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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:  I've sold plenty of items on eBay and Reverb, but for valuable and vintage guitars like the L5-CES that Joe just sold for me, you can't beat the trust, community respect, and beautiful presentation that Joe brings to the table.  For a valuable item like that I need his expertise and experience to take care of all the details and make for happy customers on both sides of the transaction.  Thanks, Joe!  Herb Avery, Atlanta, GA
Joe, Thank you very much. The guitar is wonderful and incredibly suited to me. So glad it surfaced in your inventory. As with my purchases in the past, you were very helpful and accommodating. It is very much appreciated. I've always got my eye on your site and look forward to the next time.Very best regards, Steve Howell, Marshall, TX

Joe, Now that I've had some time to live with the '55 Gibson ES-150 I felt compelled to write to say THANK YOU!  The guitar is incredible, so great in so many ways: I love it!  But what's as impressive as the guitar is the fact that it's exactly as you described it to be. No surprises, no confusion, no looking at it wondering, "hmm, well that's a little odd".  And that's no small thing especially in the online guitar world where hyperbole is king. Your description was as focused and precise as the guitar itself. It's everything you described it to be and I couldn't be happier. So Thank You, again, and Best Regards, Martin Foley, Seacliff, NY
Joe, This guitar and I are going to be inseparable.  Please tell the previous owner that I will take very good care of it and it will be played just about every day.  I’ll tell anyone who asks that you are top notch to do business with and you can feel free to post my comments.  I’m sure I’ll be back in the future.  Jim Rowell, New Orleans
Joe, I got home late and the guitar (ES-150) was here. Much faster than I expected. It's absolutely beautiful!...The finish is amazing. Everything about it seems amazing... the guitar seems like it's everything you said it was: Thank you. Best regards, Martin Foley, Seacliff, NY

Joe, I am absolutely delighted with your services.  I have purchased several guitars from you and you have helped me sell quite a few instruments too.  I am extremely pleased with the speed of selling my L5. In the end of course, the speed of the turn around rests on the high quality of the instruments, your skills at pricing them appropriately and the knowledgeable and discerning your clientele.  Thanks again for the service! Matthew Hunter, Fredericksburg, VA
Ciao Joe, the guitar (L-5) is arrived and all is ok! Really a beautiful instrument, thank you every much for your service, it's always a pleasure to do business with you!
Ciao amico, Davide Bianchi, Milan, Italy
Joe, I wanted to let you know I got the Martin Taylor guitar and it is in good shape , as described and I am enjoying it. Thank for shipping so quickly,  Your directions made the transaction easy and I was also impressed by the short time it took to arrive. Sincerely, Scott Cordell, Council Bluffs, IA
Thanks again Joe for all you are more than welcome to share my comments on your Friends page because that comment came from the bottom of my heart.  Because that Gibson...was just sitting in the guitar case and never getting played and it makes me feel good to know that you found it a good home and will be played.  Darwin Gaston, Mechanicsburg, PA
Joe, The Loar (LH-700) arrived safely on Saturday, it’s a very cool guitar, plays nicely and has a big, loud voice which is what I was looking for...I appreciate the excellent service and communication. Best regards, Phil DiMario, Phoenix, MD

The guitar (ETG-150) got here yesterday. It’s great- everything I hoped it would be. Bill Browning, Boulder, CO
Hi Joe, The guitar arrived on schedule. It was very hard letting it sit in my living room for an hour to acclimate as per your instructions, but I managed... It is more beautiful in person than than it appeared in the photo's, and nothing against your skill with a camera, the pictures were good too. As you said there is not a scratch on this guitar... This X-700 could be in any 'collectors' loft or closet. It is just as pristine as it could be. For me though it is all about the sound and playability and this beauty actually plays better than it looks...Also with arch-tops I am usually a roundwound guy and was planning to change the strings right away, but with your setup and string choice I am really rethinking the roundwound vs flatwound equation...With this guitar it is happening, all the acoustic flavors too, as well as the rich jazz tone. Thanks so much for creating such a great way to access hard to find instruments. I am very happy with this guitar. All the best. John Johnson, Felton, CA
Hi Joe - Thanks for the quick sale of my Moll Classic - I have now bought and sold several guitars with you, and each time I come away impressed with your skill and the big archtop community you’ve created. Ed Daingerfield, Greenwich, CT
Over the past decade, I've purchased 3  and sold 3 (different) guitars through As both seller and  buyer I've been very happy with all my dealings with Joe. He's been professional, prompt, and honest in representing all the guitars. From a sellers point of view: I don't enjoy the haggling of selling and I don't have a vast reach of contacts. Joe photographed and advertised my guitars professionally and sold them much quicker and likely at a better price than I would have been able to. From a buyers perspective: Joe helped me narrow down my search, arranged for a skype demo, and accurately described each of the guitars I bought. For anyone looking to either sell or buy a nice vintage archtop guitar, I'm happy to recommend working with Dr. Christopher Gratham, North Vancouver, BC
  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.

