Kent Guitars

Posted by Gary McNary on Mon, 07/16/01 - 20:13:46.
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I have located a semi-hollow body electric Kent guitar that has a body some what like a 335 and the neck like a fender strat. The body is a beautiful natural birdseye maple. She is in awsome shape and plays well. I have the ser# (xxx) 3 digits and I believe that it was made in Japan in the Sixty's. I have no Idea what model it is or value because I can't find out any thing about Kent guitars. I've seen Kent amps guitars & drums but no info. I welcome anything.

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Re: Kent Guitars

Kent made a lot of "student model" instruments in the 1960's. I have always found most of the guitars to be quite playable but overall, the general guitar public in my area seemed to have a low opinion of them. I recently bought a solid body one pick-up, with case, that I practise on a lot. In fact, at a recording session I was using my Gibson Lespaul and the producer was complaining about the sound of it, so the next day I brought in my Kent and he loved it, it's on two songs on the CD we were working on!
Jim in Canada

: I have located a semi-hollow body electric Kent guitar that has a body some what like a 335 and the neck like a fender strat. The body is a beautiful natural birdseye maple. She is in awsome shape and plays well. I have the ser# (xxx) 3 digits and I believe that it was made in Japan in the Sixty's. I have no Idea what model it is or value because I can't find out any thing about Kent guitars. I've seen Kent amps guitars & drums but no info. I welcome anything.

Re: Kent Guitars

I own a 60s Kent hollowbody bass that sounds and plays remarkable and has a unique tone. I'm also searching for more info on these unique instruments. www.danlively.com

Re: Kent Guitars

We have a Kent model #KF-24, Made in Korea. It was exclusively distributed by Maxwell Meyers in Texas. Southland Musical Merchandise Corp, N.C. Harris Fandel Corp in Mass. That's the info on the inside label. We bought it in the 80's. Great guitar. good playing size and sound.

: I own a 60s Kent hollowbody bass that sounds and plays remarkable and has a unique tone. I'm also searching for more info on these unique instruments. www.danlively.com

Re: Kent Guitars

I went to work for Southland Musical Merchandise Corporation on August 1, 1972. The company had been formerly owned by a very honest man named Harry Greenberg. Earlier in 1972 he sold out to Onsite Energy Systems and everything changed from "let's make the best product at the best price" to "let's see how high we can make our profit margin - to hell with quality".

"Kent" was a house brand of Southland. It was originally Japanese made but in the early 80's production was shifted to Korea where an instrument (quality not considered) could be made for a fraction of the cost of Japanese instruments.

It wasn't long before Southland went to hell in a hand basket. I would like to acknowledge the professionalism of people like the late Lee Ingber who was quality minded enough to know that junk will ruin any business. It's too bad that the last owners of Southland never learned that, even as their company faded into the sunset of the graveyard of greed.

Time wounds all heels.

Re: Kent Guitars

I am also searching for info on Kent Guitars. I own a model 820 that was given to me as a present from my Dad around 1966 (bought new from Sears?). I've kept it stored for too many years and am currently fixing it up. Still has great action, but needs some replacement parts. Any info would be appreciated.

Re: Kent Guitars

: We have a Kent model #KF-24, Made in Korea. It was exclusively distributed by Maxwell Meyers in Texas. Southland Musical Merchandise Corp, N.C. Harris Fandel Corp in Mass. That's the info on the inside label. We bought it in the 80's. Great guitar. good playing size and sound.

: : I own a 60s Kent hollowbody bass that sounds and plays remarkable and has a unique tone. I'm also searching for more info on these unique instruments. www.danlively.com

I am looking for an old Kent guitar; 1960's model solid body that looks something like a strat. It was my 1st guitar and would like to find one to replace it for sentimental reasons - any suggestions as to where these can be found?

Harold

Re: Kent Guitars

Harold,

Search eBay, musical instruments section. I've seen several.

Dan

Re: Kent Guitars

: : We have a Kent model #KF-24, Made in Korea. It was exclusively distributed by Maxwell Meyers in Texas. Southland Musical Merchandise Corp, N.C. Harris Fandel Corp in Mass. That's the info on the inside label. We bought it in the 80's. Great guitar. good playing size and sound.

: : : I own a 60s Kent hollowbody bass that sounds and plays remarkable and has a unique tone. I'm also searching for more info on these unique instruments. www.danlively.com

: I am looking for an old Kent guitar; 1960's model solid body that looks something like a strat. It was my 1st guitar and would like to find one to replace it for sentimental reasons - any suggestions as to where these can be found?

: Harold
i have a old kent electric i have no idea what year it is but has a strat style body w/lp style neck.everything works on it but it does need a headnut.
email your addy and ill email you a pic.

