What an amazing rare old piece! The story from the grand daughter of the original owner was, this guitar was bought in the early 30’s, her grandfather played it to woo her grandmother. Once she married him, he never touched it again. It has been sitting in a case since the 30’s! The guitar was tuned up and yet, the neck is perfect. The slight V shape of the back of the neck is super cumfy and adds to its strength and rigidity. The old-growth tree that this was probably made out of is so strong, the wood will not bow. I have 12 gauge Elixers on here. My first inclination was to use Silk and Steel, but the tension was too low to make it speak. These strings are perfect. The original frets show almost no wear. There are no cracks, repairs or loose braces. Neck joint is tight.
What I love about this guitar is the wide flat feel of the fretbaord. Nut width is 1 11/13″. The action is nice and low with no buzzing. The sound is beautiful! The small Koa body is loud and full. All the pieces used on the body are book matched and the head has a nice rosewood cap. The tail piece/bridge arrangement had me worried that it wouldn’t resonate, but I was wrong. The tone is sweet, punchy, with a slight boxy tone that gives it its personality. It’s so fun to play you do not want to put it down! The guitar has a real early Martin vibe. I was told Martin made some Weymanns, and I would not be surprised if this was one of them. If not, it is on par with the quality of an old Martin. The original hard shell case is in great shape as well. Guitar was originally strung to play Hawaiian style with nut jack. Original Ree Lax slide and picks and nut jack included! Own a piece of history with a great story behind it!