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Featured Instruments
Gold Tone Banjos  | Mike Ramsey Banjos | Stelling Banjos
Dobro Resonator Guitars | Huss & Dalton Guitars | Martin Guitars
Santa Cruz Guitars | Epiphone Mandolins | Kentucky Mandolins
Weber Mandolins | Violins | Used Instruments
In addition to the instruments listed here, the Bluegrass Connection has many other economically priced instruments in stock. Please call for additional information.


FEATURED INSTRUMENTS

We have two new custom Stelling guitars designed cooperatively with Geoff Stelling and made exclusively for the Bluegrass Connection. There may never be another like these!

They are perfect mates to the popular Stelling Red Fox banjos.


STELLING RED FOX DELUXE GUITAR

This guitar features quilted mahogany back and sides with cherry stain, an Adirondack spruce top, bound fingerboard and headstock, the Stelling name and red fox head inlaid in the headstock, maple leaf inlaid position markers, abalone inlaid rosette, gold Kluson tuners, and a deluxe Stelling case. The list price for this guitar is $5250. Call for additional details and our cash price.


STELLING RED FOX STANDARD

This guitar features mahogany back and sides with cherry stain, a Sitka spruce top, unbound fingerboard and headstock, the Stelling name and red fox head inlaid in the headstock, maple leaf inlaid position markers, nickel Grover tuners, and a deluxe Stelling case. The list price for this guitar is $3530. Call for additional details and our cash price.

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GOLD TONE BANJOS

Gold Tone Banjos was founded in the early 1990’s by Wayne and Robyn Rogers. While seeking to build affordable banjos with good tone and playability they discovered that most import parts were poorly designed and didn’t fit well together and most domestic parts were too expensive for Gold Tone’s intended price range.

Wayne and Robyn's solution was to contact offshore parts makers, design their own exclusive parts, and pay for the new tooling. The custom parts - tension hoops, tone rings, necks, tailpieces, truss rods, etc. - allowed them to maintain high quality, ordering in bulk to reduce their raw material costs.

The Gold Tone shop in Titusville, Florida, was established to handle the detailed assembly and set up of each banjo. The formula has proven a winner, yielding a superior product in its price range with good tone, good playability and attractive cosmetics.


You can find additional information on Gold Tone banjos at their web site:
http://goldtone.com/


While the Bluegrass Connection can order any Gold Tone banjo, the following models are currently in stock:

• Orange Blossom List price: $999
Our cash price: Call
• Bluegrass Special List price: $798
Our cash price: Call

NOTE: List prices do not include case.

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MIKE RAMSEY BANJOS

Mike Ramsey started building banjos in Lebanon, Ohio in 1986. His first banjo consisted of a neck made in his basement workshop fitted to an old purchased rim. Many prototypes followed as he fine-tuned the process, style, sound and product. In 1990, Mike left his corporate position and began his own woodworking business and in 1994 he and his wife Patty moved to their current location in Appomattox, Virginia. Mike built a new woodworking shop there to accommodate his expanding business.

Ramsey banjos are individually crafted from the finest wood and finished to perfection. The inlays are immaculate and the engraving is of the highest quality. Mike uses various rim diameters and other options to individualize his banjos, including fancy inlay, carved heel, and hand rubbed wood finishes. His standard models and options available can be viewed on this website.


You can find additional information on Mike Ramsey banjos at their web site:
http://www.ramseybanjos.com/


While the Bluegrass Connection can order any Mike Ramsey banjo, the following models are currently in stock:

• Standard Call for price  
• Special Call for price  
• Bacon Call for price  
• Custom Grade Call for price  

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STELLING BANJOS

Stelling Banjo Works was established in 1974 while Geoff was stationed at a Naval Base in San Diego. As a semi-professional banjo and bass player in various bluegrass bands since the mid-60's, Geoff developed an ear for banjo tone and experimented with the mechanics of banjo construction until he patented a revolutionary design that his banjos are famous for today: the wedge-fitted pot assembly. Prior to Geoff's design, tone rings and flanges were machined to slip-fit over the wood rim. Such a design proved to be less than perfect when changes of humidity and temperature manifested themselves as changes in tone and volume. The patented Stelling wedge-fit assures the best possible tone ring and flange to wood rim fit possible under all circumstances. The resulting purity of tone and unrelenting power are unparalleled.

