Tuesday, 8 May 2012

1980s Magnesium alloy Staccato guitar with "interchangeable" neck and fibreglass body

We've previously looked at a Staccato bass here on Guitarz and today we're taking a peek at this Staccato guitar, one of the lesser known 6-stringers that they made, which - compared with the bass - is a much more conservative almost Strat-like design too. It's one of just (approximately) 200 such instruments built between 1985 and 1987 by Pat Townshend in partnership with Chris Jagger (yes, the brother of a certain other Mr Jagger).

As well as the unusual choice of materials used (magnesium alloy for the so-called interchangeable neck - which actually encompassed the centre body section too - and fibreglass for the body), the main innovation behind the Staccato was the ability to swap and change necks. I can't see that in a performance this would be any more convenient than swapping a whole guitar, but there you go, at least this company was trying something different.

This Staccato guitar is currently listed on eBay UK with a starting price of £599.

G L Wilson

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  1. Don't know much about Chris however I can def. see PETE'S input! Very much "windmill ready" as it's so sleek and featureless in profile. Advertising went like this:

    "No more carpal impalements!" ( Can you imagine drinking w/ those two? Forget it ) Just head over heels for this one. If your novice friends can't keep this no nonsense beauty in tune, there ARE other forms of musical expression. Washtub bass for instance? There's something Ferrari-esque about their logo and I'm so stealing that!

  2. hi
    I have the OHSC for this same colour ,,Mike

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