One of my customers came to the shop yesterday with this guitar. He bought it for a song at a flea market not long ago. He asked me how old it could be, and where it was made. I had to admit that I haven't a clue, could anybody here more knowledgeable than me tell me anything about it?
It has a lovely body, made like a mini cello, and a nice hand made scarf joint on the headstock. The number stamped into the top at the tail end made me think it could be German, although from the style it looks more Italian. Anybody?
Grahame, tell your customer the truth. Its pure AWSOME!! Thats all anyone needs to know.
Someone PLEASE reproduce that rosette work on a modern instrument. Or better yet; repro the whole thing.
Is it comfortable to play or do the decorative "points" dig into you?
What a beautiful design & GREAT pictures.
The VERY best of luck with this Grahame (-:
Agreed, it does sorta look like a cuatro. Don't some tres have that look too? Down by the end button there appears to be writing, couldn't get a good look, like OM no... what does that say?
more pics and a few dimensions? bridge does have that French/Italian l00k! lower bout? scale length, depth? I like it
also appears to have had bridge repl. .Did it used to have a tailpiece?Or classical style bridge?
That reminds me of a Hofner 6-string lute guitar that I worked on.
The bridge , rosette and general quirkiness are similar but this thing had a rosette that completely filled the sound hole.
Very pretty... until top or bridge repair were needed, and it needed it all.
I was surprised to learn that Hofner made them at least into the late '60s, as at first glance I thought it was much older. It was clearly marked with their logo on the top in about the same area as the serial # on your specimen.