1968 Galanti Grand Prix from Italy (that's a foreign country). When I took guitar lessons as a kid I never has an electric guitar so I would spend hours staring at the pictures of the electric guitar in my text book and long to be cool like the guy playing it in the picture. Just recently I actually found a picture of the real instrument and found out what it was. A childhood dream just a bit closer to reality.
Friend: My favorite Beatles song is Band On The Run.
Me: It's not a Beatles song.
Friend: Wot! That guy, that guy, Paul McCartney sings it right?
Friend: Alright! That one is my favorite Beatle song.
I can only imagine how hard it is to make a homemade guitar.
Pothos, when at school we had to make something in Woodwork class, and I wanted to make a guitar. The teachers declined, fearing I would become a Rock star, so I opted to make a rather strange instrument, a bit like a Zither. After several months, the instrument still resembled a tree more than any man-made object; such was my skill with tools. Eventually I bought a Rosetti guitar.
By the way, the Vox Guitar/Organ I showed earlier...
was a design given to the Beatles. I'm sure they had fun with it!
So, what Beatle books are there that might document the Beatles' use of guitars with on-board electronics, given to them by guitar companies? And which albums these instruments might appear on? I'm thinking they did not use too many of them.
Then there is the Coral Electric Sitar, which was not really a sitar, but a guitar with sympathetic strings that vibrated along with the plucked note to make it sound kinda-sorta like a real sitar.
There is a new wave of guitars out there called Barncasters. These are Teles made from the wood of sides of torn down barns, probably which are a hundred years old. Here's a Barncaster I built that I stuck a real silver dollar in it. Inspiration from the Allman Bros. "Midnite Rider"- 'One More Silver Dollar.'
Here is a Hopf Saturn, 1963 model. It has the standard quarter-inch jack. But the toggle switch is in a really bad place. At least for guitarists who get carried away and start flailing at the chords. reverb.com/item/6966730-hopf-saturn-63-1964