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Only 255 of these were made in Martin history, and of course not all were shaded top. This 1937 00-18H, expertly converted, sounds fantastic. 12 frets to the body and a slotted head stock... two features that gives a very unique sound. A rare piece worthy of any collection and also a wonderful instrument.
My personal acoustic guitar is now a 1941 D-18, very much like this one. Obviously I've had my pick of guitars over the last 11 years. A 41 D-18 is the one I settled on. They are magical in every way. Steve Earle said in a magazine interview, he the owner of 350 guitars, that a pre war D-18 would be his deserted island guitar. And further that they are one of only two or three things in life that live up to the hype. I agree with Mr. Earle. This instrument possesses original finish and bridge plate.
A true rarity and the pinnacle of Martin guitars in the opinion of many professional musicians, collectors, and historians. This one has a gorgeous patina, particularly on the prime Adirondack top. The finish is original with some overspray. Underneath is the original bridge plate. Very recent neck set. Really cool bells and whistles like the Martin stamp on the back of the head stock, diamond inlays on the ebony board, and herringbone trim. Brazilian rosewood rounds on this guitar.
1965 Olympic White Jazzmaster
Channel your inner rock star with this 1965 Olympic White Jazzmaster. It looks, feels, and sounds the part. And they don't get more collectible (or investable) than this one hundred percent original custom color- with matching headstock- guitar in it's original case. Only at Dying Breed Guitars.
An absolutely beautiful hide glue constructed 2016 Gibson R9, with several vintage upgrades. Including real 1950s Bumble Bee caps and vintage 50s pots. Throbak pickups. Historic Makeovers parts include a real nylon nut, an ARB-1 bridge, Bakelite switch tip, tuners, cellulose inlays, etc. All of these parts put on and set by Glaser's in Nashville.
1959 Fender Harvard
Just in. The extremely rare Fender Harvard. Will this one complete your tweed collection? Are you looking for the real deal vintage for your studio, bedroom, or club gig? Original tweed and speaker. Output transformer is a replacement. Original power transformer that needs to be rewound is included in the sale. Call us today.
1943 Southern Jumbo
The Stevie Ray Vaughan amp. A very rare, all original, two owner Vibroverb. Remember when perusing listings of these- the lower priced ones have replaced transformers and speakers. This is the best priced one when comparing similar condition amps. Owned by a very well known musician- he said this was the best blackface he has owned. Contact us today.
1943 Southern Jumbo
From the revered and storied banner era- this 1943 southern jumbo just received a neck set from our luthier. The large pickguard looks to have been put on at Gibson in the early 50s. Original bridge and plate round out this original finish monster, complete with our favorite plastic button tuners.
The last of it's kind and an end of an era for Martin- a scalloped braced, Adirondack top dreadnought guitar. This one came from a major collection and is well thought of across the country. These guitars sing, boom, speak, and inspire. Let this one be your next instrument. It will become your favorite and the one you can't put down- I certainly feel that way about my D-18 of this era.
A 1944 D-18. Truly the last of it's kind as it made it in right under the wire for scalloped bracing as well as being equipped with an Adirondack top.... as that too was shortly phased out by Martin. The last of an era- this one is completely original with perhaps the cleanest interior I've seen on a D-18 in the last ten years. All original parts are accounted for including my favorite plastic button tuners.
Just in. 1957. As a kid, I loved looking at the Fender Frontline catalog endlessly. The 1957 reissue Stratocaster was the introduction to my obsession. Now- I'm lucky enough to have the authentic article. This is an all original 1957 Stratocaster complete with the original ash tray bridge cover and trem arm. Housed in the original tweed case, they don't come any nicer than this.
Sommatone Roaring 40
A brand new mint condition Sommatone Roaring 40 amp, the same model that Jason Isbell has used for many years. These are some of the very best amps in the world and my favorite brand of boutique amps that I’ve ever played. The Roaring 40 has been written up in Vintage Guitar magazine. At last check Sommatone has a 6 month plus waiting list and you have to buy these directly from the company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
For a two year period when I was a younger- an 00-21 was my lone guitar. I recall thinking what a bargain it was when I considered the Brazilian rosewood, scalloped braces, Adirondack spruce, ebony, diamond inlays, and herringbone. It certainly seems as much of a value for your dollar now as it did then. This is an all original version from 1942 housed in the original case.
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