Smakula

Fretted

Instruments

PO Box 882, Elkins, West Virginia 26241

304-636-6710

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Page Updated 10-1-2022

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Guitars
Just In;
1892 Washburn New Model Style 201.
Brazillian Rosewood. More details and pictures below.
1968 Martin D-28 S, 12 fret neck, Brazillian rosewood back & sides. Details soon. $6,500 Photos
1974 Martin D-18
. Excelent Condition. Details soon.$2,200 Photos

 

1930's Gibson L-50. Do you like quilted maple? Do you like archtop guitars with f holes? Do you like slightly risqué decals on guitar tops? I knew it! You better order this one quick! Finished in the classic sunburst of the 1930s L-50 guitar is a player's dream. Solid spruce top with solid maple back and sides. Though the sides have minimal figure, the back is loaded with the blister looking figure commonly known as quilted. The mahogany neck features a Brazilian rosewood fretboard with a with a 24 3/8" scale, a trussrod, and the classic 1930's Gibson silk screened script on the peghead. As the guitar is about 85 years old, there are some nicks and finish scratches, but nothing scary. Well, maybe the beautiful redhead French maid with fishnet stockings decal on the top is scary, but it's a good scary! Excellent minus condition with a newer TKL hard case. $2,200. Photos

Recent The Loar LH-700-VS. How do they do it? According to my research and calculations, if you were to build a guitar similar to this Loar instrument, the unassembled parts and case would cost you at least as much as we are selling this nicely made, ready to go sunburst finished L-5 style guitar with a nice hard case. This instrument is made from AAA grade tone woods that includes vivid curly maple back, sides, & neck and a spruce top. The top and back are carved from solid wood. Nut width is 1-3/4", scale length of the ebony fretboard is 25-3/4" and the lower bout has a width of 16-1/4". For $1,250 you can save significant time and carpal tunnel medical bills. We knew you would see it our way. Photos

1892 Washburn style 201. The 1892 Washburn catalog describes this instrument as (Brazilian) "Rosewood with plain finished edges, handsome colored wood inlayings around the soundhole and inlaid stripe down the back, oval fingerboard with pearl position dots." (And) "any style can be furnished in mahogany if preferred." At $27 retail price (no discounts!) It was a modest priced guitar. In 2021 dollars the cost would be about $800, but for $800 you can not even purchase a raw set of Brazilian rosewood for a guitar's back and sides let alone a fully assembled instrument. Washburn described this guitar as a Concert Size guitar with a 13-1/8" lower bout. (close to Martin size 0). The back and side are Brazilian rosewood. Red spruce top with ladder bracing. 24-5/8" scale ebony fretboard. V-shaped Spanish cedar neck with a slotted headstock and a 1-13/16" nut width. Though the guitar was in basically good condition when it arrived, the craftsmen here at SFI accomplished a neck reset, new frets, gluing & reinforcing hairline cracks in the back & sides, a new maple bridge plate (to replace the worn out spruce) and ebony pyramid bridge. The finish is nearly all original. There is a little touchup around the bridge where an inappropriate bridge replacement had to be undone. We have it strung with GHS Silk and Bronze strings, but no doubt this guitar would respond well with nylon strings too. The instrument plays great and has a warm full tone you expect from a 130 year old guitar. And the 1892 Washburn company would like you to "Remember, The Washburn is fully guaranteed against checking and warping for 1 year and is absolutely correct in scale." Price is $2,500 with a modern hard case. 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

1930's KlearTone Hawaiian Guitar. Every now and then a vintage instrument shows up that defies all the expected norms. But this guitar goes beyond interesting inlay or extra fancy wood on a low-grade model. I personally have never seen a square neck lap guitar with a flat top, arched back, a pyramid pin bridge, and f-holes. Well, that about covers it. Oh, more details? OK. This unusual instrument was made by Kay for Cleveland's premier musical instrument jobber of yesteryear, Grossman's. The guitar is stunning for a low-cost model. The peghead, announcing the brand name and model, is engraved pearloid, the solid spruce top, and laminated curly maple back & sides are finished in a red sunburst, Other stats; 25-3/16" scale. 1-23/32" nut width, 15-1/2" lower bout, and 3-5/8"(at neck) to 4-1/8" (at end pin) side depth. We have it tuned to an open D chord and it sounds full, bassy, and has amazing sustain. This guitar is all original and in excellent condition. The original chipboard case was in poor condition, so I rummaged around the Smakula warehouse and found a decent period correct hard case to fit. For $650 and shipping, you'll receive a very nice, if unusual, pre-war lap guitar package. 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 $9 per order for Priority Mail shipping in the continental US no matter what the order size. Micro orders weighing less than 12 ounces and valued less than $50 are usually shipped via first class mail for $6. 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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