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Found an old photo of one of my first guitars..

John Backlund
May 25th, 2011, 01:29 AM
a 1953 JBD-700...now called the 'Katalina', but back then it was listed as the 'Nashster Statesman' in the standard model, with the upgraded deluxe model the 'Nashter Ambassador'. The 'Guitarhop' serving the instrument in the photo was my cousin Alvena Backlund.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v192/JohnBacklund/CarhopNash4750pix.jpg

Here's a better view of the JBD-700 'Nashster Ambassador', very similar to the guitar Alvena is holding in the photo...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v192/JohnBacklund/Beige2000pix.jpg

backsideslappy
May 25th, 2011, 01:54 AM
Wish we had a shop called J Buckland Fine A** Electrical Guitars....

mattdean4130
May 25th, 2011, 02:51 AM
Curbside guitar store???

Good Iron
May 25th, 2011, 03:16 AM
After you get your guitar from Alvena, you could get your mail at the Mail Pouch...


:shock:

Sorry as most of you know, I would be hard pressed to gather that a 1950's business (or even now really) would have Ass in their business verbiage much less right on the damn sign!!!!

What kind of car is that though???

The Photos are really cool.

Jupiter
May 25th, 2011, 04:02 AM
I googled that store at work.






Now I'm fired.

Strat62
May 25th, 2011, 04:10 AM
I love the 50's styling-the Nash epitomizes the "automobile as appliance" trend; the "Nashter Ambassador" is perfect in the same vein. Horrible thing is, I can actually remember those days.....:cry:

Tonetele
May 25th, 2011, 04:10 AM
Isn't it unusual that they came out with some radical shapes in the 50's ( Flying Vs etc)? Looks like lipstick p/ups ala Danelectros which are still great.Still prefer tradidional shapes, but each to his own.I once taught a student who had a Flying V , sounded great, but a monster to just put on your knee and play, standing up, fine.I guess it still comes down to your choice. Personally I find some designs Fugly as we say in Aus.

Tonetele
May 25th, 2011, 04:12 AM
I think I like the car more than the guitar.

BLAM
May 25th, 2011, 05:39 AM
That guitar looks way ahead of its time

gitold
May 25th, 2011, 06:20 AM
Guys that is a goof. Beautiful guitar though.. Love that tailpiece.

elelpe
May 25th, 2011, 06:52 AM
Very unique guitar. Hipshot have very similar bridge-tailpiece.

http://www.stewmac.com/product_images/1lg/5846/Hipshot_Baby_Grand_Bridge_lg.jpg

John Backlund
May 25th, 2011, 07:18 AM
I think I like the car more than the guitar.

Same here!

6stringelectric
May 25th, 2011, 07:19 AM
Cool looking guitar.

I really like the art-deco look of it.

Do a Google on John Ecklund - he's done more guitar designs like this, and some of them are actually produced as real guitars. Joe Walsh has one.

John Backlund
May 25th, 2011, 07:21 AM
Very unique guitar. Hipshot have very similar bridge-tailpiece.

http://www.stewmac.com/product_images/1lg/5846/Hipshot_Baby_Grand_Bridge_lg.jpg

The 1953 J. Backlund 700 used one of the first Hipshot 'Piano' bridges, could have been an early prototype in fact. It's been said that the JBD-700 was precisely fifty-four years ahead of it's time.

John Backlund
May 25th, 2011, 07:24 AM
That guitar looks way ahead of its time

Oh, it is. Very much so. :wink:

But you probably knew that by the look of things.

xjazzy
May 25th, 2011, 07:33 AM
That's a HUUUUUUUGE guitar!

Jupiter
May 25th, 2011, 08:33 AM
Cool looking guitar.

I really like the art-deco look of it.

Do a Google on John Ecklund - he's done more guitar designs like this, and some of them are actually produced as real guitars. Joe Walsh has one.

Dude, check the name on the post right above yours....

telleutelleme
May 25th, 2011, 09:41 AM
Saw that scratch in the photo and thought, wow they even bring it out plugged in. I think those hats were standard issue for our age.:lol:

John Backlund
May 25th, 2011, 09:56 AM
That's a HUUUUUUUGE guitar!

The guitar is on the larger size for a solidbody, but Alvena was only about five foot even, so she makes it look a little larger than it really is.

Jack S
May 25th, 2011, 11:11 AM
I believe the car is about a 1953 Kaiser Manhattan.

John Backlund
May 25th, 2011, 11:23 AM
I believe the car is about a 1953 Kaiser Manhattan.

Sorta close, but 'no cigar'...it's a Nash, one of three years 1952-1954, don't know for certain. It is one of the Pininfarina Italian design firm Nash cars that began with the re-designed 1952 model.

Jack S
May 25th, 2011, 11:58 AM
Yes, I see it now once I went back and looked at the pictures. I was remembering the later model Ambassador (55-56). We had a Manhattan that looked very close to that when I was a kid.

nasonm
May 25th, 2011, 12:16 PM
Beautiful work as always John. I WISH I could get my hands on a JBacklund design.

DOGMA Dunn
May 25th, 2011, 12:36 PM
That is an awsome guitar. I also like the Katalina on the My Name is Earl series. She is from Guadala-Tucky Mexico.

e-merlin
May 25th, 2011, 12:56 PM
That's genius, John!

elicross
May 25th, 2011, 01:51 PM
Nicely done!

Is there any truth to the rumors that Alvena wound most of the pickups back then? I know I've seen photos of early-1950s Lace Alumitones with the initials AB on the back.

gitold
May 25th, 2011, 06:36 PM
Hey buddy how do I get my car out of second gear.
Nash reference for the tooooo hip.

John Backlund
May 25th, 2011, 09:34 PM
Hey buddy how do I get my car out of second gear.
Nash reference for the tooooo hip.

"Beep Beep, Beep Beep, his horn went Beep Beep Beep"

Dave_O
May 25th, 2011, 09:49 PM
When I grow up I want a JBacklund endorsement.:wink:
I want Cirrus model- but with a tremolo arm, and 5 lipstick pickups with a rocker switch for each one. They don't even have to do anything...



Way cool, Mr B.

JBurton
May 25th, 2011, 11:16 PM
That guitar looks HUGE in the girls hands!?! Was it a big git, or is she just tiny?

Breen
May 26th, 2011, 12:38 AM
Took me awhile, but I got it~

Very well done sir!

Nick JD
May 26th, 2011, 03:45 AM
heh heh! Classic.

I can't imagine what the word "ass" would have got you in the 50s. Probably the chair.

Breen
May 26th, 2011, 04:23 AM
Buts he's just a purveyor of top notch donkeys and electrical musical instruments, counsellor sir!