Diastone guitar

Posted by Sheila Coupal on Sat, 09/27/08 - 18:27:06.
In Reply to Guitars Man

I have a GW 65 diastone guitar that I want to sell. I bought it in the early '70s in Ottawa Canada. But I don't know what to ask for it. I heard it was made in Japan for Gibson when they were on strike.Is this true? It is a 6 string acoustic and is a red colour and in excellent shape.Looking forward for your reply.Thank you.
Sheila...pscoup@yahoo.com

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Re: Diastone guitar

: Can ya send/or post me the serial numbers so I can see if it helps to date my own which is either a 63,69,0r 1971 thanks mikeseaburn@comcast.net
: I have a GW 65 diastone guitar that I want to sell. I bought it in the early '70s in Ottawa Canada. But I don't know what to ask for it. I heard it was made in Japan for Gibson when they were on strike.Is this true? It is a 6 string acoustic and is a red colour and in excellent shape.Looking forward for your reply.Thank you.
: Sheila...pscoup@yahoo.com

Re: Diastone guitar

Sheila, I have a Diastone 12-string WGT-65 that I recently bought from a guy who paid $435 in 1971 in Toronto. In today's dollar that is about $2330. Having said that though, I cannot find any information about this guitar. I have asked vintage guitar experts and they are all stumped. My 12-string plays very sweetly and has great intonation. It sounds as good as any 12-string Gibson or Takemine, I have played. I bought mine for $750 just the other day. I held off finalizing the deal until I could determine if it was worth it, but as I mentioned, no one, and I mean NO ONE (except for this forum and one guy with a FLICR photo dossier) has heard of this guitar. So how do you value it?? I guess the only way is to sample a few guitars that cost sound better and worse and then average the price between them all. So my advice, charge $750, seems like a good value.

iwaskow1@sympatico.ca

Diastone Guitar

I have a Takemine Diastone 12 string purchased in the late 60's - cannot find out much about it but have been told that the company Diastone was taken over by Takemine and that is where the model came from. I would like to know a bit more about it - have not played it in years and was wondering if it is worth spending the money on to get it set up and re-strung etc ??
Takemine web site has no record of this guitar - any info will be of help:

Re: Diastone guitar

: Sheila, I have a Diastone 12-string WGT-65 that I recently bought from a guy who paid $435 in 1971 in Toronto. In today's dollar that is about $2330. Having said that though, I cannot find any information about this guitar. I have asked vintage guitar experts and they are all stumped. My 12-string plays very sweetly and has great intonation. It sounds as good as any 12-string Gibson or Takemine, I have played. I bought mine for $750 just the other day. I held off finalizing the deal until I could determine if it was worth it, but as I mentioned, no one, and I mean NO ONE (except for this forum and one guy with a FLICR photo dossier) has heard of this guitar. So how do you value it?? I guess the only way is to sample a few guitars that cost sound better and worse and then average the price between them all. So my advice, charge $750, seems like a good value.

: iwaskow1@sympatico.ca

Not that it,s much help but I have a Diastone Bass (Fender Precision copy ), In a collectible guitar book my friend had I came across something on DiasTone, if I remember well Dias Tone made copies of Fender ( and obviously Gibson too ) Using the same quality wood & similar hardware, the only thing that was cheaper was the pick-ups & knobs. My bass has the exact body of a precision model, the neck is almost the same ( beter in my opinion ). I think it was made in southern U.S.A. but I could be wrong.

Diastone guitar

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Re: Diastone guitar

The other day I was looking through craig's list and was shocked to see a red 12 string with a very unique pick guard. It was the same pick guard that should have been on a Yamaha FG-300 red label I bought a couple of years ago. The Yamaha is an amazing 6 string. I bought the 12 string, a Diastone and I'm sure it was made in the same factory as the Yamaha in the early 70s. The person I bought my Diastone from, and who had a lot of older japanese guitars, said it was the Matsumoku Guitar factory. My guitar, by the way, sound awesome!

Re: Diastone guitar

: : Sheila, I have a Diastone 12-string WGT-65 that I recently bought from a guy who paid $435 in 1971 in Toronto. In today's dollar that is about $2330. Having said that though, I cannot find any information about this guitar. I have asked vintage guitar experts and they are all stumped. My 12-string plays very sweetly and has great intonation. It sounds as good as any 12-string Gibson or Takemine, I have played. I bought mine for $750 just the other day. I held off finalizing the deal until I could determine if it was worth it, but as I mentioned, no one, and I mean NO ONE (except for this forum and one guy with a FLICR photo dossier) has heard of this guitar. So how do you value it?? I guess the only way is to sample a few guitars that cost sound better and worse and then average the price between them all. So my advice, charge $750, seems like a good value.

: : iwaskow1@sympatico.ca

: Not that it,s much help but I have a Diastone Bass (Fender Precision copy ), In a collectible guitar book my friend had I came across something on DiasTone, if I remember well Dias Tone made copies of Fender ( and obviously Gibson too ) Using the same quality wood & similar hardware, the only thing that was cheaper was the pick-ups & knobs. My bass has the exact body of a precision model, the neck is almost the same ( beter in my opinion ). I think it was made in southern U.S.A. but I could be wrong.

Are you 100% sure you bought it in 71'?
I have a WGT-65 and really want to know how old it really is. Thanks any information would be helpfull

Re: Diastone guitar

: : : Sheila, I have a Diastone 12-string WGT-65 that I recently bought from a guy who paid $435 in 1971 in Toronto. In today's dollar that is about $2330. Having said that though, I cannot find any information about this guitar. I have asked vintage guitar experts and they are all stumped. My 12-string plays very sweetly and has great intonation. It sounds as good as any 12-string Gibson or Takemine, I have played. I bought mine for $750 just the other day. I held off finalizing the deal until I could determine if it was worth it, but as I mentioned, no one, and I mean NO ONE (except for this forum and one guy with a FLICR photo dossier) has heard of this guitar. So how do you value it?? I guess the only way is to sample a few guitars that cost sound better and worse and then average the price between them all. So my advice, charge $750, seems like a good value.

: : : iwaskow1@sympatico.ca

: : Not that it,s much help but I have a Diastone Bass (Fender Precision copy ), In a collectible guitar book my friend had I came across something on DiasTone, if I remember well Dias Tone made copies of Fender ( and obviously Gibson too ) Using the same quality wood & similar hardware, the only thing that was cheaper was the pick-ups & knobs. My bass has the exact body of a precision model, the neck is almost the same ( beter in my opinion ). I think it was made in southern U.S.A. but I could be wrong.

: Are you 100% sure you bought it in 71'?
: I have a WGT-65 and really want to know how old it really is. Thanks any information would be helpfull

Are you 100% sure you bought it in 71'?
I have a WGT-65 and really want to know how old it really is. Thanks any information would be helpful
email me at christina.french@hotmail.com

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