An Old Parlor Guitar

An Old Parlor Guitar

Here’s a guitar that is something of an enigma. Although identified as a 1920’s Harmony, this guitar bears many of the hallmarks of a little-known brand of parlor guitar–McKinney. Although construction style indicates Harmony manufacture, these guitars have also been attributed to Regal. McKinney may have been one of Regal or Harmony’s department store/catalog brands. To confuse matters more, it appears that there were at least two unrelated McKinney guitar manufacturers– one was possibly a remnant of the turn of the century McKinney Organ company while the other was a low quality offering of a Hawaiian style guitar school of the McKinney name. The hallmarks of these two guitars differ tremendously by comparison. Attributing a date has also been a bit uncertain. If the Geib and Schaeffer case is original to the guitar, it’s possible this guitar was made some time between 1929 and 1937. The guitar itself has been wonderfully refinished and an extremely unusual “suspended” bridge was added. Featuring an arrow straight 24 scale, 18 fret hard v-neck, figured quartered maple back and sides and clear spruce top. Even the nut, bridge, and strap buttons are wood. This guitar is a beauty. With extremely low action and near perfect intonation, she plays and sounds awesome. The maple lends a distinctly clear yet warmly brightened tone and is perfectly matched to the parlor-sized body.