PAGE 5 - VTG RESTORATION - BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - LYON & HEALY "COLUMBUS" USA VINTAGE 1920S ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC GUITAR - VTG1052.
Transverse Ladder Top Bracing, V-Neck, Open Headstock, Professional Restoration, Great Condition & Sound - In Course of Restoration & Available for "pre-order".
£699
Intro
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Preliminary Announcement - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration & available to "pre-order"!

Photos are of the guitar, as it arrived, prior to repair/restoration.
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Another "Little Gem".....lovely Historic looks, Rope Binding, back centre-stripe, V-neck, Transverse Ladder Bracing, characteristic of L&H guitars.
Description
Stock Number: VTG1052.

There is no certainty to the age-estimation, and in fact similar guitars are often seen advertised with older age attributions....certainly if indeed it is correct to attribute the manufacture of the guitar to the Lyon & Healy/Washburn conglomeration, they were a major force in the Chicago Music/Manufacturing industry, certainly producing fretted stringed instruments from the 1880s onward.......
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyon_%26_Healy

Further description details to be added soon but, meantime, nut width is 46mm., or in Imperial measurement as used by the USA makers 1 & 13/16ths. inches., scale length approx. 615mm. or 24 & 1/4 inches.
Condition
The guitar appears to original, with just a couple of exceptions, being the fretwire saddle floating bridge it came with....no doubt basically the same type as the original, but appears to be a little used replacement, and the original rivet held rather than screw fixed cog tuners, which were worn & defective & have had to be replaced. These were reverse-mounted, and if it works well, I will follow suit & reverse-mount the replacement StewMac "Golden Age Restoration Tuners", already obtained & as shown in the photos....search on www.stewmac.com

Overall, in excellent structural and cosmetic condition for a c.90 year old guitar! Inevitably there are some small chips and scratches from normal wear on a vintage guitar, but really minimal for the age of the guitar. Possibly there may have been some thin over-finish applied to the body, but if so this is itself very old & may have contributed to the rather attractive finish crazing n the back, but apart from gentle cutting back & polishing to remove some minor surface imperfections, no cosmetic work is appropriate and the over-finish is subtle & not evident.

Prior to sale, work on the restoration will be completed in the workshop of the highly experience luthier I work with, under his supervision. This looks likely to include taking off the original fingerboard, which appears to have been reset before, possibly in conjunction with a neck reset, but has not been well re-glued & possibly shows signs of lifting. We will possible line the underside of the fingerboard with Hardwood veneer, aiding alignment and strength, prior to re-fixing, following which we would re-level & re-fret the fingerboard.

The original wooden nut is intact at present, but whether it will survive removal & re-fitting is not known, and if a replacement is necessary, we will individually purpose-make it in Ebony. A couple of fine crack in the bass-side lower bout will be glued and reinforced internally, and a slight displacement along the back centre-seam line will be checked, and any further work needed will be carried out.
Action, strings & cases
On completion of the neck reset/fingerboard re-alignment, and any other work found to be necessary, we will be looking to set the guitar up with an action of around 3mm. at the 12th. fret, which with just a tad more string height at the nut/first fret in order to aid bottleneck play, I reckon is ideal for a parlor or Stella "all-rounder", good for Bottleneck play, but with fretting aided by the shorter scale length and consequent lower string tension, therefore ideal for a mixture of finger-style and bottleneck play.

Additionally it could also be used for full-time slide with a nut riser costing no more than a few pounds. The sound is typically loud and pokey, just as a Stella should be - a great Bluesy voice! It has "That Sound" in spades - even, woody, bright, clear, ringing tone! Unless otherwise requested, it will be strung with Martin Bronze Light 12-54 strings, and really sounds tremendous - and loud!

There is no case with the guitar. I may be able to supply it with a specially fitted Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case. These cases of course do offer much better protection, but even the smallest case produced by Hiscox does require a couple of their extra internal pads fitting, in order to hold the small guitar correctly. I will be happy to advise whether I can marry the guitar to a suitable case, at the time of purchase, and if so agree with you an inclusive price for Guitar + Case.
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Delivery details
PLEASE SEE THE DETAILS ON UK & EUROPEAN DELIVERY OPTIONS, INTERNATIONAL SALES, FEEDBACK & TESTIMONIALS, OTHER GUITARS, PICKUP INSTALLATIONS, ETC. SECTIONS OF THE TWO "BOXES" AT THE HEAD OF PAGE 1.....HEADED "AVAILABLE GUITARS INVENTORY & ARCHIVE" AND "SALES & GENERAL ENQUIRIES".

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Check out the YouTube video I have embedded here, entitled "Lyon and Healy Columbus guitar" by "fbreen62", and also 2 more of his clips on the links I have added below to hear the great tone these guitars have! One is by top-flight American Guitarist James Ralston.....James specialises in restoring 1920s/1930s parlor guitars, and the other by "guitarded71", whose videos are always essential viewing/listening!
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Useful links
Additional YouTube clip - 1920's Lyon & Healy Parlor Guitar. Restored. by James Ralston
Additional YouTube clip - c. 1915 Lyon & Healy parlor guitar in standard tuning by guitarded71
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