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C. early 1950s Boosey & Hawkes London Deansbrook Archtop Acoustic Guitar & Original Hard Case


  • All original
  • Upper-bound laminated body, back & sides
  • No splits or repairs
  • Pearloid buttoned machine heads
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fingerboard with MOP dot & crown inlays
  • Adjustable bridge
  • Nickel trapeze tailpiece
  • Original Hard Case

This is a one-off piece here at RGG. We have acquired a rare c.1950 (Poss earlier) acoustic archtop guitar. Little is known about this instrument except that given it’s name, it likely originated in the B&H Deansbrook Road manufacturing facility in Edgware Middx back in the day!

The guitar itself plays well, with more than an acceptable action & a really decent, albeit chunky typical 50’s profile neck. Having a good neck is always a blessing with older guitars, as they did not install truss rods until later years. It appears all original, the upper-bound laminated body & back, has no splits or repairs, just honest age related play-wear, the brown pearloid buttoned machine heads are all perfectly intact & perform really well, the first 2-3 frets have some minor indentations, but are primarily in excellent shape, the mahogany neck houses an ebony fingerboard with MOP dot & crown inlays that are in A1 undented condition. It has a rosewood adjustable floating bridge & lovely Art Deco stylised scratchplate. The original hard case itself is perfect, all latches work & there are no breaks anywhere.

B&H are synonymous with Brass and Woodwind instruments, as well as sheet music, but for a short period following the merger with Boosey & Company and Hawkes & Son in 1930 they concentrated on guitars & other stringed instruments. Zenith (Framus) are perhaps one of the most recognised models of B&H guitars that were produced. Paul McCartney and the other members of the Quarrymen/Silver Beatles/ Beatles all owned Zenith guitar.
Now debunked the Edgware/Deansbrook premises are gone, but this great piece of guitar history lives on in memory of those times gone by!


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Our shipping policy is simple: We ship Guitars, Amps and Accessories to the UK, Europe & ROW. We’ve been shipping items to the UK and abroad for many years without any issues, as we always use the best and most reliable shipping companies. All guitars and amps will be shipped insured and tracked. So you can check your shipping status anytime. We always package them to the highest possible standard.

Note: All amps are preferably UK shipping or collection only. We rarely ship amps internationally, due to potential breakage, unless this is agreed separately. If you are outside Europe and are interested in any of our guitars or amps please contact us for a special shipping quote.


We operate a 48hr approval period for on-line mail order purchases only. Customers who buy goods in the RGG showroom can fully evaluate them prior to making the payment, and as such do not have this return and refund option available to them. The 48hr mail order returns period offered is with regard to either a problem with the guitar upon receipt, IE, the goods appear to have a defect that was not outlined in the sale listing or clearly not sold as advertised. If the purchaser wishes to return the goods for any other reason, then there will be a re-stocking fee of 10% of the original sale value & return carriage must be paid by the purchaser, there are no exceptions to these rules.

If you want to return an item please make contact for a returns authorisation. You have 2 days to try the instrument. We offer a full refund minus our shipping costs (including our cost of free shipping if applicable) It is the purchaser’s responsibility to organise the return promptly to the company in the condition it was received, using the original packaging and with a copy of the sales receipt. (We recommend you insure the item in transit). The item must be shipped back via a service comparable with which it was delivered, within 24 hours (Excluding weekends) upon receipt of the return authorization. Goods that have been altered from their original condition in any way cannot be returned.

Any items returned after the 48hr agreed approval period, and not exceeding more than two weeks, are subject to a 10% re-stocking fee, based on of the original sale value of the goods. PayPal, Credit/Debit card refunds will be processed immediately upon receipt of the returned goods and normally take 3-5 working days to show on the customer’s account. Bank transfer and cash purchase payments will be refunded by Bank transfer to your nominated bank.