One of more recognizable vintage MIJ music brands, Univox distributed guitars, basses, effects, amps and keyboards produced by various Japanese factories throughout the '60s and '70s. While many of their products were clear copies of mainstream American guitars, the brand also churned out plenty of original concepts and designs. Perhaps the most famous Univox instruments are the Hi-Flier series of guitars and basses which were produced at the famed Matsumoku factory starting in 1968. These Mosrite-esque instruments were made famous by Kurt Cobain, and have achieved something of a cult following in recent years. The brand name was acquired by Korg in the '80s and eventually phased out, though you can still find all manner of used Univox gear here on Reverb.

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