Who remembers Bradley guitars ?

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  1. Whiskeyrebel

    Whiskeyrebel Supporting Member

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    There's a Bradley Mini - V up for sale or trade on CL in my neck of the woods. It's blue sparkle with a single bucker and TOM-stoptail setup. I just happen to have an item he listed as a potential trade. Would this be worth a trigger pull?
     
  2. mc5nrg

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    Only for a fun thing to have around. keep in mind all those miniguitars need pretty hefty strings to play in tune.
     
  3. maccampbells

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    A buddy of mine got a Bradley thinline tele with a bigsby on it last year. Natural finish and maple neck. The Bigsby is a b-bender type thing - it's got levers for two strings and you can select which two strings. I forgot the exact name. It's for sale if anyone is interested. MIJ. PM me if interested.
     
  4. Whiskeyrebel

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    Sounds like a Bigsby Palm Pedal. Does it have solid one-piece levers or does each lever have a swing-away handle like a regular Bigsby vibrato?
     
  5. whaler13

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    I bought this guitar at a used instrument shop back in the early 90s.
    I figure it was made in the 70s or 80s---made in Japan.
    I put Claussen tuners and a new Gibson type bridge on it.
    It seems to play well and is very loud, but needs to be set up properly.
    I currently have it listed on Craigslist for $400 with photos.
    I found this thread while trying to research Bradley guitars.
    Any other info available??:worried
     
  6. Release

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    My first guitar was a Bradley Strat from the Springfield store. Black with a blone neck. Great guitar at the time. Wish I still had it.
     
  7. RockinRocky

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    I don't quite remember where I got it, but vaguely remember paying about $50 to a guy for a Bradley Les Paul Custom from out of his car trunk, (sizzle-sizzle?). pIt was like a 'Black Beauty' copy, played great for a $50 guitar!!
    As far as Veneman's goes, I made out like a fat-cat when GC bought them. I got a Fender CS Strat dirt cheap that had been hanging on the wall behind the counter, and they let me have it for under $250 cause it wasn't selling for some reason, and they were trying to sell all that they could before GC took control after the sale. It was one of a special run of CS 40th Anniversary Diamond Dealer editions, #51 of 150 made. It's value now is quite abit more than I paid, but I play it regularly, I'm not a 'keep it in a glass showcase un-touched' kind of guy!! It's P-UP's scream, and whail like vintage 57's, so I record with it, and my firebird, if I was in a band, I'd probably gig with it...
    As for Giant Music, I remember them too, didn't they become 'Atomic Music'?
    Another great deal I got was for an 'Oscar Schmidt 335 copy', that I got off of e-bay for $63.00, and all I had to do was switch a bridge piece around so the intonation was ALOT closer to correct, and it plays like the real deal. Put a blindfold on, and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the Oscar Schmidt, and a Gibson! So, another company rather unknown, (except for their banjos, and mandolins, etc...), also puts out some really decent copies at really LOW prices!!! Buy, buy, BUY, BUY!!!!!!!
     
  8. SilverSpyder71

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    my first electric was a Bradley Les Paul "black beauty", got it at Veneman's in Falls Church for about $100 in 1977 [i think], along with a 1x12 Univox solid state combo. Would love to have them both back now. At some point the way cheap "gold" finish on the pickups and hardware looked really bad, so I sanded it all off, got a somewhat primitive brushed-aluminum look. I think I traded the LP for a moped in college, and I have no idea what happened to the amp.
     
  10. EdMan57

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    I bought my son that same model of Bradley [in blue] when the store was closing out their last run of Bradley guitars a few years back.I installed nickel covered Seymour Duncan pickups [JB/'59 combo] and upgraded the switches/pots/jack to superb results.It's a very good guitar as is,but the upgrades took it up a couple of notches.The neck/frets feel good and it rings out quite nice acoustically.At that prices [or even a bit higher],it would be an excellent deal.

    Ed
     
  11. SilverSpyder71

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    Thank you so much for the info! I have Duncan JB/59' set just waiting for a guitar. Can you help me with specs? Scale, Fret size, and woods? Thnx again :)
     
  12. KRaZeE

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    My Bradley V:

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    As far as I can tell, those are Carvin M22 pups in it (not sure if they were original or not). They are hotter than hellfire. I slapped some Grovers on, the tuners that were on there wouldn't stay in tune. Had to replace the bridge too, as the posts were bent. Pretty smokin' guitar for $100 at an antique show.
     
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  13. mc5nrg

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    Yes, the Carvin pickups are replacements.
     
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    Thanx for that. I wasn't sure, since there is a lack of info floating around for these. :) It plays really nice for what it is. A new nut wouldn't hurt at some point, but otherwise... :rockin
     
  15. joeybsyc

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    My first electric guitar was a mini "3/4 scale" white Bradley Strat my dad got me from Veneman's when I was about 6 years old. I think it's still under a bed at his house... I remember it had 2 pickups, a black 2 ply guard, and tan/creme pickup covers with tele style knobs. Even had a mini tolex case. Oh and it was a maple neck. I played the hell out of that little guitar!
     
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    I'm not real sure about the scale,but I believe that it is the PRS like 25" scale.The frets are of the medium jumbo variety and the woods,though solid and not ply,are most likely of Nato and/or Agathis,though I'm really only guessing.Sorry for not knowing more details.


    Ed
     
  18. SilverSpyder71

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    Thnx. Thats more than I was able to find out on my own :)
     
  19. kimnjerry

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    I bought a Bradley copy of a Gibson ES-175 at the Rockville store around 1984. The guitar was made, I believe, by Fuji Gen Gakki, and is identical in every detail to the Ibanez 2355M. http://www.elderly.com/items/40U-3032.htm

    A couple dings, but plays beautifully. Anyone know its value?
     
  20. EdMan57

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    I would guess maybe in the $350-$500 range.Everything looks pretty good,except maybe the cheap tuners and some odd matching of wood on the neck.

    Ed
     

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