TNAG Sessions

TNAG Artist Series: Carl Miner on Acoustics - Part 2

We continue our Artist Series with Carl Miner with part two - a sensational collection of flawless demos on acoustic guitars, and also three of our gorgeous mandolins. So, without further ado...

Collings OM-1A Traditional Acoustic Guitar, Honduran Mahogany & Torrefied Adirondack Spruce - $6,450


Collings Traditional Series guitars offer a vintage-inspired take on the distinctive sound Collings guitars are known for, with the tonewoods and braces being adjusted for weight and thickness to give exceptional projection, warm trebles, and strong mids.

The extra-thin nitro finish allows for the natural sound of the tonewoods to shine. This OM-1A Traditional, with its torrefied Adirondack top, is exceptional and one of our favorite guitars in the shop.

  • Top: Torrefied Adirondack Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Honduran Mahogany
  • Bracing: Pre-War Scalloped X-Brace
  • Rosette: Custom Wood Rosette (Traditional Series)
  • Body Binding: Tortoise Colour with Custom Purfling
  • Neck: Honduran Mahogany with Traditional Purfling
  • Fretboard: Ebony with Gold MOP Short Pattern Dots
  • Head Veneer: Ebony with Collings Logo in Pearl
  • Tuners: Nickel Waverlys
  • Bridge: Ebony Belly
  • Pins: Tortoise Style
  • Saddle: Bone, Cut-Through with 2-5/16" Spacing
  • Nut: Bone
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Colour
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4"
  • Scale Length: 25 1/2"



Martin CS-00S-14 Acoustic Guitar, Honduran Rosewood & Swiss Spruce- Pre-Owned - $6,750

This gorgeous Pre-Owned Martin CS-00S-14 has just arrived in our showroom. The CS-00S-14 is a premium Style 42 12-fret fingerstyle model and Martin Custom Shop's Guitar of the Year in 2014. This model features rare Honduras rosewood back and sides for resonant tone, a torrefied (temperature aged) Swiss spruce top, and an ultra-lightweight non-adjustable carbon fiber neck reinforcement.

This is a very rare Pre-Owned Martin guitar, with only 114 having been available worldwide. 

  • Back & Sides: Honduran Rosewood
  • Top: Torrefied High Altitude Swiss Spruce
  • Rosette: Multi-stripe
  • Body Binding: Cocobolo
  • Neck: Satin-finish Mahogany, modified V shape
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Head Veneer: Satin-finish Ebony, slotted peghead
  • Fretboard Binding: Cocobolo
  • Tuners: Nickel Schaller open-back with butterbean tuners
  • Bridge: Ebony pyramid with drop-in saddle
  • Pins: Bone with abalone dots
  • Saddle: Compensated Tusq, 16-inch radius
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1-13/16"
  • Scale Length: 24.9"
  • Condition: Excellent++
  • Frets to body: 12-frets to the body; 19 frets
  • Dovetail neck joint, hide glue construction
  • Style-42 top inlay
  • gloss finish body; satin finish neck and peghead overlay
  • Fretboard inlay: Concave Diamond Design - Orange/Red Spiney Recon Stone/Solid MOP
  • Adirondack top bracing, 1/4" braces
  • Style 45 Golden Era back stripe
  • Maple end wedge
  • Fishman Aura VT pickup installed (Factory-installed)
  • OHSC



Santa Cruz FS Acoustic Guitar, Redwood & Flamed Koa - Pre-Owned - $7,995

The FS Model is the perfect instrument for alternate tunings and for complex fingerstyle arrangements. This beautiful example of the FS features premium Koa back and sides, and a gorgeous Redwood top. It's articulate but warm, with rich tonality across the board. We're very pleased to have this guitar in our inventory.

  • Top: Redwood
  • Back & Sides: Flamed Koa
  • Rosette: Blue Purple Combo
  • Binding: Brazilian Rosewood with blue purfling
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Head Veneer: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Tuners: Delta Gotoh Gold 510s with Ebony buttons
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Pins: Ebony with pearl dot inlay
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1-13/16"
  • Scale Length: 25.375"
  • Condition: Excellent, near mint



Schoenberg ES-000-C Acoustic Guitar, Australian Blackwood & Italian Spruce - Pre-Owned - $8,000

This Schoenberg ES-000-C model acoustic guitar was built by Bruce Sexauer in 2002 and features Australian Blackwood for the back and sides paired with an Italian Spruce top sourced from Rivolta.

