Here's an Otwin acoustic guitar which the seller on eBay dates somewhere between 1957 and 1963, telling us that:
It was manufactured by Otwin Guitars some time between 1957 and 1963, the only clue to the age of this guitar is X-7 which I am told refers to the model, X being the model and 7 being the serial number. The X series were produced in small numbers by a german luthier better known for his Archtop jazz Guitars... so this guitar has a 6 year window. The logo on the headstock is a simple screen print [...] so it is likely to be earlier rather than later.We are also told that that guitar has a solid spruce top and maple laminated back and sides, whilst the fingerboard is maple which has been ebonised except for the block markers which have been left in natural maple.
I like that the guitar has a very hourglass shape, and in keeping with a manufacturer best known for archtop guitars rather than flat tops such as this, it has a floating bridge and strings anchored at a trapeze-type tailpiece.
As regular readers of Guitarz may have already suspected, Otwin was a brandname for guitars were actually manufactured by the Musima Company in East Germany.
This guitar is currently listed on eBay UK with a starting price of £75.
G L Wilson
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