Pre war steel string flat top, „Hawaii“ style, Schönbach /Egerland, thirtees

Pre war steel string flat top, „Hawaii“ style, Schönbach /Egerland, thirtees
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Product no.: 312
Pre war steel string flat top, „Hawaii“ style, Schönbach /Egerland, thirtees

Instrument:
This is an extremely rare pre war guitar from the Schönbach area, back then German, today Czech. An area with a great music history. These days this kind of guitar has been named “Hawaii” guitar. Very stable and built for steel strings. Unfortunately the builder can’t be identified at all, but assumably this was a handmade single copy of a master luthier.

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Material:
Massive spruce top, sides of laminated beechwood. The also laminated back is ONE wonderful piece of french walnut at the outside and  birchwood at the inside. Neck is made of beechwood too, completed by an oak fingerboard. Over all typical for the place and the time. The open tuners seem to be original, probably the knobs have been replaced later. Also the nut isn’t original, but matches well. But the typical Schönbach bridge is definitely an original one. Perfectly conserved and working well. Neck adjustment is originally done by a Stauffer screw, but the neck has been set in sometimes later.

Instruments history:
Unknown. We purchased it from a Cologne collector, who unfortunately forgot, where the guitar came from.

Restoration works:
First we had to fix a little crack of the top. We reinforced it with a stripe of veneer – never again it will unstick. The top swings and sounds again just like brand new. Tuners and bridge have been disassembled, refurbished and cleaned. The fretboard has been sanded and oiled, the frets slightly grinded and polished. As the finish is completely original we decided not to do any lacquer job. We just cleaned and carefully polished it. Of course also the inside of the body has been cleaned by compressed air. The whole thing is scentless now. Finally new strings have been mounted and a setup has been done.

Actual condition:
Truely this is a once in a blue moon opportunity! Extremely rare and unique, this more than 80 year old guitar is fully playable and resilient. Extensive construction of high quality. Up to seven layer decoration stripes besides the wooden binding, a nine layer soundhole rosette, a one piece back and the bookmatched top – assume someone has invested a lot of knowledge into this guitar. Very uncommon is the short but curvy and expanding body shape. Reminds us a little bit of Maccaferri guitars. Slightly rounded back. No serious damages or wear anywhere. At the back of the neck there are two small dull areas. We assume, a former owner didn’t pay attention with his guitar stand. New stands softener can dissolve old nitro lacquer, that’s what happened here. As it doesn’t bother playing we decided not to overwork the original finish. Sound is unique, percussive, trebles remind a little bit of a banjo, but with massive bass. Easy to play with low string action and slim neck. The brass frets have been replaced some time, but they’re in top condition and free from grooves. This is a rare collectors item or a player for guitarists, looking for a unique sound.

Measures:
Overall length 94 cm, body length 47,5 cm, lower bout width 43 cm, waist width 25 cm, upper bout width 32,5 cm; body depth 8 cm, scale length 62,5 cm (nut to saddle), fingerboard width 4,2 cm at nut, 5,3 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 1.560 g, string action on 12th fret 2 mm (adjustable).

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