CSL

product types: 

  • acoustic guitars
  • bass guitars
  • electric guitars

Information: 

The CSL brand name was used on guitars distributed in the UK by Summerfield Brothers of Gateshead England. CSL stands for Charles Summerfield Limited. CSL guitars were made during the 1970s in the FujiGen Gakki factory in Matsumoto Japan.

FujiGen made many guitars for other brands including Ibanez, Fender, Yamaha and Greco. CSL instruments were typically copies of popular American models including electric and acoustic guitars as well as basses by Fender, Gibson and Rickenbacker. FujiGen certainly knew how to build guitars so the CSL models should  be worth a try.

The CSL company was wound up in 1993, but Maurice Summerfield (the son of Charles) now trades as Summerfield Musical Instruments.

 

Location

Charles Summerfield Limited
Saltmeadows Road
NE8 3AJ Gateshead , TWR
United Kingdom
Tyne & Wear GB

5 Comments

Location

CSL haven't been in Saltmeadows Road since the early 1990's. The company was wound up in 1993. Maurice the guitar playing son of Charles now trades as Summerfield Musical Instruments and the address is : 

Vance Court, Transbritannia Enterprise Park, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE21 5NH

old 70's Les Pauls

Hi, in 1976 I bought a Black CSL Les Paul Deluxe 59 'er because the CSL Les Paul Custom that  a fitted tenon neck I fancied had been sold when I got back to buy it when I got my wages I still have the 59'er and it still works pretty good but I am still looking to find the CSL Les Paul Custom with the fitted neck they are very hard to find as is the one I have, hopfully there is one out there somewhere I did hear the Custom being played once at the Buffs Club in Stockton and it sounded great but the artiste wouldn't part with it even though it was not his main guitar.  I just thought I would let you know some of your dad's guitars are still out there and are as good as they were bought, Thanks Maurice, Take Care.

CSL Les Paul Custom

I haw a CSL Black Beauty Les Paul Custom, gold hardware (now fading) three humbucker pickups that still plays exceptionally well. It's a great guitar mimicking the Gibson model brilliantly. It sounds great through a Marshall Stack

At the tender age of 17 and

At the tender age of 17 and with no musical knowledge whatsoever I bought a CSL Les Paul copy with dimazio pickups fitted for the princely sum of £80 from a pokey back street shop come studio in Leicester. I knew nothing about them except it looked nice. 35 years on it's still in constant use. A Gibson playing colleague of mine once commented on the quality of it favourably.

CSL Tele Custom

Back in the 70's I used to help out my mate setting up guitars and doing a bit of selling etc in a well known music store in the South of England and fell in love with two guitars. One was a new Green Fender Telecaster (think Mr Rossi from Status Quo) The other was a new black Fender Tele Custom with a humbucker in the bridge position and a maple neck.
Being married with one little rugrat and another on the way, both the Fenders were beyond my means at that time.
One Saturday I was opening up new stock when to my surprise I saw a CSL replica of the same black Tele Custom guitar. It had a slimmer neck which I prefer and plugged in it sounded just as good as the genuine article. When I saw the price, I did a deal with the shop manager and it was immediately mine.
This became my main gigging guitar throughout the rest of the 70's, it did a lot of work, earned me a lot of money and never ever let me down.
I'm now in my seventies and I still own this guitar, it's as straight as it ever was and has never even had a screw removed to look inside. It's never needed refretting and the action is still absolutely fine. I dug it out and plugged it in recently and it still plays and sounds absolutely great.

The only downside I can see to this guitar today, is that it's worth nowhere near what a genuine Fender might be valued at, but that doesn't matter because to me it's still a great guitar that has earns its keep time and time again and I'll never sell it.
I now have over 30 guitars in my arsenal to choose from and I've not used this old girl for many years so maybe it's about time for her to sing again.
Just thought you'd all like to know that here's another one, still doing Stirling service after all these years.
Thank you to Mr Summerfield.
Cheers and keep picking.
Ray