Bruno "Conqueror" guitar

Posted by Old Geezer on Wed, 04/04/01 - 02:05:19.

I recently was given an electric guitar that has the name "Conqueror" in large lettering and Bruno in small letters on a oval background. On the necks heel plate is stamped made in Japan and a serial number. It is a Gibson ES-335 knock-off and very well done. The craftmanship is excelent in this quitar. The binding has yellowed a good deal making me think the guitar is old but I don't have a clue. Does anyone know the history of this company? Of this guitar?

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Conqueror acoustic guitar saddle

Right, so ... I toy with restoring acoustic guitars. It's just a passion and love of guitars. I have a Conqueror acoustic in need of a saddle. The slot on the bridge is open ended and V shaped, and narrower than the blank saddle I have. Any suggestions?

Joining the club

I
to bought one today. It's a blond Telecaster style. I can't find a serial number on it. How can I find out the year make and model?

guitarra

hola disculpen yo tambien tengo una guitarra BRUNO CONQUEROR. y quisiera saber de ella ojala me pudieran ayudar ya que me la acaba de regalar mi abuela la tenia guardada desde ase mas de 15 aƱos la madera es de cedro muy bonita , saludes .

Just got a Bruno Conqueror Violin Guitar

http://vinces.net/bruno-conqueror/index.php

I found this page trying to do some research. I just got this guitar recently and I'm trying to find some information. I posted pics up above if anyone is curious. I love the looks of this guitar. Sounds great too. IF anyone has info on this, I'd love to know more.

Vin #2139696 - I'm not sure if this is a '62, '67, or ??

Thanks,

Vince

Conqueror 335 copy

I have a conqueror 335 copy with the conqueror logo badge on the headstock and KENT engraved in the tailpiece..it is a dark burst finish fully banded with dot inlays,black cover humbuckers and adjustable saddle bridge...so ...anybody know? were they're Kent Conquerors and who in japan made them..and who imported them

Re: Bruno CONQUEROR

: I recently was given an electric guitar that has the name "Conqueror" in large lettering and Bruno in small letters on a oval background. On the necks heel plate is stamped made in Japan and a serial number. It is a Gibson ES-335 knock-off and very well done. The craftmanship is excelent in this quitar. The binding has yellowed a good deal making me think the guitar is old but I don't have a clue. Does anyone know the history of this company? Of this guitar?

searchin

I am trying to give a new life to a conqueror 335 for a high school jazz student. the 3 position switch only works on 2 Lookin for a new switch, how ever it is a wee bit strange lookin' don't know if I'm smart enough to change it to a more modern wiring. So finding an original switch might be tough without help from you all. Any ideas?? Thanks!

Bruno Conqueror Electric Guitar

I too, had one given to me. It plays fairly well after some adjustments. I would like to replace the pickups as at least one is very weak on the 1st string. If anyone has replaced pickups on one of these, I would appreciate any information you could provide. Thanks, Art

Bruno CONQUEROR

Hello Hery Martinez, I don't know if you're still out there from 2009 but, welcome to you & anyone else out there to the I just joined the "What the hell I am Playing Club?". It is a semi-exclusive membership belonging to anyone who plays a guitar or other stringed instrument sold under the C. Bruno or C. Bruno & Son, Inc. name. They have been around since 1834 having been formed originally by C.Bruno in Macon, GA. Bruno partnered one year in 1838 with C.F. Martin to produce and distribute acoustic guitars. Martin moved to PA in 1839 and dissolved the partnership. This info paraphrased from Archangel of Guitarsite.com posting reply. As to your guitar you probably have a rather nice axe and this thread will provide lots of info for you. Also try Ron Busch the Guitarman at the same site. Try also www.vintaxe.com/guitars_Japanese as I did to ferret out info on my Bruno Conqueror acoustic guitar Made in Japan label and nothing else. Which you know by now, of course, can drive you crazy. Hope this helps anyone who sees it and hasn't found any of the other replies yet. Thanks for reading. Steve

Re: Bruno CONQUEROR

:I have recently purchased a Bruno Conqueror (Gibson 335 knockoff) that has a bad pickup on it along with some other minor problems. I am looking for parts that could be used to do a good restoration on the instrument. If anyone has some parts that might be useful or an entire guitar that would be usable for parts please contact me at sandyrockfarms@windstream.net : I recently was given an electric guitar that has the name "Conqueror" in large lettering and Bruno in small letters on a oval background. On the necks heel plate is stamped made in Japan and a serial number. It is a Gibson ES-335 knock-off and very well done. The craftmanship is excelent in this quitar. The binding has yellowed a good deal making me think the guitar is old but I don't have a clue. Does anyone know the history of this company? Of this guitar?

