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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: Many thanks for this fantastic 1938 Epi Broadway. The instrument, if anything, surpasses your description online. I looked a long time for a vintage Epiphone with a wider neck and couldn’t be more pleased with this guitar. Amazing tone, incredible condition. I was worried about the original frets being too low for my taste, but in fact they feel great. She’s a keeper for sure! Charlie Doane, Portsmouth, NH
Hello Joe, Good news about our '35 Broadway!  I hope the new owner enjoys this classic guitar.Thanks for doing a great job. Worrking on my next guitar for sale at Best regards, Bill Ellington, Lake Wales, FL

Joe, Thanks for finding my Gibson Country Gentleman a good new home.  It was a pleasure and very easy working with such a professional organization. Dick Carr, Georgetown, TX
Hi Joe, Yeah, you are the king of packing, the box was a work of art...All good and the guitar sounds spectacular!... You are a great guy and have a wonderful service.  The Skype call was perfect for choosing the right one from a distance. Thanks again!, Steve Ouimette, Scottsdale, AZ
Joe, You were not exaggerating when you said that the blonde 1992 Gibson Super V was highly flamed and immaculate! As I said, I'm a player - I don't own any guitars I don't play at least once in a while, and this beauty seems virtually unplayed! I took care of that last night at my regular gig. It sounds great already, and I can't wait to hear it open up over the next year! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to rescue this guitar from its long captivity, and help it sing the way it was supposed to...:)! Best, Bruce Hector, Glen Rock, NJ
Joe, The Comins Chester Avenue is an excellent instrument.  It has the nuanced sound quality that I have been looking for.  Bill Comins certainly knows how to voice an archtop guitar.  Without hesitation I would rank this instrument in the top 1% of high end archtop guitars that I have ever played.  Thank you for your excellent service. Gary Kerber, Urbana, Illinois
Thank you Joe! (Consigner proceeds) exceeded my expectations and I sincerely appreciate your advise and counsel. Please share the comments and it's so great that you offer this service as there are almost no brick and mortar venues to try these beautiful guitars anymore. All the best, Dennis Easter, Lebanon, PA

Hi Joe! Just a few words to tell you how happy I am with my 1948 L-12! Really a wonderful instrument and a joy to play...Thanks in advance and all the best to! Christian Graf, Geneva, Switzerland
As difficult as it was to part with my beautiful '49 ES-350, you made the process nearly painless. As always, thanks for your professionalism and responsiveness in handling this consignment sale. I hope that the new owner of this beautiful instrument is as enchanted with it as I have been. Best Regards, Scott Palmer, Charleston, SC

Joe, Received the (Mark Campellone) EP this afternoon.Wow !!! What a great guitar!! Mark... I hope I can do your guitar justice. You both are  to be commended, Joe for running a first class biz and Mark for your master luthier skills. Thanks to both of you. Bob Edwards, Edmond, OK
  I’ve bought from Joe and I’ve sold a few with Joe.  It’s always a smooth transaction.  The jazz guitar market would be lost without him!  I’m looking forward to future transactions in 2016. Paul McCallum, Westlake Village, CA
Joe, Thanks as always for your professional help in finding a new home for my Gibson L-4 CES. It's a beautiful instrument but I just didn't play it enough so I'm glad you found a delighted purchaser for the guitar. Your reach in the international market is unmatched and your instinct for pricing is usually spot-on. Jon Dalton, LA
Hey Joe, Just a note to confirm everything is in order. Guitar received etc. spectacular instrument, played it right out on a club date, as is, wows all around... I've had numerous Kessels over the years, all wonderful, but this takes the cake.  Best, Milt Reder, Brookline, MA
Thanks Joe for finding a good home for my '33 Epi Olympic. Compliments on the Archtop site providing great resources matching buyers and sellers quickly.Your knowledge, reliability and integrity much appreciated. Linda Sieczkowski Palmer, MA

