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Re: a little look into our operation
« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2022, 08:28:30 PM »
Walter, I can't be sure about your archtop but it looks a lot like an Airline.  The National-Dobro company went out of business in 1942.  As most of the materials were deemed to be war essential.  They resurfaced in the 50's as the Valco company, branding guitar's for a number of sellers including Sears and Montgomery Wards. One of their hallmarks was the headstock shape that has become to be known as the Gumby.
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Re: a little look into our operation
« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2022, 10:50:35 PM »
Walter, I can't be sure about your archtop but it looks a lot like an Airline.  The National-Dobro company went out of business in 1942.  As most of the materials were deemed to be war essential.  They resurfaced in the 50's as the Valco company, branding guitar's for a number of sellers including Sears and Montgomery Wards. One of their hallmarks was the headstock shape that has become to be known as the Gumby.

I know my national was the last year they made them due to the war effort.  I don't think that archtop is an airline, but who knows?  I had a great music store in Bellville NJ that had tons of old amps and I went to Mandolin Bros. in Staten Island often.  Once they had cases of MOP lap steels and that completely plastic archtop guitar.  I had no money to buy one.  Wish I had.  Use to wear out the Sears christmas catalog on the guitar and amp pages  :)
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