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Author Archives: Peter Blecha

Nioma Guitars

Rarities from a West Coast Music School
 
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NIOMA musical instruments from the 1930s and ’40s – with their vaguely Hawaiian-looking name – have mystified vintage-guitar enthusiasts over the decades when they’ve occasionally surfaced in retail shops and guitar shows. The seven known models – three acoustic guitars, two dobro-like resophonics, and two electric lap steels – were oriented to those who made […]

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Hanburt Electric Guitars

Rarities From The Pacific Northwest
 

Hanburt “Style 1″ in maple. Photo by Julie Woods. Black walnut “Style 1″. Photo by Julie Woods. As a brand of American electric instruments, the name “Hanburt” is about (more…)

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Coppock Guitars

Vintage Rarities from the Pacific Northwest
 

Circa 1957 Coppock Deluxe photo: Peter Blecha, instrument courtesy Terry Davis. The obscure Coppock brand of electric guitars first surfaced in 1994, with the publication of Electric (more…)

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Audiovox Electronic Bass

Discovered! The World's First Electric Bass Guitar
 

While there have been lively debates raging in the rare instrument community for many years about any number of puzzling early guitars – not to mention the perennial issue of just who exactly was responsible for “inventing” the electric guitar – it seems little energetic dialog (more…)

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Audiovox #736

The World's First Electric Bass Guitar!
 

While there have been lively debates raging in the rare instrument community for many years about any number of puzzling early guitars – not to mention the perennial issue of just who exactly was responsible for (more…)

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Audiovox #736

The World's First Electric Bass Guitar!
 

While there have been lively debates raging in the rare instrument community for many years about any number of puzzling early guitars – not to mention the perennial issue of just who exactly was responsible for (more…)

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