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(@ignar-hillstrom)
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Yup, I couldn't help myself. It's not that I have GAS or anything but I just figured that I might as well spend it for maybe inflation could suddenly rise, which wouldn't depreciate the guitar as much the money. It's a Japanese (I think) guyatone, presumely from the mid sixties. It comes with one pup, one volume knob, one not-functioning tone-knob and a vibrato bridge of sorts. I'm not yet sure if this is made of wood cleverly disguised as plastic or plastic poorly disguised as wood but I *love* how it sounds. It's 3/4 which felt kinda weird at first, almost like when I first picked up a ukelele. The tuners definitely are 'vintage' and so is the noise, but hey, it's bound to have some mojo, somewhere, somehow. Surprisingly, it's action is lower then on my Ibanez RG550, this might actually be a great axe for a shredder.

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(@itchard)
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Nice find, thats a sweet looking axe.

The sound is really good as well.

Where did you find it, and for how much?


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(@ballybiker)
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beautiful in its simplicity

what did the drummer get on his I.Q. test?....

Drool

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(@steve-0)
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That's a really unique guitar, as well I've never seen a guitar with only one pickup in the neck position and nothing in the bridge.

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(@misanthrope)
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The pickup and bridge look suspiciously similar to my Kay - there's definately a theme between manufacturers if nothing else. Have you stuck the model number into Google? I found quite a bit of info on mine that way (all long since disappeared :()

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(@oenyaw)
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Too cool. You might have something there. Any pictures of the back side?

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(@ignar-hillstrom)
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I payed 45,- Euro for it, got it from a collector on a dutch guitar site. Some other forum member who turned out to live a block away actually went over and got it from him as I couldn't go myself. I never met him before, too cool of him. I don't know it's srial number of model type. :( There doesn't seem to be a whole info on Guyatone anyway. Which, again, I think it is because it doesn't say so either.

Sorry, I can't take any pics, these were made by him prior to the sale.


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(@misanthrope)
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Shame about the model number. IIRC, mine's on a sticker so I suppose I'm quite lucky it's still there

Having had a little poke around on ebay for images, it seems Guyatone, Kay and Teisco are all very closely related. Lots of common elements between the three. I'll do you some images of mine when I get home.

Congrats, BTW, if you like it as much as I like mine you're laughing :)

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(@demoetc)
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Nice! I love the chrome pickguard.

I had a Guyatone way back when - used, from a friend - which looked like a 3/4 Jazzmaster.

--Sort of.

The rest of it disappeared, but I used the neck on a homebuilt guitar which I still have. Straight as an arrow that thing is, and...it's sorta nice to have a piece of wood that old.


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(@dan-t)
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Looks & sounds killer! Great find! 8)

Dan

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(@chuckster)
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It's not that I have GAS or anything but I just figured that I might as well spend it for maybe inflation could suddenly rise, which wouldn't depreciate the guitar as much the money.

I'll have to try that one on Mrs Chuckster.

Nice looking guitar though. Nice find.

Congrats and enjoy.

8)

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It was them that turned me to drink.


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(@kevin72790)
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Looks great, real nice guitar, nice sound.


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(@chuckster)
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Missed the link to the sound clip first time round.

Sounds great.

Enjoy.

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It was them that turned me to drink.


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(@ignar-hillstrom)
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thanks people :D I did quick second recording, with a backing. http://forums.guitarnoise.com/viewtopic.php?t=31307


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(@dogbite)
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I did a google search, but found no guitars. Guyatone is an effect maker now, apparently.
I believe I read something a long time ago in Vintage Guitar magazine. perhaps a search in their archives might reveal some news.
love the color.
you should put a raised nut on it and make it your slide guitar. the tone sounds right for that.

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