This is a vintage 1920s Paul F. Summers Waikiki acoustic steel guitar. Made by Nunes for the aforementioned distributor, this immaculate example is perhaps the nicest in existence. Incredibly, it is perfectly preserved, with no breaks, no cracks, no repairs and no issues. It does not display any playing wear whatsoever, and is entirely 100% original. With an original round neck profile, this X-braced acoustic is easily converted from it’s Hawaiian slide guitar configuration to a traditional acoustic. Extremely well-crafted, this is not your typical crudely executed Hawaiian ukulele from the same era.
This ’20s Paul F. Summers Waikiki steel string acoustic guitar features; a complete Koa wood body construction, a highly figured 2-piece Koa top, X-bracing, a round neck with fretted fingerboard, a slotted headstock with both the “Hawaii” decal on the front and the “Tabu” stamp on the back, complete original set of (6) bridge pins with dot Abalone inlays, original tall nut, a Koa bridge with a fret stock saddle and the original soft case!
With precise and well-balanced projection, this little Koa guitar sounds incredible. It has never been setup for traditional fretted playing, however, the neck is straight and the neck angle appears it may accommodate. The only setup requirement for converting, would be sinking the frets more evenly, as they aren’t as precise as they should for such an application.
Dimensions: 1 7/8″ nut width, 24 3/4″ scale length, 13″ lower bout, 9 1/2″ upper bout, body depth starts at 3 3/4″ and becomes 4 1/2″ at the bottom most point of the body, 2 1/2 lbs