Should I buy this Dreadnought?

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by radd, Oct 13, 2021 at 11:22 AM.

  1. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Playing guitar
    A 1970’s guitar made in Japan. It is just up the coast from me on Craigslist.

    I don’t need it but something about it I really like.. :D

    What could that be……?

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  2. JaredmacNeil90

    JaredmacNeil90 Gretschie

    Jan 19, 2021
  3. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    70's Martin-ish guitars from Japan can be really nice sounding and playing instruments. But they can also be duds. If you can go play it, you should go with your gut. How much are they charging?
  4. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Playing guitar
    There is just something special about it….:D

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  5. Glaw

    Glaw Gretschie

    Aug 30, 2017
    You’re the real radd that is just a con rad
  6. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    If the price is right, it would be worth checking it out in person. I'm one that likes Alvarez guitars - the feel of the neck suits me, and although it doesn't stack up to my Taylor, if I could only have one acoustic and it had to be an Alvarez, I would be happy playing it.

    So, I say if it interests you, go ahead and check it out. And as for a Dreadnaught . . . to me, it's the perfect shape for an acoustic.
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  7. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Playing guitar

    Actually, Rad is my life long nickname. It is short for…..wait for it…Conrad….:cool:
  8. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
  9. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Playing guitar

    It is priced what I would say is a bit high for what it is and it is an hour and a half or more away. Not sure it is worth the $ or effort for a guitar with my name on it.

    By the way, more than just my name. When my grandparents came over from Switzerland around 1914 they came through Ellis Island and were made to change their last name because it sounded to German. So it was changed to Conrad. My mother gave me her maiden name….

    Stock photo of the time period…

  10. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    All this time we thought Rad was short for radish.

    And, no, don't buy it. Save your money for a Guild.
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  11. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    I don't blame you, I bought a pedal in part because it has my name on it. Check it out and see of it is worth the price.
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  12. Archtops

    Archtops Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2021
    I’d check it out because you’ll always wonder if you should have. Maybe you’re being guided to it. Make him a realistic lower offer. Go for it. It will be nice to get out.
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  13. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    I say buy it .......that guitar has your name written all over it :p:p ( pun intended ) ....I'm here all week folks ...try the chicken
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  14. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Nice lawsuit Martin IMO
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  15. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Just saw 2 on Reverb ..not as nice as this one . Go for it
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  16. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    I just sold a very nice 70s Dorado dread made in Japan for Gretsch. I compared it to my D-18 and the only diff I could find in the design was a Gibson shaped head and the 7th fret dots. It played just like my Martin, very close to the same sound. It was a fine guitar but I didn’t need another D-18. If it’s in the less than $300 range, I’d get it. Here’s side x side comparison of the D-18 and the Dorado. 000C3108-D4DF-4E04-94F9-29711D5C788A.jpeg
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  17. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    You need to check it out, or do a zoom call to hear it. From what I recall, and this is going back my Aunt gave a Conrad to my older cousin Conrad. My aunt worked at the downtown Wurlitzer store.
    I did lower the action on his about 25+ years ago. It had a big sound, and the neck was fairly straight. There was a label along with the Conrad label from David Wexler, Chicago, they may have been the importing company.

    It looked like a Matsumoko designed bridge. Matsumoko used to make parts for Ibanez, and others. My cousin also had a Conrad 12 string guitar. I do remember that both had bigger sound than my Kay.

    I wish I could remember more...Like any guitar from that era if it was protected in its case, not stored in an attic, basement or garage, it could be a fine sounding and playing guitar.
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  18. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    So worth checking out if you have nothing really to important to do, he might be negotiable and it might be a nice trip so why not.
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  19. GAMBLER1234

    GAMBLER1234 Gretschie

    Jan 18, 2018
    Henderson Nevada
    I've got an 80 MIJ Sigma that I got back in the early 80's in trade for an old stand up piano. I've owned high end Martin and Taylor guitars over the years and none have bested it. When I first got it my ears were not as educated as they are now and because it wasn't a big brand name I considered it a cheapo and thought of it accordingly but as time went by my ears finally caught up with the guitar and I began to realize how good this thing really is. For those in the know Japanese acoustics from that era can be legendary. If you've got the ear for it play it and you will know.

    1980 MIJ Sigma D10 Anniversary.
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  20. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Playing guitar
    I never get tired of seeing that beautiful ocean and Island in the background of your “Henderson Nevada” place. :D
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