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  1. radicalradiator

    radicalradiator Strat-Talk Member

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    Hello! I have a question about a guitar that my friend recently discovered in an old storage unit. It's a very funky looking guitar with a single pickup and a very interesting bridge. All I know is that it was made in Japan in the 60's. I would like some more information on it if anyone knows anything about it or the brand. Thanks! 1485929355838.jpg 1485929360758.jpg 1485929363570.jpg 1485929366526.jpg
     
  2. jaybones

    jaybones Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Looks like any number of Japanese guitars from the 60's.

    Cons
    Probably plywood body, suspect trem system, might not even have a truss rod, good luck finding a trem arm or parts for it, and likely microphonic pickup.

    Pros
    Cool vintage lo fi vibe, PG won't need to be shielded and might not sound all that bad.

    Possibly something that Jack Black would play.

    I'd say for something found, the price was right. Could always be made into a lamp or wall hanger for the guitar room or man cave.
     
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    radicalradiator Strat-Talk Member

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    Alright, I like your thinking!
     
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    Cool! Let us know if it's a keeper. Love to hear some sound clips of that pup...
     
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    Now THAT is one interesting looking guitar. I too would like to hear it through an amp. Any chance? It's worth re-stringing and cleaning up a bit. If that is a solid mahogany body it may produce some serious sounds. It puts me in mind of the Red Special built by Brian May.
     
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    Those are the best guitars. U don't have a clue. Try to find out. But if u don't string it n play it like its valuable vintage piece. There's probly Simone sum where that knows what it is and or looking for it
     
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    Sum better pics would b nice too.headstock.back. brighter lighting etc. Sweet axe dude
     
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    I heard some kids looking for one of those in a pool once.
     
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    I have heard of them, some are rarer than others. Parts for just about any guitar of that type from that era are hard to find and pricey if you do. There are collectors out there, but they usually want the mintier stuff. I wouldn't trash it.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies! I'm not sure if I'll be able to post a video of how it sound just yet, but I will soon. I'll try to get some more pictures of it later in the day. Thanks again!
     
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