Mandolin Brothers TV

In which Stan & co. discuss & demonstrate some of our most illustrious & intriguing instruments.


Martin (used, 1936) D-18 acoustic guitar

According to our beloved Wikipedia:  The Holy Grail is a dish, plate, stone, or cup that is part of an important theme of Arthurian literature. A grail, wondrous but not explicitly "holy," first appears in Perceval le Gallois, an unfinished romance by Chrétien de Troyes: it is a processional salver used to serve at a feast.  The legend of the Holy Grail combines Christian lore with a Celtic myth of a cauldron endowed with special powers.     This guitar has special powers.   NOW ON SALE -- WAS $75,000.  

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Martin (used, 1926) 000-18 12-fret slothead acoustic guitar

This guitar has seen trial and a modicum of tribulation, nevertheless it is the ultimate statement of the visual essence of the C F Martin guitar in the 20th Century.   We are in awe of its rarity and historic significance.  1926 was technically the 13th year of in which the 000-18 was made, and it was also the largest year of production for the 12-fret version – Martin made 224 that year.  Over the 13 years of production, however, they averaged only 27 guitars per year.  In the year 1926 this model Martin sold for $45.    

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Weber (new) Gallatin A Mandocello

Stunning natural looks highlight the Gallatin, named after the river that ran right outside the Weber Company’s door back when they were near Bozeman. Beloved by musicians of all varieties for its punch, clarity and playability, the Gallatin is an innovative instrument with traditional integrity.

The Weber List Price is $2799.

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Martin (used, 2011) Custom Shop Model 00-17

This model is a 14-fret 00 (Grand Concert) whose solid and genuine mahogany body is finished in a moderately dark stain.  It has an ebony fingerboard hosting six mother of pearl or abalone “moon” inlays in five fret positions starting at 5.  It is housed in a Martin Geib style hard shell case that bears an oval, bronze “C F Martin / made by TKL” plaque on its front.  The outside of the hard shell case shows some white marks.

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Frameworks (used, 2013) Baritone Guitar

This exceptionally well-crafted guitar was made by Frank Krocker, in Germany.   A search for other makers of professional quality baritone guitars, that are collapsible for travel, turns up zero results, except for this maker.   He’s been building these guitars for around 15 years; he builds six-string steel strings, six and seven-string jazz guitars, nylon string Frame guitars and this baritone.

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Martin (new) JSO SingOut! Pete Seeger Baritone Guitar 6-string

C.F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) announces the introduction of the new Custom Artist Edition guitar: the Martin JSO! SingOut! Pete Seeger 6-string!. The guitar marks the 60th anniversary of Sing Out!, the magazine, songbook publisher and syndicator of traditional music radio shows that Seeger helped found in 1950. 

The CF Martin List Price is $4999

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Gold Tone (new) GT Series Fretless MicroBass

The MicroBass, or M-Bass, is a 23" short-scaled acoustic/electric bass guitar that utilizes a dedicated synthetic string made by the Aquila company and a piezo transducer pickup that deceivingly packs far more of a wallop than what meets the eye. The extended scale length greatly improves intonation over similar models and allows for an acoustic volume loud enough to enjoy without plugging into an amplifier. The sloped ergo-glide top makes this instrument extremely comfortable to hold.

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