Hermann Weissenborn (instrument maker)

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Hermann C. Weissenborn (born June 30, 1863 in Hanover ; † January 30, 1937 in Los Angeles ) was a German-American instrument maker who is best known for the instrument named after him ( Weissenborn lap slide guitar ).


Weissenborn emigrated from Germany around 1902, first settled in New York and then moved to Los Angeles in 1910 . From 1912 until his death in 1937, he built ukuleles , guitars and the Weissenborn Hawaiian guitar, played by many professional guitarists, in his workshop there . Before he emigrated to America as a widower in 1902, he was registered as an instrument maker in Hanover in Ihmebrückstrasse in 1898. In 1915 he married Concepcion Ybarra, a Mexican-born housekeeper who took guitar lessons in her spare time. Through them Weissenborn got to know a Hawaiian guitar that was built by the Norwegian instrument maker Chris Knutsen. He first copied the instrument and finally the Weissenborn was to emerge from it, which later made him famous. In 1921 the 31-year-old son Friederich August from Weissenborn's first marriage moved to his father in Los Angeles and supported him in his instrument-making workshop. However, the son died in 1926. Hermann Weissenborn and his wife separated in 1930, albeit without a divorce. The marriage had remained childless. Weissenborn died of heart failure on January 30, 1937 at the age of 73. His wife, who later took in his business partner Albert Kolb, died in 1961.

So far, however, knowledge about Hermann Weissenborn's life is incomplete. Others do not rule out Weissenborn's origins in the Holzland in Thuringia.

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  2. ^ Hermann Weissenborn, the man and his guitar , squareneckjournal.com
  3. Hermann Weissenborn , theweissenborninformationexchange.com
  4. Chris J. Knutsen ( Memento of the original dated February 4, 2001 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , noeenterprises.com  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.noeenterprises.com
  5. ^ Hermann Weissenborn, the man and his guitar , squareneckjournal.com
  6. Hermann Weissenborn , weissenborn.es
  7. ^ Hermann Weissenborn, the man and his guitar , squareneckjournal.com