Picked this up today from a craigslist ad for $45. I'm wondering if anyone can help me pin down who the possible manufacturer was. The neck plate says made in japan I know the body alone exceeds my expectations and I am really happy with the neck and the overall feel. Sound needs some work but thats easily remedied. I was so psyched when I removed the pickguard and there were no routs between the pickups and the plate. Score!