Up for sale, a 1960's Guyatone LG-350T Sharp 5 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. This rare high-end Japanese guitar was only available for a few short years and is a supreme example of fine craftsmanship mixed with unique surf-inspired design. The German Carved elongated Mosrite-influenced body/hardware and Fender Jaguar-style single coil pickups and vibrato system reflect just how deeply the Ventures surf craze reverberated within the Japanese market at the time. Tonally, this Sharp 5 has plenty of snap in the top end, with a chiming resonance and punchy growl. The stock single coils with sawtooth shielding claws have balanced, sweet output and great clarity for strummed passages and sparkling lead lines. This Guyatone weighs 8lbs 3oz, balancing well on a strap and professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar for optimal action and playability with 10-46 strings.
The one-piece maple neck has a slender C shaped profile with modest shoulder, measuring .790” deep at the 1st fret and .875” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features mini dot inlay and stock slender fretwire. There is light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-5, extending exclusively beneath the plain strings to fret 9 with virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the 24 3/4“ scale, while the aluminum nut and 1 5/8” wide zero fret provide comfortable string spacing. The bound headstock retains the original metal Guyatone logo and truss rod cover, as well as the set of sealed chrome tuning machines.
Electronically everything works as it should, with a three-position pickup selector switch and smooth, chrome-plated Mosrite-style Master Volume and Tone knobs to govern the two single coil pickups. The chrome hardware shows light patina, and the thick single-ply blueish purple pickguard is incredibly well preserved, with scuffing favoring the treble side of the pick path. 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 an upgraded ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge. Functioning like a Jazzmaster, this vibrato actuates easily and is very smooth and responsive for warbles and expressive dives.
The distinctive deep German Carve on the top paired with cream top binding is another not-so-subtle nod to Mosrite, and the Sharp 5 captures a far out '60s zeitgeist like few guitars of the era did. The binding has ambered, and the blue sparkle finish displays tight, subtle metalflake and flecks of teal and gold. Cosmetic wear is limited to shallow marks and finish scratches mostly relegated to the back and lower bout body edge, with a couple isolated finish chips on the body parameter. The neck profile sports a clean matching gloss finish with a stray finish chip on the treble side of the profile adjacent to the 2nd fret.