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Pacific Melody – Australian Parlour Guitar c. 1940


Hec McLennan was a British-born musician, teacher and seller of banjos and banjo-mandolins, active in Melbourne in the 1930s.  Aware of the swing to guitars (both lap style and ‘normal’ style) associated with  Hawaiian music and emerging singing cowboys of that era, he set up the “Pacific Guitars” factory in Melbourne around 1935. Over the next decade, Pacific specialised in variations on a theme of flat-top Parlour size guitars with 12th-fret neck-body joint, laminate construction  and decorative Hawaiian or Cowboy stencilled artwork on the body.  Here we have a clean original example in sunburst with green and red cowboy stencils and all original parts including fucntional tuners, pickguard, Sheoak bridge and ‘Pacific’ embossed tailpiece.  We date this guitar to around 1940, and it comes with a brown fibre board hard case of the era.   A playable piece of Aussie guitar history!  Please feel free to get in touch for more info and / or delivery quote to your postcode.

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Pacific Melody – Australian Parlour Guitar c. 1940

  • Brand: Pacific
  • Model: Melody
  • Made In Year: c.1940
  • Top, Back/Sides: Laminate
  • Neck/Fretboard: Deep V shape neck, flat radius, bar frets
  • Scale Length: 23″ (585mm)
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16″ (44mm)
  • Case: Brown fibre hard case of the era
  • Issues/Repairs: Nil. Structurally strong and playable
  • Condition: Good, commensurate with 60+ years of age.
  • Notes: Original condition & playable example of Australia’s first guitar factory, Pacific Guitars in Melbourne.