WIth a name like Astrotone, don’t you think these should be called the “real” George Jetson guitar?!?!? I mean, come on! Astrotone!! Riding the wave of Japanese import guitars of the 1960s, these models seemed to arrive solely on the west coast because every one I’ve seen seem to originate from California. These guitars are total enigmas, and just totally cool!These two guitars represent some of the coolest styling ever to come out of Japan during the 60s. And you know something, the maker is totally unknown! These weren’t made by any of the big time guitar factories of the time. I’ve been trying to figure out who made these but I’ve had no luck. It’s a shame because these guitars are just really unique with that offset design. Whoever made these guitars, there were at least two distinct models. I’ve owned many of these, but only recently did I notice the tiny differences between these guitars. Let’s compare!!!OK, so on both guitars we find plywood bodies, solid necks, zero frets, truss rods at the heel. Both guitars have surface mounted pickups, two pickup switches, a preset tone switch, and three knobs. But now look at the sharper cuts of the black guitar versus the smoother lines of the sunburst. Then check out the pick guards of the two…notice how the black guitar’s pickguard has a sharper point up there on the horn? And then check out the differences in body size. The sunburst one is bigger! How did I not notice these things before!?!?!So check out these two headstocks. See the subtle shape differences?Now check out the backs…I’m really hoping this article finds its way in front of somebody who was involved with selling these or importing these. The build design is interesting because the pickguard hides the electronics and wiring (that in itself is pretty common) but normally the pickguard runs right up against the pickups so that there doesn’t have to be any drilling through the wood. But with these guitars there’s a gap there, between the pickups and the pick guard. Maybe I’m the only person who notices stuff like this? I’ve also noticed that these came in white, black, and sunburst finishes.So there you have it, space car guitars from the 60s! Leroy Jetson would surely approve! I feel these Super Astrotone guitars are some of the finest sounding guitars from this time period, and I can’t quite explain why. This type of pickup is only found on these Atrotones, and the pickups always read out in the high 5k range. The black guitar reads at 5.73k and 5.46k, and the sunburst guitar reads at 5.96k and 5.32k. Both guitars are wired parallel. Check out the videos of Mike Dugan playing each one!