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  QUARANTINE  Update. 10/6/21
          Folks, we are now OPEN to the PUBLIC, allowing
             2-3 people in at a time.  We have 3 Air Purifiers going.  We're also
          happy to bring any instrument outside for you to try out.
            Also we still have curbside pickup and drop-offs for repairs if you like 
                          MASKS ARE REQUIRED AGAIN!

                               Regular  HOURS:
                      Monday - Thursday  10am - 6:30pm EST
                               Friday  10am - 4pm
                               CLOSED SATURDAYS  
                         OPEN Sundays,   Noon - 5pm

               Just In ****** Monday October 25th, 2021 *******

 *NATIONAL Style 0, 1934, variation 6, Palm trees pattern,
       chicken feet resonator cover, 13 1/2 frets til the body,
      slotted peghead, beautiful finish, exc, newer hsc..$4950

 *NATIONAL Duolian, 1932, greenish/grey Frosted Duco finish,
     12 fret unbound neck, slotted peghead, all original,
     beautiful crinkle!, excellent player too, newer hsc...$4500

 *GIBSON LG-1, ca 1944, Banner peghead, sunburst, repaired 
      center seam, another repaired top crack, repro tuners
     but peghead original, vgc, hsc...$3900

 *GIBSON B-45-12, 1969, square shoulder dreadnought 12-string,
      belly pin bridge with no tailpiece, Grover tuners added
      perfect action, flat belly, exc+, hsc......$3000

    *LARRIVEE Parlor Guitar, used, Spruce top, Rosewood back
       & sides, exc, hsc...$795

 *FENDER Custom Shop '66 Strat, Teal Green NOS Relic, large
      peghead, rosewood board, certificate, near mint, ohsc...$2795

 *LES PAUL R9, 2008, '59 Re-issue heritage sunburst, nice top,
        9.47 lbs, near mint, ohsc......$5495

 *GIBSON Les Paul Standard, 1955, Goldtop, first year
     with a tunomatic bridge and stop tailpiece, all original
     including frets which have mild wear, beautiful Brazilian
     Rosewood fingerboard, some lacquer checking and belt buckle wear,
     8.63 lbs, vgc+, brown case..$51,000

 *TONE KING Metropolitan Amp, 2009, serial number 001, Black & Creme,
       1x12" Combo with 2 Channels each having it's own power soak,
       40 watts powered by 4x6V6 power tubes, original speaker has
       been replaced with a Cannabis Rex 12" speaker, 2 button
       footswitch, near mint with cover...$2195

              UPDATED ****** Thursday October 21st, 2021 *******

 *FENDER Stratocaster Standard, USA, 1990, sunburst finish,
      Rosewood board, exc+, ohsc.......$995

 *FENDER Chris Stapleton '62 Princeton re-issue, recent,
     brown tolex, 12" Eminence CS speaker, Tremolo, 12 watts,
     2x6V6 power tubes, Solid Pine cabinet, hand-wired,
     excellent, with cover...$1650

 *GIBSON RB-4 Mastertone Banjo, 1932, neck is by John Monteleone,
      original Walnut resonator, double cut peghead with Flying
      Eagle inlay pattern, 40 hole archtop, flat radius, 1-piece flange,
      exc, hsc......$8750

     *NAGOYA N-50 Jumbo, made in Japan,'70s, copy of a Gild F-50 
      with Spruce top, Rosewood back and sides, vgc+...$350

 *NATIONAL NRP B Series, Black Rust, NEW, 14 Fret...$3240

 *GIBSON ES-335, 1961, Sunburst, all original,
     most players would want a refret,  exc..$28,500

              UPDATED ****** Monday October 18th, 2021 *******

 *FENDER Stratocaster Standard, 1989, Torino Red, Rosewood board,
         near mint, ohsc....$1195  

 *MARTIN HD-28, 2016, the classic Martin Dreadnought Herringbone,
       exc, ohsc....$2250

