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Current Inventory-

This page contains all current inventory in stock. If an instrument is not listed below it has SOLD. Click on instrument name or picture for detailed spec sheet and photos. To place an instrument on HOLD please check our Ordering page for details. No hassle return policy: 100% buyer satisfaction guaranteed. If you're considering selling your guitar we's be delighted to help find your instrument a good new home. Check our Sales page for more details. If you're looking for a particular instrument, email your requests to [email protected], and we'll be happy to notify you on a priority basis of items of interest. For an in-hand description of any instrument, call 206/325-3737, between 10am and 7pm Pacific Time.
Our Recent Correspondents: Joe, The (Guild X-500) guitar has arrived safe and undamaged. My first impression is that it is nicer and better than I have dared to imagine... It really plays like butter and sounds very nice acoustically, I didn't plug it in yet. And the burgundy finish is much nicer than I could tell from your pictures. I am very happy with it. Just in case you are still in contact with the original owner, you can tell him that his guitar is in good hands and will be treasured for many years to come...Thank you very much for packing it really well...Best regards, Markus Buchwald, Berlin
, Joe, After looking for some time for a great vintage archtop, I found many to choose from here! Joe made the process easy with responsive communication, even a Skype call so I could see and hear the guitar as he played it for me! My overall experience with Joe and was excellent. The site not only has an amazing inventory but history and very useful information, as well as some cool vintage photos! Payment options were great, the guitar was well packed and shipped - I would highly recommend!! And I mean every word of it! Peg Andrae, Midlothian, VA
Hi Joe: Just a note of thanks for your expert handling of the sale of my very special Super 400 CN. I am sure that the new owner is as thrilled with it as I was disappointed to have had to let it go (son is student at Berklee). Fair selling price, quick turnaround, reasonable commission and setup fee- what's not to like? I am very pleased. Best Regards, Scott Palmer, Charleston, SC
Dealing with Joe and almost seemed too easy! This is by far the best seller's experience I have ever had. I simply packed my (L-5) guitar per the detailed instructions on and shipped it. Done. My guitar sold almost instantly and I know that it went to someone who will treasure it.  The next time I sell a guitar it will be through Joe. I admire and appreciate the distinct niche that they have created and the very high level of customer service made me feel like an old friend. Nick Smith, Helena, MT
 Hey Joe -Here's the review (of the 1998 L-5CES and Enjoy! Yours, David Boles, -Wow! Thanks, David -jv

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Key: Prices listed below in bold to the LEFT of the slash are our discount prices for check, money order or bank wire payments. The regular credit, debit or Paypal price is listed to the RIGHT. More payment and ordering details here.

Just In!

Just In! 2006 Benedetto Benny, rare blonde finish, solid spruce soundboard, lightweight chambered body, 1 3/4" ebony board, feedback buster, a gigmeister! $3249/$3345

Just In! 2009 Foster Basin St. Seven String, all carved 15" thinline body, Armstrong built-in PAF, 1 15/16" nut, very hard to find, from legendary luthier $3995/$4115

Just In! 1964 Epiphone Emperor E-112TN, largest, most expensive production thinline ever; one of 13 made, last year, museum condition, rare and gorgeous $10,995/$11,325

Just In! 1993 Andersen Metropolitan, highly flamed 17" body, 1 3/4" nut, Armstrong floating humbucker, an art-deco masterpiece, breathtaking $6995/$7105

Just In! 2009 Trenier Broadway, full depth 16" flamed black walnut body, rare cutaway model, elegant neck, lightweight and brilliant, a treasure HOLD

Just In! 1946 Epiphone Emperor, highly figured, full depth 18 1/2" body; stunning condition, huge voice; big, beautiful blonde! $6995/$7205

Just In! 1947-8 Gibson ES-300N, very rare blonde example, 17" flamed maple body, long scale, unique Kluson 'f-hole' tailpiece, bound guard, a stunner $3995/$4115
Blowout! 1967 Epiphone Broadway E-252 Cherry, rarest finish color, available this year only; fast neck, gleaming condition, only 24 made, amazing find $2495/$2570
Just In! 2006 Palen Performer, tiger flame 17" body, built-in Armstrong PAF, 1 3/4" ebony board, feedback resistant, great sustain, immaculate $4995/$5145
New Price! 2010 Gibson Custom Historic 1954 Les Paul Reissue, tiger maple top, twin cream P-90s, full 50's neck, all tags and COA, gorgeous $2995/$3085
Just In! 1950 Gibson L-7CN, highly flamed, all acoustic, lightweight and resonant, one of just 27, same specs as L-5 at a fraction of the price $5995/$6175

