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c.1939 Marwin "Star"
(made by Harmony)
ARCHTOP GUITAR w/Or. Plush Case!

Easy, cozy player, great snappy tone, an
excellent
fingerpicking, blues, or old-timey guitar!
Plus it looks TOPS!

HEAR IT BELOW:
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here for raw mp3!

SO,
WHAT IS IT?

 
Here's a super-sweet
smaller archtop (15 1/2" lower bout) that sits cozy in your lap, plays
nice and easy, and sounds great fingerpicked or flatpicked both. Played
a little session with a fellow playing bluesy tunes on this while I
played a bit of mandolin accompaniment and it sounded great together...
nice and old timey, for sure. Ohhh, chance meetings in the shop!

What else...? It's all-original, including an original plush case (see
photos later in the post) in really excellent shape... nice and fitted,
too. The date stamp is in the bass f-hole and reads S-39 for... Spring/Summer 1939. Typical Harmony date stamp.

Work I've done included repairing and cleating two hairlines on the
bass lower bout from the f-hole -- you can see the longer one in some
photos. They're sturdy and not going anywhere. I've also set it up,
lightly dressed the frets, and done a bunch of cleaning including
removing a bunch of paint speckle from errant spray paint use. In the
photos it shows the rosewood adjustable bridge with shims in instead of
the turning wheels -- I've since recut the saddle top and reinstalled
the wheels so it's truly adjustable again.

FEATURES, YOU SAY?

 
Woods: nice solid
spruce arched top (possibly carved? but more than likely pressed) with
two long (violin style) bracings from end block to heel block. Back is
press-arched solid birch, sides are solid birch, and the neck looks
like some sort of misc. hardwood possible maple. Fretboard looks like
an ebonized fruitwood of some sort.

Fittings: original trapeze tailpiece, original rosewood adjustable
bridge, original frets, original everything! ...pickguard,
bakelite-buttoned tuners, bone nut, etc. Really nice to see one in such
great shape.

Decorations: Finish is in really good shape with the usual age crackle
here and there, but overall really nice. Still glossy and thin. Body is
bound top and back with white celluloid and there's beautiful marquetry
inlaid as purfling all along the top. It's faded to earth tones but was
originally quite vibrant (you can see it under the tailpiece) with
turqoise, bright red, crimson-brown, etc. Cool headstock stencil with
"Marwin Star" logo. Also an attractive sunburst throughout with faux
(painted) "flame" on the back and sides. Celluloid dots inlaid in the
fretboard.

ANY ISSUES?

 
Nope. Usual vintage
playwear. A few dings right near the bridge where someone adjusted the
wheels too much and poked the bottom of the shaft into the top. Nothing
to worry about.

Please ask if you've
got any other questions!

DIMENSIONS?

 
Length: 27 3/4"
Width: 10 1/2"
Depth: 2 1/2" to 3 1/2"
Scale: 14"
Nut: 1 1/8"
Action @ 12th fret: under 1/8"

A fantastic original vintage case! Check out the PLUSH!!

And an old address for the orig. owner. Nice handwriting!

 
SHIPPING?

 
$40 insured via
Priority Mail (or Parcel Post depending on zone) in the 48 states...
Alaska, Hawaii, international, please inquire for a quote.
I only charge actual cost... no packing or time considerations.

ANYTHING ELSE?

 

I restore vintage
and antique musical instruments (mostly turn of the century to 1930s
banjos, guitars, ukes, and mandolins) as my day job up here at our
brick & mortar shop in Vermont,
and I assure you that you will receive what I have described and shown
in this listing. Please ask any and all questions before bidding.

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