El Degas F220 Dreadnaught - 1970’s Made in Japan 🇯🇵!! - Powerful Guitar with Gorgeous Woods! - Plays Perfect!! -

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This is the greatest guitar that no one’s ever heard of! Beautiful high quality dreadnaught from the golden age of Japanese guitar production!

I’ve seen some El Degas guitars before over the years, they’re kind of a deep cut but the high end ones like this one are as good as any mid 70’s Japanese Alvarez Yairi that I’ve ever played. As an instrument, this guitar is just about anything that I could ask for from a guitar. Heavily built like an old Guild or a 70’s Martin, it has huge tone and big volume. It’s the 70’s Toyota Land Cruiser of Guitars. Big, beautiful, and seemingly indestructible. Neck is straight as an arrow, frets are in great shape with tons of life left, action is low and comfortable, and there’s HUGE room left on the saddle for it to come down as the guitar ages. I think this guitar was kept without string tension for it’s entire life, I don’t think it will ever need a neck reset for the remainder of humanity. Room on the saddle is like sand in the hourglass of guitars, and this one was just turned over when I set it up and got it playing just now. What I’m saying is that this is like when you buy a 40 year old car from your friend’s grandma that somehow has 20 thousand miles on it from her only ever driving to her water aerobics class that was 4 blocks away. It’s a new-old guitar in a lot of ways.

The woods on the back and sides are insane! Look how beautiful those are, they’re totally stunning. I swear that’s Brazilian Rosewood! They’re most likely laminated, but that really does fit all the characteristics of Brazilian Rosewood. Solid Brazilian Rosewood has a high tendency to crack, this has been spared from any cracks because of the strength of the lamination. Say what you will about the solid vs. laminated argument, but there’s tons of advantages to a laminated guitar especially when it comes to Brazilian rosewood. I’ve had a lot of solid Brazilian rosewood guitars over the years and they definitely crack, it’s just something they do, but this one hasn’t. It’s a great guitar through and through, this could be a “one guitar that does everything” guitar. It’s a great songwriter, would record great in the studio, and it’s rugged enough to be a reliable nightly performer for 4 six hour sets a week (when that can happen again).

The one flaw of this guitar is that It had a shipping accident at some point, it was dropped on it’s strap end pin, but it’s been nicely repaired. There’s solid tone on the area it was repaired when you tap on it like you would the guitar’s top. The top, back, and sides all sound like a Cajon when you tap on them, that’s something I look for in a good acoustic guitar. The sides should crack like a snare and the top and back should have bass like a kick drum. If those have good tone like that the guitar will sound really good when strummed, that’s where it all starts.

Great guitar from a great time in Japanese guitar making history!

and they were produced when Japan was at the peak of their quality

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Product Specs

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