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Old 03-08-2016, 12:36 PM
bug824 bug824 is offline
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I recently found this strange old guitar. I've searched far and wide to figure out its manufacturer/model with no luck. It has a faux maple soundboard and back, and the sides, neck, and fingerboard are painted a dark brown/black. The neck is somewhat of a v shape. It looks similar to an archtop, but it is a flattop with f holes. The headstock is the interesting part. The slots on the headstock do not go all of the way through, and the back of the headstock is slightly curved at the top. This leads me to believe that it once had a scroll or something similar, but it was removed at some point. This might be wrong. The bridge and nut are not original, and I believe the tailpiece is aftermarket as well. It has the serial number 3107 with no other markings inside or out. If anyone has any information about this guitar I would appreciate it greatly.

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Old 03-08-2016, 01:08 PM
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It looks like a Harmony-built guitar. Not particularly good, IMHO.
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Old 03-08-2016, 06:30 PM
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I am that guy who tunes and plays every guitar at the flea market. I have seen a very few f hole flat tops, Regal and Supertone come to mind. If you look through Sears catalogues from the early to mid 30s you may see your guitar. It is surely Harmony made. The weird headstock baffles me, though.

It is hard to make anything of Harmony numbers. I don't know what yours mean.
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Old 03-08-2016, 06:48 PM
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I would guess it is a Kay based on the segmented f-holes and ink stamp on the inside. The headstock with the slots not going all the way through bring a Stromberg (the forerunner of Kay) to mind. Most likely built between the early 1930s and early 1940s. Because f the 14 fret neck I would lean more to the mid-1930s. All birch with a faux male finish. Here is an f-hole flat top I own for comparison.

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