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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: 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
Hi Joe, I just wanted to thank you again for finding me this (L-5C) guitar. Sometimes a guitar takes time to really come to life for a new player? Maybe the music played
Makes a difference? Tunes like “Round Midnight “and “Ornithology” ooze out of this guitar like smoke from the SF jazz clubs in the 60s and 70s. Best, Steve Wiessler, Petaluma, CA

Dear Joe, The guitar has been delivered here today. I’ve just set it up for my favorite. I love the tone and volume of this guitar. Thank you so much for your nice service. Best regards, Yasushi Kiuchi, Chikasaki, Japan
Hi Joe, My 1955 Epiphone Deluxe arrived at home yesterday.  The repair/restoration work you did on it was masterful!  As  I look back on the “before” pictures that I sent you last month, I can hardly believe I am looking at the same guitar!  After setting up the bridge, I sat down and played some tunes from the American Songbook.  What a great sound: warm, loud, clear and wooden!  Your work is not only superb but artistic as well.  Thank you so much, my friend! Michael Frahme, Pt. Jervis, NY
Joe, (The Trenier) is a a great guitar and I am enjoying it - although I’m not sure I’m really at the same standard as the guitar.  I think you got it right - this is a really good match to my style of play and musical interest.  I’m sure I will be back at some point (I tend to buy a guitar every few years or so), and look forward to another good transaction. Edward Stones, Houston, TX

Joe,
Just confirming that I received her (Eastman Pisano) yesterday. What a beautiful instrument! And a great sound. She's everything I hoped for! Thanks for the great packaging. Torsten Liebold, OroValley, AZ
Joe, Got the L-7 yesterday.  Beautiful guitar with a beautiful tone.  I love it.  Was able to set it right up with your markers.  I really appreciate doing business with you and will so again if the opportunity arises.  Keep my email and if you ever come close to Austin or San Antonio Texas I will take you to some of the best BBQ places around the area. Take Care, Bo Ramirez, New Braunfels, TX

Although I lamented parting with my vintage Epi, which I bought from Joe, I know that through Joe it has found a welcoming home and will be taken care of in the manner it should. The way I see it, we possess guitars as friends and visitors which ultimately we have to release back into the ocean of players. They are with us for a short time, as they will continue 'living' into the future.  Best, Rich Cohen, Charlottesville, VA
Dealing with Joe at archtop.com is consistently a pleasurable, fair, and expeditious process.  I have engaged Joe’s services on half a dozen transactions (buy and sell) over as many years and am never disappointed. His client communication is superb; his inventory outstrips others, without question. Chris McKee, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Joe, Much thanks as always, this time in finding one of my guitars a new home.  You’ve helped so much over the years, including helping me find two keepers (my Trenier Walnut Broadway, and Trenier Model E).  You’re the only game in town as far as I’m concerned.  Keep on strummin'! Jum Maycott, S. Riding, VA
Hey, Joe - after a bit of wandering about, the L-7C arrived safe and sound.....  What a beautiful instrument: a strong voice, confident, and somehow sweetly dulcet and soothing at the same time.  And as you promised, a featherweight.  You truly are the go-to guy for real-deal archtops.  Thanks once again, Herb Avery, Atlanta, GA
Hi Joe.  I picked up the guitar ('37 Epi Triumph) today and it’s exactly as advertised. I’m very happy with my purchase.  It was a pleasure doing business with you. Paul Squyres, Rocklin, CA
Joe did an in-hand evaluation of the guitar (ES-175D) and his description was perfect. Additionally, Joe installed a new bridge, adjusted and setup the guitar absolutely perfectly and to the exact specifications I asked for, down to the 64th of an inch. I couldn't be happier. Jack Zucker, South Euclid, OH
Hey Joe, First I would like to say it was a pleasure doing business with you.Its clear that you have a love of vintage arch tops and your experience and knowledge were invaluable,and I think you are genuinely nice guy.The guitar (1936 gibson L-!0) arrived safe and sound. After putting bridge on,I dug right in.It sounded great right off the bat, but its remarkable to hear it get better the more I played it .You were right , these guitars need to be played to fully bring the soundboard to life. I feel this will only get better! I had been searching for a vintage arch top for quite awhile, based on the kind of music i’ve been playing for years. Swing, Rockabilly, etc. It came exactly as described. I love the 1 3/4 inch neck and the 7 inch radius.the guitar fits in well with my other main guitars (1985 gibson J45, 2005 fender 52 RI ). Its like it was meant to be. I am very happy to have a piece of history in my hands. Many Thanks,  Rick Ulsh, Glenolden, PA

