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Saturday, July 10, 2010
Alden 9908 Tuxedo Guitar
Here's a sweet guitar that came through the shop recently. It's Aldens version of the Harmony H45 Stratotone. Alden was a catalog/distributor who did not put a specific brand on their guitars but would sometimes have a floral design and a letter "A" like this model. Early 1962 versions of this model had a different pick guard with an "atomic" logo. Both versions are hollow bodies with one pickup and a switch that would turn the tone knob on and off. It's a pretty cool way of squeezing out a rhythm/treble sound out of a one pickup ax. There was also a similar solid body version made in the late 1950's
Check out that sweet Delta Radio capacitor! Pot codes indicate it was made 1964 which matches with its later pick guard. All this guy needed was a new switch and a new set of strings and it was ready for a few more decades