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1914-martin-style-d-mandolin

1914 Martin style D mandolin

1914 Martin style D mandolin. One of only seven ever made. The Mysterious style D was introduced in 1914 and 5 were made with outstanding Brazilian rosewood, fine position marks, engraved silver trimmings, ivory bound body and fingerboard, abalone top trim, feathery pick guard and fine purfling on the side.. two more style “D’s” were made in 1917.

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1952-MARTIN-D-28-MIKE-LONGWORTH-CONVERSION-TO-D-45

1952 Martin D-28 Mike Longworth conversion to D-45

What an absolutely gorgeous instrument! This 1952 was converted to D-45 specs by Mike Longworth, in 1961, long before he went on to an illustrious career at Martin. Mike was commissioned by Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin- at the very height of Charlie's career.

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1940-GIBSON-J-55-ROSEWOOD

1940 Gibson J-55 Rosewood

This is an extremely special guitar. This is the only rosewood back and sides J-55 ever known to be produced. Some say a rosewood J-55 was never made- but yet here it is. Like some of our other inventory- rare is hardly the word. A few well repaired cracks but all original parts. This is perfect for anyone who wants a totally unique pre war Gibson.

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1940-MARTIN-0-18

1940 Martin 0-18

A wonderful pre war Martin that is extremely light weight, resonant, and lively. Adirondack top and scalloped x bracing are present. 1940-42 is my favorite era of Martin guitars, especially of the mahogany variety.

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1939-GIBSON-ES-100

1939 Gibson Es-100

A really cool pre war Gibson complete with pickup. This one has been a big hit, it has all the requisite "vibe" one could imagine.

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1934-MARTIN-000-18-SHADE-TOP

1934 Martin 000-18 Shade Top

A truly superior guitar and a rarity among rarities. An early 30s 000-18 with an original shade top finish is extraordinarily scarce. This is a pre war instrument complete with an Adirondack spruce top, hand scalloped forward shifted bracing, and the Martin logo on both the front and back of the head stock. A neck set was recently performed.

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1933-GIBSON-L-4

1933 Gibson L-4

Excellent condition, pre war Gibson with white paper label.

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1928-NATIONAL-RESONATOR

1928 National Resonator

1928 National style 3 tricone with new NRP neck. Very fancy and ornate with a huge tone. This one truly transports you back in time!

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1931-OM-28

1931 OM-28

Crack free. For Martin aficionados, the OM-28 model needs no introduction. Made for only five years, many consider this to be the pinnacle of Martin design and craftsmanship.

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1944-GIBSON-SOUTHERN-JUMBO

1944 Gibson Southern Jumbo

Just in- another banner (1944) Gibson Southern Jumbo. The Southern Jumbo was the top of the line flagship slope shoulder guitar of the Gibson line. But of course the SJ is far more than just a fancier dressed up J-45 with more aesthetic inlays and binding.

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1931-GIBSON-S.S.-STEWART-L-1

1931 Gibson/S.S. Stewart L-1

This is an extraordinarily rare model- made for only one year by Gibson for S.S. Stewart. Feather light and in natural finish- an extreme rarity for Gibsons, particularly of this era. This guitar sounds extraordinary and is housed in it’s original red line hard shell case! Scalloped x braced under a fine Adirondack top.

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1943-GIBSON-SOUTHERN-JUMBO

1943 Gibson Southern Jumbo

All original 1943 Southern Jumbo. A real banner! Rare and the best wood was reserved for this top of the line model. Adirondack top and scalloped bracing. Original finish.

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1943-D-18

1943 D-18

A tremendous guitar bolstered by an Adirondack top, ebony rod, and scalloped bracing. Of note, this guitar was also taken to WWII. This is truly one of the top top five best sounding D-18s we've had and definitely looks the part. Grab a piece of American and music history.

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2004-BOURGEOIS-NAMM-PRESENTATION-GUITAR

2004 Bourgeois NAMM presentation guitar

2004 Bourgeois NAMM show presentation guitar. This boutique manufacturer of course has a stellar reputation and this is the most ornate guitar I’ve ever seen them produce. Pearl trim, engraved gold tuners, Brazilian rosewood, Adirondack top, mammoth ivory, white paper label. Mint condition.

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1939-MARTIN-D-18-1-3-4-NUT-2

1939 Martin D-18 (1 3/4 nut)

This is an early 39 d-18 with the wide nut. The top was replaced long ago at Martin and the braces recently scalloped.

