1960 Harmony Roy Smeck

I suspect that Roy Smeck endorsed more instruments in his long career than any other musician. Starting in the 1920s and going on into the 1960s his... Continue Reading

12/24/2014 - 5:26pm

1994 Guild Artist Award

Guild introduced the original version of today's Catch in 1956 as the Johnny Smith Award. When Smith jumped ship to Gibson in 1961, Guild... Continue Reading

12/23/2014 - 3:46pm

1947 National New Yorker Lap Steel

A while ago we looked at a 1962 National New Yorker lap steel, a double pickup version of today's Catch. (Click... Continue Reading

12/19/2014 - 4:49pm

1920s Regal Hawaiian Twin Six Hawaiian

A while ago I wrote about Jack Penewell's custom made Gibson Twin Six, an unusual acoustic double-neck steel guitar. (Click... Continue Reading

12/17/2014 - 10:24pm

1921 Gibson Style U Harp Guitar

I wrote about a black 1909... Continue Reading

12/16/2014 - 4:47pm

Catch of the Day: 1958 Gibson LG-2 3/4

In 1958, the year this LG-2 3/4 was built, Gibson offered four different small size guitars in their catalog. The LG-2 3/4 was the... Continue Reading

12/15/2014 - 6:17pm

1951 Bigsby Mandolin


UPDATE: As of December 12, 2014, this Bigsby Mandolin is for sale at Retrofret and... Continue Reading

12/12/2014 - 2:49pm

1932 Selmer Maccaferri Modèle Orchestre

A while ago I covered one of the last guitars made by... Continue Reading

12/10/2014 - 11:09pm

1920s Stromberg-Voisinet Guitar

Stromberg-Voisinet was one of numerous companies that built fretted instruments in Chicago in the early part of the 20th century. Like Regal... Continue Reading

12/10/2014 - 1:55pm

Circa 1939 National Aragon De Luxe

The Aragon De Luxe is probably the rarest guitar from National's pre-World War II era. It's also unlike any other guitar the... Continue Reading

12/08/2014 - 11:47pm