Arthur Robb
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Musical Instruments for Sale

These instruments are available now! If you would like to play any of them please contact me for an appointment.

1838 Louis Panormo £4000

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A 179 year old Louis Panormo guitar recently restored in my workshop is now for sale. The price includes a slightly large good quality wooden case (not the original coffin case) and the guitar can be shipped worldwide. Because the guitar contains rosewood, it will need a CITIES export permit if shipped outside the EU.

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1838 Panormo

The guitar has been restored to playing condition. It has many blemishes, but none affect the guitar's playability. The guitar is slightly deeper than many and has a full rich tone. Strung with Savarez low tension White Card strings, it plays very easily. The full description of the restoration can be found at:
1838 Restoration

String length: 633 mm
Overall Length: 939mm
Width of upper bout: 231 mm
Width at waist: 178 mm
Width at lower bout: 289 mm
Height at upper bout: 95 mm
Height at lower bout: 100 mm
Nut width: 46.5 mm
Distance between 12 fret and 1st string: 2.1 mm
Distance between 12 fret and 6th string: 2.2 mm
Weight: 1.25 k


8 course lute 8 course lute

An 8 course Renaissance lute started in 2013 is now available. With a string length of 600mm, it is tuned to g and is strung with Kürschner strings. The 13 rib body is English figured sycamore, the fingerboard and soundboard edging are Indian rosewood, the neck, English cherry, the bridge Swiss pear and the pegs Gloucestershire plum. The soundboard is Swiss pine (picea abies).

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The height of the strings measured from the bottom of the string to the top of the 8th fret is 2.5mm for the 1st course and 2.9mm for the 8th course. The lute plays easily with excellent tone and projection.

Price of £3000 includes a new blue Kingham (made to measure) case. It can be shipped worldwide.

1960 Höfner Club 50 - £1100

Club 50 Club 50

A beautiful and light vintage 1960 Höfner Club 50, restored in my workshop. It has been re-fretted and has a new control panel made from new/old stock from Germany. The wiring has been completely refurbished. The new control panel and both original pickups work. The guitar plays well and has a wonderful vintage tone.

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The number on the back of the headstock, 1449, indicates that this guitar was probably made in 1960. The headstock facing has started to come away and a previous owner has glued it back in place with a glue which has discoloured the facing. One of the photos shows this. The guitar is one of those distributed by Selmer and was originally sold by John Holmes in Swindon.

The price of £1100 includes a good quality hard case. It can be shipped worldwide.


Parlour Guitar Parlour Guitar

Some would call this a parlour or ladies guitar. I made it in 2004, one of many made to my small steel string guitar design, but I was never happy with the finish. In 2017 I removed the varnish and replaced it with a rubbed oil finish. I feel the visual result is far superior and now offer the guitar for sale.

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This guitar is particularly suited for use onstage. It is a not extraordinarily light (I can make them like that) and is therefore not as prone to on stage feedback as are very light guitars. It is fitted with a Headway under saddle pickup, the Snake, and an internal preamp, the HE4/G.FEQ system. This requires a 9 volt battery which is in a small plastic pouch fitted with velcro under the fingerboard and accessible through the sound hole. On average, the battery will last a year. It has an mono jack socket in the end block that also serves as a strap pin. This connects directly to and amp or mixing desk. The amplified sound is bright and powerful.

Parlour Guitar Parlour Guitar

A truss rod is fitted and is adjustable through the sound hole. The strings and battery will need to be removed to adjust the truss rod which requires an 4.5mm Allen key .

The back, sides and neck are mahogany, the fingerboard and bridge, Indian rosewood and the soundboard is Swiss pine (picea abies).

String length: 612mm
Overall Length: 940mm
Width of upper bout: 230mm
Width at waist: 165mm
Width at lower bout: 302mm
Height at upper bout: 84mm
Height at lower bout: 87mm
Nut width: 44mm
Height of strings at 12th fret: 2.4mm
Weight 1.235kg

The price of £1800 includes a good quality classical guitar case (which is a little roomy). It can be shipped worldwide.

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