VTG AVAILABLE - GUITARS BOTH IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE & ALSO AWAITING RESTORATION, AVAILABLE FOR "PRE-ORDER".
PAGES 2 & 3 - "NEW ARRIVALS, NEW LISTINGS & FEATURED GUITARS!" - THE LATEST ONES IN & AVAILABLE, EITHER "READY TO GO", OR TO "PRE-ORDER".
PAGES 3 TO 6 - HARMONY, STELLA, KAY & OTHER CHICAGO/USA MADE ACOUSTIC BLUES, JAZZ, SWING, RAGTIME & BLUEGRASS GUITARS, BOTH FLATTOP & ARCHTOP & FAUX-RESONATORS.
PAGES 6 & 7 - HARMONY, STELLA, KAY & OTHER CHICAGO/USA MADE ACOUSTIC TENOR, TERZ & 12 STRING GUITARS & MANDOLINS.
PAGE 7 - STEEL-STRING ACOUSTIC, GYPSY JAZZ & RESONATOR GUITARS & NYLON-STRING CLASSICAL/SPANISH, BOSSA & FOLK GUITARS.
PAGE 7 - ELECTRIC GUITARS - SOLID BODIED & ARCHTOP/SEMI/HOLLOW-BODIED JAZZ/BLUES/SWING, BOTH VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL - NONE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.
*** SEE BELOW MAIN GUITAR TYPES I RESTORE & SELL.
Many Guitars are available for "Pre-Order" or "Reservation" while I complete the Restoration Works.
I am now finding that I regularly "pre-sell" most of my restoration guitars, either before commencing work or at the stage where I am still working on them.
This arrangement has now worked well in so many cases that quite a few of the guitars coming through the workshop are now listed & described here, in advance of them being fully ready, but certainly not all of them, so if not hooked on any you see at the moment, I welcome further enquiries, and may have something else to interest you!
*** SOME OF THE MAIN HEADING CATEGORY HEADINGS YOU ARE LIKELY TO FIND COVERING THE VARIOUS GUITAR TYPES I LIKE TO RESTORE & SELL.
BLUES & JAZZ VINTAGE ARCHTOPS *** HARMONY USA MADE ALL SOLID WOODS GUITARS FROM 1930s TO 1960s.
BLUES VINTAGE 12 STRINGS *** USA HARMONY & HARMONY-MADE STELLA ALL SOLID WOODS GUITARS FROM 1940 TO 1975.
BLUES VINTAGE 3/4 SIZE/TERZ GUITARS *** USA HARMONY & HARMONY-MADE STELLA MODELS FROM 1950s TO 1970.
BLUES VINTAGE KAY ACOUSTICS *** CHICAGO, USA MADE 6-STRING GUITARS FROM THE 1950s & 1960s.
BLUES VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT GUITARS *** HARMONY USA ALL SOLID WOODS FLATTOP MODELS FROM 1940 TO 1975.
BLUES VINTAGE PARLORS *** HARMONY & OTHER CHICAGO, USA MADE GUITARS FROM THE 1930s & 1940s.
BLUES VINTAGE PARLORS *** USA HARMONY-MADE STELLA & SILVERTONE FIXED BRIDGE TYPE GUITARS 1950s/1960s.
BLUES VINTAGE PARLORS *** USA HARMONY-MADE STELLA, SILVERTONE, AIRLINE & REGAL GUITARS 1940 & 1975 - Floating Bridge & Tailpiece Style Models.
BLUES VINTAGE ROUNDHOLE ARCHTOPS *** HARMONY & REGAL USA MADE GUITARS FROM THE 1930s.
BLUES VINTAGE TENOR GUITARS *** USA HARMONY, STELLA, REGAL & KAY 4-STRING MODELS FROM 1920s TO 1970s.
BLUES VINTAGE TENOR GUITARS *** USA HARMONY-MADE STELLA ALL SOLID WOODS 4-STRING MODELS FROM THE 1950 TO 1970.
CLASSICAL/SPANISH & FLAMENCO GUITARS VINTAGE & MODERN *** ENGLISH, SPANISH & BRAZILIAN MADE FROM 1950s TO 2000s.
CLASSICAL/SPANISH & FLAMENCO VINTAGE MIJ GUITARS *** JAPANESE MADE QUALITY GUITARS FROM 1960s/1970s/1980s.
ELECTRIC GUITARS *** VINTAGE USA HOLLOW-BODY 1950s/1970s, MIJ SOLID GUITARS & BASSES 1970s/1980s & SEMIS FROM 1970s/90s.
ELECTRIC JAZZ GUITARS *** USA MADE ARCHTOPS FROM 1950s-1970s, MODERN HOLLOW & BIG BODIED JAZZERS.
VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL 12 STRINGS *** JAPANESE MADE GUITARS FROM THE 1970s & 1980s.
VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL 12 STRINGS *** MODERN TRADITIONAL STYLE ACOUSTIC GUITARS.
VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL 12 STRINGS *** YAMAHA GUITARS FROM THE 1970s & 1980s.
VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL ACOUSTICS *** USA, SWEDISH, BRITISH LUTHIER MADE & MIJ 6-STRING GUITARS FROM THE 1960s & 1970s.
VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL ACOUSTICS *** MODERN TRADITIONAL TYPE 6-STRING GUITARS.
VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL GYPSY JAZZ MANOUCHE GUITARS *** FROM 1970s TO MODERN TRADITIONAL TYPE.
VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL RESONATORS *** FROM THE 1930s TO MODERN TRADITIONAL TYPE GUITARS.
All guitars are prepared to the same high standards as the scores of other vintage and modern guitars, which I have restored/sold over the years.
The concentration is on structural soundness and playability, rather than any cosmetic touching-up, and certainly no ill-advised refinishing, but of course the guitars are sympathetically cleaned, setup and re-strung, as part restoration.
For availability and individual details on the various guitars, and the restoration work being done on them, please do contact me by email or telephone.
All guitars are setup to be correctly playable. I set out to achieve a 12th. fret action appropriate to the type of guitar....not necessarily ultra-low, but correct for the type of guitar. Particularly on Vintage & Classical guitars the action heights may sound high to younger players, who have learned to play electric guitars only...please bear in mind that we are in a totally different world of guitar-playing here, to which we cannot apply the "all my guitars have an action of less than 2mm." approach. Many players have particular requirements for their playing styles or restrictions to their playing, and I'm always happy to advise on the possibilities & options.
I usually fit as standard Martin Bronze Light 12-54 steel strings on Blues Parlors, Flattops & Archtops, Martin Light or Ultra-Light 12 Strings & La Bella USA strings on Classicals, but have used a variety of Newtone Tenor/Michael Messer National Resonator/Jon Gomm Baritone, John Pearse Baritone, Martin Silk & Steel & Fender, GHS & Newtone Electric Strings, amongst others.
The guitars usually do not come with cases, although some may have older type but sturdy cases. Alternatively, I may be able to offer a suitable size Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case, offering infinitely better protection. Additional case prices available on request.