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Carlos 209

Got a job working at a pawn shop and was asked to clean out an old backroom. found 2 old dusty guitars that had been stripped of hardware, tuners bridge nut etc. They said throw them away or keep them, and i kept them obviously. The one is a classical, smaller sized, its like a toy, the other is a carlos model 209. Never heard of it, Strung it up and bought some cheap tuners and a rosewood bridge, bridgepin, nut and it really sounds great. Just was reading this and wanted to share my carlos story. Any clues what its worth?

CARLOS Acoustic guitar Model 249

Excellant condition looks used but well kept. Would like to know the value. I seem to collect or rescue guitars in need of a good home. Thanks, Eloy

I Want to know the value of my carlos 12 string acoustic guitar

Hi I have a carlos ( made in korea ) 12 string acoustic guitar bought in 1977 .Its in excellent condition all original.could some one please tell me what its worth? Also is it worth keeping or should I sell it. And if I sell it how much should I sell it for? Thanks

Carlos Guitar mod 249

Hello all.
I have a Carlos guitar 249 that unfortunately for me, needs a new home.
I am the original awner, bought it at a guitar shop in CO back in '81.
It's been in it's original hardshell case always and only out to be played a few times.
I am putting it for sale on eBay with plenty of pictures.
After reading all the reviews and coparisons to Martin guitars, I am feeling guilty and sad to let it go, but I still think this guitar needs to be played and appreciated as the fine instrument it is, and not continue to be neglected as it has been for so long.

carlos 249

do you still have this guitar and what are you asking?

Near mint Carlos 438 for sale at the right price!

i have a near mint carlos 438 has a few minor scratches but you have to look for them all original if anyone wants to make an offer you can message me at retardedsquirrel666@yahoo.com please put CARLOS as the subject!

Carlos #249 for sale in AZ

I am selling my near mint Carlos #249. It is mohagany in tone from top to bottom. My e-mail is salcantarella@hotmail.com for questions. Thank you

Re: Carlos #249 for sale in AZ

: I am selling my near mint Carlos #249. It is mohagany in tone from top to bottom. My e-mail is salcantarella@hotmail.com for questions. Thank you
i just bought a carlos at auction and got it for $46 dollars it looks like the 248 but i need to see better pictures of the carlos guitars so i can compare. Did I make a great deal?

Carlos Model 207 guitar

I have a Carlos Model 207 mde in Korea. Can anyone tell me any info on it. I know that the company is no longer in business. It has a wonderful sound and is in great shape. I am plaaning to sell it and would appreciate info on its value.

awesome carlos conversations

I seriously thought I was one of only two Carlos fans in the world (the other being the guy from Marcys Playground). I need more information on the brand. I'm on my second one and it has no model number on it. I love it. The first one I had had a brass nut, i bought it at a garage sale in wisconsin, it was cool but it warpped beyond repair. This one is nice, I'm just upgrading some of it's parts. I found it in a pawn shop in seattle. I'm looking to collect these awesome guitars. If anyone knows anything about the company or where to buy some more please let us know. Thanks

re: Carlos 12 string Model #283

My dad was given this guitar by a good friend before he passed away in 1982, before that time it was already a few years old. My dad was wanting more information on it like when this guitar was made or what year. and any other info someone might have on it.

Thank You,

Crappy video of my playing my Model 249

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LBCwGYxN8w
I can find a date stamp that reads "JUL 4 1 8" as best as I can make out anyway. Any idea what year it was made? Please feel free to contact me at skibum8199 at yahoo(dot)com

Also, if you're looking for pricing on your Carlos guitars, I found this in an eBay auction for one:

"Many companies sprang up in Korea and other Asian countries starting in the late '60s making quality copies of popular American guitars for the folk/rock music market of the time. The “Carlos” company marketed mid-level copies of the best American models from about 1976 to the late 1980’s, according to The Vintage Guitar Magazine Price Guide of 2007."

Check out that magazine if you're serious. I just don't want to spend the $27 for the magazine since I'm keeping mine. :D

Carlos Guitar

looking for info on recently acquired Carlos guitar model CN-8

My old Carlos Guitar - bought from deaf guy 25 years ago

Bought my Carlos Model 24QK from a deaf guy in college in 1984. All these years later and playing every day it's still the best guitar I've ever played. Too bad I put stickers on it and banged-it-around w/ little respect till the last few years when trying others, etc. If you can get one cheep - do it - without regard to condition - they're the best!

