Shop Talk

Lefty Vintage Gibsons? They’re out there!

October 14th, 2021

Pre-WWII left-handed Gibsons are phenomenally rare, but they do exist! Here’s a look at a few that are currently at Folkway.

Anatomy of a Gibson Plastic Adjustable Bridge

October 14th, 2021

Ever wonder what those plastic bridges that Gibson used in the early 60s were all about? Most Gibson flat top acoustics built in 1962 and 1963 had this style of injection-moulded plastic bridge with adjustable ceramic insert, but perhaps you’ve not seen one of them up close and personal…

1940 Gibson J-35

October 14th, 2021

I love it when a plan comes together. This 1940 Gibson J-35 needed the usual repairs to get it up and running perfectly – reset, refret, pickguard reglue, new nut, saddle, pins, etc. It’s unique feature is that the bridge and fingerboard are made of what looks to be Cuban mahogany rather than rosewood, and […]

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Prewar Gibson Lefty Matched Set

September 23rd, 2021

No, it’s not a reversed photo.  It’s a pair of Left-Handed Gibsons that were both built in 1935 and originally sold through Beare & Son in Toronto. Prewar Gibson lefties are exceptionally rare, as you might imagine.  This is the only lefty F-Style Mandolin we’ve ever seen, and the L-00 is one of two we’ve […]

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Joseph Yanuziello Spruce Viceroy

September 1st, 2021

This very gently used Yanuziello Spruce Viceroy sold before it got a chance to hit our website, but we thought you’d like to see it anyway. (You can also check out some of our previously archived Yanuziello listings HERE)

Spruce over mahogany, chambered body, Frailin single coil pickups with series/parallel switching, Waverly tuners, rosewood and bone adjustable bridge, hand-made hardware, knobs, pickguard and switch tip. Tortoise bound and  finished in high-gloss sunburst Nitro lacquer.

Joe Yanuziello’s craftsmanship and design sense are the stuff of legend. He proves time and time again that he’s one of this generation’s most skilled and original luthiers.

Joe Yanuziello Spruce Viceroy electric guitarJoe Yanuziello Spruce Viceroy electric guitar

1930s B&J Serenader Romeo and Juliet

August 19th, 2021

1930s B&J Romeo & Juliet Serenader guitar

Hanging on the walls of our repair shop, you’ll find some of our favourite decorative vintage instruments. We love the decals of this 1930s B&J Serenader Romeo and Juliet! Notice the convenient hole through its peghead for you to hang it by!

This item is not for sale.

1958 Gibson ES-225TD

August 19th, 2021

 

1958 Gibson ES-225TD electric guitar full body and knobs

1958 Gibson ES-225TD electric guitar body and headstock

A spectacular instrument that was recently brought to us by the local widow of its original owner, this 225TD is completely original but for the first 5 frets and is in incredible condition. Great neck angle, perfect set up, almost no playwear and killer double P-90 tone.

The ES-225T was Gibson’s first thinline electric model upon its introduction in 1955. The double pickup version was released in 1956. Both models were discontinued at the end of 1959, which corresponded with the introduction of the ES-330 that same year.

SOLD

Registration now open for the FBJ Vintage Guitar Masterclass with Mark & TJ

July 29th, 2021

Presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music

Join Fretboard Journal‘s Jason Verlinde and acclaimed luthiers TJ Thompson (Pro Luthier Tools) and Mark Stutman (Folkway Music) for this informative class on the care, feeding and collecting of vintage acoustic guitars.

Over the course of this discussion, Mark and TJ will discuss variations between pre-war and collectible Martins and Gibsons, some of the most common issues they find on their repair benches and how to avoid them. We’ll talk about restoration work, neck resets, proper storage and shipping. At the end of the class, we’ll field questions from the audience on the buying, selling and preserving of these unique instruments.

$10
08/12/2021 (1 meeting)
Thursday · 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Central)

Details and Registration HERE

Comparing four early-1940’s Gibson J-35s

July 7th, 2021

Mark guides us on a casual and impromptu tour of four 1940’s Gibson J-35s that are all at the shop at the same time. The differences and the similarities between these four guitars are pointed out and discussed. The guitars were all built by Gibson in 1940, 1941, and 1942.

A Gibson-made 1930 Recording King Model 807 Nick Lucas Special

May 27th, 2021

Mark tours us through an incredibly rare Gibson-made Recording King 807 from 1930.

Built for Montgomery-Ward, the 807 is essentially a Gibson Nick Lucas Special with different appointments. This model wasn’t produced in significant numbers and very few remain in existence today.

Mark has just finished an interesting restoration to this guitar and describes the steps involved in detail.