Re: Kent Guitars

: : We have a Kent model #KF-24, Made in Korea. It was exclusively distributed by Maxwell Meyers in Texas. Southland Musical Merchandise Corp, N.C. Harris Fandel Corp in Mass. That's the info on the inside label. We bought it in the 80's. Great guitar. good playing size and sound.

: : : I own a 60s Kent hollowbody bass that sounds and plays remarkable and has a unique tone. I'm also searching for more info on these unique instruments. www.danlively.com

: I am looking for an old Kent guitar; 1960's model solid body that looks something like a strat. It was my 1st guitar and would like to find one to replace it for sentimental reasons - any suggestions as to where these can be found?

: Harold

Re: Kent Guitars

: : : We have a Kent modelguitar. good playing size and sound.

: : : : I own a 60s Kent hollowbody bass that sounds and plays remarkable and has a unique tone. I'm also searching for more info on these unique instruments. www.danlively.com

: : I am looking for an old Kent guitar; 1960's model solid body that looks something like a strat. It was my 1st guitar and would like to find one to replace it for sentimental reasons - any suggestions as to where these can be found?

: : Harold

We have been given a Kent guitar model#3501 in a case. It looks to be in great condition. Would like to know it's value and other info.

Re: Kent Guitars

I, too, am searching for more info on my Kent. It's a Model 834, violin shaped with a cutaway. Mine is red with "racing stripe" binding on the edge. It's sounds INCREDIBLE (very vintage) and plays well, though I find the neck very narrow. There was an E-Bay auction for a couple of framed ads which featured this model, plus the 833, 835 and 836 from 1967 (one of the pictures, from what I could tell, looked exactly like mine). I also tracked down a picture of one that is a Yellow 67 with a Bigsby-Style vibrato (mine lacks this). If anyone finds a source for more Kent info, I'd love to hear from you...
Regards from the currently frozen North...
Gary

Re: Kent Guitars

: I, too, am searching for more info on my Kent. It's a Model 834, violin shaped with a cutaway. Mine is red with "racing stripe" binding on the edge. It's sounds INCREDIBLE (very vintage) and plays well, though I find the neck very narrow. There was an E-Bay auction for a couple of framed ads which featured this model, plus the 833, 835 and 836 from 1967 (one of the pictures, from what I could tell, looked exactly like mine). I also tracked down a picture of one that is a Yellow 67 with a Bigsby-Style vibrato (mine lacks this). If anyone finds a source for more Kent info, I'd love to hear from you...
: Regards from the currently frozen North...
: Gary

I'm looking for a similar guitar. My first electric in 1969, purchased used for $50.I lost it sometime in the 70's, but still have a picture of it. It was a sunburst finish cutaway violin shaped body with Bigsby type tailpiece and a tunable bridge with a flip up mute bar. The headstock is similar to a Gibson but the neck was thinner.I can't remember how it played or sounded.I'm just looking to replace it for nostalgic reasons. I also recently purchased a Kent Les Paul copy I found on e bay while searching for kenr guitars.I have seen the framed ads but I have yet to find that model.

Re: Kent Guitars

http://store.bluebookinc.com/downloads/BrowseCategory.asp?Product=acousticguitar&Heading=372

Re: Kent Guitars

: I woulke to know more about Kent guiatrs. I recently bought a model K7-31, and would like to know some history.

Re: Kent Guitars

I found a kent guitar at a friends house,with a broken wammy bar, How much to fix it? How much is it worth. Thanks a bunch

Re: Kent Guitars

can you give some more detail about the guitar? if you dont end up fixing it would you be wiiling to sell some parts? thanks luis

: I found a kent guitar at a friends house,with a broken wammy bar, How much to fix it? How much is it worth. Thanks a bunch

Re: Kent Guitars

I have a K7-130 mopdel kent. does anyone know anything about this....

Re: Kent Guitars

On my seventeenth birthday my grandmother gave me an old Kent hollowbody.
She had originally bought it for my grandfather used from a music shop in San Jose California.
The guitar is in excellent condition and what is unusual about it is it only has six strings while all the other kents feature twelve strings
I have been looking for information and would appreciate any correspondance

Re: Kent Guitars

I hava a Kent guitar, the model is Videocaster #642298.
I belive this brand is like an Asian Fender, the brand is from Japan, and i also know that this days you can sell a Kent Guitar in GOOD condition in 8,000 dollars or more..

My Kent guitar has an amazing classic sound, (better than gibson or fender guitars), it has Floyd Rose, 4 microphones, and a lot of weird switches (8) that change the sound of the guitar, and it also has two volumen controls.

