Oct 3, 2007

Post here If you have a Jedson Acoustic

97 comments:

James said...

Hi folks,
I'd just like to say, "Hallelujah, I found the promised land!!!" I've finally found some people who appreciate Jedson guitars as much as I do.
As the very proud owner of a 12-string Jedson, model number W924, I am delighted, at last, to find out some of the background to the company who made it.
I bought it from a friend, over twenty years ago, for £40, who subsequently bought a Guild 12-string for £600 (mid 1980's): with which he was disappointed, but would never admit it!!! The Jedson was just given to him, free, because he was a talented guitarist and it had been sitting in their cupboard for years - unused.
He was disappointed in the Guild he bought not just because it had an inferior sound, but also because he had allowed himself to be beguiled by the kudos of the name: he was too embarrassed to try them side-by-side in the shop!
I find that Phosphor Bronze strings, 0.12 guage - 1st, sound best, Rotosounds,if you can find them now: big, round bass notes and a singing treble, with a sustain that's as long as a donkey's ****.
In testimony: wherever I go, the guitar always gets complements on the quality of its sound and one or two admiring glances from people of a certain age: ageing "Folkies," who remember the brand but didn't buy one at the time.
In response to one of the comments beside one of the 12-string guitars on this site: they ALL have serial numbers and model numbers.
If the ink on the label has faded, then looking at the end-block, just under the fingerboard, will reveal the serial number, 6 digits; and the model number, letters and digits.
I will post some photographs soon, best wishes, Jim Flynn.

Mark E said...

Thanks for your comment James! When you are able to, please send your photos to info@jedsonguitars.com

I look forward to seeing them and adding them to our Jedson gallery.

If you have any background info to share, that would be great.

Interesting comment about the serial and model number. My 6-string has the date of manufacture on the neck block, although it also has the serial number on the label. There isn't 100% consistency in how these are labeled.

Anonymous said...

I have a 6 string model 9000, purchased new for £20 in 1972 (I think) in one of the guitar shops in the west end of London. The sound was vastly superior to anything else in its price range at the time, and it still sounds good today. Looking at images on the web, I can see that it's a pretty close copy of a Martin D18 (earlier shape), so it's not surprising that it sounds good!

I haven't played it much in recent years, but reading the posts here has prompted me to dig it out and give it a try.

John

Mark E said...

John, thanks for your comments. If you have any photographs and/or specific details about the guitar, please let me know so I can post them.

--Mark

Stephen B said...

I have a 1968 Jedson acoustic my father bought in about 1973 much to the chargrin of my mother who didn't understand why a pianist needed a 6 string guitar he couldn't and never would be able to play, as she put it when the kids needed new shoes. Mum never was artistic.

He gave it to me years ago because he could see I wanted to have a go.

The guitar has a lovely tone spoiled a little by the pointless adjustable bridge. I say pointless because the action is perfect and there is no reason to adjust it. As a result the contact with the main bridge is reduced. So robbing it of some finer tonal qualities that some budget priced Fenders of the 70s had and for some reason they used the nastiest tuners you can imagine. I kept them for authenticity until one day in 2006 i accidently knocked the guitar over it fell against a table and the 6th E tuner snapped off and I replaced the three on that side with three nearly the same I may do the other 3 one day. Its all original apart from that and its a treat to play. I have had many superbe guitarists ask for a "little go" and its usually a fight to get it off them again and usually results in fairly tempting financial offers.

It's has sentimental value though being one of the special things my dad gave me. So no is always the answer I think even if I was starving I would try to raise money playing it( I may get paid to stop however)rather than part with it.

I think its is a very good example of the model. I have never seen another one I also had a derelict Jedson electric which was in the Telecaster style but mum didnt see the need for thast either and along with my 1950s Valve amp and a Marconi pre war radio set was donated to the bin men who no doubt put them on whatever we used as Ebay back in the day.

Mark E said...

Stephen, can you send some photographs? It sounds like your acoustic is different than the others we found ... eh?

skywalker27 said...

I just aquired my Jedson FW913 from a freind a few days ago but Im not all that familiar with the name. It was originally his dads but none of his family plays it anymore he said that I could just have it. Cool right! Its lost a little tone I think but it still sounds pretty good. still has that nice flokie feeling to it that I like. I also have an Alverez acoustic, a 1906 Gibson Mando-Cello (which I also just acquired for free) that I am getting appraised, and a washburn electric. Just a little side note about the mandolin, I saw a model just like it being sold on ebay for $2,500.00! I'm pretty excited about that too. But my real quetion that I was kinda curious about was how rare Jedsons really are. I mean what kind of price range are we talking here? write back soon!

skywalker27 said...

