(SOLD) Daion Mugen Mark I Dreadnought Acoustic 1981
Daion Mugen Mark I, made in Japan 1981, natural gloss. Daion is Japanese for 'big sound'; they launched in 1967 based out of Osaka and were made by by a team of around 50 in the Yamaki factory. These Mugen series guitars were part of a re-brand for Daion, pivoting from doing Martin-style copies to some wackier, more original catalog with weird shapes and wood combos. It's got some quirky touches: the rosewood pickguard, hand-carved longhorns logo and the dark spicy cedar top make for a cool aesthetic. It's got a bright, full tone with plenty of snap and presence to it, which makes for a defined rhythm tone. The neck is a comfy simple round shape and features a pretty piece of rosewood on the board. These Daion guitars enjoy a cult following, come see what all the fuss is about.
Model: Daion Mugen Mark I
Made: Japan, 1981 approx (serial 106967)
Finish: natural, gloss poly
Body: square shoulder dreadnought style; solid cedar top, laminate mahogany back and sides
Neck: mahogany, rosewood fingerboard, dovetail joint, 25.5" scale, 15" radius
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some minor scuffs on the back, no major marks. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has widespread light scuffs, no major marks though. The sides have a few dimples on both shoulders and some scuffs in the elbow area and bottom bout. The front is pretty tidy, just some dimples around the whole outside of the body and some minor play wear on the shoulders and guard. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: action is moderately low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. The frets look pretty even and in good shape, 7/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 12/54 Moonshiners strings.