Sunday, 16 December 2012

Egmond Manhattan

You can easily recognize here an Egmond guitar with its white plastic block comprising the neck pickup and a slanted pickguard ending in a control plate under which all the electronics are. This system could turn any guitar into an electric one - either hollow or solid body. 

Even knowing that this early 1960s Manhattan model was a cheapo (and concretely this means no truss rod), its minimalist design is quite cool and this model with very pop Lake Placid blue finish is in good condition.

Bertram D

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  1. Looks cool but I'd hate to try to play it. The intonation is probably dubious at best.

  2. That wrap-over trapeze bridge is virtually identical to the one fitted to very early Les Pauls and ES-295s. I wonder if it was a deliberate copy.

  3. Surprisingly, the intonation isn't that bad. It's not that one can adjust per string, but heigth and scalelength are adjustable! The output is modified; originally they were advertised with "including signal cord", which meant a cord was actually fixed to the guitar (with a DIN plug at the end). Looks like someone gave this one a jack output. Later on, this type of Egmond integrated scratchplate/electronics had a regular jackout (not protruding like this one).

  4. I have one in green. The intonation is indeed not bad, it has an extra bridge and a jackout.
    Sounds strong, nice pu, the action is high and cannot be altered.
    Even through modern effects , it has good sound, the hum is low.
    But the whole guitar feels thin. The body is a few cm thick, the neck is screwed and the scratchplate is 'hanging' between neck and body, you can see the back of the pu. Nice to have! Playabĺe history!

  5. I found one (hand)painted with 6 different colors, but not heavy damaged. After repainting in the original color, mounting new tuners (same like the original ones), mounting a new tailpiece and a bridge, you don't believe finetuning is 100%.
    It was a very nice job to do. And because of the fact that Museum Hengelo makes a nice job to write abt the history of the sixtiex, I've already seen a lot of guitarplayers with their Egmond Manhattan. On Nov, 6 we can enjoy the Sixtie party by Metropool and I hope one of these 'vintage' guitarplayes will play with my Manhattan!



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