Smakula

Fretted

Instruments

PO Box 882, Elkins, West Virginia 26241

304-636-6710

Phone Hours; 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Eastern Time, Monday through Friday and occasionally on Saturday.

Guitars, contact us...

Page Updated 7-13-2020

Please Visit our Home Page for links to our banjos, fiddles, mandolins, and more.


Smakula Fretted instruments is on its way back to regular business. As you know, we have been shipping instruments and parts throughout the pandemic. We are again accepting banjo, guitar, mandolin and minor fiddle repairs. For the safety of our staff, we can not invite people into the shop, but we do have a covered porch to use for repair drop off and pickup, as well as a place to test instruments we have for sale.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we all work through the details of the new normal.

Please stay safe.

Bob Smakula

Guitars
Just In;
1934 Gibson L-00
Small sunburst, well executed repairs. More info below. $2,700 Photos
1940
Kalamazoo KGN-12, Oriole, $2,400. More info below. Photos


1998 Martin D-18-VS.
Usually, when I see a Martin dreadnaught come out of the case, all I can think is "OK boomer." Not as a dismissive term for people born between 1946-1964, but because that's what those guitars seem to mostly do - boom. Sure, the best ones are meat & potatoes for life, but the not-so-good ones, well, they're easy to forget. This one we're pretty excited about. Instantly memorable for its bright, articulate tone, and unexpected slotted headstock, we know someone out there in our vast readership will want to give it a home. It's got a 12 fret neck, Waverly tuners, and an ebony fretboard with 25.4" scale. The long dreadnaught body has mahogany back and sides, scalloped X-braced spruce top, an ebony bridge, and tortoise color pickguard. It's even got a real live endpin. In excellent condition, this guitar is yours for $2100, including the original Martin plywood hard case with green lining. Sorry, Sold. Photos

2014 Gibson Les Paul Peace Model Electric Guitar. It's no coincidence the hippie movement was forged in the crucible of the 1960s. Where there is profound struggle & strife, profound idealism is not far behind. For many young Americans, the only way forward was to strip naked, cover themselves in mud, and make, of the shambles of their culture, a new way of life. What does this guitar, manufactured in 2014 by a company that declared bankruptcy in 2018, have to do with this pivotal chapter in American history? Nothing, really, but the tone & volume knobs do have peace signs on them. Part of Gibson's 120th anniversary series, this guitar more or less conforms to the specs of a Les Paul Standard: mahogany body, carved curly maple top, mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, and 2 humbucking pickups. Originally outfitted with a robo-tune computerized tuning system (in the true spirt of The Summer of Love), a more sensible set of Kluson tuners with keystone knobs have since been installed. Aside from the tone & volume knobs, other Woodstocky features of this instrument include the tailpiece, with the word "peace" sandblasted into it, tie-dye truss rod cover, and the surprisingly attractive "Mellow Out Green" body finish. Yours for $1400, including a worn but solid hemp cloth covered hard case. Photos

2006 Santa Cruz HG13. Warning: side effects of purchasing this beautifully appointed custom guitar from one of the finest builders out there may include: 1. Strumming big beefy G-chords when you are supposed to be feeding yourself, getting ready for work, looking at the road, etc. 2. Laughing like an evil king in the presence of lesser guitars (you will lose friends) 3. Losing days of your life playing out an elaborate fantasy in which you are a parallel reality version of yourself named Jumahl (inside of guitar reads "for Jumahl, love Lynda") but, since we actually know Jumahl, we're pretty sure he'd tell you you are fine just the way you are. Anyway, this OO'ish sized guitar features a red cedar top, mahogany back & sides, bound headstock with elm burl overlay, tortoise binding, and attractive rope marquetry around the edges and soundhole. The slotted peghead with Santa Cruz branded tuners gives it just a bit of vintage flare, and the neck is 13 frets to the body, with a 25-3/8" scale ebony fretboard. Tone is warm and deep with just the right amount of snap. Needless to say, the side effects are all worth it, and it's yours for $3,900 with the original Santa Cruz case by TKL. Photos

1940 Kalamazoo KGN-12, Oriole. This guitar has nothing to do with the Baltimore Orioles. But, if it were mine, I'd probably lie through my teeth and tell everyone that my grandpa won it at an Orioles game in 1940. This fabrication is entertaining to me because 1) the part about my grandpa would of course be totally false and 2) the Orioles weren't even a team in 1940. But enough of my machinations. This guitar is really cool, and sounds fantastic. Made by Gibson as part of their budget Kalamazoo line. The L-00 sized body is comprised of a curly maple back, quilted maple sides, and a natural finish red spruce top, with fire stripe pickguard. Originally ladder braced, it now has Gibson style scalloped X-braces, installed by Jim Craddock. The neck is mahogany with 24-3/4" scale Brazilian rosewood fretboard. And the inspiration for the aforementioned grandpa nonsense is the neat oriole decal on the headstock, with a slanted cursive script eerily reminiscent of the current Baltimore Orioles logo. Tone is clean, crisp, and full. Simply wonderful. Snag it today for $2400, in a lightly used modern hard case. Photos

