This is a vintage 1952 Sherwood Deluxe electric archtop guitar. Produced by the Kay Musical Instrument Company as a house brand for Montgomery Wards, Sherwood-labeled instruments were typically fancy with respect to appointments and generally represented Kay’s more high-end products. This particular model doesn’t have an assigned name or number, but is often referred to as a “Sherwood Deluxe,” as are most Sherwood guitars.
With an immaculately clean original Geib jumbo hard case, this spectacular specimen is the nicest to be documented anywhere on the web. With upper bout bass-side mounted controls, a “thin twin” lipstick pickup with rosewood surround, a tortoise headstock veneer with a multi-colored etched emblem, rosewood fingerboard with block inlays, individual Kluson Deluxe tuning machines with translucent pearloid buttons, a single-ply large pickguard, a rosewood bridge and an input jack located below the bottom strap pin, the enhanced 17″ frame of this Sherwood is matched only by it’s subtle and sexy details.
Incredibly well preserved, it is quite clear this guitar was not played much. With no evidence of expected playing wear, this guitar is most certainly considered a closet classic. With no breaks and no repairs of any sort, the guitar was only recently modified to accommodate a modern 1/4″ output jack as opposed to the original screw-on microphone style plate jack. The output jack plate is original, and the instrument was not changed to accommodate this modification.
The guitar sounds great, however, the neck exhibits evidence of slight relief. It can be played, but stemming the neck straight would be in order for a serious setup. There is no truss rod, so clamping and steaming would be the only option.