Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Crazy Australian Pioneer tripleneck mandolin / guitar / slide guitar

We've shown a few Matons on Guitarz before now, but perhaps we don't feature enough Australian guitars. However, I don't think they come much wilder than this Pioneer tripleneck which has necks for mandolin, 6-string guitar, and slide guitar. I'm not sure how the slide neck is supposed to function, whether the player needs to sit down and play this beastie lap-style whilst on that neck. I love the matching headstocks, especially the mandolin headstock with all eight tuners in-line.

Apparently, it was built by Arthur Bianchi of Pioneer Guitars, Rockhampton in the early 1960s.

Currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of AUS $3,950 (Australian dollars).

G L Wilson

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  1. I'd say odds-on that the guitar pictured in the ad is the one for sale. That design really freeks my brain out! Too cool!!

  2. It looks also as if someone put the bridges on the wrong way around. There's a non-compensated bridge on the regular guitar portion, and a compensated bridge on the slide. Ought to be the other way around.

    1. With all that's going on there, nice catch! Was there some sort of bluegrass revival movement going on down under in the 60's? Both times I visited AUS in the 80's ISTR all of the teens and club-goers bemoaning the fact they really didn't have any kind of a live music scene at all!

      Any band that found success was quickly exported and seldom returned. The Brit/U.S bands that went, went once ( and swore they'd never do it again! ) In any event, it strikes me odd there'd be this level of devotion ( and it is a marvel ) w/ little/no demand?



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