Ludwig Reisinger Viennese Classical Guitar (late 19th Century)

Ludwig Reisinger  Viennese Classical Guitar  (late 19th Century)

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Ludwig Reisinger Viennese Model Classical Guitar (late 19th Century), made in Vienna, natural varnish finish, laminated rosewood and maple body, spruce top; maple neck with bone inlay, ebony fingerboard, hard shell case.

Ludwig Reisinger was a well-regarded luthier in Vienna in the late nineteenth century; he apprenticed and worked with Ignatz Johann Bucher until 1887, when he set up his own shop. As Bucher had been a student of Stauffer, this guitar is a direct descendant of Stauffer's designs which can be seen in distinctive features like the clock-key adjustable neck heel with a floating fingerboard. The guitar is a large instrument for this style, somewhat wider than the typical 19th century Viennese guitar. It is labeled but not dated, but likely was built around the turn of the last century. With an extremely fancy appearance it represents a high-grade presentation grade instrument, with many lovely cosmetic features including top and soundhole pearl-in mastic work and a very unusual bone inlay pattern in the back of the neck reminiscent of guitars from centuries earlier. Viennese guitars of this general type have remained popular in Germany and Austria well into the mid-20th century but are much rarer in the US. This is a wonderful historical piece and also a very playable instrument, with a good sound and a very unique character.
Overall length is 37 1/2 in. (95.2 cm.), 14 7/16 in. (36.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 13/16 in. (7.1 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 in. (610 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). Very fine overall; considering its age this guitar is exceptionally well preserved, with only a few old repaired top grain cracks and a couple of worn spots. The top appears French ploished over some time ago, all else looks original. A fantastic museum-quality piece and one of the finest quality Viennese 19th century guitars we have ever had. Overall Excellent - Condition.