 *COLLINGS 00-2MRG, 2008, 00 size with a 12-fret solid peg-
      head neck, German Spruce top, beautiful Madagascar Rosewood 
      back and sides, Ebony pyramid bridge, 24 3/4" scale, 1 3/4"
      at the bone nut, near mint, ohsc....$6950

 *VIBRACELL Switch, Travel guitar, black solid body electric
       with one splittable humbucker, with headphones and
       headphone jack, 20" scale,  exc, orig gigbag.......$175

 *STRAT, recent USA Standard, body stripped to natural, neck
      finish 'aged', greenguard, rosewood board, vgc, hsc..hold

 *KAY M-1B Upright Bass, 1953, Blonde, curly Maple back
       and sides, new tuners, Underwood style pickup, adjustable
       bridge, nice new padded gigbag, set up & gig-ready...$3495

 *GIBSON SJ-200, 1953, Blonde, curly Maple back & sides, 
       curly Maple neck with Brazilian Rosewood fretboard, Spruce top 
      with unique Custom Factory Pickguard that hugs the soundhole,
      beautiful patina, fine playing and sounds great, ohsc..$18,500

             UPDATED ****** Sunday October 12th, 2021 *******
 *GIBSON Les Paul Standard, 2005, curly maple sunburst top 
        with wiggle, 9.6 lbs, exc, ohsc....$2195

 *GIBSON L-6S, 1973, Natural Maple body, Maple neck,
          2 pickups, all original...$1250
 *FENDER Custom Shop '59 Jazzmaster Journeyman, 2017, Fiesta Red,
      tortoise guard, 6105 frets, 9.5" radius, '62 Jazzmaster neck shape,
       neck is.82" at the 1st fret, .90" at the 12th, Brown case,
      with Cerificate and build sheet and accessories, exc..$2750
 *MARTIN 00-18, 1953, Player's grade- had a soundhole Dearmond
     pickup with volume and tone knobs in the top- they are
     plugged and finished over as is the side jack hole, replaced
     tuners with repros, some finish drips on sides and back,
     Overspray here and there- all this and NO CRACKS! vgc, hsc..$2950

 *GUILD D-35, 1980, Spruce top, Mahogany back & sides,
       vgc, ohsc...$795

 *GIBSON Thunderbird IV Bass, 1964, original 2 pickup model,
     the original black/brown sunburst finish,  
     the pickguard was autographed in person by John Entwistle,
      someone added a left-side pickguard once so there are 5 small
      screw holes filled and the truss-rod cover is cobbled together-
      the upper half being original but the bottom half is a newer 
      piece of plastic, Thunderbirds are notoriously breakable but 
      this bass has NO BREAKS, has belt buckle wear on the back, 
      a real nice fine playing ThunderBird, original case, vgc....$17,000

 *GIBSON EB-3, 1961, refinished and slightly aged by Tom Murphy 
       (with letter from Tom), large black plastic covered pickup in 
      neck position, mini-humbucker in the bridge position, four-way 
      rotary pickup selector switch, volume and tone knobs for each 
      pickup,  exc, hsc....$4950

   gbl             UPDATED ****** Sunday October 10th, 2021 *******

 *FENDER Strat Ultra, 2021, Plum (purple) with gold 
      anodized pickguard, Ebony board, ohsc, MINT....$1695

 *GIBSON SG Standard, 1964, original cherry finish,
       repaired crack at heel, changed hardware with 2
       Duncan Humbuckers, vgc, late '60s case...on hold
 *FENDER Strat, 1987, White, Rosewood board, 
       tuners, exc-, ohsc....995

 *GIBSON ES-330, 1960, Sunburst, 2 Black cover P-90s, 
      refretted, pickguard beveled at pickups, all else original,
       exc, hsc...$9500

 *GIBSON Les Paul Special, 1961, TV Yellow,
      all original, one of the last with the earlier slab bodies,
      2 P-90s, wrap tailpiece, last version with rhythm pickup about 
      an inch from the end of the fingerboard, 
       no Les Paul logo by this time,  exc, brown hsc....
 *MARTIN 000-15M, 2021, used, all solid Mahogany, 
      14 fret neck, mint, ohsc..$950

