Whats your oldest acoustic?

slug_maine

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Here's the mandolin. It is going to require some BCR Greg level of help. It was my grandfather's.







ETA: I have the bridge and the nut and the pickguard, even the old strings.
That's in pretty good shape. I know you don't want to sell it but you ever had it appraised?
 

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That's in pretty good shape. I know you don't want to sell it but you ever had it appraised?
I haven't. I have looked at prices enough to know even a perfect one isn't going to let me retire early, nor even trade for a 50's Goldtop with issues. I would just like to make it playable and stable again, leaving as much original as possible.
 

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1991 Sigma (by Martin) cutaway. It doesn't have a deep lower bout but awesomely even lows-mids-highs and perfect resonance.
 

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72 Guild D40. My first and oldest acoustic. Bought her new just after I got out of the Navy.

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80 Sigma MIJ D10 Anniversary. I got this one back in the early 80's in a trade for an old stand up piano. It's the best sounding acoustic I've ever owned.

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I've had the fortune to own several near museum pieces, notably a 1915 Lyon & Healy parlor guitar and a 1938 Epiphone Triumph. The oldest in my collection is a wonderful 1955 Guild F-30. It's between a OO and OOO Martin size body. Pix to follow......
 
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Apologies folks for my previous post (an electric in an acoustic thread).
I was asleep at the stick.
 

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My 1920's Stella by Oscar Schmidt. Bought it from an antique for $40.00. It's in pretty bad shape and is a wall hanger. Has some sort of pearaloid mother of toilet seat fret board covering.
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My 1939 KG-14 Kalamazoo Hawaiian guitar. Bought this at an auction for $10.00. It is in bad shape as well. Had an estimate of $1,350 to get it playable again, if it was a family heirloom I would of had it done. It also hangs on the same wall as the Stella. It came with the original case too.

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1934 Martin 0-17. I'll add a pic later. :)

EDIT: I haven't taken any pics since getting it back from a neck reset, refret, reglued bracing, new nut, and new bridge/saddle. I'll remedy that in the next few days. :)

It plays and sounds amazing now!

Progress photos courtesy of Jason Burns. (@burnsbanjos on IG)

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EDIT 2: Cell phone wall shot with my '55 00-18G and '62 Country Western...

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Honorable mention to a certain '66 LG-0?
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Honorable mention to a certain '66 LG-0?
;)
Unfortunately, I had to send that one to a new home around here to make room for this one, but it would have been fourth (third honorable mention) by age. :)
 

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It really had a great sound. I considered offering you first right of refusal, but it had been so little time, that it almost seemed silly.

For old times sake...

Ahh yes..sounds just as sweet.

It was just passing thru for me..hope it's new owner loves it!
 

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What a great thread! :D

That L1 is amazing looking! What is the tailpiece made out of? It uses pins to secure the strings ... wow.
 

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What a great thread! :D

That L1 is amazing looking! What is the tailpiece made out of? It uses pins to secure the strings ... wow.
Thanks! The tailpiece is made out of celluloid and the pins are big thick pins made of ebony, like the fretboard. The pickguard was also made of celluloid, but it’s long gone.
 
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