Unknown guitars!

Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by Dave1794, Mar 10, 2021.

  1. Dave1794

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    I’ll fire some up in the morning!
     
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    Here's a couple I haven't been able to find too much info on. The Arbor was most likely made in the mid '80s in Korea (at least the Accutune bridge was made in Korea). The 12 string Ric copy is probably a Matsumoku made in the late '60s. I can't figure out what brand it started out life as. Whenever I think I have it figured out, there's some detail that doesn't match.

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  3. John C

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    I remember that Arbor model - the body is styled after the Ibanez Roadstar IIs of circa 1983-85 (color looks like a limited run they did for Steve Lukather), the Accutune Kahler-knock-off bridge, and the pickups look like Duncan Invaders with those large polepieces.

    The Ric-a-like is pretty cool; I think I've seen photos of ones like that before but I also don't know the original brand name for them.
     
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    I think you're right. That's their trademark neckplate and those pickups show up on other guitars of theirs that I've seen. Check out this Matsumoku dedicated site. You might find it.

    http://www.matsumoku.org/guitars.html
     
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    Whenever I have seen the "Steel reinforced neck" slogan it has been on a Kay. Not sure if others used it.
     
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    That was my first guitar!

    My Mum paid £3 for it second hand in the early '60's.

    Very cheaply made starter guitar, mine had no logo on it (no one would own up to it!) but it didn't have the aftermarket blue alterations like yours. ;)
     
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    Musicorp were responsible for the Arbor line of guitars, manufactured by Samick in Korea.

    The company was subsequently asset stripped by Fender when they took over the manufacture of Gretsch guitars.
     
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    Wow, that's awesome! Maybe older than I thought then.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Wow, I had one just like that. My cousin gave it to me, he got it for his 10th birthday in 1964.
     
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  10. Dave1794

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    Ok, so as requested, here’s the Grant. 3F4E4BB0-52E7-4DA3-815A-6104517A1660.jpeg 976F8283-220F-42C2-921B-976F5D2405E2.jpeg
     
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    Accumulated an Alan David Entwistle (AL-D-EN) with Entwhistle humbuckers back in the day, it's a pretty sweet semi hollow player for the low price paid.
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    Each time I score a cheap 2nd hand guitar off Kijiji I research and record as much as I can. Part of my obsession with guitars. This is one that has me beat. Its a "TONE". They're available new at a store here in Regina. Well under $200 Canada taxes in. They don't exist online. The shop selling them knows nothing other than that they order from a supplier who then provides. Bottom feeder guitars is what they are but doggone it this is a superb build! Light as silk undies with good neck and on and on. It must have a parent company? I would send them a letter of appreciation for their contribution to guitar world. Or my world anyway.
     

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    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    My brother Paul has a guitar of which we know nothing apart from the fact that it says ‘Sheltone’ on the headstock:

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    Then again I have this Silvertone that is probably from around 2000, but again, I have no idea what model it is. It doesn’t have a serial number or anything:

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    This is cool! I like that headstock!
     
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    Wow man this one has me stumped, all I can find is that they’re made in Canada. Hopefully someone else can shed some light on this!
     
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    Not sure how much you know of the Silvertone guitars already but they have a wiki page that might point you in the right direction of something. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvertone_(brand)
     
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    Apart from that they were made in Germany (and later in Japan :confused:), I know nothing. :D
     
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    Thirty (forty?) years ago, I had a couple of different guitars that I wish I had back, but can't for the life of me identify. One was an old Kay professional series archtop hollow-body electric, which I can't find any model photos that resemble what I remember. The other was an archtop hollow-body electric 12-string, probably Japanese, and unfortunately I can find TOO many model photos that resemble what I remember. Pity I can't remember the brand... :confused:
     
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    In terms of your Shelton guitar, they have a website too. Could be an older model or one they used to sell. Worth getting in contact with them!
     
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    Kay Guitars seem to be very popular these days on Facebook groups. No idea why. I heard they were never really up to much. Then again, the only one I ever had, I totally dismantled and gave away. Wish I hadn’t!