1970s El Degas (Korean-made) GB22 Dove-copy Dreadnought Guitar

A customer sent this guitar in sometime back to get spruced-up so it could be a donation to a veteran's group. I dragged my heels on it (being perpetually busy) but got it done a few weeks back and it's been sitting here awaiting shipment ever since. I'm finally getting it outbound today and a spare set of Grover Rotomatics came into my hands, so I popped them on last week and now it feels even more "ready for service."

This box looks spiffy from the front in its Gibson Dove-clone trappings, but in reality it's very much a beast inspired by the likes of '70s Japanese ply boxes -- x-braced, thin plywood used throughout the body, a long scale length, and it was originally fitted with an adjustable bridge. While it doesn't have as full a sound as something like a '70s Yamaha jumbo/dreadnought, it does have a respectable sound (but with that usual upper-mids plywood 'zip' to the tone) and feels good in the hands.

Repairs included: a neck reset, fret level/dress, replacement tuners, recompensation and adjustment of the (replaced) saddle, a restring, and setup. I also reglued some detached seams along the lower bout top.

Setup notes: it plays bang-on with 3/32" EA and 1/16" DGBE action at the 12th fret and is strung with 54w-12 gauges. The neck is straight and the truss works. Frets are in good shape.

Scale length: 25 5/8"
Nut width: 1 11/16"
String spacing at nut: 1 7/16"
String spacing at bridge: 2 1/8"
Body length: 20"
Lower bout width: 15 3/4"
Waist width: 10 3/4"
Upper bout width: 11 5/8"
Side depth at endpin: 4 3/4"
Top wood: ply spruce
Back/sides wood: ply mahogany
Neck wood: mahogany-like
Bracing type: x-braced
Fretboard: rosewood, plastic nut
Bridge: rosewood, giant Tusq saddle
Neck feel: medium soft C/V shape, ~12" board radius

Condition notes: it shows plenty of small scratches and scuffs throughout and some wear and tear to the edges (bumps), but nothing serious.


Brenk21 said…
What would something like this sell for? I have one and I am unsure if it’s worth. Thanks!