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Unknown guitar...

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by Khaoss, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. Khaoss

    Khaoss Active Member


    This topic has nothing to do with recording. I tought there are many people who might know the answer for this question I have..
    Ok, so my first electric guitar ever is this Shiro. I bought it like 9 years ago, i have no idea what's the model or country that it's made in. There is absolutely no information about it. If you know anything about this guitar, let me know. I am interested because this is still the best electric guitar i've ever had.

    Thank you!
  2. xOxASHLEYxOx

    xOxASHLEYxOx Guest

    about your guitar

    I found a TINY bit of info on your guitar by going to the search bar (through GOOGLE) and typing in Shiro Guitar. A link to HarmonyCentral came back and had some other people with Shiro guitars...my guess is that they are Japanese based on the content. You'd have to read up on it. :-?
  3. Khaoss

    Khaoss Active Member

    Yeah i know, i found the same... the thing is that you never know how close the truth this "information" in harmony central is..
    After trying few other search engines and search methods I actually founded stuff that these Shiro guitars are made in matsumoku's factory by Shira Arai, and that they are best of a kind at the time in early 70's.
    If there is anyone who has this kinda electric guitar aswell, I am very interested to hear their comments and toughts about this Shiro...

    Ps. Don't post those wise ass "Try google" respons.

    Thank you!
  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I have a few Matsumoku guitars (electrics) that I've collected over the years. I was in the music retail business in the 70s/80s when the products
    they made were at their peak. I sold Gibson, Fender, Martin, and Guild American brands and the guitars from Japan-mainly Yamaha and Ibanez-were kickin' their butts in the quality vs. price department. Ibanez was a Hoshino brand, but Hoshino made mainly acoustics. Most of the Ibanez electrics were made by Matsumoku, designed by Mr. Arai. They also made Aria Pro II (very nice), Washburn (good), Electra (so-so), some of the earlier Jap Epiphones(eccch), Vantage, Skylark, and tons more. You could spec the features and quality that you wanted and have them build you a guitar under whatever name you desired. This is why there is a good bit of difference between some of the brands Matsumoku made.
    There is an excellent site- matsumoku.org- that can give you all sorts of info, plus several links. Check it out.
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    I think it belonged to, my, my, my Shiro....naw?

    Still looking for answers in all the wrong places
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  6. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  7. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Remy! What's up with these replies?!?!? Is it "harvest season" up there in DC?
    Gainesville's Greenest
  8. Gibsonsg1090

    Gibsonsg1090 Guest

    Shiro?????? never held of it but if i had to guest....it was made in Japan.
  9. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Back in the late 1970s, I always thought that Gainesville stuff made a lot of sense. Especially when I lived in Fort Lauderdale. I've always had a lot of sense.

    Things go better with sound sense
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  10. Gibsonsg1090

    Gibsonsg1090 Guest

    Actually, I think i have seen these before here and there....never picked them up cause they were models similar to gibsons popular bodys. But do u have any pictures?
  11. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I concur completely. However, I am in the job market and have to abstain for now. And it's the Holidays, the best time to party! :cry:
  12. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Hey, SG guy...
    You will see by the previous posts that these guitars were made in Japan by Matsumoku. I listed the website devoted to these guitars, plenty of pix.
    And for all of the youngsters out there who weren't even born when these geetars were made, they kicked the butts on the Fenders and Gibsons made in them thar days, as well as many made today.
  13. Gibsonsg1090

    Gibsonsg1090 Guest

    Hmmm...i actually havent picked on up yet but now im kinda tempted. Im not really a fan of fender guitars tho.....not dissing them but not my style

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