On 27 February Guernsey’s Auctions will present Guitars At Auction, an exclusive auction event featuring an assortment of almost impossible-to-find instruments.
Lots will be sold live in New York City on 27 February with live preview showings on 25-26 February from noon to 6pm each day. The event will feature several private collections including approximately 20 instruments coming directly from the great guitarist George Benson.
Here are a few lots for example:
Lot 307: Michael Keller ‘WowHaus’ Guitar
Estimated Price: $7,500 – $10,000
The ‘WowHaus’ guitar is the ‘evil twin’ of the ‘Bauhaus’ guitar. Both instruments evolved as collaboration between master luthier Michael Keller and graphic designer Dave Bricker.
This custom guitar is built from the finest acoustic guitar woods in the world, including tight-grained old growth Engelmann spruce from northern British Columbia, air-dried for many years for the top. Lightweight and extremely stiff, this high-grade wood allows the energy from the strings to drive the top more efficiently, giving the guitar a full, articulate, well-balanced tone.
African blackwood for the back and sides give the guitar a bell-like quality with a brilliant response only found in the highest level custom guitars of the modern golden age of lutherie. Bindings of bloodwood with bright red/blue/red purflings enhance the guitar’s elegance. The finest quality ebony was used for the fingerboard and bridge.
One of the more notable features are the fanned frets: this style of fret-scale gives the strings a more balanced and even sound by increasing the tension on the strings in the lower register (many call this a multi-scale system.) Moving the sound holes to the sides gives the top more area to vibrate, resulting in a richer tone. Placement of the sound ports on the side also gives the player a remarkable experience, as now the sound of the guitar is heard directly by the guitarist as well as the audience. The ultimate solo concert instrument.
Lot 279: c.1939 Super-Jumbo Euphonon, ex-Scott Chinery, attributed to Django Reinhardt.
Estimated Price: $60,000 – $70,000
This is a one-of-a-kind Larson-built example of design and decor. Distinctive features include a newspaper photo clipping of Django’s trio visible through the soundhole. This instrument graces the front cover of Bob Hartman’s 1996 book, The Larsons’ Creations – Guitars and Mandolins and also appears in the later edition published in 2007, entitled The Larsons’ Creations – Guitars and Mandolins, Centennial Edition as well as being featured in Scott Chinery’s, The Chinery Collection. In Hartman’s Centennial Edition he states that “its history has it belonging to Django Reinhardt and purchased from his brother, Joe, after Django died.” It is said this Euphonon and Scott’s Dyer Style 8 Symphony Harp Guitar were two of the only instruments out of his massive collection of over 1,000 that he frequently played. Chinery was a connoisseur who knew quality and reveled in the beautiful sounds emitted from these wonderful instruments.
This unique Euphonon was used for the Chinery promotion, ‘Masterpiece Guitars’ recording by Steve Howe and Martin Taylor. They thought enough of Scott’s Larson collection to choose nine instruments to be included on that wonderful CD. This guitar could be considered the last hurrah for the production of the now-famous Swedish immigrants, Carl and August Larson. As it was a beloved part of the late Mr. Chinery’s Collection, this instrument was one of the very few retained by his family after his passing in 2000.
Lot 231: 1965 Gibson J-200 Custom, Gordon Waller (Peter & Gordon) Collection
Estimated Price: $10,000 – $20,000
In 1965, Gibson gave Peter Asher and Gordon Waller a pair of custom-made J-200 guitars. This is one of the two. As the extensive wear and tear shows, Gordon Waller played this guitar often. While acoustic purists consider the electric guitar-style Tune-o-matic bridge embedded in the rosewood bridge (a feature Gibson added to this model in 1961) a detriment to its tone, Gibson J-200s from the 1960s are favored by many rock guitarists for their brilliant, percussive rhythm tones and sweet midrange in the studio. Many noteworthy songs from the 60s and 70s prominently feature the sound of J-200s from this era, including ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ by the Beatles, ‘Pinball Wizard’ by the Who, and ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’ and ‘Black Mountain Side’ by Led Zeppelin.
For the full list of lots, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/84719_guitars-at-auction-february-27/