W. Huttl Archtop
This archtop was made in the late 50s or early 60s in Germany by W. Huttl. This unique guitar seems to have survived the years quite well except for the headstock drying out and losing its overlay. Here is a picture of how it arrived in my shop with some of the maple faceplate missing.
Here is the back of the Huttl faceplate upon arriving at my shop, missing alot of the wenge that was once there.
A new faceplate ready to be glued onto the Huttl.
A new wenge backplate glued onto the Huttl headstock.
Huttl headstock with new face and backplates ready for finishing.
A close up of the new finished Huttl faceplate.
New finished backplate for the Huttl.
Another picture of the Huttl headstock restored.
The back of the Huttl with wenge inlayed into the maple. Really beautiful work on an unusual guitar.
The is a picture of the Huttl ready to go with a new hand made and intonated bridge. The guitar also had a few other repairs while in for restoration including a neck reset and regluing some binding. It left the shop ready for another 50 years of making music. It actually had a really good "rootsy" sound for some types of jazz or folk. Definitely an interesting project!