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.
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.
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.