My oldest acoustic guitar is an early ‘30s “airplane bridge” Harmony tenor guitar that was my uncle’s. The bridge was designed as a tribute to Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. It looks sort of like this.
I also have a family heirloom violin that my Great-Great Grandfather traded for. He traded food to a band of gypsies traveling west for 2 old violins. It needs a little work to get playable. He learned how to play and used it at barn dances. He had really long arms and could set it into his elbow and play it. It is a full sized violin.
My Guild D-46 was built in 1981. And I just sold a nice Alvarez-Yairi that was built in 1976.
Did you not like the AY or more a matter of not playing it much?
I loved that old Yairi, and had it for a long time. Great guitar, had a Brazilian rosewood pickguard. But I decided to downsize, just had too many guitars. Actually, I sold two Yairis- the other was a DY-57 that I had recently rescued. And I gave my oldest guitar, a 1974 Alvarez, to a girl I was giving lessons to. And I gave my Telecaster and Blues Jr. amp to my son.
I'm down to just three guitars now, which seems to be a good number for me right now.
1974 Ibanez 2846 (Guild D50 copy)...I picked this up around 5 years ago. The guy I bought it from was the original owner and it sat in a closet for most of the last 41 years. I got it for $225....a pretty smoking deal IMO.
Quarternote, I really like that Ibanez (that you stole, lol!).
If you look up a ways, you'll see my post with a photo of 2 guitars. The one on the left is a Guild D50 that I used to own.
Your knockoff Ibanez actually is fancier, with that very nice 3-piece back and the bound neck. The Guild D50 is actually rather plain, although it's an iconic guitar and the workhorse of the Guild lineup back then.
I know that Takamine made several Guild knockoff models (and they were great guitars!), but I did not know that Ibanez did. Interesting.
I am the second owner of an acoustic Ovation Balladeer from late '67 early'68, with the original two-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, that I got from a friend in the '90's. It was in was in very rough shape (Top splits) due to poor storage conditions
I was working in Connecticut at the time so I brought it to the factory, located in New Hartford, to see if it could be salvaged.
The tech checked the truss-rod functionality and found it to be viable for a transplant. The top was not repairable.
The neck was removed and the original deep bowl discarded. A new mid-depth bowl was made with a very nice 'Nutmeg' finish. They even gave me a used case at no extra charge.