An 1850s Markneukirchen "Stauffer Style Parlor Guitar with 'Triangular' Inlays on Body and 'Rose' Inlays on the Fretboard.
1850 Markneukirchen "Stauffer Style" 12 fret to body with 'Triangular' Inlays.
This 1850s Markneukirchen "Stauffer Style" 'Parlor' guitar weighs just 2.60 lbs. and has a 11 1/4 inch wide and just under 3 1/2 inch deep, highly figured 'Birds-Eye' maple, ladder-braced' body with a natural spruce top. The body depth at the neck is 2 3/4 inches, the upper bout measures 9 inches and the body length is 17 1/4 inches. The sound hole has a diameter of 3 inches and is bound with walnut, surrounded by two circular 'Herringbone' inlays and a most intricate floral inlay ring (5/16 inch wide) of mother-of-pearl and abalone inlaid onto ebony. The edge of the top also has a 5/16 inch 'triangular design' inlay of mother-of-pearl and abalone inlaid onto ebony with quadruple strip borders of maple and walnut. On the strap-button edge of the body the walnut pin(with a center circle of mother-of-pearl) is situated on a 1/2 inch wide walnut strip. Ebonized maple neck with 'ice-cream cone' heel and a scale length of 24 inches. The nut width is just over 1 3/4 inches and the 'D' neck profile is nice and thin with 0.77 inches at the first fret, 0.81 at the third fret and 0.99 inches at the ninth fret. Staufer style ebonized single bound maple 'scroll' peghead with original six-on-a side tuner mechanism and circular brass buttons. On the back of the peghead is the fine floral-engraved, brass tuner mechanism cover with nine screws (one replaced). Ebony fretboard with nineteen original? thin frets and neck joint at twelfth fret. From the thirteenth, the length of the frets gradually shortens on the bass side. In this space is the most beautiful 'Rose' inlay of mother-of-pearl and abalone. Original? bone saddle on 'Double-Moustache' shaped ebony tailpiece with inlaid abalone circles and an ebony 'tear' at each end. Six ivory pins (some not original) with inlaid abalone circles. There are four cracks on the top, two on the sides and four on the back which have now been repaired and are perfectly stable. The action at the twelfth fret is remarkably low at just 1/8 inch. There is some playing wear on the top but overall this one hundred and eighty-four year old guitar is in truly amazing condition. Housed in a modern five-latch, shaped black hardshell case with burgundy plush lining (9.25). (#1658)
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