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Samick Club

Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by Tele-Champ, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. Stratelcaster

    Stratelcaster Tele-Meister

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    "The Samick"

    I bought this guitar for about $199 US from what I suppose was a Adam Jones fan. Put new Grover tuners, Tonepros bridge and tail, all new wiring, Dimarzio 36th anniversary neck and Andy Timmons bridge. Tone controls push/pull for series/parallel. I believe that it specs out almost exactly like a Les Paul. Lots of other really nice Samicks on here. I just bought a Samick-made Ibanez Ghostrider 520....so I guess I have quite a Samick stable going already.
     

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  2. Slimjim

    Slimjim TDPRI Member

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    Yours is the same model as mine, I have the Tobacco burst.
    This is the 1st version of Samick's LP, when they had the Gibson contract.
    Late 80's. Wish I could find a black one.
    I have also done all the upgrades you have,
    replaced all wiring with vintage braided wire, I went with Seymour Duncan for pups.
    My hardware was a little hard to find in the gold plating.
    Mine is also the tear drop type burst, not the edge type. great guitars.

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  3. Devrominums

    Devrominums NEW MEMBER!

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    About to become a first time Samick owner.

    Hey there everyone.
    I am about to buy my first Samick. I have owned a lot of different guitars in different price ranges. I have played a few Samicks over the years and have always been impressed, especially for the price. Today I found what I feel to be a great deal on a used but mint condition Samick JAD-25 with the p-90s. I can't find much info on them, but was directed here, so I thought I'd ask you guys. I am about to pay $100 Canadian for it, good deal? Anyways I am excited to be joining the Samick owners club and I will update you when I actually have the guitar in my hands. :D
     
  4. paintengr

    paintengr TDPRI Member

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    I just got a epi Paul stand made by Samick Indonesia, fine as wine!
     
  5. paintengr

    paintengr TDPRI Member

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    Hey how's everyone feel about GHS rockers?
     
  6. Devrominums

    Devrominums NEW MEMBER!

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    Looks pretty sweet! Love the pup upgrade choices. What's the neck like?
     
  7. Willy Williams

    Willy Williams NEW MEMBER!

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    Hi,
    I've just picked up one of these in a dark maroon with a white scratch plate, black p90's. Very hard to find information on it.
    Can you tell me anything about it?
     
  8. Steve 78

    Steve 78 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I came across this in Japan. I didn't know anything about it when I bought it, but I loved the look. Plays just fine as well.

    It was a Greeeen (J pop band) signature model. Made by Samick. Gigbag says Greg Bennett. Headstock logo is 'Grace' in gold. Confused? I am. With a couple of rare exceptions I don't like gold hardware, so I replaced it with black. Grover tuners (which a friend gave me), Gotoh bridge, painted the strap pegs myself. I put a sticker over the logo which is pretty ugly, but still better than what was there (did I mention I don't like gold?)

    Put in SD JB/Jazz pickups in zebra / reverse zebra. Better than stock but they're not really doing it for me. They're wired in spin-a-split. I'm going to try re-wiring as triple-shot equivalents but ultimately I'll probably replace them.

    I now have 2 other LP types which are better, but I still find myself irresistibly drawn to it from time to time so I don't think I can let it go.
     

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  9. atfq

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    Hi everyone, my first post, need help to identify these two samicks. The SG i bought for 80 bucks. I have no clue about the manufacture date. The other one i bought from a friend in the 90s. No clue what it is. Thanks in advance for any feedback

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  10. DucksEliminated

    DucksEliminated Tele-Meister

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    Can you take a close up of the front and back of the headstocks?
     
  11. atfq

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    Here you are,this is the SG

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    This is the other one

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    There are no numbers on the back of the headstock. And both guitars have samick tuners. Hope this helps
     
  12. jtees4

    jtees4 Tele-Afflicted

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    A couple of years ago, I picked up a beat up Samick for $40 that I believe was from the 80's due to the headstock. I was looking for a cheap guitar that i could install my Roland GK pickup on with screws and not worry about it....which I did. I fixed a few minor issues, like input jack and ended up putting in a new three way. The guitar plays GREAT. Unbelievable how good it is. I've also come to realize that this guitar might possible be a one off. I have been unable to find another one with only two pickups HS like this one. I have asked around, searched the net...and even searched the old catelogs. Maybe some of you might be able to find one or know something about it. It's not a big deal....just thought it was kind of cool that I owned a guitar that I could find nothing about in the internet age.

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  13. BadBen

    BadBen TDPRI Member

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    Samick kept really bad(or none at all?) records. There may have been 1000 of those made in a week, or you might be right about it being the only one. Either way that's a cool guit you managed to track down!
     
  14. Jakeboy

    Jakeboy Tele-Afflicted

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    I had a badass Samick Ray Benson signature Tele assembled by Valley Arts that was simply awesome!

    I know where it is and I miss it.....
     
  15. SamickDude

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    Your SG is a Japanese market model (thus the open book HS). They were made roughly from 1988-1992. Same specs as their regular SG as far as I can tell (which means, the same as the Epiphone G-400 of that time, which they also made). No serial numbers so no way to date definitively, except maybe the switch. Sometimes they have a date ink-stamped on the side. If you take a look, I'd be interested to know what you find.

    The superstrat is a 1990 KVMC-403. Specs here:

    http://samick.wikia.com/wiki/K

    I don't have your guitar in my catalogs either. But they often produced batches of unique models that were not included in their catalogs. Luckily, I came across one with the model sticker still intact, and it's a YV-441.

    http://samick.wikia.com/wiki/Y#YV-441
     
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  16. atfq

    atfq TDPRI Member

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    SamickDude, you are a legend. thanks a bunch.
     
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  17. craigs63

    craigs63 Tele-Holic

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    I just installed Seymour Duncan Triple Shot pickup rings, and P Rail pickups on my Samick IH-10, and also had it set up, with new tuners and a nut. Big difference! Trying flatwounds (10's), maybe should've gone a little lighter?

    Poster with several guitars in the same line "jazz"?
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  18. craigs63

    craigs63 Tele-Holic

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    With new nut, tuners, and the Seymour Duncan P Rails and Triple Shots:

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  19. GuildX700

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    Well hang onto your hats you Samick guys! I used to collect Samick Greg Bennetts & I still have several beautiful ones in mint condition as new, most I bought new.

    And as far as what I think about them just consider this, I have about 40 guitars, some are worth up to $5,000, and I don't keep any guitar I don't like, so it speaks highly of these Greg Bennett Samicks to roost in my collection. Anyhow,here we go:


    2005 Lasalle:

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    A 1990's Samick factory prototype for the Greg Bennett Avion 5, that's a TRUE SOLID 1/2" thick quilt maple top no cheap veneer here baby, they spared no expense for the prototype:

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    Also came with real Seymour Duncan pickups, no "Duncan Designed cheapness here.
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    Note no logo, Grover tuners, they had not quite nailed the final shape of the Greg Bennett line headstock yet, but it was close. Also this has a 1 piece mahogany neck, no scarf joint here folks:
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    A lovely Macassar Ebony fret board:
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    Came with a really nice hardshell case too:
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    More to come!!!!
     
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  20. GuildX700

    GuildX700 Tele-Holic

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    L to R are 3 Greg Bennett Royales, years 1999-2001, a dark red burst maple quilt-top RL3, a "Black Beauty Custom" RL4, & a vintage light burst spruce top JZ133/AKA RL5:

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    Closeup of the quilt top RL3:

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    Factory ad for the JZ133/AKA Royale RL5:

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    Here's a detail of the solid mahogany monoframe semi-hollow body used on these Royales:
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