VG condition. Another great instrument from Idaho builder Lawrence Smart. 1 11/16" width at nut. No cracks, dings, or structural issues, just some minor player wear, incidental scratches, and finish checking on the nitrocellulose lacquer. Moderate fret wear. Some areas of the back of neck have been worn to bare wood (see photos).
Beautiful Engelmann Spruce top. Quilted koa back and sides, full of character. Mahogany neck. Ebony fingerboard, bridge, pins, peghead overlay, truss rod cover, and pickguard. Cut diamond inlays in fingerboard. Body and peghead are bound with multiple wood layers showing. Rosette decorated with tasteful wooden marketry. Flowery Abalone inlay in headstock. Bone nut and saddle. Gold tuners with ebony buttons made in "W. Germany". Strap button professionally installed in correct location on heel. Pickup installed.
Mr. Smart is highly regarded for mainly his mandolins, but has also made some amazing guitars. This one, having had over 20 years to open up, is playing to its potential. The guitar gives a well-balanced tone with lots of color and sustain. Bright enough for flatpicking, warm enough for great rhythm, and beautiful when fingerpicked. It is well setup and ready to play.
$3,900.00 w/ HC
2007 Alvarez MD 1000C Guitar 'In Stock'
Exceptional Condition. There are just a couple of very minor marks on the top of the guitar.
Solid Spruce top, solid Indian Rosewood back and sides. Guitar is fully multiple bound with "antiqued" cream bindings. Radiused Ebony fretboard with Abalone inlay at the 12th fret. Mahogany neck, gold Gotoh tuners. Ebony peghead overlay with Alvarez inlay. Ebony bridge and armrest, 1 3/4" width at nut. Electronics work great.
Sound and playability are quite good.
VG (+) condition. 1 11/16" width at nut, with slightly wider than usual pin spacing at the bridge of 2 1/4" to promote easy fingerpicking.
Sitka Spruce top with Padauk binding. Rosewood back and sides, back, fretboard and peghead are also bound with Padauk. Mahogany neck with radiused Ebony fretboard. Bone nut and saddle. Ebony bridge. The D-07 model has a blank ebony fingerboard, but this guitar was customized with beautiful abalone dot inlays which match the abalone rosette. Gold Gotoh tuners with Ebony buttons. Rosewood peghead overlay with Ayers logo inlaid in pearl. Strap button professionally installd in heel. K&K pickup has been installed and functions great even with no preamp. Adjustable truss rod accessed through soundhole. This guitar experienced a top crack from bridge to binding. It was professionally repaired by a top luthier and is stable. There are no other problems with the guitar except minor dings, minor player wear, and a paint scuff on the back.
Sound is very nice, these are very impressive guitars for tone and craftmanship. They are handmade and designed around the same construction principles as Martin dreadnauts, yielding a very similar sound at a good price. This makes an excellent player's guitar, ready to play onstage either plugged in or with a mic. Acoustically, the spruce/rosewood combination produces a rich, balanced tone great for rich rhythm or punchy flatpicking. It is very responsive and setup to play.
$1,295.00 w/ OHC
New Bent Twig Chocolate Mango Guitar 'In Stock'
We love our Montana builders, and this guitar from Bent Twig in Libby exemplifies why: great craftmanship, beautiful tone, and the finest attention to detail.
New. 1 3/4" nut width. 25.4" scale length.
Beautiful torrefied Sitka Spruce top with stunning chocolate mango back and sides. Mahogany neck with cocobolo peghead overlay. Cocobolo bindings with rosewood, sycamore, and bloodwood purflings. Stylish abalone rosette framed by Kansas Black Walnut. Ebony fingerboard with two abalone dots inlaid at 12th fret. Ebony bridge. Ebony bridgepins have abalone dot inlaid. Bone nut and saddle.
More information coming soon.
$6,250.00 w/ OHC
New Bent Twig Montana Model Small Jumbo Guitar 'In Stock'
Beautiful handmade guitar from Libby, Montana. Katalox back and sides with torrefied Stika Spruce top. More information coming soon.
$8,500.00 w/ OHC
New Blues Hardware 00 Cutaway Guitar 'In Stock'
New from Helena, Montana builder Tom Sheehy, this is a beautiful 00 cutaway guitar.
German Spruce top. Mahogany back and sides. Maple neck. Jatoba fingerboard with corian position markers inlaid on bass side. Jatoba bridge with boxwood bridge pins.Curly redwood rosette. Back is bound with mahogany. Top is bound with curly maple and mahogany. Mahogany black-white-black butt wedge. Maple peghead overlay with layer of mahogany underneath, showing on sides. Gotoh tuners.
