I don't know if I'd ever be able to replace this guitar. My understanding is that the guitar manufacturing was sold from Italy to Japan and just recently returned to Italy. I can't find too much information about the company or products. I purchased the guitar in Italy in 1970. I tried playing it for a couple of years, then it wound up in a closet. I picked it up about 5 years ago and try to practice 2 or 3 days a week. The neck is small and easy to finger. It always holds it's tune and sounds great, when I hit the right notes. I can honestly compare this guitar to ones costing over $1000.
Model Year: 1970
Price: $60.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Italian Guitar Shop (Rome)
Retangular Abalone inlays in odd frets,
19 total frets (15 to body),
Acoustic 6 string (steel),
Natural Spruce top,
String-through body bridge
Nice small neck. Easy to finger. Holds tune. Plays as well, if not better than some $1000 guitars that I've tried. Still experimenting with different string types for best sound and playability. I usually have medium gauge strings for better sound quality. Light gauge strings are easier to play, bend, hammer, but the sound quality suffers a little.
I haven't installed any type of pickup. Great guitar for strummin' or pickin'. I prefer acoustic blues and folk music, but have become interested in some older bluegrass songs. Good bass tones. Plays well with medium or medium/light gauge strings.
Keeps tune no matter how hard you play. New strings seem to break in immediately. No adjustments needed. It will go out of tune if there is a drastic change in the humidity, but temperature changes don't affect it that much.