This is a vintage 1965 Dynacord Cora electric guitar. This particular example is in very nice all original condition. This incredibly rare Dynacord Cora features incredibly stylized chrome-plated tube metal tube body frame with matching chrome hardware, and a black body finish that nicely complements and further pronounces the dramatic metal frame. According to several sources, the total production of this particular variant (1965-1966) was estimated at less than 100. The more rare Red/Gold version, which is highly relative considering it was also produced in extremely limited numbers, totals less than 30. But with a combined production total of around 130, either variety is ridiculously rare. This German-made (West Germany) sculptural guitar pre-dates the majority of Wandre influenced wacky instruments with regard to innovative and artistic electric guitar design, and is perhaps one of the most iconic.
While the guitar’s electronic components were made by Dynacord, and the hardware was designed by Schaller, the neck and the body could have been constructed by either Hopf or Welson, both of which had built other guitars for the primarily pro audio-oriented Dynacord company. To attest to this guitar’s scarcity, upon Googling this make and model, it is likely that only 3 different examples will be discovered. Not surprisingly, this is the one found in the photo alongside a Gold and Red version, with the GuitarCrazy website watermark… both of which I owned. According to some this guitar was manufactured as more of a marketing gimmick, to attract attention at trade shows, hence the model’s under-produced nature. Extremely rare is an understatement considering the infinitesimal total production, so for those who have always desired this mythical model, which has been featured in several vintage guitar books, this may be your only opportunity.
This ’65 Dynacord Cora features: a chrome-plated tube metal body design silhouette, an angular maple slab body, a large-profile laminated maple neck with a Fender-style headstock, 6-on-a-side individual tuning machines, a bolt-on neck construction, a rosewood fingerboard with offset dot inlays and zero fret, (3) Dynacord GTA 3 single coil pickups with individual on/off/tone/volume controls, a printed circuit board (PCB), a Schaller vibrato tailpiece with original tailpiece cover and original tremolo arm/whammy bar.
Interestingly, though this guitar appears to be more of a novelty instrument, it actually plays great and sounds fantastic. Hence the evidence of serious playing wear through the finish on the back of the body. Even the gold tubing has wear through the plating wear it would rest atop your leg. This guitar displays evidence of having been drawn on with marker, which was later removed. Even though it is barely visible, the ghost of the original design still remains.
Based upon my limited knowledge of this model and the Dyancord’s production techniques, I believe the back of the wood body to have been re-painted only. The front of the black body has original finish, however, the back was probably significantly worn, and later touched up. It does not match the paint on the front or sides of the body. Otherwise, the guitar is 100% all original!