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1954 Oahu Iolana (by Valco)

November 24, 2016 • Geronimo "Geri" ValdrizInstruments and Luthiers

Since the 1930's the Valco Company manufactured a variety of musical instruments including the electric lap steel guitar. These steel guitars were made for brand names such as Supro, Airline, National, and Oahu.

1954 Oahu Iolana (by Valco)

This steel guitar is a double neck 6 string Oahu Iolana "bird in flight" model. It allows players access to two different tunings from one steel guitar.

1954 Oahu Iolana (by Valco)

The guitar features a plastic white "mother of toilet seat" pearl covered body, and twin Valco "through-field" magnetic pickups. The treble clef motif on the bridge cover adds a nice musical touch!

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