Help identifying unnamed SG copy with Bigsby trem – Japanese or Servicemen?

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  1. Matt T

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    Hi there,

    I spent the afternoon restringing my SG copy, and I got to wondering about it's history and where it's from.

    I bought it at auction here in Sydney, Australia, in 1994-5 (I can't remember exactly when) – I think I paid about $A150, but again, can't quite remember.

    It has no name, no serial number. I've had a look at some other threads on this forum (which is awesome, BTW) and I'm thinking it might be a Japanese copy, or possibly a "servicemen" guitar from the Philippines?



    I have attached a bunch of pics that hopefully might offer some clues to those of you who are vastly more knowledgable about these things.

    I reckon it's a pretty cool guitar, and it's nice to play, especially distorted - has a real honky, snarly presence to it!

    Thanks in advance for your detective work!

    PS: I took some more photos of the electronics, but the file sizes were too big to upload - will try again in the next few days

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  2. Bad Penguin

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    Looks like a Uncle Matt with the rounded off fret markers.
     
  3. Matt T

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    So that would be a Matsumoku guitar then? That would be cool, I went to Matsumoto a while back on a holiday in Japan, lovely little city! Any idea of when it might have been made?
     
  4. Bad Penguin

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    It could be. It could also be an Ibanez from the 73-075 era.
     
  5. Matt T

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    OK, thanks. So you reckon Japanese rather than Philippino?
     
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    Oh wow, model 2354 is an absolute dead ringer for mine.

    Mystery solved, case closed, I reckon. Thanks for your detective work, Bad Penguin!
     
  8. Bad Penguin

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    No problem, that's what we are here for! :cheers:
     
  9. chilipeppermaniac

    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    I was going to say Ibby right off, but that sloppiness around the T rod cover made me wonder. The quality of work seems sub par from the pictures. Not saying it isn't an Ibby, just sayin. Now the Ibby 2355 I looked at in person was top notch quality on par with ES 175 in almost every detail.
     
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    However, if it was an Ibanez it would say Ibanez. Most likely made in the same factory though (Fujigen, I think) Quality wise it's same-same though.
     

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