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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by RhinestoneStrat, May 26, 2020.

  1. RhinestoneStrat

    RhinestoneStrat Tele-Meister

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    I just pickeds up this gem of a guitar at the pawn shop. It is an El Degas Studio guitar made in Japan. These guitars were made from 1979 to the early 80's. The first models were made in Japan and later ones made in Korea. This guitar was exclusive to the Canadian market so it would be a rarity down in the U.S. or elsewhere. I got a great deal and paid only $250 CDN (no tax) which I think is a steal.

    There's not a whole lot of info on this guitar but I did find some. The scale length of the guitar is 25 1/4"...longer than a Gibson or PRS but just short of a Fender scale length. The pick ups in this guitar are unbelievable! They sound great and they cut through the mix. I also love the bridge and the brass saddles and the string-thru body design like a Tele.

    Overall I'm real happy with this guitar. I haven't had time to change string on this since every time I pick it up I just want to play it.:)

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    idjster VERY grateful member Silver Supporter

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    Congratulations! It looks like it's been taken good care of. Nice snag!
     
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    El Degas makes a nice axe! My buddy has or had a Les Paul copy that was pretty awesome and felt great.

    I love this one tho... The natural wood and the way the stripe of light wood gives it a racer kind of vibe. Congrats
     
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    Very nice. Love the faux neck through (just noticed it's a bolt-neck!)

    Is it Matsumoku? It looks like some of the old Aria Pros from that era.
     
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    I'm not too sure about Matsumoku since I didn't do enough research yet. I know it was supposed to be a copy of the Ibanez Artist series guitars from what I know. This guitar doesn't even have a serial number. So I'm guessing it could have been made as early as 1979. It sure does have that old coffee table look to it. I wonder what the body woods are? I'm figuring oak & pine (or ash)?
     
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    This looks like it is part of the Aria/Vantage family of guitars. If so, you got a good one.
     
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    Nice score! That thing looks cool!
     
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    Here's a video demo of the guitar that made me want to buy it. This gentleman gives a brief history of the guitar and plays some mean licks on it.:cool:

     
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