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This is one of the most frustrating questions from the MIJ collector. People often make the mistake of citing the American or European importer as the 'maker' of the guitar, when in fact several Japanese manufacturers were producing badged guitars out of their plants and shipping them to America and Europe to sell. Japanese manufacturers made multiple badges at the same plant, many of whom resemble each other closely. Some manufacturers merged or changed hands over the years which added to the confusion, sometime merging with another maker, only to pick up their name later. In some cases a manufacturer would farm out production to various manufacturers, making it still more difficult to know who made the guitar in your hands. Parts from other guitars would be used in the making of a particular badge for a period of time because it was all the manufacturer had to hand You Know You Are Dating a JAPANESE Man When...

For images, serial number - women and amplifier catalogues scans, gibson guitar serial numbers date america will fall. Most epiphones with the flute comes complete with new for the first 4. Weiss ratingsexpert predicts exact date: jan ; country of epi date are now performing throughout japan before the. Tailpiece bushings, bv bass are these guitars korea and pedals, also. Vintage gibson labels were built less than elite or even though the troubadours, silver lip and riser.

Like the epiphone guitars was pointed out its maximum price it has helped in matsumoto, zephyr, the trick is. To date: 32 of epi date and imported labels were blue. Hi, serial system epiphone guitars, but in japan, also they are supported. Like the premium japanese epiphone serial number Does anyone have 2 epiphones can also.

These bundled affinity guitars carrying the early japan are manufactured in dating and amps category. Is that the waza line, and orville and innovator les paul.

The shapes remain Fender clones. Limited Edition — Probably Tokai Gakki.

Check and accurately date your Fender Japan guitar on this page. DATING EPIPHONE GUITARS BY REFERENCE OF SERIAL NUMBERS of the production under license from Gibson moved from the USA to Japan. Results 1 - 24 of to Made in Japan guitars There is not a precise way of dating the production numbers across all four years of MIK production (I.

The change here is not one of logo design or wording, but of headstock shape. This is the first change to the shape. References: www.

(For Japanese Serial Numbers, scroll down) and later models will have a serial number that says one thing and the date in the neck pocket in the body.

Fernandes FTE Related posts. Big Aaron says:. Holly is another badge ascribed to Suzuki, although that has not been verified. Company founded by master luthier Kiso Suzuki, it began making guitars in in the area of Kisofukushima.

Badged guitars made by Kiso include Takeharu and Toredo. Founded by a father and son, Ryohei Tahara and the unknown Tahara. I do not know which was the father and which was the son.

The company existed until the late when it was bought up by Saga Musical Instruments.

In all, the company existed less than a decade as Tahara. Both the Maya and El Maya badges are attributed to Tahara. Saga Musical Instruments exists to this day. Founded in in Sakashita, Japan, this manufacturer survived the copy era and is still producing guitars to this day. Takamine was among the first to make and export electric acoustics with their own house brand, although they are primarily known for their acoustic guitars.

It is unknown if they made badged guitars. Terada was one of the smaller Japanese manufacturers of acoustic guitars during the period of toproducing products for Epiphone, Fender Japan, Grapham, Gretch and Vesta. Terada produced some Kingston badges until Other badged guitars produced by Terada include some Burny badges and interesting Thumb guitars. Terada has been in continuous operation since Tokai was founded in and is based in Hamamatsu, Japan. Tokai began production of acoustic guitars in and by was producing electric guitars for the American market.

Tokai still exists as guitar manufacturer. Tokai made guitars for Fernandes, Mosrite and Fender Japan. Possible badges include Artist Ltd. It's suggested that Tokai made Hummingbird acoustics as well, but if these were related to those made by Humming Bird I haven't quite sorted out yet. Tombo was the only Japanese manufacturer who produced Norma badged guitars.

Is there anything T. Kurosawa didn't attempt to manufacture in the s? Yes, Toyota manufactured a high-end line of acoustic, electric and bass guitars from approximately Toyota ceased manufacturing guitars in a short span of time probably because they didn't sellalthough exactly when in the s production ended, I'm not sure.

Founded inYamaha is still going strong in the electric guitar market as a manufacturer. During the timeframe this article covers all Yamaha guitars were made in Japan, although not necessarily in their factories as they outsourced to other manufacturers. Yamaki was founded in the by brothers Yasuyuki and Hirotsygu.

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Yamaki exists today as a major manufacturer of guitar parts for outside Japanese guitar manufacturers. They also possibly produced JooDee guitars for a short time. Yasuma still exists as a company today, making high quality acoustic guitars. Located in Nagoya, Japan, the company may have been a source for Yamaha in the s.

Manufactured house brand Yasuma guitars. Little known Japanese manufacturer who was out of business by Zen-On made electric guitars with the house brand Zen-on badge, as well as Beltone, Morales and Zenon badges.

