Look at this 1920s
Galiano 12-String

© Frank Ford, 2000; Photos by FF

Unfortunately, this guitar came in only for a "look-at" and wasn't left for restoration. It's owner has left it in "as found" condition for many years and is considering whether to get it fixed up. I'm including it in the Museum because it's so remakably similar to the classic 1920s Stella 12 string guitar made famous by Leadbelly and Barbecue Bob, a couple of the instrument's early superstars. Both Stella and Galiano were among the numerous trademarks used on guitars made by the Oscar Schmidt company, later best known for their acquisition of the Autoharp business and trademark.

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You San Francisco Bay Area oldtimers will recognize the repair label above. . .


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