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    Default Dating early Stradolin?

    As is obvious, this is a fool's errand. But am wondering, has anyone got a firm idea when the Stradolins with the comma shaped F holes were made? From searching the Cafe have seen mid 1930's and 1935/36 quoted. Have already had a couple friends ask about mine and that's the best I could offer.

    While earlier ads might help as mentioned in the thread on the Sorkin catalog, they used old copy at least until the 1950's.

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    Default Re: Dating early Stradolin?

    I can't answer the question about the f-holes, but many Strad-o-lins have a date stamped on the back that is visible through one of the f-holes.
    You may have to hunt for it, sometimes it's a bit hard to find. Use a really strong pen light and look through both holes at several angles.
    That's a nice looking one. My impression is that is indeed from the '30's or early '40's, but that's only a guess.

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    These are three separate catalog cuts from 1935 B&J. I put them together for comparison purposes.

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    Default Re: Dating early Stradolin?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    These are three separate catalog cuts from 1935 B&J. I put them together for comparison purposes.

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    So does that round hole one have a different logo on the headstock? Looks like a diamond shape.

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    I agree with rcc56, I think '30s. I have a '40 similar to yours but has round holes where yours has the "commas". That's a really nice one, bet it sounds as good as it looks

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    Default Re: Dating early Stradolin?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    These are three separate catalog cuts from 1935 B&J. I put them together for comparison purposes.

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    Thanks Jim! That's exactly the information I hoped you would have. Gives me more confidence in dating. The 1941 I previously had was date stamped, which made things a lot easier.
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    Default Re: Dating early Stradolin?

    I have one virtually identical to yours and it has a date stamp inside of March 1935. I also have an oval hole version in the add above that's stamped for the same year. Some of the oval hole models seemed to be sold under the "Nobility" badge, with a diamond logo emblem on the head stock. I just need an artist deluxe model to complete the set!!!!

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    Default Re: Dating early Stradolin?

    I have a date marked 1938 in this one - different F holes
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    Default Re: Dating early Stradolin?

    I love the finish on that one!

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    Default Re: Dating early Stradolin?

    That is a really nice finish. It didn't leave the factory with that finish.
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