A hand-selected list of some of the best Archtop-related links on the web!
A gorgeous "must visit" location if you are ever in the Chicago vacinity. For many, this will be the first time they ever saw some of these instruments in person! The prices are most definitely at the top of the retail scale but you could spend an afternoon there!
Vintage guitar collector, dealer, and renown expert in the vintage guitar world. Their inventory is consistently fascinating.
Guitar Works, Ltd.
A "must visit" guitar store if you're in the Chicago area. Terry Straker, one of the kindest guitar dealers you will come across, had a lot to do with my early education of archtop guitars and taught me much about their design and different repair techniques.
Mandolin Brothers, Ltd.
One of the largest dealers in the world of vintage, new and used American fretted instruments. Largest selection of carved top archtop guitars on the web.
Seattle archtop guitar dealer specializing in vintage Gibson and Epiphone guitars and accessories for the player and collector.
The authority for reproduction vintage guitar parts, guitar restoration, and custom guitar building.
Gary's Classic Guitars
This Ohio guitar dealer has a nice collection of Gibson archtops.
Vintage Guitar Info
General specs, serial numbers, shipping totals, photos. Everything you might need to cross-reference before you buy.
Vintage Guitar Magazine
The online version of the monthly paper that has been used by dealers and collectors since before the internet.
Restoration of a Gretsch Archtop
A great step-by-step restoration of a blonde archtop by The Guitar Specialist.
Classic Jazz Guitar
I stumbled upon this virtual treasure trove of information while looking for some discography information on the great Johnny Smith. I could spend hours here! Discographies, articles, original cover art, what more can I say! Amazing! I was actually able to hear a portion of "Not So Bop Blues" by The Willie Smith Quintet (with Barney Kessel) from a 1940 78rpm!
Ever since finding the 18 CD set, "The Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio", I have kept an eye on Mosaic Records. They are devoted exclusively to reissuing jazz recordings in limited-edition boxed sets with full-size booklets that feature biographies, musical analysis, and rare and unpublished photographs. The King Cole Trio set (which is out of print) won the Grammy for Best Historical Album of 1992
Ralph Patt's Jazz Web Page
Ralph Patt, who actually played in the Benny Goodman Orchestra in 1957, has made his "Vanilla Book" available online! It contains basic chord changes to over 400 standard tunes! A great online resource.
Italia Leather Straps
For the finest handmade custom leather guitar & bass straps you'll find nothing better than Italia Leather Straps! Flawlessly crafted with the finest leather and suede I have ever seen, I put this on my main guitar and it hasn't come off since. See mine here.
A few more notable links:
- The Dutch Archtop Guitar Museum has a considerable Epiphone collection, and more!
- Fine Archtops A great resource for the Archtop enthusiast. Has a Facebook page as well.
- Just Jazz Guitar Magazine Website
- No Idle Frets Podcast Blogspot
- Steve Herberman DC area Jazz Guitarist
- Freddie Green Master of the Rhythm Guitar
- G R Guitars A great supplier of pickguards and other archtop parts