I have a classical guitar made by this company, it's about 30 years old and sounds great, does anybody have any info?
I recently stumbled upon one of these (as well as a few strat bodies, one neck and a Fender Frontman 15r) in the garbage. Both amps worked, but I couldn't find any info on the "Global Solid State Amp 4070" except for one site that says it sold on ebay but won't tell me how much it sold for without a credit card.
Same address as all the others, too old to figure out a price on it, but I fully intend on using the Fender amp so I want to sell it. I would like to believe that it's worth more than $10. Does anyone have a reasonable price range on these amplifiers?
Hey all, just a quick late addition, I just purchased online, A GLOBAL JUMBO ACOUSTIC in cherry burst from the 60's 70's era and it looks awesome, should be here sometime this week. will post details when it arrives! it's in about perfect condition and looks like a wayyyy higher quality instrument than other global guitars. solid maple all around it appears, j200 copy. visually, it looks really really great. I'll post some pictures and details after I give her a full set up.
the asking price was a very high 799.00 but I talked him down to 240 with/out shipping.
In my experience, if you don't know what it sounds like, this is usually too much to spend on an import guitar. but sometimes you just get a feeling.
good luck everyone in finding their #1 guitars out there!
a few facts (maybe the only one's that anyone has) about Global Brand acoustic /electric guitars is this:
They were imported primarily from Korea and Japan from the late 20's to the 80's. there is little to no evidence that they were ever part of a s Gibson Lawsuit (beyond consumer reports generated by people selling them.. fishhy?) they were imported from many manufacturers in the east and some few were made in america. There is some talk that there were atleast TWO DIFFERENT GLOBAL BRANDS, I dont believe this to be true. lots of websites refute this and say that the different fonts on the head stocks are a result of different post-production-printing in CHICAGO and NEW YORK over the course of 60 years. (seems pretty reasonable)
Tone woods, tones, build quality, design techniques:
Seems to be a group of ambiguous designs. anything ranging from gibson aesthetics to hohner/framus copies, harmony- look alikes and even some martin copies. seem's like they follow the styles of the different guitar eras.
from what I can tell, it looks like most were made of maple and plywoods, I found one on google images that appears to be mahogany and a few of the latest models that they produced with spruce tops with much lamination.
Quality of build is just as stratified, for instance, this guitar that I've probably spent too much on had a straight neck, two way truss rod, nice high quality fret work, solid maple all around (from what I can tell, stay tuned(hopefully it does(crazy parenthesis inception moment))), and unrealistically close gibson copying down to the trim work. the appearance looks much much closer to gibson j200's that the well known "Ibanez lawsuit model". real pearl inlays and each details conforming closely, hopefully it plays as well as it looks.
bridge is the "batwing/moustache style", looks great, probably rosewood from the color. strange to see it with an adjustable bridge saddle, probably will remove and put in a bone saddle fat on it's surface.
if I should find that it's in a moderate price range in it's quality, I'll be installing a full active pick up system under the bridge.
hope this helps, I'll post more details hen it arrives on friday.
Good luck friends!
i just started learning guitar myself because i like to play piano and well music is a big par of my daily life well i needed a guitar for my self and i found one Im not sure but i have been looking for info on this guitar, i found it in a thrift store and purchased it. its a Global acoustic guitar with a hummingbird pic guard right handed and there is a sticker on the back of the head that has a number of 402 its a really nice guitar but i was hoping you would know a little more about it
I have an old mandolin that I now nothing about except that it came from this company with the serial number of 3384. It is in rough shape. needs strings and a good body make over. Please contact me with any information on this mandolin. either at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505 267 7539. Thanks for your time.
Have you received any information about your mandolin? I have the same mandolin#3384, since 1979. If you please enlighten me with whatever information you might have..
"and along with being my first guitar, it's also the guitar I learned on."
Is it me, or is that the second or third dumbest thing ever said here?
Meaning what? Some people learn to play on their SECOND guitar?
What an astronomically ridiculous statement.
Click on the picture. This isn't my actual guitar, but the only differences are : Mine doesn't have a saddle, and the headstock on my Global is black instead of brown.
Here is a link to the Rogue acoustics I was talking about in my last post. I have the blue one, but the pictures don't do it justice. Not long after I got mine, I bought a few to re-sell, and the others that I bought look pretty much like the pictures. The two that look the best are the blueburst and the walnut. Again, if you buy one, be ready to make some changes to it.
I also have one of the Global acoustics with a hummingbird on the pickguard, and along with being my first guitar, it's also the guitar I learned on. Anyway, after playing it for a few years, I noticed that the bridge was starting to pull away from the body. It also developed two sink spots in the soundboard, so in 2008, I finally decided to retire it.
Two years later, I got one of those Rogue beginner acoustic guitars from musician's Friend for $35 (mine is blueburst), and I was very surprised to hear how close the tone was to my beloved Global. The only thing is, if you get one, be prepared for a few necessary upgrades. The factory fretboard is literally made out of plastic, and so is the bridge. There is a quick-fix for the bridge, though I don't know how long it will extend the life of the bridge. I had a friend of mine make a metal plate for the back of the bridge, with holes drilled for the strings, so that the balls of the strings don't cut into the bridge.
