Mansfield

Posted by John on Wed, 01/30/02 - 20:39:56.

I remember Mansfield guitars form the 70's and they were pretty cheap but my best friend had a Mansfield , great looking guitar. He taught me how to play and when he passed away his wife gave me his guitar. It;s not great but I would like to find out any info I can. KV-150 , solid keeps it's tune and easy action and like said great looks , 3 piece back , mother of pearl(fake ?) thanks

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Re: Mansfield

I have a Mansfield Les Paul copy. I'm in the middle of refinishing it. And I don't know anything about it except that it came with DiMarzio's in it. Wish I could help.

Re: Mansfield

I have a Mansfield guitar. I got it for around $90 canadian. I've been trying to find out some stuff about it but no luck.

MODEL 698

GOT MY 698 IN LLOYDMINSTER IN 1970. ITS A GIBSON DESINE. PAID 125. ITS A BEAUTIFUL MACHINE. BEST USING GIBSON STRINGS.. THE STORY I GOT WAS MANSFIELD WORKED FOR GIBSON AND WENT ON HIS OWN TOWN TO TOWN MAKING GIBSONS UNDER THE MANSFIELD NAME (HIS NAME).EMMY LOU HARRIS HAS A GIBSON THAT IS EXACTLY LIKE MINE TO THE SMALLEST DETAIL EXCEPT MANSFIELD INSTEAD OF GIBSON. LOVE MY MACHINE!!!!!

Re: Mansfield

I remember them from the 70s too. Played a brand-new one last week.(Classical -rosewood sides solid top - beatiful!) in Payne's Music here in Hamilton ON. I think it MAY be a bigger co's label - I've seen similar Les Paul & Tele copies under Taro, Lero etc. The guy in the store didn't tell me much (distributor etc) but they've been continuing to sell the odd Mansfield classical for years and years.

Haven't seen any new electrics from them for years

Re: Mansfield

Yeah, i never got a guitar in the 70's for the fact that i wasnt born till later on. But i have a mansfield now, and it kinda sucks, but thats what you would expect from an old guitar that wasnt taken care of. John t said he went to paynes music, i would suggest that you bought it from pongetties, of if you bought it 10 years later absolute. yeah im a hamiltanian to. all i gotta say is it has good sound on the lower picups and its fairly decent although mine is badly taken care of...

Re: Mansfield

Absolute music is a really good guitar store. they have the newewr age guitars and pongetties has the classic rockers. HAMILTON ROCKS

Re: Mansfield

: Absolute music is a really Shitty store. they have the A lot of no name products and pongetties Rocks it has brand name products.. Rock on Hamilton

Re: Mansfield

: I have a Mansfield Les Paul copy. I'm in the middle of refinishing it. And I don't know anything about it except that it came with DiMarzio's in it. Wish I could help.

Re: Mansfield

:I have a Model 698M in good condition. Want to know a little history if possible. What styles were available? Is it a 1969 Model or whatever?
Thanks

Re: Mansfield

It is very difficult to get accurate information about mansfield guitars.
I have been searching about Mansfield guitars origin for quite a while and I recently found very interesting information about this guitar brand. Mansfield was a canadian musical instrument distributor (you will note that most Mansfield owners are in Canada). The Mansfield guitars are OEM made from different musical instruments manufacturers. Recently purchased Mansfield guitars have no special interest, but in the 1970's , the Mansfield guitars were builded by Hoshino Gakki (Japan), the Ibanez makers. If you have a 1970's Mansfield, chances are that it an Ibanez with a Mansfield name on it. The Ibanez vintage guitars are highly wanted.
You can search Ibanez vintage collector websites for more information about the Ibanez story and some information about mansfield. There is no doubt that those guitars are meant to become collector's items because they are apparently the same guitars as the Ibanez vintage 1970s, except for the brand. I will try to start a Mansfield Guitars post in one of the Ibanez collector's website in order to have their historical value recognized, and maybe create a database of the Hoshino made Mansfield models. Meanwhile, take very good care of your old Mansfield guitars!!!
I have a Mansfield FJH4 (Gibson Hummingbird copy Ibanez made)
I am posting this message on all the Mansfield Guitar discussions at guitarsite.com hoping it will answer some of the questions about this brand.
Bear

Re: Mansfield

I have a Mansfield FJH-3 (Gibson Hummingbird copy )
It was purchased in 1971 - Thanks for the information, that could explain why I was drawn to take a second look at Ibanez guitars.

Re: Mansfield

My dad had a mansfield guiar and i would also like to learn something about it. Its a C-123 mode;

Re: Mansfield

: My dad hd bad a mansfield guiar and i would also like to leat it. Its a C-123 mode;

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Re: Mansfield

I have a Mansfield Classical Guitar (model C136), and had it priced about 20 years ago ($1,800). It is in perfect shape and I practice and perform with it regularly. I'd really like to get a new quote on its value if anyone knows . . .

Value of your Mansfield C-136 guitar

I have a Mansfield C-136J I cannot find any info really on it. Did you happen to find more info out about your guitar? If so send me an email. can you send me a few pics of yours? That would be great. Thank you!

value of guitar

i bought a mansfeild model# D380RB and i can't get any information at all of the value i think it was 1970 would really like to find something
about this guitar

Ibanez

@Bear,Ibanez never made guitars with any other name but Ibanez.If it does not have the word Ibanez on it then it's not an Ibanez.In fact ,Ibanez did not even make it's own guitars in Japan.They were made by Gakki for Ibanez.As for the Mansfield name.....Peate Musical originated the 'Mansfield' trade name in the 1950s, named after
legendary Mansfield Street in downtown Montreal.
The Peate retail store was located on Mansfield street, in Montreal, and was the gathering place of choice for local and visiting musicians.
The original Mansfield guitars were produced in the best guitar factories in Japan, by makers who later became leading names in the industry.
The first ones were instruments were made to top level specifications and were among the finest instruments produced.They are still being sold in Montreal to this day but are now cheap Chinese copies for students...

