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For Sale: Stelling (pre-Huss & Dalton) RAD-125 Guitar

Posted By: HenrytheCat (+38) | Rate Member
 Member 10+ Years  Verified Seller  Players Union Member  Returns allowed with money back refund

$3,650 USD

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Are you a Stelling banjo fan who also plays guitar? Here is your chance. These don't come up often.

Before there was a Huss & Dalton Guitar Company, Jeff Huss worked at Stelling Banjo Works and started building guitars on his own. Mark Dalton subsequently came to work at Stelling. See Before they went off on their own, they built guitars that were sold under the Stelling name. According to the chronology on the Stelling Banjo Works website, the last, No. 101, was built in 2002. With a few exceptions, the Stelling guitars were Sitka over EIR dreadnaughts with 2 basic models, the RHD-125, which had herringbone purfling on the top like an HD-28, and the RAD-125, which had abalone purfling on the top like a D-41. Both had snowflake fingerboard inlays, a flower pot inlay on the peghead, 1 3/4" nut width, and enlarged soundhole.

This particular RAD-125 has some mojo. It is No. 33 which, according to the Stelling chronology, was built in 1996 and was played by Charlie Sizemore. As I understand it, Geoff Stelling gave it to Charlie to play when Charlie left the Clinch Mountain Boys, and Charlie returned it to Geoff when he started practicing law. The condition of the guitar is listed as very good because of some cosmetic flaws it picked up during its years as a working guitar. Most notable among these are some sprayed-over pick marks on the top and a repaired non-structural crack in the heel. Nothing awful. All told, this guitar is in amazingly good condition considering its years of professional use. It is very comfortable to play and sounds great. Included are a tweed case in serviceable condition, authenticating letters from Geoff Stelling and Charlie Sizemore, promotional flyer for Stelling guitars, and a CD by Charlie Sizemore on which he played this guitar.

Due to advancing years and arthritis, I have abandoned my (admittedly unrealistic) dreams of instrumental glory and decided to sell most of my collection of guitars and banjos. No trades, please.


United States, VA, 24073


Buyer to pay the cost of shipping and insurance.

Payment Methods:

Check/Money Order, Cash (in person), Paypal

Payment Option Notes:

Payment by personal check OK if you are willing to wait for shipment until check clears. Will accept PayPal if you pay the fee.

Return Policy:

Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.

Additional return policy details: Will accept return only if guitar is found not to be as described. Buyer to pay for shipping and insurance if returned. Purchase money (not including cost of shipment) will be refunded once guitar has been inspected and has been determined to be in exactly the same condition it was when sold.

Condition of Item(s):

Used - Very Good Condition


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