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

Harmony Supertone 'Gene Autry' Grand Concert Guitar 1940 | $925 | The Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry, was a huge star of both radio and film in the 1930s and 40s, and his fame was used to sell guitars to aspiring young cowboys. This grand concert-size acoustic was introduced by Harmony in 1939, and the model ran for only a few years before folding, likely due to the demands of the world war. ...
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1967 Martin 000-28

C. F. Martin 000-28 1967 | $7995 | (vbg# 1825) The 000-28 has been around since the last quarter of the ninteenth century. It was produced in modest numbers until the 1950s and early 1960s when production slowed. In fact, zero were made in 1963 and only three in 1964. But the next year 176 were made, likely a response to the folk-rock burgeoning in pop music at the time. In 1967, the...
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~1932 Oscar Schmidt UAC

Oscar Schmidt 'Hawaiian' Guitar c 1932 | $700 | (vbg #2004) The Hawaiian music craze in America had wide-ranging ripple effects in the first part of the 20th century, and this Schmidt-made guitar is a direct result of that craze. Schmidt marketed guitars made from koa, often with Hawaiian themed labels, created the First Hawaiian Conservatory of Music to sell Hawaiian music and guitars,...
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~1935 National Style 1

National Ukulele Style 1 c 1935 | $1350 | Vintage National instrument catalogs list ukulele offerings almost from the beginning of National instrument production, and were produced in several of the 'regular' National lines such as the painted Triolian and plated German silver models. Very few have surfaced. This example dates to the mid 1930 based on its serial number cross-referenced with...
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~1897 Washburn New Model

Washburn guitars, manufactured by Lyon & Healy in Chicago, were marketed aggressively in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. In fact, the company claimed to be the largest manufacturer and importer of musical instruments in the world. The claim was 100,000 instruments made annually! Pleijsier, in his book on Washburn prewar instruments, states that a close examination of the...
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~1938 Dobro Old Kraftsman

Dobro Old Kraftsman M32 c 1938 | $2275 | Beginning in the mid to late 1930s, Dobros branded Old Kraftsman were produced in Chicago by Regal, for sale via the Spiegel catalog. These steel-bodied guitars became known as 'fiddle edge' Dobros due to the crimping of the edges rather than a welded seam as found on a National resonator. The segmented f-holes and two-rows-of-rectangles cover plate...
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~1970 OMI Dobro Model 36

OMI Dobro Model 36 c 1970 | $1575 | In 1967 the Dopyera brothers formed a new resonator instrument manufacturig company called Original Music Instruments (OMI). The workshop was in Valinda, CA, and a number of high-grade instruments were produced over the span of a decade. This example likely dates to about 1970, based on decal and features, and could be called a Model 36. The steel body...
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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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~1897 Unknown Buckbee style Open back

Open back five-string banjo in the Buckbee style. The neck is nicely carved into a soft 'V' and is made from walnut with a thin veneer fingerboard. The rim is spun over with 38 brackets. The four head stock friction tuners appear original, and the fifth string friction tuner is a replacement. The rim measures about 10 3/4" and the scale length is ~ 25 1/2". The fingerboard measures ~1 1/4"...
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