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The guitar also features two ahead-of-the-curve appointments for 1967: stereo output and a built-in fuzztone circuit. There are two outputs and the switching system allows for routing both pickups through one output jack or sending them to each jack separately to be hooked up to two separate amps. The fuzztone circuit was referred to as the “Tone Messer.” It gave a large signal boost and an incredibly ratty distortion. Indeed, the guitar would vibrate wildly when the “Tone Messer” was employed, and the hollow body would break into controlled (usually), endless feedback. The best known player of Messenger guitars was Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad. Farner used the “Tone Messer” circuit often on solos. He would stuff the hollow body with foam rubber and tape over the “Cats eye” sound holes with duct tape to control the feedback the guitar produced with his cranked West Fillmore amplifiers and JBLD150 15" speakers.
A special thanks to PG contributor Ken Settle for providing the photography and backstory on this Messenger guitar.