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by ignisfatuus » Tue Dec 14, 2010 5:27 pm

hi i have this guitar and i dont have any info if any one can help me will be great many thanks here are some pictures

as you can see the logo was removed but maybe a kay logo or even a kingston will fit i dont know thanks



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by VintAxe » Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:32 pm

Hi ignisfatuus.

I do not know what company built your guitar but I can tell you it was built in Japan. It has all the hardware and build characteristics of a Japanese instrument produced in the late 1960's.

I do have a concern. I don't think the neck is original to the guitar. I suspect this for three reasons. First, it makes no sense to put a Gibson style open book headstock on a Mosrite copy. I know the Japanese are known for mixing design elements from different companies but this is bizarre even by their standards. Second, there should be a nut showing in the pocket routed into the body at the base of the neck. This nut is to adjust the trussrod. Take a look to see if this nut has broken off or the neck has no trussrod. If there is no sign of a trussrod the neck is a replacement. Third, in the back view picture showing the backplate, the neck doesn't fit correctly. I'm guessing the neck came off of a hollowbody Japanese instrument.
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by DeMontGuitars.com » Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:20 am

I had to go look through some of my collection to double check some of these facts, but it all appears to be made by teisco/kawai, but I agree that the neck probably did not come on this guitar -- or at least was not meant to.

I have not seen this exact body before, so if i happen to come across more facts that either change my mind, or reinforce teisco/kawai I'll leave a post
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by wietse » Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:32 pm

the body and electronics are of a 68' teisco R-2, check http://www.mark-cole.uk (teiscotwangers) and the neck is defenitifly not original, looking at the used inlay is this of an old kay or something.
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by DeMontGuitars.com » Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:17 pm

the neck is definitely japanese, Kay never used that headstock shape and/or inlay pattern, plus that bar 'string tree' is a dead give away for japanese.

all pretty cool though!
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by pimenton » Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:25 pm

Here the sister of your guitar!

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here it said KENT
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I found this information:

Kawai guitar 67-68 Mosrite model
I think for the headstock is more 67 than 68.

My guitar was bought in Chile in 1968-69

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