vintage Harmony Guitar - Marwin Star - 1930's

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  • Item Category: Entertainment
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 18, 2010
  • Channel: Auction House
The Marwin Star guitar was one of several Marwin models made by Harmony. This dates back to the 1930s. Numbers stamped inside the body are 3099 970. First, the basics...overall length = 41", upper bout = 11.25", lower bout = 15.5", depth = 3 3/8 to 3 7/16. Scale length = ~25.25". 19 frets, neck joins the body at the 14th fret. Neck width at nut = 1.75". Action ~ 5/16" over the 12th fret. This is one cool guitar. The solid, pressed, arched top is in decent shape. T is a crack on the bass side running from the f-hole to the bottom/end of the guitar's top. The bridge had been set about 1/2" forward of w it should have been and t are marks w the bridge height adjustment screws have dug into the top. Under the bass side of the bridge at the thumbwheel, t is a little caving of the top for about 2.5 inches and the start of a small crack. The binding around the top is absolutely awesome - terrific wooden inlay work set inside the plastic binding. Plain binding on the back. The pickguard is missing the screw and nut for the bracket mount. The finish on the top has been scuffed at the edge of the pickguard as well as a spot under the pickguard w it has rested against the face. Inside, the lining against the back looks to be solid as is the neck block. The back of the guitar has minor scuffs and scratches as befits a guitar of this vintage, but no belt buckle damage to speak of. The neck joint appears to be solid and the back of the neck shows finish wear but no major bangs or nicks. The tuners work and the buttons show no signs of cracking. It is currently tuned down one whole step. T is minimal fretwear in the first position and no buzzing up the neck until you get to the 14th fret, then buzzing, especially on the D & G strings. The fingerboard is dry and dirty, but shows no cracks. T is some wear in the first position. The trapeze tailpiece shows signs of corrosion. The sides of the guitar are in very good condition with very minor scuffs and scratches. Otherwise, this guitar is totally awesome. The neck is nice and chunky and that binding around the top is too cool. Comes in old chipboard case which may or may not be original.
This guitar begs to be played and admired. Bid early and often and you may find yourself with yet one more sweet guitar.