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Page Updated 10-1-2021

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Guitars
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1973 Martin D-18. Details below. $2,200 Photos
2018 Martin HD-28-V. Extra nice condition. Details soon. $2,500. Photos
1959Maetin 5-18. Rough looking, but solid condition. Deteils coming soon. $1,500. On Hold. Photos
1964 Gibson B-25. Faded red sunburst. Details below. Photos $1800

1973 Martin D-18. 1973, as you might recall, was rife with stagflation, the death of a former president, whose name rhymes with Flindon B. Johnson, and the Cuyahoga River catching on fire. Apart from the year, this guitar has nothing in common with the aforementioned unfortunate events. See, unlike the Cuyahoga River, this guitar is exceptionally clean. It has nary a scratch or nick. And unlike Spiro Agnew pleading No Contest to tax evasion, this guitar sounds quite good. It has a dry, brighter, woody sound that is more commonly associated with D-18s from the '50s, and it lends itself quite well to Doc Watson/Sam McGee types of fingerpicking as well as soaring flatpicked leads. Thanks to a recent professional reset on the slightly chunky D profile neck, it plays almost effortlessly. The 25 7/16" scale rosewood fingerboard boasts almost undetectable amounts of fretwear. The Sitka spruce top looks almost as perfect as it did the day it left Nazareth, as do the ribbon figured mahogany back and sides. It's a good one, and honestly I might have to edit the Wikipedia page for 1973 American History to include this guitar just so it has something positive on there. $2,200 with modern Martin hardshell case. Photos

2014 Preservation "Terz" Parlor Guitar. Small guitar, big heart. Think of it like the E.T. of stringed instruments, only you hopefully won't have to escape with this guitar into the woods while evading federal agents. Actually, now that I say it, that sounds pretty cool! Let's hope that does happen, OK? And if such an event does transpire, I bet this guitar's creator, Aviva Pilgrim (formerly Steigmeyer), would love to hear about it, so drop her a line. Based in Fayetteville, AR, Preservation Guitar Co. has been producing great sounding, unique parlor guitars since 2013. This particular model, modeled after a 3/4 size Washburn from the early 1900s, is elegant, unfussy, and a ton of fun to play. The neck is 2-piece poplar, with 21-3/4" scale rosewood fretboard, and slotted headstock with rosewood peghead overlay. Top is ladder braced and made of West Virginia red spruce. Bridge is made out of rosewood, and the back and sides are oak. For additional aesthetic joy, the top is bound in grained ivoroid. Tone is lively and crisp with that little bit of grittiness you want from an old-style parlor guitar. It's yours for a $1,000 and we'll even throw in a document stating it won't be spirited away back to its home planet for as long you are the owner. Comes in a high quality Baby Taylor gig bag. Photos

2018 Martin HD-28-V. All the reasons that the Martin Guitar Company's D-28 model is such an icon are included in this instrument. Classic understated design, highest quality materials and workmanship, and the big, big sound that comes out when a pick is applied to the strings. Details of this HD-28V are what you would expect. Mahogany neck with a 24.4" scale ebony fretboard ornamented with subtle on-end abalone slotted squares. The peghead has a thin Indian rosewood veneer with the classic gold with black outlined "C.F. Martin Est. 1833" decal. Tuners are open geared Grover inspired with metal butterbean buttons. The body is made with straight grain Indian rosewood, a perfectly quartersawn sitka spruce top with forward X-bracing, and an ebony bridge with a through saddle. Finishing off the classic design is the zipper back strip, herringbone marquetry around the outer edge of the top, and grained ivoroid binding. The instrument is in nearly new condition. There are just a few light scratches on the shiny lacquer to indicate the original owner did play this instrument before coming obsessed with a 2019 Martin D-18. This guitar is $2,500 and the price includes the original Martin badged TKL hard case with a dark maroon velvet lining, also in excellent condition. Photos

2006 Martin D-18 Authentic 1937. The Martin Authentic series - sort of like the Fender "Road-Worn" series minus the subtext that you've played more gigs than you actually have. If that's the vibe you're looking for, no one's going to stop you from rubbing sandpaper on the edges of this guitar. But if anyone from SFI finds out about it, we're going to drive to your house and give you a wedgie, social distancing be damned. Let's talk turkey - this guitar is a faithful reproduction of a 1937 D-18, with Adirondack red spruce top, mahogany back, sides, and neck, and 25.4" scale ebony fretboard. The bridge is ebony as well, and the peghead overlay is Brazilian rosewood. Tuners are a visual reproduction of the original grover G-98s with C.F. Martin logo, aged nickel finish, and significantly better gearing than the originals. Interior bracing is scalloped and moved forward to 1-1/2" from the soundhole. Fretboard is 1-3/4" at the nut. Comes with the original TKL hard case with alligator brown exterior and plush burgundy interior, a reproduction of the original Geib hard case that would've been available in the 30s. It also comes with black and grey Small Dog brand case cover. If you are from planet Earth and have heard of "bluegrass" then you probably don't need to be told what this guitar sounds like, but yes, it's all there, the bass, the depth, the clarity. $4,500 for all the flat top you can handle and we'll even throw in a Smakula click pen, but don't push your luck. Photos

