This was the Alvarez Castille model. The top is Spruce and the back and sides are Rosewood. All are laminated. This was a mid-line Alvarez Classical guitar during the 1970's. The 1976 price list that had the MSRP at $200. This particular instrument is in stunningly beautiful condition for a 40 year old guitar. There are very few finish scratches, the neck is straight, and it sounds and plays great.
Before the outbreak of the first world war , gibson dominated the market with their mandolins . Their guitars such as the L-1 and L-3 were well established , but as the big orchestral jazz bands were gaining popularity ,
gibson introduced a finer grand concert size guitar model with the same timbers and old style design like the L1 and L3 called the gibson l4 .
Unlike the gibson L1 and L3 which had 19 frets, in 1912 the l-4 featured 20 frets, 16" wide body ,oval soundholes , "the gibson" logo on the peghead , fingerboards had an end piece that surpassed the soundhole very similar to their line of mandolins ,
elevated tortoise pickguards, tailpiece with black pins , dot inlays on fingerboards , maple back and sides , mahogany necks ,
and were made in black top finishes ( sunburst finishes available during the late teens and throughout the 20s) . Round soundholes in 1928 . ( 1rst pic 1920s l4 , 2nd pic 1933 l4 )
In 1920 right after orville gibson died in 1918 , a man named Lloyd Loar joined the gibson company and changed the history of archtop guitars by designing the infamous L-5 which featured f-holes like their mandolins (no round or oval soundholes ) .
The gibson l-5 laid the foundation for all archtop acoustic guitars and jazz guitars until today . ( Considered the most significant and historical archtop acoustic guitar in the world )
Because of the l-5s' popularity , in 1935 gibson added f-holes to their gibson L-4s' and natural finishes were available during the early 40s , crown pegheads were added in 1946 and double parallelograms inlays on the fingerboards were added in 1947 . ( see 3rd pic , picture courtesy of ebay )
The gibson l-4 guitars were discontinued in 1956 , they sounded great and were considered less expensive alternative guitars for the l-5 and more prestigious models than the l-1 and l-3.
This is a 1957, all original (original tuning keys in case), in "very good" condition. This guitar plays like a dream!
During World War II, Gibson pared its flat-tops down to six standard models, the Gibson LG-1 acoustic guitar among them. As a student model, the LG-1 was introduced alongside the LG-2 and LG-3 to be a less expensive model that even younger players could afford. Because it was initially intended to be a lower-end guitar, the LG-1 uses ladder-style bracing and is made of a mahogany back with a spruce top.
The LG-1 was introduced along with the LG-2 and LG-3 as a lower-end student model during World War II. All three models were very similar, and the LG-1 featured Mahogany back and sides with a Spruce top. As a lower-end guitar, the LG-1 used lateral or ladder style bracing. Eventually, the LG series was supplanted by the B series as Gibson's main student-level acoustic flattop.
Years of Production: 1942, 1946 - 1968 (some shipped as late as 1974)
Wood Composition: Mahogany back and sides, Spruce top, Rosewood fingerboard
Design Elements: Dot inlays, lateral bracing, 24 3/4-inch scale length, long pointed pickguard
This is a 1974 Gibson Hummingbird Custom built in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This guitar is in great condition for it's age. There are some finish cracks on the top, the neck has been reset, and it's been refretted. It comes with a hard shell case, although it is not original.
With a full complement of ornate cosmetic details, the Gibson Hummingbird was Gibson's second most expensive production acoustic when it premiered in 1960. The Hummingbird deviated from older Gibson dreadnoughts designs in its use of square shoulders instead of the rounded shoulders found on models like the J-45. Largely due to its striking visual flair, the Hummingbird remains one of Gibson's most iconic acoustics.
Serial Number: 612379
Years of Production: 1960 - present
Unique to this Year: Double-X bracing introduced in 1971.
Body Style: Dreadnought
Wood Composition: Mahogany back and sides, Mahogany neck, Spruce top
Design Elements: Square shoulders, long ornate pickguard, deep set neck, adjustable bridge saddle, double parallelogram inlays
Notable Players: John McLoughlin, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards
Introduced as the Economy M-20 in 1958, the Guild M-20 was a small-sized acoustic guitar with an entirely Mahogany body. This guitar can be seen on the cover of Nick Drake's 1970 album, Bryter Layter.
This is an all original 1968 VINTAGE guitar. This instrument is in "Excellent" condition with very little visible wear.
