Any early 20th Century 12 string guitar is very rare, a Weymann 12 string even more so.
A reader, Tom Giachero, registered this guitar on my WEYMANN INSTRUMENT REGISTER and graciously provided photos for this post. It is only one of two Weymann 12 String guitars known to exist. The other one is owned by British 12 string guitarist, Paul Brett (YouTube link to that guitar further into this post).
There’s a bit of work needed to bring this guitar to prime playing condition, which Tom plans to do over time. Some more photos (click on first image and scroll through):
DESCRIPTION: Brazilian rosewood back and sides, serial number 8594 dates the guitar to 1908-1909 (See Serial Number Dating post). No Style number as these were not on any Weymann instruments until after 1915. Original tuners and looks to be the original tailpiece. Early Gold decal label “Keystone State High Grade” ( I think the “Highest Grade” was reserved for instruments with more bling i.e. mother-of-pearl inlay). Ladder braced.
Total Length: 40 7/8″
Width top bout: 10 1/2″
Width lower bout: 14 1/2″
Depth at End Pin: 4 1/2″
A beautiful 12 string guitar that I will, with the help of the owner, provide more photos when it is fully restored.
Paul Brett’s YouTube of him playing his Weymann 12-string:
Paul Brett attributed his Weymann to the 1920’s and possibly made by Martin. These two guitars are definitely made in Weymann’s own factory. Martin did not make any guitars for Weymann (see the post “The MARTIN & WEYMANN Relationship).
All in all, these guitars just add to the reputation of the H.A. Weymann & Son workshop as one of the best of their time.