This is a vintage mid-late 1920s Hermann C. Weissenborn Style 1 Hawaiian lap steel acoustic guitar. Crafted using atypically highly exotic figured Koa wood, this immaculately preserved example includes the original soft case which is in comparably excellent condition, as well as, what are believed to be the original flat wound strings! Since this instrument does not feature a “H. Weissenborn Los Angeles, Cal.” stamp on the inside back stripe, it is presumed it had a paper label within: this would suggest it being from his earlier production period. With approximately 5,000 instruments ever made, many of which probably no longer survive, it is extremely difficult to find a Weissenborn is such incredibly well-preserved cosmetic shape.
Exceedingly clean and unbelievably sheen, even the 3-on-a-side open-back plate tuning machines are shiny and like new! The bridge is perfectly intact, and the X-braced Koa top does not display even the slightest evidence of bellying nor lift. With a vibrant orange coloration, this example features an absolutely stunning finish color and grain filler over the abnormally figured Koa. It is simply one of the most attractive Weissenborn Style 1 models I have ever seen documented, as traditionally the colors are dark and more brown with less eventful Koa grain patterns. While there are several small inevitable drying cracks, it does not appear that there is any obvious playing wear. Rather, this instrument appears to have lived the entirety of it’s 90-year-life within it’s case!
All (6) bridge pins are original. Also, the end strap button is intact and original. Five of the tuning machine buttons are original, with one of them being an accurate replacement (though the original is still in the case, and is only split in half.)
Yes, of course this pristine Style 1 sounds exceptional. It is dry and resonant and the guitar truly sings. Even with the original strings, this guitar is absolutely incredible!