kimbara

Posted by paula on Fri, 12/17/04 - 16:15:11.
In Reply to S&L MUSIC GEAR

Hi i was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about kimbara
accoustic guitars just came across one, it was made in korea
and it has square shaped pearl insets on the frets,
it also has the pearl trim the whole way round the edge of the guitar
and going up the back of the guitar in a V shape .
the label on the inside of the guitar says KIMBARA specially made for
FCN.england model no. 8/Y
I would appreciate any information about it .

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kimbara

i have kimbara 203/r black how much is it worth

Re: kimbara

Hi, I am from Germany and travelled in 1977 to London to buy my first guitar. I got a Kimbara, Specially Made in Japan for FCN Model 150. I paid around 75 pound sterling. It is still a great guitar like some Martins

Re: kimbara

: Hi i was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about kimbara
: accoustic guitars just came across one, it was made in korea
: and it has square shaped pearl insets on the frets,
: it also has the pearl trim the whole way round the edge of the guitar
: and going up the back of the guitar in a V shape .
: the label on the inside of the guitar says KIMBARA specially made for
: FCN.england model no. 8/Y
: I would appreciate any information about it .

hi i have a kimbara label made for fcn model no 30/p semi accoustic had it for over twenty years but dont no nothing about them, but fantastic sound

Re: kimbara

I bought a Kimbara 23CRD Chinese-built cutaway electro-acoustic about six years ago. It needed a little luthier work to bring it fully up to scratch, but as a result it has the sweetest action of any acoustic (well, any guitar, in fact) that I've ever played. So the transition to Chinese manufacture hasn't ruined the brand.

Light-bodied, it throws a lot of sound forwards, which might not suit everyone (I like giving it to friends to play just so I can here it to full effect). It has basic Artec passive EQ, but through a decent amp, the stock piezo pickup gives a great sound with plenty of "air" and full range.

IIRC I paid about £200 for it. I wouldn't ever sell it. Folks I know who have £600+ guitars rate it highly. Unless the OP's guitar's a total crock, I'd think twice about selling it!

Re: kimbara

hi,

does anyone know anything about the 171/Q kimbara guitar

hazel

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i got my kimbara acoustic in 1979 it cost 45 pounds . and it was second hand .its black and has a pickgard coated in flowers and has a dove on it . i love it. although my gibson j 45 sounds top class . my kimbara is not too far behind in sound . does anyone know how much it is worth .

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I bought a Kimbara black late 70s - pick guard with flowers and dove. ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING. Sounded like a Fender but a fraction of the price. Sold it along with all my other guitars - WRONG MOVE. I've now spent the past few years trying to find another. They are priceless if you have a good 70s model. Don't sell it for less than a couple of hundred (unless to me for what you paid for it!!!!!)
: i got my kimbara acoustic in 1979 it cost 45 pounds . and it was second hand .its black and has a pickgard coated in flowers and has a dove on it . i love it. although my gibson j 45 sounds top class . my kimbara is not too far behind in sound . does anyone know how much it is worth .

Re: kimbara acoustic guitar

: Hi i was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about kimbara
: accoustic guitars just came across one, it was made in korea
: and it has square shaped pearl insets on the frets,
: it also has the pearl trim the whole way round the edge of the guitar
: and going up the back of the guitar in a V shape .
: the label on the inside of the guitar says KIMBARA specially made for
: FCN.england model no. 8/Y
: I would appreciate any information about it .

Hullo,

I have a Kimbara acoustic guitar that I bought in approx. 1975 for about £36. The label reads: "Kimbara, specially made in Japan for FCN London. Model no. 169 Serial no. 46118" The design is essentially plain but with a mosaic design around the sound hole.

I am trying to get a value for it so that I can sell it.

Kimbara

I also have a Kimbara model 30 it's single cutaway in blue with ase4 active pick up and equaliser on board. Must have been an attempt to go modern. I remember going into music inn shop in Northamptonshire to buy one of the new craft guitars that were advertised widely in the music press and they had the only left handed one in the Midlands so I travelled 1.5 hours to get it. Next to it they had the Kimbara as the only other left handed guitar. I tried them both and the craft guitar sounded weedy next to it and kept slipping off my lap as it was a shell back. After playing them both the shop staff agreed the Kimbara sounded so much better. " are they reliable? It's made in China, do they sell?"
"Don't know...it's the only one we have ever had and it's sat there for years. None of us are left handed and no one has ever played it and we won't be getting another"
So I paid...gulp...£250 for it! Never looked back it has been reliable, sounds good (if you don't plug it in) and recently I had it professionally set up and the guitar Luther was very impressed with it saying one of the best Chinese guitars he had ever heard and it was in remarkable condition. I recently played a £700 Taylor and was disappointed with the sound compared to mine. I suspect mine is worth nothing second hand but doesn't matter as I would never sell it. They are the Sigma of their day!

