1960's Galanti Grand Prix

  • $549.00
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Summary: This rare Italian made electric guitar features a futuristic offset body, push button switches, cool tuning keys & a classic vintage sunburst finish plus the original hardshell case. Galanti has a long tradition of making quality accordians & they jumped into the guitar business during the 1960’s guitar craze but it fizzled out by the late 1960’s and these guitars are getting harder and harder to find.

Body: Offset solid-body with a sunburst finish.

Neck: Bolt-on neck with a rosewood fingerboard, original tuning keys, big white dot inlays, 21 frets – the first three frets do show lots of wear but they still have some life left in them. The nut width is 1 11/16” and the scale length is 24.5”.

Pickups/Hardware: Chrome hardware, original tuning keys with white pearloid buttons, single-ply white pickguard, 2 pickups, one volume knob, one tone knob, 4 push-button switches, vibrato tremolo system, adjustable bridge, original whammy bar, 3-string tree on the headstock.

Cosmetics: This 1960’s beauty does show some of its age – there are lots of nicks & dings on the body with very cool vintage checking throughout the finish. This instrument has lots of wear around the edges with a few big scrapes & scratches that don’t affect the stability & structure of the guitar but are very noticeable when you hold this baby in your hands. There are also some places on the back of the neck where the finish has been chipped off & you can see the wood near the butt of the neck but it does not affect playability. The wear is all consistent with a well-played and loved guitar from the 1960’s but the guitar is totally structurally sound & ready to go.

Playability: This old school Italian guitar plays pretty good – we set it up with 10’s and the neck seems straight and the guitar plays good up & down the fingerboard. This baby doesn’t feel like a Paul Reed Smith but it does have a unique charm & mystique – there are some notes that sound slightly buzzy like the 13th fret on the low E string, however, when its plugged into an amp most of the buzzing is gone. The tremolo is very similar to a Fender Jazzmaster & it feels very responsive. The frets do show some wear, especially the first 2 or 3 frets, but they still have some life left in them. It’s a decent player despite a few inexpensive older guitar quirks.

Modifications: N/A

Weight: 7 lbs, 9 oz.

Case: Original hardshell case