This is a vintage 1967 Standel P6N flat top acoustic guitar. This particular example, serial number 2062-1, is in extremely excellent, near mint, 100% all original condition and includes the original hard shell case and the original hangtag! Designed by Sam Koontz, and produced in very limited quantities by Harptone in Newark, New Jersey, for distribution by Standel in El Monte, California, Standel acoustic guitars have a rich history. Played by George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Pete Drake and many others, Harptone and Standel guitars are quite the special oddball acoustics. With an arched back, a zero fret, adjustable bridge, etc., this Standel P6N is quite the unique instrument.
This ’67 Standel P6N features; an over-sized 16″ wide body shape, a solid spruce top, an arched mahogany back, a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays and a 0 fret, a tear drop tortoise pickguard, an adjustable bridge made of Brazilian rosewood, 3-on-a-side individual tuning machines, ornate headstock inlay pattern with door knob relief profile shape and the original case with paperwork.
Upon a scrutinous in-hand inspection, it is clear that this instrument only displays wear from having been stored within it’s case. It does not exhibit playing wear, nor typical evidence of use. Rather, it is extremely well-preserved, with some superficial storage wear from the interior of the case only.
The guitar plays and sounds great. The neck is straight and the truss rod was inspected and determined to function perfectly should need be upon setup. The P6N’s is X-bracing and near jumbo-size frame produces a very focused and warm tone. It’s a very untraditional guitar shape, the result of which is a very specific sound unlike most regular dreadnought shaped guitars.