Condition is Used and definitely not perfect. The neck needs a certain amount of tension. It's really old so I would say it's sorta warped/spongy. If you put silk and phosphor on it the fourth fret buzzes and after letting Luthier check it out he said put heavier strings on because of neck relief. It worked pretty well with that suggestion, the intonation and playability are pretty respectable for beings so old.
It's had a basic restoration to the guitar and case. I was even tempted to swap out the neck with an ancient 1880 Martin neck, but really didn't feel that was necessary. With a light selection of strings it's not too bad. I took it to the Guitar Show and asked several experts/enthusiasts about neck and possible origins, they thought it looked okay, but nobody could identify it and with no label it's almost impossible to do so.Some thought it was early to mid 1800's another dealer thought it was something from a catalog from mid 19th century. It's not priced through the roof because it's not perfect and there's no label. This was put together simply to accent a room and might be great in an older house or movie prop/ wild west show or historical setting. Its better than a wall hanger, but it's no George Bauer on the neck.
The tone is excellent thought and it's best with soloing and improvisation. The new frets definitely help with overall playability, but with the neck being picky about strings and tension, I generally reduce string tension when stored and the neck isn't getting worse over time when i do put new stings on it. It will need new stings. With new stings it shines pretty well on chords and soloing for being so ancient with the neck being somewhat spongy.
Thanks for checking it out. The item "Unknown Vintage Parlor Guitar 1800's Original Wood Coffin Case Rarity" is in sale since Friday, April 3, 2020.
This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Acoustic Guitars". The seller is "parlorguitarluv1" and is located in Bellefontaine, Ohio. This item can be shipped to United States.