Airline® Guitars were made in the USA from 1958-68 by VALCO and sold through Montgomery Ward. VALCO also made National and SUPRO brands. The original Folkstar resonator guitar did not have pickups, this modern professional model adds two pickups and a blend switch for versatile stage use.
Posted by Paul Alisauskas on 27th May 2014
I already had a couple of reso guitars when I came across this beauty. My interest was spurred by the ample room above the 12th fret for slide work. I took a trip directly to Eastwood's showroom and sampled a couple of them.
Of the three I tried, there honestly wasn't much to choose between them; I took the one which had a slightly HIGHER action (for slide).
There is a LOT more to this guitar than slide. The electronics are SUPERB, particularly the 'blend' control' for the biscuit bridge pickup and the conventional neck pickup. You can get some sounds that cross the spectrum from traditional to otherworldly with the right amplification (compression recommended).
Really nice build quality; really versatile guitar. I'm now saving space because of the two reso guitars I've sold since getting this one. This guitar is a reproduction of a '64 National model. I don't know if this one's better, but it sure is GOOD....