c.1920 Chicago School 0-size, 12-fret in ladder braced mahogany over mahogany, 1 13/16” nut, 2 1/4” string spacing, wonderful vintage fingerstyle guitar


The original top never survived long enough for me to incorporate it into its next life so a new, but seasoned, mahogany top was added to this early Chicago School (L&H or Regal) parlor rebuild. The woods are very responsive to a light touch and the neck is not chunky like many of the early parlors with this pedigree. Classic lines, feather light and sweet sounding.

SPECS: 0-size body, 12-fret neck with slotted headstock, ladder-braced solid mahogany top in natural finish, solid mahogany sides and back in natural finish, top and sound hole binding, original swainish cedar neck with steel neck reinforcement added, Golden Age tuning machines, shallow “V” neck profile, new radius’d rosewood fretboard with new frets, MOP markers, new rosewood bridge, bone pins, nut and saddle, Nut width: 1 13/16”, String Spacing: 2 1/4“, Scale length: 24 1/2”, Upper bout: 9 5/8“, Lower Bout: 13 3/8”, Body length: 18 5/8”, Widest body depth: 4 1/4”, Overall length: 37 3/8”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 7/8”, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 7/8”, Action: 1/8”, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 custom light gauge in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Solid rebuilt condition. Some binding shrinkage. Various dings, scrape and scuffs in body and neck. Bracing was updated to accommodate modern string tension. Other work included neckset, new radius freboard/frets, new bridge and bridge plate, new tuners, setup.

SOUND: Full and rich with nice sustain. Doesn’t need tons of attack to bring out the tone. Much nicer fingerstyle player than flat picker.

PRICE: $799


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