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1939 Martin D-18


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Bluegrass Guitar
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  Today! Sat, Jan 31, 2015
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Old Time Fiddle Workshop
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Bluegrass Banjo Intros, Ending & Hot Licks!
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Are You Looking for Consecutive Year 1950s Fender Stratocasters?

Looking for consecutive year 1950s Fender Stratocasters showing the transition from the 2-tone to 3-tone sunburst? Look no further, as we just got in a fine late '57 Strat and also an example from late '58. Except for the additional reddish band of color on the later one, these are quite similar and remarkably original. A slight combined pricing consideration will be made if you buy both!

1937 Rickenbacher Style 4 Amplifier with Matching Lab Steel - 80 Years and Still Going

This 1937 Style 4 amp was originally sold by Rickenbacher with a lap steel guitar as a set. It is photographed here with a Model 59 lap steel from 1937. The crinkle finish closely matches the finish of the amp, so this model guitar might have been sold in a package with a Style 4 amp.

Oh Those Charming Venetians

Imagine our surprise when two different ukulele-family "La Venecia" instruments showed up here at the same time. The decoration on the face of the uke is definitely a decal, and while the scene on the banjo-uke's skin head is both larger and more complex it's still not hand-painted. It's fun to look at the two scenes and note all the differences, as lots of little details on the banjo-uke are missing from the scene on ukulele.

The banjo-uke was made by J. R. Stewart, one of several big factories in Chicago that made instruments sold under a number of different trade-marks owned by Lyon & Healy, the parent company of Washburn. We're assuming the uke was made by J. R. Stewart as well but can't be sure. The little banjo was much more expensive than the uke, but Americans' fascination with Venice-themed instruments didn't stop with small-fry like these and Gibson marketed some very expensive 4-string banjos with scenes of Venice etched into the celluloid fretboard. Gibson, however, called their banjo the Florentine, making us wonder if they got Florence and Venice mixed up. All of these Venetian-themed instruments are from the late-1920s-1930s era.

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This Weeks Ebay Auction
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Benefit for Heroes' Voices

This week's auction is a guitar that was donated for Heroes Voices. The sale price of this guitar will buy five or more guitars for the vets!


2011 Taylor T5C2 - 12, Sunburst Koa, Left-handed guitar


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1951 Epiphone Devon Archtop Project Guitar


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