19th Cent Haynes

19th Cent Haynes

The Haynes Excelsior guitars of the late-19th century were one of the better Martin copies of the day. They were of Martin-quality materials, with simpler design and construction techniques to keep the cost down. This guitar is of a popular size at the time, equivalent to the Martin “Standard” Size 1. The back and sides are of superior straight-grained Brazilian rosewood, the top is of tight-grained spruce, the fingerboard and bridge are of the best ebony. Nut and saddle are original and of genuine ivory, and the tuning machines have genuine ivory buttons as well. The neck is nice and straight though the action is a bit high due to the heel being loose in the beck block. This is not a common dovetail joint but a less complicated one, which a competent luthier will be able to deal with. There is only one crack anywhere, near the center seam of the top, a very straightforward job for the same luthier. Top bracing is of the straight-type, what is sometimes today called “ladder” bracing. The bridge, which is in amazingly clean condition, has been reglued at one time by someone who was not the neatest but I would suggest leaving it as is. Overall, a lovely 19th-century Brazilian rosewood guitar with superior materials, needing a bit of professional care to be absolutely tops. Offered as is at the bargain price of $995 w/bag

w/bag

$995.00
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