Steel Trappings

Geri's Vintage Steels

1950's Guyatone D8

April 3, 2018 • Geronimo "Geri" ValdrizInstruments and Luthiers

Guyatone began production in 1933 and is one of the earliest guitar manufacturers in Japan. It was founded by Mitsuo Matsuki, a cabinet maker's assistance.

Matsuki enrolled in electronics classes to learn how to build electric guitars, and in 1951 began to use the Guyatone name on electric steel guitars.

1950s Guyatone D-8

This guitar is a copy of the Fender Stringmaster double neck steel guitar. It has a good old vintage vibe, although players do not all agree as to the sound quality of the electromagnetic pickups.

Collectors affectionately call this guitar the "poor man's Stringmaster."



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