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 Post subject: Penco guitars
PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 6:58 pm 
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I've picked up a couple of Penco branded guitars a few months back-striking similarity to some Electra models. All I know is they were imported by Pennsylvania Music Exchange(Penco) from distributor Hoshino who sourced them from Fujigen,Kasuga and Terrada factories. Production dates '74-'78, then out of business. Strat copy is a dead ringer for the early Electras, Les Pauls as far as I know were all bolt necks-ringers for the 22XX series,different burst styles,etc. I've seen sg copies,lp juniors but can't attest to the quality of those-they did have some high end setneck 335 styles that are highly figured,rare.
Strat pics
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... nco012.jpg
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... nco013.jpg
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... rat001.jpg
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... nco015.jpg
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... nco014.jpg
Check out the single coil Maxons with braided wiring-look familiar?

Near mint LP pics
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... eco002.jpg
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... eco005.jpg
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... eco003.jpg
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... eco008.jpg
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... eco004.jpg
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... eco007.jpg
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... eco006.jpg
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... eco012.jpg
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... eco009.jpg
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad13 ... eco013.jpg
pickups are like hot Maxons, have ink stamped "S" on back of both
Any more info anyone has would be welcome,offers always considered :D
Joe :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Penco guitars
PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 6:15 am 
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Man, you find the coolest stuff Joe! Both of them look incredibly clean for their age. I don't know anything about the Penco brand, but the logos definitely have that fujigen look to them. Maybe X189player could chime in on those. I have a soft spot for defunct guitar companies, best of luck.

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 Post subject: Re: Penco guitars
PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 7:20 am 
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Very clean and interesting indeed. Looks like a great guitar as are the Electras. Only variations I see are the colors and paint patterns and a few minor hardware differences. I have never seen or heard of this brand but they look great.

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 Post subject: Re: Penco guitars
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I've got some pics of a Penco branded "corsair bass"...

sounds like they were the "SLM" of the east coast :)

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 Post subject: Re: Penco guitars
PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 3:58 pm 
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Penco was around here on the east coast when I was a kid. They look like some Univox stuff too.


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