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1965 Vintage Magnatone Typhoon X-20 electric guitar

  • Price:$775.00


1965 Magnatone Typhoon X-20. in the original brown color. these


guitars are somewhat rare and interesting. born in USA. guitar plays


similiar to a fender strat. lots of tonal options. tuners have been


changed. there are now gibson single lined tuners ( from the 1970's)


neck is straight and the frets are in good shape. knobs aren't original


no breaks or cracks. no cracks near the horn. come with a gig bag.


just a few things holding it back from being original.  

Magnatone Typhoon X-20 Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in Torrance, Ca, brown finish, Appalachian poplar  body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard.

This Magnatone Typhoon is an interesting 1960's solidbody, among the last to carry the brand. This line was launched in summer 1965; they are sleek little twangers, Fender inspired, dubbed the "Incomparable Magnatone Starstream Slimline (of) personalized electric guitars" This X-20 Tornado was the top of the line and combines original ideas with Fender-like elements. The contoured body is rather "Stratty" while the bridge, vibrato and electronics are more in the Jazzmaster/Jaguar mold. It's fairly certain that Paul Barth was involved in the Starstream design-the instruments share a "family resemblance" to guitars he marketed under the "Bartell" name. Whatever their pedigree,these are well made, light, handy good sounding guitars.

The body is smoothly contoured, with a deeper center blending into a tapered edge. The neck is maple with a rosewood fingerboard; The quality of work is to a higher standard than many 1965 guitars. "American made, by American craftsmen" was a selling point. The single-sided headstock is fitted with strip Kluson Deluxe tuners with safe-T-slot posts. One nifty innovation is a screwed-down metal nutpiece fitted over the strings forcing them down over the zero fret, an interesting idea that works well. The guitar also features a very functional tilt neck adjustment, similar to what Fender used later. Magnatone helpfully put a sticker on the neckplate pointing this out!

The floating bridge has blade on the bottom that rocks in a "V" shaped piece of metal sunk into the bodyand individual saddles adjustable for intonation. The trem design is indebted to Fender's Jazzmaster; Magnatone reversed the action of the spring and replaced the locking button with a flange. This "Lever Lock" facility was heavily touted, but functionally nothing Fender hadn't offered. The single coil pickups are similar in size to Rickenbackers, with a metal outer casing and white plastic center. These quite good sounding units were unique to the Magnatone Starstream, but very similar to Bartell units produced by Paul Barth in California. The electronics rig is wired to a top-mounted laminated white plastic pickguard with the "Magnatone" logo cut through to the contrasting lower level, a nice cosmetic touch. Although the control layout appears straightforward it is oddly complicated. The volume knobs are not for individual pickups, but each controls a separate circuit selected by the upper bout switch. The lower switches are not simple on/off selectors, but include tone-modifying resistors and combine the pickups in sometimes unxepected ways! The 3-pickup Typhoon uses a center coil with a different magnet structure without adjustable poles which creates different in-or-out of phase combinations with the other two. Magnatone described it thusly: "The Typhoon's unique pickup switching ststem provides the guitarist with eight pre-set rhythm and eight pre-set lead tones which provide 16 combinations of sound and encompass a broad spectrum from twangy 'rock & roll' to deep, muted jazz." The range of sounds IS impressive, from some very funky out-of-phase combinations to a remarkably deep resonant purr for such a "surfy" instrument. These final Magnatone designs are some of our 1960's favorites and a great value in a vintage American-made solidbody.
Overall length is 39 7/8 in. (101.3 cm.), 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 7/16 in. (3.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). Lots of finish checking and small dings, chips and sctatches but overall not bad looking

 The Magnatone X-20 Typhoon was an American made solid body electric guitar, introduced in 1965.

BODY: Double cut-away ultra sleek hand contoured body, which is light in weight and precision balanced for comfortable playing.

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