This 1920s United Artist Conservatory is one of the many brand names manufactured under the Oscar Schmidt umbrella in the late 19th and early 20th century. This guitar was built in the same vein as the Stella and Sovereign models of the time, although far fewer models bearing the U.A.C brand name were produced. This 1920s U.A.C guitar retains all of the features so sought after by collectors of these Oscar Schmidt made instruments, with a wonderfully balanced tone and beautiful craftsmanship.
This U.A.C model is the smaller, parlour body sized guitar manufactured by the Oscar Schmidt Company, and is constructed from an Adirondack Spruce top with what appears to be Birch ply back and sides, as was common on parlour guitars of the time. This guitar has been very lightly built, and as such is unbelievably resonant for its size and shape, making it probably the best sounding Oscar Schmidt made guitar of this period that we have had. Many Oscar Schmidt made guitars featured deluxe appointments and this U.A.C is no different, with an ornate mother of pearl fingerboard and headstock, that along with the pearl pick guard really set this guitar apart from other parlours of the time.
This guitar is in excellent condition for its age, and is one of the cleanest guitars we have seen from this time period. It is original and would appear as if no repair work has been carried out over the years. The neck is dead straight and the guitar plays exceptionally well.
This guitar has been given a full service & appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.