In 1927, Harmony unveiled the Supertone "Airplane Bridge" parlor guitar to commemorate Charles Lindbergh's famous transatlantic flight. Just as the age-old "flying machine" concept was finally taking flight, so too was the steel-string guitar design taking shape. These size-0 parlor guitars were among the most expensive guitars in the Sears catalog, and their unique bridge—intended to resemble the shadow Lindbergh's plane cast on the atlantic—must've inspired plenty of players to take off, too. While the Supertones were constructed with fine tonewoods (this one is Red Spruce and Mahogany), they were braced inadequately. Over the years, most became wall-hangers at best.
Fortunately, Scott Baxendale and his team of luthiers in Athens, Ga., recognize the potential of these wonderful prewar parlor guitars and regularly remanufacture them. In doing so, they totally, re-build, re-brace, and re-voice these instruments, giving them new life and world class tone with no shortage of authentic mojo. These inspiring instruments are an exceptional value, and they're an incredible way to recycle and repurpose old axes.
This Baxendale ‘20s Supertone Parlor Conversion was described by Scott as "one of the best sounding guitars we've ever had." In addition to being totally re-braced to a scalloped X-braced pattern, this Supertone conversion features a new bone nut and a properly-compensated bone saddle. It appears to have required substantial structural repairs to ensure this one can go another 90 years. At a mere 2 lbs 10 ozs, this lightweight parlor guitar is comfortable and inviting, and it plays like a brand new guitar. Impressive projection for such a small body, nice balance across the register, and quick, accurate response. The fullness of its sound belies its small size. This is truly a remarkable parlor guitar.
Every Baxendale Conversion includes a hardshell case and a lifetime warranty.