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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:52 pm 
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can anyone help me identify this Electra? Model, year and value please? I cannot find any serial numbers. Thanks!file:///home/amy/Pictures/jeffs/IMG_0444.JPG
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 Post subject: Re: help identify please
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:10 pm 
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I don't think you posted the pictures correctly. The links do not work.

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 Post subject: Re: help identify please
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 Post subject: Re: help identify please
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Looks like a 2257 with the mini humbuckers and pickup selector switch down by the volume and tone knobs. Sometimes the model number is stamped into the neck plate, not always. This model is missing from the index page, and someday we'll get that straightened out. Closest dating anyone can offer would be 1972 to 1975. Over the past three years these have sold for between $300 and $600, yours looks pretty clean!

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 Post subject: Re: help identify please
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:03 pm 
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8) I agree with the assessment and date of manufacture as well. I have one just like this one and those mini humbuckers are really sweet. Sound great clean and can handle the overdrive well also. The torch logo is a beauty and was a transitional logo and only used a few years at best before they changed to the wave headstock and Electra logo. The fret board inlay on these models are really nice as well. Congrats on a fine example.Enjoy and welcome to the forums :up:

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 Post subject: Re: help identify please
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thanks mortarman and proendorser. Had this guitar 15 yrs,bought at a garage sale w/a "67 Champ.Always loved how it played and sounds great to me. Casual player but getting back into it. Checked sites but did not see one exactly like it so was lazy and asked:) Only curious about value as it will not be for sale,was more interested in model and year, so thanks for all your help guys!!!


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 Post subject: Re: help identify please
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:09 pm 
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proendorser wrote:
Looks like a 2257 with the mini humbuckers and pickup selector switch down by the volume and tone knobs. Sometimes the model number is stamped into the neck plate, not always. This model is missing from the index page, and someday we'll get that straightened out. Closest dating anyone can offer would be 1972 to 1975. Over the past three years these have sold for between $300 and $600, yours looks pretty clean!


There is no 2257 in the 1972 catalog and it is also not in the 1977 catalog. With this headstock I would guess 1973-1975. Is there any Electra literature (ads, price lists, etc.) that does identify this model #?

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 Post subject: Re: help identify please
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:22 pm 
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(don't have '73 catalog)
1974 Catalog
Electra Magnum II 2257.
Specially designed humbucking pickups with extra powerful magnets.
Micro-sensitive tone and volume controls.
(only have Omega catalog '75)
1976 Catalog. Magnum II gone. Replaced with Super Magnum 2258.
Supermagnum still appears in '79 Catalog

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 Post subject: Re: help identify please
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Very nice!

Welcome to the Forum.

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 Post subject: Re: help identify please
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Again thanks for the help and thumbs up. So is this a SLM or PCM? Also what is the fretboard inlay? Is my guitar one of the unknown or difficult to determine manufacturers? Also, the plastic cream color cover on the back for the electronics mysteriously disappeared(alright,I lost it) when I soldered a wire some years back. Can I get one?


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 Post subject: Re: help identify please
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:38 pm 
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jtl1563 wrote:
Again thanks for the help and thumbs up. So is this a SLM or PCM? Also what is the fretboard inlay? Is my guitar one of the unknown or difficult to determine manufacturers? Also, the plastic cream color cover on the back for the electronics mysteriously disappeared(alright,I lost it) when I soldered a wire some years back. Can I get one?


SLM.

As far as the manufacturer, hard to say. Kasuga, Terada, Matsumoku. On the early ones its hard to say. There is a thread on here somewhere where Tom Presley talks about the construction differences for the tops of some of the LP style models but I don't remember who did what...

For the back cover, post something in the "wanted" forum. may take some time. not sure if new LP style replacements fit or not. Or you could make your own...

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 Post subject: Re: help identify please
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The inlay looks like abalone. Its pretty much the top end of traditional inlay material.


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 Post subject: Re: help identify please
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Abalone is the correct ID on the inlay material. Very nice and tough stuff and looks great. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: help identify please
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Love that head stock and torch inlay. Those are some of my favorite LPs. They just look really cool.
Great guitar and Add you photos to the index.

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