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Mooseboy
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:17 pm    Post subject: Satellite Guitars? Reply with quote

Does anyone have any info on these guitars?
Just seen one for the first time but couldn't see much info
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

70's MIJ guitars made before the era the japanese got good at making guitars. Mostly entry level quality, if you can get one dirt cheap i may make a fun project but dont expect too much.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What would a reasonable price for one be?
Just to use it as a project.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the UK you can pick them up for around 30.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a satalite for a while it was very cheap so I bought it as a project. They have ply bodies and the neck on the one I had wasn't great but the pickups had a good old school microphonic quality that was nice through fuzz pedals. If you see one in good condition and for the right price its a fun guitar to play.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think they're Japanese, actually - most likely Korean before the Koreans got good at making guitars.

There were a lot of them about from around 1980 by which time the Japanese were plenty good at making guitars. Prior to that, Kay ruled the roost at the bottom end of the market.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fran wrote:
In the UK you can pick them up for around 30.


Which is about 20 too much!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are they really that bad? Lol
I was only planning on using the body for my first project
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

timhulio wrote:
Fran wrote:
In the UK you can pick them up for around 30.


Which is about 20 too much!


This. Shite. Avoid.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of the Satellites I've come across have had plywood bodies. It's pretty easy to come up with a cheap guitar made of solid wood these days.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

benecol wrote:
timhulio wrote:
Fran wrote:
In the UK you can pick them up for around 30.


Which is about 20 too much!


This. Shite. Avoid.


Aye... I made the mistake of buying the small mustangesque one ripped my fingers to bits and would not stay in tune utter garbage... they are mij before mij was a good thing
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would the body be useful for a project?
Nothing fancy just bit of a muck around as a first time project kind of thing
What the name of the mustangesque one?
Because that's the body i'm lookin at
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like you just want some validation. Okay, go ahead and buy that Mustangesque Satellite if you want. It's your money.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wanted some idea whether the body was any good on these because I don't want to buy it and it be completely diabolically crap and end up putting me off doing another project in the future
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like I said before - it'll probably be a plywood body and you'd probably be able to pick up something with a solid body for around the same price.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good news! I've found a jaguar/jazzmaster copy for quite cheap so I think I'm going to possibly purchase that instead of the satellite body
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lucky escape.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mooseboy wrote:
Would the body be useful for a project?
Nothing fancy just bit of a muck around as a first time project kind of thing
What the name of the mustangesque one?
Because that's the body i'm lookin at



satellite 65 t, and they're plywood and very cheap ply at that...


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It does look quite nice though lol
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dezb1 wrote:
Mooseboy wrote:
Would the body be useful for a project?
Nothing fancy just bit of a muck around as a first time project kind of thing
What the name of the mustangesque one?
Because that's the body i'm lookin at



satellite 65 t, and they're plywood and very cheap ply at that...



I made the mistake of buying one off eBay as a project.
The neck has a weird (as in almost nonexistent) taper meaning a conventional bridge is too wide.
The holes for the tuners are really close together.
The plywood on mine was delaminating at the bottom of the neck pocket, meaning the body was pretty much scrap.

On the upside, the cheapest 24" scale guitar you'll ever see.
And the finish on them isn't hideous.

Seriously though, AVOID!
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