This guitar designed to a large extent by Paul Barth, a major player in early electric guitar development, and a designer of instruments like the Rickenbacker Capri, which John Lennon made famous. It’s that Capri design that Barth took with him when he left Rickenbacker in 1957 and opened up his own shop and contracted with the Natural Music Guild of Santa Ana, CA, for distribution of his guitars. These models bear a “Barth Natural Music Guild” label on their headstocks.
Not long after, Barth went to work for Magnatone, where his design was given the “Mark” designation and, of course, a “Magnatone” logo. The single-pickup model like mine was labeled the Mark VII and the two-pickup model, the Mark VIII.
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