1879 Stauffer style Romantic guitar by Stowasser – £999
NEW ARRIVAL Johann Georg Stauffer is regarded as one of the finest luthiers of the romantic period, and during the early 1800’s CF Martin was a student of his. This 1879 example by Adolf Stowasser is very much in the style of Stauffer, featuring a Spruce top with figured Walnut back and sides, Ebony fingerboard and moustache bridge, the famous Stauffer scroll headstock with six on a side tuners, and beautifully engraved silver plate on the rear. The multiple body bindings are a sign of real quality, and the Abalone inlays are beautiful. The length is 37 1/2”. The scale length is 24 1/4”. Upper bout 9 1/2”. Lower bout 13”. The nut 1 7/8”. The guitar’s in surprisingly good condition for it’s age, just two repaired top cracks – one either side of the bridge, and a repaired crack below the headstock’s silver plate. The action at the 12th fret is 4mm, which is a little high, but the guitar still feels easy to play with low tension strings. It works well for all type of fingerstyle, has a rich tone with loads of sustain, and is surprisingly versatile. When original Stauffer guitars sell for between £7000 – £8000, this represents a very affordable way to get such a historically interesting guitar. The guitar comes in a non original case.