FS 1964 M-20 & 1962 M-20 For Sale

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Two Hoboken M-20s for sale, from the first half of the 60s both in amazing shape. LTG gets first crack at them. $1850 each

-Both restored by Tom Jacobs, w extremely low mileage/basically no mileage, since Jacob's restorations
-Both sound and play incredible
-1964 has 1+11/16 nut and full carve/chunky neck, not typical for Hoboken M-20
-1962 has 1 5/8 nut and typical Hoboken M-20 slimmer neck
-price is $1850 each. that is basically for cash/local, and does not including shipping, but I am willing to ship and that can be discussed. I also travel around the northeast USA a lot, and occasionally in the southeast USA as well, and am wiling to go out of my way a bit, and deliver, for a serious buyer. shipping is no issue however, if the buyer is willing to pay for shipping and insurance, and pay with a postal money order(s). I will not accept pay pal or returns for either of these guitars.
if they don't sell on LTG in relatively short time, u almost certainly will see them listed elswehere, or in a boutique shop, for a higher price.

-photos and more details to come this weekend.

why am i selling them? clearing out some acoustics, and playing primarily electric. thus, others may be available from me soon. even with that, don't worry, my Guild acoustic well is still quite deep.

thank you!
 
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Just to reassure any potential buyers: awhile back, I bought a beautiful bass from mavuser and, based on that experience, can vouch for his integrity as a seller. I came away totally satisfied with both the instrument and his conduct throughout the transaction.
 

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Here are some photos of the 1964 M-20. Sorry i'm not the best photographer, and that it got cold before I could get these done outside. This one includes a brand new Guardian CG-044-O hardshell case. Tom Jacobs repaired 3 top cracks, and replaced the original bridge and bridge plate with identical drop-in replacements. there are a few areas of touch up that were blended into the original guitar finish. As a result, Jacobs polished the entire guitar, so it is now more of a high gloss finish than it originally was. one repaired crack near the pickguard has left a small finish crack, but the repair is rock solid and looks a million times better than it did before. there is one small cosmetic blemish in the finish above the bridge, and one larger cosmetic blemish in the finish below the bridge. overall the top looks great. just those 3 areas upon close inspection are not perfect. the back looks really great. just a few small paint chips missing. the neck, headstock, tuners, frets, and fretboard all look really good and super clean. the neck has just a couple missing paint chips (but not "dings"). the frets are original and have plenty of life left. the bridge has some white polish residue on the edges, that I just left there. Tom Jacobs is the only person to ever service this guitar after it left the Hoboken factory. The only work he did is pictured on the reciept. The neck and/or headstock have never been broken or repaired.

the nut is 1+11/16 and the neck is a full rounded carve. Very uncommon for a Hoboken M-20. Ive played more than a dozen of these, and this is the only one I have ever seen with this neck. (Edit: I found one other 1964 M-20 online with 1+11/16 nut.) the neck on this guitar is more like a Guild Songbird or Blues 90, or the long scale chunky acoustic necks of the 70s and 90s from Westerly. the string seperation is noticably wider and as a result the tone is a bit louder and more lush than other M-20s- u can really push this one more into like dread/F-30 territory, if u play hard. Just ease up a litte though- and it is standard small-body M-20 tones, all day! Since they are 1964 my hypothesis is that a few M-20's were given the neck from that largest and final batch of M-30's (thanks...The Beatles?)

this guitar does not appear to have ever seen much play time. it sat for decades in an un-humidified evironment, and dried out with cracks, but was never really played. Jacobs really rescued it and it looks and feels really good. I hesitate to say "its as close to a brand new guitar u will find" only because it is 58 years old and blah blah blah. but i have had Jacobs restore 4 or 5 major guitar jobs now, and it does feel like a rebirth when he finishes one. The restoration of this guitar was completed around June or July of 2021. It sat in Tom's shop until I picked it up during September of 2021. The guitar has less than 30 minutes play time since it has been restored. Strings are John Pearse 11's (550-SL). The guitar was clean when I gave it to him, and is ready for another 58 years, or more, since he gave it back. Tom Jacobs is a busy guy and will not be restoring Guilds forever. A nice Hoboken Guild from the first half of the 60's is not so easy to find (and I have found M-20's from the second half of the 60's to be more "hit or miss"). this one is a total gem! Add this to your collection today. Thanks for looking.
-Eric


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here are some photos of the 1962 M-20. Includes Guardian CG-044-O hard case that has seen some light use (the case has seen more use than the guitar since resoration, but is still a very clean case). Jacobs refinished the entire guitar, and made a new/custom pickguard. The guitar has older repairs as well, including a neck reset from long before Jacobs, however Jacobs has given all a clean bill of health, and he was the last one to work on it. additional details and description to come later today/tonight. the neck and/or headstock were never broken or repaired.

this M-20 has a one piece back

this M-20 has a passive K+K pickup installed from prior to my ownership, that sounds wonderful

the entire guitar was refinished by Jacobs in a Cherry red tint, and u can see from the photos that the luster changes with the movement of light and/or the eyes. very cool!

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Those might be the two nicest M20s I've seen. Good luck with the sale!
 
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Just to reassure any potential buyers: awhile back, I bought a beautiful bass from mavuser and, based on that experience, can vouch for his integrity as a seller. I came away totally satisfied with both the instrument and his conduct throughout the transaction.
 
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