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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 2 Jun 2016 11:12 am     Reply with quote

Samick Archtop. Model #HJ650TR/AV Korean built L5 style. 3 7/8, 17 1/8.

Not your run of the mill Samick Jazz Box. Limited edition, 25½ long scale, maple body w/ spruce top, abalone purfling and MOP inlays. Bound maple pickguard.

Gold hardware and Vibrato tailpiece 2 HB pickups. Schaller strap loks.

Ebony or ebonized fingerboard and bridge with thumbwheel adj.

Transparent red/burst. I expect it's all laminated wood except the spruce top.

Economy grade plush lined hard case.

It's the same model Ray Benson had a bunch of artists autograph and then auctioned off for some benefit or western swing promotion if I remember correctly.

I bought it just a few months old in '95, I think from Guitar Emporium in Louisville.

I hardly play it. Probably hasn't been out more than a dozen times in the last 15 yrs.

Has a good set up with D'Addario CG24 Chromes Jazz Light 11's and plays easy.

Issues are the faded gold on the pickup covers and vibrato and a few light scratches here and there. No digs or gouges.

$1250+ whatever FedEx insured shipping costs to your location.
US Postal money orders, verifiable checks. Forum members in conus. PM with interest, questions, etc.










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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 8 Jun 2016 6:01 am     Reply with quote

For those not familiar with the Samick name, they have been building guitars for many brands for many years. Names like Washburn, Epiphone, some Gibsons and many others including custom builds and were associated with Valley Arts Guitars in California.


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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 8 Jun 2016 7:53 am     Reply with quote

I love Samick jazz boxes!
I have a couple and they are the choice of my guitar player.
I have several major brand guitars but he always picks the Samick. Very Happy
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 20 Jun 2016 7:27 am     Reply with quote

Thanks Erv. They do play and sound nice. A lot of brand name guitars people are playing came out of the Samick factories with their own labels attached. The lion's share of Korean built instruments were Samicks.

Anyway, this one is a pre Greg Bennett era guitar, modeled after the Gibson® L5, I guess the Citation® model. It's a great playing and sounding guitar with a good old time arch top acoustic sound when not plugged in.

Maybe priced too high for the name, but not for this guitar and these gorgeous appointments. I'll let it ride a few days longer.


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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 21 Jun 2016 6:58 am     Reply with quote

still here

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Paul Arntson


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Washington, USA
Post Posted 23 Jun 2016 2:34 pm     Reply with quote

I used to have one of these. I can vouch for what truly great instruments they are!
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 23 Jun 2016 4:00 pm     Reply with quote

I really appreciate your input Paul. I probably should keep it, but I'm headed more toward a pure acoustic experience. Not that this one doesn't have a good acoustic voice. It does, but I'm looking for more of a martinesque D28 type of tone.

I bought the guitar to play in swing and light jazz circles, but all the people in that community that I knew have either passed or moved on, nothing to do so it just sits.
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 11 Jul 2016 3:51 am     Reply with quote

$1250 + s/h.

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David Mason


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Cambridge, MD, USA
Post Posted 12 Jul 2016 2:47 am     Reply with quote

My favorite soldbody of late has been a Samick RL660 - they were making them side-by-side with the high-end Schecters, Epiphones, thoes Guild-ish DeArmonds that were kicking around... Cort is another one who's OWN best work is as good as a Cort by a "name-ier" name. This guy lays out most of the current outsourcers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqV-hJeRIBc
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 15 Apr 2017 8:01 am     Reply with quote

still here Sad

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Tom Miele


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Michigan, USA
Post Posted 15 Apr 2017 11:41 pm     Samick Big Jazz Box Reply with quote

Jerry: I sent you a PM. Cool
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 4 May 2017 5:26 pm     Reply with quote

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