Just In! 1948 Martin 000-18, feather light, deeply resonant, great balance, sweet old Island girl, no ka oi! $5995/$6175

Just In! 1945 Epiphone Broadway, DeArmond floating pickup, Adirondack top, vine inlay, all gold hardware, big voice, one owner since '50s, stunning $3495/$3505

New Price! 1953 Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent, highly flamed, deep cutaway, twin NY pickups, cloud inlays, vine peghead, top of the line, drop dead gorgeous $4795/$4945

Just In! 1928 Gibson L-3, late model with adjustable truss rod, 13 fret body, 1 13/16" nut, all original hardware and finish; handsome, versatile performer $2395/$2470

Just In! 1997 Monteleone Electric Flyer, first of only three built, intensely flamed maple from D'Aquisto estate, hand signed, the ultimate gig guitar $24,995/$25,745

2013 Guild X-500 Stuart, full depth 17" body, Duncan Seth Lover pickups, inlaid ebony guard, from new Hartford workshop, rare burgundy finish HOLD

The Pride of Kalamazoo

Featured! 1956 Gibson ES-350T, rare first year example with solid maple back, highly flamed 17" thinline body, Byrdland scale, last full year for P-90 pickups, amazing $5995/$6175

New Price! 2013 Gibson L-5CES, highly flamed, all carved, full depth 17" body, '57 Classic PAFs, all gold hardware, the classic jazz box! $6795/$7005

New Price! 1937 Cromwell EG-5, ultra-rare Gibson-made version of the 'Charlie Christian' ES-150, bar pickup, solid carved top, amazing find $2395/$2470

New Price! 1969 Gibson Super 400CES, last of the pre-Norlin guitars, Pat. sticker pickups, 1 11/16" ebony board, engraved tailpiece, great player $6995/$7205

New Price! 2013 Gibson L-4CES, solid carved spruce top, full depth 16" body, '57 PAFs, all gold hardware, comfy and versatile, pristine condition $4495/$4635

2006 Gibson Pat Martino Custom, highly flamed semi-hollow tiger maple body, deep cutaway, contour body, '57 Classic PAFs, w/COA, last year, gorgeous HOLD

Just In! 1953 Gibson ES-125, all original, gleaming full depth 16" body, P-90 pickup, gold barrel knobs, most popular Gibson archtop, in time capsule condition HOLD

1973 Gibson L-5S, first year, only year for low-impedance pickups, feedback-busting flamed maple body, engraved L-5 tailpiece, rare and amazing HOLD

Featured! 1999 Gibson L-5 Studio, rare model, solid carved top, full depth 17" body, aged nickel hardware, twin '57 PAFs, pro features, best L-5 buy ever! HOLD

The Epi Center

Just In! 1947 Epiphone Deluxe, all original, highly flamed tiger maple body, feather light, huge voice, showroom condition, astounding $6495/$6695

Just In! 1952 Epiphone Devon, rarest 17" Epi, carved soundboard, long scale, 1 11/16" nut, scarce natural finish example, best buy! SOLD

Luthier's Showcase 

1984 Fender D'Aquisto Standard, rare blonde example, full depth 16" body, twin Schaller D'Aquisto humbuckers, gleaming condition, best buy! $2395/$2470

2005 Eastman John Pisano Model, rare blonde version, all carved 16" body, 1 3/4" nut, built-in Armstrong PAF, super player, best buy $2495/$2570

New Price! 2001 Heritage H-550, full depth 17" highly flamed maple body, twin built-in humbuckers, compare to Tal Farlow, sweet neck, gorgeous $2395/$2470

New Price! 2003 PRS McCarty Hollowbody '10 Top', highly flamed maple top, mid-depth body, Baggs piezo bridge, wide fat neck, versatile and gorgeous $2395/$2470

New Price! 2006 Halfling Bobby Vega Bass, innovative acoustic bass, X-braced 17" body, 34" scale, compound carved top, D-Tar 18V active pickup, thunders! $4995/$5145

