The Bluesbox Collection

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Lyon & Healy Concert Guitar (circa 1920)

This L&H guitar is Concert size (12 3/4" lower bout). This close-up of the face shows the Oscar Schmidt style tailpiece that I installed - it matches the outline of the original, which can be seen in the finish underneath the tailpiece, but this particular one is of later manufacture. Notice the wood inlay around the face and sound hole. The pickguard was made by Tony Tsai in Taiwan. It is mother-of-pearl inlaid onto rosewood. The 2 piece, celluloid bound top is solid spruce and very thin. The top bracing in this guitar is transverse - the braces run at angles opposed to each other. The back (also bound) and sides are quarter-sawn oak with a 8-ply multi-color wood inlay as the center strip. The 2-piece neck is stained maple. The solid brass tuners, which appear to be original, date this instrument anywhere from 1890 to 1920 or so. The tailpiece outline puts it closer to 1920. This is the only L&H guitar I own that actually has a Lyon & Healy manufacturing stamp. The tone of this instrument is similar to my Lyra (by Bruno ne Oscar Schmidt) parlor guitar - kind of a "Stella-esque" sound, almost banjo-like. But this guitar's tone is much deeper and fuller then the Lyra. I like this guitar so much that I have recently been using it exclusively for my outdoor engagements. That's why I decided to "trick it out" with the fancy inlaid pickguard.

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