Barrington

Posted by jo woods on Sun, 03/25/01 - 23:53:50.
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I have a Barrington custom made electric gutair. It was made in illinois i was wounder if any one had any information, how much its worth.



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Arthur Hansel info

My original idea, for Arthur Hansel, was a wikipedia page. That idea has fallen by the wayside (not enough free time).

Here's some Arthur Hansel info:
-- born in Germany, married there, had one son
-- not sure if he trained as a cabient maker or luthier
-- raced motorcycles (won several races, year unknown)
-- came to Toronto via the UK (year unknown), wife and son stayed in Germany
-- had a boarding house in Cabbagetown (Seaton St, Toronto), catering to German expats
-- married again in Toronto (year unknown)
-- workshop was on the property at this point
-- my grandmother owned the boarding house next door to Mr Hansel
-- Mrs Hansel passed away (year unknown)
-- Mr Hansel married my grandmother in 1962 or 1963, 2-3 years after my grandfathers death
-- The couple moved to MacDonald Ave (Scarborough) shortly afterwards
-- I do remember Mr Hansels workshop being in the basement on MacDonald
-- As kids we received tons of wood gifts and toys
-- Passed away in early 1980's (exact year unknown)

This is all I've got. I was pretty young at this point so a lot of the memories are hazy.

Frank

Terada guitar

I have a Terada Guitar serial num 46423 Num 800.......i have looked every where for info about this guitar but can find nothing...it has what looks like a very old and big pic up on it..it says it a Barcus Berry Harp patent pending made in USA i can show pics it it help.. if anyone can give me any ifo about the guitar it would be greatly appritiated:)

Re: Barrington

: I have a Barrington custom made electric gutair. It was made in illinois i was wounder if any one had any information, how much its worth.
I also have a BRG 881 in a hard case,I rescued it from a pawn shop in socal, for only $130 (they were asking $160 for it)After playing it for awhile, I felt just a little bad about talking them down in price .tunes&plays like a much higher priced guitar Ibanez is good comparison, Bottom line , It's hard put a price on something that gives such pleasure. Mines not for sale either , ENJOY!

guitar barrington

Dear friend, I would like to know more about my guitar, which was a gift from a friend and I don't know the origin. I leave you my mail so I can communicate with you and send you more information about my guitar. my english sucks because i'm talking spanish.
my email is: niko_gb002@hotmail.com

Re: Barrington

I worked at Barrington from pretty much day one until it's demise. If anyone wishes info on their guitar, email me a jpeg of it and I'll tell you what I know.

What I can tell you in general is: Electric (Barrington) were made in Japan at a factory that had at one time made neck-thru-body ESP's. The owner was/is famous Japanese guitar designer. The necks and bodies were assembled in Barrington, IL. Pickups were at first Barcus Berry. Very few first ones used an EMG-style active pickup, then switched to passive design (used by guys like Frank Zappa at the time). Eventually we went to Duncan pickups. Necks were maple, most had rosewood fingerboards, the two top-of-the-line solid bodies used ebony. Flat bodies used maple, the carved-top solid bodies used maple caps on mahogany body. All used Gotoh tuners and Floyd Rose style #1988 tremelos. The T.M. Stevens basses (4 and 5) were also made there.

Both the jazz boxes, Newport basses and the Gruhn acoustics
were made at the Japanese Terada factory, which is famous for making Ibanez, Washburn, Tokai, etc. Very high quality as well. These came to us fully assembled. The acoustics were produced in very small numbers, many as little as 3 only as Barrington was experiencing serious financial problems which eventually doomed the company.

The Foxxe brand were made in Taiwan, and are great to burn and keep you warm at night....

BARRINGTON BGW400

Hi, found this nice old-time jazz box (L5-like). It's got two humbuckers but I have no information. They ask 1300 $ and it seems a little too steep as a price to me for something few people know. But if anyone can tell me whether is good or not, maybe could be a good deal.
Thanks

Barrington bass

I have a barrington red flame color bass and am trying to locate a replacement neck. It was purchased around 1990.any info where I can get one?

Collector

So, I seem to be collecting Barrington guitars. Have a growing appreciation for them.

Have several electrics. Looking at an acoustic. If the acoustics are anything like the electrics, they are probably decent guitars.

Any thoughts or suggestions? It's a Gruhn. Any connection with Gruhn Guitars in Nashville?

Thanks,
Mark

Re: Barrington

: I worked at Barrington from pretty much day one until it's demise. If anyone wishes info on their guitar, email me a jpeg of it and I'll tell you what I know.

: What I can tell you in general is: Electric (Barrington) were made in Japan at a factory that had at one time made neck-thru-body ESP's. The owner was/is famous Japanese guitar designer. The necks and bodies were assembled in Barrington, IL. Pickups were at first Barcus Berry. Very few first ones used an EMG-style active pickup, then switched to passive design (used by guys like Frank Zappa at the time). Eventually we went to Duncan pickups. Necks were maple, most had rosewood fingerboards, the two top-of-the-line solid bodies used ebony. Flat bodies used maple, the carved-top solid bodies used maple caps on mahogany body. All used Gotoh tuners and Floyd Rose style #1988 tremelos. The T.M. Stevens basses (4 and 5) were also made there.

