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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

A1287 "Art-i-So" Guitar, circa 1930 ... Essentially the same as a high-end Sovereign model which listed for $20 in 1932. Standard size (12.5" lower bout). Hawaiian koa wood body, Mahogany neck, gold sparkle purfling and rosette, white pearloid fingerboard with fancy embossed position markers. Several repaired top cracks, new ebony pyramid bridge. Original tuning machines replaced. Fresh neck set.  $1595.00  MP3

A1286 Stella Concert Guitar, circa 1930 ...Rare model identified in the 1932 Oscar Schmidt Catalog as model #503-B. Spruce top with inlaid faux tortoise pickguard, Birch sides and back. "Stella" logo on headstock. This guitar has definitely seen a lot of use but retains original finish with no touch-ups or over-spray. Several cleated top cracks, one replaced back brace. Fresh neck set. This is an exceptionally fine sounding Stella guitar - very loud and responsive! Comes with new hard-shell case. $1495.00 MP3

A1285 Gibson B45-12, circa 1962 ...Early lightly braced Gibson jumbo 12-string with extremely rare "slope shoulder" body. Jim Cunningham (perhaps I should address him as Dr. Frankenstein) did a marvelous job assembling this guitar from all original Gibson parts, including new-old-stock B45-12 neck and adjustable pin bridge. This thing sounds incredible. Because the donor J-50 body had already been drilled for a pickup and jack plug, I opted to have Jim set her up with pickup and jack. I'm glad I did because this baby really honks when she's plugged in! Comes with a new tweed hard-shell case.  SOLD  $1950.00  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, saddle has been reset at an angle (compensated) for improved intonation. New tuning machines. Comes with original chipboard case.   $2295.00  MP3

A1278 Stella Concert Guitar, circa 1930 ...All solid birch construction, excellent condition, crack free body, recent neck reset. New rosewood pyramid bridge. Colorful decalcomania rosette and back strip. Excellent action. Loud! Chipboard case. SOLD   MP3

A1267 Fancy Stella Decalcomania Concert guitar, circa 1912 ...This very rare and ornate model has a spruce top, birch sides and back. Bound top with wood purfling. Fancy decal designs on both fretboard and top. The only mention we have come across was in the 1912 C. Bruno & Son Catalog. Our example has a paper B&J label inside that reads: Guaranteed American Make, LESTER, Perfect Scale, B & J, New York". Obviously the two big New York wholesale distributers were both offering this model in the early 20th century. Several repaired and cleated back cracks, no cracks in top or sides. The original neck had a severely fractured headstock. Luckily, we had a matching original Stella neck in our parts bin, so we had Mike Hauver swap necks and transplant the original fingerboard. Has original end-opening Canvas covered chipboard case. $1695.00  MP


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