We offer this extremely rare model of the Maxi-tone guitar line from Japan in the mid 1960s. Many say they were built by Hoshino Gakki which is the parent company of Ibanez and some even refer to these as “Ibanez Maxi-tones” but some others credit these to the well-known Japanese maker Teisco. We can't find another exact example of this rare model with the silver colored switch plate to independently control the 4 pickups but we find similar models with the classic white switches. In any event, each pickup has it's own on-off switch and then there is a "lead-solo" switch and a tone modifier dial for each pair. There is also a pair of basic volume and tone pots below. Basically very cool and very vibe in both looks and tone.
Condition: All the electronics appear to be original and all function. The entire instrument appears to be all-original with the exception of one substitute saddle barrel on the low "E" string. The neck is straight and the action is comfortable, but further lowering would cause the string to contact the neck pickups and we didn't open up the guitar to adjust that as it only happens on the low strings well above the 14th fret. There is some very minor scratching and some expected dings especially on the back and side of the neck and there is a small but stable crack on the body on one side of the neck joint (see photo), but all-in-all pretty good for over 50 years.
The guitar comes with its original brown/tan chipboard case but there is some significant damage from moisture to the lower part of the case (see photos).