1920s Weissenborn Style 1 Teardrop Hawaiian Steel Guitar
The teardrop body shape is one of the most coveted Weissenborns. This one lives up to its reputation with a rich, sustaining tone! It is in beautiful condition.
Herman Weissenborn was a German born luthier who relocated to Los Angeles and tried to capitalize on the "Hawaiian Craze" of the late teens and early 1920s. During this brief heyday, his hollow-neck Koa lap steels set the bar for resonance and volume and were among the first guitars built specifically for slide playing. Due to his popularity during the Golden Age of Hawaiian music, his instruments will always be closely tied to that sound. However, in modern times, renowned players David Lindley and Ben Harper put Weissenborns firmly on the list of must-own vintage guitars, claiming their sound to be unrivaled and, in Harper's words, "haunting."
This Style 1 Teardrop is one of the rarer Weissenborn models. Much like a Martin OM, the smaller Teardrop size improves projection and clarity. The condition of this Style 1 is exceptional, with no repairs or cracks and all original finish. Priced with a custom Calton flight case.
Year of Build: Circa 1920s
Back and Sides: Koa
Brace Pattern: X
Scale Length: 24 7/8"
Nut Width: 1.84"
String Spacing at Saddle: 2.39"
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