Mystery Les Paul copy identification thread

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  1. Troy McClure

    Troy McClure Senior Member

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    Thanks, I thought the diamond was very ESP, I found more stuff about the SD models and guess it was one of the 'professional, rather than 'traditional' model. Maybe I'll try and get up earlier next time as it was probably a bargain at around $450, especially if they're 'custom shop' quality.

    ESP Guitar (Navigator, Edwards, Seymour Duncan) Info. & History

     
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  2. PuroMojo

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    Set neck, yes, label behind heal LS STT! Thanks
     
  3. dangerdog

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    They did the split diamond like that on some old ones.
     
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  4. PermissionToLand

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    What else did you want to know? The serial numbers were random and won't tell you anything about the guitar. It's basically a Cort GE-20, probably late 70s since the headstock is close to an open book. Probably went for around $130 new.
     
  5. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Junior Member

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    Now what could that be...

    Juno. Supposedly MIJ, not much info on the internet, some were made in Korea for sure, some not, someone tells Kyowa-Shokai could have been producing those...

    Anyone knows? Will test drive for sure, due to charming looks, but I wonder if it's worth ~450$ it's listed...

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  6. PermissionToLand

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    Japan, by Matsumoku.
     
  7. Ohjay

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    Wrong. As I said in my reply to yu.liang, it's made in Korea.
    This particular Les Paul was made after Matsumoku shut down in '87. So it's probably made in the Samick factory( in Korea).
     
  8. SingeMonkey

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    Very odd LP going for sale in Johannesburg. Fancy inlays and binding. Set neck apparently. Sharp, '70s style horn. Any ideas?

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  9. Grenville

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    That looks more like a 90s-style horn to me, plus a recent Ibanez-style wide bridge and the Ibanez/DiMarzio pickups.
     
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  11. PermissionToLand

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    Wrong, it's Japanese. What are you even basing that date on? It has no serial number visible. It looks like an LS-450:

    http://www.matsumoku.org/models/ariaproii/copies/ls/ls.html

    Japanese guitars had three screw truss rod covers sometimes.

    At least make an effort to know what you're talking about before exclaiming "WRONG!"
     
  12. Grenville

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    Often, pre-1980.

    I agree, looks like a Japanese guitar, 1977-ish.
     
  13. armycopter

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    I have been on a quest to find and purchase all the guitars I had as a teenager which I (sometimes) foolishly sold. This is the last guitar I needed to complete my collection. I found it on Craigslist for $50. This was the first guitar I ever had and I got it for $60 when I was 13 (almost 34 years ago). It's a late 70's maybe early 80's Memphis LP clone. It's super cheap and was a terrible guitar to learn on but I had no idea you could adjust action back then. So... Here are my NGD photos of my Memphis LP. I put some money into it but I'm ok with that. It was fun fixing it up. I ended up replacing all pots, caps, tuners, the selector switch, knobs, pick guard, and of course the pickups/rings. Interesting that the original pickups were single coils underneath a [slightly small] humbucker cover. I used a setup paf style pickups from eBay seller guitar madness. They are called 59'ers. I have to say that I am impressed with these inexpensive pickups. They sound really nice. All I have left to do is intonate the guitar properly but so far I really like it! Plays and sounds way better than the one I had so many years ago. Here are a few pics.

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  14. PermissionToLand

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    Nice! I love taking cheap guitars and making them sound and play unexpectedly well. I suspect those were made by Cort.

    Enjoy!
     
  15. purpledc

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    if its Japanese should it not have a small post bridge or does than not apply to aria? The horn also looks a lot sharper than the Ls-450 much like how samick did things.
     
  16. earbone

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    Hello to all,

    I came across an LP model which the owner is not sure but thinks it is MIJ. He also doesn't know who is the manufacturer. He says it is gold top but judging from the photos it is kind of a strange gold top (pardon my ignorance if that is the case).

    Does anybody knows or can point me in the right direction for this guitar how to determine its manufacturer and country of origin just from the following lousy photos i have (i have requested more detailed pictures if i receive them i will surely post an update).

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    Thanks.
     
  17. PermissionToLand

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    Are you thinking of the one SingeMonkey posted? I was talking about this one:

    http://page17.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/v458623456

    I can't see the posts on either, in any case. Samick only used a sharpened horn for a few years and it was quite exaggerated:

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    Before that, it was a dead copy, as you see in my signature.
     
  18. PermissionToLand

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    Maybe an MIJ expert will correct me, but it looks like a Fujigen build to me (aka Ibanez).
     
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    Is it a bolt on?
     
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