Ihave been converted to these new cheapo copy guitars

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Postby savage » Fri Jun 16, 2006 2:47 am

yeah, its MIA. I wouldnt spend money on a MIM because they're not much better than my squire which was made in Indonesia.... a MII? I've heard good things about the old Fender Japan guitars, but I've heard a lot about how they went down the drain. I havent played anough MIJ fenders to know. You know if thats just talk or what?
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Postby watertore » Fri Jun 16, 2006 3:20 am

here is the tele I bought. It came last week. It was in tune when I took it out of the box! That blew me away, seeing it came via canada. The finish is impecible. The workmanship flawless. The playability as good as my 63 jazzmaster. The sound is better than the new fender tele reissues. $430 delivered. A heck of a deal. I played it Friday with my trio. It has that tele bite, and I ended up putting it in open E on the last set. Man, it is killer on slide. I took it friday with my 1 man band, and again used it for slide. I still prefer the 335 tokai copy. That one is the sweetest guitar I have ever owned. Here are the 2 tokais, with my reissue deluxe reverb(is it made in the usa??), and my 59 caddy, made in Thailand. What is going on man?????
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here is my 59 limo, and 63 park ave, both made in the USA. These cruisers are smooth. Walter

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Postby savage » Fri Jun 16, 2006 3:24 am

OH MY... walter, that is an awesome car. The 59 cadillac eldorado is my favorite all time car and that one is.... damn, its nice. If I am ever in your neck of the woods (which i might be in the next year as I may be goin to california with my friend) you're gonna have to give me a ride in that thing.
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Postby rustyslide » Fri Jun 16, 2006 4:58 am

savage wrote:I've heard good things about the old Fender Japan guitars, but I've heard a lot about how they went down the drain. I havent played anough MIJ fenders to know. You know if thats just talk or what?


Quality on Fender Japan is still amazing. Mine was made in November. Best Strat I've ever played, and less expensive than the MIA ones they sell here. Fender Japan guitars are made by Fuji Gen Gakki, which is the factory that makes Ibanez guitars, among others. I believe they made the Orville guitars (MIJ Gibsons) too.
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Postby savage » Fri Jun 16, 2006 5:00 am

goes to show what talk is worth, haha. thats cool, yeah i heard thos orvilles were pretty nice aswell.
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Postby watertore » Fri Jun 16, 2006 3:04 pm

savage wrote:OH MY... walter, that is an awesome car. The 59 cadillac eldorado is my favorite all time car and that one is.... damn, its nice. If I am ever in your neck of the woods (which i might be in the next year as I may be goin to california with my friend) you're gonna have to give me a ride in that thing.


hi savage: You will have to do a time transport to 1996. I sold both of my caddy's, to go to college. I bought a geo metro, about the smallest on the planet, to commute the 80 miles a day to school. It was hard to let them go. The 59 limo is one of the few left, and the 63 park ave, was one of only 1600 made. The greenish park ave can be seen in dwight yokums video- guitars caddillacs old hillbilly songs. We did that down in austin. I miss the caddy's at times. I don't drive anything very spectacular anymore car wise, but use this for travel now. It is a 33 foot motorhome, completly self contained with 2 tv's, sattillete, dvd, shower, standard fridge, microwave, oven, stove, queen size bed, cd stero, ac/heat, and lots of legroom, even more than the caddy's! You are welcome to ride with us anytime. We are planning on leaving california later this summer, and moving to ohio. Walter

this was taken on the beach at malibu, ca. I was down there to be filmed for a french documentary, and to record with Patti Sterling, in hollywood. It was quite some fun driving this around hollywood!



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Postby savage » Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:45 pm

ahh, thats too bad... thats a nice rv though. bet its a comfortable ride
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what about a Hondo

Postby scrapboss » Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:20 pm

Hey guys - I have an older guitar that I believe was made in Japan. Maybe someone can tell me something about it. It is a seventies Hondo II Les Paul copy. I bought this new in ,I think 1975 , because at the time it was all I could afford since I had just spent all my extra $ on a used '62 strat (which I still own ). I also have my very 1st guitar a Hagstrom Kent model. You know the one with the vinyl covering the back. :roll: High action on this old girl is great for slide work. Any way if anyone knows about this Hondo guitar I would be interested to know where it was made.
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Postby ricochet » Fri Aug 25, 2006 12:15 am

I know some of the Hondo stuff was Korean.
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Postby rustyslide » Fri Aug 25, 2006 9:57 pm

'Hondo II' could be Korean or Japanese, according to this
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Postby skibumdog » Mon Aug 28, 2006 3:15 am

Hey Walter, Like your Caddy. My first car was a '58 Eldorado. Everything worked except the radio. Had to sell it when I went to VietNam, my ex mother in law didn't want it around her house.

should have kept the car and got rid of my soon to be ex wife.....

Oh well.

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Postby savage » Mon Aug 28, 2006 9:40 pm

while I was in st thomas I came across on old beat up 58 eldorado that some guy had sittin in his front yard. I was very anxious to ask him if he was willing to sell it. It'd be awesome to fix her up. As long as my dad n I could get it runnin, I'd be happy.

Speaking of cheap guitars, today I raised the action on my squire strat and put a bottle neck to the strings... woa. I'm glad I didn't sell it on ebay after I bought the stratocaster like I was plannin to. Its got a very nice muddy sound when you turn the volume down.
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Postby ricochet » Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:07 am

Some of those cheap guitars are terrific for sliding!
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