*Sound clips played by Neil Harpe, with bare fingers, no picks used.


A1304 Harmony 1270 12-string guitar, circa 1964 ...Excellent condition with no cracks and minimal wear. Spruce top, mahogany sides back and neck - solid woods throughout. This model hit the market in 1963 and was first cataloged in 1964. Our example, stamped S-64, was one of the first 1270's to come with a hinged tailpiece. We always like the earlier style, so we swapped it for an original 2-legged tailpiece as was shown in the 1964 Harmony catalog.  The bridge has been replaced with a slightly smaller one from a Harmony Stella 12-string. Neck has recently been reset. Huge sound, easy to play! This guitar has it all! Comes with a nice older hard-shell case.    $1395.00  MP3

A1303 2008 Martin HD-35 ...This is a Martin HD-35 that I am selling for a friend.  He got this guitar brand new as part of a trade. It is literally in "as new" condition, and has almost never been taken out of its case since he got it! Beautiful close grain Sitka spruce top, Indian rosewood sides and-3-piece back with inlaid "zipper" back strips and many of the prewar features seen on the legendary herringbone D-28: such as herringbone purfling and scalloped 1/4"top braces. Tonally, the guitar's rosewood body produces a strong bass and big fat midrange notes. An altogether wonderful guitar that is literally in mint condition! Comes with original case that still has its hangtag. $2250.00    MP3

A1302 Henry L Mason 12-string Guitar, circa 1940 ...This rare bird was made by Harmony for the Mason & Hamlin Piano Company. When found, this guitar had already been amateurishly refinished all black. After some wet sanding, the finish actually looked okay - that is to say "a lot better than when I first saw it!" To save having to strip and refinish the whole guitar again, I decided it to leave well enough alone. It still needed something to set it off visually. So to "spruce" it up (forgive the pun) I applied a decal that I made using a scan taken from an old Stella Piano Mandolette. This guitar has a spruce top, birch sides and back. Original tuning machines work well and the original studded nickel  plated tailpiece is in fine condition. Fingerboard and bridge are new. This is a very light weight guitar with a very large voice! Comes with a period (original?) faux alligator chipboard case. $1195.00  MP3

A1301 Stella 922 12-string Guitar, circa 1962 ... A rare model in very good, completely original condition. The Stella #922 12-string guitar was the only 12-string readily available after the Second World War. After having been dropped from the Harmony catalog in the late 1950s due to nearly zero sales of 12-string guitars, it was reintroduced in 1961 during the folk music craze. Very soon after appearing once more in the Harmony line-up, it was replaced by the much more commonplace Stella model #912,which has a thinner profile adjustable truss-rod neck and a pickguard.. Harmony #922 Stellas are pretty scarce compared to numerous succeeding Harmony 12-string models that emerged during the folk music craze of the 1960s and beyond. Stella 922 12-strings are considered by many players to have superior tone, volume and sustain. This guitar is essentially just like Stella 922's made in the fifties, including the one that Blind Willie McTell played on his last sessions recordings in 1956. Harmony Stella 922 12-strings can be easily identified as they have no adjustable truss rod, no pickguard, a fat V neck profile and a 2-legged tailpiece. This example is date-stamped "S-62" (1962). All solid birch construction. One repaired back crack, some finish flaking on lower bout side (treble). A recent neck reset gives this guitar nice close action. Tuning machines on our Stella #922 are original and work great! New hard-shell case included.    $1195.00  MP3

A1300 Westbrook Concert Guitar Project ...Typical late 1930s Stella with solid birch construction, gold filigree rosette. Overall good solid condition, with original tuners and tailpiece...but needs a bridge and a neck reset. This is a fairly easy project for an amateur luthier. Comes with original chipboard case. Excellent opportunity to have a 1930s era Stella at bargain basement price!  as is ....$350.00

