Ditson Model 261 Parlor guitar – U.S.A. – 1906


Acoustic Hollow Body Parlor guitar


Body, head and rosette in the style of a Martin, tailpiece suitable for steel strings

Spruce top, rosewood neck


Influenced in design by C.F. Martin’s guitars, this parlor guitar is perhaps the last piece made under John Haynes’ direction and seems simpler than the instruments Haynes made several decades earlier. From 1916 Ditson was one of Martin’s biggest customers: he sold the Martin-designed Ditson Model, as well as many standard models with the C.F. Martin.
C.F. Martin and Gibson did not make guitars with a flat top and steel strings until 1920, but Ditson had been doing this since the 1890s. It was precisely the steel of the strings that made the sound and playing technique of early blues, country and jazz in the first decades of the 20th century.

Last updated on 5 May 2020
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