I just acquired a Jedson FW913 from a friend but I'm not that familiar with the brand. I originally belong to my freinds father who no longer plays it anymore and either does anyone else in the family so he just told me that I could take it. cool right!I think its lost a little bit of its tone over the years but it still sounds pretty good. I mean it still has that cool folkie tone in it which I love. Well anyways I was just curious about the actual rarity of the guitar and the brand in general. I mean what kinda price range are awe talking about here? I also own an alverez acoustic, a washburn electric, and a 1906 Gibson Mando-Cello that I also acquired for free. I'm hoping to take it somewhere to get it appraised and stuff soon. But just a little side note, I saw a similar model on Ebay on sale for 2,500. sweet huh!well thats all I wanted to ask. your site is really informational.write back soon!

Mark E said...

skywalker,
The $2,500 guitar you saw on eBay never had a single bid. In fact, instead of "watchers", there were probably a lot of "laughers." There's no way the guitar is worth that much, especially in the condition it was in. I am not sure what the seller was thinking.

A good price for the FW913 is probably around $300-$500 right now. If we continue to generate excitement, then maybe the value of the guitars will rise. All someone has to do is play one and they will realize that they are well made and of high-quality materials.

--Mark

skywalker27 said...

Yeah I guess I was getting my hopes up a little. I was still surprised that it was that old though when I got it. The one I have has a crack in it though so I would prolly have to get it fixed before I try to sell it. I know you probably dont specialize in Gibson Mandolins, lol, but do you think you could give me a rough guestimate as to what price range it would fall into? It can be as wide as you want. I'm just totally clueless at this point until I get it to a shop or an appraiser.
But back to the Jedson, I couldn't believe how little info that I found on the internet about them because I didnt really think that it was all that special of a guitar it was when I brought it home. I know now though! One more question just popped into my head though. What kind of strings do you recomend using for it. I have some used elixer strings that I had on my old guitar on there now (just to see how it played) but I kinda want to buy some new ones for it. Thanks for your time.

Mark E said...

I don't really know much about mandolins. I suggest you research what they are worth by scanning the Internet for dealers who have them. I think there's some sort of a blue-book that might have pricing info.

I was using Martin med-light Acoustic Bronze, but I switched to D'Addario Phosphor Bronze and I like them much, much better.

Jake Priddle said...

Hi, i have a FW913 which i use regularly and sounds awesome! i had no idea Jedsons were rare or anything... its been in my house for as long as i can remember and i guess this guitar got me interested in playing...

Mark E said...

Jake,
They are very rare, but the vintage guitar experts yawn when the subject comes up. Anyway, especially the acoustics are of high quality for their price when they were available.

Thanks for posting ... Mark

Katie said...

Hi,

I have a Jedson 9000, which I acquired about 25 years ago. I know nothing of the make, how common it is or how much it is worth; other than your site there seems to be little info. Can you help?

Thanks

Katie

Mark E said...

Hi Katie,

The 9000 seems to be one of the more prevalent models, along with the FW913 which is also a dreadnought. I think the 9000 is an older model.

Nearly all of the information about Jedson guitars is on my website http://jedsonguitars.net

These guitars are pretty rare, but their value is not really appreciated by those who don't own one. I have been trying to stir up some attention and it seems to have helped ...

Katie said...

Hi Mark,

Thanks for replying, for some reason when I checked I didn't see your response, so I posted again - sorry! Obviously no need to reply again!

I guess I was just surprised that there are so few around and if anything happened to my guitar, God forbid (even though I don't play very well!) I thought I would be able to replace it, but it seems I might be struggling so I better take better care of it!

Thanks again.

Katie.

Anonymous said...

hey!its Robert in Memphis. I got a Jedson f907 in 1977. Is has ser# 290972. In 1999 I found a Jedson TR1000 in a pawn shop here.SER# 220572. almost the same as the 907, except for two little inlaid dots on the bridge, and very straight grained rosewod for the back and sides. (my 907 has wildly figured rosewood back and sides.) both differ from the ones pictured one this web site in that the bridge pins are in a straight line, not curved. I have replaced the adj. bridge on both of them with a bone replacement saddle, much improving their sound. I love both of my Jedson guitars, they sound almost as good as the Martins oo's they are copies of. I would not part with them at any price. I have over thirty acousitc guitars, and value my Jedsons as among my finest sounding instruments!!! I will try to send some pix soon to the Jedson web sit so all can see these impressive Japanese guitars from the 70's! rehii at yahoo.com

Mark E said...