I have a kimbara model no

I have a kimbara model no 201 which I play a lot it is an electro acoustic which I brought for 50 pounds and I am trying to see how old it is can anybody help me with this please?

I have a kimbara model193/G

I have a kimbara model193/G ive had it for over 20 years but after reading everyones comments i seem to have the only one made in peoples republic of china but still for fcn tonebridge london. Has anyone else got one that could give me some information on it. Its a beautifully rich sounding guitar and thought a total bargain at just £30

KIMBARA

I have a kimbara classical 6 nylon string specially made in Japan for FCN-London model no. N27 so I assume it is one of the early ones from around 1980 on it has mahogany back and sides with light front maybe spruce I am not sure no pearl dots or markings on the board just 5th 7th 9th and 12th dots on the side, plain looking but nice sound, I paid about £50 in 1990

re-Kimbara acoustic guitar

hi, i have a Kimbara classical model N-169 and the old looking label reads "specially made in japan for F&N - London". notice, not FCN. I think its a sixties guitar? no serial number on the label just some numbers on the brace under the top reading
43 0 25...maybe someone out there knows and can help me out to date it ?
A solid cedar top and the most amazing sounding broad- striped solid Brazillian rosewood back and sides. it has a litho rosette and the same motif running up the middle of the headstock ,a rosewood pinned bridge and rosewood fingerboard. rosewood faced headstock,bone nut, nice black and gold binding give this guitar a simple yet elegant look.
Now, back to the sound. I am recording with it at the moment, a percussive piece using finger taps all over and i swear it (the sound) literally jumps out of the sound hole with marvelous resonant lows and highs, basically the full range, with such natural reverb, its an acoustic joy.Taping the bridge is a shock.plays as well as it sounds too!
The back was coming away in a two inch section under the heel but a dab of super glue and the majic ten seconds and hey presto.Its really dusty and grimey inside but i think to clean it would be a shame as all i have done is lem oiled the neck
I bought it in a charity shop in penzance recently for forty quid and as soon as i picked it up i was playing fluently which is a good sign i think.I reakon i would have to shell out at least five hundred for a modern equivalent and then its debatable if it will have the sound. Anyway ive seen the seventies versions on ebay for £200 ish and at that i think these are excellent buys , if you can get a real bargain for any less grab it as i really rate these "nearly old as me" guitars.Its my only guitar and will stay that way.

KIMBARA CLASSICAL GUITAR

Hello Simon
I may have similar guitar to yours. Label in mine says "KIMBARA CLASSICAL SPECIALLY MADE IN JAPAN FOR
F & N - LONDON. Your description sounds as if it could fit my guitar, tho I don't know enough to recognise the different woods myself. This was bought in 1960's by my friend's father. Can't see any numbers anywhere. I have some photos. Mine seems in very good condition. Can't see how to upload photos here.

Do somebody knows anything

Do somebody knows anything about :
Kimbara
Specially made for FCN - ENGLAND
MODEL NO.15/U
Made in Korea

Big thanks :)

kimbara guitars modle 31ssctgn

kimbara guitars modle 31ssctgn can anyone tell me how much this is worth?

Kimbara acoustic guitar

I would like to know the history & the value of model number 178/L, serial number 80631, if anyone can offer me any information, I'd be very greatful, many thanks:-)

Kimbara 178L

how weird i have been looking for nearly 7 years to find another kimbara like the one I have, mine is serial 80622 just below yours. did you get a value for yours. how long have you owned it for. I havent been able to trace mine back to anyone else either

kimbara 178L

how weird i have been looking for nearly 7 years to find another kimbara like the one I have, mine is serial 80622 just below yours. did you get a value for yours. how long have you owned it for

kimbara 3/J

hi!! my immaculate 3/j is in near perfect condition with minor slight markings only. original shop stickers etc.... city of London music store... think it's possibly older than me.... (not tellin). any ideas of possible value?

KIMBARA JUMBO GUITAR NO 73,MADE IN JAPAN FOR FCN-LONDON

CHECK THIS ONE FOR SALE ON EBAY 2ND FEB 2012.

Re: kimbara acoustic guitar

Hi, I have a acoustic Kimbara guitar.