1967 Francisco Barba Blanca, very rare early example from renowned flamenco master, Alpine top, cypress body, ultra-light, powerful voice, superb condition $7995/$8235

2013 Slaman ES-150 Extra, most faithful recreation of prewar Charlie Christian, all solid woods, CC pickup, jack-well tailpiece, new w/warranty, fly it home! $5495/$5665

1950 Fender 5A3 Deluxe Amp, all-original tweed and 12" Jensen, TV front, nice clean small town amp, most popular Fender ever $2495/$2575

New Price! 2005 Landscape AR-1, all solid, hand carved 17" cello-style body, 24 3/4" scale, Armstrong JS pickup, from top Japanese luthier, best buy! $1995/$2055

1960 Guild X-150B, rare blonde version, all original, 17" full depth body, cream single coil pickup, great player, best buy! SOLD

1957 Fender Precision Bass, all original hardware and electronics, non-split single-coil pickup, small head, impeccable '60s factory sunburst, the classic HOLD

1936 Gretsch Artist Model 150, ultra-rare, Gretsch's first top-end archtop, all carved, extremely ornate, one of 7 known, on consignment HOLD

Key: Prices listed below in bold to the left of the slash are our discount prices for check, money order, or bank wire purchases. The regular credit card price is listed in plain type to the right.

An extensive illustrated list of previously offered instruments may be seen in our Sold section here.

Coming Soon

Key: On the way = In transit. Price and preview photos not yet available. Has arrived = Setup and preview photos in progress. Instruments are not priced until setup and photos are complete.

In the shop= Setup or restoration in progress. Ready = Preview photos and pricing are complete and available by email. Send requests to: [email protected]

Want list previews: If you're looking for any particular instrument you don't see here, please email your requests to [email protected], and we'll be happy to send previews of your want list items before they are posted to the site. 

c.2002 Guild Savoy X-150, blonde, intensely flamed body, rare twin humbucker model, last of the Rhode Island guitars, stunning has arrived

1938 Gibson L-7, sunburst, 17" Advanced Model, X-braced, picture frame inlays, rare transitional trapeze in the shop

1999 Comins Chester Avenue, blonde, full depth 17" Venetian cutaway body, floating Armstrong PAF, 1 3/4" nut, elegant inlay, immaculate has arrived

1940 Epiphone Olympic, sunburst, firestripe pickguard, very handsome example has arrived

1934 Epiphone Triumph Masterbilt , sunburst, rare early 16" body, snowflake inlay, gleaming condition has arrived

2014 Andrew Nezil AA1, blonde, full depth 17" Venetian cutaway body, curly maple bindng, highly flamed, hand-rubbed French polish finish, all acoustic has arrived

1951 Gibson L-7C/Benedetto 7 String Conversion, blonde, original Gibson body with custom 70's vintage 7 string neck by Bob Benedetto, amazing has arrived

1963 Gibson L-5C, sunburst, one of 41, gorgeous example, nice slim neck, Armstrong floater, immaculate condition, w/original case cover has arrived

2006 Gibson ES-175P, blonde, rare 50's reissue with twin P-90 pickups, highly flamed body, a winner on the way

1993 Guild X-500 Stuart, blonde, highly figured 17" full depth body, built-in gold HB-1 humbuckers, master volume, classic working guitar, best buy! on the way

1990s Plazuelo Blanca, featherweight flamenco guitar from renowned Grenada builder, cypress body, Alpine spruce top, 6560mm scale, powerful and gorgeous has arrived

1997 Andersen Model 17, blonde, X-braced 17" Venetian cutaway body, all carved Euro tonewoods, highly flamed, 1 13/16" nut, Armstrong floating PAF, superb SOLD

2011 Gibson ES-175P, blonde, intensely flamed body, gorgeous reissue with single P-90 pickup, rare! has arrived

2007 Bourgeois A-350, violin burst, 16 3/4" Venetian cutaway body, Euro spruce top, tortoise binding, all acoustic, rare model by top builder, gorgeous has arrived

1969 Fender Electric Mandolin, sunburst, the original 4 string 'Mandocaster', Strat style contoured body, slab neck, all original sparkling condition has arrived