Since intonation has been an inherent problem on stringed instruments, Geoff has since devised a compensated nut that nearly perfects the intonation on all models of Stelling banjos. By selectively notching the nut slots to different lengths, relative string distance from the nut to each fret is adjusted. This adjustment to the nut is one of several final operations Geoff Stelling performs on every banjo.

Stelling banjos are now handcrafted in Afton, Virginia. Raw slabs of wood are cut to useable dimensions and then air dried in a climate-controlled room for up to five years. Once the wood is dry enough to use, it is milled to the dimensions of a banjo neck and aged further. After a few months, if the neck blank appears stable, it will continue through the six to eight week process of becoming a finished banjo.

When each banjo is strung up and adjusted to standard Stelling specs (which includes the introduction of fifth string "railroad" spikes), Geoff puts on his picks and plays a few tunes. At this time, any minor adjustments deemed necessary are made and the banjo is ready to be shipped out.


You can find additional information on Stelling banjos at their web site:
http://www.stellingbanjo.com


While the Bluegrass Connection can order any standard model or custom banjo, the following models are currently in stock:

• Sunflower List price: $ 3465.00
Our cash price: Call
• Master’s Cross List price: $ 4620.00
Our cash price: Call

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DOBRO RESONATOR GUITARS

The instrument originally used for playing blues slide guitar was the "National" steel bodied guitar. This was developed in the mid-1920's by the Dopyera Brothers, who later split off to form their own company and develop the wood-bodied DOBRO concept. Original Musical Instruments (OMI) manufactured wood and metal-bodied resonator guitars under the DOBRO name. The company was bought in late 1993 by the Gibson Guitar Corporation, which continues to build Dobros in Nashville, Tennessee.

All Dobro resonator guitars are manufactured of fine quality hardwoods and metals. All models have a spun resonator cone.


You can find additional information on Dobro resonator guitars at their web site:
http://www.gibson.com/products/oai/dobro


While the Bluegrass Connection can order any Dobro resonator guitar, the following models are currently in stock:

• Hound Dog List price: $ 999.00  
• Jerry Douglas Model List price: $ 3320.00  

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HUSS & DALTON GUITARS

The Huss & Dalton Guitar Company is located in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, an area rich in the tradition of fine acoustic music. Their handcrafted instruments capture the spirit of the time-honored music played there for generations.

Most models use a radius top that improves structural integrity, boosts mid-range tones, and gives a greater balance than traditional designs. Braces are made from hand split Appalachian Red Spruce, which has a greater strength-to-weight ratio than other brace woods. Necks are quarter-sawn Honduras Mahogany or Spanish Cedar and employ a steel reinforced truss rod. Each is hand-carved to a sleek, comfortable feel. All fingerboards are ebony and bridge plates are made from Honduras Rosewood.
Huss & Dalton guitars use bone nuts and a fully compensated 1/8” bone saddle. The scale length of each string is determined by checking the guitar with a strobe tuner for correct intonation. The scale of every string to is compensated to make intonation as close as possible to perfect.


You can find additional information on Huss and Dalton guitars at their web site:
http://hussanddalton.com/


Call for models currently in stock and for pricing.

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MARTIN GUITARS

Martin guitars have been handcrafted in the United States since 1833 - and have been built in Nazareth, Pennsylvania since 1839 - making them one of the longest continually owned and operated family businesses in America, and the only guitar maker with such a record.
Martin wood experts carefully select choice quartersawn tonewood tops for stiffness, density, strength and sound. Their famous “X-Bracing” was designed and perfected by C.F. Martin Sr. in the 1850s and though universally copied since, it’s still not bettered by anyone else today. This bracing adds structural integrity and brings out the identifiable Martin tone.
Special Martin models are “scallop braced” by hand, which allows the top to maintain strength, yet vibrate even more and sound louder.
On top of that, solidly-joined neck and body, in chorus with the back and sides, add more vibrations with rich harmonics in sound and volume—for unique Martin punch and pleasure.


