Thursday, 11 August 2011

Soviet-era USSR Aelita-2 guitar by Rostov
Here's another example of a gloriously cheesy soviet-era (probably 1980s) Russian guitar, the Aelita-2 by "Rostov on Don Musical Instruments Factory" (so it says in the eBay listing). I can't imagine what all the pots and switches do; there appears to be two banks of pickup selector switches for the three pickups, which is odd. The action doesn't look too great from what I can make out in the photos, but one interesting feature is the access to adjust the truss rod is at the rear of the guitar, which is a much more convenient position for it than on many guitars. Output is via the usual 5-pin DIN as found on other Russian guitars from this era.

Currently being auctioned on eBay with a starting price of $175.

G L Wilson

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