Specially made in Japan for FCN-London : Model no. 30

Would anyone know the value of this guitar?

Hi, I paid one 50 euros 10

Hi,

I paid one 50 euros 10 hours ago.

Sounds great.

Re: kimbara acoustic guitar

I checked this thread and thought I should submit a follow-up for anyone interested in these guitars.

Mine is a rare one: its a Kimbara 29/L, and you will find no reference to it anywhere (well I came up with nothing anyway). It's a classical 6 -string, with a single cutaway and its also electro-acoustic, with a piezo-type pickup under the bridge, with a lead socket in the strap lug and two control pots on the top, close to the neck. The build is similar to the 8/Y and the quality is easy to see on this model. I have played many guitars and this is one of my favourites. The tone is round and deliberate, and it always holds tune even with nylon strings.

kkimbara

hi there ive just came into a kimbara 30/m made in korea ,was wondering what value is???

Re: kimbara acoustic guitar

My Kimbara is a model 6/S. I bought it in a music shop in Surbiton in 1980ish. I've since lived in Texas, Suffolk, Nevada, Ohio, and now Florida, and my Kimbara has followed me everywhere. It has a few nicks and scratches now but I still love playing it.
My son has a $1000 Martin, but I still argue my Kimbara is as nice to hear as his baby!

GUITAR

HI BOUGHT KIMBARA 6/S IN LONDON ( CANNING TOWN) IN 1989 A GREAT GUITAR TONY N IRELAND

kimbara guitar

tony from ireland again serching along time at last bought a kimbara model 6/s on gumtree already have a 6/s

Re: kimbara acoustic guitar 12 string

Hello, i've a kimbara 12 string guitar number 72. And i was wondering whether anybody could give me a rough idea on price??. Thankyou

Re: kimbara acoustic guitar 12 string

: Hello, i've a kimbara 12 string guitar number 72. And i was wondering whether anybody could give me a rough idea on price??. Thankyou

Re: kimbara acoustic guitar 12 string

:
: : Hello, i've a kimbara 12 string guitar number 72. And i was wondering whether anybody could give me a rough idea on price??. Thankyou
Found this post yesterday. They seem to be priced up to £150
I am looking for a replacement bridge for a 72 has anyone got the dimensions

Re: kimbara acoustic guitar

: I came across this Kimbara specially made in Japan for FCN-London model #108 serial#40802 It's a small classical guitar with nice inlay work around the body and sound hole AND the best sounding E chord of all my guitars it's a joy to play.
: : accoustic guitars just came across one, it was made in korea
: : and it has square shaped pearl insets on the frets,
: : it also has the pearl trim the whole way round the edge of the guitar
: : and going up the back of the guitar in a V shape .
: : the label on the inside of the guitar says KIMBARA specially made for
: : FCN.england model no. 8/Y
: : I would appreciate any information about it .

: Hullo,

: I have a Kimbara acoustic guitar that I bought in approx. 1975 for about £36. The label reads: "Kimbara, specially made in Japan for FCN London. Model no. 169 Serial no. 46118" The design is essentially plain but with a mosaic design around the sound hole.

: I am trying to get a value for it so that I can sell it.

Re: kimbara acoustic guitar

:I have a Model 73 which, like Graham, I purchased in Uxbridge in 1974. I guess this was at 'Dawkes' on the Hillingdon Road; I think I paid £37 for it. It's the model others have mentioned with the three-piece back, and would appear to be a copy of the Martin D35 with the same shape headstock, too. It's matured magnificently over the years and has a great tone. The action has always been a little high and consequently things become harder the further past the 9th fret you go. I never got this sorted, and I suppose I'm just used to it now. I took it to a guitar shop to have some slight cracking in the top assessed, which I thought may be down to mis-use. Nothing untoward was found, but the dealer dashed my hopes by suggesting that it probably wasn't worth much more than I paid for it 30-odd years ago!

Re: kimbara acoustic guitar

I submitted my comments on the Kimbara 8/Y acoustic about 2 years ago. Yes, a passable copy of the Martin D-35 but missing the wonderful aroma of solid rosewood and spruce - is there an aerosol of wood essences available anywhere?
The high action on my guitar meant it wasn't played very often. Recently my brother turned up without his guitar, and, somewhat reluctant to let him get his hot sticky hands on my new Gibson TV Hummingbird, I took the truss rod nut out of the Kimbara, installed a thin washer, tightened up and got the action down to an acceptable level, and finally installed new Elixir Nano Phosphor Bronze 11's. What a transformation! Easy action and beautiful tones. The sound is more like you would expect from a mahogany-bodied Gibson and I reckon it would compare very favourably with an older Gibson, who, after all, weren't above making guitar bodies out of laminates for certain models.
Having Kimbara on the headstock, rather than Gibson, makes all the difference, value-wise. Crazy world.

