1850s Markneukirchen "Stauffer Style" 'Parlor' Guitar
1850 Markneukirchen "Stauffer Style" Parlor Guitar 12 fret to body
This 1850s Markneukirchen "Stauffer Style" 'Parlor' guitar weighs just 2.50 lbs. and has an 11 3/4 inch wide 3 1/2 inch deep, 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 1/8 inches and the body length is 17 1/8 inches. The sound hole has a diameter of 3 1/4 inches and is bound with walnut, surrounded by two circular 'Herringbone' inlays and an intricate 'notched square' inlay ring (3/16 inch wide) of mother-of-pearl and abalone inlaid onto ebony. The edge of the top features a typical 'Martin-style', 3/16 inch wide purfling of maple and walnut. The back of the body has a 3/32 inch center stripe. On the strap-button edge of the body the ebony pin is situated on a 1/2 inch wide ebony strip. Ebonized maple neck with 'ice-cream cone' heel and a scale length of 24 5/8 inches. The nut width is 1 3/4 inches and the 'D' neck profile is nice and thin with 0.78 inches at the first fret, 0.80 at the third fret and 0.85 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, silver tuner mechanism cover with eleven screws (four missing). Ebony fretboard with nineteen original? thin frets and neck joint at twelfth fret. Original? metal saddle on 'Moustache' shaped ebony tailpiece with inlaid abalone circles at each end. Six ivory pins (some not original) with inlaid abalone circles.
There are four cracks on the top, which have now been repaired and are perfectly stable. The action at the twelfth fret is a little high at 3/16 inch. There is some playing wear on the top but overall this nearly two hundred year old guitar is in truly amazing condition. Housed in a modern five-latch, shaped black hardshell case with burgundy plush lining (9.25). (#1663)
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