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Old May 25th, 2011, 01:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Found an old photo of one of my first guitars..

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.


Here's a better view of the JBD-700 'Nashster Ambassador', very similar to the guitar Alvena is holding in the photo...

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Old May 25th, 2011, 01:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wish we had a shop called J Buckland Fine A** Electrical Guitars....
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Old May 25th, 2011, 02:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old May 25th, 2011, 03:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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After you get your guitar from Alvena, you could get your mail at the Mail Pouch...




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.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 04:02 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I googled that store at work.






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Old May 25th, 2011, 04:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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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.....
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Old May 25th, 2011, 04:10 AM   #7 (permalink)
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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.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 04:12 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I think I like the car more than the guitar.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 05:39 AM   #9 (permalink)
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That guitar looks way ahead of its time
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Old May 25th, 2011, 06:20 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Guys that is a goof. Beautiful guitar though.. Love that tailpiece.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 06:52 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Very unique guitar. Hipshot have very similar bridge-tailpiece.

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Old May 25th, 2011, 07:18 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I think I like the car more than the guitar.
Same here!
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Old May 25th, 2011, 07:19 AM   #13 (permalink)
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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.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 07:21 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Very unique guitar. Hipshot have very similar bridge-tailpiece.

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.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 07:24 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Oh, it is. Very much so.

But you probably knew that by the look of things.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 07:33 AM   #16 (permalink)
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That's a HUUUUUUUGE guitar!
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Old May 25th, 2011, 08:33 AM   #17 (permalink)
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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....
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Old May 25th, 2011, 09:41 AM   #18 (permalink)
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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.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 09:56 AM   #19 (permalink)
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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.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 11:11 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I believe the car is about a 1953 Kaiser Manhattan.
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