NGD 60s-70s Univox Coily

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by rhythmjones, Jun 15, 2014.

  1. rhythmjones

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    I've been window shopping for a vintage hollow-body, but I wasn't planning on spending the cash until August, because we are going on vacation in July.

    The Guitar Center on the other side of town from me has has this Univox Coily in stock for a couple of months. It's hard for me to get to that part of town, and I've been wanting to check it out, so I told my wife, "For Father's Day I want to go to Guitar Center." This particular guitar has all the features I was looking for, and I wanted to try it out as a representative example of a lawsuit era Japanese hollow-body.

    As soon as I got my hands on this Coily, I knew it had to belong to me. It has some light scratches, but not a single other blemish. It's a true closet classic. The trem, tuners and pots/switch all work flawlessly without noise or resistance. The action is low, the nut width is narrow, but not too much. Plays like a dream and sounds so big and beefy.

    My wife and kids came in while I was still playing it. I looked at her and said "If they approve me for a credit card I think I have to bring this home."

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    This is my first vintage guitar, and my first hollow. It's hard to find detailed information about this model. I'm not sure if it's poly or nitro, but judging by the wear and tear I'd guess poly. Not sure if the pickups are true humbuckers or single coils in humbucker housing, there is conflicting information on the web about this.

    Either way I'm over the moon for finding the exact guitar I was hunting for!
     
  2. Sidney Vicious

    Sidney Vicious Friend of Leo's

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    Very cool! Happy Father's Day!
     
  3. Brian J.

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    awesome
     
  4. LeftyAl

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    Nice find .Looks great!
     
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    Nice find! Reminds me of one of my under-the-bed project guitars:
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    I gotta get spelunking under the bed and finish those projects off!
     
  6. flyswatter

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    Great find. I have an old 70s Univox Les Paul copy. Decent guitar all around and back then Univox were giving Gibson a serious run for their money.

    According to the Univox archive site, your Coily has chrome covered humbuckers.
    http://www.univox.org/
     
  7. Mike Simpson

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    Sweet... my first electric guitar was a green Univox coily. I had ot for many years but I sold it along with a bunch of other stuff to come op with $750 to buy an ES-335.
     
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    be careful with those guitar center credit cards... the interest rates are unreal!

    lovely guitar. people are starting to appreciate those univox guitars... and the prices are really reflecting that :(
     
  9. Zuzax

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    You've got one of the the last evolutions of the big 1960s Matsumoku-made hollowbodies. Congrats.
     
  10. rhythmjones

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    12 months same as cash.
     
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    I have the Epiphone version, W/ the black plastic PU covers; you did well to get a complete trem (I switched mine out for a Casino trapeze tail piece as so much was missing) and the pick guard which are almost always AWOL on these.
    Very nice guitar w/ a unique sound, how is your action? The only drawback to these is that the heel block goes UP where on most set neck hollows the neck is set with a somewhat downward angle, to accommodate the bridge being on a plinth. I had to shim mine a good bit to get a reasonable action up the neck, there is card in there now, but some day I will make a wooden wedge.

    As your sound check shows, perfectly capable of high quality tones, most people would assume it's a vintage Casino or 300 series Rickenbacker.
     
  13. rhythmjones

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    Yeah, it is in absolute original condition. I'm guessing it stayed under someone's bed for several decades.

    Action is perfect at 4/64ths with just enough relief. I haven't had the neck off to see if it's shimmed currently, but my guess is it is. The salesman at GC said they had their tech give it a go-over shortly before I bought it. He did a great job.

    Tonally, it's very Casino-ish. I like it better than the Elitist and Lennon, and as well or better than the MIC. (I'm backwards in that I prefer the cheaper Casinos to the more expensive ones.) I started my hollow-body GAS quest with a Casino before I zeroed in on either a Japanese Vintage or Harmony Rocket. So I'm very happy/lucky to have landed this gem.

    Do you know the details on these pickups? There's contradicting information on the web. Some say they're underwound, small-magnet Alnico V humbuckers. Some say they're single coils in disguise. Either way they sound great to me so I'm just curious.
     
  14. Warm Gums

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    Yes I had the Elitist, and tried the Lennon nice guitars, but the EA 250 suits me better, not sure about the PU's I have a feeling they may be akin to the Gretsch "elevator" single coil PU's where the screws adjust the slug height, mine sound good so I'm not messing with them..
     
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    Took her on stage at our last show.

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