Unknown guitars!

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

  1. John C

    John C Most Honored Senior Member

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    It seems that outside of Yamaha (who it appears have mostly set up their own factories) that's the way most of the Japanese and Korean factories were operating - make similar products for multiple brands; and some of the brands were very similar to each other, while others would have their own designs.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    I used to go and play these every Saturday morning at Cranes Music when I was about your age

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    This has turned into an interesting thread that I hope keeps going. :thumb:
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Mail order catalogues (Grattons, Kays, Littlewoods) had Satellites


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  6. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster

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    I was having a nice day till you mentioned the "A" word...

    shudders.... :thumbd:
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Hey! @Neil.C dunnit! I was just spitting.
     
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    stratman323 Dr. Stratster

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    You shouldn't do that, particularly since Covid!!

    There was a young man from Darjeeling
    Who got on a bus bound for Ealing
    It said on the door
    Don't spit on the floor
    So he stood up & spat on the ceiling.
     
  9. Dave1794

    Dave1794 Strat-Talker

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    What was so bad about Avon guitars? Did they come from the catalogue?
     
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    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    I have a Maya that I'd be interested in finding out a little more about.
    It's certainly from the 70's but apart from a factory going up in flames I can't find any more info on it.

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  11. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Not much help but a pal of mine had a Maya Les Paul in the '70's and it was a proper solid body with a glued in neck so unlike most of the cheap Japanese models of the time.

    Yours is obviously a '70's style Strat type and looks pretty nice too - is it?
     
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  12. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    I'm not sure if they came from catalogues, I bought mine as a new blemished model from a luggage shop (!) in Thornton Heath for £15 IIRC.

    The trouble with the Avon's and a lot of the Matsumoku's of the time is that they looked the part but were very cheaply made.

    1. Plywood bodies with bolt on necks.

    2. Shaped hollow ply tops to ape a carved top.

    3. Cheap single coils lurking under humbucker covers.

    Not a recipe for a great guitar alas.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    The factory was supposed to have been destroyed by an earthquake in 1990. How true that is I don't know.

    They were distributed by Stentor.

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    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    It's a great guitar to play. It feels very similar to the 25th anniversary I had. The stock pickups have been changed out for a set of Ironstones and that made a significant difference to the sound, but the rest is stock and it seems a quality build.
     
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    If only they did!



    All we would have had to do is just not open the door....
     
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    stratman323 Dr. Stratster

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    True, as far as it goes. But you failed to mention the action high enough to drive a bus under...

    :eek:
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    I'm allergic to 99% of their products too...
     
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    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Including their guitars!
     
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