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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: Hey Joe I just want you to know that I have been buying & selling guitars for over 30 years and is a Class Act.!!I've purchased 2 guitars from you in  the last year and love them both.Your communications description are right on.I would highly recommend you and I'm sure you will hear from me again. Tony Conte, Frankfort, DE
Joe, thanks for another great experience selling with You are a real asset for both the seller and the buyer. Your presentation pages are excellent - the pictures are great and the write-ups present each guitar with deep knowledge, honesty, and respect. I highly recommend your services to all. Eric Vogel, Gulf Breeze, FL
Hi Joe, As always it's a pleasure working with you.  It's comforting to know that we have someone like you, with all your knowledge and expertise of high end archtop guitars, that we can trust to sell our special instruments.  No worries, no hassles just ship it to you and it's done.  Your instructions on packing are excellent and easy to follow.  You're always spot on regarding the value of my instruments knowing what is fair to the seller and buyer.  It's a win win. Thanks again and take care, Steve Masui, Honolulu, HI 

Dear Joe, I have been on both sides of transactions with you, selling two and buying one.  I am extremely pleased with all these interactions.  Your knowledge of guitars and the market make for a fair result for both the buyer and seller.  Not having to place ads, and box and mail was well worth your commission. Your descriptions of my instruments for sale made me want to buy them! I was lucky enough to be able to try out my Sadowsky in your studio.  Being able to sit there every day surrounded by all those beautiful instruments must be a little slice of heaven.  If I ever need to buy or sell again ( and I am always looking) you will be my first contact. Thanks again, Greg Fisher, Tacoma, WA
I have consigned many guitars with Joe and have always been treated so fairly and professionally. It was with pleasure that I finally purchased a guitar from him. A wonderful Kinal Mini Voyager. Joe took me through a video visit demonstrating the guitar with his fine playing. It was so helpful. I can’t put the guitar down! Thank you Joe for keeping the “ candle burning “ for these fine instruments and for all of your help and expertise to all of us who enjoy them! As you say … keep pickin'! Dennis Easter, Lebanon, PA
I was thinking about it, and unless I’m misremembering, this is the 7th (!) guitar you’ve sold for me: two Comins Concerts, two Gibsons (a Howard Roberts and an ES-335), two from Mark Lacey (the Argonaut and the Arch Nouveau) and the Linda Manzer Paradiso. Every time I’ve been totally confident that I was in the best of hands, and I’ve never been anything less than completely satisfied with the experience. Thanks again!, Terry Bessey, Reston, VA
I recently asked Joe to sell for me a guitar I had purchased from him not long before.  I loved it but, due to financial difficulties, had to sell; and I worried he might be put off.  He was not at all.  He was pleased to put it back on the market and get it a good home. Mike Sharkey, Wheaton, Il 
Joe is DA MAN when it comes to selling archtops! He made the shipping process clear and easy. Then my old Gibson lasted about 2 days on his website when it was sold. I highly recommend him if you are selling or buying archtops or other fine guitars! Don Cooke, Durango, CO
Hi, Joe.  Thanks for finding a new owner for my late husband's beloved Howard Roberts Gibson.  He always said that guitars "Need to be played" and I am so thankful that you helped it get to the right person who will take good care of it! Clarice Mattoon Lewiston, ID
Good Afternoon Joe, The L7 and L5 parts arrived about 2 hours ago. Everything is as it should be after a quick setup. Thanks for the set of strings as the ones on it are definitely finished. Sounds good acoustically and plugged in with a lot of punch and openness. Remarkable condition! The L5 parts are just what I need to finish that guitar. ...Then it's all finished and ready for lots of Wes Montgomery tunes. Thanks for another fine vintage guitar and great service! Cheers, Garry O'Brien, Edmonton, AB
Thanks for your usual greet job selling my ‘57’ES 175 - that’s the third guitar you’ve sold for me over the years. Thanks for your knowledge, and for being so user friendly during the consignment process. Ed Daingerfield, Mysric, CT
I sold my lovely Eastman AR910CE through Joe because I knew he’d find a good home for it. The transaction was smooth. Joe’s  good people. Lew Consiglieri, Henderson, NV
Good morning Joe, As I mentioned in our call earlier this week, the CF-1 was delivered without incident and the instrument was in perfect condition. After setting it up, which was very easy considering the care in how it was packaged, it plays flawlessly and sounds great. I’ve been a long time observer of the website and this was my first purchase and I could not be more satisfied. You do great work and, as they say, I’ll be back. Best regards, Mike Bishop, Lakewood, OH

