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  1. guitars
    gassman

    i have a old tele-star acoustic guitar model#74026 i believe this was made for kawai guitars to be sold in the usa. trying to find info about this

      1. Re: Melody guitar
        Luigi

        : Hi the Melody guitars is an italian brand similar Eko, good

        Old vintage italian guitar brand. You can find more at fetishguitar.com !

    1. Re: Melody guitar
      wildings50

      : Hey I’ve got a guitar called Melody which looks pretty similar to some older Hagstrøm guitars.(Electric, two single coils). Does anybody know anything about Melody guitars. Any help appreiciated.

      1. Re: Melody guitar
        billy

        : : Hey I’ve got a guitar called Melody which looks pretty similar to some older Hagstrøm guitars.(Electric, two single coils). Does anybody know anything about Melody guitars. Any help appreiciated. Italian -similar to eko.Good reputation in the 60’s.

        1. Re: Melody guitar
          Tom J.

          : : : Hey I’ve got a guitar called Melody which looks pretty similar to some older Hagstrøm guitars.(Electric, two single coils). Does anybody know anything about Melody guitars. Any help appreiciated. Italian -similar to eko.Good reputation in the 60’s.
          Melody Guitars was a manufacturer in Sweden that closed in the late 80’s. Their products were also marketed as "Sounds of Sweden".

    2. Re: This popular thread has been given its own page :... Kenneth
      Kenneth

      Hey I’ve got a guitar called Melody which looks pretty similar to some older Hagstrøm guitars.(Electric, two single coils). Does anybody know anything about Melody guitars. Any help appreiciated.

    1. Re: 1960's Japan SG style guitar..help
      Allie Coeur

      I believe your guitar is a Kalamazoo KG1. I think Gibson made this guitar in response to Fender’s strat… It’s got the SG look with a Fender-like headstock, single-coil (I believe).

    2. Re: This popular thread has been given its own page :... R Jones
      R Jones

      Help! I bought a Japaneese SG style guitar that I like quite a bit. It was in very rough shape and I have been restoring it. It has a bolt on neck with a inline 6 tuner config. Headstock is shaped like Fender. It is SG shaped except the horns are equal in size. It has two bulky single coil pickups that are all chrome with the screws running down one side of the pickup, almost like the gibson deluxe les paul mini humbucking pickups look. The interesting thing is that the pick guard is a two piece metal (Chrome) and the plate on the back that covers the electronics is chrome also. It only has Made in Japan on the neck plate and a small plate on the back of the headstock that has a serial number on it. The truss rod cover is sloped and quite big and is chrome also. The guitar was white or a cream colored. This guitar looks to be an early 60’s from looking at the paint and style hardware. It has a vintage whammy that I have seen on older Hagstrom guitars. I have seen Domino guitars with the same kind of headstock with the chrome truss rod cover. I have also seen Domino guitars with chrome pickguard also. But none of their guitars are styled like this one. If any one has any info. PLEASE email me. I have searching the internet for months and can’t find anything that even resembles this. Thanks Rob Jones

  2. global brand
    michael g

    could someone please tell me who and when were global guitars made! can’t seem to find much info! bought an sg copy for $5 want to know if i paid too much. thanks for your help

    1. Re: global brand
      tom

      they were made by sorento, nola, bolero, sonata and torino manufacturing company, have no clue on the year or anything else…i’ve bookmarked this if anyone would like to let me know whats goin on here

    1. Re: Kawai 8o's electric guitar
      David Colas Herrero

      Here you have got the answer http://kawaiguitars.com/FSeries.aspx

      span onmouseover="_tipon(this)" onmouseout="_tipoff()"><span class="google-src-text" style="direction: ltr; text-align: left">: In 1986 as a sophomore in high school, my father bought me a Kawai electric guitar.</span> : En 1986, como estudiante de segundo año en la escuela secundaria, mi padre me compró una guitarra eléctrica Kawai.</span> <span onmouseover="_tipon(this)" onmouseout="_tipoff()"><span class="google-src-text" style="direction: ltr; text-align: left">I want to know if anyone has any info on it?</span> Quiero saber si alguien tiene alguna información sobre él?</span> <span onmouseover="_tipon(this)" onmouseout="_tipoff()"><span class="google-src-text" style="direction: ltr; text-align: left">It is "strat" style body, black with a black neck and rosewod fret board.</span> Se trata de "inicio" estilo de la carrocería, negro con un cuello negro y el tablero del traste rosewod.</span> <span onmouseover="_tipon(this)" onmouseout="_tipoff()"><span class="google-src-text" style="direction: ltr; text-align: left">There was a similar guitar at the store back then for a bit less $, it had a maple neck and came with two double coil DiMarzio pickups.</span> Había una guitarra similar en la tienda en ese entonces por un poco menos de $, que tenía un mástil de arce y vino con dos camionetas doble bobina DiMarzio.</span> <span onmouseover="_tipon(this)" onmouseout="_tipoff()"><span class="google-src-text" style="direction: ltr; text-align: left">Mine has plastic covered humbucker pickups, dont know if they were DiMarzios too?</span> De Minas ha plástico pastillas humbucker cubiertas, no sé si eran DiMarzios también?</span> <span onmouseover="_tipon(this)" onmouseout="_tipoff()"><span class="google-src-text" style="direction: ltr; text-align: left">It has a tremolo bar, and steel knobs, 3 position toggle switch and some button that I never knew what it was for?</span> Tiene una barra de tremolo, y tiradores de acero, interruptor de 3 posiciones y algunos botones que no sabía para qué era?</span> <span onmouseover="_tipon(this)" onmouseout="_tipoff()"><span class="google-src-text" style="direction: ltr; text-align: left">If anyone has any idea what model and component info please let me know.</span> Si alguien tiene alguna idea de qué modelo y el componente de información por favor hágamelo saber.</span> <span onmouseover="_tipon(this)" onmouseout="_tipoff()"><span class="google-src-text" style="direction: ltr; text-align: left">Email me at [email protected]</span> Email me at [email protected]</span>

    2. Re: Kawai (performer)8o's electric guitar
      CountGore

      I have almost the same guitar a KAWAJ Performer its probably from the 80/s too. The guitar has a "oil laquer /wood finish.. with two double coils/pickups. and i have tryed to find some info about it but its almost impossible… U have a clue on what the guitar is worth? probably gonna sell it..if its a rare guitar and not a crappy "made in China" guitar though.. -Countgore (Norway)

    3. Re: This popular thread has been given its own page :... Joe O'Horan
      Joe O'Horan

      In 1986 as a sophomore in high school, my father bought me a Kawai electric guitar. I want to know if anyone has any info on it? It is "strat" style body, black with a black neck and rosewod fret board. There was a similar guitar at the store back then for a bit less $, it had a maple neck and came with two double coil DiMarzio pickups. Mine has plastic covered humbucker pickups, dont know if they were DiMarzios too? It has a tremolo bar, and steel knobs, 3 position toggle switch and some button that I never knew what it was for? If anyone has any idea what model and component info please let me know. Email me at [email protected]

      1. Don’t sell it man, I have that guitar it’s a vintage beauty. If you still insist then I suggest you sell it for no less than 1000$.

    1. Re: Kawal/Kawai/Kawaj guitars
      Ben Halsey

      i hav a kawaj guitar and it has many buttons and i havent got a clue what some of them do

    2. Re: Kawal/Kawai/Kawaj guitars
      james anderson

      i have had my kawaj guitar for 30 years from new it one of the best i have ever owned

    3. Re: Kawal/Kawai/Kawaj guitars
      Jerry Merritts

      : PLZ e-mail me if you even think you have one of these guitars

      I have a Kawal hollow body guitar that my father had when he passed on. It is a sunburst.It also has the fiddle cut-outs and is in good shape. It plays very well, and sounds great. It has the origional pickup in the front, and appears to have the back one replaced by a IBZ V2. The gears have been replaced by ones made in Germany. The old ones must have been junk. I would also like to know about this guitar so you can e-mail me if you find out anything else on it.

      1. i have one that sounds
        Aforbes18

        i have one that sounds really similar to the one your talking about. it has kinda of a sg style i guess. lol. but its electric hollow body

    4. Re: Kawal/Kawai/Kawaj guitars
      Derek Treacy

      I got a Kawai Performer guitar many years ago. It is like a strat, natural wood finish with a clear laquer. Has a large black faceplate 2xDiMarzio humbuckers, 3 way selector switch. Great neck and quiet light. Have been trying to find info on this guitar for a long time but to no avail.

    5. Re: Kawal/Kawai/Kawaj guitars
      freddie

      i have a Kawal electric hollow body guitar. What do u know
      about these guitars?

    6. Re: Kawal/Kawai/Kawaj guitars
      Dylan

      Ive got a Kawaj guitar- its my main practise guitar. It’s red with stars up the fretboard and a bird carved into the headstock. It has a soundhole, but its not electro-acoustic. This what you’re looking for?

    7. Re: Kawal/Kawai/Kawaj guitars
      joe balonie

      I have a kawal acoustic guitar. Is it any good?

      : PLZ e-mail me if you even think you have one of these guitars

      : I’VE BEEN TRYING TO SEE IF SOMEBODY ELSE HAS THE SAME GUITAR AS ME FOR 3 YEARS!!!!!!!! ………getting sic of it…….Please….

      1. Re: Kawal/Kawai/Kawaj guitars
        Selena Williams

        My dad has a Kawal and I’m trying to find out about it too. It has nice carving on it and it looks like ivory crosses inlaid, etc.

    8. Re: Kawal/Kawai/Kawaj guitars
      brandon barber

      : PLZ e-mail me if you even think you have one of these guitars

      : I’VE BEEN TRYING TO SEE IF SOMEBODY ELSE HAS THE SAME GUITAR AS ME FOR 3 YEARS!!!!!!!! ………getting sic of it…….Please….
      yeah dude i own one to ive been wondering if i was the only one that owned one for about 4 years it was passed down to me from my great granpa i would like to know the history of these guitars to emal me at [email protected]

    9. Re: Kawal/Kawai/Kawaj guitars
      Mary

      : PLZ e-mail me if you even think you have one of these guitars

      : I’VE BEEN TRYING TO SEE IF SOMEBODY ELSE HAS THE SAME GUITAR AS ME FOR 3 YEARS!!!!!!!! ………getting

      I have this guitar, Kawal, from Japan, brough when I was living there. It is in original condition. from the sixties, has has been stored Let me know if you are still interested.

    10. Re: Kawal/Kawai/Kawaj guitars
      Cathy Dixon

      : PLZ e-mail me if you even think you have one of these guitars

      : I’VE BEEN TRYING TO SEE IF SOMEBODY ELSE HAS THE SAME GUITAR AS ME FOR 3 YEARS!!!!!!!! ………getting sic of it…….Please….

