Martin 2003 D-45GE 1937 Shaded Top Brazilian Rosewood Limited Edition Near mint - Very rare - From 2001 to 2003 Martin made a limited amount of the Golden Era series guitars consisting of both Dreadnought and OM instruments with both natural tops and shaded tops in a run of 167 Brazilian guitars in the 45 style. The D-45 GE shaded top being the fewest made as we are told of around 10. This is a very rare model and is spectacular in both appearance and sound. Fat articulate low end, "punchy" midrange, clean and clear high end but to put in perspective, it sounds "ancient". Adirondack Spruce top, Adirondack scalloped forward shifted braces, Brazilian Rosewood back & sides with linen reinforcing strips, Ivoroid binding, beautiful highly colored Abalone around top, back and neck as well as the neck extension, Abalone rosette, old style 45 back strip, modified V-shape neck, 1 3/4'' nut width, 2 5/16'' string spacing, bound Ebony fingerboard with "Golden Era" 45 style Snowflake inlays and Tortoise side dots, bound square headstock, Fossil Ivory thru saddle, nut and bridge pins with Abalone inserts and end pin, Tortoise grain pickguard and Waverly gold "Butterbean" tuners. This is a rare find and a treasure to own and the sound is "Golden Era" all the way. Priced with OHC.
Product ID: s298
Martin 1939 D-18 Excellent condition - Early 1939 expertly refinished by Andy Todd with a slight antiqued look, 1 ¾’’ nut width, Adirondack Spruce top, newer correct bridge plate, neckset, older refret, newer correct Ebony bridge, original tortoise grain pickguard, small inside cleat for back that is not through and two small patches added to top around top of rosette. This beast is rock-solid with no top cracks and dry as a bone with deep rich bottom end, very “punchy” midrange and crystal clear & mellow high end. Give a listen as Master Kenny Smith plays it on this page and hear the pure vintage tone and power this outstanding box contains. Looks ancient, sounds ancient, light as a piece of paper and plays like a dream. BIG SOUND. Comes with older heavy duty hard case.
Product ID: c213
Gibson 1934 F-7 Mandolin Excellent plus condition - This is the cleanest F-7 we have ever encountered and is all original with possibly the bridge being the exception. It shows very little playing wear and even the pickguard is intact with no issues. The sunburst finish is smooth with just a few checks that are hardly visible. Conforms to 1934 catalog specs with Spruce top, highly figured Chocolate brown finish Maple back & sides, Mahogany neck, single bound body, neck, pickguard and peghead, Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with fancy inlay similar to Nick Lucas guitar and Fleur-De-Lis headstock inlay. Beautiful warm open tone with impressive power, clarity along with a serious chop at any position, and the more it is played, the more it opens up. Made between 1934 thru 1939 and is the same model Bill Monroe used until he bought his fabled 1923 F-5 in 1945. Rarer than a Loar, these do not show up very often and one in this condition is even a rarer find. Comes with original red lined formed fit hard case with some case candy.
Product ID: s263