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The Vault

All Guitars Shown Below are In-Stock! (Unless noted otherwise.)

Vault Guitars
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The Gibson" Bill Monroe" F-Style Varnish Mandolin

Bill Monroe is often referred to as the "Father of Bluegrass". He has had a tremendous impact on both bluegrass and country music. A fabulous performer, he always used his 1923 Gibson F5 "Lloyd Loar"on stage and off! This mandolin served as the inspiration for this Limited Edition F5.

This particular Limited Edition Gibson F5 Monroe was built in 1994.  There were only 200 Gibson F5 Monroes ever made, and this one is #170! Each Gibson F5 Monroe Label is hand signed by Bill Monroe.

Completely Hand-Crafted, this mandolin features a tight grained Master-Grade Spruce top with gorgeous Flamed Maple back and sides! It has no pickguard because Bill Monroe didn't use one. This Gibson Monroe has incredible volume, balance and clarity . One of the most outstanding qualities of this instrument is the true Varnish finish! This type of finish is hand-rubbed and very labor intensive to apply. It usually takes at least one year for this finish to fully "set"! Thinner than nitrocellulose lacquer, the varnish finish is more flexible and allows the wood to resonate more. This makes the mandolin sound more "broken in" from the start. The Varnish finish also creates a very warm tone that sounds deep with a lot of definition. The Hardshell Case that came from Gibson with this lovely mandolin is a replica of Bill's original case.

  

NEW....with Warranty card ..Wildwood's Price: $8999!

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1967 Vintage Martin, D12-35 12-String, Brazilian Rosewood/Sitka Spruce!

This "Fair to Good" condition 1967 D12-35 Brazilian model (SN #227147) was made using the finest back-and-side tone wood from which a guitar can be made!  Its Sitka Spruce top--with repaired cracks that are visible--rewards your vintage guitar lust with a rich, darkened lacquer tone that reminds you of its fine Martin heritage! Take a deep breath before being bowled over by the exquisite-looking Brazilian Rosewood sides and (3 piece) back; the old Mahogany neck is joined to the "S" body at the 12th fret.  The neck--1 7/8" at the nut, with a 24.9" scale length--has been re-set and re-fretted., with the non-adjustable truss rod retained. Action is low and buttery, and the fingerboard capos nicely--although you will want to play this without a capo as much a possible. Its sonorous voice can resonate the fillings from your teeth!! The Grover tuners are the original enclosed six-on-a-plate and USA-made, with chrome buttons; condition of the Grovers is very good..  You will love the bound ebony fretboard, dot inlays, ebony bridge, and a new black pick guard; the hand-carved slotted headstock features a matching Brazilian rosewood overlay, to complete this acoustic masterpiece!! A newer hardshell case comes with! A veritable Vintage masterpiece, with sounds superlative beyond all expectations, this fine 12-string guitar will be a cherished addition to any acoustic lover's instrument collection!

Wildwood's Price: $2498!

Martin Limited Edition D28GE, Golden Era, Brazilian Rosewood/Adirondack Spruce!

SALE PENDING....Martin Limited Edition D28GE, Golden Era, Brazilian Rosewood/Adirondack Spruce!

Serial Number #762001--Crafted in the Year 2000, this precious instrument is #219, and was made using extinct Brazilian Rosewood--Dalbergia nigra--(Old-Growth Brazilian, from a long-standing cache held at Martin for several years before this instrument was built!), and the very finest Adirondack Spruce. It has never been owned, has never been offered for sale, or been played by our customers. When this one came to Wildwood, it sounded so much more extraordinary than several D28GE guitars we had sold, that we decided to "put it away." Always a Wildwood resident, always carefully monitored and controlled humidity and temperature, and always kept in its 545 Vintage re-issue Geib case. A cannon of sound, this would receive Chris Martin's "Big Gun" nomenclature. To have such a fine, fine instrument, during Martin's Year of the Dreadnought, with Chris Martin's hand-signed label inside, would be a special prize! Hand-scalloped, forward-shifted braces, in the X-brace pattern. Fossil Ivory nut, saddle, bridge pins. Aging toner, Herringbone trim. It fairly explodes with glorious sounds from the very first strum!

