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Japanese Manufacturers of Made In Japan Badged Electric Guitars from 1960 to 1980

Updated on April 20, 2016

Who Made My MIJ Guitar!?

This is one of the most frustrating questions from the MIJ collector. As I've read many different guitar collector/enthusiast forums and spoken to local guitar dealers, it's clear that the layperson has little to no idea who made their badged guitar from the 1960-1980 period, also known as the MIJ golden age of guitar manufacturing. People often make the mistake of citing the American or European importer as the 'maker' of the guitar, when in fact several Japanese manufacturers were producing badged guitars out of their plants and shipping them to America and Europe to sell. Japanese manufacturers made multiple badges at the same plant, many of whom resemble each other closely. Some manufacturers merged or changed hands over the years which added to the confusion, sometime merging with another maker, only to pick up their name later. In some cases a manufacturer would farm out production to various manufacturers, making it still more difficult to know who made the guitar in your hands. Parts from other guitars would be used in the making of a particular badge for a period of time because it was all the manufacturer had to hand...which doesn't always help in identifying a maker. And sometimes, the guitar which is supposed to be an MIJ guitar is actually made elsewhere (Korea, Indonesia) because production was moved during this period in history. Sounds hopeless, right? Not always!

This page is a work in progress and as new information is revealed it will be added to the list. But I can't do this alone, folks. See a guitar not listed? Tell me! Listed below are the major manufacturers, known badges and suspected badges to the best of my knowledge in written and list form to make it easy to find out WHO MADE YOUR GUITAR! In some cases I won't know because the badge you have may be extremely rare and virtually unknown to even seasoned collectors.

And just a quick note: I do not buy or sell guitars. I have no idea what any given guitar from this period would sell for. I don't know if some of the listed guitars are indeed valuable. My sole purpose is to help people looking specifically for information on the maker of their MIJ guitar. So please...don't ask me what your guitar is worth. To me, they're all priceless.

Atlansia

This guitar manufacturer started out as a parts supplier in the early 1970s. Atlansia didn't begin production of guitars under their badge until infamous engineer and designer Nobuaki Hayashi of Matsumoku fame became the company's president and chief designer in the late 1970s. Since then, Atlansia has continued to produce cutting-edge guitar designs in Nagano, Japan. The company did not make any other badged guitars other than namesake Atlansia.

C.F. Mountain

Company was founded in 1948 and made high quality acoustics. Maker of house brand C.F. Mountain.

Chushin Gakki

Chushin is still in operation today in Nagano, Japan and does business with guitar giant Fender. I believe that Chushin may have been a member of the Matsumoto Musical Instruments Association listed further down because both companies produced Fresher guitars during different periods....with Matsumoto beginning production and Chushin ending it (perhaps because the Association was disbanded?). During the 1960-1980 period they were responsible for badges Bambu, Cobran, El Maya and Hisonus as well as some Charvel, Fresher and Jackson badges. The company may have possibly made some guitars with the Aztec, Maya and Robin badges, but that is not verified. Guitars made by Chushin from this period are well-made and appreciated by guitar enthusiasts worldwide.

Daimaru

Founded in the city of Matsumoto, Japan in the early 1960s, Daimaru produced their own house brand, although they outsourced electric guitar production to Teisco during the 1970s period. Daimaru appears to have gone out of business after 1980.

Daion Musical Instrument Company

Daion was founded in 1962 by Yasuyuki Teradaira. Maker of house brand Daion guitars, along with JooDee and Johnson badged guitars. JooDee was made by master guitar luthier Shiro Tsuji. Outsourced work to maker Yamaki. Daion went out of business shortly after 1984.

Daiwa Musical Instrument Manufacturing

Maker of the Daiwa acoustic guitar. Will research this for more information.

Dyna Gakki

Dyna Gakki began production in 1972 in the city of Nagano, Japan. They manufactured guitars for Fender Japan and Greco, so they couldn't have been a terrible manufacturer as Fender is very choosy about outsourcing their product. Dyna may have been a source for Japanese manufacturer Yamaki. Dyna also produced the infamous Ibanez badges for a short period of time.

Electric Sound Products (ESP)

Founded in 1975 by Hisatake Shibuya, this wildly-popular manufacturer focused on making quality basses for export as well as electric guitars. ESP survived the 'copy' era and is still in business today. Badges made by ESP included their house brand ESP as well as Navigator during the late 1970s. A possible badge made by the company was Robin.

Elk Gakki (also known as Miyuki)

Makers of the Elk badged guitar from the early to mid 1960s to 1975, although other sources indicate that the Elk brand did not stop production until the early 1980s. Elk badged guitars came in clear acrylics in addition to colors in the early 1970s, which was an attempt to copy clear acrylics designed by the legendary Dan Armstrong in the late 1960s.

Fernandes

Fernandes Guitars started production in 1969 in Osaka, Japan. It grew and became one of the largest producers of Japanese-made guitars, rivaling competitors Fujigen and Matsumoku. Fernandes produced guitars with the Burny and Nady badges as well as house brand Fernandes. A possible badge made by Fernandes was the oddly named Orange guitar.

Fujigen Gakki

Fujigen Gakki began operation in 1960 as a classical guitar manufacturer, moving into the lucurative electric guitar markets in 1962. The company was the largest producer of Japanese guitars during the 1960-1980 period. They were known for producing high quality products, especially for the badged guitar market, which is why the company was selected by so many major American brands. It wasn't until 1970 that the company began making products for the venerable Ibanez brand, which was an unqualified success. Fujigen Gakki was the main manufacturer of choice for Greco badged guitars in the 1970 to 1980 period. They also produced guitars for major manufacturer Yamaha. Badged guitars made by Fujigen include Antoria, Epiphone, Jason and Mann. Badged guitars that may have been made by Fujigen Gakki were Marlin and St. Moritz.

Guyatone

Guyatone produced electric guitars for major guitar manufacturer Suzuki. The company also produced their house brand Guyatone. Badged guitars produced by Guyatone include Barclay, Broadway, Coronado, Crestwood, Futurama, Howard, Ibanez, Ideal, Imperial, Johnny Guitar, Kent, Kingston, Lafayette, Marco Polo (electrics only), Montclair, Omega, Orpheus, Prestige, Royalist, Saturn, Silhouette, Silvertone, Vernon, Winston and Zenta, an impressive amount of names produced by a single company. Other badges that may have been produced by Guyatone are Beeton (not to be confused by the Beeton Brass Guitar company founded in 1994), Bradford, Canora and Regent.

Hayashi/Zenon

Hayashi was one of the premier acoustic guitar makers among Japanese manufacturers from this time frame. Hayashi bought out small manufacturer Zen-On in 1968 during a period of expansion for the company. Credited with making Pearl badged acoustic guitars, Hayashi was also responsible for making Cortez, Custom, Emperador and Mountain acoustics.

Hitachi Gakki/Hitachi Musical Instruments Manufacturing

I'm unsure if this company existed or not, but since many major electronics manufacturers jumped into the electric guitar market in the 1970s, it seems reasonable that Hitachi could have ventured briefly into guitar production. A seller of the badged guitar "Splender" claims it was made by this company. Yet another seller claims the badge Slendon was made by this company.

