Vintage Blues Guitars
Tom Wentzel and Bruce Roth
Lancaster, PA
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~1940 Harmony Stella

Harmony 'Stella' Decalcomania Standard Size Guitar c 1940 | $575 | (vbg 2016) This is an interesting and fairly unusual guitar from the days just after Harmony of Chicago purchased the former Oscar Schmidt company. In the 1940 Harmony Musical Instruments catalog this guitar appears as model No. 919 on a page that touts the "known favorably to guitar players for 50 years" Stella guitars. ...
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~1933 Kay Kraft Style 3

Kay Kraft Style C 'Venetian' Archtop Guitar c 1933 | $1375 | (vbg 2024) The Kay Kraft line was part of the flow from Stromberg-Voisinet to eventually Kay. The brand saw production from about 1928 through the 1930s. The Style C was a top of the line guitar for the brand and was a bit unusual, featuring a pressed archtop, round-hole design, with an adjustable neck for action...
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~1920 Oscar Schmidt 'Stella'

Oscar Schmidt Concert-size Acoustic Guitar c 1920 | $1875 | (vbg#2019) We're always excited to offer top-of-the-line 'Stella' guitars because they don't come around that often, but when they do, you get to see what the Schmidt factory in Jersey City could produce when they pulled out all the stops. This concert-size flat top is unlabeled, but has all the hallmarks of a Schmidt-made guitar: ...
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1933 Kalamazoo KG11 Senior

Kalamazoo KG11 'Senior' 1933 | $1975 | (vbg#2011) The Kalamazoo line of Gibson instruments was an effort to bring to market a more affordable guitar during the Great Depression. The same workmanship and quality materials were used, but the name 'Gibson' did not appear on the instruments, and they also lacked a truss rod and X-bracing. Omitting the 'Gibson' name didn't cheapen the brand,...
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1956 Gibson L-48

Gibson L-48 1956 Archtop Acoustic | $1475 | (#2013) This is a solid example of Gibson's workhorse L-48 archtop acoustic guitar. Even though an 'entry level' instrument, it was aimed at the pro or semi-pro player and features both quality materials and workmanship. The L-48 was produced from 1946 through 1971, and went through a few changes in that span. This particular example is stamped...
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1963 Gibson B-25-12

Gibson B-23 12-String 1963 | $1375 | In the early 1960s Gibson joined in on the 'folk music' trend that had enthralled many young baby-boomers by adding 12-string guitars into their line up. The B-25-12 model was based on the LG/B-25 acoustic 6-string shape and first offered in 1962; the model had a run of about eight years. This example dates to 1963 and makes it one of the earlier and...
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2014 National Resophonic M2 Custom

National Resophonic M2 - 2014 | $1675 | The wood-body M2 is National Resophonics recreation of a pre-WWII single cone National Trojan. It's a very well made instrument and fairly consistent with the vintage Trojan. But for the M2, National Resophonic added a little glitz with the addition of a pearloid head stock overlay and diamond-shaped fingerboard inlay. This custom example omits these...
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~1960 Kay Jumbo Flat top

Kay has a long history of making guitars for 'Everyman'. This example, from c. 1960, is just that .. a big guitar on a budget, affordable by most. Listed in Kay catalogs as "Master Size", the body measures 17" across at the lower bout, which makes it a big boomer. The body is spruce ply on top (ladder braced), and birch ply on sides and back, all finished with sunburst. The binding is white...
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~1938 Kay Aloha National Studios

Aloha National Studios was similar is scope to the music schools that sprung up in the first quarter of the twentieth century, such as First Hawaiian Conservatory and OAHU. They didn't manufacture guitars, they simply had guitars rebranded, mostly by Kay in Chicago, and then sold them to students who enrolled for guitar lessons. OAHU is very well known, and many examples exist today. The Aloha...
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~1933 Oscar Schmidt Floral Decalcomania

In the throes of the Great Depression, many guitar makers altered their manufacturing to weather the hard times, some more radically than others. The Oscar Schmidt Company, in Jersey City, NJ, introduced a line of guitars produced from less expensive materials, but gave them a glitzy look to attract buyers in these grim times. These instruments were cataloged as 'Decalcomania', and the guitars...
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