Can you tell me anything about Columbus guitars?

Answer

Getting absolute facts about lesser known brands, such as Columbus, who produced what we call "lawsuit guitars,' i.e., copies of famous Gibson and Fender originals, is just about impossible using Google. Columbus had originally been produced in Japan, however, it is suspected that at some point, the business moved to Taiwan.

I've read there were also Columbus guitars built in South Korea. I'm not knocking Taiwan, but insofar as guitars go, made in Japan and made in Korea are going to be preferable, with top nods going to the Japanese. At some point in time, it is speculated that Columbus and Jedson guitars were one and the same thing, but it would be more speculation to say in which Asian nation this crossover may have taken place.

Columbus Les Paul copies are widely thought of as very very good. The pickups are generally praised, but the wiring could be a bit dodgy.

In the 1980s Columbus brand guitars were widely available in the United Kingdom. Those are not the ones you would want, as by that time, Columbus had moved production from Japan to places where lesser materials and production techniques were used. 1970s Japanese Columbus Les Paul copies, typically LP Custom copies, in either white or black, should be pretty terrific guitars.

Updated on December 12, 2019

Original Article:

5 Best Non-Gibson Brands of Les Paul Guitar
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