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1980 Kramer DMZ-2000 Custom Series

What was it about Neptune City, New Jersey that drew luthiers with an urge build guitars out of non-traditional materials? First there... Continue Reading

05/22/2014 - 4:15am

1935 Gibson Super 400

Gibson introduced the L-5 in late 1922  but it took... Continue Reading

05/20/2014 - 1:14pm

Circa 1939 Regal Le Domino Big Boy

Regal's first couple of decades were quite chaotic. The company was founded in 1895 in Indianapolis by Emil Wulschner to make banjos... Continue Reading

05/16/2014 - 11:33pm

From time to time, as I search for instruments for our Catch of the Day column, I run across an instrument that is in need of major work. These are usually described as project guitars, or in this... Continue Reading

05/15/2014 - 2:09pm

1940 Kalamazoo KGN-12 Oriole

Gibson started making inexpensive instruments for wholesalers and department stores in the 1920s. Generally, these guitars, banjos and... Continue Reading

05/14/2014 - 6:34pm

1949 Martin D-28 with Bigsby Neck

This is the fourth instrument we've featured with a Paul Bigsby connection. We've looked at a... Continue Reading

05/12/2014 - 10:01pm

Fretboard 911 is a new feature where we look at the repair and restoration of a vinatge instrument. For our first entry, we go to Seattle where luthier... Continue Reading

05/12/2014 - 12:49pm

1932 Rickenbacher A-22 Electro Hawaiian "Frying Pan"

A while ago I posted about a... Continue Reading

05/08/2014 - 11:35pm

Circa 1930 Bruno Mandocello

Today's Catch is a bit of a mystery. It says Bruno on the headstock but C. Bruno & Son was a wholesaler and distributor that didn't... Continue Reading

05/06/2014 - 1:47pm

1936 Martin D-18

I spent this weekend hanging out with a couple of old friends and we starting reminiscing about all the great acoustic guitars we've been lucky enough... Continue Reading

05/05/2014 - 11:33pm