National Val-Pro 84
This National Val-Pro 84 in White Resoglas is a beauty frozen in time (we were told 1962), with it’s Original Hard Shell Case. This guitar has the neck pickup and a hidden pickup in the bridge.
Most musicians are first attracted to them, no doubt, by the way they look. The body shape resembles a map of the United States. The National Val-Pro 84 was introduced in 1961 (they first made a catalog appearance in ’62) and were made only through 1964.
The guitar’s finish was sprayed first into a mold, which was then sprayed with Fiberglas before the finished half was unmolded. The two pieces (front and back) were screwed together with five screws entering from the back and going into blocks of maple glued to the inside of the body. Valco called the material Res-O-Glas–a combination of polyester resin and glass threads.
In 1962, the Val-Pro style came in three models–the Val-Pro 82, 84, and 88, along with the Val-Pro 85 bass–that were identical in hardware and ornamentation, but differed in the pickups and controls offered. The 84 (pictured here) had one single-coil pickup in the neck position, plus a transducer-type pickup built into the base of the bridge.
Kay Swingmaster Model K673
Kay Swingmaster Model K673 with 3 toaster/tissue-box pickups, multi pickup selector switch, in two tone sunburst and a classic rounded cutaway semi hollow body with a f-hole in a non-original hardshell case. The lightly flamed maple body displays very nice finish checking. Block inlays on a rosewood neck, with a black and white checkered/stitched binding. Pickup selector switch and volume/tone configurations for each pickup. Overall, it’s in excellent condition for the years it has been around, it is a very nice example of this model and certainly a rare find for those that know the quality of these instruments.
Harmony H22 is a 1967 model Sunburst Hollow Body Bass with the extra pickup switch for tone switching. This model was made by Harmony once one of the biggest instrument makers from 1892 until 1976 making guitars and basses under their own brand and for other retailers. This bass is in unbelievable condition, we are still reeling from seeing this come out of the case, and why we haven’t enjoyed this beauty that we have had stashed away for 7 years, now it can be yours, take a step back into time… we cannot be sure if this is the original case, but it appears to be.
1983 Fender Jazz Bass, in a Crème Finish. There is an added Jazz Bass Bridge Cover that someone along the way put on the bass, other than that, it appears to be all there. It comes with the late 1970’s molded PVC Fender Case.
This Gretsch Country Gentleman Bass, Model 6070 came to my collection with severe binding deterioration and missing paint from the body and headstock. It has all been professionally restored to it’s present beauty by Michael Gillentine of Main Street Vintage Guitars. (more…)
Silvertone Thin Twin Jimmy Reed by Kay
Silvertone Thin Twin Jimmy Reed by Kay in a Sunburst finish and some real true to era craftsmanship on the pick guard and headstock design. These guitars were made by Kay for Silvertone from 1955 until 1957 for the working man’s pocket book. It comes with a nice replacement tweed guitar case that protects it from all the harm that could come to instrument of this age.
We have information that this guitar was restored by Burning Rivers Guitars in 2004, just before we acquired it. We were not aware of this until Robert Lamb, the former owner informed us of this fact. It is a great guitar and a very nice job of restoration.
Gibson Custom Shop ES 339
Gibson Custom Shop ES 339 semi hollow body guitar. This one owner guitar was purchased new at Guitar Center in Memphis, Tennessee, about three years ago. It has been kept in the owner’s smoke free home and gigged less than 10 times, all in smoke free environments. The pictures tell the tale. This guitar has been meticulously cared for by the owner there may be signs of play wear, but no chips, gouges or gig scars, this though a GREAT USED GUITAR– an ES 335 design in a Les Paul size. Weighs less than 8 pounds, so it’s easy on the back and neck when gigged. Wonderful Gibson sound that can’t be duplicated. However, it has the 30/60 neck and vintage sunburst finish. Comes with the certificate of authenticity and all the case candy including the factory guitar chord that came with it. Along with a very, very nice hardshell Gibson Case