Washington Grand Concert ca 1915 SOLD
Washington GC ca 1915 | SOLD | The first thing that needs saying about this guitar is that it's another one of those guitars that totally surprises upon playing it after needed repairs .. plays with ease and superior sound.
The Washington brand is reported to have been a brand used by the J.W. Jenkens Company in Kansas City, MO, in the early part of the twentieth century. Its overall construction and materials seem on par with the best guitars produced by Regal and some of the smaller producers of the day...definitely not a 'budget' instrument.
The top is a fine grade of spruce, ladder braced, with fancy purfling around the sound hole and top, set off with white celluloid binding. Sides and back are a fine grade of mahogany, with a fancy marquetry strip inlaid down the center of the back, with the back also bound in white. The neck appears to be cedar, and is carved to a pronounced 'V', and comfortable to the hand. The head stock is overlaid with Brazilian rosewood and sports a colorful 'Washington' decal. The celluloid-bound fingerboard appears to be 'ebonized' maple with white pearl markers at 5, 7 and 10. Tuners appear original and are engraved.
The body measures 14 3/4" across at the lower bout and 4 1/16" deep at the end pin. Scale length is 25 1/4", and the neck is 1 3/4" across at the nut.
There is an old repaired back crack. Recent repairs include a neck reset, new ebony bridge and restoration to the bridge plate/brace.
The action is set at 5/64" and the guitar plays easily. The guitar responds to the lightest touch, and the sound is full and warm, one of the best GC guitars we've played.
Comes with a soft case.