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Hawaiian Lap Top Guitar and Matching Amplifier by Magnatone Circa 1953

Documentation Signed
Origin United States, California
Period 1950-1979
Materials Plastic, wood ,metal manufactured
W. 7.5 in; H. 31.5 in; D. 3 in;
W. 19.05 cm; H. 80.01 cm; D. 7.62 cm;
Condition Excellent. Professional working imusical nstrument
Creation Date Circa 1953
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description Magnatone grey "pearloid" finish Hawaiian electric lap top guitar with matching grey "perloid" finish to the magnatone amplifier. The guitar is in all original excellent condition and consists of (2) three plate tuners; two black and chrome knobs by the pick-ups; one for volume, one for bass and treble; and a large chrome head surrounds the chrome pick-up, above the chrome bridge. Inlaid steel stars, diamonds, and horizontal bars, decorate the black fret board. The guitar comes with its original black and grey hard shell case. The metal "pearloid" mottled grey finish is quite unique and attractive, which is indigenous to Magnatone. The serial number 49735 indicates mid-1950s Dickerson (electric) era manufacture.

The amplifier is tube driven and in excellent condition; the interior tubes and capacitors, etc. having been recently "tuned up". It is in excellent working condition. The speaker is about 7 1/2" diameter. Grill work to the front of the amp is undisturbed, and finish to the amp is in excellent condition, with no repairs and is all original. The leather carrying strap to the top is attached and intact.
The guitar works fine and the tuning pegs hold pitch very well. The interior of the case has a luxury plush blue velvet lining.

It is unusual to have matching guitar and amplifier; especially in this excellent condition.

Guitar dimensions: 31 1/2" long x 7 1/2" wide x 3" deep.
Case dimensions: 32 5/8" long x 10" wide 4" deep
Amplifier dimensions: 17" wide x 7 1/2" deep x 14" high

Hawaiian guitars became popular in the 1930's, especially on the West Coast, and two companies appeared to promote their manufacture. The more popular Magna Company (Magnatone guitars and amps) was started in 1937 in Los Angeles by Delbert Dickerson; and the lesser known and less prolific Nioma Company was started in Seattle about 1932.
By the 1950's country music and rock and roll had become more popular than Hawaiian music and the Hawaiian guitar was replaced by electric hollow and solid body 6 string guitars by Fender and Gibson.

The amplifier model #108 Serial number 5548 is labeled "Magnatone Varsity Deluxe 40 Amp, Magna Electronics Co. Inglewood, California"; thus circa 1955 manufacture.
Styles / Movements Americana, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 273240
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