12 string

I was given a conqueror acustic 12 string sun burst guitar that looks just exactly like a gibson humming bird 6 string with verry detail peral inlay's on the fretboard and verry detail design pick guard i mean exactly like the pick guard on the gibson it even has the in lays on the outside of the sound hole and pin stripe design going around the edge of the guitar and is verry well crafted i cant make out what the sr# is but it is made in japan it is a verry beatful guitar and plays and sounds great,it has a name plate that says conqueror that is layed over a sheild and is tacked on the head stock.

Re: Bruno

I too have a Bruno Conqueror (ca 1967) you can read the info on it at : www.vintaxe.com/guitars_japanese.htm
Very interesting-mine is still in brand new condition with the original case that came with it new. I believe my parents bought it in 1967, 1968- not sure.
Hope this helps.

Re: Bruno "Conqueror" guitar/info

O K guys, when I did my first post, it never occurred to me that noone had any idea bout brunos period. I have done some reading about Brunos in the past, and if my memory serves me, Bruno was a dude that was one of the largest importers of guitars from overseas in the late sixties and early seventies, and imported from a variety of sources. I think that Bruno was also a guitar manufacturer before that time. What I do know is, the japanese made guitars of that era were every bit as well made as the instruments them mimiced. In the mid 70s, they were better than the guitars they mimiced, and then became the worlds innovators for musicial insturments. It now appears that Korea has taken the crown from them, Korean guitars are the best made production guitars available now. SOOO don't sell you Brunos short, they are likely as usefull of instruments as the "name " brands, and probably had better quality control back then, which, of course, the do now.

Re: Bruno

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: O K guys, when I did my first post, it never occurred to me that noone had any idea bout brunos period. I have done some reading about Brunos in the past, and if my memory serves me, Bruno was a dude that was one of the largest importers of guitars from overseas in the late sixties and early seventies, and imported from a variety of sources. I think that Bruno was also a guitar manufacturer before that time. What I do know is, the japanese made guitars of that era were every bit as well made as the instruments them mimiced. In the mid 70s, they were better than the guitars they mimiced, and then became the worlds innovators for musicial insturments. It now appears that Korea has taken the crown from them, Korean guitars are the best made production guitars available now. SOOO don't sell you Brunos short, they are likely as usefull of instruments as the "name " brands, and probably had better quality control back then, which, of course, the do now.
Skeeter,you have some of the history correct.The most uncommon Bruno looks like a es-335 copy.Wonderful sunburst with 2 pu's.SN-2122136 61 or 62Some ConQ Brunos look like violin style and some are hard bodies.I on't know how old you are or what your history is with guitars but you are way off re: Korea being @ the top.I can stand @ the door of any axe store,look 80 ft. across the store and tell you which are Mexican,Korean,and American Fenders.Korean and Mex. Fenders of all types are pure pieces of shit.There is no comparison to my American Standard Strat in Korea or Mex.They just don't make any axes in Korea, Mex.,Japan that are better than American Fender,Gibson,Martin,Taylor and a whole host of others.I collect and am also a luthier.Please don't make statements like that.There are people looking for valid info and it misleads them.I could go on and on but I think I made my point....Best,Richard

Conqueror acoustic guitar

i bought this guitar at a garage sale ,no strings a big hole under the bridge which had been moved up because the wood was pulling up it was splintering anyway i fixed it up a little made it hold strings and you know the more i mess with it the better it sounds.i am teaching myself to play.im writing because i cant find anything at all about this guitar i really think its something special but what do i know please help its got Conqueror emblem on headstockand conqyeror logo on paper in the bottom of sound hole no numbers or nothing.ive been to big guitar shops and played some pretty expensive guitarsbut im sticking with what i have because it got a damn nice sound.also it can set out of the case in 0r 60 degree cold house for ten days and be in perfect tune. Is that normal im kinda bumfusseled.please write

Re: Bruno "Conqueror" guitar/info

I'm not familiar with how this comment/follow-up and converstion works, but I have a Conqueror, 6 string acoustic, made in Japan, very good Martin (D8?)imitation I am told. Bought from friend maybe 35 years ago. Have often wondered the origin of this guitar.

