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FDP Forum / All Other Fender Guitars and Instruments / unknown vintage guitar found in italy, next to the garbage



Jun 16th, 2014 11:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

hi i'm eros from italy, next to the garbage in my town i found this guitar:


Does anyone know anything about it?
it is valuable?
thanks to anyone can help.
guitar frame picture:


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Howl like a wolf

And a witch will open the door
Jun 28th, 2014 01:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's not a Fender guitar.

Looks like one of the 60s/70s Far Eastern junkers.

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Crows as big

as airplanes
Jun 28th, 2014 06:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's a Kingston or a Teisco. Maybe even a Norma.

They were bottom-of-the-barrel guitars back in the 60s and 70s. Little more than poorly-designed canoe paddles with frets and some wires and hardware installed. They often had brass frets, and they wore out fast.

Today they're not worth much, unless it's in pristine condition and a collector needs That One to round out his wacky guitar arsenal.

These guitars were usually made in Japan under contract to a distributor in the West. That's why there appear to be identical models with different brand names from this time period.

Some players like David Lindley have made careers using horrific beasts such as yours. Other players like Ry Cooder steal the Lo-Fi pickups out of them and install them into more reliable (Strat/Tele/etc.) platforms.

Most of these guitars do make a tone that is totally usable, but they need lots of TLC and they are generally one-trick ponies.

Here's a Kingston. See the similarities?

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RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Aug 20th, 2014 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Now that looks like something Ace Frehley could sink his teeth into!



Jul 27th, 2016 12:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

It could be a Norma. They were widely used in the 60's

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The floor is getting farther away...
Sep 26th, 2016 09:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I would string it and make it a piece of cool wall art.

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