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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: Joe was very responsive and took time to arrange a virtual meeting to demonstrate the Collings I-35. The guitar was in excellent condition and plays accurately and consistently, as all Collings have in my experience. The shipping was exact and as instructed to be delayed till I could be home to receive it. The original paperwork was included in the original case and he answered all of my questions in great detail! I will definitely talk to Joe next time I'm in the market for a quality guitar. Cheers, Kaveh Mojtahed, Carlsbad, CA
I appreciate your handling of the sale of my 1935 Gibson L-30. It did not take too long for it to be sold and at a good price. Your shop seems to handle a lot of nice guitars. Twelve or so years ago I bought a 1937 Gibson L-7 from you. A great guitar that I play regularly. Should I feel the urge to add to my small collection, I will try to find something from you website. I know it will be a good deal. Thanks, Charlie Rodewald, Las Vegas, NV
Buying an expensive archtop online can be a tricky proposition. Joe made the whole process easy. He described the guitar perfectly, gave an excellent virtual demo, and answered all my questions. Thanks Joe! Dave Mosick, Washington, DC
I am so glad I found archtop.com several years ago. I have purchased three guitars from Joe since then, and most recently sold my Comins Lyrist on archtop.com as I found myself playing it less than it deserved. Joe told me Comins was quite a popular builder in his area, and assured me I would have no trouble selling my instrument quickly at a good price. I was pleased to find Joe was absolutely correct as my guitar found a new home - with the funds sent - within 10 days of posting the guitar. I realize results may vary, but that was lightning fast. Joe is able to get your quality instruments the exposure needed for a satisfying experience. I would recommend that anyone looking to purchase, or sell,  a fine instrument look to Joe at archtop.com. It is always a pleasure! Thanks again Joe! John Price, Lexington, KY
One of my best experiences buying musical gear over the past few years has been with Joe Vinikow and archtop.com. I recently purchased a vintage guitar on his website and it has proved to be an amazing transaction. The guitar arrived well-packed, secure in its case, and upon opening the box, the guitar matched its description on the website to a “T”. It was beautifully set-up, something I don’t see very often, sounded great, and ultimately proved itself to be one of my favorite go-to instruments. It was a great deal, fair and beneficial to both the seller and the buyer. I recommend this web shop for your Archtop or semi-hollow needs, you just can’t go wrong with a guitar bought from archtop.com. And, bonus points, Joe’s a great guy and I made a new friend in the prcoess. You can’t beat that kind of service and product these days so please take advantage of it; you’ll be glad you did!" Happy New Year! Steve Portman, Philadelphia, PA
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had a great experience with Joe at archtop.com and would highly recommend him to anyone.  Since I live near the Seattle area, I was able to go to Joe's shop to try out the guitars he had on hand.  This, in itself, was such a wonderful experience because it is very difficult to find one quality acoustic archtop to actually play at a shop, but to have a dozen to choose from was beyond my expectations.  Joe was generous with his time and expertise and allowed my son and I to play through available instruments.  I ended up choosing a 1998 Andersen.  Given my experience, and given the quality and condition of the instrument, I feel that the price was quite reasonable.  Joe was helpful throughout the process but was also careful not to show specific bias towards a particular guitar.  After buying the guitar, I brought it back a couple of days later to have Joe further inspect it to ensure that there was nothing structurally unsound about the instrument.  Joe was great about accommodating my desire to have the guitar further inspected.  I will gladly reach out to archtop.com again if/when I see an instrument posted on the site that is of interest to me.  Thank you Joe!  I'm loving the guitar! -Mike Choman, Wenatchee, WA

Hey Joe -Here's the review (of the 1998 L-5CES and archtop.com). Enjoy! Yours, David Boles, BolesBlues.com

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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, Zelle or bank wire payments. The credit or debit card, Paypal or Venmo price is listed to the RIGHT. More payment and ordering details here.

