This Kona Style 4 Hawaiian steel guitar was made in Los Angeles, California, around 1925. This guitar was built by Herman Weissenborn but it was designed by the Seattle luthier Chris Knutsen, with input by C.S. Delano, who was one of the first teachers of the steel guitar style on the mainland. Unlike the more familiar Weissenborn-style guitar, which has a square, hollow neck, the Kona style had a solid neck that extended seven frets clear of the body.
This guitar is all original, but Gryphon did reglue the bridge several years ago. The original shellac finish was highly oxidized back then when this rare Weissenborn surfaced, resulting in an uneven gloss, and in getting it cleaned up it became somewhat shiny. It has NOT been oversprayed! This is probably about what it looked like when new. For all those who have tired of waiting to find, or afford, a #4 Weissenborn, here's the same trim but on a deeper body. Great koa on this one, all original finish and parts, and best of all, no cracks! Check the photos carefully for they are a vital part of the description. Note the finger wear to the top on the treble side of the strings in what we often call "the pickguard position."
stock no. 54288
|Back and sides||Koa|
|Nut width||1 7/8"|