The Jazz Interbellum is a unique blend of two landmark archtop guitar features. First of all, the introduction to the world of the f-hole, carved top archtop guitar in 1923. Secondly, the advent of the electric guitar in 1936 with the 'Charlie Christian' pickup in the 150 style guitar.
These two features were presented to the guitar community in a time frame known as the Interbellum; the time between World War I and World War II. They are now are combined into one instrument; the Jazz Interbellum.
The style of the neck is 1923; snakehead, dot inlays in the fingerboard and thin white binding, but it has 19 frets instead of the 20 frets of the 1923 style. Also, it is not raised over the body like in the '23 style; the upper part of the fingerboard is resting on the body like on the 150 style guitar. This accomodates the Charlie Christian pickup which now is in line with the body as opposed to raised out of the body when the fingerboard would be raised like on the '23 style guitar.
The handmade tailpiece is 150 style; diamond string bar and the typical jack input in the base of the tailpiece. The celluloid pickguard is made in the '23 style in shape, binding and purfling but has the cutout for the pickup. The bakelite knobs are 150 style, the pickup is a Lollar CC with a handmade top plate in tortoise celluloid with binding and purfling.
Unlike the '23 style guitar, this guitar has X-bracing as on the 150 style to combine the braces with the pickup. Finally it has a twenties style glowing sunburst in the best tradition of the '23 colors; nitro-cellulose finish in 'Betty-Lite' fashion and relic hardware. Waverly tuners with ivoroid knobs.
Want to know how it sounds? Go to the Video page and see and hear the Jazz Interbellum.