    *MACCAFERRI Plastic guitar, '50s, G-40 Archtop, exc+, ssc..$850 

 *LOWDEN S50, 2018, Master Grade Honduran Rosewood
       back & sides, Master Grade Sinker Redwood top, Ebony board
       with ebony/maple binding, figured Maple binding, Rosewood/
      Maple/Mahogany purflings, Gotoh Gold 510 tuners with
      Ebony buttons, LR Baggs Anthem pickup, MINT, ohsc....$5900

    *FISHMAN Loudbox Mini Charge, recent, The Loudbox Mini Charge
       is a portable, battery powered amplifier designed to 
      faithfully reproduce the sound of acoustic instruments and
       a diverse assortment of vocal or recorded accompaniments,
      with the addition of Bluetooth® wireless connectivity, you
      can now easily and neatly add backing tracks or other 
      accompaniment to your performances, jams, or wherever 
      your Loudbox Mini Charge takes you and your music,
      mint with carrying bag

    *SUPRO 1605R, Combo amp with 8" speaker,
       Master, Gain, and Reverb, mint....$595

   gbl         JUST IN ****** Wednesday October 6th, 2021 *******

 *MATCHLESS DC-30, 1994 early production marked H/C 30L,
        Burgundy tolex, 2 Matchless Special Design Celestions,
        4-EL 84 power tubes, 30 very conservatively rated watts,
        two channels, true Class A configuration spawning rich
        complex harmonics, high and low 30/15 power settings, 
        11 ply birch cabinet on coasters,  all original, vgc....$4995, reduced..$4250

 *FENDER SRV Strat, 1992, sunburst, gold hardware,  
       reverse Trem arm position, Brazilian rosewood board "SRV"
       engraved in black pickguard, exc+, ohsc... 

 *NATIONAL Raw Steel Style O, NEW, non engraved steel body
       14 fret neck, solid peghead, $2900 list....$2610

         gbl          JUST IN ****** Monday October 4th, 2021 *******

 *PARKER NiteFly, USA, Blue, 1996 we think,
     Tremolo, 2 single coil pickups and a humbucker at the bridge, Piezo pickups
       in the saddles, exc, hsc...$1495
 *GIBSON Melody Maker, 1962, sunburst, 2 pickups, looks it's
        age, all original, except case, vgc....$1895

 *LONE RANGER, small guitar, '50s, vgc+.....$225

 *BURNS Baldwin Double Six, ca 1966, green burst, electric solid body
      12 -string, with a  push-pull tone pot, original working pot
      in case, one piece sycamore body, curly maple neck and headstock,
      green sunburst headstock with green back of neck sunk stripe,
      early neck plate, perfect green color not brown green like a 1964,
      or neon green by 1967, so this one, but for binding, has all the 
     '65 Burns specs which were gone late "66, used by - Mark Knopfler- H
      Hank Marvin -Elvis and apparently this very guitar by the band "The Vipers"                                                        
      wide nut, has checking, original hard case with  Vipers logo..$2650 

 *GUILD Starfire Bass, sunburst, 1 pickup, 335 style,
       ohsc, vgc..$2695

    *GIBSON EB-0, 1961, Cherry, '50s double cutaway LP Junior style,
      all original but for modded tone pot, 1 P-90 Bass 
      pickup,  vgc+, hsc....      

