- Top: bookmatched Maple; Natural Maple top binding
- Nitrocelulose lacquer finish
- Musikraft neck, maple, with rosewood fretboard made from salvaged wood from the actual Coney Island Boardwalk (when they tore down the old boardwalk for reconstruction, and the wood was preserved by architects/preservationists)
- 25.5" Scale
- Width at the Nut: 1-11/16"
- Width at the Heel: 2-3/16 (55.56mm)
- Number of Frets: 21
- Fret Type: Medium 6105
- Finger Board Radius: 10"
- Back of neck: natural, no finish
- Front of headstock, blue to match body
- Bridge: Schaller, imported from Germany, chrome
- Tuners: Sperzel Trimlok Locking Guitar Tuners 6-in-line Trim-Lok SATIN CHROME
- Volume and tone knobs: brushed satin chrome
- Pickups: Harmonic Design "54 special" for the bridge pickup; and Harmonic Design "MiniStrat" for the neck pickup
Tony Nobles "Coney Island Custom" Tele Guitar Master luthier Tony Nobles, based in Wimberly, Texas, needs little introduction. He’s been crafting custom guitars for years, quietly, without much hype, for artists ranging in style from Joe Walsh to Alejandro Escovedo. This guitar is fun, unique (it’s one of one), and draws on the DNA of some interesting sources. Starting with: the fretboard is made from rosewood salvaged from the actual Coney Island Boardwalk when they rebuilt it a few years ago. So it's a piece of history. Cut to chase on this unique guitar:
Another all-original pre-war Martin… but you have to go back a few more wars on this one- to just after the Civil War. This guitar even has its original coffin case–necessary in the days when Martin guitars were shipped out by railroad or wagon train. The figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides are unusual– in these decades of the 19th century (and through the middle of the 20th) Martin usually did not use this kind of figured, lovely Brazilian (they preferred the more straight-grained variety). On this guitar, for the sake of originality, we’ve kept its original saddle intact. The original ivory saddle is worn through at the strings, but still functions nicely.
- Fan braced
- Adirondack top
- Ebonized “ice cream cone” style neck
- Solid Brazilian rosewood back and sides
- 100% original finish…. No overspray, touch-up, etc. anywhere…wonderful finish
- Original ebony bridge, and bridge plate
- Two cracks in spruce top; one is bridge to bottom of top; the other is from near bridge to soundhole; first one described is beneath an internal brace; second is 2mm adjacent to a different brace. Neither need attention and are left alone to preserve originality.
- Characteristic, three Martin stamps: “CF Martin & Co, New York” ink stamped on neck block; “CF Martin & Co, New York” ink stamped on center strip inside; and “CF Martin New York”, stamped/pressed into brazilian rosewood back of guitar, up near the heel. (note: this guitar is not signed personally by factory foreman, etc, on underside of top…. This fact, and the other details, points to a circa 1870 date, not 1880s or 90’s).
Vustom made Lester Devoe Flamenco Negra, a one-of-a-kind, Brazilian Rosewood guitar, from one of the world’s top luthiers. Lester Devoe needs no introduction to the world’s great Flamenco players. The late, legendary Sabicas played a Devoe– and converted some of the great Flamenco players in Spain to the fold. Paco De Lucia, and Vicente Amigo, among others, play Devoe Flamenco guitars. (I personally delivered a Devoe Flamenco Blanca guitar to Paco De Lucia in Spain in late 2010– Paco likes his Devoe’s hand-delivered. Paco De Lucia began playing a Devoe Negra guitar years ago– and there are many Paco De Lucia recordings and feature films where Paco plays a Devoe Flamenco guitar.) And it’s rare that Lester makes a Negra with Brazilian rosewood of this age and quality.
- 650mm scale length
- Nut: 52mm
- Neck width at nut: 52mm
- String Spacing at nut: 44mm
- 80 year old Brazilian Rosewood (pre-CITES) back and sides (Quartersawn).
- European spruce top, with some beautiful and understated “"hazelfichte" (what Americans call bear claw).
- Custom, flamed Spanish Cedar neck
- Brazilian Rosewood headstock overlay, and bridge
- Brazilian Rosewood body binding, top and back
- Ebony fingerboard
- Sloane tuners
- Austere yet elegant Santos style black and white rosette, that Devoe uses only rarely, on top custom models
- Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
Very rare, early Jerome guitar tuners, made in France. Rare kidney buttons, as seen on higher end Martin guitars from the 1840s, 1850s, and 1860's. Plates, shafts and buttons only. No posts or worm gears (there is one post and one worm gear). Price: $595.
This is a wonderful Martin 0-21, but with “the best of both worlds”: the light build of 1924– combined with 1930’s robust, “braced for steel” construction. It left the factory in 1924, but it went back to Martin in 1934 for a neck set, new belly bridge, and to get set up fully for steel strings. Details below.