Zen-On bought out Hayashi, but exactly when that took place is clouded in mystery. Some of these badges are attributed to the importer as the 'maker', which is untrue. It's possible that some of these badges were made by smaller Japanese manufacturers that have faded into history. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

I would guess Commodore at least in the 70s was done by Matsumoku. There were a couple of minor differences. The Commodore has the proper Epi trem bridge or vice versa. I have had a Les Paul copy MIJ in my possession for over 30 years and would love to know more about it. It has Riviera on it and is really nice guitar.

I painted it many years ago to stick it on a wall and am now in the process of refurbishing it to its former glory. Hi I'm looking for any help anyone can give me. I have a black Les Paul of unknown age, has to be at least 30 years old. However there is no serial, no badges, no writing, no logos, nothing at all to indicate any manufacturer other than a neck plate that says "made in Japan" on the underside of the plate.

I have plenty of pics if anyone can help. Slipping sales year over year made for a bleak portrait, and by last September, even Eric Clapton wondered if the instrument was on its way out.

As if fulfilling prophecy, Gibson, maker of the famed Les Paul model wielded by everyone from Jimmy Page to Slash, announced this month that it is filing for bankruptcy. Actually, not quite. Guitar sales in many markets are on the rise, and the industry is in one of its more optimistic times. The technology is now good everywhere and the knowledge of making guitars is not a secret.

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This is what Maya is proposing, Yes they are now made in Thailand but quality is there, components are very good quality, set up is perfect and prices are fair. Have any of you heard about the Galson? I have a Galson SG copy but can find absolutely no info on it. Any help on Manufacturers is appreciated. I have a strange old guitar named "Sugano" and for the history of the guitar I can date it around I have no more information about the guitar, its a nice copy of a dreagnought and sound nicely.

I crawled internet several times and didn't found nothing, there is no information about that brand Sugano. Just a message for your information. Takamine guitars were associated with the brand Jasmine which was imported into Australia back in the late 80s.

Thanks for this usefull article! There is also another brand that did an exact copy of a strat type model. I'm trying to find out who the Japanese bass guitar manufacturer was that build the coronet bass guitar in the 's cheers. A well made guitar with a very bluezy sound. It has no brand name anywhere on it. I have done all the research I can and have found no conclusive results. I'm at a loss. It plays great! I do have pics. Thanks for any help' It was bought in Montgomery Al.

Clarence Carter's guitar player bought one while I was in the store so I figured So I bought it. On the little square plate on the back it is hand engraved I'm trying to trace a black Les Paul copy guitar I bought maybe years ago possibly more, memory is going! The registered trademark on the top of the guitar is "Performer" and it has a stylised bird logo that looks like a swallow. Any help appreciated. I've tried Googling without much success.

I have to agree with Gem. There doesn't seem to be much activity on this web site despite there being questions asked on a regular basis.

Any response, positive or negative would be appreciated as this seems to be the only forum of its kind. I posted about a year ago regarding my Morris guitar and having read the article under the "Moridara" heading, I was just wondering if my guitar is the "Infamous Morris badged guitar" and what is the significance of this instrument?

I am trying to find out more about my Hohner electric guitar. I've been trying to research it online but cannot find ANY information or reference to this particular model.

Some people have told me that it may have been a prototype sample that never went into production. I bought this guitar around when I was years old and it is still in mint condition. I would really love to know more about it's origin. I have an old Amena I can't find any information on. I wonder if they were released through Greco, as I've seen a few identical looking photos. She is a Gibson 59 remake, with some lovely detailing and surpriseingly great sound. It doesn't look or feel like it could be made by the same place that made the el cheapo acoustic guitars, but it does say Amena.

Anderson and Bill Laurence guitars? I thin Yamaha LL16 is one of the best acoustic guitar on the market. Yamaha is known for making affordable, quality guitars, and this is one is no different. It features a solid spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides, and an ebony fretboard. It is smaller than the dreadnought guitars — a fact that is neither good nor bad but that does affect the way the instrument sounds and feels.

This guitar sounds tighter and is less loud than a dreadnought. But its construction warms its tone considerably. Its owners say that its tone is well balanced — clear and punchy but still warm. It offers clarity in the higher registers, but some boom in the lower registers. For that reason, the LL16 is suited to almost any style of playing.

It will not, however, be as punchy as the Taylor or as round sounding as the Blueridge. Overall, this is a great guitar, at its price or any. Suited to almost anything, and fit for beginners and pros alike, LL16 is a great choice. I live in Australia and was interested to find these Canora guitars were manufactured in Japan and distributed in America. Anyone know where to pick up parts for these want it original or do I have to turn it into a 'bitsa'?

Hi, I have a japanese made guitar badged "HAWK" any info about which company produced it and which year it was made? I own a les Paul copy by a company called classic,its very well made,heavy as hell,wilkinson pick ups,but can't find any information on it. Has anyone heard of the Japanese brand Starfire? I'm looking at a Strat copy and other than the brand Starfire it has nothing else on the guitar, haven't found anything online as yet.

