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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 06:39 PM

11. It'd probably be worth more without the atrocious paintjob.

A light fisking:

the double-cutaway “lightweight and relatively balanced” guitar

"Relatively" is the key word here. If you bung a pound weight on the tailpiece, it'll hang straight.

was made in 1961 by Decca


Instruments previously produced in Japan during the 1960s.

The Decca trademark is a brand name used by U.S. importers Decca Records. Used electric solidbody models are typically found priced between $100 and $200.


IOW, they were cheap imported guitars mass-produced by Teisco before Japan got good at this stuff, available from the likes of Sears Roebuck by mail order, suitable for beginners who didn't live near a music store and had nobody to give them better advice, sold by a company trying to cash in on the Decca record label brand.

with a tobacco sunburst finish,

Once upon a time it had a tobacco sunburst finish. Those days are now firmly behind it, unless you like looking at its unmarred back.

maple neck and rosewood fingerboard

We won't mention the body wood because youdonwannaknow.

It has one pickup that is described as “age-appropriate” and gives off a “rockabilly tone,"

It was a cheap and nasty pickup even when new, and age hasn't been at all kind to it.

with knobs for volume and tone control

If you get fed up trying to get guitar sounds out of it, you can use it to scratch, yo.

there’s some wear on the 20 frets, they are considered to still be in excellent condition

It's a beater.

The electronics are functioning

If you plug it into an amp, it makes a noise.

but the guitar needs to be set up

The action is an inch high at the 12th fret. It has to be, otherwise it buzzes like a sitar.

If you're going to buy it, plan on hanging it on your wall. Describing it as "a guitar" is like describing a decorative cheese slicer as "a harp."

But hey, it's for a good cause.

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