      1. kawai performer 1978
        yves

        Hello, i have 4 kawai performer guitars !
        I love this guitar, and I’m still looking for others.
        It was also my very first guitar 😉
        Grtz Yves

      2. Re: Kawal/Kawai/Kawaj guitars
        Kenneth

        I was just given three electric guitars by a friend of mine. One of them a Kawal with a Høffner Paul McCartney bass look Violin cut. Semi hollow. I’ts painted over the original finish-with a flower power theme (bad idea). It’s missing all of it’s electrical components and more. I’m working on getting it playable and are looking for parts.

    11. Re: Kawal/Kawai/Kawaj guitars
      Joe O'Horan

      I have a Kawai electric guitar my dad bought me when I was in high school back in the mid 80’s. It is black with a black neck and roswood fret board, two plastic covered humbucker pickups, I think, since they are the size of two regular pickups but are covered by platic.I want to remove the plastic and see what kind of pickups it has. Been thinking of replacing with DiMarzio’s, maybe. I just recently wanted to try and play again since high school. I would love more info on my guitar but cant seem to find any. I dont know what model it is.: PLZ e-mail me if you even think you have one of these guitars

      : I’VE BEEN TRYING TO SEE IF SOMEBODY ELSE HAS THE SAME GUITAR AS ME FOR 3 YEARS!!!!!!!! ………getting sic of it…….Please….

    12. Re: Kawal/Kawai/Kawaj guitars
      Sam Young

      : PLZ e-mail me if you even think you have one of these guitars

      : I’VE BEEN TRYING TO SEE IF SOMEBODY ELSE HAS THE SAME GUITAR AS ME FOR 3 YEARS!!!!!!!! ………getting sic of it…….Please….

      by the way email me at [email protected]
      thanks!!

    13. Re: This popular thread has been given its own page :... Sam Young
      Sam Young

      PLZ e-mail me if you even think you have one of these guitars

      I’VE BEEN TRYING TO SEE IF SOMEBODY ELSE HAS THE SAME GUITAR AS ME FOR 3 YEARS!!!!!!!! ………getting sic of it…….Please….

      1. I've got a Kawai performer,
        Ali Connor

        I’ve got a Kawai performer, had it for over 20 years. I absolutely love it. Teles, strats and Les Pauls have come and gone but the performer has always stayed. I’ve got pics up on Twitter and a link to a guitar solo I recorded @al_connor

        1. Kawai Performer
          Yves

          Hello, i have 4 kawai performer guitars !
          I love this guitar, and I’m still looking for others.
          It was also my very first guitar 😉
          Grtz Yves

      2. I've got a Kawai performer,
        Ali Connor

        I’ve got a Kawai performer, had it for over 20 years. I absolutely love it. Teles, strats and Les Pauls have come and gone but the performer has always stayed. I’ve got pics up on Twitter and a link to a guitar solo I recorded @al_connor

      3. I got a Kawai Performer guitar over 30 years ago. It is like a strat, natural wood finish with a clear laquer. Has a large black faceplate 2xDiMarzio humbuckers, 3 way selector switch and 4 black round dials. Black dots on the fret board with a large radius. Bought it of a mate for 60 quid with the case.

        1. kawai performer 1978
          Yves

          Nice mate, I love this guitar.
          I have 4 kawai-performer guitars.
          Ik keep them forever.
          Grtz

      4. kawal gitaar
        willie

        Hi i have a kawal gitaar and want to sell it do any of you know any thing about this gitaar i don’t hae a need for this gitaar and don’t even k
        Now howw to plAy this tipe of gitaar

        Tes

      5. I too have been trying to get info about my 1960s era Kawal bass guitar. Any body know anything at all about these basses ?

        1. kawal bass gtr approximatly 1960s
          Gerry

          I also have a kawal bass gtr and I want to sell it because I had a stroke and cannnot play now. Have you any idea what is a fair price.

      6. Selling
        Kawaj ks11-xl

        I currently own a Kawaj KS11-xl it is in the original hard carry case and in great if not excellent condition if anyone knows any more bout these please let me know I am also interested in selling it for a fair price

        1. kawai are now named teisco.
          Anonymous

          kawai are now named teisco. The model you have is the same one i learned on. My father has one. In the 1970’s when they were being produced the could cost $100 dollars. The high-end one (yours) was close to $400 dollars! A gibson goldtop cost $250 back then. They are some of the rarest actual makes of guitars around very hard to come by. My advice is not to sell it. They have a beautiful sound and you won’t get want its actually worth unfortunately. But to the right buyer with original case around $1000-1300. Thats as much as i know with a lot of research time.

  3. Where to find pics or detailed specs on a GLOBAL GUITAR
    sTONEY FLOOD

    I HAVE A GLOBAL AMONG OTHER GUITARS BUT I WOULD LIKE TO GET MORE INFO AND A POSSIBLE PRICE RANGE FOR IT. IT’S PRETTY OLD , BUT IN GOOD CONDITION

  4. Greco bass guitar
    luc Charron

    I have a Greco bass guitar 1977 and wil like to find more info concerning the manufacturer and find out if it si a collectible item.

    1. Re: roland g-707
      Arne

      : Looking for a Roland G-707 guitar synth…please help…!!!

      I got one for sale, comes with the GM70 rack mounted controller unit and hardshell case. $600 plus shipping FED EX to you.

    1. Re: Kawai F300D (70s) info - 80's?
      Bill

      : Does anyone know where I can find some info on my first acoustic. It’s been in storage for like 15 years and now I notice it looks suspiciously like a CF Martin D28 copy!
      : Always assumed it was a laminated guitar (cost $AUS300 back then) so it couldn’t be that good, but I’d like to know more about it.

      I have just bought one of these too, although I think mine comes from the early to mid 80’s.
      As far as I know these guitars are either made by Kawai Piano Corp, Teisco Guitars (owned by Kawai) or some other company that was owned by Kawai at the time??
      I think mine is a solid top but not 100% sure.
      So if anyone else knows anything else, please post.

      Bill, New Zealand

    2. Re: This popular thread has been given its own page :... Ben S
      Ben S

      Does anyone know where I can find some info on my first acoustic. It’s been in storage for like 15 years and now I notice it looks suspiciously like a CF Martin D28 copy!
      Always assumed it was a laminated guitar (cost $AUS300 back then) so it couldn’t be that good, but I’d like to know more about it.
      Thanks,
      Ben
      Brisbane Australia

      1. Kawai F300D
        BYRON L YOUNG

        I just purchased a vintage Kawai custom F300 D and it plays very well although needs some attention. What caught my eye was the luthiers signature on the label. S.Yagama I think that’s what it says? There is very little information out there on these very well-made guitars. Any information would be welcomed.

        Thanks

      2. Kawai F-300D
        Szilágyi Imre

        Kedves Kawai gitár barátok!

        Van egy Kawai F-300D,tipusu gitárom.Megkérnék mindenkit ha tud segitsen megtudni hogy milyen évben
        gyártották ezt a hangszert?Ime a Serial Number:13028JW300

      3. Kawai F-300D
        BAROX

        Hello There,

        I still have this guitar. I got it from my girlfriend when I was sixteen. Now Iam 54 years old and still love this guitar.
        We both it in a piano store so I think its realy made by Kawai the builders of pianos
        My guitar is still in great condition esspecialy the tunnings are in perfect condition .
        When there are new strings on the guitar its blind hard to tell if I play the kawai or the martin Guitar.

        Be glad with this guitar it will last forever when its good taken care of.

        With kindly regards

        Ron
        The Netherlands

      4. Hi I just got given one of
        Phil

        Hi I just got given one of these yesterday from a friend who brougt it for au$3.00,( that’s right three dollars.)from the garbage dump store. this model says it is a F=300D E, it has had one tuning key changed, strap button is missing, one of the braces needs re gluing, it has significant fret wear and other signs that it has been a real player in the past, oh and it is missing it’s saddle but over all is in surprisingly good condition for a guitar that has been thrown to the rubbish dump.

        I too would like to find out more info about these guitars because they seem to be a good copy of a Martin.

        Phil, sunshine coast , Australia.

    1. Re: Godwin Bass Guitar - info's welcome
      Andres F. Tobon

      : I have a black clasic 4 String Bass Guitar.
      : The Logo on it says it’s a Godwin.
      : Does anybody out there have informations about this brand?
      : What price can I expect, when I sell it?

      Andrex

    2. Re: Godwin Bass Guitar - info's welcome
      Frans

      I have the same bass. I gues it is made in the 70s/80s. Factory is not traceable. I do not know what price to expect but I am curious as well..

      : I have a orange-colored 4 String Bass Guitar.
      : The Logo on it says it’s a Godwin.
      : Does anybody out there have informations about this brand?
      : What price can I expect, when I sell it?

      : Kind regards
      : Matthew

      1. Re: Godwin Bass Guitar - info's welcome
        boris

        Hello, my friend got this bass for 160 euros with original case,mint. It’s Italian made, very popular factory from 70’s. This model was exclusively made for export to USA, so very small number this basses can be found in Europe. They have the same LP model guitar,and it’s just perfect. Better than 80% basses made in today in China and Korea.
        Cheers, Boris
        : I have the same bass. I gues it is made in the 70s/80s. Factory is not traceable. I do not know what price to expect but I am curious as well..

        : : I have a orange-colored 4 String Bass Guitar.
        : : The Logo on it says it’s a Godwin.
        : : Does anybody out there have informations about this brand?
        : : What price can I expect, when I sell it?

        : : Kind regards
        : : Matthew

      2. Re: Godwin Bass Guitar - info's welcome
        Joe G

        : I have the same bass. I gues it is made in the 70s/80s. Factory is not traceable. I do not know what price to expect but I am curious as well..

        : : I have a orange-colored 4 String Bass Guitar.
        : : The Logo on it says it’s a Godwin.
        : : Does anybody out there have informations about this brand?
        : : What price can I expect, when I sell it?

        : : Kind regards
        : : Matthew

        i will give you £200
        email me details

      3. Re: Godwin Bass Guitar - info's welcome
        kàino

        It’s an italian bass. The brand is "Crucianelli".
        I write from Italy; I’m italian. I know what i say.
        In Italy there are some people who collect’em, I cannot say what’s the value. The quality is not so high, you’re lucky if the neck is not bended…
        It’s not so bad, if you are searching for a particular old style sound it’s ok but it depends of the conditions…

        : I have the same bass. I gues it is made in the 70s/80s. Factory is not traceable. I do not know what price to expect but I am curious as well..

