HOWWWWDY PARD-TNER! 🤠🤠🤠
For sale is an American made Round Up Parlor Guitar from around the 1940s-1950s given the over all look at the guitar and the research I have done. I suspect it was made by Harmony in Chicago. It is very much in the same vain as the infamous “Gene Autry” stencil guitars.
The “Cowboy” finish is SO COOL! Imagine you are a 12 year old boy in 1957 and you come down to see that under the Christmas tree. An absolutely beautiful piece of Americana.
It was in pretty rough shape when I got it, but after several glue sessions, I was able to get it playable again. (Note to mention some glue jobs that weren’t mine, see the bridge.) The finish has a patina to die for, that “well loved but not beat to hell” look. You can also see the cracks I sealed, but everything is structurally sound. (See pics for full details!)
Plays surprisingly well. Action is a bit higher than modern guitars, but is not unplayable by any stretch of the imagination. I was impressed.
As I was telling a friend of the business, this guitar plays and sounds great, but it is older a lot more delicate than some, so I would not recommend this guitar as a “go anywhere” or “daily driver” type deal. I would display this one somewhere in the house, and rarely take it out of said house. Additionally, loosening the strings during long periods of non-use would be advisable as well.
Would make a great vintage addition to any collection. Truly a one of the cooler stencil guitars I have ever seen. Truly a beautiful guitar! Comes with a vintage chipboard case. I pack all my guitars tight, and insure every package for the full purchase amount.
As always, I cleaned it up, polished the finish, oiled the board, changed the strings and set the action as low as I could. As with all pre-1980 acoustic guitars that do not have adjustable truss rods, this guitar is excluded from my returns policy. (See my shop policies.)
This guitar is proudly strung with Stringjoy Custom Guitar Strings, made right here in Nashville, TN.
Note: Restring with super light gauge strings! I like the .10-.50, and I order mine from a company right here in Nashville called Stringjoy. These old girls were not meant to handle large amounts of string tension, so getting light gauge strings on your first string change is CRUCIAL.
Got questions? Shoot me a message, I love nerding out with other gearheads!
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