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! 1952 D'Angelico Excel, intensely flamed, stairstep tailpiece and pickguard, thrilling voice, an art deco masterpiece $27,995/$28,840
Off Hold! 1998 Guild Savoy X-150D, rare twin pickup, highly flamed 16" body, Westerly built, Plek'd action, best buy! $2595/$2675

Just In! 2019 Collings I-35LC, faded cherry, handbuilt 335 style thinline, Lollar Low-Wind pickups, Plek'd fretwork, the bomb $4995/$5145

Just In! 2020 Gretsch '62 Rosewood Tenny, lustrous rosewood body, TV Jones pickups, all gold hardware, Bigsby, Chet! $1995/$2055

1938 Gibson Super 400, rare prewar long scale X-braced body, highly flamed, easy neck, big luscious tone SOLD

Just In! 2019 Daniel Slaman Pauletta, birdseye maple, light relic, Charlie Christian pickup, lightweight, wow $3995/$4115

Just In! 1961 Martin D-28, Private Stock, Brazilian rosewood body, 60+ year aged tonewood, thundering voice, a marvel $8495/$8755

c.1957 Vega SE-400, rare top model from famed Boston builder, floating single coil pickup, easy neck, best buy! $2495/$2570

Just In! 1995 Gibson ES-165 Herb Ellis, all original, deeply figured 16" body, all gold hardware, built-in PAF, a classic $3495/$3605

Just In! 1964 Epiphone Triumph Cutaway, solid carved top, deep cutaway, factory Johnny Smith pickup, easy neck, clean! $3995/$4115

Just In! 1996 Lebeda L-5 CES, hand carved, highly figured, Alpine tonewoods, '57 Classic PAFs, top Euro luthier, best buy! $3495/$3605

Just In! 2010 Schaefer Fred Hamilton, featherweight, all carved 14" slimline body, extended cutaway, Lollar PAF, floats! $2995/$3185

Just In! 1959 Epiphone Deluxe Cutaway, first year, 1 of 3, extremely rare model, extended cutaway, cloud inlay, exceptional find $6495/$6695

Just In! 1996 Buscarino Cabaret, striking nylon string model, versatile piezo/MIDI pickup system, artist owned $4495/$4635
New Price! 1939 Gibson L-5, lightweight, flamed body, rare hinged tailpiece, tweed case, rich warm voice, gleaming condition $11,995/$12,355

2005 Mark Lacey Argonaut, comfy, all carved 15" slimmed depth body, featherweight, highly flamed, a delight $5495/$5830

Just In! 2006 Lehmann Contempo, all carved, highly flamed 17" body, Armstrong floater, 1 3/4" nut, best buy $3995/$4115

The Pride of Kalamazoo
2006 Gibson J-45 Maui Wowie, spectacular, ultra-rare model, AAAA Koa body, 1 of 40, lightweight and vibrant $3495/$3605

1968 Gibson Johnny Smith Double, rare twin pickups, intensely flamed, 1 3/4" nut, case cover, museum quality HOLD

1995 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III, 15" slimmed body, gold hardware, all original w/tags, feedback buster $2995/$3085

The Epi Center

New Price! 1945 Epiphone Emperor, rare blonde, super jumbo bubble maple body, Armstrong floater, huge voice, spectacular $5995/$6175

1953 Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent, deeply flamed, extended cutaway, NY pickups, bop tone, gorgeous HOLD

Just In! 1948 Epiphone Emperor, all carved, deeply flamed, 18"+ body, tree-of-life peghead, massive voice, top of the line HOLD

Luthier's Showcase 

2022 Heritage H-575, rare transparent black finish, stunning flame maple body, Duncan Seth Lover pickups, clean! $3495/$3605

1994 Mortoro Volo Libero, unique double cutaway thinline hollow body, floating Armstrong PAF, innovative design $4995/$5145

early 90's Buscarino Nova Stratocaster, super rare, Fiesta red, solid alder body, maple neck, spring tremelo, top builder $1995/$2055

2021 Fibertone RC-17, pioneering carbon fiber archtop, L-5 style body, lightweight, strong voice, a traveler's dream $3495/$3605

1997 Dale Unger American Dream, intensely figured 17" birdseye maple body, Vintage Vibe floating pickup, spectacular $3495/$3605

2015 Taylor 416CE, satiny Ovangkol body, silky Sitka top, Expression System pickups, rare model, best buy! $1995/ $2055

New Price! 1978 Martin D-12-28, most popular Martin 12 string, rosewood body, all original, big bold voice, aged tonewood $1995/$2055

2016 McCurdy Perfecta, comfy 16" slimline body, hand graduated Euro tonewoods, feedback buster, magnificent SOLD

2021 Beauregard Custom 15, all carved, intensely figured, featherlight 15" body, AAAAA tonewood, exceptional quality HOLD

New Price! 2019 AJL Gypsy Fire, Favino style 12 fret body, 670 scale, large oval hole, Euro top, birdseye body, rare model, barks! 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 and Paypal price is listed in plain type to the RIGHT.

