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I've had this guitar for a while, it was described as a parlour guitar and intended as a 'wall-hanger'. A little work has got it playing again and it sounds great!
I'd be really grateful if anyone is able to give me an idea of when/where it was made.
It has a spruce top and maple back and sides. It is ladder braced and has a type of joint to the peghead that I haven't seen before. The scale length is 625mm.
There is no indication of the maker - I've had a look inside with a mirror but there are no marks. The frets are brass with no 'tang'.
I'm currently using a set of medium classical strings, but I intend to try a Nylgut set (I've used them on vintage banjos and ukuleles).
Thanks James that's interesting. The whole instrument has had a pretty hard life, it looks like the bridge has come off at some point and I think that there we're fret board markers that have been removed. I've attached a couple more picture that may shed some light..
The head join is original and not repaired. I have photos of a guitar I once had, and I believe it could be from the same manufactory. Does it have the same, odd, internal neck block as my one? James
By the way, aren't the tuners a delight; absolutely hand-made.
Hi James, here's a picture of the neck block, which isn't quite the same as yours. I don't understand how the neck joint is made - I've built instruments with a 'Spanish heel' joint and was expecting to see the end-grain of the neck.
Yes, the tuners are great, each gear is slightly different.
The neck is butt-joined, i.e. the end grain of the neck is glued against the neck block shown in your last photo; probably not even dove-tailed in. The only strength from that type of join, comes from the applied fingerboard - although many flush fingerboard Lacotes etc still have their necks intact (but many are re-glued).