Rare Vintage 1970's Micro Frets Electric Guitar w/ Original Case Serial #2654. Passing on this wonderful guitar to the next generation of guitarists! FYII- This is the ansolute lowest price I will offer this guitar for ever again. My favorite feature of this guitar is the ability to adjust the height of the strings from the fret board. The strings are so close, they almost the neck-eliminating sore, calloused fingertips.
A truly RARE and beautiful 1970's Micro-frets Guitar and includes the original Micro-Frets Branded Hardshell Case that's in as nice of shape as this awesome guitar. Royal Blue plush lining w/ self closing accessory box. This guitar has both original black knobs with silver metallic tops giving volume and tone control for both pickups.It also has a three-way toggle to choose the neck, bridge or both pickups and another toggle to disable the tone knob. Overall, the pickups work well and sound excellent. All electronics work as they should. The pickups on this guitar are amazing as is the much ahead of their time electronics and micro adjusting nut..
The two white single coil, hi-fi, pickups, specially designed for Micro-Frets, provide a clean, crisp, clear, full tone. The guitar has very minor dings and the frets are still in great shape. The Micro-Frets Case is just as amazing as the guitar.Great branded logo on the outside and beautiful Royal Blue plush interior. Even the accessory box is still in service.
It has an automatic closure on the Accessory box lid that closes it when you are done. Just a simple piece of elastic but it works great.
You will love this guitar and case! Be sure to check out the YouTube video Demo linked to this listing. Great action and the Micro-frets Pickups are very versatile.
You get Jazz to Rock with the pickups, the selector switch and tone knobs. You get a variety of sounds with the two pickups. All Micro-Frets models, have a 52-piece, adjustable, compensated nut that allows for individual string height and length adjustments. And this is decades before Buzz Feiten, Paul Reed Smith, or Earvana started moving nuts around to sweeten intonation.Started by Maryland based engineer Ralph S. Jones in the early Sixties. They had many futuristic designs and hardware. The micro-nut that was on every guitar they made was designed to adjust the intonation of each of the strings individually, and does it perfectly.
It also allows you to set up the height of the strings and the distance from one another. It is a really amazing piece of equipment. The guitar player most remembered for playing a Micro-frets Guitar was Mark Farner in Grand Funk Railroad. Although many others have been seen using these cool guitars.
Today Micro Frets guitars enjoy a cult status. Past players include Carl Perkins, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, Dave Fielding of The Chameleons, and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode and Genesis' Mike Rutherford. Micro-Frets also made signature models for Tommy Cash and Buddy Merrill While some of Jones' guitars sported DeArmond pickups quite a number of Micro-Frets also sported pickups by the late Bill Lawrence. The company was discontinued following the passing of the founder, Ralph Jones.On the vintage market, Micro-Frets are known for their shapes and design features, as well as the vibrant finishes that set them apart from anything else produced in this era. Descriptions I picked up from researching the internet that, I believe match up with this model guitar.
This Micro-Frets guitar also has some patented features to ensure precise intonation, proper tuning and enhanced tone and sustain including a fully adjustable "Microsonic" bridge and the exclusive Micro-Nut. This guitar is in beautiful shape especially for an instrument that is approaching 50 years old.
Micro-Frets guitars are extremely rare. This guitar includes the original hardshell case. This guitar will certainly be appreciated by both collectors and players. Do not miss your chance to get this beauty! CONDITION: Even with minor blemishes, this guitar looks, feels and sounds wonderful.
TUNERS Description The all original, six inline one piece, opened back metal tuners with silver, metal, buttons are smooth and in great working order. There is no wear to the neck or frets. The frets and fretboard feels fantastic under your fingers.A natural finish, is very clean with no wear. The neck features Micro-Frets' patented Micro-Nut with individual saddles to adjust each individual string to the desired height, spacing and distance from the nut to the twelfth fret to ensure perfect intonation, particularly when used with their, also patented, Microsonic bridge. The Microsonic bridge is designed to keep the guitar in tune and to enable the string to return to perfect pitch when strings are bent. PICKUPS: Description There are two white single coil, hi-fi, pickups, specially designed for Micro-Frets, that provide a clean, crisp, clear, full tone. It also has a three-way toggle to choose the neck, bridge or both pickups. DIMENSIONS: Overall length: 42" Body width: 14.5" Body thickness: 1.75" (2 3/8" with neck) Scale: 24" Width of the nut: 1 5/8" Depth of the neck at nut.
75" approximately String height at 12th fret: 1/16". Features an adjustable "micro nut" up/down, side-to-side, back-and-forth options.
Two Bill Lawrence designed pickups. Original clip and screws included. Very Good Used with normal wear, scratches and dings (Enlarge pictures). Original hard case =================== MORE HISTORY OF MICRO-FRETS GUITARS: A Signature model was made for Tommy Cash and today belongs to Justin Lomery, who has played alongside post-punkers The Chameleons, with punk/Americana songwriter Jesse Malin, and is today working with Paige and Aimee Anderson of The Fearless Kin.