Hoshino Gakki Ten/ Tama

Hoshino Gakki were known primarily for producing Ibanez guitars during this time although that wasn't the only badged guitar they made. Badged guitars produced by Hoshino include Cimar, Cimar by Ibanez, Hy-Lo, Penco, Howard

Tama Industries began guitar production from 1962 to 1967 as a factory of Hoshino, producing more badged Ibanez guitars as well as Continental, Crest, Goldentone, Jamboree, King's Stone, Maxitone, Star, Starfield (some), Tulio and Jason. Tama eventually took over badged guitar production from STAR Instruments in the mid-1960s.

There's some evidence that Tama began producing guitars under their own badge from 1975-1979. I'm unsure at this point if this Tama had any relation to the Tama that existed under Hoshino Gakki Ten.

Humming Bird

Little-known manufacturer in operation in the early 1960s until 1968. Humming Bird made electrics that were copies of Mosrite guitars. It's possible they also made acoustics.

Iida

Iidi began manufacturing guitars in 1958 in Nagoya, Japan. Iida is still producing guitars, but mostly in their factory located in Korea. They were mainly responsible for producing acoustic and semi-acoustic rather than electric guitars for major manufacturers Ibanez and Yamaha. There is speculation that Iida may have assisted Moridara for a short period in making Morris badged guitars, but that is not verified.

Kasuga

Kasuga produced their own house brand in Kasuga guitars. For a brief period of time the company produced Yamaha acoustic guitars. Kasuga guitars were first sold in America in 1972. Unlike many Japanese manufacturers who outsourced their guitar production in other factories outside the main maker, Kasuga produced all their products in-house. Badged guitars known to have been made by Kasuga include Conrad, Emperador, ES-S, Ganson, Heerby, Hondo, Mei Mei and Roland. Kasuga went out of business in 1996.

Kawai Teisco

Kawai Teisco was founded by Atswo Kaneko and Doryu Matsuda. The company also produced the popular Ibanez badge in the 1960s. Kawai Teisco made their own house brands Kawai, Teisco, Del Rey and Teisco Del Rey. Badged guitars produced by the Kawai Teisco factories include Apollo, Aquarius, Arbiter, Atlas, Audition, Avar, Ayar, Barth, Beltone, Black Jack, Cameo, Cipher, Concert, Cougar, Crown, Daimaru, Decca, Diasonic, Domino, Duke, Emperador, Heit Deluxe, Holiday, Imperial, Inter-Mark Cipher, Jedson, Kay, Kent, Kimberly, Kingsley, Kingston, Keefy, Lindell, Marquis, May Queen, Minister, Noble, Prestige, Randall, Recco, Regina, Rexina, Sakai, Satellite, Schaffer, Sekova, Silvertone, Sorrento, Sterling, Swinger, Tele Star, Top Twenty, Victoria, and Winston. Possible badged guitars made by the company include: Astrotone, Demian, G-Holiday, Lafayette, Master, Orange, Tamaki and Trump.

Kyowa Shokai

This company, which may have been a distributor as opposed to a manufacturer, was a member of the Matsumoto Musical Instrument Association. They have been credited with Camel and Fresher badged guitars, although Freshers were also made by Chushin in the late 1970s.

Magnavox/Ampeg

Ampeg was swallowed up by Japanese electrical giant Magnavox in 1971, when they wanted to get in on the electric guitar copy craze of the 1970s. Magnavox produced electric and bass guitars under the Stud badge as well as the successful Ampeg brand. It's been suggested that Magnavox was also responsible for producing Selmer acoustic guitar badges during this time, but that has not been verified. Selmer was sold to Magnavox around the same time they bought Ampeg, so it certainly seems plausible they could have made Selmer acoustic badged guitars as an offering for that market. Stud badged guitars were made until '75, with Ampeg guitar production continuing until 1980. Opus was another badge made by the company. Magnavox lost their interest in Ampeg shortly thereafter and the brand languished until it was resurrected over a decade later by another American company.

Maruha Gakki

We know this company existed in the 1970s in Japan because of stickers found inside repaired Maruha guitars. Maruha made high-quality acoustics, some of which are badged F. Hashimoto (some long lost master luthier?) along with the Maruha badges. These guitars are highly sought-after because of the overall quality.

Matsumoku

Matsumoku is one of the Japanese manufacturers that did not survive long after the heyday of the 1970s guitar market despite having a long tradition of quality stringed instrument craftsmanship. Matsumoku produced guitars for major manufacturers Greco, Guyatone and Yamaha. Matsumoku made Arai, Aria, Aria Pro II and Aria Diamond badges, with Aria being their primary badge for a majority of this time frame. Badged guitars known to have been made by Matsumoku include Apollo, Arita, Barclay, Burny, Capri, Columbus, Conrad, Cortez (electrics only), Country, Cutler, Dia, Domino, Electra, Epiphone, Granada, Hi Lo, Howard, Ibanez, Lindberg, Lyle, Luxor, Maxitone (this guitar differs from Tama's Maxitone badge), Mayfair, Memphis, Montclair, Pan, Pearl (electrics only), Raven, Stewart, Tempo, Univox ,Vantage, Ventura, Vision, Volhox, Washburn (in 1979 and 1980), Westbury, Westminster and Westone. Possible Matsumoku badges include: Bruno, Crestwood, Conqueror, Eros, Mako, Memphis, Orlando and Toledo.

Matsumoto Musical Instrument Manufacturers Association

The Matsumoto Musical Instrument Manufacturers Association was the organization responsible for Fresher guitars. Little is known about this association, other than it did not have larger guitar manufacturers Matsumoku or Fujigen Gakki as members. Nakai Gakki was a possible member of the association. Fresher guitars began production in 1973 by the Kyowa Shokai Company, an association member, which was also responsible for the Camel badge. It's interesting to note that Fresher guitars were eventually being produced by Chushin, which leads me to believe that they may have been an Association member along with Kyowa. The beginning production year was considered a low quality benchmark for the company. The Fresher brand continuously improved in quality until 1980.

Maya Guitar Company

Located in Kobe, Japan, this manufacturer made the famous Maya brand guitar. Maya guitars were in production from 1970-1980. It's been suggested that Maya may have been responsible for the Aztec badge. You'll notice that Maya has been attributed to a company known as Tahara. At this point I do not know if Maya assisted in production or if Tahara produced some Maya guitars as a subcontractor. Maya and El Maya badges have also been attributed to Chushin Gakki. More research is needed to clarify this point.

Moridaira (Morris Guitars)

Founded in 1967 by Toshio "Mori" Moridaira, the Moridaira factory produced high-quality guitars, including the infamous Morris badged guitar. Moridaira also produced badged guitars for Hohner including Coronado, Futurama, H.S. Anderson, Lotus (some) and Sakai.

Nakai Gakki

Little-known manufacturer from Osaka, Japan, this company is responsible for the oddly named John Bennet badge. Nakai has been mentioned as a possible Matusmoto Musical Instruments Association member in the past. The company still exists and is producing musical instruments, quite a feat in light of so many manufacturers who faded after the golden electric guitar age.

Shinko Musical Company

A very small, unknown company that is attributed to being the manufacturer of the Pleasant guitar from 1960 to 1966. Shinko later moved to Korea sometime in the early 1970s where they produced the Drive guitar badge.

