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Unknown German Archtop 17,5 Inch 1930s

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It is very powerful, dry and with a typical vintage vibe you could only get from a real vintage archtop guitar.
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Unknown German Archtop 17,5 Inch 1930s

It does not happen often that we cannot trace the origins and builder of a vintage guitar that comes through our shop. But this 17,5" wide vintage archtop remains a bit of mystery. The closest guess would be that this is an Este plectrumguitar built somewhere in the 1930s. The few Este guitars we could find online and sites with some information on the brand look kind of similar, but there are a few differences that witholds us from confirming with certainty that this is a real Este. First off all, the the body of this guitar was crafted using laminated maple while most Este guitars are solid carved instruments. Also there is no brand name to be found anywhere. It does have similar F-holes and a similarly shaped headstock. 

But let's put the whole Brand-discussion aside for a second and look at the guitar for what it is. As mentioned it has a 17,5" wide laminated maple body with two unique shaped F-holes. The bindings and intricate inlays are a testament to the build quality of this instrument and instantly gives it a beautiful and attractive appearance. The 5-piece C-shaped maple neck was fitted with an ebony fretboard and a 0-fret. Again, the bindings and the headstock overlay add to the overal great look of the instrument. The neck has been attached to the body with a single bolt, this was probably inspired by builders from Vogtland. 

The overal condition is the instrument is Very Good. It looks very clean for its age which is due to the fact that it has been very professionally been restored at some point in time. The body has been entirely oversprayed, and minor imperfections in the finish were fixed. The same goes for the neck which has also been given newer frets, a newer nut and newer tuners. Finally also the bridge is a newer specimen. Now the sound is where it's at with this guitar. It is very powerful, dry and with a typical vintage vibe you could only get from a real vintage archtop guitar. On top of that it also plays great thanks to the setup it was given after it was restored. Includes newer hardshell case. Consignment.


Body Width Lower Bout: 17"
Finish: Sunburst (overspray)
Body Material: Laminated Maple
Top Material: Laminated Maple
Lefty No
Body Details: Intricate bindings and inlays
Neck Material: 5-piece Maple
Neck Profile: C-shape
Fingerboard Material: Ebony
Fingerboard Radius: 12”
Neck Details: Bound fingerboard, pearloid headstock overlay
Nutwidth: 43 mm - 1 11/16"
Scale Length: 650 mm - 25 9/16"
Bridge: Newer Rosewood compensated
Tailpiece: Original trapeze
Tuners: Newer 3-on-a-plate w/ ivoroid buttons
Condition: Very Good
Cosmetic Condition: Very clean for its age with some expected playwear and signs of use
Overspray/restoration of the entire guitar
Tech Notes: None
Travels in: Newer hardshell case
Accessories: None