Anyway, for those of you that love the sound of the smaller Globals, this is one way to keep that sound after your Global gets too old to risk any more repairs. Then again, my Global may have sounded different that most, because I played it without a saddle. The story behind that is too long to go into, but the point is, this Rogue helped me keep the sound I was used to after playing my Global for eleven years, and I thought I would pass it along.
ya i have a global humming bird but that the only information on it and i want to sell it but i dont no how much it is worth
made by global no.3339 the invincible need year made
Seems like this poor little guitar is lost in the nether world! My son was given one by his grandfather, and it has a slight crack at the base of the neck. We were wondering if it was worth sending it out to be repaired properly would be worth the cost. It is small, and the label inside reads... GLOBAL Musical Intruments Co.,LTD. Manufacturers of Sorento, Nola, Bolero, Sonata and Torina quality guitars. The wording is centered inside of a globe. Any clues to whether it is worth fixing?
: I have a classical guitar made by this company, it's about 45 years old and sounds great, does anybody have any info?
ya im having the same problem all i know is it is a humming bird acoustic and its made by this company
ok so also have a similar one that is 50 years of age the were asain made and at the time they were sold from $80-120. The company was sued by gibson for copying designs and didnt come back for a while but now all they make are the electrics we know of a LTDs
Someone was cleaning out & giving stuff away- my Dad ended up with a 6 string acoustic -Global Musical Instrument Co. # 401 on the back. Reinforced neck - Excellent condition - old strings but can be replaced - Looked as if the metal string board at bottom had been added - but maybe not. Has a good tone & small like a spanish guitar - My first guitar was a 'Sears Special' - but it was normal size guitar - you know the one - strings 1/2 inch off neck....If you learned on one of those without lowering the bridge - you can play anything :-)
This Global has the string keys attached pointing off the back of the neck - unusual.
From the posts - these were asian copies - & they were marketing eye openers from the us manufacturers who had not cornered the 'everybody wants a guitar that works' market.
My grandfather gave me the same one i think he got it from a yardsale it says 402 on the back maybe its production number?
I have the same one. Brand new, never used in its original plastic and box. At the top where you adjust the strings is the no. 401N. It was made in Korea.
My father purchased it sometime between 1965-1970's. I'm trying to find the value.
This popular thread has been given its own page : Re: Global Musical Instrument Co. Ltd
: I have a classical guitar made by this company, it's about 30 years old and sounds great, does anybody have any info?
i cant find anything excepr this site i also have a global that is an exact duplicate of the gibson j200 with the big moustach bridge it plays and sounds excellent but i realy would like ome info thanks
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We have an old Global guitar and want to know how old it is and where to get replacement parts.
: We have an old Global guitar # 12411 and want to know how old it is and where to get replacement parts.
: : We have an old Global guitar # 12411 and want to know how old it is and where to get replacement parts.
i also have an old Global accustic guitar the only identification i can find is on the back #402 and made in korea i would like to get it back into condition to play
I also have this guitar that is made in korea....# 405 on the back of the neck...did you ever find any info out regarding this & if so does it have any value....thanks!
I have #455 :) I am lucky mine is still in good shape, but it would be nice to know where to go should something break!
I own a Jumbo body acoustic guitar by Global. This baby I picked up on ebay, She originally had autographs from the past owners band members and friends. But besides that she is a genuine Vintage Western Beauty. I am in the process of restoring her. As Far as it goes She sounds GREAT! I wish there were more details of this company. I just hope its not like in those movies like Click, and it has powers.... yeah Im a dork. Just know it sounds good and I am recording with it. P.S. I had a dean Marley pick up installed in it. So even better!
I have a guitar I found in our attic it is missing the smallest string and the little thing at the bottom that holds the string in I was wondering if it would be better for me to fix the guitar I have and buy everything I need or to buy a new guitar with a starter pack or something? Oh and it had the name of your company on the inside and this number on the back 857-2042
Oh No!! I just bought a similar guitar to the ones all mentioned here today and was so excited to come home and see what it was all about. This is the only place on the internet with ANY information of this sort. What a mystery...
Mine is a #403, same inside sticker ask mentioned by everyone else. Sunburst front and hummingbird decals on pick guard. It sounds great! Picked it up from a man's garage sale, silly me not asking anything about it- didnt want to make a big deal since his price was so low and its in great condition. Anyone get any info, please share!
my father in law has a old gitar and its at least 40 years old. its number is 0403. i dont know what the number is for but the guitar was made in tiwan and 2 on the inside of it... on the name lable thing.
: I have a classical guitar made by this company, it's about 50 years old and sounds great, does anybody have any info?
: I have a Bently Mandolin and was wondering what the value of it used but in great condition is worth? Can anyone give me an Idea?