Hi Robert,
Thanks for posting. I haven't heard of a model TR1000 and would love to see some photos. The back on the F907 sounds interesting too. If you can send the photos to info@jedsonguitars.com, I will post them on the website (and add one or two to this blog.) Replacing the adjustable bridge on my F907 made a huge difference as well. The guitar sounds at least as good as any Martin 000 I have played. It has a much fuller tone maybe because the tonewoods are so well seasoned.

Mark E said...

I should add that I have found very few Jedson electrics in the US, but the acoustics seem to be more prevalent (I have found about five so far :-) I only own one, so don't everyone start emailing me :-)

People think I am a dealer and I've had several requests for lap steels. If I had one, I don't think I would be tempted to give it up.

matt said...

hey, i have a jedson 9000. i got it for a tenner and it's the best guitar i've ever bought!

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Anonymous said...

Jedson F907 here. New York. My dad bought it in the early 70's late 60's in NY.

A little rough around the edges but still plays great.

Mark E said...

Wow, another F907 in the US. There are quite a few here.

matthew said...

hi! i have a jedson 9000 dreadnought acoustic. i bought it for 10 pounds at a car boot sale. i didn't realise the value of it until last year, when i began to play it again. the sustain on the thing is terrible but it's got such a distinctive tone!

Mark E said...

Did you put on new strings when you took it out last year? That is probably the source of your sustain problem if you haven't. You will hear the tone improve dramatically as well.

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Ian the Dog said...

I've just bought an FW913, s.no. 170547, from a lady here in Dubai. She was given it years ago by her parents, but it never got played that much and the frets are like new. It has minor scratches but the construction is 100% sound and the action is just perfect!

Everything you guys say about Jedson is true - the sound is right up there in the Martin/Gibson quality bracket. I have an 1972 Epiphone FT147 dreadnaught from the same era, probably similar price new (£75) and the Jedson blows it away in every respect.

FYI an FW913 was just sold thru Ebay in UK for £170. These guitars are way undervalued!

Mark E said...

Ian, thank you for posting. It appears that your FW913 uses an actual serial number. Some of the other models have the date of manufacture printed inside on the neck-block.

I haven't played a dreadnought, but I bet they have a very full yet bright tone.

Keep new strings on it and it would sound wonderful for another 30+ years!

Ian the Dog said...

Mark - that's the number printed on the neck-block, it's faded but I don't think it's the date.

Some of your pix show the pegs arranged in a curve, whereas mine are in a stright line - and unfortunately there's a crack in the rosewood along this line. Makes me wonder if the curve was a later development to avoid this problem?

Saw another FW913 sold this month on Ebay for £170 - about what I paid. Seems cheap for a guitar of such quality.

Mark E said...

Ian, I agree ... I don't think it is a date either. On some other Jedsons is is a date


Here's the FW913 gallery if you haven't seen it. If you have some photos that you would like to add, please let me know.

http://www.pbase.com/merlenmeyer/jedson_fw913

Sean's FW913 has a serial number in the same place
http://www.pbase.com/merlenmeyer/image/91441415

My F907 seems to have a date on its neck block
http://www.pbase.com/merlenmeyer/image/85844355
9-7-1972 seems right since I purchased it in May 1973.

Ian the Dog said...

I notice that mine (170547)is only one digit away from Sean's (180547). Both have the straight pin arrangement. Assuming they were still being built in 1974, could the last 2 digits be simply a reversal of the year code? Were it a true serial number you'd expect the last digit to change, not the second. If you have a list of 'serial numbers' you could check if this idea holds water.

Mark E said...

Ian, I understand your logic about the possible year of manufacture. I am not sure how anyone can prove one way or another.

My theory is: the different models may not have all been built by the same manufacturer in Japan. Based on my research, I think the dreadnought models were made by Yamaki in Japan; however, when I contacted them I didn't get an answer -- don't remember if the didn't know or if they didn't respond. The email is long gone I am afraid.

The JW837 is the prize Jedson acoustic -- I have no idea who built that one -- maybe Gibson :-)

http://www.pbase.com/merlenmeyer/jedson_jw837

Ian the Dog said...

I agree with you on Yamaki! There's a YM-400 on Ebay at the moment that's so similar to mine, better tuners and bridge but same shape, headstock and decoration. Apparently they couldn't use the Yamaki name outside Japan, hence Daion in USA and (presumably)Jedson in UK. That JW837 is gorgeous, and clearly not a Yamaki.

