Got this Ventura guitar, belonged to my wife's deceased mother. I'm a lefty so that's why things are backwards, btw.Usually when I've seen pictures of these, the tag inside has a serial number on it. This one doesn't, nor does it have the Ventura logo on the headstock. The guitar sat in a fiberboard case in less than ideal conditions for years, and I unearthed it about 6 years ago, cleaned it up and it plays fine for the most part.
I have an old ventura vintage classical nylon string guitar with model stamp #460E on. In Reply to Vintage Guitars. I bought this Ventura in 1980 at H & H music in Houston and I was just wondering what it is worth. It has a classical body style, not the dreadnought. The action is low and has an adjustable truss rod. The serial number is 60505 and the model # is V-200B. Does anyone out there. Ventura V12 made in JAPAN in the 1960s or 1970s. Serial number 11705. In excellent condition showing minimal fret, fretboard, or body wear. A super high-quality guitar made with top-line woods and outstanding workmanship. 8-ply Abalone top and soundhole binding with two 3-ply circles around the soundhole trim.
Neck is a little bogus, but it does the job. More of a sentimental piece than anything else, I'm just curious if anyone knows exactly when this was made? It clearly was some time in the 70s as her mother probably got it when she was 14-15, which would have been 76-77, but no one knows for sure. Any help would be awesome! The tuners and adjustable bridge suggest early 70s or maybe even earlier. Even if the date of manufacture is what you folks surmise, the construction and parts used -screw adjustable bridge, tuners, model # and lack of serial number -are all indicative of late 60s/early 70s less expensive MIJ guitars. Essentially the same instrument was sold with numerous brand names and distributors.
My first acoustic was a Kapa (Veneman Music house brand MIJ, probably sourced from Arai or Matsumoku) with a similar build purchased circa. 69 or early 70.Maybe late 1968. Look at the edge of the sound hole. If the grain lines can be seen at the edge and go all the way from top to underneath, its solid. Most likely though you will see another layer at the edge or grain lines that are at a 90 degree angle as well. If you can't make out anything looking at the edge of the soundhole, you can look at the underside of the top with some sort of inspection mirror to see if the wood underneath looks like the top-same grain pattern.
Nice looking top but lamminate is likely. Click to expand.No they did not. In the 1970s, Ventura offered some fairly upscale instruments like mandolins with carved solid spruce tops which sold in the $600 range. Higher end guitars were also made with solid wood tops although I want to say they got rarer as the decade wore on. I have been looking off and on at a 1970s Ventura New Yorker which has a book matched spruce top and solid Honduran mahogany body.The V-10, however, was one of Ventura's 'Value Leader' Line and, in fact, the least expensive steel string they offered.
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These as well the mid-level level instruments were all laminate. The V-10 was available in the late 1960s but the ADJ bridge as is on the OP'S guitar was not available until after 1970.