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Bartell blue hollow body 2pu 1964This is a very rare, double cutaway, two pickup, blue Bartell thinline electric guitar, created by master craftsman, Paul Barth, circa 1964. It is similar to the company's Spyder guitar but it is a hollow body with an F-hole. This guitar looks like it is somewhere between a Magnatone and a Mosrite in design, perhaps because of Barth's association with those producers. Barth also worked for Rickenbacker. His co-worker there, Roger Rossmeisel, introduced the German carve, a beveled ridge around the top of a guitar, to the company. Both Bartell and Mosrite guitars feature the German carve. This guitar also has some of the other features Bartell is known for, including: a strat-style offset double cutaway body, a Strat-inspired headstock and two single coil pickups. This Bartell also has a switch that takes the pickups out of phase with each other. This guitar is 100% original and in good condition. The action is fast and it plays fantastically. The sweet, rocking tone screams the story of the guitar's fifty plus years of musical history. It also comes with its original hardshell case. We have not seen another one of these models around so get this one before someone else does.Description from

Luthier, Paul Barth was employed by Rickenbacker, Magnatone, and National before founding Bartell Guitars. It is said that he helped create the Frying Pan, known as the first electric guitar, while he was at Rickenbacker where, reportedly, he had a hand in creating some of their most popular guitars. Some say at Rickenbacker he mentored Semie Moseley of Moseley guitars. Paul Barth, along with Ted Peckels, founded and ran Bartell guitars from 1964 to 1969 in Riverside, California, where, Peckels believes, they produced about 2,000 instruments. Today their instruments, particularly guitars, are rare. They are most known for the fretless basses they created and rebranded for Hohner. They also rebranded instruments for St. George, and Lancer.

CONDITION:Description from
This guitar is 100% original and in good condition. There are about two thin cracks on the over 50 year old body that apparently have been there a long time, may not be very deep and are not moving or expanding so they do not affect the tone or playability of the guitar. They may not be deeper than the finish. The guitar is also missing the tremolo arm. There are a few scratches to the metallic blue finish but otherwise it is a beautiful, rare, well crafted instrument. It feels good to hold and play and the tone is tremendous.

TUNERS:Description from
The all original, opened back, six in-line, chrome plated tuners with plastic buttons are smooth and in great working order.
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NECK:Description from
Bolt-on, straight neck with 22 frets, and a 25.25" scale. The frets are in fine condition and the action is fast. The frets and the rosewood fingerboard feels fantastic under your fingers. The headstock has some slight wear. The neck is kept straight with a truss rod.
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PICKUPS:Description from
Two great sounding single coil pickups. The neck pickup has a warm, flat, bassy tone great for blues, jazz or rock. The bridge pickup has an edgy full, bright tone, great for rock, blues and country. Both pickups provide a myriad of sounds suitable for any style. There are two original knobs: one volume and one tone pot for both pickups together. There are three original switches: neck off/on, bridge off/on and phase off/on if the two pickups are on. All electronics work properly.
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DIMENSIONS:Description from
    Overall length: 39"
    Body width: 13"
    Body thickness: 1.5" (2" with neck)
    Scale: 25.25"
    Width of the nut: 1.75"
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    Depth of the neck at nut: 1" approximately

Bartell Hollowbody Item #: b1001 $1479
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Bartell blue hollow body 2pu 1964

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