Beautiful Romantic Era Classical Parlour Guitar ca. 1900 Markneukirchen Saxony


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Luthier: Anonymous
Construction year: ca. 1900
Top: Spruce
Back and sides: Indian rosewood
Scale: 620 mm
Nut: 48 mm

This beautiful ‘Romantic Era’ Parlour Classical Guitar was built circa 1900 in Markneukirchen, Germany, the home of C.F. Martin. There is no makers label inside, it would have been lost over the years, but the guitar which is quite Martinesque, is in lovely original condition. The spruce top is beautifully decorated, with a rose-shaped mother-of-pearl inlay and a delicate rosette, and the body is made of Indian rosewood. This guitar has plenty of “character and charm” from many years of use and being over 100 years old, it carries a beautiful and significant patina. There are several professionally repaird body cracks along with the odd, small nibble of  sound-hole inlay missing. It has a lovely neck and superb action, all machine heads work fine. The guitar is possiblly built by Richard Jacob (Weissgerber) Weissgerber founder Richard Jacob (1877-1960) is one of Markneukirchen’s brightest lutherie stars. After learning to build zithers, he started making guitars in 1899.

C.F. Martin (1796-1873), founder of the Marin Guitar company, is Markneukirchen’s most famous luthier. He was born in Markneukirchen on January, 31, 1796, and was building guitars by age 15, just like his father, Johann Georg Martin. At age 24 he went to Vienna to work for Johann Georg Stauffer, one of the most respected luthiers of the day. Talented young C.F worked his way up to a position as Stauffer’s foreman. His married a Viennese girl and left Stauffer to work for his father-in-law, who was also building instruments. After a son was born in 1825, the family returned to Markneukirchen, where C.F. opened his own workshop—until emigrating to the U.S. in 1833 at age 37. He settled in New York City—and the rest, as they say, is history!

A little history:

Farmers first settled the Markneukirchen area in the 11th century. In the 17th century, Protestants fleeing religious persecution in neighboring Bavaria settled here as well. These refugees included 12 violinmakers from the Graslica area. In 1677 they established a violinmakers’ guild, which still survives as the world’s oldest. Markneukirchen developed quickly, and by its golden age (1850-1880), 80 percent of the world’s musical instruments were made in the region. The area was home to more than a thousand luthiers during the GDR era,

Despite all the guitars that have been made in Markneukirchen, it’s not a town full of music shops or vintage stores—most guitars are purchased directly from the builders. Most current guitars are high-quality acoustic instruments, both classical and steel-string, such as those from Armin and Mario Gropp (, a typical father-and-son workshop in Breitenfeld. They build classical guitars and historical instruments of utmost craftsmanship in the spirit of Richard Jacob and his Weissgerber guitars.




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