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    1929 National - Style One - Tricone Model - Hawaiian Guitar Serial #1854. This vintage acoustic guitar, in fine, original condition, is quite a desirable collectible musical instrument on its own merit, but the mystery of ownership that surrounds it makes this guitar even more interesting. National Guitar Company, now located in San Luis Obispo, California, began manufacturing these metal acoustic guitars in 1927. The first great artist who endorsed these instruments Sol Ho' Opi' I (pronounced Who-Oo-Pee-Pee), who is regarded by guitar aficionados around the world as "King of the Steel Guitar," because he invented the multiple tunings that are popular today and was the first and greatest artist in this style. Sol was given three National Guitars to use and endorse. He was an international star, and from 1925-1927, the Hawaiian rage in Hollywood earned Sol movie credits performing with such stars as Mary Pickford, Dick Powell, and Ruby Keeler. Sol was married twice; his first wife was named Georgia Stiffler. Georgia an avid devotee of Aimee Semple McPherson, the famous evangelist. Through Georgia, Sol joined McPherson's religious cause. This guitar has "Georgia" engraved on it, and it is purported to have been one of the three endorsement instruments given to Sol by National Guitar. If so, it would be a "Holy Grail" for the guitar collector. At the least, it is a rare and desirable instrument in pristine condition that would be a valued addition to any musician's arsenal, plus, its mysterious history would certainly provide an entire evening's conversation and speculation.

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    Sep-Oct, 2004
    30th-1st Thursday-Friday
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