#1
I bought this for about $100 from a flea market on impulse. I was drawn to the warm tone and unique head stock. I recently had it looked at by someone who was more verse in wood types and acoustics in general, and learned it was made of Brazilian Rosewood back in the 70's. Apparently they made it illegal to cut down Brazilian Rosewood trees.

I'm not very familiar with the Giannini brand, although I know they primarily made classical guitars and occasionally steel string. What made me scratch my head on this one is that it has the head stock of a classical guitar, but the bridge looks built for steel strings. I was able to research the brand, but only to an extent as the guitar model is quite old and I couldn't find anything quite like it.

Can anyone give insight or info on this guitar?







#3
It's a slot-head steel string parlour guitar. Nice.
Last edited by Garthman at Apr 19, 2017,
#4
Here's a picture of a contemporary steel string slot head by "Crafter":





Here is a link to the "CITES" treaty, which is mostly responsible for the illegality of gutting down tropical rosewood and mahogany:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CITES

Congrats on your new guitar. The fact that the brand sticker survived all these years, tells me it must have received excellent care for a good many of them.
Last edited by Captaincranky at Apr 19, 2017,
#5
The narrow rollers and pin bridge indicate that it it as steel string. Giannini seem to be popular throughout South America, and one of their famous models is the Craviola.

http://www.gianniniguitars.com/instrumento/steel%20craviola%EF%BF%BD%20/28/20/

I would be interested to see pics of the back. It might well be braz, but there are other hardwoods that look similar. In any event it was a good buy at $100 if it can be set up OK.
#6
Serial Number looks like  1 / 1 as in the way they format numbered limited art prints (36/1500)... but in this case it looks like "one of one".
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#7
Quote by Captaincranky
Here's a picture of a contemporary steel string slot head by "Crafter":





Here is a link to the "CITES" treaty, which is mostly responsible for the illegality of gutting down tropical rosewood and mahogany:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CITES

Congrats on your new guitar. The fact that the brand sticker survived all these years, tells me it must have received excellent care for a good many of them.

That looks like the Crafter TMC035. If so, one of the best value-for-money guitars on the market IMHO.