You can find additional information on Martin guitars at their web site:
http://www.mguitar.com/


While the Bluegrass Connection can order any Martin guitar, the following models are currently in stock:

• DXM List price: $ 619.00*  
• DX1 List price: $ 669.00*  
• D-15 List price: $ 979.00  
• D-17 List price: $ 1650.00  
• SWD-GT List price: $ 1550.00  
• 000-28 List price: $ 2599.00  
• D-18 List price: $ 2159.00  
• D-18CW
(Clarence White)
List price: $ 3799.00  
• D-18V List price: $ 2849.00  
• D-18GE List price: $ 3729.00  
• D-28 List price: $ 2469.00  
• D-28DM
(Del McCoury)
List price: $ 4899.00  
• HD-28 List price: $ 2959.00  
• D-35 List price: $ 2599.00  
• D-41 List price: $ 4199.00  
• DVM
(Veteran’s Model)
List price: $ 3199.00  

* NOTE: DXM and DX1 model list prices do not include case.

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SANTA CRUZ GUITARS

A small company in California, Santa Cruz has been making some of the world's finest handcrafted guitars since the 1970's. Each guitar receives an extraordinary amount of individual attention due to a “bench style” of building in which the craftsmen who build each guitar review each others' work and perfect each instrument as it is constructed.

Each guitar top is graduated and tuned by hand to attain maximum resonance and sustain, ensuring a high level of consistency of sound within each standard model line while simultaneously allowing custom voicing.


You can find additional information on Santa Cruz guitars at their web site:
http://www.santacruzguitar.com/


While the Bluegrass Connection can order any standard model or custom guitar, the following models are currently in stock:

• Model OM List price: $ 3350.00 Our cash price: $ 3015.00
• Model OM/PW List price: $ 2450.00 Our cash price: $ 2205.00
• Model D Rosewood List price: $ 2850.00 Our cash price: $ 2565.00
• Model D/PW List price: $ 2450.00 Our cash price: $ 2205.00
• D-18 Vintage Artist List price: $ 3200.00 Our cash price: $ 2880.00
• Tony Rice Model D List price: $ 3450.00 Our cash price: $ 3105.00

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EPIPHONE MANDOLINS

Imported from the Orient by Gibson, these mandolins are decent quality, beginner/intermediate level instruments at an affordable price.
A MODEL
A-style mandolin with f-holes, arched solid spruce top, mahogany neck, back, and sides, dot inlays on a 14" scale rosewood fretboard. With soft case.
List price: $ 505.00  -  Our cash price: $ 369.00

F MODEL
F-style mandolin with f-holes, F5-style body, arched solid spruce top, flamed maple neck, back, and sides, bound body, neck, and headstock, 14" scale rosewood fretboard, gold hardware, vintage sunburst finish. With hard case.
List price: $ 1118.00  -  Our cash price: $ 629.00

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KENTUCKY MANDOLINS

Top quality materials, including American northern maple, Macassar ebony, Sitka spruce, and other fine tone woods, are selected for these popular, high quality, imported mandolins. All models feature F-5 scale length (14") and full fretboard accessibility.
KM-140
A-style mandolin with laminated top, laminated mahogany back and sides, rosewood fretboard with dot markers, traditional tailpiece and pickguard, sunburst finish. With soft case.
List price: $ 301.00  -  Our cash price: $ 229.00

KM-160
A-style mandolin with laminated top, f-holes, laminated maple back and sides, rosewood fretboard with dot markers, traditional tailpiece and pickguard, sunburst finish. With soft case.
List price: $ 364.00  -  Our cash price: $ 269.00