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Just In!

Just In! 1996 Guild X-700 Stuart, solid carved soundboard, highly flamed 17" body, twin built-in humbuckers, compare to L-5CES, best buy! $3495/$3605

Just In! 1941 Gibson L-5 Premiere, ultra-rare prewar blonde, one of 9, breathtaking maple back, elevated fingerboard, spectacular condition $24,995/$25,750

New Price! 2003 Gibson CS-356, comfy 14" slimline body, intensely flamed maple top, Burstbucker PAFs, w/tags, certificate, and extra pickups $3295/$3399
Just In! 2016 Trenier Motif, innovative all carved 16" oval hole mahogany body, K&K Trinity Pro mic/pickup, feather light, lively acoustic tone HOLD

Just In! 1939 Gibson L-7, all carved 17" body, ornate 'picture frame' inlays, last year for X-braced top; warm, rich voice, great shape $3995/$4115

Just In! 1970-2 Gibson ES-150D, rare full depth double cutaway hollow body, twin Pat. sticker humbuckers, fast neck, great player $2795/$2885

Just In! 1937 Gibson Super 400, last of the original models, comfy smaller upper bout, extravagant bubble maple, resonant X-braced top, spectacular SOLD

Just In! 1981 Gibson ES-175CC, rare model with 'Charlie Christian' bar pickup, last year built, classic tone with modern playability $3995/$4115

Just In! 1995 Andersen Model 17, deeply flamed, all carved 17" body, floating Armstrong PAF, elegant design, top builder HOLD

Just In! 1938 Gibson L-50, solid carved top and back, 16" body, generous 1 3/4" nut, feather light, compare to 20's L-5, best buy! $2695/$2785

Just In! 2013 Campellone Deluxe, all carved, highly figured 17" body, built-in Armstrong PAF, 1 11/16" nut, superb condition HOLD

Just In! c.1974 Gibson L-5CES, all carved 17" body, Pat.# humbuckers, Sealfast tuners, comfy 1 11/16" neck, showroom condition! SOLD

Just In! 1969 Gibson Johnny Smith, all carved, highly figured, 17" X-braced body, 1 3/4" nut, orange label, last of the pre-Norlin Johnnies, sweet $7495/$7725

New! Loar LH-700VS, faithful 20's L-5 design, solid carved 16" body, high-precision setup and warranty, outstanding performance and value! $1495/$1540

Just In! 1939 Gibson L-5P, rare first year cutaway, one of 43, superb condition, striped tweed case, historic example, astounding find $19,995/$20,295

Just In! 2014 Super 400CES, spectacular all carved, 18" flame maple body, '57 Classic PAFs, big buttery voice, original tags $9895/$10,195

Just In! 2000 Benedetto Fratello, highly figured, all carved, lightweight 17" body, floating S-6 humbucker, 1 3/4" ebony board, magnificent $7995/$8235

Just In! 2007 Sadowsky Jimmy Bruno, comfy 15" gig guitar, highly flamed, DiMarzio humbucker, now discontinued, rare bird $3250/$3345

New Price! 1993 Martin D-41, gorgeous pearl inlaid dreadnought, big deep voice, stunning looks, gleaming condition $3495/$3605

New Price! 1994 Grimes Jazz Nouveau, spectacular all carved 17" figured Koa body, floating Armstrong humbucker; clean, elegant design $4995/$5145

New Price! 2006 Gretsch White Falcon, top-line model, all gold hardware and binding, Filter'Tron humbuckers, Bigsby, all tags, immaculate $2495/$2575

The Pride of Kalamazoo

1975 Gibson L-5C, rare all-acoustic model, tiger maple body, all carved, one of 40, one owner, showroom quality! $6995/$7215

New Price! 1973 Gibson Byrdland, all carved 17" thinline body, lightning fast scale, one of 99, showroom condition $5395/$5565

2016 Gibson ES-275, new model, comfy, ultra-light, 15" fully hollow slimline body, 22 frets, MHS humbuckers, tags and COA $2495/$2570

2015 Gibson Custom 17" Venetian, new model, L-5 size body and scale, BJB style floating pickup, solid formed construction, best buy $3995/$4115

Just In! 1969 Gibson L-5CESN, rare blonde, last of the pre-Norlin beauties, Pat. sticker pickups; slim, elegant neck, one of 55, phenomenal condition HOLD

New Price! 1994 Gibson 'George Gobel' Custom, one-off thinline reissue of L-5C, BJB floating pickup, Triggs built; comfy, rare and minty! $8995/$9265

