If you are reading this, then you probably know all about the top-notch quality of the Harwood Acoustic Guitars.  To protect your investment, this amazing historic instrument will ship in a brand new hard case.

If you are new to the world of vintage antique parlor guitars, there are several reason they are sought after by serious musicians and collectors. Here is a list of why many players find vintage parlors more appealing. 

1. Antique tone-wood sounds amazing. The tone of 130 year old Brazilian Rosewood, spruce and mahogany is unmatched by any modern production. The only way to find tone wood of this vintage is to buy a vintage parlor guitar.

2. Parlor guitars are light weight and small. This makes them great for practicing at home or recording in the studio.

3. Most parlor guitars have ladder bracing, lending a very articulate tone that responds well to picking dynamics. They also project incredibly well when you play hard. They cut the mix very well. 

Those are the positives, the only negative thing about vintage parlors is that they almost always need luthier work to perform at the highest level. New Frets, neck reset and crack repairs are most common and essential If you want an amazing playing experience.  

The good news is that this guitar was completely refurbished by Stephen Chipman in 2022. New frets were installed, the neck was reset, cracks on the back of the guitar were repaired, internal bracing was updated and a new bridge, saddle, nut, truss rod were installed. There were some signs of aging in the binding and purfling both of which have been repaired. 

All of this work was done so you could play this guitar worry-free for the rest of your life. It plays like a new guitar with low action up and down the neck. It produces the most amazing acoustic tones you ever heard thanks to the antique tone woods. 

There is a great deal of confusion about the Harwood brand & it is difficult to place exact production dates on their builds. We estimate this guitar to be built in the 1890s. The early Harwoods were produced by John C Haynes, who also built the Bay State brand. The contract with Haynes was canceled in 1894 and production was moved to Kansas City. During the mid 1890s (and perhaps earlier) Harwood Guitars were branded "Harwood New York" (see photo).

We've handled many Harwoods and Haynes/Bay State guitars. This guitar was either built by Haynes company or is a very good copy built at the Kansas City Harwood outfit.  It plays, feels and sounds exactly like a Bay State guitar. The finish and styling is very different than the later Harwoods we've played.

Harwood/Bay State/Haynes guitars are considered the best of the early American guitar brands and are more sought after than Gibsons and Martins of the same time period due to the tone woods. Most Bay State and Harwoods used Brazilian Rosewood backs and sides, while the many Gibsons and Martins of the pre-1920 era sported Mahogany backs and sides. 

We detune strings prior to shipping. It has 11-47s on it now, it is not recommended that you exceed this string gauge on vintage parlor guitars.

Its an amazing instrument that will ship in its vintage chipboard case. We only ship these guitars to customers in the United States. It will be professionally packed so you can rest assured that it will arrive in incredible condition.


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Listed3 months ago
ConditionGood (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
  • Brazilian Rosewood Parlor Guitar.
  • Natural
  • 1895
Made In
  • United States


San Diego, CA, United States
Joined Reverb:2017

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