Based on the evidence of the logo on the 1968 amplifier, we suspect Univox guitars with the plastic logo debuted at about the same time. They had many different models — most popular of which is the Hi-Flyer — but also included an array of Les Paul copies, Hagstrom, Fender and others. It can be a Beatle bass copy or a Univox semi-hollow. The bright spots are reflections of the overhead lights. Can someone help me out here? Clear, warm and articulate, there's good reason why these are some of the most popular vintage Japanese pickups! The head was a strange, long thing with a concave scoop on top, and the plastic logo.
After some meandering, the Folk Revival picked up at the end of the decade, creating a growing market for acoustic guitars. Anyway, if you click around on the above link you'll find an interesting history of Univox. Neck and string height adjusted, fingerboard, frets and body cleaned. She's set up with new string and ready to jam, record, or whatever else. German makers were paced by Framus, which was imported by Philadelphia Music Company, located in suburban Limerick, Pennsylvania. The Effie was also joined by the Coily U1825 guitar and U1835 bass.
And you can bend and add vibrato by pressing on the body repeatedly and this guitar will keep its tune! This 1974 Univox was a Made in Japan copy of the Rickenbacker 4001 Bass. The cabinet was covered in charcoal-flecked tolex with white beading, with a grey grillcloth. In 1978 Unicord stoped making the Univox line of guitars and equipment. Martin eventually purchased the Levin factory and got the Goya brand name, which it uses to this day, but not on guitars made by Levin. All had spruce tops presumably plywood , mahogany bodies and necks, rosewood fingerboards and dot inlays. One of the best semi-hollow body instruments I've played. It was stolen in 1981, someday I hope to find another.
Plays great and even sounds awesome acoustically. At 1:01 minutes you can see the headstock inlay but no name. The guitar has been inspected by a guitar tech and is in perfect working order. The separation between Briefel and Unicord must not have been entirely unamicable, probably more a matter of direction than anything else. These had black tolex-covered cabinets with vinyl handles, black grillcloths surrounded by white beading, and, on some, corner protectors. Looks like the one in the first post but mine has an adjustable bridge no trap on mine natural spruce top with sunburst back and sides.
Could you give me a off the top value , has Japan written on the back of the neck plate written on it. Power on and separate standby switches. The Hi Flyer was a thin-bodied reverse Strat-type with a German carve around the top, almost always seen in sunburst. The grille had two large round cutouts with two small round cutouts on the sides. What you have there is a Univox Grand Auditorium Western Style acoustic. But by the end of the decade, the collapse of the fad left them holding the squeeze-box, as it were.
The cabinet was covered in two-tone leatherette. Up for sale is vintage Univox Ripper guitar. It has a 0 fret, 335 Gibson design, Brisby bridge, bolt on neck, roller brisge, well bound, red with cream trim, the truss is adjusted at the heel, rosewood fret board, inlay on first fret. On the left, a nearly perfect 1972 Mosrite Ventures Model. But I'm recording a new album and need cash.
Unicord was trying to phase out the Univox name in favor of Stage. This guitar is pretty cool because a it has a wicked flame fiish and b it has an individual slider volume for each pickup. The cabinet grille had eight round cutouts. New pots, switches, bridge, etc and a few days locked in a room. Either just before or just after the Gulf + Western purchase of Unicord, Unicord was merged with Merson. I think these are the coolest of the Univox models aside from maybe the Hi-fliers.
Comes with hardshell case for safe. I remember really liking them, so someday I'll put them into a project. Why are they not opened minded and sadly missed informed? The relationship with Korg was probably what prompted the acquisition. The guitar is set-up to shred, and the neck profile is thin and comfy. Those 60s Japanese guitars, really, were pretty junky.