: Both the jazz boxes, Newport basses and the Gruhn acoustics
: were made at the Japanese Terada factory, which is famous for making Ibanez, Washburn, Tokai, etc. Very high quality as well. These came to us fully assembled. The acoustics were produced in very small numbers, many as little as 3 only as Barrington was experiencing serious financial problems which eventually doomed the company.

: The Foxxe brand were made in Taiwan, and are great to burn and keep you warm at night....

I recently picked up a BGW701 and a BGW400. Does anyone have any info on these? Thanks

I GOT A FOXXE ELECTRIC METALIC RED LOL!!

I got a foxxe guitar along time ago i got it for christmas one year! i was about 16 years old im now 37! somehow i managed to hold on to this guitar! itwas used alot by my brother i was finaly able to get it back. she has some chipped paint from it getting banged around! it still looks prety good for its age! i have some pics! this guitar is verry i mean verry hard to find!!! im looking at it right now and i cant believe i have one of these! i was on here looking for the back plate that covers the electronics he lost it i dont know how? any way i was just playing it and it felt so neat! the sound is so awsome! i loves the 80s sound! If anyone knows wher i can get parts for this guitar please help me out! there are alot of these sitting in closets i bet and people dont even know what they have! My model has the sharp headstock and like i said is metalic red! my friends all had one to ive seen them in black also with one humbucker pickup. mine has two singles and one humbucker! Its a real cool guitar! please send me an e-mail on what you know about this guitar! thanks Dave Hulse

Barrington Guitar BRG-881

I have an electric blue BRG-881 and its totally amazing. Its in perfect condition and I was considering selling it to build up capital for a Gibson or PRS but after reading everyone's posts I'm no so sure I want to sell it now. Does anyone think that these guitars, given the rarity of them will increase in value? Mine does have a fret job that has been done lowering the action and it now plays like smooth butter. I also play a PRS Custom 24 which is also a most wonderful guitar. Anyway anyone have any idea of the value of the BRG-881?

Re: Barrington

Hi! Do you know anything about a Barrington acoustic guitar that would have been made for RS williams & sons (maybe in Barrington,Ill.)
I know of a Hensel made by Arthur Hensel for RS Williams in Toronto,Canada, they look alike.Would it have been build by the same Arthur Hensel in Toronto.(inside it says''Artist hand made for RS Williams&sons''it doesn't mention the builder!!
Do you have any infos on it.
Thanks very much,
Ronald
ronlap@sympatico.ca
i have pixs i could send you if i had your e-mail.

Barrington BGW-275

I bought this guitar new in the mid-late 1980's, was looking to get information on it and what it may be worth today. It is black with pearl white 2 cut-out hollow body electric.

Re: Barrington

I have a BRG 884 TC. I dont know what kind of woods are used but it has a golden Gotoh hardware and Floyd Rose liscenced tremolo, two humbucking pickups (i dont know which make). It's serial number starts with 88xxx so i assume it was made in 1988. It's a curved top, pink guitar. Can anyone ( maybe someone who worked for Barrington) tell me what they originally sold for. I looked up the guitar bluebook value and it said around $1300 but i am not so sure. Thanks

Barrington

Hello.
Please send info about Barrington guitar mod. BRG 872. I'm interesting 'bout the wood, pickups, hardware.
Thanks for reply.
With greetings.
Daniel

Re: Barrington

: Hello.
: Please send info about Barrington guitar mod. BRG 872. I'm interesting 'bout the wood, pickups, hardware.
: Thanks for reply.
: With greetings.
: Daniel

The wood is curly maple, the tuners I believe are Schaler with the other hardware being Gibson stuff, and the pickups depened on when the guitar was finished. Barrington originally used Barcus Berry, but then switched to DiMarzio or Seymour Duncan (I forget witch exactly but I believe they were DiMarzio).

Re: Barrington

The 872 (Tele body, bolt-on neck) has an Alder body, Maple neck w/ rosewood f.b., early pickups were the Barcus Barry and later were changed to Duncans (JB/bridge, "Classic Hot Stack"/neck). Machine heads and term (#1988) were Gotoh. Hope that helps!

Re: Barrington

Barrington Guitars were a few businessmen from Barrington, Illinois that decided to commision ESP to make their electrics and Gruhn Guitars out of Nashville to build their acoustics. I have owned an electric, single cutaway tele syle with a Gotoh Floyd Rose bridge, to Seymour duncan humbuckers, and a Les Paul style 3 way pickup selector on the top horn. It had one volume control and a coil splitter, and was painted seafoam green with a binded arched top and a 22 fret ebony fingerboard. I remember it playing really well, low action and a super thin neck that held its tune pretty damn well until a took it apart. I also own an acoustic. It's a jumbo stlye acoustic with quilted maple sides and back with a spruce top. an ebony fingerboard and a saddle elctric pickup. This thing sounds like shit. Anyway, the company seemed to dissolve after their first run of electrics and acoustics. I believe the single cutaway electric is the only style they made, with just a handful of bridge, pickup, and color options. I still see a few when I get back to Chicago. Don't pay more that 4 bills for one, you should be able to get it for 350.

