Ventura V-500 Lady Nelson

Posted by Bunny B on Thu, 11/11/04 - 07:16:26.
In Reply to Vintage Guitars

I am trying to find out when this guitar was made. I know it was made in Japan and that it was a proto-type. The serial number is 60805 if that helps. You can email me directly at <bbarnes@mciu.org> Thanks!!

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I have this model of guitar

I have this model of guitar and I love it!! Music stores near you should be able to have a usable case for you. Mine is serial # 60779. I got it around 1978 from a luthier who worked at a music store and also with me on an assembly line. He knew guitars and thought this was a great deal. I don't remember what I paid then but I think it was under $100. The inlay work is incredible unlike the Esteban Duende I got from QVC which are just shitty decals. The sound is great considering the smaller body compared to a regular classical guitar.

Ventura V-500 Lady Nelson guitar

I bought the subject guitar circa 1975 (new) and now have given it my precious granddaughter. I am looking a good case for the guitar. Please help if you can!

Norman W Douglas

Re: Ventura V-500 Lady Nelson

Dunno, I have the same unit except S/N 76227. Would be interested in knowing what you find out. I know that my mother gave this guitar to my father as a gift in either 1975 or 1976 and it was new guitar when she bought it. Good Luck!

Re: Ventura V-500 Lady Nelson

: I am trying to find out when this guitar was made. I know it was made in Japan and that it was a proto-type. The serial number is 60805 if that helps. You can email me directly at <bbarnes@mciu.org> Thanks!!

Re: Ventura V-500 Lady Nelson

: : I am trying to find out when this guitar was made. I know it was made in Japan and that it was a proto-type. The serial number is 60805 if that helps. You can email me directly at <forbebe33@yahoo.com> Thanks!!

Re: Ventura V-500 Lady Nelson

: : I contacted C. Bruno & Son's in San Antonio back in the late 80's in regard to my Lady Nelson. I spoke to a gent in the shop I believe. He remembered the guitar which was mfgd. by a Japaneese jobber to be cost effective because of the inlay work. I was told at that time there were 1000 produced between 74 & 76 but fewer than 500 made it back to the U S since the scaled down size fit those people so well they quickly bought them up. I was also told this guitar was a scaled down version of Willie's D-28 with the same neck dimentions, for his second wife Connie. This was debunked by Paul & Billy English Willie's drummers] this summer in Little Rock, saying, "Connie never played an instrument. But Willie did tell me when he autographed mine in 84, "This is a good damned guitar." I now have 33 signatures on mine.

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