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I could not wait to go out and buy a UNIVOX Les Paul for 1/5th the price of the real thing!Damn, it was so inexpensive that I could almost afford to smash it on stage! But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.Here is a typical selection of 1970’s Fender and Gibson copies.These were all imported from Japan under different brand names. INSPIRED BY MOSRITE Here is a selection of Mosrite copies from the seventies, along with one original Mosrite.The GM Custom is actually all original Mosrite parts built by a former employee, Gene Moles, after the Bakersfield Mosrite factory closed.
The lawyers at Gibson started to get restless, and young guitar players like myself were also getting restless…KAWAI GUITARS KAWAI was one of the better quality manufacturers to come out of Japan in the seventies. This guitar is pretty cool because a) it has a wicked flame fiish and b) it has an individual slider volume for each pickup.This allows for a wide variety of tone setups because you can dial in as much or as little of each pickup you want. Somewhere along the way I decided to build my own Custom Mosrite Copy.Two major issues defined the progress of electric guitars for most of the seventies.1) Companies outside North America vastly improved the quality of their guitar manufacturing and 2) Companies inside North America – namely Fender and Gibson – took their eye off the ball and did exactly the opposite.