Off Hold! 2016 AJL Model XO 503, Brazilian Rosewood body, kiln aged Euro spruce top, 670mm scale, vintage voice $3595/$3795

Just In! c.1933 Rickenbacker Electro Mandolin, historic first electric mando, horseshoe pickup, bright voice, ultra rare! $2750/$2835

Just In! 2011 Loar LH-700 Lefty, one of a kind, all carved, highly flamed, 20's L-5 style body, bound guard, unique! $1995/$2055

New Price! 2014 Trenier Motif Custom, rare oval hole model, violin finish, Bartolini floater, versatile player, top builder $4750/$4895

Just In! 2018 Eastman Frank Vignola Signature, comfy, lightweight, all carved 15" body, extended cutaway, best buy! $2495/$2570

Just In! c.1912 Gibson K-1 Mandocello, rare model, all carved, varnish finish; deep voice, precision setup, easy player $4495/$4635

Just In! 1914 Gibson H-1 Mandola, all carved, all original, varnish finish, tortoise guard, warm rich voice, rare model $2495/ $2570

Just In! 1916 Gibson Model 'A' Mandolin, featherweight, all carved body; varnish finish, fine shape, bright clear voice $1795/$1855

New Price! 1939 D'Angelico Style A-1, highly figured 17" body, vintage DeArmond, superb tone, Pasquale Grasso played $12,495/$12,875

Just In! c.1930 Epiphone Recording Model 'A', pioneer acoustic cutaway, concert size, banjo pegs, pearloid headstock, rare! $3750/$3865

Just In! 2005 Larrivee S0-60 Brazilian, long prewar 12 fret 000 body, Adirondack top, long scale, wide nut, sings! $4995/$5175

Just In! 1929 National Triolian Mandolin, rare first year example, palm tree seascape, exceptionally fine condition, aloha! $2750/$2835

Just In! 2006 Schaefer Casanova, solid, handcarved 335 style body, Wolfetone pickups, stunning flame maple, cooks! $3495/$3605

New Price! 1995 Sakashta 'Brazilian Special', spectacular presentation grade archtop from legendary builder, museum quality $24,995/$25,750

Just In! 1999 Comins Chester Avenue, spectacular AAAA quilted maple, all carved, Armstrong PAF, 1 3/4" nut, a masterwork $5995/$6175

New Price! 1993 Guild Artist Award, all carved, tiger flame, full size floating PAF, all original, showroom condition $4995/$5145

Just In! c.1920s Wissenborn Kona Style 1 Hawaiian Guitar, figured Koa body, featherlight and resonant, rare model, sings! $2995/$3085

Just In! 2005 Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium Plus, Heritage Cherry, flame top, '50s neck, 100% original w/tags, pristine $2495/$2675

Just In! 1988 Fender American Standard Stratocaster, rare metallic gunmetal finish, 100% original, stunning $1995/$2055
New Price! c.1985 Fender D'Aquisto Standard, comfy 16"figured maple body, twin humbuckers, showroom condition, top value $2750/$2835
New Price! 1941 National New Yorker Spanish, very rare pioneer prewar electric, innovative zero f-hole design, spectacular flame $2750/$2835

New Price! 1980 Maccaferri/CSL MAC-10, historic pioneer reissue, original Grand Bouche design, hand signed by Maccaferri, rare! $2995/$3085

New Price! 2015 Gretsch Country Club G6196 '59 Reissue 17" body, 25 1/2 scale, TV Jones HBs, Bigsby, Cadillac Green! $2750/$2835

New Price! 1998 McCurdy Kenmare, all carved, rare bubble maple body, floating Armstrong PAF, top NYC builder, best buy! SOLD

Blowout! 1984 Ibanez Joe Pass JP-20, 16" D'Aquisto design, extended 22 fret neck, all original w/tags, best buy! $1995/$2055

2005 Eastman AR-810CE, all carved, tiger flame body, 1 3/4" nut, upgrade Armstrong PAF, great value! SOLD

Blowout! 1997 Dale Unger American Dream, rare 17" figured birdseye body, Vintage Vibe floating pickup, best buy! $2795/$2885


