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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: Many sales over the years, always at the asking price with no hassles. The best way to sell quality vintage archtops. Ed Hagen, Columbia, SC
Hey Joe, the Starlight has landed in perfect condition and I love it! I won’t be sending this guitar back. Thanks for making this transaction effortless and enjoyable! Best, Pat Stanley, Sedona, AZ
Hey Joe, Confirming the guitar arrived today. Absolutely gorgeous, thanks for all the help!!! Amazed I own a Trenier archtop now. Kyle Bryant, Columbia, SC
Wow, another winner, thanks Joe.  Something about these early 50's Gibsons - so light and so responsive.  Beautifully set up and easy in the hand.  And yes, it IS that bop tone - thanks again!! Herb Avery, Atlanta, GA
Hi Joe, This email is to inform you that I received the 2010 Schaefer Freddy and everything was exactly as described!  The guitar looks and sounds amazing. Please consider the transaction complete! Thanks for all your help! Regards, Nikhil Baliga, Sugar Land, TX
I’m very happy with the guitar and my entire experience dealing with you from our Skype meeting and the shipping process to quick responses to my questions. The guitar got to my destination a day sooner than promised. The action is Just right the way you shipped it. I couldn’t be happier with your find for me of this 1943 Vintage L7, and I’ll be checking with you before I buy my next X-Braced archtop. Thanks again Joe for a great find, and pleasant experience dealing with you. Ismael Mendoza, Anaheim, CA

Hey Joe -Here's the review (of the 1998 L-5CES and Enjoy! Yours, David Boles, -Wow! Thanks, David -jv

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Just In!

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! 1936 Gibson L-4, all carved 16" body like 20's L-5, 1 3/4" nut, Nick Lucas inlays, soundboard pickup, especially fine $3995/$4115

Just In! 1937 Gibson L-5, gorgeous bubble maple body, Adirondack top, early long scale neck, great shape, thundering voice $6495/$6695

Just In! 2020 Holst 'Nightowl', lightweight, slimmed depth, 16" flamed laminate body, built-in Benedetto pickup, best buy! $2995/$3085

Just In! 1950 Epiphone Triumph Regent, all carved 17" body, extended cutaway, fresh pro frets, big voice, great player $3495/$3605

Just In! 1997 Ibanez AAF-207 Seven String, ultra rare Japan-only model, 16" slimmed depth body, DiMarzio humbucker, best buy! $2495/$2570

Just In! 1962 Gibson Super 400C, 1 of 16, flame body, 1 11/16" nut, J. Smith pickup, elegant neck, vibrant voice, smooth player $10,995/$11,325

Just In! 1989 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion II, comfy slimmed depth body, extended cutaway, feedback buster, versatile player $2850/$2935

Just In! 1946 Gibson ES-300, rare 17" mahogany body, L-5 scale, twin P-90 pickups, great acoustic voice, versatile player $2995/$3085

Just In! 2003 Gibson L-5CES, rare wine red finish, all carved, highly flamed, Hutchins signed, '57 Classic PAFs, spectacular $5995/$6175

Just In! 1937 Gibson L-5, exceptionally fine voice, deep bubble maple back, rare engraved trapeze tailpiece, striped tweed case! $6495/$6695

Just In! 2017 Collings City Limits Jazz, all carved 15" thinline body, Euro spruce top, Lollar JS floater, stunning HOLD

Just In! c.2005 Cardona Elegante, ivory/blonde finish, all carved, intensely flamed 17" body,1 3/4" nut, easy neck, best buy $3495/$3605

Just In! 2017 Collings D1A, prewar D-18 style, Adirondack top, mahogany body, lightweight and resonant, popular model, minty! $3495/$3605

Just In! 1994 Heritage Eagle, rare model, all carved 17" mahogany body, full size floating humbucker, hard to find, great value! $2750/$2835

Just In! 1949 Gibson L-7 Premier, first year, rare blonde cutaway, dual pickup 'McCarty' pickguard, 1 of 33, open vibrant voice $4495/$5145
Just In! 1969 Gibson L-5C, all carved, highly flamed, J. Smith pickup, lightweight, 1 11/16" nut, elegant neck, sweet $7995/$8235

Just In! 1963 Gibson Super 400C, 1 of 14, rare bubble maple body, DeArmond 1100 floating pickup, super clean $11,495/$11,850

