Buchanan Style 3 Weissenborn with Hard Case


Hand made in West Yorkshire by luthier Tom Buchanan. The Style 3 Weissenborn is one of the most beautiful model featuring striking holly and rosewood binding on the front. Built using flamed Koa throughout and utilising time honoured methods. Simply superb! Supplied with a hard case.

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The Weissenborn Style 3 was offered throughout the 1920’s and in to the 30’s.

Taken from the Tonk brothers Co catalogue from the late 1920’s the Style three is described as: “Entire body-top, bottom and side- made for specally selected beautifully marked genuine Koa. Fingerboard of specially selected Koa with extra fancy position marks and fretted with white holly. Edges of top of body, also finger-board and soundhole, surrounded with rope binding. Beautiful finish hand rubbed to a high gloss thoughout. Body depth 3 inches”

The Style 3 has been patterned from a beautiful and near mint circa 1927 Style 3 from our collection of originals. Every detail has been captured to ensure an absolute true recreation. Being built in the same way as the originals has meant our instruments have a lightweight feel yet are still strong.

As is correct for this period, full hot hide glue is used across the construction. We build using only the finest old grown and slow dried Koa wood, and then finished using a hand rubbed nitrocellulose lacquer. Every attention to detail has been taken to authentically replicate a immaculate vintage instrument in look, feel and tone.

As the original Style 3’s were, our Style 3 is constructed using a specially selected, beautifully marked Koa. If you would prefer even more figured grain prices are also available for a master grain “extra Special” option for your build.

Model Authentic c.1927 Style 3

  • Model   Authentic c.1927 Style 3
  • Construction      Full hide glue
  • Body shape         Hour glass
  • Top, back and sides         Specially selected Koa
  • Rosette Rope and ring of genuine wood Marqueterie
  • Top bracing         Spruce
  • Lining    Spruce kerfed
  • Bridge plate        Maple Christmas Tree
  • Endpiece             Specially selected Koa
  • End inlay              Maple and Rosewood purfling
  • Binding Holly and Rosewood "Rope" Marqueterie
  • Nut material       Ox bone
  • Headstock           Specially selected Koa
  • Fingerboard material      Specially selected Koa
  • Scale length        25"
  • Fret material      Holly
  • Fret inlay              Extra fancy Abalone
  • Fingerboard binding        Holly and Rosewood "Rope" Marqueterie
  • Bridge material Stained Maple
  •  Thomas Buchanan brand on Holly
  • Saddle  Rolled aluminium
  • Finish    Hand rubbed nitrocellulose to the highest gloss
  • Tuning machines              Recreation 1920's vintage Waveley (Henkes and Blazer)
  • Bridge and end pins        Ivoroid 1920's recreation
  • Fingerboard width          
  • Nut        48mm
  • 12th Fret             58mm
  • Hard shell case included
  • Strings  D'addario Phosphor bronze EJ17 .013-.056


Guitar Type
Lap Steel
Number of Strings
6 String


Body Shape
Build Type
All Solid
Instrument Top
Body Binding


Headstock Type


Electro Acoustic Model




Right or Left Handed
Right Handed
Supplied with Case/Gig Bag
Hard Case

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Customer reviews

5 / 5
1 review for Buchanan Style 3 Weissenborn with Hard Case
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bevan Turner
The instrument is exactly as described and plays and sounds excellent.
Rated 5 out of 5

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