Matsumoku had been a woodworking and furniture building company before transitioning to guitars, so they were uniquely well-equipped for the task when the guitar boom hit. It does, however, have some quirks, largest of which being a slightly twisted neck, though our tech was able to ameliorate the issue and get the action comfortable. Apart from that, the bridge pickup volume pot malfunctions when turned all the way to ten, but dialing it back a hair makes it pass tone just fine.
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Ventura was a brand of stringed instruments imported from Japan by C. Bruno and Company during the s and s. Bruno was bought by Kaman Ovation in the early s, after which the brand disappeared.
After all, the Vox AC30 is one of the most widely recorded amps, used by countless artists in nearly every genre, on both sides of the pond. Bruno is known as one of the leading boutique builders in the U. Rather, it employs tubes more at home in a Fender — 6V6s. More specifically, four of them that help the amp produce 35 watts of output.
This is one of the most frustrating questions from the MIJ collector. People often make the mistake of citing the American or European importer as the 'maker' of the guitar, when in fact several Japanese manufacturers were producing badged guitars out of their plants and shipping them to America and Europe to sell. Japanese manufacturers made multiple badges at the same plant, many of whom resemble each other closely.
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This is a rare bass from the Matsumoko factories made during the s. It's a cool short-scale bass that feels great for its age. I have had it for a couple years and have restored it to perfect playing condition.
His is loaded with classic '57 humbuckers. According to this rig rundown, he praises this amp as it is good for capturin According to this rig rundown, he praises this amp as it is good for capturing the low tones his baritone guitars give.
Learn More. This funky looking piece is a vintage Japanese-built Bruno MaxiTone semi-hollow guitar with a sunburst finish and two single-coil pickups with a 3-way blade pickup switch. We love the old Japanese electric guitars of the '60s where they had great looking retro cosmetics, such as this one with pearloid pickguard as well as pearloid base plates underneath the pickups. The guitar is in good playing condition, the vibrato tailpiece has been anchored with a screw in lieu of the spring, and there is a chip in the plastic mounting piece of the neck pickup.