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    Default Mystery Electric Cittern

    Hi all,

    First post here. I seem to have wandered into this electric cittern and I can find no information about it whatsoever. It is an extremely well crafted instrument and I haven't been able to find a single mark on it to give me any provenance. The only two clues I have are the humbucking pickups are 1980's carvins (there is an acoustic pickup as well with its own dedicated output) and there was a rumor that it might have come from the Pacific Northwest. Any information would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Dan

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    Default Re: Mystery Electric Cittern

    Complete photos of headstock and back would help.

    First guess is G.D. Armstrong.
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    Default Re: Mystery Electric Cittern

    i have a dim memory of seeing an instrument very much like this one at Guitarville in Shoreline, WA ... some 18 years ago or thereabouts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    Complete photos of headstock and back would help.

    First guess is G.D. Armstrong.
    http://www.gdarmstrong.com/
    Hi and thanks. Here you go.


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    Default Re: Mystery Electric Cittern

    Have you looked under the truss rod cover and the electronics cavity cover? Some builders will hide a name, number or other info in there.

    The guitar builders that are coming to mind are Parker and Klein, but this is not enough like either of those to suggest a direct connection. It seems like there's a builder of guitars or basses that does a crazy little wing like this one has, but I'm not coming up with a name.

    If you Google "ergonomic guitars" you'll get lots of interesting stuff that looks vaguely like this. For example: https://www.manne.com/news/manne-gui...or-ergonomics/
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    Have you looked under the truss rod cover and the electronics cavity cover? Some builders will hide a name, number or other info in there.

    The guitar builders that are coming to mind are Parker and Klein, but this is not enough like either of those to suggest a direct connection. It seems like there's a builder of guitars or basses that does a crazy little wing like this one has, but I'm not coming up with a name.

    If you Google "ergonomic guitars" you'll get lots of interesting stuff that looks vaguely like this. For example: https://www.manne.com/news/manne-gui...or-ergonomics/
    Unfortunately I've been through the entire thing and there is nary a clue. The picture you included reminded me to check on my weird instrument forums and see if any of the builders there have any ideas.

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    Default Re: Mystery Electric Cittern

    Well, I did send a message to the chap who used to run Guitarville to see if he remembers anything.
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