1969 Ventura V-1400 Barney Kessel – £999

Apr 27, 2020 | Alternative

1969 Ventura V-1400 Barney Kessel – £999

The Ventura V-1400 is a faithful recreation of the Gibson Barney Kessel Custom, made in Japan’s famed Matsumoku factory.  This was Ventura’s top of the line offering in the 1960’s and the quality and craftsmanship really shows! Commonly referred to as a “lawsuit” Japanese guitar, these particular Venturas were never the centre of any controversy, although they do borrow generously from their Gibson cousins. It features a full 17″ body with laminate maple top, back and sides, finished in a vivid cherry sunburst. The three-piece maple neck has a slim C profile with a 1 9/16″ nut width (again closely matching its Gibson counterpart) and feels very comfortable with easy playing action. Tonally it’s very versatile – when strung with flatwound strings, it’s easy to get a variety of warm, complex jazz tones, and if strung with roundwounds, you can push these humbuckers to get very rocky. Overall, this guitar is a great example of Japanese craftsmanship in the later 1960s and one of the more ornate “lawsuit” guitars offered over the decades. The guitar comes in a non original hard case. 

Others in this category

1947 National 1140 Archtop  –  £1299

1947 National 1140 Archtop – £1299

NEW ARRIVAL  Most famous for building resonator guitars, National also made archtop guitars in the 40’s and 50’s. This was because there was a dip in the resonator market, so they decided to enter the acoustic and electric world. However, they did not have their own...

1930’s Regal Stars and Moons Parlour Resonator  –  £1249

1930’s Regal Stars and Moons Parlour Resonator – £1249

NEW ARRIVAL  Based in Chicago in the 1930’s, Regal produced some fantastic looking guitars, and with the stars and moons resonator cover plate, this has to be one of the coolest Regals I’ve seen. For those who want the bite of a steel resonator, but the versatility of...

1930’s Regal Le Domino Big Boy  –  £999

1930’s Regal Le Domino Big Boy – £999

NEW ARRIVAL  This Le Domino guitar from the late 1930s, was made by Regal of Chicago, and was the biggest and boldest-looking archtop in that line of instruments. It's roughly 000-sized with deeper sides, a flat back, and a big old press-arched top. It features all...