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Old 05-28-2019, 12:40 PM
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Hello everyone,

I'm new here. Thank you for the new membership here. I hope to learn a lot about acoustic guitars. I own mostly electric guitars but I do have a really nice Yamaha acoustic and a cheap Keith Urban.

I recently came across this antique guitar that belongs to my friend. She and her family are from Germany. Her mother played this guitar back in the 40's and was in a small group group. She asked me to see if I could find out any information about it because she would like to sell it. It has some damage from over the years but it looks worth restoring.

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I would greatly appreciate any information you may be able to share with me. Thanks so much for your help

Francie


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Old 05-28-2019, 12:54 PM
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Welcome to the forum! I can't help you to identify the guitar, but I moved the full-body pic to a hosting site so folks could see it here:

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Old 05-28-2019, 12:57 PM
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Thanks, I'm just learning my way around here.
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Old 05-28-2019, 01:03 PM
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No idea who the maker is, but I can tell you that it appears to have a Spruce top, flamed Maple back and sides, and Ebony bridge and fingerboard.
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Old 05-28-2019, 01:12 PM
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Very cool!

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Old 05-28-2019, 01:48 PM
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http://earlyromanticguitar.com/erg/gallery.htm
this is the best I can do for you nice old example of European guitar
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Old 05-28-2019, 01:56 PM
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Hi, longart, thatís a fairly common antique guitar style in Germany and France. Itís almost certainly braced for gut or nylon strings, so putting steel strings on it could ruin it.


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Old 05-29-2019, 09:59 AM
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I thought it look more classical and should have nylon strings on it but I see the bridge has pins instead of the classical style. Evidently it's had the steel strings on it for years.
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Old 05-29-2019, 10:08 AM
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Lovely guitar, and that bridge is beautifully delicate. The headstock is vaguely reminiscent of early Orville Gibson models.
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Old 05-29-2019, 10:10 AM
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No labels or writing on the inside?
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:28 AM
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I don't think bridge pins determines it to be steel string. I agree it's too delicate for steel. maybe silk and steel?
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Old 05-29-2019, 12:43 PM
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The peninsula is interesting, I don't recall seeing one on a guitar before, only mandolins.
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Old 05-29-2019, 01:05 PM
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No writing or labels found anywhere on the guitar.
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Old 05-29-2019, 02:57 PM
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Longart, bridge pins were originally intended for use with gut strings, not steel - a knot was tied in the end of the string and the pin placed on top of it to hold it in the bridge. The addition of ball ends on steel strings was an adaptation to pinned bridges, not the other way around.

The previous or current owner may have used steel strings on this guitar, but itís very likely that the guitar wasnít designed for them.


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