German Archtops

March 28, 2007

Nicolai Foss

Here is a great German site (in English though) about German archtops, i.e., info about very interesting archtops, notably Lang and some of the Hoyer and Höfner ones, that may have been competitive with the best US archtops of the time, as well as less interesting ones (many of the Framus guitar and most of the Commie Musima ones). Check out the cool pics with one guitar more crazy than next. Zebra stripes, toilet-seat MOP, chrome pickguards, strange soundholes, etc. (check this — is this where Jimmy D’Aquisto got the idea for the Solo’s soundholes?).

What the Vintage Guitar Info Guy says on his Höfner page applies to most German archtops:

I can only tip my hat in awe to any company confused enough to build its guitars with beautiful flamed maple laminates, attach its guitar pickguards with common finishing nails, and load its istruments with enough carefully inlaid mother of toilet-seat to furnish the lobby of a Miami Beach hotel.

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2 Responses to “German Archtops”

  1. Joseph Says:

    Nicolai,
    Those sound-holes are typically referred to as “Lang”. So I believe it is fair to say that Jimmy D’Aquisto might have been influenced by them. Then again, it could have been a completely random coincidence. But it seems unlikely. This design dates back to the 1950’s, believe it or not. Most of us associate this shape with modernity.


    • Nicolai,
      I would have to agree with Joseph remarks on the Lang and Jimmy D’Aquisto fine guitars.
      I might add that I have equal admiration for both of these fine guitar makers and like all great artists they are influenced by someone and usually by those who are the best at what they do. Hopefully each fine follower adds someting extra thats takes us forward to the next. I would now like to introduce your readers and followers to Christian Mirabella’s beautiful guitars which I do feel are following on after some of the greats likes Lang and D’Aquisto. The irony of this artical is that Jimmy D’Aquisto, I believe was frustrated for many years having to produce a D’Angelico guitar that others expected of him. http://www.mirabellaguitars.com/
      Richard Autenzio
      archtopguitarsandbooks.com


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