Mark E said...

Ian, it sounds like you have a lot of background information on the Japanese guitar makers of that period of time. If you have anything you want to contribute to my history page, I would love to have it. I will give you full credit for the info of course.

Ian the Dog said...

Mark, you give me way too much credit. I'm no expert, just did some research on the web!

The Yamaki-Jedsons were clearly a cut-down spec of the Yamaki. Almost all Yamaki acoustics of the period have superior features: sealed tuners (Yamaha?), internal truss rod adjustment (no access panel on the headstock), and fixed bridge. The bridge conversion you posted brings it closer to Yamaki spec.

Although Yamaki made some very expensive guitars, most of the ones coming up on Ebay include '30' as part of the model number (eg YW-30), indicating a 30,000 Yen (~$200) original price tag - not the cheapest, but mid range. Yamaki-Jedsons would presumably have been cheaper.

BTW - did you know Yamaki also made acoustics for Washburn?
That's about as much (semi-relevant) info as I have!

Ian the Dog said...

Here's a pic of a 1981 Yamaki FW50, it's on sale thru Ebay UK: http://s914.photobucket.com/albums/ac346/moonshiner82/Yamaki%20YW-50-12/?action=view&current=yamakiyw50032.jpg. See the 'serial number'? Last 2 digits are 18 and it is known to be a 1981 model. I think this supports my theory that the 'serial number' of Yamaki-Jedsons is in fact a thinly disguised date.

Straggs said...

Hi all,
I after reading all these comments about serial numbers & date codes I decided to look inside my 9000 acoustic, mine has a number but not on the neck block as seems usual but printed on the back panel of the guitar, it reads 72-830 this I assume must be the date of manufacture 30-08-1972.
I've also noticed that mine differs from other 9000's, some have a wider headstock & the shape of the neck block where it joins the body is pointy where as mine is rounded so maybe they weren't all made by the same manufacturer ?

one thing they seem to have in common is the bridge splitting in two, mine has had major sugery at some point in the past, but it does not seem to affect the tone & unlike an earlier post saying the 9000 had no sustain, mine will sustain into the middle of next week, this maybe because I replace my strings often, I even manage to trim the ends off tidily, not bad for a U.K. Jedson owner :o)

Mark E said...

Straggs,
Thank you for posting information about your 9000. I haven't seen a lot of variation between samples based on photos (I can't find Jedson acoustics in the USA :-(

A couple of us have concluded that the manufacturer might have been Yamaki. Maybe Dallas provided requirements to more than one manufacturer. It's very confusing.

If you have any decent photos you want me to post, please email them to me. Thanks!

Mark E said...

Tone and sustain.

I think that many vintage guitar owners are leaving their strings on too long. If you have a Jedson and the strings are pretty old, try a new set and you will be "blown away" by the depth and clarity, and the excellent sustain. The well seasoned woods really contribute to wonderful tone.

Ian the Dog said...

Having recently acquired a Yamaki F-150, I'm slightly less convinced about the Jedson/Yamaki link. The FW-913 has a scale length of 650mm, whereas all the Yamakis appear to have used a 640mm scale length. Also the Jedson does not have the distinctive neck joint that Yamaki used.

Mark E said...

So we are back to the drawing board ... my second suspect is Yairi. Of course there is a strong resemblance ... everyone wanted to look like a Martin back in those days.

Mark E said...

Hi all, I would like some opinions. I was thinking about removing the Tor-Tis pickguard and installing a more Martin-like black one. My F907 is no longer vintage -- I reworked the bridge/saddle. Thanks ...

http://www.pbase.com/merlenmeyer/image/87726220/medium.jpg

Richard said...

Hi, last weekend i bought a Jedson acoustic guitar on a market. I am not sure about the model but it seems to be a 9000.
It was in need of some new strings and a liitle bit work to the neck and saddle but it plays and sounds great.

where can i post some pics?

Mark E said...

Richard, you can email me the photos and I will post them on the PBase site http://www.pbase.com/merlenmeyer/jedson_9000

Please send them to infoATjedsonguitars.com (replace the AT with the appropriate character.)

Thanks!

Ian the Dog said...

Mark - as you say, it's hard to distinguish one Japanese Martin copy from another! There's a very comprehensive Japanese Yamaki fan-site which lists other brands they made - but doesn't mention Jedson. However Yamaki made dozens of Martin lookalike models over the years, so it's perfectly possible they made some/all Jedson acoustics. I just hoped to see some specific similarity that would nail it, and it's not there.
Anyway, I've changed the crappy tuners for Grovers, done the same bone saddle conversion as you (but not as pretty - temporary measure until I can get a new complete bridge) and it sounds even better!

