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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: In the span of a few months you helped me with three archtops.  I sold one through you, with that money in my jeans I bought one from you, then I sold another one through you.  The sales went very well, your presentation of my archtops was excellent.  The purchase has been a very good one.  I feel my dealings with you are win-win. Greg Buchanan, Boise , ID
Joe, the Trenier arrived today and I have had only a very brief time with it.  But, oh, my!!  It is so resonant!  Unbelievable sound!  The packing was perfect, and whatever you did to remove the chip on the back of the headstock and in removing the initials from the inlay was masterful!  I didn’t expect that!  Thanks for a great transaction.  Best Regards, Mark Mertens, Elm Grove, WI
Joe has for years been a great help to me as I manage my G.A.S. (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome), selling my guitars and paying promptly.  It's always a pleasure doing business with him, cordial and professional. Take care, John Dale, Washington, DC

Joe, Many thanks for your excellent work and support in selling my archtop guitar. Your consignment services are exemplary. I highly recommend it to others seeking a professional and friendly shop. Larry Meyers, Portland, OR
Joe, the guitar (Benedetto Custom) arrived at noon today,outstanding service by you and UPS! I threw the lighter gauge strings on, installed and adjusted the bridge, tuned, played a bit tuned again, intonation right on, action good, it’s exactly as you promised ! Electronics quiet and I like the gradation of the volume wheel. It a pleasure to do business with you’all ...Many thanks! Reed Davis, Louisville, KY

Thanks Joe! Nothing speaks volumes about what quality a shops sale & service reputation is on consignments like getting repeated business from the same customer! Hard times forced selling 5 of my most prized guitars that I’ve cherished for many decades; ‘39 Super 400N, ‘56 L5CES, ‘56 Blonde Guard Tele, ‘60 Super 400CES, & a ‘65 Gibson Johnny Smith. archtop.com simply has earned my faith & trust because really Joe loves these guitars as much as us players do! Thanks Joe!!! Brian Keith, Enumclaw, WA
What a great dealer. He described the guitar and its condition PERFECTLY. He sent it right out to me and it was packed better than anything could ever be. These folks are real pros and you can trust them to shoot straight. - Tom McLachlen, Rockville, MD
I have bought and sold guitars thru Joe. It’s all him, all the credit is his, he does a great job delivering a purchased guitar and receiving and selling your guitar.  I wonder if he has time to get into houses or diesel pickups, man my life would be much easier. Thanks again and good luck. Patrick Browning, Pittsburgh, PA
Hi Joe, I let the (Bourgeois OM-42) guitar acclimate for about 12 hours, and finally played it last night. Your description of this guitar was right on, There were even a couple of features you did not list, which were animal protein glue construction and aged tone finish. This guitar is awesome. I put some Optima Gold light strings on it, which are my preferred strings. The bass notes are well defined and the trebles are sweet, and overall the tone is well balanced. I'm very happy with this guitar. Thanks again, Kurt Yamaguchi, Santa Monica, CA
Hi Joe, The guitar arrived today “The Loar” !  It came together really nice. The pickup, treatment, picguard, all look great. The guitar plays and sounds really great. This is a super guitar, I just played it through a Hendrickson amp. Very nice. Thanks Joe. Richard Fishman, Oakland, CA
Joe, Thank you. As always it is great to do business with you. You are one of the best in the guitar business.  Please feel free to use my words.  Jeff Heeney, Burke, VA
Hi Joe. Just wanted to say thank you for the incredible instrument and service. The Super 400 is spectacular in tone, looks and playability. My dream guitar came true thanks to you guys.  Sincerely, Joe Klarer, Mt. Pearl, Newfoundland

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! 1973 Gibson Johnny Smith, one owner, all original, all carved, elegant neck, rich voice, great shape $7995/$8235

Just In! 1969 Johnny Smith Double, one owner, rare twin pickup, all carved, exceptional flame, showroom condition $8495/$8755

Just In! 1979 Rickenbacker Model 320, comfy 3/4 size body, fast 21" scale, John Lennon favorite, small wonder! $2495/$2570

