Fine vintage instruments

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    • 1931 National Triolian 11931 National Triolian 2
    • 1931 National Triolian

      1931 National Triolian in good condition.  This is how National guitars are supposed to look! Not some pseudo aged, faux relic approximation but the real deal.  This one came from a Hugh Pool fan and has been given the DeArmond pickup treatment.  We reset the neck, replaced the crushed original cone with a fresh one from National, and set it up.  The neck profile is fat and round and feels very solid in the hand.  We have it set-up with heavy strings tuned to open D and it growls like a monster acoustically, plugged in it becomes a true fire-breather.  The DeArmond pickup feeds back delightful...

    • 1965 Fender Strat 11965 Fender Strat 2
    • 1965 Fender Stratocaster

      1965 Fender Stratocaster in excellent condition. Oct 2 1965 neck date.  It is original except for a rewound neck pickup, a replaced volume pot and 5-way switch and pro refret.  Nice big round neck profile that gets fat by the 12th fret.  The finish is all original.  Back of neck has finish worn from playing.  Excellent sounding guitar, nails the classic 60s rhythm and blues thing ala Curtis and Ike.  Includes original hard case.  

    • 1956 fender esquire 11956 fender esquire 2
    • 1956 Fender Esquire

      1956 Fender Esquire in excellent plus condition.  This is as clean as they get.  100% original and unaltered in any way.  Clean, clean, clean!  Has original case and ashtry cover, strap, cable all the good stuff.  The pickup is strong and sounds great.  The neck is that perfect boat V shape that fits the hand effortlessly.  Frets are unworn and un ground.  If it werent for the slight bit of finish wear on the fingerboard and back edge it would be perfect.  An exceptional guitar. 

    • 1969 Fender Telecaster Bigsby 11969 Fender Telecaster Bigsby 2
    • 1969 Fender Telecaster Factory Bigsby

      1969 Fender Telecaster with factory Bigsby in excellent condition.  100% original with no repairs or modifications.  These are some of the coolest guitar to come out of Fullerton in the late 1960s. The Fender branded Bigsby and Jazzmaster style bridge work great.  The neck is a large C profile that fill the hand comfortably.  The pickups are bright and clear the way you would expect.  Like all of these guitars they have 1 meg pots from 1966.  Thanks to CBS buying way too many of these Telecasters have them in tot eh 1970s.  The 1 meg value makes for an extra bright circuit but by simply swappi...

    • 1958 Fender Strat 11958 Fender Strat 2
    • 1958 Fender Stratocaster

      1958 Fender Stratocaster in very good condition.  This is an all original guitar except for the high e string tuner which is correct style and period.  Excellent round full neck profile.  All original pickups sound incredible, lots of output.  The guitar is very resonant and lively and weighs 7.5 pounds.  Includes original tweed case.

    • TK Smith Mandolin 1TK Smith Mandolin 4
    • TK Smith 5 String Mandolin

      Yet another amazing instrument from the hands of TK Smith.  Here is his take on the classic Bigsby design used by Tiny Moore.  TK hand makes nearly every bit of these including the case.  The workmanship is second to none and no detail is overlooked.  He has made a very limited umber of mandolins and this is the first to feature his signature headstock in the western motif.  A very cool and unique instrument.  

    • 1930 Washburn 5238 11930 Washburn 5238 2
    • 1930 Washburn 5238

      1930 Washburn 5238 in excellent condition.  This is a most lovely 12 fret 00 size guitar built in Chicago.  This is a Tonk Bros era guitar with what seems to be a Regal made body of spruce and laminate rosewood and neck made by Stewart.  The Chicago made guitars are mysterious with some many factories cross pollinating in the area.  The label inside indicates it is a "Genuine Washburn Tonk Bros. Co. Chicago Sole Distributors".  The scale is 24.9" with a 1 13/16" nut width. It was recently restored by Mark Stutman of Folkway Music who is known for his excellent work.  Neck reset, partial refret...

    • 1959 Gibson LEsPaulCustom 71959 Gibson LEsPaulCustom 6
    • 1959 Gibson Les Paul Custom

      1959 Gibson Les Paul Custom "Fretless Wonder" in excellent plus condition.  This is an exceptional example of an iconic instrument.  The top of the line Gibson solidbody with three untouched PAF pickups.  This guitar is completely original down to the case, strap, and hangtags.  It is very light weight at just 8.6 pounds!  The neck is about perfect size and shape not too big not too small.  The original frets are in near new condition.  There are no groves or wear and they are at full height, almost unheard of on these.  The pickups are strong and clear and all pots are clean and work perfectl...

    • 1965 Gibson SG 11965 Gibson SG 2
    • 1964 Gibson SG

      1964 Gibson SG in excellent condition.  This guitar is clean and all original.  It retains all its original parts and has no repairs or alterations.  It even has a copy of the original receipt and photos of the original owner playing it!  The two patent number pikcups sound amazing with just the right amount of microphonics that give them air and life.  The frets are in good shape and playability is excellent all over.  The finish is rich shows little wear.  An exceptional version of an iconic guitar.  Includes original case, photos, tags, and receipt.  

    • 1952 Gibson J45 11952 Gibson J45 2
    • 1952 Gibson J-45

      1952 Gibson J-45 in excellent condition.  This is one of those rare guitars that has never had any major repairs done, factory saddle at original height and save for some new tuner buttons 100% original.  No cracks or breaks or reglued braces or bridges just a very fine great sounding guitar.  Perfect neck shape with original frets in great shape.  An exceptional guitar and has the original hard case.  


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TR Crandall Guitars is owned by Alex Whitman and Tom Crandall.

Together we have over 35 years experience in buying, selling, trading, playing, and repairing guitars. Our love for music and fine quality vintage instruments is what drives us.

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