On this guitar, Mr. Sheehy used "induced arch construction" meaning that both the top and back are curved with an arch, for structual stability. The neck is bolted on into a carbon fiber trough, allowing for easy removal. The neck also contains a normal two-way adjustable truss rod.
We are very pleased with the tone and response of this guitar.
Like New Breedlove Solo Dreadnought Guitar 'In Stock'
Bearclaw Sitka Spruce solid top with abalone soundhole rosette. Attractive figured Mahogany back and sides and mahogany neck. Rounded cutaway. Ebony fingerboard with small dot position markers. Ebony pinless bridge with intonated saddle. Breedlove logo inlaid in pearl in headstock. Black binding. Comes with L.R. Baggs Stage Pro pickup.
Teardrop soundport on bass side at the waist - using a cleverly fit 'plug', you can plug or unplug this sound port. When unplugged, the sound is louder to the player's ear. Traditional X-braced construction with scalloped braces and tone bars.
Sound is full with big bass. Good guitar for the money.
$850.00 w/ padded gig bag
Epiphone DR 500 MCE Guitar 'In Stock'
VG(+) Condition. There are a few signs of player wear, mostly slight. There is one moderate gouge in the neck around the 3rd fret.
Sitka Spruce top. Mahogany back, sides and neck. Radiused Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid "cut-diamond" inlays.
Sound is very nice and open, this is not at all a "beginner's" instrument. Comes with really cool tweed case, previously owned and used by a serious local swing player, Louie Bond.
$585.00 w/ Tweed HC
New Ernie Ball Music Man Caprice Bass 'In Stock'
New with open warranty card. 34" scale length. 1.5" nut width.
Solid alder body with Diamond Blue color. Maple neck with comfortable slim profile and radiused fingerboard. Truss rod adjustment wheel. Compensated nut for precise intonation. Hardened steel bridge.
This bass has two distinct humpbucking pickup voicing options with dual volume controls gives you a range of tone options. Comes with great hardshell case.
$1,295.00 W/ OHC
New Joel Keefe Shoemaker Clearwater Maple Guitar 'In Stock'
New. Very nice guitar handmade near Sandpoint, Idaho by builder Joel Keefe Shoemaker. Similar in dimension (size and shape) to a 1930's Nick Lucas. Handsome guitar with great sound.
Elaborately quilted maple back and sides. Spruce top. Mahogany neck. Ebony fingerboard, bridge, heelcap, and pins. Rosewood overlay on top and back of peghead. Small dot inlays in fingerboard. Small OM-style pickguard. Beautiful wooden soundhole rosette. Multiple wood bindings around top and back of guitar. Old-style straight bridge with cut-through intonated bone saddle. Bone nut. Grover pre-War style nickel open-back tuners.
The sound is very bold with a quick start. Lively, not mushy at all. Lots of sweetness in the strong highs.
$2,650.00 w/ OHC
Un Played Condition Marler Madagascar RW Dreadnaught Guitar 'In Stock'
Exceptional condition. This guitar is from the highly respected builder, Michael Marler, who passed away in May 2005. This guitar exhibits craftsmanship at the highest level of guitar building. Not only did he use the finest woods, but Marler's methods are impeccable. Barely any signs of player wear.
High-grade Madagascar Rosewood back and sides. High-grade Adirondack Red Spruce top. Mahogany neck with three-piece stringer down the center from peghead to heel. Gabon Ebony fingerboard and bridge. Rosewood peghead overlay.
Flamed koa bindings work so attractively in tying together the different woods around the edges of the body and peghead. Peghead has very artistic rose inlay of gold pearl, white pearl, and abalone. Face of peghead shows multiple wood marketry strips inside the koa binding. Handmade brass truss rod cover. Gold Schaller tuners with ebony buttons. Gabon ebony fingerboard has cut diamond inlays and also shows a purfling line all around the fingerboard, like a picture frame. Top is very high grade Adirondack Red Spruce showing all the aspects of red spruce: grain variation from wide to tight, beautiful medullary rays, and red streaks. Top has elaborate yet tasteful soundhole rosette of multiple wood purflings with a centerpiece of very intense abalone. Gabon ebony bridge with boxed intonated bone saddle. Beautiful original nut. Multiple wood purflings are also seen along the top, sides, and centerseam of back. Flamed koa heelcap also shows multiple wood purfling. Flamed koa endwedge also mitered in with multiple purflings. Original clear pickguard. Ebony bridgepins. Jack professionally installed, but no pickup in guitar. Mr. Marler installed the jack while building instead of a regular endpin so that a future owner could have a pickup installed without needing to drill the hole. Gold strap button professionally installed in neck heel.
Action is beautifully low and the sound is very sensitive yet extremely powerful.