Shiro Musical Instrument Manufacturing Company, Limited

This little-known company is responsible for the St. George badge. This particular badge was made from 1963-1967. It also produced the rare Shiro guitar. It is possible that the company may also be responsible for the Pleasant guitar badge after 1966. This company may have been a small offshoot of Aria Guitar Company, founded by Shiro Arai, but that has not been verified as of today.

STAR Instruments

This company slowly merged into Hoshino/Tama but prior to their unification, produced instruments with the Star badge, mainly drums. They also produced guitars, including the infamous Zim-Gar badged electric and acoustic guitars. Over time, drum production was segmented to Pearl, while guitar contracts were taken up by Tama. Zim-Gar production was relatively short, as these were budget guitars made for K-mart between 1962 and 1968.

Suzuki Musical Instrument Manufacturing

Suzuki had two factories in Kiso and Hamamatsu where they made popular Suzuki guitars. The Hummingbird Suzuki guitar was manufactured in the Kiso factory. Suzuki is also credited with making the Canora and Takeharu badged guitars along with Marco Polo acoustics. Holly is another badge ascribed to Suzuki, although that has not been verified.

Kiso Suzuki Violin Company

Company founded by master luthier Kiso Suzuki, it began making guitars in 1951 in the area of Kisofukushima. Badged guitars made by Kiso include Takeharu and Toredo.

Tahara

Founded by a father and son, Ryohei Tahara and the unknown Tahara. I do not know which was the father and which was the son. The company existed until the late 1979 when it was bought up by Saga Musical Instruments. In all, the company existed less than a decade as Tahara. Both the Maya and El Maya badges are attributed to Tahara. Saga Musical Instruments exists to this day.

Takamine

Founded in 1962 in Sakashita, Japan, this manufacturer survived the copy era and is still producing guitars to this day. Takamine was among the first to make and export electric acoustics with their own house brand, although they are primarily known for their acoustic guitars. It is unknown if they made badged guitars.

Terada

Terada was one of the smaller Japanese manufacturers of acoustic guitars during the period of 1960 to 1980, producing products for Epiphone, Fender Japan, Grapham, Gretch and Vesta. Terada produced some Kingston badges until 1975. Other badged guitars produced by Terada include some Burny badges and interesting Thumb guitars. Terada has been in continuous operation since 1912.

Tokai

Tokai was founded in 1947 and is based in Hamamatsu, Japan. Tokai began production of acoustic guitars in 1965 and by 1968 was producing electric guitars for the American market. Tokai still exists as guitar manufacturer. Tokai made guitars for Fernandes, Mosrite and Fender Japan. Tokai badged guitars included the house brand Tokai as well as Cat's Eyes, Conrad, Drifter, Hondo, Love Rock, Mosrite, Sigma and Silver Star. Possible badges include Artist Ltd., Gaban, Gallan, Gession and Robin. It's suggested that Tokai made Hummingbird acoustics as well, but if these were related to those made by Humming Bird I haven't quite sorted out yet.

Tombo

Tombo was the only Japanese manufacturer who produced Norma badged guitars. Tombo made Norma guitars from 1965 to 1970. Badged guitars produced by Tombo include Angelica, Asama, Columbus, Condor, Duke, Horugel, Kinor, Montaya, Queen, Regina, Schaffer and Yamato.

Toyota

Is there anything T. Kurosawa didn't attempt to manufacture in the 1970s? Yes, Toyota manufactured a high-end line of acoustic, electric and bass guitars from approximately 1972. Toyota ceased manufacturing guitars in a short span of time (probably because they didn't sell), although exactly when in the 1970s production ended, I'm not sure.

Yamaha/Nippon Gakki

Founded in 1946, Yamaha is still going strong in the electric guitar market as a manufacturer. During the timeframe this article covers (1960-1980) all Yamaha guitars were made in Japan, although not necessarily in their factories as they outsourced to other manufacturers.

Yamaki

Yamaki was founded in the 1960 by brothers Yasuyuki and Hirotsygu. Yamaki exists today as a major manufacturer of guitar parts for outside Japanese guitar manufacturers. Yamaki produced a house brand, as well as Canyon, Daion, Dion, Grande and Jedson badged guitars. They also possibly produced JooDee guitars for a short time.

Yasuma Musical Instrument Company

Yasuma still exists as a company today, making high quality acoustic guitars. Located in Nagoya, Japan, the company may have been a source for Yamaha in the 1970s. Manufactured house brand Yasuma guitars.

Zen-On (see also Hayashi)

Little known Japanese manufacturer who was out of business by 1968. Zen-On made electric guitars with the house brand Zen-on badge, as well as Beltone, Morales and Zenon badges. Zen-On bought out Hayashi, but exactly when that took place is clouded in mystery.

List of Maker's Badges

(click column header to sort results)
Manufacturer  
Exclusive/Contract Companies   
Known Badges   
Possible Badges  
Atlansia
Fender Japan
Atlansia
 
Chushin Gakki
 
Bambu, Cobran, Charvel, El Maya, Fresher, Hisonus, Jackson
Aztec, Maya, Robin
Daimaru
 
Daimaru 
 
Daion Musical Instrument Company
 
Daion, Johnson, JooDee
 
Daiwa Musical Instrument Manufacturing
 
Daiwa
 
Dyna Gakki
Fender Japan, Greco
Ibanez
 
Electric Sound Products (ESP)
ESP
Navigator
Robin
Elk Gakki (Miyuki)
 
Elk
 
Fernandes
 
Burny, Fernandes, Nady
Orange
Fujigen Gakki
Greco, Yamaha
Antoria, Epiphone, Ibanez, Jason, Mann, Odessa,
Marlin, St. Moritz 
Guyatone 
Suzuki
Barclay, Broadway, Coronado, Crestwood, Futurama, Guyatone, Howard, Ibanez, Ideal, Imperial, Johnny Guitar, Kent, Kingston, Lafayette, Marco Polo, Montclair, Omega, Orpheus, Prestige, Royalist, Saturn, Silhouette, Silvertone, Vernon, Winston, Zenta
Beeton, Bradford, Canora, Regent
Hayashi/Zenon
 
Cortez, Custom, Emperador, Mountain, Pearl
 
Hitachi Gakki
 
Splender, Slendon?
 
