Vintage Guitar - February 2017 - Open - 73
1) The guitar is an Adams made in Illinois in 1897. It has
a serial number (2,000) stamped in the back brace, near the
label. Its neck joins the body at the ninth fret, which puts
the octave fret well out on the soundboard; it's almost an
2) A penciled inscription on the interior top, near the sound
hole, reads "Factory Dwight, Illinois, USA, Guitar #2000 By
Adams Bros October 1897, this is the only one ever made of
3) At some point, its peghead had been broken - and poorly
repaired, to say the least.
4) After deciding to graft on a new headstock, Ian had little
to lose by "dismantling" the old repair.
5 and 6) He cut away the old peghead and joined a blank of
mahogany with rosewood overlay onto the neck.
7) Using a blank meant having a lot of wood to carve.