1970s Columbus Stratocaster guitar, Made in Japan, Lawsuit period
1970s Columbus Stratocaster guitar, Made in Japan, Lawsuit period. This 1970s Vintage Stratocaster copy is in excellent condition. It was built in Japan in the now infamous “lawsuit period” It all works as it should, although it is missing the tremolo bar. Overall, the condition is very good, with some very small nicks in the paint. The headstock has 2 very small chips and the body has one small chip on the left side and one small chip near the jack plug. The frets and fingerboard are in very good order although there’s one small chip on the side of the neck around the 3rd fret. It doesn’t affect play. It’s on the lower E side. The action is good too. It’s currently set at about 2.5mm but could be lowered at the bridge. It sounds great. If you believe the chatter about Columbus Strat’s, they were made in japan in the early 1970’s at a Fuji Gen Gakki factory, which “mysteriously” burned down having produced less than 200 strat copies. Columbus really did rip off Fender and Gibson, right down to the body, neck and headstock. While this is a great collector’s guitar, it’s also pretty handy as an instrument too.