Carlos model 209

I just lucked out and found this model 209. Stored in a garage at a retired guys house. He wanted $75.00 for it with a case. After I got it home and started playing it I was totally amazed that it played and sounded so well. I did'nt see any #209 models in any of the posts?

Carlos 207 - What is this?

I have a Carlos 207 that my dad gave me about 20 years ago, he's passed away now so I can't find out where he got it or what it is - see it's a 4-string with a neck and body of a full size guitar. Guitar Center's telling me it's a Baritone Ukulele so I'm looking around to see what I can find on it. Any info would be great thanks!!

Re: Carlos 207 - What is this?

What you have is a Tenor Guitar. I am looking to purchase such a guitar so if you are interested in selling, contact me. Thanks,Jack

: I have a Carlos 207 that my dad gave me about 20 years ago, he's passed away now so I can't find out where he got it or what it is - see it's a 4-string with a neck and body of a full size guitar. Guitar Center's telling me it's a Baritone Ukulele so I'm looking around to see what I can find on it. Any info would be great thanks!!

Re: Carlos 207 - What is this?

I, too, have just aquired an old Carlos TG207. Appears to be a quality instrument. I'm looking for more info about Carlos guitars.
: What you have is a Tenor Guitar. I am looking to purchase such a guitar so if you are interested in selling, contact me. Thanks,Jack

: : I have a Carlos 207 that my dad gave me about 20 years ago, he's passed away now so I can't find out where he got it or what it is - see it's a 4-string with a neck and body of a full size guitar. Guitar Center's telling me it's a Baritone Ukulele so I'm looking around to see what I can find on it. Any info would be great thanks!!

Re: Carlos 207 - What is this?

did you ever find anything more about the tenor guitar. looks like i might be getting one and i'd like some more info as well. thanks!... jim

: I, too, have just aquired an old Carlos TG207. Appears to be a quality instrument. I'm looking for more info about Carlos guitars.
: : What you have is a Tenor Guitar. I am looking to purchase such a guitar so if you are interested in selling, contact me. Thanks,Jack

: : : I have a Carlos 207 that my dad gave me about 20 years ago, he's passed away now so I can't find out where he got it or what it is - see it's a 4-string with a neck and body of a full size guitar. Guitar Center's telling me it's a Baritone Ukulele so I'm looking around to see what I can find on it. Any info would be great thanks!!

Carlos catalogs available online

vintaxe.com has Carlos catalog scans online. They ask a $10 donation via paypal for access to their catalogs though. I just got a model 236 and it looks like this is the guitar on the front cover of the 1976 catalog.

Re: Carlos catalogs available online

: vintaxe.com has Carlos catalog scans online. They ask a $10 donation via paypal for access to their catalogs though. I just got a model 236 and it looks like this is the guitar on the front cover of the 1976 catalog.

I FOUND A CARLOS 236 FOR $75. DID YOU FIND OUT ANYTHING ON THIS GUITAR?

Re: Traded towards a Gibson I wanted at music store

: : vintaxe.com has Carlos catalog scans online. They ask a $10 donation via paypal for access to their catalogs though. I just got a model 236 and it looks like this is the guitar on the front cover of the 1976 catalog.

:
: I FOUND A CARLOS 236 FOR $75. DID YOU FIND OUT ANYTHING ON THIS GUITAR?

I traded this Carlos #242 my wife bought at yard sale for $40 for this Gibson LP Custom at music store. He gave me $850 towards my new purchase. The guitar is made very well. The guy at the store was all over me when I walked in with it. My wife is furious now that I put it up as deposit for my new LP. If I were you I would hang on to your Carlos. There worth more than people are letting on.

Re: Carlos catalogs available online

I got mine for $44. Local Luthier used to sell them back in the day. Said they sold for about $100 but by todays standards would retail $250'ish. They are all laminate with spruce top and rosewood back and sides. They are the upper model while the 228 is the lower model (about $75 back in the day) for classicals. I ended up trading mine in on a Yamaki 12 string. Looking at a model 210 thats kind of beat up for about $30 now.

Carlos Model #240

I purchased a Carlos Model 240, made in Korea from this yard sale for $20 from an elderly lady. This guitar is made really well. Have been looking everywhere to find out what this model is worth...lol seems like everyone has the problem...Are these worth anything..They play great.

