CHAPTER V. HISTORY: GUYATONE GUITARS, THE GUITARS FROM OUTER SPACE
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CHAPTER VI. HISTORY: GUYATONE GUITARS (II), SO MANY RELATED GUITAR BRANDS…

Most, if not all, pickups that were OEM for guitars manufactured completely at the Guyatone factory had original Guyatone-made pickups. Guyatone is particularly know for their “Gold Screen” pickups in the USA.

By the mid 70’s Guyatone marketed some of the highest quality Japanese instruments at the time, including the Sharp Five. Guyatone began the 1970’s, for the first time, contracting work to another factory, and producing instruments of spectacular quality. Several factories were used during the same period of time, including Uni Musical Instruments & Kyushin Musical Instruments. It is around this time that the sheet metal truss rod cover, often with a black screen printed design, is a tell-tale mark of the new factories. By the 1980s Guyatone no longer produced any guitars in their own factory, but contracted all production. Although the initial idea was to only produce a single model, the LG-1200 & LG-2100M were contracted to the Tokai factory.

Guyatone LG-2100M

Source: www.teenerama.jp

Soon after, Fujigen Gakki became the sole manufacturer for Guyatone guitars with on and off production until December, 2013 when Dyna Gakki finished production of the Excelsior 5 (E5) and Spearhead 7 (S7), using USA & Brazilian made DeMont pickups.

In 2013 Tokyo Sound Co. Ltd. closed their doors to business and transferred ownership of the “Guyatone” name to Hiroshi Matsuki, son of the founder of Tokyo Sound Co, and brother to the president of the company, re-opening and re-organizing a short time later. Tokyo Sound Co. re-formed, dropping many of its other brand names and products to focus on the Guyatone brand, with Hiroshi Matsuki as CEO and Toshihiko Torii heading research and design. Guyatone severely cut back production of guitars, although occasionally releasing re-issues of some of their designs with partnerships with factories like Fujigen Gakki, but today mainly produces high quality effects pedals.

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Guyatone guitars sold under other trade marks.

Guyatone-made guitars may have also been sold under the following names, though not all guitars under the following label have been made by Guyatone:

Exclusive: Capri, Crown, GUYATONE, Guya, Fandel, Imperial and Saturn.

Just production. Contract Manufacturing for: Apollo, Audition, Decca, Domino, Futurama, Hondo, Kent, Kingston, Ibanez, Orpheum, Silvertone and Suzuki.

Confirmed: Broadway, Conrad, Conqueror, Delta, Empire, Feather, Futurama, Ibanez, Kent, Kingston, Hy-Lo, Lancer, Lake, Lafayette, Marco Polo, Musician, Nobco, Noble, Orpheus, Orpheum, Raven, Regent, Roamer, Royal Artist, Saturn, Silvertone, Star, Starlite and Univox.

Unconfirmed: Barclay, Beltone, Capri, Crown, Crestwood, Col Joye (Australia), Custom Kraft, Elko, Empires, G. Rossi, Howard, Imperial, Ideal, Johnny Guitar, Kimberly, Lindell, Maier, Marquis, Maximus, Melodies, Montclair, Omega, Prestige, Recco, Royalist, Royal Artist, St George, Silhouette, Sorrento, Toledo, Vernon, Victoria, Zen-On and Zenta.

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This is a compilation of information about GUYATONE guitars collected from the internet (mostly based on the official Website of Guyatone; see at the bottom for references), revised and merged to provide an overall vision on the GUYATONE brand. Additionally, we have included our opinion about GUYATONE guitars and amps on the basis of our experience.

References:

https://guyatoneus.com/history.

Www.teenerama.jp

History of Japanese Electric Guitars (Frank Meyers).

Wikipedia.

www.matsumoku.org.

Japanaxe.

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