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~1933 Gibson Kalamazoo KM11

$475
(vbg #1714) Throughout the '30s, Gibson offered a line of instruments made in the Kalamazoo factory, but not branded 'Gibson'. Instead, this budget line was branded 'Kalamazoo' to avoid the Gibson mark on a budget line of instruments. The KM11 was the first mandolin offering in the Kalamazoo line, and it's a pretty snazzy little piece. Neck, back and sides are mahogany and the fingerboard is...
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1935 Gibson Kalamazoo KG11

$1,775
(vbg #1701) Gibson's Kalamazoo line was created to help the company weather the depression. The Kalamazoo flat tops lacked a truss rod, and were ladder braced, allowing for a less expensive guitar. The Gibson name was left off to avoid cheapening the Gibson brand. That said, the Kalamazoo line of guitars was produced with the same fine materials and craftsmanship as the regular Gibson line. In...
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1966 Harmony H-22

$1,150
This is a really clean example of a trending bass, the H22, built by Harmony through the sixties. Not only does it have a spiffy vintage vibe, but it was also used by a number of rock and rollers in the sixties, including the Small Faces and the Spencer Davis Group. The H22 is a hollow 16" body, flat top and back, single cut, single pu bass with a scale length of 30 1/8". Neck width at the...
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~1923 Vega Style N

$325
All original Vega Style N from the 20s with serial # 57771. The 'N' was the Vega entry-level tenor, but nonetheless, constructed to a very high Vega quality. There are 26 hooks around the laminate rim, and 17 frets on the fingerboard. The head measures 10 15/16" and the scale length is 19 1/2". There is a 'No Knot' tail piece and planet type tuners. The banjo is in excellent, unmolested...
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~1941 Gibson Kalamazoo KG-22

$1,050
Kalamazoo represents the Gibson 'budget' line of guitars marketed to help the Gibson factory survive the depression. However, the Kalamazoo line was still built at Gibson using quality materials and workmanship. This guitar likely dates to 1941, since the stamped FON appears to be a 'G', indicating a '41 production year, but the stamp is a bit faded. We know that the factory used the...
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~1913 Oscar Schmidt Bruno Jumbo 12

$6,850
Vintage Blues Guitars is thrilled to offer yet another vintage 12-string! This one was made in the Schmidt factory around 1913, based on an almost exact example listed in a Bruno catalog dated 1912-1913. C. Bruno & Sons Inc. NY was a 'jobber' who had guitars made by others, and sold them under the Bruno label. This particular example is auditorium size (jumbo), and sports the high end features...
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~1932 Oscar Schmidt Gambler Deluxe

$1,950
The so-called 'Gambler' was featured as part of the Depression era lineup of Oscar Schmidt guitars, cataloged as "Playing card ornament .. black satin finish .. white pearlette fingerboard". This guitar came to us as a black grand concert size Stella, but the top had been brush-painted over. We had Mike Hauver reincarnate it into a 'Gambler' but we'll never know if it left the factory that way....
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~1935 Stella Decalcomania

$1,650
The Oscar Schmidt company was founded in 1879, and by the 1920s it was quite prosperous. But Schmidt's death in 1929, and the economic destruction brought on by the depression resulted in the sale of the Schmidt factory. By 1935, the company was owned by John Carner and trading as "Fretted Instrument Manufacturers Inc." This guitar was built at the time of Carner's ownership, since it bears...
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~1935 Gibson Kalamazoo KG11

$995
This is a mid-thirties KG11 with a very old refinish, from sunburst to natural. Very difficult to tell, it almost looks factory. Consequently, this becomes a very affordable KG11. All components are original, including the bridge and tuners. Only missing the end pin. Very structurally sound, no cracks or evidence of prior repairs other than the finish and a tiny hole drilled through the...
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~1957 Harmony Stella H929 3/4

$225
Harmony had a run of almost twenty-five years with the venerable H929 acoustic flat top, aimed at the beginning guitarist. Production ended in 1970. This example is a 3/4-size guitar, with size and scale length suitable for children or for use as a travel guitar. The model stamp inside is clearly visible, but the date stamp is vague. Based on the older 'Stella' font, and the lack of 'steel...
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~1930 Oscar Schmidt Floral Decalcomania

$775
In the throes of the Great Depression, many guitar makers altered their manufacturing to weather the hard times, some more radically than others. The Oscar Schmidt Company, in Jersey City, NJ, introduced a line of guitars produced from less expensive materials, but gave them a glitzy look to attract buyers in these grim times. These instruments were cataloged as 'Decalcomania', and the guitars...
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~1933 Oscar Schmidt Floral Decalcomania

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In the throes of the Great Depression, many guitar makers altered their manufacturing to weather the hard times, some more radically than others. The Oscar Schmidt Company, in Jersey City, NJ, introduced a line of guitars produced from less expensive materials, but gave them a glitzy look to attract buyers in these grim times. These instruments were cataloged as 'Decalcomania', and the guitars...
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~1920 Oscar Schmidt Sovereign

$2,250
From the Stefan Grossman Collection, an early and high-end Oscar Schmidt made acoustic guitar. The Schmidt company reserved the Sovereign name for its top-of-the-line instruments. This example has all the hallmarks of those instruments including select mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck, spruce top, fancy marquetry trim on the top and back, and a abalone tree-of-life fingerboard inlay. The...
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~1897 Unknown Buckbee style Open back

$450
Open back five-string banjo in the Buckbee style. The neck is nicely carved into a soft 'V' and is made from walnut with a thin veneer fingerboard. The rim is spun over with 38 brackets. The four head stock friction tuners appear original, and the fifth string friction tuner is a replacement. The rim measures about 10 3/4" and the scale length is ~ 25 1/2". The fingerboard measures ~1 1/4"...
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1965 Guild® F-212

$1,150
Guild began the manufacture of a 12-string acoustic guitar in 1964, and over the years the F-212 has become a workingman's twelve. This example is from the early years, 1965, and is, consequently, a great players instruments. The jumbo body is mahogany with a spruce top, and measures 15 9/16" across at the lower bout. The neck is three piece mahogany/maple with a Brazilian overlay on the head...
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~1960 DeArmond™ Guitar Mike

$325
DeArmond Guitar Mike 'monkey on a stick' pickup in overall good, functioning order, retaining felt pads. Some minor scratching and wear on the plating from use, and electrical tape on the insulation from the mounting on the guitar, and one small section of insulation chipped off (see photo). Pickup functions as intended and produces a clean sound through an amp.
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~1921 Oscar Schmidt Sovereign

$1,350
At the turn of the nineteenth/twentieth centuries, there was a brief craze for double-neck guitars. Many quality instruments were produced during this period, including examples from top makers Gibson and Larson Brothers. Hundreds of mandolin orchestras had a least one harp or double-neck guitar, as evidenced by surviving photos. Guitar factories such as Oscar Schmidt jumped on the band wagon,...
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1933 Gibson L-50

$2,250
A stunningly clean example of a Gibson L-50 from the early 1930s. The FON, 416, makes this the earliest L-50 documented, as per the Spann book 'Guide to Gibsons'. That FON would place it in the Gibson logs as produced in 1933, although some would argue, due to its appointments, it's a '32. Regardless, it is the earliest incarnation of the L-50 manufactured in Kalamazoo. The benchmarks are...
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