I also want to know the story beacause this was my dad´s guitar....

PD: I know about the price because a guy from London tried to buy my guitar in 15,000 dollars... but it was my dad´s so i dind´t sell it..

Re: Kent Guitars

I almost Forgot my Kent guitar has 6 strings as well

Re: Kent Guitars

I have a red semi-hollow body Kent guitar, with f-holes, 2 single coils. Mine has a lot of fabulous inlays not only on the fretboard, but on the headstock and the body itself. Possibly a model 820. Anyone know anything about it?

yes i just bought a kent 820

yes i just bought a kent 820 vantage at the yard sall for ten dollars it had two strings missing it plays and sounds great. japs made it. but now its mine

Re: Kent Guitars

I found a link for you (it's part one of an article about Teisco, who made the guitars distributed as Kent...part two should be linked off this):
http://www.vguitar.com/brands/details.asp?ID=64

I just bought a Kent "Videocaster" Model 533 from a guy in Canada who had it set up very nicely. 4-pickups and a lot of slider switches (a lot like a Hagstrom, who coincidentally made a very popular model called a "Kent"). Powerful pickups (really!)and a really nice guitar.

When I was a kid in the 60s, all of the Japanese brands (probably ALL made by Teisco) had a really bad rap and only kids ended up with them. Some were very cheaply made, with weak metal, thin chrome plating, funky finishes and thin pickups. I owned a Rodeo, which was terrible. But then, who knew much about guitars then? Nowdays, anything has character.

Re: Kent Guitars

: I would like to know about Kent guitars.I recently bought a K7-31 model and would like to know about its history.

Re: Kent Guitars

I have found a kent 12 string guitar anybody have info, including value
Wayne

Re: Kent Guitars/bass

: i have found a ken e-bass looks like it was made in late 60s the neck has rectangular enlays (black) the body looks like a maple finish

Re: Kent Guitars

I do have a Kent guitar like the one your talking about but.... i cannot find a serial number on it. So where is it. Thank you

Re: Kent Guitars

: I have located a semi-hollow body electric Kent guitar that has a body some what like a 335 and the neck like a fender strat. The body is a beautiful natural birdseye maple. She is in awsome shape and plays well. I have the ser# (xxx) 3 digits and I believe that it was made in Japan in the Sixty's. I have no Idea what model it is or value because I can't find out any thing about Kent guitars. I've seen Kent amps guitars & drums but no info. I welcome anything.

Re: Kent Guitars

: :.

I have 2 Kent guitars. One like a Strat and one 12 string hollow body. I know they were made in the 60s and were distributed by Kent Musical Products. Address:5 Union Square, New York. 10003. And they were a subsidiary of Buegeleisen & Jacobson, Inc. Any further info on these would be appreciated. Most sold in the price range of 100 dollars and up.

kent guitar parts.

:I need to know how to get parts for my old kent guitar.I have located a semi-hollow body electric Kent guitar that has a body some what like a 335 and the neck like a fender strat. The body is a beautiful natural birdseye maple. She is in awsome shape and plays well. I have the ser# (xxx) 3 digits and I believe that it was made in Japan in the Sixty's. I have no Idea what model it is or value because I can't find out any thing about Kent guitars. I've seen Kent amps guitars & drums but no info. I welcome anything.

Looking for Info

I inherited a guitar and am looking for any information I can about it. It is a Kent model 533 Videocaster. I have no idea when they were made or what this one might be worth. It is a solid body, but I know next to nothing about guitars so I am not sure what other info might be needed. It needs to be tuned/serviced and possibly needs a little restoration, but otherwise it works and is not in horrible shape. Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Kent guitars

Kent guitars were imported and sold in the US from Japan from around 1960 through 1978. They were made by different factories. The same guitars had different Brand Names on them, like "Kent", "Guyatone", "Kawai", "Teisco". etc.

some good info can be found here: http://www.kentfoto.com/music/KentGuitars/index.htm

If anybody needs a Bridge, I have a Teisco Roller Bridge for sale, it is a a copy of a Gretsch Roller bridge but includes a solid steel Base like a Rickenbacker Bridge Base. The string saddles are rollers which are adjustable side-to-side for proper string spacing, and each side of the bridge is adjustable for Height. It is in excellent condition, probably from 1965 thru 1968. On a scale of 0 to 10, it is a 8.

Kent 820 guitar

here's another site dealing with the Kent 820 thin hollow body with info and pictures

www.kent-820.com

Re kent guitar 1978

Hi guys I have a 1978 Kent acoustic guitar model 41/x I really can't track anything to do with this model and have been searching and searching its in exallant condition and I am looking to sell it but really don't know how much it is worth or what I should be asking for it cheers

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