Re: Barrington

I worked for Barrington Guitars back when I was in High School, so I am a little prejudiced in favor of them. They actually had two brands of electric guitars, Barrington and Foxxe. The Foxxe guitars were the poor cousins of the Barringtons. The Foxxes sound just as good as the Barringtons but didn't play anywere as good as the Barringtons. Inever much played their Acoustics, so even though I did work for them back in the 80's I am not familiar with them. The Foxxe's were basically a Chavel type body construction. The Barringtons however had a wide variety of body constructions. Everything from a Strat/Chavel style body all the way up to full body Jazz guitars. The prices all range, but since they are no longer being manufactured you should be able to get good prices on any of them. I still own a Barrington Semi-Hollow body guitar that is remiscent, in sound at least, of a Les Paul. Feel free to ask me questions.

Re: Barrington

: I worked for Barrington Guitars back when I was in High School, so I am a little prejudiced in favor of them. They actually had two brands of electric guitars, Barrington and Foxxe. The Foxxe guitars were the poor cousins of the Barringtons. The Foxxes sound just as good as the Barringtons but didn't play anywere as good as the Barringtons. Inever much played their Acoustics, so even though I did work for them back in the 80's I am not familiar with them. The Foxxe's were basically a Chavel type body construction. The Barringtons however had a wide variety of body constructions. Everything from a Strat/Chavel style body all the way up to full body Jazz guitars. The prices all range, but since they are no longer being manufactured you should be able to get good prices on any of them. I still own a Barrington Semi-Hollow body guitar that is remiscent, in sound at least, of a Les Paul. Feel free to ask me questions.

Dear Chris Haywood,
I was wondering how musch a Foxxe Barington is worth i have one with a Banana neck one and is still looking like it did when my father bought it.

Sincerely,
Adrienn McKean

Re: Barrington

: I worked for Barrington Guitars back when I was in High School, so I am a little prejudiced in favor of them. They actually had two brands of electric guitars, Barrington and Foxxe. The Foxxe guitars were the poor cousins of the Barringtons. The Foxxes sound just as good as the Barringtons but didn't play anywere as good as the Barringtons. Inever much played their Acoustics, so even though I did work for them back in the 80's I am not familiar with them. The Foxxe's were basically a Chavel type body construction. The Barringtons however had a wide variety of body constructions. Everything from a Strat/Chavel style body all the way up to full body Jazz guitars. The prices all range, but since they are no longer being manufactured you should be able to get good prices on any of them. I still own a Barrington Semi-Hollow body guitar that is remiscent, in sound at least, of a Les Paul. Feel free to ask me questions.
Chris: It's Rip from Marion. I was searching on your name today and came up with this forum entry. Please send me an email at parker@sarasotarockers.com so I can get in touch.
All the best,
Rip

Re: Barrington

Hi my friend got a Foxxe Barrington bass guitar
and i wants to buy it but i don't have any idea
how much it worth. That was a gift so she don't have any idea too. Is it high quality instrument ? It doesn't seem
to have a model written on it.. just Foxxe by Barrington.

So if you can give me any price advice like (around XXX$) or (no much than XXX$)i thought about 300$ is it too much i'd appreciate. Thanks

Re: Barrington

: I have a Barrington custom made electric gutair. It was made in illinois i was wounder if any one had any information, how much its worth.

Give me the particulars of the guitar and try to send me a jpeg front & back. I've had a couple of these, maybe I can help.

Re: Barrington

This guy says it's going for 5 bills on ebay or something, plus some other info. I got one too.

www.harmony-central.com/Guitar/Data4/Barrington/BRT833-01.html

: I have a Barrington custom made electric gutair. It was made in illinois i was wounder if any one had any information, how much its worth.

Re: Barrington

I own a Barrington and a Foxxe. I use to work for the company. They are excellent guitars overall, however not very well known. I would need to know more before I knew anything about its worth

: This guy says it's going for 5 bills on ebay or something, plus some other info. I got one too.

: www.harmony-central.com/Guitar/Data4/Barrington/BRT833-01.html

:
: : I have a Barrington custom made electric gutair. It was made in illinois i was wounder if any one had any information, how much its worth.

Barrington 5 string bass

I own a Barrington 5 string with gold tuners and a gotah bridge. I payed $600.00, I met the guy that made them at the N.A.M.M show in Chicago ( he was a really nice guy).My bass was purchased after my Tobias was stolen and needed a bass to get me through 3 weeks on the road,, I fell in love with the bass and used it for many years.I had it in a gig bag and someone put an over size bag on it and it split a portion of the head stock. I have since repaired it but never take it on the road. Several other bass players used the basses and loved them. The Bass player with KoKo Taylor ( Melvin) traveled with his for many years .His bass was lost in a fire and few years ago . We both saw each other recently and talked about our search and hope of replacing the basses we loved. ,,,,,,, : I own a Barrington and a Foxxe. I use to work for the company. They are excellent guitars overall, however not very well known. I would need to know more before I knew anything about its worth

: : This guy says it's going for 5 bills on ebay or something, plus some other info. I got one too.

