LEGNANI MODEL TERZ GUITAR by ANTON LUTZ & CO., VIENNA, ca. 1850
A very interesting mid-19th century Viennese guitar, unlabelled, but most likely the work of Anton Lutz & Co, Vienna, around 1850.
The back and sides are of maple with a worn but very nice blonde/golden varnish. The belly is unvarnished. This guitar has been restored in my workshop and came to me with an unoriginal head and bridge. It is a Legnani model guitar and, as a terz, has a short stringlength at 568mm. The fretboard is stained pearwood and is original, as are the fret spacings for 22 frets. The unoriginal brass frets have been replaced with narrow (1.2mm nickel silver frets during the restoration.
The present head is reconstructed based on an original Viennese neck in my possession and incorporates the original machine tuner from that neck, which is of the period of the guitar and is in excellent working order. The neck is very straight and is adjustable with a clock key. The guitar is now fully payable and has a very fine, strong and bright tone consistent with the tone ideal of Viennese terz guitars. The restoration photos below show the repair of a long crack in the treble side. This had been previously poorly repaired, but, while not invisible, is now stable and strong.
The very substantial barring is a frequent feature in the Viennese terz instruments and produces a very strong and bright tone with excellent projection and flexibility.
For sale with a fitted case: