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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, Thanks again for making the sale of the Guild go so smoothly.  I have bought and sold guitars through archtop.com and every time, it’s been a positive experience.  Always a pleasure dealing with you. Best, Steve Ogden, Seattle
I have been working with Joe, both buying and selling jazz and other electric guitars, for probably 15 years.  Over that time, I have been able to experiment and find the instruments that I liked best, either at home or in the studio.  That's because Joe, first of all, has excellent instruments, and knows them.  And, second, if one or another guitar didn't work for my personal preferences (in spite of being a good guitar, of course), he could always sell it.  (And I'd gotten it at a good price to begin with.)  As I'm getting older, I'm simplifying.  I'm glad to be working with Joe again, even though I'm selling some of my favorites.  They'll be taken care of properly, and they'll go to good homes.  And he'll always have another good one if and when I need it.Earl Weed, Houston, TX
Doing business with you guys was a breeze. Much easier than selling my guitar privately. The pictures and the description on the website were detailed and accurate. I am glad you guys found my Gibson Howard Roberts a new loving home. If I need to sell another guitar I will definatley go to you. Thanks again for your help. Mike Eskanazi, Seattle
Thank you so much, Joe, for handling the sale of my Sobell cittern. Your written description of the instrument was terrific, and the instrument sold in a very short time. It's a genuine pleasure to do business with you. I appreciate the warm, friendly interaction. I look forward to future business with you and your staff and will happily recommend Archtop to anyone seeking to buy or sell fine instruments. Judy Wayenbergf, Gig Harbor, WA
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

More kind words from our farflung friends here.


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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.

Just In! 1936 D'Angelico 'Special', rare early model, 17" tiger flame body, fine original condition, a powerhouse! $14,995/$15,450

Just In! 2017 Lowden O-23, rare flamed black walnut body, Western red cedar top, Baggs Anthem pickup, rich voice $3495/$3605

Just In! 2008 Eastman AR-805CE, all carved, intensely flamed AAAA maple body, floating JS pickup, 1 3/4" nut, best buy! $2250/$2315

Just In! 2003 Huss and Dalton OM Custom Koa, intensely figured AAAA Koa body, Englemann spruce top, stunning $3995/$4085

Just In! 1993 Heritage Eagle, rare model, all carved 17" mahogany body, floating PAF, warm voice, best buy! $2895/$2985

Just In! 1992 Gibson ES-165 Herb Ellis, 16" flame maple body, all gold hardware, built-in Gibson PAF, the classic $3595/$3705

Just In! 2022 Ibanez Pat Metheny PM-200, comfy 16" body, ebony board, upgrade Ron Ellis PAF, a gigmeister $2895/$2985

Just In! 2014 Gibson ES-390, rare model, compact 14" fully hollow thinline body, Lollar P-90s, light and comfy $2995/$3085

Just In! 2010 Ribbecke Halfling, all carved 17" flame maple body, Alaska red cedar top, 1 3/4" nut, versatile hybrid design $5995/$6175

Just In! 1940 Epiphone Broadway, all carved, rare 17" black walnut body, feather light, brilliant voice, a horn killer $4495/$4635

Just In! 2018 Buscarino Cabaret, top nylon string cutaway, figured Blackwood body, Carpathian spruce top, bossa king! $8495/$8755

Just In! 2022 S.Tsuji DA-17, all carved D'Angelico Excel tribute, rare 17" short scale archtop, easy player, best buy! $3995/$4115

New Price! 1994 Mortoro Volo Libero, unique double cutaway thinline hollow body, floating Armstrong PAF, innovative design $2995/$3085

Just In! 2023 Gibson Dove Ltd. Edition, dramatic ebony finish, Montana Custom Shop, Baggs VTC pickup, stunning $3750/$3865

Just In! c.1920s Wissenborn Kona Style 1 Hawaiian Guitar, figured Koa body, featherlight and resonant, rare model, sings! $2750/$2835

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

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, pickup, superb tone, powerful voice $11,495/$11,845

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

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

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

The Pride of Kalamazoo

1947 Gibson ES-350 Premier, very rare first year, single P-90, flame maple body, tortoise guard, amazing find HOLD

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

1959 Gibson ES-345TD, first year, twin PAFs, stop tail, long guard, Varitone, superb condition, best neck! SOLD

1981 Gibson Johnny Smith, all carved, all original, rare crank tuners, signed certificate from Smith, smooth player SOLD


The Epi Center

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

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


Luthier's Showcase 

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

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

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

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

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

1999 Comins Chester Avenue, spectacular AAAA quilted maple, all carved, Armstrong PAF, 1 3/4" nut, a masterwork SOLD

2005 Sadowsky Jim Hall Signature, comfy, highly flamed 16" slimmed depth body, 1 3/4" nut, artist signed SOLD

1988 Guild Stuart X-500, all original, full depth 17" flame maple body, easy neck, feedback buster SOLD

1914 Gibson H-1 Mandola, all carved, all original, varnish finish, tortoise guard, warm rich voice, rare model SOLD

c.2005 Cardona Elegante, all carved 17" body, AAA flame, built-in PAF, lightweight, US luthier built, best buy! HOLD

c.1912 Gibson K-1 Mandocello, rare model, all carved, varnish finish; deep voice, precision setup, easy player SOLD

2009 Benedetto Americana, hand graduated 17" flame maple body, 1 3/4" nut, A-6 humbucker, pristine! SOLD

c.1933 Rickenbacker Electro Mandolin, historic first electric mando, horseshoe pickup, bright voice, ultra rare! HOLD


2011 Loar LH-700 Lefty, one of a kind, all carved, highly flamed, 20's L-5 style body, bound guard, unique! HOLD

2004 Moll Classic Custom, all carved, highly figured 17" body, custom flight case, top builder, big 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. 

