40’s Del Oro 00-size+ 12-fret in solid X-braced mahogany/maple, hair shy of 1 3/4” nut, 2 3/16” string spacing, bold tone with nice projection and playability


The Del Oro brand was an attempt by Kay Musical Instrument Company to break out of their boring lineup of acoustics and offer something with more pizzazz. This example, in larger 00-size, offers a nice balance between parlor and big-body flat top from the same period. The full scale length delivers a robust tone which breaks out nicely whether played fingerstyle or flat picked. Good value for and American made flattop from this period.

SPECS: 00-+Size, 12-fret neck with solid headstock, X-braced solid mahogany book-matched top, solid maple sides and back, maple neck, adjustable 2-way truss rod, MOP fretboard inlays with corresponding side dots, vintage tuning machines, oval neck profile, new radius’d rosewood fretboard with new frets, new ebony pyramid bridge, cream binding on top and sound hole, unbleached bone pins, nut and saddle. Nut width: hair shy of 1 3/4”, String spacing 2 3/16”, Scale length 25.5”, upper bout 11”, lower bout 14 7/8”, body length 19”, Overall length 38 1/8”, Depth at end block 4 1/8”, Neck depth at 1st fret 13/16”, Neck depth at 5th fret 7/8” Action: 3/32”, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 Custom Light gauge in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Complete shop rebuild using original and repurposed woods with upgrades as noted. Open pore lacquer finish on top. Evidence of prior tailpiece. Old wear along capo line. Please note that vintage, used or repurposed materials will have underlying swirls, scrapes, scratches, bumps and bruises. Any new elements/features added during the rebuild were made to fit in with the old.

SOUND: Rich mahogany tone is enhanced by a body size that is slightly larger, longer and deeper than most parlor guitars. Setup currently for fingerstyle but can easily take some strumming and flat picking as well. I can adjust the setup for a more aggressive attack at the customer's request.

Price: $899

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