Andy Phillips on Tue - Nov 25 - 6:30pm:
In Reply to: Re: Conqueror Acoustic (1970~1974) ?? posted by Don on Mon - Nov 24 - 10:40am:
Thanks for the reply. I saw the post on the Bruno Conqueror.
Is yours an acoustic with pickups or is it a hollow-body electric? Mine is a true acoustic (dreadnaught body). I wonder if it was made by the same Bruno Conqueror.
I really love mine.. it's a bit quiet, but it plays like butter.
: Andy Phillips wrote,
: : In '74 I bought a Conqueror D-17 acoustic guitar
: : and still have it today.
: : It's a gorgeous piece and still in mint condition
: : - spruce top, rosewood sides and back with a
: : spruce inlay between the two rosewood back panels,
: : as does the bottom of the guitar at the strap peg.
: : The neck is mahogany, has a rosewood FB with pearl
: : dots. The binding is cream colored. The bridge is
: : adjustable with two thumb screws, one on either
: : side of the strings.
: : It's very well-made and plays as good as any
: : high-end guitar I've ever tried. but I've never
: : seen another one like it, or ever heard of the
: : brand.
: : Does anyone know anything about this name?
: : Thanks much.
: : Andy Phillips
: : firstname.lastname@example.org
: The info below was lifted directly from Steve's
: piece on Bruno Conqueror guitars on the website,
: BTW, Steve and I both own Conqueror Semi-Acoustics
: and love 'em.
: C. Bruno & Son was founded in Macon, Georgia
: in 1834 and the company has been in the music
: distribution business up until the present day
: (they are currently a part of Kaman Music
: Corporation). In 1838, Charles Bruno and C.F.
: Martin entered into a partnership to produce and
: distribute acoustic guitars that only lasted one
: year. These acoustic guitars are labeled with both
: names, and were produced in New York. Throughout
: their history, Bruno musical instruments were
: manufactured by other companies and then
: distributed by C. Bruno & Son. In the 1960's,
: Bruno imported their instruments from Japanese
: manufacturers. Based on the pickups, neck plate
: and tuners of this instrument, I believe it was
: made by Arai and Company (compare it to my Arai
: Diamond). The guitar is a very well crafted
: three-tone sunburst hollow body that bears a
: striking resemblance to a Gibson ES-335. It has
: two single coil pickups controlled by two volume
: and two tone controls via a 3-way pickup selector
: switch. The body, f holes, neck and headstock are
: completely bound. The selector switch and
: headstock are covered with the same red
: tortoiseshell plastic used for the pickguard. The
: neck is made from 2 pieces of wood joined at the
: truss rod channel and attaches to the body with
: four bolts. The fretboard is rosewood. The top and
: back of the body are each made from a single slab
: but I haven't been able to identify the type of
: wood used yet. The bridge is fully adjustable.
: (Historical Information provided by Mike
: Longworth, Martin Guitars)