Steve Swan Guitars
High Quality New and Used Acoustic Guitars

(650) 515-1014

  Shop Hours for this week:

Saturday 1-14   Standard shop hours 9 am to 5 pm

-Monday 1-16   Standard shop hours 9 am to 5 pm

Tuesday 1-17    Standard shop hours 9 am to 5 pm

Wednesday 1-18     Standard shop hours 9 am to 5 pm

Thursday 1-19      Standard shop hours 9 am to 5 pm

-Friday 1-20           Standard shop hours 9 am to 5 pm

-Saturday 1-21    Standard shop hours 9 am to 5 pm



  Vintage American Plywood Basses

There is significant crossover interest between vintage acoustics guitars and vintage American plywood basses, so I will cross-post these to the “Electric Basses” page on this guitar website. At the moment, the shop inventory represents all major American plywood bass fiddle brands made from the 1930s throughout the 1960s. Included now are: 1962 American Standard, 1954 King Moretone, 1941 Gibson B-135, ca. 1947 Epiphone B-5, and a 1942 Kay O-100. These basses are also listed on the sister acoustic bass website,

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.

      Prewar, Wartime Herringbone Martin D-28s in stock

The selection of original Martin herringbone D-28s is quite good now, with four of them currently in stock. Ranging in price and condition from $25,000 for the much played 1940 Tom Morgan D-28, a well-played and great sounding 1943 D-28, to the very clean 1940 and 1941 examples that were owned and played by a single owner in each case. Special appointment arrangements must be made to audition these last two instruments, as they must be brought in from an off-site location.



      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 hospice 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

– 1927 National round neck tricone    From the first batch, some early pre-factory features.

– Early 1946 Martin D-18      Small repairs and light overspray, Great sound

 – Early converted 1935 Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe     Easy playing, responsive

– 1977 Fendar Jazz Bass      Honest play wear, Not heavy in the body

– 1999 Graphite Guitars 5 string bass with custom pickups

– 1943 Martin D-28       Single family owned since 1948

– 1924 Gibson A mandolin   Clean and original, nice voice

– 1931 Gibson L-4          Very clean, responsive

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

– Recent Custom Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass  “As New”

– Recent Fender Select Jazz Bass        Clean, “As New”

– 1974 Fender Telecaster          Clean and straight


               Coming Soon

  • 1970 Martin D-35         Clean, Brazilian Rosewood back and sides
  • 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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