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In late I decided that I had all the modern guitars I needed. There were a couple of vintage guitars I was interested in. The Voxs Vintage kent guitar amplifier out to be too expensive for me, especially the Mark IX, which was a 9-string beast meant to sound similar to a string. Those are very rare and priced out of my range. Then I remembered Kent Guitars.

I thought it would be pretty cool to have a guitar with my last name on it. Although they didn't appear on the U. Information is scattered around the internet in bits and pieces and nobody who was making them at the time is talking about it. So I have started gathering information, limiting myself to the ,, and series models.

The only ones I am interested in owning are the and s. I have aan,and I may never get the chance to buy another. This is a labor of love. While Vintage kent guitar amplifier strive for accuracy, Vintage kent guitar amplifier conclusions I arrive at are still only guesses based on internet resources and you know how reliable "internet resources" areand observations of my own guitars.

Undoubtedly there are errors Vintage kent guitar amplifier. Follow any recommendations, suggestions, or observations that I may Vintage kent guitar amplifier at your own risk.

If you follow any of my stupid suggestions and ruin your life, it's on you. The use of a glued-on logo is a good sign that the guitar could appear under another brand name if the manufacturer so desired. The series Kents had the name in metal script letters attached probably glued to the headstock.

The and series guitars were almost identical. The headstocks were somewhat shaped like those on Fender guitars. Most of those were low-end solid-body instruments. The Marathon guitar above is exactly the same as the four-pickup Kent Videocaster. There is a line of guitars custom made in the U. Some of the first Kents to have been imported into the U. Some sources, or maybe just one source quoted all over the net, states that they Vintage kent guitar amplifier have actually been Czech-made and sold by Hagstrom.

They had the Kent name on the headstock and sometimes the upper bout. They were similar to Fender Stratocasters. They also made some Strat-shaped basses. There are several photos on the net showing David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust days playing a red Hagstrom with Kent branding on the headstock. According to an article in Vintage Guitar Magazine, importation of Hagstrom-made Kents began in They are not.

I wonder if the sellers think they can get more for a guitar by associating the Kent name with it. Perhaps the fact that there are so many Kents floating around, the sellers wanted a more familiar name to hang on the Hagstrom. Later, aroundrebadged Guyatone and Teisco guitars appeared, both in the U.

That was the beginning of several years of Guyatone-made Kents. The Teiscos seemed to be part of the freshman-class only. After starting with an initial group of both Guyatone and Teisco guitars, the importer seemed to settle on Guyatone as a main supplier.

In the early s, Southland Musical Merchandise Corporation apparently acquired the Kent name and shifted manufacturing to Korea.

The font for the logo changed and emphasis was placed on lower prices with a higher profit margin at the expense of quality. I'm not watching those. They shared some of the hardware and necks of the series guitars but had symmetrical bodies and no tilted pickup. They appeared to be equiped with humbucking pickups. I'm not following those, but I'd love to have that T copy.

See the very end of the Varieties Vintage kent guitar amplifier for some photos. While I've narrowed it down to three, there's no way to know for sure which factory Vintage kent guitar amplifier them. That was when four young Brits made their initial impact and music has not been the same since. Later, as Japanese manufacturers proliferated and competition became hot and heavy, some of them began to copy the Fenders and Gibsons Vintage kent guitar amplifier the time.

As quality began to improve, some manufacturers again began issuing their own designs. Alex Lifeson of Rush got started with a Kent acoustic. Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth used a Kent Polaris I solid body with lots of duct tape on it and several Kent series guitars - a white and a Kitty jung asian fever string with 10 strings on it, shown at left.

Since the B and high-E strings on a string set are normally tuned to the same note, he left the duplicate strings off. He uses several alternate tunings with his guitars. They began by manufacturing pianos. In they began making guitars and in they acquired Teisco. Pianos remain the best-known Kawai musical instrument. Teisco produced guitars that were sold in the U. At various times Teisco guitars were made for and sold under the now well-known Ibanez name. They have developed somewhat of a cult following in the U.

Fujigen Gakki is a musical instrument maker located in Matsumoto, Japan. They began making violins and classical guitars in and electric guitars in Between the closing of the old factory and the opening of the new one, the only Fender guitars being made came from the Fujigen Gakki factory.

Other factories have been used to manufacture Fender guitars, some for the Japanese market only. Regardless, Fenders made in Japan are considered top-quality. Matsumoku was a wood furniture maker that got a contract to make sewing machine cabinets for Singer in Japan. They later became manufacturer of high-quality Japanese guitars and may have made some Kents.

The guitar market declined just about the time the sewing machine business collapsed and the factory closed down in In or 63 possibly as early as Guyatone guitars began arriving in the U. If you look around the internet you will see that they could be found under a variety of brand names and were sold in drug stores, department stores, even auto parts stores, as well as music stores.

They were made by Teisco and Guyatone. I haven't been able to get my hands on any of these early solidbodies so I don't know if "the Professional Group" guitars are actually worthy of the "professional" designation and slightly higher pricetag or if it was all about marketing.

The Polaris series of early solidbodies did not have adjustable trussrods in Vintage kent guitar amplifier neck, as Vintage kent guitar amplifier as I know.

Perhaps that's what sets the "Standard" series guitars apart from the "Professional". The Kent Las Vegas is almost identical to the Guyatone of Vintage kent guitar amplifier same period.

There were several similar, Vintage kent guitar amplifier noticiably different, body shapes in the series Kents. They all have the same size little stuck-on logos on the headstock. The and series Kents were not made by Guyatone. However, in the October, issue of Premier Guitar at least the online edition Frank Meyers, who runs the website Drowning in Guitars, says the Kent s were made by a small factory called Hayashi Mokko.

Frank is a true expert in vintage Japanese Guitars, Vintage kent guitar amplifier I am inclined to believe him. This is another important piece of the Kent Guitars story. If you have any interest in vintage Japanese guitars, I strongly advise you to visit Drowning in Guitars and check out his articles in Premier Guitar. The primary means of identifying the model number of Kent guitars is via a label on Beautiful naked round ass back of the headstock.

Through the years many of those labels have fallen off or been peeled off. They do not add anything to the appearance of the guitar. The and guitars had a round foil sticker with the model number and sometimes serial number pressed into it, kind of like Dymo tape Vintage kent guitar amplifier. The look a lot nicer than the white paper one used on earlier models, but they still can fall off over the years, and they are harder to read.

My interests are in the Kents with the script logo on the headstock, body, and pickups. The headstock is Gibson-ish with tuners on both sides. The pickup nearest the neck is tilted, regardless of how many pickups are on the guitar. One model, the has four pickups with switches, volume and tone knobs for each. However, I have seen some youtube video where a sounds pretty good in live performance. A lot of the sound comes from a proper setup and the hands of a skilled player.

Regardless, the is one funky-looking guitar. The series models were solid-body instruments while the series models were hollow bodied. This is a small enough product range to make a nice little collection and the guitars are made well enough to be used.

Many of the early Japanese guitars were cheap and simply unplayable right out of the box. I know I had one. However interest in them seems to be rising and thus, prices are following along.


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