1960s United terz size parlor with upgraded cedar top, 1 3/4” nut, 2 5/16” string spacing, small in size but large in looks, tone and playability


A terz size guitar that plays like a standard acoustic is a wonderful thing. The combination of a smaller, comfy body and a grown-up nut width/string spacing offers the best of both worlds for todays player. I replaced the original top with an aged cedar top and the results were well worth the effort. The G-G tuning as a standard feature is icing on the cake.

SPECS: tera-size body, 12-fret neck with paddle headstock, poplar neck with fixed steel reinforcement, X-braced solid cedar top in black finish, birch sides and back in stained finish, bound sound hole, period tuning machines, “C” neck profile, bound rosewood fretboard with new frets, MOP markers, rosewood bridge, bone nut and saddle, ebony pins. Nut width: whisker shay of 1 3/4”, String Spacing: 2 5/16“, Scale length: 22 1/2”, Upper bout: 8 5/8“, Lower Bout: 11 3/4”, Body length: 15 1/2”, Widest body depth: 3 1/2”, Overall length: 33 1/4”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 13/16”, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 7/8”, Action: 1/8”, string gauge setup: D’addario extra light gauge in G-G tuning.

CONDITION: Solid condition with no issues. Crack free all around. Body and finish has scuffs, crazing, squiggles, edge wear, etc ‘cause it’s old. Other work included neckset, new fretboard/frets, updated bracing, bridge and setup.

SOUND: Bell-like tone, especially meds and highs, with above average sustain for a guitar this size. Intonation is fabulous and the guitar plays like butter.

PRICE: $499


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