Mako Guitars

Posted by CLIFF CORDELL on Sun, 09/16/01 - 20:14:28.
In Reply to Slaughterhouse

I just bought a Mako Traditionals xk-7 guitar, with American flag, was wondering if it's an bicentennial model, since they were mfg. in the 70's & 80's,please send me anything you have on Mako Guitars, thank you.

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Mako Traditonals TT-22

Hi I just bought a Mako tt-2 it has a black color with very light silver spackles. It has a few nicks on the bottom back edge, the paint shows its age, the neck is rock solid, very low action. My question is has anyone any info on this model? Thanx Joe

Re: Mako Guitars

I have several Makos. It's taken me 3 years to learn the following:
The line was started by Matsumoku, a ledendary luthier from Japan (hence the name Mako). He mass produced guitars for all the big brands in the early 70s and decided to release his own line. Most were made in Korea, a few of the very early ones were manufactured in Japan. Operations were moved to Korea because of much lower production costs. At some point in the early 80s,Kaman picked up the Mako line. Kaman started and owns Takamine, Ovation, and Applause and aggressively marketed Mako in the U.S.A. They stopped production of Makos after all the big names sued them. Mako was making high quality guitars for way less money than the big boys. Go figure. Now these things are the unknown jewels from that era. Hang on to what you have because they are becoming more and more collectable/valuable.
Cheers!

Mako Guitars

Can anyone verify that early Makos were made in Japan? I've seen that theory touted since it was speculated on this forum by Bud in 2003. If you read his post carefully, though, he admits he was guessing. The only thing I know for sure is that later ones were made in Korea. Another misconception is that you can distinguish the quality Makos as having Grover tuners. According to a 1980 Mako catalog, Grover tuners were an option available on any of their guitars (except the TB1&2). BTW, I have two Makos that are nicely made, and three that are clunkers. I'm trying to assemble S/N info, but not yet enough info to see any patterns. If you have S/N or other info, please send to me. I'll gladly share what I have. Regards, Al

alanwcollins at gmail dot com

: I have several Makos. It's taken me 3 years to learn the following:
: The line was started by Matsumoku, a ledendary luthier from Japan (hence the name Mako). He mass produced guitars for all the big brands in the early 70s and decided to release his own line. Most were made in Korea, a few of the very early ones were manufactured in Japan. Operations were moved to Korea because of much lower production costs. At some point in the early 80s,Kaman picked up the Mako line. Kaman started and owns Takamine, Ovation, and Applause and aggressively marketed Mako in the U.S.A. They stopped production of Makos after all the big names sued them. Mako was making high quality guitars for way less money than the big boys. Go figure. Now these things are the unknown jewels from that era. Hang on to what you have because they are becoming more and more collectable/valuable.
: Cheers!

Mako VA-12 ; 12 string acoustic guitar & case

Hello,

I bought a Mako VA-12 acoustic 12 string guitar a couple of years ago with case. It's like new. I thought I wanted a 12 string guitar to play when I sing in nursing & retirement homes. Now I'd like to sell it because, I prefer my 6 strings Martin D - 28. I paid $150.00 for it & would like to get that amount back out of it. Are there any takers??

mako L series LP-2

Well I have in my possession a mako electric guitar and I dont much about them. Anyone knows the value? Anyone interested.

Mako LK@-2

Me neither Andrew. I just picked one up a few months ago. It's weird how close they put the tone to the volume and all the wasted space in the electronics cavity. I am routing mine out slightly bigger but where the original access plate still covers it.

Then gonna install extra tone control, and a Warman triple coil humbucker with mods (uses 2 on-on-on switches and also 1 on-on for in/out phase mod). It's one BAD ASS pickup!! The neck pup is shot and although I like the original pups.., gonna add a used Bill Lawrence standard rock humbucker pickup (with no logo) for the neck position. The keys on mine are a mess. Some of the other models were sold with Grovers from the factory.., unfortunately NOT these. :(

I'm ditching the old crap and going with a set of very good quality but used Ibanez RG-321 tuners I have. Plus.., the string nut's cracked.., replacing it with bone vs. plastic. Mine is black with gold stencil. Gonna be one awesome axe when finished. You are right though.., VERY hard to even find a photo of one! Good luck with yours, too!

Mako Exotec XK4 electric guitar

After reading your comments I thought I would write you. I have in my possession an immaculate Mako Exotec XK4 Electric Guitar with the custom case. Is it possible to get an approximate value of this guitar.
Thanks
Dennis

xk4

would be very interested in pics of this guitar and also the case;
also whatever you've learned about them would be nice if not too long a tale.

mako lks-2

i am currently restoring a Make LKS-2 guitar. I cannot find any info about this specific model which leads me to believe that it is rare. does anyone have any info.

Re: Mako Guitars

: I just bought a Mako Traditionals xk-7 guitar, with American flag, was wondering if it's an bicentennial model, since they were mfg. in the 70's & 80's,please send me anything you have on Mako Guitars, thank you.

I just bought a Mako Traditionals 56 Les Paul replica. I have not been able to find much info on the company either. Let me know if you've found anything since your original post. Thanks.
Regards,
Al Collins
alanwcollins a t gmail d o t com

Re: Mako Guitars

: I just bought a Mako Traditionals xk-7 guitar, with American flag, was wondering if it's an bicentennial model, since they were mfg. in the 70's & 80's,please send me anything you have on Mako Guitars, thank you.

I've had this Mako T Series TL-2 Les Paul knock off for about 15 years. The neck/fretboard is just as good if not better than the top notch guitars that I have. It's been tough for me to find any info on this company. Can anyone lend some info?

Re: Mako Guitars

I also found a Mako. It was my first guitar I purchased at a pawn shop in 1998. I've looked for information about them and found little.

But mine is a strat style, black with a lighter neck, 22 frets the headstock has the shape of an Ibanez/Jackson headstock angled down to a point. Six strings, one volume, two tone knobs and five tone selector. And also has the worn markings that look to say "Made in Korea" on the back of the neck/headstock.

I've had it for a long time so it has a few bumps from play, and had pre-existing ones so it isn't perfect, but i've held onto it because it was my first, and i'd like to find out more about the history.

Re: Mako Guitars

: I own a xk7b/b roadstar black it has original price tag on it $339.99 it is mint. the serial# will reveal date of manufactre look for to digits with 7 or 8 in it. they are usually in the middle area of the # or remove the neck it will reveal exact date. I love mine- light fast action good pick ups dont sell it for less then $800.00 if it is original. I would like to know more about mako myself. the les paul copy and tele copy appear to be worth much less the xk7 seems to be an origanal creation cuz they where sued by american guitar companys for copy right infringement only a couple of years earlier .the xk7 resembles the new fender tele custom it sells for $500.00 on sale this should give you a good idea of your makos rareity and collectability. the xk7 seems to be the last model they made and is of superior quality I wont sell mine cuz i like to be unique. keep rockin Don

Re: Mako Guitars

I have a Mako LPB-1 used bass guitar. I do not know how old it is...perhaps a couple of years. Can you tell me what this item retails for?

Re: Mako Guitars

My first bass was a dark red mako lpb-1 bass, had no pickguard, tan colored pickups, and a matching headstock. Paid 90 bucks for it at a pawnshop. Interested in selling it by chance?

Re: Mako Guitars

i own a mako traditionals xk-7 that is sunburst color however i bought it at a yard sale for 15$ is it worth any money and does anyone have any info on the mako company?

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