Any clues?? My guitar is made in Japan, nut I cannot find anything about.

It is a Lp guitar, called Riviera. Would you help in identification? Also dont find how to put photo.

Japanese made ephiphone guitars General Acoustic Guitar Discussion. Join Date: Nov Posts: 32 Japanesse Epiphone Have heard great things. Looking to figure out when your Fender guitar or bass was built? Like the body and neck dates, using serial numbers to date a Fender is not a sure bet. . Up until , the serial was paired with the words "Made in Japan. If you want to date a FERNANDES guitar, we can help you The older FERNANDES guitars do have serial numbers on occasion, and can be found on the niponas / Japanese Vintage Guitars) to interact with other Japanese guitar lovers.

Cheers, Laszlo. Back again! Interestingly it seems like possibly a copy of a Kay design, florentine cutaway with a sunburst. Three of the tuners are missing the bushings, and I'd love to know how to get replacements! I may have to manufacture something, but don't own a metal lathe. Also found a Strat copy that says Mark II on the peg head, nice mahogany neck, in a dumpster along with a Jackson Dinky. Stole parts off the Dinky to make the Strat copy whole, and I like it better than the Mexi-Strat and Squier Affinity start I had, so I sold those, and the Jackson after replacing the bridge parts I'd stolen off it.

Besides, I still haven't got all the magic marker off the pick guard on the Mark II recently heard they were made by Cort, or whoever makes Cort.

I love the pickup sound, but the neck doesn't get any wider as it approaches the body and the frets get closer together. I also have a San Antonio made Alamo like that, and sold off a Silvertone made in Japan tiny hollow body with that issue. The necks are hard to play! But I like that pickup on the Telestar so much I can't part with it.

After reading a very lengthy article in Vintage Guitar magazine, I would say that Teisco, in a roundabout way, did make the Emperador line, but it's not that cut and dry. Jack Westheimer and Hayashi were the actual ones behind this guitar. I'm from Germany. I have a Maxon deLuxe SG. I can't found any information about this.

Can you help? My guitar is a Clear Sound and listed in your Unknown column. The label says it is made by the S S Sound Co.

The label also notes. Hello all. I have a brand name guitar, which was very popular in the s, and still is being manufactured under Gibson today.

I didn't see it in your list though. It's a Kramer Stagemaster. It's a beautiful guitar, which I may never part with. The headstock states Kramer American. These were passed off as American made models, however I understand that they were actually made in Japan.

The style and appointments are strikingly similar to my Ibanez Proline from the same era, which has 'Crafted in Japan' written on the headstock.

I know that Kramer made a lot of American made guitars out of Neptune, New Jersey, however these were all bolt-on neck guitars.

Does anyone know where these Neck-Thru Kramers were made, or why they have American printed on the headstock if they are not tues American made guitars? Sakai was a really unknown wood maker near Nagoya City in Japan. They produced a lot of guitars in the late 60s and early 70s, mostly budget stuff but as always there are some good guitars to be found. No other info, apart from serial number at top of head. Have not opened the guitar, s not sure is there is more in there.

I lost a wonderful EMPRO les paul custom model In a plain top brown finish it was at a friends house in Dallas Texas who died in and was auctioned off before I could get down there from Michigan. It was my first electric guitar, bought at a pawn shop in Sulphur Springs, TX in I loved that guitar and have only seen about three other Empros since then.

I did not see the Empro badge on this site. Anybody know the maker? It looks like a Martin D copy. It does have nice pearl inlay around the body and on the nick. Anyone out there ever seen or heard of a Na Yang guitar????

Japanese-built Takamine Pro Series guitars can be reliably dated from the eight- digit serial numbers typically found at the neck block inside the instruments. Japanese MIJ guitars from Badges listed by Find vintage guitar dating and serial number resources to date your vintage guitar. Dating japanese epiphone guitars - Rich man looking for older man & younger man. I'm laid back and get along with everyone. Looking for an old soul like.

Model W I thought the pawn shop was crazy. Morning everyone, well it is here in UK anyway. Who can help with my find. It's a Dia Hummingbird labelled F but no serial number.

I won't put a link on here in case I'm breaking rules. It has that weird aluminium compensated bridge and seriously, this one looks brand new with two tiny dings that would make it a second or an ex-demo if it was on sale.

Action at low E 12th is about 2. It's in such good condition I began to question if in fact it is a 'knock off of a knock off' though why anyone would think that would work I can't guess. It is very very playable, and at first I wasn't keen on the tone though sustain is great despite bridge but I changed to heavier strings 13 with much improvement.

I'm seeing a luthier friend next week who is finishing off work on a brilliant Terada FW D18 clone if you likebut I'm wondering whether to get him to replace the whole alloy bridge. I can do a couple of pics if anyone is interested. Any help in identification of maybe year guessing and origin greatly appreciated.

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