Ian the Dog said...

Mark - as you say, it's hard to distinguish one Japanese Martin copy from another! There's a very comprehensive Japanese Yamaki fan-site which lists other brands they made - but doesn't mention Jedson. However Yamaki made dozens of Martin lookalike models over the years, so it's perfectly possible they made some/all Jedson acoustics. I just hoped to see some specific similarity that would nail it, and it's not there.
Anyway, I've changed the crappy tuners for Grovers, done the same bone saddle conversion as you (but not as pretty - temporary measure until I can get a new complete bridge) and it sounds even better!

Ian the Dog said...

Finally, I have a result. I am almost 100% sure that the JW 813 (SJ200 copy) was made by MARUHA GAKKI. (And if you think Yamaki is obscure, try finding info on Maruha!) I am emailing you some pix of another (different model) Maruha instrument, but the similarities are obvious: unique bridge shape, headstock shape, bell-shaped truss rod cover, and elaborate decoration. Like Yamaki, they also went out of business around '85, and their guitars are highly prized. Does that mean they made the FW913 etc? The style is so different that I'm not convinced - but it's possible.

72 Degrees said...

Hi,

Another Jedson 9000 here in the UK.

Not my first guitar - that was some undidentified instrument I was given as a 16th birthday present too long ago to remember the make.

The 9000 was bought second hand in 1986. From what the shop told me at the time and what I've read here it is probably early 70's.

I also have a Sigma now and joint ownership of a Takamine, but I still like to get the old Jedson out from time to time.

Mark E said...

Ian,
I did a quick search (while on a conference call :-) and didn't find much on Maruha Gakki. I did find some info/pics of Martin dreadnought models but nothing like the Jedson JW837. Can you send me the photos you are referring to?
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Thanks!

Mark E said...

Ian, how about Tokai?
http://www.tokairegistry.com/tokai-info/tokai-j200-review.html
Or Taka?
http://theonesthatgotaway.blogspot.com/2008/02/taka-j-200-copy.html

Saw a couple of references to Ventura and Antoria SJ-200 copies
And Cortley, Cortez
http://cortleyguitars.tripod.com/CF85.html


A Cortez SJ-200 on eBay
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370392189135&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.ebay.com%3A80%2F%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dp3907.m570.l1313%26_nkw%3D370392189135%26_sacat%3DSee-All-Categories%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1

This is enough to keep our detective work going for a while longer :-)

Mark E said...

Found an Alvarez copy (probably Yamaki made)
http://www.jvguitars.com/showproduct.pl?id=1233599569

Mark E said...

Oh ... how about the Ibanez Concord ?

http://www.ibanezwiki.com/display/CATALOG/1976+-+Ibanez+Flattop+Guitars+-+Concord+Series+-+Guitars

Ok .. back to work now :-)

26tiki said...

Hi, I have a Jedson acoustic TR1000 in absolute mint condition that I got for free! The previous owner said if I could play her a song on it, I could have it as she didn't play - what an awesome deal a??!! I know next to nothing about guitars but I know I love to play it and I love the sound. I wish I knew more about it. Meantime Im a very proud owner;)

Mark E said...

26tiki,

You are the second person to mention model TR1000. I have never seen one. Can you send photographs? I would like to make sure I have all the Jedson models represented on the website. Thanks!

Mark

Ian the Dog said...

Mark
Impressive research! I've looked at all the sites and my comments are as follows:
Tokai - no, that shows the 'moustache' bridge.
Taka - closer, but the trussrod cover isn't the 'bell' shape, and the bridge points aren't as sharp as the Jedson/Maruha.
Cortley/Cortez - exactly same comments as Taka - guess they came from the same factory.
Alvarez - back to the 'moustache' bridge again.
I've re-sent the pix to your new address. Have a look, I'm still pretty convinced by Maruha. Seems they were mainly an OEM manufacturer which is why the Maruha name is less known - most of their products had other labels (seems like there are dozens of these no-name brands out there).

Ian the Dog said...

I've found another previously undocumented model! Jedson F-130, very similar to the W-130 but in a 000 rather than dreadnaught shape. Single piece (therefore plywood) back, non-adjustable saddle, bell-shaped truss rod cover - looks to me like another Maruha. Am emailing the pix.

Mark E said...

Sounds interesting Ian. I look foreward to receiving the photos. Will post them as soon as I can.'

