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  1. Sorry, I thought you were referring to the name. I bought the guitar from someone that bought it at an estate sale in the Chicago area. He had no clue to the builder's identity.
  2. According to Google, it is the most common surname in Germany, and means miller, which many Germans changed their name to when they came to the US.
  3. Back up for sale. I had to cancel the Ebay sale due to an incorrect buyer's shipping address. I never could pin down the luthier who made it, but whoever he was, he was extremely skilled. Custom features are a 25 1/2 inch scale and a 1 23/32 nut width. Neck depth .810 at the first fret and .865 at the 12th fret. One-piece mahogany body with maple veneer, three-piece neck with ebony fingerboard and pearl inlays. Excellent condition jumbo frets with binding nibs. Straight neck with sensitive truss rod. Excellent neck angle and alignment, with room to adjust the action as low as you like. Seymour Duncan JB pickup in the bridge and Jazz in the neck. Original Schaller tuners. Weighs a well balanced 9.8 pounds. Comes with a new SKB hardshell case. An excellent playing and sounding guitar! Sold shipped and Paypal included.
  4. I think it's pretty certain from the information you kind folks have provided in this thread that the Mueller was not built in the Hamer plant. It's still possible that John Mueller built it after leaving Hamer, but extensive research has found no additional information either way. I guess that the mystery will remain. Thanks everyone for your help! Here's a picture of the Mueller with parts on it.
  5. When I get a chance, I'll pull a pickup and take some close-ups. There are a lot of John Muellers in the Chicago area, and that's assuming he still lives there, otherwise I would try tracking him down and asking directly. I guess at some point, I'll have to give up and just enjoy it as a great guitar, whoever built it!
  6. Well, I just heard back from Pete Mueller, and he said he couldn't take credit for it. The mystery continues! I was trying to figure out how such a skilled builder could fly under the internet radar, and one possibility was a guitar company worker using at least some of their facilities to build a personal custom one-off. This would explain the high skill level with no other info about them on the internet. I know many years ago, Martin would let their workers build a personal guitar after a number of years service. Terry McInturff told me that, to his knowledge, that was not done at Hamer. Anyway, maybe that is a possibility.
  7. Thanks for the suggestion. I did see this site when I searched, but the guitars he shows look so different from mine that I didn't contact him. I think you're right though, I'll contact him just to be sure!
  8. I contacted Terry McInturff and Mike Shishkov, and they both kindly responded that they remembered John Mueller, but nothing about whether he built guitars on his own. I'm not saying he definitely made it, just trying to figure out who did. Whoever built the guitar had to have a lot of experience to do work at this level, so it's a real head scratcher that an internet search finds nothing about a Mueller building electric guitars. I did find a Terry Mueller who is known for working on 50s' Gibsons, but he replied to my email that it was not his work. I actually found out about John Mueller from this site. There is a thread with a picture of a cavity cover signed by the workers who made the move to Connecticut, and one is John Mueller.
  9. I recently bought this guitar. It appears to have a one-piece mahogany body with a thin maple veneer, ebony fingerboard with pearl inlays, nibs on the fingerboard binding, original Schaller tuners, and a Gibson-style truss rod. The neck is three-piece mahogany, and it has a 25 1/2 inch scale. The name Mueller is inlaid in the peghead. Someone suggested to me that the guitar looked a lot like a Hamer, and I found that a John Mueller worked for Hamer. Does anyone have any idea about who made this guitar? I bought it from someone in the Chicago area, and he said he got it at a local estate sale, so it could have been made in that area as well, though not necessarily. I've installed a set of Seymour Duncans in it since I took these pictures, and it's a killer player! Any information would be greatly appreciated!
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