– Monday Standard shop hours 9 am to 5 pm
–Tuesday Sacramento string bass setup and repair trip
–Wednesday Standard shop hours 9 am to 5 pm
–Thursday Standard shop hours 9 am to 5 pm
-Friday, Standard shop hours 9 am to 5 pm
-Saturday Standard shop hours 9 am to 5 pm
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,
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.
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, to the 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 instruments, as they must be brought in from an off-site location.
I have a memorial page for my dearest doggie buddy, Heinz Staninec, in the “Featured Instruments” area of the string bass website, www.steveswanstringbass.com. 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!
See our companion website www.steveswanstringbass.com for the complete inventory and related material for the bass violins in stock.
Our large and comfortable retail showroom in Burlingame offers a selection of fine vintage instruments as well as selected examples from contemporary builders. The usual hours are 9-5 Monday through Saturday. Please make an appointment to confirm a meeting time.