Here is a great rarity and historically important American 60’s guitar. More rare than hen’s teeth, just try to find another!
It was made at the old Holman-Woodel guitar factory in Neodesha, Kansas. The factory was located in the Fawcett Building on Main St, just upstairs from the town’s hardware & paint store.
Holman-Woodel were the manufacturers of the famous Wurlitzer guitars. This guitar organ was a joint effort of Modern Age Inc, (who took over the factory in November 67) and 21st Century Music Company who were designers of the guitar. These guitars were produced in the final months of 1967. It is estimated that only around 100 were manufactured before the business partnership ended.
This guitar employs left over electronics and hardware from Wurlitzer guitars (1966-67) and the thin line bodies from Al-Roy guitars that were manufactured at that factory in 1967.
Unusual flat top construction with German carve and the famous bright crisp Wurlitzer pickups that produce a wide range of sounds including super jazz tones.
We are told that this rare beauty was purchased from an old recording studio where it was used throughout the years on many recordings because of its versatility on tones.
These guitar-organs were originally supplied with a small guitar to organ converter, into which the guitar plugged that produced the organ effects, see bottom of guitar photo for large plug input jack. However the converter box is not needed for the guitar to function. The guitar plays well and sounds great, as a jazz or rock guitar, through any amplifier as is. You just cannot enact the organ effects unless you have the special converter, but you may eventually be able to find one on the net.
This is the extremely rare, early version of the guitar organ and an important historical piece of 60‘s American electric guitar manufacturing. In the 1970’s MCI re-created this instrument as the “Guitorgan” and it gained quite a bit of popularity.
Guitar is in good overall condition with no wood cracks or repairs.
The sunburst finish is vibrant and does have wear/flaking along the edges, mostly on bottom, see photos. Nice thin/fast maple neck with all binding perfectly intact. The original Kluson tuners are perfect!
There seems to have been a decal on the headstock that is long gone.
Frets are very good as are the inset copper contacts. The neck has a very slight forward bow (photo available0, but plays very well with medium / low action.
If you have ever played a Wurlitzer guitar made at the Holman-Woodel Factory, such as one of the “Wild Ones”, you will know that these pickups are truly exceptional; bright, clear and crisp! The tremolos are unique and are also a delight!
The pickups are perfect, but the pots and switches will need some TLC (scratchy). The bridge is a tune-o-matic type replacement that fits precisely atop the original posts and functions perfectly with no modification at all to the guitar.
This guitar is very built well and weighs a hefty 8 pounds.
Selling for considerable less than the parts alone. These Holman-Woodel / Wurlitzer parts are worth their weight in gold!
Price is firm.
Thanks for looking.
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