Guitars at Auction - February 27 (222 Lots)
222 lots | 221 with images
February 27, 2016Live Auction
New York, NY, USA
February 27, 2016Live Auction
New York, NY, USA
Description: 2014 Gretsch G6122 1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Classic, Robert Yelin Collection. UNRESERVED. Serial#: JT14052160. This reissue Gretsch G6122 1962 Country Gentleman Classic is based on the 1962 Gretsch Country Gentleman that George Harrison played with the Beatles. Features of this classic double-cutaway model include dual High Sensitive Filter’ Tron humbucking pickups, three-piece Maple neck, ebony fingerboard with Neo Classic "thumbnail" inlays, double mutes, back pad, gold plexi pickguard, gold-plated hardware, and a Bigsby B6G vibrato tailpiece. This example, which was built in 2014 at Gretsch's Terada factory in Japan, has a laminated walnut stain finish maple body looks like new.
Condition Report: VG+; "factory fresh"View additional info
Description: UNRESERVED. The first quarter of the 20th Century in New York saw the establishment of what has become referred to recently as "The Italian Guild"- a set of affiliated small retail stores and instrument workshops operated by Italian immigrant luthier/businessmen including Antonio Cerrito, Raphael Ciani, J. Nettuno, Nicolai Turturro and others. Some of these craftsmen appear to have had ties to the Oscar Schmidt Company's instrument factory in nearby Jersey City, NJ, builders of the iconic "Stella" guitars. While often similar in design, the instruments produced in the small Little Italy shops exhibit a much higher level of craftsmanship and original detail than Schmidt factory products. Many of these instruments were labeled "Galiano", a non-specific brand name that appears to have been shared by several of the shops on both hand-made and re-labeled factory product. This Grand Concert flattop was constructed in 1920 and contains many noteworthy (and aesthetically-pleasing) features. Made of highly-resonant Brazilian Rosewood, this instrument has retained both its beauty and its tone after nearly 100 years. Complete with stately purfling matching its rosette, this Galiano most notably features a vine inlay that adorns nearly the entire fretboard. Comes with modern case.
Condition Report: VG+; missing endpin, surface scratches on the top, back, and sides; a few cracks on the top, some seam separation on the lower back bout on the sides of the backstrip.View additional info and full condition report
Description: Ragghianti Custom Classical Guitar, George Benson Collection. Set up in Italy, this Classical-style guitar was made specifically for George Benson. The Spruce top sports a double-patterned rosette and slainted bridge with a Mother-of-Pearl inlay.View additional info
Description: UNRESERVED. Serial#: A4770 V07083. The Gibson L-7C is a wonderful mid-level acoustic archtop guitar with a rounded Venetian cutaway that provides easier access to the upper frets. Boasting a 17-inch body, the L-7C produces a big, powerful tone with impressive volume projection. Features include dual-parallelogram inlays on the bound rosewood fretboard, bound headstock, fully multi-bound body, layered pickguard, tulip tuners, and classic trapeze tailpiece. The 25-1/2" scale and X-bracing deliver surprising snap and volume with unsurpassed tonal integrity.
Condition Report: G; warped pickguard, few surface dings on top, light finish checking, broken and corroded pickguard baseView additional info
Description: Pat. May.18.90. Serial#: 427962. This jumbo guitar is perhaps the stellar achievement of Joseph Bohmann's guitar-making career, though not his most elaborate instrument. All parts are original, including the bridge and tuners. It is at least 60 years ahead of its time in size, construction, and volume.Painstakingly restored to its original condition by master luthier Paris Banchetti, this guitar has back and sides of solid master grade Birdseye Maple and a solid top of what appears to be Sitka Spruce, designed as a modern jumbo with dimensions portending the modern archtop guitar. Though ahead of its time in design, its wood harkens back to an age where there were still massive old growth trees. The back is one solid piece of Birdseye Maple, which could only come from a tree before the modern era. (It is not a book matched set.) The bridge is the now classic, mature Bohmann style, where he has used brass for a saddle support and small brass wood screws as string guides for precise spacing and height. The high radius fretboard is perfectly shaped for the guitarist's hand while being reminiscent of Bohmann's violin-making skills, and the tuners are proprietary high ratio enclosed style, requiring a unique piece of woodworking on the headstock at a time when most other luthiers were using slot head designs so that standard tuners could be mixed and matched. Most unusual is the size which provides a booming sound from the Maple. Parlor guitars, mostly played by women at the turn of the century, had short scales and small bodies. This is a performance-ready guitar, to be played by a man outside the parlor. The geometric shaped inlays are classic Bohmann in their post-modern design. The guitar has the construct of a presentation guitar, without binding or an elaborate rosette.
Condition Report: Good playable condition; some scratches on back, cracks below bridge, one crack on topView additional info
Description: c. 1935 Wm. C. Stahl Mandolin with Three-Point Scroll Body. Serial#: No serial number. This mandolin is one of only eight known Stahl mandolins with a three-point body and its distinctive scroll. The same idea is seen on a small number of Maurer and Euphonon-made mandolins. The high arch built into the top and back is accomplished by bend the wood over the braces which provides a large chamber for the sound to resonate. This instrument exudes a very large volume with more than ample sustain. The 14" scale length gives a mellow but gutsy sound.Brazilian rosewood back and sides compliment a nicely-grained spruce top. The top, back, and heel-plate have multi-ply bindings which add to the beauty of the Euphonon-style purflings. Mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard complete with pearl fret dots and position dots in the binding. The only non-original parts are the tailpiece and its engraved cover, but they are common to the Larson brands and fit the footprint of the original holes. The tuners are original and work nicely. Comes with form-fitting Golden Gate hard case sporting minimal wear.
