This is an extremely rare and top-of-the-line, Multivox Premier Cutaway Deluxe E612. It is a 17 1/4" archtop hollow body, with a blonde (natural) finish, electric guitar made circa 1957. The guitar is 100% original. It is one of the earliest model with the bakelite/plastic covered pickups (later ones were metal and Japanese or German made.)Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The Cutaway Deluxe archtop is stunningly beautiful. The Art-Deco and silver sparkle details really make it. All the hardware is 24 Karat gold plated including the jack! The guitar must have been stored for years because there's only minimal playing wear. The full package includes the original hard shell case (OHSC), white strap, and kapo. This is a players guitar but a collector might appreciate it too for it's originality, unique pickups, sparkle details, amp cord, and very clean original two-tone leather case. It came from the original owner so it's probably been sitting in one closet for 40+ years.
Multivox guitars were produced by Peter Sorkin Music Company. They were a New York City based business who produced amplifiers, guitars,and basses from 1938-1975 and again in the 1990s. The Cutaway Deluxe line was produced from the mid1950s to the early 1960s.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
This Premier Cutaway Deluxe E-612 has a white sparkle pickguard and knob covers. The 24 Karat plated, gold sparkle knobs are metal with some of the gold finish worn off. It has an excellent quality, fully adjustable, 24 Karat gold-plated Tune-O-matic bridge. The body has a very nice flamey maple wood finish. It's serial number is 11xx. The entire guitar is fully bound except for the headstock. The binding is very worn and has deteriorated. We put a sealant on the binding but it is still very fragile. The body finish has crazing but no significant playing wear or cracks. It includes the original leather case with dark purple velvet lining, strap, cord, and kapo.
Excellent quality, closed-back, stair-stepped, 24 Karat gold-plated Grover Deluxe tuners, in perfect working order.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Glued-on, ivoroid binding with a rosewood fretboard, 20 frets and an adjustable truss rod. The neck is made of rock-maple. It has mother of pearl block inlays for fret markers. The action is medium. The neck is reasonably straight and all the electronics work properly. The neck is in decent playing shape but it gets high around the 12th fret. So for best playing order it should be reset.
Two single coil, super strong, fully adjustable pickups. There's one toggle switch for "rhythm-solo" switching; basically it's bright or muted. It has one tone and two volume control knobs. Overall, the pickups are in excellent working order as are the tone and volume controls. The bridge pickup has a nice bright twang which will work well for country, or jazz. The neck pickup is much smoother and jazzy sounding. We believe the pickups to be Rowe-DeArmonds like the other Multivox guitars we have had.
Overall length: 42"
Body width: 17 1/4"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Body thickness: 3 3/8"
Scale: 25" (24 3/4" possibly)Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Width of the nut: 1 3/4" (depth 7/8")
String height at 12th fret: 1/8" (approximately)
DESCRIPTION FROM 1956 PREMIER CATALOG:
Unequalled jumbo-size cutaway electrics
Big 171/4" jumbo-sized cutaway bodies finished and trimmed for dramatic beauty. Carefully carved fast action, rock-maple necks. Lavishly Mother-of-pearl decorated head pieces and fingerboards and wide ivoroid bindings.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Fully adjustable bridges, exclusive compensating tailpieces, individual metal-button machine heads and deluxe pick guards. A choice of models with individual volume controls plus overall tone control and rhythm-solo-switch. All combining to provide guitars of superb performance and eye appeal.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Selected maple finished in natural blonde with all metal parts 24 Karat gold plated.
E612--With two pickups $360