James Ashborn American Parlor guitar – U.S.A. – 1850


Acoustic Hollow Body American Parlor guitar


Rosewood veneer side and back, Indian rosewood veneer on chestnut neck

Rosewood fretboard


The guitars’ design was unusual. Ashram combined the narrow body of Panormo’s English parlor guitar with the fan-shaped bracing pattern of the Spanish classical guitars. However, the way the neck was attached to the body was unorthodox: the dovetail joint was replaced by a more complex and reliable head-to-tail connection, for which ingenious techniques and modern materials were required.

Last updated on 5 May 2020
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