Re: Carlos Model #240

: I purchased a Carlos Model 240, made in Korea from this yard sale for $20 from an elderly lady. This guitar is made really well. Have been looking everywhere to find out what this model is worth...lol seems like everyone has the problem...Are these worth anything..They play great.

ya i have the same model guitar, any luck with prices?

Re: Carlos Model #240

 Carlos Model #240

This popular thread has been given its own page : Re: Carlos Model #240

carlos guitar #139

I have a carlos guitar model #139. i was wondering if anyone had any info on this model, or at least an idea of how much it is worth. thanks.

Carlos Guitar Model E241C

If any one knows any thing about this type of guitar. Please e-mail me.

carlos guitar model 200 made in korea

I have a carlos model 200 made in korea...am trying to find out if it is worth any money ...anybody?

Carlos made in Korea model 228

Hi, could anyone tell me more about this guitar I have? Are there any sites that I could visit to learn more about my new guitar?
Thanks a bunch!!!

Re: Carlos made in Korea model 228

: Hi, could anyone tell me more about this guitar I have? Are there any sites that I could visit to learn more about my new guitar?
: Thanks a bunch!!!

Re: Carlos made in Korea model 228

I have one and it's like honey.
Like a violin they keep getting better with age. Most of the info I find on them is that the originals were hand-crafted and it seems like the model number we're in was part of that group. Enjoy it!

Re: Carlos made in Korea model 228 did you find info

: : Hi, could anyone tell me more about this guitar I have? Are there any sites that I could visit to learn more about my new guitar?
: : Thanks a bunch!!!

did you find any info

Guitars Carlos modle#249

I have a carlos Guitar and it has a grate sound. I play a martin for my churches band because it has a pickup, but my Carlos sounds just as good.

Carlos guitars

I have a Carlos model E241C. it was stamped with the date 11/19/1987. It says "Quality Product of Korea" on the sticker through the hole. It is jet black cutaway acustic/electric. the machine heads seem to be of good quality, in fact the entire guitar seems to be of good quality, possibly even handmade by the looks of the construction.
A day does not pass that i do not pick it up and play, even if only for a brief moment, and it shows, tons of dings, scratches and even a bit of superglue on one corner. the action is a bit high, and the pickup (might just need some cleaning) dosent seem to pick up the bass quite like it should. Otherwise the sound is good. Probably won't ever get rid of it.
apparently it is somewhat rare, from what i have seen here, and on the rest of the net. somewhere out there, someone has some information on these guitars, and they are holding out on the rest of us. So... if you have any information on the Carlos guitar company we would love to have it.

Thanks, Russ

carlos guitar model #236

Any Inf on a model #236 carlos guitar would be much appreciated, Thanks

Re: carlos guitar model #236

: Any Inf on a model #236 carlos guitar would be much appreciated, Thanks
i ALSO HAVE A cARLOS GUITAR MADE IN kOREA # 236, i WOULD LIKE TO SELL IT BUT i DON'T HAVE ANY INFORMATION EITHER.

Re: carlos guitar model #236

My boss has a 236 carlos and wanted to know what it's worth any help would be much appreciated

Re: carlos guitar model #236

: My boss has a 236 carlos and wanted to know what it's worth any help would be much appreciated

I purchased a Carlos #236 Nylon String acoustic new in 1989 for $225. It was not the cheapest guitar on the rack, but close. I really like the feel and sound of this guitar, it is my favorite.

Re: carlos guitar model #236

: My boss has a 236 carlos and wanted to know what it's worth any help would be much appreciated

I purchased a Carlos #236 Nylon String acoustic new in 1989 for $225. It was not the cheapest guitar on the rack, but close. I really like the feel and sound of this guitar, it is my favorite.

Carlos Guitar -228

Hey there! I've been looking to buy used guitars from people, and this lady has a Carlos Guitar Model #228- and she wants $200 for it- would it be worth buying?

Re: Carlos Guitar -228

yes it is worth buying if it is in good shape! If you do not buy it please give me the information so I can buy it!

