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Brand New Borghino Shakti Deluxe, Ziricote/Alpine Spruce
A work of art in quite its own category, and one which engages with the player and audience to create new sonic experience—the Borghino Shakti Deluxe. Designed in collaboration with John McLaughlin, this instrument couples a Jumbo flattop body with a fast neck and seven sympathetic strings strung diagonally across the soundhole. The fretboard is scalloped and set up with light strings to facilitate frictionless runs and added latitude for bending vertically and horizontally.
The sympathetic strings are also also to be strummed, or plucked depending on your attack and use of fingers or picks, in addition to serving to add sympathetic resonance. This latter effect leads to an intensely enveloping voice that is quite honestly a thing unto itself.
Borghino has installed a Barbera Soloist pickup system for both sets of strings to best capture the complexity of the Shakti sound (including several audiophile reference cables for maximum fidelity), and added dramatic arm & rib bevels to the body for added comfort when playing. Additionally, the body has been built with a subtle Manzer Wedge, meaning the bass side is narrower than the treble side, pivoting the top back towards the player and allowing for easier right arm access. Tightly figured Ziricote back and sides pair with Bearclaw Italian Spruce on top, extensive Abalone appointments, and a custom case to house this feat of lutherie.
In collaboration with John McLaughlin, Mirkho Borghino will donate $3000 of the sale of Shakti Deluxe #1 to the Cancer Institute of Miano, Italy: https://www.istitutotumori.mi.it/en/home.
Other keywords: fingerstyle, luthier, 1 of 10, modern guitar, indian jazz, indian classical, carnatic, 2019$41,200 Add to cart
Scale Length 24.5 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.125 in Woods Spruce - Alpine, ZiricoteAdd to Compare
2011 Deering Greg Deering Limited, Burl Walnut
The Deering GDL Gred Deering Limited maximizes playability and tone for the price point–this 2011 model is a powerhouse in Burl Walnut. Curvaceous MOP position markers, tapered resonator, nickel hardware.
Other keywords: billy presnell, bluegrass, 0231609m813Sale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 26.25 in Nut Width 1.25 in String Spacing 1.688 in Woods Frosted Banjo Head, Walnut - BurlAdd to Compare
2010 Deering 35th Anniversary, Maple
Of course Deering would pull out all the stops for this its 35th Anniversary Model! #2 of an extremely exclusive two, this 2010 Deering 35th is bedecked in rhinestone and extensive MOP/Abalone inlays, features their Eagle Flange, and boasts a powerfully figured Maple resonator and neck.
Other keywords: billy presnell, bluegrass, 1000211002Sale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 26.25 in Nut Width 1.25 in String Spacing 1.688 in Woods Frosted Banjo Head, Maple - FlamedAdd to Compare
2013 Deering Gabriella, Curly Maple
At the tip top of the top shelf you’ll find the rare Gabriella model from Deering. This work of art comes to us from 2013 with tight Curly Maple neck and resonator, as much Pearl and Abalone as can be fit on a banjo fingerboard and headstock, plus 24K gold plated hardware, engraved throughout, and carved heel.
Here’s an additional demo with Allen Shadd playing this beautiful Deering Gabriella: https://youtu.be/81likAtTShQ
Other keywords: billy presnell, bluegrass, 07001613r594Sale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 26.25 in Nut Width 1.25 in String Spacing 2.719 in Woods Frosted Banjo Head, Maple - FiguredAdd to Compare
2015 Simon Fay Model One Lefty, Bois de Rose/Red Spruce
Here we’ve landed a truly unique piece with this left-handed Model One from Simon Fay. Built in 2015 with figured Bois de Rose back and sides plus Red Spruce top, cutaway, EVO frets, and a unique rosette plus segmented appointments, it stands out to us as one of the finest examples of a south paw flattop we’ve seen. This is definitely a premium option for fingerstyle, with great note separation across the range. All wrapped up in a custom Hoffee flight case for maximum security.
Other keywords: lefty guitar, fay guitars, fingerpicking boisderose, rosewood$7,725 Add to cart
Scale Length 25 in Nut Width 1.75 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), Bois de RoseAdd to Compare
1923 Gibson F-5 Lloyd Loar, Maple/Spruce
Amazing. This is among the rarest, and finest, Gibson mandolins we’ve had the pleasure of hosting: a 1923 F-5 Lloyd Loar. All original, right down to the virzi inside, and still in great playing shape today, 100 years later. That in itself is amazing–this beauty is still going strong! This ’23 Loar comes to us with serial number 72857, carved body of Maple body with Spruce top, light sunburst finish, smooth tuner operation and weighs in just over two pounds.
