A unique handmade instrument, possibly made in Melbourne, Australia sometime in the '50s or early '60s, it features one one neck with 15.5" scale currently tuned a 5th above standard tuning and a second with 24.5" scale.
It features parts used on many Maton guitars like the Starline, Mastersound, Ibis, and Fyrbyrd models; tuning keys, knobs, wraparound bridges, switches, output sockets and screws, similar to Lamberti's in house brand, Electa around the same period from their Peel Street workshop in North Melbourne.
The name, David Aingimea, is scribed into the headstock ; we are unsure if this was the builder, or just the original owner.
The pickups are hand made - alnico 'horseshoe' magnets with unique molded plastic covers. In between each set there is a light bulb socket, which we can only assume is wired to illuminate beneath each pickup. There is a cavity located in the side of the body, where it appears batteries are to be inserted.
This instrument has pearloid buttons on the tuning keys which have perished over time. For preservation, the longer scale neck has not been tuned to pitch. Replacements have not been installed so as to keep the instrument as original as possible.
Quite possibly an important piece of early Australian electric guitar making history, this is a must for serious and oddball collectors alike.
Sold as is, with some tuners in poor and unserviceable condition.
A truly unique instrument.