Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Big in Japan...

... or, the one that got away. My cherished Japanese "Bizarre Guitar", a 1965 Guyatone LG-200T, is rare in its native Japan, and extremely so in the U.S. It was never imported here (no 'Made in Japan' markings) and its somewhat outré appearance has kept it from being iconic. Imagine my surprise when I found one for sale on Seattle's Craigslist (pictured at right.)

   I was tempted to buy it (if owning one is good, having two must be great, right?) but the steep price ($600) for a fairly beat-up novelty was just too much.

By Professor Batty



12 Comments:

Blogger Mary said...

Bravo, Batty!

Enjoyed the tune and also hearing you nerd out about your guitar.


Anonymous I'd Rather Be in Iceland said...

I wonder how much you could sell yours for in Japan!


Blogger Professor Batty said...

Mary ~ A nerd and his guitar=true love!

IRBII ~ I've actually followed a few Japanese auctions for this guitar model. A very nice one sold last year for about $3000, and an average one was offered for about $2400 and it did not sell.


Anonymous Andy said...

Loved hearing you play again! (and loved the guitar)
Makes me wish I still had that old Kingston Bass I bought at Musicland downtown... those were the days...


Blogger Professor Batty said...

Andy ~ There's a good chance that your Kingston was built by Guyatone!


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Blogger Professor Batty said...

I heart Lab Munkay


Blogger Jono said...

It sounds like "surf jazz" whatever that would entail. Were you playing through your custom hand wired home built? Garage sale season is starting to get going. I will keep my eyes peeled. You might be amazed at the stuff that finds its way to the edge of the state.


Blogger Professor Batty said...

That was through my rebuilt Deluxe Reverb.

Guyatone branded guitars are a cut above the usual Japanese junk of the sixties, many different outrageous designs, especially the LG-150T


Blogger Jono said...

That one reminds me of the Mosrite guitars of surfdom fame. Always wanted one of those (like it would make me a better musician).


Blogger Professor Batty said...

The LG-127T


Blogger Jono said...

Looks like I could benefit from a class at Professor Batty's College of Vintage Guitar Knowledge (401c3).

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