Category Archive: Recent Arrivals

(USED) June F-5 Mandolin – $2,950

(USED) June F-5 mandolin. June mandolins and guitars are handcrafted by Walter Johnson in Campobello, South Carolina. This particular F-5 (his #39) left the shop in early 2013. According to the build sheet (included with instrument) its specs are as follows: Old growth Adirondack spruce top parallel tone bar bravcing birdseye maple 3-piece neck with cocobolo center strip birdseye maple

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ON HOLD – (USED) (2005) Pomeroy Mandolin – F5 Standard – ON HOLD

(USED) This is a used (10 years old) Pomeroy F-5 by Don Paine. it has Don’s standard deep “V” vintage Gibson neck profile (1 and 3/16″ wide radiused fretboard) and a light honey-burst finish with a real nice one piece back!) This warm sounding mandolin has been played in the Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra for most of its life. The bone saddle has added

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ON HOLD – (USED) (2009) Collings MT2-V (Varnish) Mandolin, Wide Nut, Great Sound! – $3,600 – ON HOLD

(USED) Collings MT-2V VARNISH mandolin – This clean second-hand ADIRONDACK SPRUCE spruce topped MT-2 has the added appeal of the wide (1 and 3/16″) nut width and the tonal advantage of the thin varnish finish. Here is what Collings says about VARNISH: ***How does a varnish finish compare to a lacquer finish? Varnish is a softer and therefore more flexible finish material. While there are subtle tonal advantages

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SOLD – (NEW) Collings SoCo 16 LC Deluxe, Iced Tea Burst, Lollar Gold Foils – SOLD

(NEW) Another stunning custom Collings electric, this was a new one for us… SoCo 16 LC Deluxe, replete with full ivoroid binding, a fantastic fully flared peghead, parallelogram inlays and Collings’ gorgeous Iced Tea sunburst on the body and neck.  What a guitar! It plays perfectly and the sound… oh the sound! Lollar Gold Foil pickups occupy a distinct and

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(NEW) Stiver 40th Anniversary Model F-style Mandolin, Exotic Salvaged Woods – $6,450

(NEW) Without reservation, we express our long-standing reverence for Stiver mandolins. They are among the finest in the world,  and we get excited whenever we get our hands on one. Imagine our excitement, then, when we were able, exclusively, to offer the 40th Anniversary Stiver mandolin. When Lou Stiver and I discussed the idea for his 40th Anniversary mandolins, we couldn’t think of a lot of changes, since

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(NEW) Collings OM1Mh, All-Mahogany Orchestra Model – $4,160

(NEW) A very popular twist on the beloved Orchestra Model!  Oftentimes when we order an “all hog” Collings OM, we have them build it at short (24.9″) scale.  We find that this adds even more warmth to the woody mahogany voice.  This guitar is a perfect example of the model, and uses only the best quartersawn Honduras mahogany throughout. 1

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(USED) Collings 01SB, Sitka, Mahogany, Sunburst, LR Baggs Lyric – $3,150

(USED) This 01 came to us on trade, and it’s exactly the way we like to see a used Collings: just a few dings and pick marks to show that, yes, this guitar was well loved and well played.  Not to worry, the instrument has no structural issues whatsoever, no cracks, and only the smallest bit of fret wear. Spec-wise,

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(NEW) Dana Bourgeois Vintage D LSH (Large Sound Hole) Dreadnought, Brazilian Rosewood, Aged Tone Adirondack Spruce! – $10,395

The best sounding Bourgeois dreadnoughts are his Aged Tone dreadnoughts. It’s that simple. And his large sound hole dreadnoughts are quite possibly the best sounding Bourgeois dreadnoughts. Period. What’s all the fuss about? It’s Dana’s new large Sound-hole Brazilian Rosewood dread, a model that he introduced in 2015. Built with hide glue, Banjo-Killer bracing, Aged Tone Adirondack spruce, and Brazilian Rosewood. A

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(USED) Collings CJ-35, Sitka, Mahogany – SOLD

(USED) One of Collings’ most popular models in recent years, the CJ-35 takes the venerable Collings Jumbo and tweaks it in a more vintage-inspired direction. These are incredibly light and responsive guitars, and through some internal engineering (abbreviated tongue brace, ramped rather than scalloped bracing) and some structural decisions that favor a slightly mellower sound (Wenge fingerboard and bridge, short

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(NEW) Waterloo WL-S “Stella” Model, Sunburst – $1,980

(NEW) Another compelling addition to the Waterloo lineup, the Stella! Like everything in the line, this guitar is inspired by the no-frills instruments that were being manufactured for the catalog and department store markets during the Great Depression. The cosmetics can be spare, with nary a rosette or purfling line to be seen, but the dry and honest tone that

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(NEW) Bishline Cimarron Bluegrass – $2,295

(NEW) Well….by no surprise, the AMERICAN company that makes the best darned $1,700 banjo now has a model “up” from that one that includes a full BELL BRONZE flathead (Bishline) tone ring made in a Nashville foundry, more volume, ebony peghead veneer and heel cap, and nicer inlay. We’ve grown weary of explaining to people for a long time now that

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(NEW) Waterloo WL-K, Hand-Painted Southwest Scene – $2,790

(NEW) Another welcome surprise from Austin, TX… to coincide with Summer NAMM 2016, Bill Collings and the Waterloo team decided to create some special WL-K models with custom, hand-painted finishes. From the Waterloo press release: “During the Great Depression, the budget-minded Kel Kroydon brand offered a limited number of guitars, banjos and mandolins between 1929 and 1931, before they vanished

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(NEW) Collings D3, 42-Style Top Inlay, Adirondack, Wenge – $7,400

(NEW) As supplies of Brazilian rosewood continue to diminish (Collings hasn’t had it on the menu for several years now) we eagerly pursue new tropical hardwoods that have similar visual and tonal characteristics to the classic flat-topped guitars of yesteryear. One tonewood that we are building extensively with these days is Wenge, which evokes Brazilian’s complex sound, rich overtone content

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(NEW) Waterloo WL-JK Deluxe, Jumbo King, Full-Body Burst – $2,610

(NEW) How about a little luxury with your ‘Loo? The WL-JK Deluxe is the fancied-up version of the Waterloo Jumbo King, the only large guitar in the lineup. The Jumbo King is based on Regal’s historic Recording King model, and shares that model’s 5″ body depth, 15 3/4″ lower bout width, and unmistakable big, dry sound. This instrument has a

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(NEW) Waterloo WL-14X, X-Braced, Truss Rod, Black – $1,890

(NEW) Here we go again! Meet your new songwriting partner, who just so happens to be a perfect blues machine: it’s the guitar that is taking our world by storm, the Waterloo WL-14! We’ve had tremendous success with these, selling more than any other US dealer. The reason is that we drank the Collings Kool-Aid early on and absolutely inhaled the hype! Every

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