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93/439/1 Guitar with case, electric, aluminium, used by Ed Kuepper, made by Veleno, Florida, USA, 1972-1975. Click to enlarge.

Guitar with case, electric, aluminium, used by Ed Kuepper, made by Veleno, Florida, USA, 1972-1975

Made by Veleno Instrument Co in Germany, 1972-1975.

Guitar with case, electric, aluminium, used by Ed Kuepper, made by Veleno, Florida, USA, 1972-1975

Electric guitar with carry case and accessories, used by the performer Ed Kuepper, in his solo career and in bands such as the Saints and The Laughing Clowns.

All aluminium electric 6 string guitar, machined out of 2 solid pieces of aluminium screwed together to form the front and back of the guitar. The neck and headstock are also made from single piece of aluminium which is bolted onto the body...

Summary

Object No.

93/439/1

Object Statement

Guitar with case, electric, aluminium, used by Ed Kuepper, made by Veleno, Florida, USA, 1972-1975

Physical Description

Guitar with case, electric, aluminium, used by Ed Kuepper, made by Veleno, Florida, USA, 1972-1975

Electric guitar with carry case and accessories, used by the performer Ed Kuepper, in his solo career and in bands such as the Saints and The Laughing Clowns.

All aluminium electric 6 string guitar, machined out of 2 solid pieces of aluminium screwed together to form the front and back of the guitar. The neck and headstock are also made from single piece of aluminium which is bolted onto the body. The body has a highly polished finish whilst the neck and head are semi-matt, and the bridge and tail pieces are black anodized. The headstock is cut away in shape of a stylised "V" for "Veleno". Features: two humbucking pickups with tone and volume knobs for each, three way pickup selector switch and pickup phase switch. Manufacturing information is engraved in to the back of the headstock: "Veleno Instrument Co".

Carry case, elongated triangular shape of brown vinyl covered wood, with black leather handle, metal locks and fittings, lined with green velvet. On the outside of the case is a handmade label, consisting of a piece of masking tape with the words: "Chromo Valeno" written in black ink.
Other parts are one red plastic plectrum, 4 rheostats, and one socket.

Marks

Manufacturer's information engraved on the back of the headstock: "VELENO INSTRUMENT CO,/ 8122. [ISWAY N]/ ST PETERSURG, FLA, 33072/ PAT PEND." Manufacturing information stamped on the back of each tuning peg: "Made in W. GERMANY." Handmade identification label on outside of carry case, handwritten in black felt-tipped pen on masking tape; "Chromo Valeno".

'No. 33' on top of neck seating.

Production

Notes

Made by Veleno Instrument Co in St Petersburg, Florida, USA, but manufacturers stamp on back of each tuning peg indicates that they were made in Germany: "Made in W Germany".

This guitar was the thirty-third instrument made - quite early in Valeno's luthier career.

History

Notes

Prior to acquisition this guitar had been used by Ed Kuepper in rock bands for the last 15 years. Ed Kuepper is one of the most influential and successful singer/songwriters on the independent rock music circuit in the country. He used this guitar most recently in his 'solo' career, and prior to this in the bands The Saints and the Laughing Clowns. Both of these bands were extremely influential on the Australian music scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Bought by Ed Kuepper in 1977 in the U.K. The guitar was played by Ed Kuepper in the film clip of the song "Know Your Product" by The Saints released in 1978.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1993

Acquisition Date

22 December 1993

Cite this Object

Harvard

Guitar with case, electric, aluminium, used by Ed Kuepper, made by Veleno, Florida, USA, 1972-1975 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 July 2019, <https://ma.as/136596>

Wikipedia

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