Photos of beautiful and unusual guitars that I have owned or worked on.
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1960 FENTON-WEILL Deluxe
Very cute, extremely rare and fun-to-play small-bodied early English Electric Guitar.
Henry Weill says in a 1977 interview with Paul Day that these early guitars were made in extremely small numbers:
"Originally we made 3 guitars, 2 guitars, perhaps half-a-dozen guitars. But the thing that was important to us (as a company), and which enabled us to develop; not to see mass-production, but larger runs, was... (to get) orders from people lke Hohner. Well, this was something we used to do; We used to make up a sample of something, take it to somebody like Hohner and say: 'How would you like us to make you a hundred of those, and you can have the design exclusive?', you know?
This Fenton-Weill Deluxe is one of the perhaps half-dozen-or-so examples produced independently in 1960 for distribution under the 'Fenton-Weill' banner, following the dissolution of the short-lived Burns-Weill partnership of 1959, but prior to the productive 1961 Hohner deal which saw the introduction of the Amazon, Zambezi and Apache models.
Internally, the body and pickguard are marked '4'.
Contoured Mahogany Body and 'Blown-in' Black finish on 24 1/2" scale length Set-Neck.
Original Height-adjustable Ebony Bridge and folded metal tailpiece
Uniquely-shaped 'bat-wing' Secondary Pickguard, unlike those on other known Deluxes.
Teardrop-shaped Van Gent tuners with plastic 'rugby ball' buttons
For further info, see my FENTON-WEILL Research & Reference Page!