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Here’s another early CMI US-market guitar, an E200 that looks to date from the late 60s or (more likely) 1970s. I’m assuming that these were imported and distributed by Chicago Musical Instruments and that this vintage would have been made in Japan (incidentally, Eirik – does your bass have any marking to establish country of manufacture?):

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Obviously influenced by the Fender Mustang guitar, note how the US CMI logo is no different to later instruments such as Eirik’s. In common with some of the cheaper Japanese-made instruments of the 1970s, the neck may not be maple and note also the cheap tuners on this model:

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