Ernst Mönning 1920 contra guitar


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Ernst Mönning 1920 contra guitar (Schrammelgitarre) of the extra class – built in fine handwork and in coat of arms form, this guitar is an absolute rarity.

Ernst Mönning is a guitar maker who was born in Vienna and worked there for many years. Familiar with the Viennese guitar building, he later went to Munich, where he built guitars until the end of his life.
His work is considered by experts to be of very high quality. The quality of his guitars is absolutely equal to the instruments of Hermann Hauser I.

The contra (Schrammel) guitar type was invented in Vienna in the middle of the 19th century and quickly became very popular.
Famous guitar makers such as Johan Georg Stauffer, Johann Gottfried Scherzer and Franz Angerer built such instruments.
The contra guitar is excellent for accompaniment in folk music and Schrammel music. Nowadays it is also used in modern music and jazz.

This beautiful guitar was built in the style of one of the famous Viennese guitars, with the typical Stauffer headstock, unique tuners and adjustable neck.

The sound is very beautiful, masterful with concert quality. It has a sound with a lot of clarity, but at the same time incredible tonal flexibility, offering the magic that only an old, masterfully built guitar can produce.
The guitar has a good response and can be amazingly loud. At the same time, it retains a wide range of beautiful timbres in all registers.

The guitar has a spruce top and maple back and sides. The condition is very good for its age. It is in very good playing condition and stable all around.