Help with Identifying a brand logo

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Help with Identifying a brand logo

Postby G.S. Monroe » Sun May 05, 2013 11:27 am

I go around the yard sales and flea markets buying up "parts" to build cigar box guitars. I came upon this neck and started to do some restoration work. It's a mahogany bolt on neck, and was painted with dark green automotive paint. When I scraped the headstock I came upon a very nicely done pearl inlay logo. It's a brand that I'm not familiar with, but the craftsmanship just screams quality. Does anybody recognize this brand and can give me a little background on it?
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Re: Help with Identifying a brand logo

Postby Mark Swanson » Sun May 05, 2013 11:35 am

By seeing the Gibson shaped peghead and the rest of the features there I can guess that it's a Japanese Gibson clone of some kind.
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Re: Help with Identifying a brand logo

Postby G.S. Monroe » Sun May 05, 2013 2:06 pm

There is no serial number that I can find... think it might be one of the early Ibanez "Lawsuit" guitars?
I usually will remove brand logos and change the peg head shape a bit when I re-purpose such necks.
This is the first I've come across with pearl inlay, I wonder if it is obscure enough to leave it, or should I cover the peg head with a veneer?
Being it will be used in a novelty CBG build, I don't think there is much danger in violating any trademarks, but I prefer to err on the side of caution.
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Re: Help with Identifying a brand logo

Postby Mark Swanson » Sun May 05, 2013 3:56 pm

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Re: Help with Identifying a brand logo

Postby G.S. Monroe » Sun May 05, 2013 5:34 pm

That's a "P" ???
I searched for San, Qan, Can... and started pouring through Images of just Vintage Guitar Logos looking for something that matched.
I'll call this one of my "Senior Moments".

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Re: Help with Identifying a brand logo

Postby David King » Sun May 05, 2013 5:49 pm

I thought that was an "S" as well. Of course if I were to design a logo based on a foreign-to-me alphabet I might have caused similar confusion.
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Re: Help with Identifying a brand logo

Postby John Kingma » Thu May 09, 2013 7:24 am

I've seen that logo before a couple times... I'm pretty sure Mark is right about it being "PAN".
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Re: Help with Identifying a brand logo

Postby Mario Proulx » Thu May 09, 2013 9:55 am

It's a Pan. My brother has one....
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Re: Help with Identifying a brand logo

Postby Aaron Helt » Thu May 09, 2013 1:19 pm

One look at that headstock and man do the memories come back. Back in Jr High, there was a store near my house where several Pan guitars hung. I remember several looked like Gibson SGs. I had no means, so I just did a lot of looking.
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Re: Help with Identifying a brand logo

Postby Patrick Kirkham » Sat May 25, 2013 9:35 am

Looks like the ol' Hofner "staples" single coil pickups.
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