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james
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2002 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ned,

Good score on the new catalog! Never heard of Gaban guitars before - wonder if they were actually made by Tokai? Is it just a general catalog maybe (I noticed a HiWatt stack in there!)?
Interesting to see that they copied LP Deluxes - although I suppose it was the 70s!
Did a search for Gaban guitars and couldn't really find much, apart from this Japanese dealer's site:

http://www.g-g.co.jp/g-g/index.html

They've got a couple of Gabans (picture doesn't work unfortunatly), a few Tokais, Ibanez, Fernandes, Burnys, Grecos, etc. Its worth a look.

James
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ned
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2002 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is interesting. I've also got a bunch of acoustic catalogs, still have to post them, that also feed Martin guitars heavily. Not sure if Tokai was manufacturing these for Martin/Gaban or was the importer.

Ned

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2002 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm guessing its a distributer's catalog, as I'm sure neither Hiwatts or Martins were ever made in Japan. Hiwatts are British, although I think they may be building reissues in the US now. The Swedish guitar company Levin made some guitars for Martin in the 70s but thats about it I think. The Gabans and Hummingbirds look cool though, if not quite as accurate as Tokais. Nice Tokai banjo though!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2002 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of Tokai banjos......

http://www.woodman.co.jp/stock/stock/t450r-1013.html
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