Schmidt & Maul with Experimental X Bracing
This Schmidt & Maul, like my early Martin and Martin & Coupa
parlor guitars, has what I believe may be the first experimental
variation of X-bracing,which appears at about the same time on a handful
of Martins and Schmidt & Maul Guitars. One such Schmidt&
Maul is dated 1845.
This Schmidt & Maul, with the same experimental variation of
X-bracing as appears on the Martin & Coupa, also has several
distinctive 1840's features including Spanish foot, Spanish heel, , as
well as the colored diamond backstrip and checkerboard binding sometimes
seen on early Martins.
This Schmidt & Maul shares a number of features with early
Martins, such as a variant of the "tooth" rosette, arrowhead top border
and backstrip, and pyramid bridge.
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