Sunday, 21 December 2014

Weird minimalistic headless guitar with case ... Can you identify?
For your consideration is this strange minimalistic headless guitar with its own bespoke hard case, currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of US $695.00. The seller knows virtually nothing about it, the listing being as follows:
Hello! This guitar is in very good condition. I don't really know anything about it as far as history goes. It appears to be a one off prototype. There are no markings or serial numbers or anything like that. It sounds really nice and everything seems to work great. Free priority shipping. Thanks!
Which doesn't tell us a great deal. In the listing title the seller has queried "Steinberger? Gibson? Hohner?" but I think we can safely ignore those red herrings, they are just there to get people to look at the listing. It's of a bolt-on neck construction and my guess is it's Japanese or maybe early Korean. If I had to suggest a brand name for it, I'd consider Hondo who at least were known to dabble with the occasional bizarre design of this ilk.

G L Wilson

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  1. the pickup looks identical to the ones on a Harmony H802.

  2. I doubt it's a factory made piece. The truss rod adjustment at the end of the neck looks like the kind on some late '60s-early '70s Japanese guitars. The neck plate looks like it could have come from that era as well. I'm guessing it's a homemade body with the neck off an old Japanese guitar, with the other parts of the maker's spares box.



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