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 Charlie on 11th Aug 2015
I ordered this guitar on a Sunday evening and remarkably had it in my possession Wednesday. The finish is gorgeous and flawless. Tuners are of good quality. Guitar is fun to play, well balanced, stays in tune very well. Sound is a bit unique, in a good way - definitely brighter than my SG, at least through my Marshall JVM 50 & 1960 cabinet. Through a clean channel, it is pristine in clarity. The design of the damn thing is so butt ugly it's beautiful!
There are 2 reasons that I only give this guitar a 4 star rating. First, out of the box, the neck was out of adjustment to the point of making the instrument almost unplayable. No big deal - my guitar tech fixed it up in short order. Shipping guitars is always risky. Heaven knows what it was subjected to during shipping. Secondly, perhaps more importantly, the strings are not centered horizontally across the width of the neck. If the high E string were a molecule closer to the edge of the neck, I would have sent this axe back for a refund. (If I could have attached a photo to this review, I would have so you could see that I am not exaggerating.) Bottom line, it's a keeper and I'd do it again. No regrets here!
Posted by Joe on 13th Nov 2014
I was in a guitar shop in London, UK to buy some strings, and they had this Sahara blue for sale. I fell in love by the looks of it immediately. I gave it a try and I was blown away. Super easy to play, you can get some crystal clear clean tones, and raw dirty tones as well. Normally I don't like the humbucker sound, but this one felt just right. I play some some surf based tunes and because it's a chambered body you can get some surf tones with no problem. It is a really unique guitar, and to conclude, I took the guitar with me in that afternoon. It is now my favorite guitar.
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!"