The Loar era has forever changed the definition of the American mandolin, and here we have a pristine example of his early magic that’s inspired so many generations of builders and players.
Check out this link through Mandolin Central to learn more about the provenance of this piece of Gibson history: http://www.mandolincentral.com/lloyd-loar-mandolin-zeibarth
Other keywords: loyd, f5, f 5, verzi, drew matulich, f-style$113,300 Add to cart
Scale Length 13.937 in Nut Width 1.063 in String Spacing 1.531 in Woods Spruce - Adirondack (Red), MapleAdd to Compare
2014 Petros FS Lefty, Curly African Rosewood (Bubinga)/Curly Redwood
We’re more than happy to be able to offer an exquisite southpaw FS Lefty guitar from Bruce and Matt Petros, built in 2014–here rendered with Figured Bubinga back and sides and Curly Redwood top, extensive Purflex Celtic inlays along the rosette and trim and back strip, right down to the tuner buttons themselves. EVO frets, florentine cutaway, and a high gloss finish throughout to really let this thing shine. This is a great opportunity to get into a premium left-handed guitar, especially if you are of the fingerstyle persuasion. All wrapped up in a custom Hoffee flight case.
Other keywords/misspellings: lutherie, petros guitars, finger style, fingerpicking, john doyle, 32416, african rosewoodSale Price: Sale! Add to cart
Scale Length 25.4 in Nut Width 1.813 in String Spacing 2.25 in Woods Redwood - Sinker, BubingaAdd to Compare
Brand New Mendel Octave Mandolin, Katalox/Sitka Spruce
Here’s something we don’t see every day! Our friend and fine luthier Joe Mendel has brought us a punchy and powerful flattop-style octave mandolin upgraded with a multiscale fretboard for easy lefthand work. Combined with the guitar-style body’s smooth waist, this makes for a very comfortable playing experience—no more fighting to keep the neck up like you’d have to with a traditional mandolin-shaped design! Joe outfitted this beauty with EVO frets, Katalox back and sides, plus Sitka Spruce on top, and Curly Maple bindings throughout.
Other keywords: al petteway, mandalin, octo, fan fret, multi scale, multi-scale, flat top, flat-top, mendel stringed instruments, 017097SOLD Add to cart
Scale Length 22.875 in - 23.375 in Nut Width 1.25 in String Spacing 1.56 in Woods Spruce - Sitka, KataloxAdd to Compare
Albert & Mueller Baroque Mandolin
This was a very special project to build an authentic Baroque Mandolin for one of our customers. It is a nylon string mandolin with bowl back construction, nylon frets and friction tuning pegs. Below are some pictures and audio for your enjoyment.SOLD Read more
Scale Length 13 in Nut Width 2 in String Spacing 2.3 in Woods Spruce, MapleAdd to Compare
Brand New R.M. Anderson #2 Fairbanks Electric/Whyte Laydie
R.M. Anderson’s latest #2 5-string is in! Curly Maple neck, and the Fairbanks Electric/Whyte Laydie pot features a Maple rim and Goatskin head. Rickard hardware throughout. Hand-etched and inlaid diamonds and stars along the fretboard, and a gryphon head at the headplate pointing towards a final star. The inlay and etching work is in a category all of its own: we don’t know anyone else who’s working at this level in the banjo world than Bob Anderson.
Other keywords: lutherie, old time, old tyme, 5-string, 5 string, open back, mop, abalone, pearlSOLD Read more
Scale Length 26.125 in Nut Width 1.313 in String Spacing 1.5 in Woods Skin - Goat, MapleAdd to Compare
Brand New R.M. Anderson 12″ Dobson-Style Fretless Banjo
Bob Anderson is a one-of-a-kind maker. His banjos are works of art, every one, and this handsome fretless 5-string is no exception. 12” Dobson style pot with goatskin head, Maple rim, and Cherry neck. Rickard hardware throughout. Then there’s the etched inlay art. Oh, boy, there’s that. The fretboard features incredibly intricate Pearl and Sea Snail shell inlays, all hand etched by Robert. At the headplate and backplate Bob rendered statues he saw on a recent trip he took to Japan—it’s easy to lose track of time tracing the minute details of his painstaking etching work as it brings them to life.
