SOLD Oscar Schmidt Jumbo 6 ca. 1920

Oscar Schmidt Jumbo Six ca. 1920 | SOLD

Although commonly called 'jumbos' today, the original Schmidt catalogs referred to these big-body guitars as 'Auditorium' guitars, and were the largest offered by the venerable Jersey City factory. They're actually quite rare, and perhaps rarer than their coveted 12-string siblings.

This example is a mid to higher quality than many of the Schmidt catalog guitars. The body is birch, finished in a faux-rosewood. The top is solid red spruce, trimmed in red/green purfling and white celluloid binding. The back is celluloid-bound and sports an inlaid purfling strip down the middle. The neck is likely poplar or basswood, and carved in a comfortable 'C-ish' shape. Overall, the guitar has aged to a soft patina, and is quite striking to the eye.

The body measures a whopping 15 13/16" across the lower bout, and the scale length is 26 7/8". The fingerboard at the nut is 1 13/16 across.
The guitar has recently undergone a neck reset, a refret and a replaced (ebony) pyramid bridge with compensated saddle. There was some touch up to cover the footprint of a larger replacement bridge. A short crack in the top along the treble side of the fingerboard extension was glued and cleated, and a long side crack was glued and the seam touched up to match the paint scheme. This was done to a high level, and is invisible to the eye. Additionally, a few back braces were reglued.

The guitar plays quite well, with a flat, straight neck, and low action. The sound produced by these jumbos is something special. With aged red spruce, ladder bracing, and a big body, the guitar can really rumble when pushed, but sing sweet as a bird when played lightly. The tone produced is clear and pure.
Comes with an older hard case.

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