Condition Report: VG; tailpiece in neck pocket & the bridge is off the body but in the case; a few dings & scratches on top & back, frets with some wear in first position but does not impact playingView additional info and full condition report
Description: UNRESERVED. Serial#: 21701003. Another rare guitar coming out of the Custom Shop and designed by Bruce Kunkel is the Art Deco L5, which he executed during his time in Gibson's Historic Division as the Designer and Creator of Art Guitars for the company. Kunkel picked some of his favorite objects hailing from the Art Deco period after being called upon by General Manager Rick Gembar, and one of those images is prominently featured on the back of this instrument: a 1934 Boat Tail Auburn interpreted as wood and metal marquetry.This guitar has a unique stair-stepped pick guard and matching truss rod cover, with its title engraved in the mother-of-pearl inlays. The Gibson logo on the pick guard is hand cut from solid gold, and engravings on the gold tail piece was masterfully executed by Nick Krimmons. Seeing as this was a unique project given to the company's then-master luthier, this is the only guitar of its kind ever produced by Gibson never to be recreated again.
Condition Report: VG+; slight oxidation on tailpiece, very slight finish checking on face side of heelView additional info
Description: UNRESERVED. Serial#: 90658007. Built in the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville, Tennessee, this version of the ES-5 his uses three single-coil Alnico pickups with individual volume controls, no switch, and one master tone control on the cutaway. The Maple neck comes with a multiple-bound Rosewood fingerboard, Mother-of-Pearl block inlay, and an inlaid leaf with the Gibson logo on headstock. The body on this ES-5 is laminate Maple in the L-5 design with bound F-holes. Nitrocellulose lacquer in Sunburst finish.
Condition Report: VG+View additional info
Description: UNRESERVED. The LG-1 was introduced along with the LG-2 and LG-3 as a student model during World War II. All three models were very similar, and the LG-1 featured Mahogany back and sides with a Spruce top. Since it was geared toward the learning player, the LG-1 used lateral or ladder style bracing. Despite its modest beginnings, the LG-1 was popularized by Elvis as he played on his own model in five movies he starred in for MGM throughout the 1960s.View additional info
Description: UNRESERVED. Lukas Brunner is a master guitar builder from Lavin, Switzerland whose work is constantly evolving. His "outdoor guitar," a concert-quality instrument, offers a removable neck for travelers. This unique, one-of-a-kind 8-string guitar offers Brunner's own "flying top" bracing system. The action is adjusted by an adjustable Allen screw between the braces and the alpine spruce top, which is laminated for stiffness in the center (imagine a cross-grained bridge plate feathered into the top). The braces never actually touch the top, and this adds resonance. The fingerboard extension is also "flying"; it does not contact the top and this further reduces damping. Instead of a traditional sound hole, the "air conditioner" offers three sound ports on the bass side. Each has a removable "vent door" that matches the curve of the side. Insert the pin on one side and press it into the rubber block on the other side of the hole far enough to put the pin on the other side of the vent into its side of the hole. The rubber exerts enough pressure to keep the vents in any position chosen while eliminating any buzzes or vibration. Each of the ports has a perfectly crafted wooden "lip."Also notable is Brunner's signature "twisted cutaway." The compound curve follows the curve of the side and also the angle of the neck block.As an 8-string, this instrument was conceived to have an extra high string and an extra low string with a standard guitar "in the middle." The fingerboard is ebony under the standard six strings, and Rosewood under the outer strings, making it easy to see "the guitar inside the guitar." The fan frets offer the advantage of longer bass strings and a high (.08) string that isn't under more pressure than it should. 24-frets offer a full range from piano-like basses up into the "mandosphere." String spacing is slightly narrower than standard to accommodate the extra strings and facilitate faster picking.For fingerstyle jazz enthusiasts, this unique 8-string offers stunning good looks, easy action, a 6-octave range, a "chimey" tone, and superlative craftsmanship. Lukas Brunner has established a fine reputation among European builders, and this one-of-a-kind Rosewood art guitar will surely become more and more collectible as time passes.
Condition Report: Like new with hard shell case.View additional info
Description: UNRESERVED. Serial#: 520046. Throughout the Classic Rock era of the 1970s, if one mentioned "Les Paul" to a guitarist they usually heard "Deluxe." Made in the image of the original single-cutaway set-neck Les Paul Standard of 1958 to '60 but with a pair of mini-humbucking pickups for the brighter, more cutting tone that many players were demanding, the Les Paul Deluxe ruled the roost for the better part of a decade, and found an enduring place in the hearts of guitarists and collectors alike that has held fast ever since. Crafted in the image of the most revered version of this model from the early '70s, the Les Paul Deluxe newly recreated by Gibson USA offers all the ingredients that helped this instrument stand out from the crowd, including traditional tonewoods and electronics, superb playability, and first-class Gibson craftsmanship.This specific LP Deluxe was owned by the man himself, and as he had been known to do, personally etched a message to a friend on the back of the headstock.
Condition Report: G; one significant gouge in upper region of neck (13th fret), scratch near the 11th fret, edge wear and dings, dings along headstock; no pickup covers, original tuners replaced and screwholes from the originals presentView additional info and full condition report
Description: UNRESERVED. Serial#: 92941492. With only 200 having ever been made, this Gibson Chet Atkins SST Celebrity model guitar is among the more rare in the company catalogue. A solidbody with no sound hole, this instrument provides zero feedback. Other features include mother of pearl star inlays on the fretboard and the bridge, the Gibson logo inlay in mother of pearl on the headstock, a Chet Atkins trussrod cover, and a specialty pickguard with "Celebrity" printed in script.This specific instrument also bears Chet's signature in black marker with his trademark acronym, "cgp," which stands for "certified guitar player."