Thanks

Mark E said...
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Ian the Dog said...

I’ve spent considerable time since buying my FW-913 in trying to confirm who actually manufactured these great acoustics. Yamaki was the first suspect, but having compared actual Yamaki and Jedson examples there were no real similarities. Some of the models bore resemblance to Maruha, but I have now come to the definite conclusion that most – if not all – were made by TERADA. The first clue was the rather distinctive Jedson black and gold truss rod cover, identical to a design used by Terada. Subsequently I have found references to Terada models using identical model numbers to the Jedsons, including JW-837, TR-1000 and FW-913. There are also photos of Terada-made guitars with the same undivided back and bell-shaped truss-rod cover as the F-9000 and W-130 – models I had earlier thought to be from Maruha.

In the 1970's Terada had three plants in the Nagoya area and produced more than 10,000 guitars per month, many of which went under the ‘Thumb’ label. They also built Orville and Epiphone guitars among others. High-end Gretsch hollow-bodies have been built there since the mid 80's, although Terada no longer produce acoustics.

Sadly, information on Terada is even more scarce than that on Yamaki. Enquiries to their factory reveal that the average age of their staff is under 30, so no-one there knows anything about the great acoustics they built back in the ‘70s!

Mark E said...

Excellent! thanks for the great detective work Ian!

Anonymous said...

Above, someone who has signed off as John said "I have a 6 string model 9000, purchased new for £20 in 1972 (I think) in one of the guitar shops in the west end of London. The sound was vastly superior to anything else in its price range at the time, and it still sounds good today."

Ditto - I bought mine at much the same time, for £19, from a shop actually underneath the Centrepoint tower block, on the street that runs through the middle. I'm still playing it.

Geoff

Christophe Bordello said...

Hi all!

I don't know if it's the done thing to advertise guitars for sale here, but I have a Jedson F907 I'm planning to let go soon. If anyone's interested please drop me a line in the next week, to stop it going to ebay! I'm going to post this comment by signing into my Gmail account, so hopefully you can click on a link to mail me direct. If not it's chris gatland gmail dot com

I'm in the UK by the way (nr Portsmouth)

Cheers
Chris

Mark E said...

Chris,
Since this is my personal blopg, I don't have a problem with sales notices being posted. I might change my mind if it starts to happen more than I like.

I don't know how many people follow the blog, so you might wind up putting it on eBay anyway. Acoustic Jedsons are more valuable than other models so you shold do well. If you have photos to post, please let me know. Thanks ...

Mark

kipling490 said...

Hi! Great blog by the way... I've got a beautiful Jedsin 12-string Acoustic Dreadnought W924, Serial No. 25447. That I was given in exchange for an electric Tokai Strat copy electric I was selling in the mid 80's. There is not a week goes by that I don't play it! It has sat on a stand in my living room everyday for over 25 years and it sounds as sweet today as it did when I first got it (probably better as my playing has improved since those early days!) and is still in pristeen condition. I wondered if you can tell from the S/No, what year it was originally made?

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys,

I have a Jedson JW837 made by Gibson. Can anyone tell me how much it's worth now?

Thanks
JI

Ian the Dog said...

Hi JI
The JW837 was definitely made by Terada. I haven't seen one sold recently, and value will be very dependent on condition. (Some of the asking prices you see on ebay are totally unrealistic and tend to distort peoples perception of what a guitar is 'worth'.) If you're serious to sell it, I'm interested.

Edna S said...

Hi, I have a Jedson FW913 that I bought from a music shop in 1972 for £30.58. It's in excellent condition as its hardly been played. My intention way back in the '70s was to teach myself to play. However, the years went by and I had a full time job but I kept my Jedson with the intention of learning to play it when I retired. Somehow that just hasn't happened. If I decide to sell it, how much do you think it's worth?

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

Edna, if you are in the USA, I would love to have that guitar. If you are, the the guitar is worth $50 USD :-)

Kidding aside, I think it would go for 150 - 200 GBP.

Anonymous said...

me and my dad recently found his old dreadnought and we both love it. we had to repair it but the sound is still really good we have tried to find more out about it but with no prevail. ours has the serial number 9000 on the inside. none of my friends have ever heard of jedson so this makes me believe it was not a large manufacturer

thanks cal

Paul said...

