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Vintage Parlor Guitar Early 1900's P Benson Paul

Sold ! This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2008-10-06)
Price : US $325.00



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Up for auction is a Vintage Parlor guitar.  I've had several people look at it and everyone believes it to be made sometime in the 20's or 30's.  Solid Spruce top, mahogany back & sides, mahogany Neck, slotted headstock, ebony fretboard & bridge.  Neck is a nice V shape.  Guitar has all the original parts, Ivory Nut, Ivory Saddle, Ivory Bridge Pins, Ivory Strap Button.  Tuners are original and are in great shape, they turn smoothly and hold tune very well.  I've been told by a couple parlor guitar collectors that this was probably an expensive instrument at the time it was built.  Also, some have said that it may have been built by Lyon & Healy or Martin while they were building other companies guitars, this has not been confirmed though.

The Guitar is a Paul Benson, P. Benson.  Paul in the early years had Lyon & Healy, and possibly Martin build guitars then he branded them.  Starting in 1899-1901 he began building his own guitars based on Martin Parlor guitar plans he had.  This guitar seems to be fairly rare and sought after by those who know about them.  I'm guessing from the pictures and the research I've done this guitar is between 1908-1910.  A small number of these guitars are known about, and it seems everyone that is found the person has them restored.  Thanks for all the emails!  Good luck bidding.


Guitar has some issues that would need to be addressed for it to be 100% playable.  I have been using it as a lapsteel


Sold ! This guitar is sold (sold on 2008-10-06)



Post a comment on Vintage Parlor Guitar Early 1900's P Benson Paul :

R. Housley said...
I owned a couple Peter Benson guitars while I lived in Mpls in the 1970s. One was a 1914 and one an early 30s. Purchased thru The Podium back then. Also had a P Benson turtle back mandolin w/leather case about the same era. All were sold when I moved and possibly are in other collections.