Friday, 11 November 2011

11 on 11/11/11: #7 - 1960s Japanese Electra 2228 semi-hollowbody

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!

I have a soft spot for semi-hollowbodies and I have a soft spot for vintage Japanese guitars, so this 1960 Electra 2228 ticks both those boxes. It is equipped with a brandless Bigsby-a-like vibrato; it's nice to see that still in place on an old Japanese guitar of this age. I like the way that the finish has crazed with age, which makes the guitar seem all the more venerable somehow. I can imagine it might sound a little bit boxy, maybe a bit rattley, but that does not stop the appeal for me.

G L Wilson

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