John Alvey Turner Guitar

The guitar equivalent of a “barn find”, this guitar almost certainly dates from the 1930s. It is a 16” wide flattop with a dark stained spruce top with a wide ivoroid soundhole rosette, ladder and fan bracing and walnut back and sides. The 12-fret neck is mahogany with a slotted peghead and ebony fingerboard. There is a replaced floating bridge and trapeze tailpiece. There is no maker's name but it bears the JAT stamp on the heel. It is a great sounding instrument. We have no provenance for this curious and possibly unique guitar, but it looks English and the high quality workmanship points to a professional luthier or small company having made it.


Subsequent research has revealed another guitar, this one known to have been made by J.G. Abbott, Snr. This one has a sunburst finish, with a different soundhole inlay and peghead shape, otherwise it is pretty much identical to the above guitar. Sadly there is no description or history with the picture, but it is safe to assume that it was made in the early '30s. You can find more information here GYPSY JAZZ UK

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