Oct 2, 2007

Post here If you have a Jedson Electric

55 comments:

Mark E said...

Several electric guitars and basses have been located. Please check them out: http://www.pbase.com/merlenmeyer/jedson_electric_guitars

Anonymous said...

Hey, i recently aquired a les paul jedson replica from the local pawn shop. It looks very similar to the black one pictured here, minus the pick guard, and a lot of the gold has faded, it seems rather old, and a peice of the outer edge of the fretboard in the first fret is chipped, not enough to hinder the playing though. However i noticed a difference between mine and the one pictured here, on the headstock of my guitar, where it says jedson, it is sticking out a little, like the jedson emblem is plastic or something glued on there... I was just wandering if anyone could help me figure out what year it was... and maybe the original price of the guitar or something... ill be checking back with the site, hope to hear somethin from someone who knows something about this guitar, thanks james

Mark E said...

Hi James,

Jedsons were manufactured between 1969 and 1974. Your Les Paul might be a '73 or '74 -- just a guess.

Information about the manufacturer is very scarce. It appears that Jedsons were made by more than one Japanese guitar builder.

Without photos, I can't tell if your guitar's logo is misplaced. It is probably like the others which have a the emblem glued on. Only the acoustics and the archtops had the logo inlaid. Some electrics had the logo painted on -- check out this Les Paul .... http://www.pbase.com/merlenmeyer/image/87973924

You guitar probably cost between 150 and 250 USD at the time

Anonymous said...

wow thanks for that info, loads of help man. I was also wondering the value of it now.. Is it pretty rare, i mean i asked a few of my buddies and none of them ever heard of it. I know it plays like a les paul too... I only paid $75 for it, you think that was a pretty good deal or what?

Mark E said...

$75 for the LP copy is an awesome price! Great deal ... enjoy the guitar.

Anonymous said...

hi,
i acquired a jedson from my mother who said she received it from her brother in the 70's. however recently i have noticed that the fret markers have created a horrible "sitar effect" on thwe high E. also how can i put in "new" old pickups into the guitar as it is solid backed?

Mark E said...

What do you mean by fret markers? The inlays between the frets? The pickups come out from the top. There should be screws on each end -- just unscrew and lift off. They are great pickups btw.

Gemma Green said...

Hi, I have had this Jedson guitar for 15 years now which my dad bought for me and i am interested in finding out a bit more about it. I was wondering if someone could tell me a bit more i have photos but not sure if i can upload onto here to show you. I have a feeling it is a childs guitar

Anonymous said...

Just had a tele copy in for refurb and repair, but the bridge is very differnt to the tele copies on your website. i've emailed you links to the pics - be interested to find out more about it.

nibus said...

Wish I could find spares for mine, the pickups have gone rusty :(

Mark E said...

Pickups show up on eBay all the time. Do a search for Teisco pickups which are what the Jedsons have installed

Anonymous said...

Hi - I'm not sure if I'm doing this right - I recently picked up a black Jedson LP and research on it lead me here. Thanks for having the info you have and making a connection to Teisco. I have a few of their guitars but would never have guessed they were related. I did find it odd that the knobs were similar though. I don't have any pics yet -it was left in storage for many years apparently and most of the gold parts need replaced and it looks like someone used sandpaper on the pickup covers. Despite all of this, it played remarkably well even with crusty strings. There is much work ahead for it and I will get it the best I can. I did notice that there was not much info anywhere on any here in the US. Until a few days ago, I had never heard of them either. I am attracted to things that are different - Joe

Anonymous said...

I have perhaps new info on the Jedson LP. While searching ebay, I came across an Aria 5522 LP. Aside from the color, it is identical in every way to my Jedson. As of 11/22, the ebay item # is 320452181355. I hope this helps out - Joe

Mark E said...

Thanks Joe. I thought there was a connection with Aria and am glad you have supporting information. I am overdue in updating my History page and will take care of that soon.

Pete H said...

