Steve Swan Guitars
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1929 13 fret Gibson L-2 (Batch Number 9476)

This 1929 custom 13 fret Gibson L-2, originally ordered for a “Walter White” is quite responsive and lively in voice. As with most Gibson flat top guitars from this era, the string length is a shorter 34 1/4″. The original owner’s name, “Walter White”, is embossed on both the truss rod cover and the finger […]

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Price: $8500

1932 Martin OM-18 (52519)

This beautiful shaded top 1932 Martin OM-18 (52519) is one of the nicest sounding prewar OM-18s that I have ever had in the shop. Adirondack Spruce top, Honduras mahogany back, sides, and neck. Replacement Waverly G-98 style tuners. Brazilian Rosewood headstock overlay with gold “C.F. Martin” decal. Ebony nut, snail shell inlays in ebony fingerboard. […]

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Price: $25,000

1946 Martin OOO-28 (95914)

This mid-1946 Martin OOO-28   is one of only 134 examples made that year, and one of about 70 or so that have the steel T-Bar neck reinforcement that I prefer. As with all 1946 OOO-28s, the top wood is Sitka Spruce. The beautiful brick-red Brazilian Rosewood back and sides and matching headstock overlay are […]

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Price: Sold

1965 Martin D-28 S with OHC (200219)

This 1965 Martin D-28 S is in very clean condition. The only repair work has been to return to the factory for a bridge reglue or replacement. While it was there, this D-28 S received, except for the headstock, a very light “cleanup” overspray. The instrument has seen very little sunlight or play time since […]

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Price: On Hold

2001 Collings DS-1A Mint ! (6820)

This mint condition 2001 Collings DS-1A shows no sign of play wear, even on the pickguard. It presents as a brand new guitar. It has a medium stiffness Adirondack Spruce top, Very nice Honduras Mahogany back, sides and neck, Waverly G-98 style tuners, Ebony headstock overlay, Ebony fingerboard and bridge, and a dark red turtle-did […]

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Price: $3950

2009 “75th Anniversary” Ltd. Ed. D-18 (1331984)

This photo set was taken before I oiled the fingerboard and bridge, then installed a set of D’Addario medium gauge 80/20 strings. _____________________________________________________ This 2009 “75th Anniversary” limited edition 1934 style Martin D-18 remains in nearly unused condition, as does the original TKL vintage style case. Stiff Adirondack Spruce top with bold grain lines, Honduras […]

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Price: $3250

PREVIEW: 1953 Martin D-18 w/ Ad. top (“Bad Boyfriend”) (132930)

For 10 years a fixture at my guitar show exhibits, the 1953 Adirondack Spruce top D-18 (132930) that had been shot 3 times in its case will be for sale after a major restoration by Alan Perlman. This may take 2-3 months, but it will be well worth it. I may be able to take […]

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Price: Priceless

ca. 1889-93 Martin 3-17 w/ coffin case (nsn)

The sparkling little Martin from 130 years ago has a complex voice and a wonderful responsiveness, thanks to Alan Perlman’s great restoration work that included a neck reset. These little guitar are braced with 3 fan braces and 1 angled tone bar, using very light bracing dimensions. The string length is a short 23 7/8″, […]

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Price: $4500

1954 Martin D-18 (139453)

This clean 1954 Martin D-18 (139453) has an exceptionally powerful voice, reminding me of some of the big sounding tapered voiced D-18s from the 1946-47 time period. This instrument has had a busy playing life in a recording studio, so it is almost completely free of the normal signs of play that it would have […]

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Price: $8950

Late 1953 Martin D-28 Ex-Buddy Cagle (134125)

This late 1953 Martin D-28 (134125) was purchased new by the original owner, Buddy Cagle, and used as a stage tool for his entire professional stage life. This guitar is one of only 675 D-28s made that year. In the late 1970s, Buddy Cagle stripped the finish, lightly refinished it himself, and then added the […]

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Price: SOLD