6.5. VTG PRE-ORDERED - RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - P.M.I.CO. NEW YORK, "COLLEGIATE" 1930S LAUREL-LEAF DECO ALL SOLID BIRCH LADDER BRACED - VTG1330.
25" Scale, All Original, Ladder Braced, Floating, Fretwire Saddle Bridge/Tailpiece, Great Condition Sound & Play - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration, and now pre-ordered!
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Intro
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Preliminary Listing....photos show this guitar, prior to restoration.

Update - 06/06/2020 - Pre-ordered for a customer Derbyshire.
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...not known whether Laurel Leaf design soundhole ring is associated with the 1936 Berlin Olympics, as similar design on some Harmony guitars are thought to be. All Solid Birch, Ladder Braced construction, with slotted headstock.

Note: the link between the Oscar Schmidt Company & P.M.I.Co. of New York "Collegiate" guitars is well known, but I don't believe they were all OS-made & need to do further research on mine....see following missive on '30s USA guitar-making!

These "Depression Era" & earlier guitars are always interesting....the old saying about 1930s USA guitars production, in Chicago & other centres...."Many makers, large & small, all making similar guitars, using similar materials & often the same parts, sometimes making guitars for each other, all making guitars for numerous distributors, usually using distributors own brand names....and nobody was taking notes!"

I am now finding that I "pre-sell" the majority of my guitars, certainly the vintage restoration Stellas and other guitars from the same era. Hence many, but not all of the guitars I have in stock are now listed on the website, in advance of restoration, or the stage where I am still working on them. This "Pre-Order" arrangement has now worked well for a good number of years....buyers reserving guitars coming through the workshop, in advance of them being fully ready, without any formal or binding commitment, and I welcome, and thankfully receive a steady stream of enquiries.
Description
Stock Number: VTG1330.

The maker identification may or may not become clearer when we take the back off the guitar in order to properly re-glue it, but what can be said is that it is an All Solid Birch, ladder braced parlor acoustic from the 1930s, with great period character, great condition, with more standard scale length of 25", rather than the 24.25" scale being used at that time by Harmony on it's '30s parlors, and continued with the Stella models post-1940. If not built by OS, my guess could be Regal?

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**** DIMENSIONS ****
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13.25"/33.7cm. wide Lower Bout, 9.875"/25.1cm. Upper Bout, 3.25"/8.2cm. Body Depth at front, 3.5"/8.9cm. rear, and nut width is 1.75"/44.5mm., scale length approx. 635mm. or 25".
Condition
Brief restoration work schedule to include:

Full details to be added following re-assessment of the guitar jointly with luthier at next opportunity.....but meantime assessment will include the question of whether neck joint requires re-setting or stabilization, re-fixing/gluing back body panel, re-leveling, re-colouring & re-fretting fingerboard, re-fitting original nut, or purpose-making new replacement nut in either Bone or Ebony, set-up & fitting new strings to choice.
Action, strings & cases
The 12th. fret action is currently around 3.5mm./4mm., so although I don't believe in setting the action on these guitars too low, I certainly expect that after the restoration work outlined above, the action will be in the region of 2.5mm./3mm. at the 12th. fret, which should be good for combined fretted and bottleneck playing, with just a little more string height than usual at the 1st. fret, aiding Bottleneck play, whilst the shorter scale makes fretting easier.

The decision on what type of strings are fitted when work is completed, is for the customer, but my default initial choice is usually Martin Bronze Light 12-54 gauge.

There is what may be the case included with the guitar (certainly same as case in embedded demo below), but if required I may be able to supply the guitar with a suitable Hiscox Liteflite or PRO-11 case for better travel protection.
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Good selection of demos of '30s Collegiate P.M.I.Co. parlor guitars, several claiming Oscar Schmidt manufacture, which as I indicate above is open to question, but the one I have to embed here is exactly the same "Laurel Leaf" deco model as this one, the clip entitled "PMICO COLLEGIATE PARLOR GUITAR" by john cannavo, with some useful demo play once past the intro.

That has to be followed as Additional Link #1 by one of my favourite resources, Jake Wildwood "Country Guitar Doctor"....one of the Collegiates attributed to OS, and with the difference of a fixed bridge, but Jake's demos are always worth checking.

For some slide, Additional Link #2, although guitar design not clear & finish may have been stripped.

Another couple of brief blues clips worth checking are "Oscar Schmidt PMICO Collegiate guitar" by guitarded71 ....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jTg10ktCLo
and "Finger Style Delta Blues Oscar Schmit P'MICO Collegiate Stella Parlour Guitar" by Marc Guitar .....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLblg6LyOik
Video
Useful links
1930s Oscar Schmidt-made Collegiate parlor guitar by Jake Wildwood
JetSlide on Collegiate Parlor Guitar (Pre-War) - P'Mico of New York - Rich Goyette
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