Hoshino Gakki Ten (Tama)
 
Cimar, Cimar by Ibanez, Continental, Crest, Goldentone, Howard, Hy-Lo, Ibanez, Jamboree, Jason, King's Stone, Maxitone, Penco, Star, Starfield, Tulio
 
Humming Bird
 
 
 
Iida
Yamaha, possibly Moridara 
Ibanez, possibly Morris 
 
Kasuga Tokai
Kasuga, Yamaha
Conrad, Emperador, ES-S, Ganson, Kasuga, Heerby, Hondo, Mei Mei, Roland
 
Kawai Teisco
Del Rey, Kawai, Teisco, Teisco Del Rey
Apollo, Aquarius, Arbiter, Atlas, Audition, Avar, Ayar, Barth, Beltone, Black Jack, Cameo, CBS, Cipher, Concert, Cougar, Crown, Daimaru, Decca, Diasonic, Domino, Duke, Emperador, Heit Deluxe, Holiday, Ibanez, Imperial, Inter-Mark Cipher, Jedson, Kay, Kent, Kimberly, Kingsley, Kingston, Keefy, Lindell, Marquis, May Queen, Minister, Noble, Prestige, Randall, Recco, Regina, Rexina, Sakai, Satellite, Schaffer, Sekova, Silvertone, Sorrento, Sterling, Swinger, Tele Star, Top Twenty, Victoria, Winston
Astrotone, Demian, Holiday, G-Holiday, Layfayette, Master, Orange, Tamaki, Trump
Kyowa Shokai
Matsumoto Musical Instruments Association
Camel, Fresher
 
Magnavox/Ampeg
 
Ampeg, Opus, Stud
Selmer
Maruha Gakki
 
Maruha, F. Hashimoto
 
Matsumoku
Greco, Guyatone, Yamaha
Arai, Aria, Aria Pro II, Aria Diamond, Apollo, Arita, Barclay, Burny, Capri, Cimar, Cortez (electrics only), Columbus, Conrad, Cutler, Dia, Domino, Electra, Epiphone, Granada, Hi Lo, Howard, Ibanez, Lindberg, Lyle, Luxor, Maxitone (this guitar differs from Tama's Maxitone badge), Mayfair, Memphis, Montclair, Pan, Pearl (electrics only), Raven, Stewart, Tempo, Univox ,Vantage,V entura, Vision, Volhox, Washburn, Westbury, Westminster, Westone
Bruno, Conqueror, Country, Crestwood, Eros, Mako, Memphis, Orlando
Matsumoko Musical Instrument
 
Fresher, Camel 
 
Maya Guitar Company 
 
Maya 
Aztec 
Moridara (Morris)
Hohner
Coronado, Futurama, H.S. Anderson, Morris, Lotus (some), Sakai.
 
Nakai Gakki
 
John Bennet
 
Shinko Musical Company 
 
Pleasant
 
Shiro Musical Instrument Manufacturing
Aria? 
Shiro, St. George 
Pleasant 
STAR Instruments
 
Star, Zim-Gar
 
Suzuki Musical Instrument Manufacturing
Suzuki
Camora, Takeharu
Holly?
Kiso Suzuki Violin Company
Kiso Suzuki
Takeharu, Toredo
 
Tahara
 
Maya, El Maya
 
Takamine
 
Takamine
 
Terada
Fender Japan, Grapham, Gretch, Vesta 
Burny, Epiphone, Kingston,Thumb
 
Tokai
Fernandes, Fender Japan, Mosrite
Cat's Eyes, Conrad, Drifter, Hondo, Love Rock, Mosrite, Sigma and Silver Star
Artist Ltd,, Gaban, Gallan, Gession, Robin
Tombo
Norma 
Angelica, Asama, Columbus, Condor, Duke, Horugel, Kinor, Montaya, Queen, Regina, Schaffer,Yamato
 
Toyota
Toyota
 
 
Yamaha
Yamaha 
 
 
Yamaki
Yamaki
Canyon, Dion, Daion, Grande, Jedson
JooDee
Yasuma Musical Instruments Company
 
Yasuma
 
Zen-On
Zen-On, Zenon 
Beltone, Morales 
 

Unknown Maker Badge Names

Unassigned maker badge names are AGS, Alex, Andre, Aquila, Asco, Avon, Axiom, Bradley, CG Winner, Clear Sound, CMI, Columbia, Commodore, Cortley, Crestline, Crown, D. Lewis (?), Danelectro, Dynelectron (some), Diplomat, Dixon, Dorado, Eagle, El Degas, Exceltro, Exper, Encore, Fandel, Garzia, Goya, Grant, Grenn, Laguna, LTD, Magnum (?), Maier, Monroe, Marchis, Mark II, Masaaki (?), Matador, Norwood, Palmer, Prairie, President, Rodeo, Sanox, S.G.C., Splender, Stella, Targa, Taro, Voxton by Vox, and Yoshi. Some of these badges are attributed to the importer as the 'maker', which is untrue. It's possible that some of these badges were made by smaller Japanese manufacturers that have faded into history.

Unknown Maker Badges

(click column header to sort results)
A  
AGS, Alex, Andre, Aquila, Asco, Avon, Axiom  
B
Bradley
C
CG Winner, Clear Sound, CMI, Columbia, Commodore, Cortley, Crestline, Crown
D
D. Lewis, Danelectro, Dynelectron, Diplomat, Dixon, Dorado
E
Eagle, El Degas, Encore, Exceltro, Exper
F
Fandel
G
Garzia, Goya, Grant, Grenn
L
Laguna, LTD
M
Magnum, Maier, Monroe, Marchis, Mark II, Masaaki,Matador
N
Norwood
P
Palmer, Prairie, President
R
Rodeo
S
Sanox, S.G.C., Splender, Stella
T
Targa, Taro
V
Voxton
Y
Yoshi

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      dtyomies 16 hours ago

      I have what appears to be a 60's Fender bass/guitar double neck copy. The metal badge on the head stock is the same as the Fender badge except the "r" rolls down off the end and finishes with a line stroke underlining the name. If you search craigslist Minneapolis "Early Doubleneck Guitar Bass - $1", you should find it.

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      Emma 4 weeks ago

      I have an old Amena I can't find any information on. I wonder if they were released through Greco, as I've seen a few identical looking photos.

      She is a Gibson 59 remake, with some lovely detailing and surpriseingly great sound. It doesn't look or feel like it could be made by the same place that made the el cheapo acoustic guitars, but it does say Amena.

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      Lee J 8 weeks ago

      What about Levinson Blade guitars - the late 80s and early 90s?

      And also, Bill's Brothers guitars, I read they came out of the same Morris factory as H.S. Anderson and Bill Laurence guitars?

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      Cindy Braver 2 months ago

      I thin Yamaha LL16 is one of the best acoustic guitar on the market . Yamaha is known for making affordable, quality guitars, and this is one is no different. It features a solid spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides, and an ebony fretboard. It is smaller than the dreadnought guitars – a fact that is neither good nor bad but that does affect the way the instrument sounds and feels.

      This guitar sounds tighter and is less loud than a dreadnought. But its construction warms its tone considerably. Its owners say that its tone is well balanced – clear and punchy but still warm. It offers clarity in the higher registers, but some boom in the lower registers. For that reason, the LL16 is suited to almost any style of playing. It will not, however, be as punchy as the Taylor 210 or as round sounding as the Blueridge.

      Overall, this is a great guitar, at its price or any. Suited to almost anything, and fit for beginners and pros alike, LL16 is a great choice. http://www.guitarmesh.com/what-is-the-best-acousti... has great and informational reviews .

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      David, Australia 2 months ago

      P.S. I live in Australia and was interested to find these Canora guitars were manufactured in Japan and distributed in America.

      Thanks again

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      David 2 months ago

      Hi

      Bought a CANORA acoustic guitar (model #1916) from a garage sale $30 the other day

      Anyone know where to pick up parts for these (want it original) or do I have to turn it into a 'bitsa' ?

      Ta for help David

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      rennie 3 months ago

      Hi, I have a japanese made guitar badged "HAWK" any info about which company produced it and which year it was made?