1996 Guild X-170, blonde, highly flamed 16" full depth Venetian cutaway body, built-in HB-1 pickups, all original on the way

2021 Taylor 618E Special Edition, sunburst, largest Taylor model, Bigleaf maple/spruce body, ES2 Expression System pickup on the way

1999 D'Angelico New Yorker NYL-1, blonde, ultra rare top of the line model, all carved 17" body, never seen one, mint on the way

2005 Shelley Park Encore, Selmer style oval hole gypsy jazzer, 670mm scale, rosewood body, Bigtone pickup, barks! on the way

2018 Eastman El Rey ER-4, violin finish, all carved futuristic thinline hollow body, Armstrong PAF, ribbon mahogany body on the way

2023 Gibson Hummingbird, sunburst, the classic square shoulder Gibson dreadnought, showroom condition on the way

1968 Gibson Johnny Smith, sunburst, single pickup, highly flamed, all original, with case cover, gorgeous has arrived

1956 Gibson L-4CN 'Charlie Christian', blonde, factory fitted with prewar style ES-150 blade pickup, rare! has arrived

1963 Gibson L-4CN 'DeArmond', blonde, original DeArmond 1000 'monkey-on-a-stick' pickup and control box has arrived

1967 Gibson L-4CN 'Johnny Smith', blonde, factory fitted with double Johnny Smith pickups, gold hardware, stunning has arrived

1954 Gibson L-7CNED, blonde, double McCarty pickup/pickguard assembly, all carved 17" cutaway, 1 of 1! in the shop

1936 Gibson L-10, sunburst, all carved, X-braced body, checkerboard binding, arrowhead inlay, rarest prewar 17" archtop in the shop

1959 Gibson ES-140N blonde, 3/4 size thinline, Florentine cutaway body, P-90 pickup, all original, 1 of 30! in the shop

1966 Gibson ES-175 'Charlie Christian', sunburst, factory prewar style ES-150 blade pickup, fast neck, rare! in the shop

1976 Gibson ES-175 TN, blonde, rare thinline model, Pat # humbuckers, first year, 1 of 76, museum condition has arrived

1957 Gibson ES-175, sunburst, custom factory refit with prewar logo, banjo inlays, gold hardware, Lawrence PAFs has arrived

1966 Gibson ES-175 Tenor, sunburst, 16" Florentine cutaway body, original 4 pole humbucker, impossibly rare has arrived

1957 Gibson ES-225, sunburst, twin P-90 pickups, adjustable bridge, L-7 style tailpiece added, brilliant condition has arrived

1965 Gibson ES-330, sunburst, twin P-90s, all original, lightweight, easy neck, gleaming condition has arrived

c.1990s Borys B-120, sunburst, highly flamed, slimmed depth 16" body, Armstrong PAF, all original, clean! has arrived

1981 Borys Thinline, all carved, highly flamed, 15" thinline hollow body, Venetian cutaway, Armstrong built-in PAFs in the shop

1976 Borys Flat Top Cutaway, natural finish, extra deep Venetian cutway body, very early, very rare example in the shop

1970's Gretsch Van Eps 7 String 7580, sunburst, 17' slimline body, twin Super'Tron pickups, first factory 7 string in the shop

2001 Heritage H-575 Custom, blonde, all carved, highly flamed 16" cutaway body, floating PAF, like Sweet 16 has arrived

2005 Sadowsky Jimmy Bruno Prototye, sunburst, highly figured 15" body, rare twin pickups, true nitro finish, first one! has arrived

c.1936 Gibson EM-150 Mandolin, sinburst, all carved 10" body, original Charlie Christian blade pickup, tweed case! in the shop

1919 Gibson A-3 Mandolin, ivory finish, striking oval hole model, grained ivoroid guard and binding, charming in the shop

1916 Gibson H-1 Mandola, amber blonde, oval hole, fine original condition, deep warm voice has arrived

1936 Gibson H-O Mandola, sunburst, f holes, very rare depression era model, fine player in the shop

c.1919 Lyaon and Healy Style 'A' Mandolin, top model, scroll peghead, long scale, all original, stunning has arrived

c.1917 Lyaon and Healy Style 'B' Mandolin, very early example, SN #17, two point body, long scale, marked 'Special' in the shop

c.1918 Lyon and Healy Style 'C' Mandolin, all original, long scale, Bakelite guard, lyre tailpiece, great shape has arrived

2020 Holst 17 Custom, blonde, all carved, highly figured Big Keaf maple body, Armstrong handwound floating pickup on the way

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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