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Posted 6 years ago

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My mother bought this guitar from Houck's Piano in Memphis around 1934. It was used at the time so I assume it pre-dates '34. She's always called it her Gibson but I cannot find out for sure. I have people who say it is a Gibson and others say it's not. Still others say it might be an Epiphone. It looks like the picture of an old 1934 Gibson L-5 but the dots on the frets are diferent. There absolutely no markings anywhere on it and we have looked inside the best we can without taking it apart.

Thanks for any info. My email is slyhook@hotmail.com

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  1. guymannering guymannering, 6 years ago
    Not Gibson or Epiphone. It has faux wood grain figuring on the back and looks like a less expensive brand--perhaps a Kay. Looks like its in good shape though and Kay made a nice sounding instrument for the price.
  2. Slyhook, 6 years ago
    Thanks. Is there a way to be positive?
  3. Slyhook, 6 years ago
    Almost forgot...what year do you think it might be?
  4. guymannering guymannering, 6 years ago
    As I am NOT positive it is a Kay, I hesitated to say anything, but more knowledgeable eyes will help. Don't know how to identify year.
  5. Slyhook, 6 years ago
    Ok. Thanks. Every little bit helps.
  6. guymannering guymannering, 6 years ago
    I hope this link works for you. It won't ID it for you but it will show you how vast the possibilities are. Kay, Stella, Airline, Harmony, Silvertone Valco, Sovereign, Regal.... http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=595316
  7. Slyhook, 6 years ago
    Thanks. Guess I've just scratched the surface. I wish Houck's Piano was still in business.
  8. stringman6 stringman6, 6 years ago
    looks like a kay from the tuners
  9. Slyhook, 6 years ago
    Thanks Stringman. Looks like Kay is winning.
  10. fleadogg, 6 years ago
    i had a guitar with the same color pattern on the back,i never found out what it was
    it had a tag inside,that it was sold in Canada,also all the kays i have seen,have 19.5 frets,i dont think its a kay,tho im not 100 percent
  11. Slyhook, 6 years ago
    Thanks Fleadogg...back to square one I guess.
  12. faithkolb, 5 years ago
    I think it is a Harmony made archtop guitar from around 1930-1935 (ish) ...when Harmony worked with pmico (uke)...that would be my educated guess
  13. Slyhook, 5 years ago
    Thanks Faithkolb
  14. Slyhook, 5 years ago
    Although I just pulled up a pic of a 1930's Harmony at http://www.emeraldcityguitars.com/product/1930s-harmony-archtop/
    and the "dots" are different as well as the headstock and tuning pegs...other than that very similar...could it still be Harmony? Thanks

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