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Manufacturing of the Egmond Toledo S2 in the factory in Best, 1969.
The Egmond Toledo series in the 1969 catalog.
The Toledo series were the cheapest guitars that Egmond ever made and they were considered being student, or beginners, guitars. The body sizes were 3/4, or also called Parlour size. The Toledo series came on the market in the early (or mid) 50's and they were made until 1974. Along the way, the conventional name has varied. In the beginning it was the G 105 series, where the cheapest (and most common) model was the G 105/0, that corresponds to the Toledo P1 or Student in the 1969 catalog. The Toledo P1 and the Toledo S1 are almost identical. The main differece is the tailpiece. The most lavish and expensive model was the G 105/4, that corresponds to the Toledo M2 in the 1969 catalog. The Toledo S2 and the Toledo S5 appears the same, but the Toledo S2 is a cheaper variant with the whole body made of Birch ply, with the sides, back, neck and headstock colorized as Mahogany. The Toledo S5, however, had both the back and the sides made of Mahogany, the bridge and the fretboard made of Rosewood, the neck made of Maple and the top made of Spruce, just like the Toledo M2.
An Egmond Toledo S2 production document.
On the British market, The Egmond 105/0 was named Rosetti 276.
In 1956 George Harrison begun playing on an Egmond 105/0, that in the UK was marketed as the Rosetti 276. In 2003 his guitar was sold at an auction for £276000:-.
I have four guitars in the Toledo series. Here I show you the Toledo S1 and the Toledo S2. It is not that easy to determine the precise year of manufacturing but a well reasoned guess is the time period from 1968 to 1974.
The guitar body is 440 x 320 x 75 mm ( 17¼" x 12½" x 3" ).
According to the 1973 price list, a Toledo P1 costed 55:- (NLG), a Toledo S1 costed 64:- (NLG) and a Toledo S2 costed 72:- (NLG).
At the time, 16:- (NLG) was approximately $4:- and approximately £1:-.
Sound sample #2.