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Instruments previously handbuilt by Allan Gittler in New York from mid-1970s to mid-1980s. Between 1986 and 1987 the Astron company of Israel produced commercial versions based on the original unique design.
Designer Allan Gittler introduced an electric guitar that expressed its design through function. This guitar is a unique design in that there is only a metal frame with frets press-fitted into place – no wood exists in the guitar. Gittler produced the first sixty instruments himself in the U.S., and an additional 500 were produced by Astron in Israel under an agreement. A few Gittler basses were produced as well. In 1982, Gittler moved to Israel and took the Hebrew name of Avraham Bar Rashi. Bar Rashi offered a new, innovative, wood constructed design that further explores his guitar concepts for a few years. Gittler passed away in 2002. Source: Brian Gidyk, Vancouver, Canada.

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