unlabeled 3/4 carved back w/ C extension

unlabeled 3/4 carved back w/ C extension

This unlabeled 3/4 carved back bass is made with very nice materials and has been performance-enhanced with a top regraduation, bass bar remodeling, installation of an aged African ebony fingerboard from a German distributor, and the installation of a Jason Brown C extension. This bass is an excellent student range instrument for orchestral use. The… Continue reading unlabeled 3/4 carved back w/ C extension

Early 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe

Early 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe

This converted 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (Batch # 64A) comes from the first notated batch of 1935. The original features of 3 3/4″ size sound hole diameter and small pattern sunburst are clear indications of having been made in the first part of 1935. This batch (64A) is consistently one of my… Continue reading Early 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe

Early 1945 Martin OOO-28

Early 1945 Martin OOO-28

This wonderful sounding player grade early 1945 Martin OOO-28 (90734) comes from one of my favorite periods for Martin building. The early 1945 Martin guitars feature significantly tapered top brace voicing for the X and the angled tone bars. Martin only made 147 OOO-28s in 1945. This guitar features a steel T-bar neck reinforcement, which… Continue reading Early 1945 Martin OOO-28

2002 Bourgeois-Swan OM

2002 Bourgeois-Swan OM

This stunningly clean 2002 Bourgeois-Swan OM (sn 002384) example represents one of only about 11 special custom Bourgeois OM guitars that I ordered and supplied woods for in the early 2000s time period. In the 1990s I had enjoyed having come through inventory several of the OMs that Dana Bourgeois had built for Eric Schoenberg.… Continue reading 2002 Bourgeois-Swan OM

New Custom New Standard Cleveland hybrid

New Custom New Standard Cleveland hybrid

This just completed New Standard Cleveland hybrid model has a custom neck angle that results in a 7 1/8″ bridge height and a custom varnish finish that reminds me of early 1950s Epiphone basses. Set up for pizz playing, this instrument has a very large and forceful voice.  The solid European spruce top has well-defined… Continue reading New Custom New Standard Cleveland hybrid

ca. 1930s Czech or German 3/4 flatback

ca. 1930s Czech or German 3/4 flatback

This recently restored ca. 1930s German or Czech 3/4 flatback was undoubtedly a school instrument that suffered a lot of neglect though the many decades. Tristan Cole-Falek recently performed a complete restoration for use as a professional level jazz rental bass. The back had previously undergone as filet-type center seam repair.  Tristan replaced the multiply-cracked… Continue reading ca. 1930s Czech or German 3/4 flatback

New Paesold 592 3/4 carved back

New Paesold 592 3/4 carved back

This new Paesold 592 carved back 3/4 was made for exhibition at the most recent NAMM Show in Anaheim. The striking Rubner halfplate tuning machines are an exhibition upgrade. I have long enjoyed the German-made Paesold instruments in both 3/4 and 7/8 sizes for their light weight and responsive voice.  This Paesold 592 has a… Continue reading New Paesold 592 3/4 carved back