Fenton Weill 1964 Dualmaster Electric Guitar, Cherry Stain
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An original 1964 Fenton Will Dualmaster, straight from 1964.
About Fenton Weill
Henry Weill was one of the pioneer makers on the UK electric guitar scene A partnership with Jim Burns produced the Burns-Weill range of solids in 1959. This included the small bodied Fenton, and the distinctive angular RP models, quickly dubbed ‘Martian Cricket Bats’. The liaison with Jim Burns proved short lived. Jim soon left to establish his own Company. Henry continued production under a new name, Fenton-Weill. He instigated a number Of changes in bodv styling intended to lend an American air to the models, an important commercial consideration back then, and in 1961, the RPs were redesignated the American Label range. The instruments were still very individualistic, but the changes were certainly for the better. Names were more important than numbers in those fun times, and Fenton-Weills were more imaginative than many, with titles such aTriplernaster, Contrabass, Twistratone, and Spectratone. Hardware carried correspondingl colourful descriptions, including the Featherlite vibrato, and Penetrone pickups. In addition to making their own branded instruments and amplification, Fenton-Weill produced for other companies, including Hohner, Dallas, and Vox. The company also supplied the electrics fitted to various imported guitar neck body chassis, such as the Carousel and Metropolitan. Henry continued to update his instruments and introduce new ideas and models. One was the Fibratone semi, featuring a moulded fibreglass body. By 1963, Fenton-Weill instruments were being exported to many countries, and in response to dealer demand, a new less angular body shape was launched. The new models were christened the Twister series (Triple Twistmaster, Stereo Twistmaster, etc). Later versions carried scratch plate assemblies supplied by the Italian Eko company. Despite being one of the leading electric guitar makers in the UK, production was wound down in the mid-sixties as the company decided to concentrate on the fast growing disco and lighting market. Yet another characterful UK guitar make disappeared.