Friday, 22 March 2013

1950s plastic toy skiffle guitar with auto-chord attachment
I love these old 1950s and 1960s plastic toy guitars; sometimes they can be just as fascinating as real guitars. This particular 1950s skiffle guitar has a idiosyncratic auto-chord attachment on the neck so the player doesn't even have to learn chords - just press a button. That is, so long as they don't want to play any chords other than G7, E7, C, A7, D7, G.

Currently being auctioned on eBay UK with a low starting price.

G L Wilson

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  1. I would love to rock out a version of "I Fought The Law" on this.

  2. "That is, so long as they don't want to play any chords other than G7, E7, C, A7, D7, G."

    ( You mean there's more? ) I'm all for anything that inspires/enables young people to want to play. This was probably considered the "Guitar Hero" of its day.

    This must have been a high end one what with the metal capstans and all. Weren't they predominantly plastic? I realize it seems silly now but in those days, parents major concern was children would ruin or warp just about any instrument with the misfortune to be in their path!

    The cover went over the keyboard the minute kids were in the door, and you had to ask 'permission' that wasn't always granted! Well; a plastic guitar? Take it in the bathtub for all I care! ( And we DID )

  3. In the States there was an "Arthur Godfrey Ukulele" with the same setup

  4. These are some sexy guitars. I have a perfect guitar straps for some of these guitars.



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