Vintage parlor-size tenor guitar w/ cutaway in spruce/maple, 1 7/16” nut and 1 1/2” string spacing, coolest little tenor guitar ever made!


“The Pompadour”, so named for its unusual headstock shape, has been bouncing around my shop for many years. Orphaned without clues of age or pedigree, I would guess that it’s at least 50 years old based on its features and method of construction. The well-deserved makeover included a neckset, new fretboard/frets, adjustable truss rod and ebony/bone floating bridge. All solid woods, vintage tone and a fair price make this a must-have for tenor enthusiasts.

SPECS: parlor-size body, 15-fret neck with paddle headstock, ladder-braced book matched spruce top in aged finish, maple sides and back in original red mahogany lacquer finish, poplar neck in matching worn finish, adjustable truss rod, MOP fretboard inlays with corresponding side dots, vintage tenor tuning machines, rounded “V” neck profile, radius’d rosewood fretboard with new frets, new ebony bridge, vintage tailpiece adapted for 4-strings, original binding top and back, unbleached bone nut and saddle . Nut width: 1 7/16”, String Spacing: 1 1/2”, Scale length: 21”, Upper bout: 8 1/2”, Lower Bout: 12”, Body length: 15 1/4”, Widest body depth: 3 1/4”, Overall length: 35 1/3”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 3/4“, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 7/8”, Action: 1/8”, string gauge setup: D’addario Tenor guitar strings.

CONDITION: Solid, crack free condition. More buckle rash than you can shake a stick at. Ghost image of prior floating bridge. Upgrades included neckset, bridge plate, new fretboard/frets, adjustable truss rod, ebony bridge, finish touchups. Please note that vintage surfaces will have underlying swirls, scrapes, scratches, bumps and bruises.

SOUND: Twangy like an old parlor-size tenor guitar might be. Much more projection than I would have expected for its size played bare fingerstyle and crazy-loud with a flatpack. Neck plays easy with no dead spots and adjustable truss rod will help to keep it playing that way.

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PRICE: $399



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