James Taylor, that's a pretty iconic name. I had a girlfriend that was in love with him around 1970. Needless to say, I wasn't too fond of the boy. The girlfriend is now my wife. She still likes him, and I have since grown to like him myself. What can I say, I was a jealous fool. Here we have an Olson James Taylor made in 2002. This guitar is an extremely rare and extremely fine instrument. It's hard to know where to begin. First of all, it's the 4th built out a limited edition of 80. Olson has sold them all, there won't be anymore. It is signed by James Taylor and the builder, James Olson. This is the pinnacle of a great builder's art. It sounds so good, plays so flawlessly, and is an absolute gem on an instrument. I see this guitar as a prime collectible: one that can only appreciate in value with the passage of time. In the meantime, you get to enjoy and play one of the finest acoustic guitars on the planet. This is a used instrument, showing very light wear. Overall, the condition is excellent. The frets are perfect, and it plays like a dream. Folks, this is one fine guitar.
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Man, I love a 12 String. It's really hard not to. All the British Invasion stuff, The Byrds, Leo Kottke, all that music, it just knocked me out. We have a good one here, a 2004 Taylor 655-CE. It's near mint, with beautiful, flamed maple back and sides, gold plated tuners, and the Taylor Expression pickup system. The action is perfect, low and without buzz. The neck is straight and true, and the frets show only the slightest hints of ever being played. It plays like a dream, stays in tune, and it sounds great. This is a loud guitar. Big and punchy with nice balanced tone. It's as good as it gets if you're looking for a 12 string. Comes with original hardshell Taylor case.Learn More
The Martin 000-28 is one of the finest guitars Martin ever came up with. It's got a balanced tone that's perfect for fingerpicking but with enough volume and bass response to keep up with a dreadnought. It's also an extremely comfortable body size that fits perfectly in your lap. Here we have a 2010 Martin 000-28 made in the USA. All solid wood with Indian Rosewood back and side, Sitka Spruce top, mahogany neck, and ebony fingerboard and bridge. It's a great sounding guitar, showing minimal cosmetic wear. There are no issues. The neckset is perfect, the frets are in near perfect condition, the neck is straight and true, action is low, without buzzing. 1-11/16" nut width. There's some a few very minor dings and scratches, overall the condition is excellent. It's a fine guitar, ready to gig and be enjoyed. Comes with original hard case.Learn More
I love, love, love a 12 string guitar. There are so many great 12 string songs. "Walk Right In" by the Rooftop Singers immediately comes to mind, as does Leadbelly, The Byrds, Leo Kottke, early Stones, and so on. This is an all Koa guitar with a cutaway, and pickup system. Built in 2004, this guitar precedes Taylor's BTO program, and was custom built for a local artist. You hardly ever see an all Koa Taylor 12-string. In fact, this is only the second one I've ever seen in the past 20 years. The koa wood is gorgeous, it is absolutely lovely. Tortoise shell body and neck binding. Expression system electronics. The guitar is in good condition, shows some slight overall play wear. It sounds amazing, like a great grand piano. Sublime really (I know that sounds over the top but sometimes I just can't help myself) The frets are fine, showing some slight wear but with lots of life in them. Everything is good and ready to go. You'll love this guitar, I know I do. Comes with original hard case.Learn More
How about that model number? Is that cool or what? All you need to know about this fine guitar is within in this rather cryptic number. A special number for a special guitar. It is a 35th Anniversery, Grand Symphony, with Walnut back & sides. This is a fine, fine, super-fine guitar. The walnut back is absolutely spectacular. We've never seen walnut that looks better then this...it's absolutely jaw dropping. One of a limited edition of only 35 guitars. It has a sharp, Florentine cutaway, the best Gotoh 510 tuners, ebony fingerboard with 35 inlaid at the 12th fret, and a walnut backstrap overlay on the back of the headstock. The edge bevel on the bass side of this guitar's lower bout is gorgeous; inspired in part by the work of renowned luthier Grit Laskin.
