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My Grandfather's Japanese archtop guitar circa 1960-1975

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thevintageva…'s loves6 of 6Josephinenhütte vase designed by Julius Camillo de Maess, ca. 1900Cronin Pottery Pitcher and Creamer /Cameron Clay Products W.VA./ Blue Tulip Design/ Circa 1950's-60's
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    Posted 9 years ago

    christian_…
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    This guitar belonged to my grandfather, Roy Johnson. I never met him but I have some 7inch magnetic tape recordings of him playing sad country songs on it. This guitar was given to me by my mom after I had finally begged her ear off. It looks like some type of Matsumoku guitar from the 1960-1970's. There are stamps that read 'JAPAN' inside the body and on some plates. The body has a lot of curves throughout it, almost like a bowl at some points. The tailpiece appears to be modified onto a tremolo bar. Compared to the head-stocks of similar guitars, this one looks kind of dull. I think this may have been a twelve string guitar at one point and then modified to be a six string. The headstock just ends at a square ungraceful 90 degree angle. This guitar is quite cumbersome to play. The neck is quite thick and the fretboard is rounded almost like a classical guitar. The tremolo arm only bends up and down half a step and the strings are very tight. Despite all the obstacles, this guitar sounds amazing and could not be matched. The headstock, tailpiece, and patina add to the aesthetics 100%. If anyone can further identify this handsome beast, please share! Thank you! -Christian

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    1. Aimathena Aimathena, 9 years ago
      It looks a lot like my dads tempo
    2. tom61375, 9 years ago
      Looks like my Silvertone! Love it!

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