Lyon & Healy | Aquilla | SN:13073 |
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- Model: Aquilla
- Top: Spruce
- Back and sides: Quilted Maple
- Neck: Mahogany
- Lower bout: Approx 1″
- Purfling: Marquetry
- Nut width: 1 7/8”
- Twelfth fret width:2 5/16”
This is an example of a prewar Lyon and Healy built Aquilla guitar with the Spruce/Maple tonewoods and fancy purfling. The maple has some nice figure and although these are often thought of as cheaper guitars with ladder bracing, they can sound great for blues and ragtime!
The prior owner Randy Cole has this to say about the guitar “I was quite shocked when I strung this up and tried it. It’s a ladder braced instrument, and I wasn’t expecting an exceptional voice. This guitar, however, does have an EXCEPTIONAL voice.
I guarantee satisfaction on both the tone, and the imminent playability of this beautiful instrument. I have always been a fan of Brazilian rosewood on old parlors, and I currently am going through an expensive restoration on an 1898 Martin 1-21, which I plan to keep.
This maple instrument, however, is just wonderful. Open, dry, woody, and extremely sensitive, I understand why violins and cellos are made from such wood, not to mention classic American jazz guitars like the Gibson L-5 and Super 400, and D’Angelico New Yorker.
The guitar is extremely light, which I’m sure adds to the tone. This may actually be made of European maple, as the grain is a bit wide, and the wood seems to be less dense than eastern sugar maple native to North America. I’m not sure. At any rate, back and sides are solid wood, and will take your breath away.
A similar guitar branded Aquilla recently sold on eBay for $4100. My expectation for this example is somewhat less, as it shows some signs of restoration. The top has been very nicely restored – a number of cracks have been properly spliced below the bridge. The back does have one cleated repair in the maple, which is shown in the photos.
The top of the guitar is slightly bowed inwards at the lower bout. Neck has been re-set, and the work is sound, although not perfectly clean. Please note that the heel is not cracked, rather indented from a very amateur ‘U’ shaped reinforcement.”
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