Very misterious guitar. This one have to be called RECORD manufactured by MUSIMA compamy in East germany in late 50s era.
(But there's no information anymore. I guess the custom-made one... but I'm not sure is it possible to made custom-guitars in DDR at the period?)
Compareing with the below guitar, this has many differences in its spec.
The shap of the body is unique. ( Nowadays We can find the similler shape archtop called "DJANGO"
(click to see the photo), designed in 1991,
handmaded by the luthier George Gorodnitski who was born in Latvia, now lives and work in USA).
This has charactaristic fenced-soundhole inthe middle of the top board. The top has 3-multi-layered with spruce-mahogany-spruce. Back has with Maple (flamed)-mahogany-maple.
Flamy maple sides.
The strange shape of bridge parts and the tailpiece (with the tension-adjustable buttons) were the original.
The metal-2 pickups-plate was the original parts (with engraving the MUSIMA logo on the front of panel).
Recentry I re-setted the neck-joint (for confortable-playing, it was terrible action when I got this one). and then I realized the neck has some kind of SPACE to setting the "Built-in-PU"
in the end of the neck. Also I could find the space for circuit in the heel of the neck. But it buried with woods when I resetted the joint.
MUSIMA - Record (Natural)
Again, The Musima - Record. but this one sould be the more typical model of the RECORD than above one made by MUSIMA.
The Record model had change of their spec in its history. early model (this one) has the 3-ply multi-layered top
(that must be the copy of the ROGER -Wenzel Rossmeissl-).
The mid-60s model has the solid spruce top (sometime with electric circuits)
the late 60s model has 2 pickups builted in the top (sometime also the vibrate-unit was setted).
Mid and late model was the 3-tone sunburst finish. (it's not sure there's also natural finished one, but I've never seen that yet).
the top board wade with spruce-mahogany-spruce layered. the Back was maple-mahogany-maple layered.
Also this guitar has the laminated (dozen times!) strong neck. Fingerboard is ebony with Zero fret. Catseye holes are shoter than Hoyer's but more sharp shape.
Nut width: 44mm, Very thick and strong neck, Body width: 400mm, body depth; 70mm (thiner than the Roger).
The Shadow-Attila Zoller pickup, the streamliner-pickguard, newer schaller machineheads, and the hofner-made tuff tailpiece was replaced by the former owner.
I guess this should be originally the acoustic model (or the built-in pickup model?).
MUSIMA - No Name Archtop (Flamy Pearloid finish)
The first archtop guitar made in DDR (East Germany) that I bought was this one. Still I don't know the name and worth of this.
But easily can imagine that this could be the cheap model because of the spec and shape.
When I got this one, I was not sure about the manufacturer, but now I could say this should be by MUSIMA (Musik-instrumentenbau Makneukirchen).
MUISMA is the most well-known instrument company in DDR (established in 1677! and NOW still they lives! but now they release only the some cheape classical guitar).
This guitar has the same shape of the headstock with RECORD (see above). I guess this should be made in mid 60s - late 60s.
I love the crazy Perloid-Flame-finish!!! the flame was not by the woodline, but the perloid flamed material was on the wood (not sure about the kind of wood, but the laminated plywood).
Scale length is 640mm. Body width is 400mm, depth is 55mm. The Pickup-plate is MUSIMA-original (the copy of one that manufactured by western germany company like schaller, hopf and so on).
All parts are original but 2 knobs were replaced with newer knobs, bridge parts were replaced because original bridge become too short
when I resetted the neck joint (to play). Now it have very good condition either to display or play.