This rare hollow body, electric guitar with a sunburst finish is a Multivox Premier Bantam E763, made circa 1963. The guitar is all original except for a replaced tailpiece. We believe the tuners are correct but there is a possibility that they may have been replaced also. This is a later model Bantam with the metal covered pickup (earlier ones were bakelite/plastic.) With its gorgeous tone and feel, this guitar is great for players, but collectors might appreciate it too for its originality, unique pickup, circular mother-of-pearl fret markers, special knobs, interesting tone selection toggle and sparkle details on the knobs and toggle. The small, light-weight body feels great to hold and provides a full hollow body tone. Once you start playing this classic instrument, you will just want to keep strumming and riffing. You can feel and hear the years of maturation in the sound and wood of this guitar. The Bantam E763, called the Shaded special because of its traditional amber finish shaded to deep red/black, features a rosewood fingerboard, nickel silver speed frets and a fully adjustable bridge.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 line was produced from the 1950s-1960s.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
This guitar is in good condition for its age. There is a small space between the body and the glued on neck at the heel on the back but that does not affect the sound or playability. The neck is solidly in place and does not move. There are some minor scrapes at the bottom of the body. There are no finish cracks but only a few small barely noticeable nicks on the body.
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Very good quality, opened-back metal tuners with plastic buttons, in good working order. As stated above we believe the tuners are original but there is a possibility that they or the buttons may have been replaced.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Glued-on with a fully bound rosewood fretboard and 20 frets. It has mother-of-pearl circular inlays for fret markers and nickel silver speed frets. The action is medium-fast. The neck is straight, thin and supported by adjustable steel rods. There is very little playing wear at the sides of the neck and some wear minor wear at the edges of the headstock. As stated above, there is some slight separation between the neck and the body but it has no effect on the playability of the instrument and the neck appears solidly in place.
The single coil, pickup, which is in the neck position, is super strong. It was made by Rowe of Toledo Ohio. There is one toggle switch for "rhythm-solo" switching; In one position the switch disables the tone knob making the sound darker and bassier. In the other position the tone knob is fully active allowing the guitar to sound brighter. The guitar has one tone and one volume control knob. Along with the toggle switch you can coax a wide variety of tones out of this great single coil pickup. The guitar has a nice warm, jazzy round tone, great for jazz, blues, country and folk. Switch the toggle and turn up the tone and you get an edgier bite perfect for all forms of rock and funk.
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Overall length: 39"
Body width: 13.5"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Body thickness: 2.75" (with neck: 3.5")
Width of the nut: 1.75"
String height at 12th fret: 1/8"
From an early 1960's Premier catalog
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 heads 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.
E763 -- With one pickup ...... $179.50Description from VintageSilvertones.com