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James Ashborn Parlor 1860's Historic, Rosewood

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Listed:7 months ago
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East Greenwich, RI, United States
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Make no mistake this is a project guitar not for the faint of heart. But it is a historical James Ashborn 1850's early 60's  Civil War era parlor guitar. His shop was in Torrington Conn. On Newfeild road. From 1848 to 1864 This guitar was found in Connecticut and has not been touched . It is as found.          James was a machinist which led him to mechanize many of the operations of the guitar building process even before Martin guitar did. He also made their tuning machines in house which was a big innovation. The ones on this guitar are original and they still turn easily. They were sold through William Hall and Son in New York city. You can do the research. Ok now for the issues. The neck block is broken free from the top. As a result the sides on the neck bout have separation cracks . The fretboard is very thin. Down to about 1/16" at the nut.  Looks like it was strung with steel strings which ultimately caused the neck collapse. There is a crack in the headstock. Looks like the original bridge which has 3 screws through it. Back and sides are rosewood laminated to spruce from what I've read. Please do your homework on this guitar as I am not an expert on it but there is online information. Please ask any questions you may have.

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