Supertone E-2294 Hollow Body Electric Guitar, made by Harmony (1940)

Supertone E-2294 Hollow Body Electric Guitar, made by Harmony  (1940)
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Supertone E-2294 Model Hollow Body Electric Guitar, made by Harmony (1940), made in Chicago, serial # 3842 2294, sunburst lacquer with stenciling finish, maple body, spruce top; poplar neck with rosewood fingerboard, hard shell case.

This rare and interesting guitar is one of the very earliest Harmony-made electric instruments. This model was offered through Sears under the "Supertone" brand around 1940 costing $29.25 without the amp or case; the complete outfit cost $65. The instrument itself is a fairly plain archtop, made of solid woods finished in sunburst with a faux grain pattern on the back and sides. The neck has a substantial "V" contour and is topped with an oddly generic flat-topped headstock.

The pickup is the most unusual element, a huge metal-covered unit with three separate coils and a large internal magnet. This heavyweight fitting is mounted to an internal block attached to a center brace running through the body, making for a fairly hefty instrument. There is only a volume control mounted, in the conventional spot. This is one of the first decent budget electric Spanish guitars mass-marketed, and is not only a historically interesting piece but a cool sounding and playing guitar even today.
Overall length is 39 1/2 in. (100.3 cm.), 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). This guitar shows some wear and tear but remains fully functional and in nicely original condition overall. The finish has dings, dents and chips but no large areas of loss. There are no cracks but the back edge seal has been resealed. The pickup is fairly low powered but works fine sounds cool; clear at low volume, snarly when pushed but not an overdrive special. The fittings are all original; the bridge has been screwed down and the pickguard has an extra hole drilled in it (for a tone control?) and a small crack near the pickup. Despite its age and fairly crude appearance this is a fully functional guitar, and a very cool and somewhat historic piece. Excellent Condition.