Romantic terz guitar, no label, probably mid-19th c. Germany or Austria
An instrument that has almost no collector value, as it has been extensively restored (by San Francisco luthier Mel Wong) and has no label. Its value is in the playability and sound. It has a new neck, fingerboard, headstock, and modern frets, but everything else is original, including the tuners, which still work perfectly. The neck was swapped out because the original one was just too small, playable only by those with the tiniest of fingertips. It was replaced by a neck with 45mm width at the nut, which is a lot more manageable. The neck was ebonized in the original, which I opted not to have done on the replacement. It also had a pretty sizeable crack on the side which has been repaired beautifully. 568mm scale.
Crystal clear highs and good mid-range body. Extremely easy to play. Comes with a hardshell SKB baby Taylor case which fits perfectly. It could be heard here:
Asking US $2300 plus shipping. The instrument is located in Portland, Oregon, USA.
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