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Thread: The Reverb Guide to Soviet-Era Guitars (Partly for Spell)

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    The Reverb Guide to Soviet-Era Guitars (Partly for Spell)

    Hey Spell--thought you might enjoy this...
    The Reverb Guide to Soviet-Era Guitars
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    I think that's pretty cool. Some of the design features, such as the 5-pin DIN connector as an output jack, are interesting. Cosmetics are pretty strange....almost an echo of the early electrics out of Asia..... but they definitely have a charm of their own.
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    i think some of those designs were just to be different--and it could also have ben a Soviet design ethic.

    I'm sure there were cultural things behind the things we see as odd--even though some were quite utilitarian.
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    It began as an extremely misguided venture. For the most part, Russian luthiers had only previously been experienced in building more traditional instruments. Electric guitars were brand new territory for Soviet craftsmen who had to play catch-up straight off the block. When their first solid body electric guitar was manufactured in 1969, it was both a landmark and a miserable failure.
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    Essentially, the luthiers got nothing right; high action, terrible intonation, brass frets that easily wore away, an alien body shape, unbalanced weight, unreliable electronics, and non-serviceable hardware can be counted as some of the reasons for this guitar's dismal performance.
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    I was just checking out the archtops- not a bad price!

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    Quote Originally Posted by die Bullen View Post
    I was just checking out the archtops- not a bad price!
    Well they did start getting some things better...
    (Soviet guitars)
    Eastwood has some decent archtops--if that's what you meant
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    no I meant the Soviet ones

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    Ok--they were more into traditional instruments--so archtops would have been more intuitive for them.
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    They don't look half bad too

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