Following on from the Bonvicini Accordion console the other day you might have realised that it sound be relatively straightforward to build one from an old accordion. Well you won't have been the first person to have that idea - this article appeared in a magazine in 1962.
Wow. This is a Bonvicini accordion console. It's essentially an electric chord organ - but what a fabulous looking beast. This particular specimen appeared on Ebay a while back with a buy it now price of US $790. I would love to have one of these on stage for gigs.
If you've ever heard one of these then please leave a comment and tell us how it sounded.
In the mid to late 70's, the instrument makers at the Godwin Company took the guts of an electronic organ and fitted them in, what looks like, a jazz guitar body. Vox and Musiconics also manufactured guitars like this. Of all the organ guitars the Godwin is the most unique, the most complex, and the hardest to come across. Unlike the other organ guitars this one has all the functions you would find on an electronic organ including percussion, volume for the different intervals ("Drawbars" if you will), vibrato, and sustain. Apparently it sounds close to a Hammond B3 ! This one was on Ebay with a starting bid of US $8000.