When Jack White plays with The White Stripes his main guitar is a very distinctive red and white guitar.
The guitar is a 1964 JB Hutto Montgomery Airline Guitar. Airline Guitars were made in the United States from 1958-68 by VALCO and sold through Montgomery Ward for the retail price of $99.99. Check out the ad in the Montgomery Ward catalog below…
The angular red Airline model is usually referred to as the “JB Hutto” model, after the blues artist and slide guitarist J. B. Hutto because he was one of the first notable musicians to regularly use the guitar.
These guitars are in demand and very hard to find. White’s original ’64 Airline guitar was in bad shape and missing parts when a Stripes fan (Frank Anselmo) bought a mint ’64 Airline on ebay for $3,000 and decided to give it to White as a gift. He presented White with the guitar at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom on November 18, 2003. Here’s a photo of Anselmo backstage gifting White the guitar.
After presenting him the guitar, White told Aselmo,
“When I was a little boy and did something good, my dad would say ‘Jackie, you are a gentleman and a scholar.”
Click below to check out Jack’s custom acoustic guitars…