1965 Bartell Doubleneck

1965 Bartell Doubleneck

Here we have a Vintage mid 60’s Bartell doubleneck guitar. For those of you who don’t know, Paul Barth started his guitar career in the 1920’s at National. He then went on to become one of the founders of Rickenbacker where he helped design the first commercially available electric guitar, the Electro Frying Pan. He stayed at Rickenbacker through 1957, helping to design some of their most sought after guitars as well as tutoring the young Semie Moseley in guitar building. He then went to work for Magnatone designing their line of cool, post P.A. Bigsby designed, late 50’s and early 60’s guitars. When they folded Paul and Ted Peckels started Bartell which was in operation from 1964-67. Peckels has said that they produced about 2000 guitars and basses during that run of which about 24 were double necks. This one is like a cool hybrid between a Ric and a Mosrite. It’s got the German carve and the body is hollow like the earliest Mosrite doubles. Both necks were professionally refinished before I owned the guitar and the tuners on the 12 string neck were replaced. The string holder on the 6 string neck was moved and it’s possible that both nuts are replacements. I am pretty certain that the bridges are not original either. Other than that, everything else is original. The guitar plays perfectly with very low action the whole way up both necks and the sound is pretty great. There are plenty of dents and dings as well as a lot of finish checking/cracking in the original pearl finish. The worst of it is on the upper horn and where the back and side of the guitar meet in between the necks. I have tried to show this in the photos. There is also some pitting and tarnish to the metal parts. All the electronics function properly and the guitar sounds great. The last pic shows a photo that comes with the guitar of Bartell founder and co-owner Ted Peckels playing this actual guitar in the guitar store he owned in the 90’s.

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