LADO Condor 1 1981 Crimson Red Burst. Very Rare. Only 100 made. Handmade. High Quality. Superb Play

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"The Rooster"

#57 OF ONLY 100.



My comments:

“Esoteric” is a well-used adjective by those who have seen my collection of vintage and custom guitars, amps, etc. Given the strangeness and oddity of most of these same folks I also hear words like: abstruse, obscure, arcane, recherché, rarefied, recondite, abstract; enigmatic, inscrutable, cryptic, Delphic; complex, complicated, incomprehensible, opaque, impenetrable, mysterious and others. I am proud to hear those words because my goal from the beginning was to “create a collection of collections” (meta-collection?) that would include guitars that were sorted, not only, by brand, age, model etc. but also by character of appearance, sound, construction etc. Lado guitars therefore bounce all over the different “collections” in my “collection”.

Except this LADO CONDOR 1.

It has its own collection that carries different names depending on the “reaction” of the viewer to its appearance.

I will say, that despite it’s obvious allusionary appearance, it is a morally good guitar.

Most days I consider this guitar to be a “work of art”. It gives the impression of being created rather than built. Flowing lines, unusual turns and twists, et al make this guitar at home in an art museum as much as in an online store or in your home or on stage.

Alternatively, those who have seen it, and even played it, call it “the coolest looking guitar” they have ever seen or “the ugliest guitar on the planet”-no in-betweens.


Model: CONDOR "1"

SN: CONDOR-1-057


Brazilian Rosewood Fretboard.

Neck is laminated.

Tuners are chrome Schallers.

Three (3) pickups: Two Dimarizio's and one Single Coil.

Fixed bridge.

21 Frets.

3 Knobs (V, V, T)

4 Switches (pup selector)


GOOD CONDITION EXCEPT: Neck crack-NOT BREAK-only a mild crack at top of back of neck near Nut. Has been professionally repaired and does not affect the sound and playing of this guitar in any way. Will not break again.


Comes with Case (not sure if it is original)




Lado Musical Inc. is the official company name of what is otherwise known as Lado Guitars or J.K. Lado & Co. (as seen on early-model headstocks), owned and operated by  - more commonly known as  - in , (Wiki)


Another great brand of HANDMADE guitars on my list of most undervalued "vintage custom" guitars.


My current collection of guitars and amplifiers now totals over 1500+ pieces. Within that collection are several brands of guitars that I consider to be unfairly ignored and undervalued as collectible instruments. J. K. LADO (Guitars and Basses) is in my top 5 of my list of these brands. They are absolutely superb instruments well-crafted with the best of materials (including superb Canadian woods) by a true artisan, Joe Kovacic.


Joe builds some of the most beautiful wood guitars I have seen. Of course, I am partial to those luthiers who are wood craftsman as well as guitar builders, e.g., Alembic, Veillette Citron, etc. And I really like through body neck guitars because they produce those strong sustains that keep going even after you put the guitar down and leave the room.


I especially like Joe's basses.   A good friend, who is a great session bassist on the west coast, first introduced them to me. He calls them "Thunder Thumpers". Once I bought my first one and plugged it into one of my Ampeg B15n's, I got it. It sounds like you need four guitars to play along with you-two to do the lead parts and two more for the rhythm just because this bass is just so strong, loud, and sustaining that you need these other guys to keep up with you. And throw in a couple of drummers as well-heavily mic'd.


And the guitars are not only stylish but great players as well with super tones.


Joe does an incredible job of completing his guitars. What I mean by that is that all of the details are finished before a guitars leaves his shop. And his woods are not only incredible but his finishes on the woods are also impeccable. And he uses quality parts for the hardware and the electronics.


I believe that Lado guitars, as well as those other incredible guitars built by Standel (Koontz), Veillette Citron, and others will soon attain the status of "collector guitars" and their increased value will be reflected in higher prices that they rightly deserve. The creation of the "collectible" guitar market initially came as the result of "word of mouth", magazine columns, and a lot of hype. The internet has now helped to bring needed attention to those luthiers who created guitars instead of just assembling or building them. Many of these luthiers must be considered as gifted artists and should be equally honored for their artistic skills as well as their resulting products. In a "new" open world that honestly recognizes the inherent value of a handmade guitar as a piece of "performance art", i.e., it plays as good as it looks so every time it is played, it becomes a single piece art show as well.




More about Joe and LADO From online (Wiki):

Joseph  was born in  in 1945. After serving in the , he began training as a  at the Zagreb School of Guitar Making in , Croatia, followed by two years additional training at Crossman Guitar Works in , .

Joe immigrated to Canada from Croatia in 1968 and began working for Turner Musical Instruments, a division of  for two years, followed by a job with  as an inspector for one year.

In 1971, having reached a workable level of English, Joe began his own business called Joe's Strings from a basement shop on Gerrard Street, in

In 1973, he formed Lado Musical Inc. and opened a retail shop on Kingston Road, in Toronto. In addition to building Lado Guitars, Lado had an exclusive repair contract with  for all of Canada.

Around 1976, the demand for Lado Guitars had grown so much that he moved to a bigger facility in Scarborough, ON.

The 1981 Lado catalogue shows Lado Guitars to have moved again to a new facility - this time located on R.R. #1 in , with a photographed staff of 13 employees.

In 1987, Lado built a 14’ 3” tall, 309 lb “Earth” model guitar, deemed “largest built and presumably the loudest playable electric guitar” by the . The record was held from 1987-1991.

The 1988 Lado catalogue shows Lado Guitars to have moved from the Uxbridge factory to a new one on Warden Avenue, in .

In 2003, Joe started the Lado School of . This was a way to slow down his pace as he was reaching retirement, and also to pass on his unique craftsmanship and trade secrets to a younger generation of luthiers.

