Airline Guitars were a brand of electric guitars made in the United States from 1958 to 1968 by the Valco Manufacturing Company. They were actually sold through a mail-order retail company. The Valco company had it’s superior brand National and a budget range known as Supro. Valco traded until it’s’ demise in 1968. Today old Valco guitars are played by a wide range of bands and artists including David Bowie, The Cure and more.
In guitar collections, the red Airline model is often associated with Jack White and referred to as the “JB Hutto” model, after the bluesman and slide guitar artist J.B. Hutto.
In the early to mid 2000s, the Eastwood guitar company acquired the rights to use the “Airline” brand-name, but they have never been directly affiliated with the long defunct Valco company. Original Valco Airline guitars were all made in the United States, whereas today’s Eastwood Airline guitars are made in South Korea or China.