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Offline BottleneckJohn

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Vintage 1931 acoustic bass - parlor size!
« on: April 21, 2014, 12:50:49 AM »
Finally I have an old vintage LEVIN acoustic bass!! Have had this idea since the late 90's and now it's done. It's originally a 1931 Levin guitar model 202. Small and loud..  :D

This was something the Levin instrument company never made themselves and since I collect, restore and play vintage Levins, this model was missing.. There's gonna be a film premiere and and tiny exhibition at a Swedish guitar show soon, it was time to build this one now so I can have some bass accompaniment on stage, folks!!!




Beautiful brownish finish with lots of wear from all the years..









I wanted to keep the worn looks.





Modified stringholder, with the LEVIN logo embossed at the lower end.


And hey, I'm not a bass player but I wanted to make the demo anyhow, haha!
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Offline sustaireblues

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Re: Vintage 1931 acoustic bass - parlor size!
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2014, 06:08:48 AM »
Great job on that one John, and I love that flamed birch back!

Offline BottleneckJohn

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Re: Vintage 1931 acoustic bass - parlor size!
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2014, 10:03:48 AM »
Thanks Joe, it's great fun to have one finally!
Talk about vintage bass, haha!  :D

Birch is a really cool material to use, Levin often featured flamed birch in their "finer" models.

And it's a good size for a bass too, easy to travel and weighs little..
"All Around Man" - Re-release on vinyl LP in April 2015!!
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Offline BottleneckJohn

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Re: Vintage 1931 acoustic bass - parlor size!
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2014, 05:21:09 AM »
Just made another clip featuring an old Levin guitar..  :D
I collect and restore these oldies, my fav's are those made between 1900 - 1950...

"All Around Man" - Re-release on vinyl LP in April 2015!!
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Offline sustaireblues

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Re: Vintage 1931 acoustic bass - parlor size!
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2014, 08:53:18 AM »
Beautiful guitar John! What is the lower bout size on that?

Offline BottleneckJohn

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Re: Vintage 1931 acoustic bass - parlor size!
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2014, 10:21:10 AM »
The lower bout is 16" across..
"All Around Man" - Re-release on vinyl LP in April 2015!!
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Offline BottleneckJohn

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Re: Vintage 1931 acoustic bass - parlor size!
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2014, 01:58:23 PM »
Hey!
I just got a water slide decal made for this one, looks really good from a little distance!



"All Around Man" - Re-release on vinyl LP in April 2015!!
http://www.bottleneckjohn.com/newcd.htm
BJ

Offline sabocat

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Re: Vintage 1931 acoustic bass - parlor size!
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2014, 05:19:33 PM »
I love this stuff - kinda the big brother to a Uke U Bass.

Someday I will get around to posting a pic of the 9 string square neck  lap guitar I have that started out life as a round neck Regal parlor.

Offline BottleneckJohn

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Re: Vintage 1931 acoustic bass - parlor size!
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2014, 10:41:54 PM »
Yeah, sabocat, show us that squareneck!

Here's the new old bass on stage for the first time, it worked very well!!
"All Around Man" - Re-release on vinyl LP in April 2015!!
http://www.bottleneckjohn.com/newcd.htm
BJ

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