Beautiful and extremely rare vintage guitar handcrafted by luthier Albert Buddy Scoles in 1933.
Pre-WWII Hawaiian guitars are rarely seen on the open market and have gone relatively unnoticed over the years in comparison to the popularity and attention gained by our four-stringed friend, the ukulele. Nevertheless, vintage Hawaiian guitars have gained in recognition and appreciation over the years and hold a historical significance on the greater landscape of stringed instrument luthiery. They have since become highly sought after by both musicians and collectors.
This beautiful custom Hawaii-made guitar was handcrafted by Albert Buddy Scoles in 1933 and boasts a gorgeous Hawaiian Koa wood back and sides and spruce top combination. This is one of the only early examples of a Hawaiian guitar that I have seen with a floating bridge and tailpiece specific to the time period. Solid Koa wood neck, radiused Rosewood fretboard and bridge, and original geared tuners for precise tuning. The guitar has undergone numerous professional repairs to return this beauty to its former functionality and glory. The tailpiece and bridge have been reconstructed since the original pieces were missing at the time of restoration.
Excellent projection, sustain, and clarity. A fun and unique historical Hawaiian guitar with some wonderful tones. Great for the recreational guitar player and the collector of things Hawaiiana.