Steve Swan Guitars
High Quality New and Used Acoustic Guitars

(650) 515-1014

     Get your name on the want list!

A number of high quality consignment guitars are heading to the shop from every corner of the U.S.A. and beyond. Some recent arrivals have been sold or put on hold before they even make it to the website listing. I am continuing to keep keep a want list for those players that want to get in line for something very specific in very nice playing condition. Please email or call to discuss your particular requirements.

      Contemporary Builder’s Guitars Arriving

The increased demand for high quality instruments from small shops and solo builders has recently allowed us to feature great instruments from Ed Claxton, Marty Lanham (Nashville Guitar Company), Roy McAlister, Santa Cruz Guitar Company, and another James Olsen. A demo model Stan Miller F-5 mandolin has also just arrived. More instruments from these and other top tier guitar builders will be coming into the shop through the summer.


      Memorial Page for Heinz      (7-26-03 to 9-9-16)

    I have a memorial page for my dearest doggie buddy, Heinz Staninec, in the “Featured Instruments” area of the string bass website, Visitors to the shop over the last several years may have seen Heinz during his once per week overnight visits with me. 2016 brought more visits as the physical deterioration of his old age demanded more and more attention especially as the seasons progressed into the spring and early summer months. I assumed full time care for him during the last 9-10 weeks of his life, as the steep stairs at his mother’s home became too difficult for him to safely negotiate by himself. The 24/7 schedule with lots of lost sleep took me away from shop duties for much of the “Summer of Heinz”. We became fixtures in the shop neighborhood with several 30-60 minute doddering walks taken from very early morning to very late at night. As time permits, I will add some more photos and remembrances of this very special, sweet deaf dog. Now that he is gone, I will be much more present in the guitar business, both physically and mentally!

      What’s New

– 1921 Gibson A-2 mandolin       Lively voice, very clean

– 1986 custom Martin D-45       Lovely abalone treatment

– 1940 Martin D-28  ex- Tom Morgan        Great player!

– Recent Stan Miller F-5 mandolin      Clean and complex

– 1994 James Olsen Dreadnought       Very rare, Great sounding

– 2013 Santa Cruz custom OM            Brazilian rosewood

– 2003 Roy McAlister 12 Fret L    (Gibson L-OO style)

– Early 1947 Martin D-28      Powerful and musical.

– 1994 Fender Custom Shop Dakota Red Jazz Bass        Mint


               Coming Soon

  • Ex- Tom Morgan 1940 D-28     Huge sounding player prewar herringbone
  • 1948 Martin D-28       Clean condition, Bright and clean voice
  • 1935 Martin D-28   Clean, Rich tone, Replaced bridge
  • 1967 Martin D-18 shaded top         Clean
  • 1932 Martin OM-18 shade top       Big voice
  • 1931 Martin OM-28     A few repaired cracks
  • 1932 Martin OM-28     Clean and original, great tone
  • 1941 Martin D-28        Minor play wear, family instrument
  • 1968 Martin D-45       Play wear and a few repairs
  • 1941 Martin D-18        Very fine sounding player D-18
  • 1941 Martin D-28       Same owner since the 1970s
  • 1937 Martin D-18       Same owner since the 1960s

In the Repair Shop

  • Nothing for now.

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