Never heard of a ’67 Messenger? Don’t start kicking yourself just yet… I’m a self proclaimed funky-old-guitar junky and I had to do some background research on this one myself.
Eastwood this week announced the Limited Initial Run of their new 1967 Messenger Tribute guitar––an instrument based on the aluminum-magnesium necked Messenger first built by tiny California guitar company Musicraft in the late ’60s, and made notable due to its use by Grand Funk Railroad‘s resident six-string madman, Mark Farner.
That’s right––the Messenger pre-dated Travis Bean and Gary Kramer’s infamous aluminum-necked guitars by at least seven or eight years.
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your feeling for metal necks,) Eastwood appears to have done away with the aluminum-magnesium neck entirely, opting instead for good ol’ maple, with set-neck construction.
The guitar also sports a hollow-body design with maple center block, unique “cat’s eye” f-holes, mahogany back and sides, and a spruce top.
Sadly, there’s no word on whether Eastwood will consider adding the built-in fuzztone circuit that many of the original models carried… now that would be a true stand-out addition to an already great looking guitar.
This early Limited Edition run will be selling for $849, and is being made available in Greenburst or Cherry finishes. The ’67 Messenger Tribute is expected to ship sometime in early April.