Johann Stauffer Eight-shaped acoustic guitar – Germany – 1820


Acoustic Hollow Body Eight-shaped guitar


Maple back and sides, spruce top and layered neck

Rosewood fretboard


The body was relatively unorthodox. The back and sides are made of maple and the top of spruce with rosewood binding. The most striking thing about this instrument is the guitar headstock with the tuners aligned. This design quickly became very popular in Northern Europe and would also greatly influence the guitar’s development in the US by Stauffer’s most talented student, Christian Friedrich Martin. There is no evidence that Martin worked on this 1820 guitar but this Stauffer design would become invaluable to early American guitars.

Last updated on 5 May 2020
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