Up for sale, a 1960's Guyatone LG-150T in excellent condition and in perfect working order. 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 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a round, substantial C profile carve with full, inviting shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .885” deep at the 1st fret and .935” 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 are flawless, with good height and meat, 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 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-position 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, and the thick single-ply black pickguard compliments the radical body contours. The guard does have a couple repaired splits in the guard adjacent to the Tone knob, and the original pair of witch hat knobs is intact. 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 the original gloss White finish has only aged faintly in the past half century. Wear is limited to light horizontal finish checking, one small circular sticker tan line on the bass-side body horn, a couple finish chips on the body parameter, and just a few additional minor marks. The neck profile retains a smooth ambered gloss finish.