Thanks in advance for any info. I have searched and have not been able to find anything. What I have found says this brand was/is of Japanese manufacture and they were known for cheap copies of American guitars.
Background: This is my main acoustic. I was visiting relatives in San Francisco in the early '90s and was jonesing badly, so I rented a guitar from a music store... this one. I fell in love. I couldn't give it back and ended up buying it. Don't remember how much, but it couldn't have been over a few hundred dollars.
Its really a fantastic guitar. It has great sustain, plays really well even at the high frets, has a comfortable neck. In short it plays and sounds great. It does not in any way seem cheaply made really. I recently took it in to get it cleaned up and get a new bridge saddle on it, and it was like I came home with a new guitar.
Anyway, I'd love more info on the model or brand. Pics below. Thanks again.
Here's the label. It says "Denver Guitar, The Asama, Model #W2000
Post by whitehouseblues on Feb 2, 2011 0:48:14 GMT -5
I don't have any info but I have an identical guitar. I traded for it at Fat Dog's shop in Berkeley in 1991 or so..., not certain. I spent several hours picking out the one to trade for and the Asama was it. Seems pretty well made to me but I'm no expert. If you find out any more, let me know and if I find out any more, I'll tell you, OK? WhiteHouseBlues
I also have the identical guitar. Had it for 30 odd years. I agree this is an amazing guitar for the money. I - like you - have tried to find out more because it is that good. The brass bits really add to it. I retained the brass everywhere but customised it in the 80's to add a slim line pickup under the rear bridge. AMAZING sound. Asama was mostly electrics and they were as previously stated - great value for money. Anyone that plays mine is amzed by the sound and playability. Great to see another one around. I will never part with mine.
I have an Asama electric with the identical headstock logo. Beautiful guitar, as is yours. Bought for £250 from a work colleague but plays and sounds like a far more expensive guitar. Can't find much info on them other than possibly built by the Tombo guitar company in Japan in the 80's.