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Michael Lee Allen


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Des Plaines Illinois just NW of ChIraq
Post Posted 25 Apr 2017 6:39 am     Reply with quote

Hawaiian Teachers of Hollywood early hollow-neck piano tuning pin student steel guitar, the "resonating disc" in the soundhole is long gone.










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Michael Lee Allen


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Des Plaines Illinois just NW of ChIraq
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Michael Lee Allen


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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 25 Apr 2017 7:03 am     Reply with quote

It's surprising that the guitar has held up as well as it has for all these years.
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Mike Neer


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NJ
Post Posted 25 Apr 2017 9:20 am     Reply with quote

I have one in really rough shape that I bought about 30 years ago. Still has the resonating disc, though! It's a wall hanger in my studio.
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David M Brown


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California, USA
Post Posted 25 Apr 2017 10:14 am     Reply with quote

Mike Neer wrote:
I have one in really rough shape that I bought about 30 years ago. Still has the resonating disc, though! It's a wall hanger in my studio.


I got a similar one, no disc, as it has a label inside, but it still gets occasional use....but it's tuned to E7!

The zither pins work well now that I replaced them with a new set.
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Ben Elder


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La Crescenta, California, USA
Post Posted 26 Apr 2017 8:41 pm     Reply with quote

Here's one with the disc--and a bonus: slotted headstock with real strip tuners. (Its serial number--stamped into the headstock--is my birthday.)

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Steffen Gunter


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Munich, Germany
Post Posted 26 Apr 2017 11:06 pm     Reply with quote

I own one of these too. But mine never had the disc but a label inside showing a classic Hawaiian trio.
There is a website specialized on these "Radiotones": http://www.drewdotcom.com/hollowneck/about_home/radiotone/radiotone.html

Here's a photo of my guitar. It sounds pretty good and really vintage for bluesy stuff.


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David M Brown


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Post Posted 27 Apr 2017 12:55 am     Reply with quote

Steffen Gunter wrote:
I own one of these too. But mine never had the disc but a label inside showing a classic Hawaiian trio.
There is a website specialized on these "Radiotones": http://www.drewdotcom.com/hollowneck/about_home/radiotone/radiotone.html

Here's a photo of my guitar. It sounds pretty good and really vintage for bluesy stuff.


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That's just like the one I had mentioned. Thanks for the info.
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Paul Honeycutt


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Colorado, USA
Post Posted 27 Apr 2017 12:01 pm     Reply with quote

Are they solid wood or laminates? How do they sound? Those tuning pegs look a little hard to use.
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David M Brown


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Post Posted 28 Apr 2017 5:34 am     Reply with quote

Paul Honeycutt wrote:
Are they solid wood or laminates? How do they sound? Those tuning pegs look a little hard to use.


With a well fitted set of zither pins and the right size tuning wrench, it's not hard to tune at all.

The woods are cheap, looks like some laminates are used on mine.

The tone is "interesting" - it does not have great sustain, but it has a certain plunky tone that has some appeal. It certainly isn't a fine instrument but it makes me smile when I play it every now and then.

https://www.strat-talk.com/media/30s-steel-2.26586/full?d=1478265500

I've been trying to post a pic but somehow the forum isn't taking it.

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Trey Buchanan


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Texas, USA
Post Posted 28 Apr 2017 1:32 pm     Hawaiian Teachers of Hollywood acoustic steel guitar Reply with quote

I purchased one last summer on eBay in amazing condition, even down to the drop-bottom cardboard case. The seller also included some interested extras . . . (new to the SGF, so not sure my photos will post, so here's just one):
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Trey Buchanan


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Texas, USA
Post Posted 28 Apr 2017 1:37 pm     Hawaiian Teachers of Hollywood acoustic steel guitar Reply with quote

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Jim Sliff


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Lawndale California, USA
Post Posted 4 May 2017 2:36 pm     Reply with quote

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Are they solid wood or laminates? How do they sound? Those tuning pegs look a little hard to use.


the sound great in a sort of "Lo-Fi" way. Nice to add to old songs or for a different flavor. Definitely NOT a "big" tone and not much sustain

They sound 100x better with the "tin can lid" disc removed. It's simply nailed in a post that's glued to the back and removes easily (an should be kept in case the "thing" is ever sold).

The tuning pegs also work FAR better with a few drops of "violin oil" in each hole. IT makes them far easier to tune and there's a more "positive" tuning stability. They are a little tough to get used to as there's no "ratio".

(I need to take new pics of mine - it has a "scroll" pattern around the outer rim)
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