WHAT? WHEN? WHEN?
style of this promotional postcard indicates it dates from the mid to late
February 2008: "Bert Lynn fronted the CBS Electric Orchestra
in the late 1930ís. The Vibrolynn was a modified Rickenbacher Electro A-25
Hawaiian Steel Guitar developed in Los Angeles 1931-2 by George Beauchamp.
Except for the strange diamond shape body which has no effect on the sound,
the instrument is the same. Bert Lynn also used a pedal-operated
potentiometer to alter tone and/or volume. Basically, the Vibrolynn
is an electric slide guitar."
Our thanks to Eric Cale of the
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum for this generous information.
The jazzitha was a "beautiful
premium" for selling 18 boxes of chocolates.
2001: The Jazzitha does not appear to be such
a rarity. Since posting this inquiry in 1999 several have turned up for
auction on-line. It was made by Bee Jay Products Company of Long Island
City, New York and advertised as a one-string Hawaiian guitar. It
measured about 20 inches in length, used a single mandolin "E" string,
and came with 'play by numbers' sheet music for "The Bowery," "My
Old Kentucky Home," and "The Sidewalks of New York."
If you have any more information on vibrolynns or jazzithas
we'd be interested to learn more.
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