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1933-GIBSON-L-2-ROSEWOOD

1933 Gibson L-2 (rosewood)

Perhaps the rarest Gibson we’ve ever offered. A 1933 natural top L-2 with 14 fret neck, pin bridge, and Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Housed in the original case and part of a private collection for several years.

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1930-MARTIN-5-K-3

1930 Martin 5-k

Just in. The holy grail of all ukuleles. 1930 Martin 5-K. The most expensive and ornate ukulele ever made by Martin. This one is all original, crack free, and housed in the original case.

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1930-MARTIN-000-45-12 FRET

1930 Martin 000-45 (12 fret)

Here is a guitar that is among the most special offered at Dying Breed Guitars. Better photos will be coming soon- but these will give you an idea. This is an extremely rare and desirable 1930 000-45 in the 12 fret slot head configuration. Several professional musicians I know consider the guitars made by Martin between 1930-1931 to be the finest and pinnacle of their storied and revered manufacturing.

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1938-MARTIN-000-45

1938 Martin 000-45

(Sold). SALE PRICE. A 1938 000-45 is just in at Dying Breed Music. All original finish. Replaced bridge plate- small and maple. It was owned for many years by the legendary Gordon Lightfoot, multi platinum selling artist, Grammy nominee, and member of the Songwriter Hall of Fame. One of only 19 made in 1938- this guitar features 1 3/4 nut and forward shifted bracing.

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1939-MARTIN-D-18

1939 Martin D-18

A 1 3/4 nut 1930s D-18 that has just been brought up to speed by our luthier. Heel crack repaired. Cracks repaired and a replica bridge plate installed. Adirondack top and a huge strong sound. Overspray on the top and all original finish on the back and sides. Original pickguard and tuners.

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1936-GIBSON-TROJAN

1936 Gibson Trojan

The rarest of the rare. Only 39 ever produced and only three are recorded in the Spann book. Made for two months, October and November of 1936. It is one of the most scarce models that Gibson ever produced. Indeed, it really is more of a prototype rather than an actual production model. It was never in the Gibson catalogue.

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1968-MARTIN-D-45-PROTOTYPE

1968 Martin D-45 Prototype

HUGE SALE PRICE. After a twenty six year hiatus, the D-45 model- the true Martin flagship- was revived by revered figure Mike Longworth. All stops were pulled out on these guitars including Brazilian rosewood but it all started with a mere two prototypes.

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1935-MARTIN-D-18

1935 Martin D-18

Crack free example complete with original bridge and bridge plate. Untouched finish. Uncirculated. June 1935, as such has the Martin logo stamped on the back of head stock. It has never had a neck set and does not need one! Original tuners. Original guard- though one was installed over the top of this one at one time. Of course forward shifted bracing and 1 3/4 nut. Prime Adirondack spruce top.

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1937-MARTIN-000-28-SHADE-TOP

1937 Martin 000-28 Shade Top

(Sold). 1937 Martin 000-28 shade top. This guitar is extraordinarily special. A shade top 000-28 from the thirties is nearly unheard of but finding one in this condition with absolutely no cracks is like finding a needle in ten acres of hay. The finish is 100 percent original and untouched, free of overspray and touch up.

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1933-MARTIN-D-28-12-FRET-SHADE-TOP

1933 Martin D-28 12 Fret Shade Top

1933 Martin twelve fret D-28 shade top- the ONLY one EVER made. Slotted head stock. Twenty one twelve fret D-28s were ever made and this absolutely one of one that was a shade top. This is a well known instrument as it belonged to the great Grammy award winning Norman Blake for quite some time.

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1939-GIBSON-J-55-2

1939 Gibson J-55

Could we interest you in an absolutely dead mint museum quality first year of production Gibson J-55? Rarest of the rare. Mustache bridge and stair step head stock- features that can be found only on 1939 J-55s. Untouched and crack free. You will never see another one like this.

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1935-MARTIN-000-18

1935 Martin 000-18

Yet another very special pre war Martin from Dying Breed Music. This instrument is completely crack free and possesses original and untouched finish, bridge, pickguard, and bridge plate. Mid 30s 000-18s are rare to begin with but ones in this condition are EXTREMELY rare.

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1937-MARTIN-F-9

1937 Martin F-9

A truly special piece. Only 73 of these were made... fewer than the vaunted D-45 model. This was also the MOST expensive model in the entire Martin catalogue. Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Very fancy inlays including the vertical “C.F. Martin” logo on the head stock. The vast majority of these guitars have been converted to an OM style. This one has not. The best sounding archtop I’ve ever heard!

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