JOHNNY DEPP’S WEYMANN GUITAR

(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 and Paul McCartney with Johnny Depp’s Weymann on the set prior to recording ‘My Valentine’

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! charles@koolaru.com 😊)

Weymann guitar Style 748 listed in c.1928 Catalogue

An example of a Style 748 (photos courtesy ebay):

Weymann Style 748 guitar

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:

Corner of the Weymann factory. There looks six or so ‘F’ hole guitars in production. Music Trade Review 10 Feb 1917, p51.

SOME VARIATIONS of Weymann’s ‘F’ hole guitars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:
Weymann Guitar Style 648 c.1924 Catalogue

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, charles@koolaru.com

Many thanks

Charles

 

 

10 thoughts on “JOHNNY DEPP’S WEYMANN GUITAR

  1. I had never seen that video or heard McCartney singing that gorgeous song. What a wonderful thing to wake up to, not to mention your fascinating accompanying piece about f-hole Weymann guitars. Just lovely. Thanks, Charles. Made my day here in New Jersey.

  2. I knew your blog ticked all the boxes for me, and including some Johnny Depp just put some icing on the cake!

  3. It took me a while to move on from Johnny Depp signing while Paul McCartney sang his beautiful song …. and played along. Mesmerising ! I played and re-played this bit 🙂 . The continued post was cool to read too, and that last f hole guitar is stunning!! Wow! 💓 Notch up another great post Charles , most enjoyable to read and listen to. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  4. i just dropped in to see if my comment had gone thru okay , yep – saw my comment was up already and saw your reply !! Charles, thanks for the link . I went straight to it and it was really cool to watch. Love seeing creative people at their work. And Mr Paul McCartney loved the look of that old Weymann as it came outta that case …. 👌And Mr Johnny Depp says …with some justifiable reverence …”it’s a Weymann”. You must have loved that ! Regards Jiva .

  5. Depp got tutored but his deaf signing wasn’t perfect not that the deaf community minded his attempt. Watching super stars meet face-to-face – I wonder how comfortable that was? Everyone trying hard to be cool but simultaneously friendly …. probably stressful!

  6. Charles,

    I have a Weymann “F” hole guitar I got at auction about 25 years ago. I played it a lot at first but sadly it hasn’t gotten much playing in recent years. However, I just took it out for the first time in a long while and it was still in tune! I immediately started playing a song I have recently been working on – “Those Were The Days” as popularized by Mary Hopkin. I immediately got some new ideas regarding my arrangement. I am convinced the guitar “wants to be played” (to paraphrase Gandalf re. the ring). I was thrilled to see that Depp/Mc
    cartney video a few years back – that’s exactly the same guitar I have. Mine has serial #44042 748. I am posting some pictures to your email. More recently I acquired a Weymann ukulele which does not resemble other Weymann ukes I have seen. It is clearly not modeled after the Martin style ukes they manufactured.

    1. Hi Thom, Thanks for your comment and emails. I have registered your Style 748 F Hole guitar on my Weymann registry, thanks you! It looks a really nice example and if you don’t mind I’ll post some pics of it on this post. Your ukulele is intriguing. I think it is made by Harmony or a similar manufacturer just after Weymann ceased their own manufacturing in about 1933. But I’ll send you an email about that with more detail.

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