        : : I have a orange-colored 4 String Bass Guitar.
        : : The Logo on it says it’s a Godwin.
        : : Does anybody out there have informations about this brand?
        : : What price can I expect, when I sell it?

        : : Kind regards
        : : Matthew

      4. Re: Godwin Bass Guitar - info's welcome
        MIKE

        Hi there…u have a bass guitar that was made in italy(europe) by a factory called SISME…i don’t know much about that firm!

        The price well i would buy it from u for 250euros+shiping coust!!!

        What do u say???

      5. Re: Godwin Bass Guitar - info's welcome
        Thijs

        There’s nothing to find about the company. Except on fetischguitars.com there is mentioned a link to EKO.

        Thijs

    3. Re: This popular thread has been given its own page :... Matthew
      Matthew

      I have a orange-colored 4 String Bass Guitar.
      The Logo on it says it’s a Godwin.
      Does anybody out there have informations about this brand?
      What price can I expect, when I sell it?

      Kind regards
      Matthew

    1. Re: Kawal or Kawai Guitar patent34-4127
      ljubisa

      : My friend has what looks like an old Kawal or Kawai acoustic/electric box guitar. Unfortunately, that’s all I know about the guitar. Does anyone know anything about this type of guitar? Any info is appreciated.

      1. Re: Kawal or Kawai Guitar patent34-4127
        Don D

        I have a Kawal guitar. It is an electric hollow body with three pickups, toggle switch at the top, three volume controls, one tone control and a whammy bar. I call it a Roy Clark guitar. It is the starburst design and plays great. My Dad got it at a pon-shop sometime around 1969. I am very sure if the name because it is very clear and in pretty good shape. The lacquer finish has some hair line cracking. This is the first time I have ever heard of anyone else having one.

    2. Re: Kawal or Kawai Guitar
      Betty

      I have a Kawal guitar also. My Dad was stationed in Japan and he purchashed 3 of these for my 3 brothers and I ended up with 1. He purchased them like I said in Japan in 1967, thats all I know about them, sorry

    3. Re: Kawal or Kawai Guitar
      sid Rogers

      Hi, I have a kawal accoustic electric guitar. reasonably good shape. would sell for $750.00. but may consider good offer. it is a cut away. sun burst finish. neck frets good. believe it is from the Sixties, japaness please let me know if interested. Sid 1-269-948-3099–1-517-783-5440

    4. Re: Kawal or Kawai Guitar
      Sam Young

      hi there!! i have a kawal (or kawai) guitar and ive been trying to find someone who has the same thing
      its not an acoustic though
      its an electric- my dad got it in the 1990’s in a garage sale and sent it down for me two yrs ago
      write me for your comments

      -sam, 12

      1. Re: Kawal or Kawai Guitar
        Chris Routley

        : hi there!! i have a kawal (or kawai) guitar and ive been trying to find someone who has the same thing
        : its not an acoustic though
        : its an electric- my dad got it in the 1990’s in a garage sale and sent it down for me two yrs ago
        : write me for your comments

        : -sam, 12

        Hey my name is Chris Routley I have the same guitar only mine is a 1957 model. It is a hollow-body electric with the sharp cut out. I really like the guitar my father also pased it down to me in the late 90’s. Wow I can’t believe somebody has one. Please write back. Thanks!!

        Chris, 19

      2. Re: Kawal or Kawai Guitar
        Eileen Duhaime

        Hi, I have an old Kawal or Kawai guitar that my father bought for me in the early 60’s. I too know nothing about it, and this is the first time I have heard anything about that make of guitar. It is a large hollow body electric. If anyone knows anything about this brand of guitar, or if it has value, I would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks, Eileen

      3. Re: Kawal or Kawai Guitar
        Eileen Duhaime

        : hi there!! i have a kawal (or kawai) guitar and ive been trying to find someone who has the same thing
        : its not an acoustic though
        : its an electric- my dad got it in the 1990’s in a garage sale and sent it down for me two yrs ago
        : write me for your comments

        : -sam, 12

        1. Re: Kawal or Kawai Guitar
          merrill

          i also have a kawal electric guitar that i know nothing about, it also looks like a 60’s guitar, also looking for any info on it
          it definitely says kawal … where does the kawai name come from?

    5. Re: This popular thread has been given its own page :... Marie Brown
      Marie Brown

      My friend has what looks like an old Kawal or Kawai acoustic/electric box guitar. Unfortunately, that’s all I know about the guitar. Does anyone know anything about this type of guitar? Any info is appreciated.

      1. Im about to buy a Kawal (by the time you read this I will have bought it) but here goes. There are two basic shapes that I can find which look very similar. The first looks like a les Paul with the toggle on the upper bout and a single cutaway at the lower. The knobs are in a semi arc around the bottom back of the guitar and there is a trem. The other is a double cutaway, the toggle is on the lower bout and the dials are scattered below the bridge (no trem). Can anyone shed any light on these two versions …. Thanks

      2. Kawal semi hollow guitar
        Jeff

        I have been on skype with guitar master Lee Ping from a town called Watain, i am not sure about the spelling of the town name but i am going to give you the exact broken engelish words he gave me; “Mr jeff son, hold tight to Kawal guitar, no more make Kawal, Sensi Kawal died, nobody got name of Kawal. Kawal is now plenty money” I dont want to steal anybody’s money so hold on to what you got till you can sell for the right price.

        Jeff Fennols

  5. Come across an old Jedson, whats it worth?
    Tom

    My uncle has a Jedson guitar. Its black, has a Les Paul shaped body and was made in 1968. It doesn’t sound too hot (old strings) but the necks still as straight as the day it was brought. If anyone has a rough idea of what its worth, get in touch!

    1. Re: Come across an old Jedson, whats it worth?
      zulkefli

      : My uncle has a Jedson guitar. Its cherry sunburst or jedson tele type 2, has a telecaster shaped body and was made in early 1976 in japan and at the back plate mentioned snail 05835418. It doesn’t sound too hot (old strings) but the necks still as straight as the day it was brought. If anyone has a rough idea of what its worth, get in touch!

    2. Re: Come across an old Jedson, whats it worth?
      james

      : about £20, sorry mate but Jedson were a copy company situated in japan. I have a tele copy of Jedson’s and it has a value of arround £20 to. Due to it age i thought mine was worth a bit but oh well.

  6. global guitar
    dave mutdosch

    who made this guitar.
    my uncle sold his house and is having a sell and wanted to know if
    i am interested in thid guitar.

    1. Re: global guitar
      dave mutdosch

      : who made this guitar.it says global on it
      : my uncle sold his house and is having a sell and wanted to know if
      : i am interested in this guitar.

      1. Re: global guitar
        Rolando

        : : who made this guitar.it says global on it
        : : my uncle sold his house and is having a sell and wanted to know if
        : : i am interested in this guitar.
        Global was sold by montgomery Ward in the early 70’s. I have a Les Paul copy, and the guitar is asseset at an average of $300.00 in good condition (normal use wear).

        1. Re: global guitar
          stoney

          : : : who made this guitar.it says global on it
          : : : my uncle sold his house and is having a sell and wanted to know if
          : : : i am interested in this guitar.
          : Global was sold by montgomery Ward in the early 70’s. I have a Les Paul copy, and the guitar is asseset at an average of $300.00 in good condition (normal use wear).
          IS THERE A WEB SITE WITH PICTURES? I HAVE A SUNBURST COLORED ONE

  7. kawai electric guitar
    max swischuk

    i realy need some help finding parts for my guitar. any one who can help. email me plz. thnx, max

  8. Kawai 12-String
    Jacob Strain

    I have a Kawai 12-String Acoustic that’s my mom’s and I’m wanting to know more about it. If anyone can, give me information on it. It’sNo. is K H – 100.

    1. Kawai 12 string Rose design pickguard KH-100
      Kevin Elford

      Just found one in a 2nd hand gift shop that had no other musical instruments in it . . . just curious if it’s worth the price of strings, set-up & elementary refurbishing

      Any help truly appreciated. Thanks !!

    2. Re: Kawai 12-String
      besniki kavai

      : I have a Kawai 12-String Acoustic that’s my mom’s and I’m wanting to know more about it. If anyone can, give me information on it. It’sNo. is K H – 100.

      1. Re: Kawai 12-String
        J. Daris

        : : I have a Kawai 12-String Acoustic that’s my mom’s and I’m wanting to know more about it. If anyone can, give me information on it. It’sNo. is K H – 100.

        1. Re: Kawai 12-String
          J. Daris

          : : : I have a Kawai 12-String Acoustic that’s my mom’s and I’m wanting to know more about it. If anyone can, give me information on it. It’sNo. is K H – 100.

          I have the exact same guitar. I purchased it in 1969. I have used this guitar on stage with such performers as Tom Petty, John Sebastain, etc. NEVER GET RID OF IT!

          1. Kawai KH-100
            David Paterson

            I just scored a KH-100 for $99 at guitar center, I was shocked to see a vintage japanese instrument going for so little money, played and sounded amazing. Any clue where I can find more on this interesting instrument? Not often you find a 12-fret 12 string like this one, keeper for sure. Not finding much online or my google-fu is off today. Cheers!

  9. i have a very old guitar,does sommeboddy know more about it?
    steven

    hello,i have a very old semie acoustick jazz guitar,of what i kan see is it a roger,model junior nr 742.is from around 1950.does sommebody know some more about this item?kind regards
    steven

  10. Guitar's Worth
    Dave Brich

    I have a Ventura acoustic guitar that I bought in 1977. Model # v-1
    Serial # 58607. Do you know how much it is worth today? If not, do you know where on the Web I could find out its worth.

    Thank you for your help.

    Dave

  11. Pricing - Wilson longstock Bass guitar
    Chuck Watson

    A friend of mine has a Wilson long stock bass guitar which he purchased in the early 70’s. He does not know the history of Wilson guitars or the current market value of their bass guitars. Can anyone help??

    He would like to sell it as he does not play anymore.

    1. Re: Roland G707
      Jebc Madrid

      I have a silver one with manuals, floor unit, cable, extended ,memory and flight case. It´s in quite good condition. I don´t use to play it about 10 or 12 years ago, but works perfectly. Send me a e-mail

      1. Re: Roland G707 i would like to buy one please send me a price
        jim mercer

        : I have a silver one with manuals, floor unit, cable, extended ,memory and flight case. It´s in quite good condition. I don´t use to play it about 10 or 12 years ago, but works perfectly. Send me a e-mail

      2. Re: Roland G707
        jim mercer

        : I have a silver one with manuals, floor unit, cable, extended ,memory and flight case. It´s in quite good condition. I don´t use to play it about 10 or 12 years ago, but works perfectly. Send me a e-mail

        1. Re: Roland G707
          Mike

          I have been playing for 6yrs now and I currently own a Roland GR-33 synth with a GK-2a pickup. I wanted a Roland G-707 guitar ever since Amir Derakh from Orgy used it the Blue Monday music video. I love that way it looks, It’s got a great range of guitar tones, and I already have a floor synth. I know the GK-1 on the isn’t compatible with my GR-33 synth, but I have an external GK-2a pickup that is!!!
          How much do you want and do you have pictures?