2000 Les Paul Classic Premium Plus, top version with intensely flamed top, comfy '60 neck, hot pickups, all tags, sweet $1995/$2055

1917 Gibson L-4, feather light, all carved 16" body, full 1 3/4" neck, 'The Gibson' peghead, smooth action, deep resonant voice $2495/$2575

1967 Gibson ES-335 Custom, rare walnut finish, custom '50s deep neck, 100% original, Pat. sticker humbuckers, factory Bigsby, gorgeous player SOLD

2014 Gibson L-5CES Wes Montgomery, all carved 17" body, '57 Classic PAF, rare color, popular model, great shape SOLD

New Price! 2013 Gibson L-5 Lee Ritenour, comfy 15" slimmed depth body, all carved, floating J. Smith, mint w/tags and COA, rare! SOLD

1989 Gibson L-5CES, all carved, intensely flamed body, '57 Classic PAFs, all original, Hitchens signed Master Model label, grab it! SOLD

1918 The Gibson L-1, compact, all carved 13" archtop, tortoise tailpiece, nice wide 1 13/16" nut, classiest travel guitar ever SOLD

1956 Gibson L-7C, all carved, feather light 17" body, all acoustic, one of 56, big voice, phenomenal original condition SOLD

Just In! 1951 Gibson ES-175N, rare early blonde, feather light, all original, gleaming condition, classic bop tone, gorgeous HOLD

The Epi Center

New Price! 1945 Epiphone Deluxe, top-line, highly figured 17" full depth body, cloud inlays, big voice, the real deal, simply gorgeous $5495/$5665

Just In! 1954 Epiphone Zephyr Regent, 17" full depth body, original NY single coil pickup, classic tone, sweet neck, gleaming condition $2495/$2575

1950 Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent, highly flamed 17" body, full vine peghead, deep cutaway, twin NY pickups, true classic tone, gorgeous SOLD

Luthier's Showcase 

Just In! 2012 Andersen Little Archie PAF, all carved 14" slimline body, custom Gibson styling with genuine vintage Gibson PAF, amazing SOLD

Just In! 2005 Foster Basin St. 7 String, all carved, 15" lightweight mahogany body, comfy slim depth, super player, hard to find $3495/$3605

Just In! 2007 Hopkins Marquis, all carved 17" body, featherlight and resonant, floating Armstrong humbucker, 1 3/4" ebony board, spectacular $4995/$5145

New Price! 2006 Ribbecke Monterey, all carved, highly flamed 17" body, Armstrong floating humbucker, top builder, magnificent $8995/$9265

New Price! 1977 Guild Starfire IV, classic Rhode Island Guild, amber blonde finish, master volume, easy neck, best buy! $1895/$1950

Just In! 2010 Shelley Park Encore, long scale, Selmer style body, intensely flamed maple body, soundport, Bigtone pickup, stunning $3795/$3915

2005 Shelley Park Montmartre, large Favino style body, intense curly Koa body, Bigtone pickup, staggering flame $3595/$3710

New Price! 1994 Heritage Super Eagle, top of the line, all carved, deeply flamed 18" body, ebony board, the working player's S-400, best buy! $3895/$4015

New Price! 1997 PRS Custom 22 '10 Top' deeply flamed maple top, lightweight body, 5 way pickup selector, comfy player, versatile tone $1895/$1950

Just In! 2015 Sadowsky Semi-Hollow, comfy, lightweight thinline design, feedback busting chambered body, gorgeous flame, a gigmeister $3250/$3349

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. 1960 Albanus Short Scale, sunburst, very rare full depth 24" scale guitar, all carved 17" body, floating Armstrong humbucker, fast player on the way

1985 Gibson L-4CES, blonde, solid carved top, comfy 16" Florentine cutaway, twin '57 Classic PAFs, figured mahogany body, clean! has arrived

1966 Gibson L-7C Special, sunburst, rare custom batch with sunburst back, sides and neck, factory Grover Imperials, floating humbucker, sparkling condition in the shop

2003 Guild Benedetto Johnny Smith Award, sunburst, Benedetto-built reissue of the Guild classic, all carved 17" body, floating S-6 pickup, pristine has arrived

2007 Trenier Broadway, sunburst, full-depth noncut 16" black walnut body, Armstrong floating PAF, brilliant voice, clean machine has arrived

1966 Epiphone Howard Roberts, sunburst, 16" oval hole carved top, Florentine cutaway, very rare all acoustic example, one of 10 has arrived

1934 Selmer Grand Bouche, early Maccaferri style D-hole, 12 fret 640mm scale, Brazilian body, owned by F-A Moerman, sweet open tone, rare! has arrived

