Carlstedt "Ideal" Auditorium Guitar, 1908
Ladder-braced grand concert guitar built by August Carlstedt (1861-1928).
Carlstedt was a Swedish immigrant who ran a guitar-building workshop in Chicago in the early 20th century. He made guitars under the "Ideal" brand. This guitar is similar to some produced by the Larson Brothers, who were also Swedish immigrants, and is identical in body shape to the Larson Brothers "auditorium-sized" Maurer guitar, but with deeper sides.
The guitar’s dimensions are: 14 ¾" lower bout, 10 3/8" upper bout, 4 3/16" body depth, 1 ¾" nut width and 26" scale length. The top is spruce, and the back and sides are mahogany.
The neck has recently been reset, and at the same time the ebony fingerboard was replaced and refretted, and two graphite rods were fitted. The ebony bridge is original.
There are several top, back and side cracks which have been professionally repaired and are stable. The finish is original, and is in remarkable condition for the age of the instrument.
This guitar is a joy to play, and is responsive, loud and woody, as you would expect from a ladder-braced guitar.
Almost new hard-shell case is included.
Location: Worcester, England
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