          1. Re: Roland G707
            jason

            I have a Roland G-707 for sale. it is silver in color and does not include the floorboard. Only a few light scratches. Taking offers right now and wanted to know if anyone here is interested. The thing is great! e-mail [email protected]

            1. Re: Roland G707
              Marc

              : I have a Roland G-707 for sale. it is silver in color and does not include the floorboard. Only a few light scratches. Taking offers right now and wanted to know if anyone here is interested. The thing is great! e-mail [email protected]

              is it sold ?

  12. Pricing guitars Fender Elec. / Ovation Adamus Vintage
    Cindy Trotier

    Is there a web-site that lists prices for guitars similar to what you would use for used cars (bluebook). I have a copy of a Fender Telecast ’52 (I believe 1st edition) and an ovation adamus that I purchased around 1981-82. I’d like a round about price for them. Also, I have an Epiphone Banjo. Excellent condition. Just looking for prices because I will be selling them soon.

  13. Identifying electric guitar
    Alan Darlington

    Hi,

    my first guitar was an electric model bought in the mid sixties in Frank Hessy’s in Liverpool. I asked my mum and dad for a hofner colorama but they couldn’t get one so they got me this one. It was basically a strat copy with three pickups and a tremelo. The body was a distinctive two colour split. I think that the front was a pale green and the back of the body was red. The pick-guard was possibly tortoishell. I think that the tremelo had a chrome cover.

    I hope someone can help.

    regards,

    Alan

  14. Luis Goya Classical
    Cass

    I just was given an older Luis Goya classical made in Madrid. Label does not state # or date. In good condition. Any ideas as to what it is, and it’s possible worth? Thanks

    1. Re: 70s kawai f holes dark red info
      ralph huey

      I also have an old F hole kawai that I am trying to find its worth. let me know if you have any questions about mine and I will gladly answer if I can: have late 60s/70s kawai gutiar double pickups bolt neck need info

  15. jedson 3/4 size bass
    john mcdougall

    i have been given a jedson 3/4 bass it is cream looks like a
    telecaster i have no idea of its value but would like to know.
    i would not want to sell it but i would like to know more about it.

    1. Re: jedson 3/4 size bass
      terry kirby

      ihave the same bass white two pick up and i have flatwound strings i have had mine for at least 20+years.I also haave had no responce about mine.

      1. Re: jedson 3/4 size bass
        Jim Jamieson

        I have just bought a Jedson 3/4 size bass in sunburst off ebay – they were built by Teiso in Japan and were marketed in Britain in woolworths under teh Jedson brand. the Jedson being J.E.Dallas and son, later went on to be known as Dallas Arbiter.

      2. i have just got a jedson 6 string, i have the same problem, i dont now much about it.its light, plays well,sounds well and only cost £50.00. not bad for a vintage gutar…………

    1. Re: Wilson guitars
      Erik Berg

      : Has anyone ever heard of an old guitar made in england called "Wilson" If so please let me know if i should buy it.Its left and it
      : is in amazing condition.It has old Baldwin pick ups on it and it sounds fantastic.The story is it use to belong to the guitar player
      : from the tremoloes(not alan blakely,the guy before him,or after).Also an acoustic guitar named EKO or ECO.Made in Italy,and it
      : looks and feels like a beauty but i never heard that name.Both these guitars are suppose to be about 30-40 yrs old.
      : Any info w
      ould be fantastic!
      : Thank You

      I have a Wilson acoustic solid top that sounds and plays great, but the best thing is…it stays in tune…it’s amazing. I can’t seem to find out any info on the history of these guitars, but I sure like mine.

    2. Wilson guitars
      Katie

      Hey guys, i hope you can help me w/ this. I have an old wilson classical guitar from my mom thats got to be over 30 years old. its in great condition and has been fixed up recently, but i want to sell it. i havent heard of many ppl that know anything about wilsons, so any info would be great.

    3. Re: Wilson guitars
      Stuart Pollock

      I’ve got two left-handed Wilson electric guitars – a black 6 string and a cream 12-string. Both original as I’ve had both from new. One of the pick-ups on the 12-string needs replacing – don’t think I can get an original – it seems to be a Maxon humbucker 34mm x 73mm plus fixing lugs.
      I’ve also still an original tape Wem Copicat plus spare tape!

      1. Wilson ranger
        peter

        I have a wilson ranger,I got it for a birthday present in 1968 from my mother.this guitar was a student model at the time,and was the lower end of the wilson/ watkins/web collaboration.the guitar neck is narrow and thin ,rosewood fingerboard mahogany neck and body,the pickups are toaster style very high quality with no noise what ever,tthe aranger came in a few variants ,my one has two pickups neck and bridge.although it was a student model it is every bit as good if not better than the mighty watkins Rapier which was the flagship. This guitar can play anything really it has a zero fret and a non adjustable bridge where intonation is concerned. The zero fret keeps the action as low as you want,and I mean LOW! Sound wise,well it has its own sound but consider it a cross between a telecaster and a strat,and you pretty much have it.i would never sell this guitar under any circumstances/ well almost! Anybody looking for one of these is got to be mighty lucky,and collectors can only drurll over the photos in magazines!.i own all the best gibsons and fender guitars,but this one goes everywhere with me whether I’m playing funk or jazz or rockIf I was to add a criticism it would be that the upper frets are hard to access,but it’s something worth living with. I wish you luck in your search,don’t hold out too much hope

    4. Re: Wilson guitars
      Andy

      : Has anyone ever heard of an old guitar made in england called "Wilson" If so please let me know if i should buy it.Its left and it
      : is in amazing condition.It has old Baldwin pick ups on it and it sounds fantastic.The story is it use to belong to the guitar player
      : from the tremoloes(not alan blakely,the guy before him,or after).Also an acoustic guitar named EKO or ECO.Made in Italy,and it
      : looks and feels like a beauty but i never heard that name.Both these guitars are suppose to be about 30-40 yrs old.
      : Any info would be fantastic!
      : Thank You

      HI my name is Andy and I have a WILSON 6 string semi acoustic. Its a really odd thing that I paid about £80 for second hand (about $120). Its got two chrome humbuckers and a single coil which looks like it has been screwed to the damn thing! Although the build quality is a bit thin compared to, say an Epiphone, it does sound fantastic.

      How much is the one you bought? Can you send me a picture?

      1. Re: Wilson guitars
        Ken

        : : Has anyone ever heard of an old guitar made in england called "Wilson" If so please let me know if i should buy it.Its left and it
        : : is in amazing condition.It has old Baldwin pick ups on it and it sounds fantastic.The story is it use to belong to the guitar player
        : : from the tremoloes(not alan blakely,the guy before him,or after).Also an acoustic guitar named EKO or ECO.Made in Italy,and it
        : : looks and feels like a beauty but i never heard that name.Both these guitars are suppose to be about 30-40 yrs old.
        : : Any info would be fantastic!
        : : Thank You

        : HI my name is Andy and I have a WILSON 6 string semi acoustic. Its a really odd thing that I paid about £80 for second hand (about $120). Its got two chrome humbuckers and a single coil which looks like it has been screwed to the damn thing! Although the build quality is a bit thin compared to, say an Epiphone, it does sound fantastic.

        : How much is the one you bought? Can you send me a picture?

        hello
        my name is ken.
        I used to own a Wilson bas when I played in a band around 1967. These were made by Watkins Musical Instruments of Rapier Fame. The company changed their guitar brand name to WEM after a while, but were more famous for their amplifiers.Our lead guitarist also played a Wilson sg.These were great instruments for their time, if you sould not afford a Fender.

    5. Re: Wilson guitars
      Andy

      : Has anyone ever heard of an old guitar made in england called "Wilson" If so please let me know if i should buy it.Its left and it
      : is in amazing condition.It has old Baldwin pick ups on it and it sounds fantastic.The story is it use to belong to the guitar player
      : from the tremoloes(not alan blakely,the guy before him,or after).Also an acoustic guitar named EKO or ECO.Made in Italy,and it
      : looks and feels like a beauty but i never heard that name.Both these guitars are suppose to be about 30-40 yrs old.
      : Any info would be fantastic!
      : Thank You

      1. Re: Wilson guitars
        Mike Neenan

        : : Has anyone ever heard of an old guitar made in england called "Wilson" If so please let me know if i should buy it.Its left and it
        : : is in amazing condition.It has old Baldwin pick ups on it and it sounds fantastic.The story is it use to belong to the guitar player
        : : from the tremoloes(not alan blakely,the guy before him,or after).Also an acoustic guitar named EKO or ECO.Made in Italy,and it
        : : looks and feels like a beauty but i never heard that name.Both these guitars are suppose to be about 30-40 yrs old.
        : : Any info would be fantastic!
        : : Thank You

        Hi. I owned a wilson semi acoustic back in 1970, but like a prat I exchanged it for an SG cos it used to feedback a lot at High volume. (200w on 10). I still miss the damn thing, and would be delighted to buy another one. Mine was a tobacco sunburst with chrome hardware – Schaller pickups and machines. If anyone has one to sell please let me know.
        Cheers. Mike

        1. Re: Wilson guitars
          phil

          Hi

          I have a Wilson sunburst shortscale 12 sting electic in sunburst 3 pickups very 60s not the best made instrument in the world but v cool would love to find out more about these guitars

          : : : Has anyone ever heard of an old guitar made in

          england called "Wilson" If so please let me know if i should buy it.Its left and it
          : : : is in amazing condition.It has old Baldwin pick ups on it and it sounds fantastic.The story is it use to belong to the guitar player
          : : : from the tremoloes(not alan blakely,the guy before him,or after).Also an acoustic guitar named EKO or ECO.Made in Italy,and it
          : : : looks and feels like a beauty but i never heard that name.Both these guitars are suppose to be about 30-40 yrs old.
          : : : Any info would be fantastic!
          : : : Thank You

          :
          : Hi. I owned a wilson semi acoustic back in 1970, but like a prat I exchanged it for an SG cos it used to feedback a lot at High volume. (200w on 10). I still miss the damn thing, and would be delighted to buy another one. Mine was a tobacco sunburst with chrome hardware – Schaller pickups and machines. If anyone has one to sell please let me know.
          : Cheers. Mike

