- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A large portion of a California collector’s vast collection of acoustic guitars is going on the auction block in New York City.

Guernsey’s says the earliest instrument in the collection dates to 1840. The newest is a 2000 re-creation of a 1930 Martin masterpiece, called an OM-45 Deluxe.

The auction house says it’s one of the finest collections of vintage guitars to come to auction in terms of rarity, original construction and condition.

The sale represents a wide range of makers, including Gibson, Martin and D’Angelico.

The sale is April 2 and April 3. Pre-sales estimates were still being worked out on Friday.

The seller is Hank Risan (ree-ZAHN’) of Santa Cruz, Calif. He’s founder of the virtual Museum of Musical Instruments and CEO of Media Rights Technologies, Inc.