Re: Bruno

I had one of those guitars, and have searched the net over just to find a pic of it. I would greatly appreciate it if you could send me pics. The guitar I had was cherry sunburst, lots of mother of toilet seat on it, seems like the pickup surrounds were even mother of toilet seat. I got the guitar used in around, 1972, I think.
cbriggs@ee.net

Re: Bruno "Conqueror" guitar

:What the hell, mine is an acoustic copy of the Gibson Hummingbird....I bought in 1972. Still has the best action of anything in its price range I've ever played..Mine is still "Not For Sale."

Conqueror Hummingbird

I found the one i have at a pawn shop about 10 years ago,it has the best action for an acoustic ,i have ever played. I only paid 60 $ for it .Who needs a over priced Gibson when you have one of these! My son loves it too and it will be passed on to him. I feel lucky to have found one and believe others who have one feel the same. I also found a Trutone acoustic that has the book end headstock like a Gibson and it has great tone also. It has a classic look with black upper and lower pick guards. I would like to know if anyone has seen or played one ?

Conqueror hummingbird replica cs27

I too have a conqueror and have had it for 40 yrs. It is the best sounding and easiest playing guitar I have ever played. I have had a ton of offers from people who wanted to buy it through the years but it is NOT for sale.

Re: Bruno

My friend is thinking of selling her Conqueror Hummingbird in mint condition. It is a 12 string acoustic. Any idea on where to find value?

Re: Bruno

I just picked up a Bruno "Conqueror" at a yard sale for $15. It is in great condition but needs electrics. I haven't played since the mid 70's but have wanted to start again so I couldn't pass this one up. It is identical to the one in this picture. http://gogomag.com/gfs/images/guitar_bruno.jpg

Re: Bruno

i just got a bruno conqueror banjo with original reciept from 1968 purchased in texas. it sold originally for $79.99 but it seems like a good one and is probably worth more now. not a pro model it seems but decent.

Re: Bruno "Conqueror" guitar

I had one of these guitars in the 70's. Bought it used around 1975 with a Silvertone 15 watt tube amp. It was several years old then. The hardware was already pitting. Mine was cherry sunburst with fake mother of pearl pickguard and headstock overlay. Had 2 single coils and a crummy whammy bar tailpiece. Sold it in 1978 when I bought a new LP gold top deluxe. Wish I still had both if them!

Re: Bruno "Conqueror" guitar

hi, geezer, dou you have any pics of your guitar?, i have bought recently one of those, but i don't know anyone who can tell me where does ir come... i really need to see other conqueror guitar. thanks.

Re: Bruno "Conqueror" guitar

Sorry I can't help but is it the same as mine view pic at http://www.proweb.fsnet.co.uk/Guitar/
Thanks Martin

Re: Bruno Conqueror

About 25 years ago, my best friend gave me his first electric guitar that he owned, a Bruno Conqueror. I remember he played it in a band I had at UConn in the late 1960's until he got an Epiphone 335. I've never seen another Bruno either. This guitar is in excellent condition and is a two pup (single coils), double cutaway,
f hole, pearloid headstock & floating pearloid pickguard, free wooden based bridge with adjustable saddles.It has a slim fast bound neck, rectangular perloid markers, with an adjustable neck rod, the color is reddish orange sunburst and very pretty. It plays fine, however, the pots could use some cleaning or use. The guitar is made in japan (based on the neck plate) but there is no other identifying marks or serial numbers that I know of. With the rest of my guitars at hand, I never play it. It mostly sits in its original case . I do not have a clue to its value.