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      Kurt 3 months ago

      I own a les Paul copy by a company called classic,its very well made,heavy as hell,wilkinson pick ups,but can't find any information on it

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      Cappadizzy 4 months ago

      Dorado was a matsumoku-made deal

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      Rockin J 4 months ago

      Has anyone heard of the Japanese brand Starfire? I'm looking at a Strat copy and other than the brand Starfire it has nothing else on the guitar, haven't found anything online as yet. Any clues??

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      Laszlo 4 months ago

      My guitar is made in Japan, nut I cannot find anything about. It is a Lp guitar, called Riviera. Would you help in identification? Also dont find how to put photo. Cheers, Laszlo

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      Marc Bristol 5 months ago from Duvall, Washington

      Back again! I sold the Eagle Jazz bass copy, but have acquired a hollow body 3/4 bass that we believe said Lyle or Aria on the peg head (badge gone). Interestingly it seems like possibly a copy of a Kay design, florentine cutaway with a sunburst. Three of the tuners are missing the bushings, and I'd love to know how to get replacements! I may have to manufacture something, but don't own a metal lathe. Also found a Strat copy that says Mark II on the peg head, nice mahogany neck, in a dumpster along with a Jackson Dinky. Stole parts off the Dinky to make the Strat copy whole, and I like it better than the Mexi-Strat and Squier Affinity start I had, so I sold those, and the Jackson after replacing the bridge parts I'd stolen off it. Besides, I still haven't got all the magic marker off the pick guard on the Mark II (recently heard they were made by Cort, or whoever makes Cort). I bought a Telestar (believe it was made by Teisco) in a thrift store for maybe $12.99 or something like that. I love the pickup sound, but the neck doesn't get any wider as it approaches the body and the frets get closer together. I also have a San Antonio made Alamo like that, and sold off a Silvertone (made in Japan) tiny hollow body with that issue. The necks are hard to play! But I like that pickup on the Telestar so much I can't part with it.

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      Bill 5 months ago

      I have an Emperador acoustic/electric. After reading a very lengthy article in Vintage Guitar magazine, I would say that Teisco, in a roundabout way, did make the Emperador line, but it's not that cut and dry. Jack Westheimer and Hayashi were the actual ones behind this guitar.

      They were played by The Everly Brothers and only 180 were imported ( talking about the acoustic/electric model).

      https://www.vintageguitar.com/1933/jack-westheimer...

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      Paulus Deen 6 months ago

      I own a G 100 and a W 380 Hashimoto ( Martin D 35 copy )

      I have found thad there are 3 differend "stickers " in these guitars

      one only Hashimoto one F Hashimoto ( also onthe headstock )

      and K Hashimoto al of them were made at the Maruha Gakki factory

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      André Sierecki 6 months ago

      Hello! I'm from Germany. I have a Maxon deLuxe SG . pre Lawsuite early 70s. I can't found any information about this. Can you help? Best regards André

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      Chilliepot 7 months ago

      My guitar is a Clear Sound and listed in your Unknown column. The label says it is made by the S S Sound Co. Ltd. The label also notes

      Made in Japan under strict quality control.

      It has a Model no. 1902.

      Its a nice classical guitar with a good sound.

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      Fred Kramer 7 months ago

      Hello all. I have a brand name guitar, which was very popular in the 1980s, and still is being manufactured under Gibson today. I didn't see it in your list though. It's a Kramer Stagemaster. It's a beautiful guitar, which I may never part with. Strat-Style with Neck-Thru-Body & Floyd Rose Trem. The headstock states Kramer American. These were passed off as American made models, however I understand that they were actually made in Japan. The style and appointments are strikingly similar to my Ibanez Proline 2550 from the same era, which has 'Crafted in Japan' written on the headstock. I know that Kramer made a lot of American made guitars out of Neptune, New Jersey, however these were all bolt-on neck guitars. Does anyone know where these Neck-Thru Kramers were made, or why they have American printed on the headstock if they are not tues American made guitars?

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      Lang Steve Peek 7 months ago

      Sakai was a really unknown wood maker near Nagoya City in Japan. They produced a lot of guitars in the late 60s and early 70s, mostly budget stuff but as always there are some good guitars to be found. Not made by TEISCO

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      DG 8 months ago

      I have a Triumph Les Paul, also not listed here but MIJ. No other info, apart from serial number 9332 at top of head. Have not opened the guitar, s not sure is there is more in there.

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      Patrick Maher 9 months ago

      I lost a wonderful EMPRO les paul custom model In a plain top brown finish (it was at a friends house in Dallas Texas who died in 2002 and was auctioned off before I could get down there from Michigan). It was my first electric guitar, bought at a pawn shop in Sulphur Springs, TX in 1989. I loved that guitar and have only seen about three other Empros since then. I did not see the Empro badge on this site. Anybody know the maker?

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      Glen Jones 9 months ago

      I have a Bass Guitar with the name SAKAI on the head. Don't know anything about it.

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      Ryan M 9 months ago

      I found a Na Yang Acoustic Guitar and I can't find the name, maker or anything on line about it. It looks like a Martin D-45 copy. It does have nice pearl inlay around the body and on the nick. Anyone out there ever seen or heard of a Na Yang guitar???? Model# W-945

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      10 months ago

      you put in a lot of work, its not biblical correct, pretty good...but take with a grain of salt. but some guitars are made in Korea. I bought a Yamaha 3 piece back like a Kiso Suzuki, I would it was made in Japan The tuners said made Japan. I thought the pawn shop was crazy. I got it for $100 Love this guitar and then one day I looked at the the decal in the sound hole and in the tiniest print "Made in Korea" I felt a pang like o' crap I bought a Korean guitar. But I have a few Acoustics High end a Guild made in the 80's and this Yamaha is incredible. better or just as good as my old Suzuki

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      Whiteyak1 11 months ago

      Morning everyone, well it is here in UK anyway. Who can help with my find. It's a Dia Hummingbird labelled F 315 but no serial number. So from what I can find Dia was a brand used by Matsumoku but I can only see electrics under Dia brand when I search. However it looks identical to a Aria F315 Hummingbird on eBay USA at present, and identical to an Aria Pro II from the 1976 catalogue but labelled W 30 model I believe. I won't put a link on here in case I'm breaking rules. It has that weird aluminium compensated bridge and seriously, this one looks brand new with two tiny dings that would make it a second or an ex-demo if it was on sale. Action at low E 12th is about 2.7mm and about 1.8 at high e. It's in such good condition I began to question if in fact it is a 'knock off of a knock off' though why anyone would think that would work I can't guess. It is very very playable, and at first I wasn't keen on the tone though sustain is great (despite bridge) but I changed to heavier strings (13) with much improvement. I'm seeing a luthier friend next week who is finishing off work on a brilliant Terada FW 613 (D18 clone if you like), but I'm wondering whether to get him to replace the whole alloy bridge. I can do a couple of pics if anyone is interested. Any help in identification of maybe year (guessing 1976) and origin greatly appreciated. I think it's a keeper, but should I change that bridge ? Has anyone done similar on one of these compensated aluminium designs and what were results. Many thanks.