Just In! 2003 Gibson ES-175D, rare wine finish, highly flamed, '57 Classic PAFs, all original, classic full neck, sweet $2995/$3085

Just In! 1990 Heritage Golden Eagle, all carved, all original, highly flamed, full size floating humbucker, L-5 specs, best buy! $3995/$4175

Just In! 2002 Andersen Vanguard, all carved 16" flame maple body, built-in Armstrong PAF, lightweight, vibrant, great player $5795/$5975

The Pride of Kalamazoo

Just In! 1996 Gibson Citation, spectacular presentation grade model, AAAA flame, floating BJB pickup, museum condition SOLD

New Price! 1950 Gibson ES-5, all original, highly flamed, 3 P-90 pickups, original instruction sheet, splendid $7995/$8235

1936 Gibson EST-150, super rare tenor electric, second one ever made, all solid, 'Charlie Christian' pickup, historic player SOLD

1948 Gibson TG-50, all original, solid carved 16" top, Gibson's most popular tenor archtop, great shape SOLD

1951 Gibson ES-150, full depth 17" long scale model, original P-90 pickup, lightweight, fine shape, bop tone! SOLD

The Epi Center

1969 Epiphone Howard Roberts, rare model, Gibson made, solid carved top, J. Smith pickup, 1 of 9, versatile player, clean! $3495/$3605

1934 Epiphone Royal, ultra rare early model, 15" solid black walnut body, 1 3/4" nut, ivoroid guard, snappy! SOLD

1933 Epiphone Olympic Masterbilt, earliest version, rare 13 5/8" body, long scale, as played by David Rawlings, brilliant voice! SOLD

Luthier's Showcase 

2017 Ribbecke Phoenix, tap tuned, slimmed depth 16" body, built-in PAF, AAAA flame, hard to find, a masterpiece SOLD

New Price! 2018 Buscarino Rhapsody, spectacular crossover design, one-piece arched back, vibrant bass and sustain, superb $6595/$6798

2007 Kenny Hill Crossover 7 String, versatile 12 fret nylon jazzer, feather light, spectacular maple body, bossa king! $4495/$4635
2006 Trenier RW Custom, all carved 16" black walnut body, Euro spruce top, built-in PAF, comfy, feather light, best buy! SOLD

New Price! 2019 Zimnicki '28 Dot Cutaway, prewar tone with modern playabilty; all carved, 1 3/4" nut, Armstrong floater, warranty, brilliant! $5995/$6695

New Price! 2008 Trenier Motif, all carved 16" oval hole body, Euro spruce top, featherweight and resonant, versatile player $5495/$5665

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 and Paypal price is listed in plain type to the RIGHT.

On Hold/Sold

c.1974 Gibson L-5CES, all carved, all original, Pat. Sticker pickups, easy neck, showroom condition, super buy SOLD

1950 Epiphone Broadway, rare, spectacular birdseye body, figured Adirondack top, all original hardware, a showstopper SOLD

2010 Trenier Broadway, comfy, tap tuned 16" body, hand rubbed finish, Lollar floating pickup, outstanding voice! SOLD

1937 Gibson L-5, spectacular flame, resonant voice, long scale, faithful restoration, powerful and gorgeous SOLD

2003 Michael Dunn Grand Slam, gigantic 20" body, internal reflector, spectacular art deco design, biggest gypsy jazz box ever SOLD

2018 Sonntag J17 Standard, all carved 17" body, AAAA Euro tonewoods, floating Armstrong PAF, gorgeous SOLD

1945 Epiphone Deluxe, all carved 17 3/8" curly maple body, cloud inlays, tree-of-life peghead, big voice SOLD

2012 Buscarino Prodigy, comfy, all carved 16" body, red cedar top, built-in humbuckers, feedback buster, amazing buy! SOLD

1977 Guild Artist Award, all original, all carved, 17" curly maple body, DeArmond 1100 floating pickup, gorgeous SOLD

2005 Triggs 18 CES, all carved, deeply flamed S-400 body, big buttery voice, by Gibson Custom Shop chief, superb SOLD

1948 Gibson L-4, prewar style 16" L-5 size body, solid carved top, Archtop Acoustic pickup and preamp, best buy! SOLD

Alvino Rey's 1935 Super 400, Gibson's very first blonde archtop, for legendary band leader, intensely flamed, historic find! SOLD

1938 Epiphone Triumph Tenor, extremely rare jumbo size 17" model, all carved, veteran player, remarkable voice SOLD

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. 

