Sorting through the belongings of my late grandfather did result in a guitar to be pass down to my branch of the family. My mother remembers it has been 'always there' so it might be bought well before 1963, or at latest around 1967. He did live at that time in western Berlin. Sadly, it's still in transit, but I was sent some photos for the moment. According to the relative packing it for the transport, the interior label reads "Hemosch Musikinstrumente" and nothing more.

To me it appears very similar to a Marma, but somehow the parts don't seem to be in line. Like it was mixed from different instruments on that hobbyist's catalogue and partly color inverted and that board is of a totally different style.

Does anybody happen to recognize this design as one particular guitar builder or model, or could help identify specific parts?

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  • Get a flashlight and see if you can see a label inside. It should be right under the sounding holes, but it could have become unstuck over the years, so it might have fallen down to the bottom. – Chris Sunami supports Monica Jan 13 '20 at 17:33
  • @ChrisSunami I managed to call the one packing it and they could tell me what they saw on the interior label. – Trish Jan 13 '20 at 19:54

Doing a quick Google search on your label information ("Hemosch Musikinstrumente") identifies this as an archtop guitar sold under his own label by instrument dealer Heinrich Moritz Schuster (HeMoSch), but likely manufactured at the Todt workshop: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.guitardoc-vintage.de/vintage-lounge-musem/details/hemosch-archtop&prev=search

The images that come up in a search for that label are a close match to your own instrument.

  • While Heinrich Moritz Schuster fits clearly, it doesn't necessary seem to fit the Todt style in regards to the holes and I can't seem to find a single exemplar with one-piece droplike-holes. I have found Todt with the same harp-shaped stringholder though. The instrument seller though seems to have bought from more than just Todt. – Trish Jan 13 '20 at 20:42

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