Re: Bruno Conqueror

I have one exactly like yours, my father played it in his band in the mid 60's, and it's a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

Jane

: About 25 years ago, my best friend gave me his first electric guitar that he owned, a Bruno Conqueror. I remember he played it in a band I had at UConn in the late 1960's until he got an Epiphone 335. I've never seen another Bruno either. This guitar is in excellent condition and is a two pup (single coils), double cutaway,
: f hole, pearloid headstock & floating pearloid pickguard, free wooden based bridge with adjustable saddles.It has a slim fast bound neck, rectangular perloid markers, with an adjustable neck rod, the color is reddish orange sunburst and very pretty. It plays fine, however, the pots could use some cleaning or use. The guitar is made in japan (based on the neck plate) but there is no other identifying marks or serial numbers that I know of. With the rest of my guitars at hand, I never play it. It mostly sits in its original case . I do not have a clue to its value.

Re: Bruno Conqueror

: I have one exactly like yours, my father played it in his band in the mid 60's, and it's a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

: Janei
i also have one exactly like yours i bought in old saybrook conn in the late 90s

:
: : About 25 years ago, my best friend gave me his first electric guitar that he owned, a Bruno Conqueror. I remember he played it in a band I had at UConn in the late 1960's until he got an Epiphone 335. I've never seen another Bruno either. This guitar is in excellent condition and is a two pup (single coils), double cutaway,
: : f hole, pearloid headstock & floating pearloid pickguard, free wooden based bridge with adjustable saddles.It has a slim fast bound neck, rectangular perloid markers, with an adjustable neck rod, the color is reddish orange sunburst and very pretty. It plays fine, however, the pots could use some cleaning or use. The guitar is made in japan (based on the neck plate) but there is no other identifying marks or serial numbers that I know of. With the rest of my guitars at hand, I never play it. It mostly sits in its original case . I do not have a clue to its value.

Re: Bruno Conqueror

i have a bass get back and we can talk and figure out moor i can talk to friend at music store

Re: Bruno Conqueror

: i have a bass get back and we can talk and figure out moor i can talk to friend at music store

I have what I think is the same one.Email me @ jbjbirdy101@yahoo.com for some pictures of my guitar.Josh

Re: Bruno Conqueror

I have a Bruno Conqueror 6 string flat top, It's the same design and size as a stella H 929 but with a smaller scale neck. The color is out of the world with a warm cherry flame top. Plays pretty well,neck is straight, came with nylon strings on it...that's wrong but might have kept the neck straight all these years. As for the origin of these brunos, I think they're from the kawai factory,which took over teisco in 1978. The kent accoustics have the same exact machine heads. Some early kents were guyatone made. Mine is a typical knock off from the stella/Harmony parlor guitar design. I sell it for $150 plus shipping. The color is out of this world...almost as hip as a colorrama harmony guitar. email me if you want to buy it. It's more than rare,it could be of historical importance. I don't see any of these around. I'm a dealer so I'll sell anything. sjalexandertrader@yahoo.com

Re: Bruno Conqueror

I have a Bruno Conqueror 6 string flat top, It's the same design and size as a stella H 929 but with a smaller scale neck. The color is out of the world with a warm cherry flame top. Plays pretty well,neck is straight, came with nylon strings on it...that's wrong but might have keep the neck stright all these years. As for the origin of these brunos, I think they're from the kawai factory,which took over teisco in 1978. The kent accoustics have the same exact machine heads. Some early kents were guyatone made. Mine is a typical knock off from the stella/Harmony parlor guitar design. I sell it for $150 plus shipping. The color is out of this world...almost as hip as a colorrama harmony guitar. email me if you want to buy it. It's more than rare,it could be of historical importance. I don't see any of these around. sjalexandertrader@yahoo.com

