Sunday, 28 February 2010

Vintage one-off violin guitar

We've all seen guitars and basses styled after violins, but this one-off hand-built violin guitar would appear to use an actual violin body, or at least a very close approximation of one. Notice how because of the diminutive body size the bridge is positioned as far back as it can go while the tailpiece is off the end of the body on an extension (which reminds me of a similar feature on the original Ampeg AUB-1 "scroll" bass).

The headstock design is also very interesting, and features an inverted violin-like scroll in the centre. Someone put a lot of effort into this guitar.

The neck is very short and joins the body at the twelfth fret. In fact, there are ONLY twelve frets in total. If you like playing up at the top of the neck forget it! I guess it wouldn't appeal to many modern players.

Nevertheless it's a fascinating piece and worthy of our attention here at Guitarz.

G L Wilson

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