This is a vintage 1964 Airline Model 7283 electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 142168, is in very excellent 100% all original condition. Most notably used by Jack White, the 7283′s space-age mid-century form accented in a bright and bold candy color, resembles the lines, contours, and general appearance of something found within the futuristic Jetson’s cartoon… hence also sometimes being referred to as the Jetson’s model. JB Hutto originally embraced the coolnes of the Montgomery Ward version of this exact Valco-made model, which sported a 6-on-a-side peghead and a tremolo. Having since been reissued by Eastwood guitars, this is perhaps the most iconic Valco design of all time. This premium example is in extremely clean all original condition with absolutely no issues.
This 1964 Airline 7283 features: a Res-O-Glass body construction with the original Red finish, a maple neck with the earlier white veneer headstock, a bound rosewood fingerboard with block inlays, (2) single coil pickups, double-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines with plastic tulip buttons, and an adjustable rosewood bridge.
This guitar plays and feels great. The medium-large size neck profile is very comfortable, and the original frets are in very excellent shape. The neck is perfectly straight, and the action is nice and low along the entirety of the fretboard. It weighs 6 lbs 10 oz, and is a great all-around guitar. Miraculously the black pickguard border detail is still perfectly intact, which is quite rare, because notoriously the slightest pick wear will remove the small line. There are no stress cracks, no odd finish checking, and no minor plastic hardware issues. The back of the body is missing 2 of 3 metal hardware plugs, which can be replaced for less than $1 a piece. Commonly, these small plugs are not reinstalled after a neck adjustment, or happen to fall out if not secured properly. This (part) is something that is still in production today, 50 years later, by the same company made to the exact spec.