Description

19th century European harp guitar project

This European harp guitar (likely German or Austrian) is likely c. 1900, plus/minus 10 years. There is no maker's/manufacturer's marking on the guitar that I can find. Inside the body there is what appears to be a very old ink stamp from what I'm assuming was a retail music store that reads " H. Lichtenwanger Music Store New York" with a street address that is unreadable. It bears strong resemblance in some design aspects to a labeled Mostboeck (Austrian) harp guitar that I was able to find online, so it could have been made by the same maker, but that is entirely speculative. The body is rather large, measuring 16 3/4" across the lower bout, though the body is only 3 1/4" deep at its deepest point. There are 6 standard guitar strings and 9 bass strings. The back and sides are maple, the top is solid spruce. The necks are ebonized, difficult to determine what type of wood they are made of. The fret boards are ebony, the bridge (a replacement) is some kind of rosewood. There is a metal rod that runs through the body from the tail block to the neck block with a nut that threads on to the end of the rod at the heel of the neck, this appears to be original and part of a floating or pivoting neck joint of some kind. The Mostboeck harp guitar that I mentioned earlier also has this feature, as do other European harp guitars of this era. The guitar has had some repairs to the body in the past and will require significant work in order to be playable again. The work that I can see that has been done previously is as follows: multiple top cracks below the bridge repaired, seams between the back and sides glued, back braces reglued, bridge replaced. The replaced bridge appears to be the only non-original part on the guitar. The guitar is currently not in playable condition and as previously referenced, will need significant restoration/repair in order to be playable. The work that I can see that will need to be done includes the following: There are several back cracks (4, several inches in length each) that should be glued and cleated along with the center seam with is partially open and in need of regluing. Most of the old repaired cracks in the top are solid and closed, but there are a few that need to be reglued and two or three that have never been fixed and should be. The bridge is lifting and should be reglued. If I were doing the work, I'd likely make an ebony replacement, as the original was likely ebony. The neck(s) are loose, and the angle needs to be corrected to make the guitar playable so the necks will need to be taken off and reset. The 6 string neck shows slight relief, so that may require intervention as well, though it is impossible to tell at the moment as the guitar is not under tension. There is one hairline crack in the heel of the 6 string neck that looks very old and may have been repaired in the past (see pic), but assume it will need repair. Seems very solid. There are two of the original friction tuning pegs missing and one original bridge pin missing. There is no case, but the item will be packed securely (double boxed) for shipping. Due to condition it is offered AS IS with no approval period/returns accepted, so please ask any and all questions before you buy. As I mentioned earlier in the description, the guitar will require significant restoration in order to be playable. I guarantee it to be as described but will accept a return only under condition that the item is demonstrably different than described and pictured in this listing.

Kovacik Guitars and Fretted Instrument Repair

Kovacik Guitars and Fretted Instrument Repair

~1900
Unknown European
Brand New
17 Years
$1,325
Kovacik Guitars and Fretted Instrument Repair
Steven Kovacik
Scotia, NY
9:03 PM
By appointment

Money order, personal check (must clear before item ships), cashier check, wire transfer, Paypal.

I generally ship by UPS and will ship an item within 48 hours (usually the next day) of having received or cleared payment. Exact shipping costs will be added to the total for the buyer once the buyer has provided a shipping address. I insure everything for fulll purchase price.

Items are sold with a 48 hour approval period unless clearly marked "AS IS" in the listing. AS IS items are not returnable. If an item is going to be returned it is at the buyer's expense and the item must be shipped within 24 hours of the buyer notifying Kovacik Guitars of intent to return. Any returned items must be shipped in the original packaging and MUST be fully insured when returned. Once an item is returned to Kovacik Guitars and judged to be in the same condition as when originally sold a full refund will be issued.