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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:22 pm 
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 3773052383

This is my first electra guitar and I cant seem to find much information about this guitar. The Electra Page indeed had a picture but it seemed to be an unaccounted for guitar. I was just wondering if anyone knows anything of the quality I should expect from this guitar. Plus they speak of too many holes near the schaller "VINTAGE" tuners but show no picture. From reading around and searching on the forum I can tell that you guys are the ones with the knowledge :D but it seems nobody has asked about this guitar :huh:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 2:19 pm 
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here's your guitar, while the pic lasts:

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these are great instruments, btw- my humble Telerez (thread here) is related- this one has a closer and more pretty grain than mine, but i think it's the same composite body structure. neck looks way familiar too. wonderful daily player.

that style logo on the headstock matches what i know of as mid-period LP's.

What he said about the catalogs- the same model number would apply over several years, and in that time the hardware might change, upgrades, etc, so the same model of a different year will look similar but details may well vary.

is this your guitar now? I bet it's a sweetheart.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 2:40 pm 
thanks thats pretty much what I wanted to hear :lol: This guitar is actually in the mail right now but it should get here in the next few days. I'll be sure to update you guys just for the sake of knowledge. Thanks again


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 4:15 pm 
Hmmmm. I am glad Macvez made it here, and I'm even happier it sounds like it is going to a good home.

It would be nice if someday, at least one eBray seller would toss the site even a simple "thank you" for the use of the free resources here.

I've eyed many of the Tele Custom copies in the past, and played a few. Of all the Teles I suspect that would be my choice.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 5:59 pm 
:) I looked on Ebay for a week at thinlines and 335 copies and a few Artists even but this really caught my eye. Its always great when you see that guitar that just connects with you :love: Always great to stir up the tele love :up:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:00 pm 
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There's something like a tele, too, that affects the personality it has towards you when playing it. Somebody on another forum commented that their tele 'kept them honest'. I agreed, and we decided this meant the small, narrow size and action meant fingering is precise, and this adds tot he overall personality of the instrument.

I think you got a beauty. I hope you'll photograph it and post pictures here for us all to enjoy! Other fun threads like this oneand this onehave helped us all vicariously enjoy these beautiful instruments from afar.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 10:26 am 
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I've always had as soft spot for those Electre Tele copies, but haven't picked one up yet. Had a chance to play X189player's, tho. Very comfortable neck!

Welcome to the site!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 12:10 pm 
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone :)

When I get this guitar and my digital camera finally charges i'll take some pictures for you guys. If im not satisfied with the pickups i'll definantly be needing some suggestions. Hardly anyone around here can tell me a thing about any of my guitars so im exstatic to find a place where people know what they are talking about. Guitar.com never really did much for me. You guys have a great forum layout and everyone here is always willing to help. Somehow I suspect you guys will get me in trouble and have my already busting guitar collection triple :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 12:15 pm 
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Guitar.com has too many members with not enough to say. This forum is a nice size, has a number of very knowledgeable members with different and complementary niches, and seems to be able to stay civil (even friendly! :D ) no matter how many new members arrive.

And we have great emoticons! :drool:

Matthew


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I'd be interested to hear how those pups sound. the pups on my tele were DOA, and i'm still not satisfied with the pups I've got in there. I wish I could fit a Special 59 in the bridge slot, but the one I've got is too big- I think it's for a strat.


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hmm, hmm...


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2005 11:09 pm 
Well I am holding this guitar in my hands now. There is a very noticeable ding on the fretboard 2nd fret but its just shy of the fretboard so playability is unaffected. The bridge has some very noticeable wear and there are various dings throughout that are only through the finish....other then the ware by the bridge im tempeted to leave the rest alone and stay with the vintage vibe of this instrument. I havent' removed the strings it came with but I will in the morning.. so im unsure what kind of humbucker this is. In any case this thing screams with the classic tele tone I was looking for. The switch provides a pretty drastic difference in sound. I really couldn't be happier with the sound of this guitar....yet I consider replacing the pickup just to say I have somethin better in there :-? The neck is beautiful and the headstock seems to be flamed, im guessing the neck is some kinda 3 piece with maple fretboard. The body seems to be half ash half maghogany laminated on maple so was the guess of a me and a friend of mine. The woodgrain on this guitar is incredible, i'd never paint it ever.... The first guitar I ever fell in love with was my friends 90 telecaster us with a seymour duncan hotrails in the bridge and a lipstick in the neck. This guitar gets better tone and feels and seems to be higher quality craftsmenship. I've played several newer us and mim teles, many of them being reissues or texas special etc and this is by far my favorite tele....maybe im a bit biased but this guitar spoke to me as soon as I touched it and music came to me instantly. :love:

Officially hooked to Electra


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yay! welcome home to the new arrival! I love it when you bond with a guitar so quickly like that- it's happened to me too. Electras have a way of doing that! Along with great quality, they really do have soul- no surprise that the Matsumoku family business was originally making wooden statuary for buddhist temples.


I'd be careful about swapping out the pickups. For starters, don't assume what's in there is less than great- my guess is that humbucker's an early Magnaflux, those are great, people commonly misidentify them as Dimarzios because of their warmth. Unless something's wrong with the pickup, you risk getting something that doesn't sound as good!

Originality is another reason, it's in such nice original shape that it would be nice to leave it that way.

A more serious concern is that right now the pickups are fairly balanced, right? That's not easy to do, balance a single and a humbucker like that. It can be done sure, and no doubt you could get a matched pair. But replacing one with a random other pickup is really likely to have the neck hum overwhelming the bridge. I know, I have that problem on my tele, and I've been through a number of pickups (now I have a blend pot, so i don't care.)

having said all that... and said my bit for originality... it would be really cool to mod this tele too... replace the tone pots for pots with pull-switches, and wire a coil tap and phase reverse- features that showed up in later Electra guitars and are one of their great strengths.

Again, congratulations, and welcome to the Electra true believers!


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we wanna see pics!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 12:36 pm 
For some reason the removeable drive option on my xp wont come up when I connect my digital camera usb. Otherwise i'd have pics of all my guitars up here. I cant seem to find what the problem is. I guess eventually i'll take some with the parents camera :-? I've taken the guitar apart and the humbucker has nothing written on it but it looks rather old, yet its in solid condition. This thing gets every tele tone I hoped for and then tones i've never gotten out of any guitar before. As far as tone pots and reverse switches and everything.....does anyone know where I can look at some stuff like this...im definantly interested, my bronco has a coil splitter but I didn't put it on there :roll:


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