Thanks to Sir Paul the 60's was flush with all things violin-shaped. This one has no name brand on it but we've had a bunch of other over the years with "Conrad" on the headstock. Of coarse a small handful of plants in Japan produced thousands of guitars for hundreds of different labels, but that dirty little secret continues on to this day. :) This one plays on par with most offerings of the day, that is to say its not going to compete with a Gibson or Fender but it plays well as long as you don't stray too far up the neck. The bridge is as low as it can, would need a decent sized neck shim to get the action lower. Right now it measures 1/8" on the low E at the 12th fret, 5/32" on the high E. The neck has a medium carve to it, it's not a tree-trunk like some other MIJ offerings of the era. The pickups have a great trashy-garagey sound. Nasty!