: : www.harmony-central.com/Guitar/Data4/Barrington/BRT833-01.html

: :
: : : I have a Barrington custom made electric gutair. It was made in illinois i was wounder if any one had any information, how much its worth.

Re: Barrington 5 string bass

: I own a Barrington 5 string with gold tuners and a gotah bridge. I payed $600.00, I met the guy that made them at the N.A.M.M show in Chicago ( he was a really nice guy).My bass was purchased after my Tobias was stolen and needed a bass to get me through 3 weeks on the road,, I fell in love with the bass and used it for many years.I had it in a gig bag and someone put an over size bag on it and it split a portion of the head stock. I have since repaired it but never take it on the road. Several other bass players used the basses and loved them. The Bass player with KoKo Taylor ( Melvin) traveled with his for many years .His bass was lost in a fire and few years ago . We both saw each other recently and talked about our search and hope of replacing the basses we loved. ,,,,,,, : I own a Barrington and a Foxxe. I use to work for the company. They are excellent guitars overall, however not very well known. I would need to know more before I knew anything about its worth

: : : This guy says it's going for 5 bills on ebay or something, plus some other info. I got one too.

: : : www.harmony-central.com/Guitar/Data4/Barrington/BRT833-01.html

: : :
: : : : I have a Barrington custom made electric gutair. It was made in illinois i was wounder if any one had any information, how much its worth.

Dave and all Barrington guitar owners,

There is a ton of innaccurate information circulating regarding Barrington guitars. There are only two authorities that can give proper information regarding the exact information regarding any Barrington guitar....myself and Scott Johnson. If you hear from anyone else that they worked for the company, be suspect. Scott and I had a couple of guys work for us, (Chris and Dave) but beyond that it was just Scott and me building guitars. BTW, I'll be bringing my basses back to market soon. Any interest in a 35" scale six string?

Ron Lukowski

Re: Barrington 5 string bass

: : I own a Barrington 5 string with gold tuners and a gotah bridge. I payed $600.00, I met the guy that made them at the N.A.M.M show in Chicago ( he was a really nice guy).My bass was purchased after my Tobias was stolen and needed a bass to get me through 3 weeks on the road,, I fell in love with the bass and used it for many years.I had it in a gig bag and someone put an over size bag on it and it split a portion of the head stock. I have since repaired it but never take it on the road. Several other bass players used the basses and loved them. The Bass player with KoKo Taylor ( Melvin) traveled with his for many years .His bass was lost in a fire and few years ago . We both saw each other recently and talked about our search and hope of replacing the basses we loved. ,,,,,,, : I own a Barrington and a Foxxe. I use to work for the company. They are excellent guitars overall, however not very well known. I would need to know more before I knew anything about its worth

: : : : This guy says it's going for 5 bills on ebay or something, plus some other info. I got one too.

: : : : www.harmony-central.com/Guitar/Data4/Barrington/BRT833-01.html

: : : :
: : : : : I have a Barrington custom made electric gutair. It was made in illinois i was wounder if any one had any information, how much its worth.

: Dave and all Barrington guitar owners,

: There is a ton of innaccurate information circulating regarding Barrington guitars. There are only two authorities that can give proper information regarding the exact information regarding any Barrington guitar....myself and Scott Johnson. If you hear from anyone else that they worked for the company, be suspect. Scott and I had a couple of guys work for us, (Chris and Dave) but beyond that it was just Scott and me building guitars. BTW, I'll be bringing my basses back to market soon. Any interest in a 35" scale six string?

: Ron Lukowski

DUH, I just posted your post Ron.Ok, lets start again.My name is Nick Goehrke.I also have the Barrington 5 string with the gold hardware.I got mine,through my friend Mick Donner.He appearently knew you guys.I'm not sure if he was working for you,but do remember being at your factory,and choosing one of many beautiful basses,from many. I believe I paid between $450 and $550. I used it for many years and then switched to a Warwick thumb.But just this week I pulled it out and have been using it regularly in my new band.Its a different aninal from the Warwick,but I love it just the same..I'd love to see this bass in a 5 string fretless ,if your taking requests for the new ones..I'd love to get one or even be involved ,if you keep it local. Peace..Nick

Barrington 4-string Fretless acoustic/electric bass guitar

I purchased this bass guitar but have never seen this maker before. It plays and sounds great. Would like to know the value of this instrument. Having trouble finding any info on my bass. Thanks in advance for any help.

Re: Barrington 5 string bass

: : : I own a Barrington 5 string with gold tuners and a gotah bridge. I payed $600.00, I met the guy that made them at the N.A.M.M show in Chicago ( he was a really nice guy).My bass was purchased after my Tobias was stolen and needed a bass to get me through 3 weeks on the road,, I fell in love with the bass and used it for many years.I had it in a gig bag and someone put an over size bag on it and it split a portion of the head stock. I have since repaired it but never take it on the road. Several other bass players used the basses and loved them. The Bass player with KoKo Taylor ( Melvin) traveled with his for many years .His bass was lost in a fire and few years ago . We both saw each other recently and talked about our search and hope of replacing the basses we loved. ,,,,,,, : I own a Barrington and a Foxxe. I use to work for the company. They are excellent guitars overall, however not very well known. I would need to know more before I knew anything about its worth

: : : : : This guy says it's going for 5 bills on ebay or something, plus some other info. I got one too.

