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Page Updated 8-13-2018

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Guitars

 

2007 Goodall MhGC. Much like the fruit found within the flaky crust of a woefully discontinued fried Pineapple pie purchased from Whataburger franchise #47, this guitar must had a heck of a journey from its Hawaiian birthplace to the dusty east Texas strip mall where it most recently ended up. In a state of Whataburger "Monterey Melt" induced euphoria, this guitars most recent owner wandered into the pawnshop next door hoping that at best he would fulfill his long held dream of purchasing a Peavey Rage amplifier for less than $20. To much surprise, he emerged from the establishment's cinderblock walls with what possibly was the grimiest modern boutique guitar in existence. Since then, it has had a much-needed bath and now even features all six strings (light gauge, as directed by the label on the neck block). In the time since its rescue from the pawnshop trappings of shotguns, worn out power tools, and multiple copies of Shrek 2 on DVD, this instrument has rebounded into the delightful, dynamic finger style guitar it was meant to be. This instrument is part of Goodall's "Grand Concert" series, which is essentially a slope shouldered 000 size. It features an Engelmann Spruce top (with clear plastic pickguard), mahogany back and sides, ebony headstock overlay, fret board (25 9/16" scale length), tuner buttons, and bridge, as well as elegant rosewood binding. The mahogany neck has a 1 _" nut width and a very modern, comfortable D shaped profile. There are some somewhat deep nicks on the top binding, and some light dings and scratches throughout, but all in all this is an elegant instrument at the fraction of the cost of a comparable new one from James Goodall's current workshop in California. Think of like buying Whataburger with a coupon. Which given the nastiness of the stings it came strung with, was something the previous owner probably did with regularity. $2400 With hardshell 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 $4,300 with the original Santa Cruz case by TKL. Photos

1926 Gibson L-0. In mid April 2017 we sent this guitar to a customer in Minnesota. Unfortunately the transportation company put what looked like a forklift through the box causing a cracked top and broken braces. After a few months of insurance wrangling, including an inquiry to the local transportation company's terminal to find out if I knew how to pack boxes for shipping (the answer was a firm "Yes, he should be teaching all our customers how to pack high value items") we received the guitar back for repair. Our staff guitar specialist Nate Druckenmiller removed the back, repaired the crack and replaced the 2 broken braces, all in a nearly invisible manner. Along with previously accomplished work that included a neck reset, new ebony 24 9/16" scale fingerboard, fresh frets, carbon fiber D-tube neck reinforcement, and a properly intonated ebony bridge it is ready for at least another 91 years of playing. It's a non-sunburst version of the guitar Robert Johnson is generally associated with, and it sounds the part. However this guitar is more playable than it ever has been and it may not sound authentically out of tune anymore, Sold at $3,700 in April 2017, we now offer this guitar at $2,700 with a correct period hard case. Sorry, Sold. Photos

1937 Gibson TG-37; Tenor banjo neck on a standard guitar body? How's that supposed to work? Myself, I play it like a tenor banjo and come up with chord voicings and melodies that don't usually come out of my guitar playing. Some other folks like to tune like the first 4 strings of a 6-string guitar. However you might like it this sweet condition LG-37 will suit you well. The 22-3/4" scale Brazilian rosewood fretboard is mated to a V-shaped neck. The body is 14-3/4" wide with a sunburst finish spruce top and sunburst finish maple back and sides. We replaced the decaying bound tortoise celluloid pickguard with one made in our shop. We also reglued all the loose back braces, so this instrument is 100% ready to go. With our summer busy season now behind us, it was our pleasure to hear Grant Flick tear up on this guitar. Marcy Marxer! It's your turn now! In excelent condition with a newer hard case, this instrument is $1,750. Photos

2006 Gibson Blues King. The 1930's was truly the golden age of vintage guitars. From what turned into the undisputed king of bluegrass guitars, the dreadnought, to smaller full and balanced sounding instruments like Martin's 000 and Gibson's L-0 and L-00. As prices for those original instruments have climbed over the years, their original makers have taken notice and reissued similar instruments with modern features. This 12-year-old Gibson was based on the L-00 series guitars. The top is spruce and back are bubinga and the neck mahogany. The Indian rosewood fretboard has a comfortable 24-9/16" scale with a 1-11/16" nut width. Tone is sweet and clear. An easy guitar to play and if you are gigging, the factory installed active pickup won't let you down. To own this guitar you will not have to go to the crossroads for a sketchy transaction at midnight. You can come by the international headquarters of SFI (near, but not at a crossroad) and exchange $1,500 for this instrument that is in excelent condition and a hard case. Tempted? Check out the pictures to get you on the phone to reserve this one. Photos

