Magnatone Tornado (1965) SOLD!

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When was the last time you saw a vintage Magnatone for sale?  Let alone an example in original turquoise sparkle?  This is the only Magnatone we’ve ever seen that includes all original parts and an original rectangular case.  It boasts original vintage Kluson safety-slot tuners and an appealingly speedy neck complete with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard.  Currently strung with a wound “g” string for period correctness, we will gladly set this guitar up with your favorite gauge strings, if desired.  The front of the body has a few dings and the back has some belt-buckle rash, but there’s minimal fret wear and the tone is vintage Bakersfield.  No wonder the fleet-fingered Jimmy Bryant endorsed this model later in his career. In our opinion, the Tornado is unjustly obscure — kind of like the late western singer and guitarist Earl “Buck” Dexter, who plied his trade in honky tonks and at supermarket openings across the Southwest in the 1950s and ‘60s, accompanied by a doghouse bass, stand-up drummer and his trusty Magnatone Tornado.  SOLD!

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When was the last time you saw a vintage Magnatone for sale?  Let alone an example in original turquoise sparkle?  This is the only Magnatone we’ve ever seen that includes all original parts and an original rectangular case.  It boasts original vintage Kluson safety-slot tuners and an appealingly speedy neck complete with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard.  Currently strung with a wound “g” string for period correctness, we will gladly set this guitar up with your favorite gauge strings, if desired.  The front of the body has a few dings and the back has some belt-buckle rash, but there’s minimal fret wear and the tone is vintage Bakersfield.  No wonder the fleet-fingered Jimmy Bryant endorsed this model later in his career. In our opinion, the Tornado is unjustly obscure — kind of like the late western singer and guitarist Earl “Buck” Dexter, who plied his trade in honky tonks and at supermarket openings across the Southwest in the 1950s and ‘60s, accompanied by a doghouse bass, stand-up drummer and his trusty Magnatone Tornado.  SOLD!