c.1910 Chicago School 0-size 12-fret in ladder-braced spruce/e.i. rosewood, 1 3/4” nut, 2 3/8” string spacing, great fingerstyle player
I love it when an old parlor rebuild ends up sounding as good as it looks. Lyon & Healy, Regal and sister Chicago builders of the early 20th century really knew their stuff. I can’t place my finger on its exact pedigree but when this guitar sits in your lap and you start to play, it really doesn’t matter after that. Completely rebuilt for the modern player, playability is excellent and very comfortable with a low oval-ish neck profile.
SPECS: 0-size body, 12-fret neck with slotted headstock, ladder-braced solid spruce top in natural finish, e.i.rosewood sides and back in stained tobacco finish, original neck with steel neck reinforcement added, MOP fretboard inlays, Golden Age tuning machines, low oval neck profile, Ebony fretboard with new frets, new ebony bridge, cream binding top, back and sound hole, bone nut with unbleached bone saddle and pins. Nut width: hair over 1 3/4”, String Spacing: 2 3/8”, Scale length: 24”, Upper bout: 9 1/2”, Lower Bout: 13 1/4”, Body length: 18 1/2”, Widest body depth: 3 3/4”, Overall length: 37 3/8”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 3/4“, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 3/4”, Action: 1/8”, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 custom light gauge in standard tuning.
CONDITION: Solid rebuilt condition with upgraded bracing and bridge plate to accommodate modern steel strings. Evidence of old capo marks and prior bridge placement. Other work included neckset, update top bracing, bridge, setup. Repurposed woods and vintage surfaces may have underlying scrapes and scratches, bumps and bruises.
SOUND: Full and resonant tone with nice sustain. Really shines as a fingerstyle guitar. Setup can be adjusted to suit your playing style and most any alternate tunings.
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