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  1. #51
    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay
    Always wise to first play it and wait with spending money Japanese 175 type - is there something off?

    It looks exactly like my Condor when that was still original, every detail. I read Condor was made by Tombo, so if that’s true then yours probably came from Tombo as well.
    A couple more photos. Based on appearance the pickups don't look anything special.Japanese 175 type - is there something off?-20201211_142706-jpgJapanese 175 type - is there something off?-20201211_142131-jpgJapanese 175 type - is there something off?-20201211_142055-jpgJapanese 175 type - is there something off?-20201211_141543-jpgJapanese 175 type - is there something off?-20201211_142607-jpg

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    There’s a good chance the pickups aren’t even humbuckers ;-)

  4. #53

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay
    There’s a good chance the pickups aren’t even humbuckers ;-)
    Agreed. Sub in the HBs of choice,* take, Little Jay's advice on the TP, and wail away!

    *'57 Classics do it for me. They came with my 55th Anniversary ES-175, and sound great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay
    There’s a good chance the pickups aren’t even humbuckers ;-)
    Those probably aren't. But still, a good chance that they sound good. I've had a pair of those infamous "Japanese singles disguised as hums" in an old Framus (weird upgrade by its previous owner, I know), and they actually sounded great, even with a lot of distortion. Never wanted to put the original Framus sixties singles back in. You can check the allknowing parts of Internet - general consensus is that those old Japanese experiments are more than usable, to say the least.

    Which is to say, don't just throw them away.

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    So, does the Sakura please you, so far?

  7. #56
    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay
    So, does the Sakura please you, so far?
    Hi LJ
    Thanks for asking. Not had much chance so far. I've been away a bit. But I do now have a new set of flatwounds and plan to find myself a good straight edge to check the tailpiece and adjust if necessary before the string change. Cheers.

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    I forgot - I haven't shared a soundfile. How rude of me. Anyway, here's how my Aria sounds.
    https://www.jazzguitar.be/forum/atta...1&d=1608725916
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Roll
    I forgot - I haven't shared a soundfile. How rude of me. Anyway, here's how my Aria sounds.
    Sounds great!

  10. #59

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay
    Sounds great!
    Thank you! Great guitars came from Matsumoku. Not a "be all, end all" guitar, but usable for all intents and purposes.