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Japanese imports generally had an oval label that reads, “Adjusted and Distributed Exclusively by Guild.” Square labels that state, “Designed, Warranteed and Distributed Exclusively by Guild” generally reference a Korean import.
Some Korean imports also have an oval labels that have “Made in Korea” printed on it. Both of the examples below were from Korean imports that featured a double raised or “bump on a bump” headstock-top.
Madeira by Guild’s model designation uses a two (sometimes three) part alphanumeric system that includes a prefix, a series number and sometimes a suffix.
Less seen—on the steel string acoustics—is the double raised top.
All early Japanese guitars have the flat-topped headstock.
The book Guitar Stories: The Histories of Cool Guitars by Michael Wright says that Guild introduced its Japanese-made Madeira guitars in 1973.
However, he also states that, “it’s not known how long the Madeira acoustics lasted, but quite possibly through the ‘70’s.”This latter concession by Michael Wright alludes to the limited nature of definitive information on Madeira.
To capture a share of the budget market, many American manufacturers have a separate, more affordable line of guitars.
Since production of these guitars is offshore, where labor is cheaper, they are sometimes referred to as import-lines.Often times they are an incredible bang for the buck.The quality depends on who you ask, model series, country of origin and how much it was worn down, cared for, or upgraded.“They all had one thing in common though: they sucked.The guitars were first made in Japan based on existing Guild designs. Kasuga was one of the oldest stringed instrument manufactures in Japan (open approx. The quality of guitars built by Kasuga was very good. Legend has it that the Japanese workshop used pre-machined materials that were made in the USA by Guild.There doesn’t seem to be a consensus regarding those assembled in Korea—maybe some used materials from the US, maybe not.It is relatively certain Madeira was in production from the early ’70’s to early ’80’s.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating