It seems like whenever I post it is because I need information or help with something, this is no different, sorry about that 🙂
So I bought this old Gallotone acoustic guitar out of the Junk Mail. I found it interesting and weird so I couldn't resist. The build quality isn't great and was probably manufactured either as a commemorative decoration or a beginners piece. It's not super playable because the action is pretty high, the neck has lifted up a bit over the years (not bent, just lifted if you know what I mean) and this makes the action pretty high.
So I took it to my guitar guy and he said that in order to try and make it properly playable again he might have to seriously restore it, which could mean that if it is actually rare or sought after it would reduce the value. Although i can see some work has been done to it over the years (it doesn't have the original tuning pegs and there are some glue marks where a loose fretboard or something was fixed at some point) I still felt that I should try and find out a bit more about the guitar before I continue.
So I couldn't find out too much about gallotone on wikipedia or other websites but granted, I didn't spend hours looking up info. I thought that since It's a locally manufactured piece that someone on the forum might be able to tell me more. Since it has the Voortrekker monument painted on it it would be interesting to know whether it's a one off, was it mass produced, what kind of date are we looking at etc.
It has a maker's mark on the back of the headstock it's a roman numeral V stamped into the wood.
On the front it reads: Voortrekker - 1949 - Monument
The sticker on the inside of the guitar reads:
Made in South Africa
Guaranteed not to split
Gewaarborg om nie te bars nie
in Suid-Afrika vervaardig deur