Harmony Central Forums
Announcement
Collapse
No announcement yet.

Galveston Guitars - History - 1980s - USA Made?

Collapse



X
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Galveston Guitars - History - 1980s - USA Made?

    I just bought a 1980s-era Galveston ES-335 copy, purportedly made in the USA and I'm looking for more info on this company.

    I know that Galveston presently is a Chinese/Korean low-budget guitar company, but this one seems pretty legit. Nice guitar anyway.

    Does anyone know anything about this company's early days? The seller said that it was a company based in Texas that soon sold its name to an importer, who uses it now for a line of questionable quality (but cheap) instruments. It looks like a real quality instrument, and was a steal for a somewhat vintage USA-made 335 style.

    Anyone have any info?

  • #2
    I don't have any info but that is very interesting.
    www.codeblueohio.com
    Member of The Squier Army
    Good Deals: mfernan647, GAS KING

    Comment


    • #3
      Pix?
      "Now we're going to play a Cecil Taylor tune"-Fred "Sonic" Smith

      check out www.myspace.com/sonicsrendezvousband box set recommended!

      Comment


      • #4
        I don't think so. No web or Wiki entries, and nobody would pay for an unrecognisable name. Does the guitar have "Made in USA" or some such on it? I can't think of an example of a recent US built guitar that doesn't have the fact identified pretty prominently.
        Tauntr.com - Adding Insult to Everything!Neck Pocket Cavern Surveyor for the Rhythm in Jump. Dancing Close to You club!"In all fairness, Les Pauls have a switch position labeled "Rhythm", while Strats do not, because they are lead guitars for lead guitarists." -Flatspotter

        Comment


        • #5
          Their all over Ebay, 3 pages worth;

          http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=m38.l1313&_nkw=Galveston+guitar s&_sacat=See-All-Categories

          Comment


          • #6
            Never, ever seen a US- made Galveston guitar. As a matter of fact, the only Galvestons I know of are the Korean, and later China- made models.

            A lot of those guitars are really excellent, too.

            The whole 'used to be made in the US' angle is likely shopkeeper jive. Some folks harbor a prejudice against MIA instruments, so playing on that is a way to get them to spend $$$.

            Your 335 = likely CNC machined in either Korea or China.

            Comment


            • #7
              I don't think I've ever run across one made in the early 80s, but in the early and mid 90s, they were made in Korea for sure and they were pretty nice guitars. A shop here used to carry the guitars and basses and another shop used to carry just the basses for some reason, not the guitars.

              Funny thing is, I used to live in Galveston, Texas (and Houston and Richardson in the Dallas area) and I never saw a Galveston guitar until we moved back to Indiana.

              If you like the guitar, then HNGD, but I wouldn't try to sell it as Made in the USA.
              Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius:

              "When it comes to gear vs talent I'll be the first to admit that I sit in the Mayor's seat in Poserville."

              Comment


              • #8
                Their all over Ebay, 3 pages worth;

                http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=m38.l1313&_nkw=Galveston+guitar s&_sacat=See-All-Categories


                Nary a one made in USA.
                Tauntr.com - Adding Insult to Everything!Neck Pocket Cavern Surveyor for the Rhythm in Jump. Dancing Close to You club!"In all fairness, Les Pauls have a switch position labeled "Rhythm", while Strats do not, because they are lead guitars for lead guitarists." -Flatspotter

                Comment


                • #9
                  The link and pictures are here:

                  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110337950708&ssPageNam e=ADME:X:AAQ:US:1123

                  Don't laugh! Apparently, the guy adds the religious logos to the headstock of different guitars as a way of starting religious conversations. I'll be stripping the logo off (nothing against Christianity or this guy, who seems perfectly nice - Just not my thing on my guitar).

                  It looks like quite a nice guitar - it's obviously at least 15-20 years old. I thought it was a pretty good find. If it's USA and 1980s, then it's a steal at $450 after shipping including new case. Worst case scenario, it's made in Asia somewhere, it's still a pretty great deal for a 20+ year old guitar + case.

                  Or maybe it's not a Galveston at all, or maybe there really were USA-made Galvestons in very small numbers? Maybe Galveston was a name of a small guitar company that happened to be the same as the Korea/China Galveston but was no relation? Don't know anything yet - hopefully I'll be able to tell a bit more about it when it arrives.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    sounds shady.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Pretty guitar, big congrats!!!
                      My 9/11 Tribute Song: https://vimeo.com/49284582

                      The 9/11 Wall of Shame (caught stepping in it):
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3s4_dkKn8Y
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6Xoxaf1Al0
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jPzAakHPpk
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n7uJ...feature=relmfu
                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU961SGps8g

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        They make a really nice iceman style guitar.
                        "So did you tongue punch her fart box or what?"

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          They make a really nice iceman style guitar.


                          It seems like Galveston makes a version of just about every style guitar, doesn't it?

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            I paid $125 for a 5 string Galveston bass. It was a kickass bass that had horribly loud pickups. No big deal. It was probably made by Chinese prison labor, but it rocked. If they were once made in the US, cool. I doubt any US made Galveston would ever be worth money, though. Just enjoy the ride, wherever it was made.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Nary a one made in USA.


                              Not made in USA, Just Galveston's.

                              Comment













                              Working...
                              X