- Aug 22, 2010
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I think Legend was a brand used for inexpensive guitars imported and sold in Australia. I've seen quite a few Strat types, never seen an LP type before.
Thank you - this one is from the UK so it sounds like they were also imported here. Seems a nice guitar, I’m going to upgrade the pickups and replace the worn bits. Should keep me happy for a while!I think Legend was a brand used for inexpensive guitars imported and sold in Australia. I've seen quite a few Strat types, never seen an LP type before.
I concur with this assessment. The companies that got the closest to the original gibson headstock is Greco and Ibanez, so I dont believe its either of their guitars. Hondo's usually had their own diamond inlay on the headstock if this was a custom, but this certainly has some characteristics. I'll agree that the shape is very similar to Hondo's style, but something seems off imo. Id also like to point out about the humbuckers. Can you show us the inside of the pickup cavity and the back of the pickups? For all we know, they could be replacements that were taken out of an Ibanez. The hollow body most likely refers to a lower end model with the neck plate supporting it. Do you have any pictures of the old electronics? Its possible the pots had date codes on them.The headstock is not one that Ibanez used - the infamous 'lawsuit' was because the headstock on their Gibson copy guitars was too close to the Gibson design, this one isn't that close.
Also, the point on the neck plate is not on the type of neck plate on Ibanez guitars, their neck plates were rectangular with rounded corners.
I also have not seen that type of tuner on Ibanez guitars either.
From the shape of the neck inlays and the rounded end of the fretboard I'd guess it was made in 1974 or possibly 1973.
I count 22 frets, which is the right number for this sort of guitar.
I’d also like to rule out Greco as a possibility. The body shape on this looks too wide and the horn looks way too rounded. However, that headstock shape and “inlay” look familiar to me. I’ll do more looking but I don’t know if this was made in Japan.Here's my entry. I have never seen another one exactly like it. I got it in the late 80s and it was well used. I assume it was made in the 70s. Any ideas who made this? I always assumed it was made from a kit until I saw this thread.
No name brand anywhere. Headstock is not the "open book" shape (so it's not an Ibanez lawsuit guitar). Bolt-on neck. Inlay on the first fret. Fretboard inlays are rectangular. Headstock inlay is one solid piece. Has white binding all around the top and neck. Pickups are single coil disguised as PAF humbuckers. 3 of 4 pots are JP (I assume one was replaced at some point before I got it). It has the Japanese style toggle switch. The truss rod cover is not the Gibson shape and it has 3 holes.
I had the nut and tuners replaced in the 1990s. I also recently re-wired it 50s style. I have before (LP-Wiring-01.jpg) and after (LP-Wiring-01a.jpg) wiring pics.
Unfortunately someone must have tried to scrape a sticker off of the back and gouged it. Someone also scratched up the scratch plate and it's mounted incorrectly but I'm going to fix that.
Despite the fact that I haven't played it much in the past 30+ years the neck is still perfectly straight, and the action is great. This guitar plays super well and is fun to play! I'd like to finally know where it came from if anyone can identify it.
It seems like it might be a Cort GE20. The shape of the headstock inlay matches and the wiring harness colors also match. Cort made Les Pauls for Epiphone and also released some under their own brand name, although I have yet to find another Cort Les Paul that is unbranded like mine.I’d also like to rule out Greco as a possibility. The body shape on this looks too wide and the horn looks way too rounded. However, that headstock shape and “inlay” look familiar to me. I’ll do more looking but I don’t know if this was made in Japan.
If this is true, then it would actually make sense. I came across a "Sears" Les Paul in my local antique store, and it did have the diamond inlay and no name on the headstock. When I picked it up, I immediately felt a difference in quality and feel when I compared it to epiphones, my Greco etc. Glad to hear you enjoy the guitar and hope it brings you more fun as the years go on!Apparently the unbranded ones were sold by Sears.
Thank you so much for the quick reply and the great info, any idea of what year it was made?Looks like a Cort GE-20 to me. The unbranded ones were sold by Sears. I have one. Mine has a diamond inlay on the headstock though, and the truss rod cover is not the same.
The rounded headstock w/o logo, nothing on back plate, inlay on first fret, the toggle switch, the back cavity all look like mine.
I can't vouch for the tuners because I had mine replaced in the 1990s and I don't remember what the originals looked like.
It looks like someone re-wired it to 50s style wiring and changed the capacitors.
Check it out but if the pickups are original they're probably single coil disguised as humbuckers.
I would ask a good luthier for an estimate of how much it would cost to repair but keep in mind that it's probably only worth a few hundred dollars after repair.
I would play it and if it feels good and plays fine just use it the way it is. They are decent guitars. I really like playing mine.
Unfortunately I don't know the years that they were made. I got mine second-hand as well.Thank you so much for the quick reply and the great info, any idea of what year it was made?
I'm going to take it to a music store next week and see what they say about fixing it, but if it's too expensive I'm going to clean it up, put new strings on it and like you said, use it as it is.
I'm already so happy I own the guitar that started it all for me, being able to play it would be nice, but not a necessity.
Thanks for the help.