2014 Trenier Oval, 16 1/2" body, resonant bass and sustain, brilliant tonewoods, rare find, immaculate! $6495/$6695

Just In! 1951 Gibson L-7, all carved, lightweight 17" body, Armstrong floater, big open voice, sweet old player $3495/$3605

Just In! 1953 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent, tiger flame 18" body, push button selector, three NY pickups, majestic! $5495/$5665


The Pride of Kalamazoo

1997 Gibson L-5CES, carved, highly flamed, '57 PAFs, warm bop tone, smooth player, the classic $6995/$7210

Just In! 2011 Gibson ES-165 Herb Ellis, flamed ES-175 style body, floating Gibson BJB pickup, pristine, best buy $3250/$3345

New Price! 1962 Gibson Super 400C, 1 of 16, flame body, J. Smith pickup, elegant neck, vibrant voice, great player $8995/$9265

2002 Gibson Super 200 Cutaway, L-5 size, Super 4 trim, intensely flamed, very rare model, spectacular $4995/$5145

2011 Gibson Sparrow, Adirondack top, 25 1/2" scale, 1 3/4" nut, Baggs pickup, scarce model, big voice $34953605
1969 Gibson L-5C, all carved, highly flamed, J. Smith pickup, lightweight, 1 11/16" nut, elegant neck, sweet SOLD

The Epi Center

1936 Epiphone Broadway, rare 17" model with solid black walnut body, Masterbilt headstock, brilliant voice, great neck SOLD

1937 Epiphone F.T. 27, very rare prewar Epi flat top, Mexican mahogany body, 25 1/2" scale, feather light, brilliant voice $3995/$4115

1950 Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent, big flame, Duncan mini-humbuckers, original pickups included, super player $3495/$3605

1951 Epiphone Zephyr Deluxe Regent, all original, twin NY pickups, deep cutaway, bop tone, showroom condition $4495/$4635


Luthier's Showcase 

Featured! 2006 Palen Performer, all carved, highly figured 17" body, built-in Armstrong PAF, classic tone, sweet HOLD

c.2006 Avalon Golden Gate Nylon Jazz, 14 fret cutaway body, 1 7/8" nut, feather light, top builder, best buy! SOLD

2011 Trenier Model E, comfy all carved 16" body, 1 3/4" nut, built-in Lollar pickup, top builder, gorgeous SOLD

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

1935 Gibson Super 400, 1st year, 1 of 92, X-braced, outstanding condition, 1 3/4" nut, clear resonant voice, magnificent SOLD

2013 Heritage Sweet 16, rare 2 tone finish, all carved, comfy, slim depth 16" body, 25 1/2" scale, floating PAF, clean! SOLD

1935 Gibson L-5, very early 17" X-braced body, deeply quilted, 1 3/4" nut, rare hinged tailpiece, tweed case! SOLD

1949 Epiphone Broadway Cutaway, first year, AAAA flame body, DeArmond 1100, extremely rare, spectacular SOLD

2001 Nickerson Virtuoso 7 String, all carved, fiddleback flame, 2" nut, Benedetto floating pickup, great value! SOLD

1969 Epiphone Howard Roberts, rare model, Gibson made, solid carved top, J. Smith pickup, 1 of 9, versatile player, clean! SOLD

1953 Epiphone Triumph Regent, all carved 17" body, all acoustic, superb original condition, great player, big voice SOLD

1997 Ibanez AAF-207 Seven String, ultra rare Japan-only model, 16" slimmed depth body, DiMarzio humbucker, best buy! SOLD

c.1941 Gibson L-50, rare prewar example with solid carved top and back, 16" L-5 style body, sparkling voice, best buy! HOLD

2018 Buscarino Rhapsody, spectacular crossover design, one-piece arched back, vibrant bass and sustain, superb SOLD

2007 Kenny Hill Crossover 7 String, versatile 12 fret nylon jazzer, feather light, spectacular maple body, bossa king! SOLD

2018 Andersen Fremont, comfy, all carved 16" body, Lollar JS pickup, rare custom Streamline version, best buy SOLD

1959 Gibson ES-125, lightweight 16" body, P-90 pickup, most popular Gibson archtop, showroom condition! HOLD

1936 Gibson L-4, all carved 16" body like 20's L-5, 1 3/4" nut, Nick Lucas inlays, soundboard pickup, especially fine SOLD

