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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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~1936 Gibson L-1

$3,550
In the mid-thirties, the L-1 was a companion of the more popular L-00. The L-00 was the budget model, and the L-1 was a cut above, featuring a matched, two-piece top, and quarter sawn mahogany back. The L-1 also features both top and back binding. It's difficult to pinpoint the date of manufacture on this one since only the red-pencil item numbers remain, with the FON lost to time. We would...
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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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~1932 Oscar Schmidt Stella Decalcomania

$2,250
In the throes of the Great Depression, many guitar makers made changes to their production, some more radically than others. The Oscar Schmidt Company, in Jersey City, NJ, introduced a line of guitars produced from less expensive materials with a glitzy look. These instruments were cataloged as 'Decalcomania', and the guitars sported a range of decals, from minimal to way off the charts. This...
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~1920 Oscar Schmidt Sovereign Jumbo 12

$13,750
Oscar Schmidt Sovereign Jumbo (Stella) 12-String Ca 1920 | $13,750 | This is an iconic flat top acoustic 12-string with a storied history. Made in Jersey City at the Oscar Schmidt factory about 1920, this particular model, marketed as Auditorium size, was made most famous by bluesman Huddie Ledbetter, aka 'Lead Belly'. Subsequently, the 'jumbo' Stella 12-string has become the Holy Grail of...
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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

$2,450
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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