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Yair Stern Teardrop Mandolin, 2018

Yair Stern Teardrop Mandolin, 2018

This Yair Stern Teardrop mandolin is a new instrument, and is well made with quality materials. The tone is warm yet bright and snappy, well balanced with good clarity and separation. It is very comfortable to play and its light hand applied finish provides some protection but does not restrict the wood’s vibration. The tailpiece is a cast, chrome plated AShton Bailey unit. The tuners are also chrome plated, with faux pearl buttons.

Price: $1200 CAD
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‼Reduced‼ Gibson J-45 Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Guitar Sunburst, 1962

‼Reduced‼ Gibson J-45 Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Guitar Sunburst, 1962

This Gibson J-45 Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Guitar Sunburst is in clean condition and plays quite well. It appears to have been recently refretted, which included cleaning up the rosewood fingerboard. There are a few minor spot touch ups on the neck to fill dents. These were done competently and probably at the same time as the refret. There is also a colour touchp on the top at the lower treble bout edge, a bit of fill on a finger wear area between the pickguard edge and the bridge, and a touchup of some pick marks below the bass side soundhole.

Price: $3250 CAD
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SOLD!!! SS Stewart Sunburst Steel String Acoustic Guitar, 1930s

SOLD!!! SS Stewart Sunburst Steel String Acoustic Guitar, 1930s

The SS Stewart company, named for Samuel Swain Stewart was a major producer of banjos between 1878 and 1904, and was bought by B&J (Bugellsein & Jacobson) a few years after Stewart’s death. Over the years, B&J shifted to producing mostly guitars with the brand, had many companies build the actual instruments including Chicago Musical Instruments, who also built Harmony, Kay, and Silvertone brands. At the end of the 1920s and the start of the 1930’s, both C F Martin and Gibson also produced some SS Stewart guitars.    

Price: $1490 CAD

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SOLD!!! Gibson J-45 Steel String Sunburst with deArmond Pickup, 1970

SOLD!!! Gibson J-45 Steel String Sunburst with deArmond Pickup, 1970

The Gibson J-45 made its name as a workhorse guitar not long after its introduction in 1942, and they have been used by working musicians in countless gigs. Sometimes the gig needs more volume, and at some points adding a deArmond soundhole pickup was the way to go.

Price: $1850 CAD

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Gibson J-45 Sunburst Steel String Guitar, 1948 (REDUCED)

Gibson J-45 Sunburst Steel String Guitar, 1948 (REDUCED)

Right after WW2, manufacturing in the US exploded, with returning servicemen and women driving demand for consumer goods like the Gibson J-45 and seeking the type of accessible entertainment that acoustic guitars can provide.

Price: $4250.00 CAD
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