Description
Up for sale, a 1960s St George MP-3 vintage "offset" electric guitar. Produced for the George music stores in New York and Hollywood, this is a rare and early Japanese guitar, produced in Japan's famed Fujigen Gakki factory (home of Greco and many other brands), which was later the home base for Fender's Japanese instrument production. Offered with two, three or four pickups, the model MP-3 is one of the more expensive offerings in this St George guitar line. Add to the mix that this guitar was only offered for a few brief years in the mid 1960s, and you have a very rare bird indeed! This guitar has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and is an extremely fun vintage twang machine.

This particular St George model has more than a passing similarity to the Greco 911 and GE-3 models. While the controls and hardware are practically identical, this guitar features a slightly more pointed slab body, tortoise pickguard and Japanese vibrato tailpiece (Greco would use an imported Hagstrom tailpiece for their models).

Perhaps the most notable player of St George guitars was Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, who has been famously pictured with a St George MP-2 (two pickup model), and was known to use the guitar to craft some of his more outlandish guitar tones (with the pickup kill switches fitting in perfectly with his playing style).

The neck has a medium D profile with a fairly flat spot on the back in the center of the profile and nicely rounded shoulders where it meets the rosewood fretboard. The original frets are intact and were particularly narrow and low from the factory. The guitar plays well with comfortable action all the way up the neck. On the headstock, the original tuning machines are present, hold pitch surprisingly well, and turn with relative ease. The "Gumby" headstock shape is an unmistakable mark of a Fujigen instrument (again, typically Greco), although there is currently no logo present on the face.

The body features a hefty dose of chrome, with the original bridge, vibrato tailpiece and control plates still retaining plenty of shine. The electronics are completely stock and the three single coil pickups deliver plenty of jangle and twang. The tortoise pickguard appears to be made of a similar material as used on vintage Gibson high end ES models, and as a result has started to crumble around the edges over time. Aside from a few missing corners, most of the guard is still intact and a rarity in any condition, still displaying well and laying flat on the body via the remaining screws. The original redburst finish is present and vibrant with moderate checking and a great gloss sheen. Cosmetically, this model shows expected nicks and dings around the body contours and headstock edges, with light pitting of the chrome plates as well, but no serious or structural wear of any kind.

This is a unique and rare St George MP-3 model and a ton of fun to play!

A vintage Japanese hardshell case is included. The case is missing one latch and hinge, but still closes relatively well and provides a handy tote for this vintage guitar.
Year Condition Color Case
~1960 Excellent Red Sunburst Hard

$409.99

Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar
Michael John Ball
206.399.8518
Seattle, WA
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We are happy to offer a 48 hour approval period after delivery on all of the items sold through Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar. We will accept returns only if the item has been misrepresented in regards to originality and condition. We do our absolute best to accurately describe the tonal properties of our instruments, but will not accept returns based on the subjective nature of "tone," In the event of a return, the customer pays all shipping and insurance costs and any other credit card or Paypal fees associated with the transaction. With that said, we go to great lengths to ensure with 100% confidence that you are getting the exact item you purchased in the condition and originality described.