Hi, I have a Jedson Les Paul Black Beauty(copy)which I have owned for about 35 years - brilliant action, pretty poor electrics, won't stay in tune for long - but it's always been like that! A lovely guitar to play, when I run it through my original Marshall JTM45 with a Marshall 2x12 cabinet (both of which I have owned for about 45 years)it sounds great, but the bottom 3 strings are so much louder than the top 3, which is the pickups I guess. The guitar, with it's original hard case, is in pretty good condition, the main thing being the 'gold' plate has rubbed off part of the bridge and the pickup covers. The black finish is pretty much still like a mirror. I bought from a friend of mine when he left university in the early 1970's, and I paid £30 which even then was reasonable.I can send some photos if you would like them.

richie said...

just got the info for my type 1 tele style jedson,after 30 yrs of owning this guitar,never knew what it was till now.as the headstock logo is missing.would love to find a replacement.any clues,or help would be great.richie .in U.K.

Mark E said...

Hi. Thank you for your comment. There is a guy that makes replica badges and sells them on eBay. I don't rememember his name and he doesn't have any listings at the moment. As soon as I find him, I will post some info. I should know this anyway.

Anonymous said...

Hi

I bought a Jedson LP (Japanese made) Flame Maple on a pawn auction for about 100 euros. Its in pretty good condition as far as I can see. It is my first electric guitar (although I own several acoustic guitars).

There is very little information available on the net about this guitar. I have found nothing in Swedish at all. I also know nothing about the history of the guitar. It stays in tune fairly well and the electronics seem to work well. I play it with a Vox Valvetronics AT30 which I also bought on the auction.

Might post picture if someone is interested.

/Björn

Mark E said...

Björn,
You should be able to find out the history of Jedson brand on my main website http://jedsonguitars.net
Thanks for posting,
Mark E

joe said...

hi everybody i just picked up a JEDSON telecaster serial number 0727811 maple neck white on off white body nearly very light green,,joeohanlon@gmail.com

any info welcome

Mark E said...

Hi Joe,
Thank you for posting. Where did you find a serial number on your tele? Also, if it isn't a TV yellow color, I would like to see some photos of it. Thanks ...
Mark E

peter said...

You stated in 1 of ur replys that Jedson Les Pauls have Teisco pickups,the pickups have Maxon stamped into the back of them which leads me to believe they are Maxon.Yeh ur right though they are great pickups.

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, I think that I am owner of a Jedson. Have a look - http://pokazywarka.pl/gitarra

Tony Mclaughlan said...

Hi.
I came across your site whilst researching something different.
I have a Jedson Tele. From the information on your site I believe it is a True Tele, as it has two pickups, with the bridge pickup at an angle.
Mine is cream coloured with a maple neck and maple fretboard and the Jedson logo painted on the tele-style headstock.
On the back of the neck joint there is a four screw, rectangular plate clearly engraved with the following:
"STEEL ADJUSTABLE NECK
MADE IN JAPAN
0725187"
However, mine has some differences from the ones you describe:
The bridge has been replaced with a six-saddle one, stamped "FENDER". and there are ferules in the back of the body for through-body stringing. I'm sure the bridge and ferules mod were a "home mod" due to the fact that the body has splintered around some of the ferules and there are miscelleneous screw holes around the bridge, perhaps where a bridge cover might have been.
Also, the jack socket is not routed into the edge of the body as on Fender teles, but is mounted in the chrome plate holding the control knobs.
This lovely guitar was given to me about 15 years ago as part payment/collateral for some work I was doing. The client never reclaimed the guitar (he never paid up either!!!) and so has been "mine" ever since.
Many guitarist friends and aquaintances have played my Jedson and all have remarked what a lovely instrument it is to play.
Even though I'm really a bass player, I love my Jedson and would never part with her.
Your site is an amazing and invaluable resource for these little-known guitars and I hope this information is of interest to you.

Regards
Tony McLaughlan

Mark E said...

Thanks for the comments Tony. Your guitar sounds very nice. The bridge configuration was probably changed to deal with tuning issues. The tuners might have been changed also.

If you want to share some photos of the guitar, let me know and I will add them to the growing collection.
Thanks again,
Mark

Anonymous said...

Impulse purchase of a Jedson "Strat Style" today, in white. I say "Strat Style" as that is what a similar guitar in your photos shows. I must say I have never seen a Strat look like this. I like it for its quirky retro look. Also the scale length is 24 3/4 which is not really a Strat length (usually 25 1/2 or 24 inches for the Jaguar/Mustang). However I really prefer the tone you get from a 24 3/4 scale as I like the blues, man. So, I note your enthusiasm and like it, but sadly this is not really a collectors guitar, right?

I am about to take the neck and bridge off it and put them on a mahogany body, as I think the white body is a bit thin physically and probably plywood. Played acoustically the tone from the body seems a bit boxy and thin, so a new body may help, but I like the neck.

