1850s Schmidt & Maul

1850s Schmidt & Maul

For those of you not in the know, Louis Schmidt and George Maul were makers of extraordinary guitars here in NYC in the 1840s-60s. Schmidt came over from Europe with the original CF Martin in the 1830s and worked with him here in New York; Maul may have as well. Their instruments are practically the only guitars made in America, by anyone (with the exception of J.G. Schroeder), that in my opinion are the equivalent of Martin in thought, form, line, and execution. I have several of each in my collection and they are nothing short of brilliant, one Schmidt & Maul having been loaned to the Metropolitan Museum of Art here for their exhibition on early Martin guitars a few years ago. This particular one has seen better days, is essentially a body with an original neck and a replacement top, the job not having been professionally done. It does, however, have beautiful Brazilian rosewood back and sides, with four-piece matching of the sides with center inlay, typical of better German guitars of the day, along with matching center inlay in the back and heel cap. The neck, with solid peghead (without pegs), shares astoundingly clear lineage in form of early 19th-century Martin necks, and those right up through the 1930s. The finish on the neck and the sides is original, the back not; there are some unrepaired cracks in the back. The frets are original (one is missing) and the German silver nut is original too. The SCHMIDT & MAUL / NEW-YORK logo is clearly stamped onto the neck block in the same style that Martin used at that time. The neck block also has the Spanish-style “foot” at its base, indicating earlier manufacture. This is an unusual opportunity to acquire an important historical piece for a fraction of the usual cost, and perhaps as a restoration project as well. Offered as is at $395 w/ssc 

w/ssc

$395.00
QTY: