Fender Acoustic Guitar, Model Gemini II

Can anyone tell me anything about a Fender Acoustic guitar, called a Gemini II ? The serial number (8301300) can be seen on the interior of the body on a round sticker. This is also where the model name (Gemini II) can be seen. My father owns this guitar and he believes it to be about 30 years old or so. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Can anyone tell me anything about a Fender Acoustic guitar, called a Gemini II ? The serial number (8301300) can be seen on the interior of the body on a round sticker. This is also where the model name (Gemini II) can be seen. My father owns this guitar and he believes it to be about 30 years old or so. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

here's mine

it will be from 1983 (first 2 digits are the year) which means likely made in Korea (Samick factory I thnk). It's an excellent guitar, very good tuners that will keep it in tune forever, and damn near indestructible. Has a urethane finish which some will frown on, but on this instrument it doesn't affect the sound badly at all. it's worth having it set up to suit your prefences. I got mine new in 84, and it's honesty just coming into itself in sound quality now. Put new strings on it, it deserves some quality brass. Dean Markley's sound very good on it.[/img]

edit: I inadvertanly typed 'Indonesia' in my post. This one is made in Korea.

I was reading about another person on here that owns a Gemini II and they had a serial # with 6 or 7 numbers and they were told the first 2 numbers are the year it was made? My serial number is 00000710 can anyone tell me more info about my axe? This was my fathers and as far as I know he bought it when I was about 6 or 7 years old, about 28 years ago. What I've read about this axe is true, it almost never needs tuning and the sound has gotton better with time, I have 4 boys and traveled a lot with this axe and it seems almost indestructble. Thanks for the info!

Wrong

I don't think his guess that the first two numbers mean the year is correct. I own this guitar, and mine was bought in the mid-80's, and the first two numbers are 96, so it throws that theory out the window, at least for mine it does. Can't be the last two numbers either, because on mine it's 98.

About the guitar though, I agree with everything that's been said about it on other sites, it is absolutely worth owning, which is weird to say for a Fender acoustic. Perhaps it is the age. Yet, that seems unlikely. From what I was told from people far more knowledgeable than myself, the wonderful "aging" which happens to some guitars is limited to those with a solid top. Laminate tops like this Fender, supposedly don't get any better than the day they were made. So that's strange, if true.

Perhaps I got a good one (as did the people who wrote the other glowing reviews), because it doesn't just sound good "for a cheap guitar", it sounds good period. Not good by the standards of a Martin, Lowden, or some Gibson's, but good by comparison to any of the dozens of sub-$500 guitars I've ever played, like those horrible Epiphone J200 lookalikes. Those sound like poop.

Interestingly, this cheap little Fender records really well. I've been using it for recorded material for decades, and with a variety of mics and different rooms. Rarely do I ever have to spend much time tweaking, it just records great.

I found this page because I was so happy with a recent recording that I wanted to see if there was anything posted about it.

There are much much better guitars, of course. But nothing even comes remotely close for the price you can find these used. Last one I saw on Reverb, was only.....hehehe....$75! Cmon, that's just silly. See if you can find a guitar for three or even four times that price which is decent.

If you've got more than $500 to spend, then ya, you can probably find a slightly better sounding guitar. Sometimes you can find a used Tacoma (the early pre-Fender models) for around 5 to 6 hundred, if you are lucky. If so, buy it! Those are truly fabulous, even compared to the multi-thousand dollars guitars. Usually though, the used ones are closer to a grand, or more. But if you find one with tons of scratches and dings, you might find one that low. There's one right now on Ebay, and the bidding is at just over a hundred bucks, BUT, it has a horrible crack on the back and sides, which is pretty wide and would cost a lot to have fixed.

But back to the Fender. If you do find one of these incredibly inexpensive Gemini II Fender models, and if the neck, tuners, action, and everything else seems ok, considering buying it. If you do, upgrade it with a bone nut and saddle, that makes a pretty noticeable difference in the sound. And of course, have it set-up by a professional. In your future recordings, I assure you that not a single person will know you made it with a $75-100 guitar, there's just no way.

In the world of guitars which usually sell for less than $200, this guitar probably has no equal. And furthermore, it's not something you'll get rid of soon. I have a few fairly expensive guitars, and yet I still record with this one now and then.

One more thing

Forgot to say, even Prince recorded with this guitar a few times. Have a read:

http://www.mixonline.com/news/profiles/gear-stories-sylvia-massy-prince-and-gemini-ii/366174

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