Pre-war unbranded Oscar Schmidt 0-size, 12-fret, ladder braced solid birch, 1 13/16” nut, 2 5/16” string spacing, sweet guitar for fingerpicking blues


All the evidence points to 30’s OS 0-size, 12-fret although no brand can be found on this example. The body proportions, lining style, scale length, headstock design and consummate OS ladder braced tone are all there. Slab-sawn birch top is killer as is the price for a completely rebuilt pre-war OS parlor guitar.

SPECS: 0-size body, 12-fret neck, ladder-braced birch top, sides and back in worn lacquer finish, brown stained top with black sides, back and neck, bound top, slotted headstock, period tuning machines, steel reinforced poplar neck with soft “V” profile, flat rosewood fretboard with new frets, rosewood bridge, ebony pins, new bone nut and bone saddle. Nut width: 1 13/16”, String Spacing: 2 5/16”, Scale length: 24 3/4”, Upper bout: 9 7/8“, Lower Bout: 13 3/8”, Body length: 17 3/4”, Widest body depth: 3 3/4”, Overall length: 36 1/2” , 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: All solid woods in excellent rebuilt condition. Two back hairlines were repaired. Finish has scuffs, crazing, edge wear with bumps and bruises everywhere. Evidence of prior tailpiece install as well as a small divot to the bass side of the sound hole. Bracing was updated to accommodate modern string tension. Other work included neckset, new fretboard/frets, rosewood bridge and a low action setup.

SOUND: Nice bluesy tone for fingerpicking blues players with a light touch and enjoys low action. Plays easy and looks great while doing it.

PRICE: $599

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