Fernandes Burny Here’s a quick way to tell if you have a Matsumoku factory guitar whether branded or not. That’s a dead giveaway that you’ve got one of “Uncle Matt’s” guitars. As I said above, Fujigen and the other manufacturers produced guitars with no logos at all for sale around the world. That in itself shouldn’t cause much confusion, because we know from Hoshino that “if it doesn’t say Ibanez” it’s not an Ibanez. However, Fujigen Gakki, the manufacturer of Ibanez-branded guitars would provide stock, no-name images to Hoshino and other distributors for use in their catalogs. Fujigen only had to take one picture of a guitar instead of one with each different brand on it. I can’t confirm this, but Fujigen may have gone as far as to produce the majority of the catalog, and Hoshino would put its “Ibanez” brand on the front and back covers. Some people have found online copies of these older catalogs a good source for these can be found at Vintage Ibanez Guitar Catalogs – through and point to the pictures without logos as evidence that “Ibanez” made unbranded guitars. As we can see now, that’s just not true.

Baldwin Guitars and Amplifiers

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But a clean early example can still be a lot of fun, especially for playing the kind of 60’s pop music they were originally designed for.

January 20, , As you can see, it could mean many things depending on the manufacturer. Alembic The first 2 numbers of the serial number correspond to the year it was built. There may also be present a letter code designating a certain model. The latter digits indicate the individual instrument and its place in production. American Archtops The digits after the dash in the serial number are the year that the guitar was made in.

Tom Anderson The neck plate of each guitar has the date it was completed along with the letters A,N or P which stands for a. Arpeggio Korina The first 2 numbers they will have a space between them are the year of manufacture, then a 0, then the production number for that year. Benedetto Benedetto archtops have a 4 or 5 digit serial number..

Brandt The year is on the label inside of the guitar – you can also use a mirror to read the inside of the top of the guitar which is signed and dated Breedlove On the label, inside of the guitar – the first two numbers of the serial number is the year the instrument was made. Buscarino The last two digits of the serial number is the year in which the guitar was made in.

Basses for sale

These models were Fender models and not Squier models. The stratocasters had Fender USA pickups installed and were made for the Japanese market only and not for export. The Squier series were also made available for the Japanese market in October , which incorporated small changes compared to the export Squier series. The large Fender logo of the export Squier series was soon changed to a large Squier logo.

The SQ Squier series was introduced in late to early

That being said, dont expect that you’ll never have to tune.

Epiphone Les Paul Epiphone Les Paul Dating back to and once a major rival of Gibson, the Epiphone company and brand were purchased by Gibson’s parent company in Originally the Epiphone models were made in the same factory as the Gibson guitars, by the same craftspeople using the same materials and often with the same features as Gibson models, but manufacturing of most of the Epiphone instruments was switched to Asia sometime around Today, Gibson primarily uses the Epiphone brand as their high value, lower priced overseas-built alternative to their top tier Gibson USA models.

All Epiphone models sold in the United States are subjected to a 15 point inspection process, and are “set up” in the USA by trained Gibson employees at their Nashville facility. Around , Les Paul, a legendary musician and musical electronics and solidbody guitar pioneer, created one of his early solid bodied guitars after-hours in the Epiphone factory out of a 4X4″ piece of wood.

On to this he later attached side “wings” from a Epiphone hollowbody guitar in order to give it a more conventional look.

Jimi Hendrix’s Guitars and Gear

Thus, guitars were blessed with the Midas touch, veritable gold mines guaranteed to swell the bottom line as large corporations sought to diversify. The resulting gold rush yielded a number of strange bedfellows, with many guitar companies owned by conglomerates that may or may not have a clue about making and marketing guitars. Most came down on the latter side:

The only bad part is the electronics.

About Guitars Buying a new guitar is a considerable investment for most of us. An instrument is all about inspiration. You are the musician and the guitar is the tool you use to express your feelings and music. This has nothing to do with what models you choose or how much they cost. Some basic knowledge about the different wood types, neck and body profiles, pickups etc will help you in making the best choice.

However, over the last decade or so, the MIMs has gotten a considerable face lift and the overall quality is very high. In fact, the reason why they are cheaper, ha sless to do with quality but rather lower labour costs, cheaper type of laquer and apply methods etc. Japanese Fenders are considered to be above the Mexicans and perhaps even just as good as the US. In the 80s and early 90s, Japanese Fenders were well known for being superior to any other models and the quality is still top notch.