1950 Semer Petite Bouche, rare postwar oval hole Gypsy guitar, 14 fret 680mm scale, Brazilian body, like Django's, thunders has arrived

1979 Favino Petite Bouche, oval hole, large 420mm Brazilian body, 14 fret 680mm scale, pickup under soundboard, gypsy played, a cannon has arrived

1983 Favino Grand Bouche, rare D-hole model, 12 fret 640mm scale, large 420mm Brazilian body, warm vibrant voice, great shape has arrived

2003 Eimers Stochelo Rosenberg Model, oval hole, 14 fret 680mm scale, Indian rosewood body, Bigtone pickup and internal mic, gorgeous has arrived

2004 Gallato Modele Tchavolo Schmitt, oval hole, 14 fret 680mm scale, Indian rosewood body, discontinued model, best buy! has arrived

2003 Michael Dunn Grand Slam, gigantic 20" lower bout, 14 fret D hole with internal reflector, art deco marquetry body, one of a kind! has arrived

late '30s Regal Esquire, sunburst, massive 18" body, 4" depth, all carved, top-line super jumbo model from Regal Custom Shop, a boomer in the shop

mid. 30's LaSalle Model 'C', sunburst, all carved, highly flamed 16 3/4" body, 4" depth, top-line model, ornate inlay, exceptionally rare has arrived

1936 Montgomery Ward 16, sunburst, Gibson made 16" body, solid carved soundboard, extremely rare mail-order model in the shop

1947 Levin Model 1 Deluxe, sunburst, all carved 18 1/2" black walnut body, top line model, floating humbucker, huge voice has arrived

1948 Levin Model 1 Deluxe, blonde, all carved 18 1/2" black walnut body, top line model, ornate engraved inlay, stunning has arrived

1958 Levin Model 2 Solist, sunburst, all carved 17 1/2" black walnut body, Venetian cutaway, floating humbucker, rare model in the shop

1960 Levin Model 315, sunburst, all carved 18 1/2" curly maple body, top line model, cloud inlay, Bartolini floater, brilliant HOLD

1990 Gibson F-5L sunburst, meticulous reissue of Loar's Master Model mandolin, varnish finish, big flame, big open voice has arrived

2009 Eastman Pagelli, violin, innovative Euro design archtop, all carved, feather light, striking appearance in the shop

2001 Nickerson Virtuoso 7 String, sunburst, all carved 17" Venetian cutaway body, Benedetto S-7 floating humbucker, great shape has arrived

2002 Nickerson FC-3 7 String, natural finish, rare jumbo body flat top 7 string, LR Baggs undersaddle pickup has arrived

1999 Bourgeois A-250 7 String sunburst, all carved 17" body, Benedetto S-7 floating humbucker, one of only two Bourgeois 7's ever built has arrived

1937 Gibson L-50/ES-150 Conversion, sunburst, solid carved back and sides, CC C-90 bar pickup, correct tailpiece/jack, great player has arrived

1939 Gibson Super 400, rare prewar blonde, last year for X bracing, spectacular bubble maple body, bandstand veteran, earth-shaking voice HOLD

1949 Gibson ES-300, sunburst, first year for twin P-90s, full depth 17" flame maple body, tall barrel knobs, one of 76, rare model, lovely has arrived

1957 Gibson LG-1, sunburst, comfy compact body, lightweight top and bracing, big sound, easy to handle has arrived

1945 Epiphone Emperor, blonde, spectacular 18+" flame maple body, prewar split-block inlay, tree-of-life peghead, thunderous projection, all original has arrived

1945 Epiphone Emperor, blonde, another one, who knew? HOLD

1945 Epiphone Deluxe, blonde, all original, 17" body, deeply ambered finish, cloud inlays, finely carved top, exceptional volume has arrived

1936 Epiphone Broadway, sunburst, 17" black walnut body, asymmetrical Masterbilt headstock, rare cutout trapeze tailpiece, barks! in the shop

1951 Epiphone 18" Deluxe Regent, blonde, extremely rare super jumbo body cutaway, cloud inlays, gorgeous wood, great shape has arrived

2012 Trenier Classic, sunburst, all carved, highly figured, 17" Venetian cutaway body, gorgeous traditional jazzer has arrived

2005 Sadowsky Jimmy Bruno Model, blonde, comfy, 15" slimmed depth body, built-in DiMarzio humbucker, a gigmeister HOLD

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

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, 10am to 4pm Tuesdays, and Saturdays by appointment. We are located in Seattle, WA, near downtown and Lake Washington, and welcome vistors by appointment. For North American orders only, call toll free 877.850.1978. Fax: 206.322.5692.

Page last updated: 5-15-18. All images and text c. 2018, Seattle. All rights reserved. Reuse of images and text by permission only. 

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