Condition Report: VG; missing high E bridgepin and string, slight finish checking and scratch on lower treble boutView additional info
Description: "Guernica" Nouveau Flamenco Guitar by Allan Beardsell, Lowenstein Collection. Serial#: No. 93, 2007. This was the guitar that Mr. Beardsell used to introduce himself to many in the American guitar market, having displayed this nylon string flamenco instrument at the famous Healdsburg Guitar Festival and used it as the centerpiece for his initial internet site. The guitar was later displayed at the Newport Guitar Festival as well, where it was a star attraction for its radical sound ports and brace work construction which rises like a cathedral from the back of the guitar. It has been played by many great guitarists in the United States. One-of-a- kind, this guitar is called "Guernica" because of the torch inlay placed near where the neck meets the body. The torch is taken directly from the famous Picasso mural which hangs in the United Nations. One of the most astounding flamenco guitars ever built, the back and sides are cypress, but that is where the relationship to standard flamenco guitars end. The peg tuners which look like friction tuners common to flamenco guitars are actually internally-geared. The neck can be adjusted on a multiple axis from one point using Mr. Beardsell's unique trussrod and neck adjustment system, which allows this guitar to be played by any style flamenco artist while creating total access to all frets. The two side sound ports are large enough to place a fist through, and dispel any notion that sound ports must be limited to any particular size. Apart from improving the sound for the listening audience, they provide a perfect acoustic monitor for the player-an experience unparalleled with any other flamenco guitar.A short review of Mr. Beardsell's guitars makes obvious his interest in jazz instruments. This guitar, while ostensibly a flamenco or classical guitar, is designed to be perfect for jazz as well. Scale length and neck profiles are unlike anything on the market, and even the gypsy jazz design features hearken back to the jazz tradition. All the binding and inlay is immaculate, but it is the advanced design, uniqueness of the instrument, and the pivotal nature of the guitar to Mr. Beardsell's career and its iconic reputation in the guitar world which make "Guernica" the ultimate collector's item and the ultimate guitar for the flamenco, classical, or jazz player.
Condition Report: G; some scratches on topView additional info
Description: 1954 Gretsch Round-Up, with rare pine top, from the Tennessee State Museum Exhibit, plus two matching 1954 tweed Electromatic amps & more. Serial#: 13158 (guitar). Gretsch made the solidbody “Round-Up guitar” from 1953 to 1958, and nearly all of those were maple or mahogany top; however, in the first early years of production a small number were made with a genuine knotty-pine top. This example stemming from late 1954-early 1955, has that special top. Also adorning this instrument is an engraved pearl “cow & cactus” fret inlay, brass “cowboy” belt buckle tailpiece, burned-in “G” brand, single-coil DeArmond pickups, and sides with brass studs and tooled leather wrapping. This is the exact Gretsch Round-Up guitar that was on exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum in 2012, and featured in their exhibition book The Guitar, an American Love Story. (A copy of of this book is included with the lot.) Also with the guitar are two original Gretsch Electromatic tube amps, both in original tweed, which matches the guitar’s case. The first larger amp feautures twin oval speakers and original woody foot-switch. Completing the trio is the smaller 1954 Electromatic amp, with 8” speaker, also in matching tweed. This lot includes the original tooled-leather strap with jeweled buckle, plus the original 1955 Gretsch catalog, early ‘50s Gretsch string set in original red box, 1950s guitar capo in its original box, vintage “Riding on the Prairie” song sheet, and amp-cord.
Condition Report: Amp: VGView additional info
Description: 2002 Gibson Super 400 CESN Blonde, Robert Yelin Collection. UNRESERVED. Serial#: 20282003. The Gibson "Super 400" is a high-end carved solid wood archtop guitar. The largest, fanciest- adorned, and highest-priced factory built archtop / hollowbody guitar in the Gibson portfolio. A highly-influential model which inspired many other master luthiers, it was first sold in 1934 and named for its $400 price, as was the custom for Gibson guitars during that era of the company. There have been slight variations on the model since its inception, and this specific example shows Gibson's desire to embrace the 1950s desire for electric instruments, thus renaming the guitar the Cutaway Electric Spanish (CES).This electric version of the famed Super 400 features great quilted Maple in a high-luster blonde finish. The eye-catching neck is topped by a 20-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays and multi-ply black and white binding, which was then hand-fitted with Gibson's traditional ES-rounded neck profile. The pickups are a pair of Gibson's legendary '57 Classics, which faithfully capture the unique and subtle variations between coil windings of the original PAF humbuckers of the late 1950s, delivering a warm and full tone with a balanced response. Other appointments include Gibson's traditional five-piece split diamond motif inlay on the headstock and Schaller M6 tuners.
Condition Report: VG+; trussrod cover removed but inside case along withsix pearl stairstep tuner buttons + Tun-O-Matic bridgeView additional info
Description: UNRESERVED. Although the brothers left Sweden many years before, this particular instrument was ironically found in their home country. According to noted vintage instrument dealer George Gruhn, this guitar is “the most ornately-ornamented early Larson” he has ever seen. The Waverly tuners with special ivory buttons were engraved by Handel and inset with flowers in a gold inlay, the same seen on Martin guitars as early as 1893. It has a mahogany neck and the fingerboard is adorned with a pearl “tree-of-life” vine and flower pattern. The guitar’s body is constructed of Brazilian rosewood and a fine spruce top; the top, back, and sides are trimmed with abalone. The standard Larson-shaped ebony bridge contains pearl inlays resembling pairs of inverted “f”s on each flat end. The beautiful, straight-grained, book-matched Brazilian rosewood back has abalone trim around the edges as well as down the backstrip. According to Robert Hartmann (grandson and grandnephew of the Larson Brothers, respectively), this specific guitar is the first Larson six-string he has seen with abalone trim on the back. The spruce top has crack repairs in the lower bass bout and there was also a repair made to the bass side rim. Despite these repairs and its age, this guitar still emits a bold, yet sweet tone very pleasing to the ear.
