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1937-Gibson-Advanced-Jumbo

1937 Gibson Advanced Jumbo

’m beyond excited to offer this guitar for sale. This is a 1937 Gibson Advanced Jumbo, arguably the most desirable and sought after of any model made by the manufacturer. The AJ was produced to be the direct competitor to Martin’s D-28. Only made from 1936-1938, three hundred examples were produced. Many are in rough condition but this one is one of the cleanest ones to change hands in the last few years.

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1944-scalloped-braced-D-28

1944 scalloped braced D-28

If you’ve spent any time in the guitar world- you know exactly what a “bone” indicates. All original parts and untouched finish. It is extremely rare to see them in this condition AND original case. Complete with diamond inlays. Absolutely incredible sound.

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1958-J-200

1958 J-200

A 100 percent original, huge sounding 1958 J-200. With the distinctive pickguard and mustache bridge- features befitting an icon- this instrument is a show stopper.

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1952-J-200

1952 J-200

Absolutely gorgeous. 1952 J-200 in original pink lined case. Some of the prettiest maple you’ll ever see.

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1930-OM-28

1930 OM-28

In the opinion of many professionals- this is the pinnacle of Martin craftsmanship, design, and materials. A very rare model made for only five years, this instrument has the coveted bells and whistles of the small pickguard, extraordinary Adirondack top, logo impressed into the back of the head stock, herringbone trim, snowflake inlays, Ebony fretboard, very straight grain Brazilian rosewood, and quite heavily scalloped bracing.

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1925-00-21

1925 00-21

For a time a 00-21 was my one personal guitar. Lots of bells and whistles including snow flake inlays and herringbone trim. Truly a lot of guitar for the money. A scalloped braced, Adirondack top, Brazilian rosewood guitar with an ebony fretboard.

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1929-00-42

1929 00-42

We always strive to be known for having some of the best instruments in the country. It’s hard to pick a favorite- but this one is definitely in the running. It’s a 1929 00-42 housed in the original case. As if that were not special enough- this guitar was owned and played extensively by Bill Boyd- the founder and frontman of The Cowboy Ramblers.

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1957-J-200

1957 J-200

An absolutely stunning J-200 in a beautiful burst finish completed by the same craftsmen who executed the revered burst finishes on Les Pauls and Es-335s in subsequent years. This is a truly jaw dropping guitar and was actually more expensive than the Les Paul in the Gibson catalouges of the day.

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1928-Gibson-Nick-Lucas

1928 Gibson Nick Lucas

Just in- truly in the special category. A 1928 Nick Lucas (“Gibson Special”). These were in fact the first guitars named for an artist- not endorsed- but actually named. In the nine year run of this model, fewer than two hundred and fifty were made. Complete with a four inch body (sharing this distinction only with the short lived Jumbo model)- this guitar’s tone is very much something to literally write home about.

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1939-Gibson-Recording-King-Ray-Whitley-Rosewood

1939 Gibson Recording King Ray Whitley Rosewood

Just in- an extraordinarily rare Gibson made Ray Whitley model with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. In only two total years of production, 180 of these guitars were made. These are the subject of much lore and have been written about extensively in various books as well Vintage Guitar Magazine. Many dealers and collectors never see one of these in person in their entire lives.

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1946-LG-2

1946 LG-2

This war time LG-2 is in perfect crack free and all original condition and has all the tone one would expect from such an example. The midrange and the sustain is particularly noteworthy. Housed in the original case, this logo was used only in 1946, immediately following the vaunted 1942-45 banner years.

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1939-J-35

1939 J-35

A truly spectacular instrument in every sense of the word. A pre war 1930s Gibson in natural finish are among the rarest guitars ever produced. This one is a crack free example with no changed parts and comes complete with the original case.

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1952-Gibson-J-45

1952 Gibson J-45

The quintessential workhouse of the acoustic guitar world, the J-45, When many people visualize an acoustic guitar, a played in J-45 is exactly what comes to mind. This was always meant as a working man's guitar and has been prevalent and ubiquitous on recording and stages around the world since it's debut in 1942.

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1965-Gibson-Dove

1965 Gibson Hummingbird

The cleanest Hummingbird I've ever had, this one is 100 percent untouched. It is a real beauty with all the visual appeal you'd hope for in a 60s Gibson, a time when Gibson made a more concentrated effort for aesthetics. This one is completely ready to play and is housed in the original case. Orange paper label. Beautiful tuners.

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1952-Gibson-J-50

1952 Gibson J-50

A very appealing natural top early 50s Gibson in the original pink lined case. Excellent plus condition with a tone to match. Loud, throaty, and resonant- the words that ideally describe the 50s Gibson dreadnoughts. This one is set up and ready to play right now. Crack free and all original.

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1957-Gibson-J-50

1957 Gibson J-50

A later 50s J-50, a fairly rare model and a lot of guitar for the money. Solid condition and ready to play, this instrument is ready to make music as it has for sixty three years.

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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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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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1930-000-45

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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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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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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