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1920s Oscar Schmidt Stella Vintage Concert Acoustic Guitar Spruce Top, White Oak w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1920's Oscar Schmidt Stella-branded concert acoustic guitar in excellent condition, complete with a vintage chipboard case. This instrument has received all the maintenance essential to a century-old guitar, including a professional neck reset, full refret, and a new carved bone saddle and nut.

With a 13.5” lower bout, this concert-size Stella features a solid spruce top framed by rope binding, white oak back and sides, a mahogany neck, and a bound ebony fingerboard and pyramid bridge. A ladder-braced instrument, this Stella is warm and sweet sounding, with a snappy somewhat punchy sound to the trebles. There's a hollow, reedy quality to the wound strings, with a boxy bark and gutteral sound indicative of the ladder-braced design. The guitar is a smooth and rewarding strummer that also offers a balanced sound for fingerpicking. Featherweight at 3lbs 4oz, this Stella has been dialed in to play its best here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and fresh 10-47 phosphor bronze strings.

The mahogany neck has a deep V-shaped profile that fills the palm with 12 frets clear of the body, measuring .960” deep at the 1st fret and 1.090“ at the 7th. The bound ebony fretboard features decorative pearl inlay, recently refretted with vintage-spec slender fretwire. The pristine frets play easily in every register with notes that ring out clearly up the 24 3/4" scale. The upgraded hand-carved bone nut measures 1 3/4“ in width, and string spacing at the bridge is 2 3/16”. The bound slotted headstock features the original strip tuners that turn smoothly and work as they should, with original aged lollipop buttons.

The pyramid ebony bridge sits flush with the top, having been reseated in its lifetime, featuring a new carved bone saddle with ample height thanks to the recent neck reset. The original Stella label is intact and quite well preserved, visible through the soundhole. Repairs include one professionally addressed long back crack on the treble side extending from the lower bout edge to just beyond the waist, and three additional repaired back cracks on either side of the backstrip. On the spruce top there are a couple small repaired splits behind the bridge and on the lower bout edges adjacent to the binding. Once fitted with a trapeze tailpiece, there are a couple small mounting holes adjacent to the endpin.

The original finish is intact, with older light overspray on the body, particularly on the back. The guitar was at one time exposed to significant heat, with a texturing of the original finish on both the headstock and neck heel, and to a lesser extent on the top. There are various minor nicks and scuffs from honest use, one chip in the wood on the treble side lower bout, and palm wear through much of the finish on the neck profile.

A vintage chipboard case is included.