Tuesday, 8 April 2014

1950s Herrnsdorf archtop jazz guitar - an early stereo guitar perhaps?

Here's a fine old German-made Herrnsdorf archtop guitar from the 1950s. It's quite a sophisticated guitar for its age seeing as it has two pickups - one sliding Otwin unit as can clearly be seen in the photos, and another pickup hidden in the top of the neck in the fretless section. (The seller refers to this as a piezo pickup, but I'm pretty sure it's another magnetic pickup). There are also separate "banana plug" outputs for each pickup beneath the scratch plate... which begs the question, was the guitar designed to have two separate outputs to go to separate amplifiers (i.e. an early "stereo" guitar), or was it designed to be used with a special plug equipped with two banana plug pins?

More photos are available here.

Currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of 1,800 Polish Zloty (approx £356 or US $596). Item currently located in Poland.

G L Wilson

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  2. Seems to be stereo with two separate outputs, neck pickup is routed to the heel and bridge/middle pickup under the pickguard. (Banana plugs are single point connectors so normal mono output requires two jacks.) And definitely no piezo here, both pickups are magnetic.

  3. There are three main types of modern acoustic guitar: the classical guitar (nylon-string guitar), the steel-string acoustic guitar, and the archtop guitar.

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  4. hello, i have a Herrndorf Guitar - i think!
    it is very similar to this but i cannot find any pics of this exact model, so can't find out much about it
    Is there a way i could send you -a photo? or someone else here perhaps?
    if you don't mind of course?
    thanks Jo



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