Mansfield

I think you may be inaccurate that some Mansfield guitars were not made at the Ibanez manufacturing plants. I have both ibanez and Mansfield j-200 copies for example, both guitars have the same model number, the Ibanez is a 698 and Mansfield is the 698m and other than the logo and one being maple, they are identical in construction, both have the Gibson headstock. Perhaps this was a limited time mid 70,s, but I would bet dollars to doughnuts they are from the same factory

Mansfield? Hummingbird? or Gibson Copy

I have a Mansfield since the 70s and it is a fine piece for sure. To help with the quest for answers .... search Ibanez model 863 and you will see the exact copy of my Mansfield which is an exact copy of the Gibson Hummingbird. Also known as the lawsuit guitar. My best guess is this is a guitar crafted by the same people who made the Ibanez 683 and simply added a different label inside the body and a different name to the headstock for the Montreal Mansfield issue. That's my best guess.

mansfield f411

I have a mansfi eld f 411 dont know the history of it. its in beautiful cond.any info it does not say were it was made all it says is craftman made

Mansfield acoustic model WG 100

I'm seeing conflicting information on here about Mansfield guitars and the builders...can someone direct me to something substantial for the history?

I recall my guitar was purchased in the 70's and I received the instrument as a birthday gift from my Dad...41 years ago.

Just looking to get some solid information to attach the build history to an instrument I consider priceless

Thanks,
Howard

Guitare

Bonjour, j'ai une guitare acoustique de la marque : Mansfield Custom fabriquée au Japon numéro de série MCW 480 custom. J'aimerais savoir ou prendre des informations sur sa valeur elle est super belle merci à l'avance...

Mansfield TW2 model

I have aTW2 Mansfield acoustic guitar I got in 1971 and I've been told it's a copy of the Martin guitar. If you look at the inside of it you will see its built identical to a Martin because I also have a Martin guitar..l heard that a worker that worked with Martin went to work with Mansfield back in the 70's and put is know how into Mansfield guitars but that's only hearsay and not gospel but it's worth looking into.R

mansfield 698m

made in japan copy of gibson sj200 imported to canada by peate music of montreal, they were located on mansfield st. hence the name. also they had a copy of a gibson dove or hummingbird. identical to the el degas gb29 and several other j200 copies made in same japanese factory.

"If it does not have the

"If it does not have the word Ibanez on it then it's not an Ibanez."
Well... here is a very interesting story....
I just picked up an old ElDegas GB26 today in the classifieds for 50 CAD...
It needs a lot of love and I started cleaning it, wondering whether I will restore it or simply get it back to a playing condition...
While cleaning the headstock, I noticed some unusual reflection in the lacquer where the headstock guitar logo was located.
After further examination, I concluded that these unusual reflexions were not random and that there was a different logo underneath the lacquer.
My suspiscion was that there was an inlay pocket that was originally done on the headstock and then filled with some wood filler to make it flat for the black lacquer finish, and ultimately the vendor logo silkscreen. I thought that aging caused a slight material deflection and revealed the original inlay pocket in the lacquer reflexion...
It was quite difficult to identify, but after some investigation, and many side reflections views from many angles, I was able to identify that the underlying logo was the Ibanez logo from the early 70's era. Once identified, the Ibanez logo can be clearly identified if you look at it with the right angle.
This is fantastic!
My guitar does not have the name Ibanez on it, but it has the Ibanez logo pocket digged on the headstock underneath the black lacquer.
Therefore this guitar is indeed an Ibanez, with another vendor logo on it.
I am not sure how many of these are around, but I feel like I now own a very unusual piece of guitar making history...

They say "If it doesn't say Ibanez, it is NOT an Ibanez!"
Well, I have an ElDegas, and I can say it: my ElDegas IS an Ibanez!
Isn't that cool?

Here is another interesting story...
Last year, I picked up an old Mansfield, also in need of love, for barely nothing as usual...
After endless research, I found out that this Mansfield had many unusual characteristics that were only found in early 1980's Korean made Sigma guitars.
It is practically impossible to have so many common detailed characteristics.
Therefore I have many many good reasons to believe that my Mansfield is identical to a 1980 Korean made Sigma (Martin) guitar, and it is a gem!

To all those asking for a reliable source of information about Mansfield guitars, please read this carefully: there is none!
Although I was able to identify years ago that some of the mid 70's Mansfield guitars were 100% identical to the same era Ibanez guitar, and had mail exchanges with a senior Hoshino-Gakkhi contact that confirmed that the guitars made in their factory were 100% identical to Ibanez, but that there was no records about the different models and brands manufactured, Peate music store did business with many Asian manufacturers over the years, and there is no records of when/where these Mansfields guitars were made, as per mails exchanges with M. Peate. Therefore there is no official information available for your Mansfield guitars.
If you are lucky enough to have a Mansfield guitar that has a model number identical to another known brand, then you may have good reasons to believe where it was manufactured and when. If you are willing to spend endless hours like me trying to figure out common characteristics between your guitar and any other vintage make and model, you may reach a point where you have good reasons to believe when and where it comes from, but your chances of success remain very low.

Hope you enjoyed!

Bear! :-)

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