Re: Seville Guitars

: Does anyone know anything about the Seville brand of guitars? I have an S-32 model and have no knowledge about it whatsoever other than it was made in Korea. I love this guitar, it is probably the best sounding guitar I've ever played. If someone has any info on these guitars, please let me know.

Actually I had a (Seville) Les Paul copy which turned out to be a Pearl, Yep just like the Pearl drums, same company. What happened was that as I was sanding the headstocks cheesey Seville logo lightly, and right underneath was the original Pearl logo. Now the Pearl guitars were all early to mid seventies copies of Gibsons and were Japanese made. These were very high quality copies as good or in some cases better than the real thing. Gibson sued all the Japanese companies, Tokai, Pearl etc. for copyright infringement. My guess is that possibly Samick or some other generic Korean guitar company bought the stock of Pearl guitars and slapped a coat of black lacquer over the original logo and put their psuedo logo Seville after the unliscensed guitar operations had to shutdown in Japan. I never would have found this out had I not decided to refinish that old Seville. There are closeup pictures of a Pearl Les Paul on this forum some where and I compared it to mine, a dead match in every way, so mines the real thing. I'm not saying every Seville might be a Pearl in disguise, but it is quite possible. The Pearl guitars are sweet and extremely rare, it's kinda like the golden ticket in the Willy Wonka movie you know. I'm surfing the net to find other Seville Les Pauls to buy, who knows I could be on to a pretty good vintage discovery. It's an odd-ball case no doubt. Honestly I always thought my Les Paul was almost too high quality to be some Korean piece of junk. Korean axes are way better today then they were in the seventies though. Good luck and lightly sand off that Seville logo if you dare.


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