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late 1940's Heartshape #no serial

This guitar is an early version of the model.. the very narrow headstock, the tuners that turn backwards, the slightly larger soundhole, and the tailpiece that only takes loop ends.. The rest of the instrument conforms to later models.. solid spruce top, laminated birdseye maple back and sides, three piece mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard. The previous owner had the guitar refretted over a new fingerboard and an internal truss rod was also installed. when the work was done, it was discovered that the bridge had been sitting in the wrong spot for years, showing a lighter mark where it stood. a couple of cracks were repaired, and some finish touched up on the top.... Joseph the Elder's guitars are truly special instruments.. and this one is no exception..perfect playability, volume, clarity, balance.. it is simply outstanding.!!! NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)