- All original finish
- Original 1934 bridge, and bridge plate from Martin Factory
- Original saddle
- Original “arrowhead” design tuners. The first Waverly tuners showed up in 1924/25 and remained until after the war. The arrowhead design, seen here on the tuner plates, showed up also in 1924, still with the shafts placed underneath the gears / string posts.
- Crack free (there is one cleat inside guitar, on upper bout, back. There is no visible crack that goes through wood to inside, just a tiny finish crack on outside. No doubt the Martin luthier place the cleat there in 1934 as a preventative measure (that worked).
- The combination of the original thin-profile neck, with the braced-for-steel modifications by Martin factory in 1934, make for a very robust guitar– you can play it hard and it holds up and projects like a 30’s Martin.
- Sold by Martin factory and shipped to Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. in Chicago on March 18, 1924. (This guitar does not have “Wulitzer” stamps, rather the normal CF Martin Stamps in all the correct places. This is consistent with Martin/Wurlitzer timetable in “Martin Guitars: A Technical Reference” by Johnston and Boak, 2009, p. 248.)
- June 20, 1933: the owner wrote to Martin that instrument needed a neck set and the bridge was “adrift”. Martin replied on June 23 that the normal guarantee would probably cover this work.
- Owner sent the guitar to Martin on July 3, 1934. Martin reported back to owner on July 16 that readjusting the neck and regluing the bridge would be covered by the warranty, Martin also offered a “new” bridge (meaning belly bridge) for $1.50. Martin also said that some binding could be reglued and repaired for $3.00.
- Work done at Martin, July 1934. The luthier at Martin replaced the bridge with a 1934 spec ebony belly bridge, and replaced the bridge plate with a perfect, tucked, small maple bridge plate. Martin luthier signs underside of spruce top: "7-25-1934”, and put his initials (“W.T.W.”), right by the edge of the X-brace to the top/upper bout. Of course, the back was taken off the guitar to do the above work. But being perfectly done at Martin factory in 1934, there are no visible signs of that– back binding is perfect.
- Total repair bill from Martin factory in 1934: $4.50. Paid by check, and Martin return ships the 0-21 to owner on August 15th, 1934.
A rare, wonderfully-preserved, 1854 Schmidt & Maul. It’s signed and dated inside: Louis Schmidt Tompkinsville Staten Island New York 388 Broadway August 18th 1854 U. S.
- Adirondack top
- Ebonized “ice cream cone” style neck
- solid brazilian rosewood back and sides
- fan braced
- marquetry Purfling around top, with Maple binding
- Maple binding, back
- Width at lower bout: 11 ½ inches
- 100% original finish. No overspray, touch-up, etc. anywhere…wonderful finish
- Not a crack on top, or sides. One small dryness crack on back, near the edge binding on treble side
- Original bridge plate, in great condition
- Reproduction, correct, Ebony bridge
- Bar frets replaced with period correct Bar frets from TJ Thompson
The grandson of Martin Guitar founder C. F. Martin, Sr., Frank Henry Martin suddenly found himself in control of the family business at the age of 22 when his father died in 1888 and left him unexpectedly in charge. The guitar market was still immature, and the young country was headed into an economic panic in the 1890's, but the young Frank Henry Martin quickly turned a traditional German business close to bankruptcy into a major force in the world of American music. Along with the young Frank Martin’s now legendary work ethic and marketing acumen, he is credited with personally revamping the Martin model line-up at the turn of the new century. Eschewing the trappings of an executive, he literally worked along side the shop craftsmen, day in and day out, six days a week. And he made the Style 18 the mainstay of the Martin catalog. This instrument is a living testament to that legacy– he personally signed this instrument, in cursive, under the top, on the fourth of February, 1907: “ 10381 2/4/07 F.H.M. ” Martin was still using Brazilian Rosewood for the back and sides for their 0-18 model in this 1907, and the tone of this instrument reflects all that is great about the combination of Brazilian back and sides, and Adirondack spruce (top), with a cedar neck, on the perennially great Size 0 Martin 12-fret, in all its Brazilian rosewood permutations through two centuries. This guitar is in remarkably original condition, and is completely crack-free. Just a few minor dings and superficial scratches. The finish is 100% original, with no touch-ups of any kind. The bar frets were replaced by us with period-correct bar frets–with material obtained from T.J. Thomson. (Several frets were missing, so we decided to replace all the frets.) Original ivory saddle, and bridge pins. Bridge has never been off the guitar. At some time in the past a neck set was done, so action is great, and the neck is straight. Original ebony nut is in the case. An ivory nut is installed on the guitar to accommodate silk & steel strings–which it does wonderfully. An Adirondack/Brazilian 12-fret 0-sized Martin over a century old yet in this kind of original condition, is very rare.
