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1960s Guyatone LG-100T Vintage 3 Pickup Electric Guitar Sunburst, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1960's Guyatone LG-100T electric guitar in 100% original condition and in good working order. An excellent example of early whimsical Japanese electric guitar manufacturing, this Guyatone has a Fender Jazzmaster/Jaguar-centric design, complete with a trio of oversized pickups.

There's a bouncy, almost rubbery quality to the tone, with a clear treble register and a vocal upper midrange from the bridge and middle pickups in particular. Each pickup can be selected individually or in combination with the others, and when each pickup is engaged, the perceived volume has a nice uptick, while the treble diminishes. With all three pickups together, the guitar has a very thick, powerful quality, while the neck pickup on its own retains a percussive woof and has a sweet, articulate sound. The Tone control also works in reverse, offering maximum treble when rolled off. This Guyatone weighs 7lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and comfortable action.

The maple neck has a D-shaped profile carve, medium depth yet with particularly full, round shoulders in every register, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .940” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features small block inlay with a pair of dots at the octave, also retaining the stock slender fretwire. The frets show moderate, uniform wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-5, with fainter wear extending beneath the plain strings until fret 7, playing cleanly in every register. The scale length is 24 3/4“, and the nut measures 1 11/16“ in width. The headstock has its large metal G badge and open-gear tuners with white plastic buttons and original white ferrules.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with dedicated On/Off rocker switches for each pickup, and Master Volume and Tone knobs as well (the Tone knob is missing its top). The pair of metal pickguards have a brushed silver appearance, and the input jack is incorporated into the lower pickguard. Hardware includes the top-mounted plastic bridge with compensated saddle, and the vibrato tailpiece which retains its original cover and threads a standard replacement vibrato arm. The chrome plating is notably clean and bright on the pickup covers and vibrato.

The warm two-tone Sunburst gloss has dings and finish chips on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back and body perimeter. There are various small marks on the neck profile and some overspray as well which has been mostly worn away from contact with the palm.

A gigbag is included.