THE UNIQUE GUITAR BLOG: Samick Musical Instrument Company. Korean based Samick Musical Instruments Co, Ltd. With a manufacturing capability of more than one million guitars per year in factories in Korea, Indonesia, China, and the United States, Samick also ranks as the world's leading stringed instrument producer. Samick has manufactured guitars for many other companies, including Fender and Gibson.
Someone tried to sell me a secondhand Hondo banjo for . I have the serial number for the guitar but I don't know how Hondo dates their guitars. Find a hondo guitar on Gumtree, the #1 site for Guitars for Sale classifieds ads in the UK. Samick Musical Instrument Company. You can determine if your Squier was made by Samick was through its serial number. Most Dano serial numbers are 3 or 4 digits, and decode like this. Serial number on neck butt of a 1960 model 3021 double cutaway shorthorn.
It also operates a dedicated Upright Piano and Piano Action plant, as well as its own sawmill and woodworking facility in Korea, a smaller factory in California, and a plant in Harbin, China that produces wooden guitar and piano parts. Samick was started in 1. Hyo Ick Lee founded the company as an importer of Baldwin pianos to Korea. Within two years Samick began building their own upright pianos, using imported parts. The company continued to improve its piano manufacturing techniques, and in 1. Samick formed a joint venture with Texas- based International Music Company (also known as the Hondo Guitar Company).
Hondo initially produced a line of classical and folk guitars. By 1. 97. 4 the company’s electric guitars had gained a level of quality and became one of the largest selling entry level brands. Hondo added banjos and autoharps to their product line up. By the end of this decade Hondo was selling nearly 8. In 1. 97. 1 Samick introduced a line of harmonicas.
Samick’s thrust was the export market, especially the United States. To facilitate this, a branch office was opened in 1.
Los Angeles California. The lower production costs of Korean- manufactured instrument made them attractive to entry level buyers. This was especially true in the piano market since costs of US made pianos had escalated.
In fact in 1. 97. Samick was building the Schumann piano brand for US households. During these years, the Korean musical instrument industry had caught up to its primary competition, Japan, and due to lower construction cost had surpassed them. That same year they established a full U. S. The company had claimed the number one spot for grand piano sales by the end of 1. Faced with economic issues in Korea and most of Asia, in 1. The company had become too diversified with investments in furniture, computers, industrial equipment and the fishing industry; they were unable to make a profit and had a debt of nearly $1.
The company was able to rid themselves of non- profitable business ventures and most of its debt to the point they were able to begin reporting profits. In 2. 00. 0 the company had a contract with OEM (original equipment manufacturers) for $5. Baldwin pianos. They gained another plus when the acquired Knabe pianos that same year. Kim Jong- sup became president and announced the goal of becoming the Worlds Top Piano Brand. By April 2. 00. 3, Samick with a revenue growth of nearly 3. Both companies have outsourced manufacturing of their “shadow” brands; Epiphone and Squier, to Asian manufacturers. It is difficult to determine where these brands originated.
I have a Hondo (les paul style) with a Bigsby tremolo. It also has pearl inlays and the serial number is HS740BGS. The HS-740 seems pretty obvious to me. Valuation Reports for Used Hondo Guitars Musical Instruments Products.
But it is a good guess that many of the superior, high- end guitars from were made by Samick in accordance with Gibson or Fender standards of quality. The first Squier guitars to emerge from Korea started as early as 1. You can determine if your Squier was made by Samick was through its serial number that began with an “S” or “S9” followed by six digits.
Samick began production of Squiers in 1. Initially this brand was introduced in Europe. In the late 1. 99. Fender offered De.
Armond guitars for sale in the United States. The De. Armonds made in Korea were produced by Samick and perhaps Cort. They are excellent quality instruments that come with reproductions of De. Armond 2. K or Goldtone pickups. Your De. Armond will have a sticker on the back of the head stock noting if it was made in Korea or Indonesia. In 1. 98. 3 Epiphones were mainly manufactured in Korea. The new owners recognized the importance of the Epiphone brand and how the company could be pushed to match the success of other Asian guitar brands.
Not all Epiphones were manufactured by Samick. Factory processes were assessed and refined and Epiphones own engineers took a hands- on role in the development of pickups, bridges, toggle switches, and fret inlays, as well as unique features like the metal E logo and frequensator tailpiece. Bodies were fastened with epoxies instead of wood- glue. Finishes tended to be polyester resin instead of nitro- cellulose lacquer.
Some parts are made of plastic, such as nuts and bridge saddles instead of bone.