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1970 Electra Sustainer Model 2263WC Pro Setup All Original w/ Orig Soft Shell Case
Today, Lawman Guitars is Presenting..
A really cool all original 1970 Electra Sustainer guitar. These guitars were way ahead of their time and of course directed their sales efforts to Fender Players that couldn’t afford a Fender Strat or Jazzmaster as their market. They did a great job…wonderful guitars!
This all original Electra Sustainer plays as good as it looks. Very little player wear on this one. We had it Professionally setup with new 10’s and it has great awesome low playing action that very easy on the fingers. All pickups, knobs, pickguard, even whammy bar, et all, are original. This is a really cool guitar. They were only made for 2 years and sold into 1973 with overstock. They were imported into the USA by St Louis Music…
The Pickups are very early Maxons…Humbuckers…some Electra’s used single coils in Humbucker looking cases..these are true Maxon Humbuckers….Very strong Pickups that sound great. The guitar has the iconic Fender Headstock but finds itself looking a lot like other guitars as well…The whammy looks and works much more like a Jazzmaster than a Strat…Very cool original guitar. Only a couple of dings on the back of the guitar. See pic 10….its in great shape..
Heres some info I found from the new Electra Company regarding these cool guitars…
Looking back at the original Electra Guitars, over four decades ago, a group of creative entrepreneurs wanted to make state of the art, affordable guitars available to musicians. They decided to pool their talents to create a new line of guitars. The challenge was to design, build and market instruments that were well-built and innovative while still being a great value.
The MPCs were manufactured in the same factory, side by side, at the same time as the Ibanez Les Pauls and were not only High Quality Copies as described but, most would say, they were actually better than the original mid to late 70’s Gibson Les Pauls they were copying. What this means is that as the factory was manufacturing the Ibanez run, a portion was pulled aside and outfitted as Electra MPC’s and sold as such.
As fate would have it the founding fathers of Electra Guitars would build guitars with innovations far ahead of their time. New switching concepts for pickups, onboard effects and aesthetic upgrades to classic designs, would become the cornerstone of Electra Guitars’ popularity.
In 1975, Tom Presley was hired as Electra Guitars product manager. His vision included guitars with innovative switching combinations of pickups and onboard guitar effects. John Karpowitz was hired to make Tom’s vision a reality.
This cool guitar even has the really nice original Soft Shell Case. Its in as nice of shape as the guitar. Only missing the accessory box lid and has a sticker on the inside lid…A great home for your cool Made in Japan Electra Sustainer….
Sold as-is no returns as its vintage and used, however, I have been hand picking my customers guitars for over 18 years now and they have all loved the instruments I found for them. This cool Electra guitar will certainly not be an exception.
Thanks for checking out our cool guitars.
Mike at Lawman Guitars