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Romantic 10-string guitar, no label, branded ‘Sonora’

Posted By Hideki Yamaya, Thursday, September 1, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-7B84uNKyc

An instrument that has almost no collector value, as it has been extensively restored (by San Francisco luthier Mel Wong) and has no label.  Its value is in the playability and sound.  Played in numerous concerts and recordings.  It has a new fingerboard and modern frets, but everything else is original, including the tuners (except those on the treble side for strings 1-3, which have been replaced by those of the same era at some point), which still work perfectly. Most of the restoration work was in straightening the warped neck and replacing the fingerboard to make it playable again.  65cm scale.

Good clarity with a lot of resonance and rich bass.  Very easy to play.  Comes with a converted hardshell 12-string guitar case.  I’ll throw in a spare set of La Bella 10-string set.  It could be heard here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-7B84uNKyc

Asking US $2500 plus shipping.  The instrument is located in Portland, Oregon, USA.

hidekiyamaya at yahoo dot com

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Anonymous Romantic terz guitar

Posted By Hideki Yamaya, Thursday, September 1, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdGOuqPSv6k

Romantic terz guitar, no label, probably mid-19th c. Germany or Austria


An instrument that has almost no collector value, as it has been extensively restored (by San Francisco luthier Mel Wong) and has no label.  Its value is in the playability and sound.  It has a new neck, fingerboard, headstock, and modern frets, but everything else is original, including the tuners, which still work perfectly.  The neck was swapped out because the original one was just too small, playable only by those with the tiniest of fingertips.  It was replaced by a neck with 45mm width at the nut, which is a lot more manageable.  The neck was ebonized in the original, which I opted not to have done on the replacement.  It also had a pretty sizeable crack on the side which has been repaired beautifully.  568mm scale.

Crystal clear highs and good mid-range body.  Extremely easy to play.  Comes with a hardshell SKB baby Taylor case which fits perfectly.  It could be heard here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdGOuqPSv6k

Asking US $2300 plus shipping.  The instrument is located in Portland, Oregon, USA.

hidekiyamaya at yahoo dot com

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Tags:  early romantic guitar  terz 

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