Thursday, 1 December 2011

Univox M340 guitar organ
Before the guitar synth there was the guitar organ. We looked at the Vox V251 guitar organ before (and there's a fantastic picture of one in the 2012 Guitarz Calendar - there are still a few left so buy your copy now before it's too late to post in time for Christmas).

Most guitar organs had the guts of an electric organ shoe-horned into a guitar body while individual frets for each string across all the fret positions were wired up so as to trigger the notes. This Japanes-made Univox M340 guitar orgran is thought to date from the early 70s (I guess it could be later 60s) and is currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $2,000. An organ expression pedal is included, and apparently the guitar organ is in working order althugh a couple of the fret triggers are not working. I wouldn't fancy being the one who had to fix those.

G L Wilson

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