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David Matzenik


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Post  Posted 9 Mar 2019 4:46 pm    
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About 10 years ago, Guy Cundell posted photos of this guitar which he saw in an Adelaide, South Australia, junk shop. It was then in "barn-fresh" condition, as they say.

It now belongs to blues-roots and country artist, Johnny Green, and is on loan to me. I have gone through the guitar and figured out how it works. It appears to be 1940s vintage, but I doubt a guitar this sophisticated could be from the Australian guitar maker of the same name. The guitar is the product of a complex design process, and required a factory versed in bakelite, plastic molding, aluminum stamping, machining, electronics, carpentry and high quality finish work.

There are three semitone settings on two pairs of strings indicating simple triad tunings like A Major. In the flat position, the adjustable strings are tuned first, and then by semitones higher, arriving at A, C#, E. THe strings are suspended below the roller bridge and nut.

One more adjustable string, or independents would have made all the difference. I have it in A6th, which gives me changes to a 4 string C#m, and a 5 string E9th. The bottom string pitches being debateable.

The tuning shifter works well, and the pick up has full rich tone, if not particularly loud. Of course that could be remedied.


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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 9 Mar 2019 9:05 pm    
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John McClung


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Post  Posted 9 Mar 2019 9:09 pm    
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Fascinating!
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Scott Thomas


Post  Posted 9 Mar 2019 9:47 pm    
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The only lap steel I was aware of that changed tunings was the National Triplex Chord Changer. I agree...fascinating!
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Dave Young


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Mount GambierSouth Australia, Australia
Post  Posted 9 Mar 2019 10:45 pm     Pacific
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Hello David--l have the same guitar but in red--posted pics and queries on forum around 1 year ago- without much luck- will keep a lookout for any more details that you discover! Regards David Young in South Australia
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Jim Schofield


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Post  Posted 10 Mar 2019 4:06 pm    
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That brand has popped up before in Australia on one of the guitar forums I think.

Link: Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
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David Matzenik


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Cairns, on the Coral Sea
Post  Posted 11 Mar 2019 3:13 am    
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Jim Schofield wrote:
That brand has popped up before in Australia on one of the guitar forums I think.

Link: Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences


When I was a kid, in Sydney circa 1961, the cheap furniture stores used sell those Pacific acoustic guitars. They were plywood, they had dreadful necks, and came with your choice stencil: Palm trees or cowboys. They were then about 30 years out of date, and no serious student would look at one without laughing. However, there is a kind of retro-appeal for them these days, now that it is easy to buy a good guitar. Its hard to see how they could have gone so far up market to produce this electric guitar. I am not ruling Australia manufacture out, but everything about this guitars says "made in the USA," to me. I suspect someone with American connections, like Astor Radio, imported a few.
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Bill Groner


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Post  Posted 11 Mar 2019 6:12 am    
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Is the hardware metric or standard. That would be a good clue where it was manufactured.
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Jim Schofield


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Post  Posted 11 Mar 2019 3:45 pm    
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Yes sure David I get your point though it does look like they only pop up in Australia and at that time (40's maybe 50's) we had no trouble copying American products also as a business it seems they had quite a connection to the Hawaiian music scene and the steel could have been their main interest. It would be nice to see something other than guesses though.

We were still doing Imperial then Bill, my "Sheraton 9" is a copy of a "Southbend 9", it was made in Melbourne in the 50's and is all imperial measurement on the dials and threads
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David Matzenik


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Post  Posted 11 Mar 2019 4:39 pm    
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The measurements are in inches. The pots are AB brand made in the USA. Fretboard design registered number 23983. The plastic nut and roller string guide has Pat-Pend 6116-46, and the tuning shifter has the number 47 engraved on it. I will do further research on the patent number.
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