Instrument Details

1894 Beitel, Brazilian Rosewood/Adirondack Spruce
$7,205 $6,995
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Specs
Status
In Stock
Brand
Beitel, C.T.
Product Year
1894
Model
Parlor
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP304
Condition
Six top cracks and six back cracks, all stabilized. Some scraping at base of headstock on neck. Some pick wear around soundhole. Ivory binding is segmented in several places. This instrument has been gone over by our repair staff.
Body Type(s)
Small, 0/Parlor
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce - Adirondack (Red)
Neck Wood
Cedar
Neck Profile
V - Hard
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
MOP
Top Trim
Herringbone
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ivory
Fret Markers
None
Frets to Body
12
Headplate
Rosewood - Brazilian
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
None
Instrument Finish
Original
Bindings
Ivory
Tuners
Jerome
Tuner Finish
Gold Engraved with Ivory Buttons
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
18.5 in
Upper Bout
8.75 in
Lower Bout
12.25 in
Body Depth Heel
3.13 in
Body Depth Tail
3.88 in
Scale Length
24.56 in
Scale Length (mm)
624 mm
Nut Width
1.75 in
Nut Width (mm)
44.5 mm
String Spacing
2.41 in
String Spacing (mm)
61 mm
Weight
2 lb. 10 oz.
Case
Hardshell Case - New hardshell case
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Description

When you listen carefully, a little piece of history can be heard crackling in the voice of vintage instruments such as this 1894 Parlor guitar from C.T. Beitel (1869-1916), one of the only examples existent today. Beitel, who worked with Martin at the end of the nineteenth century, has been identified by some as the first American-born apprentice at Martin. Clemence was the cousin of C.A. Zoebisch, Martin’s distributer in those days. This instrument was completed and signed by Beitel in June of 1894, and you can still see his signature on the underside of the top (“C.T. Beitel, 6/94, Easton”).


Understandably, this Parlor is similar to Martin’s instruments at the time in many ways, but it doesn’t fit neatly into any of Martin’s appointment packages. The top is X braced and features a Pearl rosette and Herringbone purflings. The body and neck is bound in actual Ivory (which was also used to make the oval-shaped tuner buttons). The Maple bridge plate is to all appearances original, as is bridge, the Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, and the Adirondack Spruce top. The tuners are original as well: German-built Jerome tuners engraved with flowers. These tuners were only found on Martin’s most decadent models from this period.


The voice is creamy smooth and tinged with warm overtones, and plays very easily. Weighing under three pounds, this Beitel is a true featherweight, but still manages to pack a lot of sound into a small package. We’d expect no less from an instrument that precedes us by over 117 years!

An amazing piece of history to hold. It's incredible how this instrument, which was made in the century before last, is still in pretty excellent shape. It's one of the lightest guitars I've ever played, and I love the warmth in the trebles. This one will make someone's collection complete, I'd say.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 24.56 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.41 in
WOODS SPRUCE - ADIRONDACK (RED),
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

When you listen carefully, a little piece of history can be heard crackling in the voice of vintage instruments such as this 1894 Parlor guitar from C.T. Beitel (1869-1916), one of the only examples existent today.
 

An amazing piece of history to hold. It's incredible how this instrument, which was made in the century before last, is still in pretty excellent shape.
 
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