String Maven Jim D'Addario Is Selling Part of His Guitar Collection on Reverb

The cofounder of the world's largest string company is parting ways with some gems from his guitar collection—with proceeds going toward music education programs.

The Official Jim D'Addario Reverb Guitar Collection is a brand-new shop on Reverb, open today, featuring 14 guitars from D'Addario's personal collection, including a 1919 C.F. Martin 00-42 and a 1956 D'Angelico Excel Archtop.

"I have more than 50 awesome guitars in my collection and unfortunately I find I am not playing most of them," D'Addario says. "Out of feeling guilty that some of these great guitars are not being played regularly and a desire to continue to support music education in a major way, I have decided to start the first round of selling some of my collection."

(L-to-R) 1919 C.F. Martin 00-42, 1956 D’Angelico Excel, 1988 Rickenbacker 370/12 Roger McGuinn Signature.

All proceeds of the shop will go toward the D'Addario Foundation, a non-profit established by Jim and Janet D'Addario in 1981 as The D’Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts. While its initial mission was to support emerging classical guitarists, it has since broadened its purview to support not-for-profit music education programs across the country.

The Martin 00-42 mentioned above features delicate inlays, a slot headstock, and is currently set up as a classical with D’Addario XT Classical Normal Tension Strings, though it can handle light-gauge steel strings as well. The D'Angelico Excel is a sunburst archtop befitting a king, originally owned by jazz guitarist Bob Miranda, was used by him to back singers like Tony Bennett and Nina Simone.

To see all the guitars available for sale in the collection, visit The Official Jim D'Addario Reverb Guitar Collection now.

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