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American Label Range, 1961-2
Melody Maker 11th Nov 1961
The AMERICAN LABEL RANGE was announced with this advert in November 1961 and was comprised of the existing Twinmaster (pka Streamline Super) / Triplemaster / Stereomaster / Contrabass models. These were: a medium scale 2-pickup guitar, a short-scale 3-pickup mono, or stereo guitar, and accompanying bass version of the Super Streamline model. Updated to 6-in-line headstock for the Christmas 1961 advert. Also offered with Twister body shape from June 1962-1963/4. Contrabass continues to be offered through 1963/4, alongside the Twistratone Bass (from 1962 with Penetrone pickups).
1961 Twinmaster, serial number 1222
This guitar's owner states that this guitar originally had a Gold-plated vibrato and pickups, which were removed and lost.
Now restored with chromed vibrato and replica Adeson pickups
1961 Twinmaster, serial number 1257
Headstock badge on black plinth
Mid-1961 Contrabass, judging by the heeled neck joint
The Cossacks with an early Contrabass with 2-a-side headstock, circa 1961
Late 1961 Contrabass. Heel-less set-neck joint
Late 1962 Contrabass
Heel-less neck joint, and pickguard shape has evolved to echo the Twister range
Another example, with cream knobs:
And another similar and very well-preserved example with original hard case
And a Blonde example:
1960 Triplemaster, serial number 23
Output jack socket on face of guitar
3-a-side headstock, symmmetrical vibrato surroundplate, jack socket experimentally(?) moved to face of instrument
c.1961 Triplemaster Serial number 1191
Unsculpted neck joint. Enrgaved vibrato coverplate, Jack socket on side of guitar.
c. late 1961 Triplemaster
Transitional 2-colour amp-badge on 3-a-side headstock. Jack socket on side.
late 1961 Triplemaster (non-vibrato)
This example: Serial No. 1434
1962 Triplemaster (with vibrato)
Serial number 22xx
Another 1962 Stereomaster
Gold plating. Presumably a 1970s purple re-finish?
Listing claimed it to be one of only seven made