THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN "PACIFIC TIDES" (Also note the picture of his wife Concepcion playing a rare solid neck style 3 and what appears to be a spruce top style 2 to the right)

(Special thanks to Volkan Bölükbasi for sending it and especially to Tony Francis, George T. Noe and David Ogden for the article and pix exposing this wonderful piece).

Hermann Weissenborn spent the early 20th century making some very excellent hollow neck guitars and Hawaiian ukuleles in his workshop in Los Angeles after emigrating from Germany to New York in 1902, and he would have probably been astonished to know that almost a hundred years later collectors would pay a premium for his Hawaiian style guitars.

I know this because I googled his name last night, after stumbling over a solitary, unique slide in a collection of architectural photos of the Bay Area.

The slide is labeled in neat, very small handwriting: “Mr. Hermann Weissenborn, his daughter Meta and Mr. Albert and grandsons Edwin and Robert and me Thelma. Visiting us at 311 East 25th Street New York from L.A. California.”

Now judging from the clothes these people wear, this looks like a shot taken before the Second World War, maybe around 1930. The guitar maker Mr Weissenborn died in 1936, so that would fit. And how many Hermann Weissenborns could there possibly have been in Los Angeles at that time?

So I was already convinced just from my first Google hits that this must be the same man, but then I found this: In some of his guitars, Hermann Weissenborn used a label with his photo. I found a very low-quality scan of the label on, and if you ask me, this is a younger picture of the same old gentleman above:


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