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While Weymanns typically had slotted
pegheads and three-on-a-strip side-mount
tuners, the 848's solid peghead and banjo
tuners offered "...neater construction,
and a far more attractive
appearance." The back
served the practical
function of hosting the
Weymann logo and
die-stamped serial
and model numbers.

cert models, both of which were
Hawaiian-style guitars with spruce
tops, f-shaped sound holes, ladder
bracing, and mahogany back and
sides. And while most Spanish-style
Weymanns had rectangular pin-type
bridges, the 648, 748, and 848 were given
a fixed Brazilian-rosewood bridge with a
straight saddle made from fine fret wire;
strings pass through holes at the rear and
terminate in a trapeze-style tailpiece that
rests directly on the top.
This 848 has a mahogany neck, ebony
nut, and 18-fret fingerboard (253/4"
scale) with 12 frets clear of the body.
Weymann guitars typically had slotted
pegheads and three-on-a-strip sidemount tuners, but the solid peghead
here has a shape similar to that used
on Weymann banjos, with six "four-toone" banjo tuners dressed in grainedivoroid buttons. The catalog describes
their virtues including "centered gears
and countersunk mounting, giving
neater construction, and a far more
1928 Weymann Model 848

and those produced
after 1910 have their
model name/number
and serial number diestamped on the end of the
peghead. They're generally
very lightweight, with a
sharper peghead angle
than most guitars
of the period, and
produce a unique
tone.
The 848 featured here is
rare. Made
in 1928, it
has an Aud i t o r iu m size (141/2")
flat-top body
meant to be
played Spanish-style, and
in many ways resembles Weymann's
smaller 648 and 748 con-

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attractive appearance." The
gold-colored Weymann logo
decal and die-stamped serial
number and model number
appear on the rear.
The 848 was particularly
well-adapted for blues-playing,
with impressive sustain and
natural reverb.
Weymann's brand-name
instruments saw their greatest
success in the '20s, but the onset
of the Great Depression in '29
and death of Harry Weymann
in '30 marked the beginning of
a slow decline. In-house manufacturing was shut down almost
immediately after Harry's
passing, and instruments were
then subcontracted, their
quality much lower. While the
Philadelphia store continued
business into the early '60s,
the company's position as an
instrument manufacturer essentially ended with the onset
of World War II.


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