Formerly owned by Eric Schoenberg, this guitar is one of only approximately 65 guitars in the Eric Schoenberg (ES) series, built to target Golden Era tone, but the guitar is by no means a Martin clone.

Kim Sherman in our showroom says about this guitar: "This is one of my favorite guitars to come through the shop in a while (based on the tone I like in a guitar). I would love to take it home myself."

  • Built in 2002
  • Italian Spruce top
  • Australian Blackwood back and sides
  • Venetian cutaway
  • Varnish finish
  • Maple ring rosette with black/white/black wood purfling
  • Rosewood body binding
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard with diamonds and squares at 5-7-9
  • Slotted peghead with Rosewood veneer
  • Ebony fretboard binding
  • Nickel Waverly tuners with Ivoroid buttons
  • Ebony pyramid bridge
  • Fossilized Walrus bridge pins
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Tortoise colour pickguard
  • 1-7/8" nut width
  • 25.4" scale length
  • No endpin or endpin hole
  • Excellent Condition



Martin OM-21 Standard Series Reimagined Acoustic Guitar, Indian Rosewood & Sitka Spruce - Pre-Owned - $2,150

Introduced at Winter NAMM 2018, the Reimagined Standard Series was collectively the most significant update to Martin's flagship line of guitars in its 185-year history.

Revered for finger-style and superb tonal balance, this orchestra model with scalloped X top bracing delivers a full and even sound for any solo gig or group jam. Sitka spruce and rosewood paired with a sleek low modified oval neck for great dynamic control, and tortoise coloured binding for a simple classic look.

This is a 2018 model in excellent ++ condition.

  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Indian Rosewood
  • Year Of Build: 2018
  • Rosette: 21 Style
  • Body Binding: Tortoise
  • Neck: Modified low-oval, select hardwood, performance taper
  • Fretboard: Ebony with dot inlay
  • Head Veneer: East Indian Rosewood
  • Tuners: Gotoh open-back
  • Bridge: Ebony belly
  • Pins: Ebony
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1-3/4"
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Condition: Exc+++



Gibson L-7 Archtop Guitar, 1936, Spruce & Flamed Maple - Pre-Owned - $5,295

If you're an Archtop lover looking for something truly special, the search may well be over. This stunning L-7 was built by Gibson in 1936 and sports nuanced, jaw-dropping visuals to match it's equally detailed tone. 
In Flame Maple and Spruce, the guitar has matured into a gorgeous example of what these fine old archtops are capable of being, with plenty of headroom and a lively, punchy sound it plays the part for all manner of ragtime and flat-picking excursions among so much more! 
The playability is divine and with the sensational Brazilian Rosewood fretboard and exquisite inlay work, it's hard to feel anything short of inspired as your left-hand traverses this charming terrain. 
The guitar is in excellent condition and still resides in its original hardshell case. 
  • Top: Carved Spruce, Sunburst Finish, X-Braced
  • Back & Sides: Carved Flame Maple 
  • Body Binding: Single Bound White
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Brazilian Rosewood with Ornate Enclosed Inlays
  • Head Veneer: Black, Gibson Script Logo 
  • Fretboard Binding: Single Bound Ivoroid
  • Tuners: Nickel-Plated, Open-Back Grovers
  • Bridge: Adjustable Rosewood with Trapeze Tailpiece 
  • Saddle: Rosewood
  • Nut: Bone 
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Colour Celluloid 
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16" 
  • Scale Length: 25.5"



Aleyas LF-F5 Mandolin, Carved Sugar Maple & Carved Red Spruce - Pre-Owned - $8,500

Lee Chapman is a soft-spoken man from West Virginia who builds mandolins with beautiful tone, but with equal amounts of power, and chop. The Aleyas name is an amalgam of his daughters' names, and Chapman's son Sawyer is already known as an accomplished player.