Re: Bruno Conqueror

I have a Bruno Conqueror 6 string flat top, It's the same design and size as a stella H 929 but with a smaller scale neck. The color is out of the world with a warm cherry flame top. Plays pretty well,neck is straight, came with nylon strings on it...that's wrong but might have keep the neck stright all these years. As for the origin of these brunos, I think they're from the kawai factory,which took over teisco in 1978. The kent accoustics have the same exact machine heads. Some early kents were guyatone made. Mine is a typical knock off from the stella/Harmony parlor guitar design. I sell it for $150 plus shipping. The color is out of this world...almost as hip as a colorrama harmony guitar. email me if you want to buy it. It's more than rare,it could be of historical importance. I don't see any of these around. sjalexandertrader@yahoo.com pearloid headstock & floating pearloid pickguard, free wooden based bridge with adjustable saddles.It has a slim fast bound neck, rectangular perloid markers, with an adjustable neck rod, the color is reddish orange sunburst and very pretty. It plays fine, however, the pots could use some cleaning or use. The guitar is made in japan (based on the neck plate) but there is no other identifying marks or serial numbers that I know of. With the rest of my guitars at hand, I never play it. It mostly sits in its original case . I do not have a clue to its value.

Re: Bruno Conqueror*I have 1 too

Hi.
I have a black Conqueror electric guitar.lesPaul Imitation. is in a good condition but witouth originial parts. Im looking 4 information about that DANG conqueror thing.
And i cant find a thing!. Im from mexico.
Somebody want to pay for that guitar, actually alot of guitar players. ....

Re: Bruno Conqueror

i have this same guitar, any info would be greatly appriciated

Re: Bruno "Conqueror" guitar

Yeah, I've got one too. I've been carting it around for about five years. I obtained it in a pawnshop and it was in horrible condition. Then, with the help of a friend, proceeded to rewire it and found it full of old ass lookin like airplane wire type stuff. Never been able to discover much about it. Orange sunburst, double cutaway, f holes, floating tailpiece with wooden bridge. When I had her playing it was sweet. Not sure if Gibson "ripoff" is appropriate, but a similar sound. Now its the corvette in the garage just waiting for another well needed restoration.

Re: Bruno "Conqueror" guitar

I just acquired a "Conqueror" guitar, with a violin-shaped body and an extra little block of wood at the top of the tuning pegs to resemble a violin. I found it in pretty deplorable condition while cleaning out a basement. It'll need some TLC to bring it back, but it looks like a sweet axe.

Re: Bruno "Conqueror" guitar

So....
Okay, I have one too! I think we should all just join the "WHAT THE HELL AM I PLAYING?" club. Anyhow...Mine is a guitar, however its one claim to fame for me is that it LOOKS like Paul McCartney's 1963 Hofner Violin Bass. However, I need to take it in and get a whole bunch of stuff done to it. I do not know much about it, but from the little bit of research I have done on it, I have gotten two different stories. One is that These guitars are made by a company in Japan that makes mandolins.....so it was kind of a spinoff project. Ya know.."LETS MAKE A REALLY BIG MANDOLIN. .AND THEN, TURN IT INTO A GUITAR" kind of thing. The other is that it was done by some guy who was an apprentice of "Martin" guitars. However, I am not sure. But it seems we are all bewildered here. I am still investigating...I will let you know if I learn anything new.

-Christina.

Re: Bruno "Conqueror" guitar

: So....
: Okay, I have one too! I think we should all just join the "WHAT THE HELL AM I PLAYING?" club. Anyhow...Mine is a guitar, however its one claim to fame for me is that it LOOKS like Paul McCartney's 1963 Hofner Violin Bass. However, I need to take it in and get a whole bunch of stuff done to it. I do not know much about it, but from the little bit of research I have done on it, I have gotten two different stories. One is that These guitars are made by a company in Japan that makes mandolins.....so it was kind of a spinoff project. Ya know.."LETS MAKE A REALLY BIG MANDOLIN. .AND THEN, TURN IT INTO A GUITAR" kind of thing. The other is that it was done by some guy who was an apprentice of "Martin" guitars. However, I am not sure. But it seems we are all bewildered here. I am still investigating...I will let you know if I learn anything new.

: -Christina.

