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This 'Commodore - Hollow body Jazz Guitar' is a very rare 'Prototype' / 'Dealer Piece' crafted by the artisans at the Matsumoko factory in Japan , circa early 1980's to demonstrate their very best luthiering skills

This instrument has the same dimensions as some of the most illustrious jazz guitars, but is slightly less deep, which makes it a more comfortable to play. Made with a laminated flamed curly maple top, and rosewood back/sides, this gives the guitar more volume acoustically and makes it feel more alive.


Finish: 2T Antique Sunburst 

Body Material: Laminated flamed curly maple top , Rosewood back and sides

Body Details: Front/Rear - Outer edge 'White' binding with double pencil lined insert.

Front - white bound 'F' sound holes

Rear - centre checkered inlaid purfling, with double pencil lined accents

Body Thickness: 3.34" (8.5cm)

Body Width: 15.74” (40cm)

Body Length: - 19" (48cm)

Neck Material: Mahogany 

Neck Profile: C-shape 

Fingerboard Material: Rosewood – 20 Frets

Neck Details: 'Trapezoid' inlay 

Nut width: 1 11/16" (42.5mm)

Scale Length: 24 3/4" (628mm)

Bridge: Adjustable - slotted saddle/rosewood base

Tailpiece: Gold 'Lyre' Style

Pickups: Humbucker style x 2

Tuners: Gold 3 per side

Controls: 2 Volumes, 2 Tones, 3-way Switch (Full size vintage style with 'Gavitt' wiring)

Scratchplate: 4 ply (B-W-B- )

Weight: 7lb (3.18kg) 

Condition: No scratches, dents or dings 

Cosmetic Condition: Excellent (plus )

Case: Hard Shell (non OEM)

This example is crafted with a flame curly maple laminate top of exceptional intensity, and a beautiful rosewood back, with a fine detailed centre inlay. This highly quality crafted instrument, with a gentle profile neck that plays effortlessly has been rarely played, lovingly cherished and maintained free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear.

The current voicing can be described as smooth and rich, with a classic full mid-60's jazz tone. A strikingly handsome instrument in a distinguished lineage of 'Matsumoko' master built jazz guitars.

Setup: This instrument is strung with Thomastik - Infeld - Jazz BeBop medium gauge strings (.011-.047). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set with moderate relief and low playable action c 1.75mm(B) and c 1.25mm(T). The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Hard Shell Case (for transport)

Note: - This rare very fine high quality build example was in probability a 'Dealer' example of a prototype guitar that never went into production.

Please review all photos carefully as they form part of the description. We are happy to provide additional photos on request.

A very rare opportunity to purchase a top of the line, high quality, Commodore Jazz guitar from a ‘Golden Build Period’, not seen on the market in 43 years, with highly desirable build and cosmetic features. Significantly appreciating in value due its 'Prototype' custom 'one-off' release making this ‘Commodore’ model highly desirable to Collectors, Investors and discerning Stage players .

Not only a truly stellar guitar but a very sound investment piece.

Delivery Conditions: This guitar will be carefully packed before being despatched using the best couriers and shall be fully insured by a separate dedicated transit insurance policy for the purchase amount.  Please contact us for specific courier / insurance rates to your destination. No returns.

CCG T&C's apply at all times (see shop policies)

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Listed3 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
  • Prototype
  • Antique Sunburst
  • 1980
Made In
  • Japan
Body Type
  • Hollow Body
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String

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