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1920s Weissenborn Style 1 Teardrop Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar Lapsteel

1920s Weissenborn Style 1 Teardrop Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar Lapsteel

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The Teardrop body shape is one of the rarest and most coveted Weissenborn models. Remarkably, this is the second one we’ve had in six months! It lives up to their reputation with a rich, sustaining tone. And it's in beautiful condition.

Hermann Weissenborn was a German born luthier who relocated to Los Angeles and tried to capitalize on the "Hawaiian Craze" of the late teens and early 1920s. During this brief heyday, his hollow-neck Koa lap steels set the bar for resonance and volume and were among the first guitars built specifically for slide playing.

Due to his popularity during the Golden Age of Hawaiian music, his instruments will always be closely tied to that sound. However, in modern times, renowned players David Lindley and Ben Harper put Weissenborns firmly on the list of must-own vintage guitars. 

Model: Teardrop 
Year of Build: Circa 1920s 
Тор: Koa 
Back and Sides: Koa 
Finish: Original 
Neck/Fingerboard: Koa 
Brace Pattern: X 
Tuners: Original 
Bridge: Original 
Electronics: N 
Scale Length: 24 7/8" 
Nut Width: 1.84" 
String Spacing at Saddle: 2.39"

This Style 1 Teardrop is in great shape. It has age appropriate light play wear marks and finish checking, which are to be expected after 100 years. Apparently, the bridge was re-glued to the top, but there aren't any cosmetic signs of that. Two small holes near the bridge which don't go through the top have been filled and are disguised very well. All parts appear to be original to the instrument, and it comes with its rare and well-fitting vintage purple lined case. This Style 1 Teardrop is rare, lovely, and sounds stunning!

Very Good Plus (VG+) to Excellent (E) Condition

You can also purchase a Calton Flight Case for it HERE!

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