Identifying Vintage Guitars, Banjos & Mandolins

The Instruments of Matsumoku, St. The guitar legacy of Matsumoku Industrial Co. Louis Music during a period of 10 years from to Here, you will find information, history, pictures and specifications of these amazing instruments. German For a brief period, roughly late to early , the Westone brand was revived by a German company, Musik-Meyer, which is still in business but no longer selling Westone guitars. Our Best guess is that they were likely made in China but under relatively good quality control. They are considered to be inferior instruments and are definitely not covered here. Our advice is to avoid them! These are cheap and somewhat gaudy looking acoustics and bear absolutely no resemblance to a Mats made instrument whatsoever.

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This is a very quick history, and mostly from memory, so take it all with a grain of salt and try to verify what you can from other sources. However, every attempt has been made to provide only verifiable and true information, in an attempt to set the record straight and dispell some modern “myths” about Ibanez model guitars. They were not forgeries, as they were never sold with misleading logos or with the intent to deceive. Due to their high quality, Ibanez guitars and those made under other brands, such as Greco and Aria, quickly earned a reputation around the world as quality instruments at a great value.

This site is not affiliated with the Yamaha Corporation. I made this site to share my passion for vintage Yamaha guitars. If you’re looking for information on vintage () Yamaha FG Series acoustic guitars, you’ve come to the right place.. I created this website to share the information I’ve collected over the past 5 years.

Tweet on Twitter Few non-American guitar brands have meant so much to so many American guitar buffs as Teisco guitars. Even Dan Forte, who essentially began the category of writing about off-brand guitars and who has given me many an entertaining moment in my life , chose Teisco Del Rey as his nom de plume, with more than a little tongue-in-cheek humor in the selection, no doubt. Times change, of course, and so do perceptions.

With the renewed interest in these humble guitars growing, I thought it might be time to turn our intention to the story of Tesico guitars. Before we begin, it should be pointed out that some time ago Guitar Player presented the history of Teisco, based on information painstakingly translated from a Japanese article penned by Mr. Unfortunately, the article used for reference was an older piece which has subsequently been totally revised and corrected by Mr. Noguchi based on later interviews with principals in the Teisco company.

Some of the chronology in the GP story is inaccurate. What follows here is the latest and most accurate information on Teisco in regards to company history , confirmed in repeated direct communications with Mr. This information also supersedes some incorrect facts in my own essay on Teisco Del Rey Spectrum 5 guitars in the first issue of Vintage Guitar Classics. By the way, if you like older Japanese guitars, you must obtain a copy of Mr.

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In fact, it was likely that your parents were steering you in the direction of accordion lessons. The Beatles — and of course others — stopped all that. Suddenly, electric guitars were 1 on every kids Christmas list. Companies that had been manufacturing Accordions for 20 years, retooled for electric guitars. EKO was at the forefront, and within 2 years they were shipping over 10, electric guitars to USA per year. Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Rickenbacker… these were all too expensive for our parents to buy for us.

Gretsch Guitars Understanding Gretsch guitar serial numbers. Gretsch used several different serial number schemes through the years. Each of them can be used to accurately pinpoint the age of a guitar, if you have the correct information.

What’s the difference and how can you tell? The serial number of your guitar will begin with one of the above lettering sequences. Fender Japan used all of the above lettering sequences for the serial numbering of their guitars and basses over the years, and knowing this first will help you determine the year of manufacture.

These stamps can be found in different locations on your guitar, so now I’ll tell you where you need to look to find these markings There will be 5 numbers also engraved after the “JV” lettering. Fender “JV” guitars were only made from to All Fender JV models had the serial numbers engraved into either the neck plate or bridge. Many also have penciled neck dates you can only see when the neck is removed from the body of the guitar. These models have the serial numbering and markings in the same location as Fender JV guitars, and were made only during the years to On Stratocasters and bass guitars, you will find the serial number just below this stamp, also on the heel of the neck.

On Telecasters and certain other models, you will find the serial number on the bridge.

squier dating and value

Best Jump on these while they are still here and available!! The values have drifted a little measure about. In fact, I have sold over a dozen or so of these over the past year and these examples are by far the cleanest I have seen in a long time!! Gauranteed to work upon arrival!

Takamine Pro Series Models. Takamine Pro Series guitars are carefully constructed in the foothills of the Japanese Alps, where dedicated artisans create instruments of special beauty.

