1953 Framus Prototype Aristone guitar; Back and sides: highly figured amber burst maple, lacquer checking and other minor imperfections; Table: spruce with similar wear; Fretboard; ebony; Frets: generally good; Hardware: good; Overall condition: good

*Of historical significance in the development of European guitar making. Bessons’ John (Jack) Duarte travelled to Baiersdorf in the late 1940s to meet Fred Wilfer and his team of post war violin makers to discuss the possibilities of them building his new design for Besson in the UK. This extraordinary instrument was the result. According to the vendor, who spoke to Duarte about the guitar, it was heavily modified to make it financially viable to produce. This prototype was carved in its entirety from solid fiddle back maple and the sound hole and cats eyes were just ‘too violin’. Eventually, after several visits, a version of the Aristone was put in production but all are quite different from this historic first. Duarte signed them in the early to mid ’50s, this is also signed and is original except for the machines. The originals are retained

Estimate £700 – 1000 (Buyers Premium of 24% inclusive of VAT @20%)

Sold for £1000 (12th September 2018)