Rare 1950s Ambassador archtop guitar with carved top and low action
Rare 1950s Ambassador archtop guitar with carved top and low action This carved top acoustic is beautifully made. It’s probably East German or Czechoslovakian but it’s so unusual that I can’t even find another one like it! The only name indicated is “Ambassador” in the headstock logo. Hofner made about 500 “Ambassadors” but this isn’t one of those. I’m told that it may be connected to Hoyer. Whoever made it; it sounds amazing and would grace any musician’s collection. It’s a lovely thing to look at as considerable high-standard luthiery has gone into making it. It has a carved amber-burst top with scalloped edges trimmed by white beading and black/white/black purfling. The pick guard is a tortoise shell colour with white beading. There are many similarities to a Musima Record (made in Germany) including the multi-layer laminated neck, headstock shape and bolt-on neck adjustment. Even the Diamond headstock inlay is the same. The bridge design is the same as the Musima, but many East German guitar manufacturers in the 1950’s use this adjustable bridge with white inserts. The headstock and neck are bound. The rosewood fingerboard has additional white inlays (all in good condition). The frets show no sign of wear and the action is low. In fact I haven’t seen and 1950’s archtop with such good action. There’s still plenty of adjustment on the bridge to lower it, but it’s already at about 2.5mm. There are very few marks on the body. The back is has one small area near the binding where the colour has come off. The top 2 marks on the left lower bout and two small screw holes where I suspect a pickup was attached. The tuners have been replaced. There is very slight warping near the headstock. How does it sound? Amazing! A beautiful deep / mellow tone with great projection.