Who remembers Bradley guitars ?

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  1. kimnjerry

    kimnjerry Member

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    Jeez...
    It plays and sounds as good as my friend's Gibson 175...I'd have thought it was worth more (even though I paid Veneman's $150).
     
  2. EdMan57

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    It might be worth more.Try seeing what kind of offers you can get.Of course,highlight it's Japanese build quality.In general,most house brands,such as Bradley,have lower resale values.Even if it's only based on the guitar buying public's perception of such.



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  3. mc5nrg

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    I think you can safely double the above figures.
     
  4. kimnjerry

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    Perhaps I'll experiment on Craigslist with the high price point (±$900) and see if there are any takers. It's a sweet guitar, but I rarely play it, bought an Epiphone Dot, and don't like to see it gathering dust. And if I can put together a YouTube video for appearance and sound, I'll provide the link.

    I assume I can't upload a photo from my hard drive to this forum.
     
  5. K.O.

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    Had to bring this thread back...

    Still have my Bradley Strat (30 or so years)

    Heavy but I love it

    I will be refretting finally, you would not believe how low I have worn them.

    it will be the only work needed in all these years...
     
  6. LARRY GERSHON

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    Had to revive this thread been playing my Bradley L5 copy this guitar is really a great piece. Will try to upload some jpegs. Anyone ever seen any of the Bradley L5’s?
     
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  7. EdMan57

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    Cool guitar. I remember seeing the L5 copy in the old catalogs.
     
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    The L5 is only one I’m familiar with....there used to be several around my area.
    I’m guessing it’s because I’m relatively close to Rockville (relatively....2hr)

    We used to make regular trips there, and we would always hit both Veneman and Levins....super fun in the 70's
     
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    I live a half hour from Rockville but purchased the guitar years ago from a gentleman living in the eastern shore of Maryland
     
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  11. mc5nrg

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    To reiterate what I have probably posted on this or other Bradley threads: Koob Veneman was early in bringing product in from Japan.They used the family guitar business Kapa brand on acoustic guitar MIJ imports later switching to the Bradley name perhaps taken from the street in Bethesda. Many Bradleys were sourced from the same as similar Ibanez models but K.Veneman also sourced from Matsumoku, was tight with Arai(sold lots of Aria acoustic and electric) and pretty much anyone who would provide a profitable deal. Eventually Bradley guitars were made in Korea as the guitar market changed and evolved.
     
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    I was researching my Bradley strat and it brought me here. Lots of information I wasn't aware of. I bought this used in the early 90's with a hard case. Plays ok, looks like it was put together well, has held up good. New strings and a set up this week.
    I know many dont like this look, Blonde with maple neck and tortoise shell pickguard. But it was actually what I was looking for. Carpentry work I got from my dad. I just like the look. Sorry it wont let me upload pics.
     
  13. Jeremy Jem

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    Do you have any idea what kind of wood is on your bradley strat ?
     
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    Do you have an idea what wood use for bradley strats that are made in japan?
     
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    Do you have any idea what wood use for bradlwy strats ? Are they alder ?
     
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    What kind of wood do they use for bradley strats mij? Because im plannimg to buy one
     
  17. mc5nrg

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    There is no simple answer to this as K. Veneman used the Bradley brand for guitars imported from Japan for a decade or more. Also there were sometimes different price points - during the early to mid eighties there were better Bradley strat types that were more early Schecter influenced than Fender. So like so many things, it depends. Also, I think it's likely that the guitars were sourced from just about any maker they could get a winnng bid from.
     
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