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Cheesy Vintage Japanese Guitar Club

Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by jkingma, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. Tatercaster

    Tatercaster Friend of Leo's

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    I can't open the picture.
     
  2. SoftRokRenegade

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    Newest vintage Japan rock machine. 1967-68 Heit deluxe V-2. Sounds great and plays pretty well. At the tech now getting a new nut made but that's all it really needed. Don't think that I would call this one cheesy though.
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    Update: got it back today and my tech did a fantastic job on the custom bone nut. Nice and polished and looks great. Best of all the strings dint pop out anymore.

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  3. SoftRokRenegade

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    Gonna bump so you guys can see my guitar again (and comment)
     
  4. tele salivas

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    Man I really like those Mosrite body shapes. The gold foil pups are not too bad to get unique sound seither. They don't have sustain, but they have that chime that is warm and I think the zero fret plays some part in that. And with a little Fuzz, like a fuzzface, Foxx Tone Machine, or EHX Satisfaction? Fuggedaboudit! But I likes to jangle on those old Japanese budgets, too. Nice score SoftRokRenegade!~
     
  5. Stevebuschemi

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    Hondo ii lp copy. Found super cheap in a cash converter and showed it some love. It loves me back.
     
  6. bender66

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    Original gold foils FTW!
     
  7. SoftRokRenegade

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    I agree !!! They sound wicked.
     
  8. Mimmo_CVC

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    Japan Guitar finding... no name...

    Hi, this is my yesterday's finding from a friend that was about to trash it!
    There are no traces of name, brand, serials. Just an H and Japan engraved in the neckplate.
    Can somebody help me to call it by name?
    19frets, fender scale neck (luckily straight), chrome metal pickguard. I tried to put on a single string for a test and... it plays!!! and with a good vibe, too!
    The building is very cheap (no truss rod, plywood body, cheapest tuners) but I think it deserve a good restoration, not pretending to turn it to the original state but, in a clean, fully functional, well played state.
    All suggestions are very welcome!
     

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  9. niilolainen

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    Kawai SS4L

    Hi folks. I am now a member of this club. Just picked up a late 60s Kawai SS4L online for 100 EURO. It needs a lot of fixing up, but I think it has great charm.

    It is a similar guitar the ones Hound Dog Taylor used to play and there is video on YouTube of Dan Auerbach playing an almost identical one with The Black Keys a few years back.

    I haven't done a full evaluation yet (it only arrived yesterday), but it at least needs:

    - New rocker switches
    - New wiring
    - New tuners
    - Lots of screws missing around the pick guard the pickups are mounted in

    It looks like at some point it was raided for rocker switches to put in another guitar.

    If anyone has any advice on anything, I would be happy to get it. This will my first venture into guitar restoration.
     
  10. Tatercaster

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    I've been thinking of cloning one of these. Except with 2 x P94's.
     
  11. Tatercaster

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    Looks like a Zenon with a different pickup configuration. The ones I've seen have gold foils.
     
  12. niilolainen

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    That Guyatone looks great. Simplicity itself! :)
     
  13. Dire Wolf

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    just found out I'm in this club too

    My father gave me his guitar about 20 years ago and I'm now trying to bring her back to life. After some research it appears to be a Teisco/Kawai s180
    (which would make sense he was a blues hound).

    I've got the wiring figured out (provided the switches and pickups still work) I'll be testing it this weekend.

    I've seen the tremolo bars on ebay by EZPZ parts in a bent type "B" or a flat type "A" any one know which is correct for this model?

    Excuse the dust. like I said it has been sitting for ~20 years
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  14. Grabsplatter

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    My old Jedson. For a plywood guitar of its age, it ain't too bad! It was found at a car boot sale with an asking price of £10. It was already missing the trem arm, but the trem seems to hold pitch far better than most Strats. Oddly, the switches have never made any nasty crackling noises.
     

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  15. Tatercaster

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    I finally got around to mounting 3 lipstick tubes on my Zenon body: ImageUploadedByTDPRI1450708213.422479.jpg
    I'll be putting a 6 position rotary switch in, master volume & tone controls. I'll need a 1/4" thick pickguard! Plexiglass probably.
     
  16. niilolainen

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    Hey man. That's wonderful! Exactly like mine! My research leads me to believe this is a Kawai S180 from the early / mid 60s.

    https://axestogrind.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/not-an-ss4l-but-rather-an-s180/

    I have been fixing mine up and blogging about it. I just got strings on it last weekend:

    https://axestogrind.wordpress.com/2015/12/21/it-lives/

    There's a pretty good picture of the vibrato arm there. But let me know if you want me to take one just of the arm for you.

    Let us know how you get on with it and also if you every find any of those rocker switches, mine are missing!

    Enjoy!
     
  17. niilolainen

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    And look at this too :)

     
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    Toothpaste will do a good job of polishing the chrome.
     
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