Hell Hound On My Trail

Harlin Brothers Auditorium Guitar 
This very unique guitar was produced in the late 1930s. It was most likely made for the Harlin Brothers of Indianapolis, Indiana by either Kay or Regal. The Harlin Brothers were primarily a purveyor of Hawaiian lap steels including their popular “Multi-Kord” pedal steel guitar. They also ran a school of Hawaiian Guitar in Indianapolis. Body is crack-free and has a ladder-braced spruce top, mahogany sides and back. One unique feature that is immediately apparent is the “Stauffer” style headstock with its unique Kluson machines stamped “Harlin Brothers, Indianapolis, Indiana”. The top, back, sound hole and neck have tortoise binding. The lower bout is 15 1/8” wide with a 25 3/4” scale. It has a radiused fretboard with1 3/4” nut width. Screw holes indicate that this guitar came with a (now missing) raised finger-rest/pickguard. Bridge is a replacement.

This very unique guitar was produced in the late 1930s. It was most likely made for the Harlin Brothers of Indianapolis, Indiana by either Kay or Regal. The Harlin Brothers were primarily a purveyor of Hawaiian lap steels including their popular “Multi-Kord” pedal steel guitar. They also ran a school of Hawaiian Guitar in Indianapolis. Body is crack-free and has a ladder-braced spruce top, mahogany sides and back. One unique feature that is immediately apparent is the “Stauffer” style headstock with its unique Kluson machines stamped “Harlin Brothers, Indianapolis, Indiana”. The top, back, sound hole and neck have tortoise binding. The lower bout is 15 1/8” wide with a 25 3/4” scale. It has a radiused fretboard with1 3/4” nut width. Screw holes indicate that this guitar came with a (now missing) raised finger-rest/pickguard. Bridge is a replacement.

25 June 2012 Harlin Brothers Guitars history