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Unidentified Parlor Guitar
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:15:02 PM »
Hi Just wondering if anyone can help me identify a parlor guitar my sisters & I inherited from our Dad.  We have had mixed information given to us by a few different people.  I really don't know what I am doing on this forum, just trying to get some info.
The guitar is very old like 1900s but has NO serial number or makers mark. Just an A & C engraved in the headstock.  I cannot find how to post a picture yet.

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Re: Unidentified Parlor Guitar
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2014, 08:26:26 PM »
Tom posted a very helpful tutorial on how to get photos into the posts, hope the link works!!

http://forums.washburn.com/index.php/topic,21807.0.html

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Re: Unidentified Parlor Guitar
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2014, 05:02:32 PM »
I am really sorry for the repeated pictures in the slideshow! I uploaded apparently tooooo many times.  I am totally out of my league on this posting forum stuff. :)

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Re: Unidentified Parlor Guitar
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2014, 05:24:39 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  Let's make this a bit easier.





 

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Re: Unidentified Parlor Guitar
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2014, 07:04:42 PM »
Oh, my....that's a GORGEOUS piece!

Look at that fingerboard....is it all MOP???

More photos, please!

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Re: Unidentified Parlor Guitar
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2014, 07:29:24 PM »
That fret board and binding look like a million bucks.  :)  Tom.  :)

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Re: Unidentified Parlor Guitar
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2014, 06:08:59 AM »
and a few more.







 

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Re: Unidentified Parlor Guitar
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2014, 09:42:31 AM »
Well sorry I can't say for sure but it really looks closer to the Larson line of guitars ( maybe and its a big maybe ) I can say that you are in the 1905-1915 era. Nice looking instrument and I would try emailing the pictures to George Gruhn to see what he thinks which maker it might be.
In this case there are not enough clues for most folks to try and put their fingers on it right now and the Ac in the headstock makes it even harder that's going to be your best resource at the moment.  ship

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Re: Unidentified Parlor Guitar
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2014, 11:03:18 AM »
I attached a photobucket slideshow earlier.  This guitar was featured in a Larson book but has since been, how do I say recanted as being a Larson.  We have an appraisal as a Larson but took it to another very reputable shop for consignment here in MI but at first they said Larson & now they say no.  My father did research before his death & thought it to be Larson of the 1900s even maybe the A for August & the C for Carl since they did not put their name on guitars but some of the other companies like Maurer etc... anyway I know this is for Washburns & some people have said it may be a Washburn but I figured I would just ask.  Thanks

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Re: Unidentified Parlor Guitar
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2014, 11:58:55 AM »
That's the most beautiful parlor guitar I've ever seen in my entire life... good god if I was a rich man I'd offer a pretty penny for that slice of art.

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Re: Unidentified Parlor Guitar
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2014, 12:02:13 PM »
It does have very similar features to Larsons but I couldn't find any with MOP like that. I can understand why they would believe it was part of the family but to the best of my knowledge they never had their initials carved into the headstock. But please do check in with George he is very knowledgeable  when it comes to old parlors and he can give you some other idea's in which to pursue and also a insurance value.
I thought about the other guitars Larsons made like Muaers and such but they didn't look right in terms of builds I will include a link to other Larsons. http://www.larsonbrothersguitars.com/guitarpics.html
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Re: Unidentified Parlor Guitar
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2014, 12:12:28 PM »
Might not be much help, but I showed this to a friend and he was thinking A. C. Fairbanks Company....

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Re: Unidentified Parlor Guitar
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2014, 12:42:45 PM »
thanks to all of you so far!  I am trying not to break any rules about namimg names or quoting people but as far as the Larson Bros this guitar was featured as I was told by the author in his 2007 book referencing a very similar Bruno mandolin BUT since the shop we took it to in effort to sell it said they do not believe it to be Larson the author of the book said He made a mistake but he did not tell me on what basis. I will check out AC Fairbanks thank you all so much

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Re: Unidentified Parlor Guitar
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2014, 01:22:30 PM »
A C Faribanks worked with Larson, Lyon+Healy/Washburn so it's possible. ;)
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