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Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by rimmry, Apr 6, 2015.
Does anybody know something about Electra basses?
I know that my tech has one hanging in his shop. I know that it's old. Beyond that I can't help you. But for everyone else, is there any specific model you're interested in or a specific reason you're asking?
No, just saw a cool bass on eBay.
Electra was a brand name owned by St. Louis Music. They had them made to their specs in Japan starting sometime in the 70s; by the early 80s they were made in Korea. The brand eventually was discontinued sometime in the mid 80s although SLM was still importing using the brand names Westone and Series 10.
Somebody revived the brand a couple of years ago, IIRC the new ones are Korean.
No connection to the Electro name, that was an American made Rickenbacker brand.
I've owned a couple of 80s (?) Electra basses. Good or great build quality, good parts, adequate pickups, way too heavy for me.
Hmm... Is it a good buy?
This is a good page for researching Electra and Westone guitars:
. . . http://www.rivercityamps.com/electrapage/index.php
. . . http://www.electraguitar.com/
Buy it and tell the rest of us.
What criteria are you using? Price, age, appearance, style, rarity, playability . . . ?
I have a Westone (MIJ) bass which is what Electra eventually became and is similar to a Fender Precision and is a pretty good instrument and sounds great. It's probably from the early eighties I'd say. Here's a shot or two of it........JH in Va.
I tried an Electra/Westone bass (Spectrum LX) back in the 80's; it actually came with 2 necks - one fretless, one fretted. They were attached with machine bolts, so you could swap them out as needed.
It was pretty good bass (IRC), but I never got around to buying it.