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Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by nickurso, Apr 13, 2021.
My bass player is looking at this guitar but I can’t identify the brand. Can anyone help
No idea but it is very pretty.
Possibly , just maybe a mid 1970's .....Giannini
No label in the sound hole?
Nice looking guitar, tho.
Just went through my Illustrated Guitar Dictionary from cover to cover.
Sorry, I got nothing.
The Treble Clef head stock logo, in one shape or another has been used by many over the years.
Lacking any SN's/cavity labels or anything else, suggests it may be a custom built.
Suggest an inspection of the cavity with a good flash light and an inspection mirror.
Some Luthiers left signatures/dates.
this guitar is in marketplace and these are the pictures. It’s a two hour drive just to see it in person. I’ll have the bass player ask for pictures of a label in the sound hole
@nickurso , @Back in Black ... here's my theory why I think it's a Giannini .....
1976 my father brought me to Bronans Music on Webster Ave in The Bronx . I bought ( and had my heart set on ) a Yamaha FG-160 and still have it today . being none in stock , the owner had to order one . But he wanted me to try a guitar that looked identical to the picture above . I never forgot that sharp edge .... but the sound was incredible
@thunder58 - I have two old Gianninis and both have a the name on the headstock. One is fantastic, the other less so. They both are made from beautiful woods, though.
Yes , that headstock in the photo did throw me off though
Honestly I’ve never heard of a Giannini guitar. And here you are with two! What market tier were they aiming for?
I would not pull the trigger until I played it. Yeah, 2 hour shlep is an issue, but if you do want it without being disappointed (or worse - ripped off) I wouldn't go for it until I played it and had a serious look at it.
He wants it to sell it so not sure if it’s worth the drive even if it plays great
Giannini guitars are made in Brazil and the company has been around a long time. They usually have beautiful tone woods and some unusual body shapes (like the "Craviola"). I have only seen two in Canada and I ended up buying them both - an old one probably about 50 years old (fantastic tone and woods) and one I bought new around 2000 in Toronto (not quite fantastic) - both are Craviolas. Workmanship varies on them and they seem to use a lot of handwork. Both were quite modestly priced but that probably reflects currency exchanges between the two countries. Jimmy Page apparently had two Craviolas; a 6 and a 12 string.
I think they are supposed to be quite common in Brazil. Maybe some one from there can share some more information about them. It's surprising we don't see more instruments originating from South America.