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PO Box 882, Elkins, West Virginia 26241

304-636-6710

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Page Updated 11-11-2021

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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 below. $2,500. Sorry, Sold. Photos


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 25.4" 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. Sorry, Sold. 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

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.

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