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For Sale: Prewar 1930s Oahu 68K Hawaiian--Red Spruce/Brazilian

Posted By: guitbo (0) | Rate Member
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$1,699 USD

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Offering an incredibly rare 1930s Oahu Model 68K Squareneck. Solid Red (Adirondack) Spruce top, Solid rosewood sides, probably solid rosewood back. This model is generally believed to have been made from solid Brazilian rosewood, though I can't guarantee this. I was able to verify that the sides are solid, and I'm pretty sure that the back is as well, though it has a veneer lining on the inside.
The guitar is fitted with a prewar resonator cone, spider, and coverplate, and is very loud and sweet! Whether the work was a custom factory order, and modified from a standard non-resonator model or not, is not known. This model of Oahu is widely believed to have been built at the Regal factory in Chicago, so it is within the realm of possibility. The area of the top where the soundhole would have been, is patched with a spruce section, but the grain and finish of the patch match so closely that it looks to have come from the same batch of spruce, indicating that the modification might have occurred at the factory. Also, there is the remains of an old stamped model number (in the style of prewar Regals) on a piece of plywood used for reinforcement inside that could have come from a piece of scrap lying around at the factory (see pics). However, the guitar is set up with a soundpost system, and there is evidence of experimentation (old soundpost locations and an outline of an old curved baffle location), all of which can be seen in the pics, so judge for yourself!
Otherwise the guitar is all original, with the original square neck with pearl vine inlay and edge purfling. Although the tuners have been changed to Grover Rotomatics.
These are very rare and sought-after guitars, bringing over $4000.00. I've never seen one set up with a resonator cone.
Comes with a very nice vintage hardshell case.


United States, MD



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Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 2 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.

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Used - Very Good Condition




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