1875 PARLOR GUITAR with IVORY FRETS and COFFIN CASE
This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2006-03-15)
Price : US $620
This is a very interesting handmade guitar. It has overhanging edges and a non-kerfed inside lining like a violin; and German-style tall bracing. The frets are ivory which is rare; premium grade, highly flamed Curly Maple sides and back; ivory saddle; bone nut; and bone bridge pins with abalone inlay. Possible made by Charles Rohlfs of Brooklyn, New York.
Curly Maple with consistent , heavy figure such as used on this guitar is extremely RARE and occurs in only 5% of Sugar Maple trees. Maple is stiff, strong and stable giving a bright and long lasting tap tone. The renowned inventor and visionary Lloyd Loar (of Gibson fame) used Curly Maple to create some of the finest stringed instruments ever made.
Slotted peghead with square top. Brass plate on top of peghead stamped “C.O.R.” Original nickel tuners “wheel-type or pin-style”; with stamped leaf design and bone tuner buttonsOriginal “L-shaped” 1 ˝” bone nut12 frets to bodyOriginal ivory frets (bar-style) Deep ''V'' shaped Neck, & Fingerboard of ebonized mapleCurly maple sides & 2-piece back, bookmatched, (High Curl-Premium Grade Maple) with original finished of brown oil varnish
Spruce top, thin wood, (unbound) original natural finish, 2-piece, bookmatched. Overhanging edges like a violinMaple bridge, pyramid-style, ebonized Unslotted bone bridge pins with abalone dots (not original but correct for the period)
Original ivory saddleLadder braced (tall bracing- German style) non-kerfed lining around inside like violin
Original carved bone endpin
Ebony inlay around soundhole
Poplar coffin case with brass hardware
Overall length- 34 ˝''
This guitar is sold (sold on 2006-03-15)
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