Weissenborn made guitars for a total of 13 years, from 1923 – 1036. However, from 1916 – 1923, while a violin and piano maker, he was also making some guitars. These are known as pre-production guitars, which have slightly different characteristics. One of which is a slightly shallower body, 2″ on pre-productions and 3″ on the post 1923 guitars. Another is that the a lot of the pre-productions were built with spruce on the top, and koa along the sides and back.
I love the way, on these old guitars, you can see the pitting of the wood. The grain is so raw and natural. It was standard to have the rope inlay around the sound hole on these guitars.
I’m not sure the 100% accuracy of these details, but they stand for at least one of them, so I imagine the rest were built in this fashion:
- Scale 25 in.
- Length: 39 in.
- Upper bout: 10-1/4 in.
- Lower bout: 15-1/4 in.
They all have hollow necks.