What will those wacky kids think up next? In addition to its natty two-tone red-and-black sunburst, thin neck profile and tuneful “gold foil” DeArmond pickups, this aptly named Vibrajet sports an onboard electronic tremolo powered by a 1.5v battery.
In the words of the original 1962 catalog copy:
Enjoy pulsating tremolo through your guitar, not through your amplifier. Built into this handsome neo-cutaway double pickup electric is a skillfully engineered transistorized and miniaturized assembly (made in America) which, at your command, produce a tremolo effect through any amplifier. A lever, in easy reach of your little finger as you play, activates tremolo effect. Adjacent knobs control the speed of the beat, and depth of modulation. Powered by inexpensive battery. The amplifier you play need not to have a built-in tremolo.
All puffery aside, it is indeed a cool effect, but the best part of this Vibrajet is that even without engaging the electronic tremolo, it offers a boatload of fun--a lightweight, resonant body; fully functioning controls; and enough vibe to impressive audiences worldwide. Purchased from the middle-aged son of the original owner, it includes an era-correct coil cord and comes in a new padded gigbag. The headstock logo is missing the “y,” but the guitar is in otherwise very good condition, with very minor wear and dings. SOLD! Thanks Guillaume.