Please don't wince too much at the thought of my taking it apart, but however if you know this is a super rare guitar that is worth £££££, then tell me quick to stop.

Anonymous said...

Hi again, just posted about the white "strat style" guitar that I plan to take apart. I have noticed the tremolo arm is missing, and no screw to attach it with either. Anyone know of anyone (yes, yes, will look on EBay of course, but perhaps you know someone right now?) with a spare correct tremolo, or a fix using a different make of tremolo arm. I am thinking...taking the bone handle off a table knife and sticking it on with 2 part epoxy..????

Also, if I do put the neck on the mahogany body, well anyone want the white body? I might give it away, if you supply the postage...but then again perhaps not, I may need the body too one day.

Finally, the tremolo, it is unusual. Does it just shimmer the notes (with out a tremolo bar it is hard for me to try it out), or can you do modest dive bombs on it with out it breaking?

I sounds like the Les Paul copies, etc, are high end if they are similar or the same as Tokia? But mine, well its fun at least!

Mark E said...

"taking the bone handle off a table knife and sticking it on with 2 part epoxy..????

Well, that's pretty creative!

I think there are some on eBay right now. Personally, I would find the right arm, or replace the whole bridge/tremolo unit with something nicer.

Will this guitar justify a Floyd Rose? :-)

Anonymous said...

Okay, thanks; sounds like it is safe to dismantle it then.

What I like about the 24 3/4 scale on this guitar is that if you tune up a semitone from standard tuning, it seems to me that you get a really great bright attack to the notes. On the other hand if you tune down a semitone you get a more tuneful sound, with a blues edge, and more sustain on down-bends. I read the late great Gary Moore tuned his Gibson down a semitone, and his playing is lyrical, melodic yet blues, and has great sustain. Perhaps tuning down helped, apart from the great guitar and gear he used. Not a bone handled knife ever use by him, though, sigh.

If I do finally get the neck on the other mahogany body, then perhaps one of those two post floating trems along with locking tuners?

I think people may laugh at a Floyd on this retro starter white guitar otherwise?

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Just cleaned up a Jedson SG Bass. Fitted a new jack socket, cleaned the PU switch and the Pots. Given the whole thing a nice clean and polish. Fitted some new strings etc. Intonation is a bit sharp. The bridge looks fixed or is it? Any info welcome on this.

Richard

Rbz5416 said...

I have a semi-acoustic in my possession that has a rather unique approach to intonation. The bridge isn't actually attached to the body & looks as though it never has been! Are they all like this?

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

Hi,
Yes, the bridge on your guitar is called a "floating bridge" which is common on arch top guitars. Does your guitar look like this?

http://jedsonguitars.blogspot.com/2008/04/second-semi-hollow-model-discovered.html

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

Richard,
Re: SG Bass

Yes, it is a fixed bridge. Looks like a wrap-around bridge in this photo:

http://www.pbase.com/merlenmeyer/image/89630166/original.jpg

Are you just curious or are you interested in replacing it?

Rbz5416 said...

Hi Mark, It's the all red semi (style II) rather than the arch:

http://www.pbase.com/merlenmeyer/jedson_es335

My son borrowed it to learn on 20 years ago but turned out to be a leftie, so it's sat in the loft all this time! I've just managed to re-unite it with it's rightful owner.

I was going to put some new strings on first but then remembered the bridge wasn't attached to the body!

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

Rbz5416,

Your bridge looks like this and is movable?

http://www.pbase.com/merlenmeyer/image/89629025/original.jpg

I never noticed the wood base of the bridge, so it does look like a standard arch top bridge with a roller saddle set.

I think the guitar is a semi-hollow instead of a full hollow body, correct?

Cilina Magtheridon said...

I found this guitar being sold on ebay. I was wondering if its a Jedson. Can any of you guys confirm if it is so I can make a bid on it? I want to get it for my Dad. Thanks.

Cilina Magtheridon said...

I'm thinking of buying a Jedson electric guitar for my dad and I found this ad on ebay. Can you please confirm if it is a true Jedson so I can make a bid on it? Thanks.

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

Can you please provide a link to the eBay listing?

Anonymous said...

