Musima Record 17 Hollowbody - 1970s - Sunburst - Made in East Germany! Free Shipping!

Musima guitars were made behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany and while quite prevalent across the sea, were not commonly found in the U.S., and still aren't.  This is the first one we've had come through the shop, and hopefully not the last because it's super cool and a lot of fun!  Really unique and interesting, which we can't say for every guitar we get.

Guitar only, no case or bag.  Guitar is in good to fair overall cosmetic condition with several issues including small cracks, dings, scrapes throughout the body of the guitar--not atypical to these guitars due to their softer wood and age (40+ years), but please review all photos and let us know if you have questions about anything before buying.  The guitar set up well and plays great.  Sounds awesome unplugged and has a really jazzy feel, while still sounding super unique through these pickups.  Definitely a rare axe to find in America!

Thanks for looking and let us know if you have any questions! Extremely fast shipping! 

Additional description:  

Record was the top of Musima's semi-hollow line for many years, and it was referred to as "beste meisterarbeit" in the catalogues. It featured hand-carved pine top and ebony fretboard.

Earlier Musimas were generally considered decent, value for money guitars. The instruments of higher quality, made by the more experienced craftsmen, were mostly reserved for export. These were often beautiful guitars with innovative designs, even if the GDR machinery and electronics could not match their US counterparts. 

The guitars are however best known for their archtop designs. They sound soft but sparkly through the Soviet era single coil pickups (slightly wider and warmer-sounding, but still with single coil twinkle), even if their thick neck and high action makes them strange to play.

But what most distinguish them are their looks. Unusual paint jobs, such as gold sparkle or zebra-striped in shades of purple, often spray-painted or by sticking thick pearloid onto the wood, give the guitars a sometimes beautiful (other times garish) look. And some guitars have bold F-holes resembling a sweeping fu-manchu moustache or thunderbolts.  Foreign imports were often in short supply: when the exotic rosewood ran out (needed for fretboards), Musima resorted to locally-produced pear wood. Stained black, this cheap substitute actually had properties remarkably similar to rosewood. 

The Musima factory closed its doors pretty soon after reunification, simply because it could not compete on a free global market. Most musicians agree that they are not the best sounding, most playable guitars – sometimes they are not even the most beautiful, being frequently considered cheesy or kitsch. They are authentic vintage, a remnant from another time.

When you pick up a Musima, you cannot deny the story that these guitars tell. They bear the marks of previous owners, many of whom would have rocked out to forbidden western rock tunes to momentarily escape the authoritarian regime. Maybe these guitars were more than just instruments; maybe they symbolised the hope of freedom.

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Good (Used)
Record 17
Hollow Body
Made In

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