Hi all, in the UK here not far from Manchester. I am the proud owner of an F907 which I got from a house clearance about 4 years agofor just over £100 GBP. The guitar was removed from an attic and was in a bad way until i took it to my local dealer who restored it to its former glory for me! With a set of Martin acoustic strings and a reset neck, this little baby is my pride and joy!! The scuffs and scratches, dings and dents just add to its character and the bassy booms and resonance match up to my Gibson Hummingbird and my mates Martin D35easily!! The only thing is, I can't seem to finf the serial number anywhere on the guitar? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks;)

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

Hi Paul,

Take a look inside at the neck block. There should be 6 numbers. They probably represent the date of manufacture. It would be interesting to see what yours has.
Mark

Anonymous said...

Hi mate, I have had a Jedson J200 for 35 years and it was old when I got it. Plays really well. All in good condition with a nice antique look about it. Scratch plate cracked in the hot sun this summer, after all this time!! Not selling but it sounds rare!

Anonymous said...

Hi Everyone,
I bought a F907 off eBay recently. I'm in the UK. For the record I paid 143 pounds. I've had it for a good few weeks now and gave it a clean and put new Martin strings on it. So after the initial honeymoon period I can objectively comment on the instrument.
All I can say is that it is an incredible guitar. It feels incredible under the fingers, has an amazing tone, very resonant, great sustain and a sweet bass tone. I'm practising finger style at the moment and it is excellently suited to this.
And it just looks fantastic as the photos on this site attest. I'll get some photos of mine as soon as I can.
My other acoustic is a Maton which is a high-end guitar. It has a bigger body so the sound is that much bigger but I reckon the Jedson compares well.
Thanks for this site and blog as it helped my decide to bid as much as I did and hopefully my comments will help others who are considering buying one. (Sorry to the person who was bidding against me...)
My F907 was made 21st June 1972. It has a few dings and a slight bulge below the bridge but nothing to cause concern. I'll get it looked at by a luthier at some point.
It has an adjustable bridge which some have complained about. However, I found it really made it easy to set the action to as low as I can get without fret buzz. After restringing I put the bridge as low as possible then gently screwed the bridge up. Also, the guitar holds it tune very well.
Again, I hope my comments help. I'm very happy with price I paid as it is well worth it and I don't want to part with it. Happy to answer any questions anyone else may post. Mark (moderator) has my email address too.
Cheers,
Max (UK)

Rob said...

Hi,
I bought the Jedson 12 string acoustic on ebay a few weeks ago for £70.
I'm not that good a player but I just love the feel of the guitar!

It's great that this blog has given us a history of its origins, thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I bought my Jedson acoustic 12 string in 1972 from a shop called "Mamelocks" on Deansgate in Manchester-sadly no longer there. I paid £20 for it and it is still unmarked and my prize guitar amongst my very small collection.

Tony Mc

Anonymous said...

Hi all.
I have owned a Jedson FW 913 since 1974. My boyfriend of the time lent it to me,we parted and he never came back for the guitar. Strangely, his best friend found me on Friend's Reunited last week. He is a renowned guitarist and teacher. I said I still had the Jedson and he said it had been his before my boyfriend had it.

I wondered if we were going to have a Custody battle but he was delighted it was in good hands.

It travelled the folk clubs with me, it went to Music College with me, appeared on TV and starred in a radio show!

The number inside is 729 23.

The sound is great.

Thank you so much for the chance to share with you. Jedson seems to a bit of an enigma in the music world.

Lynn

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

Hi Lynn,
Thanks for the interesting story. Your guitar was made on 9/23/1972
Which is similar to the other Jedson acoustics. Are you in the USA?

Any links to the videos?

Arthur Vuijk said...

We own what I think is a Jedson 8 string Banjoline from around 1950. My grandfather purchased it and colud play it. I regret to say that my musical talent is close to zero. I will send some pictures to info@jedsonguitars.com.

Unfortunately one of the strings is missing but I stell have the original case.

Anonymous said...

Hi folks

I am a failed attempted guitarist, never progressed beyond chord strumming. I have a Jedson F907 which I bought new in Leeds around 1973. It's been stuck in the wardrobe wrapped in a bin liner for most of the last 20 years. I may sell it, or now I'm semi- retired I may start playing again, albeit not at all well. (I was listening to Gillian Welch's "I dreamed a highway" recently and thought that's dead easy chords at least, surely I can play that).

Anyway, there are a couple of broken strings and a broken peg. Any advice on what strings to buy. And are there different types of peg ?(shows what a non- musician I am!).

Steve D

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

Hi Steve,

I put Grover Sta-Tite tuning machines on my F907. They give it the vintage Martin look and are of good quality.


Recommended Strings:

D'Addario Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings

Elixir Light Polyweb Acoustic strings

Martin M540 Phosphor Bronze Light strings

I hope this helps...

