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Cheesy Vintage Japanese Guitar Club

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

  1. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

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    This is a "no-name" not identified anywhere that I can find that I bought from a friend at a guitar show for $50.00. "Made In Japan" is stamped on the neck plate. Someone glued the neck on this bolt-on neck guitar. Someone did some extensive pickguard and headstock cover work. I did the set-up, added a roller bridge and installed a pair of Seymour Duncan DynaSonic pickups. This guitar sounds excellent.[​IMG]
     
  2. niilolainen

    niilolainen Tele-Meister

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    Hi there. My Kawai S180 that I got for 100 EURO is now in much better shape. I replaced all the missing screws and bolts and fitted a set of Kluson tuners. I fitted strings, adjusted the truss rod and the bridge. You can now plug it into an amp and make a noise. A very small noise, but still.

    To celebrate I spent an hour or so making a little tune with it:

    https://soundcloud.com/pboaz/underpowered

    (the two guitar parts on this are both the S180)

    When recording I thought "Blimey these pickups are seriously underpowered". The waveform in Logic is barely visible. Hence the name of the tune.

    Next time I got the guitar out I decided to look under the hood again. To cut a long story short, even though the pickups are 'alive' in some way, the electronics between them and the guitar output are in a bad way. The volume pot is disconnected and when I measure it with a multimeter it is showing open circuit. The tone control is still connected in some way but doesn't appear to do anything.

    So next step I think is to replace the pots, capacitor and wiring between the pickups and the output, checking the pickups as I go.

    So does anybody have any good suggestions for what I should get in terms of

    (i) Pots
    (ii) Capacitor

    Thanks!
     
  3. Tatercaster

    Tatercaster Friend of Leo's

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    I'd try a 100k volume with a 50k tone and .022uF cap. Those are the values of the electronics I pulled out of a wrecked Audition single pickup (gold foil Teisco!) guitar that I found many years ago.
     
  4. niilolainen

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    Thanks!
     
  5. goodguy

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    I think yours is a
    Truetone Rockstar ...

    Maybe
     
  6. GoldDeluxe5E3

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    My first guitar. 1970. Broke the head off and glued it back on twice with elmer's glue.
     
  7. Edsel Presley

    Edsel Presley Tele-Holic

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  9. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    that looks suspiciously like it was made by the same factory that made my Tiesco Beltone, the neck and pickups are very similar

    I already posted this earlier on

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  10. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Nice collection FG , you got some cool toys , I reposted my Beltone so you could see if you had a tail cover for it Also I have some tiesco parts in case some one needs to fix up thier relics, knobs ( maybe pots ) pickups etc .I'd have to go through every thing to be more specific.
     
  11. BadTranslate

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    Couple MIJ Tiescos here. :)

     
  12. Sollophonic

    Sollophonic Friend of Leo's

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    I picked up this in a rather wrecked state recently. The badge is missing off the headstock so it could be any one of quite a few makes, but I think its a Top Twenty.

    It's just about playable now, I had to do some pretty serious work on the frets, and the electrics are in a shocking state. The switches are so dodgy, that at the moment it is simply wired so the pickups go through the two volume controls only.

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    I had a very similar guitar to this when I first started playing and it became a beater when I got a better guitar and then I forget what happened to it.

    Own it as a reminder to others (and myself) as to how much better budget guitars are now, compared to then.

    The hardware on this is truly primitive.

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    Had to add some dot markers to the top of the neck too.

    Barely ten years or so separate these two Japanese original design guitars, yet the ash bodied Westone on the top, is just light years ahead in terms of sound, reliability, build quality, materials and road-worthyness. ;-)

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  13. bender66

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    Our guits look like siblings.

    Mine is/was a Decca w the original matching amp. Don't remember if I posted this here before.
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  14. Sollophonic

    Sollophonic Friend of Leo's

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    Funny how yours has a roller bridge and a fixed tailpiece, whereas mine has a vibrato and a simple bridge that if I used the vib. would result in some pretty instantaneous tuning issues.
     
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  15. PumpJockey

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    Closet "Classic"??

    A friend just brought out this guitar he's had "under the bed" for more than twenty years, Kent Model 834. Other than missing parts on the tremolo it works fine. We strung it up and it plays nicely. Not even a scratch from the pots. Some serious checking and cracking on the finish, but the wood is solid. Nut is metal. Not sure if that is original or not.

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  16. BadTranslate

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  17. jimmy74

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    I have come across a mystery guitar, just wondering what you guys think? Is it MIJ or Korean or Chinese? 0DACEA71-8F25-43D3-8B73-EA6277AB86AD.png
     
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  18. old guitar player

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    Just picked this up yesterday. Early 70's PAN P-23 Trini Lopez copy with a few modifications done by the previous owner.

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    The interesting headstock with the logo worn away. The old nut has been replaced with what looks like a handmade one of bone.
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    The previous owner replaced the old trapezoid machine heads with newer vintage Kluson style ones.
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    Bolt on neck.
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    Pickups and bridge. The neck pickup is original and the bridge pup has been replaced with a very nice sounding HB. In fact both pickups sound wonderful. The original roller bridge has been replaced with a Tune-O-matic one. It works but I need to shape the bottom of it to the top of the guitar. The previous owner neglected to do that.

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    Original control knobs wired in their original configuration. They work perfectly however I do not know it they're the original pots.
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