Saturday, 23 April 2011

1950s Decar solidbody from Dacatur, Illinois
Here's another early solidbody from the mid 1950s, a Decar from Decatur, Illinois. It shares several features with the Fender Telecaster, which was almost certainly an inspiration: the slab body, the maple bolt-on neck, pickup (and electrics) mounted to a pickguard attached to a routed top...

But if you think that blond oak wood grain finish is very shiny - almost too perfect - there's a reason for that. The front and back are both covered in formica, more commonly found on kitchen cupboard doors and other mass-produced furniture from the period. The pickguard is also formica, but in a contrasting avocado check. The pickup, bridge cover, and control knobs are all in chrome and finish the look perfectly. The seller describes it as being "solid" and claims that it plays like a Fender Telecaster.

This auction on eBay has about a day and a half to run as I type this. It's already had a number of bids, but the current bid is still very low. It looks like someone could get this intriguing piece of guitar history at a very reasonable price.

G L Wilson

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