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A 1941 D-18 guitar laying on a wooden floor

1941 D-18

Another 1941 D-18 just landed. This one is quite clean and doesn't have anything like a heel or head stock crack. My favorite year of Martins. Please contact Dying Breed if interested. $37,000.

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A 1941 D-18 guitar laying on a couch

1941 D-18

Another 1941 D-18 that obviously stands on merit. Much like my favorite D-18, this one has a repaired head stock crack. Untouched finish. Please inquire. $32,000.

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1930s made in Chicago Regal

A 1930s made in Chicago Regal just unearthed. Adirondack spruce top, a tremendous amount of inlay and binding, 12 frets, slotted head stock. Rare. $6,500.

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A 1931 OM-18 guitar with original case, previously owned by Conway Twitty

1931 OM-18 (Conway Twitty)

Just in - a 1931 OM-18 in incredible condition and in original case. Owned by Conway Twitty. This model was made for only four years. Regarded by some as the best incarnation of a flat top guitar ever made. If interested - please contact us. $42,000.

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Pre war 1940 000-18 guitar sitting on a couch

Pre-war 1940 000-18

Superb feel, tone, and mojo. An investment that will look more hip in your home than anything you could buy for $19,500. Pre war 1940 000-18.

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A vintage 1937 00-18H Martin guitar laying on a worn oriental carpet

1937 00-18H

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.

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1941-d18

1941 D-18

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.

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1934 Century of progress

1934 Gibson Century of Progress

The hits keep coming. A quite rare 1934 Gibson Century of Progress. These are some of the most beautiful and striking guitars Gibson ever made. All original finish and parts. $9,500.

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1939-000-18

1939 000-18

A truly beautiful 1939 000-18 for sale at Dying Breed Music. If you’re looking to build a collection, an investment portfolio, or to acquire instruments to inspire you with their sonic capabilities- call Dying Breed first.

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1963-fender-champ-amp

1963 Fender Champ Amp

One of the very last Fender tweed amps ever made. 1963 Champ. Please contact Dying Breed Guitars if interested.

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1959-Stratocasters

1959 Stratocaster

Just in- my favorite year for Stratocasters- a 1959 maple board. A very special guitar. We have dozens of photos.

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1932-OM-28

1932 OM-28

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.

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1965-olympic-white-jazzmaster

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.

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R9

R9

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.

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Martin-1937-0-17

Martin 1937 0-17

Arguably the best year in the annals of Martin 1937. This 0-17 is in great condition and is also quite rare. These usually sell almost immediately for us.

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1959-tweed-tremolux

1959 Tweed Tremolux

Here is something VERY rare…. a 1959 tweed Tremolux. Truly a unicorn of the tweed world. Get it before it is gone. With original cover and foot switch.

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1936-00-18-shade-top

1936 00-18 shade top

Everything you could want. Ultra rare. Perhaps the guitar of the quarter.

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1961-tweed-Princeton

1961 Tweed Princeton

An all original 1961 tweed Princeton. A dream amp for many.

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1928-0-21

1928 0-21

A very rare model- a 0-21 from 1928. All the bells and whistles one wants including diamond inlays, herringbone, Adirondack spruce, and Brazilian rosewood.

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1937-sunburst-gibson-2

1937 sunburst Gibson lapsteel with EH-100 tweed amp

A perfectly matched package. 1937 sunburst Gibson lapsteel with EH-100 tweed amp. All case candy, catalogue, and tweed case are included.

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1962-brownface-fender-reverb-tank-3

1962 Brownface Fender Reverb tank

Just in- a very rare 1962 Brownface Fender Reverb tank. Excellent condition.

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1938-d-18-shade-top

1938 D-18 shade top

Just in. The real deal. A 1938 D-18 shade top in original case. The guitar of the year. 2,257 d-18s were made between 1934-1941. 95 of those were shade tops.

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Fender-Harvard

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.

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Stevie-Ray-Vaughan-amp-2

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.

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1943-southern-jumbo-4

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.

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1944-D-18-scallped-braced-cannon

1944 D-18

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.

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1944-D-18

1944 D-18

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.

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1957-Stratocaster

1957 Stratocaster

A VERY early 1957 Stratocaster complete with Bakelite parts, in from a great customer and friend. Body date- 1-57. Neck date- 2-57. All original and untouched. Original tweed case is included.

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1960-fender-telecaster-custom

1960 Fender Telecaster Custom

Just in. A very rare slab board Telecaster custom- double bound- in original case.

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1957-Stratocaster

1957 Stratocaster

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.

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1932-00-21

1932 00-21 Shade Top

Diamond inlays, Adirondack top, 12 frets, slotted head stock, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, Ebony fretboard, herringbone trim, Martin stamp on the back of the head stock. The only shade top 00-21 I’ve ever seen. A truly great guitar in every way.

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1964-CBS-Stratocaster

1964 custom color candy apple red pre CBS Stratocaster

Just in. An all original 1964 custom color candy apple red pre CBS Stratocaster in the original case. An L serial number, clay dots, green guard, and Brazilian rosewood fretboard. Among the last pre CBS custom color Fenders.

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1938-d-28-5

1938 D-28

Holy grail. 1938 D-28 in the original case. Magical, enchanting, enthralling, and more. Untouched finish, original bridge plate, fresh neck set on this 1 3/4 nut forward shifted masterpiece. The best herringbone we have ever offered.

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1941-sj-100

1941 SJ-100

Only 177 super jumbo 100s were made in the three year span of this model- 1939-1941. Maple neck, ebony fretboard, mahogany back and sides. This guitar was more expensive than it’s comtemparies at Gibson including the Advanced Jumbo and the Nick Lucas Special.

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63-fender-stratocaster

63 fender Stratocaster

Just in. An original finish 1963 fiesta red Stratocaster in original case. I won’t attempt to explain how special this guitar is. Please call or email for details.

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1935-gibson-roy-smeck-2

1935 Gibson Roy Smeck

Converted expertly by David Shepard. An extremely rare guitar and this one is an absolute cannon. Near mint condition and housed in the original tweed red lined case.

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Martin-1954-000-28

1954 000-28 Martin

Jaw dropping sound. This guitar's sound truly rivals that of many pre war Martins we have owned, it is that good!! Beautiful 67 year old Brazilian Martin. This one is completely original. Not one changed part.

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1938-000-28

1938 Martin 000-28

A truly great and singular instrument. It sounds exactly like a premium Martin should. Articulate, sustaining, with an abundance of note separation. All original parts and finish on this 1 3/4 nut 1938 000-28. Every bell and whistle is present.

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Sommatone-Roaring 40

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.

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1963-Tweed-Champ

1963 Tweed Fender Champ

1963 Fender Champ- last year of tweed! An absolute monster and dead original. This is an absolutely killer amp, recently serviced, and it sings!

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1938-D-18

1938 D-18

Simply the best sounding guitar we’ve had all year.

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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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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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00-40H-3

1929 00-40H

Just in. An extremely rare 1929 00-40H, expertly converted by T.J. Thompson. Many argue that Pearl top Martins are the best guitars ever made, utilizing the best materials and best craftsman C.F. Martin had to offer. This one will not last long.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1942 00-21

1942 00-21

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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