Sunday, 17 February 2013

Eko C01 'Super Cobra'

The Eko C01 is a later Eko guitar from the early 1980s, and follows the trends that arose in Japanese guitars in the late 1970s: 3-piece neck, natural finish (though here it's glossy, must be the Italian touch), uncovered humbucker in bridge position, simplified controls and tailpiece.

It has the body of a Cobra, one of Eko's most successful model from the 1960S, turned into a C-series the same way strats became superstrats in the same period, so I call it a 'supercobra'!  

Bertram D

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  1. The grain on the body looks like it's made of....Pine?

    1. I heard of hardened pine as a good wood for guitars...

  2. According to the catalogue scan on fetishguitars the body is solid spruce.

  3. Yes. Many 1980s Eko guitars and basses had pine or spruce bodiea. An odd choice for a solid-body, but one that works.

  4. Spruce,epicea,cypress all those (and many others) are varieties of PINE! Pine can be a good timber if it's well treated from the start (old enough to be hard and well dried)It's a very old idea to make instruments with this wood (check how violins or harps are made).I own a telecaster with a old pine body. It's very light ,the sound is a little bit more trebly than, let's say a basswood one but don't forget pickups and electronics that can change the tone of any instrument.There are also more radical methods to harden pine by using chemicals or letting it in salted water for several months etc.. But, as far as I can judge, the good old method of selecting woods is still the best one and it gives us GOOD INSTRUMENTS.

  5. Not a very "stratty" bridge & tailpiece setup though? Oddly placed controls too.

    Regarding the talk of tonewoods, I haven't really ever read an interview with a guitarist or a producer where they discussed making a record and said anything along the lines of "things just weren't happening with the sound...then we nailed it when I persuaded them to try alder bodied guitars rather than the mahogany ones they'd been playing - the tone really brightened up!".

    I'm not saying tonewoods have no effect at all on the sound, but I do wonder sometimes if we don't get hung up on very very fine details sometimes. It's all only one link in a chain that goes all the way from the player's fingers to our ears!

  6. When i talk about tonewoods, I am very conscious that, in today's world, on most of recordings, guitars are"reamped" with special programs (that really work!) So tonewoods, timbers and building tricks are only for us,old guitars lovers. In a very near future, all you'll need will probably be a neck , some strings and the proper program to give you "that kind of sound" for that kind of music. I must admit that I myself use a Roland cube on stage that replaced my old AC30 because the Roland is so much more reliable and that the difference in terms of sound is peanuts. The youngest generation don't give a damn with such "purist" things( I've got two children 16 and 18 who both play in groups)So let's face reality and go ahead!

  7. I want one of those!



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