I.D? Pawnshop buy

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by gearobsessed, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. gearobsessed

    gearobsessed Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2013
    new zealand
    Bought this SaeHan sj-99 acoustic at a pawnshop today
    I have never heard the brand, and with only 4 old strings on it, I have no idea what it sounds like but I just couldn't leave it there, it's so pretty!
    At a very random guess I would say it's Korean made, seems very solidly built and I'd guess it's somewhere around the 80's, but I'm throwing wild guesses out there. Looks too good to be Chinese of that era, and I would like to think if it was Japanese would have heard of the name before.
    Have to wait till payday to buy some strings for it
    Any ideas on the brand? A quick Google shows little info, and varying opinions.
    Anyway to tell if it's laminate other than looking around the sound hole?
    TIA IMG_20181106_102515.jpg
     
  2. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    SaeHan are now SungHan and the guitars are made by Qingdao Kyung Han Music Co.,Ltd here in China.

    found this on the WWW


    sj - might be small jumbo ? herringbone binding ? looks real nice !
     
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  3. gearobsessed

    gearobsessed Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2013
    new zealand
    I saw this, but saw two other contradictory claims... Some say this company made squiers in the 90's in Korea? Either way, she's a beauty!
    It weighs a fair amount, more than laminate guitars I've owned before, but it could just be that it's made from a heavier laminate then newer guitars.
    It is about the same weight as a solid top ibanez I had years ago.
     
  4. Eddie

    Eddie Dr. Squier

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    It's a beauty !!!
     
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  5. gearobsessed

    gearobsessed Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2013
    new zealand
    It sure is! Can't wait to string it up and see what it sounds like, even if it's not the best I only paid $80nzd ($50usd) and I've spent more than that on a bottle of single malt before!
     
  6. 5ofeight

    5ofeight Squier-Nut

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    Just play it man, If it sounds anywhere as good as it looks then you have won a watch..
     
  7. gearobsessed

    gearobsessed Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2013
    new zealand
    After a bit of digging, this company appears to have made guitars for vester and squier in the late 80's and 90's before being bought out by another company. They classed their own line of guitars as "fine instruments" but the most of the stuff they made were for vester and squier, mass produced stuff. It is in fact made in Korea, but manufacturing shifted to China after the SaeHan label was dropped.
     
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  8. Very nice … I wonder what kind of wood the top is made from?
    Cheers, Barrie.
     
  9. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    looks rosie ?
     
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  10. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    Great looking guitar. Hope it plays and sound as good as it looks.
     
  11. gearobsessed

    gearobsessed Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2013
    new zealand
    I'm n t entirely sure, my uncle (luthier) will know when I next visit him. I thought rosewood, it's certainly got plenty of weight behind it.
    The back and the sides are made from the same wood.
    Doesn't appear to be laminate, but who knows?
     
  12. Hotrodleroy

    Hotrodleroy Squier-holic

    Dec 7, 2011
    USA
    Man this reminds me of about a year ago there was a similar looking guitar at a pawn shop, I kept trying to get him off his price, but he won't budge. It was made of all solid wood and sounded great. I don't remember the name, but it said made in Japan and was quality, then one day it was gone. Haven't been back since. There's alot of good pickers around here, acoustics sell quicker than electric solid bodies.
     
  13. gearobsessed

    gearobsessed Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2013
    new zealand
    Yeah, I couldn't leave this one there it just had to come home with me.
     
  14. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Squier-Meister

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    Sep 6, 2014
    Va
    If that thing is not laminate, I'll eat my hat.

    But it's a looker!
     
  15. 5ofeight

    5ofeight Squier-Nut

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    Looks suspiciously like that there wooden wood to me Barrie, Of course i am no expert on this subject...lool
     
  16. gearobsessed

    gearobsessed Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2013
    new zealand
    New strings, new tuners, and new bone but and bridge pins. Sounds great!!! Def sounds laminate but bright and full sound.
    Truss rod needs some serious tweaking though!
     
  17. SquierTap

    SquierTap Squier-Nut

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    Beautiful, man... Looks like walnut! Aww, now I want one, lol...
     
  18. gearobsessed

    gearobsessed Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2013
    new zealand
    Thanks man, I have it set up now and it plays beautifully!
     
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  19. DougMen

    DougMen Squier-Nut

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    It looks a lot more like rosewood than walnut, but if it's rosewood I would expect it's not solid. Even back then that would have been too expensive a timber to use for a budget MIK guitar. And rosewood is too heavy of a timber to sound good as a top. I would hope that it's spruce with a very thin rosewood veneer, and that would have the potential at least to sound better.
    Tops need to be a thin softer wood to vibrate freely, usually some kind of evergreen, like spruce, pine, cedar, and redwood. Heavy hardwoods, like rosewood, mahogany, and maple, are good for back and sides, but not so much for tops IMO. Some people like all mahogany and koa guitars, but I'm not one of them. They may look nice, but I'm not fond of their sound.
     
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  20. spoonbill fish

    spoonbill fish Squier-Meister

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    Put some 8 's on it and you'll get the twang of you life.