Jul 22, 2016
Dec 31, 2014
Apparently, little is known about Jedson guitars. This site is intended to be a place where information about the guitars can be combined for the benefit of anyone having an interest in them. They may not be collectable guitars; however they certainly are rare!
The main website is located at http://jedsonguitars.net
It you have any information to share or if you are the owner of a Jedson guitar, we would love to hear from you! info@jedsonguitars
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Sep 9, 2014
Aug 4, 2014
I would like to build a table of specifications for the various Jedson guitar models, particularly the acoustic guitars. I can provide details for the F907, but would love to have specs for the various Dreadnought and 12-string guitars.
Some of the specs I would like to show are:
Back and sides material (assume laminated.) Most are Mahogany or Rosewood.)
Top material (laminated or solid). Most appear to be sitka spruce.
Neck material (most are Mahogany.)
Fingerboard material (most are E. Indian Rosewood.)
Logo (inlay, printed, mounted badge etc.)
Model number printed on label
Serial number if it exists (inside guitar on neck block in most cases.)
Depth at neck
Depth at heel
Width at upper bout
Width at waist
Width at lower bout
Diameter of sound hole
Width of fingerboard at 12th fret
Width of fingerboard at nut
Type of tuners (open or closed)
And anything else you think is unique and you want to share.
Jan 22, 2014
Jan 4, 2014
Mar 26, 2012
Sep 9, 2011
Any comments or suggestions are welcome. I will make a few more updates, including adding more photos soon ...
Sep 8, 2011
At least two, but probably more, Jedson models are identical to Terada models. Because of this,
Aug 29, 2011
Jul 27, 2010
Can you please examine the back and sides of your guitars and try to determine whether yours has laminated wood or solid? I believe, based on examination of my own, that these acoustics are made of solid wood from top to back. I am 100% sure that the tops are solid spruce.
Apparently, all of the Jedson (and other Terada-made) guitars of the period have laminate sides and back. The higher-end models have solid tops. A few models (mainly early ones or cheaper) have laminated tops. From what I have seen, the T1000 is a cheaper version of the F907. The T1000 has a laminated top versus the solid top on the F907.
Jul 12, 2010
I asked the provider of the catalog information if I can post some of the content on the blog and/or the jedsonguitars.net website. If I get an approval, I will post the interesting content.
I can tell you that one acoustic guitar model looks just like my F907 except that it has a tailpiece. I suspect that Jedson made the guitars in house back in the 30's but outsourced the manufacture around the time Dallas merged with Arbiter. Outsourced to Japanese guitar makers obviously.
As you might see from the recent posts under the "Post here if you have a Jedson Acoustic" topic, Ian and I have concluded that several of the 70's Jedson acoustics models were made by Yamaki in Japan.
Nov 22, 2009
May 8, 2009
Apr 30, 2009
Did you know that Jedson (J.E. Dallas) was primarily a drum maker? Drums and Banjos were the first Jedson products and many collectors view these as much more collectable. Guitars seemed to be an afterthought,and that was right before the brand was discontinued and Dallas Arbiter fell apart. Of course, the lap steel is the most sought after Jedson instrument. Below is a Jedson snare drum that recently sold on eBay.
Aug 5, 2008
Apr 15, 2008
I found this thin-line hollow archtop model and had it shipped from the UK to the USA. It literally came out of the closet after 35 years! It's in mint++ condition, almost as new. See the photo gallery for detailed photograph.
I'll do a full writeup, but here's what I found so far.
* The entire body is laminated -- looks like Maple
* The neck is made of some sort of strange laminated hardwoodlot of them!
* Bound body and neck -- not high quality binding
* Very dark stained rosewood fingerboard (almost as dark as
ebony) having small and low frets.
* There is no headstock angle -- there is a straight run from
the tuning pegs to the tremolo
* The only indication that Jedson (Dallas Arbiter) had anything
to do with this guitar is the badge on the headstock. The
badge is a glued on piece of thin metal with the Jedson
logo painted on -- very cheap
* Full wooden floating bridge -- compensated saddle and base.
Since the saddle is like new, I will see how it plays. I suspect
there will intonation issues and will probably replace it with a
tunomatic roller bridge.
* Dual P-90 style single-coil pickups.
* The pots/knobs are very stable and smooth turning -- a little
more pressure is required to turn these than on my other
electrics -- seems like high-quality electronics.
* The neck is pretty straight -- better be with all that laminated
More to come!
UPDATE: Since my original post, three additional samples were discovered. One was listed on eBay ad two other owners came forward and discussed theirs.
Nov 1, 2007
Beautiful Gibson Super Jumbo (SJ200) copy!
Images provided by owner, Henning, in the UK
Differences from the Gibson
--Slightly different bridge, although at least one model SJ-200 has this bridge
--Jedson has three-piece back
See the rest of the photos in the gallery