1930s LYRA brand 12-fret parlor, ladder braced solid birch, 1 13/16” nut, 2 5/16” string spacing, great for blues players
The LYRA brand was one of a few “Plain Jane” models produced by the Oscar Schmidt factory during the 1930s. There’s not allot of bling but it makes up for it in playability and bluesy tone. This example had a complete rebuild and really shines. Affordably priced for the working man.
SPECS: parlor-size body, 12-fret neck, ladder-braced birch top, sides and back in worn lacquer finish, slotted headstock, period tuning machines, steel reinforced poplar neck with “V” profile, stained maple fretboard with new frets, rosewood bridge, bone pins, new bone nut and bone saddle. Nut width: 1 13/16”, String Spacing: 2 5/16”, Scale length: 24”, Upper bout: 9 1/8“, Lower Bout: 12 3/4”, Body length: 18 1/8”, Widest body depth: 3 5/8”, Overall length: 36 3/4” , Neck thickness at 1st fret: 7/8”, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 7/8”, Action: 1/8”, string gauge setup: custom lights 52-11 gauge standard tuning.
CONDITION: Solid woods in excellent rebuilt condition. Some hairlines was repaired. Finish has scuffs, crazing, edge wear with bumps and bruises everywhere. Evidence of prior tailpiece install. Bracing was updated to accommodate modern string tension. Other work included neckset, new fretboard/frets, rosewood bridge and a sweet setup.
SOUND: Nice bluesy tone that’s accentuated with a flatpick. Generous string spacing is a plus for fingerstyle players. Plays easy and intonation is really sweet.
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