The Pride of Kalamazoo

1953 Gibson ES-150N, ultra rare blonde, L-5 size body, long scale, P-90 pickup, warm voice, museum condition SOLD

2002 Gibson ES-165 Herb Ellis, tobacco burst, highly figured 16" body, floating BJB pickup, first year, gorgeous SOLD


The Epi Center

1997 Epiphone Deluxe Regent, one-off Heritage custom, all carved, vintage hardware, clouds and vines, astounding $5495/$5665

1932 Epiphone Royal Masterbilt, ultra rare early model, 1 3/4" nut, Adirondack top, ribbon mahogany body, barks! SOLD

c.1968 Epiphone Howard Roberts, rare 16" solid top model, Gibson made, factory J. Smith pickup, all original SOLD

Luthier's Showcase 

1994 Mortoro Volo Libero, unique double cutaway thinline hollow body, floating Armstrong PAF, innovative design $3495/$3605

New Price! ca. 90's Buscarino Nova Stratocaster, super rare, Fiesta red, solid alder body, maple neck, spring tremelo, top builder $1895/$1955

2021 Eastman AR-605CED, all carved, full depth 16" body, Seth Lover pickups, 1 3/4" nut, pristine, best buy! $1995/$2055

New Price! 2023 Stringphonic HRC-01, faithful Howard Roberts tribute, 16" body, full size floating PAF, brand new, best buy! $2395/$2475

c.1957 Vega SE-400, rare top model from famed Boston builder, floating single coil pickup, easy neck, best buy! $2295/$2370

2022 Martin D-18, featherlight mahogany body, scalloped braces, prewar 1 3/4" nut, warm voice, mint with papers $2295/$2369

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

1960 Gibson ES-345TDC, first year, spectacular flame maple back, fine stop tail conversion, superb player SOLD

c.1935 Washburn Model 5255, rare all carved hybrid archtop, X-braced 15" mahogany body, versatile player HOLD

2003 Andersen Oval, all carved 16" body, oval soundport, deeply flamed, feather light, versatile tone, splendid HOLD

1931 National Duolian, vary rare steel body with polished nickel plating, all original hardware, hollers! HOLD

2013 S.Tsuji Gem-B, comfy, all solid woods, 16 +" body, DeArmond 1100 floating pickup, top luthier, great value SOLD

2000 Comins Classic, all carved, highly flamed 17" body, Armstrong PAF, featherweight, gleaming condition SOLD

1925 Gibson TB-3 Mastertone, original tone ring and body, handsome repro 5 string neck, brilliant voice HOLD

2015 Collings I-35LC, highly flamed 335 style body, Lollar Low-Wind PAFs, superb player, w/tags, spectacular SOLD

late '70s Stefan Sobell Cittern, 10 string, cedar top, Indian rosewood body, 20" scale, rare model, brilliant SOLD


1978 Gibson Howard Roberts Artist, rare top line version, full size floating PAF, 1 of 45, versatile player HOLD

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. 

1951 Gibson J-45, sunburst, slope shoulder body, featherweight boomer, the classic Gibson jumbo in the shop

1981 Gibson Johnny Smith, sunburst, all carved, all original, rare Sealfast crank tuners, with signed certificate from Johnny has arrived

1981 Gibson Byrdland, sunburst, all carved 17" thinline hollow body, short scale, easy player, great shape on the way

1993 Guild Artist Award, sunburst, all carved, highly flamed, ful size floating humbucker, all original, pristine! on the way

c.1946 Gibson ES-300, sunburst, full depth, highly flamed 17" body, all original with P-90 pickup, rare Kluson f-hole tailpiece on the way

2004 Moll Classic Custom, blonde, all carved, highly figured 17" body, custom flight case, top builder, great shape in the shop

1951 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Vari-Tone, sunburst, very early triple pickup electric, 18 1/2" body, push button controls, historic on the way

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, Venmo, Zelle, 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.

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