NGD, a mystery

Sparky2

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Hey, ho, hi, good morning.

I picked up a used, elderly acoustic-electric the other day.
A fellow had sold off a dozen guitars to my nearest music store/band supply house, as he was headed off to seminary college up north, and didn't need all of them.

I visited my friend Frank (the owner), and chatted him up about the collection.

The one head-turner was this mysterious guitar here.
I played it both unplugged and plugged in, and was smitten.
Paid $200 American dollars in cash, and headed home to clean it up and re-string it.

I searched inside the guitar with a lantern and inspection mirror, and could find no inner markings or sound hole sticker.
The only exterior markings are a factory label on the front of the headstock, "Shadow Bridge Installed".
On the back are a couple of gold foil stickers that display (I assume) some sort of model number and serial number.
Missing is one that (I found an identical guitar on the interwebs) said "Made In Korea".
Dove inlays on the fretboard.

Interesting, this Shadow bridge. Piezo-electric under the bridge, and passive. (No battery involved.)
Primitive but charming Volume and Tone control sliders.
I emailed Shadow Electronics, who have been in bidness since 1971, and asked them about the guitar.
No answer yet.

It plays great, and weighs just four pounds, one ounce.
I love it, and plan to haul it to the next gig, an old people's high school reunion.

But what is it?
Who made it in Korea, back in the day? (Late 1970's, early 1980's, I am guessing.)

If you have any idears, by golly, I would love to hear them.

:D
 

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lowatter

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I haven't a clue but I really like the headstock design. Tuners look like they could use an upgrade. Great $200 score in my opinion.
 

uriah1

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Well Samick pianos and guitars were the big boys in Korea for years.
Yours looks like an ovation want-to-be headstock.
Wish you luck..early on they had good product coming out.
 

dented

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I think it might be a "Shadow" guitar. Here's another one from the 80s.

 




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