This is what Taylor has to say about it: "This Taylor guitar showcases walnut wood for the back and sides, offering warm, deep tone, balanced projection, and clarity, in a stunningly complex appearance. The wood set was specially selected for its unique aesthetic qualities, making for an extremely limited run. The Taylor XXXV-GS-W acoustic-electric guitar also features a Sitka spruce top with Taylor's tone-enhancing CV bracing, an abalone rosette, Gotoh tuners, a bone nut and saddle, and the Expression System pickup. The Taylor guitar includes an ebony armrest, ebony binding, and a Florentine cutaway".Learn More
Who has not seen the Andy Griffith show? If you raised your hand, go watch them all right now, then we'll talk. You back? Excellent. Remember Andy playing a Martin D-18 without a pickguard? Well, here's the story on that: Andy was doing the great movie, "A Face In The Crowd", and they needed a fancy guitar for the movie, so the prop man bought a new D-18 (this was the 50's), painted it black, put rhinestones all over it, and had "Lonesome Rhodes" painted on the front. After filming, Andy stole the guitar...well, he borrowed it. He took it home, took all the finish off, and re-finished it in natural. He later took the guitar to New York, where John D'Angelico refinished it professionally for him. Andy liked the way it looked without the pickguard, so he kept it that way. Pretty cool, right? The guitar we have is quite reminiscent of Andy's guitar. We have a 1967 Martin D-18 that was special ordered without a pickguard. It came from the factory like that. A rare special order. Perhaps the original owner was an Andy fan. It's in very good condition, showing some playing wear. There is a small area on the upper bout where it looks like the guitar was bumped. The neckset is marginal; it's playable as-is, but would benefit greatly from a neckset. The frets are playable, but again, it would benefit from a refret. It is really a great sounding guitar. It has the vintage Martin D-18 tone...one of the most universally applicable and infinitely versatile tones. It is one of the coolest 60's Martin D 18 models I've seen in a long time. Comes with non original hard case.Learn More
Bob Taylor has been making fine guitars for many years. When he puts his name on a signature guitar, then you know it's a good one. Taylor is not making the R Taylor Signature line right now, so this is a rare opportunity to own one. Taylor used only his most experienced craftsman on these instruments, with the best woods, in a small shop setting outside of the regular Taylor Guitar prodution. Here we have a 2006 R Taylor Style 1. Spruce top, Indian Rosewood back and sides, Ebony fingerboard, and an Ebony contoured arm bevel. The Laskin Armrest is a fantastic option that makes the guitar much more comfortable to play...it was also an additional $1500. The R Taylor guitars have a one-piece neck, without the scarf joint like the regular Taylor production guitars have. It is an amazing sounding guitar, that is perfectly suited for both strumming and fingerpicking. The kerfing is steamed and bent just the way cellos are made. The bridge plate is inlaid into the top, creating better tone and sound transference. It has the Expression system electronics, which sounds great. This guitar is clean and nice. The neck is straight and true. The frets are in perfect condition. There is a ding on the back, but it does not go through to the wood. It has the deluxe R Taylor case. A truly fantastic guitar. It's our acoustic salesman's current favorite guitar in the shop...you better buy it before he does.Learn More
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Don't you just love the smell of Brazilian Rosewood in the morning? It smells like a good time is just right around the corner. A good time will be had by all that play this fine guitar. We are offering a limited edition 2015 Taylor 714CE Brazilian Rosewood acoustic electric guitar. This is a Cites Compliant guitar, it is stamped on the label. The back and sides are spectacular Brazilian Rosewood. Check out the gorgeous figuring and sap wood! This is a lovely guitar: lovely in appearance, lovely in tone. The Torrefied Sitka spruce top combined with the Brazilian Rosewood back and sides produce lush trebles, warm and punchy bottom end...a lively sound with great overtones that are almost 3-dimensional in character. It is set up with the ES 2 Expression System pickup, has a single cutaway with an ebony fingerboard, and a pearl rosette. The action is perfect...everything is perfect about this guitar. It is a used guitar, but it would be better described as "pre-owned" because we can't find any signs or wear at all. Perfect condition and looks absolutely gorgeous. It's one of the best sounding guitars we have in the shop right now, and one of the most satisfying guitars we've played in a long time. Comes with original hard case.Learn More
