Friday, 11 November 2011

11 on 11/11/11: #1 - Eko violin baritone guitar - possible Frankenstein job using 1960s body

OK, it's the 11th November 2011, that is 11/11/11, and as such today has been designated Nigel Tufnel Day. To celebrate this day of Maximum Elevenness, we here at Guitarz - for this day only - will be posting an unprecedented ELEVEN blog posts! So, keep tuned throughout the day for eleven weird and wonderful guitars!
Here we have what the seller describes as an "Eko Baritone Guitar 1960s Rare". To my eyes, something doesn't look quite right about it. Yeah, sure the body could well be an original 1960 Eko violin-style body and the pickups and other hardware look to be of the correct vintage. However, the short-scale bass neck, drilled for two extra tuners, is out of place here. You can see that it was originally intended for just four strings by the string angles over the headstock.

It's not uncommon to find these Frankenstein guitars put together from old Eko and Vox parts. Brandoni Guitars of London have made a whole business out of doing just that. Possibly this violin-style baritone is one of theirs. I am pretty sure that it is not a vintage guitar in its original condition.

Currently listed on eBay UK with a starting price of £170.

G L Wilson

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