Made in San Francisco - and it's a cutaway!
© Frank Ford, 1999; Photos by FF
This guitar is a bit crude, to be sure. BUT, it is certainly the earliest American cutaway guitar I've seen. If you look at the inscription on the neck block, you'll see that Carl Anderson claims to be the "inventor."
There weren't a lot of luthiers in these parts a century ago, and many of the surviving instruments tend to be a bit "rustic" compared to the great factory guitars of the Eastern builders. This one is no exception. It is exceptional, though in its innovation.
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