    *DUNLOP Rotovibe JH4S, recent, used, Red, exc....$229

    *APHEX Punch Factory Optical Compressor & DI Pedal Model 1404...$49

    *IBANEZ Soundtank TS5 Tube Screamer, RECENT, EXC...$49

    *WASHBURN Blues Overdrive LSEBOD, Blue, exc..$39 

    *BOSS DS-1 Distortion Pedal, Taiwan, Orange, exc....$45

    *DUNLOP Crybaby 95Q Wah Wah pedal, exc+....$89

    *SEYMOUR DUNCAN Pickup Booster, exc+...$50 

    *VOX V847 Wah-Wah pedal, USA, with original bag...$95 

    *ELECTRO-HARMONIX Small Clone EH4600 Full Chorus, vgc..$89

    *BOSS Blues Driver BD-2, made in Japan, Blue, exc+...$99

    *EPIPHONE Pickup, stacked P-90 style...$25

    *ORANGE MT20 Micro Terror 20-Watt Guitar Amp Head, EXC..$95

    *FENDER Champion "600", recent,  brown and tan, 5 watts, exc...$225

 *TRex Replicator D'Luxe, NEW TAPE ECHO
       The Replicator D’Luxe is a sum up from all the knowledge,
       we have built up over the years, making Tape delays.
       It is a 2 head machine. The drive mechanism has been updated 
       with a noiseless belt drive. A tape lock/release mechanism
       is added, to make the pinch wheel and tape last longer and
       electronics has been tuned to perfection.
     HANDCRAFTED IN DENMARK Multiple Playback-heads for true analog 
      tape echoes.  One Record head and two playback heads. Short Head
      for slap back delay. Long head for longer modern delays, or 
      combine both heads for a semi Delay-Room experience
         *Delay time Short head =108 – 520mS. 
         *Delay time long head = 215 – 1000 mS
         *Tap tempo for Long Head and half the time for the short head
         *True Bypass switching with a gold plated relay
         *New motor suspension with belt drive, for reduced noise operation
         *New Tape deck lock-mechanics to protect pinch roller and 
              tape for longer life span
         *All analog signal path from input to output
       -->Power supply with exchangeable blades 90-240 Volt,
            and an extra tape cartridge included.......$579 
     A pair of JBL D-123, 12" 8 ohm, probably works, but as is.....$100/pair

     A pair of Electro Voice SRO 12" 8 ohm speakers rated for 150 Watts..$200 each

     JBL D-140 F-6, 16 Ohm 15" speaker, from Danny Gatton's touring 
      Leslie cabinet...$275

     A Pair of Eminence 10" Patriot Copperhead speakers...$75/pair

   BACK IN STOCK!    *Palm Trees, Senoritas... and Rocket Ships" - the illustrated History of National, Dobro, 
           Supro, Valco and OMI Guitars
                   A 423 page tour-de-force that explores the
            fascinating design world of the musical instruments produced by the Dopyera
           Brothers from 1923 to 1993.  Famous for their 'National' guitars, they went
           on to pioneer electric pickups, fiberglass construction, amplifiers etc, and
           influenced the sound of Country Music, Bluegrass, Blues and Hawaiian music
           through most of the 20th Century.
                Entirely and lavishly illustrated with over 1100 musical instruments and
            amplifiers and more than 100 artists who used them - this is THE
            DEFINITIVE COLLECTION of all the various developments, designs, colours
            and engraving patterns of everything produced by the Dopyera Brothers
            in their various companies throughout the 20th century - National, Dobro, 
            Supro, Valco, Mosrite, Regal and OMI.  It has them ALL!  It also features lap steels, amplifiers 
             and various National and Valco manufactured items for other Trade houses. 
             The book is concluded with an updated list of the serial numbers of known
             and re-discovered instruments - now in excess of 4200.  A MUST HAVE for 
            anyone interested in these guitars.  Leaves other books on the subject 
            in the dust....$149

 *Beatles Full Set of Signatures in an Autograph Book. A 5.25" x 4" autograph
                  book with an ornate cover design, inscribed with the original owners
                  name and address on the inside cover. Where it get's interesting is on
                   the very next page, where all four of the Beatles have lent their 
                   First on the left side is Ringo Starr, who signed his name in blue fountain
                    ink with his trademark star.  He's inscribed
                            "To Sue / Best wishes / from the Beatles". 
             On the opposite side Paul and John have signed in blue ballpoint, 
               while George has signed in red ballpoint ink, with "xxx" below. 
         Interestingly, these are the only signatures present in the book, but what a 
         set of autographs to have! Fine condition, with minor wear to the cover and 
         inside cover page due to age and handling. COA from Heritage Auctions plus
           another COA from "Beatles Market Place" in England.........$5500
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                                 ********* PICTURES from the EXHIBIT *************
    These are fairly large prints and are here in the store for purchase, all signed by Jonathan Singer-
       check his site www.botanicamagnifica for his story. 
  Prices were from $500-$1000. On sale, 30-40% off