2011 Jubal 00. It's 1984 and you've been working for Gibson in Kalamazoo for 21 years and suddenly the plant on Parsons Street is scheduled to be closed. If you are a long time Michigan resident like Aaron Cowles, you start your own music business and start making guitars! This guitar is an homage to the Gibson L-00 guitars manufactured in the 1930's that have become very much in demand over the last 25 years. Mahogany back, sides and neck with a spruce top and rosewood fretboard and bridge. The scale length is 24-1/2"and nut width is 1-11/16". Details from like the body shape, sunburst top finish and interior craftsmanship are remarkably similar to the guitars it tributes. Tone is well balanced and is fun to play. Sadly Mr. Cowels passed away in 2014, so his craftsmanship will no longer grace a new instrument, but we have this and another to satisfy your need for a Michigan made guitar. In excelent condition and is priced at $2,500 with the original TKL case. Photos

2011 Jubal 00. Like the guitar above, this instrument was made by Aaron Cowels in Vicksburg Michigan. Though very similar to the one above, there is one very significant difference; Nut width is a slightly narrower 1-5/8". Tone wise this one is warmer and more bassy. Superior hand made craftsmanship and really fun to play. $2,500 with original TKL hard case. Photos

1949 Epiphone Emperor. While this isn't quite as large as the 1,000 LB black Gibson embossed with Travis Tritt's name that was housed in the now defunct Georgia Music Hall of Fame, this is possibly the largest guitar a person could play "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)" on. Also, unlike my experience with said 1.000-LB guitar, you won't be politely yet firmly asked to leave the premises for attempting to do so. But really, this is an exceptional instrument, as the tone is warmer than the sunbeaten sidewalk on which I made my sheepish departure from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Jazz rhythm and lead, Carter Style playing, and the intro to TLC's "No Scrub"(who distressingly never made it into the aforementioned hall of fame despite Atlanta origins) all sound tremendous on this gigantic specimen of an instrument. How gigantic? The lower bout measures in at 18 1/2" inches. The spruce top, figured maple back and sides, and seven piece curly maple and walnut neck look stunning paired with the natural finish that aged beautifully thanks to decades of professional use by a jazz guitarist in Hawaii. Apart from the replaced frets and pickguard, this guitar appears remarkably original from the Frequensator tailpiece to the gold plated E-stamp tuners. With a 25 5/8" scale length, a 1 11/16" nut width, and a surprisingly diminutive yet comfortable D profile neck, this guitar plays easier than you'd expect it to as well. For $5,500, you could enjoy the company of this friendly giant of a guitar, which includes the largest tweed hardshell case you've ever seen. 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

1924 Martin 0-18. Even if you don't play guitar, even if you actively dislike guitars, even if you were from Neptune and had never seen a guitar once in your cold, cold life, you'd still probably pick this up and say, "that's a pretty sweet little item right there, yes indeed." This straightforward, no frills 0-18 sounds fantastic and is in good to very good condition, despite the requisite dings and scratches and an amateur repair of some side cracks on the bass bout, near the back binding. Other recent repairs done here at SFI include a neck reset, new pyramid ebony bridge set up for proper intonation, and new T-frets replacing the original bar frets. It has a mahogany 12 fret neck with 24-3/4" scale ebony fretboard, and the slotted peghead is still outfitted with the original raw brass tuners and grained ivoroid knobs. Finish is all original, and it's strung with GHS Silk & Bronze strings. Tone is deep and powerful and even an ET with misshapen flippers for hands couldn't stop this guitar from shimmering. Yours for $2,600, with modern hard case. Sorry, Sold. Photos

1972 Martin D-28. Like the guy I just saw lose a fight in the Waffle House parking lot, this is a forty-six year old with its share of battle scars. Unlike said gentleman who is undoubtedly now banned from the Lebanon, TN franchise, this guitar sounds balanced, clear, focused, and doesn't smell like a lonesome aromatic cocktail of Wild Irish Rose and pancake syrup. Apart from a neck reset, replaced frets, and a new pick guard, this guitar is all original though certainly well loved, as the last owner actively played it for the past forty years. The neck has a comfortable D profile typical of this era of Martin guitars, a 1 11/16" nut width, and a 25-7/16" scale ebony fretboard. Given the slight divot worn in the top below the pickguard over time, one would be correct in assuming that it sounds and feels pleasantly broken in. It also feels much less sticky than the Waffle House's floor after the entirety of an All-Star breakfast was slung across the dining area in a fit of rage. Includes the original gray/green plastic Martin Case. $2,000. Sorry, Sold. Photos

1982 Dobro 60D. When this Dobro was made I was in Cleveland running the first Goose Acres music store with my father and an idealistic dream of changing the world with the banjos and dulcimers we were making. Bad news for the Goose; the economics of Reagan era and the fact that musicians were giving up on acoustic instruments and playing synthesizers slowed down those dreams considerably. Fortunately in addition to the hand made instruments we offered we were also selling the best of other acoustic instruments on the market including the Dobro brand. Though I have no idea if this OMI (pre Gibson, thank you very much) actually was sold at the 2019 Cornell road shop, it sure looks like the one we offered. A nice sunburst finish on the laminated maple back and sides. The original spider resonator cone is in great shape. Though I am not really the guy to ask about Dobro tone, since I only made it to "Home On The Range" in the Mel Bey EZ-Play Dobro instruction book, with a new set of D'Addario 1/2 round resonator guitar strings, this one sounds full and meaty to my ear. All in all the guitar is in excelent condition and for $1,000 the original hard case is included. A note on the pictures; Inside there is some graffiti from the factory and from the most recent owner. We thought it would be fun to share that with you. Photos

