Kent Armstrong floating pickup, with pickguard mounted volume and tone controls.
"How" is a long, interesting discussion that covers most of the last century or two and that we'll have some other time. While there may have been a handful of intrepid pioneers who began developing international guitar manufacturing, it's no exaggeration to say that no one has had a bigger impact on the globalization of guitars than Mr.
Jack Westheimer - one of the pioneers of global guitarmaking.
Hand carved ebony bridge, tailpiece, and pickguard; matching curly Koa neck.
Simple but tastefully appointed with mitered multiple purflings, multi-layered headstock overlays, brass-purfled headstock face, gold Schaller tuners, and pearl Graf logo.
In fact, these days, where a product is made is almost irrelevant to the consumer. Indeed, from the middle of the 19th Century until the 1960s, inexpensive guitars were the province of American mass manufacturers with names such as Haynes, Lyon & Healy, Regal, Stewart, Oscar Schmidt, Harmony, Stromberg-Voisinet, Kay, Valco, and the United Guitar Company.
We're in a global economy; Mc Luhan's global village instantaneously connected with e-mail. How did we arrive at our current state of affairs, and who is responsible?
It is hard to imagine today, but in the early 1960’s having an electric guitar in your home was rare.
In fact, it was likely that your parents were steering you in the direction of accordion lessons. The Beatles – and of course others – stopped all that.
Today we pretty much take it for granted that if you want an inexpensive guitar, you're going to buy one made in Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, Indonesia, China, maybe even India.
And you have to admit that, for the price, what we get is pretty darned good.
Hence, the foreign guitar manufacturers gave us what we wanted. Here I’ve highlights a few of my 60’s guitars, but it only scratches the surface. ” It took me a while, but now I see his point of view.