Weissenborn | Hawaiian Style 1 | 1920’s | 4 (our database)
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- Model: Weissenborn Style 1
- Year: 1920’s
- Top: Koa
- Back and sides: Koa
German born Hermann Weissenborn initially started in New York but moved to Los Angeles around 1910 and offered a more standardised, refined building philosophy than Chris Knutsen and his guitars featured mostly x braced koa tops and several different “styles” with increasing levels of ornamentation. His “Weissenborn” guitars have an entirely hollow neck and were designed for lapsteel playing exclusively. This is a great original example of the budget minded Style 1
The prior owner has this to say about this guitar “Cosmetically, this Style I Weissenborn Guitar is not pristine, however, it has the resonance, volume, and spirit that make it the gem that it is. This guitar is a PLAYER! There are cracks at a few locations, some more minor than others, as you should see in the pictures. It has been repaired by a Philadelphia luthier at one point due to damage. There is one piece of un-original wood on the lower back, rear, which has been left unfinished. I believe the rest of the guitar is in its’ original finish. There is some glue apparent at some joints (minor).“
Classic Instruments, Weissenborn Style#4, By: George Gruhn and Walter Carter, vintage guitar magazine, 3/13/2009
Christiaan Oyens, Weissenborn Knutsen the Hawaiian Steeel Guitar
Pictures kind courtesy of amorcat8
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