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Dealers, Restorers & Appraisers of Fine Musical Instruments
Dealers, Restorers & Appraisers of Fine Musical Instruments

Louis Sutz, Guitar, c.1915, Cincinnati, OH

Louis Sutz, Guitar, c.1915, Cincinnati, OH


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Larger than most midwestern guitars of this type – this is nearly the size of a Martin 00, though not a copy of a Martin body outline. The body outline is similar to Chicago guitars of the period with a more rounded lower bout than Regal guitars. The 2-piece back is of nicely figured Brazilian rosewood with matching sides. The top is of Adirondack spruce with a broad band of 5-layer purfling and cream colored celluloid binding. The mahogany neck is a very full V-shape with a slotted head and ebony fingerboard with 12 frets to the body and 19 overall. Scale length is 25″, Nut width is 1-13/16″, Length of back 19-1/4″, Lower bout 13-7/8″, Body depth is from 4″ to 3-1/2″; straight braces, bridge plate is mahogany or rosewood and may be original; it has had a neck reset in the past and has playable action; there are several open cracks in the back 10″ at the lower bass bout one 9″ in the lower treble bout, and one 6-1/2″ closer to the center; back cracks are unrepaired; glued crack on the treble rib 3″; Old repair to 4″ crack on the top treble side lower bout extending upwards; period tuners that are non-original to the guitar and appear to be by Lyon & Healy; generous finger wear to the right of the soundhole; completely original finish; neck has capo marks halfway down the neck-some of them are deep; label: Louis Sutz/ MAKER / Hand-Made Violins, / Mandolins, Guitars,/ Zithers, Etc/ No. 1616 Vine Street/ Cincinnati, O.; In a 1960s chipboard case

Louis Sutz (1862-1942) was a German-born instrument maker in Cincinnati in the early-1900s. Sutz built guitars and violins in the area of Cincinnati known as “Over the Rhine” which was formerly known for its mostly German population. Mr. Sutz had a reputation for being very demanding and rarely hired apprentices for the factories. Sutz was a very strict luthier and maker of fine instruments including violins, mandolins, zithers, and guitars.

We accept payment by VISA & MASTERCARD, Check, Wire Transfer and other forms of legal tender.

Because vintage instruments are each so unique, we want to have a conversation with you to answer questions, discuss the individual characteristics of an instrument, and your specific needs or concerns.  We are happy to take order details over the phone at the same time.  There are some instruments we feel absolutely require this kind of dialogue, and you will see that they are not enabled for click & ship purchase.  If you can’t phone us, please start a conversation by email.

Pennsylvania is an “Origin” state as regards sales tax obligations. Thus, shipments to PA destinations are subject to the Pennsylvania + Philadelphia sales tax, or 8%. Otherwise, for shipments to other states we collect sales tax as required. We recommend that customers check with their state’s Department of Revenue to learn their obligations for reporting and remitting sales tax.

Personal checks are accepted, but must clear our bank before we will ship an instrument. Cashiers Checks are also accepted–just like cash. You may also transfer funds directly to our bank (contact the shop for bank wire information).

Alongside the cool vintage and antique instruments in the shop we have a healthy collection of carefully selected New instruments. When you see the “NEW” designation for an instrument – as opposed to a particular year — it means we purchased that instrument directly from the manufacturer.  Of course, it might have a serial number from the previous year, or even before that. Also, an instrument can be here at the shop for a little while.  We certainly don’t mind having an instrument with a little time under its belt!

We work with terrific instrument makers who do a wonderful job of setting up their instruments, but we check them out just to be sure. When a NEW instrument comes to the shop, we check to make sure that the setup is comfortable before it’s out for customers to see and try.  We can also customize the setup to accommodate a customer’s preferences.

It is always possible that a NEW instrument will have some signs of human contact.  In fact, it’s not uncommon for faint pick marks to be visible on a pickguard when it arrives at the shop after the final factory inspection.  That tells us that someone at the factory actually checked it! We clean and polish every instrument we are shipping out.  We don’t want you to have someone else’s fingerprints, but you might see the whorl from a polishing cloth on a shiny gloss surface, or faint pick lines on a pickguard.  If you are looking for an instrument that has never left the box, let us know and we’ll see what we can do!

We’ve shipped instruments all over the world for more than forty years, and that practice has taught us many things. Foremost, instruments of the violin family are not well designed for shipping. We wish everyone could visit the shop, but know that isn’t always feasible. However, we do not ship all instruments. We do not ship bows over $1,000., violins or violas over $5,000., or any cellos. These instruments weren’t really built for the rigors of shipping.

For those instruments we do ship, we know well that packing well helps insure that an instrument will arrive at your destination in good condition. Typically, we use UPS shipping services. We like to ship straight away, but might suggest waiting a bit if poor weather or long holidays present concerns.

Pennsylvania is an “Origin” state as regards sales tax obligations. Thus, shipments to PA destinations are subject to the Pennsylvania + Philadelphia sales tax of 8%. For shipments to other states we collect sales tax for instruments as required. We recommend that customers check with their state’s Department of Revenue to learn their obligations for reporting and remitting sales tax.

International shipments may be assessed customs and clearance duties by the governing authorities in the country of destination, and these charges are the responsibility of the customer. Additionally, the cost of export permits is charged to the customer, and we may ask to have these paid before the shipment is sent.

If you decide not to keep an instrument we have shipped to you, please notify us by telephone or email within 48 hours of receiving it. If there is some sort of calendar issue that makes this work poorly – please just talk to us. The instrument should then be packed up again as it was sent to you, and returned to us via the same shipping service by which it was delivered, and insured for full value. We will refund the price of the instrument as soon as we receive it, provided it arrives in the condition in which it left the shop. The customer is responsible for the shipping charges.

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