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      Jim P. 11 months ago

      I just thought you'd like to know that Takamine produced for other names. I've just bought a 1973 Wayne which has a Takamine label inside stating it was made for Wayne. Its a Takamine 375 thats a Martin D35 copy. Wayne were guitar makers in Melbourne Australia in the 1950s and 60s and began importing under their name briefly in the 70s. It sounds amazing.

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      Notts 11 months ago

      I have what I believe to be a 1970 Morris Mando Mania and am trying to source some background information.

      It has a Florentine scroll with twin pickups and the headstock reads "The Morris" and a name plate inside the f-hole reads "Morris Gakki Co. MORRIS Custom".

      The only reference to it is that Pete Cosey played one in the 70's with Miles Davis and there are a few pictures on Google but that's it!

      Any help would be much appreciated.

      I can supply photos for authenticity if it helps.

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      Konrad 11 months ago

      Hi,

      I was informed by Mark Erlewine that his japanese made "Automatic" guitar in the early 80ies were made by

      Chushin Factory / Matsumoku, Japan (not the Hondo made guitars).

      Maybe another sign that Chushin may have been a member of the Matsumoto Musical Instruments Association in these days

      Sincerely

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      Heinrich 11 months ago

      I have a guitar that my wife got from her granddad. I have taken it in for repairs and the person told me that it is Carlton 60 era Japanese guitar. I cant find any information on this brand.

      Can you help?

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      Scott 13 months ago

      I have a Dixon model 2846 MIJ. It is basically a guild d-50 knockoff but has a Martin type three piece rosewood back. This guitar is very high quality. The same guitar is sold under the Ibanez name in the mid 70's.

      So any information on the brand, Dixon. What factory it was made and what year?

      Send any info to telcord@gmail.com

      Thanks

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      gerardo tex 13 months ago

      does anybody knows about this japanese guitar brand? STRIKERY, or anybody has one of this, something to help me identify it. thanks

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      Pat Mc 14 months ago

      I'm looking for some deeper research than I can find. I have a Hohner 310 Limited Edition that I bought in October, 1975 in Canada. Common Hohners have a meaningless SN (does not relate to date made). They are also listed as having been made from 1978-1984.

      Mine was bought before this and does not have a SN. It is a very well built, Martin D-28 copy. It is also very similar to the Morris W35, except for the snowflake fret markers vs dots. The headstock looks identical although they could have been purchased.

      The label clearly says "HOHNER INTERNATIONAL", and a wood label beside the paper reads "Hand made for HOHNER".

      OK, so is this a Moridara (Morris) or is it by someone else? When did Moridara start making Hohners? Thanks if anyone knows more than I.

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      Grant 14 months ago

      Anyone heard of a Dara? Says made in Japan. It's from the 60's or 70's but I can t find any info on it.

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      Eddie 14 months ago

      Dear

      I purchased a Vibromatic and told it's a 1970's guitar with "made in Japan" on the back (See photos attached). It's not your guitar listed of makers. I have had not joy in searching the "web" can you help me identify the history of me new beloved Vibromatic.

      i can email photos edwarddevoy@hotmail.co.uk

      thanks Eddie

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      Dave 15 months ago

      Anyone ever heard of a blaZe, it looksi in all aspects like a fender strat but the head is blaZe. Plays great and sounds real good but no ones ever heard of it?

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      Dave Feller 15 months ago

      Legion classical guitar, model 4104, square label inside with made in japan in bottom right corner, along with make and model.Any ideas? Looks like a maple laminate top...

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      Simon Beck 15 months ago

      Very interesting and well-researched. I would take issue with your repeated use of the word "infamous" - it means notorious, or famous for a bad reason. Perhaps you should just use the word "famous" instead.

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      George 15 months ago

      I have Bolero dreadnought that I am not able to find the manufacturing details. The trust rod cover says Tokai I have contacted the Manufacturer in Japan but they did not confirm nor deny that made that brand :(

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      mike 16 months ago

      I found a 70's made in japan electric guitar Watson, double cut, neck through, looks similar to Memphis MG300 Matsumoko.

      Anyone knows anything about this badge ?

      thnks!

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      Ed 16 months ago

      Yamaki produced Washburn guitars and basses in the early 80s.

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      No-Way 16 months ago

      It's confirmed. Eagle in Norway was not associated with Eagle/Sweagele (Eagle Instruments, in Sweeden). Eagle/Sweagle was manufactured by Unsung in Korea! (ref. correspondense with Jam.se)

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      Anonymous 17 months ago

      Have a Columbus series 3 superstrat. Jackson/charvel knockoff. It plays ok with a dimarrzio bucker and 2 single coils od unknown origin. It original had a locking trem which could only dive and I replaced with a FR that can only do same because I wouldn't risk routing the ply body. Anyway the interesting point (and I'd love to find out) is that under the "Columbus series 3" badge can clearly be see the faint etching of another badge in gothic script "Winchester". Any thoughts?

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      Peter Clarke 17 months ago

      Yamahas were not all made in Japan from 60-80. At least some of the acoustics were made in Taiwan from about 1975.

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      Evan 17 months ago

      I have a SHIMA JN-70 Made in Japan, classical, looks to be 60s or 70s, no info whatsoever.

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      Roger 17 months ago

      Tune was a Japanese brand from the 80's producing good quality basses such as the Wood Bass

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      Ronnie 18 months ago

      Any clue on Global? I don't see them listed.

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      Lana 20 months ago

      I have a "President" brand guitar made by the Luthier Maruchu Shokai in Hamamatsu, Japan. Can anyone tell me how old it is, or anything else about it?

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      mersastra 21 months ago

      Just purchased this vintage 1970s satellite guitar. Not the usual LP /Strat copy , plays nice and looks gorgeous.

      I was wondering about origins and came across the same model on Ebay (Link below ) The seller puts this in his description

      " When you look up satellite, they were cheap japanese guitars possibly made in the matsumoku factory, but this was their prestige model ".

      Think I have too many guitars as it is but couldn't resist this one , was local and picked it up for £32.50 the guy on Ebay is asking £350

      for his , either he's dreaming or I have really got a bargain. Always loved the look of a neck-through and natural wood , love it.

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1970s-Vintage-Satellite-...

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      terje foss 21 months ago

      Have a copy of a les paul branded "Boogie", was importet from Japan between 1975-1980, by company Sound House, Oslo, Norway.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=9853024248...//www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=985471671523994&set=p.985471671523994&type=3&theater

      Have anyone seen this headstock before?

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      mic_horns 22 months ago

      SG Galan is the original brand of Japan's Shimokura musical instrument store.

      Currently, we continue as a low-cost wind instrument brand.

      http://item.rakuten.co.jp/shimokura-wind/wiasal55g...

      http://item.rakuten.co.jp/shimokura-wind/witstl55g...

      Saxophone two types, only it is confirmed.

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      yakitori-sio 22 months ago

      http://miner8.com/ja/61666

      I am glad if I serve as a reference

      From Japan with the friendship!

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      GET 22 months ago

      S.G. Galan(GibsonCopy)

      共和商会(Kyowa Shokai)originalbrand

      Japanese source

      http://www.geocities.jp/visrds/easyguitars-rep-gal...

      共和商会(Kyowa Shokai)=Caparison Guitar Company

      https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%85%B1%E5%92%8C%E...

      https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%82%AD%E3%83%A3%E...

