Todays Pawn Shop Prize ( Paul Bixby ) see Pics

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  1. DonM

    DonM Member

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    1955 prototype - to the 1956 Magnatone MarkIII
    designed by Paul Bigsby (edited - opps found out its not bixby-thanks-lol)
    Mahogany neck thru - Ash Sides - Klusons - 4.3k single coil - original tone cap and pots - straight neck - its a player!
    saw a 56' that went on ebay for $1,100.00
    but the 56' is simi hollow and has a full face pickgaurd over the whole body
    this one is solid bodied - and has a more reduced pickgaurd area . making it cooler - at least to me - the tone knob when all the way back is blues heaven - this was a Uber Rare find today -- :BluesBros
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  2. Brock

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    very cool. How's it sound? Tell us what you got it for if you dont mind.
     
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    Whoa. That is so fricking cool. Tom Waits needs to own one of those immediately.
     
  4. DonM

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    Sounds much like the H44's - but is more playable - nice shaved contours and neck back shape -- very much Paul Bigsbys fine eye for details in play on this baby --

    I paid so little for it that - I don't want to ruin the fun -- but oh well--> just "three-fifty" ( sheesh its a secret!)

    Don
     
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    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    sheesh, show us the headstock already!

    so it was made by magnatone, but designed by bigsby?
     
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    Hip. Very hip and funky.
     
  7. DonM

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    Chambered after all - looks like they pre chambered the sides then glued them on to the "neck Thru"

    and it has a truss rod== yes!!!
     
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    looks like a slide demon!!! :AOK
     
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  11. DonM

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    ok- heres pics of what these mark III's turned into once production finally hit in 56'
    my pot codes are 140540 = 40th week of 55' my caps a miniroc .047 75volt the cap kills!
    look like the 56 production model - got a set neck - no more neck thru & that entire front became a pickgaurd
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    this one went for $1,100.00 day before Valentines Day

    Mine should be worth more - since it pre-dates production and is neck-thru. maybe millions?? LOL
     
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    Killer find!!!

    Sweet!
     
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    I got to play it last night. It needs a little clean up and set up but the tone is there!!! That is was a great score.
     
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    worked on it some more - overnight I fixed the slight crack near the tuners
    making both sides repaired now - that Mahogany must be pretty brittle and dry up there. - The bridge needs some TLC - but it is pretty advanced - just may intonate! - the nut is going to need redone - the frets are good.
    heres another shot.
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