Wildwood's Price: $9999! NEW! FULL LIFETIME WARRANTY!

Custom Bourgeois OMS, Brazilian Rosewood/Aged Master-Grade Engelmann Alpine Spruce!

Custom Bourgeois OMS, Brazilian Rosewood/Aged Master-Grade Engelmann Alpine Spruce!

This guitar is the finest Dana Bourgeois instrument we have ever had at Wildwood! One of the original Bourgeois dealers, we began with Dana when he first started building on his own! Dana created this awesome 12-fret-joined guitar with a 25.5" scale length, to harness dreadnought power in a perfect fingerstyle body! "Balance, power, and full, piano-like sound: our richest-sounding guitar" is how Dana describes this instrument! Crafted from old-growth now-extinct Brazilian Rosewood (Dalbergia Nigra), this wood that Dana chose for the back and sides has a provenance that dates back almost 100 years! Dana was going to use Premium Adirondack for the top, but opted for rarer, aged Master Grade Engelmann (high-elevation) Alpine Spruce. Traditional Ivoroid binding adorns the body, neck and headstock. The vintage-style belly bridge is placed at the widest part of the lower bout--to very effectively drive the expertly-braced top. Extravagant Waverly tuners, recognized worldwide as the finest machines, elegantly hold the accurate pitches of each string. Beautiful fleur-de-lis inlays were selected for the fingerboard of this Custom guitar. Historically, the fleur-de-lis is said to signify perfection, light, and life! It is the perfect inlay for this guitar! Dana cut a custom 1 3/4" bone nut, and by hand formed his expertly-compensated bone saddle. He was so precise in making this instrument, that each bridge pin was hand-fashioned to fit perfectly in each string placement. He scored in each pin the appropriate amount of notches, so each pin could be returned to its rightful string! This guitar has an exquisite voice with tonal properties of an angel. Dana's Custom OMS design brings about maximum power with minimum playing effort, and affords the player a beautiful open quality to the sound!

Wildwood's Price: $7998! NEW, FULL LIFETIME WARRANTY!

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Hand-Carved Fiddle, Crafted By Premier Ohio Builder, William "Bill" Cunningham!

Bill Cunningham was one of four renowned makers of Fiddles in Coshocton County, Ohio! The first was Mr. Varnes who was widely known in the early 1900s throughout the Eastern U. S. as a premier maker of hand-crafted instruments. Chester Gray, who apprenticed with the Master Mr. Varnes, built many many wonderful fiddles in his lifetime and also owned the distinction of working with world-renowned violinist David Rubinoff, who had retired in Columbus, Ohio. Next came Clifford Hardesty who was awarded several grants over the years from the Ohio Arts Council, for the purpose of training future generations to make wonderful fiddles. Mr. Cunningham benefited from Cliff's guidance and wisdom as he transitioned from being the Apprentice to being the Master builder.

When you visited Mr. Cunningham's workshop, you could not help but be impressed by his skill. His workshop was modest, and was sparsely equipped with a band saw, a table saw, and a small stove. There were hand tools, and two work benches. Oh, yes, large shards of broken glass were laying there, as well. Bill said, "That's for scraping out the tops (of the fiddles). Broken glass was what I was taught to use for working fine violin soundboards. Even though it takes a long long time- that's what I use! 

To witness the magic that seemed to flow from Bill's hands, as he patiently scraped a Spruce soundboard to hollow out the arch in the top, and also work the much harder Maple back, one could only marvel at the glorious sounds this tedious and often physically-painful process ultimately produced in a finished instrument!

Bill, who suffered from emphysema, and fought colon cancer the last years of his life, had wanted to build 100 instruments before he died; he was able to get to #93, over the 20-year period of being disabled. He exhibited that admirable Appalachian trait of being downright unwilling to quit being useful and productive, and each of his fiddles carry that grit and determination to strive for excellence!

Today his fiddles occupy the homes of many happy aficionados of Old Time, Traditional, Bluegrass, and Classical violin music! He was so proud that fine musicians had chosen him and his special talents!