HELLO ALL, NOT TOO LONG AGO A PICKED UP WHAT LOOKS TO BE A THINLINE JEDSON. IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE ONE YOU HAVE ON YOUR SITE THAT HAS THE SUN BURST FINISH BUT MINE HAS THREE PICKUPS. AT THIS TIME IT IS TORN DOWN AND BEING CLEANED, REPAIRED AND MADE PLAYABLE. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND ANY INFO ON THIS GUITAR BUT ONLY ON TWO PICKUP VERSIONS. WILL BE POSTING PICS AS SOON AS I GET IT BACK TOGETHER.

6whc said...

Hi can anyone tell me where I can find a schematic for my jedson telecaster as the wiring is wrong

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

This one should work 6whc:

http://www.cloudyproject.com/teisco-et200-ep8t-pickup-wiring-diagram/

6whc said...

Thanks I will give it a go as my jedson wiring is completely different to that and the pick ups only have two wires coming from them so will try changing it.

John-1959 said...

Hey guys,

Just picked up a cream Jedson Tele-1 off of Ebay yesterday (£90 + £20 p&p). It was either that or a second-hand Epiphone Les Paul 100 (a 2011 model in "as new condition") going for £115.

I looked at the Jedson, looked at the Epi... looked at the Epi, looked at the Jedson and thought... "Yeah, I'll have the old Jedson, retro is cool"... :-)

Anyhoo, should be arriving in the next couple of days. Hopefully not on Friday tho, seeing that it's the 13th... my "new" Jedson will probably arrive in a thousand pieces if that happens... lol

Seriously tho... can't wait to get my hands on it, hear/feel how it sounds and plays.

Certainly looks great. From the Ebay listing images the guitar looks like it was made only yesterday. All the chrome-wear looks almost flawless and not a ding or chip in sight.

Everything on the guitar is original too, except the tuners, which have been replaced with more modern ones. Think I might restore those to as close to the original as I can find... :-)

Also, make up a replica of the little silver "Steel Reinforced Adjustable Neck" sticker, which has gone AWOL from the headstock... :-(

Yep... looks like I'm now officially a "Jedson guitar enthusiast"... :-)

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

Hey John,
You made the right choice - my son's first guitar was an Epi Jr. The LP 100 is ok, but the Jedson is a classic. Don't replace the tuners - that is what makes the guitar sound so retro.
Enjoy!

John-1959 said...

Hey Mark,

Yeah... the Jedson Tele definitely has the "retro-cool" factor going for it... :-)

Of course... £115 for that LP-100 I mentioned was really tempting. But then when I spotted the Jedson , the poor Les Paul didn't stand a chance... "retro-cool" won hands-down... ;-)

Never owned a Les Paul, (Gibson or Epiphone). Definitely will be getting one in the near future... just as soon as I get some more spare cash together. I'll probably hold-off until I've got enough for a "higher-end" model tho. Always great deals to be found on "The Bay"... especially on second-hand instruments. A couple of nice Jedson LP copies on at the moment too... :-)

I'm actually in the process of building up (re-building in fact) a nice little collection/selection of guitars. Currently own a half-decent Strat copy, an Epiphone Dot Studio and a Hofner Bass Violin.

Got those three for the combined princely sum of just over £700. And despite all 3 being "budget-level" models... nevertheless, after getting them set up the way I wanted, they all punch well above their weight... :-)

So yeah... the Jedson Tele should be a nice little addition to my growing collection. And I'm sure it'll "punch well above" too. If not, it will always look good as a wall ornament... LOL... only joking... :-)

John

PS: here's a link to the Ebay listing for the/my Tele-1 to let you guys see how it looks...

Jedson Telecaster circa 1969

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

John, very nice -- that is the coolest color for the Jedson -- the sunburst ones are too ordinary for me.

I think the single pickup version looks best, although it limits you a bit because it is close to the neck position.

Even though your guitars are not top-end models, with a good setup, most will play very well. You can do very well with the Epiphone Dot. With all the lower-end guitars, sample quality variation can be a problem, but there are some really good ones out there.

I have a Squire Strat that my son wants to trade for his Standard Strat :-) I found some really classic pickups for it and with the rosewood fingerboard, it sounds much classier than the Standard. I have had four Fender Frontman 15 amps, and one of them sounds incredible! We kept that one of course.

Enjoy the Jedson. Since I am in the USA, it is expensive to ship guitars from the UK (which is where most Jedsons are located.)

Mark E

Anonymous said...