1950 Epiphone Triumph Regent, rare Epi pickguard pickup, all carved 17" body, extended cutaway, brilliant condition SOLD

2010 Trenier Broadway, comfy, tap tuned 16" body, hand rubbed finish, Lollar floating pickup, outstanding voice! SOLD

1996 Gibson Citation, spectacular presentation grade model, AAAA flame, floating BJB pickup, museum condition SOLD

2003 Michael Dunn Grand Slam, gigantic 20" body, internal reflector, spectacular art deco design, biggest gypsy jazz box ever SOLD

c.1970-1 Gibson Johnny Smith, all carved, X-braced, 1 3/4" nut, gleaming condition, easy neck, best buy! SOLD

Alvino Rey's 1935 Super 400, Gibson's very first blonde archtop, for legendary band leader, intensely flamed, historic find! SOLD

2018 Collings Model 290C, TV yellow, Lollar P-90s, LP Junior body, classic rocker! SOLD

1997 Gibson Wes Montgomery L-5CES, all carved, highly figured, '57 Classic PAF, high demand guitar, great shape SOLD

1963 Gibson Super 400C, 1 of 14, rare bubble maple body, DeArmond 1100 floating pickup, super clean SOLD

2005 Trenier Magnolia, rare 18" model, Euro tonewoods, floating PAF, 1 3/4" nut, lightweight, warm voice, top builder SOLD

2018 Trenier Nylon Cutaway, rare model, resonant rosewood body, 1 3/4" nut, KNA pickup, fingerstyle dream 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. 

1950 Gibson L-50, sunburst, comfy 16" body like 20's L-5, carved spruce soundboard, Gibson's most popular archtop, best buy! on the way

c.1959 Gibson Super 400CN, blonde, all carved, highly figured, converted to CES with original Bigsby pickup, unique! in the shop

2000 Rickenbacker Carl Wilson 360/12, Jetglo black, 12 string thinline hollowbody, twin single coil pickups, rare edition, clean! on the way

1954 Gibson L-4CN, rare blonde, comfy 16" Florentine cutaway body, carved spruce top, floating Armstrong PAF, 1 of 34, on the way

2002 Mark Lacey Bay City sunburst, all carved, highly flamed 18" cutaway body, DeArmond 1100 floating pickup, 1 of 2, magnificent on the way

2013 Trenier Excel, blonde, all carved , X-braced 16" noncut body, master grade flame maple, glorious traditional voice SOLD

1998 Mortoro Starling, blonde, innovative all carved 17" body, 1 3/4" nut, master grade tonewoods, built for George Benson, amazing has arrived

2019 Emerald X-20, black, innovative, featherlight, carbon fiber nylon string cutaway; comfy 15" body, 1 3/4" nut, Baggs Element pickup has arrived

1968 Guild A-350, blonde, all carved 17" Venetian cutaway body, floating DeArmond pickup, stellar condition, rare model! on the way

1964 Gibson Firebird III, sunburst, reverse body, twin mini-humbuckers, Kluson banjo tuners, flat arm vibrola, rare bird in the shop

1962 Gibson ES-335, cherry, twin PAFs, stop tail, early block fingerboard, 1 11/16" nut, sweet player in the shop

2017 Westville Aruba, sunburst, comfy 16" Jim Hall style laminate body, Armstrong built-in PAF, feedback buster, nice one on the way

1931 Gibson L-5, dot neck, 16" body, solid braced, 1 3/4" nut, magnificent open voice, high demand guitar SOLD

1932 Gibson L-4, sunburst, all carved 16" round hole version, feather light, 1 3/4" nut, deeply resonant, versatile player SOLD

2004 Eastman AR-805CE, violin finish, all carved 16" deep tiger flame body, floating Bartolini humbucker, best buy! has arrived

c.1937 Gibson J-35, sunburst, pioneering slope shoulder jumbo, feather light mahogany body, fine pro restoration, sings in the shop

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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