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John H
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   


I'm new to this forum so forgive me if this has already been asked. I have bought a plexiglass guitar, branded "Shaftesbury" which I can find nothing about. I don't know about the neck, but the body, controls, pick-ups etc are all identical to photos I have seen of the Ibanez copy of the Ampeg Dan Armstrong model.

Anyone out there got a plexi Ibanez?

John H
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   


Thanks for dropping in. Your's is the first Dan Armstrong copy inquiry we've ever had. So, hopefully you'll flush out some forum lurkers who have previously gone unheard from.

I'm certainly interested, because I don't know anything about them.

Just curious, where are you located?
Mark Munchenberg
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

John H,

I'm just as curious as John Shanley. Can you provide a full description and any history on the guitar?

it would be great to see some photos. You can find out how to load them onto the site under the Formatting folder. it's easy to do but confuses some people. Keep your image file under 50Kb, and when you preview your message you won't actually see the photos. You'll get a "Your image here" graphic. When you then post the message the images will upload.

How does the plexiglass sound in comparison to timber??? Is it heavy??

Welcome to the board,

John H
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

Hi guys and thanks for the response. I am in Fife in Scotland, and I bought the guitar recently in Dundee. Sadly I know very little about it. Yes it is heavy, and it sounds best playing rythym with 5 strings (guess who's a Keef fanatic?). It has a bit of wear about it, but is in good nick. It plays superbly, although the neck is very "soft", you can bend it out of tune very easily. All of this is forgiven because it such a rarity.

I know that Shaftesbury was a trade name for a UK concern who sold low budget "bitsa" guitars in the 70's and 80's. All the more reason to suppose that they would not have afforded the tooling to make something as difficult as a plexi body, hence I presume the body came from elsewhere and they added a neck. I will post some pics, and you can see for yourselves what it looks like.

Look forward to hearing from you

John H
Mark Munchenberg
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

Here is a picture of John's Scottish beauty.



Mark Munchenberg
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   

Something's wrong here. The picture file is 49KB, yet the site won't let it be uploaded saying that the file is 50Kb.

What gives JohnS?
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:03 am:   


I guess life (and computers) aren't perfect.

Try making it smaller, and try it again.
Iain (Iain)
Posted on Monday, January 06, 2003 - 10:37 am:   

Here's my recent ebay purchase: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=929113405

it's great looking and fun to play.

Paul_A (Paul_A)
Posted on Monday, January 06, 2003 - 1:45 pm:   

Hi John H
I have a real Dan Armstrong and most scratches can be buffed out with T Cut followed by something milder - the original literature that came with the guitar suggested using toothpaste. It works!
Username: Harry

Registered: 03-2001
Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 3:03 am:   

Hi all!

Help needed!!!
I was offered a near mint and original Ibanez Dan Armstrong plexi bass copy. The seller wants 1000 Euro (about 1200 US dollars) for it. I think it's a too high price. What's your opinion?
I know these are ultra rare and I don't have it in my collection yet, but like I said....How far will/can you go and besides: by buying at high prices we ourselves make our passion more and more expensive....
Please, give me your opinions!

Kind greetz,
Username: Destroyer

Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2005 - 11:33 am:   


I agree that the price is too high. I've been watching the market on the Dan Armstrong replica guitars, and they typically trade in the $500 to $700 range.
When you consider that you can get a real vintage Dan Armstrong for under $2000 most any week on eBay, the conclusion I come to is that the asking price is too high.
I'd value it at around $700 in VGC.

Username: Billy_porter

Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2005 - 4:09 pm:   

I forum member in the UK contacted me directly regarding the CSL Dan Armstrong copy (effectively a re-badged Ibanez). With the owner's permission I can post the piccie he sent me

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