(Weymann ‘F’ Hole Guitars – Styles 30, 648, 748 and possibly others)
Johnny Depp owns a Weymann ‘F’ hole guitar, and he played it briefly in a YouTube clip he made with Paul McCartney in a recording of Paul’s song, My Valentine (YouTube link below with Johnny Depp deaf language signing lyrics to McCartney’s song). When Paul McCartney first saw the guitar, he said “that’s a good-looking guitar, with those F holes there’s something romantic about it.” And that’s true, these vintage Weymann ‘F’ hole guitars have a certain ‘mystique’ about them. They are valued highly by their owners and rarely do they come up for sale.
Johnny Depp’s guitar is most likely a c.1930 Style 748:
(If you ever see this Johnny, can you please confirm the numbers on top of the headstock! email@example.com 😊)
An example of a Style 748 (photos courtesy ebay):
With limited Weymann catalogues (c.1924, c.1928 and c.1931 only) it is hard to know how many ‘F’ hole styles Weymann made over the years. However, the photo below shows they were in production from at least 1917:
SOME VARIATIONS of Weymann’s ‘F’ hole guitars:
- The photo of the Weymann guitar on the left was sent in by a reader, Charles Quinn. It is stamped Style 30 and is in much need of repair, the serial number dates the guitar to about 1921. This guitar looks to have a spruce top with mahogany back and sides. (See the UPDATE at the end of this post for another of these ‘F’ Hole Style 30 guitars)
- The photo of the guitar on the right I found on the internet, it is unusual because of the light colored unstained spruce top. In most of these ‘F’ hole guitars the spruce top has a darker stain.
- In the c.1924 Weymann catalogue there is also a style 648 ‘F’ hole guitar which has Brazilian rosewood back and sides instead of the mahogany which is in the style 748:
Of course, with Weymann things are not always so simple, and I came across
this ‘F’ hole Weymann guitar on the internet:
This has to be a one-off, with a banjo style headstock, elaborately inlaid with a pearl floral pattern. Curly fiddleback maple back, sides and neck, as well as an extra bound and raised rim on the sides, front and back. The fingerboard is also heavily inlaid with a tree-of-life pattern. Weymann workmanship at its best! Serial number dates the guitar to the early 1930’s.
If you have a Weymann ‘F’ hole guitar I’d love to hear from you, firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE 10 September 2019:
Another reader, Bill Yates, sent me in photos of his Weymann ‘F’ Hole Style 30 guitar. With a serial number of 20144 it dates to about 1916, which is the earliest Weymann ‘F’ Hole guitar I have recorded. Note a previous owner decided to ‘clean-up’ the ‘f’ holes! Thanks for letting me publish the photos Bill. (the guitar is currently in the planning process for restoration).
Spruce top, Brazilian rosewood back and sides. I just love those tuners!
All the best,