Estate of Guitarist J. Geils Featured in Skinner’s November Fine Musical Instruments Auction

J. Geils

BOSTON, MA – Over 150 lots of instruments and memorabilia from the Estate of John Warren Geils  Jr., guitarist and founder of the Grammy-nominated J. Geils Band, will highlight Skinner’s Fine Musical Instruments Auction on Sunday, November 19 in Boston. The auction will also feature vintage electric, acoustic and classical guitars, mandolins, trumpets, and classical stringed instruments and bows.

Highlights from Geils’ guitar collection include his Stromberg Master 400, D’Angelico Excel, several Gibson archtops, and Fender tweed amplifiers.  J. Geils memorabilia highlights include an extensive recording library of reel-to-reel tapes and vinyl, Jim Marshall promotional photographs, and stage-worn apparel including his Nudie Suit.

In addition to the special collection of J.Geils guitars and memorabilia, an offering of Gibson mandolins is highlighted by a 1924 Lloyd Loar H-5 mandola, one of approximately twenty known examples.

Geils’ D’Angelico Excel

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Public auction previews will be held in Boston on Friday, November 17 from 12PM – 7PM, Saturday, November 18 from 10:30AM – 5PM, and Sunday, November 19 from 9AM – 10:30AM. Catalogs for auction 3051B are available from the Subscriptions Department at or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online at during and after the sale.

Music Consignments Invited

Consignments are currently being accepted for Skinner’s November 19 Fine Musical Instruments Auction. Please contact Skinner’s Fine Musical Instruments Department for auction evaluation at or 508-970-3135. The deadline for consignments is September 20.

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, Asian art, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as in New York City and Miami, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.



Adam Tober
Director, Fine Musical Instruments

Jenna Nastri
Marketing & Communications Manager

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