"I love the guitar for many styles, " he said. Its body, along with the neck's playability and short scale, is great for the post-punk/shoegaze, ethereal, ambient sounds I like. 2 A Style 1 Golden Comet. Finishes were a catalyzed Sherwin-Williams varnish called Sher-Wood Super Kemvar "M" Topcoat - the M denoting its formulation specifically for Micro-Frets. 3 This Style 1 Huntington was made for Buddy Merrill.Though documentation is sparse, Jones' instruments were the prototypes for what would become Micro-Frets Guitars - an antithesis to the sub-par offerings cranked out for corporate overlords at CBS (Fender) and Norlin Industries (Gibson) who cared little about quality or innovation but were quite concerned with the bottom line. Working in a 15,000-square-foot factory financed by business partner Marion Huggins on Grove Road in nearby Frederick, in 1967, Jones and a small flock of builders began not only cutting and carving bodies, necks, and plexiglass pickguards, they also machined components including the company's Micro-Nut. At its launch, Micro-Frets offered four models - the Plainsman, Covington, Huntington, and Orbiter - with a body shape often compared to a potato (thanks to wide lower bouts) and with symmetrical cutaways. Dubbed the Style 1 series, today they're noted for having klunky two-piece bodies fastened with clips and bearing a pronounced seam around their sides created by what Jones labeled a Tempered Masonite Gasket. His system routed two slabs of poplar or maple that were then joined using recessed metal clips and secured by screws in the neck plate and bridge. The design allowed access to electronics and installation of a stylish grillecloth that covered the sound hole from inside (he patented the methods and machines used in their execution using the name "Tonesponder"). The company's first pickguards were a bi-level design with a scalloped edge that half-exposed four thumbweel controls - two Volume, two Tone. While attractive, their placement was inconvenient. Jones left woodworking to others and focused his energy overseeing the making of a handful of elements that truly distanced Micro-Frets from the crowd. First was the Micro-Nut, which allowed the player to intonate each string not only at the bridge, but via an adjusting screw on each string at the nut(s). In'68, he devised the first wireless transmitter for guitar, which broadcast on standard FM and had a variable capacitor that allowed the user to tune it.
Though not available on the earliest Style 1 guitars. The Micro-Frets catalog page for the Signature model.In'68, Jones briefly used DeArmond-sourced pickups while transitioning to an original design created by Bill Lawrence. Assembled by Jones' wife, Hazel, with occasional help from production manager Gary Free, they were wound on bobbins made from plexiglass. Another change saw the pickguard move to a three-knob arrangement - one Volume and two Tone - marking the transition to Style 1.5. The following year brought the Style 2, which did away with the gasket and grillecloth but kept the clips joining the two pieces. With the Style 3 series introduced in'71, Jones and company ditched the metal clips and began gluing the halves, giving the guitars a more-conventional feel and sound. Pickguards became a clear upper/white lower design (previously, they'd been white on white). 5 Pickguards on the later Style 2 models like this Spacetone were still a funky bi-level, but abandoned the scallops for a simpler design with more-traditional Volume and Tone knobs (one of each). "The wire was a 52-gauge lacquer-coated copper, which is finer than a human hair, " said Will Meadors. That made it possible to get enough windings for sufficient turns in the small cover, which was 1/8? It was very difficult to replicate. But then, fate lent a cruel twist.
Just as things were starting to roll for Micro-Frets, Ralph Jones suffered a heart attack and died on April 18, 1972. Feeling an obligation to the workers, Hazel Jones continued operations with Free in charge of construction and design. For nearly four years, he designed and built the solidbody Swinger guitar and Husky bass using remaining inventory of bodies, necks, and hardware...
Hazel opted to cease production after Free exhausted the supply of parts. In 2004 bought the Micro-Frets name and built a run of guitars based on Jones' designs... When you consider the price of each guitar and how many were made - the earliest serial numbers I've found were in the 1100 range, so probably 2,600... The company ran for about 10 years... Micro-Frets founder Ralph Jones held U.Patents for the Micro-Nut and Calibrato. The true, brilliant genius of the place. What's important is that these cool guitars were ever conceived and built, and still exist 50 years later.
And, being in a small town, the fact they didn't ultimately succeed is unfortunate; these were people we knew, people from our neighborhoods. The Micro-Frets story is woven into the history of the town.
I marveled at how a machined, stamped, screwed-together assembly could be better than a basic piece of plastic... It's really amazing when you don't hear off-sounding notes or beat-frequency oscillations between intervals. Ward Meeker wrote that [Jim Sellers said]... It's good to keep something that was built by hand, in limited numbers, purposely different from the rest. It's a piece of history - a realization of the dream.[Deke Dickerson wrote] Buddy always liked the pickups, which are some of the best-sounding I've ever heard. They cut through a stage mix with staggering clarity -'like ringing a bell' always comes to mind when I use it onstage... It's an exceptionally well-made guitar. The body and neck are gorgeous maple... That works exactly as it's supposed to work... Because they're great-looking, great-sounding guitars. This article originally appeared in VG March 2017 issue. The item "Rare Vintage 1970's Limited Ed. Micro Frets Electric Guitar #2654 Original Case" is in sale since Saturday, December 28, 2019. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars".
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