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05-05-2013 07:56 AM
They were among the first guitars I had along with Vox and Kay. You bought these things as Sears, JC Penny, JM Fields and the like. I have a soft spot for them, but you really have to like them, I don't think anyone of the US shipped ones will ever be valuable, unless you wait a long time, like Planet of the Apes long time.
Two biggest problems I have had is that most did not have a compensating bridge, though a very few did, but that is no biggie to replace. The other problem could take a higher tech skil. Some of there necks had no truss bar so if those are badly warped neck is pretty much toast. Mine had a truss but necks were utterly round in the back, like a baseball bat.Necks like that will cramp and exhaust your hand, but if you are okay will pulling the necks off flattening the back down some and re finishing the wood it will help alot.I build both complete modern instruments as well as medieval ones, so its soemting I have done, but like I said you have to like them. Still if you get any guitar for like 20 bucks there is a way to turn it enough to get more than you put in, at least material wise. Just what I think though.
05-05-2013 01:15 PM
Since this thread is over three years old, I don't know if anyone still cares.
05-05-2013 02:33 PM
I do, because it is utter silliness to say that some can't be made into very decent players.
One had had a lot of work done (see the red pic, below) Neck shave, pocket-work, and a serious setup. It was a damned-near shreddable guitar.. the action was very low...so low my heavy-rhythm work would get some fret-rattle. The pickups had that 60's/garage-sound and with a nut-lift it became a great slide guitar. I sold it because I didn't need two great slide guitars.
The other one still hangs out here, and it's a very close sonic cousin to a Tele. Plus it has that gawdawful Yellow finish that makes me think of 80's Teles and Strats. Anyway, it is good for basic rhythm work, plus slow sinewy leads. No need to exceed the speed limit. And the neck is one of those baseballbat profiles, but that's not all bad...it's kinda like the electric equivlent to my old Harmony Sovereign's neck. There's nothing wrong with a thick neck, if you're player enough to master one. Different strokes, I guess.
05-05-2013 03:18 PM - edited 05-05-2013 03:21 PM
My first electric guitar back in the early 90's was something similar - an 'Audition'. I found it in my Gran's loft, apparently my uncle bought it from Woolworths back in the 70s and never learned to play it. It was a free electric guitar and I was too young to know or care about 'tone' and 'playability'. The pickup worked when I plugged it into an amp (or the karaoke mic input on my uncle's stereo). The volume knob made it louder or quieter depending on which way I turned it. The tone knob made it sound more muffled when I turned it all the way down. If I pushed down on the thing at the bottom that looks like a hole punch it made that WURR-WURR sound that Guns N Roses did occasionally. The tuners tuned or detuned the strings and there was even a couple of thumbwheels to adjust the height of the bridge.
I'd probably pay £20 or so for sentimental reasons, maybe upgrade a few parts to make it playable. Fun to play around with but it's certainly not going to replace your favourite Strat/Les Paul/Ibanez/whatever. Unless you're a hipster.
This one isn't mine BTW, just the closest photo I could find. After a couple of tuners broke off I "converted" mine into a "bass". Then the pickup broke. A couple of years later I got stoned and decided it would be a FANTASTIC idea to cut the body into the shape of a cannabis leaf and rename it the Spliffocaster...
If only I'd kept it! It could be worth almost £20 by now!!
05-05-2013 10:22 PM
My first electric guitar back in the early 90's was something similar - an 'Audition'. I found it in my Gran's loft, apparently my uncle bought it from Woolworths back in the 70s and never learned to play it. . . .
. . . If only I'd kept it! It could be worth almost £20 by now!!
Audition was a Woolworth's house brand. The one in my home town in Illinois had an Audition classical that I was tempted to buy. And I suspect your figure of £20 is probably about right.
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