Vintage Fancy Koa Weissenborn Parlor Guitar c. 1925

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Vintage Fancy Koa Weissenborn Parlor Guitar c. 1925

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SIZE
Lower bout is 13 1/2" (00 size); scale: 25 inches; nut width: 1 15/16"

DESCRIPTION
Weissenborn Spanish neck guitars are rare-- but he did make a few. Rarer still in top grade models. Appointments followed the same 4-grade taxonomy of the Hawaiian models with the fanciest having the diamond inlay pattern; rope binding back and front; and the crazy-opulent figured koa wood. Note crisp clear branding, purportedly a sign of earlier period Weissenborns  (used the same branding iron for many years).


Like Martins, all of these guitars were X braced. Necks are wide and robust V shaped with pronounced keel. Tone as you would expect with 90 year old koa-- loud and bright.


This is something recently rustled from an venerable midwest collector's stash. Virtually time-capsule state of preservation. Shows little evidence of ever having been played with unblemished original frets; no pick or finish wear. All original parts. Recent neck set had to be done to make it play well. Excellent clean job done by J. Gravity (St Louis). These things came stock with dysfunctional parlor era fret wire nuts. Now has a bone saddle, 3/32" high. Straight neck. Perfect low action-- 3/64 low E at body fret.

CONDITION
Neck set, as mentioned. Also, some mottled "case crazing." (you see with old spirit varnish finishes). Not visible in photos-- variable areas of opaque scale with intermittent shiny spots. Note a small fill blemish near heel-- definitely occurred in factory. Not much more to say. Amazingly crack free considering the vagaries of highly figured wood.

Please call me for detailed discussion-- concise in-hand condition report-- over the phone demo!

PRICE

HOLD

Shipping: $45

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