Jazzgitarren - vintage German made archtop guitars

INTRODUCTION -- ROGER -- NEUBAUER -- LANG -- HOFNER -- HOYER -- MUSIMA -- HERRNSDORF -- OTWIN -- PERLGOLD -- HUTTL
SHADOW -- HOPF -- OTHERS-WG -- OTHERS-DDR -- KROCKER -- DYNACORD -- FRAMUS -- BOOKS -- BIANKA2005 -- LINKS -- FOR SALE -- TOP


UNKNOWN JAZZGITARRE - Red Sunburst (hoyer?)


Informations is unknown about this guitar. But a lot of character of the Vintage German-made archtops are on this one. Red-Black (Brack-rose) finish, the pearloid-bar-type positionmarks (of course fingerboard have the zero-fret), Catseye-soundholes, Lylaform-tailpiece, all are on this. The Body was made by all solid woods (top is spruce, sides and back are maple). Body width 410mm, Scale length 635mm. Body depth 85mm. Acoustically this sounds so deep and bright. But recently I sold this one with cheap price cause of the space in my room...




UNKNOWN JAZZGITARRE - Gold (Klira?)


This one missed the any detail informations. No brand-name, no logos. Very psychedelic(?) pattern was made by the wood (Birdseye? no just like the waterbubble... not beautiful) finished with gross-gold. The fingerboard seems to be made with rosewood but you can see the color of it was black, ebonized rosewood? The Original tailpiece was already missed so I replace it with Japanese newer Gotoh trapeze tailpiece (Later the Bridge also replaced with Gotoh tune-o-matic one). The neck (finished with black you see) was completely straight and action is good. but, again, recentry I sold this one wit cheap price.... sounds not bad.

The reason why I wrote KLIRA above caption is, cause of I had seen the Klira guitar with same headstock pattern and fretboard design. but not sure, sorry.




KAPA - Model 506 (3-Tone Sunburst)


(Not the Archtop, sorry) This is Gibson ES-335 copy that manufactured by the company called KAPA. KAPA was established by Kope Venemen (Dutch-immigrants living in US) in 1963, settled on the USA, but they made the original guitar with imported German-Parts (Later Kapa was sold to the Mosrite in 1970, and they made their guitar in Japanese factory).

This, model 506, is made with the parts from Germany. You can see the PUs are same humbacker with the Hofner (Hofner used this PU onto the 175, 176 and many models). And also the tailpiece-parts (engraved the KAPA script) was same model seen on many German Archtop. Machineheads was made by Schaller. Only the bridge parts was KAPA original (but you know this was Bigsby copy). Very thin body (less than 30mm), but has a full-hollow body.

I'm not interested in the 335-syle guitar, but I want only the pickups of this guitar, So I replace it with Rickenbacker-typesingle coiles and sold it to someone soon.





ASTRO meistergitarre - black/Catseye - The Norbert Schnepel Collection


This was from the Norbert Schnepel photo-CD collection. Manufactured by the company called "ASTRO" but the detail information is unknown. As like the guitar on the top of this page, this one also has the many characteristic points like Catsere soundhole, Perloid positionmark inlays (on the 12fret, used the red material, it's also the typical German made charactor). There's the logo painted with gold near soundhole of the cutaway side. "Meistergitarre" means the Master guitar in German.

PS : A guy in Germany gave me an information (thanks Stefan) that Astro was made by Arthur Strohmer from Nurnberg.




ALOSA Black King (Black Finish) / No name (red Sunburst)
Photo courtesy of PB from Netherland


(I don't know much about the Alosa guitar, but know that's Jazzgitarre made in Germany. Recentry a man from Netherlans gave me some pictures and discriptions about ALOSA guitar, so I'd like to Introduce his Alosa guitars here. Coming discription was writen by PB --- Many Thanks!)

Here they are, some fine guitars of mister Alois Sandner. Especially the black king, that really is a masterpiece to please the eye as well as the ear. All solid woods, handcarved. - a very big and deep body. The binding is exquisite, absolutely perfect and all done by hand. Most striking is the diamond shaped soundhole - nobody will ever put a floating neck-pickup on this baby, because that would spoil the fun. the bridge is not original, I put it on myself.

This one has the Alosa BLACK KING'S tailpiece. It looks different from the one on your Lang guitar. I do not know of any relation between Arthur Lang and Alois Sandner - but they were both fine instrument makers and must have known each other. I read somewhere that Sandner was really a violinmaker, also making guitars and other string instruments.

The other Alosa has few similarities with the Black King. It's a cheaper guitar, made of plywood and almost a thinline. But the Alosa-mark makes clear that it is an Alosa, and it plays very well and sounds great too! It seems to me that craftmanship is more important than solid wood in making a good guitar. This one is all original - I think- except for the scratchplate. The holes in teh body make clear that it must have had a metalic schaller pickup-scratchplate at some time.




relational guitar
ALOSA / SOLIST - Natural

photo courtesy of Stephen Candib

This one is also the Alosa guitar made by Alois Sandner, model called SOLIST. From Mr. Stephen Candib collection. You can find this one is the nearly same model with the above Black King, but on the tailpiece there's the engraving the model name. And the sickle-shaped soundholes replaced the normal f-holes. (see the decorative work at end of the neck!)

On the Black painted headstock, There's also the Floral deco-inlaymark. that seems to be nearly same design of some HOFNER guitars. I don't know much about the relationship between the Alosa and Hofner, But not only the inlaywork, also the shaping of F-holes on the topboard is similar with the hofner archtop guitars.


INTRODUCTION -- ROGER -- NEUBAUER -- LANG -- HOFNER -- HOYER -- MUSIMA -- HERRNSDORF -- OTWIN -- PERLGOLD -- HUTTL
SHADOW -- HOPF -- OTHERS-WG -- OTHERS-DDR -- KROCKER -- DYNACORD -- FRAMUS -- BOOKS -- BIANKA2005 -- LINKS -- FOR SALE -- TOP

Jazzgitarren - vintage German made archtop guitars


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