Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by swivel, Aug 22, 2020.

  1. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    ... sighting? or....? F holes and headstock seem weird...
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  2. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Not Gretsch. But no idea what.
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  3. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    Looks like something of european origin, like a Hofner.
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  4. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    According to the Unique Guitar Blog, that's an Isana.

    "It was 1958 when Elvis was drafted into the United States Army. While stationed in Germany his friend Lamar Fike, purchased a German guitar for Elvis called an Isana. This was a jazz style archtop instrument with soundholes that resembled the letter “S”. Elvis may of owned a couple of these guitars. One had a floating pickup, but was constructed in a way to be played without amplification.​

    "Elvis used these guitars during his military service and when he was discharged gave them away to some local men he had befriended."
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  5. Teledriver

    Teledriver Gretschie

    Feb 12, 2011
    Iowa City, IA
    Pretty sure that ring he’s got isn’t GI! Sad thing is those guitars he gave away were either trashed or sold at a garage sale for 2 Deutschmarks.
  6. Teledriver

    Teledriver Gretschie

    Feb 12, 2011
    Iowa City, IA
    Great pic of Elvis off-duty and relaxed btw.
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  7. KuKuKu

    KuKuKu Gretschie

    Aug 28, 2016
  8. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    I like it .... different
  9. flip

    flip Electromatic

    Jun 22, 2020
    Manchester UK
    This thread is fascinating! This is my first guitar as I showed when I first joined this forum. I explained then I had no idea of its brand or origin. I can't access the Elvis picture with what someone has identified as an Isana guitar but compare its features (and the Thomann reissue referred to ) The f-holes have the same weird shape, there's a small plastic cover on the bottom of the heel, like mine the reissue clearly has a zero fret as well as a nut and the block inlays are almost precisely the same. The headstock shape is very similar and mine had machine heads like those in the reissue photos until I broke a button and replaced the lot with enclosed machine heads (probably Grover copies). As I admitted in my initial entry I am responsible for the control knobs and the pickguard is also a new one. To think that Elvis might have played what my luthier pal described as 'still smelling of the oranges' is really very interesting. I'll do some more digging but thanks for the start![​IMG]
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