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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2012-06-14T16:12:39+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=3&t=12856 2012-06-14T16:12:39+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12856&p=113682#p113682 <![CDATA[Re: 100 yr Old Playtime Archtop Guitar]]> one is probbably 70 or 80 yrs old (SS Stewart), the other is probably 50 something yrs old (Kay).

But even though I have a probably 40 yr old Harptone round hole flat top arched back jumbo that rings like a bell,
I love my little Kay f hole arch top and that is the one I keep picking up to play.

At least I think it is a Kay, the Kay is worn almost to obscurity on the headstock.
That guitar I found broken in 2 pieces in a garbage bin, broken in 2 at the neck; and missing bridge/saddle and strings.

I glued the neck back together, made a combination saddle/bridge of oak with a knife my brother gave me, put some strings on it, and glued a 50 yr old OLSEN pickup under the strings by the bridge. That little guitar has a testimony (similar to my own :wink: )

This guitar may be seen and heard at
http://vimeo.com/33174814

Statistics: Posted by Les R Forgue — Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:12 pm


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2012-06-14T12:03:32+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12856&p=113678#p113678 <![CDATA[Re: 100 yr Old Playtime Archtop Guitar]]>
A cheap,laminated economy guitar doesn't sit around for 50 or 60 years and absorb quality from the air.

Its still a cheap,laminated economy guitar except now its its an OLD cheap,laminated economy guitar!

Statistics: Posted by TC6969 — Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:03 pm


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2012-06-14T03:00:20+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12856&p=113673#p113673 <![CDATA[Re: 100 yr Old Playtime Archtop Guitar]]> Statistics: Posted by jawbone60 — Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:00 am


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2012-06-14T01:04:21+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12856&p=113672#p113672 <![CDATA[Re: 100 yr Old Playtime Archtop Guitar]]>
I have run across a few Playtime guitars. They were made by Harmony or possibly Kay (what mail order guitar wasn't) for the Sears catalog. It can't quite have hit the century mark yet though as Playtime guitars did not appear in the catalogs until the early 1940s.

Just a thought but you might want to try stringing it with nickel flat wounds. The heavier the guage the better. It cuts the volume down a tad but helps mellow out the rather thin high end these guitars tend to have.

Statistics: Posted by Lo-Fi — Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:04 am


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2012-06-13T16:28:43+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12856&p=113667#p113667 <![CDATA[Re: 100 yr Old Playtime Archtop Guitar]]> Statistics: Posted by Les R Forgue — Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:28 pm


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2012-06-13T10:47:18+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12856&p=113665#p113665 <![CDATA[100 yr Old Playtime Archtop Guitar]]> the price tag is $200. if it will tune up and stay in tune i think it'll be coming home with us.

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