Dear Joe, Thank you for handling the sale of our 2007 Dale Unger American Legend 7-string.  Let me add one more voice to the chorus of your happy clients.  Everything about the transaction was first class, starting and ending with your warm, experienced professionalism.  Really, it could not have been better.  Best wishes, Amanda Burton, Carnation, WA
Thank you Joe, great news that the Gibson has found a new home.  Joe, you have been really great to work with in all our communications. If you lived nearer to me, I would meet you for a cup of coffee.  I have found the whole experience with you both enlightening, because of your vast guitar knowledge and a pleasure, because you are obviously a businessman who knows the true value of customer service...Paul Aguilar, Huntington Beach, CA
Hi Joe, Just wanted to thank you for your top-notch work! I really appreciate dealing with true professionals who do what they say they are going to do. Your beautiful layout and detailed description helped sell my guitar quickly in ways no one else could have. I'm so glad it found a happy owner! I've said it before and I'll say it again-you're the greatest! Thanks, Andy Brown, Evanston, IL
The Comins arrived on time and in pristine condition so thanks for the great packing job.  The guitar is stunning.  It is light weight and has a huge acoustic voice for a Comins instrument.  He builds with the understanding that 99% of the time the player is going to plug it in anyway, so this is an unexpected surprise.Thanks again for another home run. Steve Wagner, Eden Prairie, MN
I have purchased several wonderful guitars from over the past few years.  When discussing a particular guitar of interest with Joe Vinikow, it is easy to forget that he is the creator and  owner of what in my opinion, is the world's premiere source for fine vintage guitars. Rather, you get the impression that you are talking with a friend whose primary aim is helping you to acquire the instrument  of your dreams. Like many musicians, I tend to be a detail oriented person to an insane degree; all caught up in specifications,  build dates, tonal nuances,  and history. I always have questions. Never once have I found Joe to be impatient or the least bit defensive at my probing inquiries. A leading expert on the archtop guitar, Joe always takes the time to talk with his customers as a friend. It is just a fact of our times that one would be hard pressed to go down to the local music store and find one single archtop to try, or for that matter, anyone there who has even heard of Joe Pass, Howard Roberts, or Johnny Smith.  Joe Vinikow, I salute you for all you do to supply fabulous archtop guitars to the folks who love them and to keep alive the music those great old instruments were meant to play. Best, Paul Moore. Topeka, KS. PS:  The X-700 rules. 

Both guitars are great, thanks. and, the Super 300C sounds great amplified, an added bonus! Cheers, Ry Cooder, Los Angeles
 Hey Joe -Here's the review (of the 1998 L-5CES and Enjoy! Yours, David Boles, -Wow! Thanks, David -jv

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Key: Prices listed below in bold to the LEFT of the slash are our discount prices for check, money order or bank wire payments.

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Just In!

Just In! 1964 Gibson L-7C, exceptionally lightweight example, all original, highly resonant, gleaming condition, the working player's L-5 $4495/$4635

New Price! 1956 Gibson Super 300C, impossibly rare 18" cutaway model, all carved, extravagantly quilted, thunderous voice, amazing find $8995/$9265

New Price! 1964 Gibson L-7C, 17" all carved, flamed body like L-5C, Armstrong floating humbucker, elegant neck, big voice, best buy! $3995/$4115

Just In! 1996 Mark Lacey Imperial, all carved, highly flamed 18" body, feather light, deeply resonant, flagship model from famed builder, magnificent $8995/$9265

Just In! 2010 Holst 17 Custom, all carved highly flamed 17" body, Vintage Vibe humbucker, K&K piezo, super gig guitar from top Oregon builder $3495/$3605

Just In! 1949 Gibson L-7CN, first year! one of 33, spectacular maple body, all original, feather light, sparkling voice, museum condition $6995/$7205

Just In! 1999 Benedetto Seven String, hand built by Bob, intensely figured, feather light, all carved, Armstrong humbucker, rare and breathtaking HOLD

Just In! 1956 Gibson ES-295, rare model, all gold, 16" body, twin cream P-90 pickups, original floral guard; spectacular! HOLD

New Price! 2003 Shelley Park Encore, solid Adirondack top,14 fret Selmer style design, solid rosewood body, long 670mm scale, Bigtone pickup, barks! $3295/$3399

Just In! 1952 Gibson ES-150, ultra-light 17" curly maple body, long 25 1/2" scale, original P-90 pickup, great acoustic voice, gleaming condition $2850/$2935

Just In! c.1962 Gibson L-5CTN 'Lonesome George', one-of-a-kind all acoustic blonde, all carved thinline body, museum condition, rarest L-5 ever $34,950/$36,050

Just In! 1940's Epiphone Deluxe, all carved, cloud inlays, Armstrong floating PAF pickup, big voice, gleaming restoration, best buy! $3495/$3605

Just In! 2001 D'Angelico NYL-2 Lefty, ultra-rare left handed model, solid top, highly flamed 17" body, floating JS pickup, Macassar tailpiece $2995/$3085

