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1940 Gibson L-00 Restoration

November 14th, 2022

We’ve had a number of requests for more photos of the black 1940 L-00, so here is a little photo-essay for you. All told, this was a “normal” old Gibson restoration… but with a twist. There’s been no finish repair, no cleaning of the original finish, and the neck set was done with the original […]

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Meet Author Greig Hutton – November 26 “Hutton’s Guide to Martin Guitars: 1833-1969”

November 3rd, 2022

Folkway Music is proud to present an in-person book signing with Greig Hutton, Martin Guitar Historian and author of “Hutton’s Guide to Martin Guitars: 1833-1969.” Saturday, November 26th, from 10:30AM until 1:00PM at Folkway Music We have a limited number of copies available for purchase. If you already have your own copy of the book […]

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1959 Gibson Les Paul Neck Joint Flaw and Fix

June 16th, 2022

Gibson’s first double-cut Les Paul Specials suffer from a design flaw that makes them badly susceptible to cracking through the body at the end of the fingerboard. Here, Mark talks about how to go about fixing it permanently.

1960 Gretsch 6119 Trifecta

April 12th, 2022

Q:  What do you get when you put three 6119s together? A:  18,357 #badjoke But, yeah, this is pretty cool.  The single pickup Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean was introduced in 1958 and existed for about a year before the model was revamped into the Tennessean we’re more familiar with (ie George Harrison’s guitar). The […]

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Mark’s 1933 Gibson L-00

March 16th, 2022

Brace Reglue on a ’37 Gibson J-35

January 13th, 2022

A structural issue we often discover on instruments that have had a bridge reglue in the past is a separation of the X brace and top directly under the bridge wing. This can happen as a result of the heat that’s used to remove a bridge, or can happen from improper clamping when the bridge is […]

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1962 Gibson EM-150

January 6th, 2022

Gibson’s EM-150 is an electric mandolin that was introduced at the outset of Gibson’s Electric instrument production, back in 1936. It was offered alongside the ES-150 guitar, EH-150 Steel, and ERB-150 banjos and was originally fitted with a “Charlie Christian” style pickup. The design of the EM-150 evolved similarly to the ES-150 guitar, and by the late 1940s was built with a P-90 pickup and plywood maple body.

This example is one of 51 built in 1962. The EM-150’s highest production years were 1953 and 1954, when 158 were built in each year. In total, about 1950 EM-150s were built during the model’s post-WWII production run.

Full body and close up of a vintage Gibson Electric Mandolin: 1962 Gibson EM-150 Bridge, pickup, f-holes and tailpiece of a vintage Gibson Electric Mandolin: 1962 Gibson EM-150

This particular instrument has sold.

Limited Edition Collings 002H Custom T, with Joe Henry specs

December 2nd, 2021

Designed by Folkway’s Mark Stutman and released as a 24 guitar limited production model, the 0002H Custom Traditional is Collings’ first Traditional Series 12-fret 000, and an exact recreation of the guitar Mark spec’d for 3-time Grammy winner Joe Henry.

Check out our listing for the right-handed version here.

Check out our listing for the left-handed version here.

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