          1. Re: Wilson guitars
            Billy R. Bates

            Musicians’ Friend Magazine, Holiday issue (Dec. 2004?) has Wilson guitars. It is made in Japan, and modeled after
            the handmade Mosrite Guitars made famous by The Ventures. In fact the M.F. Wilson is called "The Venture’s". I don’t have the M.F. before me, but I think it sells for $550 or so. The headpiece looks like the 1965 Venture Mosrite. I own a 1965 Venture Mosrite-why the Wilson caught my eye.
            Check it out at Musiciansfriend.com. Thanks, Billy

            :
            : Hi

            : I have a Wilson sunburst shortscale 12 sting electic in sunburst 3 pickups very 60s not the best made instrument in the world but v cool would love to find out more about these guitars

            : : : : Has anyone ever heard of an old guitar made in

            : england called "Wilson" If so please let me know if i should buy it.Its left and it
            : : : : is in amazing condition.It has old Baldwin pick ups on it and it sounds fantastic.The story is it use to belong to the guitar player
            : : : : from the tremoloes(not alan blakely,the guy before him,or after).Also an acoustic guitar named EKO or ECO.Made in Italy,and it
            : : : : looks and feels like a beauty but i never heard that name.Both these guitars are suppose to be about 30-40 yrs old.
            : : : : Any info would be fantastic!
            : : : : Thank You

            : :
            : : Hi. I owned a wilson semi acoustic back in 1970, but like a prat I exchanged it for an SG cos it used to feedback a lot at High volume. (200w on 10). I still miss the damn thing, and would be delighted to buy another one. Mine was a tobacco sunburst with chrome hardware – Schaller pickups and machines. If anyone has one to sell please let me know.
            : : Cheers. Mike

          2. Re: Wilson guitars
            John Miller

            MIKE —- I have just found your message ! — I am selling a WILSON – sounds like the one you wanted —– it is in EBAY NOW (10 MAY 2004) … or ring me on 01271 86 48 48 Thats UK +44 1271 86 48 48

            :
            : Hi

            : I have a Wilson sunburst shortscale 12 sting electic in sunburst 3 pickups very 60s not the best made instrument in the world but v cool would love to find out more about these guitars

            : : : : Has anyone ever heard of an old guitar made in

            : england called "Wilson" If so please let me know if i should buy it.Its left and it
            : : : : is in amazing condition.It has old Baldwin pick ups on it and it sounds fantastic.The story is it use to belong to the guitar player
            : : : : from the tremoloes(not alan blakely,the guy before him,or after).Also an acoustic guitar named EKO or ECO.Made in Italy,and it
            : : : : looks and feels like a beauty but i never heard that name.Both these guitars are suppose to be about 30-40 yrs old.
            : : : : Any info would be fantastic!
            : : : : Thank You

            : :
            : : Hi. I owned a wilson semi acoustic back in 1970, but like a prat I exchanged it for an SG cos it used to feedback a lot at High volume. (200w on 10). I still miss the damn thing, and would be delighted to buy another one. Mine was a tobacco sunburst with chrome hardware – Schaller pickups and machines. If anyone has one to sell please let me know.
            : : Cheers. Mike

          3. Re: Wilson guitars
            John Miller

            MIKE —- I have just found your message ! — I am selling a WILSON – sounds like the one you wanted —– it is in EBAY NOW (10 MAY 2004) … or ring me on 01271 86 48 48

            :
            : Hi

            : I have a Wilson sunburst shortscale 12 sting electic in sunburst 3 pickups very 60s not the best made instrument in the world but v cool would love to find out more about these guitars

            : : : : Has anyone ever heard of an old guitar made in

            : england called "Wilson" If so please let me know if i should buy it.Its left and it
            : : : : is in amazing condition.It has old Baldwin pick ups on it and it sounds fantastic.The story is it use to belong to the guitar player
            : : : : from the tremoloes(not alan blakely,the guy before him,or after).Also an acoustic guitar named EKO or ECO.Made in Italy,and it
            : : : : looks and feels like a beauty but i never heard that name.Both these guitars are suppose to be about 30-40 yrs old.
            : : : : Any info would be fantastic!
            : : : : Thank You

            : :
            : : Hi. I owned a wilson semi acoustic back in 1970, but like a prat I exchanged it for an SG cos it used to feedback a lot at High volume. (200w on 10). I still miss the damn thing, and would be delighted to buy another one. Mine was a tobacco sunburst with chrome hardware – Schaller pickups and machines. If anyone has one to sell please let me know.
            : : Cheers. Mike

          4. Re: Wilson guitars
            Richard Lees

            Hello there. I recenlty bought a left-handed Wilson semi-acoustic for £50 as it didn’t have a nut or bridge on it. Another £50 quid later and it’s been professionally set up and sounds class. Mine’s got a bolt-on neck, a Bigsby-esque trem system and two really class pick-ups on it. The serial number on the neck plate is 18207. Any further information on the guitar or the Wilson company gratefully accepted! I’m also chasing information about an effects pedal I have – it’s an Electrolabs Sustain pedal, made in England, pretty good sound on it but I know absolutely nothing about this at all!! I also have an original 60’s Watkins Copicat with spare tapes – it’s not in mint condition but still does the business fine.

            :
            : Hi

            : I have a Wilson sunburst shortscale 12 sting electic in sunburst 3 pickups very 60s not the best made instrument in the world but v cool would love to find out more about these guitars

            : : : : Has anyone ever heard of an old guitar made in

            : england called "Wilson" If so please let me know if i should buy it.Its left and it
            : : : : is in amazing condition.It has old Baldwin pick ups on it and it sounds fantastic.The story is it use to belong to the guitar player
            : : : : from the tremoloes(not alan blakely,the guy before him,or after).Also an acoustic guitar named EKO or ECO.Made in Italy,and it
            : : : : looks and feels like a beauty but i never heard that name.Both these guitars are suppose to be about 30-40 yrs old.
            : : : : Any info would be fantastic!
            : : : : Thank You

            : :
            : : Hi. I owned a wilson semi acoustic back in 1970, but like a prat I exchanged it for an SG cos it used to feedback a lot at High volume. (200w on 10). I still miss the damn thing, and would be delighted to buy another one. Mine was a tobacco sunburst with chrome hardware – Schaller pickups and machines. If anyone has one to sell please let me know.
            : : Cheers. Mike

        2. Re: Wilson guitars
          Dominic

          I managed to inherit a Wilson guitar from a friend about 6 months ago and have been trying to find out about it ever since. It’s a proper electric guitar and is still in good condition but it must be from 70s or 80s-any idea of value?

    6. Re: This popular thread has been given its own page :... Derek Pyette
      Derek Pyette

      Has anyone ever heard of an old guitar made in england called "Wilson" If so please let me know if i should buy it.Its left and it
      is in amazing condition.It has old Baldwin pick ups on it and it sounds fantastic.The story is it use to belong to the guitar player
      from the tremoloes(not alan blakely,the guy before him,or after).Also an acoustic guitar named EKO or ECO.Made in Italy,and it
      looks and feels like a beauty but i never heard that name.Both these guitars are suppose to be about 30-40 yrs old.
      Any info would be fantastic!
      Thank You

      1. 1968 Wilson Ranger
        Mervin

        Hi,I have a Wilson ranger,1968, guards red,two toaster pickups.Had this guitar since 1968,lefthanded,and a present from qmy mum.This guitar is brilliant,if you have medium size hands the neck is a dream to play . Just recently had a pro set up,
        This guitar has a narrow but medium thick neck,I would never sell it.

      2. I had a Wilson semi accoustic around 1970
        Anonymous

        I had my own band and I loved that guitar. I had to sell is so I could “retire” as the honour amongst performers meant I could be called out at short notice to fill in for someone who was sick. I still miss it!

  16. i dont know what type of kawai guitar i have?
    johnny manny

    hey there…we all know kawai is a japanesse name brand, manufactures,.but i reall would like to know if theres somebody who knows about kawai models a lot?
    if anything contact me at [email protected]

  17. i have a guitar and i dont know what it is
    tracy busick

    it’s an electric. it says J and G on the top part of the neck and says made in italy on the back top of the neck. there are no serial numbers. i have a picture if anyone can help me. thank you

  18. kawai acoustic guitar
    Luis

    Hi!

    I’ll like to know where I can get information of Kawai acoustic guitar, I found de Kawai piano web page.

    I’ll appreciate if sombody gime a north.

    Tks.

    Luis

    1. Re: kawai electric guitar
      Richard Landon

      : Hi!

      : I’ll like to know where I can get information of Kawai acoustic guitar, I found de Kawai piano web page.

      : I’ll appreciate if sombody gime a north.

      : Tks.

      : Luis

      Hey Lewis,
      Was Surfin web and found this site. Might be of some use to you??? http://www.uni-ulm.de/~s_opfaen/gitarre/kawai

      Richard

      1. Re: RE: GOYA RANGEMASTER GUITARS
        terry

        : hello i have a goya rangmaster im selling it is a very fine sounding guitar equipped with factory bigsby.very few dings but missing logo otherwise as good as it gets 525 firm please contact for pics.thanks t

    1. do you want to sell it?..how much?..does it have the original case?
      marc

      : I WOULD LOVE ANY INFO. AND VALUES ON GOYA ELECTRICS, SPECIFICALLY THE GOYA RANGEMASTER. I HAVE WHAT I THINK IS A 1970, OR 1972 HOLLOWBODY, BLONDE MAPLE RANGEMASTER…ABSOLUTE MINT, CONDITION.("MADE IN ITALY" STAMPED IN THE NECK PLATE.) THANKS….

    2. Re: RE: GOYA RANGEMASTER GUITARS
      marc

      : I WOULD LOVE ANY INFO. AND VALUES ON GOYA ELECTRICS, SPECIFICALLY THE GOYA RANGEMASTER. I HAVE WHAT I THINK IS A 1970, OR 1972 HOLLOWBODY, BLONDE MAPLE RANGEMASTER…ABSOLUTE MINT, CONDITION.("MADE IN ITALY" STAMPED IN THE NECK PLATE.) THANKS….

      1. still interested in obtaining a Goya Rangemaster
        Kurt

        Extremely good shape. All original parts. Neck surprisingly in line and no warping. Some cracking to the finish that does not appear to go through to the wood. All pick ups and buttons work. Serial number N5026 Mad in Italy.