: : : : : www.harmony-central.com/Guitar/Data4/Barrington/BRT833-01.html

: : : : :
: : : : : : I have a Barrington custom made electric gutair. It was made in illinois i was wounder if any one had any information, how much its worth.

: : Dave and all Barrington guitar owners,

: : There is a ton of innaccurate information circulating regarding Barrington guitars. There are only two authorities that can give proper information regarding the exact information regarding any Barrington guitar....myself and Scott Johnson. If you hear from anyone else that they worked for the company, be suspect. Scott and I had a couple of guys work for us, (Chris and Dave) but beyond that it was just Scott and me building guitars. BTW, I'll be bringing my basses back to market soon. Any interest in a 35" scale six string?

: : Ron Lukowski

: DUH, I just posted your post Ron.Ok, lets start again.My name is Nick Goehrke.I also have the Barrington 5 string with the gold hardware.I got mine,through my friend Mick Donner.He appearently knew you guys.I'm not sure if he was working for you,but do remember being at your factory,and choosing one of many beautiful basses,from many. I believe I paid between $450 and $550. I used it for many years and then switched to a Warwick thumb.But just this week I pulled it out and have been using it regularly in my new band.Its a different aninal from the Warwick,but I love it just the same..I'd love to see this bass in a 5 string fretless ,if your taking requests for the new ones..I'd love to get one or even be involved ,if you keep it local. Peace..Nick

i own a 5 string barrington bass which i bought in late 80's or early 90's and it is a beautiful instrument which i have enjoyed along with a 94 american fender jazz.never bother tryin to figure out what is worthed....serial number r 883029....i did pay about 700 dollars for it with bartolini pick ups...plz let me know it would be useful to know for my son

Re: Barrington 5 string bass

Just wanted to say to Ron Lukowski. Listen to the man when it comes to Barrington's & Foxxe's. He is one of the few people to talk to about them.

Re: Barrington Guitars

: We have a Barrington Acoustic Guitar Inside is label "Hand Made by Arthur Hensel Especially For Baere & Son
Does anyone have any idea as to the potential value as this guitar is over 55 years old, having been
purcharsed in 1945.
Would appreciate any information anyone can give on this subject
Many thanks

Re: Barrington Guitars

how much would a aurthur hansel 1950 would be priced around???

Re: Barrington Guitars

: : We have a Barrington Acoustic Guitar Inside is label "Hand Made by Arthur Hensel Especially For Baere & Son
: Does anyone have any idea as to the potential value as this guitar is over 55 years old, having been
: purcharsed in 1945.
: Would appreciate any information anyone can give on this subject
: Many thanks

I own that guitar it is a family heirloom i play it now it was purchased in the late 1940 i belive
i still play it today it sounds great i'm guessing it's worth 400 bucks canadian

Re: Barrington Guitars

I have a Hensel Minerva "hand made by Arthur Hensel for R.S. Williams and Sons Co. Ltd". Near as I can figure it was built before they went under during the "Great Depression".
(Pardon the oxymoron. What could be so great about depression?)

Saw one advertised for $1495.00 Canadian at Anderson Strings in Iroquois Ontario.

Re: Barrington Guitars

Ive never seen any Hensel sell for more than 350....they usually go for around 150. Folkaway and Anderson Strings are dreaming . check ebay they are always some on.

: I have a Hensel Minerva "hand made by Arthur Hensel for R.S. Williams and Sons Co. Ltd". Near as I can figure it was built before they went under during the "Great Depression".
: (Pardon the oxymoron. What could be so great about depression?)

: Saw one advertised for $1495.00 Canadian at Anderson Strings in Iroquois Ontario.

Re: Barrington Guitars

: : : We have a Barrington Acoustic Guitar Inside is label "Hand Made by Arthur Hensel Especially For Baere & Son
: : Does anyone have any idea as to the potential value as this guitar is over 55 years old, having been
: : purcharsed in 1945.
: : Would appreciate any information anyone can give on this subject
: : Many thanks

: I own that guitar it is a family heirloom i play it now it was purchased in the late 1940 i belive
: i still play it today it sounds great i'm guessing it's worth 400 bucks canadian
IT IS NOT FOR SALE SO DON'T EVEN ASK!!!

Re: Barrington Guitars

Arthur hensel made guitars for r f williams company out of toronto they were a retail store but would also distribute these guitar around the world..know for making a great box but not so hot for fret placements... these guitars usually need a bit of work ... (ie neck reset, new finger board and a refret., sometimes a new bridge... estimated 600-700 work .... but what you get is well worth the cost of fix up ...
and can sell for up to 1500-2000 dollars depending on the shape and weather or not all that work has been done....

