Beginning in 1871, the Oscar Schmidt Company manufactured some of the finest, most ornate stringed instruments of the late 19th and early 20th century. Manufactured in Jersey City, New Jersey, Oscar Schmidt became know for his parlour instruments, many of which have stood the test of time both tonally and for their build quality and craftsmanship. Though instruments such as the Stella models produced by Oscar Schmidt in the 1920's & '30s are some of the more commonly seen, this 1908 Sovereign parlour is a wonderful example of a turn of the century Oscar Schmidt guitar.
Featuring a Solid Spruce top with laminate Rosewood sides, this Sovereign has a full bodied, resonant sound that belies an instrument of its size. The laminate back features a highly figured Walnut veneer that is quite striking. The Ebony neck features beautiful marquetry inlay and an ornate bound top.
This guitar is in very good condition for an instrument over 100 years old. The body has been fully refinished, and the bridge has been reseated at some point. There is also evidence of neck set having previously been undertaken, with the guitar playing excellently.
This guitar has been given a full service & appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.