Carlos model 260

(originally posted 14:59:33 12/18/05)

I picked up a Carlos model 260. It had a separated bridge which I fixed. I noticed that it has exquisit construction technique. Scalloped bracing the same as a Martin and cleanly done. It also says made in Korea. I have had other Korean Guitars and found them all to be of very high quality and sound. This one has a adjustable bridge which is interesting for a acoustic. Its body style is a dead ringer for a Martin D-28. Spruce top that may be laminate. I must comment that too many people are refurring to lamitaes as plywood as in cheap. These moders laminates are highly engineered for sound reproduction and added strenght. You cannot judge a guitar that sells for under 1000.00 by whether it has laminate construction. Some are excellent. This guitar has the cheapest tuners ever. I tossed them and bought a good set of tarnished ( new but look old )Gotoh gold plated tuners as I thought this color would enhance it looks. I know that this will make all the differance in the world. I have a multi part guitar detail
ing that I have learned from countless guitar details and applied the works to this guitar. It looks awesome and I can't wait to get the tuners. I will post the end results. Lets start a Carlos club??? It will increase thier visability and value.

Re: Carlos model 260

i bought my 260 in 1981, it still looks and sounds brand new and is in mint condition. it has proven to be as good or better than the taylor acoustic and fender that i have

Carlos Guitar #289

I have a 12-string that needs some parts. More specifically a new tuning key bracket that screws into the back of the head. Any help on where to get this part would be great. Thanks in advance.

Jon

carlos quality musical instruments Korean or Mexican? 249

Hi I have a model 249. Got it at a flea market, it sounds wonderful but needs some repair as it goes out of tune fast. The bridge has been reworked- it was probley lowered.

Years ago, I brought it to a friend who makes guitars and he liked it, said it was an early model and he said it was hand made. I'm not so sure it's a Korean carlos, he seemed to recognise it and called it a "carlos negros". If I remember right he thought it was an early mexican guitar from a small company. We spent more time looking at his work and I didn't ask more questions.

Can anyone tell me if this is a steel string guitar? Looks like it but it goes out of tune so fast...

Has a rich mellow sound, with wonderful undertones, better than a gibson and sounds like a martin. Is all dark wood, I think maybe mahogany.

Says "carlos quality musical instruments" on the inside label but the type font is not the same as the Korean carlos logo- unless they later changed it. Looks like an old western or Mexican font. Kind of "scroll-y"

BTW, Possibly just a coincidence, there is a Korean American guitar maker in northhampton (?) ma named Leo Hwang Carlos... ??? Who started his own company but there is little info on it. Maybe I'll try and write to him.

i have one too

dont know if youre even still alive to get this but here goes. Thats the exact model i have inside sticker and all. My dad gave it to me for a present and then bought another online. the one he got was different. the inside sticker was the made in korea version and the headstock carlos decal was painted on, mine was a sticker. I have played both and believe that the quality musical instrument one has a richer sound. also i find it to be a better built guitar. The korean sticker one showes an obvious learning curve, whether it was a rookie or the company was hurting for good builders i dont know, one of the fret dots on it was not anywhere near flush with the fret board and the head stock had an obvious point of attachment you could see and feel. mine on the other hand seems to be a single piece neck and head stock. one defect i have noticed that is similar of both guitars is the neck where it goes into the body. from the body to the sound hole it raises slightly and then drops sharply. this can best be seen if you look down all the frets from the bridge to the nut. this causes a little fret buzz which i will eliminate with a file the next time i restring. also i noticed the saddle on the korean one is really low giving almost no angle to the strings on their descent to the bridge. the one my dad has has grooves on the saddle, could be an attempt to lower the action from some owner. mine is decked out with grover tuners and brass bridge pins to complete that beautiful brass sound. I will soon upgrade it with an infinity matrix electric set up. ive heard the korean one and seen similar models on line with that low saddle and im not impressed. whether korean or mexican im keepin my eye our for that quality musical instrument sticker and brass hardwear combo. I dont think there is a more interesting guitar out there and you definitely cant get anywhere near that sound for less than 1000 bucks these days.

Carlos Guitar

Wow, you would think, based on these messages, there would be information out there on Carlos guitars. I have an acoustic 12-string Carlos, model 485. Great sound, but the strings play a bit high. However, I know nothing about the guitar itself. Keep the thread going until someone can find something.

Re: Carlos Guitar

Christina, I think you could bring it to a good repair shop and get the strings lowered fairly inexpensively. By the accounts here it seems it would only make it sound better.

Mine has the cheapest crappiest keys, but such a nice body and sound. My strings have been lowered it looks like and it doesn't seem to have hurt the sound a bit.

Carlos Model 238

Can you tell me what this model guitar is worth? I have serial # 014503.

Thanks
Joe

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