1970 Dan Armstrong Lucite w/ 3 interchangeable pickups


Summary: From Keith Richards to Greg Ginn to Dave Grohl, the Dan Armstrong has been one of the most iconic and unique guitars around. This model  was produced for a short time between 1969 and 1971. Its most innovative features are its see-through Lucite body and removable pickup.

Body: Solid clear Lucite.

Neck: Maple bolt-on. Rosewood fretboard with small dot inlays.

Electronics/Hardware: Removable Armstrong/Bill Lawrence designed “Jazz Treble” single-blade pickup (two additional models included in case: “Rock Treble” and “Country & Western Bass”). Single volume and single tone control with metal knobs. Three-position tone switch. Schaller tuners. Top-loading bridge with rosewood saddle. Formica “wood-grain” pickguard. One strap button on upper horn, two on bottom edge.

Cosmetics: This guitar is in excellent shape. Apart from some light picking scratches in the strumming area just above the pickguard, the Lucite body shows none of the scoring or clouding that are symptomatic to the these guitars.  The neck is in fine condition, with some finish dings, notably a nick in the finish on the back of the neck near the twelfth fret. Overall, this is a clean example of a very cool design that manages to be both retro and futuristic at the same time.

Playability: Playability is very smooth with low action and no buzz or dead spots. The neck is a wide, flattened C shape that has some heft while still being fast to move around. The currently installed “Jazz Treble” pickup is clear and punchy and the tone switch provides a variety of tonal options, from bright and up front, to dark and jazzy.

Weight: 9 lbs, 10 oz.

Case: Original hard shell.