Condition Report: Some playing wear on top, some playing wear on neck and back, some top cracks showing signs of repairView additional info
Description: Serial#: AD100080. The instruments in the Guild 100 Series are considered the most beautiful acoustics offered by the Rhode Island-based company. With its rosewood body bound by fine maple and inlaid with abalone purfling, the D-100 is made with Guild\'s most select AAA woods. The ebony fretboard with its distinctive abalone cloud inlays tops the hand-carved mahogany neck, which at the top meets an abalone-inlaid multi-layered headstock. Very few of these models were ever built seeing as they usually were custom-ordered. This specific guitar was owned by country music legend George Strait, and the instrument bears his signature in black ink on the lower bass bout. Accompanying the instrument is a handwritten letter by Strait on his personal stationary, which reads as follows: \"This beautiful guitar came from my home in South Texas. Both me and my son Bubba played it over the years, rehearsing and learning new tunes. / I hope you enjoy this great guitar as much as we have. / Thanks, George Strait.\"
Condition Report: VG+View additional info
Description: UNRESERVED. Serial#: 80630. A Dark Burst 1988 Les Paul Reissue 1958 signed by Les Paul himself in gold ink under the stop bar tailpiece. Inscription reads "Enjoy this box / Les Paul"
Condition Report: Crack in pickup selector ring, ding in binding and in the back, slight belt buckle wear, dings on headstock; surface crack on back of headstock; stamped "SEC" (second) probably due to wood discoloration; non-original caseView additional info and full condition report
Description: Giannini Serie Century Natural, George Benson Collection. Made in Brazil, this Classical-style acoustic guitar is made of a Linden wood. Design features include a back strip of the same pattern found on the bridge, multi-color purfling around the body, and a large rosette which appears to be a combine of the two aforementioned patterns.
Condition Report: Like new; a few minor surface scratches on backView additional info
Description: Oscar Schmidt Delta King Model OE40B, Robert Yelin Collection. UNRESERVED. Serial#: SJ04060539. The Oscar Schmidt Delta King OE40 is a 335 style Semi-Hollow Electric equally adept at jazz, blues, rock, or country music. Made with a Maple body and bolt-on Mahogany neck combined with Grover tuners and two Washburn 400 Series pickups, this guitar also comes with chrome die-cast tuners and a Tun-O-Matic style bridge with Stop Tail action. With its body finished in black, the pearl inlays on the Rosewood fingerboard and gold hardware truly shine.
Condition Report: Like new; very minor playing wear, plastic still over pickguard, a bit of corrosion on the fretsView additional info
Description: 1963 Fender Jazzmaster in Olympic White, plus very-fine1963 brown Fender Princeton amp
Condition Report: While we are certain both the guitar and amp are genuine and original vintage 1963, we are not sure if the Jazzmaster has been refinished since new or just never clear-coated at the 1963 factory. The guitar may have been refinished and this is reflected in our very low estimated price and the reserve for the complete set of both guitar & ampView additional info and full condition report
Description: UNRESERVED. Serial#: 215037. This is the very first of what to date have been eight limited edition Dragon models produced by Paul Reed Smith Guitars, introduced in 1992. The Dragon I features an elaborate dragon fingerboard inlay composed of 201 individual pieces of abalone and turquoise, and Paul Reed Smiths signature was inlayed on the headstock overlay in abalone. The Dragon I guitars were made in a limited production run of 50. Features include a one-piece mahogany wide-fat set-neck, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with first-style Dragon inlay, 22 frets, abalone inlaid signature on headstock, locking tuners, solid mahogany body, figured maple top, PRS Dragon Treble and Bass humbucking pickups, master volume and tone controls, five-way rotary pickup selector switch, and PRS Stoptail. This example has a very desirable Teal Black finish.
Condition Report: Like new, basically unplayedView additional info
Description: Serial#: 1369. Born in 1905, John D'Angelico began his career as an apprentice in his Uncle Rafael Ciani's shop making violins, mandolins, and flattop guitars. He established his own shop on Kenmare Street, in New York City's Little Italy in the early 1930s producing archtop guitars. He quickly established a reputation for producing instruments of the highest caliber. D'Angelico's instruments are still the standard against which archtop guitars are measured. According to D'Angelico's ledgers this instrument was produced on November 13, 1938 for the Moresco Bros. of Bridgeport, Connecticut. The 17" A-1 model had parallel bracing and features a hand-carved Spruce top and figured Maple back and sides. The instrument is finished in a beautiful sunburst lacquer.
Condition Report: VG; cracks along the treble bout from f-hole, pickguard wear, some shrunken binding, screwholes visible on neck from removed pickup, some gold worn off Grover Deluxe trapeze tailpiece and corrosion; surface crack on back below heelcap, crack along center seam at baseView additional info and full condition report
Description: Benedetto L'Omaggio 18" Blonde, Robert Yelin Collection. UNRESERVED. Serial#: S1811. L’Omaggio (homage or tribute) is an absolutely striking testament to the grand guitars of the jazz age. 18″ at the lower bout, 3 1/4″ deep, with a Florentine cutaway and a 1 11/16″ neck width this guitar has a comfortable feel, huge sound, and effortless playability. Built as an acoustic instrument with an X-braced European spruce top and fine European flamed maple for the back and sides, the guitar fills the room with warmth and presence. The headstock is borrowed from the Cremona model with an Amboyna Burl faceplate and Snakewood tuning buttons. The unique headstock inlay is abalone, mother-of-pearl, and a beautiful turquoise recon-stone motif that is subtly echoed throughout the block inlays on the ebony fingerboard, affixed to a one-piece domestic Flamed Maple neck. Bound in a Fratello binding package and equipped with a floating S6 Benedetto pickup, a traditional bound ebony pickguard, and ebony tailpiece.
Condition Report: VG+; like newView additional info
Description: UNRESERVED. Serial#: 50123. The White Falcon is a high-end electric hollowbody guitar introduced in 1954 by Gretsch. Created as a "showpiece" exhibiting the craft of Gretsch's luthiers, sales and demonstration representative Jimmie Webster created it for the 1954 NAMM Show, where the guitar was so popular that it was put into production and went on sale the following year. Throughout the years certain features have changed such as the double cutaway, which first appeared in 1962.The two control knobs come each with a ruby imbedded in them, and the guitar is in its original case.
