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Magnatone Bigsby Mark V 1957 Paul Bigsby #622 Near Mint

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Magnatone Bigsby Mark V 1957 Paul Bigsby #622 Near Mint

#622 I have two of this model. This one is super clean

#622---Paul Bigsby Designed Magnatone Mark V Circa 1957-58---Few Made---Few Survive This nice Magnatone Mark V is super clean, original, and lightweight. (just 8lbs) Guitar is awesome!! Low action, and the alnico pickups sound unbelievable, strong, rich and chimey. Original frets have only light wear. Plays great all the way up, and give that Bigsby a little shake and you've got tone heaven. Light weather checking in some areas of finish. Case is original. Guitar has a real quality feel to it, not like the other Magnatone guitars of that era. It feels like a well built 1950's Gretsch or Gibson. If you've never seen a Magnstone Mark V before, it's OK. Not too many people have ever seen one of these. Around 1955 Magnatone engaged Paul Bigsby, a famous guitar maker based in the 1940's-1950's in Bakersfield California, and the widely revered inventor of the Bigsby Vibrato, to create a line of guitars for the brand. In 1956 Magnatone had come out with it's first Spanish Electric guitar, the Mark III. By the next year, 1957, the Mark had been redesigned, and was joined by the two pickup Mark III Deluxe. They both were upstaged by the Paul Bigsby designed Mark IV and Mark V, both sporting two new Alnico VI pickups. Both guitars resembled the guitar Paul Bigsby made for Billy Byrd. But only the Mark V had both the Alnico PU's, and a Bigsby Vibrato!! Best of the Best!! Although these guitars showed up in the 1957 catalog with a maple cap on the mahogany body, it's clear that few made it into production that year. I have seen one of these, but never another. The final "production" version had no maple cap, so the pickups were a bit far from the strings. But they also have magnificent tone and clarity from being not too close to the strings. The Mark III was gone by early 1958. The Mark IV's and V's were only produced in small numbers. In late 1958 Magna built a new factory in Torrance California, and had moved by February 1959, likely ending Mark V production before the move. So few Mark V's were made, and real information is hard to find, but one thing is for sure. The opportunity to own a Bigsby is almost impossible, and so few of these Mark V's were made, and they never surface.....don't wait...email for more pictures or call 401 722 5837 

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