This is a rare beauty in the world of Weissenborn re-makes. To be more accurate, This is a reproduction of an early 20's model with a solid neck as opposed to a more common hollow neck. The tone is warm and even, having a deep, almost Kona-like body.
It is a piece of art, both in its musicality and appearance...The Koa on this beauty is just amazing!!!
This is a used instrument in excellent condition...there are a few pick marks on the the top, and a bar ding or two on the neck...as one would expect in a 'performing' instrument...
Comes with a T Francis custom-built period 'coffin' case...
From Tony Francis' Blog:
'The Solid-neck is the flagship model from my collaboration with noted Weissenborn author George T. Noe. The solid-neck was the original master model before the now standard hollow-necks were refined and perfected in the 1920s. Because the vintage solid-necks were made in so many variations - each guitar is available only by special order, allowing the instrument to be matched to the player.
Musically, this guitar bowls over both player and listener alike. Even though it is a small guitar, it is easily one of the largest sounding instruments in the catalog with very strong projection and articulation throughout the range, putting the solid-neck in a class all by its own.'
Tony is a perfectionist craftsman and an authority on Weissenborns of all types. He restores originals from some of the worlds top players and collectors and has built instruments for Ben Harper, James Williamson and many others. Authenticity is paramount to Tony. All hardware is custom made to original specs...
SPECIFICATIONS: Solid-neck Hawaiian
Style: Acoustic lap slide guitar
Scale length: 25 inches
Depth of body: Deep body (3.5 inches)
Top: Koa wood
Back and Sides: Koa
Bracing: Piano spruce
Bridge plate: Maple or koa
Joints: Hide glue, exclusively
Fret board: Hawaiian koa
Frets: 19 inlaid maple markers
Inlay: Extra fancy Green turban position markers
Bridge: Sugar maple
Saddle: Aluminum wire
Nut: Free range cattle bone
String spacing: Nut: 1 5/8 inches , Bridge: 2 3/8 inches
Finish: Violin style oil varnish
Tuning heads: Reverse gear by Alessi
Pins and buttons: 1920’s style Ivoroid
Case: Reproduction coffin case
Includes Seymour Duncan Mag-mic pickup
Make: Tony Francis
Model: Kona Solid Neck, Style IV Weissenborn Replica
Top Wood: Hawaiian Koa
Back/Sides: Hawaiian Koa
Nut Width: 1 - 5/8 inches nut width with string spacing at the Bridge of 2 - 3/8 inches
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A word from Pat, ToneWood Guitars owner:
Whether you're interested in this Kona Solid Neck, Style IV Weissenborn Replica, or something completely different, I'd love to take some time to help you find your next instrument.