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Vintage Landola acoustic Guitar - 1960's Bear Claw Spruce - Swaps / offers considered

Runcorn, Cheshire £275.00
36 days ago


Rare vintage Landola acoustic from the 1960's.

The label inside states OY Landola AB, Pietarsaari, Jacobstad, which dates the guitar between 1961 and 1966 (see Landola info in pics).

Apparently the woods are a mixture of "Bear Claw Spruce" top, (no idea if solid as has an inner ring) and Mahogany back, sides, and neck, with possibly a Rosewood fretboard but I'm no expert so please take a look at the pictures.

What is Bear Claw Spruce?

From Bourgeois Guitars - "Bearclaw, like the curl in curly maple, is a rippling of the longitudinal fibers, which divides the surface of the wood into shimmering patterns. Unlike the even waves that usually occur in maple, bearclaw usually appears on asymmetrical or randomly broken patterns. This phenomenon almost always occurs in older trees that have dense, stiff grain structure and high sound velocity. Thus bearclaw is usually a reliable indicator of the better examples of tonewoods within any given species of spruce."

Mother of Pearl Headstock inlay, Brass Truss Rod cover and 6 individual Pearloid tuners.

Very nice detail around the strap button, plus a beautiful looking bridge, and there is some crazing to the soundboard's nitrocellulose lacquer which most of us adore about vintage guitars. My partner's reflection is on one pic, so don't confuse as marks.

No serious dings and overall a very beautiful looking guitar in very nice vintage condition.

The action is a little over 3mm at the 12th fret, although you could take some more off the saddle, and it plays ok and sounds great.

It's had a clean, and a set up. I've adjusted the nut and saddle, lubricated the nut with lead & Vaseline, and polished the frets a little, as well as cleaning and oiling the fretboard. A bit of lubricant to the tuners, and hoovered the inside, so in very presentable condition.

NOTE : The case in the photographs is not part of the sale

If you need it posting, it will be about £15. Item also on Ebay.

Many thanks.

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