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Stanford Guitars…anybody?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by LGOberean, Mar 8, 2021.

  1. LGOberean

    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    Yesterday or the day before I watched a short YouTube recommended video of a guy playing a Stanford Crossroad series Thinline 30 (a 330/Casino copy) unplugged. Here is the video…



    I had never heard of, much less played or owned, a Stanford guitar before seeing that video. So the brand is new to me. Anybody got one or know anything about them?

    I found their website …but it’s not overly informative. My internet search brought up the site in English, but at the top of the main page is an alternative for “English” or “Deutsche.” (I don’t speak German, so I left it as is.) It appears that it could be a German company.

    Descriptions are sparse, and not all of the guitars or accessory items (picks, pickguards, etc.) even list an RRP (recommended retail price). When a price is listed, there’s not identification as to whether pounds or euros (or something else) is meant.

    I’m not really that interested in their acoustic guitars, but their Crossroad series (electrics) could be of interest, depending on where they’re made, build quality and price. So does anyone know if these are MiK? MiC? Or Indonesia, Vietnam, etc.? Are they well made quality instruments?
     
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  2. tomnardozza

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    I remember them being asian when I looked, but forget exactly where. Very vague on everything.
     
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  3. RomanS

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    Stanford is indeed one of many brands marketed by the German company, i-Musicnetwork (they also own the Maybach, Larson Bros., Stromberg, and a bunch of other brand names).

    Don't confuse them, with the older, discontinued, Czech-made acoustic guitar brand (those were made by Furch about a decade ago, before they sold the rights to the name to the German company).

    I've played two of the Crossroad series models at a store - the ES175-like one, and the carved top jazzbox.
    IMHO, they are quite similar to the Eastman models of that type, slightly narrower necks than those, and AFAIK, also made in China.
     
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    @RomanS my interest, if I'm even interested, would be in the jazzbox models, either the Vanguard or the Fatboy 75. Thanks for that input.
     
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    I ggogled them, and it appears they are currently made in China. (designed in "Europe") Indications I saw were in the $1100 range. One comment said they were an Eastman copy. Are you looking for a 335-type guitar? I've mentioned before that in 2019 I bought a Grote 335-style through Amazon, on the recommendation of @FenderGyrl. Incredible attention to detail and finish. I originally hoped it would be fundamentally good enough to up-grade pickups and maybe bridge or tuners.....NOT NECESSARY! My tech was so impressed he bought one for himself. They come and go on Amazon, and prices vary slightly. I paid $169, with free shipping. Tell me what you think.

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    Edit: oops, should have been more clear: these are the Grote on Amazon. Not talking about the Stanford(s) -- sorry. :oops:

    Hey guys, they are available on Amazon right now! ($160) - shhhhh! Don't tell anyone, might have to order one.

    The two colors listed are the Red and VS -- the tobacco sunburst type burst I guess.
     
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    Gil, I remember you talking about that Grote before. I see a red 335 shaped guitar like that and I immediately think of Elvin Bishop and Lee Ritenour (although Bishop's "Red Dog" was actually a 345). It probably wouldn't take too much arm-twisting for me to pull the trigger on a 335 type, but what I'm specifically interested in is a 175 type jazzbox.
     
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    There have been what I assume is a ES-175 style of Grotes in the past. Fully hollow, full size single cut, two humbuckers.
    I just switched to a Mac computer, and can't seem to provide a link, but they're there (on Amazon)......and a very tempting bargain price.
     
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