1970's Matsumoku (Greco) TE-350 Telecaster MIJ Japan w/Gigbag
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From the early 1970's, this guitar could have had a life as a Greco, Aria Pro II or any of the other brands slapping their name on these Matsumoku made guitars. It chose the life of mystery though, avoiding a headstock logo altogether. Possibly used as a sample for companies to see the quality? Who knows! There are a few other documented guitars with no logo out in the wild, but they're few and far between.
With the poor quality coming out of the Fender factory in the 1970's, buying a Japanese guitar from this period can be a much better choice. The Japanese factories were producing high quality instruments throughout the 1970's, whereas the cost-cutting measures that CBS had implemented on Fender had a huge impact on the quality and consistency of their instruments. If you're after a vintage Fender-style guitar from the 1970's then you'll save money and gain quality in buying a Japanese guitar like this!
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A merge of old and new. CTS pots, Sprague tone capacitor and a new neck pickup (although it's fixed to the body and not the pick guard) combined with an otherwise mostly original guitar. Has that thick baseball bat neck that these are known for and feels great. Frets on the lower side but seemingly doesn't bend out or have any buzz. It's a well used vintage guitar, but it plays nicely as is!