1920s Oscar Schmidt “Sovereign” concert size, 12-fret in ladder-braced spruce/mahogany, 1 13/16" nut, 2 1/4" string spacing, rich, warm tone
These pre-war OS concert size acoustics are becoming harder to find. This body style can be seen in Neil Harpe’s “Stella Guitar Book” on page 29. This example was in sad shape when discovered in an inner city shed and was rebuilt from the inside out. With updated bracing, new fretboard/frets and now solid throughout, it’s a good example of the classic Sovereign model at a fair price.
SPECS: OS concert size (or Martin 00-size) body, 12-fret neck with original embossed paddle headstock, ladder-braced top in natural finish, sides and back in tobacco brown lacquer finish, period tuning machines, steel reinforced neck with “C” profile, rosewood fretboard with new frets, rosewood bridge, bone pins, nut and saddle. Nut width: 1 13/16", String Spacing: 2 1/4", Scale length: 26 1/4", Upper bout: 10 1/8", Lower Bout: 14 3/4", Body length: 20", Widest body depth: 3 3/4", Overall length: 40" , Neck thickness at 1st fret: 13/16", Neck thickness at 5th fret: 7/8", Action: 1/8", string gauge setup: custom lights 52-11 gauge standard tuning.
CONDITION: Body was disassembled and completely rebuilt leaving older crack repairs where prudent and adding needed reinforcement to help out. Finish has scuffs, crazing, edge wear, binding wear and shrinkage. Bracing was updated to accommodate modern custom light set string tension. Other work included neckset, new fretboard/frets, bridge and setup.
SOUND: Nice full tone that takes little effort to extract. Can be setup for either fingerstyle or strumming. Plays easy and sounds great!
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