HI, I have a jedson guitar which i bought brand new in december 1976, it is a sunburst, stratacaster /telecaster type with two pickups, the "jedson" badge and neck label are intact, the base of the neck underneath has a square plate but no markings on it at all, the tuning pegs are white plastic.
I bought it brand new from a music shop behind the police station in stockport ( england )in december 1976, it cost me £25. i later tried to take it back as it had a slight split in the top of the neck, however the shop owner was not having anything of it, and refused to change it,....saying ...it would not harm the guitar....laugh if you like,...but he was right...it is still there and has never been any trouble,...(and i now regard it as a unique and personal feature )
it travelled with me (minus any amplifier )all over the world when i was in the royal navy...including three months in the african jungle, then in submarines...so it has been about a bit.
it has had a few chunks knocked out of it, but otherwise is just as i bought it,...i used to be a bit embarrassed when other guitarists tried it ...as i thought it was a really cheap guitar, ..however... many have been really impressed with it, and i now realise that i have a really good guitar ( have noticed similar ones on ebay ) and i wouldnt part with it for worlds....although ...i only wish i could play it better.
perhaps the guitar is now embarrassed about its owner.
all the best ...mike.

Mark Harris said...

Hi I just bought a Jedson Telecaster. Its in pretty good shape except for the keys, nut and bridge nut. Its cream and has a great sound with the single pickup. Does anyone lnow where I can get spares for this guitar and suggest any regular maintenance.

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

Mark, many parts for Fender telecasters will work. The bridge would be a challenge. I would look at Stewart MacDonald (stewmac.com) for bridges. Unless you are trying to keep if vintage.

Just don't replace the pickup. That is the most valuable part of your Jedson.

Mark Harris said...

Mark thanks for getting back to me. The pickup is fantastic and I havent come across this sound before. The keys I think I can take apart and ensure they bite but any advice on this would be appreciated. The tail piece is rusty and two of the screws have been damaged, one has been put in at an angle and portrudes. They dont want to come out but pretty confident I can persuade them without any damage caused. I was thinking of replacing the tailgate and nut. Any thoughts on bone or tusq or plastic

I love this site its awesome

Mark Erlenmeyer said...

Mark, for an electric guitar, I prefer plastic or tusq. Bone is a little too hard and Micarta is a little too soft.

Mark Harris said...

Ok mark many thanks. I will attempt to sbe nd you a photo. The guitar doesnt have a serial number but have managed to date it to 1972 where it was purchased as a used guitar and apparently had been well played at that time suggesting it was at least 1/2 years old

Barry Bethel said...

Picked up a Jedson Strat copy in case only yesterday at bootsales.
They can still be found.
I worked close to Clifton Street in the early 1970s and remember the Dallas building. I'm sure they also sold Vox Phantoms.
Rosettis were very close in City Road.
Have had a few Jedson over the years and most were not very impressive.
This one seems to be in another league. Stunning condition for its age.

michaeljattwood said...

Bought my Jedson Les Paul blonde flame-top copy in Watford in the early 1970s and shipped it to Portland, Oregon, USA after I moved here in 1974. It was my main performing guitar, along with a 1961 Hofner Verithin, through a Selmer Zodiac 50SV driving a 2 x Goodmans 12P cabinet. Lot of good comments on the sound! I have left the Jedson absolutely stock - no need to 'improve' it as I have acquired many more guitars here and now have a small studio business.
I am interested in the neck joint design on mine, though, as it seems to contrast with some of the other bolt-on systems with four screws. It has a "two-bolt" plate, and when you look under the neck pickup there is another screw attaching a tongue on the neck to the body. Can anyone tell me if this is typical, and does it tell anything about the factory where this particular one was made? It reminds me of the way Brian May attached the neck of his red special, extending the neck attachment under the pickup area - although he used only one large bolt through the back of the body instead of the two-bolt plate. Anyway, my Jedson still plays very well with an excellent neck setup. The single-coil neck pickup is a bit 'different', but that's part of the charm of this old guitar and it will be left alone! I could send pictures, but unsure if they can be shown in these comments - thanks to anyone for feedback...

Ben Fosbury said...

Hi Guys! Im fairly new here, and after a bit of advice, I recently bought a Jedson Tele (not original replica) for £5, its a bit battered, I was wondering if there was anyone to go to for parts/advice on it?

Thanks alot.

Ben.