Condition Report: VG; missing piece of plastic on binding (upper bass bout, 18th-21st frets), some wear to Grover Imperial tuners, missing label on the insideView additional info and full condition report
Description: After José Ramírez II died in 1957, José Ramírez III assumed control of the family workshop, but he was forced to work as more of a supervisor than the luthier’s role he previously enjoyed. However, he was highly involved in developing new designs and he directed his journeymen in constructing his visions. Amongst those he taught was Paulino Bernabé, whose plaque can be found inside this instrument. Bernabé was a lead luthier in Ramírez's workshop after completing his apprenticeship and went on to be the founder of the Spanish Guitar Institute. The quality of Ramírez guitars built during the late 1950s is quite impressive, particularly from the perspective of tone and volume projection. Some performers prefer Ramírez guitars from this era, which were made with a lighter build than later examples with longer scale lengths, larger sound boxes, and asymmetrical bracing. This 1959 Ramírez has sweet, mellow tone and outstanding playability thanks to its slim, rounded neck profile. It is constructed of Brazilian rosewood for the back and sides, a spruce top, mahogany neck, Tie Block bridge, and the 19-fret ebony fingerboard.
Condition Report: G; center seam split on top, some playing wear on neckView additional info
Description: Serial#: A 9934. This one-of-kind instrument was produced by the Gibson Guitar Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1952 for legendary studio musician Tony Mottola. Mr. Mottola was one the most in-demand musicians of his era and worked extensively with artist such as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. In addition to his studio work, Mottola also occupied the guitar chair in the Doc Severinson Orchestra on The Tonight Show. The guitar is one of only two 7-string Super 400s ever made and the only one produced with 24 frets. The instrument has a top carved from Spruce with stunning Maple back and sides. It is equipped with custom made P90 picks with 7 pole pieces. The instrument includes the original hard shell case as well as copy of the production ledger for the month of March 1952 which was provided by the former president of Gibson, Ted McCarty.
Condition Report: VGView additional info
Description: UNRESERVED. Born into a New York Italian family, noted luthier John D'Angelico began his career apprenticing under his great-uncle, Raffaele Ciani, where he learned to make violins, mandolins, and flat-top guitars.This classic Blonde beauty is outfitted with gold-plated hardware, triple inlay in the headstock (including the scripted D'Angelico logo), and prominent pearl solid block inlays on its ebony fretboard. As with many of the instruments from his shop, this specific guitar was a custom piece for a jazz player. It has a shorter scale neck and is relatively unadorned in comparison to D'Angelico's stock models.
Condition Report: VG; possibly with unoriginal pickguard and unoriginal pickupView additional info
Description: Greg Brandt Custom Classical Blonde, Robert Yelin Collection. UNRESERVED. Serial#: 1832013. Greg Brandt is one of the most respected nylon-string luthiers on the West Coast. His shop in North Hollywood, now in its fourth decade, produces a limited number of top-quality guitars for some of the finest players in the business.With its medium-sized body, this Custom Classical guitar made for Robert Yelin features a Spruce top, Indian Rosewood back and sides, and a Cedar neck. This guitar's traditional European design boasts an ebony fingerboard with no fret markers. Subtly adorned with a mosaic rosette and Brazilian Rosewood back strip, this instrument proves that mature Spruce allows for a compelling voice in every playable register.
Condition Report: Near-mintView additional info
Description: UNRESERVED. Serial#: 83400. At $25 upon its introduction in 1940, the 0-15 was Martin & Co.'s most economical guitar. The company's response to the deepening Depression through the mid-1930s was a few prototype 15 series guitars built in 1935. (The 15 Series did not enter production until the Spring of 1940.) Only the 14-fret single 0 size was offered in the new 15 Series at the dawn of the 1940s. Built in 1942, this 0-15 is a relatively young example of the Series. It is an elegant little guitar, otherwise unadorned but for its unique and cool tortoiseshell celluloid headstock overlay. Like every guitar built before the War, this one features finely-scalloped top bracing and a tiny Maple bridge plate.
Condition Report: Fair condition; some top cracks, some scratches, playing wear on neck, crack on back; comes with original case, that of which is very worn.View additional info and full condition report
Description: 1965 Gibson J-200 Custom, Gordon Waller (Peter & Gordon) Collection. UNRESERVED. Serial#: 175284. In 1965 Gibson gave Peter Asher and Gordon Waller a pair of custom-made J-200 guitars. This is one of the two. As the extensive wear and tear shows, Gordon Waller played this guitar often. While acoustic purists consider the electric guitar-style Tune-o-matic bridge embedded in the rosewood bridge (a feature Gibson added to this model in 1961) a detriment to its tone, Gibson J-200s from the 1960s are favored by many rock guitarists for their brilliant, percussive rhythm tones and sweet midrange in the studio. Many noteworthy songs from the 60s and 70s prominently feature the sound of J-200s from this era, including "Here Comes the Sun" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by the Beatles, "Pinball Wizard" by the Who, and "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" and "Black Mountain Side" by Led Zeppelin.
Condition Report: G; lots of playing wear, wear to gold finish on tuner buttons, finish checking, some fingernail wear on fretboard (lower frets); some chips in rosewood bridge at low E and A strings respectively, L.R. Baggs tune-o-matic bridge pickup replaces original bridgeView additional info and full condition report
Description: UNRESERVED. Serial#: 71759. An unusual Les Paul Custom with infinite control over the three pickups. The re-issue 'Mickey Baker' Les Paul Custom was available by special order only between 1999 and 2003. It is unknown exactly how many were produced but the likely number is somewhere between 25 and 50 guitars. This specific guitar was signed by Les Paul in the presence of the consignor, during Mr. Paul’s appearance at NYC’s Iridium on August 12, 2003. The inscription reads "To Russell / Keep Pickin / Les Paul". This instrument has a solid Mahogany body and a one-piece mahogany neck with a medium-to-thick profile just like the very rare original '57 three PAF Mickey Baker Custom. Ebony fretboard with 22 frets and inlaid pearl block position markers. Headstock with inlaid pearl "Gibson" logo and pearl five-piece split-diamond inlay. Two-layer (black on white) plastic truss-rod cover with "Les Paul Custom" engraved in white. Mickey Baker (also known as Mickey "Guitar" Baker) was half of the pop duo Mickey & Sylvia, who had a hit single with "Love is Strange" in 1957. The song was written by Bo Diddley and Jody Williams, who had developed the distinctive lead guitar riff. Eventually the song, much more than just a riff, ended up being credited to Baker and two other peers. He is listed in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." Baker is also noteworthy as a session guitarist and guitar educator. COA tag on case.
