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1960s Guyatone LG-250T Vintage Electric Guitar White w/ German Carve, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1960's Guyatone LG-250T 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. With a German Carve body and Mosrite-influenced pickups and vibrato, this Guyatone's aesthetics and tonal response reflect just how deeply the Surf craze reverberated within the Japanese market at the time. The stock pair of single coil pickups each have an output in the mid 6k ohms range, delivering bold, snappy, defined tones. The neck position is rounder while maintaining plenty of punch, while the bridge brings a bit more sparkle to the signal. The guitar weighs 9lbs 7oz, 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 very Mosrite-esque slender C profile carve with full, inviting shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .915” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard features mini dot inlay and stock fretwire. The wide frets have a fairly low fret dress, showing zero wear with easy playability up the neck and an ideally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is a full 24 3/4", and the fretboard width is 1 5/8” at the zero fret, just forward of the aluminum nut. The headstock retains the original chrome tuners with paddle buttons and embossed gear housings, and the LG-250T model sticker is also retained.

The electronics function accordingly, with a three-position pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone knobs governing the two single coil pickups. All of the original hardware is intact, and the thick single-ply black pickguard compliments the body contours, with light cracks in the plastic extending from the knobs and output jack which have been stabilized. The distinctive deep German Carve on the top is another not-so-subtle nod to Mosrite, as are the smooth chrome-plated knobs. 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.

Cosmetic wear includes two large finish chips on the treble side lower bout body edge, finish checking at the edges of the neck pocket, and a few additional minor finish scratches and marks on the back and body parameter. The neck profile sports a pristine original smooth gloss finish.