Today, Lado Musical Inc. is located in .

The story behind the "Lado" name

As his major final assignment as a lutherie student, he built a  which, upon completion, he gifted to the famous Croatian professional folk dance group called "", named after a  word often used as a refrain in ceremonial songs of Croatia, and is a synonym for words meaning "good", "love", and "dear".

In return for their beautiful handcrafted double bass, the Lado group told Joe that he had their blessing to use the Lado name for his instruments.

Traits of a Lado instrument

Most Lado instruments share some unique characteristics that have defined the company with their unique craftsmanship and styling.

§ The Lado headstock has always shown the image of a falcon along with the name of the company. It is not to be confused with an eagle or a hawk.

§ Necks are always made of multiple laminates of hardwood, rather than one solid block. Three-piece necks are most common.

§ Most of the classic Lado instruments are "neck-through-body" designs.

§ The back of the headstock bears a serial number with the model name, or a short-code for the model (such as "SF-1" for a Superfalcon guitar), as well as "CDN" or "CND" to designate the instrument as being Canadian-made.

]Lado instrument models

Electric guitars

1981 Catalogue

§ Standard I guitar model;

§ Solo I guitar model;

§ Solo III guitar model;

§ Solo Doubleneck (6+12);

§ Condor guitar model -

§ Falcon (F-1) guitar model;

§ Superfalcon (SF-1) guitar model;

§ Zebra (Z-1) guitar model;

§ Zebra Doubleneck (6+12);

§ Flying V (FV 200 Series)

1988 Catalogue (new models)

§ Supra I guitar model;  shape. 1 humbucker.

§ Supra III guitar model - Superstrat shape. 3 single coils.

§ Classic series - Superstrat guitars of numerous variations. The "Rocker", and "Golden Wing" are part of this series;

2003 Catalogue (new models)

§ Earth model - a radical take on the classic  shape, popularized by 's ;

§ Elite model - reminiscent of the  shape;

§ JK Custom G-32 model - a -styled shape with a semi-hollow body.;

§ Vintage TL series - reminiscent of the  shape;

§ Vintage ST series - reminiscent of the  shape;

Other Models

§ Hawk guitar model;

§ Seagull model - possibly a one-off custom - copy of the  Seagull;

§ Devil model;

§ R-1 guitar model;

Electric bass guitars

1981 Catalogue

§ Standard II bass model - bass version of the Standard I guitar

§ Signature model;

§ Legend model;



Guitar is in GOOD COSMETIC CONDITION and in Excellent operating condition. There are finish blemishes, small dents, dings, scratches etc. coming from “curious handling”. Look at photos to see more of these finish marks, especially on the headstock front, on the lower bout sides (edges) and on the corners. The headstock has a “crack pattern” on it that came from a surface crack that has been professionally repaired.


Understanding the normal hesitation of buying a guitar without first playing it, I want to make sure these guitars make you happy. To accomplish that, I want you to try them for 72 hours (three days). Play them, hold them, walk around with them on your back, sleep with then-whatever it takes for you to make sure these are the ones for you. During that time, you can return them for a full refund of your payment price (but of course they need to be treated well while you have them, as I expect you will) less shipping cost and you must pay the cost to ship it back to us.

If one arrives damaged, please let me know immediately by email. Be sure to hold onto all packing material and the box. I will contact the shipper for an inspection. Remember that this can take up to a couple of weeks but I will rush it along.

Minor problems. If there is a problem with one of the guitars when it arrives, e.g., loose wires etc. then I will work with you to get it repaired by someone in your area.



B. Shipping Policy: I will ship to the continental USA ONLY.

C. Return Policy: (applies to both pieces as a single lot).

1. Returnable within 3 days of delivery. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs.

2. Returns of undamaged and unmodified instruments may allowed, with permission of Seller, for a period of up to 14 days following delivering but will be subject to a 20% restocking fee. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs.

D. Refunds: Buyer receives a full refund in their original payment method less any shipping charges and restocking fees if appropriate.

E. The guarantee:

1. The guitar is in the cosmetic condition as described in this ad. Used guitars will all have signs of use to include dings, dents, scratches, smudges, etc.

2, The guitar is in fully operational condition.

3. Buyer has 72 hrs. to inspect the guitar or have it inspected. Any defects, damage, misrepresentations or other problems must be reported within that time period in writing to the Seller.

4. In the case of damage during shipment, Buyer shall immediately inform seller of such damage and will maintain all original packing materials and box for inspection by the transportation company.

5. If other problems are discovered, Seller will either arrange for repair etc. at a location near the Buyer or request that the Buyer return the guitar to the Seller. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs.

Seller will correct indicated problems and ship the guitar back to the Buyer within 7-10 days of receiving it.

6. Refund Procedure.

a. In the event that the guitar cannot be repaired or replaced with a similar item from Seller’s inventory, the Seller will provide a full refund in their original payment method less any shipping charges and restocking fees if appropriate.

b. During this 72-hour evaluation period, the Buyer may return the guitar for any reason by notifying Seller and receiving a Return Authorization number. Guitar must be in the same condition as received by the Buyer. Buyer pays cost of shipping guitar back to Seller.

c. Returns may be allowed, with permission of Seller and issuance of RA#, after the 72 hour evaluation period for up to 14 days total but a standard 20% Restocking Fee will be charged for the return. Guitar must be in the same condition as received by the Buyer. Buyer pays cost of shipping guitar back to Seller.

NOTE: I want each Buyer of a guitar from my collection to be pleased and happy with his/her purchase so let me know immediately of any problems with your purchase so that we can work it out. Thanks.

Thank you for looking at this incredible VINTAGE guitar from my collection.


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Listed5 years ago
ConditionGood (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
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