Vintage G Houghton Reliance Jazz archtop guitar – English made
Vintage G Houghton Reliance Jazz archtop guitar – English made This English-made Reliance Jazz archtop guitar is in great condition. It’s pretty rare too. It was made by George Houghton & Sons, makers from 1888 to 1962. They are renowned for high-quality banjos and zither-banjos. This Jazz archtop is a fairly rare item. It’s even rarer because it is finished in Blonde and is almost unmarked. It even has the original scratch plate attached. From the design elements, it was made between 19340s and the 1950s. It is in great playing condition. The unusually-shaped headstock is unmarked. The tuners work well. The back of the maple neck is clear of marks and dings. The Ebony-coloured fingerboard matches the colour of the bound scratch plate with the frets and fingerboard showing very little signs of wear. The top frets are still in very good condition. The top appears to be made of solid Spruce with Maple sides and back. Both original strap pins remain attached and it still has the original floating bridge. At some point, this guitar has had an overhaul. The tuners have been replaced with some top-quality Kluson tuners. The tail piece has been replaced with a period one. The back, sides and neck have been refinished. The blonde top appears to be untouched. If this guitar was in its original state, I would be asking £800 for it. As it is, it’s a fine guitar with a lovely sound. It’s also pretty rare. This Reliance Jazz archtop sounds exactly as you would expect from a builder with such a high reputation. It’s mellow, with great depth.