     SG and Marshall

    Defying logic- 3 Explorers, courtesy J. Menza
   Two '59 Les Pauls, courtesy J. Menza

   Two Airlines

  Three Strats, courtesy Lark Street Music

   Old Golds-ES-295 & '54 Les Paul, courtesy Lark Street Music

  The '60 Cherry Les Paul, courtesy J. Menza

  Moserite Double & Selmer Zodiac,  courtesy Lark Street Music

 Bacon & Days anyday, courtesy Lark Street Music

   Firebirds, courtesy Lark Street Music

  2 Centuries of Progress!
        more to come....

    featuring Buck Malen, Johnny Rabb, Kevin Maul, unknown banjo phenom & Frances


                              Before  After ..... 
                We often get asked  "where do these guitars come from" ??? or "who buys these things" ??
                So here's an interesting picture of the quite rare White ES-345 (that we had for sale for about a year)
                with both it's original ( c. 1964), and current (April'06)  owners.

  Some have complained about bad pictures.  If this is happening to you or your PC, let me know.  We have Macs 
  and the pictures are large and clear, so we'd like to know figure out why this problem is happening
An answer from my brother Rick-
By default, Internet Explorer will shrink pictures to fit onto one screen.
That's probably what people are complaining about. Usually, if they hold the
cursor over the picture for a few seconds, a button will appear and they can
click it to restore the pic to full size. I hate the feature, so I just turn
it off and always see the photos full-size:

From the IE menu bar, click Tools | Internet Options
Click the Advanced tab
Scroll down to the Multimedia section
Remove the check from "Enable Automatic Image Resizing"
Click OK to save settings

       For you who don't know, we do all manner of guitar repair and restoration.  We do most of it here but 
      also give some work to Dom Ramos -repairing and building since working in Dan Armstrong's shop in 
      the '60s.  We've also been a Martin Warrantee Center since 1985 before Martin closed down all 5 NJ Centers 
      because of a tax dispute between NJ and Martin

           DON'T SCROLL DOWN -    Feelings below

  Political sentiments
Turn back before it's too late!

