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Shopbuilt Size 2, all-hog, X-braced 12-fret in clear finish, 1 3/4” nut, 2 5/16” string spacing, low action and robust tone

070118A

This guitar is a blend of a shopbuilt, Martin-inspired small body combined with a pre-war Oscar Schmidt neck from an old UAC brand parlor. The top enjoys a light touch and delivers a sweet growl without too much effort. Slightly deeper body helps out here. There’s not a lot of bling but it makes up for it in playability and tone.

PRICE: $699

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50 year old United/Oahu 0-size, 12-fret in ladder braced solid mahogany over birch, 1 3/4” nut, 2 5/16” string spacing, fun and affordable choice for budding blues player

070118B

This United body from the 60’s was married to an Oahu slothead neck from the 1930s and the pair didn’t turn out all that badly. I choose a solid mahogany top with ladder bracing to bring out more of a “punch” in the tone. Fun flatpicker for beginning- to moderate-level blues player.

PRICE: $499

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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

070118C

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.

PRICE: $599

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c.1974 Stella brand 0-size, 12-fret in ladder braced birch with original finish, 1 3/4” nut, 2 3/8” string spacing, great all-around player for the entry level fingerstyler

070118D

The Stella brand was acquired from Oscar Schmidt upon the companies purchase by Harmony before the war. This example comes much later, but before production operations were sent overseas. Wonderful condition, American made, affordably priced for the working man.

PRICE: $349

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Shopbuilt 00-Deep Body, 12-fret in X-braced solid spruce over solid e.i. rosewood, 1 7/8” nut, 2 5/16” string spacing, deep-rich-resonant fingerstyle guitar

122117B

I set out to produce a mid-size fingerstyle guitar with a deep body for increased acoustic tone and projection. This guitar was assembled from my stock of aged spruce and rosewood with a new/old stock mahogany “V” neck that’s at least 60 years old added to the mix. The Martin 00-size body mold delivers classic proportions regardless of tone woods but this example ended being one of my best blends of old and new.

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