This is a vintage (circa) 1930 Stella A1166 Grand Concert acoustic guitar in 100% all original condition. Produced by Oscar Schmidt in Jersey City, New Jersey, this super clean example was damaged several years ago in shipping. The high gloss Ebony finish is near perfect, and the guitar was a conservative 9/10 prior to being damaged. The cracks are isolated to the back of the body only, but are considerable in length. This pressure also loosened several braces, so this guitar will need to be restored and repaired. However, it represents a really great and lucrative project when complete, and a beautiful wall-hanger in the meantime.
This guitar is just under 15″ wide with a long 26 3/8″ scale neck. The back and sides appear to be solid maple, while the top is spruce. The mahogany neck features a fairly sharp “V” profile and the fingerboard is engraved pearloid. An impressed and painted-in “Stella” logo adorns the slotted headstock. Overall length is 40 1/2 in. (102.9 cm.), 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 26 3/8 in. (670 mm.). Width of nut is 1 7/8 in. (48 mm.).
Everything appears to be original. The guitar still retains all (6) of the original bridge pins, original tuning machines, and even the original strap pin. Of course the ebony finish is original as is the pearloid pick guard. As is the case with most, the original label within is no longer present.
The guitar would have rather high action if strung and tuned to pitch, so it may be in order to perform a neck reset should the next owner want to have it perform perfectly.