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WE BUY, SELL AND EXCHANGE all fretted instruments - guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, Hawaiians, resophonics - in fact, anything cool, interesting or unusual!

Worldwide courier delivery can be arranged at cost.



b/s = back and sides : btn = button : inl = inlaid

fbd = fingerboard : pgd = pickguard : phd = peghead : pce = piece

tpce = tailpiece : t’shell = tortoiseshell

mop = mother of pearl : aba = abalone : adj = adjustable

HC = newer hard case : OHC = original hard case

OSC = original soft or semi-hard case : GB = gig bag


Mint/as new = all original unplayed condition

EC (Excellent Condition) = all original, no repairs/refinish unless noted, some playwear

VGC  (Very Good Condition) = basically all original, may have minor repairs/refinish but no other issues unless noted, moderate playwear

GC (Good Condition) = generally sound, possibly some repairs/refinish, may need work as noted, moderate to heavy playwear

PC (Poor Condition) =  Issues and work required as noted

Chanticleer Resonator Plectrum Guitar

, c.1990s, cutaway metal body with bird & palm tree cutouts, single National style spun ‘biscuit’ cone, sunburst 24 fret maple neck (joins body at 18th fret), pearl & abalone phd inlay, ebony fbd, Grover Rotomatics, custom ordered for professional jazzer, clear & strong tone with great projection, original custom Calton hard case, EC



Gibson Kalamazoo

KTG-21 Tenor Guitar

c.1938, 14 3/4” f-hole archtop, sunburst, spruce top/mahogany b/s/n, rosewood fbd & bdg, dot inlays, professional refin, replaced bridge/tuners, easy player with strong tone and good projection, EC, HC




Tenor Guitar

c.1932, 22 ½ “(575mm) scale length, black lacquer, white top binding & pgd (tuxedo model!), all mahogany construction (including top), raised Braz.rosewood fbd & bdg, dot inlays, original Grover banjo tuners, white Gibson logo, set up in octave mando tuning (GDAE), extremely rare tenor version of early L-00 that looks cool and plays great, VGC, HC




Tenor Guitar

as new, laminated mahogany top/back/sides, rosewood fbd, additional fitted L.R.Baggs p/up, strong resonant sound and ideal for jazz or Celtic tunings, EC, GB



Martin 5-17T

Tenor Guitar

c.1931, all natural mahogany, 23” (585mm) scale length, Braz.rosewood fbd & bdg, dot inlays, original Grover banjo tuners, some touch up to playwear on top otherwise no cracks/repairs, a delightful example of Martin’s smallest guitar body in tenor format with amazing volume and resonance, EC, HC



Plectrum & Tenor Guitars

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