1930's Supertone by Harmony F-hole archtop guitar. Made for and sold through Sears, this guitar, originally set up for Hawaiian style, is now ready to rumble for standard playing. With a recent neck reset and setup done here at SFI, it sounds and plays smooth, but still has the crunch you want out of an arch top. And with a solid spruce sunburst top, it doesn't look half bad either. 25" string length, 15-5/8" body width. Comes with original hardshell case that likely cost as much as the guitar itself. Just waiting to join your collection of funky mass-market guitars of yesteryear. $1,200. 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 $2,500. Photos

1987 Guild GF-60 Blonde. With its naturally finished Sitka spruce top and very curly maple back, sides, and neck, this guitar is as blonde as Brittany Spears' hair in her music video for "Toxic," AKA the apex of her storied career. Sound wise, it's as bright as the sparkly stuff she was wearing in the non-flight attendant outfit part of the video. Oh, you'd like some details without Brittany Spears references tied in? The shallow D profile neck has a 1-11/16" nut width and a 25 9/16" scale length on an ebony fretboard. The lower bout measures in at 16 1/8". An active onboard pickup (likely Fishman) was installed should you need to make your acoustic rendition of "Hit Me Baby One More Time" really loud. and so much for no more Brittany references. $1,500 With original hardshell case. Photos

1976 Guild D-40. Having just binged watched George Strait concert footage from the mid '90s (AKA the golden age of country music) on YouTube, I am inherently familiar with how cool a person looks holding a Guild acoustic. Given that King George seems to get number one chart topping hits more frequently than he actually plays his guitar, getting some strings on this forty year old was a great reminder of how good these guitars can sound. Apart from a repaired pickguard crack, a fresh set of frets (the fact that it needed a fret job removes any possibility George Strait ever owned this one, I'm sorry to say), and some slight finish hazing on the back of the neck, this guitar is in excellent shape and plays just as well. It has a Sitka Spruce top, and mahogany back, sides, and neck. The rosewood fingerboard has a 25 5/8" scale length, and the nut width comes out at 1 3/4." Like most guitars from Westerly, Rhode Island, this one has a D shaped neck profile. The bright tone is perfect for the lead into "Give it Away," which we're practically doing selling it for $950 with original hardshell case. Sorry, Sold. Photos

2015 Washburn WP21SNS Parlor Guitar. Paul Stanley is, in our opinion, a silly, silly man, and arguably, the most famous of Washburn's signature artists. But that shouldn't keep you from giving this sweet little parlor guitar a second look. With a solid cedar top, rosewood sides and back, and 24.75" scale, the WP21SNS is compact, and comforting / comfortable to play. Tone is clear and warm with plenty of volume for the size of the instrument. Great for someone in need of something a bit smaller that can still hold its own among bigger guitars. Speaking of holding your own, I once heard a story about how Led Zeppelin fans would wait outside of Kiss concerts to beat up Kiss fans. We, of course, don't condone violence of any sort here at SFI, and we are almost entirely positive that owning this guitar will not get you beat up. Almost. $250 with hard case. Sorry, Sold. Photos

New Recording King RPH-P2-TS. Parlor Guitar. We've come to expect quality from Recording King, and this stylish, economical, parlor-size guitar is no exception. With a solid spruce top, sunburst finish, and rosewood fretboard, the clean, matte look is a welcome departure from your standard, over-glossy, factory guitars. And guess what? It sounds great, too. 24-1/4" string length, 12-11/16" body width. $250 with hard case. 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

New The Loar L0-16. This is an imported deep body Gibson L-00 copy with a natural top. It's a great fingerstyle and old-time rhythm guitar that is way more fun and less expensive than having to rebook two tickets on Delta because you forgot what week your gig was. It has a 24 3/4" rosewood fingerboard with a 1 13/16" nut width, vintage style Grover tuners, laminate mahogany back and sides, a solid spruce top with x-bracing, and a SFI setup. It's a lot of guitar for just $450 with hard case. Photos

New Recording King RJJ-116-NA. A great looking & sounding 16" Jumbo flat top guitar that is reminiscent of a famous maker's J-185 model. This guitar has a solid Sitka spruce top, laminated mahogany back & sides, mahogany neck with a bound rosewood 24-3/4" scale fretboard. The sound is bright, but not thin by any means. After a quick trial with Larry Sparks licks, cheesy western movie bad guy music, and a less than competent rendition of "Stairway to Heaven," this guitar has proven it can handle a gamut of styles without putting up a fight. Plus it looks pretty darn sharp. This is a discontinued model, so we can offer it at a bargain price of $350. with a new TKL 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 $7 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.

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