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Post by Michael Messer on May 16, 2019 7:57:25 GMT
It is lovely guitar and historically an interesting one. Mark has confirmed what Brozman wrote about it. Mark is also correct that until some numbers between #363 and #373 turn up, that we can't be 100% sure that it was the first metal soundwell. We can be sure that it was one of the first. I assume that Brozman had seen that instrument. I am sure Marc Schoenberger will bring us up to date when he has worked on it.
Acanthus engraved squareneck serial no. 376 De Lux, has a German Silver well. Definitely not steel (as magnet doesn’t stick) and when I was scraping off old glue from the well, as it had an old brown paper gasket glued to it, I was seeing dull/shiny grey colour, not yellow brass.
I liked the studs tailpiece - for when re-stringing. When winding the string around the tuner post, the ball end can annoyingly fall out of standard National tailpieces but doesn’t on the studs tailpiece.