Condition Report: VGView additional info
Description: UNRESERVED. Serial#: KS13086195. The D'Angelico EX-SS is a laminated flame Maple semi-hollowbody guitar offering all of the full-bodied, rich D'Angelico sound in a lightweight, more compact 15" single cutaway body. The 2-piece Maple neck is carved into a comfortable, slim profile and features a Walnut skunk stripe and a 1-11/16" nut width. Topped with a Rosewood fingerboard, the EX-SS also comes with high-output Kent Armstrong humbuckers, a signature D'Angelico stairstep trapeze-style tailpiece, a distinctive D'Angelico headstock with a striking mother-of-pearl Excel inlay, and Art Deco truss rod cover.
Condition Report: VG+View additional info
Description: Serial#: A33611. The EB-6 was Gibson's only short-scale six-string bass manufactured during an era of guitar production that produced some extremely collectible and expensive models. Gibson made only 77 of these semi-solidbody EB-6s in 1960 and 1961 before the model was coverted to a solidbody variation.Gibson created the EB-6 in 1959/60 as a complement to the EB-2, tuned E-A-D-G-B-E, like a standard guitar but an octave lower. Like the EB-2, the EB-6 had one special humbucking bass pickup and two tone control knobs (one volume and one tone) with a bass/baritone switch to broaden the tonal range. While the EB-6 resembled a guitar more than a bass, it was possible to differentiate it by its slightly longer neck; otherwise the tuning machines and the overall appearance were similar to a single pickup guitar. Comes with original case.
Condition Report: VG; a few surface scratches on top, most of the tuning pegs are broken off or have shrunken over time, missing trussrod coverView additional info and full condition report
Description: A beautiful example of the Larson Brothers art at its zenith, complete with original hard shell case and Naval Aviator decal of the presumed original owner.Brazilian Rosewood back and sides meet a 14-fret neck. Abalone purfling and a multi-ring rosette compliment other inlays found along the fingerboard.
Condition Report: VG+; finish checking on the front of the headstock, surface scratches on both front & back, a few dings on the frontView additional info
Description: 2007 Leo Burrell "Fat-Boy" Guitar, Lowenstein Collection. UNRESERVED. Serial#: CF0139. Dated Nov 22, 2007. A true oddity in the modern golden age of guitars, Leo Burrell took the concept of a user friendly, ergonomic guitar, and attached afterburners to it. A good carpenter, nobody has ever accused Burrell of being a master luthier. Areas of the guitar on the headstock, body and other spots which look as though they might be damaged, are actually features of the guitar as it came from Burrell’s small shop. When you are twisting the body and neck of a guitar at 45-degree angles and building multi-layer headstocks, sometimes the edges just don’t meet. “Oh well,” says Burrell. And yet, Burrell guitars have become collector’s items because of their rarity, as Burrell no longer makes guitars and released very few to the head-scratching world. The body of this instrument bends around the player’s stomach and rib cage, the neck is twisted so as to keep the player from having to twist his wrist, and the headstock is designed for instant access to tuners without hand motions which could hurt the hand. Designed like no other guitar in history, Burrell made before their time: totally outrageous, thought-provoking, and valuable pieces in the history of the guitar making.
Condition Report: G; crack in the top along high E through sound hole, signs of repair due to possible design flawView additional info
Description: c. 1960s Bjarton 12-String Acoustic Guitar (Owned by Klaus Voormann & Ringo Starr, Played by John Lennon). UNRESERVED. In the heart of Hamburg, Germany is the Reeperbahn, an area often referred to by the locals as "the most sinful mile." For as far back as anyone can recall, it has been home to the City's red-light district plus countless dining and entertainment spots. It was also, back in the early 1960s, where a young Klaus Voormann and his friend, Astrid Kirchherr, first encountered two young groups of musicians. One was Rory Storm and the Hurricanes; the other group was a backup band recently arrived from Liverpool, England... The Beatles! Beatles fans are well-aware of the chemistry that developed between Astrid, Klaus, The Beatles, and their soon-to-be new young drummer (taken from the Hurricanes), Ringo Starr. Together, The Beatles as the world has come to know them, emerged and the rest is Rock & Roll history. Astrid remains known for taking the most compelling photographs of the Beatles, while Klaus -- who remained a close friend of the group and shared a London flat with George Harrison and Ringo -- designed the cover of one of their legendary albums, Revolver. During the 1970s, Ringo gave this Bjarton 12-String guitar to Klaus Voorman. Voormann, whose name still appears on the traveling case for the instrument, gave it to leading Beatles expert and collector, Uwe Blaschke. It was Blaschke who went on to create the museum known as Beatlemania on the Reeperbahn, a multi-floor attraction dedicated to The Beatles. This guitar, with its close connection to Ringo Starr and Klaus Voorman, remains in virtually pristine condition. As indicated in the signed statement that accompanies the guitar -- the text of which appears below -- John Lennon occasionally played this instrument. The guitar is being sold with a certificate signed and dated in 2015 by Klaus Voormann, detailing the provenance of the Bjarton. It reads: "In the early 70's I often went to visit with Ringo. We were living in Hampstead real close to one another. I often went down the hill to Ringo's house. We went up into his little home-studio under the roof recording, messing around and sometimes even writing a song or two using that lovely 12 string guitar. I loved the sound of the instrument so much that eventualy [sic] Ringo gave me this Bjardon [sic] 12 string guitar as a present. I remember John tinkeling on this 12 string guitar whenever he was coming by for a visit. The guitar remained with me for many years. In the late 1990s I gave the Bjarton [sic] to Uwe Blaschke, for inclusion in his collection of Beatles items." (signed) Klaus Voormann
Condition Report: VG+, hardly played; slight scratching on tailpieceView additional info
Description: UNRESERVED. Serial#: CS12021. Designed by master luthier Bruce Kunkel for Gibson, this one-of-a-kind guitar is full of artistic design features which make it as much fun to admire as it is to play.The top is a mixture of American Traditional and Japanese-style tattoo designs such as hummingbirds, a skull, and a green fire-breathing dragon. The sides contain banner work as it common on many tattoo designs. The back of this guitar is completely covered in traditional Asian tattoo designs such as koi fish, waves, and a lotus flower, and the back of the neck features a black tribal pattern. The bone nut in a unique font clearly says "Super 400". On the very bottom of the back of this guitar amidst an ocean wave is Bruce Kunkel's signature. A gold trussrod cover is etched with the phrase "One-of-a-Kind" and the scalloped fingerboard features block letter pearl inlays that spell "TATTOO".
