Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Wandre Doris: an eccentric 1960s Italian original

Wandre Guitars were designed by Wandre Pioli (1926-2004) and built in his factory in Cavriago from 1959 to 1969. The Wandre Doris is a beautifully eccentric example, featuring Wandre's aluminium neck covered in polystyrene coating. Note the 6-in-a-line timber and aluminium slotted headstock and note also how the neck is almost parallel along its length, which is common on Italian guitars of this vintage. The moulded pickguard is resplendent in 3-dimensions and incorporates pushbutton pickup selectors and and angled output jack. These guitars were from a day and age when you didn't see the same old generic components on each and every instrument. The tremolo is quite a wonderful affair looking as if it's been assembled from motorcycle parts.

The Doris model has been re-issued by Eastwood Guitars (and kudos to them for reviving all those retro designs) but you wouldn't really mistake it for the real thing unless seen from a distance.

This original 1960s Wandre Doris is currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $5,500.

G L Wilson

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1 comment:

  1. I have the same Doris model - yelow colour.



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