Johnny Staats is known for playing Aleyas mandolins, and it's very rare that a used Aleyas shows up for sale. This mandolin, lightly used, is being sold with a full warranty by Lee Chapman, and at a slight discount to the price of a new Aleyas LF-5. Don't miss this one, folks. It's a hoss.

  • 2019
  • Carved Red Spruce top with traditional sunburst finish
  • Carved Sugar Maple back and sides with traditional sunburst finish
  • Ivoroid body binding
  • Flamed Maple "Speed" neck
  • Ebony fretboard with pearl dot inlay and treble-side extension
  • Ebony head veneer with Aleyas logo in pearl; abalone pearl Torch inlay
  • Ivoroid fretboard binding
  • Matte-finish, gold-plated Waverly tuners with pearloid buttons
  • Ebony adjustable bridge with gold thumbscrews
  • James matte-finish gold-plated engraved tailpiece
  • Ebony saddle
  • Bone nut
  • Ebony pickguard bound in Ivoroid
  • 1-1/8" nut width
  • 13-15/16" scale length
  • Excellent+++ condition



Collings MT Custom Mandolin, Baked Sitka Spruce & Maple - $3,650

The Collings MT is the company’s entry-level A-model mandolin. However, it receives the same craftsmanship and attention to detail one would expect from a high-end Collings instrument. This example is upgraded with a baked Sitka Spruce top under a gloss finish. The baked top makes this mandolin open and responsive, with the character of an instrument with a decade’s-worth of playing-time.

This mandolin has become a shop favorite due to its volume, sweet tone. and excellent playability. It has great chop, and could easily sit in with a bluegrass jam without getting lost in the mix. It also sounds right at home when played in a more melodic style, with each note leaping out of the instrument with a bell-like tonal quality.

  • Top: Carved Baked Sitka
  • Back & Sides: Maple
  • Body Binding: Ivoroid
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Head Veneer: Ebony
  • Tuners: Nickel Plated Gotoh
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Saddle: Ebony Adjustable
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1 1/8"
  • Scale Length: 13 7/8"



Crafters of Tennessee Prodigal A-5 Mandolin, Bookmatched Flamed Maple & Master Grade Spruce - Pre-Owned - $5,695

This mandolin, the Prodigal 5, is one of 12 mandolins made (beginning in 2003) that were based on the one A-5 mandolin produced by Lloyd Loar.

The mandolin was ordered by Dr. William Griffith, head of the Griffith School of Music in Atlanta, GA. It was, as Dr. Griffith called it, and F-5 "without points."

The original A-5 stayed in the Griffith family into the 1950s when it was then purchased by Tut Taylor. Taylor owned it until the 1970s when he sold it to a collector of all things Loar. In the 1990s, Tut borrowed the mandolin to record on a project, and at that time Taylor's son Mark took measurements, drawings, and x-rays of the mandolin with the intention of building a similar mandolin one day. Here we have one of these mandolins.

The mandolin sounds much older than its years, even though it appears somewhat unplayed. There's some finish checking between the bridge and the fretboard, so do know that. This model was supposed to have come with a pickguard and also nickel Waverlys, but this particular model appears to have had neither.

The original stamped and engraved tailpiece is in the case; with the mandolin now sporting a heavier cast tailpiece. Most importantly, this mandolin sounds terrific, so please give it serious consideration.

  • Dated July 17, 2003
  • Serial Number: 03005
  • Master Grade Spruce top
  • Bookmatched Flamed Maple back and sides
  • Ivoroid body binding
  • Flamed Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Ebony head veneer with pearled engraved truss rod cover
  • Ivoroid fretboard binding with Ivoroid fret ends
  • Nickel-plated Gotoh tuners with pearloid buttons
  • Ebony adjustable bridge
  • Ebony saddle
  • Bone nut
  • 1-1/8" nut width
  • 13" scale length



For more information on any of our guitars or mandolins, please get in touch by calling +1 615-383-8947 for our US team or +44 (0) 207 835 5597 for our UK team. You can also email us here.


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