Here’s a rare, cool vintage B&J parlor stencil guitar! It’s a Serenader with what I believe is the “Buckeye” cowboy image on it.
It’s pretty rare, as there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of information or images of this particular guitar and image!
The condition of the top and image is good. There are scratches and marks, as can be seen in the photos but there doesn’t appear to be any cracks or warping.
The guitar itself has had some glue repairs in the past and everything seems stable.
This collectable Serenader comes with a chipboard case.
A little about B&J Music: B & J, or Buegeleisen and Jacobson, was a musical instrument distributor based in New York City for most of the Twentieth Century. The company had instruments built for them by many of the factories that we’ve become familiar with, Stromberg-Voisenet (later to become Kay), Espana and Regal. The Serenader name was used on a wide variety of guitars and equipment from the 1920’s right on into the 1960’s. Not much more is known about these instruments and dating them can be very difficult because most were catelog guitars and show no serial number. B&J Music still exists as a music instrument distributor located in Toronto, Canada.
****PLEASE NOTE: The “Stencil Guitars” listed by this shop are sold with the intention of being used as decorative pieces and should be assumed to be in unplayable condition unless otherwise stated. The “condition” ratings attached to these instruments should be viewed as a representation of the condition of graphics, aesthetic damage, etc. and of the overall piece as a “wall hanger”, not the condition of the piece as a playable instrument. All “Stencil Guitars” will be sold “as-is”, please look at the pictures carefully before purchasing.****