Steve Swan Guitars
High Quality New and Used Acoustic Guitars

(650) 515-1014

     Get your name on the want list!

From now through the end of the month 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.

   Los Angeles area trip December 2-3

I will be heading down to the greater Los Angeles area about December 2-3 to conduct some guitar and string bass business. If you would like to audition something specific or to have me pick up a consignment instrument, please call or email with your requests. While I am away, John will be here in the shop.


    An illustration of the effects of condition and originality can be clearly seen in the side by side comparison of two 1940 Martin D-28s currently in stock. A heavily played and well loved D-28 owned by Tom Morgan is quite well known in bluegrass circles, where this guitar has been played for many decades. A much more original condition single family owned instrument from the same year has its own sophisticated and colorful tonal charms and shows the effects fine care and playing on the resulting retail price. There were only 134 Martin D-28s built in 1940, so it is a rare enough occurrence to have a couple of these guitars in at the same time. These instruments are shown by special appointment only, as they are not kept at the store.

      What’s New

   – Early 1935 rosewood Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe

   – 1940 D-28  (Ex- Tom Morgan) Rough, Great sound

   – 1933 Martin OM-18      Smooth voice, Crack-free

   – 1937 Martin D-28         Large colorful and balanced voice

   – 1934 Martin long scale OOO-28      gorgeous voice, clean

   – 1939 Martin D-18     Wide neck, cleanest one yet

   – Early 1934 Gibson Converted Stage De Luxe scalloped

   – 1941 Gibson B-135 string bass     curly maple, blonde

   – 1961 Martin O-16 NY      Newly scalloped top braces

   – 1945 Martin OOO-18     Adirondack spruce top

   – 1936 Martin D-28        Mint, Original, Tone

   – 1941 Gibson SJ 200    Near Mint Condition


               Coming Soon

  • 1933 Gibson 12 fret L-O     Spruce top, Magical voice, clean
  • 1935 Martin D-28   Clean, Rich tone, Replaced bridge
  • 1934 Martin D-28     Martin refinish to sunburst ca. late 1940s
  • 1946 Martin D-28           Clean and straight
  • 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

  • 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe:   Loose bridge foot
  • 1940 Martin D-28:      Repair History Evaluation
  • 1954 Martin D-28  ex-Buddy Cagle:   Neck Reset, refret, tuners, pins

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See our companion website for the complete inventory and related material for the bass violins in stock.

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