Posts Tagged ‘old’

  1. Regal Floral Parlor c.1920’s

    November 2, 2014

    DSCF7342Regal Floral parlor Circa early 1920’s

    We think the youtube clip says it all. So full and punchy makes for a great finger picker and/or a real blues belter

    $1425

    inc case.

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  2. Windsor “Zither” Banjo c.1980’s

    October 24, 2014

    Windsor Zither BanjoWindsor “Zither” Banjo c. 1890’s

    I bought this beauty from a family whose great grandfather had been a vaudevillian back in old blighty. She came complete with original leather case.

    In true British style/engineering prowess the 5th string runs through a tube rather than the American version. Hours of restoration work has revealed a true gem with a unique voice and timbre. If you like open back banjo tone then you’ll love this.

    $1500

    inc Original case.


  3. Harmony Parlor Guitar c.1927

    October 22, 2014

    Oakland Vintage Parlor 1927Harmony Parlor Guitar

    Now this girl is a treat! Harmony made only a few of this model. In face, in 1927, this was the top of the line with solid spruce top, solid koa wood back and sides and checkerboard binding makes this guitar a testament to Harmony’s ability to make fine guitars when they put their mind to it. So beautiful

    $1695

    inc case


  4. Del Oro Parlor Guitar C. 1930’s

    October 22, 2014

    DSCF7097Del Oro Parlor Guitar C. 1930’s

    In a long forgotten time…

    All the hope and glory envisioned by America is summed up in the motif’s screenprinted on this guitar. The art deco imaginings of sky scrapers and jack bauds suggest better times ahead.

    Beautiful solid birch construction with maple fretboard. New fretboard, refret, bridgeplate and soundboard rebracing and reinforcement. She’s recieved the whole 9 yards.

    $1350

    case inc


  5. National “Rosita” C.1939

    October 22, 2014

    DSCF7114National Rosita Resonator Guitar

    America was not yet to enter the war when this baby was made. However the USA was building some fine instruments. This is one example of that time. We’ve brought her back to life with a neck reset and refret, everything is ready to go and the vintage tone shines. At $2900 here is a chance to have a pre war dream.

    $2900

    inc case


  6. Brisbane Guitar Restoration, what’s involved?

    June 10, 2014

    Brisbane Guitar Restoration – the full story

    Brisbane Guitar RestorationRestoring vintage and rare instruments is the driving passion behind us here at the Guitar Repairers. Seeing a beautiful old guitar from say the 1890’s restored to a playable condition is what makes all our hard work really pay off.

    Why do we do it?

    Well, from a luthiery point of view we restore old guitars because:

    • Older timber is much more resonant. Over time wood dries out and the dryer it is, the harder it is, causing it to resonate sound rather than absorb it. (even modern kiln dried timber is not completely dried out)
    • The less moisture there is in wood the less it will move over time. Through seasonal changes new wood still warps and moves. An older guitar has done all its moving and warping so we’re left with very sturdy timber.
    • The timbers used in older guitars are of very high quality. Brazilian rosewood- the best quality rosewood- for example was once used almost exclusively in old guitars. Now a protected species, it is no longer allowed to be cut down and sold. Some Honduras Mahogany and types of spruce are becoming sparse and their lower grade equivalents are being used instead.
    • They all have stories. Dings, dents, scratches and marks, these are all tell tale signs that a guitar has led an interesting life. Knowing that an old 1900’s parlour guitar from the US of A was once some young musicians bread and butter makes for a much more interesting history than some man named Django CMCing them from a factory in Moosejaw, Canada.

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