Late-’50s Roger Guitar by Wenzel Rossmeisl at Lark Street Music

October 19th, 2012

By Buzzy Levine

Here’s what’s new and interesting at Lark Street Music in Teaneck, New Jersey.

This is a Roger guitar by Wenzel Rossmeisl from probably the late ’50s. Wenzel was a German guitar builder (He loothed real good!), and he named this guitar line after his son, Roger. Roger became an innovative builder/designer at Rickenbacker until about 1962, when he moved on to work at Fender.

For more information, check out Lark Street Music’s official website and Facebook page.

Photos: Bernard Levine

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  1. Posted by tom berry on January 23rd, 2013, 14:57 [Reply]

    took me right back to the 50,s when i saw this, i had a blonde two pickup model

  2. Posted by Jim Ludlam on January 29th, 2013, 16:44 [Reply]

    I have recently purchased a blonde 2 pickup model.. Pride of place in my collection. Rossmeisl could looof . Every aspect of the guitar is utterly amazing. Found it for £450.00. Absolute BARGAIN. Would have paid 3x that. Grail of a machine & rare as hens teeth..

    • Posted by Mark Paulding on March 27th, 2013, 13:39 [Reply]

      I just noticed your comment about appreciating the 2 pickup model similar to the one in the photos here. I have one of those also and the amplifier that goes with it. If you would like more information about them contact me. I am in Austin, Texas. Thanks

      • Posted by Stefan Boodt on April 5th, 2013, 18:01 [Reply]

        Hi mark, I icked one of these up completely stripped apart from the machine heads, even the fingerboard was missing! for £3 at a car boot fair. I’ve been painstakingly been putting it back together piece by piece but know very little about it. I don’t even know that this particular model of Roger this is called! any information would be fantastic, thanks

    • Posted by Ciaran Haslett on February 4th, 2014, 06:22 [Reply]

      Hi Jim

      Total shot in the dark here. A friend asked my to refurb his two pickup Blonde 57. The story goes that about 30 years ago he had a fella look at it and for reasons unknown he bypassed most of the controls and went straight to output.

      I’m looking to put it back to stock and wondering if you have a wiring diagram/pics of the guts for me to reference? I’m assuming its a simple volume/tone/on switch per pickup as I cannot find any info on its controls.

      Strangely there was only one capacitor present for tone so maybe its neck>switch>MASTER volume and bridge>switch>tone>MASTER volume?

      Again total shot in the dark but any help would be greatly appreciated.


  3. Posted by Mark Paulding on May 3rd, 2013, 22:12 [Reply]

    Stefan; goto

    The guitar seems to be the model 57. I have the blond guitar, amplifier and the original case. If you cruise around on Google long enough you can find a lot of info. Look for Wenzel Rossmeisl.

    • Posted by Stefan Boodt on June 10th, 2013, 09:19 [Reply]

      Hi mark, thanks very much, that was really useful! and I bet that looks lovely blonde…

    • Posted by peter van san on July 17th, 2015, 09:44 [Reply]

      Hi Mark,

      I just bought one of these Roger guitars. Could you send me pics of yours ? And of the case and amp please. The ones I find on the internet all have different hardware or headstocks and I’d love to be able to date them. I know the headstocks are a clue… Do you know when they started producing these models?

      Many thanks for any info !


      • Posted by mark paulding on August 25th, 2015, 23:15 [Reply]

        Peter – I have not been back to this site for a long time. I do have quite a few pictures of the guitar and matching amp. Though I traded them off for a Fender amp setup. I think that the guitar is for sale now at a store in New Jersey. Get me your email and I can send the pics.

  4. Posted by Kenny Watkins on November 18th, 2013, 07:21 [Reply]

    I have a model 57 sunburst 2 pick-up for sale if anyone is interested. I’m in th UK.

    • Posted by peter van san on November 3rd, 2015, 17:35 [Reply]

      Hi Kenny,
      I could be… try me at peter .van
      All the best

  5. Posted by Don Christoff on July 20th, 2014, 14:33 [Reply]

    What this guitar sell for?

  6. Posted by anthony kevill on October 15th, 2015, 09:26 [Reply]

    I have a 1950 roger electric guitar.It was my dad he past away in 2007.He had it sine the late 1970.It in good condition it have its original pick up and bigsby unit but there is 1 tuneing tap missing

  7. Posted by tom on June 27th, 2016, 21:08 [Reply]

    hi i have a early 50’s ROGER solid body w/ bixby if interested ?
    excellent condition . will send pics if interested .. this guitar has a non standard jack . it looks like a old thin phone jack instead of the standard 1 /4 ” cord plug


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