Interesting 60s Japanese Jaguar copy

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Interesting 60s Japanese Jaguar copy

Post by venompstinger » Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:46 pm

some kind of Unitone/Astrotone model... with a zenon vibe for a tremolo plate - never seen one before.

here's the auction on yahoo https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/p772045720

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Re: Interesting 60s Japanese Jaguar copy

Post by windmill » Mon Jun 08, 2020 5:42 pm

looks kinda cool in a way.

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Re: Interesting 60s Japanese Jaguar copy

Post by adamrobertt » Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:01 am

Looks more like a Yamaha SG-2 copy to me.

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Re: Interesting 60s Japanese Jaguar copy

Post by Ceylon » Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:23 am

Yeah, it's like they tried to knock off the Yamaha SG-2 and the Teisco K2L at the same time.

I like it though. The stickers on the back look like what I've seen on a bunch of Kay guitars, suggesting that these might have been made at the same factory.
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Re: Interesting 60s Japanese Jaguar copy

Post by mgeek » Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:21 am

I almost didn't click on this cos I'm not interested in copies, but thought it might be on the 'more interesting' side of them, like a Mory or something.

This is... simply not a Jaguar copy. ;D

Very cool though, thanks for sharing

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Re: Interesting 60s Japanese Jaguar copy

Post by SignoftheDragon » Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:16 am

There's a little Jaguar DNA there- the pickups, switching, and trem setup are plenty Jag-ish.

Apart from that though...

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Re: Interesting 60s Japanese Jaguar copy

Post by mortron » Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:47 am

I had an old Jazzmaster type that came to me in terrible shape. Before I knew any better, it was stripped for parts and discarded as the neck was missing frets etc. In retrospect it would have been perfect to learn repairs on.

This week I dug out a pickup from that guitar and in looking for what it was from, found the guitar, and came across a good bit of info, and realized how stupid I was:

https://tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blog/la ... rns-offset

I found this bit particularly interesting and perhaps helpful in this case:

"Burns of Tokyo was a short lived brand that like First Man, Idol and Honey, sprung up after the Kawai buyout of Teisco in '67. All of these brands (and many more) used the Teisco Gen Gakki factory (NOT Teisco) to make guitars for them with their own brand name on the headstock. " - from link.

Apologies if all I did was give you more nonsense to read, hope it helps.

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Re: Interesting 60s Japanese Jaguar copy

Post by windmill » Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:04 pm

Thanks Mortron

it was a good read.

Close but not quite.

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