$6,850.00 On Sale... $6,200.00 w/ Ameritage Suspension Case
New Mitchell Paulson OM-000 Guitar 'In Stock'
New. Beautiful handmade 20-fret guitar, made right here in Missoula, Montana. 25" Scale length is halfway between 000 and OM, a very comfortable space to play in. 1 3/4" width at nut and 2 1/8" pin spacing.
Lutz Spruce top with hand-applied "French polish" honey-natural finish that really enhances the beauty of the wood grain. Striking Honduran Rosewood back and sides. Maple neck. Cocobolo binding with multiple purflings showing on top. On the back, a tasteful inlay at bottom of center seam. Indian rosewood bridge, fingerboard, peghead overlay, heelcap, and soundhole rosette. MP inlaid in peghead. Rosette also is enhanced with w/bw purfling and paua abalone dots. Other paua dots are scattered throughout the top and bridge in an artful pattern resembling a constellation. Radiused fingerboard has small dot position markers inlaid in mother of pearl, as well as MOP side dots. End of fingerboard has tasteful extension in matching rosewood. Fingerboard is bound with maple, and the binding encompasses the extension, which also has a paua dot inlaid. Gold EVO frets and matching gold Gotoh tuners with ebony buttons. Bone saddle and nut. Bone bridgepins with ebony dot inlays. There are many wonderful aesthetic features to this guitar that are difficult to describe in words (see photos). For example, the truss rod cover is carefully made of the same striking sapwood and bookmatched just like the underlying peghead veneer.
This guitar is bright as a summer day, but complex with luscious overtones. When fingerpicked, it comes alive with the lightest touch, loud and clear. When strummed or picked, the tone is rewarding. It is difficult to put this guitar back down after you pick it up. It is such a joy to play and explore. We can't wait to see what surprises are next from this local builder who is proving himself to be quite the craftsman.
$3,650.00 w/ OHC
1998 Moonstone 00-42 Guitar 'In Stock'
VG(+) Condition. There are small areas of finish checking on the top, but otherwise the guitar is in fine condition. Normal scratches on the back. Frets are in good condition.
Engelmann top. Cambodian Rosewood back. Madagascar Rosewood sides. Top is bound with Abalone and Ivoroid. Back, neck and peghead are all Ivoroid bound. There is also Abalone on the soundhole rosette, and bordering the fretboard on the body. Herringbone center seam strip in back. Radiussed Ebony fretboard with elaborate "Snowflake" inlays. Mahogany neck. Slotted Rosewood peghead with elaborate Abalone inlay and Nickel Waverly tuners.
This is a very nice guitar made with an incredible attention to detail. Price recently reduced.
$3,850.00 On Sale... $3,395.00 w/OHC
2008 Moonstone 000-45 Guitar 'In Stock'
Exc.(-) Condition. There are just some little touches on the guitar. The top, back and sides all have one or two dings. There is one crack following the grain the back. There is an incredible amount of detailed work done on the Abalone purflings on this guitar.
Very nice Sitka Spruce top. Madagascar Rosewood back and sides. The top, back and sides are all bound with Ivoroid and top-grade Abalone purflings. There is also Abalone around the neck on the body, along the heel, and on the soundhole rosette. Center seam inlay in the back. Mahogany neck with radiused Ebony fretboard. Abalone "Snowflake" inlays. Slotted peghead with gold Waverly tuners and Ivoroid buttons. Elaborate Abalone inlay on peghead overlay. Nut and intonated saddle appear to be ivory. Bone or ivory bridge pins, bone end pin.
This is a beautiful guitar with all the amenities. Wonderful tone with lots of richness and depth. You may not have heard of Steve Helgason, but we get lots of very high end, and vintage instruments through here, this guitar is great compared to many of them.
$7,850.00 w/ OHC
New Shanti 6-String Parlor Guitar 'In Stock'
New. 6-string Indian Rosewood parlor guitar from internationally acclaimed builder Michael Hornick of Shanti Guitars. Depth at lower bout: 4". Width at lower bout is 13". 1 3/4" nut width. 23.9" scale. 2 1/4" pin spacing at bridge. This guitar has many tasteful and subtle appointments.
Very high grade exquisite Red Spruce top showing signature Red Spruce character and grain including medullary rays and a hint of red. Indian Rosewood back and sides. Mahogany neck. Brazilian Rosewood, bridge, peghead overlay, and heelcap. Two soundports installed on upper bouts, with matching rosewood covers. Radiused ebony fingerboard with abalone music notes sprinkled down the fingerboard as position markers with dove in flight at 12th fret. Titanium frets. Gorgeous paua abalone soundhole rosette and top bindings are as beautiful as you will ever see. Multiple wood bindings enclose a stunning line of paua abalone on the top. Wooden marketry backstrip and tail strip carefullly mitered in to bindings. Lighter wood line showing on side, back and top inside ebony. Dove in flight abalone inlaid at top of peghead. Gold Gotoh tuners with ebony buttons. Ebony endpin and strap button with inlay installed by builder. Bone nut, saddle, and bridge pins.
