The Bluesbox Collection

Bay State Parlor Guitar (c.1890)

The back and sides are solid, bookmatched Brazilian rosewood. The neck is one-piece mahogany with a pronounced "V" profile. The peg head is unfaced, stubbier then similar Lyon & Healy models and has unusually wide tuner slots.

Bay State was a brand name for guitars manufactured from 1865 until about 1897 by the John C. Haynes Co. of Boston, MA, a maufacturing arm of the Oliver Ditson Co. - a vast sheet music publishing firm. Ditson was the parent company of Chicago's Lyon & Healy, which was the parent company of the Washburn brand. Bay State tended to go a bit further then some manufacturers to be sure that everyone knew who made the guitar. On this one we not only find a paper label bearing voluminous information under the sound hole, but there is also this manufacturer's stamp on the back of the head.


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