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brunello97
Apr-19-2014, 4:36pm
Here's one for Paul and Mike: 1949 Wards Ad. (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1949-WARD-Catalog-SHEET-Carson-Robison-GUITAR-Resonators-Mandolins-Banjo-/271455162561?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f33fd10c1)

I've heard rumors that Gibson made some instruments for Wards. I know the picture is pretty fuzzy, but does that one model look like a KM21 (with flat-end headstock?) Something else?

Mick

pfox14
Apr-19-2014, 6:29pm
That's the mandolin and banjo page from Ward's 1935-36 Fall/Winter catalog. Gibson made two of the mandolins. The mandolin 2nd from the left is a model 1610 which was basically a re-labeled Kalamazoo KM-11 flat-top round-hole mando, and the mandolin 4th from the left is a Ward's model 1607, which was similar to the Kalamazoo KM-21 arch-top f-hole mando. They only made these for less than 1 year. The 1607 was replaced by model #1642 in 1936, and it was pretty much the same exact design, but had a pointed roof peak peghead shape and no logo at all. They discontinued the 1610 in '36. Both the 1607 & 1610s had a flat-top peghead shape and had "Ward" stenciled on the peghead, so they are not Recording King models. I have no idea why the eBay listing has these dated as 1949.

brunello97
Apr-19-2014, 6:38pm
Thanks, Paul. So the seller's 1949 date is quite a bit off the mark?

Mick

pfox14
Apr-19-2014, 6:42pm
Yes, I added that onto my post. Gibson stopped making instruments for Wards in 1940.

brunello97
Apr-19-2014, 7:43pm
Yes, I added that onto my post. Gibson stopped making instruments for Wards in 1940.

Check. Not that I know, but the Post War date seemed kind of out of whack.

Mick