great canadian made guitars from 1930-1950

Re: Barrington Guitars_Hensel

Hello,
I also qwn a very old guitar"HandMade by Arthur Hensel, but for the R.S.Williams and Son Ltd. He apparently made guitars for larger dept. stores in the early pre and post 2nd W.W.. Mine was originally a laptop Hawaiian style but plays credibly in the first position thiugh the intonation goes off rapidly as you move up the fretboard. Mine was in a flood in the '50's up here in Canada and was in rough shap with a crack in the back and had a destroyed bridge with no front perfling left. I had the basic giutar rebuilt to the finishing stage and, as some previous owner had tried to remove the front Hawaiian painting with sandpaper ACROSS the bloddy grain the top looks a bit shabby, but clean now, and i took the laquer off by shaving till i got to the wood on the sides and bacl which revealed lovely bird'seye maple, which wan then polished down with fine steel wool and then polished with gunstock oil which has mad a very nice, non yellowing clear shiny finish....worth moer than I could get for it as well I fear....LOL

peace

Bobby Stahr

: : : We have a Barrington Acoustic Guitar Inside is label "Hand Made by Arthur Hensel Especially For Baere & Son
: : : Does anyone have any idea as to the potential value as this guitar is over 55 years old, having been
: : : purcharsed in 1945.
: : : Would appreciate any information anyone can give on this subject
: : : Many thanks

: : I own that guitar it is a family heirloom i play it now it was purchased in the late 1940 i belive
: : i still play it today it sounds great i'm guessing it's worth 400 bucks canadian
: IT IS NOT FOR SALE SO DON'T EVEN ASK!!!

Re: Barrington Guitars_Hensel

Hello!
I'm also the proud owner of an old "ARTIST - Hand Made Expressly for the R.S.Williams and Sons Co Ltd by Arthur Hensel" gitar that my mother got for her confirmation ca.1943-5 in Iceland. It's a small guitar with "ARTIST HENSEL" carved into the headboard. It had a beautiful surprisingly big sound for its size. Sadly it was ravaged by Icelandic frost and thaw when it was left in the family's country home for a winter or two. Hopefully not beyond repair tho! It would be great to know more about this instrument that has brought a lot of joy to a few generations.

minerva

my dads guitar has been passed on to my daughter, it is an old guitar, carved minerva and hensel, inside label says hand made expressly for rs williams and sons ltd , authur hensel.... finding a lot of different information out there... anyone know the value of the guitar?

Re: Barrington Guitars_Hensel

Hi
I just got an "Artist Hensel" rebuilt. My mother got it when she was sixteen years old, that would have been 1942 0r 1943. over the years it had suffered rather badly, and at one point the entire back was smashed out, I recovered it from her attic. I found a music store that took it and fully rebuilt it to near new condition. It has an unusually full and rich sound for such a small Guitar.

Part of the rebuild was to leave the scratches and marks on the front of the guitar while restoring it, they made an outstanding job, and the finished product was aell worth the money and wait.

Ken

Hello there

Hi, I also have one of these guitars now, my grandfather had it durring WW2. it says its handmade on the inside, its a Hansel Minerva. But mine like yours is in rough shape, needs a new nut and a couple of tunning pegs.....If you dont mind me asking how much did your restoration cost?, and do you have an idea of what the value might be?, any info will be helpfull....thanks for your time , Clint. :)

Re: Barrington Guitars_Hensel

Hi, I own a parlor guitar that I believe was made by Arthur Hensel. On the headstock is the logo of the RS Williams Company, and the name Hamilton. Has anyone run across one of these?

: Hello,
: I also qwn a very old guitar"HandMade by Arthur Hensel, but for the R.S.Williams and Son Ltd. He apparently made guitars for larger dept. stores in the early pre and post 2nd W.W.. Mine was originally a laptop Hawaiian style but plays credibly in the first position thiugh the intonation goes off rapidly as you move up the fretboard. Mine was in a flood in the '50's up here in Canada and was in rough shap with a crack in the back and had a destroyed bridge with no front perfling left. I had the basic giutar rebuilt to the finishing stage and, as some previous owner had tried to remove the front Hawaiian painting with sandpaper ACROSS the bloddy grain the top looks a bit shabby, but clean now, and i took the laquer off by shaving till i got to the wood on the sides and bacl which revealed lovely bird'seye maple, which wan then polished down with fine steel wool and then polished with gunstock oil which has mad a very nice, non yellowing clear shiny finish....worth moer than I could get for it as well I fear....LOL

: peace

: Bobby Stahr

:
: : : : We have a Barrington Acoustic Guitar Inside is label "Hand Made by Arthur Hensel Especially For Baere & Son
: : : : Does anyone have any idea as to the potential value as this guitar is over 55 years old, having been
: : : : purcharsed in 1945.
: : : : Would appreciate any information anyone can give on this subject
: : : : Many thanks

: : : I own that guitar it is a family heirloom i play it now it was purchased in the late 1940 i belive
: : : i still play it today it sounds great i'm guessing it's worth 400 bucks canadian
: : IT IS NOT FOR SALE SO DON'T EVEN ASK!!!

Re: Institute Guitars_Hensel

: Hi, I own a parlor guitar that I believe was made by Arthur Hensel. On the headstock is the logo of the RS Williams Company, and the name Hamilton. Has anyone run across one of these?

