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The plain truth is that; most Japanese guitar manufacturers were "contract houses" that made guitars to the specifications of the "trading companies" (Japanese middlemen) that took orders from the American companies that were importing them (such as C. This resulted in a wide variety of qualities in guitars shipped by most of the "contract houses".What this means is that; Ibanez (Fuji Gen-Gakki), as well as Aria (Matsumoku), and to a lesser extent Tokai (Kasuga), made both very high quality, and very low budget guitars, and various qualities between, depending on what was ordered by the trading company for the importer they represented.So if you are looking to match your guitar to one of my pictures, you may not find a match.The guitars in this first set of tables don't all fit well into any of the other model series'.(change occurred between serial # 3206-3591) (Known serial# 3205 has smooth knobs, #3592 has "M" stamped knobs)• 1967 knobs changed again to taller units without the V and T.• Scratchplate goes to 7 attaching screws.

For example you might find something like F62 or S66.Usually metal buttons on MK I and plastic buttons on MK II and V, but a few MK I with plastic and MK II with metal buttons known.( Be aware that transition guitars exist ie Guitars built during the transition of one type to another will often have parts from either type).I will list changes as they occur but remember that changes occurred over a short period of time and exact serial # or dates are not available..(Angled neck pickup, with exposed pole piece, neck binding) Known as the Sidejack models The first "official Ventures" guitar was available in very late 1963.It is believed approximately 200 of these guitars were built. (Identifying characteristics) (built from late 63 to mid 64) • Side Jack• Bound body• Set Neck (Set neck serial #216 Bolt on neck serial #251)• Large "Ventures Logo" • Cast aluminum vibramute (earliest serial # did not have roller bridge)• 3 screws to attach scratchplate (last 3 screw pickguard serial #172 first 8 screw pickguard serial # 216)• Smooth tone and volume knob• Available in only Sunburst and Red• Serial somewhere in the 200's and below• Smooth logo-less single coil pickups, angled neck pickup • Misc info: est. It’s a very popular misconception that most or all bound body, set neck Ventures are ‘63’s.If you are lucky you will see a number stamped in there that has an H in front of it.