On Hold/Sold

1940 Vega C-86, ultra-rare, top-line model, ornate scribed inlay, highly flamed 17" full depth body, amazing find SOLD

Just In! 2021 FujiGen Masterfield Custom, rare Japan only model, 16" body, ebony board, '57 Classic PAF, dead mint, best buy HOLD

2021 Ibanez Pat Metheny PM-200, full depth 16" body, ebony board, Silent 58 Alnico V pickup, a gigmeister HOLD

1978 Gibson ES-175DN, rare blonde, maple neck, lustrous figure, easy player, upgrade pickup, gorgeous HOLD

1952 Gibson L-5CES, 1 of 29, all carved, highly figured, rare Alnico V pickups, gleaming condition, classic tone HOLD

1950 Gibson L-7E, all carved, McCarty floating pickup, lightweight, versatile, the player's L-5, great shape HOLD

1933 Gibson L-75 Century of Progress, ultra-rare, eye-popping pearloid inlay, comfy 15" body, carved spruce top, amazing HOLD

Just In! 1978 Gibson ES-175D, 100% original, rare maple neck, smooth action, classic player, out of production, clean HOLD

2001 Victor Baker Model 16 Seven String, all carved, highly figured, lightweight 16" body, rare model, superb 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. 

1932 Epiphone Royal Masterbilt, rare early model, 15" body, 1 3/4" nut, carved Adirondack top, ribbon mahogany body, barks! on the way

1993 Gibson L-5CES Wes Montgomery, sunburst, all carved, highly figured, single '57 Classic PAF, celebrity owned, the tone on the way

2005 Taylor T-5 C2, natural finish, 16" fully hollow thinline curly koa body, triple mag/piezo pickup system, versatile, rare model on the way

2006 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120TM, Western Orange, Pro Series model w/16" tiger maple body, gold hardware, Filtertrons, minty on the way

2009 Trenier Broadway, sunburst, all carved 16" cutaway, rare highly figured black walnut body, Euro spruce top, brilliant voice on the way

2002 Borys B-420, sunburst, rare model, all carved 17" body, Armstrong built-in PAF, the classic jazzer, all original in the shop

1997 Old Wave Parlor O, sunburst, all carved, compact 13" noncut body, rare solid one piece top and back, travel light! HOLD

2000 Comins Classic, blonde, all carved, highly flamed 17" body, Armstrong floating PAF, lightweight, gleaming condition in the shop

1940 Gibson A-50 Mandolin, sunburst, pear shaped f-hole body, all original, fleur-de-lis headstock, superb condition SOLD

1925 Gibson TB/RB-5 Conversion, ball bearing archtop tone ring, fine repro 5 string neck, engraved gold parts, original neck included has arrived

1925 Gibson TB/RB-3 Conversion, ball bearing archtop tone ring, fine repro 5 string neck, original neck included has arrived

2013 Appalachian Dobro, sunburst, square neck, curly maple body, all gold hardware and coverplate, splendid has arrived

2016 Appalachian Dobro, natural finish, square neck, spruce top, black walnut body, Sperzel tuners, best buy! has arrived

2000 Martin J-15, rare model, all mahogany jumbo body flat top, satin finish, Highlander active internal mic, best buy has arrived

1951 Zephyr Emperor Varitone, sunburst, first year, earliest Zephyr Emperor Regent, 18 1/2" body, triple NY pickups, rare! on the way

1979 Guild Artist Award, blonde, all carved 17" body, gold DeArmond 1100 floating pickup, highly figured body, sweet on the way

New Loar LH-700, sunburst, faithful replica of 20's L-5, new w/warranty, container finally arrived, last one in stock, grab it! 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, 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.

Page last updated: 11-30-22. All images and text c. 2022, Seattle. All rights reserved. Reuse of images and text by permission only. 

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