2000 Heritage Golden Eagle, cherry burst, all original, all carved 17" body, cloud inlay, Heritage floating humbucker, sweet on the way

1966 Gibson ES-335TDW, rare walnut finish, original Pat. Sticker pickups, pro stop tail conversion, easy neck, nice one on the way

2000 Avalon Nylon Jazz, natural finish, 14 1/2" cutaway body, 14 fret neck, 1 7/8" nut, feather light, top builder, lively voice has arrived

1991 D'Angelico USA Replica, blonde, first reissue, Valdez built, all carved 17" cutaway, floating JS pickup, 1 of 17, rare! on the way

2017 Loar LH-700, sunburst, faithful design 16" 20's L-5, all carved, highly flamed, fine acoustic voice, best buy! has arrived

1948 Epiphone Emperor, sunburst, all original, massive 18 3/8" super jumbo body, great shape, big voice has arrived

2019 Cunningham L-5 Loar, sunburst, meticulous vintage correct 20's style L-5, Adirondack top, varnish finish, violin trained luthier has arrived

1950 Epiphone Triumph Regent, blonde, all carved 17" body, extended cutaway, rare original Epi floating pickguard pickup in the shop

1932 Gibson L-4, sunburst, all carved 16" round hole version, feather light, 1 3/4" nut, deeply resonant, versatile player SOLD

1974 Gibson Johnny Smith, sunburst, Lollar floating pickup, X-braced, 1 3/4" nut, ever popular jazzer, nice one in the shop

2004 Gibson Byrdland, sunburst, all carved, deeply flamed, 60's style deep Florentine cutaway, Lollar pickups, easy short scale neck in the shop

2018 Bourgeois OM-42 Koa, intensely figured Koa body, Alaska cedar top, abalone torch and purfling, lightweight, breathtaking has arrived

1966 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst, twin Pat. Sticker pickups, Bigsby tailpiece, easy neck, great shape, classic '60s tone on the way

1946 Epiphone Emperor, sunburst, all carved, highly figured, full depth 18 3/8" body, the big one, gorgeous SOLD

2004 Eastman AR-805CE, violin finish, all carved 16" deep tiger flame body, floating Bartolini humbucker, best buy! has arrived

1952 Stromberg G-5, sunburst, extremely rare short scale model, all carved 17" cutaway, inspiration for Byrdland, exceptionally vibrant has arrived

1934 Gibson L-12, sunburst, late 16" body, picture frame inlays, feather light, clear open voice, brilliant pro finish in the shop

1943 Gibson L-7, sunburst, very rare wartime example, all carved 17" body, fleur-de-lis headstock, unusually fine condition SOLD

c.1937 Gibson J-35, sunburst, pioneering slope shoulder jumbo, feather light mahogany body, fine pro restoration, sings in the shop

2002 Gibson Southern Jumbo 60th Anniversary, sunburst, rare commemorative issue of classic slope shoulder jumbo flat top has arrived

2002 Gibson Super 200, sunburst, highly figured 17" Venetian cutaway body, a J-200 for the modern player has arrived

2011 Gibson Sparrow, blonde, dreadnought body, Adirondack top, rosewood body, prewar bracing, 1 3/4" nut, active electronics has arrived

1976 Martin D-28, natural, the iconic dreadnought, rosewood body, well seasoned Sitka soundboard, fine shape has arrived

2008 Ramirez 2NE, natural, solid cedar top, solid rosewood body, lacquer finish, affordable quality from premier classical builder has arrived

Kent Armstrong Handwound Floating Pickups. Handmade in Vermont by Kent himself. Humbucking, single coil, 6 and 7 string: simply the best there is.
Acoustic Archtop Soundboard pickups. Crisp, accurate acoustic sound, uses your own bridge. 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.  

Contact: 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, Saturdays by appointment. We are located in Seattle, WA, near downtown and Lake Washington, and welcome vistors by appointment.

Page last updated: 10-26-20. All images and text c. 2020, Seattle. All rights reserved. Reuse of images and text by permission only. 

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