Made in Japan
Their ain't nothing made here in this country anymore
Try the made in Japan, Hong Kong or Singapore
Made in Japan
It had been weeks since I spent any time working on a guitar project. After trying a few on-board effects circuits for a bass project, I ordered a bunch of semiconductors from a few vendors in the Far East for another circuit. With some time on my hands waiting for my parts to arrive, I checked in on my son's herd. Awhile back, we made a trade. I got his gently used Mitchell Dreadnought and he got my Jay Turser JTA-300 Flag. After a short conversation, we figured out that the JTA-300 was way overdue for strings. I also realized there wasn't a battery in the preamp, and remembered that her black plastic heel cover was still in my shed, waiting to be reinstalled.
My son was still pleased with the JTA's action and neck relief, so I figured I could take care of replacing strings, reattaching the heel cover, and replacing the battery within an hour. I had the heel cover reattached with some gel-type CA adhesive in five minutes. The restringing was quick and easy, and I put a fresh 9-volt battery in the box. After that, my one hour estimate quickly fell apart, as I found that the preamp battery-check light was not working. I brought This Old Guitar back inside to plug her into an amp, and confirmed my suspicions that there was no signal making it to the amp. Back in the shed, I removed the four screws attaching her preamp to her body, hoping to find something simple like a loose wire.
Halfway there, I found a huge amount of sawdust between the mounting ring and the slider controls.
I took a few good last looks before reassembling the preamp, putting it aside, and getting online in search of a replacement.
Here she is, ready for another 2 years or 2,000 songs, whichever comes first.