KM-180S
A-style mandolin with solid spruce top, f-holes, laminated mahogany back and sides, rosewood fretboard with dot markers, traditional tailpiece and pickguard, sunburst finish. With soft case.
List price: $ 750.00  -  Our cash price: $ 499.00

KM-180SC
Same as KM-180S model but with an oval sound hole.
List price: $ 750.00  -  Our cash price: $ 499.00

KM-180B
Same as KM-180S model but with a gloss black finish.
List price: $ 750.00  -  Our cash price: $ 499.00

KM-180BC
Same as KM-180B model but with an oval sound hole.
List price: $ 750.00  -  Our cash price: $ 499.00

KM-620
F-style mandolin with laminated top, f-holes, laminated maple back and sides, multi-bound body, rosewood fretboard with dot markers, traditional tailpiece and pickguard, fern peghead inlay, sunburst finish. With soft case.
List price: $ 799.00  -  Our cash price: $ 499.00

KM-700
"Artist" F-style mandolin with a carved solid spruce top with twin tone bar bracing, f-holes, carved solid maple back and neck, laminated sides, extended 30-fret rosewood fretboard with dot markers, adjustable compensated rosewood bridge, adjustable truss rod, torch inlay on peghead, gold-plated hardware. With hard case.
List price: $ 2250.00  -  Our cash price: $ 1500.00

KM-800
Same as KM-700 model but with deluxe position inlays.
List price: $ 2550.00  -  Our cash price: $ 1675.00

KM-850
Same as KM-800 model but with fern headstock inlay and dot postion markers.
List price: $ 2750.00  -  Our cash price: $ 1795.00

KM-1000
"Master" F-style mandolin, hand carved, all solid wood, spruce top, highly flamed maple back and sides, bound ebony fretboard, ebony bridge, silver-plated reverse gears, Loar-style flowerpot peghead inlay, traditional appearance. A professional model mandolin. With hard case.
List price: $ 2995.00  -  Our cash price: $ 2000.00

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WEBER MANDOLINS

Weber mandolins are built by “Sound To Earth”. This company traces its origins to the Flatiron Company in Bozeman, Montana. Most employees started at Flatiron in the 1980's before Flatiron became a part of Gibson.
From May of 1987 to December of 1996, all luthiers and most support personnel worked for Gibson building Flatiron mandolins. The "Montana Era" of Gibson/Flatiron is remembered for the consistently high quality of the instruments.
In 1996, Gibson decided to move Flatiron to Nashville and the Bozeman employees were unwilling to relocate. Bruce Weber, the general manager and head luthier of the Flatiron division, founded Sound To Earth and employed them to continue building fine mandolins under the Weber name.


You can find additional information on Weber mandolins at their web site:
http://www.webermandolin.com/


While the Bluegrass Connection can order any Weber mandolin, the following models are currently in stock:

• Yellowstone List price: $ 3690.00
Our cash price: Call
• Bitterroot List price: $ 2370.00
Our cash price: Call
• Gallatin List price: $ 1820.00
Our cash price: Call

