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Soviet-era Russian-made vintage Odessa electric guitar

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Design-wise I really like this vintage Russian Odessa electric guitar. (Unfortunately the design is all I can comment on, because without actually buying it I have no way of telling how it sounds or what it plays like.) The outline owes more than a little to Fender’s Jazzmaster and Jaguar guitars, whilst the angular pickguard allows for a touch of originality. As for the finish, that has to be one of the severest sunburst finishes I’ve ever seen having no gradual fade between the constituent colours. Note that the sunburst finish is also applied to the headstock.

The pickup switching looks to be quite comprehensive, although it’s hard to tell here whether these switches are all original – I’m thinking that the innermost 5-way toggle may be a later add-on even though the seller claims that “All parts are original”. If all parts are original including those exposed coil zebra humbuckers, then I’d say that the guitar has a very 1980s vibe to it.

I’m pretty sure the rather individual tuners are original though – note the cover for all six gears on the back of the headstock.

Currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $299. Item located in Ukraine.

G L Wilson

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