For a fledgling company high standards were the norm. All Murph guitars were thoroughly checked for ANY flaws in those “10 coats of hand – rubbed lacquer”. The Westerner model evolved as a way to utilise Squire guitars that did not meet final paint inspection & at the same time introduce a “country & western” style of guitar to the public.
Rather than having to go through the repainting stage again, the guitars were upholstered in a naugahyde ( vinyl ) metalflake material with a row of upholstery tacks around the join between front and back panels. ( vinyl was a covering method used by Hofner, Egmond and other European makers but NEVER with chrome upholstery studs….a definite Murph original )
“Elegantly upholstered in red, white, blue, gold, silver or aqua material” is how the catalogue eloquently puts it.
Just how many Westerners were made is uncertain but it certainly wasn’t a lot – maybe the world wasn’t ready for this sort of glitterfest – really 10 years before their time …… but in the 70’s, bring it on!