Offered for sale;
1970s Bozo B80 Acoustic Guitar.
This guitar is in very good condition, the neck angle and frets are fine. Cosmetically showing nicks and marks about the body, this guitar has been played and enjoyed but not abused. An 18 volt FRAP piezo pickup system has been installed.
The back story:
Bozo Podunavac was born and raised in Yugoslavia, in what is now Serbia. In his early years he served a 5-year apprenticeship in making and repairing stringed instruments with master luthier Milutin Miadenovic and graduated in 1950. Following a number of years work in Belgrade he left his home country in 1959 and moved to Chicago, where he worked in the repair department of a musical instrument dealer and manufacturer. His reputation as a master repairman and instrument maker grew and in 1964 he opened his own shop and began building guitars under the Bozo brand. His guitars draw on the traditions of his home land and are often highly ornate.
In the mid-1970s he moved to San Diego where he opened a workshop and school of lutherie.
During this time he "licensed" several of his designs to a Japanese firm, M.G. Company Inc. who was representing K.Yairi / Alvarez Yairi guitars, which proceeded to build "Bozo guitars" including the B60, B80, and B100 models, some with laminated back and sides, some all solid wood construction. The production of these guitars started in late 1974 and was terminated somewhere in 1984.
More recently he moved again to Florida where he still offers guitar services.
This made in Japan guitar is not an instrument you come across frequently. We must tell you, it sounds really good. Alive, resonant, balanced.
Who played Bozo Guitars? Jorma Kaukonen, Leo Kottke, Reverend Gary Davis, and Janis Ian just to mention a few.
Hard-shell case included.
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