A friend wrote this. I take no credit, but it's  food for thought.
"I'm not asking anyone to take my side, or the side of Israel, but I am asking you to think critically about the news you get from CNN and the BBC and AlJazeera or whatever station you watch
If we were colonizers, we would be actively planning wars, and TAKING land, not giving it away for PEACE. ( SINAI, Lebanon, Gaza strip...all relinquished, after being won, fairly, in a war, which we did not start. And yet still given away, in the promise of PEACE, which we have not gotten in return)
If we were committing genocide, then the population of Gaza and the West Bank would not have GROWN since 1967, but rather gotten smaller..no? Arabs in Gaza and the West Bank 1967: less than 1 million. Arabs in those areas today: 5 million) 
That is not GENOCIDE! You cannot have 500% population growth in a genocide. 
The definition of genocide is: 
" The deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group"
Does it look like we've destroyed anyone or are aiming to? 
Point of fact, we do not engage unless engaged with. And even then, our engagements are military, warnings in advance to clear the area and no civilian engagement whenever possible. 
Which brings me to the next part: 
War Crimes. Do you see in Israel rocket launchers on residential streets, missiles hidden under hospitals and schools (yes, even UNWRA schools got in on the deal)? Do you see 5 year old martyrs with hand grenades, and children trained with automatic weapons, and calls to behead all arabs, wherever we can find them? No, you do not. 
That is what our army faces against daily. And our CIVILIAN population is faced with daily, hourly....the WAR CRIMES of HAMAS and the Palestinian Authority. 
If we wanted to flatten all of Gaza and turn it into a parking lot, we have the weapon power to do it in 3 minutes. Why in the world do you think we haven't? After 10,000's of rockets and missiles have been fired indiscriminately at our cities and schools and homes, after Israelis have been killed and maimed and attacked....the reason is because we value HUMAN LIFE. Because we are trying to save the lives of the people of Gaza and the West Bank. We introduced water and power infrastructure to their villages. Before Israel, they had none. 
Next, the claims that Gaza is an open air prison, or a death camp etc. Ask yourself, how poor Gaza, that the BBC and NYT likes to claim is cut off from the world, and has no access to supplies...can import or import the materials to make thousands of rockets and missiles and rocket launchers --but can't import food, or medicine? Ask yourself where all of the cement and supplies to build schools and hospitals went...when instead there are hundreds of miles of cement and steel reinforced underground terror tunnels built every year. 
Finally, ask yourself how the leaders and government of poor Gaza have enough money to have a Billionaires Gaza Yacht Club with multi-million dollar yachts, and facilities, luxurious 5 star hotels, shopping malls filled with Gucci and Chanel and Polo shirts -- while their people literally starve and beg for help. 
And that is the main point. Israel does not govern GAZA. Israel is not in GAZA. Israel does not control GAZA. Gaza controls GAZA. So whatever the War Crime is for shelling your own population (430 rockets fired from Gaza at Israel have actually fallen within Gaza hurting and killing their own people), for putting rockets and missiles under their homes, for stealing their food and international aid -- you should know who to blame. The same Gazan leadership the Free Palestine movement funds and supports.
And now, think again critically about this situation. Do you honestly think that "Free-ing Palestine", and turning Israel over to these same folks that currently run GAZA or Ramallah so well is the solution to anything? Will provide more food or medicine or opportunity or freedom to ANYONE? Free Palestine hangs gay men from the tops of buildings and drags their bodies through the streets. Free Palestine supports honor killings of young women who have been raped or abused or shamed. Free Palestine calls for the elimination of all Jews. Free Palestine is in reality, nothing more than a thuggish, brutal, facist military regime, dressed up like a woke, liberal western project with nice slogans and catchy protest tunes. 
Like with most things, just follow the money and see what Free Palestine is really all about before lending your voice or your funds or support. 
Again, you don't have to wave an Israeli flag from your flagpole, but if you care about justice, real justice, and peace, freedom and security, think critically about the information you receive and then ask yourself what rings true."
ed by StandWithUs

     Markneukirchen "Stauffer Style" ca 1850, 12 fret to body,
      South American Zebrawood back and sides with 'Roses' 
       inlaid at end of fretboard, a featherweight 2.6 lbs, 11 3/4" 
       wide at the lower bout, upper bout measures 9 1/4", 3 1/2" deep
      ladder-braced' body with a natural Spruce top, body length 
      is 17 1/8" The sound hole has three circular 'Herringbone' inlays
      and a very intricate floral inlay ring (3/8 inch wide) of 
      mother-of-pearl and abalone. The edge of the top also has a 5/16"
      floral inlay of mother-of-pearl & abalone and has Herringbone
      strips and a single layer of white binding. At the strap-end of the top 
      is a beautiful 'Fantail' inlay of mother-of-pearl and abalone. 
      Ebonized maple neck with 'ice-cream cone' heel, 24 1/2"scale,
      1 13/16" at the nut, 'D' neck profile is nice and thin, 0.83" 
      at the first fret, 0.88" at the ninth fret. Staufer style ebonized 
       single bound maple 'scroll' peghead with non-original straight-through
      tuners with rear-facing oval ebony buttons. On the back of the peghead 
      is the fine silver engraved tuner mechanism cover. Single white 
      bound ebony fretboard with nineteen thin frets, neck joint at 
      the 12th fret. From the thirteenth, the length of the frets gradually 
      shortens on the bass side, Moustache' shaped ebony tailpiece with 
     intricate inlaid mother-of-pearl and abalone ornamentation including
      two heart shaped inlays of Abalone at each end, Six ivory pins 
     (some not original) with inlaid abalone circles.  
         There are five repaired top cracks and two on the sides, some playing 
     wear ( it's 170 years old!)on the top but overall in very nice condition. 
        This actual guitar is featured in Gruhn & Carter's Acoustic Guitars 
           and other Fretted Instruments, pp. 9-11 with three color photographs. 
               "Unlabeled, early 1800s"
"C.F. Martin Sr. (1796-1873 worked for guitar-maker Johann Stauffer of Vienna - and, not surprisingly, a Stauffer guitar from circa 1820 looks very much like the early Martins, with its scrolled headstock, six-on-a-side tuner unit, 'moustache' bridge ends, and relatively large upper bout. Martin & Schatz guitars were either made or marketed with Martin's friend from Markneukirchen, Heinrich Schatz, whom Martin followed to the United States in 1833 and who may have had an influence in the development of X-pattern bracing. When Schatz moved to eastern Pennsylvania in 1835, Martin again followed him, buying a home that still stands today in Cherry Hill, just outside of Nazareth." (Walter Carter. The Martin Book, p.19).

