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Christopher Davies
  • Portland, OR
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Historic Lyre guitar circa 1800

Stamped "Gratel" on belly.In excellent condition..... except action is a bit low as far as right hand finger clearnce above the belly and this should probably be adjusted while perhaps replacing some…Continue

Started Apr 27, 2021

early shorter string length romantic guitar for sale
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historic guitar circa 1840s. Evidence of a few past repairs and wear, but in good working order, robust and stable. Big bright sound.Original friction pegs.redone square brass frets.59cm string…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Dana Lewis Apr 26, 2021.

early shorter string length romantic guitar for sale

historic guitar circa 1840s. Evidence of a few past repairs and wear, but in good working order, robust and stable. Big bright sound.Original friction pegs.redone square metal frets.59cm string…Continue

Started Apr 20, 2021

Circa 1830 Lacote-style guitar for sale
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I've finally decided to sell this, having rather definitively decided I'm not going to advance in the guitar to the point where I'm worthy of an instrument this good. Apparently my fate is to be a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christopher Davies Apr 20, 2021.

 

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Historic Lyre guitar circa 1800

Stamped "Gratel" on belly.In excellent condition..... except action is a bit low as far as right hand finger clearnce above the belly and this should probably be adjusted while perhaps replacing some of the bone frets which are worn. Unless this is to be a museum piece. It's got a gorgeous sound though, so would be good to get it to perfect working order.Shell inlay dots.String length 59cm.Located in Portland Oregon.Buyer to pay packaging and shipping.$2500 USDSee More
Apr 27, 2021
Alan Dana Lewis replied to Christopher Davies's discussion early shorter string length romantic guitar for sale
"Please let me know. Interested... Nice size for me... Alan alandana@mindspring.com"
Apr 26, 2021
Alan Dana Lewis replied to Christopher Davies's discussion early shorter string length romantic guitar for sale
"I would be interested in this short scale. I have 1 other at 60cm. I play a lot of violin... so this is perfect for my playing. Can you send me pictures... ? alandana@mindspring.com Alan"
Apr 26, 2021
Alan Dana Lewis replied to Christopher Davies's discussion early shorter string length romantic guitar for sale
"Christopher, I would have interest in a short scale romantic.  Let me know, Alan"
Apr 26, 2021
James Edwards replied to Christopher Davies's discussion early shorter string length romantic guitar for sale
"Hi Chris, I just noticed it looks like you have this guitar back on the market.  I have moved to Eugene so maybe we can have a visit one of these days, and it would be fun to check out the guitar in person.  edwardsguitar@gmail.com  "
Apr 23, 2021
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Apr 20, 2021
Christopher Davies replied to Christopher Davies's discussion Circa 1830 Lacote-style guitar for sale
"And now back on!"
Apr 20, 2021
Christopher Davies replied to Christopher Davies's discussion Circa 1830 Lacote-style guitar for sale
"Thanks for your feedback Roman. Having had the guitar up from the basement for a few days, I'm realizing I'm a fool to part with it until the point where I give up on romantic guitar entirely....I probably won't find another one this…"
Dec 17, 2020
Roman strat replied to Christopher Davies's discussion Circa 1830 Lacote-style guitar for sale
"This will definitively sell fast, it is a superb example of an Lacote(for a fraction of the cost). If I were in the USA I would ask for Loan (if needed) to buy it..."
Dec 16, 2020
James Westbrook replied to Christopher Davies's discussion Circa 1830 Lacote-style guitar for sale
"It's a nice Lacote school guitar: a good price for America, and should sell. But I am writing to you because I am interested in learning more about your Lyre guitar playing. Could we talk though j@theguitarmuseum.com please? thank you, James"
Dec 15, 2020
Christopher Davies posted a discussion

Circa 1830 Lacote-style guitar for sale

I've finally decided to sell this, having rather definitively decided I'm not going to advance in the guitar to the point where I'm worthy of an instrument this good. Apparently my fate is to be a viola da gamba players, and there are worse fates.This circa 1830 guitar bears no label, but (how common this is I don't know) has a body outline that is an exact match to the Lacote featured on the Crane website. I acquired it at a French auction several years ago. Extraordinarily nice sound per…See More
Dec 15, 2020
Christopher Davies replied to Christopher Davies's discussion early romantic lyre guitar frets?
" I think I've now answered my own question with this painting: no frets on body."
Feb 23, 2020
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Christopher Davies's discussion early romantic lyre guitar frets?
"Well, song accompaniment was the main activity for guitarists in the early 19th century, so that would fit."
Feb 23, 2020
Christopher Davies replied to Christopher Davies's discussion early romantic lyre guitar frets?
"Thank you James, no I don't know the specific lyre guitar repertoire. And heavens forbid, no offense meant towards those who have no need of more than 12 frets...permanent beginner is more what I'd call myself, though I do find Sor now…"
Feb 23, 2020
James Westbrook replied to Christopher Davies's discussion early romantic lyre guitar frets?
"I just wanted to add: I know many excellent guitarists who have been playing all their lives, who never adventure past the 12th fret, and don't feel the need to for the sort of music they play. I certainly wouldn't call them…"
Feb 23, 2020
James Westbrook replied to Christopher Davies's discussion early romantic lyre guitar frets?
"Looking at the date, the first '1' is attached to the '0' so my guess is the date is 1801. what the other '1' is anyone's guess. Perhaps 1=January? Perhaps the French took all the ones from the Austrian dates! (as…"
Feb 23, 2020

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At 8:09 on April 18, 2016, Sinier de Ridder said…

Bastien was a luthier from Mirecourt, he worked during the frontier 18/19th century, he went to Turin, then to Nice which was Italian town at this period. His guitars are well considered, sometimes in the Turin school, sometimes in the Mirecourt shape. Can you post a photo of the brand?

Thanks, Françoise

At 1:22 on December 30, 2015, Rocky Mjos said…

Welcome to the EG+V network, Christopher!

 
 
 

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