c.1939 Oahu Guitar Catalog No. 23/270K

These are scans of a complete, original Oahu catalog from 1939. I'm hoping that having a full catalog up on the net will start to help fix peoples' assumptions about model names and numbers and also "who made what." I've captioned the pictures with maker information where possible.

Note that you can click on any of the images to see them larger. Click the link below to see the rest of the scans (I didn't want to put them all on one page since there's a lot of them...)!

Kay-made model 229K (like this one)

Kay-made 303K (like this one)

Kay-made guitar

Kay-made guitar

64K by Regal, 65K by Kay, 66K by Regal (most of the time) and sometimes Kay

both of these are by Harmony
51K by Regal, 50K by Harmony, 52K by Regal

Bassoguitar by Regal

that uke looks like a Harmony

the "marbled finish" type at the bottom is smooth-sounding

these flat bars are cool but horrible to use!

these "neck cords" are the curtain-cord style ones always found on old guitars

check out that cool contact pickup!

SafeTiString tuners were made by Kluson

ticky-tacky, ticky-tacky...

I think I actually have one of these "Oahu" skirts!


Tim Dempsey said...

way cool jake!

Chris Till said...

Thanks so much for posting this. There is magic in old Oahu guitars. I just picked up what I think is an old 50K. It's got this hilarious headstock that looks slotted from the front, but is actually solid when seen from the back. Plus the headstock has a groovy "wave" on the top. Not only that, but it sounds... just really nice. Keep up the good work, your blog is an invaluable source of info.