The Bluesbox Collection
This can be compared to the Turn-of-the-Century Oscar Schmidt shown elsewhere in this collection. It is almost identical in construction and appointments - but this is a concert size, where the other is an auditorium model. This closeup of the solid spruce face shows the celuloid binding and identical wood inlay around the face and soundhole. In this case the guitar is newer so the inlay looks cleaner and has more of the original color. The bridge here is an ebony replacement of recent vintage. The pickguard was fashioned of Mozambique veneer and installed by yours truly to cover some severe pick scratches and to protect the face in the future. I also installed a Bridge Doctor to relieve stress on the top. The back, neck, and sides are made from solid mahogany. The center stripe matches the inlay on the face. This guitar appears to have been oversprayed with lacquer sometime in the distant past. As with the other OS mentioned earliar, the peg head is faced with rosewood and sports the 5-pointed star inlay typical of OS manufactured Supertones. These tuners are modern replacements, as is the nut. The ebony fingerboard is also bound.
Although the most common Supertone brand guitars were made for Sears Roebuck by the Harmony Co. (and sometimes Regal) of Chicago, IL, it is well known that the higher end instruments were almost exclusively made by Oscar Schmidt, of Jersey City, NJ. This one can be dated precisely to May 2, 1925, because it is stamped on the label, right under the Supertone brand name.