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By the early 1960s, Matsumoku had acquired new mills, lathes and specialized presses and began to increase musical instrument production.
Combined with its staff of skilled craftsmen, Matsumoku was able to realize the mass production of high quality guitars.
For most North American kids, including myself, their first guitar was an EKO or some Japanese import. these were all too expensive for our parents to buy for us.
Hence, the foreign guitar manufacturers gave us what we wanted. Here I’ve highlights a few of my 60’s guitars, but it only scratches the surface. ” It took me a while, but now I see his point of view.
However, because it mainly manufactured guitars under contract, the role of Matsumoku was largely unknown outside of Japan’s guitar making circles until its name began appearing on neck bolt plates, headstocks, and sound hole labels in the late 1970s.
By the early 1970s, Matsumoku had begun using CNC (computer numerical controlled) mills, routers, and lathes, one of the first guitar makers to do so.The Spartan pickguard was autographed by Edwyn Collins.Below: If your first electric guitar was in the 1960’s, there is a good chance it was a Teisco. The Teisco Del Ray was perhaps the most popular student guitar from the 1960’s. It was recently re-issued through the Eastwood Custom Shop. Hagstrom made some wonderful guitars with exceptionally fast necks.I found the one next to it on EBAY – in a severe state of dsrepair – for 0. Below: One last entry level Norma, then a totally cool EKO Florentine. It is a semi-hollow that looks like a cross between an SG and a 335. The funniest review I have ever read on Harmony central was about a Hi-Lo guitar. REALLY well made, big and heavy (the picture scale looks small but this is bigger than a Fender Precision). Eastwood has been making some excellent re-issue versions of this in fretless EUB-1 and fretted EEB-1 versions.Next to that is a nice Silvertone Mosrite with slider controls. Then two sweet GOYA Rangemasters and a wacky Galanti. Next is one of my current favorites, a 6-string Espana Viola shaped guitar. This guitar was also made at the VOX factory, and shares all the same parts and finish ast the 335 style Espana pictured way up above. Next, a MINT 60’s Airline Barney Kessel featuring the very cool “Kleenex Box” pickups, another current Custom Shop Reissue. This is exactly the same as the Univox, but was imported to Canada under the brand Raven.Companies that had been manufacturing Accordions for 20 years, retooled for electric guitars.