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Skylark Specs and Info
Catalog Images Courtesy of Justin Atwood (Scanned in from the actual User's Manual)
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It's not too often you will see a Skylark, but chances are if you are into the Matsumoku built guitars, you'd recognize it immediately! The entire run of all three models were originally contracted by one of the large mail order music supply houses (I am told it was Music Emporium), but for some reason the deal fell thru and from what I gather were put up on the auction block after they hit the US. The buyer for JC Penny bought the entire lot sight unseen. It's not clear why JC Penney did not continue the line, but as fate would have it that run was the first, last, and only of the elusive Skylarks.

It would seem there has been a lot of silliness on eBay over these guitars. Let me make something perfectly clear. THIS IS NOT A $700 OR $800+ GUITAR! That is just pure silliness. Yes, they are fine guitars and equal to the Aria Pro II and Vantage of the period. To go much over $500 for the top model 2588 in excellent condition seems excessive. Sure, there was only one run, but it's not like it's a Gibson Moderne or 50's Strat. It's just a nice guitar that never took off.

Although the images are only in greyscale as is the User's Manual, there should be enough definition there to identify the model you have. There was apparently only one finish available for each "lot" or model, and from what I have seen this holds true. Thanks again to Justin Atwood for the info on the Skylark!

Note: I still need decent pics of the 2612. Can you help?
Peek at the other pics to get some idea of what I am in need of.

Lot (model) Lineup

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Model Specifications

 
Lot No. 857-2612
Lot No. 857-2596
Lot No. 857-2588
Body
Ash
Ash, Maple Center with Walnut Stripe
Ash, Maple Center with Walnut Stripe
Neck
Maple 3-Piece Bolt on
Maple/Walnut 5-Piece
Set Neck
Maple/Walnut 5-Piece
Through Neck
Machine Heads
Covered CC-12
Rotomatic GR-96
Rotomatic CR-88
Scale/Frets
24-3/4", 22 Fret
25-1/2", 22 Fret
25-1/2", 24 Fret
Fingerboard
Rosewood
Rosewood
Rosewood
Pickups
Standard Humbucking
SH-12
Deluxe Humbucking
DH-96
Deluxe Humbucking
DH-88
Bridge
Chrome Plated SG-20
Gold Plated SG-45
Brass Saddles
Gold Plated SG-45
Brass Saddles
Control Knobs
Plastic Gold
Plastic Gold
Plastic Gold
Controls
1 - Master Volume
1 - Master Tone
1 - Coil Tap Switch
3 way PU Selector
1 - Master Volume
2 - Tone
2 - Dual Sound Switches
1 - Phase Switch
3 way PU Selector
1 - Master Volume
1 - Master Tone
1 - Boost Volume
6 Position Rotary Switch
2 - Dual Sound Switches
1 - Phase Switch
3 way PU Selector
Finish
Red (Matte)
Red (Glossy)
Blue (Glossy)

Controls

2588 Preamp Wiring Diagrams
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These are crops from scans of an actual 1981 JCPenney Catalog - Thanks go to Classical Guitarer

Above is a crop of the color page depicting the Skylark guitars.
Below Left is a cleaned up version of the description page of the same catalog, below right is of the actual yellowed page.

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