Airline® Guitars were made in the USA from 1958-68 by VALCO and sold through Montgomery Ward. VALCO also made National and SUPRO brands. Today they are played by people like David Bowie, The Cure, Calexico and White Stripes. Original Res-O-Glas models now sell for $2,000-$3,000
Posted by The Cuban Cowboy on 27th May 2014
I've been playing my Airline 2P since 2010 -- mine is Sea Foam Grean (purchased at a local guitar shop in San Francisco, CA) and have gigged and toured with it extensively since. Indeed, it has been my main stage axe until very recently (I just bought an Airline MAP, sooo...). I love this guitar, and audiences do too! Aesthetics aside for a moment, this is a well-built guitar w/ great fretting, solid electronics and overall terrific craftsmanship (for the price, in particular). Sure, it's 'vibey', and may not be suitable for certain kinds of music (i.e., Jazz, New Age) but for what I do (indie Cuban rock...imagine if the Pixies were Cuban and were brought to the U.S. by Tom Waits), it's perfect. The pickups and attendant switching options give me a wide-ass tonal range, producing fat-warm clean when I want it and phat-hot-mess-face shred when used with my distortion pedals (Fulltone OCD, MXR). In a practical (i.e., travel, stage wear-tear) sense, my guitar's been to Europe, Texas, Abu Dhabi, and Whorelando (aka Orlando, FL) and lives to tell about it -- air pressure, baggage handlers, customs, asshole stage-tech crews, beer spills, my mom, your mom -- name it: this guitar been through it, and never once let me down in regards to tone crap-out or playability (which is more than I can say for my amps). And you may as well know: each and every time my band plays out, inevitably, at least 10 audience members ask me about the guitar or simply say something along the lines of "that's a beautiful guitar!" To which I always respond: "You have no idea!"