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This is the
CARLOS ACOUSTIC GUITARS
Unofficial Web Site 2007-2014
I DO NOT PROVIDE ESTIMATES OF VALUE FOR GUITARS. PLEASE READ WHY (CLICK HERE).
 
Content from any area on this site is free to download except if otherwise specified, and as long as acknowledging this site as the source. HOWEVER, no information can be redistributed or sold, or placed on a site that charges a fee for accessing it.

CARLOS BRAND GUITARS were acoustic guitars imported by Coast Wholesale Music (C.Bruno & Sons) and distributed by Kaman Music Corporationfrom around 1976 to the late 80s (source: 1976-1982 Catalog credits). However, more than one manufacturer has used the CARLOS name. See the link "Carlos Logos" for distinguishing differences. Carlos guitars that are the subject of this site, carry a label that says "Quality Product of Korea". Others that are not the subject of this site are made elsewhere (Mexico, Brazil, etc). Again, for clarification see the link just below the Carlos Guitars link that says "Carlos Logos".

According to Wikipedia, Carlos is a Korean-made brand. Catalogs were distributed in 1976, 1978, and in 1982. Others may have also been distributed. The ones noted above can be viewed for a fee at Vintaxe.


Do not confuse CARLOS guitars with CARLO ROBELLI. They are different brands.


ON THIS PAGE, DEDICATED ONLY TO CARLOS ACOUSTIC GUITARS, YOU WILL FIND:
- ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (INDIVIDUALS WHO PROVIDED INFORMATION, DATA, or STATS)
- KNOWN MODELS
- PHOTO GALLERY OF CARLOS GUITARS PROVIDED BY OWNERS
- HISTORY & FACTS
- STATISTICS / MATERIALS
- LINKS TO CARLOS GUITARS FOR SALE

INFORMATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Carl Rae - Emporia, VA
Carl was a reseller of Carlos guitars. When this website was first started, Carl provided information on several models including 207, 207FK, TG207, 209, 228, 236, 240, 240FK, 249, 275A, 285, 285FK, and 289.
Barbara Harris - Fairfax, VA
Photos of a guitar manufactured in Brazil using the same name "Carlos" (not the same manufacturer as the Korean Carlos, and not the subject of this site). See "Carlos Logos".

KNOWN CARLOS ACOUSTIC GUITAR MODELS and
CARLOS GUITARS PHOTOS
BELOW ARE KNOWN MODELS AND PHOTOS OF CARLOS GUITARS THAT WERE PROVIDED BY OWNERS OR OBTAINED FROM PUBLIC DOMAIN (SALE ADS, AUCTIONS, OTHER POSTED AREAS THAT WERE NOT IDENTIFIED AS COPYRIGHT). FEEL FREE TO BROWSE AND COMPARE.
 
MODELS IDENTIFIED IN CATALOGS (1976, 1978, 1982)
 
CLASSICAL
228236
  
6-STRING FOLK ACOUSTIC
207207FK209
210
  
6-STRING DREADNOUGHT ACOUSTIC

240

240FK

249

250

260

275

275A

 

  
12-STRING ACOUSTIC
200285

285FK

289
  
4-STRING TENOR
TG207
TG = Tenor Guitar
Several models not shown in catalogs have been discovered to be in the hands of owners world-wide. Some of the models shown above as well as others that are not, are listed below. Each underlined link can be clicked to view posted photos of the individual owner's model.
 
 Click on underlined links below to see photos...
CA40-1 (6-String Folk - Composite Back)
(Your Name Here)
CA40-H (6-String Folk - Composite Back)
(Your Name Here)
F-110 (6-String Folk)
200 (12-String Dreadnought)
(Your Name Here)
205(6-String Folk)
(Your Name Here)
207 (6-String Folk)
Public Domain 1 (online auction listing) - USA
Ken McKenna - Smithtown, NY
(Your Name Here)
207FK (6-String Folk - KOA Wood)
(Your Name Here)
207K (6-String Dreadnought - Koa Wood)
(Your Name Here)
 
209 (6-String Folk)
Public Domain 1 (online auction listing) - USA
(Your Name Here)
210 (6-String Folk)
(Your Name Here)
226(6-String Classical)
Public Domain 1 (online auction listing) - USA
(Your Name Here)
228(6-String Classical)
Public Domain 1 - Springfield, IL
(Your Name Here)
236 (6-String Classical)
(Your Name Here)
236C(6-String Classical Cutaway)
(Your Name Here)
236C/E (6-String Classical Cutaway Acoustic/Electric)
Public Domain 1 -Tacoma, Washington (Label Only)
Markie Castle - San Jose, CA
(Your Name Here)
238 (6-String Dreadnought))
Don Rich - USA
(Your Name Here)
239-1 (Unknown)
(Your Name Here)
240(6-String Dreadnought 1976-1978)
(Your Name Here)
240 (6-String Western/Jumbo 1982)
(Your Name Here)
240K (6-String)
240FK (6-String Folk)
(Your Name Here)
E241C (6-String Dreadnought Acoustic/Electric Cutaway)
Jeff Yunk - USA
E247 (6-String Acoustic/Electric)
Darrell Bowlin - Eastern Tennessee
249 (6-String Western/Jumbo)
250 (6-String Dreadnought)
Eric DeCoster - Seneca Falls, New York
Public Domain (online auction listing) - USA
260 (6-String Dreadnought)
(Your Name Here)
265 (6-String Dreadnought)
Public Domain (online auction listing) - USA
275 (6-String Dreadnought)
(Your Name Here)
275A (6-String Western/Jumbo)
275B (6-String Dreadnought - Carlos II)
285 (12-String Dreadnought 1976-1978)
285 (12-String Western/Jumbo 1982)
(Your Name Here)
285FK(12-String Western/Jumbo)
(Your Name Here)
285K(12-String Western/Jumbo)
Paul Houck - Mississippi
(Your Name Here)
289 (12-String Western/Jumbo)
(Your Name Here)
E291CW (6-String Acoustic/Electric)
Langello - Info forthcoming -
420
(Your Name Here)
426 (6-String Classical)
437 (6-String Dreadnought)
438 (6-String Dreadnought)
Joe Brock(Webmaster) - Brownsburg, Indiana
E438 (6-String Acoustic/Electric)
Saul Soto - USA
Public Domain (online auction listing) - USA
E560C (6-String Folk)
(Your Name Here)
TG207 (4-String Tenor)
Tom Heyer - USA
(Your Name Here)
TW60 (6-String Dreadnought)
Public Domain (online auction) - USA
 