      2. Re: RE: GOYA RANGEMASTER GUITARS
        craig Stark

        :Do you still have the Goya? thanks

        : I WOULD LOVE ANY INFO. AND VALUES ON GOYA ELECTRICS, SPECIFICALLY THE GOYA RANGEMASTER. I HAVE WHAT I THINK IS A 1970, OR 1972 HOLLOWBODY, BLONDE MAPLE RANGEMASTER…ABSOLUTE MINT, CONDITION.("MADE IN ITALY" STAMPED IN THE NECK PLATE.) THANKS….

    3. Re: This popular thread has been given its own page :... BILL
      BILL

      I WOULD LOVE ANY INFO. AND VALUES ON GOYA ELECTRICS, SPECIFICALLY THE GOYA RANGEMASTER. I HAVE WHAT I THINK IS A 1970, OR 1972 HOLLOWBODY, BLONDE MAPLE RANGEMASTER…ABSOLUTE MINT, CONDITION.("MADE IN ITALY" STAMPED IN THE NECK PLATE.) THANKS….

  19. watkins guitars
    Dave Patrick

    I have a red Watkins that I know nothing about. It’s a Gibson SG copy and I bought it in 1981 for £48. On the headstock it used to have Watkins written like joined-up handwriting but that fell off and I think I’ve lost it. Not sure what the serial number is cos I’ve only just discovered this website and don’t have the guitar with me.
    The action is not brilliant and the machineheads are knackered but I like it. If anyone has more info I’d love to hear it.

    cheers
    Dave

  20. roland g707
    Eric Peavey

    i am looking for a roland g707 guitar preferably with the manual and cables im in the usa so no one out of the country (i wonder why) i need it bad and will pay good money for it

    1. Re: roland g707
      Roger Prades

      Hi, I’m From Barcelona and I have this Guitar with the MIDI cable and the Pedal Controller, and the pretty flight case.The colour of the guitar is silver. if you want…think it! I’ll wait.

    2. Re: roland g707
      Roger Prades

      Hi, I’m From Barcelona and I have this Guitar with the MIDI cable and the Pedal Controller, if you want…think it! I’ll wait.

    1. Re: Jedson Guitars
      M

      : i have been given a Jedson guitar as a gift and I am looking for more information about them can you help.

      1. Re: Jedson Guitars
        Malcolm Patch

        My wife has a Jedson acoustic since early 1980’s but was well used when she got it. I think made in Japan 1967 but with Dallas Arbiter England on the label. Good sound as a backup for my Maton

    2. Re: Jedson Guitar half size bass
      terry kirby

      I have had this jedson bass for at lest 20+years and I dont know nothing about its history or were it was built.its white with a solid body please can you help

      1. Re: Jedson Guitar half size bass
        Grant Walker

        : I have had this jedson bass for at lest 20+years and I dont know nothing about its history or were it was built.its white with a solid body please can you help

        Hi
        I have Dallas bass i bought in the 60’s , it’s tele shape , have you got any pics of your Jedson bass , i thought Jedson stood for John E Dallas & Sons .

    3. Re: Jedson Guitar half size bass
      terry kirby

      I have had this jedson bass for at lest 20+years and I dont know nothing about its history or were it was built.its white with a solid body please can you help

      1. Re: Jedson Guitar half size bass
        Phil Long

        Jedson actually stands for J.E Dallas and Son who we’re Ukelele makers in the 1930’s 1940’s.
        George Formby actually played a Jedson !
        They were taken over by Arbiter to become Dallas-Arbiter in the 1960’s and the Jedson brand was used to badge japanese imports.
        I still play a Jedson half scale bass sometimes with my band the Fabulous Fezheads
        http://www.Fezheads.com

      2. Re: Jedson Guitar half size bass
        dave

        I got the same bass, got it for £3 because it was knackered, but with a new bridge and strings it sounds great. Let me know if you find anything about them.
        Incidently you can here some samples of it in a track of mine called ‘Jedson Buffoon’ at http://www.lefthandpath.info

        laters
        D

    4. Re: Jedson Guitars
      j hurst

      : i have been given a Jedson guitar as a gift and I am looking for more information about them can you help.
      i have a Jedson,label reads that it was made in london england by Dallas Arbiter,it,s a 20 fret acoustic

      1. Re: Jedson Guitars
        j ward

        i also have a jedson acoustic made in london england by Dallas Arbiter. it has 20 frets the same but all i know is that its about 35 years old

      2. Re: Jedson Guitars
        j ward

        : : i have been given a Jedson guitar as a gift and I am looking for more information about them can you help.
        : i have a Jedson,label reads that it was made in london england by Dallas Arbiter,it,s a 20 fret acoustic

        1. Re: Jedson Guitars
          mike piccolo

          : : : i have been given a Jedson guitar as a gift and I am looking for more information about them can you help.
          : : i have a Jedson,label reads that it was made in london england by Dallas Arbiter,it,s a 20 fret acoustic …

          I just bought a guitar that might be a Jedson. I know nothing about them except mine looks like a three quater size Gretsch Duo-Jet. The roller bridge is very well made as are the tailpiece and tremolo set-up. The steel is that of Bigsby’s quality. The colour is a "Gretsch Orange," I don’t know if it’s original. Lastly, there are two plastic "organ type keys on the ‘jack-plate.’ Anyone with any info would be appreciated…

          regards

          MP

    5. Re: This popular thread has been given its own page :... Chris
      Chris

      i have been given a Jedson guitar as a gift and I am looking for more information about them can you help.

  21. I’m looking for a Roland G707 synth-Guitar + floor Unit Gr700 cables etc.Anyone who has an idea where to get this-one more Problem:I’m living in Austria and I think its rather impossible to get this here!
    Please help!

    1. Re: Roland G707
      Felix Bien-Aime

      : I’m looking for a Roland G707 synth-Guitar + floor Unit Gr700 cables etc.Anyone who has an idea where to get this-one more Problem:I’m living in New York and I think its rather impossible to get this here!
      : Please help!

    2. Re: Roland G707
      Jay

      My favorite guitar player, Bob Hartman of Petra (from 1972-1997) used that guitar during the Beat the System Tour 1984-85. Now it is hanging in the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando, Florida. Well, that’s the only player I’ve known to use it. But to find the geeetar, go to http://www.google.com and search for g707 synth and there are quite a few people who are selling it.

    3. Re: Roland G707
      Paul

      Hi, are you still looking for a 707 guitar and 700 synth. I have a red 707 guitar controller/original case/manual, synth + memory card.Its fully working and has lived under my bed for several years. £300 pounds sterling and its yours. How you get it to Austria will be the hard bit.

    1. Re: 60's Kawai Guitar
      kield andersson

      : I recently purchased an old kawai rumored to be from the 60’s- it’s got three pickups and all kinds of knobs and switches that look like a jaguar’s- can anyone tell me the story? I’ve got a photo.

      1. Re: 60's Kawai Guitar
        kield andersson

        : : I recently purchased an old kawai rumored to be from the 60’s- it’s got three pickups and all kinds of knobs and switches that look like a jaguar’s- can anyone tell me the story? I’ve got a photo.I am the owner of an old kawai guitar too and I am like you intersted in any in information

        1. Re: 60's Kawai Guitar
          Bill

          I just picked up a 1964 Kawai guitar that looks kinda like a Fender Jaguar but it has 4 pickups and a switch for each pickup. also, the entire pickguards are metal and raised up and it has a strange looking whammy bar spot. I have no idea the differences between ours but I don’t know anything about mine too.

          1. Re: 60's Kawai Guitar
            ricard

            hi,

            i do also have a kawai guitar that looks like your description, i ve got no idea of where i can find info of this guitar. I would like to sell it but i want a know a posible price for it.

            can you help me

            thanks
            ricard

        2. Re: 60's Kawai Guitar
          johnny many

          i also own a really nice kawai guitar, its thin, light, and it has 4 speakers with 4 switches to activate them. this guitar is rare, its just one of the coolest guitar i have seen so far, i would like to know how old its is, and if it cost some money, wich i really dont care im gonna keep this beauty!

          1. Re: 60's Kawai Guitar
            barry

            my first electric guitar (back in ’65) was a kawai…what a piece of crap that was. it kinda looked like a strat – thin solid-body, double cutaway, exaggerated fender-style head, but it weighed a ton, and the neck and electronics were horrible. i don’t remember what i paid for it, but it was in the range of zim-gar and other japanese brands (less than $40 new) – hell, you could get a used gretsch in excellent condition for $50 in those days.
            i think i ended up burning it or smashing it (as was the style in those days – i also burned a VOX Phantom – does anyone remember those?

          2. Re: 60's Kawai Guitar
            Richard Landon

            : i also own a really nice kawai guitar, its thin, light, and it has 3 humbuckers. its the nicest guitar i have ever played, if anyone wants pictures, e-mail me, [email protected]. i would really be interested in a valuation, or a bit of history. Thanks

          3. Re: 60's Kawai Guitar
            shane hamrick

            I don’t own a kawai myself but my uncle does. It is an electric/acoustic, very big and bulky, has 2 pickups, a whammy bar, and is sunburst with a dark brown pickguard. Anyone with any info. on the approximate age or worth e-mail me. Thanx.

          4. Re: 60's Kawai Guitar
            Brian Baker

            I just recived a Kawai acustic guitar from my grandfather, I also wanted some information about the guitar, I know it is from around 1961, but that is all. If nothing else I would like to know something about the company which made it. If you happen to stumble apon this and have some knowlage of the of which I speak, E-mail me.

            1. Kawai Guitar
              Lupe Gamez

              I also have a Kawai guitar that I received as a gift from my grandfather about 1977 or so. It is a big body acoustic with a black pickguard and some type of design on the guard. It was at least a few years old when I got and maybe older! Does anyone know anything about this guitar.

              1. Re: Kawai Guitar
                Rolando

                : I also have a Kawai guitar that I received as a gift from my grandfather about 1977 or so. It is a big body acoustic with a black pickguard and some type of design on the guard. It was at least a few years old when I got and maybe older! Does anyone know anything about this guitar.

                I bought a guitar like that one in the middle 60’s
                It cost me then $175.00 I don’t know how much is it worth today, but I estimate an average of $300.00 to $700.00 depending on it’s condition. I still have that guitar and plan to auction it on ebay.

    2. I have a Country and Western style Kawai acoustic guitar, but no idea how old it is. If anyone has any info about Kawai guitars, please leave a message!

      1. Re: Kawai
        Nathan Evans

        : I have a Country and Western style Kawai acoustic guitar, but no idea how old it is and how much it is worth. If anyone has any info about Kawai guitars, please leave a message! Thanks

    3. Re: This popular thread has been given its own page :... Ian D
      Ian D

      I recently purchased an old kawai rumored to be from the 60’s- it’s got three pickups and all kinds of knobs and switches that look like a jaguar’s- can anyone tell me the story? I’ve got a photo.

