Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Vintage 80's Des Lauriers DE60 and family rumors.

Once upon a time in the 1970's and early 80's, there was a guitar building boom at the Matsumoku Plant in Japan as well as a few others in Korea.  Brand names were pumped out to different markets in various countries.  Names like Aria Pro II, Vantage, Westbury, and Univox were common. Although, some others were not.  Like this little guy branded Des Lauriers.






Rumor has it this model (DE 60) was produced from 1975-1985 with not many to of been made.  It also was produced under another brand called Satellite in the UK.  Rumor also has it, that these were produced in Korea.  While other rumors say the Matsumoku Plant proper.

Satellite Branded DE60







There is not much to it really.  It was a single Humbucker reminiscent to a vintage DiMarzio with the hex head bolts.  The neck feels like an early Kramer Striker.  The head looks like that of a Westbury, Aria, and an electric MIJ Takamine.  

Westbury




Taks for days




This little guy is about a 3/4 size guitar.  Some have the wraparound stop tailpiece.  Some others have a standard tremolo.  Some have a volume and tone controls.  Some just have a single volume.  This must be from the Eddie Van Halen era.




In all this is a fun little guitar that wouldn't take up too much space in anyone's MIJ collection.


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