Transverse Ladder Top Bracing, V-Neck, Open Headstock, Professional Restoration, Great Condition & Sound - In Course of Restoration & Available for "pre-order".

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.

Another "Little Gem".....lovely Historic looks, Rope Binding, back centre-stripe, V-neck, Transverse Ladder Bracing, characteristic of L&H guitars.
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.......

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.
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.


I have a stock of guitars which is added to regularly, but some tend to take a little time to find their way through my workshop, so if you do not see what you are looking for on my website currently, please enquire - who knows, I may have just what you are looking for!

**** YOUTUBE ****

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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You are welcome to come and try out the guitars available, and of course to collect your guitar. Alternatively I may be able to deliver in person, within reasonable distance, at cost. Otherwise, I will pack securely and post as per arrangements made with you.

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In addition to hundreds of UK sales, during the last few years, I have sold and had safely delivered many guitars to buyers in EU Countries, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, and also to Switzerland and Norway. I am always happy to advise potential buyers from throughout Europe with regard to postage arrangements and delivery costs.


Bluesman's Vintage Harmony & Stella Guitar Collection.

I have a copy of the February 2011 Issue of "Guitar & Bass" Magazine, which includes an article entitled "Harmony Central", in which Ian Siegal discusses his adored collection of Vintage '60s Harmony and Stella Guitars!

In addition to this and the testimonials on the Home Page, to see the hundreds of complimentary feedback comments kindly left for me by eBay buyers, please check out my eBay ID "vintagetraditionalguitars", and eBay Shop "Vintage and Traditional Guitars".
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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