Just In! 1955 Gibson L-4C, solid carved top, comfy 16" body, feather light, clear open voice, Armstrong floating humbucker, beautifully restored, best buy! HOLD

Just In! 2010 Sadowsky Ultra-Vintage S-Style, lightweight chambered body, DeMarzio pickups, versatile onboard preamp, hot model! $2895/$2950

New Price! 2006 Shelley Park Montmartre, intensely flamed maple, large 14 fret Favino style body, 640mm scale, gorgeous Koa binding, Bigtone pickup, a stunner $3395/$3505

Just In! 1957 Gibson ES-5N Switchmaster, first year PAFs, one of 30, unique example with solid carved back, breathtaking flame, showroom condition $19,495/$20,035

Just In! 1992 Gibson Super V CES, outrageously flamed, all carved 17" body, '57 Classic PAFs, rare model, Triggs signed, showroom condition SOLD

Just In! 1968 Gibson ES-330TD, first year long neck, all original showroom condition, lightweight, rare Gibson logo guard, fast neck, closet wonder! $3495/$3605

New Price! 1939 Epiphone Deluxe, our earliest blonde ever, intensely flamed, segmented clouds, Masterbilt label, Armstrong floater, adjustable rod, a showstopper $6495/$6695

New Price! 2008 National Style 1.5 Tricone, round neck, bell brass body, tasteful engraving, pearloid peghead, deco elegance, sings! $2395/$2470

1992 Collings AT-17 Custom all carved 17" acoustic, custom 23 5/8" Byrdland scale, rips the solos and stretch chords, rare and stunning HOLD

Just In! 1976 Gibson Super 400CESN, rare blonde, all carved, comfy tiger flame neck, 1 11/16" nut, deep warm voice, one of 21, sparkling condition HOLD

New Price! 1955 Epiphone Deluxe Cutaway, one of 19, ultra-rare example with Dogwood headstock, DeArmond 1100, from Tsumura collection, magnificent $8995/$9265

1968 Gibson ES-175D, under-the-bed find, twin Pat. sticker pickups, true vintage tone, sleek fast neck, sparkling condition, best buy! SOLD

The Pride of Kalamazoo
Just In! 1952 Gibson ES-5N, museum quality, 100% original, highly flamed, original hang tag and instruction sheet, time capsule guitar $11,950/$12,305

New Price! 2003 Gibson L-5 Lee Ritenour, first year, compact 15 1/2" slim depth body, all carved, Johnny Smith pickup, rare model, super comfy player $6495/$6695

Just In! 2013 Gibson ES-175 1959 VOS Reissue, aged nickel hardware, light weight, comfy full neck, Gibson MHS pickup, best reissue ever HOLD

New Price! 2013 Gibson L5CT, rare slim depth L-5CES, all carved, highly flamed 17" body, '57 Classic PAFs, comfy and feedback resistant, COA, immaculate $6495/$6695

New Price! 1989 Gibson Chet Atkins Country Gentleman, 17" thinline body, 25 1/2" scale, 1 3/4" nut, long handle Bigsby, rare model, best buy! SOLD

2014 Gibson Byrdland Florentine, all carved, highly flamed reissue of classic 60's model, '57 Classic PAFs, full 1 11/16" nut, fast short scale neck, pristine $6495/$6695

New Price! 1968 Gibson Byrdland Florentine, rare version with sharp cutaway, original Pat. sticker pickups, all original gold hardware, gorgeous $7495/$7725

New Price! 1952-3 Gibson Les Paul, immaculate stop tail conversion, original pickups and hardware, light weight, sweet neck, vintage tone, spectacular! SOLD

1961 Gibson Super 400CES, rare Florentine body with solid carved back, twin PAFs, all original, one of 30, fit for The King! SOLD

The Epi Center

1949 Epiphone Broadway, rare birdseye maple body, superb 100% original condition, vine peghead, big voice, fine as they come $3295/$3399

Sale! 1937 Epiphone Deluxe, rare 17" prewar model, Masterbilt headstock, DeArmond pickup, adjustable truss rod, vintage tone with modern playability HOLD

1948 Epiphone Triumph, our most popular Epi, all carved 17" full depth body, K&K soundboard pickup, huge voice, best buy! SOLD

New Price! 1934 Epiphone Hollywood Tenor, ultra-rare 15 3/8" tenor version of Triumph, brilliant black walnut body, bright tone, remarkable find HOLD

