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Early 1960s Palmer Japan Vintage Japanese Guitar Matsumoku (Teisco, Kawai)

  • Price:$299.00

Before I talk about this guitar, let me say that this cool vintage instrument has had all the necessary work done to make it a playable guitar.  I see sellers (even "reputable" guitar shops) all the time asking top dollar for vintage Japanese guitars that have major flaws and playability issues that are never addressed.  I LOVE these old quirky guitars and truly believe they offer tonal options that will never be found on any current guitar model.  Our little team works out all the issues and bugs inherent in these older guitars, and when I sell one, the buyer won't have to do anything but plug and play!  OK, let's talk about this guitar!!

The video above is this very guitar for sale!  This is an interesting, slightly bizarre Japanese guitar from the early to mid 1960s.  This is one of the early models made by the famous Matsumoku factory in Matsumoto, Japan!  I don't see this model too often, but when I do it usually has a Palmer nameplate, so I'm going with Palmer! Let's run this one down a bit!

Pickups and Electronics-As usual, the coolest parts of these guitars are the pickups!  And again, as usual, I love these pickups, and I'll often buy a vintage guitar just because it has weird looking pups!  The pickups are really loud single coils reading out at 5.58k at the bridge, and 5.90k at the neck.  The pole piece screws even have some "gold foil" surrounding them, which is really cool and not usually seen.  I dig it!  The electronics were gone over by a professional tech (and one of the few true vintage Japanese guitar experts left in the US!) and every solder joint, pot, switch, and wire was checked out and fixed as needed. All electronics work perfectly.  The switches on this guitar are notorious for failure over time, but these were cleaned and they work perfectly!  These pickups have a strong, clear voice and handle high gain applications easily. For the dirty sounds in the video we used a Fulltone OCD in the "HP" setting, and then a vintage Big Muff fuzz pedal.

Neck and Body- The body is relatively clean but it does show scuffs, marks, and small scratches.  It's had a bunch of spots "touched up" so someone cared enough to keep it looking new, but on close inspection you can see these touched up areas.  I feel the pics represent the guitar pretty well.  I don't know too many folks buying these guitars for their cleanliness! The truss rod is intact and it works.  The rosewood fretboard is beautifully figured!   The tremolo arm is missing, but replacements are easy to find right here on ebay!

Set-Up and Playability- This guitar set up very well and plays excellently!  The truss rod works and was adjusted, and the neck angle has been properly set-up and is spot on for wonderful action.  Action at the 12th fret is 2/32"  The frets have some more meat the the typical vintage Japanese tiny ones, and show little to no wear.  Frets have also been polished! There aren't any dead spots up and down the neck and bends are easy.  

Sound- This guitar is just a solid player and a good example of the great potential all these vintage Japanese guitars have! Lo-fi garage, raw blues, echo-y surf, it's all here. Add a little dirt or crank a small tube amp and you have the early rock sound NAILED!  I've found that the mid 60s Japanese guitars are some of the best ever to come from the country of the rising sun.  I also like guitars that have pickups that aren't found on any other model, EVER!  These pickups are just awesome, very special!  One drawback is that there very little room for height adjustment, so we worked around it and added spacers to the bridge pickup to get it nice and close to the strings.  This one sounds phenomenal! Just check out the video.

Bottom Line- I just love these old department store guitars and I swear by them as players.  Whenever you buy vintage Japanese guitars you are really rolling the dice because 85% of them are really unplayable after years of neglect, or sometimes they were unplayable straight out of the factory.  This one is dialed in and I really believe you'll appreciate the time and care that went into making this guitar a player.  I take a lot of pride in resurrecting these guitars! If you're sick and tired of sounding and looking like everyone else, then give one of these vintage beauties a try!  SO many of these guitars get relegated to "wall hangers" because they look pretty but play awfully!  These types of guitars get bought and re-sold all the time because they all have issues, but when one is dialed in like this one, it really shows the potential most of these older guitars have!  

By the way, I'm currently in another purge mode, so check out my listings this week as I'll be adding all sorts of rare and weird stuff!

Please read before bidding. I'm real easy to deal with, but communication is the key. I don't really like to deal with 0 feedback, or real low feedback bidders. I'd rather you build up your feedback and then come to me. But if you really want to bid, and you have low feedback, e-mail first! This is important! I only like to accept Paypal because it's quick, but you have to have a confirmed address. This is also important! Should it sell, I'll pack it nicely and ship it insured as quick as I can. Ask all the questions you want before or during bidding! Lastly, there will be no returns, but that being said, this guitar works fine so there shouldn't be any worries! I really pride myself on being honest, and I pack really well! I'm charging a flat $35 for shipping.  Check my feedback, especially from buyers. Cheers!