A Mid Nineteen-Fifties Whitaker Electric Guitar - Heavily Influenced by Paul Bigsby
1954 Whitaker Bigsby Influenced Electric Solid-Body.
This mid-fifties Paul Bigsby influenced guitar weighs just 7.20 lbs., and features a neck through chambered birds-eye maple body with a two-piece birds-eye maple back, each side secured by ten slot-head screws. The top of the guitar has five, specifically shaped pieces of birds-eye walnut. These five pieces act as pickguard, pickup surround, bridge surround, tailpiece and bass-edge decoration. Each of these pieces is secured by three-to-eight slot-head screws. The birds-eye maple neck features the typical Bigsby-shaped headstock with six individual Grover open-back tuners with cloverleaf shaped metal buttons. The face of the headstock has a 1/8 inch veneer, the top of which is stained to match the five pieces on the body and has "WHITAKER" inlaid in mother-of-pearl with a diamond shape above and below. Aluminium string-tree covering all six strings and secured by two screws. Single-bound rosewood fretboard with a nut width of 1 5/8 inches, a scale length of 25 1/8 inches and a typical fifties thick neck profile. The fretboard has 20 medium-to-thin frets (the last three sloping away from the bass side) and inlaid mother-of-pearl 'Bigsby' style position markers of diamonds, circles and rectangles. One 'Gibson' syle single-coil pickup in the middle position with six individually adjustable pole-pieces and an output of 7.19k. Two controls (one volume, one tone) plus a two-way 'push' switch which activates and deactivates the tone control. Dark brown plastic 'octagonal' control knobs. Height-adjustable aluminium pre-compensated bridge. Through body stringing. Overall this very unusual guitar is in exceptionally fine (9.00) condition and more importantly it most certainly has a very unique sound. Housed in a fifties Gibson aligator softshell case. (#1580)
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