Kurt/Heinz Seifert, Goldklang logo, about 1952

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Kurt/Heinz Seifert, Goldklang logo, about 1952

This instrument actually represents the pinnacle of what was possible in guitar making in the 1950s. It comes from the legendary workshop of father Kurt and son Heinz Seifert, which of the two built it is no longer ascertainable, since Heinz initially continued his father's style almost unchanged. And from the time shortly before the company became part of Migma, like many others. It is known that the Seiferts built guitars for the trading house F&R Enders, they were the owners of the Goldklang brand. Such an instrument was simply unaffordable for most people at that time, as it cost several times a monthly wage. Accordingly, such specimens are extremely rare and almost never to get - certainly not in this magnificent condition.

This guitar is intricately crafted with incredible craftsmanship in every detail. The top and back are hand carved from the full massive material, the sides are also massive. The top is made of spruce, back and sides of maple. The seven-piece lengthwise glued neck has three central elm wood strips, two maple strips in between and pear wood sides. The neck and headstock are made of one piece throughout. Plus a rosewood fingerboard with eight celluloid inlays, each with two additional narrow decorative strips. The creamy white celluloid headstock is decorated with black inlays and overlays. The pickguard is a small work of art in itself: the Goldklang lettering is worked into a rectangular recess in high quality, it has real bindings and a typical shape that leaves out the lower soundhole. Five-ply the saddle, open WARG tuners. Black stained pearwood bridge with two bright trim strips and beautiful saddle, recessed between the strings.  Elaborately handcrafted tailpiece with beautiful chiseling. Perfectly executed varnish with shellac in brown-cognac shades with the "artificial" flame stripes on the back and sides, which were popular in those days. The back of the neck is clear lacquered. Elaborate bindings everywhere, up to seven layers. Neck fastening by using the Stauffer-Legnani system. The guitar is in original condition down to the brass screws!

Instruments history:
Unknown, we received it as part of a small collection with good substance but completely dried out with cracks, various loose bindings and a warped, crooked pickguard. The back of the neck was badly battered from improper use of a capo. The Seifert has not been played in a while, but that should be true for its entire time, as there is little patina to be found for a guitar that is at least 65 years old.

Restoration work:
First, we blew out the body and then placed the guitar in our humidification cellar with constant 80° humidity for some time. There it could slowly recover and absorb enough moisture again. We then re-glued all loose binding as well as cracks. Fretboard and frets were straightened and oiled or polished. All lacquer surfaces were retouched and extensively polished. We completely sanded the back of the neck until all capo marks were removed and then refinished it with nitro-cellulose. We also disassembled, cleaned and re-oiled the tuners. We carefully straightened the pickguard again, cleaned and polished the tailpiece. Finally, new 11 gauge bronze strings and a basic tuning - that's it.

Current condition:
This magnificent Seifert is now back in a fully playable top condition, while 100% original. The beautiful shiny original varnish and the wonderfully harmonious color scheme of the components, combined with the beautiful light patina are eye candy! The guitar has a powerful, full sound, very warm and woody with lots of volume - you can hear the solid wood here! The Seifert must have been treated quite carefully during the last 65 years for the most part, because there are only a few damages to be found, really remarkable considering the age. There are several small dents and scratches, but no paint cracks or other major wear.  Of course there are no breaks, cracks or other damages in the wood, all glue joints are bombproof. Playability is excellent with a pleasantly low string action. Fretboard and frets are perfect and in mint condition. The neck is a bit thicker with a pronounced D shape with rather angular curves. The guitar is 100% scentless and clean! What the Seiferts have accomplished here with limited post-war resources deserves the utmost respect! In this condition a wonderful instrument to play, but also a very rare opportunity for serious collectors. A piece of German guitar history and certainly a good investment.

Overall length 41.7”/106 cm, body length 20.5”/52 cm, lower bout width 16.5”/42 cm, waist width 10.2”/26 cm, upper bout width 11.8”/30 cm; body depth 3.3”/8,5 cm, scale length 25”/63,5 cm (zero fret to saddle), fingerboard width 1.7”/4,3 cm at nut, 2.1”/5,3 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 2.370 g, string action at 12th fret 0.08”/2 mm (adjustable).

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