Monday, 19 November 2012

Vintage & Rare Guitar of the Week: 1965 Huettl Beat King II thinline
Here we have a vintage 1965 Huettl Beat King II thinline semi-hollowbody guitar from one of Germany's lesser known guitar makers. Some Huettl guitars were so basic that they didn't even have a trussrod, although what appears to be a trussrod cover on this Beat King suggests that this model is equipped with one.

The shape is reminiscent of a guitar from another German manufacturer, i.e. the Hofner Verithin, although without such a "very thin" body depth. The 6-in-a-line headstock, however, may be a nod towards Sweden's Hagstrom Viking, although that model wasn't really popularised until 1968 and Elvis Presley's Comeback Special. As to the blackburst finish, it reminds me of Fender's "Antigua" in negative!

Currently being offered for sale by Germany's Wutzdog Guitars via Vintage & Rare for €690.

G L Wilson

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