Model: BANTAM DELUXE - E712
This is an extremely rare, Multivox Premier Bantam Deluxe, hollow body, with a gold and blond (natural (front) and gold (back)) finish, electric guitar, circa 1959. The guitar is 100% original. It's a very early model with the white potted (I think they're ceramic) pickups (later ones were metal.) The pickups are super strong: the bridge is brighter and twangy but not too thin sounding and the neck is very full and rich. It has a white sparkle pick guard and knob covers. The knobs are metal and seem like aluminum (possibly nickel.) It's serial number is 14xx. It's fully bound. The binding is very worn. It has mother of pearl circular inlays for fret markers. The action is medium-fast. The neck is straight and all the electronics work properly. The body finish is a whole other thing. There's crazing in the finish and various nicks. The neck shows years of playing wear; someone really played baby. The dimensions of this guitar are 13 inches at the widest point on the body and 38.5 inches in total length. The fretboard is 17.5" long and 24.5" from the base of the neck to the top of the headstock. The body is 2.75" deep. It includes a chipboard case.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
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 Bantam Deluxe line were produced from the 1950s-1960s.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
From an early 1960's Premier catalog
(NOTE: this description is for a later model so some of it doesn't apply)
GOLD 'N' BLONDE
New zephyr-weight, small size cutaway guitars destined for favor by all who try them. Extremely easy to handle...light in weight...perfectly proportioned for your better performing pleasure. Body only 13 1/2" wide. Complete weight only 5 1/2 lbs.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Meticulously crafted guitars with slim, fast-action necks with adjustable steel rods, nickel sliver speed frets rosewood fingerboard. Body and fingerboard ivoroid bound. Equipped with fully adjustable bridge, exclusive compensating tailpiece, individual metal button machine head and deluxe designed pick guard. Choice of 3 beautiful finishes with one or two pickups with individual volume controls plus and overall tone control and convenient rhythm-solo switch.
E712 -- With two pickups ...... $225
Item #: mp2001
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