In the late 1960's Standel, based in California, was an amplifier
manufacturer who produced several half-hearted attempts to
get into the guitar production business. Somehow Standel hooked
up with the Harptone company of Newark, New Jersey which was
a well-known case manufacturer with some background in guitar
production. Harptone commissioned legendary New Jersey luthier
Sam Koontz, known for his original archtop creations, to design a
line of hollowbody instruments and to create the Standel/Harptone
production line. The guitars were offered in a range of models and
branded for Standel which were distributed out of California. Soon
enough, the Standel company ran into huge financial trouble and
these guitars turned into one of the great"lost" instruments of the
All Standel/Harptone instruments feature very high-grade
workmanship throughout and feature hand-tooled quality
hardware. The most distinctive common feature was the unique
Koontz-designed headstock with the large center scoop.
This Standel 520-CV Deluxe Thinline hollow body guitar has an incredible
sound, similarly to a 50's Gretsch "G" 6120 or a 50's Gibson ES-335.
This guitar features a sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple
body, and mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard. It's a
beautifully made and very rare example of "SUPERB" 1960's
American Guitar Design.
These guitars were introduced in the late 1960's at the point
where solid-bodies were making a reappearance. With timing
being everything... if these incredible guitars had they been
introduced just a few years earlier, they would no doubt, be
much better known today. A very fine 1960's American-made
instrument at a reasonable price for its time.
These instruments are not only incredibly classy looking
but are also quite rare... having only about 300 ever made. Today,
the Standel "Deluxe" 520-CV has appreciated in value considerably
and sells for a very respectable collector price.
The GREAT Billy Byrd himself played what he described as "his
beloved Standell guitar." He also said in many interviews that
"of all the instruments I have owned through the years, even
more so than the Byrdland which Hank Garland and I
co-designed... my Standel Custom is my favorite."