1968 Gibson EM-200 'Electric Florentine' Mandolin, sunburst, 8 string scroll headstock, twin pointed solid mahogany body, P-90 style pickup, simply gorgeous has arrived

2009 Weber Big Sky, sunburst, extra deep 14 7/8" noncut body, highly flamed tiger maple, big voice, unique design, great acoustic player in the shop

2001 Arrow Django, natural, Selmer style oval hole, 670mm scale, solid black walnut body, best buy in a US luthier built gypsy jazz guitar in the shop

1935 Epiphone Broadway Masterbilt, sunburst, earliest 17" body, solid black walnut back and sides, asymmetrical headstock, Masterbilt label, a cannon in the shop

1947 Epiphone Triumph, sunburst, last with prewar snowflake peghead, 17" full depth noncutaway body, big voice, best buy in the shop

1948 Epiphone Emperor, blonde! full depth highly figured 18" noncutaway body, intesely flamed, great old player, gigantic open voice has arrived

1935 Gibson L-7, sunburst, late 16" version, all carved, Lucas style inlay, like 20's L-5, gleaming condition SOLD

1957 Albanus 17" Cutaway, sunburst, full depth X-braced Venetian cutaway body, custom made for guitarist Johnny Gray, DeArmond 1100 floating pickup, extremely rare in the shop

c.1960 Albanus 17" Cutaway, sunburst, full depth Venetian cutaway body, Stromberg style single transverse brace, DeArmond 1100 pickup, astounding in the shop

1953 Gibson Les Paul Model, all gold, original twin cream P-90s, meticulous stop tail conversion, light weight, brilliant in the shop

1961 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins Hollow Body, light orange finish, single cutaway, open f-holes, twin Filter-Tron pickups, original Bigsby, 3 knob/2 switch, the classic has arrived

Eastman 803-15, new w/warranty, 15" all carved full depth cutaway w/built in PAF, ultimate road guitar ready

Roland AC-60, featherlight versatile compact amp, anti-feedback notch filter ready

Trace Acoustic TA-50 amp, tiny, powerful, versatile jazz combo amp, no longer in production ready

Kent Armstrong Handwound Floating Pickups. Handmade in Vermont by Kent himself. Humbucking, single coil, 6 and 7 string: simply the best there is.
Pick Up The World Soundboard pickups. Crisp, accurate acoustic sound, uses your own bridge. New micro thin film pickup technology installs in minutes.
Vintage Pickups From time to time, we locate a few original vintage DeArmond or Gibson pickups. Check for availablilty and pricing.
Wiring and Control Kits, ultra-miniature volume controls, knobs and jacks for pickup installation without modification of vintage instruments.
Hardshell Cases- Plush, locking vintage style hardshell cases in hard-to-find sizes, built specifically for archtop guitars. Some vintage cases, too, please inquire.
Pickguards, custom made from original templates in tortoise, 5-ply black or bakelite; bound, beveled or unbound. Mounting hardware, too.
Vintage Correct Hardware, hard-to-find parts, antiqued to match your vintage instrument, the finishing touch for your restoration.
See our Accessories page for more items, pricing and specifications.

How To Order

Purchasing your instrument is fast, safe and secure with our absolute no-quibble refund policy. VISA/MC/AMEX, PayPal, layaways. For details, visit our Ordering page here.

Selling Your Guitar

We can help place your prized instrument with a happy new owner for a maximum return to you. For details, visit our Sales page here.

Repairs and Restorations

We maintain a full-service repair facility specializing in the particular requirements of archtop instruments, from setups to ground-up restorations. Vintage style finishes, fretwork, structural repairs, correct hand-antiqued hardware and more. More info here.

The Archive

An extensive illustrated list of recently offered instruments may be seen in our Previously Sold section here.  


Email: [email protected] For a detailed in-hand description of any instrument, call Joe Vinikow at 206.325.3737, weekdays between 10am and 7pm Pacific Time, 10am to 4pm Tuesdays, and Saturdays by appointment. We are located in Seattle, WA, just east of downtown, near Lake Washington, and are open to vistors by appointment. For North American orders only, call toll free 877.850.1978. Fax: 206.322.5692.

Page last updated: 8-17-14 All images and text c. 2014, Seattle. All rights reserved. Reuse of images and text by permission only. 

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