Condition Report: VG+; slight oxidation on tailpiece, very slight finish checking on face side of heelView additional info
Description: 2000 Gibson Kalamazoo Award Sunburst Historic Collection, Robert Yelin Collection. UNRESERVED. Serial#: 23190001. In 1978, Gibson craftsman Wilbur Fuller produced the company's first hand-carved, tuned-by-ear custom guitar. The instrument, which in a blind sound-off with some of the best instruments of its era, won the hearts of Gibson and was ultimately dubbed the Kalamazoo Award. The Sunburst edition featured here is only one of four reissues ever made by the master luthiers in Gibson's Historic Collection Department, and is a modern testament to the original Kalamazoo Award Guitars produced in limited quantities between 1978 and 1984. A 17" full-depth archtop with a rounded cutaway and solid carved top, solid maple sides, and carved maple back, even the back of the headstock has a diamond abalone inlay. Adding to its magnificence is an ebony bridge with pearl inlays, wood pickguard with abalone inlay, multi-bound top and back, bound F-holes, bound ebony fingerboard with abalone block inlays, multi-bound peghead with inlay matching the pickguard, and gold-plated hardware.
Condition Report: Some wear to gold on the pickup, otherwise like newView additional info
Description: UNRESERVED. Serial# 1366. 1938 D'Angelico Excel, came to us for consignment in good unrestored condition. Upon noticing a small crack in the side panel situated at the bottom of the guitar it was sent to TR Crandall, a well-regarded guitar repair expert here in NYC. He repaired the crack restoring the item to its optimal playing condition. The guitar has been in the possession of the current owner and her family’s since its purchase in the 1930's. There are beautiful mother of pearl details along the fret board and the interior is stamped with the numbers 1366 visible through the bottom f hole.
Condition Report: Scratches below the pick guard on the body of the guitar otherwise good conditionView additional info
Description: 1980 Gibson Super 400 CES (COO1) Sunburst, Robert Yelin Collection. UNRESERVED. Serial#: 8080017. The Gibson "Super 400" is a high-end carved solid wood archtop guitar. The largest, fanciest- adorned, and highest-priced factory built archtop / hollowbody guitar in the Gibson portfolio. A highly-influential model which inspired many other master luthiers, it was first sold in 1934 and named for its $400 price, as was the custom for Gibson guitars during that era of the company. There have been slight variations on the model since its inception, and this specific example shows Gibson's desire to embrace the 1950s desire for electric instruments, thus renaming the guitar the Cutaway Electric Spanish (CES).This electric version of the famed Super 400 features great quilted Maple in a high-luster Sunburst finish. The eye-catching neck is topped by a 20-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays and multi-ply black and white binding, which was then hand-fitted with Gibson's traditional ES-rounded neck profile. The pickups are a pair of Gibson's legendary '57 Classics, which faithfully capture the unique and subtle variations between coil windings of the original PAF humbuckers of the late 1950s, delivering a warm and full tone with a balanced response. Other appointments include Gibson's traditional five-piece split diamond motif inlay on the headstock and Schaller M6 tuners.
Condition Report: VG; corrosion and wear on pickup covers, corrosion on one of the saddle adjustment wheels, rust on pickguard mount bracket, volume control wear, some type of disfigurement of pickguardView additional info and full condition report
Description: c. 1899 Joseph Bohmann Parlor Guitar, Lowenstein Collection. UNRESERVED. This true parlor-style guitar has Brazilian Rosewood back and sides with what appears to be Adirondack Spruce, though it could be European. The bridge is original to the guitar though it has been sanded, shaped, and modified for a modern configuration. The headstock has been filled from the cavities made originally to accommodate Bohmann tuners. (The tuners on this guitar may be replaced with open back or other tuners or advanced modern tuners.) The fretboard has a characteristic high radius making it very easy to play. It has an ebony fingerboard and bridge, with advanced bracing systems throughout the guitar typical of Bohmann's best work. This is one of the finest-sounding and playing Bohmann guitars in the presentation category of guitars because of the woods and the characteristic inlays. The instrument was previously owned by Muriel Anderson and has been professionally restored and is of performance quality.
Condition Report: G; definite playing wear, cracks and scratches on topView additional info
Description: c. 1850 Tool Chest with the Tools of Luthier Joseph Bohmann. UNRESERVED. In the days before brotherhood and sharing amongst luthiers, the trade secrets of varnish, glues, bracework, and even tools were closely guarded by those who built musical instruments. Included here is therefore one of the most unusual aspects of Bohmann construction ever to be sold at auction.Displayed for the first time at the Newport Guitar Festival, this lot includes the tool chest and all remaining tools from the Bohmann factory after its destruction by fire. Found in an abandoned Chicago building, the provenance of the tools is clear, having been found with many Bohmann labels, Bohmann forms, and pieces from finished and unfinished Bohmann instruments of every type, including harp guitars, violins, mandolins, and zithers. The most precious of his tools, his personally handcrafted finger/palm planes for shaping the thickness of his instruments, are inscribed with his name in the brass. Included also is a scale stick, used to mark the different scales of frets from mandolins to guitars to harp guitars in the Bohmann construction line. These are amazing, museum-quality pieces not only of history, but of the technique used by luthiers of the last century. There are planes of every shape, use, and size, along with other tools well-known to luthiers for creating binding and working wood down to a thickness that could be shaped and bent. This lot contains some pieces of Bohmann rosettes and binding found with the lot, as well as violin, harp guitar, and mandolin parts. The toolbox has a t-square used by Bohmann, held fast in the top.View additional info
Description: UNRESERVED. Serial#: 2002002. In 1969, Gibson introduced the "Citation": a guitar with a 17" full-depth body with figured maple back and sides, bound ebony fretboard, one or two floating pickups, and fancy abalone inlays. Designed by then-president Stanley Rendell as a jazz-style archtop guitar, the headstock was also bound and a fleur d'lis design was inlaid on the front and back of the headstock. Available in a natural or sunburst finish, only a very limited number of instruments were made during each production period. Aside from its beautiful faade, throughout the years the Gibson Citation is known to be one of the finest hand-made carved guitars ever made by the company. Now a part of Gibson's Historic Collection, the Citation is only produced via special order through their Custom Shop.
