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Francois Tachet Mirecourt School Guitar, 1830s

Francois Tachet Mirecourt School Guitar, 1830s

Here’s something special, a lovely Romantic Era guitar built by Francois Tachet in Mirecourt, northeastern France, during the 1830s or early 1840s.   Mirecourt has long been known for making musical instruments and lace;  instruments from the area are often referred to as from the Mirecourt School.  Louis Panormo was a  contemporary, working in London.  This Francois Tachet romantic guitar –  at approximately 185 years old – is in good working order,  and has had some expected service over the decades. 

Vintage
Price: $6,250.00 CAD
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Maurer 551 by Larson Brothers. Steel String Guitar, late 1920s

Maurer 551 by Larson Brothers. Steel String Guitar, late 1920s

This Larson Brothers Maurer 551 dates to the late 1920s and uses an Auditorium sized body, 15 inches wide. As was often the case in the period, there is no serial number and records are scarce, so it is difficult to date exactly. The top is Spruce, the back and sides are Brazilian Rosewood, with a number of old repairs to both. The neck is mahogany, with Ebony used for the fingerboard and bridge. The scale length is a modern 25.6 inches, and the nut width a fairly wide 1.9 inches. The finish base is original but there are a number of touchups and some overspray.

Vintage
Price: $6,500.00 CAD
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Roosebeck 5 Course Baroque Guitar, Lacewood

Roosebeck 5 Course Baroque Guitar, Lacewood

The Roosebeck 5-course Baroque guitar is based on historic instruments, and is built using materials not covered by CITES export restrictions. The top is Spruce, the body and neck are a combination of light-coloured Lacewood and darker Sheesham. Lacewood is a term used for a variety of woods but often Roupala Brasiliensis, while Sheesham is Dalbergia Sissoo, also known as North Indian Rosewood.  On some versions of this instrument, Mid-East has used Walnut in place of Sheesham. 

New
Price: $1,289.00 CAD
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Frank Gay 8 Course Renaissance Style Lute, 1971

Frank Gay 8 Course Renaissance Style Lute, 1971

This Frank Gay 8-Course Renaissance Style lute was built at the Gay Guitars shop in Edmonton, Alberta during 1971. Frank Gay was a prominent player and teacher in Edmonton, and clearly also a highly skilled luthier. His guitars were used by many top level Country artists, including Johnny Cash, Webb Pierce, Faron Young and Hank Snow.

Vintage
Price: $1,750.00 CAD
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