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Micro-Frets Huntington Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar , c. 1971
Micro-Frets Huntington Model Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar, c. 1971, made in Fredrick, Maryland, sunburst lacquer finish, maple body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.
Some of the most unique and original American guitars of the late 1960's and early 1970's came out of Frederick, Maryland, where the small Micro-Frets company built their beautifully engineered if slightly oddball fretted offerings. This model, a later-style Huntington appears to be a solid body instrument but in fact has acoustic chambers routed in the body. The Huntington was one of the company's more high-end and most striking looking instruments, with a bound scroll body and vibrant sunburst finish. It carries many of the firm's trademark design elements including unique white plastic-encased pickups and the patented Micro-Nut, which allows harmonic compensation at the headstock.
At the other end of the strings is the "Calibrato" vibrato unit, the heart of Micro-frets legend; this is a heavy duty floating vibrato and bridge assembly which allows individual tension adjustments for each string, theoretically allowing entire chords to be raised and lowered while remaining in tune. The Calibrato was originally offered as an add-on for existing guitars; in some ways the Micro-frets line was designed around it! The Calibrato was advertised as having "Precise Pitch modulation" and includes the "microsonic bridge with sustained harmonic action and floating power"-you know that HAS to be special!
The body is finished in a brilliant Fender-like sunburst lacquer, while the maple neck is natural with a thick unbound rosewood fingerboard. The controls-tone, volume, pickup select and an extra tone modification switch are carried on the top-mounted pickguard, which has a see-through plastic upper section marked on the underside with a "Microfrets" logo. Tuners are the original deluxe Schallers with pearloid buttons and the sculpted space-age headstock also carries the brand logo and model name. This is a extremely well-made and fine playing guitar with a slim neck and bright, responsive pickups. The sound is crisp and hi-fi with surprising depth when needed; the tonal range is impressive.
The Huntington came in several versions but was always one of the company's best-looking and fanciest guitars. A number of prominent country artists endorsed the line in the late 1960's including Carl Perkins. Micro-Frets may have had a fairly short history (although the company has seen a recent revival attempt) but the high-quality, well engineered instruments they left behind are very fine examples of American guitar ingenuity and worthy of the attention of both players and collectors.
Overall length is 42 1/2 in. (108 cm.), 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 23 3/4 in. (603 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). 100% original down to the screws; only the most minor handling and play wear. A truly exceptional example of one of Micro-Frets' coolest guitars, with a nice original rectangular hard case. Excellent + Condition.
Item # 4570
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