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      Rick 24 months ago

      Been hunting down a maker or info all morning on a LP guitar seen on ebay thinking about buying. On the headstock it has "I" and "C" incorporated together. Its very nice but the same too its a big mystery, there is no other clues

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      Larry 2 years ago

      I have a Crown classic folk guitar. It says crown on the fretboard and has what looks like a gibson inlay in it. Anyone know anything about its value, it is in perfect condition. thanks, hombu1@windstream.net

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      Dan 2 years ago

      Do you know who made Mansfield guitars in Japan? I have a six string Mansfield 693 Dove acoustic.

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      mersastra 2 years ago

      Hi Torch, appreciate the work gone into this , fantastically informative piece. Good to see such a following as well , too many Gibson / Fender fanatics out there that dismiss Jap / Asian guitars as inferior. Having played god knows how many guitars over 50 years I've had good and bad in both top and lesser known brands. Started off at 15 years old with a Tiesco ( cost me £15 S/H at the time. lol ). Admittedly it was a piece of junk, but hey it got me started. Just picked up a Strat copy made in China for £10 ( as new condition) Branded Excell , out plays my Aria by a country mile. I have an old acoustic here about 40 years old, cost £62.50 at the time. No place of origin , serial No or anything. Imported by Rose Morris with the brand Avon on the head stock. This baby out plays any acoustic I've ever played, including a couple of Martins, As any guitarist should know a guitar is how it feels and plays not it's name. Nothing wrong with Jap / Asian guitars , could be made in Iceland for all I care it's the guitar that counts. Keep up the good work. Regards and thanks.

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      No blues 2 years ago

      Hi, I have a Les Paul copy - says, Yamato on the "open book" headstock. Has a bolt on Mahogany neck and on the plate says, 'made in japan' 1/4 sawn mahogany body and looks to be a maple top in cherry sunburst. Has nice 3 piece binding all the way around. plays well , nice action. Any info? thanx!

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      glenn 2 years ago

      I have a Berkley (not barclay ) labelled acoustic guitar I bought in the early 70s would be grateful for any information you may have

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      EH 2 years ago

      Great info. I found an interesting connection when researching a recently-acquired Intermark Cipher, as it's said here to be a Teisco, yet it bears a close resemblance to a model of Pleasant, which was credited to the obscure Shinko Musical Company. I wish i could post pics, but essentially, both have the Teisco-like headstock, identical pickups with off-white covers and square pegs, body shape is virtually identical except for the upper cutaway having a slightly different contour, the Pleasant having one more pickup and larger pickguard, both having switches above the pickups. I came upon a drowinginguitars video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-vhvYBy6os) describing in the video description how Kawai (-Teisco?) bought the "Pleasant Guitar Co." (Shinko?). This video isn't the model I have, my Cipher resembles the Pleasant sel-220.

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      LJ 2 years ago

      i have a rock solid Gibson S-1 clone from late 70s, MIJ, SIGMA brand on the flying V neck, plays like à dream, never sen any news on this one, who made them etc. Visible difference to S-1 is the colour on the head and PUP encasing having rounded edges vs the rectangles on Bill Lawrences original S-1.

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      Marc Bristol 2 years ago from Duvall, Washington

      Hi - Long ago I had a vaguely Mustang like guitar with a Samiel badge. I don't see it listed here, though I assume it was Japanese made. The guitar inspired my (so far) best known song "Sucker For A Cheap Guitar." I traded it off, and have been trying to track it back down, not sure I even have a photo anywhere that shows it. Discovered your page because I just acquired a nice Fender Jazz bass copy that says Eagle on it, but I see there's no information as yet. The guy I got it from is from Brazil, and he may have bought it there, perhaps it's even a Brazilian brand, like the amp (Attack Audio System) that I got with it. I was also happy to learn a little more about Maruha, I had a nice archtop Jazz guitar with that name on it, until trading it off, possibly for the Samiel and an autoharp, I can't remember now! It was back in the '70s. both were probably manufactured in the '60s.

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      Freddi 2 years ago

      Forgot to add, he also told me that the brand (from his memory) was manufactured somewhere along the late 80's.

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      Freddi 2 years ago

      Hi, my cousin gave me a bass guitar, the brand is called Cyclone by EKS Technology Inc. I looked it up and I could find barely anything. the bass has been in his garage since the early '90s and he told he that Fender bought the brand sometime around then, but I still can't find anything about the brand, apart from that they also produce electric guitars. almost as if the brand has been wiped from history. Any information regarding this brand would be gratefully accepted!

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      Zdenek 2 years ago

      Copy Fender Lead.

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      Zdenek 2 years ago

      When was made the guitar BIRD made in Japan ? It is japan cipy Fender Lead. Thanks.

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      Zdenek 2 years ago

      This guitar name BIRD is strat.

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      Zdenek 2 years ago

      What is guitar Bird Made in Japan ?

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      david 2 years ago

      hi, i own a Concorde(yes, with an e at the end) bass-guitar, a fender jazz bass copy. i read somewhere that it was made in kobe, but not sure.

      it's a fantastic bass, i love it, found it at a fleamarket in austria. does anyone know more about this brand?

      thanks.

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      Delfin 2 years ago

      Would you have information on a Toyama Japan Archtop. It looks like a Gibson L-4. Thanks

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      Ron 2 years ago

      Would you have any information about BC Rich Acoustic Guitars???

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      Goringe Accountants 3 years ago from London, UK

      Amazing resource! Thank you for putting this together!!

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      Mike 3 years ago

      I have an acoustic that I bought from a lady I know who said she has had it since the early 70's. It says 'Maya' on the headstock and the reinforcement rod cover is stamped with 'Takamine'. The sticker inside the sound hole says 'Maya', "We made this guitar for the people who love guitar music", Made by Takamine, Model No. TF1o1S, Japan. On the inside of the sound hole at the top, the wood block there is stamped with 46.6.3. The guitar is only about 3 1/4 inches deep and approx. 15 inches wide at its widest spot. Small guitar with a big beautiful sound.

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      tiw99 3 years ago

      You have very good info but not on my guitar!

      It is a 1971 Sakura 9-12 12 string guitar. I would like to know how made it and what the back and side woods were made of.

      I also have Hohner HG 9-12 Arbor series 12 string and found some info on it but not what Japanese company made it.

      Any help on these two guitars? Especially the Sakura

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      WaBaTa 3 years ago

      Hi There,

      I'm about to buy a MIJ Stratocaster, the pearloide Logo on the big headstock says Concorde , not Concord. Can't find any good info online, except for some german vintage guitar site, suggests it might be badge madr bij Maya guitars.. csn yoy help me out here?

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      Chris 3 years ago

      Just to clarify:

      The bass in the link I posted has the same neck, headstock and pickups to my bass. The body shape and finish are different.

      http://www.guitarsite.com/hotlicks/post-22492.html

      Thanks and I hope to finally identify the little beast...

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      ANDY 3 years ago

      Hi there, i have just acquired a walnut coloured strat rosewood neck brass bridge saddle pieces the brand name is thomson mij in the 70s does any one know anything about this guitar. thanks.

