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All material contained within is the property of the Tokai Guitar Registry.No material contained on this site may be used without consent.Companies that had been manufacturing Accordions for 20 years, retooled for electric guitars.EKO was at the forefront, and within 2 years they were shipping over 10,000 electric guitars to USA per year.Lastly, an EKO Florentine Bass with it’s partner 6-string. Below: A mint early 1960’s Airline with original case. It is owned by a friend of mine that brought it over last week to tease me! Fortunately he agreed to let me share some pictures with you. However, because it mainly manufactured guitars under contract, the role of Matsumoku was largely unknown outside of Japan’s guitar making circles until its name began appearing on neck bolt plates, headstocks, and sound hole labels in the late 1970s.By the early 1970s, Matsumoku had begun using CNC (computer numerical controlled) mills, routers, and lathes, one of the first guitar makers to do so.

All trademarks used are properties of their respective owners.Matsumoku Industrial was contracted to build its sewing machine cabinets, and in 1951 Matsumoku became a partially owned subsidiary of Singer, Japan.Matsumoku also built amplifier cabinets and wooden cabinets for audio and television makers.Production In the early-1960s (or mid-1950s), Matsumoku began to look into other woodworking markets because several subcontract work of the Singer had been moved into the Philippines and, as it had on its staff several skilled luthiers, However, as other Japanese companies were producing similar instruments, Matsumoku set out to distinguish itself by producing high quality acoustic and electric archtop guitars.Several of Matsumoku’s early archtop guitars survive, most owing their basic designs to Hofner, Framus, and Gibson.

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