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Larson Brothers Maurer 551 Steel String Guitar, late 1920s

Larson Brothers Maurer 551 Steel String Guitar, late 1920s

This Larson Brothers Maurer 551 dates to the late 1920s and uses an Auditorium sized body, 15 inches wide. As was often the case in the period, there is no serial number and records are scarce, so it is difficult to date exactly. The top is Spruce, the back and sides are Brazilian Rosewood, with a number of old repairs to both. The neck is mahogany, with Ebony used for the fingerboard and bridge. The scale length is a modern 25.6 inches, and the nut width a fairly wide 1.9 inches. The finish base is original but there are a number of touchups and some overspray.

Price: $9999.99 CAD
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Stephan Thumhart Romantic Guitar, Munich 1820

Stephan Thumhart Romantic Guitar, Munich 1820

This is one of the older pieces in our shop at the moment – a fully functional Romantic guitar by Stephan Thumhart, built in Munich and dated to 1820. It features a modern 25.5 inch scale length, spruce top, and figured maple back and sides. The neck of this Stephan Thumhart Romantic Guitar is maple with ebony for the fingerboard and pin bridge. It has had many repairs over its nearly two hundred year history, but works well.

Price: $1800 CAD
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Bacon Professional FF Special 5 String Open Back Banjo, 1914

Bacon Professional FF Special 5 String Open Back Banjo, 1914

This is a very nice Bacon Professional FF Special 5-string open back banjo, built for Fredrick J Bacon of Forest Dale, Vermont, around 1914 by the Vega company. Fred Bacon was a very well known professional banjo player who achieved the ultimate in his time’s mass media exposure – recording for Thomas Edison’s Phonograph Company. The Bacon Banjo Company was formed by Bacon and his wife at their home in Forest Dale, VT in 1906. The banjos were actually built to order by various companies, but primarily by Vega. In 1914, the celluloid Bacon label seen in one of the rear views here appeared in the company catalog. The Bacon Professional FF Special was produced around 1914.

Price: $4375 CAD
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SOLD! Gibson TB-7 Tenor Banjo, 1937

SOLD!  Gibson TB-7 Tenor Banjo, 1937

Here is a rare treat – from 1937, a Gibson TB-7 tenor banjo and case in good all original condition, having one owner from new.

Price: $56700 CAD

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SOLD! 1930 Gibson Granada Mastertone Banjo 5-String Conversion

SOLD!  1930 Gibson Granada Mastertone Banjo 5-String Conversion

The Gibson Granada Mastertone banjo appeared in 1925 in the second from the top position in the Gibson Banjo line, and was built until 1937.

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SOLD! 1850s Romantic Guitar built by Coffe, Paris

SOLD!  1850s Romantic Guitar built by Coffe, Paris

During the 1800s there were many romantic guitar builders, in Paris, London, and other European cities.
This fine example was built in Paris around the 1850s and is stamped ‘Coffe’ and signed Coffe – Goguette by the neck block.

Price: $2450 CAD

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