Weymann circa 1932 Model/Style No. 870 "Orchestra Guitar" - USED
This very rare, used Weymann circa 1932 Style/Model Number 870 "Orchestra Guitar" is in very good condition and includes:
- Serial #47421
- Model/Style Number 870 (marked "870" on top of headstock)
- Auditorium Size
- 15 Frets to the Body (yes, 15 frets), 20 Frets total
- Solid Spruce Top
- Solid Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides
- Mahogany Neck
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- Mother-of-Pearl Inlay Position Dots on Fingerboard
- Back center strip
- Banjo-style Weymann "Four-to-one" Tuners
- Length of Body is approx. 19 1/2"
- Width at Lower Bout is approx. 14 1/2"
This very rare Weymann Style/Model No. 870 has been in Karl's personal collection for decades and is in very good condition. Originally made by H.A. Weymann & Son, Inc. Philadelphia in the early 1930s as a guitar for banjo players (hence the 15 frets to the body). The Style/Model 870 was an upgrade to Weymann's Style/Model No. 860 and includes solid Brazilian rosewood sides and back, ivoroid binding, purfling, and back center strip.
Many consider this guitar to be on-par with Martin's 14-fret OM models from that same pre-war 1930s era (thank you Perry Bechtel), many of which are known to sell for over $50,000.
In our 52+ year history, this is one of the best-sounding guitars we have ever had and Karl would have absolutely no qualms putting it head-to-head against a 1930s pre-war Martin OM. A recent re-fret and refinish by Karl, and a few minor top cracks that were professionally repaired and have remained stable for over 40 years have done nothing to diminish the incredible sound this guitar produces. From what we can tell, everything else on this guitar is completely original.
Thank you to Chaitanya das (aka Charles Robinson) of Australia for his help in uncovering some of the mystery surrounding this guitar and for sending us the image of the circa 1931 Weymann catalogue showing this guitar. Please visit his website www.LeavingThisWorld.com for some wonderful information about Weymann guitars.