Wildwood's Price: $900! Bow, Rosin, and Hard Shell case included

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Clifford Hardesty Hand-Crafted Ohio Made Fiddle!

Cliff Hardesty was one of four renowned makers of Fiddles in Coshocton County, Ohio! The first was Mr. Varnes who was widely known in the early 1900s throughout the Eastern U. S. as a premier maker of hand-crafted instruments. Chester Gray, who apprenticed with the Master Mr. Varnes, built many many wonderful fiddles in his lifetime and also owned the distinction of working with world-renowned violinist David Rubinoff, who had retired in Columbus, Ohio. Next came Clifford "Cliff" Hardesty who was awarded several grants over the years from the Ohio Arts Council, for the purpose of training future generations to make wonderful fiddles. The final renowned builder was  Mr.William "Bill"  Cunningham who benefited from Cliff's guidance and wisdom as he transitioned from being the Apprentice to being the Master builder. This instrument is  Number 16 and was made in 1978 which was one of the finest years of his crafting. He used only the finest curly maple and European spruce for the top. Mr. Hardesty appeared on multiple recordings and played and demonstrated at many festivals throughout the country. Both the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts declared Cliff a "National Treasure"! 

 

 

Wildwood's Price: $1200! Bow, Rosin, and Hard Shell case included

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R. Taylor (Exclusive Taylor Boutique Model), Style 1, Very Rare Striped Ebony/Very Rare High-Elevation Moon Swiss!

"R. Taylor" stands for "Robert Taylor!" Only a handful of these boutique guitars were handmade, and only for a few years! Bob had not been personally building instruments for a while, and he wanted to get his hands involved again in carving and shaping the wood. His wife, Cindy, said "he (Bob) wanted to put on his shop apron and use his hands." The photos of this guitar do not do it full justice. This is perhaps the most beautiful Taylor we have ever had in, over the past 25 years! Wildwood was selected from over 1200 dealers worldwide to offer these special instruments. Best-sounding Taylor, fingerstylings, over the top, go crazy. Extra trim slim-carve neck. Provenance--One of a kind, top geometry is a 65' radius. Bob Taylor chose Modified x for the hand-carved top braces. Genuine Honduran Mahogany neck, Ebony used for the headstock overlay. 1 3/4" nut width, Standard Taylor scale length, Rosewood with pinstripes chosen for the binding, and Green heart abalone for the rosette.   #128 SN 2007

Wildwood's Price: $4998. NEW, FULL LIFETIME WARRANTY!

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SOLD....Taylor GABE Extinct BRAZILIAN Rosewood Back and Sides/ Englemann Spruce Top

YES!!...this Exquisite Taylor Limited Edition is made from True Brazilian Rosewood (Dalbergia Nigra)! The top wood is Master Grade Englemann Alpine Spruce. The sound of this guitar is as extraordinary as you could ever imagine! The fingerboard displays a beautiful Tree-Of-Life inlay crafted with rare Abalone Pearl with matching headstock and bridge inlays! This is a new instrument that has never been owned and comes with a lifetime warranty.It has always been kept in museum-quality humidity and temperature controls. Built in 1995 this beauty is #9 of only 50 that were made! The interior label is numbered and hand-signed by Bob Taylor.

Retail Price: $13,978.00 — Wildwood's Price: $6998.

Taylor 2002 Limited Edition, Lifetime Warranty, 814CE, Premium Cocobolo/Premium Engelmann Spruce!

SOLD...Taylor 2002 Limited Edition, NEW with Lifetime Warranty, 814CE, Premium Cocobolo/Premium Engelmann Spruce!

This is an iconic Bob Taylor-inspired Limited Edition guitar, which was made in 2002! Marty has an eye and ear for exceptional acoustic instruments; and when she played this one, she decided to keep it here at Wildwood--along with her other personal instruments, among them peerless Martins and Larrivees!

Look at the luxurious back and sides of Rare Cocobolo Rosewood Bob chose for his lovely Limited! Consistent with Bob's early selection of soundboards for his pristine "900" series guitars, the Premium Engelmann Spruce  perfectly  nurtures the powerful sounds emanating from this Magnificent guitar !!

Retail Price: $6641 — Wildwood's Price: $2998!