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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by brbadg, Feb 13, 2018.
Besides being a fascinating picture,I'd love to know what guitar this is.
Love the picture!....maybe a 40's era Harmony?
Looks like an acoustic guitar.
Looks to be a pre-40's Epiphone Archtop....maybe a Zenith?
Epi has been bringing these back.
Looks like some model of 1940's Harmony to me. The headstock sure looks like a Harmony. Possibly a Monterey.
Could be a Vega.
it looks like this 1940s Kay.
It sure looks like an old Epi Zenith that I once had except for the tailpiece and what appears to be a mini-pickup at the neck. I have only seen the trapezoid shaped tailpieces on Epiphone, Gibson, and Harmony archtops instead of the straight one that is in the picture. I guess it might have been replaced as that instrument appears well used and they all tended to break pretty quick. But that mini-pickup is interesting....it is much smaller than the Epiphone New Yorker nor anything Gibson used for that matter....that is really interesting.
I guess it is a good mystery. The Vega does have a straight tail piece, but the headstock and inlays seem more like an Epiphone Zenith. I am leaning towards the Zenith with a replacement tailpiece from maybe the Vega.
Looks like we have a winner, jdgladw ... 1940's Kay
I think you may have this right. It sure looks like a good match. That is one of the frustrating thing about archtops, they all patterned themselves so closely that it is hard to tell one from the other
Now, about that thing below the neck???
Looks like a Harmony, except for the tailpiece, which looks like an Epiphone. I'll go with the Epiphone theory. Many Harmonys and Epiphones were also sold with other names on them.
Here is a page with all the Harmony guitars:
I just pulled my mom's 1960's "Stadium" (re-branded Harmony) guitar out of a 35-year slumber. The face and back have fully and cleanly separated themselves from the sides, and the neck is loose. I'll be reassembling it soon. For around $1000 in effort, tools, and parts, I'll soon have a low-end, questionable instrument worth (if I'm lucky) around $200.
Its a heavily modded 1959 Les Paul Standard - best ask the MLP forum for advice
There is an entire screenplay, with a grammy winning soundtrack, in that single photograph.
who's She ?
This is from Dust to Digital facebook page. I'll just copy the print for you.
"A month ago, we shared this photo taken at the Sioux Tribe Fair in Rosebud, South Dakota around 1940. Many people inquired who the young woman was, a question to which we had no answer... until now. Thanks to a descendant of the musician, we have learned the performer's name was Rosemae DeSersa, and she belonged to a family of singers on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. With that information, we did further research which led us to this record: http://www.45cat.com/artist/rose-mae-lapointe a 45 of music by Rose Mae Lapointe who we believe is the same person. If anyone has this record or any other records by Rose Mae Lapointe or Rosemae DeSersa, we would love to hear recordings by her. Also, if anyone knows more about Rosemae's life and musical career, we would be very interested in that, as well."
Oh and thanks to all who posted!
Yup. Cinema material right there
Thank you !!