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Vintage Japanese-Built, American Jewel Electric Guitar in Cherry Burst

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Nathaniel Adams
St Charles, MO, United States
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For sale is a 3/4th scale, Japanese-built beginner electric guitar from the 1960s. 

This specific guitar was also sold under the brand names of "Ralston" and "Fuji" but I am unsure of who the distributor was in the United States. 

It has 6-in-a-line tuners and a Stratocaster style headstock with a unique string tree that has felt underneath. The neck is actually a slab of rosewood with thin, vintage style frets and large pearloid fret markers. It has a truss rod that does not work due to a design flaw in its where the nut pushes up against soft wood which crumbles and therefore the rod won't ever tighten. The body is plywood and came off the same line as the two pickup model as evidenced by the body routs. It has a cheap, Telecaster style bridge with a metal cover as well. 

The pickguard is metal and about as thick as a standard Stratocaster pickguard. It has two 95k pots from an unknown maker. They are not anything fantastic and the volume pot has some shorting spots but they do pass sound. There also is a "Ruby" green ceramic capacitor labelled 0.03. 

The "turn signal" pickup, as its called, is an unpotted single coil that comes in right at 4.4k and is stamped "Made in Japan" on the bottom. These electronics are also found on Kawai guitars so it has potential as being used to replace your vintage project. I only resoldered the white wire back to the pickup as it had fallen loose. The pickup measures just under 3 and 1/4th inches long and 3/4ths inch thick and the mounting screws are about 3 and 11/16ths apart.

Personally I think taking the pickup out and mounting it in a better vintage guitar or even making an acoustic mount for it would be a great investment in tone. 

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Listed3 years ago
ConditionGood (Used)
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