1930’s Vintage Otwin archtop jazz guitar with original hard case
Otwin 1930’s Vintage archtop guitar by Musima, GDR, with original hard case This 1930’s vintage Otwin archtop jazz guitar is a rare find. It’s in amazing condition. It has a stunning patina and Sunburst finish and it comes in the original case. As you would expect, this guitar has a deep mellow sound and projects well. It has aged gracefully and plays beautifully. Otwin guitars started out making jazz guitars in Eastern Europe. Like many others, the archtops were similar to the Gibson models at the time, like the L5. The tops were carved and the backs were usually pressed. At some point in the early 1950’s, Otwin guitars were swallowed up by the GDR giant company “Musima”. They bought up many of the well-known luthier’s companies such as Roger and Herrnsdorf. They usually retained the original luthiers for the top-end items. However, this guitar pre-dates the Musima takeover. It was clearly made by someone who cared. The body, neck and headstock are all bound. The headstock retains the distinctive Otwin name and emblem. Later Musima models either had Musima added or the name of the model, such as De Luxe or the Melody. The fingerboard is in very good shape and the neck is excellent. The body is in stunning condition. It is without splits or heavy lacquer crack. It even retains the correct scratch plate! This is both a player’s guitar and a collector’s item. There are very few of these around and even less of them in excellent condition, with original items and the original case.