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Hi.
I'm russian and I'm working at construction. My friend found Kimbara Guitar during demolition work and presents it to me.
Now I have this nice Guitar and really like it!
It sound very interesting (compare to Ibanez, Yamaha and some others guitars). Condition of guitar not very well, but any way, it sound!
Label on guitar say:

Kimbara acoustic model no. 166 specially made in Japan for FCN London,
With the mosaic round and it has no serial number (??).
I happy to found so many people are interesting in these guitars.
By the way, I think, I should say sorry for my English (which is not well :))

kimbara 29L

Hi, I am one of it sems many kimbara fans. I aquired one a good few years back. An electeo acoustic version made in Korea. Just trying to find out a bit more about it. What woods were used etc . Thanks if anyone has any info ;)

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I've also got a Kimbara, "made in Japan for FCN England", Model Number 2/6. Got it in Manchester in 1978 for about £70 (a whole weeks wages!). Beautiful tone especially with Ernie Ball phosphor bronze extra lights (although I haven't seen them for years). The neck was snapped off mine and has been glued back on, and it's still sounding great. I've got an Ovation now but the Kimbara wil always be my baby.

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Here is the reply I was sent by FCN music earlier this month (July 2008):

"There has never been a “KIMBARA” factory as such. The brand name is the property of FCN Music and has been used on guitars they have commissioned from various factories since the late 60’s. The brand name was first registered on 2nd January 1968.
Initially guitars were produced in Japan, in the late 1980’s guitars were sourced from Korea and in the late 1990’s instruments moved to factories in China.
The Kimbara brand mark has been used on Classical, Steel Strung and Electric guitars. The 8/Y model was available from 1977-1990 last RRP £186.00.

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I know it may be a bit "Nurdy", But I have 4 kimbaras, two small bodied ones, one I have had for 30 years (cost £25.00 with an electric pick up and strap!)and it was secondhand then, the other I got recently for only £10.50! A black jumbo semi accoustic (£40.00), and finnaly a 12 string that I bought in York 20 years ago, second hand for £50.00. All say made in Japan, etc on the label. Personally I have only come accross one other person that owns one (face to face that is)in 30 years! They are all good quality good sounding guitars that didn't cost the earth, maybe we should keep it to ourselves ???????

: I

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I bought a Kimbara secondhand for £15 in the early 70s (I believe). My son had it for a while and it is now back with me, Sounds OK with fresh strings and looks really nicely aged now. It says it was made in Japan too.

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Hi, I am Terry in Cornwall U.K. Started playing in 1962 when 14 . Stopped playing in 1968.Started again, briefly, in early 1970s when I bought my Kimbara.Stopped playing for 30 years have now started again. My Kimbara was bought for about£50.Beautiful. Label says-Specially made in Japan for FCN-London, Model No.108 Serial No. 43003.Sounds fantastic,so resonent and sonorous, but then I am biased! Shame that I can not do it justice. As my tutor once said"you are my best student for playing the wrong note". Praise indeed!! I am using Savarez strings at present. I could not buy a guitar of this class in U.K. for less than about £300- £500, possibly more. Hope that this helps.

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Hi Terry..greetings from fellow Cornish resident. Have just replied to Kimbara comment by Jackie Prachek, which might be of interest. The price you paid 30 years ago sounds about right -unfortunately it's probably still about the right price now in 2007! I never could see the point of spending a lot of money on a "name" guitar, that is, not until I found a second-hand Martin D-16, which just sings and makes me want to improve my playing to do justice to the exquisite tones and sound,- and like everything else, lasting,superb quality does not come cheap!
Anyway, 'nuff of this,- I'm near Penzance, if you fancy a Kimbara re-union anytime! Best wishes. John Dayman

Re: kimbara acoustic guitar

hi! I bought my kimbara electro-acoustic guitar from ebay. I was lucky. it is stunning, immaculate condition. it says Specially made in Japan for FCN-london, Model number 3/J. It is a greeny blue colour which appears to change colour in the light. I love this guitar. It has all the original shop stickers on it, "CITY OF LONDON MUSIC STORE, 17 ELDON STREET, CITY, LONDON EC2M 7LR 01-588 4649" I believe it is approx 23 years old. though i'm desperate to find out. It looks brand new . i even have a strap which dates at the same time. probably bought with the guitar. I also have the original carry case. (soft, not hard. Its my baby. if my cats sniff at it, they are chucked out side. they have learned not to go near it.

