Saturday, 29 March 2014

1959 Barth Mark VIII sunburst electric guitar
From one of America's forgotten guitar companies, this beauty is a Barth Mark VIII from 1959. Paul Barth was perhaps more famously a guitar designer for Rickenbacker which I think is quite apparent  in the design here. He also designed guitars for Magnatone and Mosrite, not to mention the infamous Black Widow guitars and basses which appeared under his own Bartell brandname and also Hohner.

As this guitar is supposedly named the Mark VIII, I do wonder how many other models there were. I know that there was certainly a single pickup version of this guitar because we've looked at that on Guitarz before.

Currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $2,999 which I personally think is optimistic.

G L Wilson

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