c.1969 Fender Palomino Bolt-on Acoustic, Natural Spruce
This odd duck is a Fender Palomino, a bolt-on flat-top acoustic, part of Fender’s dreaded “broomstick” acoustic attempt in the 1960s. These guitars were built under the direction of legendary German luthier Roger Rossmeisl, who famously designed for Rickenbacker, and who also designed Fender’s better remembered Coronado line. The design is by no means faulty, and the above mentioned “broomstick” added stability to the model, and does not drastically alter the sound. In fact, this piece has a great sound that is full and articulate, but unfortunately that beautiful sound is somewhat hampered by the screw-on pickguard. But fortunately, it is easily removed, if so desired. The guitar has a warm low end and a biting treble, and age has opened this guitar up a great deal, lending some added volume as well. It is not without scars though, with the biggest being a top crack that stretches from the bridge all the way to the binding. Thankfully, it has been repaired and is very stable. There is also some separation happening between the binding and the bottom side, above and below the strap button, but these flaws are also stable and don’t move under finger pressure. There is also some discoloration under the pickguard and plenty of bumps and dings across the body. Apart from that, this piece is all original and is a fabulous vintage player for a great price. Sorry, no case on this one.
Weight: 5 lbs. 4 oz.
Nut Width: 1 ⅝”
6/10 (Good Condition) 1968-71 Made in the USA
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