A. C. Fairbanks Whyte Laydie (Custom)

  • Very Good Condition
  • Year: 1909
  • Includes Hard Shell Case
  • Serial #: 25646


Very rare custom order from the A. C. Fairbanks Company, featuring the firms sought-after 10-3/4" diameter scalloped Whyte Laydie tonering, with a factory stamped original mahogany Whyte Laydie neck with five tuning pegs on the peghead; throaty, vibrant tone. The maple pot has tortoise binding on the interior edges only, with W.L. stamp/Fairbanks plaque, no # designation; equipped with early No Knot tailpiece and appropriately tarnished original metal hardware ; numerous holes are present through the bracket band, perhaps from a past resonator attachment, with three of which extending through the wooden rim on the "driver's side". The bound mahogany neck has a desirable 26" scale length, with ebony fingerboard, and finely engraved pearl inlays in the company's earlier "Electric" style (missing a small piece of inlay on the 12th fret); unfortunately there is a reglued heel crack, and the neck has light forward relief. The frets are original, and show medium wear, with notable divets in the first position, and there is are typical hairline cracks in the pearwood peghead overlay. Included in sale is very unusual hard shell case, that is almost English looking.


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