Kirtan Artist PRALAD playing this 127 year old guitar.
This small size guitar was called a 3/4 sized instrument in its’ day but today we would call it 1/2 size. It is also called a ‘Terz’ guitar. Made by Lyon & Healy under the original Washburn label it is a quality built instrument. Brazilian rosewood back and sides with a fine grained Adirondack spruce top. Originally it would have had gut strings but it has been X-braced to take lightweight steel strings.
The catalog page showing this model dating 1889 has been reproduced in the book ‘Washburn – Prewar Instrument Styles’ by Hubert Pleijsier (photo 1. of the photo gallery below). Photo 2 shows the small size as compared to a standard sized Washburn Style 111 and a Grand Concert Style 323 Washburn, both from the 1890’s. Such a great little instrument! The remainder photos in the gallery are of this guitar. The tuners have been replaced at some stage. This guitar was called “New Model” as seen from the impressed stamp. The style number 101¾ is barely visible stamped in ink on the inside heel plate.
This sized guitar was called a ‘Terz’ guitar and was often tuned slightly differently and used to accompany a larger guitar as a duo. This term seemed to lose favor around 1900.
As well as being X-braced this guitar has had a neck reset and a re-fret and a new ebony bridge made.
Overall Length: 32 1/2″
Body Length: 15 1/2″
Lower Bout: 11″
Upper Bout: 7 3/4″
Body Depth: 3 1/4″
Scale: 21 3/4″