1850's Martin Ivory Fingerboard Stauffer Style Headstock Guitar
sometimes held over features for many years, offering
guitars with a mix of features from many periods on
request. One such set of features is
the Stauffer Style headstock with Vienna gears on an
ebonized neck with ice cream cone heel. This fancy,
small size 3 presentation guitar with ivory clad
fingerboard and Vienna gears was
most likely built in
example has the third of the three basic
designs, with twin bands of tiny alternating long and short
pearl diamonds, as
well as fancy wood marquetry on the top border and on
the sides adjacent to the top and back binding, and rare, gold
plated frets. With beautiful Brazilian
rosewood veneer over spruce on the back, the earliest features
such as the ebonized
neck and ice cream cone heel are combined with mature X
The back is a rosewood veneer over spruce.
Early CF Martin Ivory Fingerboard, Stauffer Style Headstock
Guitar, built c. 1850.
With ivory fingerboard and delicate marquetry inlaid
adjacent to the font and back ivory bindings.
Formerly of the Chinery Collection.
Illustrated on p. 7 of Bacon, "History of the American
"Gradually, Christian Martin began to bring to the guitars he made
more of his own ideas on construction and design. The most
change when comparing this example to the earlier Stauffer-style
is the narrower upper body, giving an overall shape that is more
like a modern guitar."
Bacon "History of the American Guitar" p. 6-7
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