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Used Magnatone Zephyr X-5 White Sparkle 1965 w/OHSC

Magnatone was extremely well known for their amplifiers from the 1960s, many did not realize they produced various high quality instruments ranging from the late 50s - mid 60s. The Starstream series of instruments were American made and their attempt to break into the guitar market. The Zephyr X-5 was the most affordable model of the series and shared similarities with a Fender Jaguar & Strat while still entirely possessing its own DNA. They were available in a few different finishes, this started life as a white sparkle that has now aged to a lovely cream / yellow. They were designed in part with Paul Barth of Rickenbacker fame, & really are some unique instruments from their era. 

The guitar shows plenty of age. The finish is yellowed and has dings,exposed wood, & plenty of checking. Everything functions like it should. The tuners are a bit sticky at certain points on the gears and the only thing non-original is the bridge which had to have the holes drilled out to properly fit it. 

  • Appalachian Poplar body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 24" scale length
  • 1 5/8" nut width
  • 9.5" radius
  • 20 narrow vintage style frets
  • Zero fret w/string guide
  • 2 Magnatone single coils
  • Top pickup switch - (neck pickup or bridge pickup)
  • Bottom pickup switch - (neck solo, both pickups out of phase)
  • 1 volume, 1 tone
  • Pots date to 1965
  • Mustang roller bridge
  • Proprietary vibrato system similar to jag / jm and Hagstrom style
  • Guitar weighs 6 lbs 3.5 oz
  • Includes the original hard case
This is a consignment guitar here in the shop meaning all sales are final.