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❌SOLD❌ Edward Light English Guitar Pre-Romantic Era Black, 1790s

❌SOLD❌ Edward Light English Guitar Pre-Romantic Era Black, 1790s

From time to time unusual instruments arrive here, like this English Guitar from the Pre-Romantic Era, likely built by Edward Light as a transition instrument in England around 1790. The term ‘English Guitar’ usually refers to an instrument like a cittern, but that instrument usually has four or five double courses. That closest instrument in modern use is the Irish Bouzouki. This interesting example also has a rounded back, similar to a Lute, but here the back is a section of a truncated cone, likely built by bending two larger piece of wood for the sides, joined to one flat centerpiece.

Vintage
Price: $1,499.99 CAD

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Deering Goodtime Banjo Openback

Deering Goodtime Banjo Openback

The Deering Goodtime banjo produces a vibrant ringing tone from its natural finished violin grade maple rim. At only 4 pounds, the weight makes it ideal for both children and adults to play and to travel with conveniently. The Deering Goodtime openback banjo is  warm, woody and full sounding – it’s a great sounding clawhammer banjo for advanced players.

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Price: $599.00 CAD
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Deering Goodtime Fretless and Scooped Openback Banjo

Deering Goodtime Fretless and Scooped Openback Banjo

The Deering Goodtime Fretless banjo is fitted with modern head, tuners and bridge, having none of the quirky setup and tuning issues of the 19th century banjos. For those players who want an authentic old time banjo sound and understand the idea of a fretless instrument, this one is for you.

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Price: $699.00 CAD
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❌ SOLD ❌ Williams and Son Echo Style 15 Open Back Banjo, 1895

❌ SOLD ❌ Williams and Son Echo Style 15 Open Back Banjo, 1895

Just in time for Canada Day, here’s an 1895  R S Williams and Son Echo Style 15 Open Back Banjo strung with nylon, built in Oshawa, Ontario.  To the Depression era, R S Williams was a prominent manufacturer of instruments, including pianos, guitars, banjos, mandolins and violins.

Vintage
Price: $669.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Gennaro Fabricatore Romantic Era Guitar, 1830

❌SOLD❌ Gennaro Fabricatore Romantic Era Guitar, 1830

Here is a wonderful 1830 Gennaro Fabricatore Romantic Era Guitar. There seems little doubt that the first modern 6 string guitars had their genesis in Naples in the 1790s, in the workshops of Giovanni Battista Fabricatore. Clearly Gennaro Fabricatore I and II were influenced by Giovanni. Innovations were a common occurrence in the Neapolitan hotbed of guitar and mandolin builders and Gennaro Fabricator soon gave their guitars a unique appearance and gained respect throughout Europe.

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1838 Louis Panormo Guitar SOLD

1838 Louis Panormo Guitar  SOLD

Louis Panormo was the most successful of all nineteenth-century London guitar makers. His clients included Trinidad Huerta Madame Pratten and probably Fernando Sor. He built guitars from 1822 to around 1855 when his nephew took over the business. This 1838 Louis Panormo Guitar is an excellent example of the work of the era.

This particular 1838 Louis Panormo guitar was Panormo’s top regular model, with brazilian rosewood back and sides and a mother of pearl rosette. It was made in the Spanish style with seven fan braces (yes before Torres).

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Price: $8,450.00 CAD

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