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      miki 3 years ago

      I have my El Maya EM 1300 ( El Maya Japan, Kobe instruments) since 1989 but it was built during the end of 1982 and EL Maya Strat version, guitars are neck trough body, amazing instruments they are better then any guitars i ever played maybe I'm not objective , only my US Hamer is close or on that level. Does Anybody have any El Maya? and that you maybe wish to sell it? More over what are the fer prices for the almost mint state of those guitars, regards miki.

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      RickyDonalds 3 years ago

      Just purchased a Toredo FG model 8018. The inner label reads "Designed serviced and adjusted by Meilsel Music, subsidiary of Avnet inc." The only information I could find on the web was a picture, no other details. http://www.jedistar.com/jedistar_vintage_guitar_da...

      Hopefully the obscurity doesn't mean its total crap :)

      would appreciate any information provided! thanks

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      Bradderby 3 years ago

      Great post a lot of useful information here I found this old acoustic guitar made by lotus I have never heard of this brand and have been trying to research it for about a month now and haven't gotten any closer to finding out the history of it if anyone know anything about them I'm all ears it has a tag on the inside model no. LW 65 or g5 lotus made in japan thanks in advance for any information I can get

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      mike 3 years ago

      do anybody know about a hondo deluxe series h757g telacaster

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      Emily 3 years ago

      got my dad's guitar after he passed away. its electric solid wood has a tone knob and volume knob next to the cord plug in and two little black slider buttons. I don't know anything about guitars but it only has one marker on the back its on the silver plate and it just says Japan in all caps. there is no brand name on the headstock or anywhere else on the guitar that I can find and I've looked at over many times.

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      martin 3 years ago

      hi, I have a Commodore semi acoustic made in Japan in the seventies. This seems to be a UK brand name. I don't know which factory made it...

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      townhouse 3 years ago

      I am restoring a 1970s Les Paul copy with 'Grant' in the Gibson position on the headstock. I has a 4 bolt neck and the neckplate says 'Made in Japan'. I know that these were imported by a music store called 'Grant' in Glasgow, Scotland and there are web references around to verify the provenance. What I don't know is which factory made it.

      After 40+ years, it is battered and the original player used very heavy gauge strings, so the low frets are pretty shot, but after cleaning out the electrics, everything works and the sound is good. It certainly sounds better sounding that my Ibanez 2344 Melody Maker copy of the same vintage. Any ideas on the factory?

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      Bjarke 3 years ago

      I have a Sakai guitar.

      It's made by the Fujigen, Maya and Matsomoku company's.

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      Jean Philippe 3 years ago

      Hi from France ! I am very impressed by the information found on your website. Despite my research, I have not found the EXPER brand, supposed to be japanese and vintage. Som of my contacts told me it could be a badged guitar from Kasuga but I'm not sure of that and really would like to know. Could you please tell me whayt you think about that ? Many thanks. Jean Philippe

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      jtblues77 3 years ago

      Not sure if I came to the right place, but I have a chance to purchase a 1960's model Hy Lo guitar (it also has the Kent Label?). It looks like a 335 knock off for around $250, any advice would be appreciated. I don't want to get ripped off.

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      Laser 3 years ago

      @Clive shakedown:

      I have a Sanox Sound Creator, cool natural wood colour neck-through version. Very heavy, tons of sustain. Search the internet for more information, I have no further details about factory, series, etc.

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      prasad 3 years ago

      hi.... have any place to buy "ibanez RG450dxb" left hand guitar in vietnam??

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      Clive shakedown 3 years ago

      Hi, does anyone have any information on sanox guitars?

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      darkhorse 3 years ago

      Hey, I have a really old MIJ 335 hollowbody copy, with a badge on the headstock that reads "President" - and "Made in Japan" on the neckplate. I can't find any info at all about this so ANYTHING would be much appreciated! Thanks folks!

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      Nathan 3 years ago

      Did anone ever have an answer for this question?

      HD4Mel 14 months ago

      I have a LP style guitar that I have not found any information on. I hope some one has seen or heard of it and can give me more information. It has the word on the Headstock (" eagle "with an eagle head design right after the name ). This is a very heavy guitar. Trying to find out where and when it could have been made. Thanks, Mel

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      sydpinto 3 years ago

      To Super44; I have an early 80's "TARGA" Electric Guitar with "neck-through-body" style. It features 2 cream coloured "active" pickups, small toggle switches, tiny LED light, front-installed jack socket and rear battery compartment with black plastic cover. The Slim neck is very easy to play.

      Bought in early 1983 at Music Mecca in Toronto, Canada as an engagement gift by my wife so have no intention of selling it. I believe it was imported from the Orient by a Quebec Dealer though have no proof of that. In GR8 condition as seldom used over the years.

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      paul 4 years ago

      Hi I have a rickenbaker copy by EXCETRO 330/360 guitar plays fantastic it looks stunning can anyone give any info I think tiesco was the main line to excetro in the early 70s thanks paul

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      Minnesotastrats 4 years ago

      I have a Crestline single gold foil pickup guitar that I am sure was made by Kawai/Teisco late 60's or early '70's. I have been told these were sold at Sears along with their Silvertone line.

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      mgfupstate 4 years ago

      Has anyone ever heard of a Daiwa classical guitar? No model or series # on mfg tag inside. "Daiwa Musical Instr. Mfg., Toyoko, Japan" I've been researching for months w/o significant findings. Possibly part of Toyota instrument mfg? JPGs available. Tks for any info/leads.

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      super8 4 years ago

      I have a Yasuma acoustic guitar that says Made in Japan Model No 200. It also says Est. 1950 Hand made by Yasuma Musical Inst., Co. I am trying to find out the year it was made. Any clues on how I can do that?

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      Super44 4 years ago

      I have a Targa electric with bolt on neck. It is absolutely gorgeous. I am trying to find there year it was made. The Serial # is WO 21280. I have seen pics on the inter-net but can't trace the model or year it was made. Any clues as to how I can find out?

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      jargust 4 years ago

      Hey I have an Excetro guitar, an ES 335 copy which was given to me by my brother in the early seventies. His buddy brought it back from Vietnam. The guy at my local guitar shop absolutely loves it but of course I can find little or no info or any other photos like it. I would like to get in touch with Geoff who posted here 1 year ago....

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      setneck 4 years ago

      "Axiom guitars are Japanese made in the early 1970s. ? an Australian brand"

      lifted from Jedistar site.

      On the site they have an Axiom copy of an Ibanez custom agent almost spot on, so it was probably made by Fuji Gen ( same as Ibanez). Another possibility is Matsumoku because I had owned a "Memphis" copy of the Custom Agent but it was not as accurate as the Axiom ( it did not have the inlay at the base of the guitar below the bridge). Ben

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      Mr brown 4 years ago

      Bought a Japanese made Axiom guitar that looks like a SG Gibson. think it's got a bigsbee wammy bar. Can anyone tell me if this guitar is rare or not or any info about it ...thanks.

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      Zack 4 years ago

      Please anyone help... I have just purchased a rather rough conditioned Diplomat Guitar Made In Japan...a recent Internet site read since lost suggested these were Aria made guitars...can anyone corroborate this? Aside from that can anyone provide anymore Info on Diplomat labelled Les Paul copies made in Japan?