: : Hello,
: : I also qwn a very old guitar"HandMade by Arthur Hensel, but for the R.S.Williams and Son Ltd. He apparently made guitars for larger dept. stores in the early pre and post 2nd W.W.. Mine was originally a laptop Hawaiian style but plays credibly in the first position thiugh the intonation goes off rapidly as you move up the fretboard. Mine was in a flood in the '50's up here in Canada and was in rough shap with a crack in the back and had a destroyed bridge with no front perfling left. I had the basic giutar rebuilt to the finishing stage and, as some previous owner had tried to remove the front Hawaiian painting with sandpaper ACROSS the bloddy grain the top looks a bit shabby, but clean now, and i took the laquer off by shaving till i got to the wood on the sides and bacl which revealed lovely bird'seye maple, which wan then polished down with fine steel wool and then polished with gunstock oil which has mad a very nice, non yellowing clear shiny finish....worth moer than I could get for it as well I fear....LOL

: : peace

: : Bobby Stahr

: :
: : : : : We have a Barrington Acoustic Guitar Inside is label "Hand Made by Arthur Hensel Especially For Baere & Son
: : : : : Does anyone have any idea as to the potential value as this guitar is over 55 years old, having been
: : : : : purcharsed in 1945.
: : : : : Would appreciate any information anyone can give on this subject
: : : : : Many thanks

: : : : I own that guitar it is a family heirloom i play it now it was purchased in the late 1940 i belive
: : : : i still play it today it sounds great i'm guessing it's worth 400 bucks canadian
: : : IT IS NOT FOR SALE SO DON'T EVEN ASK!!!

Hi, I just came across a dreadnaught style, 14 fret sunburst guitar that definitely bears Arthur Hensel's handy work. The headstock is carved with the name INSTITUTE and also some kind of fish is carved just above it.It is all solid mahogany, one piece front and back. No markings inside. Can anyone enlighten me on this one? Thanks!

Re Hensel Guitars

: Hi, I own a parlor guitar that I believe was made by Arthur Hensel. On the headstock is the logo of the RS Williams Company, and the name Hamilton. Has anyone run across one of these?

: : Hello,
: : I also qwn a very old guitar"HandMade by Arthur Hensel, but for the R.S.Williams and Son Ltd. He apparently made guitars for larger dept. stores in the early pre and post 2nd W.W.. Mine was originally a laptop Hawaiian style but plays credibly in the first position thiugh the intonation goes off rapidly as you move up the fretboard. Mine was in a flood in the '50's up here in Canada and was in rough shap with a crack in the back and had a destroyed bridge with no front perfling left. I had the basic giutar rebuilt to the finishing stage and, as some previous owner had tried to remove the front Hawaiian painting with sandpaper ACROSS the bloddy grain the top looks a bit shabby, but clean now, and i took the laquer off by shaving till i got to the wood on the sides and bacl which revealed lovely bird'seye maple, which wan then polished down with fine steel wool and then polished with gunstock oil which has mad a very nice, non yellowing clear shiny finish....worth moer than I could get for it as well I fear....LOL

: : peace

: : Bobby Stahr

: :
: : : : : We have a Barrington Acoustic Guitar Inside is label "Hand Made by Arthur Hensel Especially For Baere & Son
: : : : : Does anyone have any idea as to the potential value as this guitar is over 55 years old, having been
: : : : : purcharsed in 1945.
: : : : : Would appreciate any information anyone can give on this subject
: : : : : Many thanks

: : : : I own that guitar it is a family heirloom i play it now it was purchased in the late 1940 i belive
: : : : i still play it today it sounds great i'm guessing it's worth 400 bucks canadian
: : : IT IS NOT FOR SALE SO DON'T EVEN ASK!!!

Hi I also have one of Arthurs parlour Guitars my'n has the ingraving on the head stock Artis Hensel. Bill."""""""

HENSEL MINERVA GUITAR

I inherited my Dad's guitar which is 66 years old. It is in great shape and still sounds amazing. Just curious as to what it's worth? Of course I'm not selling. It has too many sentimental values. Label inside reads The R.S. williams & Sons co. Ltd.

Re: Re Hensel Guitars

: : Hi, I own a parlor guitar that I believe was made by Arthur Hensel. On the headstock is the logo of the RS Williams Company, and the name Hamilton. Has anyone run across one of these?

: : : Hello,
: : : I also qwn a very old guitar"HandMade by Arthur Hensel, but for the R.S.Williams and Son Ltd. He apparently made guitars for larger dept. stores in the early pre and post 2nd W.W.. Mine was originally a laptop Hawaiian style but plays credibly in the first position thiugh the intonation goes off rapidly as you move up the fretboard. Mine was in a flood in the '50's up here in Canada and was in rough shap with a crack in the back and had a destroyed bridge with no front perfling left. I had the basic giutar rebuilt to the finishing stage and, as some previous owner had tried to remove the front Hawaiian painting with sandpaper ACROSS the bloddy grain the top looks a bit shabby, but clean now, and i took the laquer off by shaving till i got to the wood on the sides and bacl which revealed lovely bird'seye maple, which wan then polished down with fine steel wool and then polished with gunstock oil which has mad a very nice, non yellowing clear shiny finish....worth moer than I could get for it as well I fear....LOL

: : : peace

: : : Bobby Stahr

: : :
: : : : : : We have a Barrington Acoustic Guitar Inside is label "Hand Made by Arthur Hensel Especially For Baere & Son
: : : : : : Does anyone have any idea as to the potential value as this guitar is over 55 years old, having been
: : : : : : purcharsed in 1945.
: : : : : : Would appreciate any information anyone can give on this subject
: : : : : : Many thanks

: : : : : I own that guitar it is a family heirloom i play it now it was purchased in the late 1940 i belive
: : : : : i still play it today it sounds great i'm guessing it's worth 400 bucks canadian
: : : : IT IS NOT FOR SALE SO DON'T EVEN ASK!!!

