Rex Aragon 1930s vintage archtop RARE guitar

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Rex Aragon 1930s vintage archtop guitar

There has been a lot of debate over the guitar brand “Rex Aragon”. At some point Gretsch, Kay and Harmony have had a stake in it. In the 1920’s and 30’s Gretsch marketed a line of acoustic guitars and banjos as Rex. In the 1940’s they sold Rex guitars (probably made by Kay). These were mostly archtops with the names “Lancer”, “Royal” and “Aragon”.

However, I believe this archtop is actually by Harmony for Rex to distribute. 

Whoever made it knew what they were doing. It’s loud and punchy with a lovely seasoned tone. It comes with the original pick guard, bridge, tailpiece and tuners. The neck is in great shape with a very modest bow but the action is still only just a shade over 3.5mm.

As you can see, it’s been played that much that the painted fret markers have worn away. The frets themselves are OK. The neck is a V-shape, which is typical of a 1930’s archtop.

The body has some wear to the paint, but there are no splits or structural issues. The paint is mostly coming off on the sides where the lower bout has been rubbing in the case. The ornate purfling looks great and the binding is good.

For a 1930’s vintage guitar, I’m not asking a lot. These are pretty rare and they are only going up in value. At least you can enjoy playing this one too.

Please come along and try it.


I will look at PART EXCHANGE on this lovely instrument. Unaltered guitars, vintage drums and valve amps are very welcome.


Note: The stand in the images is not included in the sale

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I will listen to sensible offers close to the asking price. However, if you would like the item sent to you, and you are outside the UK, I will need to know where you are in order to consider your offer properly. Please make it clear if your offer includes, or excludes delivery. Thanks.


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Mainland UK ONLY: Postage is free using second class mail. If you would like this item sent to you any other way, just let me know and I will make the arrangements. If it costs more than my chosen method, you will need to pay the additional cost.

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Because of CITES regulations, all guitars with exotic woods will now require a CITES Certificate before I export outside the European Union. Because I need your contact details, I cannot apply for a Certificate before the sale, so please be patient after the sale has been agreed.

As this item is second hand, NO RETURNS, thank you.

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