1910s Masetti 9-String

1910s Masetti 9-String

masetti_9-stg What you see is what you get, which in this case is a beautiful, most interesting, Italian-made, early 20th-century (or more?), nine-string guitar, in the realm of a harp-guitar if you will. It has a beautiful label inside which says, in Italian………     FRATELLI MASETTI / FABRICANTE / di CHITARRE e MANDOLINI / MODENA / RU FREDA N. 6   ……with a photo of one of their fine instruments visible on its left. Modena is known for some of the world’s finest and classiest automobiles; both Ferarri and Maserati are made there. Apparently, they made some pretty hot musical instruments there as well, as attested to by this wonderful guitar, with F. lli Masetti Modena beautifully set into the pickguard, in wood, which itself is wood, set into the top between the soundhole and the bridge in the traditional European style. It is set up for six regular strings, with three sub-bass strings coming off a separate but attached peghead. Half of the original tuning machine set, with bone buttons, is present, the other half not, ditto the sub-bass tuning machines. The back and sides appear to be of maple or perhaps pearwood; the top is spruce, the bridge and fingerboard ebony. The bridge has three separate, compensated saddles, quite advanced for its day, though they're angled in the opposite direction to what we’re accustomed to; the nut notches graduate in width in the normal way. The scalloped bone nut is original and has a zero fret, also predating many modern guitars by quite a bit. The back is slightly loose along its bottom edge and there are some loose braces; a good luthier or dedicated home repair person will do fine with this unique, stunning, truly vintage guitar. $1295 w/ssc

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