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Page Updated 10-21-2019
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2001 Martin Felix The Cat I. nearly new condition. $550. More details below. Sorry, Sold. Photos
1965 Martin 000-18 $3,000. More details below. On Hold. 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
1965 Martin 000-18. Ladies and gentleman, may we proudly present to you, the Pacific Ocean of guitars old, deep, and full of life. For the same reasons, it could also be called the Atlantic Ocean of guitars, the Grand Tetons National Park of guitars, or the Half-Eaten KFC Bucket You Left in Your Car for Two Weeks in the Middle of August of guitars. However you want to think about it, the facts are fairly straightforward this guitar rocks, rolls, slaps, and roars. Back and sides are mahogany, top is Sitka spruce, and the original red tortoise pickguard is intact. It has a 24.9" scale, 15" body width, and 1-11/16" nut width. The neck is also mahogany, and the fretboard and bridge are Brazilian rosewood. Repairs include 2 minor back cracks, neck reset, new frets, and it's also been set up with new Waverly style Gotoh tuners. All of this means that it plays beautifully. Tone is rich and bright, with just as much power on the bass strings as there is clarity on the treble strings. Yours for $3,000 and comes in a well-loved but solid condition hard case. On Hold. Photos
2004 Martin Felix The Cat Signature edition. Research: sometimes a little can go a long way. In pulling together specs for this delightfully kooky Felix the Cat themed guitar, we ran across an interesting tidbit about it's designer, Don Oriolo. From Wikipedia: "Oriolo is also credited with writing Jon Bon Jovi's first charted single, which was a Star Wars themed track titled 'R2 D2, We Wish You a Merry Christmas.'" Yes, we listened to it, no, we don't recommend you do the same. But the fine mist of pop culture history swirling around this guitar isn't the only reason you should buy it. Underneath all those Felix-the-Cats is a Martin, by gosh, and a collector's item to boot. From the first edition of the Felix signature series, this guitar is signed and numbered by Don Oriolo himself. The back, sides, and X-braced top are made of a lightly textured HPL (high pressure laminate) material, and the many-ply (we count 37) birch neck has an ebony like HPL fretboard. Main design features include smiling Felix printed on the bright red peghead overlay, and precisely 10 heads-of-Felix adorning the bright red top (see photos). The sound is mellow and it plays smooth. For $550, it's a steal, and it even comes with the original embroidered gigbag. Merry Christmas, R2 D2! Sorry, Sold. 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
Huss & Dalton TD-M #2234. Dreamier than a Sunday drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this Huss & Dalton TD-M is a shining ambassador for the Shenandoah Valley's rich culture of traditional music & craftsmanship. The Staunton, Virginia based company has been producing top-shelf guitars & banjos for nearly 25 years, and we think any serious lover of traditional American flat-top guitars would be a fool to not at least give this one a second look. With a 25-1/2" scale, it has an ebony fingerboard, Sitka spruce top, mahogany back & sides, nickel plated Waverly tuners, and tortoise style binding and pickguard. It's in outstanding condition, save for some light scratching on the back, and two subtle dents in the top. Tone is deep and warm, but it also has more than enough trebly bite to keep it from getting lost in the mix. An excellent instrument all around, and it may just convince you once and for all there are more exciting things in life than driving around and staring at leaves. Yours for $2,500 with the original tweed Huss & Dalton 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
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
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
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. Sorry, Sold. 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
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
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.
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.
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