Radiotone archtop guitar 1930s vintage in excellent condition
Radiotone archtop guitar 1930s vintage in excellent condition This Radiotone archtop guitar is the 7812 Model. Like make 1930s guitars, it was based on the Gibson L5. Radiotone, Avalon and Coletti guitars were all made in the mid to late 1930’s in a place called Schönbach in the Czech Republic. I have an Avalon that looks very similar to this one. This guitar is presented in beautiful condition. It does not have any splits or dings. The neck does show some slight warp, but that’s to be expected for a guitar that’s this age. I have shown an image of the action measurement at the 12th Fret. It shows approximately 3.5mm. It’s still very playable. This Radiotone archtop guitar sounds fantastic. It has a lovely depth to it, with good highs and very good sustain. The body is made from hand carved solid timbers with a Spruce top and beech sides and back. The beautiful grain shows through the two tone sunburst colour. The unbound headstock is period-correct and retains the Radiotone name and logo with inset Mother of Pearl. The Rosewood finger board is in good condition and has block Mother of Pearl inlays. The neck is bound and matches the body. The back of the neck has a lovely smooth finish. The original tuners are retained. They work well and the engraving is a work of art. On the lower bout at the back, the binding has very slightly parted from the body. This doesn’t affect play at all. The celluloid pick guard is correct and appears to be the original Overall, this is a lovely guitar. Its history is one thing, but it’s the way that it sounds that shines. Supplied with an old archtop hard case.