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EC except two repaired top cracks and a repaired back crack. This guitar is among the fanciest American parlor guitars ever seen. Benson worked in Minneapolis c.1900 to the 1930's and this guitar apparently sat in his shop for many years as a centerpiece display. 13-1/2" lower bout, 24-11/16" scale length, 1-13/16" nut width, Brazilian rosewood sides and back (back may - or may not - have been replaced years ago), ivoroid-bound body, neck and peghead with b-w purfling lines, tons of pearl and abalone inlays: alternating checkerboard of abalone and pearl around top, several layers of abalone/pearl around soundhole, very ornate and beautifully engraved floral inlays cover every fret of the ebony fingerboard extending into the peghead, ebony pyramid bridge is fully covered with engraved pearl and has bone/pearl bridge pins, fancy pearl and abalone around endpin area (endpin is missing). Slotted peghead with engraved Handel tuners inlaid with unusual design of wire and pearl, guitar appears to have been refinished a very long time ago, handwritten label on center of back says "1894 P. Benson MINNEAPOLIS MINN. Floor Model Presentation Only One Made," strung with nylon strings, on consignment, with SSC
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