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Vintage MOUNTAIN GUITAR ** Made In Japan

I have an old vintage guitar with a MOUNTAIN paper label and MOUNTAIN on the back of the headstock. It was made in Japan and probably from the 60's or 70's. It has the headstock and the inlay of an old Martin guitar. The top is solid spruce the back is laminated rosewood. OM sized instrument. Vine inlay on the rosewood fingerboard. I heard these were made with Martin parts. I would love to get more information about this instrument.

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Comment by CSerway on May 4, 2013 at 6:24am

I did not keep my old  Mountain Guitar.  But if my memory is correct you are right.  That Martin guitar does look like it.   If you can find a vintage Mountain instrument you have found a good thing!  They are low price and high value for sure.  

Comment by Ray Bramlette on April 4, 2013 at 10:38am

I finally found on Ebay, the Martin that is the one that everyone says the Mountain was copied from.  If you look at the photos of the Martin, you'll see that the bridgework is exactly the same, the 2-piece back, even the inlays in the fret board are the same.  There is a little knobby that sticks out where the neck meets the head stock, probably for support, but it is exactly the same too. I couldn't believe it.  The only thing that is different is the headstock, mine is double slotted headstock!  WONDERFUL VINTAGE 1928 MARTIN 00-28 STEEL STRING BRAZILIAN PHENOMENAL TONE EX

Comment by Steve DeTray on August 15, 2012 at 12:37am

I have a Mountain guitar, stamped inside with M-34, and I think it might have had a made in Korea sticker on the back of the headstock when I first got it 2nd hand in Seattle in 1990.  It has a beautiful split rosewood back, and a and a very nice spruce top.  It looks just like a 00 Martin with a slotted headstock and mother of peral inlays on the headstock and fingerboard.  I paid $200 for it, and the salesman told me that Mountain had been run out of business by Martin.  I took this guitar to Tanzania twice, in 1991 and 1992 when I stayed for a year, playing music and doing research.  The guitar survived some very rough travel in amazing shape.  I switched to thinner necked guitars after that until recently.  My son had been playing the Mountain for several years off and on, and  asked me recently to check out the action.  I realized that the wood tone and sound had deepened wonderfully since I last played it, and I quickly traded another guitar with my son.  I'd be happy to share photos and would love to get some more definitive info on the history of Mountain guitars.

Comment by Balfour Tremblett on March 7, 2012 at 12:14pm

Mine doesn't say CF Mountain... just Mountain. The frets haven't worn any because I wasn't playing for over 15 years so it just sat in the case with the tension off the strings. It sounds very clear with a sustaining ring to it with light weight strings. A few days ago I put on a set of medium weight, and it doesn't sound as good.... I'm going back to he light weight. A number of years ago a friend offered to buy it from me. I opened the case and when I saw the beautiful inlays in the neck, I said no thank you and closed the case again. It's in a stand now on display with my other 2 guitars and they are played in rotation. I've only started playing again about 6 months ago. I find this website very informative.

Comment by CSerway on March 6, 2012 at 9:33pm

Wow,  I do think I heard of a CF Mountain with solid brass bridge, pins etc.. It sounds like that instrument got special attention from the maker.  How does it sound with the brass?  Did the frets wear much?

Comment by Balfour Tremblett on March 6, 2012 at 12:48pm

My Mountain guitar has the paper label inside the guitar. It is a model K190J. The nut, frets, bridge, and string pegs are all solid brass. I don't know if they were all made this way???? I purchased it new in the early 1970's

Comment by Chuck Kemper on December 31, 2011 at 7:41pm

I own a CF Mountain that has a 3 piece back (two side are rosewood - believe it to be Brazilain, the midde piece is Flame maple.  The guitar has a wonderful sound and play easily.  I own a Martin D35 and it stacks up very well with it.  This guitar is unusual as it has a Gibson bookend style headstock.  I am interested is learning if other people have CF Mountains with this headstock


Comment by Jeannie Hardman on July 27, 2011 at 8:13pm
I have a Mountain guitar also. It has M35 stamped on the label inside. There is evidence of a sticker on the back of the neck, but it is long gone. From my research, I believe it is made in Korea, because I can't find any "M' models made in Japan. Somewhere in my research, I read that the Mountain guitars made in Japan were made with Martin parts and the ones made in Korea were not.  But I don't know how to tell, or if this is even accurate information.  I would love more info about this guitar. I can send photos to anyone interested.
Comment by Ray Bramlette on February 24, 2011 at 5:51pm
I have a Mountain guitar that has "M34" stamped on the label inside.  But mine has a sticker on the back of the neck that says "Made in Korea".  Do you have any photos that we could compare?
Comment by CSerway on May 22, 2010 at 6:01am
Thank you for the information. I have to agree the instrument I have is special. It has some road wear but the sound is very nice, especially for finger style playing.

Wow 40 guitars! Now that sounds like alot of fun!

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