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1960s Guyatone LG-150T Vintage Electric Guitar Fiesta Red w/ German Carve, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1960's Guyatone LG-150T in exceptional condition and in perfect working order with a custom color Fiesta Red gloss finish. This incredibly cool vintage Japanese guitar is rarely seen outside its country of origin, and is a supreme example of fine craftsmanship mixed with unique surf-inspired design. The German Carve vaguely Mosrite-influenced body, along with the Fender-inspired vibrato system and pickup pair reflect just how deeply the Surf craze reverberated within the Japanese market at the time. The stock single coil pickups have large pole pieces and healthy output, with a bold, clear and round sound. The bridge pickup has a certain sweetness and punch, while the neck pickup is particularly thick yet retains a distinctive percussive cut. The guitar weighs 7lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The one-piece maple neck has a rounded medium C profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and 1.005” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard is a particularly dark cut of this tonewood with mini dot inlay and stock slender fretwire. The original frets have their full factory height and good meat with virtually no wear, playing effortlessly in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4", and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. The matching red headstock retains the original metal Guyatone G badge, as well as the original set of open-gear tuning machines which show light surface patina.

Electronically, everything works as it should, with a three-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone knobs governing the two single coil pickups with large diameter alnico poles. All of the original hardware is intact, the original cream knobs retain the printed metallic inserts, and the thick single-ply white pickguard compliments the radical contours of the gloss Fiesta Red body. The vibrato bridges the gap between Fender and Mosrite, with aesthetics closer to the latter and the functionality of the former, working in concert with the roller saddles on the bridge and fitted with a modern Jazzmaster-style vibrato arm. The distinctive deep German Carve on the top is another not-so-subtle nod to Mosrite, and cosmetic wear is limited to some faint surface scratches in the clear coat of the gloss and a couple small lines of finish checking extending from the edges of the neck pocket. The neck profile retains a pristine smooth ambered gloss finish.

A gigbag is included.