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1890's Parlor Guitar info?

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I finially found my Great Aunt's "0" parlor guitar. It's been in a trunk in storage for years.
Beautiful old growth Brazilian back and sides, Adirondack red spruce top...old growth Mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard.
Origional bridge and nut and tuners... in perfect shape..
Box and neck in great shape..but seperated... because SOMEBODY added an old cheap tailpiece and strung it with medium strings at some point in it's life.
The top has 2 small cracks, a 8" piece of maple binding missing.
It would be great to restore, if only for the nastalgia. I have a Pic of her playing the guitar in front of a early victorian home in Indania in 1910.
The name branded on the back of the headstock and inside is John C. Maynes & Sons Boston. I can't find any info about this guitar...anyone have any ideas where I might look, or whom I might contact to establish year and background on the MFG?
Thanks, Ray

Oct 08, 09 | 3:37 pm

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I would start with Steve Kovacik. He does a lot of restoration work and my understanding is that knows quite a bit about old guitars. He also sells Martin style kits.


Steve's website -

Oct 08, 09 | 4:07 pm
Bill Cory

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Wow, Ray! What a neat find. I think you can ask John Hall about that, too. Also on the Acoustic Guitar Magazine Gear Forum ( ), if you put up a picture or two of the guitar, somebody might be able to help.


Oct 09, 09 | 3:43 am

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Thanks Guy's for you comments! I'll be posting up-dates as I go along..


Oct 09, 09 | 3:55 am
Ken Cierp

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Wow great find! Eldery's -- Mandolin Brother's -- and Gruin specialize in that really old stuff, they may be able to tell you what you've got there and the best path to take so the restoration increases the value.


Kenneth Michael Guitars est. 1978

Oct 09, 09 | 5:27 am
Ken Hundley

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Nice Ray! Good luck with the restoration, keep us up to date!

Oct 09, 09 | 6:10 am

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