40's Gibson Recording King

Posted by Robin Henkel on Mon, 02/20/06 - 00:59:02.

1940's-ish GIBSON archtop, F holes, early electric, brownish/yellow sunburst. 
On the back of the guitar there is an inscription:

"Jerry DuRay, And his 'One Man Orchestra'
757 Colton Ave San Bernadino, Cal. Urbita Trailor Park
May 7th, 1929-Oct 10th, 1942"

Identifying features 1) blade style pickup with 3 screw mounting system (similar to a Charlie Christian ES-150), 2) Kalamazoo style headstock unlike any other Gibson, 3) tortoise shell style pickguard with white painted binding, 4) probably a Recording King model, headstock shows a crown but is labeled Gibson, 5) adjustable bridge added since this photo was taken also substantial wear around pickup, 6) old brown case with metal handle and an axe painted on the case, 7) label "Robin Henkel 858 536-8944" on the case.

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