Sound is relatively large and complex for a guitar of this size. This is a beautiful instrument.
$5,000.00 w/ New Ameritage Case
1992 Shanti SF w/ Brazilian Rosewood Guitar 'In Stock'
Exc condition. Brand new titanium frets installed by the builder, Michael Hornick in 2017.
Top is select German Spruce from the Black Forest. Back and sides are beautiful very high-grade quarter-sawn old growth Brazilian Rosewood. This is a beautiful guitar with many nice appointments. King wood peghead overlay with dove in flight abalone inlay. Gabon ebony radiused fingerboard. Dove inlays on fingerboard are made from vintage piano key ivory. Beautiful abalone twin inlay at 12th fret. Two more abalone dove inlays on Brazilian Rosewood bridge. Beautiful solid green abalone bindings on the top, along fingerboard, and around rosette and peghead. Ivoroid multiple bindings with extra lines of wood shown on top, back and sides. Wooden marketry end strip beautiful mitered in. Piano key ivory heelcap. Gold Schaller tuners with ebony buttons. Strap button and clear pickguard installed by the builder.
This guitar originally cost over $18,000 and was used and enjoyed by the owner for years. There are incidental signs of prior player wear, including a minor dings on the top. Cosmetic issues on the top include snaky lines of crackle finish, what looks like a microphone ding, and a slight shadow where an armrest has been removed. Back of the neck and back and sides are in great shape with no crackle finish. Peghead shows no finish checking.
Beautiful, mature tone. Even the back of the guitar sings when you tap it.
$11,990.00 w/ New Ameritage Case
2002 Taylor 814-CE-LTD Cutaway - but no control panel Guitar 'In Stock'
Exc condition. "Venetian" cutaway. 1 3/4" width at nut. 25.5" scale length. Body shape is Taylor "Grand Auditorium" which means 20" length, 16" width, and 4 5/8" depth. Construction is CV bracing with relief rout, and scarf neck joint.
Sitka Spruce top. Cocobolo back and sides, with beautiful character of grain. Tropical Mahogany neck. Ebony fingerboard with stylish pearl inlays. Fretboard is bound with curly Koa. Curly Koa heelcap. Curly Koa binding visible on peghead, body sides and back, with additional lines on the top. Beautiful abalone rosette. Ebony truss rod cover. Taylor logo inlaid in headstock with mother or pearl. Tortoise pickguard. Gold Taylor tuners. Ebony bridgepins with abalone dot.
Even though this is a "CE" (cutaway, electric pickup) model, there is no control panel cut into the side of guitar. Instead, this guitar has an under bridge pickup installed with an on-board pre-amp on side of headblock inside guitar, and volume control wheel inside soundhole lip. We think it is quite an advanced idea to NOT cut an extra hole in the side of your guitar to mount a plastic control panel into. The pickup works great and sounds great.
Cocobolo is a great tropical tonewood, which produces a rich, colorful tone, with high end sparkle. This guitar is responsive and articulate. This is a Taylor "legacy model" that is no longer being produced, but the original list price was $4,498 in 2002! This guitar comes to us from a local gigging musician who takes care of his instruments. This instrument is in nearly immaculate condition. It is set up to play with no problems.
$3,250.00 w/ OHC
c 1936 Weymann Archtop Guitar 'In Stock'
Exc condition. Guitar was recently restored and enhanced by noted Montana luthier Marcus Engstrom. Cool old archtop guitar with many upgrades, including brand new EVO frets and installation of a truss rod. Set up to play great by a professional musician from our area, who is known for having high quality players' instruments.
Solid spruce top. Maple back, sides and speed neck. Body is multiply bound, with lines showing on top, back, and sides. Cream heelcap. Tortoise-style peghead overlay with Weymann engraved and white and green decorative flourishes around border. Brand new truss rod has rosewood cover plate to access. Rosewood fingerboard with wooden stringer inlaid in the center, through large rectangular pearl inlay blocks. Gold EVO fretwire means you will never again need a fret job, and every day you play feels like the first day you got the guitar back from a fresh fret job. The EVO frets simply do not wear like regular frets. Since they maintain a perfect crown, they provide crisp and clear tone. Bone nut. Rosewood adjustable bridge. Trapeze tailpiece. Strap button professionally installed in heel.
Big sound for an archtop. Snappy but with great sustain as well. This is not your typical old archtop. It has been "tricked out" for the highest levels of modern playability.