Sunday, 16 December 2012

Egmond Manhattan

You can easily recognize here an Egmond guitar with its white plastic block comprising the neck pickup and a slanted pickguard ending in a control plate under which all the electronics are. This system could turn any guitar into an electric one - either hollow or solid body. 

Even knowing that this early 1960s Manhattan model was a cheapo (and concretely this means no truss rod), its minimalist design is quite cool and this model with very pop Lake Placid blue finish is in good condition.

Bertram D

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  1. Looks cool but I'd hate to try to play it. The intonation is probably dubious at best.

  2. That wrap-over trapeze bridge is virtually identical to the one fitted to very early Les Pauls and ES-295s. I wonder if it was a deliberate copy.

  3. Surprisingly, the intonation isn't that bad. It's not that one can adjust per string, but heigth and scalelength are adjustable! The output is modified; originally they were advertised with "including signal cord", which meant a cord was actually fixed to the guitar (with a DIN plug at the end). Looks like someone gave this one a jack output. Later on, this type of Egmond integrated scratchplate/electronics had a regular jackout (not protruding like this one).



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