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THE MARTIN UKULELE - THE LITTLE INSTRUMENT THAT HELPED CREATE A GUITAR GIANT by Tom Walsh & John King A great new work on the finest old ukes, made by C.F. Martin, which not incidentally saved the company back in the 1920's.


GUITAR AFICIONADO: THE COLLECTIONS - THE MOST FAMOUS, RARE, AND VALUABLE GUITARS IN THE WORLD edited by Christopher Scapelliti and Tom Beaujour Nice new book from the publishers of Guitar Aficionado magazine, this hardcover volume highlights the instrument collections of numerous well-known guitarists, with interesting history and tidbits about the instruments.


DOBRO ROOTS - A PHOTO TOUR OF PREWAR WOOD BODY DOBROS by Steve Toth, foreword by Jerry Douglas Vintage photo books on old Dobro guitars are a rarity, and this is the best one produced so far. Although it does not dwell on vintage identification information, it is filled with beautiful photos of many historical and rare models.


SPANN'S GUIDE TO GIBSON 1902-1941 by Joe Spann A great new addition to the saga of prewar Gibson banjos, mandolins and guitars, with revised info on serial numbers and factory order numbers. A must for all Gibson collectors and vintage instrument aficionados!


GRUHN'S GUIDE TO VINTAGE GUITARS - UPDATED AND EXPANDED THIRD EDITION by George Gruhn and Walter Carter 2010 Edition is here now. Features expanded coverage of Martin, Guild, Mosrite and Dobro, plus updates on latest models of Rickenbacker, Epiphone, National, Gretsch, Fender, Gibson and more.


INVENTING THE AMERICAN GUITAR - THE PRE-CIVIL WAR INNOVATIONS OF C.F. MARTIN AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES edited by Robert Shaw & Peter Szego Check out this much-anticipated work on 19th century Martin guitars!


HARMONY PROFESSIONAL H1252 HAWAIIAN GUITAR (c.1940) Here's an old pre-WWII Harmony Hawaiian guitar that needs some work, but what can we say - it's cool and so is the pickup!


CLARKE SPELLBINDER BASS I (c.1980) The first of two extremely rare limited edition basses designed for and in cooperation with Stanley Clarke, this bass is ultra-rare and ultra-cool.


CLARKE SPELLBINDER BASS I (c.1980) Another rare limited Edition Clarke bass!


BALL'S MANUAL OF GRETSCH GUITARS - 1950s by Edward Ball '50'S Gretsch guitars! Need we say more?


VINTAGE GUITARE #06 - Janvier/Mars 2012 The sixth issue of this French magazine devoted to vintage guitars, , featuring gold top Gibson Les Pauls, a Martin 00018, Martin ukuleles, more.


STAUFFER & CO. - THE VIENNESE GUITAR OF THE 19th CENTURY by Erik Pierre Hofmann, Pascal Mougin and Stefan Hackl Stauffer is the guitar maker that the first C.F. Martin apprenticed with before emigrating to the United States in the 1830s. 320 pages of photos and text in German, French and English!


PALM TREES, SENORITAS....AND ROCKET SHIPS! by Mark Makin A tour-de-force that explores the fascinating design world ..more...


GIBSON F-5 (1924) A great Lloyd Loar signed F-5 with rare fern inlay in headstock and Virzi tone producer. This one hasn't been on the market for over 30 years.


ANTIQUE ACOUSTICS REPLICA GIBSON GUITAR PIN SETS That wonderfully diligent pair of luthiers at Antique ..more...


ACOUSTIC REMEDY CLIMASTAND FLOOR CASE, CHERRY Ever wish there was a way to display your favorite guitars ..more...


CALTON CUSTOM CASE We stock a variety of Calton cases that we have made for ..more...


CALTON DELUXE GUITAR CASE Calton cases are back! Check out all the sizes we are stocking here


GIACOMEL J5 MANDOLIN & CASE From the workshop of Corrado Giacomel, endorsed by David Grisman, this high grade, beautifully made and totally unique mandolin is a treat for the eyes and ears!


THE VINTAGE JACK Vintage jacks allow you to install an endpin jack without altering your vintage guitar or mandolin. See them here


PEGHED OLD TIME BANJO PEGS Capture the classic look of ebony friction pegs and retain the effectiveness of a planetary geared peg. For ukulele, guitar & banjo. See them here

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