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VIOLINS

1. Franz Liebig, Dresden, Germany; made for J.W. Pepper in Philadelphia. PA; Maggini copy; engraving on scroll and fancy purfling inlay on back; wooden pegs, chinrest, and tailpiece. $1500
2. Allen S. Martin, York, PA; number 117; made in 1919; highly flamed maple back; golden finish. $1250
3. No label; Maggini copy with a castle inlay on lower back; brown finish. $950
4. Ednard Heidegger, Saifen – Instrumentenmacher and Heparafeur in Linz, Guernarius copy with wooden pegs, chinrest, and tailpiece. $950
5. Anton Jarasch in Wien Anno 1835; flamed maple one-piece back; wooden pegs, chinrest, and tailpiece. $850
6. Copy of Giovan Pable Magginia Brecia 1652. $ 850
7. Stainer copy with no label; worn light blond finish; well-repaired top cracks; grafted neck; circa early 1800’s; good condition. $ 850
8. Herbert E. Schonfelder, Geigenbaumeister, Peine i. Hann, Anno 1934, No. 65; highly-flamed two-piece back; brown finish. $ 800
9. Joseph Guarnerius label, well-flamed maple back. $ 800
10. A. Cooper; Aberdeen, MD; wooden pegs, chinrest, and tailpiece. $ 700
11. John Lehto, 934 14th Street, San Pedro, CA, 1931. $ 750
12. WTSV 1839 written in pencil on inside; nice quilted maple back. $ 750
13. J. A. Baader & Co., Mittenwald a/Isar Oberbayern; Made in Germany; Maggini copy with golden-brown finish; wooden pegs, chinrest, and tailpiece. $ 700
14. Antonius Stradivarius label; flamed two-piece back; reddish-brown finish. $ 700
15. Anton Huller, No. 188, Graslitz (Bohmen); dark brown finish. $ 675
16. G. A. Pfretzschner. Markneukitchen; highly flamed two-piece back. $ 650
17. S. Kaplizenski; Detroit. MI, 1928; quilted maple back. $ 650
18. Jacobus Hornsteiner; handmade reproduction of Antonius Stradivarius; made in Germany; highly flamed back; reddish golden finish. $ 550
19. Salvadore de Durro; L&J New York – Sole Importers; Special Model of Antonius Stradivarius. $ 550
20. Jacobus Stainer label with Stainer stamped on back; brown finish. $ 550
21. Joseph Guarnerius 1736 label; light brown finish. $ 550
22. Strad copy with patent pegs; light colored finish. $ 550
23. No label; Strad copy; two-piece back; brown finish. $ 500
24. No label; Strad copy; flamed two-piece back; golden finish with red striping; well-repaired saddle crack. $ 500
25. Joseph Blafius Weigert, Lauden und Geigenmacher in Linz, 1721; reddish colored finish. $ 475
26. Label reads “Strumenti musicali eseguiti nelle officine GLIGA 2001”; new condition. $ 475
27. Joseph Guarnerius label with nicely flamed two-piece back; golden brown finish. $ 375
28. Czech Strad copy with one-piece back. $ 375
29. No label; newer Strad copy with nicely flamed maple back. $ 350
30. Kiso Suzuki Violin Co. Ltd., 1967, Japan; golden finish. $ 275
31. Strad copy from Western Germany. $ 275
32. No label; highly flamed two-piece back; reddish golden color. $ 250



USED INSTRUMENTS

GUITARS
MODEL
YEAR
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
Martin HPD-41 2000 Like new! This guitar was only made for three years and sold new for $5250. $2950
Collings D2-H 1998 Great sounding guitar with Fossilized ivory bridge pins and saddle and a real tortoise pick guard. Has some finish chips. Comes with the original, slightly battered case. $2250
Stelling RHD-125 1999 Excellent condition. $2150
Martin HD-28 2002 Mint condition. Sold new for $2959. $1650
Martin D-18V 2000 Excellent condition. Sold new for $2895. $1650
Martin D-35P 1991 Near mint condition. Low profile neck. Gold Martin tuners. Sold new for $2599. $1399
Martin Shenandoah   Very good condition.

$700

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BLUEGRASS BANJOS
MODEL
YEAR
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
       

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OLD-TIME BANJOS
MODEL
YEAR
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
Vegaphone
 
Tubaphone ring. Reproduction neck. Everything else original.
$1200
No name
 
Open back banjo with 14 ply maple rim. Mahogany neck. White Layde tone ring. Double coordinator rods. Sounds good!
$700

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RESONATOR GUITARS
MODEL
YEAR
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
Tut Taylor
 
Maple. Nearly new.
$1399
Tut Taylor
 
Mahogany. Nearly new.
$1299

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MANDOLINS
MODEL
YEAR
DESCRIPTION
PRICE
Marantz
 
F-style. Very good condition.
$2100

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The Bluegrass Connection
State Rt. 82  /  P. O. Box 92
Birch River, WV 26610
(304) 649-2012
Email:  sales@bluegrassconnectionmusicstore.com 
 


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