: Hi I also have one of Arthurs parlour Guitars my'n has the ingraving on the head stock Artis Hensel. Bill."""""""

I have the Artist hensel. I purchased from a lady who owned it for 20 years and her Grandpa bought in 1945 in Port Alberni . He hand Made a shappy paper case for it and the neck is pretty damn good. the frets have unfortunately been filed to nubs but thats easier to fix than a fretboard i guess. Still have ivory style tuning pegs in the case, original screwed down pickguard. Love the hand carved headstock, and the inlay around the tone hole and fretboard.I love the crackled lacquer.. looks like an old oil painting. The top is about 3/8ths thick it seemms.The grain has fat spacing in the upper quadrant and the grain realy tightens up on the bottom quadrant.I think this guitar is only 4 or so inches thick, and I swear there's a little subwoofer stashed in it somewhere.... all for a price of 150 bucks.... been waiting for years to buy a steal like this as well as own an increasingly popular yet rare piece of Canadiana. Great rythm guitar or lower neck finger picker! Can't wait to get a proper setup frets and some pro tuners. NOT FER SALE lol

hensel guitar

I have one purchaced new in mid 40's and would like to sell it. It is in good shape. Make an offer

Re: Re Hensel Guitars

: : : Hi, I own a parlor guitar that I believe was made by Arthur Hensel. On the headstock is the logo of the RS Williams Company, and the name Hamilton. Has anyone run across one of these?

: : : : Hello,
: : : : I also qwn a very old guitar"HandMade by Arthur Hensel, but for the R.S.Williams and Son Ltd. He apparently made guitars for larger dept. stores in the early pre and post 2nd W.W.. Mine was originally a laptop Hawaiian style but plays credibly in the first position thiugh the intonation goes off rapidly as you move up the fretboard. Mine was in a flood in the '50's up here in Canada and was in rough shap with a crack in the back and had a destroyed bridge with no front perfling left. I had the basic giutar rebuilt to the finishing stage and, as some previous owner had tried to remove the front Hawaiian painting with sandpaper ACROSS the bloddy grain the top looks a bit shabby, but clean now, and i took the laquer off by shaving till i got to the wood on the sides and bacl which revealed lovely bird'seye maple, which wan then polished down with fine steel wool and then polished with gunstock oil which has mad a very nice, non yellowing clear shiny finish....worth moer than I could get for it as well I fear....LOL

: : : : peace

: : : : Bobby Stahr

: : : :
: : : : : : : We have a Barrington Acoustic Guitar Inside is label "Hand Made by Arthur Hensel Especially For Baere & Son
: : : : : : : Does anyone have any idea as to the potential value as this guitar is over 55 years old, having been
: : : : : : : purcharsed in 1945.
: : : : : : : Would appreciate any information anyone can give on this subject
: : : : : : : Many thanks

: : : : : : I own that guitar it is a family heirloom i play it now it was purchased in the late 1940 i belive
: : : : : : i still play it today it sounds great i'm guessing it's worth 400 bucks canadian
: : : : : IT IS NOT FOR SALE SO DON'T EVEN ASK!!!

: : Hi I also have one of Arthurs parlour Guitars my'n has the ingraving on the head stock Artis Hensel. Bill."""""""

: I have the Artist hensel. I purchased from a lady who owned it for 20 years and her Grandpa bought in 1945 in Port Alberni . He hand Made a shappy paper case for it and the neck is pretty damn good. the frets have unfortunately been filed to nubs but thats easier to fix than a fretboard i guess. Still have ivory style tuning pegs in the case, original screwed down pickguard. Love the hand carved headstock, and the inlay around the tone hole and fretboard.I love the crackled lacquer.. looks like an old oil painting. The top is about 3/8ths thick it seemms.The grain has fat spacing in the upper quadrant and the grain realy tightens up on the bottom quadrant.I think this guitar is only 4 or so inches thick, and I swear there's a little subwoofer stashed in it somewhere.... all for a price of 150 bucks.... been waiting for years to buy a steal like this as well as own an increasingly popular yet rare piece of Canadiana. Great rythm guitar or lower neck finger picker! Can't wait to get a proper setup frets and some pro tuners. NOT FER SALE lol as far as the others, it looks like totally rebuild and refinished ones average around 500 bucks. I think the hamilton was where the guitar went to school... apparently he was commissioned be rs williams to go to conservatories of music. I have read of one in London ont from a music school.I believe there were other artists commissioned by rs williams at the time, Hensel's factory was tiny and I have read he only made about 400 of these artist guitars.

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