Steve Swan Guitars
High Quality New and Used Acoustic Guitars

(650) 515-1014

    Special discount price on near mint 1941 Gibson SJ-200

  The consigning owner of the near mint 1941 Gibson SJ-200 found in the “Gibson” section is very motivated to sell it quickly and has reduced the price significantly. Please call or email to make an appointment to inspect and audition this magnificent example of one of Gibson’s very rare rosewood SJ-200s.

     A Quick Word About Auditioning and Approvals

 The shop primarily deals in fine condition vintage guitars from Martin and Gibson along with nice examples from some of the best contemporary makers. We offer a clean, quiet place to come and play these instruments. Unlike a good many guitar shops, we like to keep the traffic light and set up appointments to come for an audition comparison. We cater to responsible adults who are well practiced in carefully handling the instruments in stock and afford these customers the same sense of responsibility and respect that they show to the instruments.

 Since a good deal our business is out of state, we carefully work with our customers to make sure that the instruments are safely shipped and that they are responsibly cared for during these audition and approval periods outside of the shop. We want the customer to feel confident about their choice in making these instruments a significant part of their musical lives, so the approval period may extend over the course of a weekend or two. Special arrangements may be be for any period longer than about 10-12 days. Like the experience of adopting a dog and providing it with a “forever home”, we want to make sure that the instrument finds a good home with a happy customer who continues to enjoy the instrument for a long time.

   Shop Hours for this week:


-Monday 2-27      9 am – 5 pm

-Tuesday 2-28     Later shift: 1 pm – 8 pm

-Wednesday 3-1      9 am -5 pm

-Thursday 3-2    Out of the shop: Call or email

-Friday 3-3    9 am – 5 pm

-Saturday 3-4    9 am to 5 pm

It is always best to set an appointment time in advance.



  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 three of them currently in stock. Ranging in price and condition from 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.



      What’s New

– 2005 Guild X-500       Near mint, strung with jazz flat wound strings

– 1989 Gibson L-4CES    Near mint, strung with jazz flat wound strings

– 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe conversion       Clean, lively response

– 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

– 1943 Martin D-28       Single family owned since 1948

– 1924 Gibson A mandolin   Clean and original, nice voice

– 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”


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

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