Still feel a bit guilty about hijacking this thread, but here goes! I also learned a lesson earlier today ...... don't try to prepare a lengthy post when there's a storm around! I had finished the post, pics / text / the whole lot, & instead of saving it I went straight to the preview, then whilst I was viewing this my cable connection went down (TV picture froze as well) & I lost the lot. Bugger ..... here goes again!!
So, I will go through this a few pics etc at a time, posting every day or so. Hope that this is ok, & let's start with some "offsets" ..... you might notice something in common about everything. I've tried to date accurately, but if I'm out by a year then bear with me. Most of my guitars etc came from the USA & Japan, but some from Europe as well :-
Tiple - 1972 / "Mandocaster" - 1969
Two rather rare Fenders to start with. The Tiple is almost certainly a Fender "employee" instrument & made to the full quality of a production example. Anybody want to hazard a guess as to where the neck came from? This was featured in a US magazine some years ago, & a member here kindly sent me a scan. The electric mandolin is one of probably only a handful of custom colour examples made at that time. These instruments are a little hard to date as the numbering sequence is unique (like the Bass V) but everything points to this having been manufactured in 1969.
From right to left - Jag 1966 - gold hardware / Jag 1965 - gold hardware / Jag 1966 / Jag 1965 / Jazz 1965
All pretty self explanatory, but the gold hardware Jags were hard to find
From right to left - the 1965 Jag & 1965 Jazz as above / Jazz 1963 - gold hardware / Jazz 1965 / Jazz 1966 / Swinger 1968
Again all pretty self explanatory, but the 1963 Jazz with gold hardware is a very early example of the CAR colour production option. What about the Swinger ...... a most odd creation ...... how many parts from other guitars were included here to use up surplus stock?
Hope that's aok.