My SS Stewart

I bought one that needed restoration on my local Craigslist. I restored it myself and this guitar is truly a gem. It was in the guys family since the 1920's. A label inside it said it was purchased in West Virginia music store in 1925. It's a parlor guitar with Brazilian Rosewood back/sides, Mahogany hard V-shaped neck, ebony fretboard and bridge and some really blinged out shell inlay for the purfling and rossette and a complex binding design. It's a ladder braced guitar and sounds like everything you would want in an old blues guitar.

The only hint that I can see that this is of Gibson provenance is that the fretboard binding has fret end nibs. That is obviously not a dead give away but it is a reasonably good clue. It's a great guitar none the less.

You can see pics of the guitar and restoration here:


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