Fine vintage instruments

Sales & repairs

    • 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. 

    • 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.  

    • 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.  

    • 1943 Gibson J45Ban 11943 Gibson J45Ban 2
    • 1943 Gibson J-45

      1943 Gibson J-45 in excellent condition.  This is a wonderful example of banner era J-45.  Other than a neck reset and refret it is all original.  100% crack free and no interior repairs.  Has truss rod, three on a plate tuners, poplar head and tail blocks, one piece mahogany neck, two piece Adirondack spruce top.  Very solid sound more like a later 40s sound than most banner guitars we have played.  This one came from Chris Eldridge of the Punch Brothers.  Includes high quality newer hard shell case.

    • 1943 Gibson J45OURS 11943 Gibson J45OURS 2
    • 1943 Gibson J-45

      1943 Gibson J-45 in excellent condition.  Other than a neat neck reset and fret job with vintage size wire this one is all original.  No cracks no overspray or touch-up.  Two piece Adirondack top, mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck with V maple support, three on a plate Kluson tuners, poplar head and tail blocks.  This one has a very dry and airy sound to it.  An excellent example in wonderful condition.  Includes newer hard shell case.  

    • 1939 Gibson J35Nat 11939 Gibson J35Nat 2
    • 1939 Gibson J-35 Natural

      1939 Gibson J-35 Natural in excellent condition.  Three tone bar version with non-scalloped bracing and round heel.  V shaped neck with 1 3/4" nut width.  Has one repaired top crack and two small back cracks.  We recently refretted it and reglued the bridge.  Never had or needed neck reset.  Finish is all original and has a gorgeous patina and color to it.  A very solid and powerful sounding guitar.  Top does not have bellying and original bridge is uncut with what appears to be a factory saddle at full height.  Includes original tweed hard case with racing stripes, a rare and most awesome acc...

    • 1940 Gibson J35Nat 11940 Gibson J35Nat 2
    • 1940 Gibson J-35 Nat

      1940 Gibson J-35 in excellent plus condition.  This is easily one of the cleanest and most original J-35s to come up for sale in years.  100% original and repair free! Two tone bars with unscalloped bracing.  Small French heel.  Round neck profile with 1 23/32" nut width.  Original frets are full height and with only the most minor wear.  Has a big powerful sound with a great honk in the midrange.  The condition causes double takes and for good reason.  Includes newer hard case.


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Neck Resets

Crack Repair

Fret Work

Reproduction parts

Broken Headstocks

Pick-up installation


Bridge reglue

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We evaluate each instrument for condition, originality, and authenticity. A written report is provided detailing our findings along with the replacement value for your instrument. We can appraise one instrument or entire collections. Let us know if you are looking to sell you instrument as we buy and consign fine quality vintage instruments.

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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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