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Does anyone know what this guitar is?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by brbadg, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. brbadg

    brbadg Tele-Afflicted

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    Besides being a fascinating picture,I'd love to know what guitar this is.
     

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  2. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

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    Love the picture!....maybe a 40's era Harmony?
     
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  3. hellopike

    hellopike Tele-Afflicted

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    Looks like an acoustic guitar.


    =)
     
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  4. Milspec

    Milspec Friend of Leo's

    Feb 15, 2016
    Nebraska
    Looks to be a pre-40's Epiphone Archtop....maybe a Zenith?
     
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  5. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    Montana
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    Epi has been bringing these back.
     
  6. Paul45

    Paul45 Tele-Meister

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    Looks like some model of 1940's Harmony to me. The headstock sure looks like a Harmony. Possibly a Monterey.
     
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  7. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    europe
    Could be a Vega.
     
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  8. jdgladw

    jdgladw TDPRI Member

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  9. Milspec

    Milspec Friend of Leo's

    Feb 15, 2016
    Nebraska
    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.
     
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  10. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 19, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ (PHX)
    Looks like we have a winner, jdgladw ... 1940's Kay

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  11. Milspec

    Milspec Friend of Leo's

    Feb 15, 2016
    Nebraska
    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
     
  12. Milspec

    Milspec Friend of Leo's

    Feb 15, 2016
    Nebraska
    Now, about that thing below the neck???
     
  13. Garruchal

    Garruchal Tele-Meister

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    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:
    http://harmony.demont.net/search.php
    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.
     
  14. Crashbelt

    Crashbelt Tele-Meister

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    Its a heavily modded 1959 Les Paul Standard - best ask the MLP forum for advice:lol:
     
  15. drf64

    drf64 Poster Extraordinaire

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    There is an entire screenplay, with a grammy winning soundtrack, in that single photograph.
     
  16. brogh

    brogh Super Moderator Staff Member

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    italy
  17. brbadg

    brbadg Tele-Afflicted

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    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."
     
  18. brbadg

    brbadg Tele-Afflicted

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    Oh and thanks to all who posted!
     
  19. drf64

    drf64 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yup. Cinema material right there
     
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  20. brogh

    brogh Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    italy
    Thank you !!
     
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