05/12/2017 - Preliminary Announcement - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration & available to "pre-order"!
Photos are of the guitar, as it arrived, prior to repair/restoration.
Another "Little Gem".....lovely Historic looks, Rope Binding, back centre-stripe, V-neck, Transverse Ladder Bracing, characteristic of L&H guitars.
Stock Number: VTG1052.
There is no certainty to the age-estimation, and in fact similar guitars are often seen advertised with older age attributions....certainly if indeed it is correct to attribute the manufacture of the guitar to the Lyon & Healy/Washburn conglomeration, they were a major force in the Chicago Music/Manufacturing industry, certainly producing fretted stringed instruments from the 1880s onward.......
Further description details to be added soon.
The guitar appears to original, with just a couple of exceptions, being the fretwire saddle floating bridge it came with....no doubt basically the same type as the original, but appears to be a little used replacement, and the original rivet with the completion of the restoration wheld rather than screw fixed cog tuners, which were worn & defective & have had to be replaced. These were reverse-mounted, and if it works well, I will follow suit & reverse-mount the replacement StewMac "Golden Age Restoration Tuners".... http://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Parts/Tuning_Machines/Slotted_Peghead_Guitar_Tuning_Machines/Golden_Age_Restoration_Tuners_for_Slotted_Peghead_Guitar_-_Square-end.html
Overall, in excellent structural and cosmetic condition for a c.90 year old guitar! Inevitably there are some small chips and scratches from normal wear on a vintage guitar, but really minimal for the age of the guitar. Possibly there may have been some thin over-finish applied to the body, but if so this is itself very old & may have contributed to the rather attractive finish crazing n the back, but apart from gentle cutting back & polishing to remove some minor surface imperfections, no cosmetic work is appropriate and the over-finish is subtle & not evident.
Prior to sale, work on the restoration will be completed in the workshop of the highly experience luthier I work with, under his supervision. This looks likely to include taking off the original fingerboard, which appears to have been reset before, possibly in conjunction with a neck reset, but has not been well re-glued & possibly shows signs of lifting. We will possible line the underside of the fingerboard with Hardwood veneer, aiding alignment and strength, prior to re-fixing, following which we would re-level & re-fret the fingerboard.
The original wooden nut is intact at present, but whether it will survive removal & re-fitting is not known, and if a replacement is necessary, we will individually purpose-make it in Ebony. A couple of fine crack in the bass-side lower bout will be glued and reinforced internally, and a slight displacement along the back centre-seam line will be checked, and any further work needed will be carried out.
On completion of the neck reset/fingerboard re-alignment, and any other work found to be necessary, we will be looking to set the guitar up with an action of around 3mm. at the 12th. fret, which with just a tad more string height at the nut/first fret in order to aid bottleneck play, I reckon is ideal for a parlor or Stella "all-rounder", good for Bottleneck play, but with fretting aided by the shorter scale length and consequent lower string tension, therefore ideal for a mixture of finger-style and bottleneck play.
Additionally it could also be used for full-time slide with a nut riser costing no more than a few pounds. The sound is typically loud and pokey, just as a Stella should be - a great Bluesy voice! It has "That Sound" in spades - even, woody, bright, clear, ringing tone! Unless otherwise requested, it will be strung with Martin Bronze Light 12-54 strings, and really sounds tremendous - and loud!
There is no case with the guitar. I may be able to supply it with a specially fitted Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case. These cases of course do offer much better protection, but even the smallest case produced by Hiscox does require a couple of their extra internal pads fitting, in order to hold the small guitar correctly. I will be happy to advise whether I can marry the guitar to a suitable case, at the time of purchase, and if so agree with you an inclusive price for Guitar + Case.