Condition Report: VG+; all originalView additional info
Description: UNRESERVED. Serial#: 2308G. One of National's Hawaiian steel guitars - the Style 35 - features a seated minstrel plucking a long-necked string instrument underneath a willow tree on its back. Unlike the earlier engraved designs implemented by National on other Styles, this particular instrument's detailing was sandblasted and then airbrushed with colored enamel. The Tricone has three small cones connected by a "T"-shaped bridge, which are very much like speaker cones both in shape and function. The body of the guitar is made of "German Silver" which is what fret-wire is made of: 65% copper, 10-23% zinc, and 10-20% nickel. The reasoning behind a metal body is that all the energy generated by the strings was intended to be amplified by the cones, and the metal simply allows for the cones to vibrate much more easily than if the guitar were made of traditional wood, resulting in greater volume and sustaining of sound. Another argument made in favor of metal is that a wooden body guitar would have soaked up a fair amount of the energy generated by the cones. Unlike wood, the metal used was guaranteed not to split and of course could not warp.=National guitars were by far the loudest guitars one could buy at the time, and their tone was clearer and more defined than a traditional wooden instrument. The Hawaiian models like this one here was built with a square metal neck specifically for increased sustain while slide playing. The Tricone Style 35 is among the more rare National models on the vintage market; coupled with the fact that this guitar was constructed in the company's final year of metal body instruments makes it all that more unique.
Condition Report: VG; some oxidation on the top, a few rust spots on the top bass side, finish checking on back of headstock, some scratches on back and neck, some dulling of the German Silver where the neck meets the backView additional info and full condition report
Description: UNRESERVED. Serial#: 316087 In a beautiful deep scarlet red this is an excellent example of a Paul Reed Smith custom 24 Ten Top. Ten top refers to a very small percentage of maple trees, from North America, which have “distinctive and notable figure”. There are beautiful mother of pearl inlayed birds running the length of the neck that appear to be taking flight. This particular guitar toured the US with Paul himself, until a man, only known to be named Jerry convinced him to sell the guitar. He signed the guitar “to Jerry, April 10, 1993 Paul Reed” This inscription can be found on the back of the body.View additional info
Description: 1995-96 Fender Reissue '72 Telecaster Custom, Robert Yelin Collection. UNRESERVED. Serial#: U038028. This reissue '72 Telecaster Custom is an authentic reproduction of its early-'70s ancestor, including the distinctive Fender Wide Range humbucking neck pickup, a large pickguard, and skirted amp control knobs. A Maple neck with "C" profile, "bullet" truss rod, three-bolt neck plate and Micro-Tilt, the fingerboard is outfitted with 21 vintage-style frets. This is an early made-in-Japan reissue, which many consider superior to the later version made in Mexico.
Condition Report: VG+; two small dings on lower cutaway hornView additional info
Description: 13.5-inch width at lower bout
Condition Report: Oversprayed and extra finish shot into body via sound hole masking the serial number; top cracks, refinished, replacement tunersView additional info and full condition report
Description: 1956 Gretsch Model 6120 guitar, with original white “cowboy” case, plus two amps, one an extremely rare large-size 1956 Gretsch white “cowboy” amp. 1956 Gretch Model 6120 with Gretsch 6169 Electromatic Amp & Small 1948 Gretsch Amp. By the early 1950s, guitar virtuoso Chet Atkins was a well-known Nashville studio musician on his way to becoming a successful recording artist in his own right. Seeing his potential, the Gretsch Company asked him to work with them to create an Atkins signature model.The Model 6120 included features requested by Atkins after he received two prototypes based on the country gentlemans specifications. A 22-fret neck meets the body finished in a transparent amber red (orange) tint, and this instrument is entirely original. This mint-condition guitar appears virtually unplayed. It comes complete with its original tags and various items of "case candy," including some later non-original Longhorn-motif items (blue bandanna and 1980s Camillus no. 47 Longhorn knife engraved with Gretsch logo).This lot also includes a large Gretsch 6169 Electromatic "Cowboy" amp with western-styling tooling in white and brown, which on its own right is extremely rare. It is completely original, with tooled leatherette and brass-studded trim, whopping 15 speaker with 5 tweeter (instead of the twin ovals of the more common cowboy amp), western belt-buckle badge, and steer-head grill cloth. In addition to this rare, large amp is the smaller (and still rare) Gretsch amp, one of the first to bear the Electromatic badge. From 8 speaker to the original handle, it even comes with its original 1940s power cord.
Condition Report: VG+View additional info
Description: 2002 Gibson Les Paul 50th Anniversary Model, Signed by Les Paul. Serial#: 2002 04. One of two models created by Gibson to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Les Paul line of electric guitars, this specific instrument is the ultra-deluxe version of the electric solidbody. This guitar was made in a limited run of 50. This guitar was signed by Les Paul, at the request of the consignor, while Mr. Paul was appearing at New York City’s Iridium on August 12, 2003. Comprised of figured tonewoods, abalone inlays, a single piece Figured Maple back, and a two-piece Curly Koa top, the guitar is finished in an "antique natural" shade in order to enhance the beauty already present in the Koa and Maple woods. The 50th Anniversary LP model also comes with gold-plated hardware.
Condition Report: VGView additional info