I have a mini guitar with the Global Musical Instrument CO LTD "manufacturers of sorento, nola..." and so on lavel inside body. It has a white plastic pick guard and a finish that is red on the edges fading into brown toward the center. The gold and black sticker on back of head is 4001. It looks like I am in the same boat as the rest of you. I have no idea what the history or value of my guitar is. I agree it does have a pleasant sound. Does anyone else have the sticker on the front of the head saying, "Steel reinforced neck"? I wish you all luck in finding some answers.
Just purchased one today in Durham, NC.
It has the steel reinforced neck # 4001. The labels are in mint condtion. I had to replace the hi E string . It tuned very easily. I paid $20 for it. Bought it for my 5 y/o grandson who has expressed some interest in learning the guitar
i have a global guitar made by sorento ,nola, bolero, sonata and torino and its a humming birb and it sounds great but id like to know what its worth the number on the back is 4006A and its in great condition if anyone can tell me please reply
I have a guitar that conforms very much to your description, except that it doesn't feel like a "mini" to me (though I'm an absolute beginner): same number 4001, same coloring, same tag about steel reinforcement on the neck. I found it in my father's garage in 1983, along with three lesson books dated fall, 1979. Trained as a violinist as a child, he was always a stickler for quality. I'd guess that he bought it while living in northern Connecticut at the end of the 1970's. Being preoccupied with the harp for the past 25 years, I've only begun experimenting with the guitar as I've been contemplating trying to sell it to help with financial problems....but now I think I'd rather keep it and learn how to play it!
I have the same guitar without any stickers.I purchased it at my ex-girlfriends garage sale for $5.
: I have a mini guitar with the Global Musical Instrument CO LTD "manufacturers of sorento, nola..." and so on lavel inside body. It has a white plastic pick guard and a finish that is red on the edges fading into brown toward the center. The gold and black sticker on back of head is 4001. It looks like I am in the same boat as the rest of you. I have no idea what the history or value of my guitar is. I agree it does have a pleasant sound. Does anyone else have the sticker on the front of the head saying, "Steel reinforced neck"? I wish you all luck in finding some answers.
: : I also have a mini guitar with the Global Musical Instrument CO LTD "manufacturers of sorento, nola..." and so on lavel inside body. It has a white plastic pick guard and a finish that is red on the edges fading into brown toward the center. The gold and black sticker on back of head is 4001. It looks like I am in the same boat as the rest of you. I have no idea what the history or value of my guitar is. I agree it does have a pleasant sound. I too have the sticker on the front of the head saying, "Steel reinforced neck"? I wish you all luck in finding some answers.
I have a Global acoustic guitar. It was purchased from Best mail order catalog (similar to Sears) in Flint, Michigan in 1976. It has double pick guards on both sides of the strings with flower designs on them. I also have the original bicentenial guitar case it came in. It has a made in Korea sticker on the guitar.
: I have a classical guitar made by this company, it's about 30 years old and sounds great, inside it says sorento,nola,bolero,torino quality guitars. Have you got any information on its age and value?
I Have an old amp. It is a combo (amp + speaker in one box). On the back, a label reads: 'Global Musical Instrument Co., Elk Grove Village, Ill. 60007' & '4080 Instrument Amplifier'. Take notice of "Co." and "Ltd". "Co." means an American business. "Ltd" is most likely to be the non-US business.
Check >http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LTD for more on that.
State of IL business search for G.M.I.C. >http://cdsprod.ilsos.net/CorpSearchWeb/CorpSrchServlet
GLOBAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT CO. A.
1850 Arthur Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Incorporation Date: 11/05/1998
I just bought a Global Instruments Co. Ltd twelve string acoustic with nice inlays and dual pick guards with pictures of white doves and roses on it. It sounds and plays awsome and looks cool too. I can't find it on e-bay or anywhere else. What gives?
Hi, i have a global mini acoustic guitar. It has the numbers 0301 on the back and the global symbol on the inside that also says. GLOBAL musical instrument co, LTD manufacturers of sorento nola bolero sonata and torino guitars. This is the only mention of this company i have wound on the web and i am also looking for more information about them. Anyone found anything? Please let me know.
: Hi, i have a global mini acoustic guitar. It has the numbers 12411 on the back and the global symbol on the inside that also says. GLOBAL musical instrument co, LTD manufacturers of sorento nola bolero sonata and torino guitars. This is the only mention of this company i have wound on the web and i am also looking for more information about them. Anyone found anything? Please let me know.
I recently was given a global guitar from my father. It appears to be old but sounds great. I would also like some history to back this thing up if its there.
I have a Classical Hummingbird Model that (I) purchased back in 1975 from Montgomery Ward. Very nice looking and sounds great in mint condition, but I am unable to find any info on the company and I've been looking since 1990! I guess we will have to visit the Antquite Road Show. Any info would be welcomed. Thanks
:I found one as well and I am wondering who makes them, I heard good thinks but hard to find!!??
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