old kraftsman guitars

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Posted by Jim Lewis on Mon, 11/04/02 - 23:44:59.
In Reply to Korean Guitar page

hello,i have located an old kraftsman flat top guitar.
my daughter-in-law's grandfather has it. he said he bought it in greensboro,N.C.in 1960 for 125.00. its in perfect condition w/case,
also 1960,very good cond. all i have been able to find out is,
they were made for spiegle catalog co.some in the 1930's were made by gibson,later by other makers inc. kay.it doesn't look like it's been played much at all. any info anyone has will be greatly appreaciated,thanks, Jim Lewis, North Carolina.

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: hello,i have located an old kraftsman flat top guitar.
the serial number that we can find on it is L4111. If you can help me in finding out some information on it, we would grately appreciate it.

Re: old kraftsman guitars

: : hello,i have located an old kraftsman flat top guitar.
: the serial number that we can find on it is L4111. If you can help me in finding out some information on it, we would grately appreciate it.

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Re: old kraftsman guitars

: : : hello,i have located an old kraftsman flat top guitar.
: : the serial number that we can find on it is L4111. If you can help me in finding out some information on it, we would grately appreciate it.

:
: Follow up:
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