This is an incredibly ornate guitar with luxury in every detail; from the extensive mother of pearl decorations, the ivory linings, to the very expensive machines and the beautiful Brazilian rosewood back in one single piece.
The guitar was given to the famous Finnish violinist, composer and conductor Armas Järnefelt (1869-1958) during his successful tour of Russia in the early 20th century. Järnefelt was the chief conductor, and later director of, the Royal opera house in Stockholm. He was the brother in law of Jean Sibelius.
The guitar was originally made for seven strings but the bridge was changed to hold six strings. Luthier Johannes Kitselis has now changed the bridge and restored it to seven strings.
Included is a certificate from the Järnefelt family, confirming the origins of the guitar.
Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood
Machines: luxury, Stauffer type
Adjustable neck (Stauffer type)