1951 Epiphone Deluxe Regent, exceptionally rare blonde cutaway, all carved birdseye body, cloud inlays, floating Armstrong pickup, magnificent! SOLD

Luthier's Showcase 
2001 Victor Baker Model 16 Seven String, all carved 16" tiger flame body, 2 1/16" ebony board, floating Benedetto pickup, comfy player, best buy HOLD

1955 D'Angelico New Yorker Cutaway, one owner for half a century, intensely flamed, magnificent open voice, DA 1100 pickup, this is it SOLD

New Price! 1998 Napolitano Jazz Box, highly figured handbuilt 17" all maple body, floating Armstrong pickup, great working axe, best buy! $2995/$3085

New Price! 2012 Ibanez GB-10, big voice, compact size, feedback resistant, top Japanese craftsmanship, versatility and value, showroom condition $2295/$2370

1990s Plazuelo Blanca, featherweight flamenco guitar from renowned Grenada builder, cypress body, Alpine spruce top, powerful and handsome, best buy $3995/$4115

1980 Gibson Super 400C, ultra rare acoustic model, floating BJB pickup, Kluson Sealfasts, big warm voice, gleaming condition HOLD

1941 Gibson L-50, museum condition, rare version with solid back and full sunburst finish, 16" body like 20s L-5, all original, best buy! HOLD

1953 Epiphone Triumph Regent, rare cutaway model, all carved 17" body, deep Venetian cutaway, big bright voice, gleaming condition HOLD

New Price! 2009 Schaefer 15 Special, sunburst, comfy slimline 15" body, all carved, switchable Duncan P-Rail pickups, super versatile SOLD

1938 Epiphone Broadway, rare 17" model with solid black walnut body, prewar asymmetrical headstock, gleaming condition, a cannon 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 price is listed in plain type to the right.

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. 

1939 Gibson Super 400, sunburst, full depth X-braced 18" body, prewar script logo, early engraved Varitone tailpiece, gleaming condition has arrived

1957 Gibson Super 400CESN, rare Alnico V pickups, stunning flamed blonde, all carved 18" Venetian cutaway body, one of 15, magnificent has arrived

1946 Epiphone Emperor, blonde, all carved, highly flamed, 18 1/2" noncut body, solid Adirondack top, massive voice, superb condition has arrived

New! Loar LH-700VS, sunburst, faithful reissue of '20s dot neck L-5, all carved 16" tiger flame body, 13/4" ebony board, bright voice, astounding value has arrived

c.1970 Gibson L-5CES, sunburst, 17" all carved Venetian cutaway body, twin built-in humbuckers, full width 1 11/16" nut, non-volute neck, nice one in the shop

1978 Ibanez L-5C, sunburst, rare lawsuit model, solid spruce soundboard, 17" full depth Venetian cutaway body, great neck, best buy! in the shop

1935 Epiphone Broadway, sunburst, early 17" model with solid black walnut body, asymmetrical headstock, impeccable older restoration by Bob Benedetto SOLD

c.1950s Artur Lang Custom, sunburst, all carved 17" Venetian cutaway acoustic, seal-shaped soundholes, all original, from pre-eminent German luthier in the shop

1937 Epiphone Emperor Masterbilt, blonde, rare early example, highly flamed, asymmetrical headstock, masterful restoration by Jimmy Foster SOLD

1943 Epiphone Triumph, blonde, very rare wartime example, gorgeous natural finish, all original, wonderful condition in the shop

1947 Epiphone Triumph, sunburst, last with prewar snowflake peghead, 17" full depth noncutaway body, big voice, best buy ready

Eastman 803-15, new w/warranty, 15" all carved full depth cutaway w/built in PAF, ultimate road guitar, out of production, just one left! ready

Roland AC-60, featherlight versatile compact amp, anti-feedback notch filter ready

Trace Acoustic TA-50 amp, tiny, powerful, versatile jazz combo amp, no longer in production ready

Kent Armstrong Handwound Floating Pickups. Handmade in Vermont by Kent himself. Humbucking, single coil, 6 and 7 string: simply the best there is.
Pick Up The World Soundboard pickups. Crisp, accurate acoustic sound, uses your own bridge. New 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 ac_00unger_al.html

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, 10am to 4pm Tuesdays, and Saturdays by appointment. We are located in Seattle, WA, near downtown and Lake Washington, and welcome vistors by appointment. For North American orders only, call toll free 877.850.1978. Fax: 206.322.5692.

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