Introduced in 1965, the Martin D-35 featured a unique, 3-piece back (wings are Brazilian, center is East Indian Rosewood). Brazilian rosewood was becoming harder to acquire and the three piece backs allowed the use of smaller pieces with no noticeable tone loss. Bob Johnson, who was hired in 1962 as a computer expert, later becoming a vice president of the company, came up with the idea of a three piece back, since Martin had a surplus of 6 inch sections. After a new bracing pattern was worked out, the D-35 was born! A favorite of Elvis, the D-35 was outselling the popular D-28 model within a few years of it's release.
The Martin 1970 D-35 was one of the last Martin's to use Brazilian Rosewood, resulting in a significant price drop in all models featuring Brazilian Rosewood. Brazilian Rosewood was, and is the most highly regarded wood for back and sides and was primarily used on the early pre-war guitars that we all love. Known for rich basses and crystal clear highs, as well as it's gorgeous figuring. This particular guitar has a wonderful crisp, dry tone. Very reminiscent of a 50's D28. Lots of definition and clarity with this one! With a sitka spruce top, it still remains highly responsive, perfect for fingerstyle players, or flatpicking lead lines.
This D-35 is a vintage instrument thus having very minor dings and scratches you would expect from a 46 year old instrument along with finish checking on the front of the body and some buckle rash on the back of the body. This is a very clean VINTAGE instrument. Brand new molded Martin hardshell case included.
Along with its Rosewood counterpart, the D-28, the Martin D-18 stands as one of the true original dreadnoughts introduced by Martin in 1932. The D-18 made a switch from a 12-fret to a 14-fret instrument in 1934 and has stayed largely the same since, with just the occasional change in wood source or cosmetic detail. Since the D-18 uses Mahogany instead of Rosewood, it is thought to have a somewhat crisper sound with more definition the top-end.
This is a VINTAGE guitar being sold in "Excellent" condition for it's age.
This is a VINTAGE Sigma by Martin DM-3 dreadnaught acoustic guitar from approximately 1978-79. This was either made in Japan or Korea for Martin Guitars as part of their "Entry Level" guitar line.
This guitar is in "Good" condition as it does have a few scratches throughout the body.
Here we have a ca. 1934 Vivi-Tone Company hollow body Acoustic-Letctric guitar built in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This guitar needs a little love and a few parts to make it complete. This piece is being sold 'as is'.
In 1936, Lloyd Loar ceased to work for the Vivi-Tone Company and began a consulting relationship with Holton, for whom he began development of the Electronic Harpsichord in that year. Vivi-Tone continued operations, but moved from Kalamazoo to Detroit. During that same year, they advertised a new Acousti-Lectric bridge, much simpler in design and construction than the company's previous, built-in pickups. The unit could also be purchased separately to electrify a customer's existing acoustic instrument. While the company implied in its advertising that the bridge was patented, the claim was false, and presumably the patent application was abandoned or never submitted. This Vivi-Tone guitar is one of the latest numbered instruments currently known, a "Hi Fret Guitar" of the type developed during Loar's tenure at the company.
Inscriptions: Printed on paper label, the instrument and serial number written in pencil: VIVI-TONE Guitar / No. 663 / Manufactured under one or more of / the following patents: / 1,992,317 2,025,875 / 1,995,316 2,046,331 / 1,995,317 2,046,332 / 2,020,842 2,046,333 / 2,020,557 / Manufactured By / THE VIVI TONE COMPANY / 6321 Gratiot Detroit, Mich.
Spray painted in black ink on head, the word "Tone" vertically aligned: VIVI- / TONE
Stamp on tuner plates: GROVER
Stamp on end of tailpiece: GROVER / PAT.APPL’D FOR
Soundboard: two-piece spruce: medium grain.
Back: two-piece spruce: medium grain broadening toward the flanks; slightly arched; two f-holes; recessed 11 mm from edge of ribs.
Ribs: 6-ply maple plywood with fibrous veneer on inside and outside.
Endpin: white plastic; extends through tailpiece.
Soundholes: two holes on top; two f-holes on back.
Lacquer: dark orange-brown sunburst.
Head: mahogany with mahogany center stripe, veneered with white celluloid on front face; integral with neck.
Pegs: six nickel-plated steel, worm-gear machine tuners by Grover with convex head surfaces and decoratively cut plate outline.
Neck: mahogany with mahogany center stripe; integral with head.
Fingerboard: suspended over top; ebony bound in white celluloid; 20 nickel-silver high frets; single abalone dots behind 5th, 7th, 9th, and 15th frets; double mother-of-pearl dots behind 12th fret.
Heel cap: white celluloid.
Binding: white celluloid.
*Signed by David Wren
*Made in Canada