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1930s Oahu Vintage Square Neck Parlor Acoustic Slide Guitar, USA-Made by Kay


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Up for sale, a 1930s Oahu square neck parlor slide guitar in good working order. Produced by Kay and distributed by the Oahu company in Cleveland, Ohio, this guitar features birch body construction and a poplar neck with a lined fingerboard.

This Oahu has surprising projection and strong lower midrange presence that belies its small stature (13 1/4“ lower bout width) and ladder-braced construction. The highs are percussive and cutting, and there's a strong boxy bark inherent in the sound that lends itself well to a range of slide guitar styles. Featherweight at 3lbs 1oz, this Oahu has been freshly restrung here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with bronze 12-53 light gauge strings.

The square neck has painted-on frets and diamond position markers, and the instrument has a 24" scale length. This Oahu boasts a new hand-carved bone nut, and paired with the cast metal bridge, the sound remains particularly articulate. The slotted headstock retains the original Oahu decal, and the original open gear strip tuners function as intended with original black buttons. The buttons show some shrinkage and one is chipped, yet all still work as intended.

The original two-tone Sunburst finish is framed by painted binding, and the instrument is crack-free. Cosmetic wear includes a number of minor nicks, dings and scuffs on the body as a whole.