  22. watkins Guitars
    Andy Scott

    I have a watkins hi-lo Guitar with 4 pickups,wammy bar.Does anyone have any information about this model etc.

  23. Found a picture!
    Frank McLaughlin

    Phil one other thing. while searchimg I came across a site called http://www.guitaczar.com and it looks as if a picture of the exact Watkins neck I have is on the left column of the home page! There is no mention of Watkins on this under construction site but somehow that neck picture is there! I even extracted all the source code and no underlying code mentioning Watkins at all! Hmmm this is spooky!

    1. Re: Watkins Guitars
      Paul

      Watkins wre one of, if not the first production electric guitar in England. The rapier came in 22, 33 or 44 with two, three or four pick ups respectively. They came in red or black finish and production, started from 1961.
      At the time, they were budget instruments. Watkins, were mainly manufacturers of amps and effects (Like the Watkins copicat).
      Later on Watkins became WEM(1970s)and later still Wilson(1970’s and 1980’s) were they were producing guitars until 1982.
      They also made some guitars for Vox.
      Being budget models, then they are still relatively inexpensive now, you can buy good 1960’s 22s or 33s for around £300 and I have a few and seen a few others but you can pick them up very cheaply becuase most people have never hard of them, I’m talking about £30 -£50.
      I’ve never seen a 44 so they must be rarer than the others and so I reckon you could add £100 to that figure.
      Hope this helps.

      1. Re: Watkins Guitars
        Jim

        : Watkins wre one of, if not the first production electric guitar in England. The rapier came in 22, 33 or 44 with two, three or four pick ups respectively. They came in red or black finish and production, started from 1961.
        : At the time, they were budget instruments. Watkins, were mainly manufacturers of amps and effects (Like the Watkins copicat).
        : Later on Watkins became WEM(1970s)and later still Wilson(1970’s and 1980’s) were they were producing guitars until 1982.
        : They also made some guitars for Vox.
        : Being budget models, then they are still relatively inexpensive now, you can buy good 1960’s 22s or 33s for around £300 and I have a few and seen a few others but you can pick them up very cheaply becuase most people have never hard of them, I’m talking about £30 -£50.
        : I’ve never seen a 44 so they must be rarer than the others and so I reckon you could add £100 to that figure.
        : Hope this helps.
        Have got a 1960’s red Watkins, twin pick up (Rapier 22??). I have managed to break one of the machine heads, do you or any one else out there know of a source who could supply a replacement? Any help gratefully received.

        1. Re: Watkins Guitars
          Tom Fox

          I am in possesion of a watkins bass guitar, i know nothing about it, all i know is my father bought it in kit form and built it himself, and that’s all he said about it before he passed away, if anyone thinks they could help me find out what it is, keeping in mind i have very little guitar knowledge, e-mail me and i’d be very grateful.

    2. Re: Watkins Guitars
      Pete Minvalla

      I own a Rapier 44 – bought for £20 in 1978! I saw several Rapiers in ‘Rock Bottom’ in Croydon – mostly 33s going for about $300 each – the 44 may be worth more. Why noy call them? Do you have any spares for yours? I need a scratch guard and pickup covers…

    3. Re: Watkins Guitars
      Frank McLaughlin

      Hello Phil! Would you believe I bought the neck of a guitar back in around 1972 and it was painted orange. The guy charged me $75 which was pretty costly considering that it wasn’t a Fender or any recognizable type neck (at least to me) but somehow in the back of my mind I recall the luthier telling me that it was a Watkins! Now this has to be what it is because I’ve never heard that name before. However, I have no clue what the actual body looked like but I can tell you that the neck is almost identical to a stratocaster neck except the headstock is longer but sort of shaped like the Fender headstock and somewhat straighter (not as fanned out). I’m not sure what the length is, it looks just a tad shorter for some reaon that a strat. I made a start body when I was 15 and am now 42 and still have not put them together because I had bad liuck with a router and my first trial telecaster body. Looked like moon craters when I finished with it. hehe so nexyt week I am taking the Watkins neck and start body replica I cut out of an old deconstructed upright piano and going to put Buddy Guy type lace sensor Fender pickups, the whole nine yards Fender and see how it works. The neck action is beautiful and smooth as a baby’s bottom with that oiled looking rosewoood with real dot abalone pearl inlays. Fret wire looks pretty think also. Let me know if you have a pic. My email is [email protected] I can also scan and send you one of the neck if you like. Take care. Frank McLaughlin

      1. Re: Watkins Guitars
        Phil Giddings

        : Hello Phil! Would you believe I bought the neck of a guitar back in around 1972 and it was painted orange. The guy charged me $75 which was pretty costly considering that it wasn’t a Fender or any recognizable type neck (at least to me) but somehow in the back of my mind I recall the luthier telling me that it was a Watkins! Now this has to be what it is because I’ve never heard that name before. However, I have no clue what the actual body looked like but I can tell you that the neck is almost identical to a stratocaster neck except the headstock is longer but sort of shaped like the Fender headstock and somewhat straighter (not as fanned out). I’m not sure what the length is, it looks just a tad shorter for some reaon that a strat. I made a start body when I was 15 and am now 42 and still have not put them together because I had bad liuck with a router and my first trial telecaster body. Looked like moon craters when I finished with it. hehe so nexyt week I am taking the Watkins neck and start body replica I cut out of an old deconstructed upright piano and going to put Buddy Guy type lace sensor Fender pickups, the whole nine yards Fender and see how it works. The neck action is beautiful and smooth as a baby’s bottom with that oiled looking rosewoood with real dot abalone pearl inlays. Fret wire looks pretty think also. Let me know if you have a pic. My email is [email protected] I can also scan and send you one of the neck if you like. Take care. Frank McLaughlin

        Hi Frank, I’ll get a pic for you, as you’ve probably worked out they used a strat style body, mine was originally red though someone has painted it black, which has worn thro to the white primer.
        Funny you should say bout the Buddy Guy pickups, my guitar has been signed by Buddy when he came to the venue where I work, not sure if he played it though.

        1. Re: Watkins Guitars
          Frank McLaughlin

          Hey Phil, sorry for the 3 year delay! I just saw your post back. My email addy changed so that’s probably why I never got a copy. Mine was probably red like yours but it may have faded to look orangish. I still haven’t put that darn thing together. You’re lucky to have Buddy Guy sign that. I have a hat he signed from his Buddy Guy’s Legends Chicago club. Well good luck! Thanks for your feedback. Frank

      2. Re: Watkins Guitars
        reg godwin

        I seem to have become a Watkins Guitar collector by default since it was never my intention to start collecting them.
        I have had a Rapier Bass since about 1967.It is currently in pieces and needs renovating.The action was always terribleIt is an awful pink/red colour.Many years ago I removed all the frets and converted it into a fretless bass.

        My second Watkins is a red (possibly 33 but no other markings to identify) which I bought from a second hand shop in 1968 for 20 pounds, which seemed like a lot of money then.Serial No.14462.
        It has rather a strange body shape, like a strat but with the horns rounded off.Action is very good.

        My final purchase was 1998 again in a second hand store, a Rapier 44 for 100 pounds.I don’t think the shop owner realised it was a vintage guitar or it would have been much more.It had been badly hand-painted black body.When I renovated it, there were signs that it had been red but since I already had a red Rapier, I resprayed it a light blue to match the early strat colour.Serial No.17211.
        Action is good but not as good as the 33.

        Both my Rapiers say Wilson on the baseplate.Anyone know why not Watkins or WEM?

        Does anyone know how to date the Rapiers fron serial No.?Charlie Watkins is on e-mail but not very keen to answer trivial questions from the masses (understandably).

        Would anyone else like to leave details of their Watkins guitars?

        1. Re: Watkins Guitars
          fds

          Hello Watkins also made amps in the late 60’s (WEM) so they re-named their guitars to Wilson. Thats why both your rapiers say wilson on the base-plate.

        2. Re: Watkins Guitars
          Bob Cookson

          Sorry Reg I seem to have copied your message. I was trying to say I have a Watkins Sapphire guitar from the 60s. 3 Pickups (I think humbuckers), tremolo bar (which is a flat bar unlike the strat) sunburst, body like a heavy,larger strat but neck and heads are different… 3 tuning heads on each side like a Gibson. It is all original and plays very well. Have a Selmer truvoice Diplomat amp of same era which also works well. Have you heard of or have any info about the Sapphire?

        3. Re: Watkins Guitars
          Bob Cookson

          : I seem to have become a Watkins Guitar collector by default since it was never my intention to start collecting them.
          : I have had a Rapier Bass since about 1967.It is currently in pieces and needs renovating.The action was always terribleIt is an awful pink/red colour.Many years ago I removed all the frets and converted it into a fretless bass.

          : My second Watkins is a red (possibly 33 but no other markings to identify) which I bought from a second hand shop in 1968 for 20 pounds, which seemed like a lot of money then.Serial No.14462.
          : It has rather a strange body shape, like a strat but with the horns rounded off.Action is very good.

          : My final purchase was 1998 again in a second hand store, a Rapier 44 for 100 pounds.I don’t think the shop owner realised it was a vintage guitar or it would have been much more.It had been badly hand-painted black body.When I renovated it, there were signs that it had been red but since I already had a red Rapier, I resprayed it a light blue to match the early strat colour.Serial No.17211.
          : Action is good but not as good as the 33.

          : Both my Rapiers say Wilson on the baseplate.Anyone know why not Watkins or WEM?

          : Does anyone know how to date the Rapiers fron serial No.?Charlie Watkins is on e-mail but not very keen to answer trivial questions from the masses (understandably).

          : Would anyone else like to leave details of their Watkins guitars?

          1. Re: Watkins Guitars
            Dennis Conary

            : : I seem to have become a Watkins Guitar collector by default since it was never my intention to start collecting them.
            : : I have had a Rapier Bass since about 1967.It is currently in pieces and needs renovating.The action was always terribleIt is an awful pink/red colour.Many years ago I removed all the frets and converted it into a fretless bass.

            : : My second Watkins is a red (possibly 33 but no other markings to identify) which I bought from a second hand shop in 1968 for 20 pounds, which seemed like a lot of money then.Serial No.14462.
            : : It has rather a strange body shape, like a strat but with the horns rounded off.Action is very good.

            : : My final purchase was 1998 again in a second hand store, a Rapier 44 for 100 pounds.I don’t think the shop owner realised it was a vintage guitar or it would have been much more.It had been badly hand-painted black body.When I renovated it, there were signs that it had been red but since I already had a red Rapier, I resprayed it a light blue to match the early strat colour.Serial No.17211.
            : : Action is good but not as good as the 33.

