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  1. Do yourself a favor and pick up a Squier Bullet Mustang (there's a brand new surf green one on ebay for $129) They are better guitars by a mile.
  2. Looks like a great start for your project. That body looks like it will be easy to strip and get ready to a finish. If cost is a consideration, GFS sells surface mount pickups also, the NYII (single coils) and NYIII (humbuckers). Their Filtertron clones look like a drop-in fit also. What finish do you have in mind for the body?
  3. That explains it! lol No, I love Gibson guitars. Everyone likes to rip on them but despite their faults (actual or perceived), they have something all the others lack. You pick one up and plug it in and immediately think "Wow, I get it now". My LP, 335 and 137 are my second most prized (I consider them equals) guitars. My Gretsch Country Classic though, will always remain on the throne!
  4. I am surprised at the lack of adhesion between the finish and the wood on that MIJ. I don't even see a trace of Fullerplast (white) primer unless it just peeled off too. It looks more like powdercoat than paint. Those Fenders have some thick finish on them. If you send that one back, I'll bet you can buy a brand new Vintera in OTM with matching headstock for the same money.
  5. Seriously, who buys stuff that looks like that? Did you get it for half the going price? There are too many nice guitars out there to settle for one that is coming apart at the seams figuratively and literally.
  6. Your Ventura appears to be a later, more contemporary design than the ones I owned which were late '60's manufacture. I would expect your neck and playability would be more in line with what we have become accustomed to in a modern guitar. The Maxon pickups were a better quality than many of the early Japanese pickups. The better Japanese guitars of the era used them.
  7. I went through a phase where I bought a couple guitars from that era. I picked up a Conrad, a Domino Dawson and a Granada. They were all in mint condition. I set them up and got good playable action and replaced the roller bridges with modern tune-o-matics which really made a big difference in the way they sounded. I put the original bridges back on for the pics when I sold them. I just didn't play them because they had really narrow (broom handle) necks that crowded the strings together and they didn't sound all that great with the original pickups. My modern hollow and semi-hollows just play
  8. Nice guitar. I have a Guild Bluesbird like that. I think it looks much nicer than the overdone yellow. Kind of makes you wonder about Epiphone's QC though. How do they let a guitar with the wrong finish slip through the cracks?
  9. Also, Ibanez guitars of that era were made exclusively by Hoshino Gakki based in Nagoya Japan. Hoshino Gakki owns Ibanez and did not manufacture guitars for other companies or under other brands. Maxon branded pickups were used in lots of Japanese guitars including Greco and Elektra.
  10. Matsumoku-made guitars: Exclusive (Made only by Matsumoku): Arai, Aria, Aria Diamond, Electra, Stewart, Tempo, Ventura, Westbury Contract Manufacturing (Made by Matsomoku and also by others) for: Columbus, Conrad, Domino, Epiphone, Greco, GUYATONE, Ibanez, Washburn (Wing-and Stage-series), Westone, Yamaha ... As an example, Conrad guitars were made by both Matsumoku and Kasuga depending on the model. Sales Brands (Made and sold by Matsumoku): Arita, Barclay, Cimar, Custom, Dia, El Maya, Fell, Gallan, Gigan, Hi.Lo, Howard, Lindberg, Lyle, Luxor, Maxitone, Maya, Mayfair, Montclai
  11. Sorry, I just got out of the shower while playing through my tube amp. Did I miss anything?
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