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Offline BoyHowdy

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Craftsman (Washburn) T-bird - Seeking info
« on: January 06, 2019, 08:09:43 PM »

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Re: Craftsman (Washburn) T-bird - Seeking info
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2019, 05:39:50 PM »
Update:

I contacted City Music in Singapore, which carries a line of guitars under their house brand, "Craftsman," and which also has a script/logo on their headstocks.

However, their script/logo is different from the one on my T-bird, here's mine:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/axi8ponamdcydtg/IMG_3773.jpg?dl=0

And here's theirs:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/prpqo9k671tr9eb/City_Music_Craftsman_logo.png?dl=0

Apparently this was a coincidence. City Music says they started their Craftsman line about 20 years ago, so they could not have been marketing a Craftsman T-bird that looks exactly like a Washburn T-bird around 1982 to 1984.

But I have seen the same logo on two other instruments:

On an acoustic based on the Martin D 35, owned by a guy in Ireland who bought it around 1982 from a guy who bought it used from a shop in London
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4hzzhn1w2o3rqj2/Acoustic_Craftsman.jpg?dl=0

This one came from acousticguitarforum.com and had two responses (copied with their spelling mistakes):

Source: Guitar Bluebook
Instruments previously produced in Japan between the late 1970s and mid-1980s. Craftsman built entry level to medium quality copies of American designs.

Craftsman. Previuosly produced in Japan during the late 1070s through mid-1980s. "The Guru's Guitar Guide" by Tony Bacon and Paul Day.


The other place the same logo showed up was on a headless 1980s bass, which also included the "The Guru's Guitar Guide" reference.
https://www.adverts.ie/electric-basses/headless-80-s-bass-guitar-jap/9467375

Thank you to the folks who sent me messages with ideas.

Do you know anything else about a Japanese guitar company called Craftsman? 

The search goes on.






Offline Mbechmann

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Re: Craftsman (Washburn) T-bird - Seeking info
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2019, 06:56:21 PM »
Its not build between 82-84. Yamaki was building these until 84 and they did not build this one. Chushin took over in 84 and Chushin used stickers for serial numbers between 84-85. They also build a lot of instruments under a LOT of different brands - like Grant, Yoshi, Anea, and so on.

So I am 99% sure this one was build by Chushin between 84-85.