1858 Ashborn Hall

1858 Ashborn Hall

James Ashborn operated the world’s first-known guitar factory, in Connecticut, from 1848-63, differing from the smaller operation of Martin, in Pennsylvania, in that he was much more into mass production. His instruments were well known and revered, though few survive today. This particular one has been identified as having been made around 1858 by David Gansz, the foremost authority on Ashborn. It was made for the William Hall Co. of New York and is stamped, on the center strip of the back inside and visible through the soundhole  WILLIAM HALL & SON /  NEW-YORK 1   The “1 at the end of the second line is its model number. The back and sides are both of bookmatched maple, making it the much rarer version. The sides are laminated, as all Ashborn guitars were; the back is of solid flamed maple, quite unusual and quite beautiful. The top is solid spruce; the neck is maple, in the three-piece configuration of the era, with separately dovetailed peghead and conical heel. There are no top cracks, and in fact no cracks anywhere on the instrument; the back seam is slightly open. The fingerboard is of lovely Brazilian rosewood with original brass frets, all in excellent condition; the ebony bridge, also quite original, still has its original removable ebony saddle piece with brass fret wire along its ridge. The end pin/strap button is exquisite, of ivory with a turned ebony center pin. The brass tuning machines are original and off the guitar, with original wood buttons; some of the original mounting screws are missing. There are six grooved ebony bridge pins, which appear to be original as they are a perfect fit for the bridge. The wood case is original too, with fascinatingly-patterned flannel lining and all original latches,hinges, and handle. This is an important historical piece of the American guitar world. Offered as is at $2495 w/ohsc

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$2495.00
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