TW76
Waka Smit - New Zealand
(Your Name Here)
W7700 (6-String Acoustic)

CARLOS GUITARS HISTORY
Accurate and detailed history on Carlos guitars is somewhat difficult to find. But it seems that Carlos acoustic guitars are somewhat rare, yet not valuable (not in high demand). Many are probably in landfills and perhaps not all that many were produced (catalogs that are available only list a few models). All Carlos guitars were designed to be inexpensive for a specific market--those who wanted to learn guitar, but didn't want to break the bank. Even for the price, the quality was generally not bad. Most, if not all, were made with laminated woods in the top (soundboard) sides and back. Necks were typically made of mahogany. Overall their construction was pretty good, and most current day owners who find themselves in possession of one are highly complimentary of the quality of the guitar and the sound that it projects. The later Carlos models had flame maple, or rosewood sides and backs, and even Koa sides and backs. At least some of these later models were made to resemble Martin D28 and D35 models (2-piece and 3-piece backs). Most sides and backs (if not all) were of laminated woods--not necessarily a bad thing. It is not an uncommon practice for reducing cost to simply laminate a thin layer of a beautiful wood over layers of the same or dissimilar wood with similar janka hardness. Generally some of these later guitars were very nice quality, and value today.

Carlos guitars could be purchased at Sears, Wards, and other retailers--including some music stores (2009 - Carl Rae).

Current day internet searches reveal that most Carlos acoustics can be acquired fairly cheap (most commonly in the $25 to $100 price range). Nicer models (model 275, 285, W7700, etc) may bring $150-300. Value in 2011 is relatively stable, and is dictated by demand and popularity of the brand--which as of 2011 is not high.

CARLOS GUITARS STATISTICS
There is limited information available about the various Carlos acoustic guitar models. However, thanks to various sources including a former Carlos salesman--Carl Rae--and some other owners and actual Carlos catalog data found, a STATISTICS sheet has now been prepared and uploaded for your use in identifying various facts about your own Carlos guitar. THIS STATS SHEET IS A WORK IN PROGRESS, SO IF YOU SEE BLANKS, IT IS BECAUSE THERE IS NO FACTUAL OR CONFIRMED INFORMATION FOR THAT BLANK FIELD. Feel free to download the sheet and keep a copy on your own computer, but feel free to check back for updates.
PLEASE NOTE: TWO THINGS:
1) When clicking on the "STATS" icon link at left, you'll be offered an option to [OPEN] or [SAVE]. If you are simply looking for some quick information, I recommend choosing [OPEN], but if you want to refer to it frequently, you may want to download a copy by choosing [SAVE].
2) The stats shown are directly from the Carlos catalogs. In some cases, I believe Carlos (Kaman Music) may have used the terms "Jumbo" to refer to an actual dreadnought shaped guitar. This may have been to avoid lawsuits because many Carlos models were essentially identical to Martin guitars, and calling them different shapes may have been a ploy to avoid a lawsuit--which was not an uncommon thing in the 70's. This is speculative, but seems reasonable--especially since it is known for example (from owner input and measurements provided) that a model 249 is a dreadnought body but is called a "Jumbo" in the Carlos catalogs.

CARLOS GUITARS FOR SALE (LINKS)
DISCLAIMER: THIS SECTION IS PROVIDED AS A SERVICE TO THOSE WHO WISH TO FIND CARLOS GUITARS, AND IS PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE. BY CLICKING ANY OF THE BELOW LINKS, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I ASSUME NO LIABILITY FOR YOUR DECISION TO PURSUE A TRANSACTION WITH ANY INDIVIDUAL WHOSE LISTING LINKS I'VE PROVIDED HERE. PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN DEALING WITH PERSONS ON THE INTERNET, AND TO INSURE A SAFE EXPERIENCE, DEAL ONLY WITH LOCAL SELLERS AND DO NOT GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE INTERNET.
LISTED ON EBAY... (<<< CLICK)
(The above link finds active listings on eBAY)

CONTENT CONTRIBUTIONS
IF YOU ARE VIEWING THIS PAGE AND HAVE INFORMATION THAT YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO CONTRIBUTE FOR THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF CONN GUITAR OWNERS (verifiable history of Conn Guitars, pictures, model information, etc), PLEASE USE THE CONTACT ME LINK TO SEND YOUR INFORMATION. I WILL ACKNOWLEDGE SOURCES UNLESS ANONYMITY IS REQUESTED.
ALL INFORMATION SUBMITTED BY YOU WILL BECOME PUBLIC DOMAIN.

THIS SITE IS UPDATED FREQUENTLY
Information is regularly updated. This site is being constructed primarily from non-copyright information provided by third parties and by internet searches of public domain information.
LAST UPDATED: JANUARY 30, 2014