I have seen four A stamps on Natural finished bodies, and a trans-red with an A stamp. I’ve seen a C on a Monaco Yellow and a Sunburst. I have also seen a D, along with an A on a Sunburst body. This is just a theory, but if only A’s were put on Natural finished guitars as an example, it could help determine if a guitar is refinished. The number will have an ‘S’ prefix possibly an ‘E’, read below followed by a six digit number. The first digit is supposed to reflect the year of manufacture, but there are major overlaps in this regard, and the serial number should not be used to ID a guitar’s exact year of manufacture.

The last five digits are basically random. An important thing to look for are the matching serial number stickers in the neck pocket and on the pickguard. All bodies are Ash, and usually a heavy piece. Most Natural and Sunburts finished guitars seem to be three-piece bodies, painted ones may be more. Necks are Maple, and are constructed from one complete piece if they have a Maple fingerboard.

The trussrod was inserted through the back of the neck and the channel filled with the Walnut “skunk stripe”.

Teisco Guitars, Part I

There were approximately Bolt-on Charvel’s made from without serial numbers. The first serial number used was a Strat-style guitar with the Heineken beer bottle label painted on it, November 9th, The last Early Charvel was , built in January of

Japanese MIJ guitars from Badges listed by manufacturer with short summaries of the companies who made these guitars for export. MIJ Research Blog!

December 05, , I didn’t know that. I was told that the 4 digit probably represents year, then number. I hadn’t noticed that they all were that way. So, if we knowthat they moved production to Korea around ’91, what serial numbers do confirmed 89’s, 90’s, 91’s have? What about 85’s 86’s and 87’s?

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I’m not sure how many Guitar brands were sold in the Japanese Market in I currently owned about 20 different Japanese old Stratcasters. Of course, some of them are very poor replica, some of them are better than Current FJ stratcaster. Specially, the wood in use are really great, I could see them. Many flamed maple wood were used, sometimes body is just 1P.

It is really, really good.

Fender Tube amp codes: – (look for a 2 letter code stamped on the tube chart inside the back of the amp)- the first letter is the year, and the second letter is the amp stamped NA would have been made in Jan. of Here is a list of the first letter showing the year of manufacture.

Tips and How-To’s So you need to figure out the year of production for your Fender guitar or bass. Fenders rank as the most frequently bought and sold instruments on Reverb, and finding a precise date of manufacture can be key to determining the value and specifics of an instrument. The most important thing to keep in mind when dating a Fender is the highly modular nature of the designs. Like Henry Ford, part of Leo Fender’s genius was in optimizing the company’s production efficiency.

His guitars were built en masse by an entire factory, not a single luthier toiling over one instrument at a time. Features like bolt-on necks and pickups wired into the pickguard all helped the Fender factory churn out guitar after guitar, day after day. This also means that various parts used on a particular guitar may have come from different points in time, so no single number can absolutely define when the instrument was built. Instead, the best approach to dating a Fender is to combine indicators from the design of the instrument, the dates found on the neck and body, along with the serial number.

Design Changes and Features Perhaps the best place to start when dating your Fender is to get an approximate idea of the era based on the instrument’s design and components.

Dating a 90’s Fernandes strat

Way back in the the early legend of guitar research, Michael Wright, published a short list like this in his book Guitar Stories Volume One. Many thanks need to go out to the main contributors to this list besides yours truly. These three guys are just so great for sharing what they know.

Guitars. Buying a new guitar is a considerable investment for most of us. To get the best possible experience, it is therefore important that you’ve done some research and decided on what kind of model you’re looking for.

Gibson style headstocks are also changed this year to the more familiar wave or fan shaped ones most MPC fans are used to. At some point in the early 80’s, some production is moved to Korea. MPC Ultima X debuts in In the fall of , Electra brand becomes Electra-Phoenix. By early it became Electra-Westone and by the end of it is just Westone. Louis Music Inc’s reason to abandon the Electra line were; overall, the MPC were not a great marketing success seems unbelievable with the success Electra’s are now enjoying: Matsumoku made guitars have serial number in which the first one or two digits represent the year of manufacture.

A guitar with a serial number that begins in “0” or “80” would have been built in this is just a guideline and DOES NOT apply to all Electra models but seems a safe bet for guitars.

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