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1930's Wards archtop modified

Sold ! This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2007-10-05)
Price : US $117.50

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Vintage 1930's Montgomery Ward Archtop

Wards had several suppliers of guitars in the 30's. Harmony, Kay, National, and even Gibson.

The gibsons had no markings what so ever, except the wards sticker. This guitar is like that. I am not saying it was made by Gibson, but it could have been.

The guitar was a complete wreck when I got it. Someone had done a HORRIBLE neck reset, and ruined the original fingerboard in the process. The finish was 80% gone as well. pickguard and bridge were missing.   That being the case, I didnt feel too bad about modifying it!!

Now it plays da blues!  I slimmed the neck to fit the new fingerboard, retaining the 'V' shape..

Sanded and found that beautiful top under years of grime and neglect. It has 4 coats of gloss lacquer on the top. The sides and neck are satin lacquer.

I added the headstock veneer (ancient Kauri wood from new zealand) and the birch overlay.

I made a new pickguard, added the electronics, and made a solid bridge from cocabola.

She is now a solid player.  Great tone plugged in or not plugged in.

The arch does show a little caving, but you have to look to see it.

It does have some dings in the lacquer around the bridge, but hey, this guitar was put back together to be PLAYED! not a wall hanger or a piece of art.

She will rip up some jazz or blues for sure!

Shipping is $35.00 via UPS ground to the lower 48.

Sold ! This guitar is sold (sold on 2007-10-05)

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