Favilla (made in New York) ukuleles are pretty well-known for being quality instruments, but Favilla guitars and mandolins (and the rare balalaikas) are less well-known, but quite quality pieces. This is a customer's instrument and, judging by the fit, finish, and tuners, dates to the early 1940s.
It's essentially a Favilla take on the Martin 0-size 14-fret guitar with a solid spruce top, solid mahogany back, sides, and neck, and a shallow body depth and 13 1/2" lower bout. The neck shape is actually reminiscent of later (1960s) Guilds and Gibsons but the bracing is more European than anything else: this guitar is fan-braced in a slightly bulked-up variant on typical classical guitar bracing style. I typically see this more on 1950s-60s German guitars.
The styling is pretty "Martin" as far as the details go, though the multi-ply binding and brown-toned rosette give a distinctive look. The light-tortoise pickguard is also in Favilla's peculiar own shape.
Work on this guitar included a bridge reglue, bridge shaping, fret level/dress, light crack repair to the back, and setup. The neck is warped nearly 1/32" so I did the best I could for it and the action came out at a respectable 3/32" at the 12th fret overall. It's very comfortable but I would have liked to get 1/16" on the treble. Because of the light bracing and also the lightly-built, unreinforced neck, this guitar should only be used with extra light or silk and steel strings.
The tone of this guitar is close to your average 1930s ladder-braced design but has a bit more sustain and balance throughout.
Aside from two small hairline cracks on the back, the condition is excellent, though the thin finish shows typical weather-checking and finish cracking.
Rosewood-veneer headstock, bone nut, bone saddle, rosewood board and rosewood bridge are all nicely done.
Pearl dots in the face. The board itself has a flat profile which makes this feel a lot like an early 1960s Guild.
Good mahogany back.
Nice-quality Grover tuners, just like on high-end Martins from the time.
That pumpkin came from our own patch!