1934 Gibson L-00. There's a Magnetic Fields song that goes: "Baby you could be famous, if you could just get out of this town." This more or less sums up our feelings about this fantastic pre-war Gibson. Though, we're sure it has a bright future regardless of whether or not it sells locally or to someone further afield. Our point is this - for a guitar this nice to be hanging around the shop unsold is criminal. It has mahogany sides, back, and neck, red spruce top, and a 24-7/8" scale Brazilian rosewood fretboard. Fire stripe pickguard, small sunburst, and professionally repaired top & back cracks. It's also been outfitted with new Stewart MacDonald Golden Age tuners. Tone is clear, rich, and well balanced. Yours for $2700, with used Harptone hard case. Photos

Recent Waterloo WL-14 XTR. This Austin, Texas built guitar is one sharp, handsome, southern gentleman, a la Tommy Lee Jones, George Clooney, or, more tenuous ly, Truman Capote. We reckon the main difference between this guitar and them is that its body of work remains to be seen; this is where you come in. This Collings tribute to the Gibson L-00s of the 1930s has mahogany sides, as well as a mahogany neck and back. The top is spruce, and the finish is black satin all the way around. The top is also stylishly outfitted with a white pickguard and white binding. The fretboard is Indian rosewood with a 24-7/8" scale, and the tuners are Stewart-Macdonald Golden Era with antique finish. And for the more adventurous among us, this guitar also comes with a professionally installed Baggs internal microphone. In excellent condition with a warm, balanced tone, don't be a Fugitive and turn away from this instrument In Cold Blood - take it home today for $1900 in a hard case and immediately play all of your favorite licks from O Brother Where Art Thou. Photos

1951 Epiphone Byron F-hole archtop. This guitar has taken its fair share of licks (pun intended), but its true character shines through. This instrument plays beautifully, is well balanced across the high and low end, and barks just like an arch top should. With a 25-1/5" scale, and 15-1/4" lower bout, the Byron is just a shade smaller than your standard arch top. The solid carved spruce top, sunburst finish, and red tortoise pick guard gives it a classic look and feel. Refretted and top cracks repaired right here at SFI. $1,200 with newish hard case. Photos

1950s Oahu lap steel. The headstock logo reads "Oahu Publishing Co. Cleveland, O," and has some silhouettes of palm trees. Palm Trees in Cleveland are as viable as Browns would be in the Superbowl, but regardless of the plant life/geography conundrum that exists on the headstock, this is a great looking and sounding instrument that modern makers have based their lap steel designs on. It has a 25 11/16" scale fretboard, a weird pot metal pyramid bridge, and a tone selector on the back. It's an inexpensive way to get your Don Ho cover band rolling. $500 with original hard case. Photos

1993 Larrivee D-19M, Custom. Stunning curly maple. I could stop there, as I have your attention and you are heading to the picture link right now. But since you'll come back for the details, I may as well finish. Founded in 1967, Canadian guitar manufacturer Larrivee has been producing some outstanding, precision crafted guitars in the almost 50 years since. Here are the details on this 24 year old. Mahogany neck with a 25-1/2" scale grained ivoroid bound ebony fretboard. The 6 abalone position markers look like a torch with symmetrical wings. The peghead is decorated with a 3-1/2" long seahorse of engraved mother of pearl. The dreadnought shaped body had a Sitka spruce top with a professionally repaired center seam and the previously mentioned master grade quarter-sawn curly maple. The body is bound in straight maple with black & white purfling to accent. Tone wise the guitar booms. A significantly bigger bass than you expect from a maple instrument. After performing necessary quarter century maintenance of a refret and new bone nut and saddle, it's ready for you to make some fun music. This is not a model that is currently available, so if curly maple speaks to you, snag it now! In excelent condition with the original Larrivee branded hard case the price is $1,800. Photos

New Recording King ROC-9-MBL. 000 Size Guitar. What else can we say? This is a lot of sound for not a lot of money. And like other Recording King guitars of the same class, the look is stylish and just a tad out of the ordinary. The deep blue finish, with pearloid fretboard, means you will look good holding this bad boy, guaranteed. 25.4" string length. $300 with hard case. Photos

 

Shipping
We ship most of our instruments via UPS. Cost to ship a mandolin is $20 to $40. Cost to ship a guitar or banjo is $25 to $60. The cost of insurance is extra. We will be happy to quote before shipping.

Small goods like banjo heads and other parts cost $8 per order for Priority Mail shipping in the continental US no matter what the order size. The cost of orders headed out of the continental US will be quoted before they are shipped.

Sales Tax
We are legally obligated to charge 6% West Virginia sales tax on anything purchased here at the shop or shipped within the state of West Virginia. We do not charge sales tax on orders sent out of state.

To Order
Call us at 304-636-6710. For payment we accept checks, wire transfers and MasterCard & Visa. If you prefer Paypal, please send us an email requesting a Paypal invoice.

Email;
Occasionally a customer will let us know that the "Contact Us" button will not work on their computer. If you have that problem, please use sfi<at>smakula<dot>com You will have to change the <at> and <dot> to @ and .