For sale is a totally unique smaller (parlor) acoustic guitar made out of 100 (approximately) year old wood from a barn in Virginia. I asked the builder to leave the nail holes as to keep the wood as original, authentic and untouched as possible. Because of this, you can see a couple of spots on the neck (one at the top on back and kind of half of one where the neck meets the body) where some rusted nails were. Also, on the front you’ll see a small rectangular sliver of wood this is filling in another nail hole (there is a matching one under the pick guard).
Because this is such an unusual guitar, I have included some pictures of the raw materials, as it is being made and then the finished product.
It could be a travel guitar (it’s light as a feather), recording guitar, for live performance (it has a Fishman pick up with an awesome sound) or just hanging out and enjoying playing it.
I have bought and sold vintage Martin guitars for years, and I can assure you that the quality of this guitar is much better than that of the smaller new guitars made by Martin, Taylor or Collings. This was painstakingly made by hand, with scalloped trusses and great attention to every detail. Because of the age of the wood and the scalloped trusses, this guitar already has an old, woody sound. However, it is also very bright, clean and loud.
Unlike most smaller guitars, this one has a 1 11/16” neck at the nut. So this is perfect for the person with either smaller hands and / or just doesn’t want to have to deal with the extra wide and thicker necks that most of these parlor guitars come with.
I offer a money back guarantee - if after receiving it, seeing and playing it, you are not happy with your investment, then send it back to me. Now, you will have to pay for the shipping both ways, but I will ship it as inexpensively as I can while still having it insured for more than I’m selling it for.
So here are the specs…
Top - 100 year old Southern Yellow Pine
Sides, back, neck and face plate - 100 year old White Oak
Binding - curly Maple
Bridge & fret board - Malagasy Ebony
Frets - 18% Nickel/Silver medium gauge wire
Saddle and nut - Bone
Tuners - Stewart MacDonald 'Golden Age'
Pick guard - Martin OM from new old stock
In lay - Abalone
Scale length - 24.3”
Nut - 1 11/16”
Body length - 18.25”
Upper bout - 8.4”
Waist - 7”
Lower bout - 12.4 “
Thickness at neck block - 3.1”
Thickness at tail block - 4.1”
Neck length - 19.0”
Total length - 37.25”
Bracing - the top bracing is Sitka Spruce in an A-Framed X-Brace & the back bracing is Southern Yellow Pine
It comes with a new feather light high impact case.
So if you are interested in a very high quality smaller guitar that plays and sounds great, this might be what you’re looking for. I tried to cover everything, but feel free to send me any questions you have.
Below is a video (with me playing the BarnWood Guitar) and then an audio recording (with Michael Moore, who is a lot better player than me, playing it) so you can hear this guitar played and see it in action. For the most accurate and realistic sound, use an HDMI cord to hook up your computer to play through your TV’s sound system.