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
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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

8 comments:

Alex Bustamante said...

You know, this guy looks like either the daddy of a modern Gretsch Electromatic or a super old school Silvertone with an archtop-style bridge. Very cool!

Phil Clark said...

Alex,you're right,this model was made by Harmony and was also available,from Sears & Roebuck,with the Silvertone logo. I've also seen it sold as an Airline 8396 and the Holiday Mars.

Alex Bustamante said...

Awesome! So what, did they just used to build a bunch of identical guitars in the same factory and sell them off to individual companies who put all their own logos on them?

Phil Clark said...

Sure,although logos were put on at the factory.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I am looking for the wiring diagram-schematics for this guitar. Anyone can help me with this?
devilworkshop101@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Just found one in a dumpster..need a pickgaurd..plays 3 times better than i thought..awesome..putting it on ebay..

Jonathan Monroe said...

I have this guitar. Where can I find a replacement pickguard

Jonathan Monroe said...

Need to find this pick guard but no luck