Friday, September 21, 2007, 11:36 PM - Models
Deluxe set neck ES-335 copy with flamed maple top, pearloid inlays, and gold hardware.





This beautiful archtop hollowbody represents the flagship of the Electra line and of the highest quality of japanese guitars of this period. It is comparable in quality with any of the best vintage guitars of this type.


Early versions have an open-book headstock (1976 may have been the first year of this model) but by '77 the switch was made to Fan-style headstock.









As fan-style headstocks and peace-symbol logos are generally considered to be a mark of Matsumoku-made guitars, it would seem the Jazz Strad is an example of Matsumoku's specialty in the early Electra years- premium archtops. The Maple Pro is another interesting example of this, and worlds apart from the early Slimlines.



Thanks to Dan Taylor for photos of his beautiful '76 X410.


From the 1977 catalog:







Saturday, April 14, 2007, 08:28 AM - Models
Bolt neck LP copy with Flamed Maple top and gold or silver hardware.


Early versions had an open-book style headstock, italic logo, and a maple fingerboard; while the later versions had a divided style headstock and the peace-sign style logo and name along with a rosewood fingerboard.


The later model seems to be Matsumoku, but the earlier model is uncertain in origin- most likely made by Matsumoku or Fuji gen Gakke.




A later-style 2249:










An early-style 2249











From the 1977 catalog:






From the 1981 pricelist:








Saturday, April 14, 2007, 08:20 AM - Models
Bolt-neck LP copy, black with silver hardware.


Different variations of this guitar exist- earlier versions had open-book 'lawsuit' style headstocks, around 75 or 76 all LP models transitioned and by 77 all had wave style headstocks.


Dating of these models is uncertain except by comparing headstock and hardware details to known examples.






from the 1972 catalog:










Saturday, April 14, 2007, 08:10 AM - Models


Bolt-neck LP copy, black with gold hardware.


Thsi is one of the longest running Electra models, appearing with the first models in 1972 and still appearing in the active pricelist as late as 1981. Different variations of this guitar exist- earlier versions had open-book 'lawsuit' style headstocks, around 75 or 76 all LP models transitioned and by 77 all had wave style headstocks.


Dating of these models is uncertain except by comparing headstock and hardware details to known examples.








From the 1972 catalog:






From the 1977 catalog:





From the 1981 pricelist:






Saturday, April 14, 2007, 08:05 AM - Models


Black hardware, HUM/Single/HUM, graphite nut, Bendmaster trem, maple body. X189PB (Pearl Burst), X189RB (Red Burst), X189RD (Lipstick Red), X189JB (Jet Black).

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