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2018 Flinthill FHB-260

Flinthill banjos are brought to you by the same folks who created the highly sought after Gold Star line of banjos first introduced in the late 1970s. The same attention to detail, high quality components and excellence in design and tonal qualities are present in Flinthill banjos, which incidentally, are no longer being manufactured. This model 260 pays homage to the Gibson Style 11 banjos of...
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1996 Gibson A-5 Custom

This is a gorgeous, possibly one-of-a-kind mandolin from the Gibson Custom Shop, made in 1996. With a label signed by Bruce Weber, the appointments are dazzling!  Starting with a carved Adirondack spruce top and outrageously figured “tiger stripe” maple back and sides, this instrument features a lush cherry sunburst finish. The figured maple neck is slim and fast. The gears are nickel-plated...
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1958 Gibson F-12 E

Here's a truly unique and highly desirable instrument. Gibson produced A-style amplified mandolins by mounting a pickup to the soundboard, and also a solid body electric mandolin. This electric Florentine-style mandolin with a top mounted pickup was the only model ever catalogued and they are quite rare. This beauty has a carved spruce top with the venerable Gibson mandolin-sized P-90 pickup,...
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1929 Gibson MB-3

Here’s a beautifully appointed Gibson MB-3 "Mastertone" mandolin-banjo. This rare instrument was crafted in 1929 with an 11” maple rim, 2-piece flange and 40-hole archtop tone ring and a maple resonator, stained in a gorgeous chocolate brown. The banjo is completely original, and in dazzlingly near-mint condition with shiny metal parts — ready for stage or recording. Add a quality 5-string...
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1925 Gibson F-2

1925 was a turning point for Gibson instruments.  Lloyd Loar had just departed the company, leaving a legacy of design that would propel the company forward. This beautiful F-2 model mandolin incorporates the voicing of the Loar era into the exquisite Victorian appointments originally conceived by Orville Gibson. The carved top of high grade spruce is finished in a dark burgundy sunburst with...
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1910 Fairbanks by Vega #4

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 banjos...
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1938 Bacon & Day Ne Plus Ultra Troubadour

Although known primarily for their line of exquisitely crafted banjos, Bacon and Day also produced some very fine guitars under their brand, undoubtedly made for them by Regal of Chicago. Here is an example of one of those rare instruments. Measuring 16” across the lower bout, this guitar has a triple-bound carved spruce top and a bound, carved 2-piece mahogany back. Distinctively appointed,...
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1938 Gibson L Rosewood

Here we have one of the rarest pre-war Gibson flat tops ever produced, probably a one-off custom order. Starting with the iconic Gibson L guitar body, this rare beauty features a Cremona sunburst spruce top, beautiful straight grained rosewood back & sides, triple-bound on both top and back. The headstock is quadruple bound with the script Gibson logo in mother-of-pearl and featuring the...
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1932 Gibson TB-11 five string conversion

Here’s a 1930s Gibson banjo with unmistakably traditional tone. Starting with a 1930s TB-11 rim with its 1-piece flange and robust projection and tonality, a skilled craftsman has added a 5-string “speed neck” of highly-figured flame maple with the "wreath" pattern inlay. The resonator features the rare "X" patterned decoration. This instrument is very clean with the exception of a short piece...
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1937 Gibson A-50

The Gibson A-50 mandolin was first introduced in 1932. The first version had an oval sound hole with appointments similar to the discontinued A-4 model. By 1937, the A-50 featured the f-holes of the top-of-the line artist models, the F-5 and F-7. This highly unusual A-50 features a spruce top finished in the lighter sunburst tones of the late ‘30s, with matching finish on the back & sides,...
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1935 Martin 0-21T

This is an exceptionally clean and ultra-rare Martin tenor guitar from the “Golden Age” of American luthiery. In fact, the 0-21T is the rarest of all Martin tenor guitar models, with only 6 in existence and only one (this one) built in 1935! This seldom seen model has the upgraded appointments of the 21 series instruments with an Adirondack spruce top, quadruple bound in alternating strips of...
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1935 Gibson A-75

The A-75 model first appeared in 1934 and was quickly discontinued in 1937, making it one of the rarest Gibson mandolins ever created. With a carved spruce top with f-holes and  back and sides of mahogany (another rare feature), the A-75 produces well defined tones with plenty of the ”chop” that the Bluegrass players seek, as well as even balance in all positions. 
 This rare treasure is in...
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1918 Gibson A-3

1918 Gibson A-3 Ivory Top Mandolin 
 The Gibson model A-3 was first introduced in 1902. In 1918, Gibson offered in an “ivory” top finish. This then, is the first year of production for the A-3 in that particular finish. The A-3 model was discontinued in 1922, making this a fairly rare instrument. 
 This example is one of the best A-3 models we have heard in all our years of playing, selling...
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1950 Vega D-100E

A terrific instrument for those that desire amplification and are smart enough not to carve up a vintage mandolin to insert a pickup. This vintage treasure left the Vega factory in the late ‘40s outfitted with the Vega pickup and controls in place. The large pickup, located just in front of the bridge has warm, evenly balanced tone, and is connected by the old style Amphenol screw-on cable,...
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1939 Epiphone Zephyr Mandolin

When Epiphone first started making electric instruments, all the electric models were named Zephyr. The Epiphone Zephyr model electric mandolin first appeared in 1939 and had a 15 year run until being discontinued in 1954. 
To create the Zephyr model mandolin, Epiphone took their most popular acoustic model, the Adelphi and fitted it with a modified “New Yorker” pickup and controls. 
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1919 Orpheum No. 3 Mandolin Banjo

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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~1920 DeWick Bandonium Mandolin

The 1920s were a time of experimentation for many instrument makers. Here we have an instrument that will delight mandolin players, inspired by the likes of an instrument called the tenor harp, which has basically an all wood tenor banjo. 
This unique mandolin is beautifully crafted utilizing a spruce sound board with a walnut neck and highly figured walnut back. Visually, the instrument is...
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1931 Martin Style 20

Here’s a superb sounding Martin mandolin from the “Golden Era”. While most bluegrass musicians are seen with Gibson mandolins, many old-time country performers played Martins, like Earl Bolick of the Blue Sky Boys, who recorded and performed with his Martin Style 20. 
The Martin Style 20 was introduced in 1929 and was the first carved top mandolin they ever made. The oval-hole top is carved...
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1945 Vega C-26

Vega was one of the premier American musical instrument manufacturers of the last century, starting with banjos and mandolins. During the 1930s they entered the archtop guitar market with many fine models. The C26 model was built from 1938 to 1949 with solid carved spruce tops and maple back & sides, and 16”lower bout. This example has a straight and true v-shaped neck, adorned with dots on...
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