This 1922 Bacon & Day Serenader, tenor banjo is in great original condition. The well-worn head can be easily replaced– we retained it for originality. The banjo shows little wear. And all the parts are original–Tailpiece, tuners, dowel, everything. This is a golden era B&D, not one of the later 30s/40's banjos that are more common. In this condition it is rare. And it comes in its original hard shell case. Price: $1695.
The Larson Brothers need little introduction to the world’s top players and collectors, and they are very different instruments from the Martin and Gibson instruments that dominated the 1920’s and 30’s by their shear numbers. Larson instruments are rising in value rapidly, as they never produced the kind of volume that Martin much less Gibson produced in those decades, and they are now recognized for their magnificent workmanship and tone. The now legendary Chicago-based Larson brothers, August and Carl, did not make instruments with a “Larson” label. All of their instruments were branded and marketed for Stahl, Maurer, Prairie State, Euphonon, Dyer, Bruno, and a few more. Yet every one of their instruments has their unmistakable trademarks. And their unmistakable tone. This exquisitely beautiful, 100% original Larson Mandolin was made at the very height of the Larson legacy– when they were making their finest instruments. It has all of the Larson trademarks that set apart the best Larsons, including “built under tension” design, and Larson’s classic “ebony under the binding” on the neck. Every part of this instrument is 100% original. And its crack-free– save for two tiny dryness finish cracks near center of back, of about two inches each.
- 100% original finish, everywhere
- Scale length: 13 inches
- Nut width: 1 1/8 inches
- Serial number: 38764
It’s rare to find a Golden Era Martin in this condition. This wonderful, completely crack-free 14-fret guitar from the 30’s is a gem. It’s one of the very first Martins of any style to have all three: 14 frets clear of body+Martin decal on the front of the peghead+Martin stamp the back of the peghead. Mahogany top, back and sides, of course, and it has the great, resonant feel and tone of a very lightly built 12-fret, but with more volume, in a 14-fret package. Strong bass response. 1 3/4 inch nut. Original finish, everywhere; no cracks anywhere. Original tuners. Original full-height bridge and maple bridge plate. Original bridge pins, and nut. The neck was recently set, so there is a new bone saddle, and the action is nice and low. Original bar frets. Some slight wear below the pick guard (not a hint of a crack or even any shrinking of the edges of the pick guard), and a variety of minor dings– but this completely crack-free guitar from the Martin Golden era is a gem.
Out of stockThis could be the best blackguard telecaster tribute ever. An homage to the great early 50’s telecaster. But it only gets accolades if it’s a great player. This one is a great player–its light weight (same weight range as on original early 50s telecaster), pickups, setup, and attention to detail make for a great sounding tele. A joy to play. There appear to be a few original 1952/1953 parts on this guitar– but this guitar is being offered strictly as a reproduction/tribute. And it’s a tribute, in its way, to the art of the (great) copy– and on that note, it comes with Nacho Baños’ great book, The Blackguard book (out of print and a $300-400 value in itself), with matching serial number on the cover of the book. (Click here for a story on Baños.) So the purchaser can follow along the narrative of some of the great original early Blackguards in the book–and how to identify original early 50’s Telecaster, Nocaster, and Esquire elements and parts– while having fun with this intriguing tribute guitar. • The bridge, a good reproduction of unknown origin. The photos tell the story. (Original early 50’s brass saddles?). Reproduction tuners. • The pickguard looks convincing, but we're calling it a reproduction. • Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickups. • The pots, and the pickup switch, appear to be original 1952 or 1953 Fender parts (but not with original solder joints etc). • The control plate appears to be an original 1952/1953 Fender plate. Tone, volume knobs are (good) reproductions. • Neck is from Mark Jenny, stamped on heel as official Fender “Licensed” neck. Medium C profile. Great feel– not baseball bat, and not too thin. • Weight, with strings: 6.625 lbs. This is in the same weight range as original early 50s telecasters. Compare to the weight of mediocre telecaster “reissues” on the market today, all of which weigh much more. • The body is by Mark Jenny. We waited patiently for over a year until the right Jenny body became available, to complete this instrument in the best way possible and to remove from the market the (nice light weight) reproduction body that was in place when we acquired the guitar that had a non-authentic 1952 date and signature in the neck pocket. The right thing to do– and the Mark Jenny body in place now has crazing and other elements characteristic to the early blackguard look, weight, wear, and feel. • Set up perfectly, and ready to play. Sold as a reproduction/tribute guitar only, together with the Nacho Baños The Blackguard book (book in as-new condition in original box) that will school the new owner on how to evaluate the fine, fully pedigreed, great Blackguards of the early 50’s. Price: $5950.
1951 Fender Deluxe Amplifier ... all it should be, and more... coming soon... . .