An extremely rare Herrnsdorf, mid century modern, retro, space age electric guitar. Weird, robot looking, offset angular body with controls protruding on top!
I was told many years ago by the European collector that sold me this guitar that it was made sometime between 1958-1960, putting its manufacture in the first few years of the space age and the race for space between the Americans and Communists. It was made in the DDR, behind the iron curtain, in “Communist Germany”. its design reflects the deco style, the mid century modern retro style and that early “science fiction” space age, robot, look!
This guitar is only one of a very few surviving examples and undoubtedly the best and most complete. The case is filled with its period accessories; a blue sparkle foot switch, some type of effects foot switch, cables, adapters, original leather strap, literature, picks and strings, etc. Its original case is in excellent condition. The guitar is a beautiful deep blue sparkle with the famous early DDR Rellog Gitona pickups. All body binding, front and back is perfectly intact. The pick guard is perfect with no cracks and it has all the original knobs and original tremolo bar! The neck is a 3 piece solid mahogany laminate. It is approaching baseball fat. The all strip tuners are all excellent with no bent shafts. Overall guitar is in excellent, vintage, untouched condition, exactly the way I bought it many years ago. I have not had a chance to get to it, but did fix its broken leather handle by adding a brass support strap that encircles the leather, leaving the original leather fully intact when I first got it.
Guitar will need a through cleaning. There is finger muck all along the fretboard, some light tarnish and some light metal oxidation. The electronics will need a through going over (cleaning) and the guitar will need to be set up. As I said, I have not gotten to it and have done absolutely nothing to it. When I bought it I did plug in the guitar and the electronics did function.
23 1/4" scale length with 24 frets!
All that being said….guitar is an EXTREME RARITY and is being sold “as is” as a RARE, museum worthy, collector piece.
I SAID I WOULD NEVER SELL THIS ONE, But times are tough and if I get my price she goes to a new home.
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Because of the delicate nature of electronics and the possibility of parts swapping, all electric guitars are sold as is. I am not one of those people who makes it a habit of dissecting their guitars and photographing their guts: Only in a rare occasion, if the guitar merits it. Acoustic guitars (with the exception of items with the words “as is” in their descriptions, discounted items or guitars that have had work done on them or have damage) are returnable for credit minus PP&I and restocking fee.. Terms of return for acoustic guitars: Acoustic guitars may be returned for immediate credit towards another guitar of higher price (25%+, excluding marked down prices) plus postage and packing fees (all returns subject to a 15% restocking fee.) PP&I fees are not refundable and guitar must be posted back within 24 business day hours and must be received in the same packaging and in the same condition as sent. Lay-a-way available on higher priced: 50% deposit of total immediately down and balance paid within 30 days or deposit forfeited. No returns on lay-a-ways. Accessories, cases, parts, amps, etc. are non returnable. By purchasing you are agreeing to these terms.