c. 1912-17 “Lakewood” Model 720 by Lyon & Healy, parlor-size 12-fret in ladder-braced spruce/birch under vintage finish, 1 3/4” nut, Classic parlor looks with modern tone and playability

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The “Lakewood” model 7-series originally came in a number of configurations including floating bridge/tailpiece of which this is one example. The conversion to fixed bridge really brought out the subtle, but warm, tone in the aged, spruce top. The action is nice and low to encourage bare fingerstyle play and the original chunky neck was re-profiled to improve playability for most modern players. Don’t forget to click on the “video soundclip” link in the listing to hear how it sounds.

SPECS: Parlor-size body, 12-fret neck with slotted headstock, ladder-braced book matched solid spruce top in satin lacquer finish, birch sides and back in satin lacquer finish over original stain, poplar neck in original finish, adjustable 2-way truss rod, MOP fretboard inlays with corresponding side dots, original tuning machines in black finish, “oval” neck profile, radius’d rosewood fretboard with new frets, new rosewood pyramid bridge, cream binding on top and back, unbleached bone pins, nut and saddle. Nut width 1 3/4”, String spacing 2 3/16”, Scale length 24”, upper bout 9 1/4”, lower bout 12 3/4”, body length 18 1/4”, Overall length 37”, Depth at end block 3 5/8”, Neck depth at 1st fret 13/16”, Neck depth at 5th fret 7/8” Action: 3/32”, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 Custom Light gauge in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Back-off rebuild with complete top bracing update, evidence of prior tailpiece visible, one tuning gear and one tuning button replaced. Top hairlines were rehydrated and cleated. Back hairlines received complete cleats and prior shoulder repair was reinforced. Please note that vintage, used or repurposed materials will have underlying swirls, scrapes, scratches, bumps and bruises. Any new elements/features added during the rebuild were made to fit in with the old.

SOUND: Warm, intimate tone that begs for bare fingerstyle play with low action set accordingly. Individual notes separate nicely and ring true. This smaller parlor size sits comfortably in your lap. Neck plays easy with no dead spots and adjustable truss rod will help it keep playing that way.

PRICE: $899

VIDEO SOUNDCLIP HERE

 

 

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