Weird "Azor" singlecut offset-waist guitar from 1950s/1960s Europe (possibly)
Bertram has alerted my attention to this peculiar vintage guitar on eBay.de (with the item actually being located in The Netherlands), the only distinguishing name on it being “AZOR” on the pickups. Here’s what the eBay seller has to say about it:
50s/60s Electric hollow body guitar with original case
This must have been a very spectacular and futuristic guitar in its time!
It has a very unique combination of features:
First of all it’s completely hollow. That makes it very light and very nice to play (even unplugged!).
It has asymmetrical body shape, reminiscent of a Fender Jazzmaster.
It has 2 single coil pickups. The neck pickup gives a very warm and vintage jazzy sound. The combination of the two pickups make it sound twangy, like a surf guitar. It has a 3-way selector. Two volume and two tone knobs.
The bridge is a solid ebony movable bridge, the type you mostly see on acoustic gypsy jazz guitars
It has a black plastic fingerboard(!!!!!!!) with large fret markers and white binding and zero-fret (again mostly found on vintage gypsy jazz guitars).
The finish is a amazing metallic brown sunburst. The scale is 65 cm.
It only has a few repaired cracks at the bottom (see last picture) but it’s all solid and stable.
The guitar was sold by ‘Casa Garrido’ in Madrid. There’s a label in the case and a stick on the headstock.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find any info on the guitar nor the ‘AZOR’ brand. But in my opinion this is a very unique instrument in a great condition.
Does anyone out there seen anything similiar or have any more information on this guitar? Personally I wouldn’t have likened it to a Fender Jazzmaster, other than to say it has an offset waist. If anything the design is more proto-Ovation Breadwinner LTD.
Currently listed on eBay with a starting price of £350.00 / €424,23.
G L Wilson