Schmidt & Maul with Experimental X Bracing




This Schmidt & Maul, like my early Martin and Martin & Coupa parlor guitars, has what I believe may be the first experimental variation of X-bracing,which appears at about the same time on a handful of Martins and Schmidt & Maul Guitars.  One such Schmidt& Maul is dated 1845.

This Schmidt & Maul, with the same experimental variation of X-bracing as appears on the Martin & Coupa, also has several distinctive 1840's features including Spanish foot, Spanish heel, , as well as the colored diamond backstrip and checkerboard binding sometimes seen on early Martins.

This Schmidt & Maul shares a number of features with early Martins, such as a variant of the "tooth" rosette, arrowhead top border and backstrip, and pyramid bridge.

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