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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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SOLD! Regal Dobro Resophonic Guitar, 1935

SOLD! Regal Dobro Resophonic Guitar, 1935

The Regal Dobro Resophonic Guitar Model 37, built in Chicago during 1935 has been functionally restored by Grant MacNeill. This guitar is now both fully playable and an interesting historical example of American musical instrument production. Regal had a long history, beginning in 1896 as a brand of the Emil Wulschner Music Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. Emil died in 1900 and the Regal name and manufacturing stock was sold to Lyon and Healy in 1904. By 1908, production was moved to Chicago, Illinois under the name of the Regal Musical Instrument Company.

Price: $1290 CAD

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SOLD!!! Harmony Rocket H54 Thinline Archtop Electric Sunburst 1965

SOLD!!! Harmony Rocket H54 Thinline Archtop Electric Sunburst 1965

Once there were thousands of guitars like this Harmony Rocket, found in many homes across North America. The Harmony company of Chicago was for a time the largest musical instrument maker in the USA.

Price: $995 CAD

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SOLD!!! S S Stewart The Amateur Open Back Banjo, 1899

SOLD!!! S S Stewart The Amateur Open Back Banjo, 1899

Shown here is a lovely S S Stewart The Amateur Open Back Banjo, Grade 2 model, built around 1899 after Stewart’s death in April 1898.  The ‘Grade 2’ designation means that it’s a more advanced model, not that it’s a second.
This fine open-back banjo features the original tailpiece, friction tuners, a period Rogers calf skin head and standard dowel stick adjuster system. This is one of the few of these banjos we’ve seen that have all the original finish, hardware, tension hooks and name plaque complete and in place. Apparently the original owner, a Mr. AL M. Dodgson, carved his initials into the dowel stick — no doubt a hundred years ago or more.

Price: $750 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!!! Parker Fly Deluxe Metallic Purple, 1998

SOLD!!! Parker Fly Deluxe Metallic Purple, 1998

Over the years many builders have tried to incorporate new materials into guitars, particularly carbon fibre. The Parker Fly may be the most successful effort to date. In production for over a decade, this model has proven to be reliable and versatile.  And it’s light!
Part of the success of The Parker Fly is that it doesn’t rely on all synthetic materials. Rather, it uses wooden cores with carbon fibre shells, allowing natural resonance, stability and durability. At the time this Parker Fly Deluxe was made in 1998, the neck and body cores were poplar; currently the neck core is mahogany.

Price: $1999.99 CAD

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