#1
Ok, so the story is this. My uncle bought this guitar from Italy brand new. He couldnt finish making the payments on it, so instead of having it repo'd, my Grandmother bought it from him (at what he payed up tell then) then finished making the payments, and kept the guitar. She then gave it to me when I became interested in guitars.

My uncle does not talk to me, or anybody else in the family for that matter.

they got it in the 60's. What year I dont know. (it is a 1960's guitar, because they bought it new)

now... the fun part. See if you can name it (good luck)

Ive been to guitar center, nobody working there, or wandering around the store at the time had a clue what it was. Hopefully somebody on here will know.

and no, there is no sticker on the inside, already looked. Just the sticker on the back of the head stating 'Made in Italy'

on a side note this guitar sounds beautiful, its a semi hollow (if you cant guess :P ).

If I could do anything to it, it would be a new switch/pickups/knobs, as I believe they are all dirty. and I wouldnt mind repairing some of the dings and dents in it. But other then that, this thing is a beaut. In my eyes atleast.

allrighty... On your Mark Get set......


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#2
i'm pretty sure it's some kind of rat guitar
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#4
explain how u would repair that !!!! the dings and such???????
looks cheap to me ! but what do i know iamnoone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#5
well, whether its cheap or not doesnt really matter, yes the nut is made out of plastic, If i knew how (which I will later on) I would change it out for bone or graphite. The sound is really nice though (atleast from my view point) also, everybody who has played it says it sounds great.

My science teacher has been playing for 10 years and thought it was one of the best sounding guitars he's ever heard (accoustic wise that is) My friends friend (forgot his name ) liked everything about it, and offered me $900 for it straight up, I turned him down though I will always keep this guitar, so even if its an Uber vintage I would still like to put new pickups ect in it.

I would just like to know what type it is lol.

thanks all, Im looking up rat guitars but I am having a hard time finding anything good.

Also, my other uncle took lessons with this guitar, and brought it around to his friends, back in the 80's. He claims its a very good imitation Les Paul double cut. (he doesnt know crap about guitars though)

my friends and science teacher have jokingly said maybe its a Jerry Garcia signature (the whole JG thing on the pickguard and head) now that I think about it, the guys at gutar center said the same thing lmao

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#6
It looks in too good of shape to be made in the 60's.

But if it is that old I wouldn't be replacing ANYTHING on that guitar!!!! It will take the value down.
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#7
its been sitting in its guitar case for 20+ years doing nothing in a room nobody went into, with my uncles accustic that is older than this one (damn bastard wont give it to me)

but yeah, I was thinking the same thing.. but the more I think about it... the more its like... you know what, im always going to keep this guitar, why not make it sound better electricly if I can?? You know what im saying? But at the same time its like... I could just keep it stock, and wait tell I get better, then just buy a newer guitar and always keep this one stock. Dunno havent decided yet.

Thanks All,

Hope somebody can give a clue to its true Identity

Merc
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#8
I can't help you that much, but i will give what little help i can.



The bass on the left (as you look at it) is the same make as your guitar. The guy describes it as a "1965 JG Hollowbody 4-string", so the lettering is "JG". I've done some rooting around and found hardly anything on the matter, but, ive made some guesses...

I've emailed my uncle with the images - he is a guitar boffin - so i will tell you anything that he says in reply.

Tj
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#9
that gold bass is pretty insane
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#10
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those f-holes are placed weirdly, even for a bass...
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#11
I have no idea what it is because I'm rubbish at recognizing guitars, but it's freaking gorgeous! I love it! Sorry I'm too stupid to help!
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Second to the right is a Steinberger XT-2DB standard.
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The bass on the left (as you look at it) is the same make as your guitar. The guy describes it as a "1965 JG Hollowbody 4-string", so the lettering is "JG". I've done some rooting around and found hardly anything on the matter, but, ive made some guesses...

I've emailed my uncle with the images - he is a guitar boffin - so i will tell you anything that he says in reply.

Tj


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I was thinking the exact same thing!

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That is the ugliest group of guitars i have ever layed eyes on.


Yeah same they're disgusting.
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#20
hey thanks Towlie, and all others who helped and mxrider no can do sorry I am keeping this sucker for life, its my first guitar. I play it everyday, I just installed Jim Dunlop straplocks on it using the old screws and kept the old studs just incase.

Thanks all for the help, hope your uncle can help Towlie.

Merc
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#21
Well my uncle didnt really know much, just that he had heard of them.

I, however, have dome some MORE digging around the subject (see how much i care for you lot lol...) and i found some info...

Zerosette Goya

It is strange to think how little we know about this guitar builder. And it is surprising how many industries and craftsmen worked in Castelfidardo at that time. There is very little info about the Zerosette to be found, and up to now few have looked into third party production for foreign brand names, which in this case would be Goya and Contessa. This guitar builder was somewhat talented at constructing entry-level guitars. He put his Zerosette labels mostly on hollow-bodies that were somewhat conventional copies of the Gibson 330. Due to the bizarre electronics and controls, the models belonging to this galaxy are often confused with Japanese models. Little is known about the full range of models, and even less is known about such names as JG (Juliett Guitars?) and Sano. The latter has especially fooled even experts for its apparent Japanese origins. If something more specific comes to mind, contact us!!!



This guy made guitars under a few names, JG being one of them. Zerosette, Contessa, Sano and Goya being the others. All of them were made to pretty much the same details, with complex electronics. However, the one you have appears to be somewhat simpler than what i've dug up so far.
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#23
no not really, its a curtosy incase there still is one or 2 drifting around, which I am sure there is. My friend still had 56k tell last year, im sure there are some unfortunates who still have it. I know I can never go back to that crap, I would rather not have internet then to be tortured with long downloads and loading time

And to Towlie, Thanky for all your help man, I appreciate it a lot. I will have to try and dig up something more on this guy if I can.

Merc.
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#25
well i did find some jg's finally lol now that I have the name of the guy

this one comes the closest Ive ever seen to mine, though not as many knobs

http://www.fetishguitars.com/html/zerosette/jgrangemaster.html

I have to say, I highly like the pearl inlays at the head, they are quite nice. Hmm I wonder if I could get a new JG pickguard so the writing isnt faded :P

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#28
nope.

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#29
The guitar above, posted by Garmenteros, is a Zerosette archtop branded as JG. It's basically, the same guitar as the Zerosette, Contessa and Sano archtop. A number of variations were built around the same body and licensed for international dealers. Probably late 60's early 70's.
#30
That is a Julio Giulietti guitar made in the 60s. Julio Giulietti is known for making accordions. During the years of 1960 - 1970 times were lean for the company and instead of laying off employees they made electric guitars using the electronic components from accordions. I myself have an A2A model. I hope this helps.