This is a cool and rare guitar. It's a monster. We have a 1998 Gibson Custom Shop Advanced Jumbo Brazilian. That's right, Brazilian Rosewood. How cool is that? This guitar looks and sounds unbelievable. It plays great: the action is nice, low, and easy. It's great for finger picking AND strumming. Everything you'd want out of a Gibson acoustic. Jackson Browne has one of these, along with his 30's Advanced Jumbos. It has been re-fretted and PLEK'd, and the bridge has been reglued; no other repairs. There is light wear, nicks, dings, and scratches - nothing major. The finish has sunken into the grain in places on the back: typical of lacquer finishes on Brazilian rosewood. Still overall the condition is excellent. The sunburst finish looks so authentic; as does the pickguard, which is the old-style striped kind. The neck is wide and big, and feels great. It's got a 1 7/8" nut width. It has open back Grover tuners as well. Gibson will not be making any more Brazilian Rosewood guitars, and this one is priced right. Comes with hard shell case.Learn More
You know, in his day Bobby Henshaw was the Eddie Van Halen of the ukulele. He was a king, a monster player. Unfortunately for Bobby, the pitfalls of being King Of The Uke proved to be too tempting. Wine, whiskey and women got him in the end, but his legend burns brightly. Okay, okay, I made all that up. I'm sure Bobby was a decent man that loved his mother, and paid his bills on time. Here we have a really cool, Bobby Henshaw baritone ukulele. It dates from the 1950's. It says "Bobby Henshaw, Sorkin" on the headstock. USA made. I believe it was made by the Harmony Company in Chicago. It shows some wear. There is a hairline crack on the back. It's a minor crack, and appears to be stable. It sounds great, plays great, and looks really good. Comes with a super nice tweed, hard shell case.Learn More
I've been aware of this instrument since 1983 when I read an article in Guitar Player magazine by George Gruhn about a 7 string Dobro made by Gibson. I was quite intrigued, as I played Dobro a bit as well. It was a marvel to behold. Now for a little history: CMI was a conglomerate that from 1944 until the mid fifties, owned Gibson and the National Guitar Company. There was a bit of an incestuous relationship between the two companies. It was not uncommon for National to use Gibson bodies, and then use their own necks, hardware, etc. I've seen Gibson J-45 bodies and ES-175 bodies with National parts. The point of this is that there was some intermingling of the two companies. After WWII, National stopped making resonator instruments. However, there was still a demand from traditional Dobro players. Even back then they were searching the pawn shops for used instruments. That brings us back to our Gibson Dobro. It exists, and we have it in our shop. It was possibly a prototype made by Gibson with a vintage National/Dobro resonator. National had a stash of those, and used them in the sixties on some models. So, this guitar was either made as a special order, or as an experimental model. I tend to think it was made for a customer because most prototypes I've seen are somewhat crude - this is not. It is a finished instrument. It is seven strings with four resonator screens. The body is a Gibson Southern Jumbo guitar body. It's bigger than any traditional style Dobro that I've seen. Bigger body, bigger sound; that's how it works. So as just a musical instrument, it's the best sounding Dobro I've ever heard. It's the only one my friends. There is a rumor that two more were made, but it is unsubstantiated. This is about the rarest Gibson on the planet and that is including the elusive, never seen "MODERNE". I've never seen a Moderne in person, but I can look at this guitar anytime I want to. It's clean and nice, showing some light wear, but overall condition is excellent. It's really something. A piece of history - and it can be yours! Comes with vintage hard case.Learn More