Vivi Tone Guitar

  • Excellent Condition
  • Year: circa 1935
  • Includes Original Soft Shell Case
  • Serial #: 550


Following Lloyd Loar's departure from Gibson in the early 1930s, the designer partnered with Lewis Williams, and Walter Moon to form Vivi Tone, which was incorporated in Kalamazoo MI on 11/1/1933. The company sought to advance Loar's increasingly revolutionary ideas, most notably for electric instruments. Absent from Vivi Tone was Loar's famous acoustic-forward nuanced engineering, in favor of complex double soundboards, electronics, and "fairy high action frets"...all in the search for volume. Today for sale, we have a high grade acoustic example of a Vivi Tone guitar in fine original condition, with notable Cremona sunburst varnish finish; original blue label and and original hard case present (with Vivi Tone string packets!) The small body features a spruce top ("dog-bone" soundhole) and back (w/ f holes) with extended ribs; fully bound; includes large rounded white pickguard, ebony bridge (reversible bridge top for Spanish or Hawaiian playing), gold-plated "manganese" tailpiece. The three piece steel reinforced mahogany neck has a 20 fret fingerboard w/ pearl blocks; feel is similar to L-5 necks; wondrous tall "fairly high action frets", dove tail neck block; pearloid peghead overlay with gorgeous gold plated Grover tuners.


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