1964 Gibson B-25. Gibson's 00 size guitar for the folks that are uncomfortable playing a J-45 dreadnaught or the even larger J-200. Manufactured in 1964 it came from Kalamazoo with the standard factory specs of the day. Mahogany neck 1-5/8" wide at the nut and a 24-5/8" scale Brazilian rosewood fretboard, mahogany back and sides, Sitka spruce top, and a tone reducing adjustable bridge with the ceramic saddle. Fortunately for you we have done all the important modifications to bring out the best in tone. That includes a new non-adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge with a bone saddle, replacing the heavy plywood maple bridgeplate with a more modest solid maple bridgeplate, new Gotoh made 3-on-a-plate Kluson style tuners, and a refret with appropriate height fretwire. Though a modification approved by all of us here at SFI, we did not leave the guitar in direct sunlight to fade the exceptionally bright red sunburst to its current mellow "Iced Tea" burst. Tone is full. An exceptionally strong bass for a smaller guitar that is accompanied by an articulate treble. This instrument also has a good sounding 3-transdicer pickup that looks similar to a K&K, but was not manufactured by that company. The $1,800 price includes a recent TKL flat top hard case. Photos

1988 Dobro Hula Blues Single Cone Resonator Guitar. The story of the Dobro guitar could not possibly be more American. It's the early 1900s, and the Dopyera brothers (hence the name: Do-Bro) have emigrated from Slovakia to Los Angeles. Fast forward to the 1920s: down-in-the-mouth guitar players the world over are distraught that their guitars are not as destructively loud as the banjos of the time. In 1927, John Dopyera files the patent for the tri-cone resonator guitar. American hero, or harbinger of sonic doom? You be the judge. This guitar, manufactured by the Dopyera-founded Original Instrument Company in California, has a maple V-shaped neck with 24-1/2" scale flat rosewood fretboard. The slotted headstock features an attractive shield decal that reads "Original Duolean by Dobro". Body is 00 sized maple with F-holes and spun aluminum single cone, chrome cover plate, and chrome tailpiece. Finished in a light green color, with stenciled yellow palm tree on the top and stenciled hula girl with palm tree on the back. The overall effect is quite charming, and a recent neck reset and refret done here at SFI means it sounds and plays great. $1,200 with heavy duty Levy's gig bag. Photos

2011 Dell Arte parlor guitar. There is no shortage of praise out there for Dell Arte guitars, and for good reason. Whenever beautiful handcrafted items such as this arrive in the shop, it's a reminder that the instrument biz is a pleasant biz to be in, as far as bizzes go. It can be easy to forget this truth, when buried beneath a mountain of bubble wrap or disintegrating pearloid, or staring down the barrel of a fire-damaged hammered dulcimer that hasn't been tuned in 133 years. But with this lovely parlor guitar, all of that seems to melt away. Built in San Diego by acclaimed luthier John Kinnard, the list of this guitar's premium appointments stretches on and on into the sunset - European spruce top, strikingly figured Cocobolo back and sides, herringbone trim, and curly maple binding to name a few. It has a 1-3/4" width bone nut and saddle, pyramid bridge, and a mahogany neck with 24" scale ebony fretboard. The slotted headstock is outfitted with Waverly tuners with ebony buttons. Tone is punchy and crisp but well-balanced, which is exactly what you want out of a parlor guitar. Yours for $2,500, includes hard case. Pictures coming when "Wintery Mix" is not a daily occurance. Photos

1985 Alvarez Yairi DY-74. Maybe it's the spring weather, or maybe it's the lacquer fumes from the SFI repair shop, but 2021 seems to shaping up better than 2020, at least from our current vantage point. We think it's an appropriate time for new beginnings, and this 1985 Alvarez has new beginnings written all over it. A nice homage to that era's Martin D-28, this guitar is a solid, mid-price player's instrument, in great condition. The dreadnaught body has laminated rosewood back and sides, and ebony bridge, and a scalloped brace solid spruce top. The mahogany neck has a 25-3/8" scale ebony fretboard, and "snowflake" inlays. After a little TLC via SFI, namely a refret, it sounds and plays great. Yours for $650, comes in a used but solid condition hard case. Sorry, Sold. Photos

2005 Alvarez Artist AD80SSB. While some dreadnaught guitars do fill us with dread and make us wonder if it's all for naught, we are perfectly content with this 2005 Alvarez offering. It's got a mahogany neck with 25-1/2" scale bound rosewood fretboard, laminated rosewood back and sides, laminated spruce top with mother of pearl border, and sunburst finish. This excellent condition instrument didn't need much of anything done to it, but we did dress the fretboard, so now it plays even better than before. A great option for anyone in need of an affordable, all-purpose strummer. $350, comes in a hardshell 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
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