Hi Joe, I picked up the guitar today... and your packing job was excellent. The guitar is exceptional, it has an aura that I’ve only experienced in a few vintage guitars, hard to describe, its lovely.   The wood on the back is even better than the photos. I also appreciate the way you stowed the bridge and did the location tape for intonation. The guitar has a big, open voice, I look forward to trying different strings, etc ...Thank you!, Jack Gates, Watsonville, CA
Hey Joe, got the beautiful Epi (Triumph Regent) yesterday, what a wonderful instrument!  It has that old school archtop bark, combining a modern cutaway with traditional carved lively volume.  I love it...Thanks for a great instrument, looking forward to spending a lot of time with it! Herb Avery, Atlanta, GA
Hi Joe – I just wanted to thank you for the effort you expended in selling my 1975 Gibson ES150 DC. It was clear by the description you wrote up that you took the time to research the guitar’s history thoroughly. I learnt things about the guitar that I didn’t know and I was the original owner. You exceeded expectations and I would be more than eager to recommend you and the staff at archtop.com to friends and family.  Sincerely – Andy Byneshewsky, Saskatoon, SK
Thanks again, Joe, for handling the sale of my Francois Baudemont gypsy guitar.  Always a pleasure working with such a fine musician and unquestionably reliable authority on quality instruments.  No finer source for archtop and related acoustic guitars! —Paul Estridge, Roseville, CA
That's the second dot-neck 16" L-5 I've sold with Joe and archtop.com. Very pleasant experience both times. Highly recommended. Thanks, Joe! John Williams, Cleveland, OH
Just received it (1940 D'Angelico). Thank you. I am amazed at the condition and what a unique joy to play, not only the beauty and part of history but that hard to describe magic that just challenges you to explore. Awesome caring packing job  Very happy. Thank you, George Chester, Woodland Hills, CA

 If you live in Europe you can buy your guitar from US to Joe Vinikow at archtop.com, he will take good care of the shipping, the tracking and the customs. Now I am very happy with my L5 1931 so hard to find in Europe. Thanks indeed! Hope to see you again in the future. Miguel Ron, Madrid, Spain
Joe, We have been in business many times before. Always at full satisfaction. Because everything at archtop.com is so professional! And again « I’m as happy as a baby boy, with another  brand new choo-choo toy, it’s a 39 L5 Gibson, and I just cannot  put it down! Thanks! Roland Goerg, Nyon, Switzerland
Hey Joe -Here's the review (of the 1998 L-5CES and archtop.com). Enjoy! Yours, David Boles, BolesBlues.com -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! 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, thunderous voice, deep bubble maple back, rare engraved trapeze tailpiece, striped tweed case! $6495/$6695

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

Just In! 2017 Collings City Limits Jazz, all carved 15" thinline body, Euro spruce top, Lollar JS floater, stunning $7895/$8135

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! 1948 Gibson TG-50, all original, solid carved 16" top, Gibson's most popular tenor archtop, great shape $1895/$1957

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

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

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

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! 1938 Epiphone Triumph Tenor, extremely rare jumbo size 17" model, all carved, veteran player, remarkable voice $2995/$3085

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

Just In! 1949 Gibson L-7 Premier, first year, rare blonde cutaway, dual pickup 'McCarty' pickguard, 1 of 33, open vibrant voice $4995/$5145

The Pride of Kalamazoo

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

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

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

1979 Gibson ES-175CC, scarce reissue of prewar 'Charlie Christian' pickup, classic tone, great shape 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

New Price! 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 

New Price! 2017 Ribbecke Phoenix, tap tuned, slimmed depth 16" body, built-in PAF, AAAA flame, hard to find, a masterpiece $7995/$8235

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
New Price! 2006 Trenier RW Custom, all carved 16" black walnut body, Euro spruce top, built-in PAF, comfy, feather light, best buy! $3750/$3865

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

1949 Epiphone Triumph Regent, first year blonde, showroom condition, rare Epi floating pickup assembly, amazing 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

2005 Buscarino Custom Artisan, intensely quilted 17" AAAA maple body, custom sound port, a showstopper 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

1944 Gibson L-7, rare wartime example, all carved 17" body, comfy C neck, big band veteran, open resonant voice SOLD

2010 Schaefer Freddy, all carved, compact 14" thinline hollow body, Armstrong floater, super light and comfy, a gigmeister! SOLD

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

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

1953 Gibson Super 300, rare model, 18" full-depth body, 1 of 26, great shape, big voice, the working player's Super 4 in the shop

2020 Buscarino Starlight Archtop, sunburst, comfy 14" semi-hollow flame maple body, Fralin pickups, 1 3/4" nut, lightweight gigmeister has arrived

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

1950 Epiphone Triumph Regent, blonde, all carved 17" acoustic cutaway, all original hardware, sparkling condition, barks! SOLD

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

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

1935 Gibson Super 400N, historic instrument, Gibson's first ever blonde archtop, built for band leader Alvino Rey, amazing find 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

1950 Epiphone Triumph Regent, sunburst, all carved 17" Venetian cutaway body, nice one 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.

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