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 1982s Style Leader
You are looking at a Kay 1982s Style Leader from 1963, this single cutaway model in a beautiful Sunburst, with two copper colored anodized aluminum pickguard strips. This guitar was known as the Style Leader in several versions in regard to the pickup count, this model has 2 pickups, a pickup selector and what appears to be volume and tone controls for each pickup. This guitar is timeless in the blues man’s life. Comes with a chip board case, this is possibly the original case to the guitar, however I cannot confirm this.
Kay Company history – Wikipedia
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.
Gretsch Chet Atkins
Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollow Body Guitar Model 6120 made in 1966 Cowboy Orange this double cutaway body with two fake “F” Holes, two pickups and featuring a Bigsby Vibrato tailpiece. All parts appear to be there, however the muting system is not working properly, by visual inspection the felt pad has grooved out and will need to be replaced before the mute function of this guitar will perform. It comes with a very nice clean original hard shell case.
- Double cutaway
- Simulated (painted) “F” hole body.
- Smooth Leather back pad.
- Single mute added.
- Signature on pickguard.
- One added standby switch on lower treble bout (three switches total; pickup, tone, standby).
info from Vintage Guitars Info
Baldwin Model 706V
Baldwin Model 706V with “F” Holes in a Sunburst Finish made by Burns of London for Baldwin in the U.S.A from 1967 until 1970. The bridge pickup on this guitar does not appear to be functioning. If there is a simple fix other than a complete rewind before shipment we will make it. Otherwise, the bridge pickup should not be expected to work. There is a hard-shell case, but not original.
This is an Italian made guitar. These guitar were made from 1967 – 1970. The main parts were made in Italy and assembled at the Baldwin factory in Fayetteville, Arkansas. A Burns neck was added at the US factory with the signature scroll-top headstock. It’s possible other components were made by Burns or Baldwin directly but this appears to be largely Italian made parts including the pick-ups. The pickups are “Bar Type” humbuckers with adjustable screw poles and a Baldwin logo stamped on them. It has an adjustable roller bridget, Bigsby-like vibrato with string rollers. The Baldwin 700 series guitars were a budget oriented line that included this 706V, a 706 with a trapeze tailpiece and die-cut “B” (no whammy), a 12 string called 712 (and 712T with a thinner neck), and a 704 bass. The guitars came in Cherry Red and Sunburst colors.
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
Ovation Preacher Model 1281
This Ovation Preacher Model 1281 Guitar, it appears a 1977 model. These guitars were made from 1975 until 1982 It is a solid body Mahogany body with a Double Cutaway and 2 pickups. It is in very good condition and a very nice example of this model and certainly a rare find for those that know the quality of these instruments. This guitar has been under protected collective storage for the last 10 years. It does have the original Ovation formed case.
National Bel-Aire Model 1198
National Bel-Aire Model 1198 made in 1959 this a Jazz Model with a slightly thicker body in a beautiful natural finish with a classic headstock design and the National logo. These single pointed cutaway models appeared from 1953 until 1961 mainly in Sunburst, so this Natural Finish is a probably considered few and far between in this condition. National had Gibson make these bodies for them and they attached their necks to what we know now as the ES-175 by Gibson, so you can understand why this body is so fine and luxurious to the point that if you did not know this fact, you would be scratching your head with amazement as to why National could make such a fine guitar. This 3 pickup bound body, has a Master Tone knob control. It has the original “Stone” Case and is a fine case for the day this beautiful guitar made it into the market place.
1960’s Goya Rangemaster hollowbody guitar
This Goya Rangemaster is a striking example of the modern 60’s with these push button controls. These semi-hollow body guitars were produced from 1967-1969 (I have not dissected this guitar for pot codes as important as I used to think they were for dating instruments) by EKO for Goya primarily in sunburst with a Double Cutaway, there are 2 offset double coil pickups and of course those, cool button controls.
There is an issue with some veneer lifting mainly on the back of this guitar and a few places on the front top. This does not appear to be a problem from the standpoint of a sore thumb sticking out, but as a buyer you need to be aware of this. This guitar has been under protected collective storage for the last 7 years. It does have a case, however, it is not original.