Allright, i have now joined the *what the hell have i got* club. I found a conqueror guitar at a house owned by a gentleman who had a flea market booth. It is black, solid body, two pickups, with pearl inlayed striping on its front and back edge, it has pearl inlays and an emblem on the neck. There is no number or any other information on the guitar, i searched all over and thought i was going nuts untill i found this website. but i tell you what, i hooked thet sucker up to a digiteck GNX1 and it sounds like a dream, i cannot believe it, the thing is smooth, smooth, smooth. I am still looking for imformation, i hope someone knows something. Thanks.

What the hell am I playing (Conqueror)

I have a Conqueror that was found in a basement, It needed serious restoration. Now it plays and sounds awesome. It is a Les Paul knockoff, I still can't find out anything about it. ~J

Re: Bruno "Conqueror" guitar

: : So....I have one that I know nothing about. It is a Royal Artist Bruno. full size guiter, with a lot of flash. I was told it was a 1962. do they have any value ?
: : Okay, I have one too! I think we should all just join the "WHAT THE HELL AM I PLAYING?" club. Anyhow...Mine is a guitar, however its one claim to fame for me is that it LOOKS like Paul McCartney's 1963 Hofner Violin Bass. However, I need to take it in and get a whole bunch of stuff done to it. I do not know much about it, but from the little bit of research I have done on it, I have gotten two different stories. One is that These guitars are made by a company in Japan that makes mandolins.....so it was kind of a spinoff project. Ya know.."LETS MAKE A REALLY BIG MANDOLIN. .AND THEN, TURN IT INTO A GUITAR" kind of thing. The other is that it was done by some guy who was an apprentice of "Martin" guitars. However, I am not sure. But it seems we are all bewildered here. I am still investigating...I will let you know if I learn anything new.

: : -Christina.

: Allright, i have now joined the *what the hell have i got* club. I found a conqueror guitar at a house owned by a gentleman who had a flea market booth. It is black, solid body, two pickups, with pearl inlayed striping on its front and back edge, it has pearl inlays and an emblem on the neck. There is no number or any other information on the guitar, i searched all over and thought i was going nuts untill i found this website. but i tell you what, i hooked thet sucker up to a digiteck GNX1 and it sounds like a dream, i cannot believe it, the thing is smooth, smooth, smooth. I am still looking for imformation, i hope someone knows something. Thanks.

Re: Bruno "Conqueror" guitar

I've got my dad's guitar that he got when he was about 11 or 12, which means it was bought around 1967. It is a Royal Artist Bruno guitar, hollow body, but it is not violin shaped. That is about all I know about it. I've been searching for info, but haven't really found anything. I am just as lost as you are.

-Bridget Murphy

Re: Bruno

: I've got my dad's guitar that he got when he was about 11 or 12, which means it was bought around 1967. It is a Royal Artist Bruno guitar, hollow body, but it is not violin shaped. That is about all I know about it. I've been searching for info, but haven't really found anything. I am just as lost as you are.

: -Bridget Murphy
Bridget,look what I have written re: Conqueror Brunos. There are 3 different types. Gibson es-335 copy in sunburst.a Hofner violin type,and one that looks like a Fender Jaguar that someone built when they were on acid.I also wrote Skeeter @ this site and someone else.Both have extra info....Best, Richard

Re: Bruno

J brought home a Bruno Conqueror today - but it ain't no guitar - its a mandolin. She figures it was built around the mid 60's. It has a turtle shell pick gaurd. Four sets of double strings.

Its about half way to a quality instrument, but I know nothing about mandolins. So I can't say I can estimate its value... We are thinking of offering 50 to 75 - asking was 200. But, J pointed out the broken fretboard and the screw that was added to hold the neck handle to the body.

doubt this helps anyone - but it I'm guesing that you all have stuff made by "BRUNO" The mandoline maker..

M

Re: Bruno "Conqueror" guitar

I have joined the club! Recently won a Royal Artist Bruno "Beatle" bass on ebay and well... I want to know about it and the fact that there is zero info on it is making me insane! Well, not really, but boy am I curious! Anybody with info, let me know! Thanks

Joining the club

Well hello everyone I would like go join this illustrious club as well. I've had this Bruno Semi- hollow body Conqueror Bass that sounds really nice. But can't find much about it. I was going up sell her but have no ideas hat it's worth.. Argh!

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