Re: kimbara acoustic guitar

: : my guitar is a model 169 made in Japan for FCN London, I bought it in 1964 second hand, for £15, it's a real cracker, low action, deep box, (can't beat a deep box}, nice wide fret, and I love it. Unfortunately, I left it in the sun , and the head split, not one to panic , I taped it , then glued it, left it a full week and removed the bandages,it was as though nothing had happened, I have played it for the last 25 years, absolutely superb, until today when one of the pegs decided to rattle it's clack, top E, ALWAYS A PROBLEM! So if any of you have , or know where to get a peg , please let me know. ps. I am a Guernseyman

Re: kimbara acoustic guitar

: : Hi i was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about kimbara
: : accoustic guitars just came across one, it was made in korea
: : and it has square shaped pearl insets on the frets,
: : it also has the pearl trim the whole way round the edge of the guitar
: : and going up the back of the guitar in a V shape .
: : the label on the inside of the guitar says KIMBARA specially made for
: : FCN.england model no. 8/Y
: : I would appreciate any information about it .

: Hullo,

: I have a Kimbara acoustic guitar that I bought in approx. 1975 for about £36. The label reads: "Kimbara, specially made in Japan for FCN London. Model no. 169 Serial no. 46118" The design is essentially plain but with a mosaic design around the sound hole.

: I am trying to get a value for it so that I can sell it.

I bought my kimbara model 71 back in the mid 70's whilst comparing it with a guild that cost four times as much and sounded only marginally better. if you want to sell," wizzard guitars" in Doncaster England buy vintage guitars and I've seen Kimbaras on their wanted sheet.... But with good strings, you'll not better it on sound or price, and its vintage.

Re: kimbara acoustic guitar

HI Jackie..I have the same model Kimbara (8/Y).Yes,Far-East copy, something they were renowned for. I'm into Martin guitars and you can see where the idea for this one came from. Check out the D-35, in 1965 they started making the three-piece back, and in 1969 they introduced the D-41..hey presto, the Kimbara 8/Y. A very good copy of Martin ideas but I assume the body and top are all laminates. I use Light gauge strings (12-54). Tone isn't bad until you pick up something like a Martin D-18 or 28, then you know why you paid peanuts for the Kimbara! Can never see them achieving any great value or being collector's pieces, but they are well-made and look great hanging on the wall. Best regards. John Dayman.

Re: kimbara acoustic guitar

: : : Hi i was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about kimbara
: : : accoustic guitars just came across one, it was made in korea
: : : and it has square shaped pearl insets on the frets,
: : : it also has the pearl trim the whole way round the edge of the guitar
: : : and going up the back of the guitar in a V shape .
: : : the label on the inside of the guitar says KIMBARA specially made for
: : : FCN.england model no. 8/Y
: : : I would appreciate any information about it .

: : Hullo,

: : I have a Kimbara acoustic guitar that I bought in approx. 1975 for about £36. The label reads: "Kimbara, specially made in Japan for FCN London. Model no. 169 Serial no. 46118" The design is essentially plain but with a mosaic design around the sound hole.

: : I am trying to get a value for it so that I can sell it.

: I bought my kimbara model 71 back in the mid 70's whilst comparing it with a guild that cost four times as much and sounded only marginally better. if you want to sell," wizzard guitars" in Doncaster England buy vintage guitars and I've seen Kimbaras on their wanted sheet.... But with good strings, you'll not better it on sound or price, and its vintage.

Hello...... i too have a Kimbara Guitar with the same info...ie made especially for london fcn... model number 30....can anyone tell me whether this is guitar shape/design or number made?

Kimbara Guitar Model No. 3/J

Ive just been given this Kimbara 3/J to overhaul. Anyone know its age / place of manufacture at all? Its a single cutaway semi-acoustic with an oval soundhole, a pick-up under the bridge and 2 controls near the neck. Cheers

kimbara model number 74

i have a kimbara acoustic model number 74 specialy made in japan for fcn london igot it for 45 quid should have been 75 quid, its well worn down now it needs some attention to the frets its had that much use , sounds fantastic before it got to worn it was bought in september 1974 by my father for my 16th birthday so its coming up to be 38 dose this make it vintage

Kimbara Model Number 74

...and I have the next one - model number 75! Had it since the mid 70's.

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