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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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