Supro amp serial number dating
Beginning sometime around 1954 or '55, tweed was phased out in favor of a charcoal gray cloth with silver streaks in it.
The HG-12 Is a nice work-horse guitar from the 150 years old Hohner company and as a '78 claims vintage status.It should be noted that "Electromatic" does not refer to any particular amp, but instead refers to the range of amps, just as Synchromatic or Electromatic do not refer to a particular guitar.During this period the amps were also offered in "Chet Atkins" trim, covered in white with brown leather decoration These are often referred to as Western or Cowboy amps.Pete has been in bands on and off since the '70s, but prefers doing solo acoustic blues. Warmoth Custom Strat This nice "Lefty" was sent in by "Sunshine" from Florida.This Strat features a Warmoth Left handed Curly Koa body with a Right handed Curly Koa neck.In addition to Gretsch and Supro, Valco also made amps for National, Oahu, Airline and other brands, and the same amp design would be sold under the different brands, sometimes with small alterations for each particular brand.
Gretsch amps were offered in at least five basic styles, with the earliest ones usually covered in a tweed material.
Aria Lap Steel This vintage Aria Lap Steel was sent in by HDBluse of Florida. No further info on date of manufacture, no visible serial number, but it's fun to play and has a nice sound, especially when plugged in to the above mentioned Gretsch Amp. Building upon that initial success Aria expanded their product line to include electric instruments and an impressive array of acoustic instruments.
Today, Aria's headquarters are located in Nagoya, Japan.
The serial number X84393 puts this amp in the 1957 "Electromatic" amp series, that was made by The Valco Company for Gretsch.
Valco, best known for the Supro line of amps, also manufactured Gretsch's amps through the 1950s and '60s.
The 2000 Martin D15 is of mahogany construction and this dreadnought is reminiscent of the 15 Series guitars of the 1940s.