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PostPosted: Mon 09 Jun 2014 10:53 AM 
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recently i came across a pair of Ventura hollow body electrics at a nearby swap shop and i am quite tempted to bring home at least one of them.

anybody know if they are made by Matsumoku or who may have produced them?

they give a "serial number" as 7891, not sure what that number actually indicates, probably from a label inside


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PostPosted: Mon 09 Jun 2014 03:29 PM 
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Hi Mike.
If you do a search here you find a few references to "Ventura", some of which are 335'sh Gretsch'sh looking thingys. Is this what yer lusting after?
They look like they should be an OK guitar. I think the consensus is that they are Mats made? :unsure:

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PostPosted: Mon 09 Jun 2014 03:44 PM 
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yeah, i checked a few of those older threads. these are not the "gretchy style"

i grabbed a pic of the guitars in question…
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PostPosted: Mon 09 Jun 2014 06:46 PM 
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Probably Matt made. Check to see if the neck pocket is sound. These sometimes need shims as the design is week in the area.


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PostPosted: Mon 09 Jun 2014 07:39 PM 
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Ooooh, I can see why you're interested.
If the neck pocket turns out to be a weak spot though, you could be looking at possibly laying in a centre support, à la ES-335.
Hope that isn't needed.

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PostPosted: Thu 12 Jun 2014 11:48 AM 
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these were both set neck guitars.
i went to have a look in person the other day and the one i wanted was sold already (the hard-tail with all original parts)

the other one had many non-original parts
i noticed a good amount of chipping in the finish around the neck join, so it may need some real work done on it.

still played nicely. it had a rather large chunky neck.
there was no label to be found on the one i looked at
with the full finish on the back of the neck i could not tell if it had the commonly found 3-piece neck of earlier Matsumoku productions
and with so many changed parts, it was hard to say who was the manufacturer originally

not a bad guitar for $349 they are asking
the replacement part are worth nearly that much; new bigsby, locking tuners, switch and trim ring, pickups and rings, knobs and i'd guess the electronics too...


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