This guitar has Mojo to burn! A great sounding ‘parlor’ sized guitar (24″ scale, lower bout 13 ½ “, upper bout 9 ½ “, overall Length 37”, nut width 1 ¾”) All Birch construction and a great sounding little guitar after restoration and modification.
It’s hard to see from the photos but there are names scratched all over this guitar: John, Helen, Mary, Emily, June, Nick, Steve, Irene, and ‘I love Mabel’. Cool black stencil. I’ve seen 2 other guitars the same as this come up on ebay over the years but the timber in those was considerably lighter in color.
It has a new 2 tone bridge (from Australian Gidgee hardwood), and new ebony fretboard. Also I couldn’t resist keeping the black theme going with Graph Tech black TUSQ nut and saddle.
Richter were a Chicago company in business from 1920’s-1943. Notice the remnant of the Richter decal on the front, and the Richter name proudly impressed into the timber on the back of the distinctive ‘Gumby’ headstock. All of Richter’s guitars didn’t carry this distinctive headstock, they also made guitars for mail order companies and distributors which had a more standard one. ‘Richter’ is also ink stamped on a piece of wood with a serial number and glued to the interior heel plate. Standard practice I’m told. This guitar was sold by Montgomery Ward, hence the label inside this guitar.
I was surprised how good this guitar sounds once restored and has a very comfortable rounded neck. It was one of my favorite guitars until I gifted it to one of my sons-in-law.
Work on this guitar included replacing the ladder bracing with X-bracing, a neck reset, and a new ebony fret board and a re-fret.