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~1930 Oscar Schmidt Stella

$1,250
A Grand Concert-size Stella is automatically considered a pretty rare find; the addition of the deluxe fingerboard makes it rarer still. The Decalcomania ornamented instruments appeared in the 1920s, and were pretty typical on the Oscar Schmidt production line once the depression was in full swing. The ornamentation on cheaper birch was a more economical way to build a guitar than it was to use...
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1927 Gibson TG-0

$1,650
This is an all original mahogany tenor guitar from Gibson which dates to 1927, according to the FON listed in the Spann's Guide. A very lightly built instrument with mahogany top, back, sides and neck. The bridge and fingerboard are Brazilian rosewood. The head stock is painted black and sports 'The Gibson' in silver. Tuners are Grover, and the neck has an adjustable truss rod. The...
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1932 Gibson L-00

$3,950
(vbg1610) The lightly built and responsive Gibson L-0/L-00 series of flat tops guitars has been a favorite of ours for decades. Having owned a good many of them over the years, we've been intrigued by the development of the line from the early 30s through the early 1940s. It's clear to us that the early incarnations, like this example, are the superior tone machines. Two major reasons being...
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~1971 Harmony H6341

$365
Harmony H6341 made in Chicago in the early 70s. This is a 000-size guitar, with a very nice neck feel and really good sound output. The guitar is all original with no evident repairs. We recently reset the neck angle for nice, low action, and glued a small crack under the fingerboard extension. There is a screw hole in the heel from a former strap button, and some of the white painted...
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~1920 Slingerland Guitar Banjo

$1,150
An interesting guitar banjo from an unidentified maker, although it has some of the hallmarks of a Slingerland made instrument. The five-piece neck is three parts maple and two parts ebony. The long heel is capped in Brazilian rosewood. The head stock is also capped with Brazilian, with an inlaid ornament. The two 'diamonds' are later additions, and add just enough glitz and camp to earn...
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~1935 RICHTER Concert Parlor

$525
One of the joys of the vintage guitar business is coming across an instrument that's not crossed our path previously, and turns out to be a pleasant surprise. This Richter-made instrument is an example of that. The Richter company was founded in Chicago about 1920. And like its competitors Regal and Harmony, produced budget 'catalog' guitars. This guitar is easily identified as a...
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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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~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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~1935 Stella Decalcomania

$1,450
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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