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Post by Ozeshin » Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:00 am

There's Vester info at that Matsumoku board..
They were a US based piano company that used a Japanese electronics company(Vestax) to manufacture guitars and pedals under the name "Vester Fire" here in Australia.
I owned one of their compressor/noise gate combo pedals in the early '80's....the pedal was average but the power supply it came with I use to this day.
It was one of the first multi-pedal power supplies.
A power brick that came with 8 cables.
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Post by Ozeshin » Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:21 am

And just as a bit of an Eye opener for some people...here's list of popular guitar brands...1 model from each brand along with it's current country of origin:
Agile septor 7-string-Korea
AXL Fireaxe-China
Aria PE-Elite-China
BC Rich Assassin Outlaw-Korea
Cort Curbow_Indonesia
Dean Cadillac-Korea
Danelectro All models-50%korea and China
Eastwood All models-Korea
Epiphone Faded G-400 SG -China
ESP LTD-MH-Indonesia
Fernandes Revolver-China
First Act-China
G&L Asat Special-Indonesia
Gretch Electromatic-China
Honer-China
Hamer China
Ibanez ARX-China
Jackson DXMG-Japan(Yaaaaaayyyyy)
Michael Kelly-China
Parker-Korea
Peavey Generation series-China
Reverend Volcano Flying V style-Korea
Schecter-Korea
Washburn-Korea
All these models are (in US$) priced around the mid-range mark i.e.all under $500.
So I guess we need to treasure our MiJ guitars coz now more than ever it really DOES mean something to own a MiJ guitar.
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Post by japanstrat » Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:54 am

You nailed a lot of brands in that post.
I found out the other day that the Jacksons from Japan are made by Chushin.

There is quite a bit of info about Antoria at the Ibanezcollectors forum.
http://www.ibanezcollectors.com/cgi-bin ... discus.cgi
CSL and Antoria were imported by various music shops in the UK and are basically the same as Ibanez and some Korean models were probably made.

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Post by 20 century boy » Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:11 am

the most famous Antoria is probably the one played by Bonehead and Noel in oasis' video "wonderwall". :P
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Post by japanstrat » Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:16 am

There is more about Vester here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vester_Guitars

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Post by metalheadUK » Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:34 pm

twinfan wrote:There was also Pearl (as in the drumkit manufacturer). Here's my early 70s Matsumoku made Les Paul Custom copy:

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I've got one of those! :D

Do you know for sure that it was Matsumoko made,as Pearls dont figure prominantly on the guitar gallery site and I can't see "?Pearl" listed as a definite Matsumoko brand.

How do you find the guitar? I absolutely adore mine, and feel it pretty much equals my Gibsons and Edwards in terms of quality.

Mine has led a harder life than yours by the looks of it, but I am never letting this one go.

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Post by twinfan » Sat Jun 16, 2007 4:40 pm

I got the guitar from a UK website by mail order. I saw a few pics and took a gamble on liking it- which I do!

The photo I posted is very flattering, mine is actually in much more relic'd condition than yours! The wood around the neck joint has shrunk slightly over the years and all the finish is cracked, plus there's a load of dents/dings and a decent amount of forearm wear on the top edge. To me that gives it loads of character - I didn't buy it as an investment I bought it to enjoy it :D

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Post by Ozeshin » Sat Jun 16, 2007 8:57 pm

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The wood around the neck joint has shrunk slightly over the years
If the neck joint is moving due to cracked or shrunk glue you need to see a good solid body Luthier to repair it for you

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Post by twinfan » Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:20 am

Thanks for that. It's stable in that it's not getting worse, so I think I'll leave it for now. I'll worry about it if and when it's a problem!

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Post by Ozeshin » Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:57 am

That last lot of pics are really good.
It shows that the body is 3 solid pieces...like a `70`s s era pancake Custom.

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Post by japanstrat » Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:44 am

luis wrote:I miss Fernandes/Burny. I?ve heared they got their guitars from several factories as : small own one(low production), Fuji Gen(in 80?s) , Tokai for some models in late 70?s and Kawai (I guess maybe Matsumoku but not sure,just because seeing guitar building style).

See http://www.daeschler.com/articles/fujigen/ for the Fernandes Matsumoku connection.

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Post by luis » Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:02 pm

Thank you so much japanstrat I really enjoy this findings to learn more than I know...

I read in the article about Yamaha plant in Hamamatsu and I agree.In my trip fron train station to Tokai factori I saw Kawai then Tokai and Yamaha motor was very close to Tokai,all in Hamamatsu city.

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Post by tokaigeezer » Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:59 pm

Old Thread - Thanks for all the above info. on little-nown brands.

I have just pulled the trigger on a Kent Everett Laurel A acoustic auditorium style). While known for his Elan series, which are $XX,XXX these days, he also produced the Laurel series, which were made to his specs in Japan by Terada Guitars, and then tap tuned and shaved by Everett himself to get his signature tone.

I decided to go after this one because of the great build experience I have had over the years with Japanese guitars.

At any rate, here is the info that Everett has on the Teada factory and his Laurel Series:

http://everettguitars.com/laurel.html

thanks,
Steve

Surfin' in the high deserts of New Mexico

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