#1
Hello! Today at an estate sale I found this neat looking old (maybe 30s, 40s?) unbranded, no markings on it at all, acoustic guitar. It had some water damage on the back, so I offered $10 USD and they took it.
My question is, what brand is it? I have a closeup of the front and back of the headstock because I know that is helpful in ID'ing guitars.

Thanks a lot!







#4
I was asked to show photos of the inside of the guitar Here they are with captions built into the photos themselves to help orient the viewer.





#5
Dreadnought does have a point. Some of those shots show some pretty rustic craftsmanship.

The top to side reinforcements, (I forget the proper name for them), look like they were kerfed with a dull hacksaw blade. Of course today, those are all pre-cut on CnC machines. Much nicer.

Then too, it couldn't be said for certain that any of the markings through the sound hole, could specifically be tied to a label have been there.

To the upside, the wood looks like mahogany through and through. It's possible that it's solid wood. Just for laughs I'd throw a set of repro "vintage open tuiners", and a set of strings on it, then see what happens. Oh hell, at this point you could even tune it up with a set of pliers.

This is a tough call.
Last edited by Captaincranky at Jul 9, 2016,
#6
The guitar strap "holder" has a pin that comes out on the back, so here a photo of the back and a closeup of the water damage. It is pretty bad on the bottom.
Don't worry, I work sales at a guitar shop and I can use their workbench and workmen on my break times for free to repair and remove the top and bottom. Also, I can put new buttons on the tuners for the cost of the buttons (which are very cheap)



#7
Unfortunately, in that shot, it does look like the guitar is all laminate. Although, "for better of worse", might be a gentler way of putting that.
#9
Quote by Tony Done
...[ ]...Look at the grain in the top in the very first pic, bass side next to the tailpiece. It looks like ordinary plywood-style veneer, where it is sliced off a revolving cylinder, rather than the faux-quartersawn type usually seen in laminate tops.
Maybe we should copy these images over to the Martin thread to illustrate the virtues of "fine hand craftsmanship".
#11
Quote by Tony Done
Captaincranky

What a brilliant idea. You do it, I feel a headache coming on.
Maybe it would be better if we asked Dave to do it....
Last edited by Captaincranky at Jul 10, 2016,
#12
Captaincranky

Yeah, he could do a much better job of it than either of us.

This is a good time to point out that while this guitar shows every sign of being a chain store cheapo, that isn't any reason to dismiss it out-of-hand. Given the present interest in CBGs, I can see potential for something like that.