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This is a 1960’s Guyatone LG-350T Sharp 5 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This rare high-end Japanese guitar was only manufactured between 1967-1976, and I believe this particular guitar was made between 1967-68.
The LG-350T Sharp 5 offers fine craftsmanship mixed with unique surf-inspired design. The elongated Mosrite influenced body and hardware, as well as the Fender Jaguar-style single coil pickups and vibrato reflect how deeply the Ventures surf craze reverberated within the Japanese market at the time.
While today it is largely considered a ‘surf guitar’ the Sharp 5 is actually extremely versatile, and it was played by countless rock guitarists from the 60s. Tonally, the Sharp 5 has plenty of snap in the top end with a chimey resonance and a nicely punchy growl. The stock single coils with sawtooth shielding claws have a balanced, sweet output with great clarity for strummed passages and sparkling lead lines.
Electronically, everything works as it should with a three-position pickup selector switch as well as Master Volume and Tone knobs to govern the two single coil pickups. All of the plastic parts and chrome hardware are pristine, and the thick celluloid pickguard is incredibly well preserved.
The bound one-piece Maple neck has a slender C shaped profile. The headstock has the Guyatone logo on the front and a gold foil label with the “LG- 350T” designation on the back. The guitar weighs 7lbs 7oz, balances well on a strap, and has been professionally setup at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar (who sold it to me) for optimal action and playability with 10-46 strings.
The original hardshell case with large Guyatone “G” on the exterior is included. It looks cool, but it is not in great shape. If you plan on gigging with the guitar you’ll probably want to buy a new protective case for it.
If you want one of the best sounding rock guitars from the 60s (that’s still in great shape!) this Guyatone Sharp 5 is calling your name.
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