            : : Both my Rapiers say Wilson on the baseplate.Anyone know why not Watkins or WEM?

            : : Does anyone know how to date the Rapiers fron serial No.?Charlie Watkins is on e-mail but not very keen to answer trivial questions from the masses (understandably).

            : : Would anyone else like to leave details of their Watkins guitars?

            1. Re: Watkins Guitars
              Richard Lees

              I recently purchased a "Wilson" left-handed semi-acoustic six-stringer for the princely sum of £50 from a guitar shop as it had no bridge on it. It appears to be based on a Gretsch Country Gent. After havin a Gibson style bridgea on it and a re-set up it’s playing like a dream and the pick-ups are just class!! I would put them slightly behind my Ibanez Artists humbuckers but not by much. If anyone has any info on the guitar I’d be over the moon to hear from you!

          2. Re: Watkins Guitars
            Geoff Gaskell

            My first electric guitar was a Watkins Rapier 33, bought in 1962 for £30 (7 weeks wages!). I’ve been through the Fender and Gibson phase and now, in my dottage, want to turn the clock back. So, I’ve just acquired another Rapier 33. I didn’t realise they were so lightweight and a lot louder than they were through my 15 watt amp.

            I’m after a tremelo arm – can anyone help me? Also a headstock logo.

            Thanks.

            1. Re: Watkins Guitars
              Martin Samuel

              I’ve got a Rapier 44 and seem to be missing the watkins
              logo and also the wa wa bar. Does anyone know where
              i could find one.

              1. Re: Watkins Guitars
                Fred

                : I’ve got a Rapier 44 and seem to be missing the watkins
                : logo and also the wa wa bar. Does anyone know where
                : i could find one.

                1. Re: Watkins Guitars
                  Fred

                  : : I’ve got a Rapier 44 and seem to be missing the watkins
                  : : logo and also the wa wa bar. Does anyone know where
                  : : i could find one.

                  There’s someone selling the funny "backwards" Watkins logo transfers at this moment on eBay at about £7.00.
                  Not sure about the trem, but try modifying a strat or mustang replacement.
                  Good luck.

          3. Re: Watkins Guitars
            keith walker

            sorry about the last posted message an error on my part!
            Anyway back to my real reason for posting a reply I have a Watkins HiLo Vibrato Strat copy pink in colour…circa 1963/4..is anyone interested in owning it?

          4. Re: Watkins Guitars
            Russell Leetch

            Hi there,

            I bought a WEM bass late 2000, from musical exchange in B’ham. The serial number is 106249 and I am trying to find out info about it. ANy help??

          5. Re: Watkins Guitars
            Mark Ringer

            : : I seem to have become a Watkins Guitar collector by default since it was never my intention to start collecting them.
            : : I have had a Rapier Bass since about 1967.It is currently in pieces and needs renovating.The action was always terribleIt is an awful pink/red colour.Many years ago I removed all the frets and converted it into a fretless bass.

            : : My second Watkins is a red (possibly 33 but no other markings to identify) which I bought from a second hand shop in 1968 for 20 pounds, which seemed like a lot of money then.Serial No.14462.
            : : It has rather a strange body shape, like a strat but with the horns rounded off.Action is very good.

            : : My final purchase was 1998 again in a second hand store, a Rapier 44 for 100 pounds.I don’t think the shop owner realised it was a vintage guitar or it would have been much more.It had been badly hand-painted black body.When I renovated it, there were signs that it had been red but since I already had a red Rapier, I resprayed it a light blue to match the early strat colour.Serial No.17211.
            : : Action is good but not as good as the 33.

            : : Both my Rapiers say Wilson on the baseplate.Anyone know why not Watkins or WEM?

            : : Does anyone know how to date the Rapiers fron serial No.?Charlie Watkins is on e-mail but not very keen to answer trivial questions from the masses (understandably).

            : : Would anyone else like to leave details of their Watkins guitars?

            1. Re: Watkins Guitars
              Robin Harcus

              : : : I have recently aquired a Left handed Watkins Rapier 22 (red) S/N 11135. Being left handed I am very pleased to have come across it. The action is low having been modified to suit the previous owner. Anyone else come across a leftie?

              Regards,

              Robin

              : : :

              1. Re: Watkins Guitars
                Adam Watkins

                I acquired a left-handed 1958 Rapier Deluxe a few years ago. It was in pretty bad shape (missing bridge, neck warped) but I got a guy to repair it, and it plays awesome. Great old school jangle. Still has the original vinyl carrying bag, too! As someone with the last name Watkins, I had to have one. 🙂

                Parts occasionally come up on e-Bay, but there’s no one who supplies them regularly. You can get good history and dating information here:
                http://www.watkinsguitars.co.uk

            2. Re: Watkins Guitars
              jim allum

              Good friend of the late Reg Watins, who I’m afraid died earlier this year.I have come into possesion of a 33 that was one of Reg’s favorites and he kept for himself when he closed the factory. Chrome a bit pitted as it was in his loft for years. Gonna spend a lot of time and effort to renovate this guitar in respect for Reg. Mine has Watkins in the headstock.

            3. Re: Watkins Guitars
              jim allum

              : : : I seem to have become a Watkins Guitar collector by default since it was never my intention to start collecting them.
              : : : I have had a Rapier Bass since about 1967.It is currently in pieces and needs renovating.The action was always terribleIt is an awful pink/red colour.Many years ago I removed all the frets and converted it into a fretless bass.

              : : : My second Watkins is a red (possibly 33 but no other markings to identify) which I bought from a second hand shop in 1968 for 20 pounds, which seemed like a lot of money then.Serial No.14462.
              : : : It has rather a strange body shape, like a strat but with the horns rounded off.Action is very good.

              : : : My final purchase was 1998 again in a second hand store, a Rapier 44 for 100 pounds.I don’t think the shop owner realised it was a vintage guitar or it would have been much more.It had been badly hand-painted black body.When I renovated it, there were signs that it had been red but since I already had a red Rapier, I resprayed it a light blue to match the early strat colour.Serial No.17211.
              : : : Action is good but not as good as the 33.

              : : : Both my Rapiers say Wilson on the baseplate.Anyone know why not Watkins or WEM?

              : : : Does anyone know how to date the Rapiers fron serial No.?Charlie Watkins is on e-mail but not very keen to answer trivial questions from the masses (understandably).

              : : : Would anyone else like to leave details of their Watkins guitars?
              Good friend of the late Reg Watins, who I’m afraid died earlier this year.I have come into possesion of a 33 that was one of Reg’s favorites and he kept for himself when he closed the factory. Chrome a bit pitted as it was in his loft for years. Gonna spend a lot of time and effort to renovate this guitar in respect for Reg. Mine has Watkins in the headstock.

            4. Re: Watkins / Wilson Guitars
              simon

              : : Would anyone else like to leave details of their Watkins guitars?

              I got a Wilson Rapier 22 from a shop in Kent for £80 last year (2000), reduced from £120. The action is nice and it has quite a mellow sound. Tremelo is great – a simple but very effective mechanism. Condition overall is excellent, but there are some pits in the chrome and cracks in the body finish.

              I think the change from Watkins to Wilson was in the late ’60s, but there are lots of other small changes over the years, control layouts, types of knobs and switches and the style of name cut into the scratchplate.

              Mine has metal knobs like a Vox, with a plastic ‘boost’ switch and the name in capitals – the scratchplate is three-ply white-black-white and the name is machined into the top layer of plastic, showing the name in black. I have seen the name in lower case italic elsewhere and with cheaper plastic knobs, and one with a metal switch in s different position. The funny little pickup switches don’t seem to change.

              Also I have seen one with a black neck and red body. Most were red, but black blue and white have also been spotted. Watkins ones have a decal on the headstock, Wilsons only have the name on the tailpiece. Don’t know about wems.

              Very nice guitars, not deserving the snobby derision of those who only saw them as stepping stones to the holy Strat.

              Simon in London

              1. Early Watkins
                Paul Tinker

                I bought a second hand Watkins for 30 quid back in 1976.
                I have no idea how old it is, or it’s model typ.
                It has 2 pick ups and the logo on the head stock is in block form.
                It’s not in great shap.
                But trying to find out it’s value and history is problemati.
                It’s stuck up in the lof.
                I need to fetch it down and photograph it.
                I thought it was a strat copy. But am I wrong?

            5. Re: Watkins Guitars
              charles hotham

              I have a watkins that is non-wem and has a watkins hi-lo vibrato that is the best thing iv’e ever tried of its kind as far being strong at both tuning stability and resonance volume/tone loss-really takes alot of whamming and stays in tune for alot of it-a really great guitar pickups look like dearmond humbuckers

            6. Re: Watkins Guitars
              paul

              I emailed charlie watkins, ages ago about the same thing and he said to me that the serial are random and bear no relation to dating. As far as I can tell there is no easy way to date a watkins, other than gut feeling, they range from very early to quite recent, as I’m sure you know.
              They only came in black and red so anything else has been resprayed. If it has WEM, written on the headstock this is a later model and, obviously not as valuable as a plain one.
              Wilson evolved from Watkins (Not sure when) but they continued production untill 1982 (For more info and a picture on this see the Ultimate Guitar Book).
              Any other questions, feeel free to mail me
              P.S I have two 1960’s watkins, if you want to buy one a 33 and a 22 🙂

              1. Re: Watkins Guitars
                John Speller

                I have a Rapier 33 which has been lovingly restored by a friend. However there is an exceedingly faint image of the Watkins Rapier logo on the finger plate and would love to get a clearer, sharp copy of it so I can have a new transfer/sticker made up. Does anyone know where I can get a picture of how it looked in showroom condition? I also need a Tremelo handle.

      3. Re: Watkins Guitars
        Steve Hughes

        Hi Phil I have a watkins rapier 44 it has a black headstock and a red body but has at some time been painted black to match the head the tremolo has the logo Wilson on it I believe that was a subsidery of watkins a british firm I also have an old catalogue with pictures of the 22,33,44 guitars but with a slightly different scratch plate to mine

          1. Re: Watkins Guitars
            Martin Samuel

            I would also like to see the pictures of your 44.
            I have one but dont know how original it is, never having seen another.

    4. Re: This popular thread has been given its own page :... Phil Giddings
      Phil Giddings

      I am the proud owner of a Watkins Rapier 44, circa early 1960s. Can anyone tell me anything about them, other than the fact that they’re pretty rare – as far as I know.

      1. Round Body Rapier 44
        Fried Squid

        Hi, I was given a round bodied version of the Rapier 44, but can’t find any further information on this model. I think it may have been a one-off and I’m trying to get a valuation. Any ideas?

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