SS Stewart ArchtopSS Stewart
It doesn’t get more classic than a vintage archtop. Judging from the construction, this SS Stewart Archtop was most likely built in the 1940s, and bears characteristics suggesting it was manufactured in the Gibson plant Kalamazoo Michigan. The body measures 19” lengthwise, 15.5” and 11.5” across the bouts, and features a V shaped neck, 25” scale, and Gibson style geared tuners. This guitar has lived a life, and bears plenty of scuffs, chips, and dings to prove it but is in great playing condition, set up with an easy to play medium-low action. There is a crack in the the upper frets of the ebony fingerboard, but it does not affect the playability.
Tone is clear, bright, and vocal, with an almost nasal like quality perfect for blues or western swing. The voice is clear and pronounced in the upper midrange, with present highs and not too much bass. Rhythm guitar cuts through beautifully, and leads are clear. Though it may not be the loudest guitar, the voice is strong on this one. Perfect for anyone looking for that vintage flavor and a high quality archtop.