Parlor Guitar c. 1890s Brazilian Rosewood
This wonderful example of venerable 1890s craftsmanship shows that this instrument was made by one of the great guitar makers during the heyday of the "parlour" guitar era. By size, appearance and features, we believe this guitar dates from the late 1880s to the 1890s. Although there is no maker's mark, the instrument has several "signature" features such as the seven small brass pins decorating the elongated pyramid bridge and the unique triangular volute extending from the neck onto the headstock. This guitar is made from high quality materials and is very attractive from a visual standpoint. The lovely spruce top has a pronounced straight grain pattern while the sides and back are from highly figured and very coveted Brazilian rosewood. Adding to the great looks are the light wood body bindings, mixed wood purfling, rings and rope marquetry at the soundhole and a dark Ebony fingerboard. The Mahogany neck has a gentle "V" profile and is very comfortable to play.
The guitar is currently in good playing condition with a straight neck and low action. It was built during the era of gut strings and it is currently strung with modern nylon strings. As would be expected of an instrument of this age, there are small mars, scratches and minor discolorations here and there and there are a few well repaired top cracks, mostly at the lower bout, and several repaired back cracks, but the instrument is currently solid and healthy and ready to be played. It has a lovely tone with a real vintage "voice" that is very pleasing to the ear. The instrument has been recently set up and the frets were leveled and cleaned and there is plenty of fret wear left. The instrument appears all-original including the finish, with the exception of some small/thin refinishing where the cracks were repaired. The original tuning machines still work smoothly. All-in-all, a great example of the golden era waiting for its next player.
The original case was not salvageable so it will be shipped in a modern gig bag.