    *Markneukirchen  1850s"Stauffer Style" Parlor Guitar
       weighs just 2.50 lbs. and has an 11 3/4" wide 3 1/2" deep body, 
     figured 'Birds-Eye' maple back and sides,  ladder-bracing,
      natural Spruce top, body depth at the neck is 2 3/4" 
      the upper bout measures 9 1/8" and the body length is 17 1/8"
      The sound hole diameter is 3 1/4" and is bound with walnut
      surrounded by two circular 'Herringbone' inlays and an 
      intricate 'notched square' inlay ring (3/16"wide) of mother-of-pearl 
      and abalone inlaid onto ebony, the edge of the top features a
      typical 'Martin-style'  3/16" wide purfling of maple and walnut,
      the back of the body has a 3/32" center stripe. On the strap-button 
      edge of the body the ebony pin is situated on a 1/2 inch wide ebony strip.
      Ebonized maple neck with 'ice-cream cone' heel and a 24 5/8" scale 
       nut width is 1 3/4" and the 'D' neck profile is nice and thin 
       with 0.78" at the first fret, 0.85 inches at the ninth fret,
      Staufer style ebonized single bound maple 'scroll' peghead with 
      original six-on-a side tuner mechanism and circular brass buttons.
        On the back of the peghead is the fine floral-engraved, silver 
       tuner mechanism cover, Ebony fretboard with nineteen thin frets 
       and neck joint at twelfth fret.
       'Moustache' shaped ebony tailpiece with inlaid abalone circles at 
       each end. Six ivory pins (some not original) with inlaid abalone circles. 
        There are four repaired cracks on the top, action at the twelfth 
       fret is a little high at 6/32", comes with modern black hardshell 
        case with burgundy plush lining (9.25)

 This guitar is featured in the Chinery Collection pp. 6-7  "(Attributed to) Stauffer. Produced: Austria, early 1800s. This example: c1820s".
 "Guitar attributed to Stauffer c1820s. Johann George Stauffer (1778-1853) was born in Vienna, Austria. He became one of that country's most notable guitar makers, and in 1824 made a special instrument for the Austrian composer Franz Schubert. Christian Friedrich Martin was a foreman at Staffer's shop during the 1820s, leaving the business in 1825. Eight years later Martin emigrated to the United States, absorbing much of the style and influence of Stauffer's instruments into the first guitars that he built there." (Walter Carter. The Martin Book, p. 10).
 "This European guitar from the early 1800s, attributed to Stauffer of Vienna, has a top border that should look familiar to die-hard Martin fans - it is nearly identical to purfling used as the backstrip on some late-nineteenth-century Martins and on Style 42 and 45 models in the 1920s and 1930s. This pattern is still in use today on many contemporary Martin guitars. The conservative nature of Martin's stylistic evolution has left many continuous threads connecting Martin's features to Old World luthiers (Guitar courtesy of The Chinery Collection.) (Washburn & Johnston. Martin Guitars. An Illustrated Celebration of America's Premier Guitarmaker. p. 18).
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