This week’s Reverb find is a truly eye-catching guitar sporting a one-of-a-kind finish. Some colorways stop you in your tracks, metaphorically speaking. We literally stopped scrolling when we saw this. And after a little digging, we found there’s a unique production technique behind this oddball guitar.
Before crafting unique guitar designs in the ‘60s, Zerosette produced popular accordion models of the time. Carrying over techniques incorporated in the build of these folk instruments, Zerosette guitars often featured eccentric parts and finishes like pearloid and push buttons. The company later branched out with several different brand names, like the JG line featured in this listing.
However, the thing that stood out to us most, and that probably stood out to you, is the bold finish included in the model. Reverb seller Guitar Maniacs describes it as “Grandma’s Couch” in the listing, which is apt. But this guitar was at least meant to feature psychedelic imagery. In fact, this style of guitar was called the “first psychedelic guitar” in its ‘60s catalogues.
How well they accomplished psychedelia is, perhaps, in dispute. If you look closely, you’ll be able to see that it’s actually a paisley patchwork fabric stretched over the semi-hollow body—not a paint job—and the fabric has been lacquered over. Like a clear plastic cover over grandma’s nice sofa.
Aside from the guitar’s design, the listing notes that this model is “lightweight and resonant…[the guitar has been] upgraded to Grover tuners and looks to be refretted.” So it’s both a looker and a player.
Be sure to check out the full listing, and make the seller an offer on this far-out gem if you’re interested.