Other keywords: lutherie, old time, old tyme, 5-string, 5 string, open back, dobson-style, snail abalone, fret lessSOLD Read more
Scale Length 26.25 in Nut Width 1.25 in String Spacing 1.625 in Woods Skin - Goat, MapleAdd to Compare
New R.M. Anderson Vega #1 Custom Banjo
Our latest banjo from Weaverville native Bob Anderson is a gorgeous example of vintage tone with modern feel. Bob pulled a vintage Tubaphone pot from his extensive collection and paired it with a fresh Maple neck he carved with a smooth V profile and dyed a dark, cherry red. Snail inlays along the fretboard are hand etched in painstaking detail by Bob, and you’ll find an intricate star inlaid into the headstock with the same level of precision. 5 Star tuners, Guardian hardshell case, and a fresh head with Ebony-and-Maple bridge dialed in for an easy playing setup—what more could you ask for?
Other keywords: lutherie, old time, old tyme, tuba phone, 5-string, 5 string, open backSOLD Read more
Scale Length 26.25 in Nut Width 1.375 in String Spacing 1.75 in Woods Skin - Fiber, MapleAdd to Compare
Brand New RM Anderson #3 Plus Banjo
Master engraver and banjo builder Bob (RM) Anderson swung by the other day to drop off his two latest creations. This is his #3 Plus model, brand new Curly Maple neck and hardware on a Tubaphone pot with calf skin head. Gotoh Planetary-style tuners, fossilized Walrus Ivory nut, and Bob’s signature shell inlays painstakingly engraved. A mixture of Snail and Abalone sprawls from the headstock down to the final, 24th fret. Up close, you can see Bob’s incredible attention to every infinitesimal detail. Each inlay is hand engraved in a variety of geometric shapes; some of the shading is so subtle you can’t even tell it’s individual hatch marks until you’re right up against it. Add to that an intricately carved neck heel, and the picture of a bespoke old time banjo is complete.
Bob Anderson’s banjos are works of art equally for the eyes and the ears.
Other keywords: R.M. Anderson, RM Anderson, old-timeSOLD Read more
Scale Length 26.125 in Nut Width 1.313 in String Spacing 1.81 in WoodsAdd to Compare
New R.M. Anderson Banjo, 1930s Vega Tubaphone
Local banjo savant Bob Anderson has been restoring and building banjos for more years than we can count. Along the way he’s mastered the unforgiving art of engraving and inlay: take a look at the attention to detail on this fretboard and headstock. Hand-engraved Abalone and Shell executed as organic and flowing as brush strokes. While the neck is a brand new creation from 2018, the Vega Tubaphone pot is a great deal older from the 1930s. The open-back tone is warm and round, and cuts through the mix without any harshness. Considering the painstaking quality of Bob’s work and the warm voice, this R.M. Anderson Tubaphone is an incredible deal.
common misspellings: rm, rm anderson, andersen, rm andersen, r.m. andersen, viga, tubephone, tubaphonoSOLD Read more
Scale Length 25.75 in Nut Width 1.25 in String Spacing 1.625 in WoodsAdd to Compare
New R.M. Anderson Banjeaurine Vega White Laydie Pot/Fiber
R.M. Anderson is many things to us at Dream Guitars: a neighbor, a friend, and an excellent inlay artist and maker of banjos. The Banjeaurine we have here is brand new, hot off the workbench, and is absolutely teeming with gorgeous Mother-of-Pearl inlay. Anderson based the various designs off of inlay work from Cole and Fairbanks, when they were still partnered, and executed them in excruciating detail. Images range from floral patterns, geometric shapes, and butterflies, to a moon-and-star headstock inlay that, according to Bob, was popularized by banjo makers in the late 1800’s in celebration of Halley’s Comet, the only short-term comet that is visible to the naked human eye, which flashed across the skies in 1835, and later in 1910. Bound in Grained Ivoroid and featuring a vintage Vega “White Laydie” pot, this short-scale banjo is pure magic for both the eyes and the ear.SOLD Read more
Scale Length 24 in Nut Width 1.38 in String Spacing 1.63 in Woods Acacia