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304-636-6710

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Page Updated 4-1-2019

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Guitars

1953 Martin 00-18. Whether you're bungling a homemade love song at open mic night, playing a square dance until your head falls off, or just trying to find where you put your pick, this 00-18 is here for it. Seriously though - this guitar is a bit of the total package, ready to do extremely tasteful battle in any number of musical settings. It has a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and tortoise celluloid binding & pick guard. Repairs include a new bridge & bridge plate, and an SFI neck reset and refret from the 1990s, both of which are still holding strong. Aesthetically appealing in its simplicity, this guitar plays smooth and has the all warmth and richness that people have come to expect in a vintage Martin flat top. It would be equally at home played fingerstyle, accompanying voice, backing up a fiddle, or whatever else you might dream up. We can't improve your love songs (maybe your metaphors are clichéd) or find your pick (it's in your hand), but dang if this guitar won't soften the blow in the meantime. Sent to your door for $3,000 in a hard case, plus shipping. Photos

1975 Martin 00-18. Our best theory about this guitar is that it must've turned state's evidence against the mob at some point. Between the professional neck reset, replaced pickguard, and refinished back, it's clear it wanted to go incognito, blend in, disappear. Tough turkey, because these lovingly executed repairs have done nothing but draw out the innate character of this fine instrument - you're not fooling anyone, Mac. This wonderfully subtle and streamlined guitar has a 24.9" scale Indian rosewood fretboard (1-11/16" width at the nut), mahogany back and sides, and an X-braced sitka spruce top. In keeping with other standard specs of the day, the neck is mahogany with square steel tube reinforcement, and is outfitted with Grover Rotomatic tuners. Tone is warm and balanced, well suited to just about any type of music you can think of - even serenading Joe Pesci to keep him from chasing you down the street with a tire iron. Yours for $2,000, including hardshell case. Photos

2004 Taylor XXX-MC 000. Something is wrong with this world. I'm not talking about greed or corruption or climate change or war. I'm talking about the fact that, when I plug "limited edition" into the search bar, the first result returned is "Limited Edition Mario Milk." And here I thought my cynicism had grown strong enough through the years to protect me from anything. Fortunately, this guitar is about as a good a tonic for the fear & trembling of modern life as we've encountered. Circling back around, yes, this is a limited edition instrument - specifically, number 198 of a 250 guitar series manufactured by Taylor for their 30th anniversary. In near spotless condition, this Grand Concert size guitar has a mahogany back & sides, cedar top, and beautiful abalone trim around the top & sound hole. The neck is mahogany as well, with an ebony fretboard sporting an attractive engraved inlay. The slotted peghead is outfitted with Waverly tuners with grained ivoroid buttons, and another stylish inlay on the peghead back. Tone is punchy and bright and it plays smooth. Yours for $2,500 comes with hardshell case. Take home a little piece of history that the algorithm won't show you. 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

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

1956 Gibson LG-2. So, you've tried everything you can think of to make yourself cooler. Bought some vintage JNCO jeans off eBay, started loudly chewing gum everywhere you go. Tricked out your Nissan Sentra with spinners and nitro. Nothing seems to work! Never fear, because SFI is here to help build your cred. Dig this - instead of dipping into the cultural well of 1996, try 1956, namely, this excellent LG-2. It has a sunburst finished, x-braced sitka spruce top, mahogany back & sides, mahogany neck with Brazilian rosewood fretboard, new Kluson 3-on-a-plate tuners, 24-5/8" scale, and 1-11/16" width at the nut. In-house repairs by our master guitar technician include a refret, reglued bridge, new bridge plate, and re-cleated top cracks. Quite simply, this guitar is a cannon - deep, powerful, and well balanced across all registers. With this instrument in hand, no one will be able to deny you that coveted adjective ever again - radical. Take it home today for $1,800, including a new Superior hardshell case. 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

1965 FT-45 Epiphone Cortez by Gibson. Sometimes a cheap imitation is just a cheap imitation - if you are reading this while drinking Dr. Perky and listening to The Monkees, you know exactly what I'm talking about (even if you won't admit it). But, sometimes an imitation is darn near as good as the quote-unquote real thing. This Epiphone, made in the original Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, is nearly identical to the B-25 of the same year, and we are quite taken with it, indeed. It has an x-braced spruce top, mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck with Brazilian rosewood fretboard, and a reproduction Brazilian rosewood bridge. Scale is 24-9/16" and width at the nut is a narrow 1-9/16". It has a professionally repaired top center seam crack, and is outfitted with Kluson 3-on-a-plate tuners. Surprisingly loud with a good n' beefy low-end, this guitar is a bit of an undercover powerhouse. Yours today for $1,200 with chipboard case and you can even play Last Train to Clarksville on it. In the privacy of your own home please. 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. 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

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

 

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;
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