Mansfield

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

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