Mark E

Kenneth Gordon said...

I have juts retrieved my Jedson 6 string acoustic guitar from my mums loft , re-srung it and committed to playing again. My father bough it in the 70' (I think) in the local branch of Clydesdales while I had my eye on an electric, the Jedson was my soul mate all through my teens. Greta sentimental value and all the fixtures and fittings are original. Juts a bit of wear around the sound hole at the scratch plate. The label says TR1000. And thanks to this website i now know it is a Terada made guitar. Looking forward to getting back into playing again.
Recommendations for opitmal strings anyone?
Ken

Kenneth Gordon said...

Hi all, hopefully fewer spelling mistakes this time. After a great email from Mark, I checked.
My Jedson has the model number TR1000 and serial number 220572.

Best regards
K

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

Ken, it looks like your guitar was made on May 22, 1972

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have recently purchased a beautiful 1969 Jedson J 200. it is a lovely guitar and sounds fantastic. The only slight fault it came with was a bent machine head. On changing the strings I decided I would try to straighten it out (at least a little) and surprise, surprise, have snapped it! I knew it was a risk but decided to try anyway. Consequently I am now looking to replace the machine heads as a set and could do with some advise as to what I should be looking for as a replacement. I am obviously looking to stay as true as possible to the originals (if indeed the ones that are on it are original. I have checked out what Gibson J 200's have on (generally seem to be tulip shaped perloid, which these are definitely not). The heads fitted are nickel or chrome kidney shaped with a 'bent arrow shaped' logo on them. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

Hi,
Congratulations on your purchase! It is a beautiful guitar.
If it was my guitar, I would not hesitate to replace the original tuners with some that might provide better stability. I assume you are in the UK, so you might want to look locally.

Schaller tuning machines like the ones at Stewart MacDonald's site below are suitable replacements.

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tuners/Guitar,_solid_peghead_tuners/Schaller_Tuners/Schaller_M-6_Guitar_Machines.html

I hope this helps...

Anonymous said...

Are the jedson acoustics solid wood? I'm looking at a j200 copy in maple

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

It appears that all Jedson acoustics have solid wood (spruce) tops. The jury is out on the sides and back. Some might be solid such as the JW837

Anonymous said...

I'm another Jedson player, have an FW 913. Date is illegible but I bought it new in Croydon England in the early '70's. I'm a luthier in Greendale Victoria, Australia.
The guitar is very well made, very stable, with apparently solid timbers -Spruce top, good quality Rosewood back and sides (remember in those days natural growth Rosewood was pretty cheap and abundant unlike today). Neck is good Mahogany. Sound is very good and compares well to many high-end guitars I've played.
I've seen a picture of Dave Gilmour playing one of these, but I can't remember if it was a 6 or 12 string. I've always wondered if that 12 stringer part on 'Wish you were here' was played on a Jedson 12. -Jools
http://www.whittakerdesign.com.au/guitars

Jim McGuirk said...

Hi all, Here's a Jedson FW913 being used to the full.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5whhJgTlig

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

Very cool Jim! Thanks for sharing...

Jan Willems said...

hello
i have a 1974 jedson .
it has a bulged belly now .
i am trying to get it fixed with hydrating the guitar .
the action is a bit high now the bridge is hanging forward .
got the trussrod at the max now .
i played it for a long time outdoors strumming it very hard .
the sound is ok but it is hard work to play accords .
i try to get some pics of it on this blog .

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

Jan,

Not sure if humidity will help. You might have some braces that have become loose or detached. Is this on the top or back? The raised bridge is a serious problem that can't be fixed with humidity. There is no point in playing it with the bridge is in that condition. Can you provide some pictures?

Mark

Pete Fisher said...

Hi.

I have a Jedson 9000 bought second hand from a classical guitar shop in Bearwood in 1987. Not the one there now but perhaps there is a link. I remember asking the owner to play it so I could hear it properly, so he proceeded to play in classical style on it! I got it because my new lady friend (now my wife) was a keen folkie and played 12 string (Yamaha). I'm not a natural musician but by dint of much practice and a few lessons I got to the stage I could do basic three chord trick songs and even finger picking. Unfortunately I fell off my motorcycle in a race in April and injured my left hand. A mallet finger injury to my ring finger has healed but I still can't quite get the finger tip down well enough yet to play a G - which is pretty essential for the folk repertoire ;)

My poor old Jedson also has a slightly bulged belly below the bridge and the high action doesn't help, so I'm trying to get back in to playing on my wife's Sigma.