Late 30s Oscar Schmidt 0-size 12-fret in ladder-braced spruce/birch, 1 3/4” nut, 2 5/16” string spacing, solid blues player with nice projection


I acquired this guitar at the same time as I acquired #013021B above and they share some of the cross-pollinated parts I referred to in the write up of that example. The latter OS models were well built but simple in features and appointments. I’ve upgraded some of the typical OS features to improve playability and tone and I’m pleased with how this guitar came out. Solid example from the waning days of a well-loved maker.

SPECS: 0-size body, 12-fret neck with paddle headstock, ladder-braced solid spruce top in aged finish, solid birch sides and back in opaque red mahogany finish, poplar neck in lacquer finish, steel neck reinforcement added, MOP fretboard inlays with corresponding white side dots, period but not original tuning machines, “C” shaped neck profile, radius’d ebony fretboard with new frets, new ebony bridge, cream binding top, back and sound hole, unbleached bone nut, saddle and pins. Nut width: hair shy of 1 3/4” at 44mm, String Spacing: 2 5/16”, Scale length: 25”, Upper bout: 9 3/4”, Lower Bout: 13 1/2”, Body length: 17 5/8”, Widest body depth: 3 5/16”, Overall length: 36 1/2”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 7/8“, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 7/8”, Action: 3/32” - 1/8” to customer choice, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 custom light gauge in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Solid rebuilt condition with upgraded bracing and bridge plate to accommodate modern steel strings. Upgrades were made to top, bracing, ebony fretboard, new frets, re-profiled chunky neck to comfortable “C” shape, cream binding and new bridge, Evidence of prior tailpiece. Other work included neckset, updated bracing, bridge, setup. Please note that repurposed woods and vintage surfaces will have underlying swirls, scrapes, scratches, bumps and bruises.

SOUND: Versatile parlor that can handle various styles of play but seems to enjoy a blues song set. Projects nicely without much coaxing but can get real ornery when vexed. Setup can be adjusted, within reason, to suit your playing style and most alternate tunings.

PRICE: $799


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