A1296 National Style-1 Tenor Guitar, circa 1928 ...Very rare single cone version - the majority were tri-cone instruments. A few very minor dimples (way too insignificant to be called dents), otherwise excellent original condition. The serial number: 661 identifies this instrument's year of manufacture as being 1928. The headstock has the National shield logo and the original planetary tuning machines are in excellent working order. The neck is straight and plays easily in all registers. The sound it produces makes me wish I could play tenor, because the tone it produces is absolutely sublime! The original hard-shell case is on very good condition.  $2250.00

A1295 Stella Grand Concert, circa 1942  ...All solid birch construction, 14 frets to the body, 1 3/4" nut width, 14 3/4" lower bout, 25 1/4" scale length. Early Harmony Stella logo with abbreviated underline. Several small repaired back cracks and small dent in shoulder on bass side next to heel. All repairs are quite stable. Originally set up with a tailpiece, it now has a rosewood pin bridge. On the interior, the bracing has been altered to more closely resemble the bracing pattern used on Oscar Schmidt Stella guitars. And the original flat fingerboard has been replaced with a radiused rosewood board. The results is a very loud, focused sounding guitar. As for its appearance...well, lets just say it has "character"...or as some folks like to say, "It has MOJO!" Comes with an older chipboard case. $695.00  MP3

A1290 Favilla Brothers Orchestra Model Guitar, Circa 1932... . This is an extremely rare guitar!  Made for Friedman’s Music, Newark, N.J. by Favilla Brothers, New York, N.Y., this is essentially a copy of a Martin OM-18; having the same basic body shape and dimensions. It originally came equipped with geared banjo tuning machines and sported a small teardrop pickguard like a Martin OM-18. It differs from a Martin OM in several ways. Most notably in the way the top is braced, having modified fan bracing pattern rather than the Martin’s x-bracing. It also has a slightly longer 25 7/8” scale and a nut width of 1 11/16” rather than the Martin’s 1 3/4” nut width. The sides are 4 1/4” deep, which is a tad deeper than a Martin OM-18. Adirondack spruce top, mahogany sides and back, ebony bridge and fingerboard.

Favilla guitars were the only new instruments other than his own the John D ‘Angelico sold out of his NYC shop. The Favilla family was close friends with D ‘Angelico’s uncle and mentor, Raphael Ciani - so the connection goes way back. The name Favilla stands proudly alongside esteemed Italian names such as Ciani, Nettuno, Pardini and Cerrito as one of the premier instrument makers of the early 20th century!

This guitar has been totally restored. Several top and back cracks have been repaired and cleated and the top refinished with nitrocellulose lacquer. The neck is straight and has a carbon fiber rod installed. It has a new set of tuners, as only four of the original geared banjo-style tuners were on it when found (they will convey with the guitar). The original ebony fingerboard has been refretted. This is a very fine sounding guitar, equally suited to finger-picking and flat picking and is comparable to a Martin OM-18 from the same era - but at a small fraction of the price you'll pay for the Martin! It comes with a new high quality SKB hard shell case. SOLD  MP3

A1288 "Silvertone" Jumbo Guitar ...Sears & Roebuck's version of the Harmony Sovereign model 1260. Shaded spruce top, mahogany sides and back. Top and back are crack-free, two small repaired side cracks. Neck reset and new 2-way adjustable truss rod installed. This guitar plays great and has a really big sound! And utterly astounding when played with a flat pick!! Comes with new hard-shell case. $875.00 MP3

A1284 A. Galiano Grand Concert Guitar, circa 1930s ... This guitar was hand built, most likely by Antonio Cerrito. It has a red spruce top. Sides and back are convincingly faux-finished to simulate rosewood. The interior surface is stained almost black, making identification of the species of wood used for the sides and back difficult. We think it is most likely birch. Overall excellent original condition with one repaired top crack next to the fingerboard extension on the treble side. The nut width is 1 3/4" and scale is 26", the neck profile is a D shape. Body width is 14 7/8" across the lower bout. Original rosewood bridge, new bone saddle has been reset at an angle (compensated) for improved intonation. New tuning machines. Recent neck reset. Comes with original chipboard case.   $2195.00  MP3


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