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1921 Gibson Mandocello Style K1 SOLD

1921 Gibson Mandocello Style K1 SOLD

The Gibson Mandocello was built between 1902 and 1943, as the Style K1. The Style K2 was built from 1902 to 1922, and was basically a dressed-up version of the K1.

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1965 Airline Professional Model No Longer Available

1965 Airline Professional Model No Longer Available

This is 1965 Airline Professional Model, 3-pickup electric with stock Bigsby tailpiece.

Airlines were found mostly in Montgomery-Ward catalogues in the 1960’s. While it now seems odd that electric guitars could be harder to come by, this was the case during the early 1960’s. Department store mail-order catalogues were a major player in the mass distribution of lower-cost instruments, and that’s how most of these instruments found their homes.

Airlines were made by Valco, who also produced National and Supro instruments.

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1958 Supro Dual Tone No Longer Available

1958 Supro Dual Tone No Longer Available

Here’s a very cool 1958 Supro Dual Tone!

Supro was in the budget strata of the National / Valco range of instruments, and the Dual Tone shows many of the characteristics of the era. Build components varied widely depending on what was available; many Dual Tones have mahogany necks with rosewood fingerboards, this one has a maple neck with apparently an ebony board.

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Supro ‘Super’ model, 1960 SOLD

Supro 'Super' model, 1960  SOLD

Here’s a really cool Supro Super model, built in 1960. Even less usually, this is a two-pickup model. The Super is a short-scale – 22 inch! – guitar likely intended for students.

This instrument features a ‘silverburst’ finish, basically a white to black sunburst; this has also been used by Gibson on some Les Paul Custom models and by Fender, who named it ‘Antigua’.

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Supro Sahara in Blue, 1965 (consignment) SOLD

Supro Sahara in Blue, 1965 (consignment) SOLD

Here’s a really cool, and well preserved, Supro Sahara from 1965 in Blue Metalflake! These guitars are a lot of fun to play and are quite attractive.

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Supro Dual-Tone 1959 SOLD

Supro Dual-Tone 1959  SOLD

Supro guitars and amps were made by Valco, as one of a range of brand names including Oahi, National, and Airline. This great-condition 1959 example has been refretted but is otherwise original and is in great playing order.

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