Maple or rosewood necks? Neck wood and contour plays an important role in how the guitar sounds and how it feels to play. Some like thick necks and some prefer a thinner contour.

Is My Vintage, Made-in-Japan (MIJ) Guitar a Real Ibanez?

Martin introduced the large body dreadnaught in — It was bigger, bolder, and louder than anything Gibson had to offer. At the time, the Nick Lucas model was the largest flat-top Gibson offered. It took Gibson 2 years to develop their response:

The original owner had Fender build him a Tele like the one he put together in the early 80s, which included a righty 54 Strat neck later swapped out for a righty 66 Tele neck.

Four decades of guitars from Czechoslovakia. When I wrote my original article about Eastern European guitars [Guitars of the Cold War, Vintage Guitar Magazine, January ], I was still in the process of researching the roots of these instruments. In the first two installments, I had focused on Russia almost exclusively, though I did mention Jolana guitars briefly. Since then, a lot of new information has come to light, enough to dedicate this third installment of “Guitars Of The Cold War” exclusively to guitars built in Czechoslovakia.

This is their story. The Czech Republic has a rich musical instrument building heritage. The Bohemia region is renowned for string instrument manufacture. Some of the world’s best violins and cellos come from this part of the world. Amati of Kraslice has been in the instrument-manufacturing business for over years. The company is one of the world’s largest brass and woodwind manufacturers and is known especially for the quality of their saxophones.

Identifying Vintage Guitars, Banjos & Mandolins

Olympic Special electric solidbody Introduction: Epiphone was a family business established in as “the House of Stathopoulo” by Anastasios Stathopoulo, a greek violin maker. In they incorporated and at this time made mostly high quality and fancy banjos. In the name was changed to “Epiphone” after Epi Stathopoulo, president of the company and one of the founder’s sons.

In the ‘s, the company changed its emphasis to guitars. Epiphone was the only banjo company to successfully switch to guitar production.

Also — based on the year of manufacture, it was possibly brand new.

About the size of a Fender Twin, it has the classic tweed look of late s Gibson amplifiers. The only effect that the amp features is tremolo, but this is to be expected since the design predates the age of combo amps with on-board reverb The Gibson catalog claims true vibrato pitch modulation for this amp, but after listening to the true vibrato Magnatone amps, the Gibson sounds like it has tremolo volume modulation very similar to that used on brown Tolex Fenders i. They play an important role in the unique sound of this amp which we’ll get to in a moment.

First, let’s go over the tube compliment. Every true stereo amp has two separate power amps. As such, they have more tubes, an additional output transformer, and sometimes an extra power supply compared to a standard mono amp. These tubes are readily available and not too expensive. The amp is good for about 17 watts per side stereo or 35 watts mono. The controls are smartly laid out. There are two stereo input jacks and two mono inputs jacks.

There are three stacked pots each with concentric knobs for volume, treble and bass. The outer knob controls one channel while the inner knob controls the other. This makes it quick and easy to find the correct knob for adjusting.

This guitar has a nice weight at well under 9 lbs: The neck has a comfortable 59 profile: This was used as a reference color guitar over the years, and has never left the Memphis factory since until now.

The Baldwin Bison Bass was essentially the same in a bass version.

Despite a relatively brief mainstream career spanning four years, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. Towards the mid s he started using Fenders, starting with a Fender Duo-sonic which he played with Isley Brothers.

In the summer of he bought his first Stratocaster with the help of his girlfriend, and it quickly became his signature guitar. Hendrix played mostly right-handed models, even though he was left-handed — which played a role in the way his guitars ended up sounding, and left an overall impression on the listeners. Important to note is that the string placement was correct for a left hand player with the low E on top. According to other [Becoming Jimi Hendrix, Steven Rody] this story is connected to his second electric guitar, a Danelectro.

Unfortunately the guitar itself is one of the more obscure models with very little of its history being known today. It was made by a company called Valco, which also produced instruments sold under brands such as Airline, Oahu, and National. The guitar, however, seems to be copper-colored one.

It comes in a lovely blonde body finish, similar to the Custom Shop model David used during the On an Island tour while performing Arnold Layne.