Weymann Flat-Top F-Hole Deluxe Acoustic Guitar (1928)
Weymann Flat-Top F-Hole Deluxe Model Acoustic Guitar (1928), made in Philadelphia, PA, natural varnish finish, curly maple back, sides and neck; spruce top, ebony fretboard, original black soft shell case. Item # 4278
This Weymann flat top is one of the fanciest and most unusual 1920's guitars we have ever encountered, visually and sonically a most unique instrument. It is superbly made, with elegant touches everywhere-quite the most deluxe Weymann guitar we have ever encountered. The back and sides are outrageous fiddleback maple, with an extra bound and raised rim on the sides, front and back, as seen on the Philadelphia company's high-end Mandolutes.
The neck is also tightly grained laminated flame maple, with a heavy bound ebony fingerboard inlaid with a pearl tree-of-life pattern. The banjo-style headstock is elaborately inlaid with a pearl floral pattern and carries 6 recessed Weymann banjo tuners with pearl buttons. The top design is most unusual, with F-holes in the waist area, a moveable bridge and a heavy brass tailpiece. The edges are bound with half-herringbone and multiple layers of celluloid. The sound is unexpectedly deep and rich, with good definition and plenty of sustain.
Overall length is 38 in. (96.5 cm.), 13 7/8 in. (35.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 in. (10.2 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.). This instrument has had a lot of use and repair over the years but remains substantially original. These are many scrapes and dings to the finish, but no large areas of loss or heavy overspray. The back has been French polished, and the back of the neck is well worn. The area around the bridge has aome marring from an old glued-down bridge. A number of repaired top cracks, none of major import. All of the tuners are Weymann originals from the 1920's, but two are not fully gold plated indicating they were replaced long ago. Someone obviously played this most unusual creation quite a bit; it remains a very playable guitar utterly distinctive in sound and style! Overall Very Good + Condition.
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