Posts Tagged ‘Supertone’


La Habanera is certainly the woman dancing featured in paint or decal on the solid spruce top of this lovely 1930’s parlor guitar.
I bought this guitar on the internet and the picture of the front of the guitar showed an added tailpiece and only the woman’s head and arm visible below.My curiosity was aroused and I purchased the guitar.
I was familiar with the added tailpiece trick that went something like this in the 30’s and 40’s.
Customer, “My bridge came off.” Music store, ” $2.00 to glue it on or for a quarter you can buy this tailpiece,screw it on to your guitar and let the bridge float.” Customer, “Here is 25 cents.”
After waiting and wondering about the condition of La Habanera, the guitar arrived shipped in the original bottom opening green canvas and cardboard case!
I grabbed a screwdriver and removed the bridge and below, protected by the clever placement of a piece of wooden match stick is the image you see on the guitar.
After enjoying the artwork and the fine mother of toilet seat neck and headstock laminates I realized La Habanera needed a neck reset and new frets to play as good as she looked. On to the repair bench……

This guitar plays great now with a beautiful, clear, balanced tone and weighs in at 2.5 lbs! The Supertone label is still intact in the soundhole.
This is a rare one.

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This solid mahogany acoustic archtop sold under the Supertone banner for the Sears and Roebuck Co. I originally believed this guitar was made by Harmony, which was owned at the time by Sears and Roebuck Co., but after locating the date stamp I now have doubts. The stamping is not consistent with Harmony stamping I have ever seen nor Kay stamping as well so for now the maker is unknown.

The neck reset in the past,repaired cracks on the front,and the scalloped fretboard are a visual testament to how much this guitar was played and appreciated. Mahogany is an excellent tonewood and only gets better with age and this old archtop sounds great! Clear and bright as well as warm and woody and playable up and down the neck this guitar is hard to put down. Check out the binding and faded headstock logo for cool.

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